Book Review: The Spyglass File

The following book review was written by Dina Carson and Bobbi King:

thespyglassfileThe Spyglass File
by Nathan Dylan Goodwin. Self-published. 2016. 282 pages.

The following review was co-authored by Dina Carson and Bobbi King.
(Dina Carson is a tombstone photographer, editor, author, compiler of Boulder county records, Boulder [Colorado] Genealogical Society editor, and owner of Iron Gate Publishing. She has compiled and published numerous articles and books about Boulder County history and residents, and published her own series of books on writing personal family histories and self-publishing.)

The November holidays are behind us, the election is finally over, Black Friday lingers, and CyberMonday lasts only one day, so there are still a few days before the busy Christmas season is upon us to grab some me-time and enjoy a new Morton Farrier novel.

The Spyglass File brings back Morton Farrier, forensic genealogist, and he’s in more danger than ever before.

Records of (Some) Irish Soldiers Now Available Online

nam-logoIn 1922, following the creation of the Irish Free State, the five regiments of the British Army recruited in southern Ireland – the Royal Irish Regiment, the Connaught Rangers, the Leinster Regiment, the Royal Munster Fusiliers and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers – were disbanded. The enlistment books of the five disbanded Irish regiments are now available online, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For the first time, the records of nearly 12,000 soldiers can be searched online – by unit, place of birth, place of attestation, and year of attestation. As a result, statistical analysis becomes very easy. Researchers can see the original scans of each soldier’s entry, giving them access to a recruit’s age and trade on enlistment and the names of his next of kin (including date of marriage, where relevant, and the birth date of any children).

Providence (Rhode Island) Public Library opens a large Genealogical Collection to the Public

The Providence Public Library has opened a large compilation of Rhode Island genealogical material to researchers. The library acquired the James N. Arnold Collection in November 2015 and archivists have finished processing it. James N. Arnold published an eight-volume set of southern Rhode Island’s history and the first comprehensive set of vital records for the state. When he died, the collection of research, publications, personal papers, and personal library was given to the Knight Memorial Library in Providence.

pCloud: Better than Dropbox?

Dropbox is a very popular service amongst genealogists. I have often mentioned Dropbox in my previous articles. (See https://goo.gl/sTtLwu for a list of my previous articles that mention Dropbox.) However, Dropbox certainly is not perfect.

My biggest complaint with Dropbox is that it has a rather weak method of encryption for storing your data on Dropbox’s servers. (See https://goo.gl/G7cxNF for an explanation of Dropbox’s encryption weaknesses.) Dropbox employees can read your personal data. If Dropbox receives a court order demanding they supply copies of your personal data to some government agency, the company must do so. Also, in theory, if a hacker ever gains access to Dropbox’s servers, that person  possibly could also read your data. The odds of a hacker gaining access are slim but not impossible.

Next, Dropbox only provides 2 gigabytes of storage space free of charge, significantly less than that of most of its competitors.

One new service is “just like Dropbox, except (1.) it is faster than Dropbox, (2.) it can encrypt every bit of data before storing on the company’s servers, making the service much more secure and (3.) it offers 10 gigabytes of free storage space with the option to obtain 20 gigabytes at no charge if a user makes some bonus steps.

Manufacturer Refurbished Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA

c100pI have written often about Chromebooks. They are excellent low-cost laptop computers that do most of the tasks that most computer users want, although they cannot match the power of the laptops that cost five or ten times as much. You can see my past articles about Chromebooks by starting at: https://goo.gl/9yDkl2.

Now StackSocial has the Asus Flip C100PA Chromebook on sale for $199.99. That price includes shipping. I have an Asus Flip C100PA and love it. The 2-pound laptop with 9-hours battery life has become my primary traveling laptop. However, I had to pay more than today’s price of $199.99 when I purchased it more than a year ago.

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

The notice of the latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few hours ago. Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter:

(+) Leave Your Existing Genealogy Program Behind and Look to the Future

Archaeologists Think They Found the Original Pilgrim Settlement

Black and White Photos Reveal What Life Was Like in England in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Barnes & Noble $49.99 7″ Nook Tablet

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:

California, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, and Missouri

Colorado, Connecticut, Missouri, and Ohio

Some of the above changes may have been deletions of past events.

All information in the Calendar of Events is contributed by YOU and by other genealogists. You can directly add information to the Calendar about your local genealogy event.

(+) Leave Your Existing Genealogy Program Behind and Look to the Future

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

Are you thinking about upgrading to a new computer, possibly including an upgrade to a new operating system? If so, this article is for you.

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Over the years, a number of popular genealogy programs have been discontinued. Do you remember Personal Ancestral File, The Master Genealogist, CommSoft’s Roots 5, Carl York’s The Family Edge, Quinsept’s Family Roots, Ultimate Family Tree, or SierraHome’s Generations 8.0? Those and a number of other, lesser-known genealogy programs have all faded away over the years. May they all rest in peace.

Social Media Users Play a Crucial Role in Driving Demand for Genealogy Products and Services

genealogy-products-and-services-markeIf you or your employer are in the genealogy business, you may be interested in a new report from Transparency Market Research: Genealogy Products and Services Market: Overview. In fact, you may find it to be interesting reading even if you are not in the genealogy business.

The report states:

“Thus, these DNA tests are providing a lucrative market to the genealogy products and services. There are many other driving factors for the growth of this market, which include continuous innovations in technology, rapidly increasing interest towards genealogy, and increasing usage of social networking sites worldwide. Recent technological advancements have equipped the genealogy consumers with most up-to-date tools for genealogical research, which will further help the growth of this market.

20% off the English/Welsh Family History Course from The Family History Researcher Academy

The following announcement was written by The Family History Researcher Academy:

The Family History Researcher Academy has posted a Black Friday offer on their English/Welsh Family History Course. Instead of the regular $14 per month you can now join up for just $11 a month AND have the first month for only $1.

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Delivered by email, to your inbox, these modules lift the lid on the records and resources to use when searching for your elusive English or Welsh ancestors.

If you sign up between now and the 10th December, using the special link, then you can take advantage of a month’s trail for $1 and receive one module a week in the first four weeks, plus extra bonus reports to help you find your English or Welsh ancestors. If you like what you see, and decide to stay on, then you’ll be able to subscribe to the rest of the course for just $11 a month saving more than 20% on the regular subscription.

Black and White Photos Reveal What Life Was Like in England in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

More than 1,200 black and white photos are published for the first time together in the book Lost England 1870-1930. Some of the amazing images show people dealing with the issues we still face today, including flooding in towns and cities. Others show factory workers, some of them children, lined up and operating huge machinery.

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The junction of Steep Steet and Trenchard Street in Bristol in 1866.

University of South Carolina to Store and Digitize 10,000 Vintage Marine Corps Films

usmc-logoFor most of the 20th Century, the Marine Corps archived film footage of that recruit training along with Marines fighting in wars, including World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars and various public relations activities.

Starting at the first of the year, that film collection – 10,000 Marine Corps film – will be permanently transferred to the University of South Carolina, where it will be digitized, stored and made available for public viewing. The footage covers Marine Corps activities from 1918 through the 1970s.

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

logo-findmypast-AU-500Over 285,000 new records and newspaper articles are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

British Army Service Records – Scots Guards 1799-1939

Over 4,000 records including 140 years’ worth of personnel files and enlistment registers pertaining to the Scots Guards have been added to our collection of British Army Service records. The Scots Guards, part of the Guards Division, is one of the Foot Guards regiments of the British Army. Their origins lie in the personal bodyguard of King Charles I of England and Scotland and the regiment has a long and proud history of service to the sovereign in times of war and peace.

Queensland, Mackay, Funeral notices and funeral director records

Archaeologists Think They Found the Original Pilgrim Settlement

Archaeologists have pinpointed what they think is the exact spot where the Pilgrims lived in the years after landing in the New World. Every American schoolchild knows the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth in 1620, but exactly where has been elusive. Plymouth Rock, after all, is only an educated guess of where the Pilgrims stepped ashore. The archaeologists have now discovered calf’s bones, musket balls, ceramics and brownish soil where a wooden post once stood. The calf’s bones are significant, as the Pilgrims raised cattle while the local Indians did not.

Details may be found at https://goo.gl/kYP2F1.

Woman Gives Birth to her Own Grandson

I want to see the pedigree chart on this family!

A California woman was told that she couldn’t have children. A few years later, her mother delivered the younger woman’s first child, conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) with the younger woman’s husband and eggs removed from the younger woman’s body.

According to the grandmother, “The attachment for me was not an issue as people have predicted, because in my mind it was biologically their baby,” she said. “I was just a deluxe Easy-Bake Oven.”

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of November 21, 2016

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

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Maybe one of your ancestors is in one of the newly published 1916 Denmark census records, civil registrations from Hungary, Sweden church records, Ohio death, South Carolina birth, or Wyoming obituary records. Search these free records and more at  FamilySearch.org by clicking on the links in the interactive table below.

German-American Genealogical Partnership is Renamed to International German Genealogy Partnership

I have written before about the German-American Genealogical Partnership. See https://goo.gl/Apu1yZ for my past articles. Now the organization is changing its name to International German Genealogy Partnership.

The following announcement was written by the newly-renamed International German Genealogy Partnership:

International German Genealogy Partnership is new name of young organization, reflects growing global participation

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—International German Genealogy Partnership is the new name adopted by members of a new and rapidly growing global organization known since its founding less than two years ago as the German-American Genealogical Partnership.

“New member societies are coming into the Partnership from around the world. There is a growing international participation in the Partnership, and our members decided on a new name that better describes the organization’s international presence,” said Kent Cutkomp, a Minneapolis resident and co-founder of the partnership.

Virtual Grieving With a Smartphone

A church in Kent, England, will allow friends and family all over the world to mourn the passing of their loved ones by live-streaming their funerals. The Kent and Sussex Crematorium and Cemetery, in Tunbridge Wells, is installing a camera so that mourners who are unable to physically attend a funeral will be able to pay their respects by watching it from their laptops, tablets or smartphones.

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Registrar Ken Dry said: “The webcasting facility is a service that we hope will be of help to families and friends who are unable to attend a funeral, perhaps because they live too far away.

Barnes & Noble $49.99 7″ Nook Tablet

This should be a great gift to gift under the Christmas tree: Barnes & Noble has announced that its new Nook Tablet 7″ will be available on December 9, 2016 and will sell for $49.99. This 7-inch tablet computer should be able to run any Android genealogy app. (See https://goo.gl/gD281U for a list of all the available genealogy apps for Android devices.)

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The tablet is a plain-vanilla Android Marshmallow device that will come pre-loaded with Android Nook software and the usual suite of Google Play apps, including the Google Play Store. Unlike its low-cost competitor, the $50 Amazon Fire, the new Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet runs standard, plain-vanilla Android, with Google’s own Play Store built right in.

The New Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland Contains 45,000 English and Irish Surnames

A team of researchers from the University of the West of England in Bristol spent more than six years sleuthing out the origins of more than 45,000 surnames common to Great Britain and Ireland, with 8,000 of those, like Twelvetrees and Farah, investigated for the first time in the new book, The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland.

According to the publisher, the new book includes every last name in the island nations that has 100 or more bearers including the frequency of the name in 1881 and how common it is today. It even includes immigrant family names.