Cool Location Explorer on Google Maps – a Tool for GeoGeeks

Randy Majors is well known for the software tools he creates for genealogists. He adds additional tools to Google Maps that were not invented by Google. Start at to find the earlier articles in this newsletter that describe some of Randy’s inventions.

Randy now has created a new tool that is a bit off-topic for genealogy. However, it undoubtedly will be very useful for many people, genealogists and non-genealogists alike. It’s kind of a location “drill-down” that shows a bunch of different topics (see the image below).

Update: A Success in Fighting Diabetes

OK, I give up!

Three days ago I posted an off-topic article at telling about my recent results at fighting diabetes. In short, after 11 or 12 years as a diabetic, I conquered the problem, perhaps for a short term or maybe forever. I mentioned that anyone who is interested in my fight against diabetes should join in in a message board that I had created at where I would tell anyone and everyone interested about how I drove diabetes into remission.

There was but one problem: the new message board on Google Groups never worked very well. Therefore, I am moving it to a new hosting platform, WordPress. WordPress is the same hosting platform where both EOGN.COM and PRIVACYBLOG.COM are hosted. I have many years’ experience with WordPress and it has always worked well for me.

If you have an interest in how one person drove diabetes into submission, please join me at:

Update: a Genealogy Cruise to Bermuda and to Newport, Rhode Island in 2020 with Cruise Everything

In the May 6, 2019 newsletter, I published an article entitled Announcing a Genealogy Cruise to Bermuda and to Newport, Rhode Island in 2020 with Cruise Everything. In it, I describe a genealogy-themed cruise that Diana Crisman Smith, Ann Staley, and I are taking in 2020. We are inviting other genealogists to join us as we offer genealogy presentations while at sea, plus shore expeditions, excellent food, a world-class spa, and lots of things to do for the entire family.

The article may be found at

In that article, I mentioned that the cruise web site was not yet updated with the latest information but I also promised that it would be updated soon. That has now happened.

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 13, 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Australia, France, Spain, and the United States, including Illinois, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Obituaries from American Society of Germans from Russia, Utah, and Washington. (Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom).

Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

W.S. Clark Store of Tarboro, North Carolina Accounting Ledgers are Now Online at DigitalNC

A new batch of materials from Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro, North Carolina is now online and available on DigitalNC. This collection contains several accounting ledgers from the late 19th century. These five account books are all from the W.S. Clark Store in Tarboro. The store, started by William Samuel Clark (1846-1923), was operated in Tarboro from the 1870s through the 1980s as a general store. By the 1950s, it operated as a department store that sold everything from furniture to clothing to groceries. It was continued for over 50 years after Clark died by his sons.

The ledgers contain transactions of the types of goods people in Tarboro purchased, as well as the prices of items, and indicate when customers made weekly or monthly payments on their accounts. If your ancestor lived in Tarboro, there is a good chance his or her name appears in these ledgers.

Details may be found in the Digital North Carolina Blog at:

A Village in France Will Pay You $2,240 to Decipher a Rock

I suspect there are a few experts at reading old texts in various languages amongst the readers of this newsletter. If that includes you, an article by Emily Dixon in the CNN web site will interest you:

Do the letters “ROC AR B…DRE AR GRIO SE EVELOH AR VIRIONES BAOAVEL” mean anything to you? The words might be in ancient French, or Basque,or Old Breton, or possibly something else.

Experts in Plougastel-Daoulas, a village in Brittany, northwest France, have been unable to decrypt the inscription on a rock outside the village, estimated to be centuries old, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency reports.

A Success in Fighting Diabetes

NOTE: This article has nothing to do with genealogy, family history, DNA, or any of the other topics normally discussed here. It certainly is “off topic” and I am asking anyone who wishes to comment on it or to ask questions to do so on another web site:

About two months ago, I posted an article that started with:

I earlier published an article entitled  23andMe is Looking to Expand to Millions More Users with a New Genetic DNA Report on Diabetes at

In that article, I mentioned that I was diagnosed as a diabetic about 11 or 12 years ago and that I had recently found a promising method of driving diabetes into remission. That article generated a lot of comments here in this web site and in email asking for the details.

I have now reached a point where a blood test taken a few days ago reports that I am no longer a diabetic.

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

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

(+) Our Ancestors’ Dental Care

Book Review: Finding Family

Republishing Obituaries: Is it Piracy?

The U.S. Version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will Return, this Time on NBC

America is Losing its Memory

Announcing a Genealogy Cruise to Bermuda and to Newport, Rhode Island in 2020 with Cruise Everything

Delaware may Increase the Embargo Periods for Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

(+) Our Ancestors’ Dental Care

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

Life in the “good old days” wasn’t always so good. For instance, one has to wonder about dental care as practiced by our ancestors. Ready-made toothbrushes and toothpaste were not available until the mid-1800s. Prior to that, everyone had to make their own.

Throughout the Middle Ages, most people simply rubbed salt on their teeth.

Some people made up their own dentifrice and rubbed the resulting powder on their teeth with a small stick, called a “toothstick,” with a rag over one end. This was the forerunner of the toothbrush.

By the 1700s medical knowledge improved to the point that doctors began to understand the importance of proper dental care. Toothpaste, properly called dentifrice, was made at home. Here is one such recipe:

…burned hartshorn, powdered oyster shell and white tartar. Also a mouthwash of sal ammoniac and water. Another uses cream of tartar, gum myrrh and oil of cloves. And if all this good dental care fails, you may get a set of artificial ones made from the tusks of the hippopotamus, or sea horse, or from the teeth of some domestick [sic.] animals. Teeth made of ivory or bone soon become discoloured and begin to decay and render the breath offensive.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia

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.

NGS Awards Excellence in Genealogy Scholarship and Service

The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

At our annual banquet on Friday evening on 10 May at the 2019 Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, NGS presented awards that acknowledge and honor genealogical scholarship and service. The banquet speaker, David E. Rencher, AG, CG®, FIGRS, FUGA, spoke about the precarious future of tombstones in his presentation, “If Carved in Stone, Your Epitaph is Already Disappearing!” Awards Committee chair Janet L. Bailey opened the awards portion of the banquet.

Each year, NGS presents awards to organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to NGS programs or have done outstanding work in the field of genealogy, history, biography, or heraldry.

National Genealogy Hall of Fame

BCG Names First Recipients of the Donn Devine Award

The following announcement was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists:

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) has announced the first three recipients of the Donn Devine Award for Extraordinary Service. The award, established in honor of longtime BCG trustee Donn Devine, recognizes those who have made important and lasting contributions to the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Named at a luncheon held in St. Charles, Missouri, as the first recipients, were:

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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

There are over 526,000 new records and newspapers available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books, 1890 – 1921

Explore lineage books consisting of information submitted by tens of thousands of individuals with connections to Revolutionary War patriots. First formed in 1890 in Washington DC, The Daughters of the American Revolution is dedicated to the preservation of American Revolutionary War genealogies. This database, containing over 57,000 references to Revolutionary War ancestors and their descendants, will reveal birth years, relative’s names, family lineages and descriptions of American revolutionaries. Some records may even include a photo or sketch of a veteran or member.

The DAR acknowledges those who signed the Declaration of Independence, veterans of the Revolutionary War, civil servants of the provisional or State governments, signers of the Oath of Allegiance or Oath of Fidelity and Support, participants in the Boston Tea Party, prisoners of war, refugees, doctors and nurses, as well as others who assisted the Revolutionary cause.

Scotland, Wigtownshire & Minnigaff Parish Lists 1684

America is Losing its Memory

I will suggest that an article by T.J. Stiles should be required reading by all Americans. (T.J. Stiles is a member of the governing boards of the Society of American Historians and the Organization of American Historians. He received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History, the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction.)

Stiles starts by writing:

“America is losing its memory. The National Archives and Records Administration is in a budget crisis. More than a resource for historians or museum of founding documents, NARA stands at the heart of American democracy. It keeps the accounts of our struggles and triumphs, allows the people to learn what their government has done and is doing and it maintains records that fill in family histories. Genealogy researchers depend on it, as do journalists filing Freedom of Information Act requests. If Congress doesn’t save it, we all will suffer.”

You can read the full article in the Bangor Daily News‘ web site at:

Book Review: Finding Family

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Finding Family
My Search for Roots and the Secrets of My DNA
By Richard Hill. Published by Familius LLC. 2017. 290 pages.

In 1964, Richard Hill, recently graduated from high school and preparing to go to college, stood in his doctor’s office exiting an examination when he heard the doctor’s casual question, How do you feel about being adopted?

A better question might have been, How do you feel about hearing for the first time ever in your entire young life, that you are not the child of your parents?

So heralded the beginning of Mr. Hill’s search for his biological mother and father using conventional genealogical methods, and later DNA, to eliminate and confirm the possibilities as candidates for his biological parentage emerged among old stories told decades later from characters out of the past Mr. Hill was digging up. Updates the New York State, Death Index, 1957-1968

This week added additional records to its database of New York State Death Index, 1957-1968. This collection consists of an index to deaths in the state of New York (excluding deaths recorded in New York City) between the years 1957 and 1968. The collection contains only indexes to records, but the certificate number can be used to order a copy of the original certificate. Details vary, but may include the following information for the decedent:

  • Name of the Decedent
  • Death Date
  • Age at Death
  • Residence at Time of Death
  • Gender
  • File Number

Republishing Obituaries: Is it Piracy?

Who owns the copyrights of obituaries? A recent court case in Canada may have far-reaching implications for genealogists in many countries. While the recent court case applies only to Canada, similar copyright issues exist in many other countries.

Thomson v. Afterlife Network Inc., 2019 FC 545, is a (Canadian) Federal Court decision in which the Court considers the existence of copyright in obituaries used in an e-commerce context.

The case involves a class action lawsuit claiming that posted obituaries and photographs posted in local funeral home web sites were copied and republished by the plaintiff and other class members without the permission of the true copyright holders. The suit then claims that the defendant infringed the copyright and the moral rights of the class members.

Man who said he Hears Voices has been Charged in Fire Outside the U.S. National Archives

A previously unidentified person started a fire outside the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C., on April 25. Some damage to the exterior wall was reported. (See my earlier article at for the details.) Now a man who said voices told him to “burn buildings down” has been arrested in connection with the arson fire.

He was identified as Jacob Leroy Wallace, 32, who had no fixed address, D.C. police said.

Delaware may Increase the Embargo Periods for Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

The following article was written by Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson of the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee:

As previously reported in the IAJGS Records Access Alert, a bill before the Delaware House will increase the embargo periods for birth marriage and death records. On May 7, it was amended and passed by House. The embargo periods were further extended. The bill now would extend embargo periods to:

  • Birth from 72 years to 100 years
  • Marriage from 40 to 70 years an
  • Death records from 40 to 50 years

The original bill maybe accessed at: