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

Genealogists using any of Apple’s handheld computers or cell phones have a number of genealogy programs to choose from. I have written reviews in the past of FamViewer, MobileTree, Shrubs, GedView, Families, Reunion, RootsMagic App for iPhone, and other programs. These allow a genealogist to carry his or her entire database in a shirt pocket or purse at all times.

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Only a Few Bones
by John Philip Colletta. Heritage Books. 2015. 544 pages.

Facts carry very little drama: Joe Ring, died March 4, 1873.
But from the keyboard of a master storyteller:

I can see it now, the Ring & Co. store, blazing like a funeral pyre in the swampy desolation of the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta. Through the enormous flames lapping the walls and clawing across the roof, I see the outline of the two-and-a-half story building as though I were standing there, right in front of it, that Tuesday night, March 4, 1873.

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

Nearly 10 million records have been added to New York New York Passenger and Crew Lists 1909 1925-1957. Also making a splash this week are Australia Queensland Cemetery Records 1802-1990, Illinois County Marriages 1810-1934, British Columbia Death Registrations 1872-1986; 1992-1993Illinois County Marriages 1810-1934and Pennsylvania Historical Society of Pennsylvania Card Catalog 1553-2015. See additional collection updates made this week in the list below.

I received this press release from FamilySearch:

Riverton, Utah (October 1, 2015)—The Riverton FamilySearch Library has announced a free family discovery day and seminar on Saturday, October 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Dr. Paul J. McCarty will be the keynote speaker at the seminar. He will focus on how those who are incarcerated or are in self-inflicted prisons resulting from choices or circumstances can share in the blessings, protection, and healing that come from seeking after their kindred dead or getting involved in indexing.

Oh, no, you don’t!

There is a concept in licensing law called reciprocity.

In the law generally, it means “mutuality. The term is used in international law to denote the relation existing between two states when each of them gives the subjects of the other certain privileges, on condition that its own subjects shall enjoy similar privileges at the hands of the latter state.”1

So in the licensing context, it means that a person who holds a professional or trade license in one state — a doctor, for example, or an electrician — can practice his profession or trade in another state, as long as that other state will let the first state’s licensees practice, too.

23andMe is a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company that serves provides genealogy DNA testing. Only nine years old, the company is now believed to be worth about $1.1 billion US, according to a person close to the company.

Perhaps even more interesting, 23andMe is preparing to introduce a new consumer product and to expand its drug-discovery arm.

You can read more in an article by Caroline Chen in Bloomberg’s web site at

Navigating the New How to Browse Records From the Image Viewer Posted by Diane

One of the frustrations with technology is that just when you have something figured out, it changes. Such was the case for many members when the “new” became the

In our Fall 2015 Virtual Conference last month, participants and chat moderator Amy Johnson Crow shared tricks in our User-to-User Tips chat.

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