Episode 12 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Wednesday, October 16, 2013 and this is Episode 12
The DAR will be accepting DNA in applications to the DAR beginning January 1st, 2014. This means that the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will accept Y-DNA evidence in support of new members and supplemental applications. The Y-DNA can be submitted along with other documentation. It cannot be used by itself to prove lineage. The NSDAR will be publishing a Background, Training, and Procedures document that will explain the specific types of situations DNA will be accepted by the NSDAR. That should be published by January 1st.

Applications are being accepted for the second season of Genealogy Roadshow. Hopefully that means there will be a second season, that has not officially been announced. They have a form for you to fill out with your contact information and some text boxes to answer the following questions:

• How did you hear about PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow?

• Please describe yourself and your current household.

• What is your story and why is it important to you to find out now?

• Summarize the specific questions that you would like answered by the show.

• Have you or any member of your family or outside group (i.e. ancestry websites, genealogists) looked into any branches of your family’s history?
If so, please describe who and explain what roadblocks or limitations they encountered.

• What would uncovering this information about your family mean to you and your family?

• Do you have a GEDCOM (GEnealogical Data COMmunication) File?

• Do you have DNA to be considered or processed?

• Is your story an adoption case?

• Do you have an item that traces back to an ancestor or could help uncover additional information? If so what is it and how did it come into your possession?

• Please list any family members who would love to come to the taping of the show with you if your story is chosen.

• Have you ever been on television before?

• Attach recent friendly photo of yourself

No word on how long applications will be accepted.


The Ancestor Hunt blog by Kenneth Marks has a page dedicated to Newspapers with lots of links. There are links to search engines where you can search newspapers. You’ll find links to his blog posts about newspapers in general and links to his blog posts about specific states. In those posts his usually does a video that explains the collection for the state. There are also links to his Flipboard magazine, and links to his Facebook group and Google+ community where you can discuss newspapers.

Over at Family Tree Magazine you’ll find a free e-book called How to Search GenealogyBank.com by Thomas Jay Kemp. GenealogyBank is a subscription site for newspapers. And Thomas Jay Kemp is the Director of Genealogy Products at GenealogyBank. The book is 29 pages. Just fill out your name, email, and state to download the book.


There is a new Kickstarter project related to genealogy. The project is looking for money to create a television documentary based on submitted family stories. They are looking for incredible family stories that have been passed down through generations that will make for dramatic television stories.

They are looking for a total of $105,000 and the closing date for pledges is November 25, 2013. You can contribute as little as $1 and up to $5,000. For $250 you can submit your family story to the project.

For other amounts that you pledge this is what you will receive

$10 – a video newsletter about the documentary being made

$20 – original music download

$30 – pre-release webcast screening and all rewards for the lower levels

$40 – a t-shirt and all rewards for the lower levels

$60 – limited edition fine art print and all rewards for the lower levels EXCEPT the t-shirt

$100 – your name in the closing credits and a signed DVD and all the lower level rewards except the limited edition fine art print. It does include the t-shirt

$250 – lets you submit your family story and all the lower level rewards except the limited edition fine art print.

$500 – you and a guest can attend the premiere party in Chicago, food and beverages are include but you will have to provide your own transportation and accommodation. All the lower level rewards are included except the limited edition fine art print.

$1,200 – VIP guest during filming and you receive all the lower level rewards except the limited edition fine art print.

$2,500 – you will appear in the historical reenactments and you receive all the lower level rewards except the limited edition fine art print.

$3,500 – private screening and personal appearances of the show host and producer at your club or organization. Airfare is included, you provide ground transportation, hotel accommodations, and meal expenses. And all the lower level rewards except the limited edition fine art print are included.

$5,000 – lunch with the host and 12 hours of research form the Kicking Up the Past team. And you receive all the lower level rewards starting at the $1,200 level except the fine art print.
The documentary is scheduled to be finished by December 2014.

Kickstarter is a “crowd funding” site. You pick a project to pledge money to. Depending on how much money you pledge, will depend on what you get in return. You may get the item to be produced or you may get nothing. If the project isn’t fully funded by the time given, everyone gets their money back. If the project does reach its goal, the money goes to the project. There is no guarantee the project will be carried out and you may never see the item that was mentioned you would receive for your pledge.

There’s another “crowd funding” site called IndieGogo. It works similar to Kickstarter except at IndieGoGo the project can keep all the contributions, even if the project doesn’t meet its goal. At IndieGoGo there is a project for completing a documentary about all the US cities called Berlin. Shooting has been completed and they are looking to raise $12,000 for postproduction. The documentary is called I (HEART) BERLIN, which was filmed in Berlin, the capital of Germany and in 14 different Berlins in the US. It focuses on American Berliners and how they identify themselves today and what role their German roots play.

There are many perks for different contributions from being listed in the file credits, a DVD of the documentary, a tote bag, or one of 3 film posters signed by the governing mayor of Berlin, Germany.

The closing date for funding this project is November 18th and the documentary should be completed by February 2014.


YouWho.com has been in the making for a couple of years. Last week an article was published at VentureBeat about it. The founders of the site attended and presented at the Venture Capital in the Rockies Fall conference. The conference enables people to see some of the Rockies most promising early-stage companies.

The company is looking to raise more capital in addition to the $5 million is has secured from venture capital firm Lightspeed Venture Partners.

The founders are Andre Brummer, former Senior Vice-President at Ancestry.com and Tom Stockham former chief executive of Ancestry.com.

YouWho is hoping to create a marketplace where user can sell old photos and documents to descendants of those people in the photographs and documents. The site will use tags for names, dates, and places, as well as facial recognition for photos to match items uploaded with people who have a connection to it. A portion of the fee charged will go to YouWho.

You will also be able to store your information securely at the site. You can add your data and documents in the cloud. No one will be able to change your information. By adding your data you may find a match to photos and documents others have uploaded. You can mark your items private if you don’t want to share with others. The site mentions that it’s free, private, and secure. There are no subscription fees.


Once again FamilySearch has added lots of records to its web site. The last addition was more than 9.5 million indexed records and images.

There are new browsable images for Denmark, Church Records, 1484 – 1941, Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg, Landkreis Ostprignitz-Ruppin, Miscellaneous Records, 1559–1945. These miscellaneous Records include alien registrations, birth registers, citizen rolls, city directories, census records, military records, and population registrations. And more new browsable images for Italy, Campobasso, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1918

The following collections had index records and images added:

• BillionGraves Index
• Canada Passenger Lists, 1881–1922
• U.S., Ohio, County Marriages, 1789–1994

And these next two record collections for Argentina had indexes added

• Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635–1981
• Argentina, Capital Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1737–1977

Remember when looking at these collections notice the percent complete. You may not find your ancestor in a collection because the index or image for them has not been uploaded to the collection. But check back often because FamilySearch is always working to expand the collections.


Ancestry.com has reached a major milestone. They now have more than 12 billion records available for searching. The Ancestry.com web site started in 1996 with 80 searchable databases. In 2001 Ancestry reached the 1 billion record mark and now 12 years later it has reached 12 billion.


Mocavo is a genealogy search engine and they have announced that they will have free access forever. There is still a paid version that lets you upload a gedcom file and search for you ancestors in the background. Also as a paid member you can search across all the databases, the free version limits you to one. And as a paid member you are helping to keep the computers running and supporting the service to make sure it continues.

There have been some issues when searching for free such as you need to start a 7 day trail but they are working to make sure these offers do not appear. In the mean time you can close the pop up window and continue searching. If you search an individual database you should not see a popup window.


The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) have an excellence-in-writing competition that is open to all writers in all media. This includes magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, and blogs.

The categories are columns, articles, genealogy newsletter, unpublished authors, unpublished material by previously published authors, and poetry. The competition is open until June 15, 2014.

If you enter before March 15, 2014 the cost per entry is $15 for ISFHWE members and $18 for nonmembers. After that the cost is $18 for members and $21 for nonmembers. If you would like to join ISFHWE, the cost is $20 per year.

The awards will be presented at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (that’s FGS) conference in August of 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. You don’t need to be present to receive an award.


Starting in 2013 were bimonthly Twitter chats with the hashtag #genchat. These have been occurring on the 2nd and 4th Friday nights of each month at 10pm eastern. Now they are adding another monthly chat that will be a based on a geography topic. These will occur on the third Wednesday of the month. The time has not yet been announced.

And these new Wednesday chats will be staring in November, the topic will be Researching at the County Level on November 13th and on December 18th the topic will be Researching the Southwest States.

The entire 2014 schedule for #genchat has been announced. You can find it at the Conference Keepers web site. There are lots of good topics planned, I’m sure you’ll find something that interests you.

And if you don’t know how to use Twitter, you will find some useful links at the Conference Keeper web site and they are encouraging you to use twub.com/genchat to participate in the chats. This has a user-friendly interface for twitter chats.


Dick Eastman has announced that readers of his newsletter can use a code to save $10 off RootsTech registration if you register by November 30th. The code is good for anyone. I’ll have a link in the show notes where you can find the code at Dick Eastman’s site.


Family Tree Maker 2014 was recently released and there is a patch available for it. It fixes a problem with TreeSync errors and other bug fixes. No details were released from Ancestry about exactly what is in the update.


Clooz is a research and analysis tool to help you analyze and validate clues and evidence about ancestors. A new version, 3.3, has been released. In this version you can export people, sources, and events to Legacy Family Tree, a new composite view lets you visualize connections between people, a new media location tool to locate and repair missing or incorrect document links, document templates for the newest census releases and more user friendly interface.

This program runs on Windows and costs $39.95.


Association of Professional Genealogists has announced new chapters. They are for the areas

• Australasian which comprises Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea

• Britain, Ireland, and the

• Chicago

• Greater Philadelphia Area

• Kentucky

• New Jersey

• And a Virtual chapter which will meet using Webinars and Hangouts.

Contacts for these new chapters can be found at the APG web site.


The deadline is approaching to submit something for the Fifth Annual Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge at Bill West’s blog. Submissions will be posted on Thanksgiving Day; you need to submit by the Thursday before Thanksgiving, which is November 20th. You can post a poem or song on your blog and make sure you give credit to where you got it. The rules can be found on Bill West’s blog at westinnewengland.blogspot.com.

Also going on at Bill West’s blog are some posts related to Halloween. He’s calling these posts Halloween Tales. They’re about old scary legends and folktales of New England that came from old books. Something to put you in the Halloween mood.


The National Library of Scotland has a ‘Map images’ resource where you can view over 48,000 maps in high-resolution, color, and zoomable. Recently they put online Ordnance Survey maps of London from 1891 – 1895. They can be viewed on top of present day maps and satellite images. Most of the other maps at the site are of Scotland.


The October issue of the magazine Irish Lives Remembered is out and it’s a free magazine. You can view it online or download it as a pdf. The October issue focuses on tracing your ancestors in Derry-Londonderry. You can find back issues at the irishlivesremebered.com web site and you can subscribe for free so you’ll know when the next issue comes out, and that should be on November 9th.

Besides many pages dedicated to finding ancestors in the Derry-Londonderry area, there are articles about The Irish Heritage Center in Maine, an Irish Civil War solider, resources for finding Irish ancestors in Colonial New South Wales, researching Irish ancestors online, and the collection of Londonderry Papers at PRONI, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.


The 5th Unlock the Past cruise which will be held in July 2014 and cruise around the British Isles, has announced the speakers for the cruise. The program will have about 35 – 40 presentations. The speakers will be

Paul Blake (England)
Jackie Depelle (England), she is known as the hat lady at genealogy events
Marie Dougan (Scotland)
Jayne Shrimpton (England)
Lisa Louise Cooke (USA)
Rosemary Kopittke (Queensland, Australia)
Mike Murray (Western Australia)
Lesley Silvester (Western Australia)
Helen Smith (Queensland, Australia)


Some more burial records were added to DeceasedOnline. These records were from the National Archives in the UK and contain records from over 200 closed cemeteries and burial grounds across England and Wales.

Starting in 1911 records were kept when bodies were removed from urban burial grounds to new cemeteries further out in the suburbs or countryside. This collection represents these records.

The collection consists of 175,000 records Currently 105,000 records are online with the remainder to be added in the near future.


A new web site has launched called walesremembers.org. It’s the official site for information about how Wales will mark the centenary of World War I.

There will be events going on throughout 2014 to 2018 and this web site will be used for people to find out information about what’s going on.


Your Family Tree Magazine in the UK has free guides to finding your mining ancestors. The worst mining disaster occurred 100 years ago in South Wales killing over 400 men and boys. The download consists of three articles about mining accidents, a case study about mining, and being a mine worker as an occupation.


Coming up

Georgia Genealogical Society Webinar
Monday October 21, 8pm eastern
Using Mocavo to Propel Your Research
presented by Michael J. Leclerc
Get an overview of how to use the powerful tools at Mocavo.com to advance your research from the company’s chief genealogist.

FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) Webinar
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 8:00-9:00 pm EDT
The Shape of the 21st Century Genealogical Society
presented by George G. Morgan
We’ve come a long way as genealogical and historical societies. New technologies such as blogs, print-on-demand publishing, Facebook, Twitter, mobile phone apps, podcasts, webinars, and others have drastically changed what we can do for our societies. This session discusses how the modern society can provide a rich experience for its members and get its message out to the world.
Click on the link to register for the webinar:

Duct Tape Marketing for Genealogy Professionals
APG (Association of Professional Genealogists) Webinar
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee
No fancy charts or analytics here; no theories or complicated MBA stuff either. Participants will learn how to build an effective genealogy marketing campaign using free or low-cost resources, many of them online. The focus will be on resources as well as tips and tricks to pull together a solid marketing initiative for your genealogy business.

Ancestry Live Event – How Do I Know That’s My Ancestor?
Wednesday, October 23 2013 at 1pm eastern

Legacy Webinar – Using Church Records to Identify Ancestors
presented by Mary Hill
Wednesday October 23, 2pm eastern

Second Life, NGSQ Study Group
October 24, 2013
Jay H. Fonkert, C.G., “Finding a Man’s Past Through His Children: Four Wives of John Fawkner of Kentucky and Indiana,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 99 (September 2011): 165‐184.

WHEN: 6pm Second Life time
9pm Eastern
8pm Central
7pm Mountain
6pm Pacific

Friday October 25 10pm eastern
Twitter #genchat
Online Research When Travel is Impossible
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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You can find links to things mentioned in this podcast in the show notes at Geneatopia.com. This is episode 12.
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