June 2015


Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

The popular genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC One this summer for a 12th series, with ten new celebs announced to take part.

The celebrities in the new series will include:

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Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

This is a major announcement of new information posted online by a cooperative effort of five organizations. The following announcement was written by FamilySearch International, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro­-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum.:

Event launches volunteer indexing effort of 4 million freed slave records

SALT LAKE CITY — FamilySearch International, the largest non-profit genealogy organization in the world, announced the digital release of 4 million Freedmen’s Bureau historical records and the launch of a nationwide volunteer indexing effort.

FamilySearch is working in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society and the California African American Museum to make these records available and accessible by taking the raw records, extracting the information and indexing them to make them easily…

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Looks like a good way of displaying your family tree

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

This is somewhat like playing space invaders in your family tree.

Let’s face it: displaying a family tree to other people, probably relatives, has never been easy. If everything is printed on paper, jumping from one page to another as you flip through the generations can be very confusing for the person trying to understand the relationships. Large paper is a big help but not everyone has a printing device that will fill a piece of paper that is as large as a wall.

Many of us use computers for storing our data but displaying it to others often is a “herky-jerky” motion as we click on link after link, jumping through generations. Did you ever try to show a non-genealogist relative ten generations of his or her ancestry, including cousins? Within a couple of minutes, that person’s eyes probably looked dazed.

What is needed is the electronic equivalent of…

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Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

The following announcement was written by the folks at RootsBid:

RootsBid, a new family history research website, is now certified by FamilySearch and listed in the FamilySearch App Gallery.

American Fork, Utah – June 04, 2015 – RootsBid today announces certification for RootsBid.com on FamilySearch, the world’s largest collection of genealogical records. As part of the partnership, the RootsBid web application is featured prominently on FamilySearch’s App Gallery: a place to find, connect, organize, and explore your family.
“We are thrilled to be certified by FamilySearch.org as an approved application to help their user base with the genealogy research and records,” said Steven Pedersen, co-founder of RootsBid.

With RootsBid anyone can request or bid on family history projects around the world. This site is for people who are looking for help with their genealogy and also for those who are able to help others with their family history. RootsBid is…

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Yet somewhere else to share your family history, which will disappear once you stop paying

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

I took a brief look at this web site this morning and it looks good. It is new so it doesn’t yet have a lot of information but it certainly shows promise. The following announcement was written by the folks at Twile:

New Website Lets Family Historians Share What They Find

Twile aims to make Genealogy more engaging for the whole family

Sheffield, UK, June 2, 2015 – Twile (www.twile.com) allows family historians to create rich, visual timelines of their family history, made up of milestones and photos from their ancestors’ lives. Genealogy services, like MyHeritage and Ancestry, focus primarily on providing access to historical records. Twile, on the other hand, helps users get a visualization of the information and easily share it with their family.

“We’ve found there is a family historian in pretty much every family, who gathers as much information as they can about their…

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