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Recognizing genealogy scams and pirates

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Recognizing genealogy scams and pirates

Last week's EasyGenie newsletter about pirates (see "Skeletons found in sunken pirate ship off Cape Cod") coincided with a report of a modern-day pirate ... right on the EasyGenie Facebook page! A user spotted an offer for our genealogy charts that seemed too good to be true, and possibly a genealogy scam: We've also received reports of other online retailers based overseas selling genealogy charts and not delivering them, not issuing refunds, and even selling cloth genealogy charts which are impossible to write on:  Just to be clear, EasyGenie is a family-owned U.S. business which does ALL printing in the United States...

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Coming soon: genealogy charts showing multiple spouses

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Coming soon: genealogy charts showing multiple spouses

This winter, Nicole and I have been hard at work on various fronts. We moved office a few weeks ago, worked with our local printing partner on a quality checklist, and created a new genealogy product roadmap for 2021. At the top of the 2021 product development list: genealogy charts that show multiple spouses. Having charts that show second husbands and wives has been one of the top requests from customers for years. Everyone has someone in their tree who married more than once. Some people have also asked about showing third or even fourth marriages!  What's held us back is the...

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Why "Finding Your Roots" is great TV ... and great genealogy

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Why "Finding Your Roots" is great TV ... and great genealogy

One of our favorite programs on TV is Finding Your Roots, the long-running PBS history/genealogy series hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates. It would be a fascinating program if it were just about genealogy. In our opinion, what really makes it shine are the wonderful interviews with well-known people who go into the interview not knowing what's going to come out about their families' pasts. It may be touching, troubling, funny, or revealing, but are usually a combination of all of these elements. Moreover, the personal stories of long-forgotten ancestors not only connect modern-day interviewees with their family history, but...

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Why genealogists love working with old photos

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Why genealogists love working with old photos

One important task for today's genealogists is organizing and preserving old photos. Over the weekend, I spent a few hours looking through some old inherited photos that I'd seen before but never digitized or checked for important information. All too often shoeboxes of old photos are forgotten in closets or attics, or even thrown away ... but savvy genealogists know old photos are goldmines of information, and a joy to look at, to boot. The first task (digitization) was easy - I lay out the photos on a flat surface, took a high-resolution picture, and then flipped them over to record the captions on the...

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How to open genealogy PDFs from a .zip archive

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When you order EasyGenie PDFs, you may be sent a .zip archive file. Don't worry, the PDFs are "inside" the archive, but you may need to perform an additional step to access them. Here's how: How to open a .zip archive in Windows: For Windows, follow the instructions on this Microsoft page to use File Explorer on Windows to open the .zip archive and extract the EasyGenie PDFs. You do not need to purchase additional software to extract a zip file on Windows - just follow the instructions below: Open File Explorer and find the zipped folder. To unzip the...

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