Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia
I’m Patty Roy, also known as Dinah Larkham in Second Life
Today is Tuesday, October 1st , 2013 and this is Episode 10
The TV show Who Do You Think You Are has been renewed for 2014 and they’re starting to announce who will be on the show. Last week Lisa Kudrow who is an executive producer for the show, appeared on Queen Latifah’s new talk show. It was the September 20th episode and you can find the video at YouTube. On the show Queen Latifah said she would like to do the show but she gets nervous about where her history might take her.
Lisa Kudrow mentioned that they wanted to get Queen Latifah to do the show in Season 1 and spoke with Queen Latifah’s team and found out she was too busy to do the show. Then Queen Latifah said, “If you still want me, I think I might be game for it.”
And now it’s official, Queen Latifah has agreed to have her family research done by the folks at Who Do You Think You Are.
Next lets talk about some newspaper news.
Mississippi Department of Archives and History has received a grant to digitize newspapers published from 1836 to 1922. The archives will be partnering with the Louisiana State University Libraries Special Collections for this project. Existing microfilm for newspapers is very popular at the Archives. There are about 2700 rolls of microfilmed newspapers that will be digitized. They consist of 782 newspaper titles of which 25 are antebellum newspapers, some are Civil War newspapers, and there are some African American newspapers.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives has added more than 1 million newspapers to its free online collection to the Chronicling America project. Recent additions are newspapers from Greeneville, Jonesborough, Memphis, Sweetwater, and Winchester. The newspapers are from the 1850s to almost 1900. Chronicling America is a website from the Library of Congress featuring newspapers displayed in full with an online index so researchers can find pages easily.
The British Newspaper Archives hasn’t been adding much of anything to its collection in months. They have a new system and they recently added some new pages for “The Tauton Courier” from 1835. That was a success that showed the new system was working properly. Previously they promised to add lots more to the site and they say they are very close to adding new content using the new system.
JSTOR is a not-for-profit digital library that is used for academic research. It also contains resources of genealogical value. JSTOR has been available at Universities or other institutions that had a subscription. Now individuals can subscribe using what they call JPASS. You can subscribe monthly or annually. With JPASS you can download up to 10 articles a month, which would be 120 per year.
JPASS holders will get a MyJSTOR account to access JSTOR from any device. You can set up alerts for specific search terms or journals, save and export citations, and create a personal library of saved articles that have been downloaded.
The cost is $19.50 per month or $199 for an annual pass.
Progeny has announced Charting Companion 5.1, which is compatible with new version of Family Tree Maker that was just released, that would be Family Tree Maker 2014. Other new features are adding ornamental borders to your charts, create a descendant fan chart, create a trellis chart, and embroider a family tree on t-shirt. Charting Companion works with most family tree programs
The new version is free to anyone who bought the program in the last six months, and 40% off if you bought it in the last twelve months. The regular price is $29.95 if you purchase the download version of $34.95 for a CD-ROM version.
BillionGraves has a new competition called Win the Pin. It’s a design contest. Next year picture-takers and transcribers will have opportunities to win a pin. BillionGraves needs some artwork for the pins. There will be 12 pins, one for each month, and they will have artwork that was submitted by you! You can submit artwork to email@example.com. If you win, your artwork will be on the pin that will be given to the monthly winners, it will be featured on the BillionGraves blog and social media sites. Artwork needs to be submitted by midnight December 1st. you can find more information about the contest on the BillionGraves blog.
The Rhode Island State Archives online catalog has launched. The official unveiling will occur on Thursday, October 17th at 8:30 am at Rhode Island College. It’s available now to the public to look for information about the holdings at the archives, detailed finding aids, images, and links to other resources. To access the catalog go to web site for the State of Rhode Island: Office of the Secretary of State, at sos.ri.gov, then select the State Archives tab on the left, and then click For Researchers, and you will find the catalog.
World Archives Project at Ancestry lets anyone help index records and bring indexes to historical records for the public to access for free. A new project has been added for the Savannah, Georgia, Select Board of Health and Health Department Records, 1822-1864, 1887-1896
There are two new projects from West Yorkshire – West Yorkshire, England, Militia, 1779-1827 and West Yorkshire, England, Alehouse Licenses, 1771-1962. The records are handwritten and may be difficult to read. You can always return the image set and get another one if you find you can’t read the handwriting.
Ancestry.ca has announced new passenger records from 1819 – 1838 for those traveling between Quebec City and Montreal on ships from the St. Lawrence Steamboat Company. In these records you will find the name of the departure city, the amount paid for the ticket, and whether the passenger traveled in steerage or cabin. Of course you will find the name and travel dates.
These records can also be found for free at a web site called The Ships List.
The Library and Archives Canada has added some new photographs to their collection. These photographs were created from glass plate negatives which were used to create the first topographic maps of the Canadian Rockies These images are part of the Mountain Legacy Project. This project uses photographs to assess landscape change in the Canadian Rocky Mountains over the last century.
University of Manitoba has announced the University of Manitoba Digital Collection. This collection contains digital images pertaining the University and the province of Manitoba. It features over 75,000 items that include correspondence, photos, books, newspapers, and film. It’s now freely accessible. New content is planned to be added to the site from other systems.
The Nova Scotia Archives has announced a new database on their web site. It contains early census, property assessment, and poll tax records. There are a total of 22,283 personal names in the database. The database consists of Census Returns for 1767 – 1787, Census Returns for Granville, 1772/73, Census Records 1827, Valuation Real Estate for Halifax and surrounding area, 1775 and 1776, Assessments for Town of Shelbune and outlying communities, 1786 and 1787, and Poll Tax Records 1791 – 1793.
There’s a new online bookshop for the National Archives in the UK. There are more titles and improved search and navigation. You’ll find customer and staff reviews, staff to help you with what to buy, if you live nearby you can pick up your order and save on postage, and there’s a wishlist so you can let others know what you’d like from the bookshop.
Durham Records Online has records from the County of Durham and Northumberland. They have many baptism, marriage, and burial transcriptions, Church of England marriages, and census transcriptions. The site is free to search and you can purchase records for about $2.25 each or you can purchase credits to view so many records. Recent updates include Newcastle St. Nicholas baptisms 1813 – 1855 and burials 1813 – 1853, Sunderland: Flag Lane Chapel Primitive Methodist baptisms 1823 – 1837, Sunderland Old Meeting House/Cornmarket Chapel baptisms 1802 – 1837, and Monkwearmouth Scotch Church (Presbyterian) baptisms 1778 – 1837
FamilySearch has added lots more images – Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1848–2013, Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706–1999, Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2013, Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600–2012, Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890–2005, Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387–1936, Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1839, 1842, 1845, 1850, 1860, and 1870, and images were added for Wales, Court and Miscellaneous Records, 1542–1911. Indexes have been added for U.S., Alabama, County Marriages, 1809–1950,and the United States Public Records Index. This collection contains information obtained from public records such as telephone books and voter registration lists for the years between 1970 and 2010. It’s 28% complete. More indexes were added for United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907–1933, and United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918.
When searching these collections at FamilySearch be sure to read the description to see the percentage that has been indexed and the percentage of how many images have been digitized. Your ancestors may not yet have been added to the collection you are looking at.
FindMyPast is having a competition to win one of Lyn Macdonald’s bestselling WWI books. It’s called the September newsletter competition but it runs until Monday October 14th. By that date you need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘September newsletter competition’ in the subject line and your name and postal address in the email body. And you need to send the correct answer to this question “In what year was the beginning of WWI declared?” 15 lucky winners will be announced on the FindMyPast blog in November.
In Australia the Fairfax News Store is now free. This site contains articles from Fairfax publications such as The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Fairfax publishes daily papers in Melbourne and Sydney. They also publish The Australian Financial Review as well as many more publications.
The 4th Unlock the Past cruise will be cruising southern Australia in February 2014. There is still space available if you would like to go, the cost ranges from $1695 to $4649 for the remaining cabins. This is a genealogy cruise with speakers and help sessions for you to attend.
The 5th Unlock the Past cruise will be UK based as opposed to the previous cruises that have been based in Australia. It will visit ports in Britain, Ireland, the Channel Islands and France. It will be held in July 2014. They are still working on the presenters and the sessions that will be offered but booking is now open.
There’s a sale going on over at rootsireland.ie, save 40% off all records until Sunday October 13th. This site has records from the Irish Family History Foundation’s member societies and has birth, marriage, death and gravestone records. The web site has an index to these records. It doesn’t contain images of the original documents.
Some new things have been added to the National Library of Scotland site. They’ve added over 150 films you can view on the Scottish Screen Archive website. These have been digitized from the national moving images collection at the National Library of Scotland and span the period from 1917 to the 1970s. This now makes over 1600 full-length videos and short clips can be found at the Scottish Screen Archive site
And the National Library of Scotland catalog can now be searched using Gaelic. The Library is committed to promoting the Gaelic language as they have spelled out in their NLS Gaelic Language Plan.
The Google Translate app for iOS has been updated to the latest version of iOS which is version 7. They’ve added some more languages which brings it to support 70 languages but more importantly they’ve added handwriting recognition. The handwriting recognition has been available for the Android version for a while. Google translate will also speak translations aloud and lets you view dictionary results for words and phrases.
There will be some changes coming to the Fieldstone Common radio show that has been live every Thursday. Each week Marion Pierre-Louis interviews an author or historian who has usually written a book. There are some changes being implemented for her podcast.
Marion has added some functionality to the Fieldstone Common web site so if you want you can receive the blog posts as email. This was available on the old web site and its now available on the fieldstonecommon.com web site. If you follow the site using RSS, nothing changes, you don’t need to do anything. Now those who want the same thing as the RSS feed can get it in the inbox. The email list where you can get information about upcoming shows and also enters you for the opportunity to win a book weekly is going to be called the bonus list. So if you are going to receive email updates, you are not on the bonus list. For those of us already on the original email list or bonus list, nothing has changed. Those on the bonus list get a reminder about the show and sometimes some other information about the show.
There will not be a live broadcast anymore, it will now be pre-recorded. Over 90% of the listeners of the show do not listen live, they listen after the live broadcast. Blogtalkradio is where the broadcast has been and they limit the quality of the audio, and Marion does not have control over her page at blogtalkradio, in other words, she can’t fix mistakes and make changes on her page at blogtalkradio.
If you subscribe to the podcast via RSS, which is what I do, nothing will change. If you subscribe with iTunes, there will be a new iTunes feed. So Fieldstone Common will appear in iTunes twice. The previous episodes from blogtalkradio will be named Season 1 and the new ones will be named Fieldstone Common Season 2
Now for what’s going on.
Heather Rojo has posted the list of events for October around New England in her blog Nutfield Genealogy. These events may be at a library, historical society, or church. She also lists all the genealogy society meetings for the area. There’s even walking tour on the list. Be sure to check it out if you are in the Massachusetts or New Hampshire area.
Webinars coming up
Webinar Southern California Genealogical Society Webinar – Genealogy News at Your Fingertips: From RSS Feeds to Digital Magazine Platforms
Saturday, October 5, 2013, 1pm eastern
presented by Taneya Koonce
On Monday, Genealogy Roadshow will air on PBS. Be sure to check your local listing for the exact day and time. The next episode was filmed in San Francisco at the Old Mint. There are stories that revolve around the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the Gold Rush, notorious gangsters, war heroes and murder.
If you miss an episode you can view the entire episode from the PBS web site. There will be a link in the show notes where to access the videos.
Webinar Friends of the National Archives Southeast Region
Documenting Cherokee Heritage
presented by Linda Woodward Geiger
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 2 pm eastern
Webinar Illinois State Genealogical Society – Up In Smoke!! What To Do When the Courthouse Burns
presented by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 7pm eastern
Ohana Software Webinar
RecordSeek Tree Connect: Successful Sourcing from your Digital Documents
Presenter: Cina Johnson
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 9pm eastern
RecordSeek is a bookmarklet you install and then when you see a source you can submit it to FamilySearch by clicking the button in your Bookmark Toolbar. This makes a link to an online document for a source citation.
And on Friday, October 11th will be a twitter chat using the hashtag #genchat. They will be discussing Sharing Your Research with Blogs, Gifts, Books and Crafts.
And don’t forget to watch Mondays with Myrt, live on Mondays at noon as a Google hangout and afterwards you can watch it on the Dear Myrtle YouTube channel.
And that’s it for this week
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