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Vol. 9 No. 4 – January 26, 2004

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IN THIS ISSUE:

- Stuck in St. Louis
- GENTECH 2004 Wrap-Up
- The EOGN Subscribers’ Dinner after GENTECH 2004
- GENTECH 2004 Tech Session
- New Products and Services at GENTECH 2004
- Open Software Solutions Discussed at GENTECH
- OCLC WorldCat Free Access for Newsletter Readers
- Update: Turmoil at NGS
- (+) Early Fences
- (+) Struggles of Attempting Certification
- World War II Photos Online
- Update on the Recent Genealogy Scam
- New Books

Items marked with a Plus Sign (+) appear only in the Plus Edition newsletter.


Olly, olly, oxen free! All hiding ancestors can come out!


- Stuck in St. Louis!

I spent the last few days in St. Louis, Missouri, attending the GENTECH Conference. In this edition of the newsletter, I would normally expect to write something like the following: "Most of this week’s newsletter was written on board airplanes or in airport terminals."

However, this week is different. I am writing this week’s newsletter while comfortably seated in a hotel room in St. Louis. The room has had a beautiful view in the past few days, looking onto the St. Louis Arch with the Mississippi River just a few yards beyond. However, when I look out the window right now, I cannot see anything. The window is coated with ice.

It seems that I cannot yet leave. Not only is the window ice coated, but so are all the streets and sidewalks in the area. The St. Louis airport has been closed and then reopened two or three times today. The airline where I had a reservation advised earlier that they were not sure that the plane I was to fly on would even arrive in St. Louis. Therefore, I rescheduled my return home for tomorrow. Thanks to the virtual world in which we live, newsletters can be composed, edited, and sent from almost anyplace. Even from ice-coated St. Louis.

Plus Edition subscribers will receive this newsletter before I return home.

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- GENTECH 2004 Wrap-Up

This year’s GENTECH conference was very interesting for a number of reasons. First of all, I would remind you that last year’s conference was cancelled because of organizational issues. In addition, the National Genealogical Society has had its own problems of late (See my recent article at http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0402.htm and the follow-up article later in this newsletter for details.). I rather expected the conference to have a few "rough edges." While a few such problems did emerge, I can report that the conference was an overall success, at least from my viewpoint. The sessions were held, the vendors’ area saw a lot of activity, lunches and banquet were held, and attendees reported that they enjoyed themselves. The only significant failure that I saw was the weather the day after the conference closed!

This year’s event was hosted by the Saint Louis Genealogical Society, and it is obvious that the society’s members did a great job. I suspect that much of the conference’s success is because of the excellent efforts of this local hosting society.

Attendance this year was significantly smaller than recent GENTECH conferences. I have not yet heard the final attendance figures. Just looking at the crowd, I am guessing that more than 400 paid attendees plus another 50 or 75 vendors (who paid an even higher price to attend), plus the local organizers themselves. I would guess that about 500 avid genealogists were wandering the halls.

Thursday was a "pre-conference librarians’ day" that was filled with presentations and even a lunch. The librarians in attendance reported that it was an excellent session. Even though this was supposed to be a two-conference, the librarians had three full days. The Tech Session was held Thursday evening, but I will describe that session in a separate article.

The official GENTECH conference opened on Friday morning with introductory remarks by Carter Fleming, President of the National Genealogical Society. She was followed by Barbara Savalick, President of the Saint Louis Genealogical Society. Ted Steele, Chairman of this years’ GENTECH conference committee, also addressed the audience. Following Ted, I delivered the plenary session speech, entitled "A Freewheeling Discussion of What We Can Expect from Genealogy Software Vendors Over the Next Few Years."

The vendors’ hall opened at the conclusion of my talk, and the presentations began soon thereafter. For two days, the genealogists in attendance learned the latest research techniques, saw product demonstrations, browsed the vendors’ hall, and visited with each other in various hallway and other meetings. The hotel lounge buzzed as groups of genealogists discussed hundreds of topics in the informal setting.

Numerous presentations about a wide variety of technology-related topics followed over the next two days. Five simultaneous tracks offered attendees more than fifty presentations.

The conference banquet on Friday evening featured a talk by Jay Verkler of the LDS Church’s Family History Department, speaking on "Transforming the Potential of Coming Technologies in an Ages-Old Discipline." Jay’s talk focused primarily upon technical issues and some of the LDS Church’s plans for the next decade or so.

The vendors I talked with seemed to be generally pleased with the business generated at the conference. Most had anticipated a lighter attendance and had altered their plans accordingly. For instance, Ancestry.com/Genealogy.com had a smaller booth than normal. Other large vendors also had smaller booths and perhaps fewer employees than normal to man those booths (with the obvious exception of Wholly Genes Software, which seemed to have an army in attendance). The vendors whom I talked with on Saturday afternoon reported that sales were about what they had expected or perhaps even a bit better than that.

All in all, the GENTECH 2004 was deemed a success by everyone that I talked with.

Plans for a year 2005 GENTECH have not yet been announced. However, I certainly hope that a similar event can be held every year for many years to come. The National Genealogical Society’s Board of Directors presently is evaluating priorities as they go through their reorganizing plans. If you have an opinion about future GENTECH sessions, I would suggest that you share that opinion with the NGS officials.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- The EOGN Subscribers’ Dinner after GENTECH 2004

My personal highlight of this year’s GENTECH conference came after the official close of the planned activities. For the past twelve years, I have invited other genealogists to join me for dinner on Saturday evening, after the close of any genealogy conference that I have attended. In recent years, the dinners have been labeled as being held for the subscribers and the friends of subscribers of this newsletter. These informal, Dutch-treat affairs are always held with no agenda, no scheduled plan, and no formalities. We are simply a bunch of friends and strangers with a common interest who decide to dine together in an informal setting.

Shortly after GENTECH 2004 closed, fifty-three hardy genealogists entered Max and Erma’s restaurant, about a block from the GENTECH conference location. We had a private area reserved in the back of the restaurant although we overflowed the area, and a number of attendees had to sit at a table slightly outside our reserved room. (That table was instantly named "the kiddies’ table.") A raucous crowd of genealogists kept three restaurant staff members very busy for about two hours as facts and tall tales alike were exchanged over food and drinks. I may be biased, but I think everyone was smiling. I know for a fact that the noise level was high during the entire time, and I believe the attendees enjoyed themselves.

To those who attended, I want to say, "Thank you for contributing so much to my evening. I am thrilled to see so many new and old friends get together in this manner."

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- GENTECH 2004 Tech Session

The evening before the official opening of any GENTECH conference traditionally has featured a "tech session." Typically, this is a presentation of a technical paper on a new or significantly modified technical topic. This year’s Tech Session featured Jerry Fitzpatrick, speaking on "The GeniML Data Model."

GeniML (pronounced "Jeenie em ell") started out as an effort to improve upon GEDCOM’s shortcomings. Jerry Fitzpatrick’s project started first as a simple XML vocabulary genealogy data transfer. He soon found that he needed to create a data model. He first studied the GENTECH Data Model (presented at previous GENTECH Tech Sessions) and then tried to improve on it and/or modify it to meet his needs.

Fitzpatrick stated that GeniML uses an object model, whereas the GENTECH Data Model uses an entry-relationship model. He went on to describe his data model in some detail. While not yet complete, he is writing a record controller, an evidence controller, an assertion engine, and various utilities.

The question/answer session that followed was quite lively. Those in attendance, including some of today’s leading genealogy software developers, joined in a spirited discussion of Fitzpatrick’s ideas and terminology. There was a mixture of agreement and disagreement alike. It was noted that Fitzpatrick’s use of the words "evidence" and "assertion" seems to be quite different from that of the GENTECH Data Model. As session moderator Bob Anderson stated at the end of this year’s Tech Session, "This has been the liveliest Tech Session in years."

You can find more information about Jerry Fitzpatrick’s GeniML Data Model on his Web site at http://www.geniml.org.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- New Products and Services at GENTECH 2004

I wandered up and down the aisles of the exhibitors’ hall at GENTECH 2004, talking with the vendors who exhibited their latest products. I do not think that I saw everything, but here are some notes about the newer products and services that I did see:

GenSmarts is an interesting new Windows program that is a genealogist’s research assistant. Based upon artificial intelligence techniques, GenSmarts automates and shortens your research efforts. The program examines your genealogy database and then suggests locations to search next for additional records about the individuals within that database. For instance, if your ancestor appears in upstate New York in the U.S. Census, the program will suggest specific locations to search for earlier records, based upon migration patterns of the area for that period in history. The program also suggests specific Web sites after examining the individual records in your local database. You may not be aware of these data-rich sites until GenSmarts offers the suggestions.

I hope to write more about GenSmarts in a future newsletter. Until then, you can find more information at http://www.GenSmarts.com.

GenLine is an online database of Swedish church records. GenLine has been available for a while, but a new U.S. distributor was named just last month. The records in this online database are images of the original records, not an error-filled transcription of the records. About 7.5 million images are already available online, covering approximately 1,500 parishes out of the 2,500 parishes in Sweden. The parishes already available include all of those that had high emigration rates to North America. The parishes in the northern part of Sweden are now being digitized and will be added to the online database in coming months. Details are available at http://www.genline.com.

The U.S. GenWeb Project had a booth at GENTECH 2004 filled with information about their many online offerings. The most recent addition is the family group sheets database. Details may be found at http://www.usgenweb.org.

e-Image Data displayed a new line of microfilm and microfiche viewers that also scan and digitize the images. You can use these viewers to create printouts or images stored on either floppy disks or CD-ROM disks. In the past, these units have been sold primarily to libraries and corporations. However, prices are dropping, and now many individuals and more than a few non-profit societies are buying them. Prices vary from $2,650 to $3,295 for the base unit. Many people also purchase add-on options, boosting the prices a few hundred dollars more. You can find a lot more information at http://www.e-imagedata.com.

The Missouri Library Network Corporation displayed the Missouri Digitization Planning Project and the Virtually Missouri Website at their booth this week. The site already has a long list of digitized collections from numerous libraries around the state. The Missouri Digitization Planning Project is funded by LSTA (Library Services & Technology Act) funds distributed by the Institute of Museum & Library Services, administered through the grant programs of the Missouri State Library. Details and the online databases may be found at http://www.virtuallymissouri.org.

GenMerge caught my eye as the program seems to have an excellent method of merging multiple GEDCOM databases, identifying and combining duplicates. I watched as the program scanned and matched thousands of records in seconds. The folks in the GenMerge booth said that the program can merge multiple databases, up to about 200,000 people, in a matter of minutes on a typical Windows or Macintosh computer. Yes, that’s right: it works on Macintosh as well as on Windows. The program is written in Java and works without modification on both platforms. It should also work on Linux and other Java-enabled platforms, but the developers have not yet tested the program on platforms other than Windows and Macintosh. GenMerge’s underlying technology was developed over a twenty-five year period while the company created family trees for genetics work. I hope to write more about GenMerge in a future newsletter. Until then, you can find more information at http://www.genmerge.com.

S-T Imaging, Inc. displayed their latest line of microfilm scanners. The new line includes built-in scanners that can convert 16mm and 35mm microfilm to digital images. The company officials are very proud of the quality of the images. They say the new scanners create images that are equivalent to the $30,000 to $40,000 units of a year or two ago. Prices for the new S-T Direct Film scanners range from$1,995 to $5,895. The quality of the scanning appears to be the same across the full line; the units with higher prices contain built-in viewing screens and/or motorized film transport. You can find more information at http://www.stimaging.com.

Cindy’s Photo Retouch and Digital Restorations is a business that does great work in the use of scanners and retouching to restore old photographs. Cindy reports that her business is confined to the St. Louis area. If that describes you and you would like to learn more, contact Cindy at cpret@swbell.net.

Creative Imaging is a "print on demand" service that should appeal to many who are writing genealogy books. The company had several such books on display as examples of their work. These examples included hardbound, softbound, and spiral-bound volumes. I have written about "print on demand" before. Unlike traditional publishers, there is no need to purchase hundreds or thousands of books at the time of initial printing. Instead, the author can purchase any number of books that he or she wishes. Creative Imaging can even print one book at a time. However, the folks in the booth report that shipping costs and other economies of scale typically result in orders of twenty-five or so books at one time.

MudCreek Software is a company with products that have been described previously in this newsletter. GenMatcher, a new addition to their catalog, finds duplicates in different genealogy databases. It is a Windows program that can directly read GEDCOM, Personal Ancestral File, Legacy Family Tree, The Master Genealogist, Family Tree Maker, and Temple Submission Files. While there are numerous uses for such technology, the first that springs to mind is comparing information that you download from the Web or receive from a distant cousin; GenMatcher will compare the new information against that already stored in your primary genealogy database. I watched the program in action and it looked good; it operates quickly, and resultant data is color-coded in a manner that simplifies the identification of duplicate facts. Again, I hope to write a full review soon. In the meantime, look at http://www.mudcreek.ca.

CensusMate is an interesting new method of looking at U.S. Census data. The Windows program converts age range data into possible years of birth, including records from multiple censuses. The program then aligns the data in a manner that allows for easy viewing, providing quick identification of individuals. To be sure, you could do this manually, but seeing the same information on the screen is much faster, and information almost "jumps out" at you. The concept is difficult to describe in words, but you can see examples at http://www.censusmate.com. I suspect you will like the views there.

While not a new program, the producer of GenBox Family History software for Windows had a lot of wall-sized charts in a booth at GENTECH 2004. This is another product that is difficult to describe. I must say that I was quite impressed with the variety of charts. I especially enjoyed a convergence chart that showed the family relationships among George Washington, Robert E. Lee, and George W. Bush. (Yes, all three are related to each other.) Another chart displayed source citations, something I do not think I have seen before in a wall chart.

The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had a very large booth at GENTECH 2004. They were showing the latest disks from the Pedigree Resource File. They now have 75 CD-ROM disks available, a total of about 75 million names. This collection is fully indexed and is available at very low prices.

Personal Ancestral File for Windows version 5.2 is now available on a CD-ROM disk that also includes PAF Companion. The two programs together are available for only $8.25, a major price reduction from PAF Companion’s previous price.

The Family History Department also has embarked on a major effort to encourage various U.S. ethnic minorities to study family heritage. New offerings for African American heritage and Hispanic heritage (available both in Spanish and English) are now available. The new material is not available in single quantities. Instead, the department has held "family history fairs" for ethnic groups in several American cities. The brochures and CD-ROM disks have been available at these events.

As you can see from the above list, there was a lot that was new at GENTECH 2004. The exhibitors’ hall was full of vendors and there were even more vendors who wanted to attend, but room was not available for all of them. A "wait list" was in effect. The vendors all seemed delighted to be there, and several expressed the hope of attending future GENTECH conferences.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- Open Software Solutions Discussed at GENTECH

One of the great features of this year’s GENTECH conference was billed as "birds of a feather" meetings. One room at the conference center was devoted to informal meetings called by any conference attendee. These topics were not selected in advance. Instead, anyone at the conference could create a meeting and then post the scheduled time on a bulletin board near the conference entrance.

One such session was an "Open Source Software Discussion for Genealogists," called by Paul Allen and Ransom Love, two employees of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both of these men have extensive, executive-level backgrounds in software development, with Ransom Love’s experience primarily in open software.

NOTE: The phrase "Open Software" is defined as software developed without any profit motive. The programmers who create open software typically do so for the love of it. They make the source code available to anyone who wants it and invite others to look at it and to improve the original code or to create enhancements and extensions. As a result, a lot of free software has been created by various groups of programmers and is available to anyone who wishes to use it. Quality varies, but much of the open software available today is of the very highest quality available.

The Linux operating systems is undoubtedly the best known example of Open Software. It runs faster than Microsoft Windows (on equivalent hardware) and is significantly more reliable than Windows. I have written in recent months about a number of Open Software applications for Linux, Windows, and Macintosh, such as GIMP (a graphics editing program similar to Adobe Photoshop) and OpenOffice.org, an office productivity suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation package, and more).

While open software is free, not all software is open. The two terms should not be confused. In open software, the developer(s) provides full source code so that others may modify it, should they care to do so.

A small group attended the "Open Source Software Discussion for Genealogists" meeting and discussed a wide variety of topics. Towards the end of the session, the discussion seemed to focus on two primary topics: genealogy data exchange and the creation of software for data extraction projects. Neither of these topics sounds "glamorous," but each could provide a lot of benefit to thousands of genealogists. However, I would caution that other topics certainly may be considered in the future.

At the conclusion of Saturday’s "Open Source Software Discussion for Genealogists" session, an agreement was made to hold more discussions in the near future. These discussions will be held online, probably in e-mail. An e-mail mailing list will be established in the near future. I expect to publish the subscription information to that mailing list shortly after its creation. Look for more information about open software for genealogists to appear in coming months.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- OCLC WorldCat Free Access for Newsletter Readers

OCLC is a well-known brand name among librarians but is rarely seen at genealogy conferences. At GENTECH 2004 the company had a prominent booth that demonstrated WorldCat, a cooperatively-created catalog of materials held in more than 7,600 libraries in the United States and elsewhere. These libraries have catalogued their regular collections as well as many special collections and digitized materials devoted to local history.

WorldCat normally is a "for-fee" service that you can only access from a subscribing library. However, attendees at GENTECH 2004 were offered free access from home until February 29, 2004. Even better, the OCLC folks agreed to extend that access to readers of this newsletter for the same time!

To try this excellent online database, go to http://firstsearch.oclc.org. When prompted, enter an Authorization Code of 100-271-707. Then use a password of: OCLC

NOTES: This free access can only handle 100 simultaneous users. I suspect that you may encounter "busy signals" or some similar error message during peak times. If so, please disconnect and then try again later.

I might point out that this is another reason to subscribe to the Plus Edition newsletter. Those subscribers receive word of offers like this about 24 hours earlier than Standard Edition subscribers, thereby improving their odds of accessing databases like this before the crowds join in.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- Update: Turmoil at NGS

Two weeks ago I wrote an article entitled "Turmoil at NGS." The article consisted of some introductory remarks that I wrote plus a press release from the U.S. National Genealogical Society. You can read the article at http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0402.htm.

The folks at the U.S. National Genealogical Society pointed out that, in my introductory comments in that article, I chronologically reversed two events. They kindly offered to write the correction. The following update was written by Sandi Hewlett on behalf of the U.S. National Genealogical Society:

Dick,

We wish to correct the sequence of events as published in your 12 January 2004 newsletter.

The NGS executive director was dismissed on 16 December 2003, several weeks after the board received resignations from the president, secretary and treasurer. Curt Witcher and Steve Kyner resigned on 26 November 2003, and Amy Crow submitted her resignation on 28 November.

As a cost-saving measure we subsequently had to eliminate a few staff positions in mid-December 2003.

Sandi Hewlett
for the
National Genealogical Society

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- (+) Early Fences

By Donna Potter Phillips

The following is a "preview" of a Plus Edition-only article:

Fences usually exist today to designate boundary lines. We fence our backyards to keep our dog in and the neighbor’s children out. A rancher rides his fences regularly to keep them in good repair and to check on his animals. The home gardener uses a fence as a way to hold up birdhouses or uses an eight-foot-high fence to keep the deer from the roses. Some fences are designed to keep things in, as with prison fences. As we drive across America and Canada, we see a variety of fences proclaiming, "Keep Out."

The preceding is a "preview" of a Plus Edition-only article. The full article is available only to Plus Edition subscribers. If you subscribe now, you will receive a copy of this article. Click on Plus Edition for more information.

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- (+) Struggles of Attempting Certification

By Christine Sweet-Hart

The following is a "preview" of a Plus Edition-only article:

I reviewed my application packet with a certain amount of trepidation and excitement. I read through everything and started working. I had no idea of what I was getting myself into or how many struggles lay before me. The first one was which certification category to choose. Everyone I asked had advice to give me, and most of it was bad. There were a few kind souls who did take pity on me and gave me the benefit of their experiences, and for that, I am tremendously grateful. Without them, I may have ditched the application at the outset. I decided to continue, and chose the Certified Genealogist category.

My second struggle was trying to choose an appropriate line to research for my four-generation compiled genealogy portion of the application. I narrowed my search down to two different lines. The first couple I investigated had fourteen children, not the ones that I wished to research for this project. My other choice was a couple I knew nothing about, not even their names, but I assumed they must have had fewer children. When will I learn not to assume when it comes to dealing with people? My chosen ancestral couple had ten children. I can’t tell you how happy I was to find, after a few weeks of research, that five of them died without issue in childhood, and that one died as an adult, single with no children! Four was a more manageable number, and I was off and running.

I was not running long when it became apparent that my current organizational system needed to be completely revamped to accommodate a project of this size.

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- World War II Photos Online

Aerial photographs of some of the key events of the Second World War are becoming available for the first time over the Internet. The photographs are available on a Web site created by The Aerial Reconnaissance Archives (TARA) at Keele University, an official place of deposit for the National Archives at Kew, West London. The entire archive of more than five million aerial reconnaissance photographs, shot by the RAF over Western Europe during the conflict, is going online starting Monday.

The pictures include American troops landing on the Normandy beaches on D-Day, the seizure of the Pegasus bridge by British paratroops, the aftermath of the first 1,000-bomber raid on Cologne, and the German battleship Bismarck as the Royal Navy hunted her down. The multiple photographs taken by high resolution cameras meant that they were able to create 3-D images through an instrument called a "stereoscope". The technique was used to construct a detailed picture of the Normandy terrain ahead of the D-Day landings.

You can read more about this effort at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,1271,-3634184,00.html. The TARA photographs can be found at http://www.evidenceincamera.co.uk.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- Update on the Recent Genealogy Scam

I have written several times about the online escapades of a long string of Web sites owned by Elias Abodeely. The sites offered online access or CD-ROM disks claiming to contain millions of genealogy records. Once the hapless purchaser spends $40.00 to $60.00 (the price has varied), he or she obtains access to a simple menu system that points to free Web sites, such as FamilySearch.org and Cyndi’s List.

The various Web sites that have offered this "service" originally accepted credit cards, but apparently the credit card companies closed the merchant account. The Web sites then switched to PayPal, but PayPal soon caught on to the "business" involved and also cancelled the account.

Without access to credit cards, Abodeely then switched to online "e-checks," where the hapless buyer was encouraged to enter the numbers along the bottom of a blank check, information that was then used to directly charge the buyer’s checking account. This last method was mentioned in Abodeely’s arrest record for several felonies.

The latest Web site in this operation, GenealogyTechs.org, now has lost its e-check account. Clicking on the payment screen results in a display that says that the e-check account is closed. The primary Web site is still in operation as these words are written, but is unable to accept payment. You can see this at http://www.GenealogyTechs.net.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- New Books

I expect to briefly announce new books every few weeks as announcements are received. Each book mentioned in this new section will be one that is newly published or perhaps is a significant new update of a book published some years ago. This listing is for books published on paper, not on CD-ROM or online. Prices mentioned typically do not include shipping or taxes. More detailed information is available at the Web sites or from the e-mail addresses given.

A note to authors and publishers: If you would like to have your new book(s) listed in future newsletters, send a brief descriptive note to newbooks@eogn.com. You do not need to send a copy of your book; an announcement will suffice. Please make sure that you include a Web address or an e-mail address where potential buyers can obtain more information.

Living Family History: Creating a Multimedia Family Biography, by David A. Beardsley (ISBN 0-595-29129-5), has just been published by iuniverse. This practical guide shows families and local historians how to preserve their memories by using home computers to combine video interviews, photos, text, home movies, etc., into one interactive "document." Topics include hardware and software selection, interviewing techniques, authoring and production tips, and a complete list of web resources. It is available through iuniverse.com, amazon.com, or http://biofilesllc.com. The same content is available as an Ebook through biofilesllc.com, and an online course through http://www.myfamily.com. For more information, contact: BioFilesLLC@aol.com

Aid to Finding Addresses in 1890 New York City Police Census by Howard M. Jensen. The 1890 New York City Police Census fills the gap for the lost 1890 Federal Census. It covers the county of New York, which in 1890 included Manhattan, the West Bronx, and a few adjacent islands. It has not been indexed, so you must find your ancestors by their address. This book indexes every address in the 894 extant books of the original 1008 books, listing the book number the address will be found in and a cross reference of that number to the film number at the Latter-Day Saints Library in Salt Lake City. It lists separately Asylums & Children's Homes, Estates, Homes & Miscellaneous, Hospitals, Hotels, Jails and Prisons. 5˝ x 8˝, paper, 282 pp. $35.00. ISBN: 1-58549-880-7. http://www.heritagebooks.com/

Vital Records of Corinna, Maine 1797-1894 compiled by Angela M. Foster contains all births, marriages, and deaths found in the town record books between 1797 and 1894. The book is soft cover with 266 pages and includes an 8,287 entry Every Name Index. 2004. $22.50 secure online ordering at http://www.pictonpress.com.

A Genealogical Index to the Guides of ... Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations, by Jean L. Cooper. This is a 416-page index to surnames, plantation names, and locations mentioned in thousands of pages of manuscript material from the Revolutionary War into the late 19th century, preserved in this microform set. ISBN: 1414006667. Available from Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com as well as directly from the publisher at: http://www.1stbooks.com/bookview/19606

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dick Eastman is employed by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, serving as Assistant Executive Director for Technology. He 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 is a past Director of GENTECH and of the New England Computer Genealogists. Dick is the author of YOUR ROOTS: Total Genealogy Planning On Your Computer published by Ziff-Davis Press. 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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