Maureen’s Messages

 Our E-Communications Coordinator, Maureen Sausen, is constantly on the look out for local, national and world Gen


New post on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter


Residential Genealogy Online

by Dick Eastman

Would you like to know who lived in your home many years ago? Or perhaps you want to find the home of your ancestors in the 19th century. One online site can help. Historic Map Works has unveiled a way to link people and places throughout history.

Historic Map Works is a collection of 19th and early 20th century city, town, and county maps. The detailed maps usually show every building and every street in each city or town. Each single-dwelling home contains the name of the family who resided there, either on or beside the building on the map. Apartment complexes contained the property owner’s name.

The new site should be of interest to history buffs, genealogy searchers, and real estate agents. Can you imagine the realtor listing the details of a family that used to live in the house being offered for sale? I suspect that amount of detail might increase the sale price!



  • Family Tree

Free e-Book: 48 Search Tips

 July 31, 2017 updated on 



*By providing your email address you will begin to receive our newsletters, special offers and more free content from Family Tree.

No genealogy website is better-known or more visited than More than 11 million people use resources each month. Yet the number of descendants logging on to is dwarfed by the billions of ancestors documented within the “world’s largest family history resource.” likely holds answers to at least some of your family tree questions. The key to finding those answers is learning how to sift through the massive amount of ancestor data on the subscription genealogy website. Whether you want to use your paid subscription more effectively, make the most of a free trial subscription or eke out whatever information you can for free, the pointers in our free e-book 48 Search Tips

*By providing your email address you will begin to receive our newsletters, special offers and more free content from Family Tree.


What’s Inside Your Free E-book?

Download your copy of 48 Search Tips for tricks, hints and hacks to unlock new family tree discoveries. This free e-book contains helpful guides to using the genealogy website, including an exclusive excerpt from the Unofficial Guide to by Nancy Hendrickson.


New post on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter


RootsTech 2018 Now Open for Registration

by Dick Eastman

RootsTech, the lagest genealogy conference held each year in North America, probably the largest in the world, is now accepting reservations for next February’s event. Here is the announcement:

SALT LAKE CITY (19 September 2017)–FamilySearch International has announced that registration to RootsTech 2018 is now open. RootsTech is a popular 4-day annual family history and technology conference where individuals and families are inspired to discover, preserve, and share their family roots, heritage, and stories. The conference will be heldFebruary 28 to March 3, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, go to

In 2017 the growing event attracted more than 26,000 attendees in-person from all 50 U.S. states and more than 35 countries. Family Discovery Day, a free 1-day event held on Saturday as part of the conference, is also open for registration.





  • Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

The Daily Online Genealogy Newsletter

Act Now to Save the 2020 Census

An article by Diane W. Schanzenbach and Michael R. Strain in the Bloomberg News web site describes the risk of the 2020 US census not being taken, as required by the Constitution. The article blames “Bad budget planning and a lack of leadership threaten the most basic mission of government” as the primary cause of the problems.

The article also states, ““You may have missed the news that the head of the Census Bureau, John Thompson, resigned a few months ago. In normal circumstances, the departure of a government statistician would not be worth highlighting. But Thompson’s departure adds to the growing uncertainty surrounding the success of the 2020 decennial census. About that, you should worry.”

NOTE: I wrote about the sudden resignation of the head of the Census Bureau, John Thompson, at the time he resigned in an earlier newsletter article at: You might want to read that article first for the background information it provides.

The US Constitution requires the United States government to conduct a census every 10 years to determine how many seats each state will have in the House of Representatives.

You can read more in the article by Diane W. Schanzenbach and Michael R. Strain in the Bloomberg News

web site at:



New post on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter


The International African American Museum Launches an African American Genealogy Center

by Dick Eastman

The following announcement was written by the folks at the International African American Museum:

CHARLESTON, SC – Today, the International African American Museum (IAAM) announced the launch of its Center for Family History – an innovative national genealogy research center dedicated solely to celebrating and researching African American ancestry. The center will engage in genealogy education, original research, community archiving, public outreach, and collections. It will also assist with DNA testing.

The Center for Family History is the International African American Museum’s first program launch. It will engage visitors online now at, and in one of the most prominent gallery spaces in the museum.

Read more of this post

Dick Eastman | July 18, 2017 at 8:59 am | Categories: Announcements | URL:

Comment    See all comments
Unsubscribe to no longer receive posts from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.
Change your email settings at Manage Subscriptions.Trouble clicking? Copy and paste this URL into your browser:



Family historians and genealogists—declare your independence this holiday week from an incomplete family tree. Search and browse free among 1.4 BILLION names on, the award-winning website of NEHGS.

From now through 12:00 pm midnight (EDST) on Thursday, July 6th you’ll have complete freedom to roam through all of the online databases on Your password is your passport to freedom—and to many new discoveries.  As an NEHGS Guest member—share this cry for independence with family and friends and invite them to join the celebration.

Hear, hear! Here’s your link to freedom.


Have you been wondering how you can order military records from NARA?  This should help.

National Archives Logo

Requesting Copies of Older Military Service Records

Requesting Copies of Older (pre-WWI) Military Service Records

The National Archives and Records Administration stores the following military records:

How to Order Older Military Service or Pension Records

Select the type of Military Service or Pension Records (pre-1917) you need and select the Order Online or Download the Form link:

Military Service Records


Order Online Order Online  |   Download the Form
Form Number:   NATF 86
Use to:   Order compiled records based on pre-1917 military service in the United States forces.


Military Pension/Bounty Land Warrant Applications


Order Online Order Online   |   Download the Form
Form Number:   NATF 85
Use to:   Order copies of military pension application files based on Federal (not State or Confederate) service between 1775 and 1903 (before World War I).

Categories of pension/bounty land files available using NATF Form 85:

Order copies of military pension application files based on Federal (not State or Confederate) service between 1775 and 1903 (before World War I).

Categories of pension/bounty land files available using NATF Form 85:

  1. A complete Civil War and later pension application file (up to 100 pages), based on Federal (not State or Confederate) military service during the Civil War or later (includes the Pension Documents Packet.)
  2. A complete Federal pre-Civil War military pension application based on Federal military service before 1861 (includes the Pension Documents Packet.)
  3. A pension document packet that contains reproductions of eight documents containing genealogical information about the pension applicant, to the extent these documents are present in the file.
  4. A complete miltary bounty land application file based on service 1775-1855 (includes only rejected Revolutionary War applications).

Types of Military Service Records

This is a list of the Older Military Service Records held at Washington, DC.

Branch of Service Dates
Volunteers Military service performed by persons serving during an emergency and whose service was considered to be in the Federal interest, 1775 – 1902
Regular Army Enlisted personnel, 1789 – October 31, 1912
Officers, 1789 – June 30, 1917
Navy Enlisted personnel, 1798 – 1885
Officers, 1798 – 1902
Marine Corps Enlisted personnel, 1798 – 1904
Some officers, 1798 – 1895
Coast Guard Persons who served in predecessor agencies to the U.S. Coast Guard: the Revenue Cutter Service (Revenue Marine), the Life-Saving Service, and the Lighthouse Service, 1791 – 1919
Confederate States Persons who rendered military service for the Confederate States government in its armed forces, 1861 – 1865
Veterans Records Claims files for pensions based on Federal military service, 1775 – 1916 and
Bounty land warrant application files relating to claims based on wartime service, 1775 – 1855

PDF files require the free Adobe Reader.
More information on Adobe Acrobat PDF files is available on our Accessibility page.




New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of April 10, 2017

by Dick Eastman

Status Updates for Family Tree Maker

One of the common misconceptions is that “no news is bad news.” That is not always true. In some cases, perhaps you simply haven’t heard the latest news.

In this case, the news concerns Software MacKiev, the company that acquired the rights to the popular Family Tree Maker software program from some months ago. I have read complaints in this newsletter’s comments section and elsewhere that Software McKiev has not met some of their promised delivery dates. In fact, there is some truth to that in a couple of cases but, more commonly, the “problem” is that the customer(s) simply didn’t know the latest status updates.




New post on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

A Card Index on Jewish Holocaust Victims is now Online

by Dick Eastman

The International Tracing Service (ITS) has published two further resources in its online archive. They include the card index of the Reich Association of Jews in Germany and material on death marches from concentration camps.

What is left of the card index of the Reich Association of Jews in Germany (Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland) comprises 32,264 registration cards, primarily those of Jewish school pupils, emigrants and deceased persons. Now interested persons all over the world have access to these cards. The ITS has moreover placed an additional 15,000 documents pertaining to the death marches online, thus supplementing the first group of documents on that subject published on its internet portal last year. “We chose two sets of documents that, while they are small, are of especial interest to the public. They conclude the successful test phase of the online archive,” ITS director Floriane Hohenberg explained. “More extensive holdings will follow, with which we aim to make documents on deportations, the Holocaust and forced labor available to people all over the world.”

You can read more in the International Tracing Service web site at: while the online archive is available at:

Dick Eastman | March 10, 2017 at 3:51 pm




On this website, the first set of free online links to historical newspapers was published in February, 2014. Updates were added in June, 2015, December, 2015, and June, 2016.

Those updates have added another 6,400 titles since 2014.

This First of 2017 update adds another 2,600 titles.  The grand total of free historical newspaper links for the U.S. now is over 18,000.

More and more newspapers are being digitized and are being made available for all of us to research. Some are full-text searchable and others are browsable.

I will continue to follow the digitization activities across the country and hope to publish the next update in mid-2017. Look for the monthly articles that I publish about new digitization efforts around the country.

You need to know where these links to new and updated collections can be found, so that you can discover articles about your ancestors. Hopefully these 51 articles full of free links will assist you in your discovery and research.

To search the new (and old)  and updated links, choose your state link below and see all the newspapers that are available for you to research.

(to many to list here – see Maureen’s email – 03/10/2017 for details)


German Genealogy Databases Online -Find your German Family

For many German-Americans, tracing their history is not so easy. Records were lost or destroyed, and the old script can be difficult to read. While I am by no means an expert, I have found some German Genealogy Databases online that can help you find a little more about your German Ancestry.

I’ve also included links to a few groups who help Germans with American Fathers connect with their family in the US.

Finally, there is an online Bulletin board for family searches… you can input your information, and hopefully it will help you find the person you lost.

If you know of any websites or pages that would be helpful, please let me know in the comments, or email me at


Navajo Nation Library To Digitize 1960s Oral History Archive

The Navajo Nation Library (NNL) is working to secure the funding necessary to digitize and catalog thousands of hours of stories, songs, and oral histories of the Navajo people, originally recorded in the 1960s by the Navajo Culture Center of the Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity (ONEO)


A New U.S. Budget Blueprint May Affect Genealogists
Posted by DianeThis blog is written by guest blogger and Associate Editor of Family Tree Magazine, Madge MarilThe new administration’s federal budget blueprint—a sort of planning document in the budgeting process—would eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities. If this line item manages to make it through to the final budget for fiscal year 2018, its genealogical impact might surprise you.

The National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) was created in 1965 as an independent federal agency funding humanities programs in the United States. NEH grants help fund many genealogy staples, such as museums, archives and libraries as well as public television and universities.The NEH’s grants also support historical records digitization and access projects including the free Chronicling America newspaper search website. Chronicling America was sparked by The United States Newspaper Project, which microfilmed and cataloged 63.3 million pages of American newspapers. Chronicling America lets you search and view digitized American newspaper pages from 1789 to 1924, as well as a directory of all U.S. Newspapers published from 1690 to present.Genealogists use newspapers to find key details about their ancestors. Diane Haddad wrote this article about her experience finding a 1924 article about her grandfather. She also shares how Chronicling America helps genealogists find old newspapers. It’s early in the budgeting process. The blueprint isn’t an official proposal, just a starting point. You can give your input about the preservation of NEH funding by following the instructions on the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) website.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:09:15 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]



In 2017, a new law takes effect, in New Jersey, making it easier for adopted children to track down their birth parents. –

Added: Jan. 22

Irish Central has news about an updated resource for those working on Irish genealogy. “Over 250,000 names have been added to an online database of Irish births, marriages and deaths. The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) first established a marriage database in 2014 when it put 40,000 marriage certificates online, subsequently adding entries for births and deaths too.” 

Added: Jan 11, 2017