Latest News Articles

Everyone can read these articles. However,  the Plus Edition articles are accessible only to (paid) Plus Edition subscribers. 

Please limit your comments about the information in the article. If you would like to start a new message, perhaps about a different topic, you are invited to use the Discussion Forum for that purpose.

Read the (+) Plus Edition articles (a Plus Edition username and password is required).

 Do you have comments, questions, or corrections to any of these articles? If you do not see a Plus Sign that is labeled "Add comment," you will need to upgrade to either a (free) Standard Edition or (paid) Plus Edition subscription. Click here to upgrade.

Search this website:

Do you have an RSS newsreader? You may prefer to use this newsletter's RSS feed at: and then you will need to copy-and-paste that address into your favorite RSS newsreader.

  • 20 Oct 2020 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    The following is an excerpt from a very long list created by FamilySearch:

    "FamilySearch adds 100K Costa Rica Civil Registrations (1823–1975), a new collection of German Catholic and Lutheran Church Records (1537–1981), and expands available records for ArgentinaBrazil, Canada, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Guatemala, NorwayPeru, SpainS. Africa and the United States  (See Indiana Marriages, 1811–2007, Wisconsin Naturalization Records, 1807-1992US City and Business Directories, ca.1749-1990Washington Voting Records, 1876–1940 Kansas Birth, Baptism and Death Records, 1811–1940, plus more for CA, HI, IA, MS, OK, SCTX, and VA)."

    The (very) long list of newly-added records is too long to fit into a message here but the full list may be found at:

  • 19 Oct 2020 9:36 PM | Anonymous

    An article written by Eric Blaisdell and published the the Barre-Montpelier (Vermont) Times-Argus tells of the latest development in a lawsuit being heard now. The article states:

    "A gynecologist accused of using his own sperm to get a woman pregnant in the 1970s has tried unsuccessfully to get the woman's husband tossed off of the lawsuit the doctor faces.It also appears a DNA test reported he is related to the woman's child because the lawsuit is still pending after the test was completed.

    "Cheryl and Peter Rousseau, now of Florida, filed the lawsuit in December 2018 in U.S. District Court in Burlington. The lawsuit states the couple decided to partake in artificial insemination in 1977 because they wanted to have a child after Peter Rousseau had a vasectomy.

    "The lawsuit said Dr. John Boyd Coates III was a practicing gynecologist working out of Central Vermont Hospital, the former name of Central Vermont Medical Center."

    You can read the full story at: 2T94sOX.

  • 19 Oct 2020 10:49 AM | Anonymous

    The following is a Plus Edition article, written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

    NOTE #1: This is part #2 of a 2-part article.

    Part #1 of this article introduced the concept of Boolean search terms for use on Google. That article is still available to Plus Edition subscribers at*)-Plus-Edition-News-Articles/9284454. You might want to read that article again now to refresh it in your mind before proceeding with new topics. This week I will describe several advanced topics.

    Quotation Marks

    Last week's article described the use of the Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT (minus sign), and the concept of placing terms inside parenthesis. These search terms work well for single words, but you may find you need to include multiple words or phrases. For instance, you might be searching for an ancestor with an unusual name but perhaps not as unusual as you first thought. Perhaps there were two or more men of the same name who lived in different places at different times. For instance, as mentioned in last week’s article, I frequently search for the name of Washington Harvey Eastman. I have found two men of the same name. If one of them has many online references and the other has only a few, finding the person with fewer references can be problematic.

    Let's make a hypothetical assumption: two men of the same name are listed in Google's indexes. We will assume that one man lived in Maine and is rarely mentioned on Google while the other lived in North Carolina and has dozens, perhaps hundreds, of references on the search engine. Of course, I am interested in the rarely-mentioned man, the one in Maine. I might be tempted to specify the following search:

    The remainder of this article is for Plus Edition members only. If you would like to read it, you must have a Plus Edition subscription.

    If you have a Plus Edition subscription, click on "(+) Plus Edition" in the above menus.

    If you do not have. Plus Edition membership, you will not be able to see the words "(+) Plus Edition" in the menus. However, you can become a Plus Edition member by clicking on "Subscribe" and then on either the 3-month or 12-month option.

  • 19 Oct 2020 9:25 AM | Anonymous

    From an article by Steven Kantner, Digital Asset Coordinator in the Texas State Library Archives Commission:

    "Too much time on your hands during the pandemic? Digitize your old home videos before it’s too late!

    "Staying at home during this period of COVID-19 has allowed many of us to appreciate movie watching at home. Now may be a great time to consider digitizing your old home video movies that have been collecting dust in the closet. Unfortunately, we are facing the obsolescence of videotape and VCRs (Video Cassette Recorders). Those of you who may have bought Betamax in the 1980s are already familiar with the difficulties of an out-of-date format. But the more common VHS format, and the dozen or so camcorder formats that came and went since the 1990s are to the point where they will become unplayable due to either the tape degradation or the loss of working playback equipment and parts to repair them.

    "There are several approaches to digitizing your videos. One is to send them out to a service and let the professionals do all the work. This service is provided by companies ranging from small internet startups to well-known large corporations. If you are among the many who could never program the VCR’s clock, then this might be your best option. But, if you like to tinker and happen to have an old VCR to dust off, or know family or friends who do, you might be able to do this yourself. Here are three different options to try depending on what type of media and equipment you have available."

    You can read the full article at:

  • 16 Oct 2020 7:15 PM | Anonymous

    Randy Majors is well known in the genealogy community for his many utility programs that add a lot more functionality to Google Maps and other products for use in genealogy research. Now he has written more about the mapping options he has created.

    Randy writes:

    "Now, when you share a link to any live map tool on, the recipient will be taken to exactly the same view you were seeing when you shared it. The link you share will remember:

    • the map tool you were using (County Lines on Google Maps, ZIP Codes on Google Maps, Historical U.S. Counties on Google Maps, Section Township Range on Google Maps, etc.)
    • the zoom level of the map
    • the center point of the map
    • the location of the blue map marker (determined by the spot you had last clicked on the map)
    • the other layers you had made visible using the checkboxes in the lower left of the map (e.g. "Show US city limits")
    • whether you had labels turned on in the lower left (e.g. "Show county labels")"

    "So, how do you share the link to the live map?"

    Ypu can read all this and a lot more at

  • 16 Oct 2020 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    From the MyHeritage Blog:

    We’re excited to announce that you can now turn your family photos to beautiful wall art and decorate your home with your family history! Plus, you're entitled to receive our exclusive discount of up to 50% off when ordering multiple prints and to enjoy free shipping worldwide.

    Millions of MyHeritage users have brought their historical photos to life using MyHeritage In Color™ and Photo Enhancer. With MyHeritage, nostalgic family photos have never looked so good. Now you can turn your favorite family photos to wall art. This is the perfect way to cherish your family memories, and create wonderful gifts for your loved ones.

    You can order your wall art directly from the My Photos section of your MyHeritage account and it will be produced by our partner, Mixtiles, the leading global service for wall art, and delivered to you for free. You can stick and restick the wall art on any surface to create beautiful photo displays — no hammer or nails needed. Learn more about turning your family photos to wall art on our blog at

  • 16 Oct 2020 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Explore First World War Rolls of Honour covering Caribbean troops who served with the British Army, new Kent parish records and a host of newspaper updates this Findmypast Friday.

    Caribbean Rolls of Honour WW1

    Trace military ancestors and their incredible stories in our new Caribbean Rolls of Honour. The records list soldiers from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago who served with the British Armed Forces during World War 1.

    For Jamaica, which provided the largest Caribbean contingent to the British and Allied war effort, there are records for army officers from, or connected with, the island as well as NCOs and other ranks who lost their lives in the conflict. For Trinidad & Tobago, the collection is more complete and comprehensive. It is believed to contain the great majority of men who served in the War, including some who served with the French Army. 

    As well as soldiers of Afro-Caribbean descent, there are men from the Indian Sub-continent, presumably in most cases the descendants of indentured labourers, as well as men of Latino and Jewish heritage.

    Releases for other islands in the Caribbean will be added to this collection over time.

    Kent Baptisms

    Over 7,000 parish baptisms covering Sutton-at-Hone, Woolwich and St Mary Cray have been added to the collection. Explore these transcripts and images of original church registers to discover new Kent family milestones.

    Baptism records are essential for getting further in your family tree. They can reveal your ancestors' names, birth and baptism dates, where they lived and importantly, their parents' details.

    Kent Burials

    Was your ancestor laid to rest in Kent? Discover where and when they were buried with over 5,000 new burials from the parishes of Eltham and Thames & Medway.

    Findmypast is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Kent family records online. You can also delve into marriages and bannswills and probate indexes and poor law union records from the Garden of England. 


    This week, we’ve released four brand new papers and added more pages to 10 publications.

    The latest titles to join our expanding archive include: 

    • Civil & Military Gazette (Pakistan) covering 1884 and 1891-1893
    • Indian Statesman covering 1876
    • Weekly Dispatch (London) covering 1820-1829, 1831-1850 and 1852-1868
    • Kilrush Herald and Kilkee Gazette covering 1879-1880, 1889-1899, 1901-1919 and 1921-1922

    And we've added even more issues to:

    • Huddersfield Daily Chronicle from 1883
    • Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper from 1894 and 1901-1912
    • Dundee Courier from 1989
    • Cambridgeshire Times from 1872
    • Carmarthen Journal from 1841
    • Derby Daily Telegraph from 1990
    • Daily Mirror from 1994 and 1998-1999
    • Sligo Chronicle from 1880-1891
    • Marylebone Mercury from 1933, 1935 and 1938
    • Tralee Chronicle from 1881
  • 16 Oct 2020 1:40 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a message that was posted to the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee mailing list:

    As of January 1, 2021 there will be a change in ordering birth and death certificates in Washington State.  This has been reported previously by the IAJGS Records Access Alert resulting from legislation law ESSB 5332, the vital records bill, Chapter 148, 2019 Laws.

    The law may be read at:

    The rules may be read at:

    The major changes are:

    • To increase security of personal information, only individuals with specific relationships to the person whose record is being requested can receive a certificate.
    • Identity and proof of relationship documentation will be required.
    • Certificate fee will increase to $25.00 per copy.

    There is a frequently asked question (FAQ) webpage to assist in better understanding the new requirements for ordering birth and death certificates.

    If your organization believes it is appropriate to post or distribute to help in getting the word out, they have two fliers which may be downloaded—one for birth records and one for death records—both are attached to this posting. 

    For more information please contact policy analyst, Katitza Holthaus at: 

    To read the previous postings on the Washington State Legislation ESSS 5332 and the vital record regulations go to: . You must be registered to access the archives. 

    To register go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical  organization with whom you are affiliated   You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.

    Jan Meisels Allen

    Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

  • 16 Oct 2020 6:46 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:

    The National Genealogy Hall of Fame is an educational project sponsored by the National Genealogical Society (NGS). The entire genealogical community is invited to participate in this project – through annual elections to the National Genealogical Hall of Fame, we honor those individuals of the past who made significant contributions to genealogy and set the high standards by which we work today.

    Would your society like to honor a genealogist whose unique, pioneering, or exemplary work lives on today? Perhaps there was a notable genealogist in your state or county whose name should be memorialized in the National Genealogy Hall of Fame. If so, NGS and the National Genealogy Hall of Fame would like to hear from you. They are seeking nominations from the entire genealogical community for persons whose achievements or contributions have made an impact on the field. This educational program increases appreciation of the dedication and useful advancements achieved by committed genealogists whose work paved the way for researchers today. This is an opportunity for your nominee to receive National exposure for their contributions to genealogy.

    A nomination for election to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame must be made by a genealogical society or similar organization on the official nomination form and National Genealogical Society (NGS) affiliation is not required of nominees, nominating societies, or electors. Thirty-five outstanding genealogists have been recognized for their contributions since 1986. Those elected are permanently commemorated in the virtual Hall of Fame on the NGS website. See

    The formal Call for Nominations can be downloaded at

    Deadline for all submissions is 15 December 2020. Official nomination forms are available from the NGS website ( or by contacting the National Genealogical Society, 6400 Arlington Blvd, Suite 810, Falls Church, VA 22042-2318; phone 1-800-473-0060.

  • 16 Oct 2020 6:38 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists:

    On 5 October 2020, trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists revised Standard 57 (respect for privacy rights) and the Genealogist’s Code of Ethics to allow private sharing of DNA match details. The changes also eliminate the need for test takers to provide written consent for use of their DNA data, although they must be informed about the pros and cons. These changes are effective immediately and will be incorporated into a future update of Genealogy Standards, 2nd edition. Though applicable to all genealogists, the changes respond to concerns about the use of genetic evidence in initial and renewal applications for credentialing. The trustees also approved answers to a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Standard 57, two other DNA-related standards, and other issues involving the use of DNA test results in genealogical work. For the newly revised Genealogist’s Code of Ethics, access

    Following is the revised Standard 57 in its entirety:

    Standard 57 (Revised). Respect for privacy rights. When publishing DNA test results, genealogists respect the privacy of living people. Genealogists refrain from publishing information derived from DNA test results that may cause harm. Genealogists publish personally identifying information about living test takers only with their informed consent. Assembled research results acknowledge living test-takers’ consents for publishing their data shown therein. [See the Genealogy Standards glossary for definition of DNA test results.]
    A series of DNA Frequently Asked Questions are accessible on the BCG website at

    An upcoming BCG-sponsored webinar, “Using DNA Results to Confirm a Pedigree” presented by Angela Packer McGhie, CG, demonstrates the use of DNA test results to confirm traditional research. Register free before 20 October at BCG’s partner Legacy Family Tree Webinars website ( or view the webinar free for one week following the broadcast on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software