The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

WARNING: This article contains personal opinions.

One thing that constantly puzzles me is why do genealogists keep re-inventing the same wheels? In fact, we have the tools today to reduce this duplication of effort immediately and perhaps to even drive it to zero within a few years. If we do that, the result will be peer-reviewed, high-quality genealogy information available to everyone.

The following is a press release from

More than 1,300 biographical sketches are now freely accessible at Each biography identifies the original source, long out-of-print books such as Paddock’s History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas, published in 1906 by Lewis Publishing Company in Chicago.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Lewis and other publishing companies sent representatives across America to compile local histories and interview area residents.

Six Hidden Gems on Posted by Diane

Written by Guest Writer and Associate Editor, Andrew Koch

When you’re researching a branch of your family tree, the first (and easiest) place to start looking for your ancestors is the US census, and thrifty genealogists know that the free has indexed every surviving, pre-1940 US census. But don’t think that censuses are all that the massive site has to offer.

One unexpected exception

We all know what it took for an ancestor to be eligible to vote.

It doesn’t matter if it’s The Legal Genealogist‘s southern ancestors, or the ancestors of folks who are here in the Pacific Northwest attending the opening sessions of the Northwest Genealogy Conference 2015 in Arlington, Washington.

If they were voters, our ancestors were:

• Age 21 or older.

• Male.

Ron Tanner, product manager for FamilySearch Family Tree spoke to the topic “FamilySearch Family Tree Road Map” at the 2015 BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy. Perhaps because of his no nonsense presentation style, attendees also peppered him with a lot of tough questions. Today I’ll present his prepared material. Next week I’ll share the questions and answers.

FamilySearch Family Tree is different from any other tree on the Internet, Ron said.

10 Tips for Finding Scottish Ancestry Posted by Diane

Written by Guest Writer and Editorial Intern, PatrickPhillips

I don’t have a drop of Scottish in my blood. I’m primarilyIrish, German and Italian. However in my fiancé’s house, you can find bagpipes,kilts and plenty of plaid to go around (don’t tell her I said that).

Having worked for Family Tree Magazine for only about amonth or so, I have already been dubbed the genealogical expert among Julia’sextended family, which couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Thanks to DNA, it is time to correct the history books. Genetic tests have solved one of the enduring mysteries of presidential history and offer insights into the secret life of America’s 29th president.

I won’t go into all the details as you can read the full story at However, the story does raise two questions for genealogists:

1. Will future technology prove something that we would like to keep hidden today?

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