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To all Plus Edition subscribers: A notice of the latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few minutes ago. You will notice that this week's email looks radically different from the previous Plus Edition email messages you have received. It ...

 

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent and more...




Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

A notice of the latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few minutes ago. You will notice that this week’s email looks radically different from the previous Plus Edition email messages you have received. It is even different from last week’s (experimental) email message. I hope you will like the changes but, if not, please let me know.

The following articles are listed in this week’s Plus Edition email:

An Update from MyHeritage LIVE 2019 – Day 1

An Update from MyHeritage LIVE 2019 – Day 2

An Update from MyHeritage LIVE 2019 – Day 3 (the Final Day)

MyHeritage Acquires Promethease and SNPedia

New MyHeritage Education Center Announced in MyHeritage LIVE 2019

A Brief Report on the Party in Amsterdam on Saturday Evening

Who Was that Mystery Person in Costume at the MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Party?

RPAC at FGS 2019 in DC — Is This A Breakthrough?

Still Another Update to Randy Majors’ Genealogy Mapping Web Site

WikiTree Announces Fourth Source-a-Thon

Genetic Study Shows Deep Norwegian Lineage in People of Northern Scotland

Here are the Mayflower 400th Anniversary Events that can be Streamed Live and How You Can Watch Them

A Digital Family Tree grows in Boston

Queensland, Australia Government Historical Dataset Indices are now Available Online

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry.com

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 4 September 2019

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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An Update from MyHeritage LIVE 2019 – Day 3 (the Final Day)

This may sound anti-climatic, but Day #3 of the MyHeritage LIVE 2019 was almost identical to Day #2. The only major difference was obvious: there were different presentations made by different speakers. Actually, I consider that to be great news! Indeed, it was exactly what I had hoped would happen.

Every attendee I talked with expressed delight in attending the conference and everyone seemed to smile all day long, except maybe for me. Due to self-inflicted strolls around the city, my feet hurt!

I won’t republish the names of all the speakers or the names of their presentations as that information is already available online at https://live2019.myheritage.com/. Click on that link for the details.

This year’s numbers include:

450 in-person attendees from 30 different countries, including several from Australia and one person from Brazil

Tens of thousands of “virtual” attendees who viewed live streaming video of many presentations

37 presentations were made and I don’t think that number includes the hands-on workshops

Aaron Godfrey (shown above), VP of Marketing at MyHeritage, gave closing remarks in the last session of the day. He gave it in his usual humorous style but then asked in a semi-serious manner:

“Who thinks we should hold another event next year, to be called “MyHeritage LIVE 2020?

As you might expect, there was loud applause from the hundreds of genealogists in the room at that moment. Then Aaron admitted that MyHeritage has already started planning for next year’s event. A lot of details are unknown at this moment. After all, the staff has been rather busy planning THIS YEAR’s event. Even the date and the selection of a suitable venue for 2020 have not yet been formalized. However, the company has decided on the country for MyHeritage LIVE 2020:

ISRAEL!

Which city? Tel Aviv? Jerusalem? Haifa? Ashdod? Beersheba? The decision has yet to be made. Stay tuned for an announcement in a few months. I’m betting on Tel Aviv or possibly Jerusalem. However, that’s just a guess.

I’ll see you next year in Israel!

Here are a few pictures I took on the last day on MyHeritage LIVE 2019:

Mike Stangel, General Manager of Geni.com, explains “Using Geni and How it is Different from Other Genealogy Platforms”

 

Alon Diament Carmel, PhD, of the MyHeritage Science Team spoke on “The World Wide DNA Web”

 

A panel discussion on “The Future of DNA Testing” with (left to right), Maya Lerner (moderator), Roberta Estes, Blaine Bettinger, and Dr. Yaniv Erlich

 

Would you like to know what it takes to live stream video on the Internet? This is one of the two live streaming stations at the conference. The equipment is very expensive. It includes a Mac Pro (not shown above) that costs $3,000 to $8,000 when fully configured! To duplicate this set-up, you will need several thousand dollars’ worth of hardware. Also, bring your credit card for the last-minute “incidentals” you may need!

There were 4 of these professional-grade video cameras in use, 2 in each room.

 

Here is my favorite thing at the conference: the food! The Hilton Amsterdam served a buffet lunch each day.

 

Who Was that Mystery Person in Costume at the MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Party?

Yesterday, I published several pictures taken at the MyHeritage party with a 1960s theme held on Saturday evening. Click here to see the pictures.  I also published a photo of one well-known genealogist “in disguise:”

That’s me on the left and the “mystery person” on the right. Do you recognize him? OK, here is an earlier photo of the two of us at the same conference:

That’s still me on the left along with “mystery person,” now in civilian clothes, Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage on the right. I admit I didn’t recognize him when I first saw Daniel in the costume!

 

      
 

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:

Ontario, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington

Some of the above changes may have been deletions of past events.

All information in the Calendar of Events is contributed by YOU and by other genealogists. You can directly add information to the Calendar about your local genealogy event.

Want to add a new event listing? Go to http://calendar.eogn.com and click on the link to your state, province, or country. You will also see links for genealogy cruises and for online webinars. Once the appropriate page is displayed, click on the tab near the top labeled edit this page.

Want to learn more about how to add or edit pages in the Calendar of Events? Read the instructions at http://www.wikidot.com/doc-wiki-syntax:start.

 
 
 
   
   
   

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