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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 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
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Explore PVD’s First Ever Cemetery – Providence Media

Explore PVD's First Ever Cemetery
Providence Media
Explore a piece of Providence history while taking in the beautiful autumn foliage at North Burial Ground. Providence's first public cemetery dates all the way back to 1700, holding over three centuries of artistic headstones, memorials and tombs that




Residents remember days of penny candy, a trolley and close-knit neighborhoods – SouthCoastToday.com

Residents remember days of penny candy, a trolley and close-knit neighborhoods
SouthCoastToday.com
The Bliss family were Seventh Day Baptists from Rhode Island who arrived in the 1700s, owned land, farmed, preached and ran a saw mill. One of the sons of Rev. William Bliss, John Bliss, also became a preacher but at the Freewill Baptist Church, and




Jesus on the agenda at genealogy conference – The Daily Courier (subscription)

Jesus on the agenda at genealogy conference
The Daily Courier (subscription)
The conference covers a wide range of topics, which are of interest to those who are just beginning to discover their family tree as well as seasoned genealogists. There are eight expert presenters, coming from as far away as Australia and Rhode Island.




DC community calendar, Aug. 21-28, 2014 – Washington Post

DC community calendar, Aug. 21-28, 2014
Washington Post
3:30-5 p.m., St. Matthew's Cathedral, North Conference Room, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. $10 …. Genealogy using online resources, archives specialist Nancy Wing teaches how to navigate www.archives.gov for your family history research. 11 a.m. …




Traveling through time – Wicked Local Abington

Traveling through time
Wicked Local Abington
I joined a genealogical website and began researching and found that I had a half-brother in Alaska along with nieces and nephews and now even great nephews. A son without a father has no direction, no identity, so I was determined to find the history

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Volunteer opportunities – Marquette Mining Journal

Volunteer opportunities
Marquette Mining Journal
This column is a sample of volunteer opportunities available in Marquette County. Persons 55 or older can learn about these and other possibilities in their community by contacting Amy Mattson at the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at 485-1782.


“family history” – Google News

Family history, book by book, at Lee County clerk’s – The News-Press

Family history, book by book, at Lee County clerk's
The News-Press
Nicholas Bejelis and Rita GEEHAN-Miller look at Lee County historical records presented by Lee Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller Linda Doggett at the Lee County clerk's office Thursday. (Photo: SARAH COWARD/THE NEWS-PRESS). 8 CONNECT 11 …




Study of Jewish Women Shows Link to Cancer Without Family History – New York Times


New York Times
Study of Jewish Women Shows Link to Cancer Without Family History
New York Times
Women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent who tested positive for cancer-causing genetic mutations during random screenings have high rates of breast and ovarian cancer even when they have no family history of the disease, researchers reported Thursday.

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h+ Magazine | Future Ancestry Research – h+ Magazine

h+ Magazine | Future Ancestry Research
h+ Magazine
Technology, and particularly computing, is essential to family history. Without it, we could still tell family stories to our children, but we certainly couldn't substantiate those stories from billions of historical records into millions of family




Tracing family history – Picayune Item

Tracing family history
Picayune Item
However, what happens when there is a desire to know a family's history and there are no surviving members to tell it? People can visit the Hilda Hoffmann Memorial Archive, Inc. in Picayune to learn about their ancestors who inhabited this area long ago.




Details emerge about Colton Turner’s mother, Meagan Work – KVUE


KVUE
Details emerge about Colton Turner's mother, Meagan Work
KVUE
… report details an investigation into her parents back in 2007, leading up to when the state put her and her siblings in foster care. Check out this story on KVUE.com: http://www.kvue.com/story/news/local/2014/09/16/meagan-works-family-history

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Tracing your Isle family history – Doncaster Today


Doncaster Today
Tracing your Isle family history
Doncaster Today
The Isle of Axholme Family History Society is appealing for people with historical documents and pictures to get in contact with them. The society now has the capacity to store more of its own images and documents and those donated to them on its website.

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genealogy – Google News

Want to learn about your genealogy? A Virginia man compiles area resources. – Washington Post

Want to learn about your genealogy? A Virginia man compiles area resources.
Washington Post
Twenty years ago, Harold McClendon offered to help his son with a middle school homework assignment on his ancestors. Harold hasn't really ever stopped. The 71-year-old federal retiree from Mount Vernon spends part of nearly every day at an archive or …




Guest speaker talks about genealogy and the law – Bainbridge Island Review

Guest speaker talks about genealogy and the law
Bainbridge Island Review
The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in the Bainbridge Public Library meeting room. The topic is "Using the Law to Improve your Research" by BIGS member Sara Scribner. Knowing how to find, understand and use …




Freed to speak at genealogy society meeting – Delphos Herald

Freed to speak at genealogy society meeting
Delphos Herald
LIMA — Allen County Chapter of Ohio Genealogy Society will meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Allen County Museum, 620 W. Market St., Lima. Cindy Freed will present the program, “Expand your Civil War Research: Uncover Unknown Info with These Little …




Chef Genealogy: Tracing culinary family trees to the roots of four local mentors – Austin Chronicle


Austin Chronicle
Chef Genealogy: Tracing culinary family trees to the roots of four local mentors
Austin Chronicle
Making the rounds of restaurant openings the past couple of years, it became apparent that many of the new generation of young chefs could trace their local work history through the kitchens of four important local mentors. This previous generation of




We the People: Genealogy group offers basic skills workshop in Norman – NewsOK.com

We the People: Genealogy group offers basic skills workshop in Norman
NewsOK.com
To register, call the Cleveland County Genealogy Society Library at 701-2100. Email ccge@csbi.org to request a brochure for the workshop. Brochures also are available at the library. Library hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Marlboro College presents ‘The Genealogy of Happiness’ – vtdigger.org

Marlboro College presents 'The Genealogy of Happiness'
vtdigger.org
“As any other idea, happiness has a history, a genealogy that informs the ways we think about it today,” said Edelglass, a professor of philosophy and environmental studies at Marlboro. Charting the history of happiness from the Greek and early


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




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