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A List of Genealogy DNA Companies

Tue, 2013-05-14 09:23
A newsletter reader wrote and asked, "I would like to get my DNA done on my Mothers side. Can you tell me who would be the best one to do it?" In fact, there is a long list of DNA companies in the business of helping customers find their ancestry. I cannot think of any one that I would call "the best." However, the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, or ISOGG, does maintain a long list of companies in the business and even lists the specialties of each company. You can find that list at http://www.isogg.org/wiki/List_of_DNA_testing_companies. Several companies specialize in... Dick Eastman

(+) How to Use Evernote to be a Better Genealogist

Mon, 2013-05-13 17:05
The following is an update to a Plus Edition article I published about a year ago. Some of the information has changed since the original article was published. I have updated the article and am re-publishing it today. The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. One of my favorite computer tools is Evernote. I've been using it for more than four years now and love it. Sometimes I wonder how I ever got along before Evernote. While Evernote has many uses, I use it primarily as a digital filing system. In fact, I... Dick Eastman

MyHeritage launches Record Detective™ to Accelerate Family History Discoveries

Mon, 2013-05-13 12:29
I sat through a demo of this new software last week at the NGS 2013 annual conference in Las Vegas. I was amazed by the capabilities. I hope to spend some time "hands on" with Record Detective™ in the next few days and will then write about my experiences. Based on what I saw at the demo, I have high expectations. In the meantime, here is today's official announcement from MyHeritage: MyHeritage launches Record Detective™ to accelerate family history discoveries Global family history network makes technology breakthrough that turns dead-ends into new leads PROVO, Utah, and Tel Aviv, Israel, May... Dick Eastman

Google Unifies Gmail, Drive Storage and Google+ Photos with 15 Gigabytes of FREE Storage for ALL

Mon, 2013-05-13 12:28
Google announced today that it will unify the storage between the Gmail and the Google Drive online storage service. Now, instead of having 10GB free storage in Gmail and another 5GB in Drive, users will have 15GB total to use. The free storage can be used as you like between Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos. In the event you need more storage, Google is offering plans at $4.99/month for 100 GB, and $9.99/month for 200GB. You can read more in Google's Gmail Blog at http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/bringing-it-all-together-15-gb-now.html. Dick Eastman

Irish Statistics (1926 Census) Bill, 2013

Mon, 2013-05-13 11:04
Michael Merrigan, MA, FGSI, the General Secretary of the Genealogical Society Of Ireland, has sent a message to many noting that the Statistics (1926 Census) Bill, 2013 was published on the Oireachtas website. It is described as: Bill entitled an Act to amend the Statistics Act 1993, in relation to the first census of population of Ireland taken since the establishment of the State; to afford that census a special heritage status and to have such released to the public for genealogical, historical and other research The proposed bill is available as a PDF file at http://goo.gl/LAJgd. Anyone with an... Dick Eastman

Review of "Family Tree" on HBO

Mon, 2013-05-13 10:46
I did not get to watch last night's premier of "Family Tree" on HBO. I rarely watch television so I do not subscribe to HBO. The program is not supposed to be a genealogy program. Instead, it is a comedy or sometimes might be called a "mockumentary." However, several reviews of last night's program have since been posted online. Most of them state the program was not very funny. You can find several reviews if you start at http://goo.gl/OWVpt. If you were able to watch last night's episode, please write a comment at the end of this article describing your... Dick Eastman

Evernote Web Clipper

Mon, 2013-05-13 09:31
Several recent comments posted by newsletter readers have mentioned methods of saving partial or complete web pages to your computer so that you may preserve them and also easily find them in the future. The obvious use for genealogists is to save information found on the web about an ancestor or other member of your family tree for future reference. A couple of these methods sounded rather complex to me so I thought I would write about the method I use to to save web pages. It is simple, smart and efficient. It also makes the saved web pages available... Dick Eastman

Christopher Guest’s Family Tree Is Really About the Genealogy of Comedy

Fri, 2013-05-10 21:59
As mentioned in earlier articles in this newsletter (as mentioned last year at http://goo.gl/HxGeV and more recently at http://goo.gl/kDWZA), a new television program called Family Tree will appear on HBO this Sunday evening. However, one word of warning: this will not be a genealogy program! Despite the name, this is a mockumentary comedy, not a "how to research your family tree" program. The comedy series follows Tom Chadwick (Chris O’Dowd in charming loser mode) as he tries to learn more about his ancestors. His family tree is described as "a world full of weirdos." Tom learns that a great aunt... Dick Eastman

What's New At Ancestry.com: May 2013 Edition

Fri, 2013-05-10 17:29
Crista Cowan gives a quick look in a YouTube video at the new features and tools available to help make your family history easier and more fun. You can view the video at http://youtu.be/lY0FBu-R1-U or by clicking on the icon in the middle of the picture below: Dick Eastman

How to Save Web Pages from your iPad as a PDF File while using Chrome

Fri, 2013-05-10 17:18
The iPad tablet is a great device but, by itself, is poor at saving web pages for later viewing or printing. Michele Berner has created a YouTube video that shows a better way to save those web pages. However, her method only works with the Chrome web browser (available free of charge at the iPad App Store). Once saved as a PDF file locally or on a cloud-based storage service (Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, or a similar service), you also can print that file, display it later on your screen, save it in Evernote, or send it to someone via... Dick Eastman

Putnam County, Tennessee, Begins to Scan Documents

Fri, 2013-05-10 17:03
Glenn Jones, Putnam County Archivist, recently received a grant from the State of Tennessee to digitize the Patton Papers to make them accessible to anyone anywhere. “The amount of records she collected is amazing,” Jones said. “Maurine Patton worked on these for years and she wanted them preserved.” Those records — totaling thousands of pages — are documentation of numerous families from all over the region in a chart organization. When the digitization process is complete, the files will be available in a format anyone can view anywhere, thanks to the World Wide Web. They will be put online at... Dick Eastman

Volunteer Help Wanted in Maryland

Fri, 2013-05-10 15:57
FamilySearch.org and the Maryland Archives have begun a joint venture to digitize Will and Probate Records held at the Maryland Archives. This important project will ensure the preservation of these vital records and make them more readily accessible to the public. Records from Baltimore County, Carroll County and Caroline County will will be prepared by local volunteers and digitally imaged by FamilySearch.org. These documents date from the mid-1800's to the mid-1900's. FamilySearch is currently seeking volunteers to assist with this work. If you have an interest and can contribute a 4 hour shift on a day of your choice, look... Dick Eastman

RootsTech 2014 Call For Presentations

Fri, 2013-05-10 15:33
The following announcement was written by FamilySearch: Presentation proposals for RootsTech 2014 will be accepted June 17-July 8, 2013, online at rootstech.org/proposals. RootsTech is a family history and technology conference "where families connect." The fourth annual conference, hosted by FamilySearch, will be held February 6-8, 2014, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. RootsTech brings together the best in family history tools and technology to help attendees discover and share their family's connections and stories. RootsTech 2014 will reach thousands of attendees both on-site in Salt Lake City and at remote locations around the world. Presentations... Dick Eastman

PBS Announces New Series, “Genealogy Roadshow,” Premiering This Fall

Fri, 2013-05-10 07:44
A new genealogy television show in the U.S. has been rumored for some time (see http://goo.gl/OWVzi for my earlier article), but now the producers have issued an official press release giving many of the details. The following was written by Big Mountain Productions and Krasnow Productions: ARLINGTON, VA; MAY 9, 2013 – PBS announced today that it will add the new series GENEALOGY ROADSHOW to its fall lineup. Part detective story, part emotional journey, GENEALOGY ROADSHOW will combine history and science to uncover the fascinating stories of diverse Americans. Each individual’s past will link to a larger COMMUNITY history, revealing... Dick Eastman

Book Review: Genealogical.com's “At a Glance” Series of Genealogy Research Guides

Thu, 2013-05-09 21:47
The following review was written by Bobbi King: “At a Glance”guides. Four-page laminated 8 ½ x 11 publications. Published by Genealogical.com. “Irish Genealogy Research” by Brian Mitchell “Scottish Genealogy Research” by David Dobson “German Genealogy Research” by Ernest Thode “African American Genealogy Research” by Michael Hait “Ellis Island Research” by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack “Revolutionary War Genealogy Research” by Craig R. Scott “Michigan Genealogy Research” by Carol McGinnis “Immigration Research” by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack “English Genealogy Research” by Paul Milner “Italian Genealogy Research” by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack “French Genealogy Research” by Claire Bettag “Virginia Genealogy Research” by Carol McGinnis “American Cemetery... Dick Eastman

I Have My Family Tree Back to Adam and Eve

Thu, 2013-05-09 08:50
In January, Nathan W. Murphy, Senior Research Consultant, of the LDS Church's Genealogical Department, wrote an article in the FamilySearch blog at http://goo.gl/twYxq to clarify the misconceptions that many novice genealogists believe to be true. Murphy write, "...it is not even possible to verify historically a connected European pedigree earlier than the time of the Merovingian Kings (c. a.d. 450–a.d. 752)." In the blog posting, Murphy also refers to a longer article written by Robert C. Gunderson, Senior Royalty Research Specialist, of the Church Genealogical Department, about the same subject in the LDS Gospel Library Magazines at http://goo.gl/Ulp0N (scroll down... Dick Eastman

Digging Your Canadian Roots Has Been Ripped Off

Thu, 2013-05-09 08:46
Scammers are amongst us in the genealogy community as well as elsewhere. Kathryn Lake Hogan, has issued the following announcement on her web site at http://www.looking4ancestors.com/: I have been ripped off. A website called downloadprovider.me has illegally scammed my book Digging Your Canadian Roots and is offering it on their website. All you have to do is become a member, pay their fee, and you can download it. However, the problem is no one from the this website has contacted me requesting permission about selling my book on their website. What they are doing is ILLEGAL. My copyright is being... Dick Eastman

National Genealogical Society Presents Awards Honoring Excellence in Newsletter Editorship and Service to NGS

Thu, 2013-05-09 08:45
The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society and announced at the Society's annual conference this week in Las Vegas: Arlington, VA, 8 May 2013: The National Genealogical Society honored excellence in the categories of newsletter editorship and service to the Society with the presentation of several awards at the Opening Session of the NGS 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 8 May 2013. The Opening Session keynote speaker was historian Marian Smith, Chief, Historical Research Branch, US Citizenship and Immigration Services who spoke on the topic “People, Policy, and Records: The Importance of Historical... Dick Eastman

Stop the Impending Fiscal Disaster for Historical Records in the United States

Thu, 2013-05-09 08:31
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s (NHPRC’s) ability to carry out its legal mandate is in danger. Congress has proposed severe budget cuts. If passed, this will seriously impede the capacity of repositories nationwide to care for our nation’s heritage and make it available for use by our citizens. The Society of American Archivists has issued a call for Americans to contact the members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services as well as other elected officials to tell them of our opinions of the budget cuts. The Call for Action may be found at http://goo.gl/mZZ7t. Dick Eastman

How Census Data Collection Changed Race in America

Thu, 2013-05-09 08:24
Lisa Wade has published an interesting article in the Pacific Standard magazine's web site about census data collected over the years. From 1790 through 1960, census enumerators visited households and recorded a lot of information about the residents, including race. However, in 1970, the Census Bureau switched to mail-in surveys where the individual self-identified their own race. The results were dramatic. The racial percentages in America changed overnight. You can read the article and view some pictures of past enumerators at work at http://goo.gl/0D0G7. Dick Eastman

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