Sometimes the flow of news about genealogy into my computer is overwhelming. That is my excuse for not earlier reading Dick Eastman’s Dec 15 blog posting about his online newsletter/blog being 23 years old. But I have caught up with that lengthy posting today, and all I have to say is “Congratulations,” Dick, on your continuing efforts to spread information about our passion: genealogy in all its aspects.
I want to fit my genealogy history into the timeline that he recounts: I am not sure exactly when I first subscribed to his free offering, because he notes that he first distributed it via Compuserve. I don’t think I received it via that distribution channel, but I am sure that I first subscribed shortly after it was changed over to Internet distribution. It was in 1995, that I first was exposed to genealogy during a visit to Salt Lake City. During that trip, on a whim I visited the Family History Library. Serendipitously, that I learned that I could attend a workshop on doing Finnish genealogical research. I did and I have been hooked ever since.
Dick Eastman, publisher of EOGN
Dick Eastman provides an interesting account of why he produced the EOGN in an online format from the very first issue, and then why it evolved into a daily blog.
Some years ago, Dick introduced a Plus version for interested subscribers, to provide in-depth reporting on more advanced topics. I have been a Plus subscriber since that first issue, and have found that Dick provides good value.