Episode 16 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Tuesday, November 12, 2013 and this is Episode 16

There’s been a fire at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. It happened early Wednesday morning on November 6th. It was a two-alarm fire. The fire started in the scanning room and destroyed the equipment that digitizes books, movies, and documents. Some physical materials were lost but most things are stored in a separate physical archive. The estimated cost of the scanning equipment that was destroyed is $600,000 and the building will need to be rebuilt or repaired. The Internet Archive is asking for help in the way of donations and scanning time.

The Internet Archive’s headquarters is next door where the fire did not reach.

The fire not only damaged the building for the Internet Archive, it also damaged a church, another business, and a residence. There were no injuries.
In honor of Veterans Day Fold3 has created an online military wall of honor. Anyone can add someone to the wall or contribute stories and pictures or add more information for those who have already been added. The Honor Wall is a tribute to the millions of men and women who served, from colonial days to the present. It will keep the stories of veterans alive.

The History channel is planning a new eight-hour miniseries for Alex Haley’s Roots. The original Roots minseries aired in 1977. It was 12 hours and was based on the book Roots: the Saga Of An American Family by Alex Haley. The book is a story of African-American life. It starts with a young man being abducted from an African village and sold as a slave in America.

It was a huge hit and is credited with stimulating a great interest in genealogy.

The History channel has obtained the rights to the book from the estate of Alex Haley and the rights to the 12-hour original miniseries from Mark Wolper, the son of the late David Wolper who was the executive producer of the original miniseries.

Discussions will begin with writers for the new project, which will draw from the book and the original miniseries but will be from a contemporary perspective for a new audience.
The 2013 Awards for Top Genealogy/Family History Boards on Pinterest have been announced at the Family Cherished blog by Valerie Elkins. Valerie believes that Pinterest is a great tool for family history and she created the awards to create more interest and awareness of using Pinterest for genealogy.

Winners were chosen based on the variety of genealogy and family history related boards and they also needed to have a large number of pinned images on these boards.

And the winners are Grant Davis, Geneabloggers, Robin Foster, Gena Philibert-Ortega, and Caroline Pointer.

And the best genealogy business boards on Pinterest are Ancestry.com, Geni.com, and FindMyPast in the US.

The top genealogy group boards are Genealogy Tip Jar, Family Tree Bloggers, and I love GENEALOGY.

The National Genealogy Society is looking for nominations for the 2014 Genealogy Hall of Fame. Genealogical societies and historical societies throughout the United States may nominate someone. The nominee must have been actively engaged in genealogy in the United States for at least 10 years and must have made contributions to the field of genealogy to be of lasting significance. And the nominee must have been deceased for at least 5 years.

The NGS Hall of Fame committee elects one person to the Hall of Fame annually.

Nominations are due by January 31st . The winner and the society that honored the nominee will be announced at the NGS conference that will be held in Richmond, Virginia in May.

Have you ever searched Google books and find that the book you are interested in only has Snippet View available? This probably means the book is still under copyright and the entire book cannot be displayed. Well, now FamilySearch has announced that they will make a copy of the page you would like to view and email it to you. This service is called FamilySearch free lookup service.

Once you find the book in snippet view at Google Books, you first search the Family History Library Catalog to see if the book is in the library. If the book is in the collection you can fill out a photoduplicating request form and after a short period of time you will receive an email with a scanned copy of the page. You can make up to five requests per person per week.

Moorshead Magazines publishes Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, and History Magazine. They also publish collections of articles about a particular topic such as Life During the Civil War, Outlaws and Villains, and a few about Tracing Your Ancestors for different areas. Their recent publication is called Tracing Your Ancestors Using Google. It covers the search engine and other Google products such as Google News, Google Books, Google Scholar, and Google Earth.

It’s 54 pages and contains 16 articles. You can find more details at Leland Meltzler blog genealogyblog.com

There are more new books from Zap the Grandma Gap. These books are for children to learn about their family history. Janet Hovorka wrote the first two books called “Zap The Grandma Gap: Connect To Your Family By Connecting Them To Their Family History”, and “Zap The Grandma Gap Power Up Workbook” and now she and her sister, Amy Slade, have written 4 more. They’re part of a new series called “Zap The Grandma Gap – My Ancestor”. The titles are

My British Ancestor
My German Ancestor
My Civil War Ancestor
My Swedish Ancestor

The books are activity books. They have puzzles, games, paper dolls, coloring pages, maps, fairy tales, music and other things that would be of interest to children 6 – 14 years old.

The books are available for pre-order from the zapthegrandmagap.com site and they should ship in late November.


FamilySearch has added more than 1.2 million images to collections for Brazil, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the United States

No new indexes were added last week. So images were added for
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785–1994
India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194–2013
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Banyumas, Naturalization Records, 1954–2012
Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866–1942
Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1605–1910
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784–1951
U.S., Montana, Big Horn, County Records, 1884–2011
U.S., Montana, Judith Basin County Records, 1887–2012
U.S., Tennessee, Putnam County Records, 1842–1955

New York was once called New Netherland and there is something called the New Netherland Institute that focuses on the Dutch roots of the area that became New York. They have added to their digital collection, two volumes of correspondence from 1647 to 1658. This includes the official correspondence of Petrus Stuyvesant, the Director-General of New Netherland. They begin with Stuyvesant’s arrival in 1647.

The New Netherland Institute has also added a compilation of introductions to the New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch / New Netherland Documents series translations. These introductions can be used to get acquainted with the content of the publications.

Over in Buffalo, New York, they are starting to build a $1.6 million facility to house historic documents and genealogical records. The money comes form the Forest Lawn Heritage Foundation, which is a 503c organization that helps to increase public knowledge and awareness of the Buffalo City Cemetery which is also known as Forest Lawn Cemetery.

The building will be called the Margaret L. Wendt Archive & Resource Center. It will contain a collection of historic community archives. There will be interment records dating back to 1849 that will be accessible to the public and they will be digitized. More than 1.2 million records will be stored at the facility. These include leather-bound books, maps, photos, and deeds.

The building is expected to be completed in the Spring and the digitation of the records to take another year.

There’s a new column in the New York Times called Advice on How to Research Family History. It’s written by Elizabeth Shown Mills who is best known for her book “Evidence Explained, Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace”. She is answering reader’s questions about how to research family history using online sources, public records, and DNA. Part I appeared in the November 6th issue and Part II will be in the following week.

#genchat on Twitter has been a great success this last year. Participants wanted more chats. So the In Depth Genealogist who collaborated with Conference Keeper on #genchat will be having #idgchat the first and third Friday of the month at 7pm eastern. They are putting together a schedule of topics for 2014. #genchat is the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month at 10pm eastern.
There has been an app for RootsTech 2014 for iOS, that would be for iPhone and iPad, now there is a version for Android. Both versions are 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. Both apps are exactly alike.

Family Tree DNA’s 9th Genetic Genealogy Conference was recently held in Houston which is where Family Tree DNA is located. At the conference Family Tree DNA announced a new test called the Big Y DNA Test.

The test will provide 10 million base-pair coverage and 25,000 SNPs on the Y chromosome. This new test uses the next generation sequencing technology which is more reliable. It should help getting more information about the Y-Haplogroup for the person being tested. Y-Haplogroups define the ancestral migration path for the male.

Right now you can order the test for $495. After December 1st the cost will be $695. It is only available to men who have already tested with Family Tree DNA.

The UK Personal Genome Project is looking for volunteers to have their DNA sequenced and published online for anyone to see. Anonymity is not guaranteed and there could be unknown consequences for the volunteers and their relatives. The names won’t be published but it is possible to find out someone’s identity using genetic databases and public records. And this could identify the person and their relatives.

The project could provide scientists with information to better understand disease and human genetics. It’s not a genealogy project, it’s a medical research project.

Tickets are now on sale for WDYTYA? Live 2014 that will be held in London, February 20 – 22. It costs about 25 US dollars to attend for one day and costs less per day if you buy a ticket for two or three days.

This conference is based on the television show Who Do You Think You Are? And it attracts thousands of people. There will be many exhibitors and celebrities. There is a Celebrity Theatre set up where the celebrities will be talking. The Society of Genealogists will have workshops and there will be a military pavilion where the Imperial War Museum will showcase a new WWI project.

The WDYTYA magazine from the UK has a forum where you can discuss the show from the UK, give feedback to the magazine, or get help with your research.

They have released a free app to access the forum. You can find the free app in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Now you can be discussing genealogy on the go. You’ll get notifications and be able to share photos from you device.


Since the year 2014 will mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War in the UK. The Imperial War Museum has set up a website at 1914.org that will contain information about events and resources related to World War I.

The years from 2014 to 2018, will mark the centenary of World War I with many countries remembering those who fought in the war. The web site is meant to be a place for local, regional, national, and international organizations to join together so millions of people can discover more about World War I.

If you went to the 1914.org site you would see the National Archives in the UK has launched a new First World War Portal. It’s located at nationalarchives.gov.uk/first-world-war

There are events planned that will be broadcast live at the site and there will be conferences. The first conference will take place in June 2014 with the theme of diplomacy and the road to war.

Other themes that will be explored at the site will be technology, home front, air and sea, peace, bravery and courage, medicine and health, and global perspectives.

During the next 5 years this site will be updated with more online collections. There will be diaries of soldiers, minutes and papers of the Central Military Service Tribunal and Middlesex Appeal Tribunal, and service records. You can sign up at the portal or follow the archives on social media to be informed when these records become available.
The British Newspaper Archive has added its 7 millionth page to the site. Their target is to add 40 million pages by the year 2021. They are focusing on adding newspapers up to 1950. The site is free to search with different credit and subscription packages available to view articles.

More parish records have been released on TheGenealogist, that’s a subscription site in the UK. They’ve added almost 385,000 record transcripts covering a wide variety of counties in England. The new parish records added include the counties of Bedfordshire, Devon, Essex, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Middlesex, Rutland, Shropshire and Westmoreland. Look for more parish records to be added to the site in early 2014.

There’s a new web site for the Bletchley Park Roll of Honour. At the site you will find a list of all those who worked in signals intelligence or code breaking during World War II, at Bletchley Park and other locations. The information at the site comes from official sources, and publications that have been provided by veterans, friends, and family. If you find someone at the site, you can add more information about them.

At the East Sussex Record Office site you can now search and view tithe maps. Tithes were taxes paid to the church. The maps show the boundaries of fields, woods, roads, and rivers. They show whether there was a house on the land and who lived in it. The tithe maps are for both East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

At the Society of Genealogists site there is a new index added for lace makers. It lists over 6,000 people who were involved with the lacemaking industry and all allied trades associated with it. The index includes hand and machine workers and it covers the 17th to early 20th centuries.

You can search the index for free but you must be a Society of Genealogists member to view the records.

ScotFamTree forums are the place to go for Scottish genealogy. If you are a member you can upload your family tree to the site from a GEDCOM file. All trees uploaded will be fully searchable at the site. It costs about 16 US dollars to join.

The November issue is out for the free magazine – Irish Lives Remembered. The focus of this issue is on the county of Laois. There are articles about searching for Irish ancestors in Colonial Victoria and resources for finding Irish family history online. There’s an article about Jane Austen’s nieces, about the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland for finding wills, and findmypast’s new partnership with FamilySearch.org.

The next issue will be out on December 8th.



Recordings of Irish voices from 1928 to 1931 are now online. The recordings were made by Dr. Wilhelm Doegen. He came to Ireland 85 years ago to create a permanent record of the spoken Irish languages. The recordings are of 136 different speakers who recorded stories, songs, prayers, and parables.

The Royal Irish Academy Library wanted to make these recordings freely available to everyone so they created a digital archive on the internet

At the site you can browse by county or speaker and you can search by keyword. For each recording you’ll find a transcript and an English translation and of course you can listen to the recording.

GenTeam is a site with records from Austria and its neighboring lands. It’s run by volunteers and they have recently added 482,000 more records. That brings the number of records at the site to over 8 million.

You can find all sorts of records at the site such birth, marriage and death records, obituaries, cemetery records, directories of professionals, membership lists of lodges, conversion records, and more.

The site is free, you just need to register for a free account and then you can search.


Now for things coming up.
The next ScanFest November 17 2 – 4pm eastern, that’s where you can chat while you scan with others who are also scanning. You go to the AnceStories site and there you will have access to Blyve, a live blogging platform, where you will be able to chat with others.

DearMyrtle is faithfully hosting Mondays with Myrt using Google Hangouts. You can participate live or watch the recording later.

Monday, November 18, 2013, 2pm eastern
MyHeritage: Family History Q&A
They will be answering questions that have been submitted. You can go to the blog post for the webinar and enter a question.
Two webinars will be going on at 8pm eastern on Monday, the 18th.

Monday, November 18, 2013, 8:00-9:00 pm EST
How to Develop and Implement Affordable Membership Benefits
presented by George G. Morgan
Click on the link to register for the webinar:

Georgia Genealogical Society Monthly Webinar
Monday, November 18, 8pm eastern
Google Earth for Genealogy
presented by Lisa Louise Cooke
The next night, on Tuesday the 19th

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Webinar
Tuesday, November 19, 8pm eastern
Tho’ They Were Poor, They May Have Been Rich in Records
presented by Paula Stuart-Warren

Wednesday, November 20, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results
presented by Thomas MacEntee

Southern California Genealogical Society
Mobile Capturing of Your Ancestor’s Documents and Pictures
presented by Leland K. Meitzler
Wednesday, November 20 9pm eastern

Utah Genealogical Association Webinar
Thursday, November 21, 9pm eastern
Hidden Gems: Materials in Digital Libraries for Family History
presented by Josh Taylor

Friday night at 10pm eastern is the Twitter #genchat. The topic is a grab bag, open conversation

And that’s it for this week

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You can find links to things mentioned in this show in the show notes at Geneatopia.com. This is episode 16.
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