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  • The Significance of Poppies in WWI Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:40:28 +0000
    by Amie Tennant Countries in the British Commonwealth observe Remembrance Day every November 11 by wearing Remembrance Day poppies and honoring those who fought in World War I. Learn how this tradition began, and research your own World War I ancestors. What Is the Significance of World War I Remembrance Day Poppies? World War I […]
  • How to Use War of 1812 Pension Files Wed, 13 Jun 2018 19:41:20 +0000
    Do you have an ancestor who participated in the War of 1812? If so, the War of 1812 pension files may hold a treasure trove of genealogical information for you. These records have previously been difficult to access until, led by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch: Week of June 4, 2018 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 21:14:45 +0000
    FamilySearch added over 700,000 New York naturalization records and one million more historical records and images from Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Ohio, and New Jersey. The BillionGraves Index has added over 600,000 indexed records and images to their database. Find your Italian ancestors from Naples with nearly 85,000 new records, and Jewish Records from Hungary. Other […]
  • The Greatest Reward of Relative Race Season Three Wasn’t the Prize Money (Spoiler Alert) Mon, 11 Jun 2018 20:39:21 +0000
    by Jan Mayer Heart-touching scenes and shocking surprises were the norm for Relative Race Season Three, which began filming in Washington, DC. Producers BYUtv and Lenzworks had promised to change things up this season, and indeed they did. Then: Shock and Aw-w-w Instead of the usual 4 married couples, this season included only 2 married […]
  • Remembering World War I Sun, 27 May 2018 22:23:31 +0000
    From 1914–1918, millions of brave men and women around the world left their homes to fight for their countries in the Great War. It’s likely that someone in your family tree was among them. Do you know their story? Draft and service records from World War I can be a rich source of information about […]
  • FamilySearch’s 2 Billion Digitized Records Fri, 25 May 2018 16:56:59 +0000
    FamilySearch recently published its 2 billionth digital image of historical records. Yes, that’s billion with a “B.” These digital images of records are an invaluable source for discovering new details about your family’s story. Access to the 2 billion images is organized in three main places on the site—the FamilySearch historical records collection, catalog, and […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 21, 2018 Tue, 22 May 2018 22:09:31 +0000
    Find your German ancestors on FamilySearch with 2 million new Baden, Germany Catholic Church records. You can also find ancestors from around the world by searching the new genealogical records added this week from Argentina, Benin, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, England, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Ukraine, United States (Iowa, Louisiana, and Rhode Island) and Venezuela. See […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 14, 2018 Thu, 17 May 2018 15:57:47 +0000
    Discover your ancestors on FamilySearch this week records, including birth, marriage, death, and immigration records, from Australia, Brazil, Kentucky, Luxembourg, Oklahoma, and Peru. Research these new free records by clicking on the collection links below or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images. See the official announcement to learn […]
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  • Ancestry Product Update: Conduct Search Utilizing the information on another Member’s Tree Mon, 11 Jun 2018 19:30:23 +0000
    Customers have been able to conduct a search for a person within their own tree utilizing the information in their timeline. Now we have made it possible for customers to conduct a targeted search from a person in a Public Member Tree. Steps: Navigate in the person page of another customer’s tree.   To search Read More
  • It’s the Most Jamboree Time of the Year Thu, 31 May 2018 04:15:32 +0000
    One of my favorite conferences of the year is the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree held in June in Burbank each year.  The speakers are stellar.  The exhibit hall is full of learning opportunities.  There are great prizes to won and lots of genealogy networking to be done. In Person If you live anywhere near Burbank, Read More
  • Jon Cryer: Ascension to a Legacy Fri, 25 May 2018 15:07:16 +0000
    Through an incredible journey, Jon Cryer discovered that his 9x great-grandfather, James Adams, came to America as an indentured servant. After a disastrous attempt to repel the English from his beloved Scotland, James Adams and other Scots were captured, shipped to Massachusetts against their will, and compelled into approximately 7 years of indentured service for Read More
  • Wedding Traditions Fit for Royalty Fri, 18 May 2018 20:16:59 +0000
    We can credit the royal family for establishing some of the most common wedding traditions known to brides throughout the world, like white wedding dresses. We asked the Ancestry research team to uncover other traditional displays we might see at the ceremony of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. We have a queen to credit for Read More
  • Ireland, Italy, or Germany? Oh, My! Wed, 09 May 2018 14:43:25 +0000
    Put 28 people that all have Irish ancestors on a bus with a driver from Limerick.  Add three professional genealogists and a tour guide from Belfast.  Then, spend ten days touring Ireland.  That’s what I did for a week and a half in April. Ancestry ProGenealogists has partnered with Go Ahead Tours for Heritage Travel Read More
  • Timeless: Where Were You When Ronald Reagan Was Shot? Mon, 07 May 2018 03:20:41 +0000
    One of the things I have learned in life and in family history is that there are moments.  Moments that are burned into our memory.  We know exactly where we were and how we felt when our first child was born, when our mother died, when our spouse was diagnosed with cancer.  We also know Read More
  • Timeless: The Woman Known As Mrs. Sherlock Holmes Mon, 30 Apr 2018 02:52:02 +0000
    When she was 41 years old, Mrs. Mary Quackenbos, married Mr. Howard Donald Humiston in Lima, Peru.  What she was doing in Peru, is the stuff of headlines.  And, there were a lot of headlines in the life of this woman.  Yet, today, she is relatively unknown.   That’s one of the things that I Read More
  • Exploring the U.S., WWII Jewish Servicemen Cards, 1942-1947 Collection Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:51:52 +0000
    I recently read an Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) for a Jewish soldier in WWII named Harvey P. Robitshek. This IDPF was unlike other I have read in that it is 361 pages long. Now I’ve read hundreds of IDPFs across all branches of the military for WWII, but this one really stood out. Why? Read More
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Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

  • How to Prepare your Google Account for When You Pass Away Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:01:37 +0000
    I have written before about Who Will Handle your Facebook Page After You Are Gone? (see http://bit.ly/2MBDQ4B) and What to do with Your Genealogy Collection When You Downsize or Die (see http://bit.ly/2t8NW4W). Now Jerry Hildenbrand has written a similar article about all your information on Google: GMail, Google Photos, Google Drive, Google Pay, and more. […]
  • Google Podcasts Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:39:06 +0000
    Google now has its own podcast app called Google Podcasts. OK, there’s not much originality in that name but, then again, it is obvious what the app does and who produced it. If you have an Android phone, you can head over to the Play Store and obtain it right now. Google Podcasts is available free […]
  • When Americans Started Bathing Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:46:28 +0000
    When thinking about the lives of our ancestors, we sometimes overlook some of the major facts of their lives. For instance, take bathing. Most Americans in the first part of the nineteenth century didn’t bathe. There was little indoor plumbing, and besides, everyone “knew” that submerging yourself in water was a recipe for weakness and […]
  • Should Government Offices Store Paper Documents? or Digital Images? Mon, 18 Jun 2018 21:00:25 +0000
    I received an email message from a newsletter reader asking about a recent experience she had with a county records clerk. I answered her in email but decided to also publish my reply here in this newsletter because I suspect her experience is going to become more common with every passing year. I deleted the […]
  • Polarr Photo Editor is Available Free and (Optionally) Requires No Installation in Your Computer Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:32:53 +0000
    I know that many genealogists frequently use photo editors to improve or restore old family photographs and for a myriad of other uses. If you would like to do the same, you might already be aware that the two leading photo editing products are Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) which is only available as a subscription […]
  • Rare Film Uncovered Showing San Francisco Right After The 1906 Earthquake Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:00:51 +0000
    A long-lost roll film turned up in a California flea market in 2017. It shows before and after views of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Thanks to PBS, you can view the video below or in YouTube at https://youtu.be/Fm1XSX8Un5Q. Image already added
  • General Register Building of the National Archives of Scotland Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:30:35 +0000
    “Every birth, death, and marriage is recorded in these color-coded leather-bound books.” While you might never get there in person, it would be nice to see what the place looks like. The Atlas Obscura web site has pictures and a description of the building that will be of interest to any genealogist researching Scottish ancestry. […]
  • Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:15:45 +0000
    To all Plus Edition subscribers: A notice of the latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few minutes ago. Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter: (+) When is it Time to Hire a Professional Genealogist? A New DNA Case Results in the Arrest of a Person for Two […]
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