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Boon Hill: A (Future) Computer Game about Tombstones

Mon, 2013-06-17 19:19
Matthew Ritter hopes to release a computer game called “Boon Hill” by the end of August. The idea is to present the player with a high number of sparse, moving (and sometimes humorous) stories. Ritter says it won't be a game in the traditional sense. "You’re not working toward anything; it’s just a vehicle to hopefully experience some kind of emotional interaction with this world that’s created.” You can read more in an article by Jesse Singal in the Boston Globe at http://goo.gl/RJ7uT. My thanks to newsletter reader Pam Holland for telling me about the article. Dick Eastman

Michelle, Malia Ann and Sasha Obama Receive a Genealogy Briefing while in Ireland

Mon, 2013-06-17 19:08
The following announcement was written by Eneclann: At lunchtime Michelle Obama and her two daughters, Malia Ann and Sasha, took part in a private genealogy event about the President’s Irish ancestors at a special exhibit at the Long Room in the Old Library in Trinity College Dublin. This very personal event was co-ordinated and presented by Fiona Fitzsimons with Helen Moss of Eneclann. Fiona, Research Director at Eneclann, gave an overview of the history of their family, which is better documented than that of other Irish-American presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton or even JFK. The Obamas’ story includes wig and... Dick Eastman

(+) Is Your CD-ROM Data Disappearing?

Sat, 2013-06-15 17:54
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. Genealogists are generally concerned with long-term data preservation. A lot of genealogists believe that the only method of preserving data is to print the information on paper. Yet, many of us have handled old pieces of paper that are decaying, crumbling, or fading to the point that the information is not readable. In fact, most paper manufactured in the past 75 years or so contains acids that will hasten the deterioration of the information you wish to preserve. Even worse, the inks and laser printer toner... Dick Eastman

Update: Handheld Magic Wand Scanner for $23.99

Sat, 2013-06-15 11:02
I purchased a MagicWand handheld scanner about three years ago and have used it frequently. I paid $99.95 for it at a local retail store. Three days ago, I published an article (at http://goo.gl/PNEik) about a refurbished PanDigital Handheld Scanner that appeared to be identical to my MagicWand device except that is is selling for $23.99. The item advertised this week on NewEgg.com is a refurbished unit. I immediately ordered one. My earlier MagicWand scanner is in the motorhome in Orlando while I am spending the summer in Massachusetts. I also recently retrieved an old family Bible from the safe... Dick Eastman

Update: The Calendar of Genealogy Events

Sat, 2013-06-15 10:35
On May 26, I announced a new feature on this newsletter's web site: The Calendar of Genealogy Events at http://www.eogn.com/calendar. The purpose of the calendar is to provide information about future genealogy conferences, seminars, conventions, cruises, trips, and even online "webinars." All information is to be provided by you and other readers of this newsletter. In the first three weeks of operation, I see that genealogy events have been listed in: U.S.: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma,... Dick Eastman

Book Review: On Your Own: How to Design and Construct a Family History Book to Inform and Captivate Readers

Fri, 2013-06-14 21:50
The following book review was written by Bobbi King: On Your Own: How to Design and Construct a Family History Book to Inform and Captivate Readers By Elayne and Stephen Denker. 2013. 85 pages. When you finally sit down to write your family history, you inevitably encounter writer’s block. You recall all the authors who have published such great looking family history books, which they said they wrote using MS Word (it’s the same program you’re using!) and you instantly think, “Wow, this is great, my book’s going to look just like that!” But when you sit down and begin... Dick Eastman

CBC to Offer "Qui êtes-vous?", a French-language adaptation of "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Fri, 2013-06-14 12:16
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will broadcast the French-language "Qui êtes-vous?" during the Holiday season. The format of the program will be similar to the BBC's "Who Do You Think You Are" adaptation. The series will consist of six one-hour episodes, starring Normand Brathwaite, Dominique Michel, Guy A Lepage, Pénélope McQuade, Marina Orsini and Patrice L'Ecuyer. Details may be found (in French) at http://goo.gl/WLWGc and a machine-generated translation is available from Google at http://goo.gl/Ml6FI. Dick Eastman

Susan Doak Named as Nebraska's Genealogist of the Year

Fri, 2013-06-14 11:58
Susan Doak of McCook received the Genealogist of the Year award at the 2013 Annual Conference and Membership Meeting in Grand Island, Nebraska. The Nebraska State Genealogical Society offers the award to one genealogist or family historian each year for exceptional and outstanding service to his or her local genealogical society and the genealogy community as a whole. Details may be found in the McCook Daily Gazette at http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/1977822.html. Dick Eastman

FamilySearch Obtains Permission to Digitize Vital Records in France

Fri, 2013-06-14 11:32
FamilySearch, an arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often referred to as the Mormons), has now obtained permission to digitize images of records about persons born more than one hundred and twenty years ago, as recorded in French civil acts. FamilySearch already has a collection of microfilm images of vital records and church records obtained under an agreement reached in 1960 with Archives France. However, that agreement did not include permission to publish images on the still-to-be-invented Internet. In recent years, FamilySearch has asked for permission to publish the images online and that permission apparently has... Dick Eastman

U.K.'s Who Do You Think You Are? 2013: New Celebrities Revealed

Fri, 2013-06-14 08:36
The Who Do You Think You Are? television program originated in the United Kingdom and remains very popular there. The television program has also spawned an accompanying magazine. Now that magazine has revealed the list of celebrities who will be featured in the new season's program. Most of the celebrities are well known throughout the British Isles but probably are not household names elsewhere. The celebrities include: footballing legend Gary Lineker, actress Lesley Sharp, Sir Alan Sugar's right-hand man Nick Hewer, comedian Sarah Millican, star of Chariots of Fire, The Charmer and Coronation Street Nigel Havers, television actress Una Stubbs,... Dick Eastman

Michael Savoca Presented with Freeman Student Grant at SCGS Jamboree

Fri, 2013-06-14 08:30
The following announcement was written by the organizers of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Award: Michael Savoca, a college student from Toms River, New Jersey was awarded the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Award at the Scholarship Breakfast on 9 June 2013 at the annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California. The Freeman Student Grant was established by family and friends in 2010 in memory of Suzanne Winsor Freeman, family historian and life-long volunteer, and an enthusiastic annual attendee at the SCGS Jamboree. Each year, Jamboree has included a complimentary full-registration package for... Dick Eastman

Priceless Madison County, Alabama, Records Returned 60 Years After They Disappeared

Fri, 2013-06-14 08:18
After 60 years of mystery, thousands of pages of Madison County historic documents from the territorial days and even some Civil War era records are back in the hands of county record keepers. Historian James William Bragg Sr. borrowed the records in the 1950s as part of his studies for a master’s thesis. He had permission from a probate judge and other local officials. Unfortunately, Bragg unexpectedly passed away before returning everything to the courts. Three descendants of James William Bragg Sr. now have delivered the first 8 boxes of documents that “disappeared” from the courthouse in the 1950s. More... Dick Eastman

Library and Archives Canada’s Secret Book Deal Generates Angry Responses

Thu, 2013-06-13 21:59
Controversy continues to swirl around Library and Archives Canada. The latest scandal is a secret deal negotiated with Canadiana.ca, a private high-tech consortium, to give away millions of publicly-owned books and documents to Canadiana.com which, in exchange, will get a 10-year exclusive license to sell the books and documents in sophisticated digital formats. The deal was reached in secrecy with no public hearings or even announcements. Critics say the deal amounts to selling back to Canadians what they already own. In the House of Commons, NDP heritage critics Andrew Cash and Pierre Nantel again challenged Heritage Minister James Moore, who... Dick Eastman

BillionGraves.com adds FamilySearch Tree Connect

Thu, 2013-06-13 10:53
BillionGraves.com has added a new feature: FamilySearch Tree Connect. It allows you to attach BillionGraves tombstone images to records on FamilySearch.org. Visitors to FamilySearch.org can then find a record of a deceased individual and then click on a link to view the tombstone image (if available) as stored on BillionGraves.com. The image is accompanied by a text description, the name of the cemetery, and the location. Best of all, it is very easy to use. I would suggest this is the best source citation possible: instead of a bit of text that refers to where someone found the information, an... Dick Eastman

Belfast, Maine's Grove Cemetery Records are now Online

Thu, 2013-06-13 10:30
Steve Boguen recently finished digitizing the roughly 8,000 handwritten burial records of Grove Cemetery where he has served as superintendent for 34 years. He started the indexing project 10 years ago. Boguen noted that the card indexes are generally more accurate than the tombstones themselves. People sometimes were buried in family plots without an accompanying memorial. Some headstones have deteriorated or disappeared completely. In other cases, a headstone may have been placed in the cemetery "in memory of" someone who had a connection to Belfast but is not actually buried here. The records can be viewed on the city's website... Dick Eastman

Free Guide to Pennsylvania Ancestors

Thu, 2013-06-13 10:17
The Family History Library staff have now completed a project to improve the Pennsylvania section of FamilySearch Wiki. Special emphasis has been placed on the county pages. Users will find lots of links to online church records, naturalizations, and wills. In this guide, you will find a series of research articles packed with helpful ideas for tracing ancestors in big cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as 67 counties throughout the state. Pennsylvania Online Genealogy Records will help you quickly discover what is available online. In Pennsylvania, birth, marriage, and death records generally do not begin until the late... Dick Eastman

Handheld Magic Wand Scanner for $23.99

Wed, 2013-06-12 21:21
I have written several times about the Magic Wand Handheld Scanner. You can find my earlier articles by starting at http://goo.gl/Y0pKR. I must admit that I love this little scanner that slides into an overcoat pocket or a lady's purse. It scans up to 600 dots per inch and supports pages up to 8½"x14". Being self contained and battery powered, it operates independently, without the need for PC. I have used mine to scan dozens of documents found at archives and many pages from books found in libraries. (Always ask permission first before scanning anything.) I find it to be... Dick Eastman

Historical Will Books from New South Wales to be Published for the First Time by findmypast.com.au

Wed, 2013-06-12 20:30
The following announcement was written by Findmypast.com.au: Findmypast.com.au secures government contract to display NSW will books online 12 June 2013 – Leading family history site, findmypast.com.au, has secured the rights to publish all of the registered wills from New South Wales from 1800 to 1952. As the only genealogy site displaying this information, the tender win is a major coup for findmypast.com.au as it consolidates its strong presence in the Australian market. The collection of will books will be available later this year and will include handwritten copies of the original wills, from about 1800 to 1924, and typed copies... Dick Eastman

Ancestry.co.uk adds an Index to the North Nottinghamshire Register of Voters, 1885

Wed, 2013-06-12 20:21
Last year, Ancestry.co.uk launched images of the North Nottinghamshire Register of Voters for 1885. However, there was no index at that time. The only method of finding people in the Register was to click through the images one at a time, similar to using microfilm. The register has now been updated with an index, meaning it is now possible for users to search the records. These registers list the names of North Nottingham residents who were eligible to vote in elections in 1885. Registers of eligible voters were kept on an annual basis beginning in 1832. This database contains the... Dick Eastman

Library and Archives Canada to Start Charging Fees?

Wed, 2013-06-12 20:08
An internal document from Library and Archives Canada suggests the department is considering a paywall to help pay for digitizing its content, but that plan has been delayed until at least the fall. Part of a plan posted on an archivist's Tumblr blog involves a 10-year agreement with non-profit group Canadiana.org. "The agreement … provides for 10 years of exclusive rights for Canadiana to monetize the collections in exchange for making them accessible online," the document said. Details may be found in an article on the CBC News web site at http://goo.gl/5JFfq. Dick Eastman

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