Episode 13 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Tuesday, October 22, 2013 and this is Episode 13

MyHeritage and FamilySearch.org have entered into a partnership. During this multi-year partnership MyHeritage will provide FamilySearch with access to its technologies and FamilySearch will share records and family tree profiles with MyHeritage. Not all records will be shared. FamilySearch will share select historic records collections with MyHeritage.

The FamilySearch records will be added to the SuperSearch feature at MyHeritage. In the coming months more than 2 billion records will be added for SuperSearch. This feature matches records to family tress on MyHertiage. Also family tree profiles will include all profiles in the family tree found on FamilySearch except those of living people. These will be used with SmartMatches at MyHeritage to match people form your tree to people in other tress. It will also use RecordMatching on these trees to find historical records that pertain to people in the tree.

FamilySearch members will be able to use SmartMatching to automatically find matches to profiles in MyHeritage family trees. They will also have another feature called Recording Matching that will automatically find historical records pertaining to a person in the family tree. This will become available sometime in 2014.

If you have a MyHeritage subscription and are concerned about the privacy of your tree on the site, you can go to the “My Privacy” page and turn off the checkbox for “Enable Smart Matching with other MyHeritage websites and partners”. Then your tree will not be matched with FamilySearch.

MyHeritage also owns Geni.com and the FamilySearch records will be available to those with a subscription at Geni.com

Overall, MyHeritage users will get access to lots more records that can be automatically matched to their trees and FamilySearch members will get automatic matching to help grow their family tree.
Another big partnership has been announced between FamilySearch and DC Thomas Family History, that’s the company who used to be known as brightsolid, who owns FindMyPast, Genes Reunited, and the British Newspaper Archive.

FindMyPast has launched more than 13 billion FamilySearch records on their site. These include birth, marriage, and death records from America, Australia, and Ireland. Around 600 more collections of records will follow.

All of the records that will be available through FindMyPast will also be available for free at the FamilySearch web site.

According the CEO of FamilySearch, Dennis Brimhall, “Expanding online access to historical records through this type of collaboration can help millions more people discover and share their family’s history.”

So to sum all this up FamilySearch will provide FindmyPast with 13 million records with more to follow, FamilySearch will provide MyHeritage with 2 billion records. And not too long ago FamilySearch announced a partnership with Ancestry and that will have 1 billion records available at Ancestry.


Now for new records added to FamilySearch, images were added for Russia, Simbirsk Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1782–1858 and Russia, Tatarstan Church Books, 1721–1935. Some new indexes were added to the images for England, Norfolk Bishop’s Transcripts, 1685–1941 as well as more images. And an index can now be found for Canada, Ontario Marriages, 1869–1927


new.FamilySearch.org is scheduled for Read-only status at the end of this year. The replacement for this service is FamilySearch Family Tree. You will be able to view information from new.FamilySearch.org, but you won’t be able to edit or change anything.

FamilySearch Family Tree lets you add photos and sources easily. It also helps with correcting information and relationships in the tree and helps you find sources. It also lets you collaborate with others to edit and delete incorrect data. Since March 5th 2013 it’s been available to the general public free of charge, before new FamlySearch was only available to church members.


Rootsmapper.com is a new web site. It lets you map your ancestors using Google Maps and FamilySearch. You will need a FamilySearch.org account to use it.

It shows you on a map the origins of your ancestors and how they migrated. It plots up to 8 generations for the person designated as the root. Dots are used to show where an ancestor is located with blue for males and pinks for females. Lines are also drawn in blue and pink so you can tell the difference between paternal and maternal lines. There are numbers on the dots that represent how many generations each ancestor is from the root person.

If the dots are all clustered together in the same area, you can click on them to separate them. Then you can click on the pin to get some information about that ancestor.

Maps can’t be saved so you’ll need to take a screen shot for future viewing.

Since becoming available in the last two weeks there have been many changes. You can follow the project on Facebook and Google+ and they also have a blog.


Last week Mocavo announced that they would be free forever and that they would be releasing more than 1,000 databases each day and they kept their promise. They announced that they recently added more than 5,000 databases in 5 days. These databases include family and local histories, vital records, city directories, newspapers, and yearbooks.

The free version of Mocavo lets you search a database individually, the pay version lets you search across all databases.


AncestryDNA has announced a more comprehensive DNA test for exploring ethnic origins. It now maps to 26 different regions, previously it mapped 22 different regions. These regions include places for people of European and West African descent. There are a total now a total of 10 African regions and more European ethnicity is now broken down into Ireland, Great Britain, the Iberian Peninsula, and Italy and Greece.

Also there is a complete user interface redesign so you can visually see the ethnicity.


Back in 1991 two hikers found a body in the in Alps between Austria and Italy. Since the glacier was melting and bodies of other lost hikers had been found, they thought this was also someone who fell in the snow and now with the snow melting the body was exposed.

This body turned out to be over 5300 years old or lived about 3300 B.C. He is known as Özti, named after the Alps where he was found. He is also called the Iceman. Since he was buried in ice, his body was well preserved. Scientists have been studying what he was wearing, how he lived, and how he died. They have also analyzed his DNA. They have found 19 people living in Austria who have the same genetic defect as the Iceman. Volunteers in the region near where the Iceman was found were asked to donate blood samples for DNA testing. They got 3700 male volunteers and of those 19 matched with the same genetic mutation. This that they share a common ancestor with Ozti through their paternal line. It can’t be determined if one of these 19 people are actually descendants of Ozti. Scientists have not told these 19 people about sharing a common ancestor with the Iceman.


The latest version of the free magazine Going In-Depth from The In-Depth Genealogist is out. This is issue 9. Every month on the 15th a new issue comes out.

This month’s articles in the magazine include

“What Do You Do When Your Ancestor Isn’t Quite the Hero You Thought He Was?” by Cindy Freed

“Did you know there is a national Heritage Area in North Dakota?” by Dr. Bill Smith

“He Kindly Stopped for Me: Researching Your Ancestor’s Death” by Gena Philibert-Ortega

“Using Social Media to Enrich Stories of the Family Home” by Michelle Goodrum

“Let’s Start a Genealogy Club!” by Leslie Drewitz

“Before 1837” by Julie Goucher

“Civil War Societies for Female Descendants” by Shannon Combs Bennett

“Before Going Beyond the Obituaries” by Debbie Carder Mayes

Ask Ephraim by Ephraim McGettigan


The next ScanFest is coming up on Sunday October 27th from 2 to 5 Eastern Time. It’s a time to scan photographs and documents and meet online to chat with others doing the same thing. At the time of Scanfest you go to the AnceStroies web site click the link for Blyve. This allows anyone who visits the site read and post to the live event. You don’t need to install any software to participate.


The transcribers at dwaynemeisner.com have been busy getting the 1921 Nova Scotia census online for searching. You can follow the progress at their Facebook page. From that page you will see what areas have been transcribed. And they can still use more transcribers.


The BBC will be marking the centenary of World War I with 2500 hours of programming for television, radio, and online. The programming will be shown from 2014 to 2018, echoing the same time as the war. The 2500 hours will include 130 newly commissioned programs. There will be documentaries, dramas, children programs, music, and live events. I’ll have a link in the show with details of all the shows that are planned.


Centre for First World War Studies, at University of Birmingham in the UK, will be digitizing thousands of photos from World War I that are held by the University for use in a series of exhibitions to mark the war’s centenary. People still bring the center archive material from the war.


The British Newspaper Archive is adding to its collection. Recent additions some issues from

Alnwick Mercury 1889, 1912
Berkshire Chronicle 1877
Berwickshire News and General Advertiser 1952
Birmingham Daily Gazette 1877 – 1889
Burnley Express 1944
Burnley Gazette 1876 – 1877, 1885, 1895, 1900
Burnley News, The 1930 – 1931
The Daily Herald 1926
Liverpool Daily Post 1905
The Luton News and Bedfordshire Chronicle 1950
Southern Reporter 1918, 1926 – 1927
Surrey Comet, and The General Advertiser 1879
The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer 1868

It’s been a while since they have added much to the collection so this is a good sign that they are still expanding.


Over at DeceasedOnline, they’ve added records for 4 cemeteries in Redcar & Cleveland, North Yorkshire. This area in the northeast region of the UK located on the coast and largely a rural area. Those locations just added are

Boosbeck open 1931, 2,600 burials
Brotton 1936, 2,753
Eston [and Normanby] 1865, 48,228
Guisborough 1873, 12,540

In two weeks they will add records for these areas

Loftus 1857, 8,651
Redcar 1874, 16,936
Saltburn 1899, 4,516
Skelton 1875, 9,739


Irish Genealogical Research Society has launched a new database of 250,000 names from its annual journal that are indexed, The Irish Genealogist. The journal was first published in 1937 and the index goes up to the year 2001, it will be extended to include up to 2012 very soon.

The journal has been used by it’s members to share family histories and transcriptions of records, information from newspapers, parish registers, family bibles, genealogies, voters lists, membership rolls, deeds and so on. It’s free to search. If you find something you can order a back issue, buy a CD of all the journals published from 1937 to 1993, or check if your library has a copy of the journal.


Over the weekend of October 18th, 19th, and 20th a series of DNA lectures sponsored by FamilyTree DNA and organized by the International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG) was held in Dublin as part of the Back to Our Past exhibition.

This was Ireland’s first Genetic Genealogy conference and it was called Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2013. They have made many of the lectures free on their YouTube channel. At the channel you will find
Gerard Corcoran – Saturday 19th Oct 2013 – Inbound and Outboun Migration

Debbie Kennett – Saturday 19th Oct 2013 – DNA for beginners: The three tests

Tyrone Bowes – Saturday 19th Oct 2013 – Pinpointing Your Irish Origin using Commercial Ancestral DNA Testing

Cynthia Wells – Saturday 19th Oct 2013 – Exploring the Mysteries, Exploring the Myths, Expanding Your Family History Using DNA

Nigel McCarthy – Saturday 19th Oct 2013 – DNA profiling of McCarthy septs and agnomens

Maurice Gleeson – Saturday 19th Oct 2013 – Autosomal DNA, adoptees, and finding long lost Irish relatives

John Creer – Sunday 20th Oct 2013 – How DNA Testing and Analysis has Transformed the Knowledge of a Manx Family’s History – So Far!

Finbar O’Mahony – Sunday 20th Oct 2013 – O’Mahoney DNA Surname Project

Katherine Borges – Sunday 20th Oct 2013 – The Basics of DNA Testing


RootsTech14 is the name of an iOS app for the upcoming RootsTech 2014 conference. This app is for iPhones and iPads, not Android, and it’s free.

The app shows you all the sessions, information about the speakers and what sessions they will be speaking at, a list of exhibitors, the welcoming sessions, news, maps of the rooms and session halls at the Salt Palace Convention Center, and the exhibit hall, some social media links, and the ability to login to the app if you are attending RootsTech for a personalized view of event information.


Coming up

DearMYRTLE has a Google Hangout every Monday at noon eastern called Mondays with Myrt. You can participate live or you can watch it later on the DearMyrtle YouTube channel. They talk about what’s going on in the field of genealogy and little bit about their own research and travels.

Ancestry Live Event – Death and the Genealogist
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 1pm eastern

Legacy Webinar – Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestors’ Lives
presented by Judy G. Russell
Wednesday, October 30th, 2pm eastern

Legacy Webinar – Ancestry Trees Can Jump Start Your Research
presented by DearMYRTLE
Friday, November 1st, 2pm

Southern California Genealogical Society
Women in WWII
by Gena Philibert Ortega
Saturday, November 2nd, 1pm eastern
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 13.
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