Suggest a resource/link or submit an article for inclusion

Latest News




Below, you will find some of the latest news headlines on genealogy and family history from around the web. It includes some articles specific to Rhode Island Genealogy, although most are more generalized.

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

EOGN web site is back up

This has been a tough week! I have traveled more than 12,000 miles and the eogn.com web site has been up and down like a yo-yo during much of that time. It seems to fail immediately after I board an airplane for a long flight. Actually, there wasn’t much I could do even if I had been on the ground. On Thursday and into Friday, several routers in the data center where the eogn.com home page is hosted failed. The hosting provider reports that there was a firmware bug in the routers and their techs had to go back to…



Want a Cheap Laptop? Add a Keyboard to an iPad or Android Tablet Computer

Many people own and love their tablet computers. I have an Pad Mini and it has become my primary traveling computer. I hear similar statements from owners of various Android tablets as well. As useful as these tiny powerhouses may be, they are still seriously hampered by the lack of a keyboard. The solution? Add a keyboard! That suggestion is obvious. Adding an external high quality keyboard converts a tablet computer into a reasonably-priced laptop computer. Perhaps it should be called a netbook. The pictures in this article show my iPad Mini in action with a Logitech keyboard. You can…



FamilySearch Seeks Feedback from Volunteer Indexers

The FamilySearch method of creating indexes of old records has been described many times in this newsletter and many other genealogy publications. FamilySearch is now planning to introduce a new process to maintain indexing quality. In this new model, a single volunteer will index and submit a batch, and a second volunteer will review the completed work. The person reviewing the batch will have the ability to add corrections to the values entered by the first indexer, and both values can be included in the searchable index on FamilySearch.org. If the person reviewing the batch makes a small number of…



Woman Claims She’s the Virgin Mary’s Cousin 65 Times Removed

I won’t offer any opinion about the accuracy of this article but I certainly would like to see the source citations. A Pennsylvania woman claims she is the 64th great-granddaughter of Saint Joseph Ben Matthat Arimathaea, who was the paternal uncle to the Virgin Mary. Ashlie Hardway of WTAE Television reports that Mary Beth Webb, of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, said she began searching her ancestry in 2010 after years of “communicating” with her deceased mother, father and brother. While doing the research on ancestry.com over a two-year period, Webb discovered the connection to Saint Joseph. You can decide for yourself after…



2015 FGS National Conference Call for Presentations

The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies: 2015 FGS NATIONAL CONFERENCE CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS Submissions will be accepted between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014 April 17, 2014 – Austin, TX. – The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a Call for Presentations for the FGS 2015 Conference, “Connect. Explore. Refresh.” to be held February 11-14, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2015 Conference will be held at the same time as the RootsTech 2015 Conference. Submissions will be accepted online between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014. This innovative blending of the…



92-Year-Old Man Writes His Own 3-Word Obituary

Several articles have been posted here about humorous obituaries, many of them written by the deceased in advance of the “final event.” Now Stig Kernell, a Swedish resident, gave his funeral home instructions before he died on April 6, and the funeral home followed through, publishing the 3-word obituary in two newspapers on Saturday. Stig Kernell’s obituary, published in newspaper Dagens Nyheter, states “I Am Dead.” Well, that DOES sum it up. Radio Sweden reports that Lars-Åke Kernell, Stig’s son, told the Expressen, “He felt that not much else needed to be said, just ‘I am dead.’” The nonagenarian died…

Rhode Island Genealogy Headlines – From Google
News




ARTS AND HUMANITIES: Annual Pickens-Salley Symposium set for next week – Aiken Standard


Aiken Standard
ARTS AND HUMANITIES: Annual Pickens-Salley Symposium set for next week
Aiken Standard
Genealogical research has its challenges. To test the validity of that assertion, one has only to ask anyone who has ever tried to trace his or her family tree. Any potential difficulties posed by this particular task, however, are amplified if one is




Prince George’s community calendar, March 26-April 1, 2015 – Washington Post

Prince George's community calendar, March 26-April 1, 2015
Washington Post
301-262-6200. Free. In the studio with George Record poems, rap, meditation or songs. Thursday and Saturday from 1-3 p.m. On Our Own of Prince George's County, 10007 Rhode Island Ave., College Park. 301-699-8939. www.onourownpg.org . ….. Genealogical

and more »




Teacher who bucked ‘Black Law’ still inspires – The Chronicle

Teacher who bucked 'Black Law' still inspires
The Chronicle
Bruce Crandall first discovered the significance of the Crandall name in an 800-page book, “Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants,” written in 1949 by John Cortland Crandall, who hand-typed the data on index cards. In fact, his




Jamaica hopes Jewish tourism can help fading community – The Detroit News


The Detroit News
Jamaica hopes Jewish tourism can help fading community
The Detroit News
“I had to see this temple for myself,” said the tourist, Melissa Solomon, a former Hebrew teacher visiting from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, with her toddler son. “I thought, 'Jamaica, too, has Jews?' ” In Jamaica in the 1800s, … Jamaica's Jewish

and more »




Holdings Of Nickerson Archives Topic Of Genealogical Society Meeting – CapeNews.net

Holdings Of Nickerson Archives Topic Of Genealogical Society Meeting
CapeNews.net
There will be no Falmouth Genealogical Society meeting for the month of April due to the New England Regional Genealogical Conference being held April 15 to 18 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. For more information about the …

and more »




Prince George’s community calendar, March 19-25, 2015 – Washington Post

Prince George's community calendar, March 19-25, 2015
Washington Post
… raps, meditation or songs. 1-3 p.m., On Our Own of Prince George's County, 10007 Rhode Island Ave., College Park. …. Genealogy workshop A beginner's workshop to learn how to search library databases to find ancestry. 7 p.m. Hyattsville Library


“family history” – Google News

Angelina Jolie’s recent cancer scare shows the importance of family history – Deseret News


Deseret News
Angelina Jolie's recent cancer scare shows the importance of family history
Deseret News
Angelina Jolie's recent cancer scare shows the importance of family history. SHARE TWEET EMAIL PRINT. Earlier this week, actress Angelina Jolie wrote an op-ed for The New York Times where she revealed her plans to get her ovaries and fallopian tubes …
More Women Expected To Undergo Genetic Testing After Jolie NewsLocal Memphis
The conversation about cancer Angelina Jolie will dreadTelegraph.co.uk
Rock Island woman empathizes with Jolie's cancer actionsQuad City Times
Medscape -NBCNews.com
all 152 news articles »




Contra Costa author’s family history inspires debut novel – Contra Costa Times

Contra Costa author's family history inspires debut novel
Contra Costa Times
"When she decided to write a novel about Jewish immigrants who settled in Paterson, N.J., in the early 1900s, I knew it would relate to her own family history," Grossman said. "She spins a complex tale that is rich with detail, captivating to read and

and more »




Family History Workshop Set In Hot Springs Village – Times Record

Family History Workshop Set In Hot Springs Village
Times Record
The Village Genealogical Society and the Arkansas Chapter of the NSDAR will host the 2015 Spring Family History Workshop, “Finding the Impossible,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 at the Coronado Center, 150 Ponderosa Way in Hot Springs Village.




An Armenian family’s history – Dallas Morning News (blog)

An Armenian family's history
Dallas Morning News (blog)
This letter from the consul general of Turkey maligned an SMU speaker presenting the history of Armenia's genocide. To that letter, I offer a rebuttal using history of my husband's parents who lived it — as Alkan did not. His father's parents

and more »




Library joins system to help track family history – The Augusta Chronicle


The Augusta Chronicle
Library joins system to help track family history
The Augusta Chronicle
“Before this program was started, if people wanted to access genealogical records, they'd either have to go to where their family was from or go to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City,” said Tina Monaco with the library. “It really does expand

and more »




Fire damages a piece of family’s history – Fremont Tribune


Fremont Tribune
Fire damages a piece of family's history
Fremont Tribune
A Fremont Rural firefighter sprays water on flames that were spreading from a portion of the former TJ's Lounge in Ames to a nearby recreational vehicle. Three departments helped battled the blaze on Thursday. 2015-03-26T13:30:00Z 2015-03-26T13:31:03Z …


genealogy – Google News

Family Tree Talk: Genealogy classes launch in April – Sentinel-Standard


Sentinel-Standard
Family Tree Talk: Genealogy classes launch in April
Sentinel-Standard
Have you had a chance to check out David Tinder's online book "Directory of Early Michigan Photographers", at clements.umich.edu/store.php? This free look at our early photographers is truly amazing, with 2,850 pages of information. I've already used

and more »




Library can help get you started with genealogy – Springfield News-Leader


Springfield News-Leader
Library can help get you started with genealogy
Springfield News-Leader
"People get hung up on spellings of names, and in the past, misspellings were very common," says Local History Associate Renee Glass, who will present Beginning Genealogy at 9 a.m. You may search for a Crandall that was actually a Crandle.




Genealogy workshops – UD Daily


UD Daily
Genealogy workshops
UD Daily
“Genealogy for Beginners” will cover the basics for researchers who are just starting to work on their family histories. It will present an overview of the types of records that contain genealogical information as well as research strategies for




Turning to the library for genealogy research – Chillicothe Constitution Tribune


Chillicothe Constitution Tribune
Turning to the library for genealogy research
Chillicothe Constitution Tribune
Genealogy Room This room, located on the second floor of the libary, has books and documents of Livingston County history, old newspapers on microfilm, marriage record books, probate books, cemetery books, general Missouri history books. 2. Archive …




Genealogical society slates April events – YourWestValley.com


YourWestValley.com
Genealogical society slates April events
YourWestValley.com
Facebook For Genealogy is from 1 to 3 p.m. April 9. Cover the basics of Facebook and how to connect with genealogical groups and other societies. Learn methods to help find your common ancestors by reaching out to others researching similar surnames …




Fathauer featured presenter at genealogy meeting – Henderson Daily Dispatch (registration)

Fathauer featured presenter at genealogy meeting
Henderson Daily Dispatch (registration)
The Granville County Genealogical Society Inc. No. 1746 will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the large conference room at Thornton Library, 210 Main St., Oxford. The guest speaker will be Suzanne Peace Fathauer of Henderson.


Genealogy News Center

Ancestry.com to Acquire iArchives Footnote.com




Ancestry.com to Acquire Professional Genealogy Firm ProGenealogists, Inc.




JewishGen and MyHeritage.com collaborate to build the Family Tree of the Jewish People




Popular Jewish Family History Research Database Expands




Ancestry.com to Acquire Sweden’s Genline.se




Skytop Lodge Family Reunion 2010 Contest


Popularity: 28% [?]

Suggest a resource/link or submit an article for inclusion