Episode 2 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Sunday, August 4th, 2013 and this is Episode 2

Ancestry.com released their financial earnings last week. Total revenue for the quarter was almost 132 million. They mention steady subscriber increases, which brings the number of subscribers to over 2.7 million. This includes the sites Ancestry.com, Archives.com, Fold3.com, and Newspapers.com. Thomas MacEntee over at the Hack Genealogy web site has posted a very informative article about the earnings release. You can read this if you would like more information about Ancetry.com. The link will be in the show notes at geneatopia.com.


FamilyTree DNA will keep the 99 dollar price for Family Finder. This is an Autosomal DNA test that men or women can take to find matches to others who may have the same ancestors up to 5 generations back. The July sale was a success and as a result enough people signed up so the price can be kept low.


BillionGraves is having a contest. It’s called August Image Rush, the winners will be the ones who post the most images by August 31st. The top prize is a $20 Amazon gift card and a “BillionGraves Top Contributor” fanny pack, next runner up will receive a fanny back, and the remaining top 12 uploaders will receive a drawstring backpack. BillionGraves has an app for iPhone and Android that lets you take pictures and upload them to the site. And you can transcribe what is on the headstone.


Connecticut State Library has received a grant for newspaper digitization from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize historically significant Connecticut newspapers. These images will be included in the Library of Congress’ newspaper site: Chronicling America. An advisory committee consisting of an historian, journalist, educator, librarian, and archivist will select the newspapers to be scanned.

This will be in addition to the Newspapers of Connecticut project that digitized some newspapers from 31 towns over 10 years ago and can be found online at the State Library web site.


Who do you think you are? which is airing Tuesdays at 9 eastern in the US can be watched later on the TLC web site. The entire episode is available. So if you haven’t seen it you still can watch it over again. This Tuesday will be about Chelsea Handler and next week will be about Zooey Deschanel.

Who Do You Think You Are? is also broadcasting on the BBC in England. These are different shows from the ones broadcast in the US. Your Family Tree magazine in the UK has a free download related to the episode about Una Stubbs. It contains 4 articles about researching work houses. If you have English ancestors you may be interested in these handouts.


DeceasedOnline has added tens of thousands of military burial records from the UK National Archives at Kew. DeceasedOnline scanned the records and created an index. This is the second set of records DeceasedOnline has digitized and indexed on the web site. More are in the process. You can search the index free. Then you buy credits to see documents and photographs of graves.


Many Irish came to the United States during the great famine. Once they arrived they may have taken jobs further way from where the arrived in the United States. Also men came over before the rest of the family. When the family arrived they wanted to find their loved ones. So they took out an ad in the newspaper the Boston Pilot.

From 1831 to 1921 the Boston Pilot printed a column called “Missing Friends”. In this column were advertisements from Irish immigrants looking for “lost” friends and relatives. as well as people from Ireland trying to find out what happened to those who went to the United States. Some ads may contain a great deal of information that describes the birth of a person and when they left Ireland.
Ancestry.com now has the images online that you can search and view.
The collection contains over 41 thousand records

There is another version of it available for free as a searchable online database from the Boston College web site. This is only an index, it doesn’t contain the images.

If you’re interested in the Irish Potato famine, the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast did two episodes about it . They describe how the farmers relied on potatoes for food, why everyone ate potatoes, and the blight that affected the potato crop.


A helpful web site for finding Irish townlands called the IreAtlas Townland Database has moved to a new location so the address has changed. The new address is thecore.com/seanruad It used to located at seanruad.com This web site lets you search the site by townland and gives you the jurisdiction the townland was located. Each jurisdiction kept different kinds of records so knowing the jurisdiction is important for where to look for records.


FamilySearch news, they’ve added images for civil registration in Belgium for the cities of Namur and Luxembourg. Also added indexed records for civil registration in Nicaragua from 1809 to 2011. And indexed records for municipal records in the provence of Malaga, Spain from 1842 to 1925.

In the US, FamilySearch has added indexed records and images for North Carolina. These include county marriages from 1762 – 1979 and estate files from 1662 to 1979.
They’ve add more indexed records for Iowa county marriages for the years 1838 – 1934

And one more indexed collection for the United States National Register of Scientific and Technical Personnel files 1954 – 1970. These are names of personnel form the National Science Foundation. So that would be people working in the fields of biology, chemistry, economics, geology, mathematics, psychology, meteorology, physics, anthropology, political science, and sociology. You can find things like what college degree they obtained and what they’re major was and the year they obtained their degree. You can also see their year of birth. The record may tell you their employer and if the were on active military duty. These records came from the National Archives.


Legacy has announced that the upcoming Legacy Family Tree version 8 will have improved capabilities for entering sources. You’ll be able to record your analysis of the course.

And you will be able to print labels of your sources so you can place them on folders or sheet protectors of your documents

Also you will be able to display sources on the pedigree chart.

And the source clipboard has been expanded to contain up to 5 citations.

A new book will be published in August about how to use the new version of Legacy. The title of the book is “Legacy Family Tree – UNLOCKED!” by Geoff Rasmussen. It’s available for pre-order at the legacy web site. Pre-order by August 15th and get the electronic (PDF) version of the book free. That’s a $14.95 value. The book will be emailed to you.


MyHeritage is a site where you can build your family tree or upload an existing tree. You can make it public or only share the information with members of your own family. Now they’re using the site to match people in the family trees with those who are eligible for compensation to victims of the Holocaust. Descendants can claim their family’s assets until the end of 2014.

The CEO and founder of My Heritage, Gilad Japhet, read a report about the Claims Conference’s list of over 40,000 places seized by Nazis during the war that could not be matched with their original owners. He put together some employees to write a program to match the names on the Claims Conference’s list with those found in family trees on the site. This will be an ongoing project at the site for the next few months. So far they have matched about 150 names. MyHeritage does not want any money from the claimants; they just want to help people obtain their restitution.


The annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy is being held in Boston. And there have been announcements about new records added to the Israel Genealogy Research Association databases. The new records include

• Graduates of Gymnasia Herzilia 1918-48
• List of Names in the Register of Adult Jews in Petah Tikva 1936
• Marriage certificates Jezreel Valley 1931-41
• Voter List Tel Aviv 1922

The databases are free to search. All you have to do is register at the site with a username and password.

JewishGen has announced an update to the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database. This database contains Jewish cemeteries and burial records worldwide.

The update adds many new records and photos as well as new cemeteries. Donors contributing to the update include individuals, Jewish genealogical societies, historical societies and museums.


The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa has a conference coming up September 20th to the 22nd. It’s being held at the Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. They have released some interviews with conference speakers. The interviews are
Sandra Adams, Bill Arthurs and Elizabeth Kipp along with John D Reid talk about the successes they have had in their one-name studies and what you can expect to learn if you attend the session “Success through One Name Studies”
Lesley Anderson talks about her pre-conference session on Ancestry.ca and how it can help you with your Irish family history research.

Toronto genealogist Linda Reid talks about her sessions “Around the Brick Wall: Tracing Back an Irish Family through Collateral Lines” and “Are They Really My Ancestors? Using Autosomal DNA Tests to Confirm (or Deny) Relationships and Ancestors.”

Sher Leetooze’s talks about her presentation at the conference “Northern Irish research isn’t as challenging as some say”. She talks about researching in Ireland without breaking the budget. And she has tips and also talks about her latest book.

Rick Roberts of Global Genealogy with John D. Reid talk about Family Tree Maker, the subject of his pre-conference seminar and upcoming changes with the company.


Another census is available from the Library and Archives Canada web site. It’s the 1861 census. This census did not collect data on the same day for all places. Canada East and Canada West were collected in January, Nova Scotia was March 30th and New Brunswick was August 15th. When looking at ages of people in this census you will need to keep in mind when the question about age was asked. And each region got a different questionnaire. Schedules from some sub-districts did not survive. There’s a list where you can determine whether the records for a district or a sub-district exist. You can search the census by keywords, surname, given name, age, or province. You can search by district, sub-district, and page number.


Scotland is going to be promoting ancestral tourism in the run up to three major invents that will be held there – Homecoming Scotland, the Ryder Cup and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Homecoming Scotland presents a year-long program of events and festivals, celebrating Scottish food and drink, Scotland’s natural resources, as well as, culture and ancestral heritage

The Ryder Cup is the biennial professional match-play golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be held July 23rd to August 3rd with over 6,500 athletes competing in 17 different sports, over 11 days of competition.

To get companies ready for all the people coming to Scotland for these events, an ancestral tourism guide has been created to help companies get ready. It urges any company in the tourism business to have a good working knowledge of local and national family research facilities. It also encourages them to gain knowledge about ancestral landmarks such as churches, museums, battle fields, historic homes and anything else that may be of interest to someone searching for their ancestors.


If you remember at RootsTech, they had an area set aside for bloggers to do interviews. And Jill Ball from Australia did lots of them. They were very good and you can find them on her YouTube channel. She’s decided to try Google Hangouts and she will be bringing us more interviews. She got good feedback for the interviews she did last year at RootsTech. And I can tell you they were great, I watched them all.


Things coming up

The FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) conference will be held in Fort Wayne Indiana August 21st to 24th.at the Grand Wayne Convention Center
If you are in the are the exhibit hall is free and you can still sign up to go to the conference.

There will be a Legacy webinar called Captured For All Time: Recording Family Voices to Preserve and Pass Down. It’s presented by Marion Pierre Louis on Wednesday August 7th, 2pm eastern.

There will be another Legacy Webinar on Wednesday, August 14th at 2pm eastern called – Digital Research Guidance, Research Logs, and To Do Lists: FamilySearch, Research Wiki, and Legacy FamilyTree, presented by Geoff Rasmussen.

You can attend Legacy webinars for free. They are available for two weeks for viewing at the Legacy webinar web site. After that time you can purchase them or subscribe for unlimited online access to all previous webinars.

On Wednesday August 7th 8 pm eastern time there will be a FGS Webinar – Researching in the Post War Records of 1812 presented by military expert Craig Scott.

Friday August 9th at 10 pm eastern, there will be a twitter chat using the hashtag #genchat. The topic will be Continuing Education.

On Tuesday August 13th at 8pm eastern FNAS (Friends of the National Archives – Southeast Region) has a webinar – Mining the Records of the Federal District Courts. This one is presented by J. Mark Lowe. This is free to attend live. To view the recording you will need to be a member. Same thing for this next webinar.

The Utah Genealogical Association has a webinar coming up – Adding Photos and Stories to FamilySearch’s Family Tree. This will be Thursday August 15th at 9pm eastern. It’s presented by Tim Cross.

Ongoing almost every Sunday evening at 8pm Eastern is the study group for Mastering Genealogical Proof. This is hosted by Pat Richley-Erickson, aka DearMyrtle, with a selected panel that discuss the book by Thomas Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof. This is a Google hangout where you can ask questions on the community page. The sessions are recorded and can be found at the DearMYRTLE YouTube channel.

Also, ongoing every Monday at noon is Mondays with Myrt. This is a Google hangout that anyone can participate in. There is also a community page where you can post comments during the live session and follow the conversation. The sessions are recorded and you can find them on the DearMYRTLE YouTube channel.

On television Who Do You Think You Are on TLC will feature Chelsea Handler on August 6th and Zooey Deschanel on August 13th. You can follow along with twitter using the hash tag #genchat and there will be a Google hangout after the show.

And that’s it for this week.

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