Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia
I’m Patty Roy, also known as Dinah Larkham in Second Life
Today is Monday, January 20, 2014 and this is Episode 20
The genealogy news has been on a little hiatus. There was some trouble with setting up the domain correctly, which led to not being picked up in iTunes anymore. That’s all been fixed now.
I’ll be placing the transcripts for all the previous shows as well as this show on the web site, geneatopia.com. From now on you’ll have access to the transcript to read or just review something that was said.
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Now for the news from the past month.
There have been changes to the Social Security Death Index or the SSDI. From now on deaths will not be reported on the SSDI until three years after the death occurred. So there wont’ be an update to the SSDI for three years and you won’t be able to order a SS-5 for anyone who has died in the last three years.
This started on January 1, 2014. It’s not retroactive so the past three years of deaths will be available in the SSDI.
This won’t affect most genealogists who are interested in ancestors way back in the past. It will hurt those looking to locate heirs, finding next-of-kin to people without any known family, and finding next-of-kin for those who have died in the military. People working on these types of research may be able to access the records being withheld under an exception in the law for those who need access to the records for legal reasons.
This was the result of a budget bill that was passed on December 26th.
The Board for Certification of Genealogists has announced there will be a new release of its standards manual. This new revision completely updates the original 2000 edition of the the BCG Genealogical Standards Manual and it has a new name – Genealogy Standards. This is the called the 50th anniversary edition since it’s the 50th anniversary of the Board for Certification of Genealogists which was founded in 1964.
The manual is about best practices in research and organizing accurate family histories.
You can save 20% by pre-ordering the manual by January 27, 2014. The pre-publication price is $11.95 and after the January date, the price will be $14.95. The manual should be out in February 2014.
Family Tree DNA has announced X chromosome mapping. Now you can see your X-chromosome matches as well as your autosomal matches. Autosomal DNA is inherited randomly from both parents. The X-chromosome comes from our mothers.
If you are a male you have one X chromosome from you mother and a Y chromosome from your father. If you are female you have 2 X chromosomes – one from you mother and one from your father.
The X-chromosome from you mother is a combination of the 2 X-chromosomes she has.
If you have had your DNA tested with Family Tree DNA you can see your X-chromosome matches in Family Finder
23andMe has published a children’s book called You Share Genes with Me. It offers kids an introduction to science by seeing how much DNA we share with each other and other species. It CAN’T be purchased online but can be found in gift shops of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and at The Exploratorium in San Francisco.
23andMe has donated 500 copies of this book to Books for Kids, a non-profit organization based in New York City. The mission of Books for Kids is to promote literacy among low-income and at-risk children.
MyHeritage has added millions of Nordic records that would be for Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. The collection contains birth, baptism, marriage, and death records as well as census records. The records are available using to MyHertiage users with SuperSearch
MyHeritage is also investing in digitizing more content for this area which will become available over the next few years.
They’ve also set up social media channels for these countries. Each country has a blog, Facebook page, and Twitter handle for you to follow. By following you will find out about new record collections for these countries as they become available. These channels are in the language for the particular country.
If you have an account at MyHeritage, you can use SuperSearch to search by location. This will provide relevant results for you ancestor from a specific place. Locations are further subdivided into sub-locations.
There’s a new movie out starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts called August: Osage County. It’s about three women who return to their childhood home and their mother after their father disappears. The movie is released from The Weinstein Company.
MyHeritage has partnered with The Weinstein Company for a Facebook application called Discover Your Roots. The app lets you discover the family history of the family in the movie. The app is only accessible in the United States.
The International Federation of Library Association will hold its International Newspaper Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 4 – 5. The conference will be in partnership with FamilySearch.
This conference will be about marketing online newspaper content, text mining, uses of newspaper content, and using the news for research purposes.
The conference is just before the RootsTech 2014 conference. The conference is 2 days and there is no charge to attend the conference.
So much has been added to FamilySearch in the last month. Here are the main collections that were added or indexed. There will be links in the show notes if you want to view the details of everything that’s been added.
Almost 5 million indexed records from the England, Norfolk Register of Electors, 1844 – 1952
1.6 million images from the new Italy, Bari, Bari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866–1929, collection,
over 800,000 indexed records and images from the U.S., Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820–1948, collection,
almost 600,000 indexed records from the new U.S., New York, State Health Department, Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957–1963, collection,
almost 100,000 indexed records for Denmark Civil Marriages, 1851 – 1961
over 12,000 indexed records and images from the new Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800–1945, collection.
1.2 million images from the U.S., Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso, 1905–1927
over a million images for South Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500 – 2012
almost 800,00 images from the new U.S., Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1820–1897, collection
580,000 images from the new U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists Index, 1899–1940, collection,
530,000 images from the new U.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists Index, 1800-1906, collection
almost 600,000 more images were added to Portugal, Santarém, Catholic Church Records, 1544–1911
and a small collection, U.S., Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate Files, 1731–1881. It’s over 140,000 records. It’s an important one for me since I have many ancestors from this area. It’s not indexed but the records are in alphabetical order. So far they’ve only released records for surname starting with the letter A and B and some beginning with C. As they say, check back often because FamilySearch is always adding to the collections. Many collections on the site are not complete but they put records out there when they are ready.
FamilySearch has announced that Puzzilla is Tree Access Certified. Puzzilla, found at puzzilla.org, reads your family tree at FamilySearch, and shows you places where you family tree needs more information. It helps you to visualize complete and incomplete lines in your family tree. You can also view all of someone’s descendants. They have some videos on the site to show you how it works.
FamilySearch has also announced that Family Tree Heritage is Tree Share Certified. This is a Windows program for creating your family tree.
The Family History Library Catalog is now called the FamilySearch Catalog. You will be able to search by place name using only a partial amount of the name. You can look for related places. This is useful since place-names change over time and jurisdictions also change.
There’s a new version Family Tree Maker for Mac, it’s version 3. Here are some of the new things
new family view
new tree branch export
more organizational tools
Mac and PC compatible files so you can open Family Tree Maker files on a Mac or PC without needing to convert them
new charts and reports
more editing options
improved TreeSync with an online Acestry.com tree
Right now you can only buy it at the Ancestry store and you will eventually be able to purchase it at Amazon and other retailers.
And it appears that this version is only available to those in the United States.
RootsMagic webinars are now indexed. The webinars can be found at the RootsMagic web site and watched anytime. They are 60 to 90 minutes long.
Indexes have been created to be able to find specific topic in the webinars. Each webinar is broken down by topic and the time it was discussed. Now you go directly to that position in the webinar to view what you want.
There’s been a few updates to Legacy Family Tree. Legacy version 8 came out last fall and they have been quickly fixing problems that have been reported. If you have the latest version of Legacy, you may want to check for updates.
This year BillionGraves has a new contest called Win the Pin. Each month the top 50 uploaders and transcribers will win that month’s pin. They hope that many will want to try to win all 12 pins, one for every month. And they hope that 2014 will be bigger and better than last year.
Tributes.com will be adding headstone records from BillionGraves. Tributes.com is a site for obituary news and paying tributes and find support for the loss of loved ones. The BillionGraves content will enhance Tributes.com obituary content with headstone photos, cemetery information, and GPS location of grave sites.
Any obituaries at Tribune.com that don’t display a headstone photo will have the BillionGraves app featured so families can take a photo to preserve it for generations to come.
Tamura Jones posted his annual GeneAwards for 2013. Each year he posts the best and worst genealogy products and technology.
The best genealogy product of 2013 is RootsMagic 6, a Windows program for building your family tree.
The best new genealogy technology of 2013 is Legacy Mobile, an iOS app for building a family tree.
Best new genealogy organization of 2013 is Project 1950, a volunteer project for getting ready for the 1950 census.
There’s a new blog called the WorldWide Genealogy blog. Each day a different blogger will post to the blog. The post will be about something related to genealogy or history.
The goal is to have a blogger for each day of the month. Then that person posts on that day each month.
The blog was created by Julie Goucher who has the blog Anglers Rest.
The Library and Archives Canada has announced a new version of the online database Naturalization Records, 1915 – 1951. The index now covers the years 1915 – 1939. Volunteers will continue to work on the index to include the years up to 1951.
The records contain a reference number that can be used to request a copy of the original naturalization record from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Queen’s University in Canada has digitized the family files that were donated by Dr. Herbert Clarence Burleigh in partnership with the Internet Archive. The project was made possible from donations from the Burleigh family.
Dr. Burleigh researched approximately 1,000 families in the Kingston area. There is an alphabetical listing of family lines that were contained in the files.
TheGenealogist in the UK is offering DNA tests for mtDNA, Y-DNA, and autosomal DNA. Family Tree DNA will do the tests and the results will be stored at the Family Tree DNA web site.
The British Newspaper Archive is faster. There have been software and hardware improvements. All upgrades were done on the live system without any down time. The average search takes under a second, which is 250% faster.
There is now a British Internet archive. It’s an archive of all the websites in the UK. It can only be accessed from one of the UK’s six major academic libraries, which are not available to the general public. The Internet archive must be treated the same way as printed material, which can only be accessed at each of the legal deposit libraries. It’s an archive for preservation and for research.
The British Library has uploaded over 1 million images to Flickr. The images came from 17th, 18th, and 19th century books and there are quite a variety of images. The images were digitized by Microsoft and gifted to the library.
The images are now in the public domain so any one can use, remix and repurpose them.
Some time in 2014, the library will be asking for volunteers to help describe the images. You will be able to read the page in the book where the image came from and enter a description for the image.
The information entered by the volunteers will be used to train an automated system that will be run against the entire collection to add the rest of the descriptions.
Deceased Online continues to add more burial records to its collection. This time they’ve added more London records from the Kensal Green cemetery. Kensal Green opened in 1833. The burial records from 1833 – 1901 and the cremation records up to 1993 for the cemetery have been digitized. After 1993 you will find computerized records.
Sometime this year there will be maps of the cemetery, which will indicate the section location for each grave.
Every month the magazine Your Family Tree in the UK places some free resources to download. They are meant to supplement the articles in the magazine.
Downloads for the February issue include an extract from Kelly’s 1847 Post Office directory for Buckinghamshire, parish records for the Buckinghamshire village of Great Hampden from the Anguline Research Archives, an extract from the novel Dappled Light by Jessica Markwell, two case studies, and some charts
LostCousins is a web site where you enter in information about your ancestors as found in census records. Then you hope for a match with someone else who has entered the same information and you find a cousin. It’s free to sign up and you need to pay to contact your matches.
In 2014 there will be a forum at LostCousins. Some invited members have been testing it. And there will be Resources pages where you can find sources of information on a topic. This will be used as the backbone for the forum. There you will find tips that have been posted about a topic.
Invitations will be going out to join the forum. The first batch will be the members who are paying subscribers of LostCousins
Maxwell Ancestry is a site for researching Scottish ancestors. Graham Maxwell has been adding map links to the census database. Now when you find a record you will see links to bring up a current map from Google, an ordnance survey 6 inch map, or an ordnance survey 25 inch map. For the Google map you will see a point showing where the house was.
So far the following areas have been mapped – Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire and Cockburnspath Parish, Berwickshire.
ScotlandsPeople web site has released records of births from 1913, marriages from 1938, and deaths from 1963. The records became available on January 1st. There are almost 222,000 new records that have been added.
You can search for free at ScotlandsPeople and you purchase credits to view the records.
The Irish Newspaper Archive has some new features and a new redesigned web site. There’s a new blog so you can be informed about what’s new with the site.
There’s an interactive map so you can search for newspaper titles by county. And it’s faster!
They’re planning some more changes and there will be an improved virtual tour of the site coming soon
Ireland’s National Folklore Collection has launched the first phase of a large digital program. The website, Dúchas.ie (DOO-chus), has digital images from the Schools’ Manuscript Collection, a nation-wide project carried out from 1937 to 1939 where schoolchildren recorded material from over 5,000 schools in 26 participating counties.
Many parts of the web site are under construction but there are still lots to explore at the site.
New funding for the next two years will be used for the main phase of digitizing the National Folklore Collection, which includes the remaining Schools’ Manuscript Collection material.
The Military Archives in Ireland has released pension records for those who served as members of the Irish Volunteers, the Irish Citizen Army, the Irish Republican Army and other organizations from 1916 to 1923.
The collection includes applications for a pension, statements from commanding officers explaining what someone did to earn a pension, and maps, drawings, and diagrams.
You may recognize the name Napoleon Bonaparte. His birthplace has been turned into a museum over in France. The French census bureau sent a letter to him but used the address of the house next door to his birthplace. The letter was from the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies, which is responsible for France’s annual census.
Of course Napoleon has been dead for nearly 200 years. The letter was returned with a note “Died in 1821 – please forward to Saint Peter”. The post office marked the letter “recipient unknown.”
Family Tree DNA will be having some webinars coming up with Elise Friedman. She has been giving DNA webinars from her site RelativeRoots.net. These were paid webinars you could watch live or view the recordings.
Now she works for Family Tree DNA and she has done webinars for them. Right now you need to follow the Family Tree DNA Facebook page to find out when the webinars will be and the topics.
Eventually there will be a web page at the Family Tree DNA web site to see the schedule of webinars and you will be able to sign up.
The RootsTech 2014 Innovator Summit is new for 2014. This will be a full day event on Wednesday, February 5, to kick-off the conference. The day is for exploring technology in the family history industry.
There are many developer sessions offered on this day.
The RootsTech schedule is out. You can view it online and if you have the RootsTech app you can view the schedule there.
Lisa Louise Cooke over at GenealogyGems has a Flipboard magazine called RootsTech 2014: Where Genealogy and Technology Converge. The magazine is published in conjunction with the RootsTech program team. It will pull together web content from RootsTech speakers, exhibitors, and official bloggers in one place.
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies will hold its 2014 annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah from July 27 – August 1. This conference will focus on Jewish genealogy and this year it will have a strong representation of events leading to the beginning of World War I, which started 100 years ago.
Some of the sessions will be broadcast on the Internet.
Attendees are encouraged to share family stories and pictures from the World War One era.
Now for things coming up.
I usually list individual webinars in the next few weeks but for this for this episode I’ll mention the schedules of webinars that will be held this year.
Next time I’ll list the individual webinars that will be held in the near future.
Legacy will have the usual Webinar Wednesday and a few other webinars on different days. Legacy webinars are free to view live and then are free to view for one week after the live event. After that you need a subscription to Family Tree Webinars web site to view them. The cost is $50 per year and you get to view the webinars any time and you get the handouts for the webinar.
You can find the list of webinars for 2014 at the familytreewebinars.com site under Upcoming Webinars and they have a brochure which not only lists the webinars for the coming year but you’ll also find all previous webinars organized by category.
The Southern California Genealogical Society will be offering webinars this year. These are free to view live and then you need to be member to view the archived version. Their webinars are twice a month, one on a Wednesday and one on a Saturday.
There are other societies that offer webinars monthly. They are free to view live and then you need to be a member to view the archive version.
Those societies are
Illinois State Genealogical Society, the second Tuesday of the month
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, the third Tuesday of the month
Georgia Genealogical Society, the third Wednesday of the month
Mondays with Myrt are live on Mondays and recorded for later view at the DearMyrtle YouTube page.
You may recognize the name Marion Pierre Louis; she is the host of the Fieldstone Commons podcast where she interviews authors of books about history and genealogy. Well, she has another podcast called The Genealogy Professional.
In this show Marion interviews a professional genealogist and the focus is on how they got started as a professional genealogist and the best practices with their business.
The podcast is released on Mondays and runs about 30 minutes. You can find it in iTunes or at the web site TheGenealogyProfessional.com
Ancestry.com has live events every Tuesday that are recorded and can be view at their Livestream channel
The Second Life chapter of APG will hold meetings on the second Thursday of the month. All are welcome to attend and listen to the guest speaker.
Also in Second Life there will be a NGSQ study group that will meet on the fourth Thursday of the month. Each month the topic will be an article from the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.
There will be lots of Twitter chats. #genchat has expanded to the third Wednesday of the month as well as the fourth Friday of the month.
IDGchat from the Indepth Genealogist will be held on the first and third Friday of the month.
Scanfests are planned monthly on various Sundays, that’s from AnceStories.
There is a Sunday Scanday Facebook group that meets every Sunday for support while scanning.
The UK National Archives has a new webinar series for 2014. They are planning monthly webinars
And that’s it for this episode
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