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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 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 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 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 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…

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Genealogy News Center to Acquire iArchives to Acquire Professional Genealogy Firm ProGenealogists, Inc.

JewishGen and collaborate to build the Family Tree of the Jewish People

Popular Jewish Family History Research Database Expands to Acquire Sweden’s

Skytop Lodge Family Reunion 2010 Contest

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