Monday, June 26, 2017

Family Search Discontinues Microfilm Service

Over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images) have been digitized by FamilySearch, including the most requested collections based on microfilm loan records worldwide. In addition, many records that FamilySearch has not yet published can be found online on partner or free archive websites. FamilySearch plans to finish microfilm digitization by 2020.
The following is an extract from the announcement from FamilySearch:
On September 1, 2017, FamilySearch will discontinue its microfilm distribution services. (The last day to order microfilm will be on August 31, 2017.)
The change is the result of significant progress made in FamilySearch’s microfilm digitization efforts and the obsolescence of microfilm technology.
  • Online access to digital images of records allows FamilySearch to reach many more people, faster and more efficiently.
  • FamilySearch is a global leader in historic records preservation and access, with billions of the world’s genealogical records in its collections.
  • Over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images) have been digitized by FamilySearch, including the most requested collections based on microfilm loan records worldwide.
  • The remaining microfilms should be digitized by the end of 2020, and all new records from its ongoing global efforts are already using digital camera equipment.
  • Family history centers will continue to provide access to relevant technology, premium subscription services, and digital records, including restricted content not available at home.
You can read the full announcement at:
Frequently Asked Questions about the change may be found at:
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From Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter June 26, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

London Educational Records Online

The Genealogist launches various London Educational Records covering 1831 thru 1927. Visit the following web address:

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Card Index on Jewish Holocaust Victims is now Online

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.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Delaware Newspapers are going Online

The Delaware project began in 2015 with a mission to digitize 100,000 pages of newspaper previously only available on microfilm.
Delaware has approximately 30,000 pages available to researchers online with 70,000 more to be added by the end of 2017,

The final versions are available for free to anyone with internet access via the Chronicling America database at
You can read more in an article by Jessica Bies in Delaware Online at:

Comparing 4 Genealogy Databases

Sunny Morton at the RootsTech 2017 conference lectured about the differences between the top four Genealogy database; Ancestry Family Search, Find My Past, and MyHeritage. The lecture which lasted an hour can be seen at at

Inside Edition tested 3 DNA Companies

Many are looking into discovering their ancestry through testing their DNA. A test was run by Inside Edition enlisting two sets of identical triples and one set of identical quadruplets with surprising results. The ancestry of each group should be absolutely identical since they all came from the same egg. Test kits from 23andMe, FamilyTree DNA, and AncestryDNA were used. Watch the show to find out more      

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Plans to Digitize Boston Archdiocese Records

The Boston Archdiocese is partnering with the New England Historic Genealogical Society to create the nation’s first extensive database of church records to help people trace family histories.

“This will be the beginning of more, we hope,” said NEHGS library director Jean Maguire. “It’s something that pertains to people all over the country — and the world — who have ancestors who came here. It’s also a development long-awaited by genealogists and historians.”

Silk Scarf Painting

On Wednesday, December 9th the Local History Room presented the historic craft of painting on silk scarves given by Vivien Pollock. Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used. Silk painting in India reached its pinnacle of popularity during Moghul rule in the 17 - 19th centuries.

Celebrating the Holidays with the Dutch!

On Wednesday, December 2nd the Local History Room celebrated the holidays as the Dutch due in the Netherlands. Participants assisted with making dough for the Letterbanket cookies and they took home paper shoes filled with Dutch goodies.

Needle Felting A Penguin Program

On Thursday, December 3rd we met in the Local History Room where we learned how to needle felt a penguin.
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