(+) 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.


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.


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.


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:


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.)


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.

Ships’ Logs of the Honourable East India Company Service are Being Placed Online

In the early 19th century a voyage from England to India and the Far East took over a year to complete. These ships carried hundreds of crew and passengers and the logs list their names, rank, destinations, children are recorded. Many hundreds of the logs survive and are stored in the British Library in original bound volumes. Most of them have never been copied or transcribed. One free web site is now trying to change that. For the first time, a few of the ships’ logs have been made available online.

honourable-east-india-companyThe Records cover the government of India amounting to over 10 miles of shelves, plus 70,000 volumes of official publications and 105,000 manuscripts and maps. Day to day events are recorded such as cleaning, loading the ship, weather, floggings, recording of passing ships, sickness, disputes, and death.

Only a tiny percentage of the logs have been transferred to date. Ships’ logs available online so far include the following ships’ names and voyages:

Findmypast Friday – Millions of new 1939 Records Available to Search

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

logo-findmypast-AU-500Over 2 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

1939 Register

The 1939 register now contains over 5 million more records than it did at launch. In the year since the Register was launched, Findmypast has matched millions of ‘closed records’ to multiple data sources to correctly confirm the date and location of death for individuals recorded. This process has resulted in more than three million records being opened in the past 12 months, while an additional two million records have been opened in the past week to mark the first anniversary of the register’s launch.

The 1939 Register now contains more than 32.8 million open records. Each record includes the names of inhabitants at each address, their date of birth, marital status and occupation. A wealth of contextual information, including period photographs never before seen online, infographics, region-specific newspaper articles and historical and contemporary maps, are personally tailored to each record, offering a rich and unique user experience unrivalled by any other family history research tool to date.

New South Wales, Government Railways and Tramways Roll Of Honour, 1914-1919

(+) What They Never Told You About Immigration

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

Hundreds of articles about immigration to the United States have been published over the years in various magazines, books, and online sites. Indeed, a few dozen articles about immigration have been published in this newsletter alone. To my knowledge, the numbers and facts mentioned in all of those articles have been quite accurate. I would suggest, however, the more interesting facts and statistics are the ones that were never mentioned in most articles.


Much has been written about the 47 million Europeans and Asians who entered the various ports of entry from 1820 through 1960. For all that, how many of those articles ever mention the fact that more than one-third of those immigrants RETURNED to their homelands?

An After-Dark Cemetery Party

I admit to spending a lot of time in cemeteries but never at an event like this one. On the night of October 15, 2016, Atlas Obscura and Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery invited fifteen hundred New Yorkers to explore the 19th-century garden cemetery’s expansive grounds. The guests made their own pathways by the light of the moon through the evening in order to discover hidden surprises, unusual entertainment and incredible access to rare historic spaces.

Save $39 on a Year of Dropbox Pro with One Terabyte of Storage, Plus a Free $25 Gift Card

dropbox_logoDropbox is a very popular cloud-based file storage service. I know that many genealogists use it. However, the company only offers 2 gigabytes of free file space, one of the lowest free offers in the file storage business. If you like Dropbox but would like more space, PC manufacturer Dell is offering a big sale on annual Dropbox Pro subscriptions that include one terabyte (1,000 gigabytes) of storage. Dropbox Pro is normally $99 a year but this discount drops the price to $59.99.

In addition to the $39 discount, you’ll get a bonus $25 Dell promo gift card (shows up in the cart). If you’ve been thinking about upgrading, this is an attractive opportunity.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live! Tickets are Now On Sale

The 11th Who Do You Think You Are? Live show will be held 6 – 8 April 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham, England. This is the largest family history show in the UK and one of the largest in the world.

An early bird rate is currently available until Tuesday 22nd November 2016, allowing you to obtain 2 tickets for the price of £20 if you use the code ANC20 when purchasing. The code is courtesy of Ancestry.co.uk. Also, if you travel to WDYTYA? Live on Virgin Trains, you can deduct 25% from the cost of the train ticket.

To buy show tickets visit: http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com/ticket-information. Details about discounted train tickets may be found at https://www.virgintrains.co.uk/nec.

To learn more about the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show, watch the YouTube video from last year’s show below and then go to http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com.

New and Exclusive U.K. Women’s and Civilians’ Records on Forces War Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at Forces War Records:

New Forces War Records collections will be uploaded by end November

Women Drivers records will be free to view until from 27th November until 1st December!

It’s not all about the men – during wartime many women played a huge part, on land and sea. Some served, whilst others carried out a range of duties to help their country. They were munition workers, air raid wardens, nurses, social workers, farm workers, politicians, drivers and other home front uniformed services.


From November 27th these collections will be on the website: