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Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

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

Vol. 9 No. 9 – March 1, 2004

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Copyright© 2004 by Richard W. Eastman. All rights reserved.


IN THIS ISSUE:

- Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Research Project
- Iceland's DeCODE Genetics Signs Deal with Merck
- (+) GenSmarts – Improved Intelligence For Your Entire Family Tree
- (+) Genealogy Numbering Systems
- Seminar 2004 in Toronto
- NGS Announces New Board Members
- Professional Genealogists Elect Florida Officers
- Bob Dalrymple, R.I.P.
- Arizona Birth and Death Records Are Now Online
- Expansion of Kentucky GenWeb Project
- GENP Beta Test
- (+) Help Your Doctor and Yourself
- Historic Code Receives Modern Update
- Lawmakers Launch New Anti-Spyware Bill
- Upcoming Events

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Thrift is a great virtue...in an ancestor.


- Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Research Project

The first significant database designed to help people find their family trees through DNA will be announced Monday, March 1. The non-profit Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation is introducing the most comprehensive DNA genealogy database available today. It will link scientific data and family trees. The project is called the Molecular Genealogy Research Project, or MGRP.

This database has excellent "credentials" of its own. The idea came from billionaire businessman, James Sorenson. According to Sorenson, his goal is simply to bring people together. "It connects you in a unique way to many, many people out there. Many, many." Scott R. Woodward, Ph.D., is the Chief Scientific Officer of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Dr. Woodward is well known for his DNA work at Brigham Young University. He and his team have attended many genealogy conventions in the past few years, collecting DNA samples and pedigree charts. You can read more about Dr. Woodward's work in past newsletters at http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0016.htm, http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0034.htm, http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0111.htm, and http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0202.htm.

The new database already has more than 40,000 names, but the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation wants many more. In fact, the Foundation wants your DNA, too. To add to the database, you order a packet online. In that packet you receive a consent form, a genealogy chart, and a little bottle of mouthwash that you swish in your mouth for 45 seconds. You simply collect everything into the enclosed plastic bag, place the bag into a pre-addressed stamped envelope, and drop it in the mailbox. The Sorenson Foundation will then analyze your DNA free of charge and add the information to the new database.

Free of charge? Yes, indeed. As Dr. Woodward said about the Sorenson Foundation, "They are receiving nothing back personally. This is altruistic. This is completely beneficial to, hopefully, the whole family of man. I'm amazed that we have had so many people willing to do that."

DNA will be taken from your sample cells and a genetic profile created. This profile, together with your genealogical pedigree, will be placed into the database. All information and samples will be encoded in such a way as to remove your personal identification. A link will remain available to the researchers, but not to anyone else. No unauthorized person will ever be able to see your name or your DNA information. The information from this study will be used only for genealogical services and determination of family migration patterns and geographic origins.

Quoting from the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Research Project Web site:

Your unique personal identity is considered strictly confidential and private. Your unique personal identity will not be disclosed in any general or scientific publication of the data. Samples and files containing this information will be stored in a secure facility. The individuals who will have access to the codes and genealogy information will be the principal investigator and the research staff.

While you can participate free of charge, be aware that you do not receive any information back. Why would anyone want to do that? For three reasons:

  1. The desire to help others with their genealogical research.
  2. Satisfaction of knowing that you are a part of a worldwide project.
  3. Preservation of your genetic information for posterity.

Details of the free DNA submission process can be found at http://smgf.org:8081/pubgen/site3.jsp.

The second service is a fee-based search for your ancestry. According to preliminary information, for about $ 200 you can receive a report on your 'Y" chromosome signature. Using information in the report, you can search for matching codes among the 40,000 DNA samples already in the database. (Privacy is assured. Nobody is ever given your name, address, or other personal information without your consent.) At this point, the available information only goes back to the 1400s, but that is a start.

If your DNA does not match any of the 40,000 existing samples, you will receive scientific information as to where your paternal line originated and other migratory information that has been determined. Future possible matches are always possible, of course. The searches will cost.

Scott R. Woodward, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, said, "If we can tease that information out of our genes, about who our parents are and who our grandparents are, we can convert that into genealogical information, and that's the purpose of this database."

For now, the MGRP is set up to trace only male ancestors. Maternal side searches are expected to be added within a few months.

The non-profit Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation is looking for people who want to share their genealogy. The MGRP website will be available Monday. You can obtain preliminary information right now at http://www.smgf.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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- Iceland's DeCODE Genetics Signs Deal with Merck

Another DNA firm mentioned frequently in past newsletters is deCODE Genetics. See past articles at http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0226.htm, http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0113.htm, http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0016.htm, and at http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0003.htm. Now the company says it has signed a seven-year drug development deal with Merck & Co. Inc., under which the U.S. group will pay a premium for shares in the biotech firm.

DeCODE is a specialist at unraveling the links between genes and disease. The Reykjavik-based company has built up a unique database of DNA samples from the isolated Icelandic population, along with their medical histories and genealogy. The company will carry out clinical trials on a range of Merck's developmental compounds, with tests on as many as five products conducted concurrently. The company's database will be used to analyze the effect of experimental drugs developed by Merck on different groups of people in a move designed to complement the U.S. group's in-house clinical trials program.

Kari Stefansson, deCODE's CEO, said the aim is "to understand not just whether people respond to drugs, but also who responds best and why." Merck is already working with deCODE scientists in the field of obesity treatments.

DeCODE will receive royalties on sales of any drugs and diagnostics developed as part of the alliance, in addition to a one-time technology access fee and milestone payments.

This appears to be a very profitable business for a company that collects genealogy data. It also can save lives.

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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- (+) GenSmarts – Improved Intelligence For Your Entire Family Tree

The following is a "preview" of a Plus Edition-only article. It is copyright 2004 by Kellie Robinson.

By Kellie Robinson

Like a lot of you, I find new genealogical products hard to resist, especially those that offer a free trial download. I’m always on the lookout for that ultimate software program that will interpret my ten-year-old notes, input several thousand pages of data into my database, and solve all of my brick walls. When I saw an announcement about GenSmarts, I downloaded the trial version and began to explore what it could do for me.

Although GenSmarts doesn’t solve all of my genealogical nightmares (those several thousand pages remain unput), it comes very close. This add-on program makes research-oriented genealogists much smarter and more organized by virtue of its own organized intelligence.

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- (+) Genealogy Numbering Systems

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

Remember the "good old days" when you first started searching for your family tree? You probably only had 50 or so identified ancestors in those days, and you could easily remember the name of each one. However, as time went by, you searched many records and found more ancestors. The number grew and grew. At some point you encountered some difficulty in organizing the information you had available.

There are myriad ways to organize genealogy data. The "best method" depends on your own preferences and organizational skills. For many of us, a computer is a valuable organizational tool. Whether you use a high tech device or paper and pencil, eventually you will want to produce lists of ancestors or descendants. Ideally, those lists should be in a format that is easy to read and quickly understood. Sooner or later, you will look at assigning identity numbers to each individual.

Most computer programs assign numbers to each individual within the program’s database. Some of the programs display these numbers on the screen and in printed reports, while other programs keep the database numbers hidden. These numbers typically may be meaningful to the individual who maintains the database but are generally meaningless to everyone else. There seems to be little point in printing these internal numbers on reports to be given to others.

When generating printed reports and lists, the information can be confusing. The more names on the list, the more difficult it is to remember "who is who." This can partially be solved by assigning meaningful numbers to each individual on the list.

Several genealogy numbering systems have been invented for reports and lists. These numbers are temporary; that is, the numbers are used for this one report and then typically are discarded. The sole purpose of these numbers is to simplify the organization of data in the one report. If another report is needed at a future date, the numbers can easily be recalculated at that time.

This week I will describe the more popular genealogy numbering systems.

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- Seminar 2004 in Toronto

The Ontario Genealogical Society's three-day "Seminar 2004" looks like it will be the leading Canadian conference of the year. The event will be held in Toronto on May 28 through 30 and will be hosted by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. The theme will be "The 3 R's of Family History: Resources, Research, Results."

"Seminar 2004" will feature the following different streams of interest: Methodology, Technology, Toronto, Ontario, and Canadian research, and a miscellaneous stream which could include topics related to such things as Society Management, genetics/DNA, and others.

Three concurrent sessions (or "tracks") will be held all day Friday, increasing to five concurrent sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The presenters include: Kenneth G. Aitken, Ruth Burkholder, Dr. Penelope Christensen, Afua Cooper, Dick Eastman, Gail Ferguson, J. Brian Gilchrist, Ceil Jensen, Marjorie Kohli, Rob Leverty, Helen F.M. Leary, Jane E. MacNamara, Paul McGrath, Brenda Dougall Merriman, Sharon Murphy, Barbara Myrvold, Marie-Louise Perron, Marian Press, Geoffrey D. Rasmussen, Linda Reid, Louise St Denis, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, Ryan Taylor, James Thomson, and Patricia Moseley Van Skaik. Yes, my name is in that list, and I must say that I am honored to be featured in the midst of such an illustrious group.

Seminar 2004 is much more than just lectures, however. This year's event will feature one of the most ambitious OGS Research Rooms ever, for interactive research and hands-on learning opportunities. You can meet and consult representatives from the Archives of Ontario and the Toronto Public Library's research staff, as well as experts from the Société franco-ontarienne d'histoire et de généalogie. In addition, new this year will be the "Ask a Professional" event, sponsored by the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Members of APG will be available for free 15-minute consultations. Bring your genealogical questions, and sign up early for an appointment.

The Saturday evening banquet will include a special visit from the colorful 1837 era journalist, William Lyon Mackenzie. This fiery reformer was influential in shaping the future direction of the government of Upper Canada. With the assistance of David Morris, Mackenzie will treat us to his views of the events and personalities of his time.

While the emphasis is on Ontario, a quick scan of the programs listed at http://www.ogsseminar.org/sem04-prog.html will show that anyone researching genealogy in Canada can benefit from attending this major conference. Indeed, many of the presentations are non-geographic. For instance, there are sessions on creating CD-ROM and DVD disks for genealogy purposes, "What does the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) mean?", "Active versus Passive Use of the Internet for Genealogy," and "A Career in Genealogy: Can you earn a living doing this?"

Discounts are available for those who register before April 1. A full registration for Friday evening, Saturday, and all day Sunday is $110 before April 1 but will be $130 after that date. The optional Friday day-time activities will add $75 to those fees. You can also pay in advance for meals. I would suggest that you register early for the Saturday evening banquet.

Note that these prices are in Canadian dollars. Anyone in the United States can multiply those figures by about 75%. For instance, the $110 Canadian attendance fee is approximately $82.00 in U.S. dollars.

I am looking forward to attending this conference and hope to listen to a number of the presentations. I hope to see you there! Mark your calendar now for May 28 through 30 in Toronto. You can find all the details at: http://www.ogsseminar.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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- NGS Announces New Board Members

The following announcement is from the U.S. National Genealogical Society:

Peter Broadbent Appointed to NGS Board

The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter E. Broadbent, Jr., J.D., of Richmond, Virginia, to a Board of Directors seat effective 21 February 2004. By unanimous vote of the Board, Mr. Broadbent was elected during the quarterly Board meeting held in Arlington, Virginia. He will fill the at-large director position vacated by Patricia Shawker when she accepted the Treasurer's job in November 2003. He will serve until the 2004 biennial election.

Mr. Broadbent received his undergraduate degree from Duke University (B.A. History), and his law degree from the University of Virginia; he was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1976. He is a partner at a 45-lawyer Richmond, Virginia, firm, Christian & Barton, where his areas of practice are general business law, communications law and intellectual property law. Currently he serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Business Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, and is a member of its Intellectual Property Law Section. Virginia Business Magazine includes him in its annual Legal Elite list as one of the leading business and intellectual property lawyers in Virginia.

Along with over 25 years experience as a practicing attorney, Mr. Broadbent brings many years of genealogical and public service experience to the board. He is President and Director of the Virginia Genealogical Society and currently the Chairman of the Library of Virginia Board which oversees the Commonwealth of Virginia's archives and state library in Richmond. He was appointed to the Library Board by Governor Allen in 1996, and re-appointed by Governor Gilmore in 2002. Mr. Broadbent is Director and former President of GRIVA, the Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia. He has been a member of the National Genealogical Society since 1988, and is a present or a former member of various genealogical societies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and North Carolina. His lineage society memberships include Mayflower Society, Society of Colonial Wars, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Revolution, and Society of the War of 1812. The last 24 years he has engaged in research on his and his wife's ancestry, primarily in the mid-Atlantic and upper South, and has personally done research in repositories ranging from London to Missouri.

 

Connie Lenzen Appointed to NGS Board

The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Connie Lenzen, CGRS, of Portland, Oregon, to a Board of Directors position effective 21 February 2004. By unanimous vote of the board, Mrs. Lenzen was elected during the quarterly Board meeting held at Arlington, Virginia. She will fill the Region 1 director position vacated by Sheila Benedict when she was appointed Board Secretary in December 2003. Connie Lenzen will serve until the 2004 biennial election.

Connie Lenzen is a full-time professional genealogist and a Certified Genealogical Records Specialist, receiving her certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists in 1983. She earned the 1995 NGS Quarterly Award of Excellence, won the 2003 ISFHW&E writing competition, is the author of Oregon Guide to Genealogical Sources, and is a contributing author to genealogical magazines. She currently writes a weekly genealogy column for the Vancouver Columbian newspaper that appears in both print and online editions.

As a long-time volunteer for NGS, Connie was the local arrangements chair for the 2001 National Genealogical Society Conference in Portland. She has served the Genealogical Council of Oregon as program chair for the 2002 and 2004 conferences and has been a board member for the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. She is in-coming president of the Oregon Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists.

Prior to her genealogy career, Connie was a middle-school teacher. Her Master of Education degree was awarded from Portland State University. Traveling to research repositories in the United States and Germany, Connie and her husband have traced their families for over 30 years.

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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- Professional Genealogists Elect Florida Officers

The following is an announcement from the Florida Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists:

Richard F. Robinson, CGRS, of Delray Beach, Florida, and Denise A. Wells of Boca Raton, Florida, have been elected president and vice president respectively of the new Florida Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

Robinson is a Certified Genealogical Records Specialist, personal historian, author and speaker who owns Legacy Scribe, LLC, in Delray Beach. Wells has been researching for family and clients for 18 years and is administrator for several family history e-mailing lists.

"Members of the Florida Chapter will be a wonderful resource for Floridians seeking information about their family history," Robinson said. "We can provide expertise and research assistance with Florida records as well as those elsewhere."

Other new officers are: Secretary Ann Mohr Osisek of Maitland, Treasurer Betty Jane Stewart of Orange Park and Chapter Representative Alvie L. Davidson, CGRS, of Lakeland.

Based in Westminster, Colorado, APG was established in 1979 and is the leading worldwide professional organization of genealogists and related family history professionals with more than 1,500 members. The Florida Chapter was approved by its parent organization in December.

For further information, contact Robinson at (561) 272-2250 or by e-mail at dickrobinson@legacyscribe.com.

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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- Bob Dalrymple, R.I.P.

The following sad message comes from Greg Morgan:

It is with deep regret that I wish to inform you that Bob Dalrymple passed away suddenly this morning of a heart attack. I have just been informed by his family and am coming to terms with this sad news myself.

With the permission of his family, I am advising the (subset of the) user base which I have access to, via the Yahoo News Forum. I would appreciate if you could forward as required to the many I may have missed. Funeral details will be available later tomorrow (Friday) and I will pass them on to this forum as soon as possible.

As the founder of Computability and the designer and driving force behind Relatively Yours, Bob was a very respected member of the genealogical community in Australia. The roots of the program we now know as Relatively Yours 3 were conceived and developed by Bob some 20 years back. Over the years, Bob worked tirelessly, building a very loyal user community, with many of those early users still committed to the product today. I have known Bob for the past 12 years since discovering Relatively Yours in the early 90's, and it was to become my privilege to be more closely associated with Bob and the later Windows versions of Relatively Yours.

On behalf of the RY user community, I would like to express my condolences to Bob's wife, Dot, and his family.

For RY related activities over the coming period, could I ask for you to direct them to the group at RelativelyYours@yahoogroups.com or myself at greg@relativelyyours.com.

Regards

Greg

The genealogy world has lost a talented individual. I wrote about Bob Dalrymple's program, Relatively Yours, in the November 25, 2000 edition of this newsletter. You can read that article at http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0048.htm

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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- Arizona Birth and Death Records Are Now Online

Some states seem to be overly protective of their public records, often citing "identity theft" and other scare tactics. (Most identity thieves do not get their information from vital records; there are far easier methods.) It is refreshing to see Arizona is one of the forward-thinking states that have placed old birth records online.

Arizona's laws state that birth certificates can become public only after 75 years. Death certificates become public after only 50 years.

Most people born in Arizona will not be able to see their own birth records online, due to the 75-year requirement. However, there obviously will be some exceptions among senior citizens. In fact, former Arizona Congressman Morris Udall is one such exception; he was born in 1922. Furthermore, it appears that his parents didn't have a first name in mind when he was born. They left the lawmaker's birth certificate blank in that area, according to one of the details found on the state's new genealogy Web site.

I tried the site and found it easy to use. As usual, I did a search for my own surname. I found a few matches. Each one listed the child's full name, date and place of birth, and parents’ names. This is indeed a genealogy treasure house.

The site cost $25,000 to develop and was financed by taxpayer money appropriated by the Legislature. The Mesa Regional Family History Center, owned by the Church of the Latter-day Saints, and the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Department, assisted in the site's development.

You can access Arizona birth and death records online at: http://genealogy.az.gov

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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- Expansion of Kentucky GenWeb Project

The following is an announcement from the KYGenWeb Project:

The KYGenWeb Project is very proud to announce the latest addition to our "Special Collections" of research references for those with Kentucky roots, the Kentucky Vital Records Project.

What began as a "dream" of 3 of us involved with the KYGenWeb Project and the KYGenWeb Archives, a centralized collection of Kentucky birth, marriage and death records, is now available in the first stages for Kentucky researchers. Currently, the browsable index lists all of the deaths in the KY Death Index (1911-1999).

We are in the process of adding digital images and transcriptions of actual death certificates. These digital images and transcriptions will be linked to the browsable index as they are added to the collection. Records for this project will be a combination of researcher-contributed records and a coordinated extraction program so that we can get them up as quickly as possible. We will begin adding birth records about 15 April 2004 and marriage records about 1 June 2004. As these records are added, they will also be linked to the index. (NOTE: Birth records will only be added for persons born before the year 1894, unless proof of death is provided. We want to ensure that the privacy and safety of living individuals is not compromised.)

The browsable index will be a great help to KY researchers by itself, as you'll be able to search for those "creative" spellings that all of us have been blessed (or cursed) with. Tens of thousands of corrections have already been made to the original index. Corrections from site visitors are encouraged. As corrected or additional information is received on any of the records, it will be incorporated into the index for the benefit of future site visitors. In addition to the browsable index, be sure to check out the site search engine, as it will pick up additional information in the transcriptions (most importantly, parents' and spouse's names, if given).

We invite everyone to stop in and check out this newest addition. Our hope is that you'll find some "treasures" here and that you'll then share your collections so that others can find theirs, too.

Feel free to forward this message to other mail lists.

The Kentucky Vital Records Project is available at http://www.rootsweb.com/~kygenweb/kvrp

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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- GENP Beta Test

Peter Evans in Australia has created a new program that focuses heavily on citing the sources. Now Peter is looking for beta testers to verify the program's operation. Here is the message from Peter Evans:

We are pleased to announce the Beta test of GENP.

GENP is a consumer orientated product which will also appeal to the serious genealogist.

Its round trip coding takes sourcing out of the realm of the experts and into the hands of novices. We have made a dozen improvements to existing source systems and then added two layers of functionality. If you believe that having two databases on screen involves running two instances of your program, then you need to think again.

Our database design has always been different from other programs; for example, a newly created database will only be 23 kb in size. However the program is not lightweight, with a manual running to hundreds of pages and over 1000 program messages. Personalisation of the program runs to 57 tab sheets of choices.

Our aggregation paradigm is the original and best. This enables you to group your databases and move a database to another group instantly.

Existing abilities are - multi media, multiple databases, multiple users, grouping of databases, multi lingual.

We are looking for three groups of testers:

    1. You are a musician as well as a genealogist with your own home music studio. You are able to compose and play music. Alternatively, you have graphic skills as well as being a genealogist. Ideally, you have both skills.

    2. You are a genealogist as well as having expert computer coding skills. You are comfortable writing scripts, macros, and code.

    3. You are a genealogist born in Germany, France, or a Spanish-speaking country (such as Spain, Mexico, Chile). You first language is German, French, or Spanish, and you reside in one of those countries. You are also fluent in English.

Please email us at info@genp.com.au listing your experience and background. No staff, employees, or relatives of genealogy vendors, please. You will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement before the test phase commences. Please state what operating system you are running. To participate in the Beta, you must be 21 years old or older.

See a link to further information on the Beta on our Products page under Version History.

GENP

http://www.genp.com.au

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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- (+) Help Your Doctor and Yourself

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

The next time you go in for your annual physical, surprise the doctor. Show him or her a copy of your pedigree chart, supplemented with some specific information.

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- Historic Code Receives Modern Update

The Morse Code was invented about 160 years ago and is still in use today. Its popularity has waned as faster and more efficient forms of communications have been developed. However, ham radio operators and a few others still communicate via this ancient technology. The Morse Code now has been updated for the twenty-first century.

It seems that Samuel F.B. Morse never anticipated the Internet. He and his successors never created a character for the "@" symbol used in e-mail addresses. Those communicating via Morse code have been unable to send e-mail addresses without resorting to awkward "work-arounds," such as sending: richard-at-eastman.net.

In December, 2003, the International Telecommunications Union, which oversees the entire frequency spectrum from amateur radio to satellites, voted to add the new character. The new sign, which will be known as a "commat," consists of the signals for "A" (dot-dash) and "C" (dash-dot-dash-dot), with no space between them. The new character is the first in at least several decades and possibly the first in more than a century. Among ITU officials and Morse code aficionados, no one could remember any other addition.

For more information about Samuel F. B. Morse, look at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/atthtml/mrshome.html.

For information about sending and receiving Morse Code on the Internet, look at: http://morsecodeonweb.homestead.com

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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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- Lawmakers Launch New Anti-Spyware Bill

I have written before about "free" programs that surreptitiously install unwanted parasite software on your computer. These programs often piggyback on downloaded files without the user's consent, transmitting information about Internet traffic patterns and generating pop-up advertisements. One variant waits until you go to a particular Web site, then displays a competitor's ads on top of the site that you wish to view. Sadly, at least one major genealogy company uses such "scumware" or "adware" advertising.

Now three U.S. senators have introduced legislation that will ban such software in the U.S. Under the proposed legislation, companies that use such stealth advertising will be fined heavily.

Known as Spyblock (Software Principles Yielding Better Levels of Consumer Knowledge), Senate Bill 2131 is sponsored by Senators Conrad Burns (R-MT), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Burns and Wyden successfully steered the country's first federal anti-spam bill through Congress in 2003.

The bill would be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general. The FTC could impose penalties, just as it does for unfair and deceptive practices, including cease-and-desist orders and civil fines. State attorneys general could bring suits seeking injunctions, plus damages or other relief.

"Computer users should have the same amount of privacy online as they do when they close the blinds in the windows of their house," said Senator Burns. "But this is not the case, as computers across the country are being hijacked every day as users unknowingly download unwanted and deceitful programs that spy into their online world."

If you dislike surreptitious parasite software and the obnoxious advertisements generated by these vermin, write to your senator and tell him or her that you support Senate Bill 2131.

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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- Upcoming Events

The Upcoming Events section of this newsletter is published once per month, usually in the first newsletter of each month. Each event will be listed very briefly: date(s), location and brief details, followed by either an e-mail address or a Web page that you can use to find more information. Since detailed information is available via e-mail or the Web, I will not list the details in this newsletter. If you do contact any of these organizations, please tell them where you heard about the event.

If you would like to see your event listed in future newsletters, send an e-mail to: meetings@eogn.com. You must include either a Web page that gives details or an e-mail address for the organization or for someone within the organization who is willing to supply the meeting details upon request. Please limit your listings to events where you expect 100 or more people to attend.

Here are the listings, arranged by date. An asterisk indicates a new listing that has been added since the last time this list was published:

*March 2 to 20 - Dallas Texas: The Dallas Genealogical Society Computer Interest Group (DGSCIG) will host Dennis and Carla Ridenour of the NGS Family Papers Collection Digitizing Project. The Ridenours will explain the program at the regular CIG meeting at 6:30 pm on 2 March in the Main Dallas Public Library auditorium. For the following three weeks they will digitize (scan or photograph) all family papers brought in by anyone. There is no fee for this service, and each participant will leave with high resolution digital images of their papers on a CD provided by NGS. Details are available at http://johnwylie.com/dgsngsfpc.pdf

March 6 – Port Charlotte, Florida: GenFair 2004, a genealogical conference for family history buffs, will be sponsored by the Alliance for Genealogical Societies of Southwest Florida. The conference features noted speaker Dr. George K. Schweitzer, who will make three genealogical presentations. His topics include "Civil War Genealogy", "Rivers to Trails to Roads to Canals to Trains," and "Finding Your Ancestor’s Parents." He will also hold an "Open Question and Answer Period." For additional information, contact bfleshman46@comcast.net

*March 6 - Santa Barbara, California: The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society's seminar, "Genealogical Treasures, Resources & Strategies," features three separate "tracks" with a choice of 11 different talks, ranging from Genealogical Fraud to Digital Preservation and Restoration of Old Black & White Photos. Leading the list of six speakers will be professional genealogists, Gordon Remington of Salt Lake City and Nancy Carlberg of Los Angeles. For more information, contact: DLSNAKK@aol.com

March 9 to 13- Galesburg, Illinois: Carl Sandburg College is hosting its 6th annual Genealogy Computing Week. 6 days of hands-on genealogy computing workshops will be held in the college's new state-of-the art instructional computing building. All presentations are made by Michael John Neill, columnist for the Ancestry Daily News and Part I Course Coordinator at the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America. More information on the workshops is available at: http://www.rootdig.com/sandburg.html

*March 12-13 - Lawton Oklahoma: The Second "Native American History and Genealogy Conference", sponsored by the Friends of the Oklahoma Historical Society Archives, will focus this year is on the Southern Plains tribes. One session will examine Quanah Parker's Texas family. Another is on the Comanche Code Talkers of W.W.II. Details are at:

http://www.cityof.lawton.ok.us/library/conference

March 13 - Lake Havasu City, AZ: The Lake Havasu Genealogical Society, Inc., will be holding its 10th Annual Seminar with featured speaker Janna Bennington Larson. gloharr@rraz.net

March 13 - Rexburg, Idaho: Brigham Young University ­ Idaho will hold a full-day Family History Conference on March 6th. For more information go to http://www.byui.edu/ce/community/familyhistory/default.htm

*March 13 - Salt Lake City, Utah: The Family History Library is holding a full-day series of classes on Irish Research. The classes, taught by library staff, include: Famine and Post-famine Emigration Sources, Early Emigration Sources, Basic Irish Records, and Irish Probate and Land Records. The series is free, but seating is limited and pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register, call 801-240-4950.

*March 13 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society's monthly meeting will feature a first person impersonation of George Westinghouse by Ed Reis, Executive Director of the George Westinghouse Museum in Wilmerding, Pa. http://www.wpgs.org

*March 13 to April 3 - Bristol, Rhode Island: The Bristol Historical and Preservation Society is sponsoring a four-session workshop series on successive Saturdays. The workshops will include more in-depth looks at the following sources and methods: family and home sources; oral history; vital, church, census, passenger arrival, naturalization, military, cemetery, funeral home, probate, and land records. Additional topics included are: organizational tools, research trips and searching on location. The third workshop on March 27th session will cover technology and genealogy and will feature computer software options and the Internet as a resource. For registration and more information, call the society at 253-7223.

March 20 – Vancouver, WA: The Clark County Genealogical Society is having Dr John Philip Colletta return for their Spring Seminar. For more information see the society's Web site at http://www.ccgs-wa.org

*25 March - Provo, Utah: The 4th Annual Workshop on Technology for Family History and Genealogical Research provides a forum for presenting and discussing current and emerging research work on technology that supports family history and genealogy. Results should address technology problems whose solutions have the potential to improve family history and genealogical research work. The format of the conference will include a keynote speaker, panel discussions, and technical presentations. Details are available at: http://www.fht.byu.edu

*March 25-28 - Williamsburg, Virginia: The Nicolas Martiau Descendant Association (NMDA) will assemble for the 4th Martiau Tribute weekend. The Tribute was previously scheduled for September 2003 but had to be postponed due to Hurricane Isabel. Nicolas Martiau (1591-1657), "Father of Yorktown", was a Captain of Militia, Yorke Shire Justice, Burgess, Military Engineer and Planter. He is the earliest Colonial Ancestor of George Washington and Thomas Nelson. The present Queen of England and Robert E. Lee are also descendants. Further information is available at: http://www.carolshouse.com/NMDA.htm

*March 26-27 - Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University's Annual "2004 Computerized Genealogy Conference" will be sponsored by BYU Religious Education, BYU History Department, Center for Family History and Genealogy, BYU Computer Science Department, LDS Family History Library, and BYU Division of Continuing Education. Sessions will cover genealogy software programs, computer databases, e-mail, and the Internet. In addition, this conference will help you use technology to make better use of more traditional genealogical methods. For further program or registration information, contact: 801-422-4853

*March 26 & 27 - Indianapolis, Indiana: The Indiana Historical Society will host two Genealogy Research Workshops. Betty L. Warren, president of the Indiana Genealogical Society, will discuss the reference tools needed to unlock your family's past, including family sources, census, cemetery and church records. The workshop will also include help from reference librarians from the Indiana State Library Genealogy Division, who will be on hand to review the specific resources available in the genealogy division, and an HIS librarian will discuss how the materials in the Society's collection may be useful in conducting family history research. A registration brochure can be downloaded at http://indianahistory.org/pub_prog/genealogy/gen_programs.html

March 27, Waltham, Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Genealogical Council presents a full-day seminar by renowned genealogist and noted educator Helen Leary, Certified Genealogist, Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, Fellow of the National Genealogical Society. Helen Leary's four lectures on genealogy method will be: "Is This the Same Man, or a Different One With the Same Name;" "Time-Lines and Real Lives — Using Ancestor’s Life Patterns to Find Their Parents;" "Our Ancestors’ Voices — Getting the Records To Tell Us Everything They Know;" "The Hemings-Jefferson Connection". Details are available at http://Massgencouncil.org

March 27 - Hattiesburg, Mississippi: The South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society annual day-long seminar will feature Dr. George K. Schweitzer. His very educational and entertaining historical re-enactments (in uniform) of characters representing the American Revolution and the Confederacy make learning military history fun! You will learn about the beliefs of the day and why they fought. He will also explain what sources are available, how to locate them, and what they tell us about these historic periods in time. A special hotel rate is available for attendees. For more information, contact: southernfootprints@comcast.net

*March 27 - Eugene, Oregon: The Oregon Genealogical Society will present their Annual Spring Seminar. The keynote speaker will be Shannon Applegate, a descendant of the Applegate family who came to Oregon in 1843. She has been a writer and historical researcher for many years. She wrote about her family’s history in the book Skookum: An Oregon Pioneer Family’s History and Lore (1988). Beverly Rice will be another featured speaker. Her presentation is, "How to Enliven a Family Historical Narrative: Find the 'Write' Supporting Details." Details are available from fernemell@comcast.net

*March 27 - Virginia Beach, Virginia: The Virginia Beach Genealogical Society will host its annual conference. Award-winning genealogy columnist and instructor Pat Richley will be the day's speaker. Program and registration information can be found at http://www.rootsweb.com/~vavbgs/

*March 27 - South Bend, Indiana: The South Bend Area Genealogical Society will host its sixth annual Michana Area Genealogical Fair. Highlight speaker Mary Hill of Salt Lake City will give two lectures, "Why and How People Migrate" and "Records and Sources Available on the Internet". Some twenty plus exhibitors will display genealogical materials and resources. For further information, contact: WHMinish@aol.com

March 28 – Dublin, Ireland: Nora Keohane Hickey, Sally Warren, and Jana Black are organizing a Dublin-based research week beginning March 28th 2004. This is a resumption of research trips organized in mid 1995-1997. Full details are available at: http://www.websweweave.net/IrishResearch

April 3 – St. Louis, Missouri: "Tracing ancestors back to Europe" is the theme of the annual St. Louis Genealogical Fair. The day-long program features John Philip Colletta. Ph. D., an expert and entertaining speaker, in four different lectures on how to find your family's European roots. For more information visit the website at http://www.stlgs.org

April 3 – Boston, Massachusetts: The New England Historic Genealogical Society will sponsor a one-day workshop on "Writing and Editing Your Family History." Conducted by leading experts in the field, this special one-day program at NEHGS' Boston headquarters will offer you constructive advice and guidance on how to prepare your own family history. http://www.newenglandancestors.org/events/events/Default.asp?id=306

April 16-19 - Salt Lake City, Utah: the United Polish Genealogical Societies announce their biennial conference, "Continuing the Challenge." Hosted by the Polish Genealogical Society of California (PGSCA) and the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA), this Conference offers an outstanding opportunity to use the world¹s largest collection of genealogical material and have access to expert Polish/Eastern European researchers. The world-renowned Family History Library has records that include ship passenger lists, naturalization and census records, vital records for many U.S. cities, church records, books, maps and microfilm, and much more. For further information please visit the websites: http://www.pgsca.org, http://www.pgsa.org or http://wwwPolishRoots.org

April 17 – Lake Mary, Florida (15 miles north of Orlando): The Central Florida Genealogical Society will present a genealogy conference featuring George Schweitzer, PhD, ScD, Distinguished Professor, University of Tennessee. He will present three lectures: Military Genealogical Research, River To Trails To Road To Canals To Trains, and Researching in Burned Out Counties. http://www.cfgs.org/schweitzer.htm

April 17 – Richmond, Virginia: The Virginia Genealogical Society will hold its Spring Conference with a theme of "Methodology: The Foundation of Good Genealogy." There will be three lecture sessions on handwriting and transcription, abstracting, and documentation. These lectures will be followed by hands-on sessions covering the same topics. For details, contact VaGenSoc@aol.com .

April 17 - Portage, Michigan: The Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society and the Portage District Library will present a genealogical conference featuring guest speaker Amy Johnson Crow, CG. Her topics include: " Between the County and Federal Levels: Using State Government Records," "Evaluating Evidence and Its Sources," "Ten Years is a Long Time: Finding & Using Census Substitutes," "What Do You Mean There's No Record?!" and "Finding Vital Records Substitutes." Details are available from sanders@net-link.net

*April 17 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society's Spring Seminar will feature John Phillip Colletta, speaking on "Libraries, Archives and Public Record Offices: Understanding Resource Repositories," "Passenger Arrival Records," "How to Prepare for a Successful Research in European Records" and "Turning Biographical Facts into Real Life Events: How to Build Historical Context." http://www.wpgs.org

April 22-24 - Wilmington, OH (between Columbus and Cincinnati): The Ohio Genealogical Society presents its Annual Conference. The Conference will feature Thomas W. Jones and 28 other speakers presenting 58 sessions. The theme of the conference is "Settlers and Builders of Ohio, Discovering Family History Resources and Strategies." Additional details are available from ogs@ogs.org

April 24 – Santa Rosa, CA: Elizabeth Shown Mills will hold an all-day seminar in Sonoma County, California, sponsored by the Sonoma County Genealogical Society. Details are available at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cascgs/mills.htm

April 24 - Topeka, Kansas -- The Topeka Genealogical Society hosts its 32nd annual genealogy conference with Lloyd deWitt Bockstruck as featured speaker. For more information see Conference at the TGS website: http://www.tgstopeka.org

April 24 – Boston, Massachusetts: The New England Historic Genealogical Society will sponsor a one-day workshop on "Genealogy and Genetics" at the NEHGS Research Library. Never has the subject of genetics been more important to your genealogical research! Among the featured speakers will be John Chandler, PhD; New England Ancestors genetics editor Anita A. Lustenberger, CG; Thomas H. Roderick, PhD; and Thomas H. Shawker, MD. Topics will include an introduction to tracking your genes and DNA testing, the design of DNA studies, mtDNA and Y chromosomal analyses, and how to compile a family health history. http://www.newenglandancestors.org/events/events/Default.asp?id=309

*April 24 - Baltimore County, Maryland: The Maryland Genealogical Society will present the Spring Luncheon, featuring Nancy Bramucci discussing "Maryland Medical Care in the Nineteenth-Century, A Guide for Genealogists." Nancy is the former head of Special Collections at the Maryland State Archives. For details, please visit http://www.mdgensoc.org/luncheon%20spring%202004.html

May 1-2 – London, England: The Society of Genealogists will hold their annual Family History Fair at the Royal Horticultural Hall on Greycoat Street, Westminster, London. This is the largest genealogy event in England with thousands of attendees and many exhibitors from all over the U.K., Ireland, and many overseas countries as well. Details may be found at: http://www.sog.org.uk/events/fair.html

*May 1 - South Bend, Indiana: The South Bend Area Genealogical Society will co-host a full day workshop, "Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors," presented by Dr. Brian Trainor and Mr. Fintan Mullan of the Ulster Historical Foundation of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The workshop is free, and a box lunch can be provided for a nominal fee. Details are available from WHMinish@aol.com

*May 1 - Cameron, Texas: a Saturday Lock-In at the Milam County Clerk's Office will be hosted by the Milam County Genealogical Society. All proceeds to benefit records preservation at the Milam County Clerk's Office. Details are available at: http://www.geocities.com/milamco/

*May 2­8 - New York City: The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society will once again welcome members who may need some guidance wading through the amazing selection of resources available in New York City. Participants will be given a private consultation with a local genealogist and orientations to prepare them for research in the G&B Library, New York Public Library, National Archives Northeast Region, Municipal Archives of the City of New York, and other repositories determined by registrant needs. Program includes four full days of guided trips to the various repositories. There will also be a number of informational lectures and a wide variety of social opportunities, highlighted by a banquet in our lovely auditorium. More information is available at: http://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org

May 8 - Boston, Massachusetts: The New England Historic Genealogical Society will sponsor a one-day "Irish Genealogical Seminar. This one-day seminar will focus on Irish research methods and resources (many of which may be found at the New England Historic Genealogical Society). Speakers will include Irish experts Eileen and Sean O’Duill from Dublin; the Society’s library director and nationally-known Irish research scholar Marie E. Daly; NEHGS Assistant Executive Director for Technology Dick Eastman; and George Handran, JD, CG. This seminar is cosponsored by TIARA, the Irish Ancestral Research Association. http://www.newenglandancestors.org/events/events/Default.asp?id=310

*May 8 - Santa Clara, California: the Silicon Valley PAF Users Group and the Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society will co-sponsor a genealogy seminar offering more than 40 classes covering beginning to advanced research methodology and computer skills for tracing and preserving your family history. Volunteer presenters from throughout northern California will join Keynote Speaker, Beth Maltbie Uyehara, author of The Zen of Genealogy, and Chuck Knuthson, a popular Sacramento area teacher and long-time researcher. For further information and registration details, go to http://www.svpafug.org

*May 8 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society's monthly meeting will feature Christy Venham, Library Associate, who will discuss resources for Virginia, West Virginia, and Southwestern Pennsylvania families in the West Virginia and Regional History Collection of the West Virginia University Library. http://www.wpgs.org

*May 18 - Sacramento, California: A FREE "German Family History SLAM" will be presented by the Sacramento German Genealogy Society as a prelude to the opening of the National Genealogical Society Conference, which begins the following day. All persons interested in their German ancestry, including NGS attendees, are invited. This free event will include a speaker from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, freebies, handouts, advice, and refreshments. The main feature will be a presentation on "Eleven Commandments for Conducting German Family History Research." For information, go to http://www.SacGerGenSoc.org/calendar.htm.

May 19-22 – Sacramento, California: The U.S. National Genealogical Society's annual conference will be co-sponsored by the Genealogical & Historical Council of Sacramento Valley. This national event attracts genealogists from all over the U.S. Details may be found at: http://www.eshow2000.com/ngs/

May 20-22 - Dearborn, Michigan: The Henry Ford Community College is sponsoring three days of hands-on genealogy computing workshop. Topics include: Census Research Online, Genealogy Potpourri, and Family Tree Maker. Presenter will be Michael John Neill, columnist for the Ancestry Daily News and Part I Studies Coordinator at the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America. More details are available at: http://www.rootdig.com/dearbornmay2004.html.

*(updated) May 27-30 – Toronto, Ontario: The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will host the Society's annual seminar with a theme of "The 3 R's of Family History: Resources, Research, Results." The seminar will feature different streams of interest: Methodology, Technology, Toronto, Ontario, and Canadian research, and a miscellaneous stream which could include topics related to such things as Society Management, genetics/DNA, and others. Speakers include Helen F.M. Leary and Dick Eastman. http://www.ogsseminar.org

June 13-20 - Boston, Massachusetts: "Come Home to New England #1" - This weeklong program will fully acquaint you with the New England Historic Genealogical Society's world-class genealogical research facility and expert staff. Throughout the week you will receive guided research assistance, personal consultations, informative lectures, and much more! http://www.newenglandancestors.org/events/events/Default.asp?id=311

June 18-19 ­ Braintree, MA: A reunion of the descendents of Lt. Alexander MARSH (1628-1698) of Braintree, MA. For further details contact Ken Marsh at fcchurch@ffni.com

June 18 - 20 - Sandwich, MA: The Wing Family of America is hosting their annual reunion. You do not have to be a member of the WFA to attend the reunion. Many activities planned, and the first volume of the new Wing Genealogy will hopefully be available. For more information see the WFA's Web site at http://www.wingfamily.org

June 26 - Boston, Massachusetts: "Electronic and Online Genealogical Resources." This special one-day seminar sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society will acquaint you with technological tools that will greatly aid your genealogical research. Dick Eastman, NEHGS Assistant Executive Director for Technology, will discuss and demonstrate modern devices that will assist the genealogist in locating records, finding old (and even abandoned) cemeteries, plotting grave locations, locating ancestral homesteads and more. NEHGS resources, including new CD-ROMs and the NewEnglandAncestors.org website, will be surveyed in detail by Michael J. Leclerc, director of electronic publications at NEHGS and a frequent contributor to New England Ancestors magazine. Researching U.S. and Canadian military records online will be presented by David Lambert, NEHGS Library microtext & technology manager. http://www.newenglandancestors.org/events/events/Default.asp?id=313

*July 7 to 11 - South Portland, Maine: the 6th National Reunion of Jordans will feature a theme of "Getting to know you." Some 250 members of The Reverend Robert and Sarah (Winter) Jordan, AKA The Family Jordan, will travel from many parts of America to Maine, the state where their roots in this country were originally planted. Their goal is to explore, discuss, and expand knowledge of family lineage which has been traced to early England. A busy agenda is planned for the 4-day gathering that will include educational forums, DNA tracking, regional meetings, board meetings, elections, and establishment of a Board of Trustees for their newly formed Scholarship Foundation. Mr. Thomas Roderick of the Jackson Laboratory at Bar Harbor, ME, will be the featured speaker on the DNA study on the Jordan name. http://www.familyjordan.com

July 10 - Provo, Utah: The German Interest Group-Wisconsin is sponsoring a German genealogy workshop, "Insights in Your German Past." Roger Minert will speak on four German research topics. For more information see the GIG web page at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~wigig/index.html

July 11-17 - Washington, D.C.: The National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) offers on-site and in-depth examination of the common and less-known federal records. This intensive week-long study opportunity is for experienced genealogists and for archivists, historians and librarians interested in using federal records for genealogical research. It is not an introductory course in genealogy. Details may be found at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~natgenin/

*August 1-5 - Richmond, Virginia: The Virginia Genealogical Society will host the 7th Virginia Institute of Genealogical Research. The 4-day retreat and intensive immersion will offer two tracks: 1) Introduction to Virginia Research, and 2) Virginia and Their Land. For details, contact VGS at mail@vgs.org

*Sept. 18-24 - Miami, Florida: Legacy Family Tree is sponsoring a genealogy cruise this fall. Sail away on a seven-day Western Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival's stately Triumph. In addition to cruising through the Caribbean, you will have the opportunity to visit the ports of Cozumel, where you can tour the Mayan Ruin's, Grand Cayman's seven mile beach, or Ocho Rios, Jamaica, where you can climb the famous Dunn Falls. While sailing, you will learn professional genealogical techniques and how to apply them by using the many powerful features of Legacy Family Tree and other programs. Details may be obtained from KenMcGinnis@MillenniaCorp.com

Sept. 25 – Oxford, England: The Oxfordshire Family History Society's Open Day 2004 will feature a demonstration and workshop on the scanning of old photographs, an assortment of visiting societies, dealers in second hand books and postcards, sales of microfiche readers and the like, the society's library and search services, a beginners' helpdesk, computing demonstrations giving advice on such topics as which genealogical software package to choose, and the use of the internet in family history, and more. Details are still developing, keep a watch on http://www.ofhs.org.uk

October 2 - Grand Rapids, Michigan: The Western Michigan Genealogical Society (WMGS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary from October 2003 - October 2004. This celebration will culminate in a one-day Conference – "Got Ancestors?!" along with a banquet. Speakers include Dick Eastman, Joan Griffin, and Shirley De Boer. Dick Eastman will also speak at the Saturday evening banquet. Details are available at: http://www.GotAncestors.com

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