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Breaking News - 1921 Census of Canada

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-06-18 19:25
Elizabeth Lapointe posted the following in her Genealogy Canada blog: "A reliable source from the LAC has just phoned me to ask that I inform my readers, genealogists, and others interested in their Canadian families, that the 1921 Canadian Census has already been digitized, and has been ready for release since last Wednesday, 12 June, but it is being held back by the federal government before it is released. "So if you want the census released NOW, it has been suggested that you write the Heritage Minister, The Honourable James Moore, and ask that the 1921 Canadian Census be released... Dick Eastman

Ed Koch's Tombstone Engraved with Wrong Birth Date

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-06-18 19:18
Here's a problem for future genealogists. The headstone for former New York City mayor Ed Koch lists his birth year as 1942 instead of 1924. The engraver, Tommy Flynn, of Flynn Funeral and Cremation Memorial Services, says it was "an inadvertent error" and that he feels "terrible." He says he will correct the error. His former chief of staff, Diane Coffey, remarked, "As Ed Koch used to say, 'It's always important to correct the record.'" You can read more on the NBC 4 New York web site at http://goo.gl/ZazxL. Here's a note to beginning genealogists: Don't believe everything you read,... Dick Eastman

Master the Paperwork at the 1st JGSGB Family History Fair

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-06-18 15:54
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain will hold a genealogy fair next month that has several interesting events scheduled. One that caught my eye deals with preservation of paper documents. The following was written by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain: The De Vere Village Urban Resort hotel in Elstree in is where, on 7th July 2013, you’ll find the JGSGB First Family History Fair, supported by Gold Sponsors MyHeritage and Forces War Records together with Media Partner Jewish News. Also together under one roof, handpicked vendors will be offering everything you need to store and preserve your... Dick Eastman

(+) How to Protect Files Stored on a USB Flash Drive

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-06-17 21:45
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. Flash drives (also called jump drives or memory sticks) are a great invention. I use several of them to store and transport various data files. In fact, you can probably find dozens of uses for a flash drive. Today's flash drives are becoming cheap, and they are rugged—almost impervious to damage, other than driving over one with an automobile. I once accidentally sent a flash drive through the washer, and it continued to work perfectly afterwards. (That is not guaranteed by the manufacturer, however!) Today’s flash... Dick Eastman

Boon Hill: A (Future) Computer Game about Tombstones

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - 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

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - 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?

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - 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

HAWKEYE 18:4 Iowa Pioneers Mills County Land & Death Recs Iowa Censu Recs

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Update: Handheld Magic Wand Scanner for $23.99

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - 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

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - 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


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

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - 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?"

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - 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

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - 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

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - 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

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - 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

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - 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

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - 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

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - 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


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