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A Report from the FGS Conference in Washington, DC
I had a great time the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) last week. I thought I would share some of the highlights with you. Hopefully, some of my photos will give you an idea of some of the events at this major genealogy conference.

A major announcement was released this week: the Boards of Directors of both the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society and of the Federation of Genealogical Societies have announced they plan to merge the two organizations.

This strikes me as a great idea as these two competing organizations have long overlapped many of each other’s efforts in serving their members, holding duplicate and expensive national conferences, and in many other ways. I am sure the transition will be challenging and probably not everything will progress smoothly. However, the end result should be one national organization that can better serve the genealogy community and do so at significantly lower expense than the two have been able to do separately.

Join Us at MyHeritage LIVE 2019 in Amsterdam at a Discounted Price

Are you thinking about joining us at MyHeritage LIVE 2019 in Amsterdam on 6-8 September 2019 at the Hilton Amsterdam in the Netherlands? The time is short but there is still plenty of time to make reservations and purchase tickets.

Speaking of tickets, readers of this newsletter may purchase tickets to the conference at discount.You can purchase tickets a special discount code that will give you a 10% discount on your ticket(s). To purchase the tickets, go to  https://live2019.myheritage.com , click on REGISTER NOW, and use the code EASTMAN10 on the order form where it says “Enter Promotional Code.”

MyHeritage Adds French Record Collection: Nord Civil Marriage Records, 1792–1937

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

I’m delighted to let you know that we are releasing a fantastic French record collection — France, Nord Civil Marriages, 1792-1937 which includes 5.4 million civil records of marriages (1792-1937) for the French department of Nord that were collected by government authorities after the French Republic was proclaimed in 1792. The collection contains a detailed searchable index with details you won’t find on other websites.

Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix Announce Unsung Heroes Awards at 2019 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference

The following announcement was written by the Genealogy Guys, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, and Rick Voight of Vivid-Pix RESTORE photo restoration software:

The Genealogy Guys Podcast, co-hosted by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith who are producers of the oldest continually produced genealogy podcast, and Vivid-Pix, makers of RESTORE photo restoration software, are announcing the winners in the Unsung Heroes Awards at the Vivid-Pix booth at the 2019 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Washington, DC, on August 21, 2019.

Society of Genealogists Seeks to Relocate

The following announcement was written by the Society of Genealogists in London, England:

After two years of careful analysis and discussions the Trustees of the Society of Genealogists have concluded that that we have finally outgrown our premises in Clerkenwell and are seeking to relocate.

Charterhouse Buildings is our fifth home since the Society was founded in 1911. But after 35 years, the current library no longer provides adequate space and facilities for our needs and requires significant investment for major repairs, maintenance and IT.

Moving to more suitable premises will enable the Society to reinvest in our core services of providing the best genealogical library and collections in the UK, to continue and expand upon our education programme and to create a more convivial space for our members and users.

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 19 August 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch added over 7 million U.S. World War II draft registration cards this week. More historical records from Canada, England, France, Peru, South Africa and the United States.

Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

New Scottish Crime Records available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Over 28,000 records from the Fife Kalendar of Convicts have been added to our collection of Scottish crime records. The result of a 20 year project by Andrew Campbell of the Fife Family History Society, the Kalendar is an indexing to many of the courts in Fife as well as the High Court between 1708 and 1909. It includes information taken from a variety of sources ranging from court, prison and transportation records to births, marriages, deaths and newspaper reports.

Each result will include a transcript of the original document. The amount of information listed in each transcript will vary, but most will reveal a combination of the accused’s name, birth year, birth place, address and occupation, the nature of their offence, the date and location of their trail as well as the sentence they received. Some records will also include trial notes, verdict comments, details of previous convictions and additional comments.

Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry.com

From the Ancestry.com list of recent new and/or updated additions at  https://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections :


Visiting Dead Relatives on Google Street View

I have to admit I would never have thought of this. However, Jessie Schiewe has published an article about using Google Maps not only to look up addresses, but also to provide a window into the lives of the recently deceased. Let’s emphasize the RECENTLY deceased. It won’t help with finding relatives in earlier centuries.

Here is but one example as described in the article:

“Three years after her grandparents’ deaths, 19-year-old Luisa Hoenle looked up their old house on Google Maps. Feeling nostalgic if not a bit masochistic, the Switzerland-based art school student input their street address and then clicked on the Street View icon, which showed panoramic photos of the property.

“Built decades ago by her grandfather Siegfried, the house had fallen into disrepair since his death from cancer in 2016, its once lush lawn now filled with withered and dying plants. But on Google Street View, Hoenle found older images of the home from before its decline. She scrolled through the photographs, reminiscing, when she noticed something else: her grandfather.

Google Photos just got an Awesome Feature that makes it a Must-Have for Android, iPhone, and iPad Devices

From an article by Chris Smith in the BGR.com web site:

“Google Photos is easily one of the best apps you could have installed on your phone, especially if it’s an Android device, and especially a specific type of Android that comes with unlimited storage. Even if you prefer a different cloud or storage device for your photos, you should still consider getting the Google Photos app on your Android or iPhone right now, because the service is about to get a super convenient feature.

“That’s optical character recognition (OCR), a feature that allows Google to read the text in photos and turn it into text that you can search for, and even copy and paste into documents. That’s a handy feature to have on a phone, especially if you find yourself taking lots of photos of things that contain plenty of text that you’d want to be able to access later.”

Yes, take a picture of a sign or of a page in a book or of a document and Google Photos will automatically convert printed words inside the picture into computer-readable text.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

The following pages have recently been updated in the  Calendar of Genealogy Events :

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas, Utah, and Virginia

Some of the above changes may have been deletions of past events.

All information in the Calendar of Events is contributed by YOU and by other genealogists. You can directly add information to the Calendar about your local genealogy event.

Want to add a new event listing? Go to  http://calendar.eogn.com  and click on the link to your state, province, or country. You will also see links for genealogy cruises and for online webinars. Once the appropriate page is displayed, click on the tab near the top labeled edit this page.

Want to learn more about how to add or edit pages in the Calendar of Events? Read the instructions at  http://www.wikidot.com/doc-wiki-syntax:start .
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