Episode 1 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

I’m Patty Roy, also known as Dinah Larkham in Second Life

Today is Sunday, July 28th. 2013 and this is Episode 1

Almost everyone is related in Iceland since it’s such a small country. The Kissing Cousins app has become very popular. It’s only available for Android. Icelanders can use it to determine if they are related to someone when the “bump” phones. The app uses the Book of Icelanders database. This database was developed in 1997 from census data, church records, family archives and other information.


There’s a new genealogy web site called Hack Genealogy and it’s found at hackgenealogy.com. It’s the brainchild of Thomas MacEntee – who is well know as the creator of GeneaBloggers and High-Definition Genealogy as well as a speaker at many conferences and webinars. He plans to provide information on emerging technologies. Cool stuff will be posted daily. There will be discussions, educational resources, product reviews, and interviews. Right now you can find some videos and lots of apps and products that could be useful to genealogists. This looks like it’s going to be very useful web site with lots of information. You’ll want to be checking this site often.


PERSI, the PERiodical Source Index, is a subject index for genealogy and local history periodicals located at the Allen County Pubic Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It’s a great resource for genealogists. You can search the index to find articles. Then you can find a library where the article is located or request a copy from the Allen County library for a small fee.

You can search older versions of the index on Ancestry and HeritageQuest. Both services may be available at your public library.

Allen County Public Library has formed a partnership with brightsolid, a United Kingdom company that owns FindMyPast. brightsolid is hoping to link the entries in the index with the actual article. This will require getting permission from the publisher before it can happen.

During the next few months FindMyPast will launch a more up to date version of PERSI online. Once online, FindMyPast will be working with the Allen County Public library to provide updates.

PERSI will be available to findmypast personal subscribers and library users.


Other news from Allen County Indiana includes having records from the recorder’s office from 1816 to 1969 online. These records include home deeds and mortgages, military discharges, property plats and title insurance. The recorder’s office plans to charge 5 to 6 dollars for each record to recoup the cost of digitizing the images.


Legacy Family Tree has announced another new feature that will be included in the soon-to-be-released Legacy 8 upgrade. A requested feature called shared events will be one of the features. Events are things that happened in a persons life such as birth, marriage, and death as well as land transactions, census records, witness at a marriage, and so on. From these events you can build a timeline. A good example of how this will work is a census record that contains information about everyone in the household. Now that one census record can be shared with multiple people in the database.

The new version will also tell you about some potential problems in your data by displaying a small warning icon. Hovering over the icon will give you more information. Types of problems are married too young, born when the mother is too old, and so on. You can control the age limits for these warnings.

This new version should be out by the end of the year. Anyone buying legacy now will receive the upgrade free. They also have a standard edition that is free.


RootsMagic, another genealogy database program, has a new update out. This update adds a new feature called “Problem Alerts.” This will problem check in the background and display an alert next to any person with a potential problem such as born before parents were married, birth after death of parents, age of death or marriage seams unreasonable, and lots of other checks.

Also in this update, RootsMagic fixed an unmatching problem some people had with FamilySearch Family Tree. People that had been matched became unmatched automatically. RootsMagic reports there was no data corruption during this unmatching. The problem was caused by links between RootsMagic and FamilySearch.

Just like Legacy, RootsMagic has a free version called RootsMagic Essentials.


Ancestral Quest was recently awarded Family Tree Share certification by FamilySearch. This means that Ancestral Quest users who wish to connect to Family Tree can bypass the connection to New Family Search. Family Tree contains trees provided to FamilySearch by users and new Family Search was the older version of Family Search.

Ancestral Quest also has a free version called Ancestral Quest Basics.


If you live in New England you should check out a list of genealogy events created by Heather Rojo, author of the blog Nutfield Genealogy. She lists museum events, library happenings, presentations and other fun things to do for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York.


Ancestry has announced Shoebox from Ancestry.com that allows you to upload photos directly to your family tree on Ancestry.com. You take a picture of something with your phone such an old photo or old document. Edge detection will make sure it scans in properly. It also allows you tag people in the picture and enter a description.


New York Naturalization Records is a new database that has been added to Ancestry.com. It consists of 1.2 million records that were filed in New York from 1794 to 1906 in various federal, state and local courts.


Ancestry has also added more than 220 million historical New England records to existing databases. These are records for the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Over the past few months historical records from these states have been digitized.


Ancestry.co.uk has upgraded the 1911 Census for England & Wales and it is offering free access to it until October 14th. You need to register with a username and password but you do not have to give a credit card number for access.


The National Archives in the US is shutting down its Archival Research Catalog also known as ARC. It’s an online catalog of the holdings in Washington, the DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries. ARC will be permanently shut down on August 15th. It will be replaced by something called Online Public Access. This will let you search all the holdings plus information on the National Archives web site Archives.gov and the web sites of the presidential libraries.


FindMyPast will be digitizing WWI records of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) from the National Archives in the UK. These are records of airmen who served during WWI and served up until 1928. The Royal Flying Corp ceased to exist in 1918 and then became the Royal Air Force, so all these records are being digitized.

FindMyPast will no longer be charging extra to access the UK electoral registers from 2002 – 2013 and and UK companies house directors 2002-2013.

Previously they were accessed using PayAsYouGo credits. This will make is easier to find living people you may have lost contact with or who you share a common ancestor.

New Welsh parish records have been added to FindMyPast. They’re working with the National Archives of Wales and the Welsh County Archivist group to bring these records online.

FindMyPast and The Armchair Genealogist are teaming up for a contest. It’s a photo contest where you share your photos based on a theme on the The Armchair Genealogist Facebook Page. It will last three weeks and each week on Monday the theme will be posted on The Armchair Genealogist blog. Those Mondays are July 22nd, July 29th, and August 5th. If you post a photo, your name will be entered to win a 1-year subscription to FindMyPast. You have a chance to win each week. It’s open to residents of the US and Canada. One entry is allowed per week.


TheGenalogist in the UK has added Royal Navy and Merchant Seaman records covering the years from 1851 to 1911. You can search by name, rank, age and ship. They have also added more parish records for Lancashire, Suffolk, and Worcestershire. TheGenealogist is a subscription site.


Family Search has added some new browsable collection for Brazil, Belgium, Indonesia, Mexico, Spain, and Czech Republic Censuses, 1843 – 1921. Some more records to the US Social Security Death Index have also been added.


The Library and Archives Canada has announced the availability of the 1842 census for Canada West and Canada East which is known today as Ontario and Quebec. The census contains the names of the heads of family, their occupation and the number of people in the family.

The Library Archives Canada has updated the 1851 census (some of which was actually taken in January 1852). You can now search by name, given name and age. Before you could only search by province, district, and sub-district.

The 1870 census of Manitoba is online at the Library Archives Canada web site. All individuals of the household are listed, not just the head of household. The census can be searched by surname, given name, age, and keywords..

Still no word on when the Library Archives Canada will release the 1921 census for Canada. It was supposed to be released on June 1st 2013.


Over in Ireland DiscoverEverAfter has added to its database of graveyard plots 6 more burial grounds in Northern Ireland. You can search the database for free at DiscoverEverAfter.com and see an image of the headstone as well as an interactive map of the graveyard.


The 33rd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be held Augut 4 0 9th in Boston. IAJGS is International Association of Jewish Genealogy.

This will be the first year they will stream sessions live. You can sign up per day for $49, or for the full 5 days for $139. Sessions will be available for playback for three months after the conference. LIVE! participants will be able to ask questions via Twitter and handouts will be available for download.


Things coming up.

The BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy is being held in Provo, Utah, July 30th to August 2nd.

Southern California Genealogical Society Webinar – Official, but Wrong: Testing the Validity of Genealogical Information in Official Records. This is presented by J. Fonkert, on Saturday August 3rd at 1pm Eastern. This webinar is free to watch live and after that you need to be a member of SCGS to view it.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Webinar – Researching in the Post War Records of 1812 presented by Craig Scott. This will be held on Wednesday August 7th at 8pm Eastern

The FGS conference will be held in Fort Wayne Indiana August 21st to 34th.

A Legacy webinar will be held Friday August 2nd called “Direct Your Research with City Directories” presented by Maureen Taylor. It was originally scheduled for Wednesday, July 31st.

Another Legacy webinar will be held August 7th at 2pm eastern called “Captured For All Time: Recording Family Voices to Preserve and Pass Down”. This is presented by Marian Pierre-Louis.

You can attend Legacy webinars for free. They are available for two weeks for viewing at the Legacy webinar web site. After that time you can purchase them or subscribe for unlimited online access to all previous webinars.

Ongoing almost every Sunday evening at 8pm Eastern is the study group for Mastering Genealogical Proof. This is hosted by Pat Richley-Erickson, aka Dear Myrtle, with a selected panel who discuss the book by Thomas Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof. This is a Google hangout where you can ask questions on the community page. The sessions are recorded and can be found at the DearMYRTLE YouTube channel.

Also, ongoing every Monday at noon is Mondays with Myrt. This is a Google hangout that anyone can participate in. There is also a community page where you can post comments during the live session and follow the conversation. The sessions are recorded and you can find them on the DearMYRTLE YouTube channel.

On television Who Do You Think You Are on TLC will feature Christina Applegate on July 30th and Chelsea Handler on August 6th.

And that’s it for this week.

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