To get the file, CLICK HERE.
If you see Dayna out and about, give her a big thanks. It was a great meeting and I learned quit a few new things.
Google Inc. makes lots of tools available to people, some of which are not often talked about. Besides Searching, my favorite tool is called ALERTS. Simply put, you create a regular Google search and then have Google run it for you every day! The system will email you if it finds something matching your criteria from the past 24 hours (older stuff is ignored). The service sends emails to the user when it finds new results—such as web pages, newspaper articles, blogs, or scientific research—that match the user’s search term(s).
To use Alerts, sign in to your Google account using the Gmail you want new discoveries to be sent to, then go to https://www.google.com/alerts . Then create a search and save it! That’s it. You can have multiple alerts, each one is treated individually.
Presumably you have previously tested your search! Alerts doesn’t validate a search, it just runs it. Here are a couple of searches that I am running daily:
starlink OR spacex AND ipo
Yes, of course you can include genealogical searches too. But remember, the results will be newly published stuff, not previously published. Try it, free it is.
“We were born at just the right moment to help change everything.” – Eric Holthaus
I saw this blog posting about the RSS Reader called Feedly on Dick Eastman’s Blog 16 Oct 2019 and thought it was important enough to share here. Besides, I too use Feedly. It is the only way I can keep up with the rapid changes regarding DNA testing and genealogy!
“I have written before about the many advantages of using RSS Newsreaders to quickly and easily find articles of interest published on dozens, even hundreds, of web sites that interest you, including the EOGN.com web site. You can find my earlier articles about RSS Newsreaders by starting at: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aeogn.com+newsreader&t=brave&ia=web.
Brendan Hesse has posted an article that I think everyone should read: The Best RSS Readers and News Aggregation Apps. (I found this article by using my favorite RSS Newsreader, of course.) As Brendan writes, “Without further ado, here are the best RSS readers/news aggregators, plus a few alternatives for good measure.”
I also noted that he claims that Feedly is the best RSS Newsreader available today. I cannot say that I have tested as many newsreaders as Brendan Hesse has, but I will say that I have been using Feedly for several years and am pleased with it.
First of all, Feedly is a cloud-based newsreader that does not require any software installation in your computer. It works equally well on Windows, Macintosh, Chromebook, Android, Linux and Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) systems. It is also super simple to use.
Feedly has three versions: FREE, Pro, and Team.
The FREE version contains ads, the Pro version is ad-free and allows the user to follow an unlimited number of sources. The Team version is for use by corporate teams; I cannot imagine any individual consumer ever needing the Team version.
Of course, Feedly isn’t the only product available. You might prefer something else. You can read a lot more in Brendan Hesse’s article in the Lifehacker web site at: https://tinyurl.com/eogn19-10-16.
Also, see my earlier article, Is It Time to Try a Newsreader?, at: https://blog.eogn.com/2018/03/29/is-it-time-to-try-a-newsreader/.”
The above article is from and is copyrighted by the Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter at blog.eogn.com. Many thanks go to Dick Eastman for his continued support of the genealogy world.
Junel Davidsen gave a really interesting talk during our October 2018 monthly meeting about researching Deed records and other similar documents and other discoveries you can make in Courthouses!
We have here the handout containing resources and links that Junel provided at the meeting. The file is a PDF with “live” links. Download and enjoy.
Given that Adam and Eve were born in some country other than the United States (Garden of Eden) then therefore everyone here in the USA is either an immigrant or is descended from immigrants. (Native Americans also immigrated — just longer ago than most!)
Many of our immigrant ancestors came to this country through the portals of Ellis Island. It has always been a challenge to search the records at Ellis Island. I know that Stephen Morse has made it easier on his One-Step web site. And he will be the September speaker here.
BUT — a recent blog post from FamilySearch.org announced that the complete archive of Ellis Island passenger records is now available on their website, today! They are completely indexed with the real imagine available too. Hooray.
Click here to see the blog announcement:
The free records include the following:
Start searching for your ancestors now. What are you waiting for!
“There is a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.” – Raymond Reddington
When you are doing genealogical research at home and run into a “pay-wall”, perhaps the Monterey FHC can help. All of these excellent websites are available at the Monterey FHC for free! If you like saving money, then use these sites at the FHC. If you find that you must have a personal login, you can always subscribe at home later. (Yes, I have an Ancestry signon, world edition.) Just another reason to come to the Monterey Family History Center – look here for directions.
Provided by the Monterey FHC Directors
Provided by Monterey County Genealogical Society
Provided by Salt Lake City Family History Library
“Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back.” – Oscar Wilde
As a parent we learn that children should not be told things until they are ready. But they become ready generally sooner than we expect. As a child we soon learn that our parents do not know everything.
With these opening words, I am going to mention a new website that perhaps no one should know about. Yet if we don’t find out about it, we can’t protect ourselves. Yet perhaps as genealogists we might want to use it!
There is a new site called www.familytreenow.com that will let you build a family tree and share it with others. This is a “genealogical” site.
Yet, it allows anyone, for free, without an account, to search for living people and discover information that you might not want available so publicly.
From their website:
Our mission is to create the best free genealogy site in the world. We want it to be super easy to use for new users yet powerful for experienced genealogists.
The web site in question, FamilyTreeNow.com, allows users to look up a person by first and last name. The site then pulls up information about the named person obtained from public records, such as age, month and year of birth, immediate family members and “associates,” and past and current addresses. The searches are provided free of charge.
Persons whose information appears on the web site can use the “opt out” to block their information from being displayed to users, and our tests so far indicate that that option does work. However, as we have noted about similar search services in the past, your personal information will still be available through the underlying public record sources used by FamilyTreeNow (and others). Those third-party records will still exist and will remain publicly accessible, so the same information provided by FamilyTreeNow will remain available to others, either working on their own or using information aggregators similar to FamilyTreeNow.
In short, removing your personal information from display by Internet aggregators isn’t a one-time deal, but rather more like a never-ending game of Whack-a-Mole: You might swat down an aggregator site or two, but more of them will inevitably pop up.
FamilyTreeNow.com was launched in 2014, so I am slow to notice. But no one I know has heard of it either. So I decided to let you know about it. You can quickly go find details about your cousins! Or you can quickly go block your own personal data from view.
You can be the parent and the child….
This is a reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting this Saturday September 10 at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside. We will meet in the library (across the hall from the computer room).
This weekend’s DNA SIG has an exciting story to tell. The identity/ancestry of Lisa Jensen has been solved. For over a year now, a team put together by Barbara Rae-Venter, including Junel Davidsen, has been working on the real criminal case using DNA analysis and good old genealogical methods and lots of plain hard work. Come to this meeting of the DNA SIG to hear how our detectives cracked the case and gave Lisa her history!
Schedule for DNA SIG Meeting:
10:00 to 10:15 Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations
10:15 to 10:30 Bring a Question Genetic Genealogy Question for DNA SIG members
(topic suggested by John Light)
10:30 to 11:15 “Who is Lisa Jensen? How We Found the Answer” by Barbara Rae-Venter and Junel Davidsen
11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion
“The successful warrior is the average person, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee
One of the difficulties of working in a blog is writing in language that is interesting to other folks. When I read this email from Bill Hannah, he expressed such an obvious enthusiasm for what he had found that I decided to not only share his finding, but to share his email verbatim.
RootsTech was an incredible conference, and I’m looking forward to presenting next month and sharing. Biggest challenge is the firehose of info – not that that’s a bad thing!
I attended a “real” Google tips session, and thought I’d pass this on before the board meeting tonight if you want to pass along somehow to the members electronically. Here is is summary the presenter, Karen Willson, provided me. She has explicitly given permission to share and reuse, as long as she gets credit for the item. Which is no problem as it’s at the top of the page.
There’s more on her website, socialmediagenealogy.com, under the Resources tab. The presentation on Google Tips was not exactly the one she used, but I believe she’s updating the page to include that. I’ll let you know as I’ll see her again this week. I’m here another week to use the FHC.
I leave it to you to decide what to do with the attached.
As a reminder, Bill has attended the recent RootsTech conference and will be sharing his findings at our next MoCoGenSo meeting, March 5. Be sure to come hear him in person to see what other discoveries he made. Click Here to read and/or download a copy of the Google Basics PDF Bill collected.
While we are on the subject of hints for using Google, here is another site that has some more esoteric hacks www.viralnova.com/google-app-hacks/?mb=fbkp that might interest you.
Don’t forget that Google has always posted their own helps on their website. To be fair, this is probably the best place to get real help with Google search. Goto Google.