Friday, January 16, 2009

Thank you, Dick Eastman!

Most genealogy blog readers know who Dick Eastman is - he publishes the Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter which is chock full of genealogy news. Dick often posts several news items each day, and occasional opinion pieces.

Today is the 13th Anniversary of the start of Dick's newsletter that he started in 1996. You can read a concise history of this effort in Dick's post, This Newsletter is Thirteen Years Old!

Do we realize what a treasure that Dick's thirteen years of newsletter archives is? It is the history of genealogy research and also personal technology. If you read Dick's newsletter from the beginning, you can see companies start up, mature, succeed or fail; you can read about announcements of software, publications, societies, etc. You can read about cruises, conferences, personalities, etc. Dick has tried almost every technology gadget that comes along, uses the ones he likes, and carries many with him on his travels.

I've had the pleasure to meet Dick several times in the last year at conferences and meetings. He is a very interesting man with a lifetime of genealogy experience and a great sense of humor, and a real nose for genealogy news.

I raise my cup of hot chocolate to Dick this morning, and shout a loud "for he's a jolly good genealogist" to Dick, and thank him for his contributions to the genealogy world.

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