Episode 14 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Tuesday, October 29, 2013 and this is Episode 14
Google is starting to map the Arlington National Cemetery by collecting photos so online users will be able to virtually stroll through the cemetery. Someone is walking the cemetery carrying a backpack with 15 cameras hovering above his or her head that are enclosed in a metal sphere. This is called a Trekker. It’s used to capture locations such as the Grand Canyon where cars can’t go. The whole thing weighs 42 pounds and anyone can apply to be a Google Trekker.

The 5-megapixel cameras take an image every 2.5 seconds and store them on a solid state drive. The images are stitched together to create a panoramic view.

This first solider was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in 1864. The images will be made available to the public in May of 2014 which marks the 150th anniversary of the first solider being buried there.

On Monday, October 28th, Ellis Island reopens to visitors. It has been a year since it closed after Hurricane Sandy. Repairs are still ongoing and not all areas are open to the public. State Cruises is the official concessioner to the National Park Service and provides the ferry service to Ellis Island which is where the Statue of Liberty is located.

State Cruises is a subsidiary of Hornblower Cruises which operates charter yachts and dining cruises in California and New York.

They have created a blog called Heartbreak & Hope: Stories of Ellis Island at blog.hornblower.com/heartbreakandhope. At the blog you will find video and images from the Library of Congress related to Ellis Island, news, and stories submitted by anyone with an Ellis Island story. You can go to the blog and fill out a form to answer a few questions and tell your Ellis Island story.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together America’s libraries, archives, and museums for anyone in the world to access. They point you to access items such as photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, and moving images. Content comes form content and service hubs.

They have announced three more service hubs – Empire State Digital Network (New York), The Portal to Texas History (Texas), and the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (North Carolina). These hubs will bring many new digital materials to the DPLA collections. The hubs aggregate information about digital objects from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions in their given area.

Ancestry.com has acquired over four million South African records from Ancestry24 which has been owned by Media24. The Ancestry24 web site was a subscription site that contained millions of records about South Africa’s history with records for births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, passenger lists and voter lists as well as a large grave image library.

The records will be available on Ancestry some time next year.

A new version of MacFamilyTree is out, it’s version 7.1 and as the name suggests it only works on a Mac.

If you have version 7, this update to 7.1 is free.

Some of the new features are new improved themes and user interface for web site export, statistics map using Apple’s new Maps to see where you ancestors lived, add background images for all charts, improved FamilySearch integration, mark information as private and exclude it from charts, reports and GEDCOM export, and an improved user interface.

The program costs $49.99.
Another program, Heridis, has released a new version for the Mac called Heredis 2014. They have a PC version that should be updated soon.

New features for the Mac version include a Search Wizard to help you with your research, extended family view to view a family including those they lived with and those in the extended family, a migrations map to show movement of a whole family on a map, find relationships determines how to link people together, descendants view can highlight any duplicate lines, publish your genealogy data to Heredis Online, search for ancestors at Heredis Online, and display visual cues for a branch of the tree.

Get it at 50% off for $29.99 until November 3rd. After that it will be $59.99.
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned about some genealogy projects at Kickstarter and Indigogo. There is another project at Indiegogo for Crowd-Sourcing Genealogy for helping find your family. They are looking money to develop software where anyone from around the world can request to have pictures taken of a gravesite or ancestral village for a fee. Or they can request research to be done.

They are looking to raise $26,000 to hire a programmer to write the software. In exchange for your financial support you could receive free family history research, family crest artwork, the meaning of you family surname word art, or a family tree poster.

You can contribute as little as $1 and the campaign goes until November 21st.

Registration is open for the January 2014 Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Professional Management Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “Embracing Innovation and Opportunity,” It’s being held in Salt Lake City near the Family History Library and it’s being held just before the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. The dates for the APG conference are January 10th and 11th. It’s two days of classes and workshops for those in the professional genealogy field. It’s open to APG members and also non-members.


The National Archives is now on Instagram. From there you can see behind-the-scenes looks, shots from upcoming and current exhibits, and special events. And you can share photos as you tour through the archival holdings.

Instagram is an online photo- and video-sharing social networking service. Users can post photos and videos and apply digital filters to what they submit. You can access the National Archives on Instagram at instagram.com/usnatarchives
BillionGraves has a new feature on its transcription page for adding military specific information. This lets you add more information for headstones that contain military information. Enter the information as you see it. BillionGraves has obtained a list of common titles and their abbreviations from the VA and the system will auto-populate the categorizing including the type of emblem found on the headstone.

And BillionGraves has opened an online store. It’s been requested and now there is a place to buy all the BillionGraves “swag” you could want. To celebrate, you can get 15% off your first order by entering the promo code “BGROCKS”. This is good through November 15th.

At the store you’ll find T-shirts, polos, hats, and visors. You’ll find a store link at the top of the BillionGraves homepage.
The State Library of Massachusetts has completed digitizing most of its Massachusetts real estate atlas collection. These collections document the development of neighborhoods over time. They span from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. It includes approximately 200 atlases, with 6,500 maps. The library has digitized 167 volumes and made them available through its institutional repository or has individual page images on Flickr. Their web site lists the statewide, county and municipal atlases that are available online.


The 1875 Montefiore census of Eretz Israel is now online. This brings to completion the digitizing of 5 censuses of Eretz Israel and the one-time census of the Jews of Alexandria (Egypt). The censuses span the years from 1839 to 1876. This project has taken 6 years.

The records were transcribed and translated by the Israel Genealogy Society and a group of volunteers. They were commissioned by the Montefiore Endowment which is a registered British charity foundation who owns the censuses and scanned them

The censuses can be searched at the Montefiore Endowment web site at no charge.
The UK as well as other countries has many plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Now Canada has announced plans that they will be planning events. The first event will be Canada’s participation in a Bastille Day military parade in France. Both Canada and France will mark key historic military milestones during the years 2014 to 2020.
The 1921 Canadian census will be indexed by October 29th. The every name index will be available at Ancestry.ca. The 1921 census is available on Ancestry for free for those who live in Canada. Everyone else will need a subscription to Ancestry to access the 1921 Canadian census.

The Society of Genealogist has added apprenticeship indentures to its online collection. These images have been scanned and indexed. They date from the late 17th century. Apprenticeship indentures were legal documents where a person learns a trade from a master. The master provides food, clothing, and lodging for a sum of money.

These images are only available to Society members. Anyone can become a member, fees vary.
The Genealogist, which is a subscription site in the UK, has launched an image archive that includes hundreds of 3D photos and thousands of images dating from 1850 to 1940.

The image archive is free to search. ‘Diamond’ subscribers will be able to view and download the images in a high-resolution format.
The ScotlandsPeople web site has released Scottish property valuation rolls for 1920. There are over 2.6 million indexed names and over 76,000 images taken from 169 volumes of Valuation Rolls. They cover every kind of building, structure, or property in Scotland that was assessed in 1920. In the Rolls you will find the name of the property owner, the name of the tenants, and sometimes the occupation is listed.

You can find these records and many others at scotlandspeople.gov.uk

According to the Irish Genealogy News blog, by Claire Sentry, there will be some updates to records coming to the National Archives of Ireland’s Genealogy web site soon. Indexes and images of the surviving census fragments for the 1821 thru the 1851 will be available. They will also have the Census Search forms which are pension application forms for research into the 1841 and 1851 censuses. These records will be free at FamilySearch and FindMyPast.

At irishgenealogy.ie, they will have an enhanced version of the Irish Civil registration indexes. These records will include maiden names from 1903 to 1927, maiden names didn’t normally appear until 1928. There will also be birth dates from that same time period.

Claire Sentry got all this news when she attended the Back To Our Past 2013 event that was recently held in Dublin and wrote all about it on her blog, Irish Genealogy News.
Jill Ball is an Australian genealogy blogger who did many interviews at the last RootsTech conference. The interviews were fantastic (I watched them all) and she got great reviews. A while ago she announced on her blog that she was going to do more interviews. Now she has announced what she plans to do. Starting October 30th, she will be using Google Hangouts to conduct interviews with an Australian flavor and base it on the Mondays with Myrt Google Hangout which is not broadcast live at a convenient time for Australians. She will start with some general chat session and maybe have some people as guests.

Australia’s Unlock the Past have announced the “Chris Paton and Thomas MacEntee Downunder Roadshow”. Chris Paton is a professional genealogist from Scotland who is an expert in Irish and Scottish genealogy. He runs the Scotland’s Greatest Story research service. He blogs at britishgenes.blogspot.com and teaches courses and has written many books.

Thomas MacEntee specializes in the use of technology and social media in genealogy research. He provides consulting services to the genealogy industry. He is the creator of geneabloggers and the Hack Genealogy web site. He is an author and speaker.

Both will be presenters in the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise. But if you’re in Australia and not going on the cruise you can meet and listen to presentations from Chris Paton and Thomas MacEntee as they tour Australia.

The roadshow will be from February 1st to February 15th with seven seminars total. If you prebook you can save money.

Coming up

Mondays with Myrt, she’s been doing these Monday session now for over a year!

Federation of Genealogical Societies
Monday, November 4, 2013, 8:00-9:00 pm EST
Harness the Power of Email in Your Society
presented by George G. Morgan
Click on the link to register for the webinar:

Tuesday, November 5, 9pm eastern
Ohana Software Webinar
Facebook for Genealogists
Presenter: Hannah Z. Allan

Legacy Webinar – Researching with Marian! Creating a Research Plan with YOUR Research
presented by Marian Pierre-Louis
Wednesday, November 6, 2pm eastern

Also from Marian Pierre-Louis is the Fieldstone Common Radio show that is new every Thursday. On November 7th the guest will be Gary Shattuck who wrote the book “Artful and Designing Men”. It’s about Shay’s Rebellion and Job Shattuck’s role in it. The show is pre-recorded and released on Thursday mornings. You may listen to it anytime.
Legacy Webinar – Using GPS Coordinates to Tag and Record Your Photos with Heritage Collector software
Friday, Novmeber 8, 2pm eastern
presented by Marlo Schuldt

Twitter #genchat
Picking Apart the GPS
Friday, November 8, 10pm eastern
And that’s it for this week

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