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Early Bird Pricing Ends This Week for the NGS Guided SLC Research Trip

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-08 07:26
The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society: ARLINGTON, VA, 8 June 2013: Don’t miss out on the Early Bird pricing for the NGS guided research trip to the world renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City from 15–22 September 2013. NGS offers a substantial discount with early bird pricing if you register by 15 June 2013. The hosts for the trip are Sandra MacLean Clunies, cgsm, and Shirley Langdon Wilcox, cgsm, fngs. Participants will stay at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, which is adjacent to the Family History Library. The trip includes six full days of... Dick Eastman

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"Family History and DNA" Day at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Fri, 2013-06-07 10:25
The Southern California Genealogical Society's annual Jamboree is always one of the largest regional events of the year. In fact, with 1,600 attendees (plus or minus a bit) most years, this three-day event often is larger than some of the national conferences. This year's event was stretched: a fourth day was added. I had an opportunity to attend the new, fourth day yesterday. I wasn't alone: more than 300 people from all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, and China were registered amongst the attendees. The "Family History and DNA" addition was labeled as a "pre-event." Indeed, it seemed... Dick Eastman

Queensland (Australia) Historical Birth, Death, and Marriage Records are Now Online

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Thu, 2013-06-06 08:25
You can now search indexes for Queensland histrical birth, death and marriage records from your computer. If you find an entry in the index that you wish to view, you can download (for a fee) an image of the original register (if available). You also can order printed copies to be sent to you by post. You can learn more at: https://www.bdm.qld.gov.au/IndexSearch/BirIndexQry.m You also can find tips on how to use the search at https://www.bdm.qld.gov.au/IndexSearch/mainMenuSubmit.m?main_menu=Tips Dick Eastman

On the Road Again

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Thu, 2013-06-06 08:06
It's travel time again. So what else is new? If you have been reading this newsletter for a while, you already know that I travel often. I am presently in Burbank, California, attending the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. I have been to the Jamboree before and have always found it to be a great event. I suspect this year's edition will be the same. You can read more about this year's Southern California Genealogy Jamboree at http://genealogyjamboree.com. If you are also attending the Jamboree, drop by the MyHeritage booth and say "Hello!" I'll be there when I am not attending... Dick Eastman

National Library of Wales Identifies Fire-Damaged Archives

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-06-04 15:06
The National Library of Wales suffered a fire on Friday, April 26, which gutted a section of the library's roof. The fire was caused accidentally by workers using a blowtorch. Sadly, some 140 crates of material were badly damaged by water and smoke. Three boxes of 19th Century chapel records from Carmarthen had already been identified as destroyed. Other archival records that were damaged beyond repair included papers relating to Welsh football and the Wales Green Party. Archivists are still opening crates and storage boxes to find anything else that has been damaged or destroyed. Details may be found on... Dick Eastman

“Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013” Conference to be Streamed on the Internet

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-06-04 14:54
The International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) and the Southern California Genealogical Society have announced that four sessions of the “Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013” conference will be live streamed on a pay-for-view basis and available for viewing by genetic genealogists around the world. The cost of $30 per individual presentation includes the session’s syllabus. A special discount is available for those who purchase a Full-Day Pass at the discounted price of $100. Full-Day Pass holders will receive a digital download of the entire conference syllabus of 12 articles at no additional cost. Full details may be... Dick Eastman

1921 Census of Canada to be Available to Researchers in the Next Few Weeks

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-06-04 08:53
The 1921 Canadian Census was taken on June 1, 1921. It was locked up by Statistics Canada 92 years under the Statistics Act to protect individuals’ private information. That time has now expired and Statistics Canada has given the records to Library and Archives Canada. The census data is being indexed so it can be mined for historical and genealogical research as soon as possible. The following is an extract from the Library and Archives Canada web site at: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/news/Pages/2013/1921-census.aspx: Library and Archives Canada took custody of the Census of the Canadian population, 1921 from Statistics Canada, and is beginning... Dick Eastman

What I Use Now for Backups

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-06-03 13:57
I write frequently about the need to make frequent backups of any computer information. After all, you don't want to lose what you worked so hard to create, do you? I guess I haven't written about it in a while as a newsletter reader sent a note today asking, "How about an update on what you use for backup now??" This is my reply: Well, I never backup to only ONE place! Having only one backup is almost as dangerous as having none. I always make at least three backups of my desktop system and store them in at least... Dick Eastman

Update: The Calendar of Genealogy Events

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-06-03 11:04
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 week of operation, I see that genealogy events have been listed in: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado (several events), Connecticut (multiple events), District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois (multiple events), Indiana (multiple events), Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky (multiple events), Massachusetts (multiple events), Nevada (multiple... Dick Eastman

For Sale: a Used Morgue Refrigerator

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-06-03 10:56
The state of New York has an unusual item for sale: a morgue refrigerator. The fridge looks like it is a prop on the set of “CSI.” The ad lists the huge silver appliance, equipped with four doors for body storage, as having “signs of cosmetic wear” but being “fully operational.” It is 8 feet tall, 6 feet wide, and has four drawers for its contents. It previously held corpses for the Office of Mental Health at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center, New York City. Somehow, this has to have a genealogy or family connection but I am not sure how.... Dick Eastman

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The Tragic Murder of Stonecutter Elia Corti

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sun, 2013-06-02 10:14
Several newsletter readers asked about the picture of a tombstone that I used a few days ago in another newsletter article. It is a picture of me standing beside the elaborate tombstone of Elia Corti in the Hope Cemetery in Barre, Vermont. Pam Cerutti, editor of this newsletter, was the photographer. I am reproducing the photo again here, and you can click on it to view a larger image. I didn't know anything about Elia Corti before I saw his tombstone. I immediately became interested in this man. I wondered why a man who was obviously a laborer had such... Dick Eastman

(+) A GPS Device That is Accurate to Within One Centimeter

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-01 18:42
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. My recent article at http://goo.gl/lbTj5 about defacing tombstones by attaching new objects with adhesives has generated a lot of comments about one thing I didn't expect: the use of GPS (Global Positioning System satellite navigation system) in a cell phone to determine the location of a tombstone. Some of the comments questioned the accuracy of cell phone devices; so, I decided to write a separate article to address those questions. I will divide this into three different points in time: what the cell phone accuracy was... Dick Eastman

1939 New York in Color Looks Like it was Filmed Yesterday

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-01 18:41
The Romano Archives uploaded a video to YouTube of archived footage from 1939, remastered entirely in color. 1939 was the year of the New York World's fair and also was the year that Lou Gehrig retired from baseball. A lot of images exist of New York City in 1939 in black-and-white, but this may be the only one available online that is in color. The quality is remarkable — it looks like it was just shot yesterday, but the cars and clothing styles prove otherwise. You can watch the video at http://youtu.be/WgqRN40TXrE or click on the video payer below. When... Dick Eastman

Genealogy Programs for Android

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-01 13:55
One of the more exciting products in the world of handheld computers, cell phones, and "smartphones" is the Android operating system, a mobile operating system initially developed by Android Inc., a firm purchased by Google in 2005. Android is based upon a modified version of the Linux kernel. However, the operating system is so highly modified now that the Linux programmers probably wouldn't recognize it. Android is optimized for use on battery-powered handheld devices. The popularity of the Android operating system has mushroomed in the past few years as many new Android-based cell phones, tablet computers, and handheld computers have... Dick Eastman

Is This the Smallest Wi-Fi Router?

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Fri, 2013-05-31 11:34
I don't know if this is the world's smallest wi-fi router or not, but it certainly must be ONE of the smallest. I obtained a Kanex (pronounced "connects") mySpot Pocket-Size Access Point today because I wanted to solve a specific problem. I wanted a wi-fi router that is as tiny as possible because I only want to use it when traveling. It must fit easily into my suitcase or backpack. Most wi-fi routers are much too large, but this one should be perfect. In my initial testing, it also seems to work quite well. Here's the problem I am trying... Dick Eastman

Windows 8.1 Unveiled: Will It Change Your Mind About Windows 8?

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Fri, 2013-05-31 04:10
Good news for anyone using Windows 8: Microsoft is bringing back the Start Button and is also making a lot of other changes, "based on user comments." In fact, the new Windows 8.1 contains a very long list of changes. While Windows 8.1 will be a free upgrade, it will not be available until late this year. You can learn more from an article by Ed Bott, available at http://goo.gl/HUy6d. Dick Eastman

(+) Turn Vacations into Genealogy Fact-Finding Trips

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Thu, 2013-05-30 18:47
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium." Where will you go on your next vacation trip? A trip to New England? Washington, D.C.? How about to the beach? Or how about a European vacation? How about taking a trip to the town where your grandparents grew up or a visit to the country of your ancestors? Wouldn't you like to actually walk the same streets as your great-great grandfather or see the home where your grandmother was born? This is something you probably want to put... Dick Eastman

Should Technology Deface Tombstones? A Better Idea

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Thu, 2013-05-30 15:15
I had an experience today that got me thinking about today's tombstone technology and what it might be like in the future. A company that shall remain unnamed asked that I write about the company's product: long-lasting display plates containing QR codes. (You can read about QR codes used on tombstones by a different company in my earlier article at http://goo.gl/wrR9m.) The company's products can be attached by adhesive, either to a tombstone (which I am strongly against) or to an urn, marker, or other nearby object that can be inserted into the ground near the tombstone. (I can live... Dick Eastman

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