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(+) An Easy Way to Make Presentations with PowerPoint in Your Pocket

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sun, 2013-05-26 17:09
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. Do you frequently make presentations to groups of people? Are you carrying a laptop computer with PowerPoint, Keynote, or another computer presentation program that can save slides in .PPT or .PPTX format? Are you tired of carrying a laptop computer just to show your slides? Do you own an iPad, an iPhone, or an iPod Touch? If you answer "yes" to all three questions, I may have a solution for you. Why carry around your laptop to your next presentation? With the proper software on your... Dick Eastman

Memorial Day

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sun, 2013-05-26 11:05
Monday in the United States is Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who died in our nation's service. The origins of this day of remembrance are in doubt, with more than two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War. Originally called Decoration Day, the holiday was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic: "The 30th of May, 1868, is... Dick Eastman

Announcing the Calendar of Genealogy Events

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sun, 2013-05-26 10:25
I thought I would experiment with something new, hopefully a useful resource for all my readers. I have added a Calendar of Genealogy Events to this newsletter at http://www.eogn.com/calendar. This calendar will provide information about future genealogy conferences, seminars, conventions, trips, and even online "webinars." All information can be provided by you and other readers of this newsletter. The calendar uses wiki software. A wiki is a web site that allows visitors to make changes, contributions, or corrections. This means you and all the other readers of this newsletter can add information directly. I invite everyone to add events to... Dick Eastman

Recent Changes in the Calendar of Genealogy Events

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sun, 2013-05-26 10:24
The following pages have changed recently in the Calendar of Genealogy Events: Arizona District of Columbia Illinois Kansas Manitoba Massachusetts North Carolina Pennsylvania United Kingdom Utah Dick Eastman

Minister Moore Announces Acting Librarian and Archivist of Canada

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-05-25 15:40
The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, has taken action in an attempt to clean up some of the problems at Library and Archives Canada. (You can read my earlier articles about this at http://goo.gl/lj9kJ.) Today Moore announced that Hervé Déry will be the interim Librarian and Archivist of Canada until an appointment is made. Since March 2012, Mr. Déry has been the Assistant Deputy Minister and Corporate Secretary, Policy and Collaboration Sector, at Library and Archives Canada. Mr. Déry has also held several other senior positions within the federal government since 1982. He holds both... Dick Eastman

Save Library & Archives Canada: How Ordinary Citizens can Make an Impact

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Fri, 2013-05-24 15:29
This is a follow-up to my earlier article at http://goo.gl/ll53g: Kimberly Silk has posted a blog article describing how Canadians can take action now to save and greatly improve Library & Archives Canada. You can read Kimberly's excellent article at http://goo.gl/KsuPw. Dick Eastman

Who Do You Think You Are? Live! to be Held in London February 20 to 22, 2014

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Fri, 2013-05-24 15:15
The Who Do You Think You Are? Live! event is probably the largest family history gathering in the world. It typically attracts 12,000 to 15,000 attendees each year. It is always held at the Olympia Centre in London, England. Past conferences have typically been held on Friday through Sunday. However, the show's organizers have announced a change for the 2014 show: it will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 20 to 22 February, 2014. The format of the 2014 will remain similar to past events: more than 150 free workshops, free services which can identify and date military memorabilia... Dick Eastman

HAWKEYE 17:1 Iowa Pioneers, Jackson Co. 1850 Census #1, Shelby Co., Iowa VRs

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4 BOOKS ON ANCESTRY, GENEALOGY, LEARN WHAT CLUES IDENTIFY PEOPLE IN PHOTOS

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REGISTER 1982-4 Diana Princess of Wales American Cousins by Gary Boyd Roberts

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Ireland’s General Register Office Records Finally to Go Online

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Thu, 2013-05-23 09:14
I received the following note from Steven C. Smyrl FIGRS, MAPGI, the Executive Liaison Officer for the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations: The Irish government has announced that indexes to birth, death & marriage records which date from 1845 are soon to be made available through its genealogy portal www.irishgenealogy.ie. This is terrific news, announced in CIGO’s 21st year, the year in which it ‘comes of age’. Founded as the GRO Users Group, but soon after renamed the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations, CIGO began life as a direct response to the 1992 government announcement that the General Register Office... Dick Eastman

6 Best Free Genealogy Programs

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Wed, 2013-05-22 21:06
Joanna Maria has published a list of what she believes are the six best FREE genealogy programs. I am not sure if I agree exactly with her list or not, but I will agree with five of the six. The remaining one she listed is a program I have not used so I don't yet have an opinion about that one. The title of "best" is open for discussion but her list is a great starting point for that discussion. You can read Joanna Maria's list of the 6 Best FREE Genealogy Software at http://goo.gl/HqeOC. Dick Eastman

U.S. Version of "Who Do You Think You Are?" Returns to Television on TLC, Starting July 23

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Wed, 2013-05-22 21:05
NBC had a very successful series in "Who Do You Think You Are?" but canceled the television programs after three seasons. Producers Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky have since negotiated a deal with TLC Network (see my earlier articles by starting at http://goo.gl/zzidk) and now have announced the premiere date for a new season: July 23 at 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central. Ancestry.com will remain as the sponsor. TLC will air eight one-hour episodes in the new season. The celebrities featured this year include: Christina Applegate, Kelly Clarkson, Cindy Crawford, Chris O’Donnell and Zooey Deschan. You can read more... Dick Eastman

Are Digital Libraries Going to Replace Traditional Books?

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Wed, 2013-05-22 20:55
Is it time to stop the presses? It seems that every week I report in this newsletter about more and more genealogy books that are being converted to electronic format. Sure, old books have been digitized for several years now. However, even new books are now appearing as electronic publications. The Kindle, Nook, and other e-book readers are hot items these days. Now the world's first completely paperless public library is scheduled to open this summer in San Antonio, Texas. The so-called BiblioTech is a low-cost project with big ambitions. It will have 100 e-readers on loan, and dozens of... Dick Eastman

New DVD from Genealogical.com: GENERATIONS: The WPA Ex-Slave Narrative Genealogical Resource Database

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Wed, 2013-05-22 20:30
The following announcement was written by Genealogical.com: BALTIMORE, May 22, 2013 -- Between 1937 and 1938, the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Project Administration (WPA) conducted thousands of interviews with former African-American slaves. While historians have known about these oral histories for some time, few researchers have exploited the genealogical potential of these sources--until now! For the first time, the DVD series Generations, by Dr. James M. Rose, presents these ex-slave narratives with critical genealogical evidence pertaining to each interviewee. While varying from one ex-slave to another, Generations' genealogical content includes census record extracts, death certificates, probate records, plantation... Dick Eastman

FamilySearch Adds More Than 1.1 Million Records and Images to Illinois County Marriages

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Wed, 2013-05-22 10:31
The following announcement was written by FamilySearch: May 22, 2013 FamilySearch has added more than 2.25 million index records and images this week from Argentina, Austria, Italy, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,152,830 index records and images from the U.S., Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934 collection, and the 244,523 images from the Spain, Province of Valencia, Municipal Records, 1611-1935, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org. Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through... Dick Eastman

Slave Records of Edgefield County, South Carolina

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-05-21 14:32
Black families with ancestors in Edgefield County, South Carolina, can now follow the lives of ancestors throughout the 19th century, thanks to a comprehensive collection of records from the Edgefield County Archives pertaining to the purchasing and selling of slaves. The award-winning work, Slave Records of Edgefield County, is Gloria Lucas’ legacy, according to close friends and associates. Lucas died at age 84 last month. The book, published by the Edgefield Historical Society, contains extractions from ledgers of estates, wills, inventories, appraisals, deed transfers, sheriff sales and other files that contain about 29,000 listings and more than 58,000 slave names.... Dick Eastman

Concerns About Serious Mismanagement of the Library and Archives of Canada

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-05-21 14:05
A political scandal is brewing in Canada. The head of Library and Archives Canada (LAC), Daniel Caron, resigned after billing taxpayers nearly $4,500 for personal Spanish lessons. The scandal over his expenses followed controversy over a new code of conduct for employees instituted a few months ago by the same Daniel Caron. (You can read about that in my earlier article at http://goo.gl/aRUJS.) Caron's departure comes amongst numerous other claims of improper management at Library and Archives Canada. You can read more about Caron's departure under a cloud by starting at http://goo.gl/tDR5j. Lew Lockhart obviously wants to see increased funding... Dick Eastman

Book Review: The Unofficial Family Archivist

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-05-21 09:11
The following book review was written by Bobbi King: The Unofficial Family Archivist A Guide to Creating and Maintaining Family Papers, Photographs, and Memorabilia. by Melissa Mannon. 247 pages. The problem with being the unofficial family archivist is that eventually you become the official family archivist. When I started doing genealogy, Dear Myrtle on AOL Genealogy Forum was my beacon for organizing my papers. To this day, I follow her instructions for organizing all my notes. At least I got that much right. Now we have Family Archivist to start us out doing things right. It’s the beginner who will... Dick Eastman

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