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Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

A Weekly Summary of Events and Topics of Interest to Online Genealogists

Vol. 7 No. 36 – September 9, 2002

This newsletter was sponsored by Ancestry.com, a leader in providing print and electronic research information to genealogists.

To learn about Ancestry.com’s state-of-the-art online genealogy databases and other fine products, visit the company’s three Internet properties, MyFamily.com, Ancestry.com, and RootsWeb.com

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Copyright© 2002 by Richard W. Eastman. All rights reserved.

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IN THIS ISSUE:

- Second Site for TMG
- Searching the Ellis Island Database in One Step
- 1901 U.K. Census Website Returns
- ScotlandsPeople Now Online
- Scots Origins Sighting Service
- New SAR Patriot Index CD
- Citing Sources
- National Archives Central Plains Region To Hold Classes
- More On PC Magazine’s Genealogy Software Review
- LifeGems
- Home Pages Highlighted


- Second Site for TMG

This week I had a chance to use a new Windows program that will be of interest to anyone who uses The Master Genealogist (TMG), a leading genealogy program. Second Site is an add-on utility program that creates web pages from a TMG database. It generates either narrative or grid style person pages, a master index, a surname index, and source pages. Best of all, the user doesn’t need to know anything about HTML programming and the creation of Web pages. Second Site takes care of all that for you.

Second Site generates high quality Web pages that are visually appealing. As another advantage, the pages are generated directly from TMG’s internal database, not from a GEDCOM transfer with all its data loss and GEDCOM’s other inherent problems. Second Site will work with The Master Genealogist version 4 or version 5.

With Second Site you can create web pages on your own hard drive and review them. You can change the parameters a bit and regenerate the pages time and again until you get exactly what you want. You can even modify the pages manually, using any HTML editor of your choice. Once you are satisfied with the results, copy the web pages to almost any Web server to share your research with the world. You can also copy the Web pages to CD-ROM disks to share your ancestry with your family. CD-ROM disks created by Second Site should work on Windows, Macintosh, and other operating systems.

The best way to learn about Second Site’s capabilities is to look at a number of Web pages created by the program. Start at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~johncardinal/tmgsite/examples.htm and follow the links there to find many examples of Second Site in action. I suspect you will be impressed by the wide variety of Web formats created. Keep in mind that these pages were machine-generated; the user does not need to know anything about HTML or other Web page design programming.

Second Site is published and supported by John Cardinal, a well-known TMG user and author of the TMG companion programs, TMG Utility and On This Day.

I found Second Site to be easy to install and use. You start by purchasing the program on a safe and secure Web server and then downloading a large file. Once stored on your hard drive, you double-click on the file and follow the on-screen instructions. Within a minute or so, Second Site will be installed on your system. When you start the program for the first time, you must enter your name, e-mail address, and a serial number that was provided when you purchased the program.

To create a set of Web pages, first you must create a new Site Definition File. This is easily done by entering data into Second Site’s menus. You specify the name and location of the TMG database to be used. Then you specify how much information is to be used, such as which tags to include, whether or not to exclude living people, whether or not to include ZIP codes or longitude and latitude, and so on. There are also options for footnote styles, methods of sorting data, and more. Next, you make your choice from a wide selection of HTML formatting styles to be used in creating the Web pages. The number of options has to be seen to be believed; you could generate hundreds of thousands of different styles of Web pages. Again, I would refer you to http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~johncardinal/tmgsite/examples.htm as the starting place where you can view many examples of Web pages created by Second Site.

Here is a list of features available in Second Site, as copied from the program’s home page:

  • Creates custom web sites but requires no knowledge of HTML.
  • Reads TMG Version 4.0x and Version 5.x datasets. No GEDCOM data loss!
  • Supports hundreds of site customization options, but you can create a great site in six easy steps.
  • Makes narrative style pages using TMG's sentence definitions.
  • Supports TMG's citations and sources.
  • Handles witnesses and roles, and provides options to include or exclude the names of parents, children, witnesses, and co-principals.
  • Creates a Master Index and Surname Index. Indexes all names, primary and otherwise.
  • Includes TMG exhibit files, and supports text and image exhibits attached to people, events, and sources. Exhibits may be embedded on the page or given their own page and linked via a clickable icon.
  • Understands TMG's printer codes ([BOLD:], etc.).
  • Respects TMG's exclusion markers and sensitivity brackets.
  • Creates efficient pages that load quickly.
  • Manages all the pages that make up a site, including pages it generates as well as optional, custom pages that you create.
  • Allows you to specify page sizes.
  • Creates three generation pedigree charts for each person in the dataset.
  • Automatically converts web site references in source definitions to clickable links.
  • Automatically encodes email addresses to hide them from "email address harvesters" which protects your privacy as well as the privacy of your fellow researchers.
  • Second Site uses stylesheets and JavaScript to create professional quality pages that format properly on old browsers but take advantage of the features of new browsers.
  • ... and more.

For my first attempt at creating Web pages with Second Site, I took all the normal defaults. Ninety seconds later I was looking at Web pages of my entire genealogy database, including all notes, source citations, links to other Web sites that I had previously specified, and much more. It worked well. Second Site also generates a log file when creating Web pages. I then experimented with the various options within Second Site and generated the pages again and again. I experimented with background colors, background images, text formatting, and many other features. In each case I simply specified the actions in Second Site’s menus, and the program did the hard work of generating the Web pages. I found the entire process to be logical and easy to accomplish.

When creating Web pages, Second Site will even generate a GENDEX file that can be used to index genealogy data on the World Wide Web. For more information about GENDEX, look at: http://www.gendex.com/gendex/.

I found another helpful feature for those who prefer to share their data on CD-ROM. When Second Site creates files for use in creating CD-ROM disks, it generates an AUTORUN file. This file will automatically launch a Web browser and display the data when the CD-ROM disk is inserted into a Windows computer; the user doesn’t need to click on anything with the mouse.

John Cardinal has a winner with Second Site. Over the years I have reviewed a number of programs that automatically generate Web pages from GEDCOM files or from a genealogy database. However, Second Site has the most options and the most capabilities of any of the programs that I have seen. This program is a "keeper." Any user of The Master Genealogist who wishes to publish genealogy data on the Web or on CD-ROM will want this program.

Second Site is a commercial program that is available only via download. It does not have a user’s manual but does have extensive help pages available on the web and also installed within the program. Second Site costs $29.95 (U.S. funds). There are no taxes or shipping charges associated with online file downloads.

For more information about Second Site, or to safely order the program online, go to: http://store.whollygenes.com/Search.bok?keyword=a006


- Searching the Ellis Island Database in One Step

Stephen P. Morse has been working hard at creating a new search tool for genealogists. His latest work allows for faster searching of the Ellis Island database at http://www.ellisisland.org. Not only is Morse’s searching mechanism faster than the original, but it also provides more options, allowing for searches by ethnicity, originating port, ship’s name, and more. Stephen Morse’s "Ellis Island Database in One Step" appears to be a great new tool.

Morse’s efforts got off to a bad start when his first version of the software had some legal issues around the way it interfaced with the Ellis Island data. However, Morse and the officials of the Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation have been working together on those issues, along with a lot of help from Gary Mokotoff of Avotaynu, Inc.. As a result, a second version of the software is now available as a beta release. I experimented with the new version for a while this week. Like all beta software, it still has a few bugs; nonetheless, the search capabilities show a lot of promise. I suspect the bugs will be eradicated soon.

For more information about the current status of Stephen Morse’s efforts, look at the September 4, 2002, edition of Nu? What's New, a bi-weekly Internet magazine published by Avotaynu, available at http://www.avotaynu.com/nu8.htm#v03n17.

If you would like to experiment with the new capability of searching the Ellis Island Database in one step, go to http://www.avotaynu.com/ellis.html. Keep in mind that it is beta code and is changing frequently. Also, this URL is a temporary address. You can expect the Ellis Island Database in One Step site will move to a permanent address before long.

By the way, Nu? What's New is an e-mail newsletter that is a great source of information of interest to persons tracing their Jewish family history. Jewish genealogy expert Gary Mokotoff, owner of Avotaynu, publishes the newsletter. Back issues are available at http://www.avotaynu.com/nu.htm and free subscriptions are available at: http://www.avotaynu.com/nuwhatsnew.htm. If you are researching Jewish ancestry, I strongly recommend that you subscribe to Nu? What's New.


- 1901 U.K. Census Website Returns

After two years of preparation, the British Public Record Office released the 1901 UK census results on its Web site on 2 January 2002. Within minutes, anxious genealogists and others overloaded the site. During its first three hours, more than a million users tried to log on and trace their family history, and the Web site ground to a halt. The Web servers crashed repeatedly before the Web site operators "pulled the plug."

In the following days, employees of the Public Record Office and of QinetiQ (pronounced "kinetic"), the prime contractor involved in the online census records, scrambled to stabilize the Web site. Alas, their efforts were fruitless. The site continued to crash due to a variety of problems with hardware, software and system load. You can read about this in my earlier columns at: http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/columns/eastman/5123.asp, http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/columns/eastman/5154.asp, http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/columns/eastman/5619.asp and http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/columns/eastman/5682.asp.

This week’s good news is that the 1901 UK census is coming back online. In fact, it is available now, although with significant restrictions. The 1901 Census for England and Wales is currently being tested with small groups. Its bandwidth has been increased, and the site reportedly has been made more stable for the heavy request traffic that it got when it first launched.

According to the main page for the 1901 census, "The 1901 Census website is currently running as a live public Internet test site. During this test period, which we anticipate will last a number of weeks, the service will normally be available 09.00 to 19.00 hours (GMT+1 hour) Monday to Saturday." On another page, the Web site states, "We are conducting this test phase in order to undertake detailed monitoring and further optimise the site settings to ensure a good user experience for the high levels of demand we expect when we launch the live service." Users are being limited to 2 hours of continuous use.

I used the test site briefly this week and it seemed to work well. The UK-1901-CENSUS-L mailing list on RootsWeb has many stories of successes and failures in the past few days.

You can access the 1901 U.K. Census at http://www.pro.gov.uk.

A privately-owned Web page with more information is available at: http://www.web-community.co.uk/census/news.html. You can also subscribe to the UK-1901-CENSUS-L mailing list as well as search the mailing list archives at: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/intl/UK/UK-1901-CENSUS.html

A number of software tools for use with the 1901 census are also available:

1901 Census Extractor v2.1c (With Built-in GuessTimator)

A Microsoft Spreadsheet for copying data from the PRO Census Website results pages and pasting the data into the spreadsheet. The page and person identifiers are then extracted into columns, which can be sorted to establish families. Version 2.1 now includes the GuessTimator, which will generate Piece and Folio Numbers. The 1901 Census Extractor v2.1c is available at: http://www.leedsindexers.co.uk/Internet_Tools.htm

1901 Census GuessTimator v1.1c

This little windows program allows you to enter the pageID number from the 1901 Census Results Screen. Press the button and it will generate the Piece and Folio Numbers. It works very well - but you may have to search for folios either side if you can't find the entries on the original piece. This program is still in its infancy of testing and is available at: http://www.leedsindexers.co.uk/Internet_Tools.htm

Get1901DataV2

Researchers using the Person Search or Advanced Person Search on the 1901 Census website may find the application Get1901DataV2 useful. This allows the results of multiple searches to be collected together, stored, displayed, sorted, and grouped into families. It also displays estimated (but usually accurate) PRO Piece and Folio Numbers (using a table and algorithm devised by Jeffery Knaggs). This application was written for Win 98 but has been reported to work in Win 95, Win XP and Win 2000, too. Get1901DataV2 is available at: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/CensusSoftware/


- ScotlandsPeople Now Online

The General Register Office for Scotland has a new website that contains a wealth of Scottish genealogical information. ScotlandsPeople contains images of the pre-1855 Old Parish Registers of the Church of Scotland and of the post-1855 statutory register pages, neither previously available on the Internet. ScotlandsPeople also features articles of genealogical and historical interest. The primary contractor for this new service is Scotland On Line.

ScotlandsPeople is a "for pay" site. You'll need to register the first time you access the database. Access to the database costs £6 (approximately 10 Euros or $9.00 in U.S. funds), payable by credit or debit card. You then receive 30 "page credits" and will have access for a period of 24 hours, regardless of how many times you log on and off in that time. You can purchase additional "page credits" at any time.

ScotlandsPeople is available at: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk


- Scots Origins Sighting Service

This week Origins.net launched a new service called "Scots Origins." This new service allows users to order over the web the detailed information found in Scottish birth, marriage, and death records up to 1990. The Scots Origins Sighting Service will be complemented by an improved facility, available only from Scots Origins, for searching the International Genealogical Index (IGI). The Scottish records in this index have helpful additional fields to help resolve ambiguities in identifying events where the parties have common names.

The Scots Origins Sighting Service allows users to order details of entries in the old parish registers and the statutory registers for Scotland of births and marriages from 1700 up to 1990 and deaths from 1855 to 1990, plus details of entries in the 1861 and 1871 censuses. Orders may be placed via the Web. The transcribed details, which include all the key information contained in the original entries, are emailed to the user within 5 working days.

The Scots Origins Sighting Service costs £8 (approximately $12 in U.S. dollars) per "sighting" request.

Free services also available from Origins.net include:

Scottish Place Name Database

This free service allows users to identify the county and parish within which particular places are located. This information can be a great help in tracking down source documents, and will be an invaluable adjunct to the new Scots Origins Sighting Service. Users may search on arbitrary place names, including those of streets or even houses. This facility will be particularly helpful to those wanting to find someone on either the 1861 or 1871 census. The database has been based upon 1881 census data, with the agreement of the General Register Office for Scotland and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Enhanced and free access to OPR and Statutory Register index data

Origins.net’s improved interface to the International Genealogical Index allows for searching of the Scottish records directly by parish, which is not possible on the Family Search web site. For the period up to 1875, over 90% of the birth and marriage records which are in the GROS indexes are also within the IGI. In the IGI you will often find both birth date and baptism date included, while the GROS index almost invariably has only one or the other. And for records of births in the 1855 to 1875 period, the IGI almost invariably has the parents’ names, in contrast to the GROS index, where this is rarely the case.

The Scots Origins Sighting Service is available at: http://www.scotsorigins.com


- New SAR Patriot Index CD

Progeny Software Inc. and the Sons of the American Revolution have released a new edition of the Patriot Index. This huge index lists all the known gravesites of Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots. This is an update to an earlier disk. The new edition now includes more than 120,000 new records, bringing the total number of records to 732,000. It also includes tombstone photos for over 800 people.

Here is the announcement from Progeny Software:

New SAR Patriot Index CD for First Time Includes Headstone Photos

September 4, 2002, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada --- Today, Progeny Software Inc., developers of quality genealogy software and CD-ROM products, together with the Patriot Index Committee of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), announced the release of Edition III of the SAR Patriot Index CD.

With tombstone photos for over 800 people and 732,000 records, Edition III of the SAR Patriot Index CD preserves and documents the genealogies of US Revolutionary War Patriots like no other available resource. Data is presented in standard genealogical format, (i.e., as a lineage-linked database), so that descendants can easily be traced back to Patriot Ancestors. Using Progeny’s Family Explorer™ search and report utility, it is easy to search and print professional quality charts and reports for various people on the CD, as well as extract GEDCOM files of their lineage.

An ongoing project of the Patriot Index Committee of the SAR, data for the Patriot Index is compiled from material on file at SAR National Headquarters going back more than 120 years. The Patriot Index Edition III adds over 120,000 new records from approved lineages to the already extensive database published last in 1999.

"It has been exciting collecting photos for this new release," said Douglas Little, Chairman of the Patriot Index Committee, "since I often have the privilege of hearing the fascinating stories behind each photo submitted. Though there is no way to impart these stories on the CD, the photos themselves add an exciting new dimension to the Patriot Index."

Progeny Software, developers of the Family Explorer software that provides the interface to the SAR database, is continually upgrading and improving this already user-friendly technology. In 1999 GEDCOM export capabilities were added. This time the ability to use photos in most charts and reports, and a new publish to PDF option head the list of enhancements.

"In keeping with the spirit of the project," explains Bob Thomas, President of Progeny Software, "I was successful in finding three tombstones of Patriots and their descendants buried in an old church cemetery in Tracadie, Nova Scotia. Just getting these photos can often be quite an expedition, as many of the old cemeteries are overgrown and hard to find. Fortunately, the Catholic parish in Tracadie takes very good care of their cemeteries and I was able to find these Bowie headstones with little trouble."

The SAR Patriot Index Edition III operates on Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP, requires a 486 CPU or better, and 8 MB free hard disk space. It is available now for $39.95 US direct from Progeny Software (http://www.progenysoftware.com), SAR Merchandising (http://www.sar.org/merch/mrchndis.htm), or through participating dealers.

Owners of the 1999 Edition may upgrade for the special price of $19.95 US plus $5 shipping ($10 overseas). To receive the special upgrade price, you must a) already be a registered user, or b) mail or fax a copy of the 1999 Patriot Index CD booklet as proof of purchase. Upgrades are available only from Progeny Software. To upgrade, go to http://www.progenysoftware.com/sar_patriotindex.html, or call toll free 1-800-565-0018, fax 902-542-0562, or send a check or money order to Progeny Publishing, PO Box 621, Athol, MA 01331. For more information on other Progeny products visit http://www.progenysoftware.com

The SAR Patriot Index Committee is happy to receive additional photos for future CD releases. For more information on how to submit photos visit http://www.sar.org/pat_idx/ or email Patriot-Index@SAR.ORG


- Citing Sources

One thing that genealogists need to do is to always cite their sources. I well remember my early days of family tree searches. I would record new information into three-ring notebooks. (This was long before the invention of the personal computer.) I would write down names, dates, places, and perhaps a bit more information that I was lucky enough to find.

Unfortunately, in those early days I did not write down where I obtained the information. Nobody told me that I needed to do this, and I wasn’t smart enough to figure it out for myself. As time passed by, I frequently found new information that contradicted what I found earlier. When I discovered these discrepancies, I needed to determine which piece of information was more accurate. The question that arose time and again was, "Where did I find that information?" Sadly, I often did not know.

The better solution would have been to always write down where I found the information along with the data itself. This is known as citing your sources. To quote author Elizabeth Shown Mills in her excellent book, Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian: "Any statement of fact that is not common knowledge must carry its own individual statement of source. ...Source notes have two purposes: to record the specific location of each piece of data and to record details that affect the use or evaluation of that data."

I am older now and, hopefully, wiser. I have spent many, many hours weeding out incorrect data and now hopefully have documented all my sources of information. I wish that someone had told me years ago about the need for source citations; that one step would have saved me many, many hours of backtracking. I hope that, by writing this article, I can influence some genealogy newcomers to have better habits than I did.

Of course, citing a source is not as simple as writing down the name of a book. You also should record the book’s author, publication date, the page on which you found the data, and even the name of the library or other repository where you found that book. Serious genealogists will also record the library’s call number.

Not all genealogy information is found in books. You also find information in hand-written records in courthouses, as well as in family Bibles, on microfilm, on Web pages, in e-mail, and other places. Each source of information may have unique requirements for recording the source references.

My favorite reference for finding out how to record genealogy sources is the book I mentioned earlier: Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997, ISBN#: 0806315431, http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.cfm?ID=3846.

An online Web site also gives excellent information about sources. Duke University’s Guide to Library Research Web site contains Assembling a List of Works Cited in Your Paper. These Web pages contain a wealth of information about citing articles in books, magazine, journals, letters, personal interviews and more. It is an excellent reference, although not aimed at the genealogist. The downside is that it does not provide specific information about citing census records, land records, or other genealogy-specific sources of information.

While not as complete as Mills’ book, the Assembling a List of Works Cited in Your Paper still provides information that every genealogist should know. You can read it at: http://www.lib.duke.edu/libguide/works_cited

My thanks to Tony Burroughs for telling me about Duke University’s Guide to Library Research Web site.


- National Archives Central Plains Region To Hold Classes

The National Archives Central Plains Region will soon hold genealogy classes in Kansas City, Missouri. Class sizes are limited, so you need to enroll now. The following classes will be held:

Beginning Your Genealogy - Learn how to put leaves on your family tree.
Oct 10, 9:00 am by Marilyn Finke

Organizing Your Genealogy With or Without a Computer - Get the most out of your research through organization.
Oct 10, 1:00 pm by Marilyn Finke

Writing Your Family History Before It's Too Late - Don't put it off forever!
Oct 17, 9:00 am by Jo Curran

US Military Records - Learn what records available and where you can find them
Oct 17, 1:00 pm by Don Ireland

Naturalization Records - Learn how changing laws have affected the type and volume of records.
Oct 24, 9:00 am by Mary Burtzloff

Inmates and Old Soldiers: Researching Residents of the Leavenworth Penitentiary & The Old Soldiers Home
Oct 24, 1:00 pm by Tim Rives

The registration fee is $10.00 per class. You may obtain a $5.00 discount if you enroll in three or more classes. For more information, call the NARA's Central Plains Region at 816-823-5032.


- More On PC Magazine’s Genealogy Software Review

In last week’s newsletter I wrote about PC Magazine’s current review of genealogy programs for Windows. In my article, available at http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/columns/eastman/6296.asp, I should have mentioned that PC Magazine awarded two Editors’ Picks: Legacy and Family Tree Maker.

You can read the review at: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,485813,00.asp


- LifeGems

I have written about many different ways of memorializing one’s life. Many people have unique ideas about appropriate tombstones, cremations, storage of remains and other ways of honoring deceased loved ones . ones. Now an Illinois company has announced a memorial unlike anything else I have ever heard of: LifeGems offers to turn the remains of a loved one into precious stones.

High-quality man-made diamonds have been available for some time. Placing carbon, the primary element of all diamonds, in conditions that recreate the forces of earth, creates the diamonds.

Until recently, a chemical process was used to create the carbon. Now LifeGems has discovered how to capture the carbon that was always present and, until now, lost during cremation. Once captured, this carbon is placed into a diamond press that replicates the forces of nature – heat and pressure. A diamond that takes millions of years to occur naturally can now be created from the carbon of your loved one in a matter of weeks.

The result is a LifeGem, a high quality diamond created from the carbon of your loved one. The diamonds produced may be kept loose or set in a ring or other jewelry of your choice. The LifeGem is a unique memorial to the deceased person’s life.

You can learn more about LifeGems at: http://www.lifegem.com/

My thanks to Daniel J. Kortenkamp for telling me about LifeGems.


- Home Pages Highlighted

The "Home Pages Highlighted" section consists of new genealogy-related home pages that you, the readers of this newsletter, nominate for publication in this newsletter. While anyone may nominate any genealogy-related home page, the process seems to work best when the Webmaster for a home page nominates his or her own work. Nominations are now done online at http://www.rootsforum.com.

The following is a list of some of the genealogy-related World Wide Web home pages that have recently been listed by newsletter readers at http://www.rootsforum.com:

Fletcher Ransom Paintings - A site devoted to Fletcher C. Ransom, a noted, deceased American Artist. http://www.wedevelopsolutions.com/Ransom

Descendants of William Alderman (1640-1697) of Windsor and Simsbury, Connecticut: http://www.holcombegenealogy.com/data/p253.htm#i12609

Genealogy Resources in and for Marion County, Indiana: http://www.nancywhite.org

Burlington, Wisconsin Historical Society’s Web site contains searchable databases of old news items taken from local newspapers: http://www.burlingtonhistory.org

The descendants of Philemon Morey, died 1810 in Rutland County, Vermont. His descendants settled in Licking, Knox, and Auglaize counties, Ohio; Johnson and Washington counties, Iowa; and Saline County, Nebraska: http://www.phillipsplace.net/genealogy/surnames/morey.html

Finding Photographers can help genealogists. Are you trying to date a photograph? If your photo has a photographer’s mark on it, then it would be helpful to know when that photographer was working. But how do you do that if you are in Canada and the photograph came from Australia? Finding Photographers is a worldwide index of the books and websites that list photographers and when they worked: http://www.FindingPhotographers.com

To submit your genealogy page to this newsletter, enter the necessary information at: http://www.rootsforum.com. Due to the volume of new Web pages submitted, I am not able to list all of them in the newsletter.


Are you interested in the articles in this newsletter? Would you like to learn more or ask questions or make comments about these articles? Join this newsletter’s online discussion group on CompuServe’s Genealogy Techniques Forum. The CompuServe forums are free and are available to anyone using Netscape, Internet Explorer or CompuServe’s own software Go to: http://www.rootsforum.com.


If you would like to submit news, information or press releases for possible inclusion in future newsletters, send them to richard@eastman.net. The author does reserve the right to accept or reject any articles submitted.


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About the author: Dick Eastman is a frequent presenter at major genealogy conferences. He has published articles in Genealogical Computing and Family Chronicle magazines and for a number of Web sites. He was an advisor to PBS' Ancestry series and appeared as a guest in one of the episodes. He serves on the Advisory Board of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and is a past Director of GENTECH and the New England Computer Genealogists. Dick is the author of YOUR ROOTS: Total Genealogy Planning On Your Computer published by Ziff-Davis Press. He also manages three Genealogy Forums on CompuServe. He can be reached at: richard@eastman.net. Due to the volume of e-mail received, he is unable to answer every e-mail message received.


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