Episode 17 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Tuesday, November 19, 2013 and this is Episode 17

There was a lot of talk last week about the victory Google had over the copyright infringement that was brought about by the Author’s Guild. They claimed that Google was in violation of “fair use” of copyrighted works by providing snippit views of works still under copyright. The judge ruled that Google was in compliance with copyright law and there are many benefits to this service such as making it easier to locate books, conduct full-text search of books, preserves out-of-print books, it generates new audiences, and it creates new sources of income for authors and publishers.

The Author’s Guild will probably appeal the decision.

What this means now for all of us, is nothing will change how we view books from Google. There will still be snippit view, the ruling doesn’t change how that works. We can continue to search and maybe find something in a snippit view that will allow us to determine if we want to further locate a copy of the book.

RootsTech 2014 will be held in a different place of the Salt Palace Convention Center than originally planned. This will mean more exhibit space and larger classrooms. It’s also closer to the hotels for easier access. The conference will be February 6 thru the 8th. If you register by November 30th you can save $10 if you enter the promo code RT14LTO
Another big conference coming up is the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia. This will be May 7th thru the 10th.
They have released the registration brochure. It contains descriptions of over 175 lectures that will be given at the conference, special events, the daily conference program, social events and workshops that are offered during the conference.

Conference registration will open on December 1st. If you plan on going to any special events, you need to register soon because these have limited seating.


Mocavo has added 30,000 new databases. That makes for more than 138,000 databases available at Mocavo.

Mocavo Gold Members have the ability to search all databases at the same time. Free access is limited to one database at a time. Gold members also get automated searching.

If you are a Mocavo Gold Member, you will see search sliders. One slider can be used to limit the results by items added in the past year, 6 months, 3 months, 1 month, a week, or a day.

The other slider allows you to limit the results to titles or content.

Search results for books display a small preview with your search terms highlighted. The algorithm for highlighting has been improved so that it displays what was searched for more accurately.

MyHeritage has improved the ability to extract information from a historical record directly into a family tree profile. Now you can extract that information to multiple profiles.

When you search and save a record to your tree, MyHeritage creates a connection so you won’t forget the record is associated with a family member and you will know you’ve already seen it.

Documents may mention more than one family member such as census records for a household or marriage records that contain the names of the parents. And now you will be able to extract these to records all those people mentioned.

This new feature requires that you have a subscription to MyHeritage.


Elizabeth Shown Mills is writing an Ask the Expert column about genealogy in the New York Times. Part 2 was published last week. She answers questions about the Holocaust and provides great links for research. You’ll also find more links in the comments.

She also talks about identifying ancestral photos, citing sources, numbering systems for genealogy, researching the railroad, researching ancestors from India, and becoming a profession genealogist.

Next week Ms. Mills will answer questions about slavery and New York-based genealogical questions.


Family Tree DNA is having a sale until the end of the year. The Y-DNA test is $119, normally $169 so it’s $50 off. This is the test for males to determine the male line. The mtDNA test is $169; it was $199 so that’s $30 off. This is to test your maternal line and both men and women can take this test.

The Family Finder test is not on sale but you can get a $100 Restaurent.com gift card. This test is for autosomal DNA which is the DNA that is passed down from you ancestors.

And you will also find more specials on sale for combinations of tests.

There’s a new Android app for viewing GEDCOM files. It’s called FamilyGTG.

There is free version so you can check it out and then there is a version that costs $3.

You can import and export GEDCOM files from the app.

In the app you can add and remove family members and set relations between them. You can search by name and view full profiles including photos. You can edit information and navigate through the tree. You can add bookmarks for easy reference and view statistics about the tree.

In the free version you can only have one family tree in the app, you can only export 200 people from the app, can only navigate for 3 generations for a person, only one bookmark, and limited browsing of events. The paid version doesn’t have these limitations.

Ancestral Quest is a Windows-based program for keeping track of your family. It has recently been certified by FamilySearch for Tree Share, Sources, Discussions, Change History, and LDS Support.

Ancestral Quest can allow its users to work in FamilySearch Family Tree to share data and documentation. They can compare families and exchange family members between their personal file and Family Tree.

More than 3.2 million indexed records and images have been added to FamilySearch. Countries include Austria, Brazil, Italy, South Africa, and the United States.

Images and indexed records were added from BillionGraves that would be over 300,000 records.

Images were added for

• Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537–1888
• Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1848–2013
• Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980
• Italy, Catania, Caltagirone, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1861–1941
• Russia, Nizhni Novgorod Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1782–1858
• South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records 1792–1992
• South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files, 1962–2004
• South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951–2006 (also an index)
• South Africa, Western Cape, Estate Files, 1966–2004
• Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1293–1966
• U.S., Washington, County Records, 1856–2009
And indexes were created for

• U.S., Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718–1957
• U.S., Minnesota, Naturalization Card Index, 1930–1988

FamilySearch has a contest going on. The person who adds the 12 millionth source to Family Tree will get 10 hours of free family history research by an accredited genealogical consultant.

Soon you will see a countdown on the website. FamilySearch expects the 12 millionth source to be added sometime near the end of 2013.

The Troy Irish Genealogy Society of New York has compiled a list of Area Service Men & Women Casualties in World War II. The names come from the Troy Record. That newspaper published a causality list each Wednesday morning from December 7, 1941 until 1945. There are people from the area listed as well as those who had relatives in the area.


There are many documents in archives that are never viewed by scholars, historians, or genealogists and Harvard University wants to bring its collection to the masses. They have begun digitizing documents for its Colonial North America project. Harvard has 73 libraries and they have more 45,000 collections in the University’s archival and manuscript repositories.

Another project is in the works. This one is called the Colonial Archives of North America project that will comprise of the collections at Harvard and at partner historical societies, archives, and libraries. These include the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Boston Public Library, the New York Public Library, and Montreal’s Bibliotheques et Archives nationals du Quebec (BAnQ).

They will be creating metadata that is linked to digitized collections at partner institutions. This will serve to reunite collections that are scattered at different locations.
Archivists at the Wisconsin Historical Society have announced that they have finished scanning and publishing about half of the Society’s 8,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance maps. These maps were originally published between 1867 and some time in the 1950s. They were used by insurance agents to assess the risk of fire breaking out at a particular building.

The maps contain highly detailed information on building features, construction details, roof type, occupancy, street addresses, and often date of construction. And the maps show lot lines, streets, rivers, canals, railroad corridors and other topographic features. Since the maps were updated every few years, they can show the growth of areas over time.

The entire collection of maps should be online by the spring of 2014. They are working alphabetically so they have completed half the collection for Ableman through Marinette. Once the state is finished, they will be adding Milwaukee and some other large cities which require special handling.


The National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand are working together on a new web site that will be a tribute to those who served in World War I. There will be a profile of every one who was in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC).

Records from New Zealand will be on the site starting in April 2014.

You can help by adding family stories to these profiles and photos. You can also help by transcribing war diaries and service records at the site.

Not only will the site contain the service records from World War I, it will also have records about internment, munitions workers and the Boer War.

There have been another 400 photos from World War I placed online at the South Australian State Records Flickr site. These are photographs of soldiers, sailors, and nurses who served during the First World War.

Previously they had posted 460 records.

FindMyPast.ie continues to add to its collection of Irish Petty Session Registers. They have added a few more areas. The records span the years from 1828 to 1912. In these records you will find information about petty crimes such as drunkenness, failure to pay rent, or allowing livestock to wander. These are some of the crimes you will find in these records.

They hope to have the full collection online by the end of 2013 or early 2014.

Another Scanfest is coming up on Sunday, November 24, from 2 to 4pm eastern. I mentioned last week that is was on the 17th but they changed the date. 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.

Things coming up

Every Monday at noon eastern is Mondays with Myrt. It’s a Google hangout with a panel and it’s recorded so you can watch it later. There is also a community page where you see comments and links about the hangout.

Wednesday, November 27, 7pm eastern
GeniAus Hangout on Air
Online Resources for Australian Research
GeniAus Google+ Community https://plus.google.com/communities/114428344653505318385
GeniAus YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/bibliaugrapher
Genealogists from near and far are invited to join Jill Ball, GeniAus, and friends for a discussion of Online Resources for Australian Research.

Sydney (Australia) 11am 28/11/2013
New York (USA) 7pm 27/11/2013
UTC 12am 28/11/2013

Those who join as panelists on air will share details and show screenshots of their favorite sites
The National Day of Listening will be November 29, 2013. That would be the Friday after Thanksgiving in the US. It’s a day to honor loved ones by listening. You may want to record the stories you hear. There is a web site at nationaldayoflistening.org where you can share your story or listen to other stories.

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 17.
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