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February 22, 2017 By: Jim Miller
Web based virus scan.
I was recently locked out of an e-mail program.  When I contacted the provider I got:

"We have received reports of spam being sent from your account and that has caused your account to be blocked.

For the security of your account, it is essential that you run a virus check from a trusted source online and AFTERWARDS change your password immediately to a more secure one.

It is important that you FIRST do the virus check and THEN the password change. In addition, we recommend a virus program from a trusted online source because viruses can sometimes compromise the already existing virus protection program."  Emphasis added.

I looked for an online virus check program and settled on Microsoft Safety Scanner, a free download program that is valid for 10 days, to insure that the virus files are up-to-date.

I first ran their Quick Scan, which took about 20 minutes to complete, in the background, and reported no viruses on my system.
As long as I had downloaded the program I also am running the complete scan, which took 9+ hours to run and also found no infected files.  My Norton Security Suite had done it job.

It probably isn't a bad thing to run the Safety Scanner one a quarter or so.

January 14, 2017 By: Jim Miller
Family Tree Now - Public Records Data
There is a new "Genealogy" website out there that is really a public records data mining site, and it is free;   It can be a resource if you are looking for information post 1940, but it is also a privacy risk.
You may want to "Opt Out of Records" to secure you information on this site.
To see how it works, I entered:
  • My full name
  • year of birth
  • Residence city, state and country
  • wife's name
It found one record with the following details
  • Associated name, a dyslexic spelling of my first name
  • Possible relatives; 23 individuals with age and year of birth, all hotlinked to their information, only 3 names I didn't recognize.
  • Possible Associates; 9 individuals including the ex-husband of my neice.
  • Current and pass addresses; 8 address for which there are public records attached to my name, not all residences,
I went back to their Opt Out page and followed the instructions to opt out.
This should remove me from this free site, I will do the same for close family.  But the underlying public records are out there and there are a number of paid sites that will recover the same information.

October 3, 2016 By: Jim Miller
Online Membership Renewal
With the release of the new software our website now supports online membership renewal.
To access this feature you must signin by clicking on "MEMBERS" in the navigation pane on the left side of the site.
If you have forgotten your Login Name or Password click on the "?" next to the entry box.
  • Login Name help will ask for you email and send you your login name.
  • Password help will send an email with instructions on reseting your password.
If you are unsure of the email you used email me and I will look it up (
Note at the end of the process you will see a "print" buttton, this only downloads a PDF version of your invoice.  You will need to open the PDF file and print if you want a printed copy.
You will receive an email confirming your renewal.
Mail or bring a check to the next meeting.
September 2, 2016 By: Jim Miller
Special Issue (fee free) passport
Are you a descendent of someone buried in an Overseas Military Cemetery? If so, you and your family are eligable for a fee free passport, for the purpose of visiting the grave.  This will save you the $110 application fee.  This passport is intended only for travel to the gravesite, but is a regular blue passport.
The Department of State provides this:
  • If you are the widow, widower, child, parent, brother, or sister of a deceased member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is buried or memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at an overseas military cemetery administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission, you may travel abroad to visit the grave or memorial site using a special issuance passport book.
  • An applicant for this type of passport book should submit a letter from the Commission with their passport application, naming the deceased American service member with whom the applicant claims a relationship and the place of burial or memorial in the foreign country.
  • These passport books are issued for a five-year period of validity and may be used for later trips if the purpose of travel remains the same.
  • Someone providing a letter from the American Battle Monuments Commission should include his or her personal mailing address on the application. These passport books are mailed directly to the applicant.
The American Battle Monument Commision has this:
  • Letter Authorizing Fee-free Passports: Request a fee-free passport letter for overseas travel to a grave or memorialization site if you are an immediate family member.  Visit our contact page to make this request or call 703-696-6900 for more information. Allow 15 business days to process requests.

July 26, 2016 By: Jim Miller
Family History Library Resources
If you vist one of our local Family History Libraries and use their computer you will gain access to a plethoria of online research sites.
(adapthed from Family Search Wiki)
What websites are available through the Family History Center Services Portal?
Premium Family History Website Descriptions

Note: The premium subscription websites must be accessed using a family history center computer through the Family History Center Services Portal. If accessed through the links below, the websites require an individual subscription.

  • The 19th Century British Library Newspapers digital archive—
    This fully searchable database of the British Library's newspaper holdings provides a complete run of 48 national and regional Victorian British newspapers for the 19th century from 1800 to 1900. These support the study of colonial history, genealogical research, politics, urban studies, and media courses.

  • Access Newspaper Archives—
    " is the world's largest online newspaper archive. Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world, NewspaperARCHIVE makes exploring history and genealogy easy and fun. Discover fascinating news in archived newspapers hundreds of years old—including obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles, comics, and more—to fill in the life stories you are interested in. And share those stories with others through our community at Our NewspaperARCHIVE. All of our historical newspapers are full-page and fully searchable. Try exploring above, and discover your history today!"

  • Alexander Street Press, American Civil War—
    • Research Data: Contains indexed, searchable information on over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs.
    • Letters and Diaries: Contains approximately 100,000 indexed pages of diaries, letters, and memoirs, including 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts, such as the letters of Amos Wood and his wife and the diary of Maryland planter William Claytor.
    • Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera: Provides a vivid history of the American Civil War with over 1,400 images.
    • Social and Cultural History: Personal accounts of well-known historical figures.
    • Women and Social Movements in the United States: Organized around the history of women in social movements in the United States between 1600 and 2000 A.D.
Advance your family history research today with! Created by the expert staff at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), America's founding genealogical organization, is the portal to the nation's leading resource for the highest-quality comprehensive family history services. Consult with our expert staff, some of the most respected genealogists in the profession. Read the most significant original scholarship and important publications in genealogy. Access millions of exclusive and sought-after records online. Learn with in-depth online courses and webinars from expert staff. Explore the largest collection of original family history research materials in America.
Ancestry gives you access to thousands of collections of records from around the world, including immigration, census, voter, vital, and military records; newspapers and periodicals; family trees; photos and images; directories, maps, court, land, wills and financial records, stories, memories, and histories; and detailed records about births, marriages, deaths, land ownership, and much more. It is the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world.
  • ArkivDigital Online
ArkivDigital is the largest private provider of Swedish Church Records and other historical records online! All images are newly photographed color images of the original documents. Click the link from the Premium Family History Websites page to install the current client version of ArkivDigital Online. 
  • findmypast—
    findmypast makes it easy to research your UK ancestry and create your family tree. Search census records and trace births, marriages, and deaths to bring your family history to life. Please note that not all of the content from findmypast is available in family history centers.
    • 1911 British Census (accessed through the findmypast website)—The 1911 UK Census is a record of everyone who lived in England and Wales in 1911. It provides a unique snapshot of the lives of those who lived at that time.
  • Fold3 (formerly–
    Search or browse millions of historical documents and photos. Fold3 has refocused their efforts on gathering the best online collection of military records and stories. The Fold3 name reflects military history and honor, since traditionally, the third fold in a flag-folding ceremony honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world.
Kinpoint is designed to make it easier for you to do your family history by letting you see what to work on at a glance; quickly find missing information in your family tree; and discover insights into the lives of your ancestors.
Used by millions of people worldwide to help research family history, build a family tree, and add photos, historical records, and more.
Provides access to 19th-century westward American migration documents.
The ProQuest obituaries collection is a premier resource for genealogical and historical research. You can use the collection to search obituaries and death notices from prominent newspapers, such as the New York Times (dating back to 1851). The collection includes both famous and lesser-known individuals and can be searched by name or by keywords appearing in the body of the article.
Find new research opportunities on descendant lines in Family Tree.

(Updated 15 July 2016)