Episode 25 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Wednesday, February 19, 2014 and this is Episode 25
Some interviews are coming online from the RootsTech conference. James Tanner who writes the Geneagolgy’s Star blog has interviewed Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist and Annelies van den Belt, the CEO of findmypast.com which is part of D. C. Thomson Family History. You can find those interviews at his YouTube channel.

Sonia Meza has done many interviews, all in Spanish and they can be found at her YouTube channel.

Randy Seaver has created a RootsTech 2014 Flipboard magazine. He has taken all of his posts about the conference and added them into a convenient place for any one to read about the conference.


Jill Ball, who blogs at GeniAus.blogspot.com, went on the recent Unlock the Past Cruise in Australia. She did some Google Hangouts on Air about the cruise and conducted some interviews with cruisers. Some of these videos can be found on her YouTube channel. On the Unlock the Past YouTube channel you will find the interviews she did.

Also Chris Paton made some videos of the cruise. You can find them at his YouTube channel. Chris write the blog The Biritsh GENES blog as well as many books.


February is Black History month and Fold3 is offering free access to all publications in its Black History Collection for the month of February. The Slavery Era Titles include court cases, inventories, and records regarding slaves and their emancipation. The Civil War Era Titles include records from the Southern Claims Commission, military service records for U.S. Colored Troops and other related publications.

You’ll find these titles under fold3.com/blackhistory.


There’s a new web site called Mapping Slavery in Detroit. The site provides a history of slavery in the Detroit area and its effect on the city today. Mapping Slavery in Detroit is a University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) project. The research team studied slavery in Detroit during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

They used primary sources such as court and personal finance records of slaveholders and personal and professional letters to learn about enslaved people and their owners.

At the site you will find an interactive map that highlights the places where slaves lived and charts that show census data about male and female slaves and number of those in the free population.


A Washington D.C. art historian, Mark Levitch, is putting together a web site for finding World War I memorials in the United States. He calls the site the “World War I Memorial Inventory Project” with a tagline of

A project to mark the war’s centennial by assembling an online inventory of World War I memorials and monuments in the United States.

It’s a volunteer-based effort to collect a comprehensive record of World War I memorials and monuments in the United States. They are developing a database where users can add memorials and monuments as well as search.

The project is registered as a nonprofit institution and you can make tax-deductible donations.


Judy Russell, who has the Legal Genealogist blog, was a big hit at the RootsTech conference with her keynote. She wrote a blog post about getting a call to be on the radio show On Point with Tom Ashbrook. The topic that day was crowdsourcing for genealogy. The main guest on the show was A.J. Jacobs who is planning a large family reunion by inviting everyone who connects to his family tree. He wrote the article “Are You My Cousin?” that appeared in The New York Times a few weeks ago. In that article he discusses how large his family tree has become.

Another guest on the show was Dr. Spencer Wells, from the National Geographic’s Genographic Project. Dr. Wells was also a keynote speaker at the RootsTech conference.

You can listen to the show from the On Point web site and I’ll have a link in the show notes to go directly to the show.


King Richard III was killed in battle in 1485 and was found buried under a parking lot in 2012. Researchers now hope to examine his DNA to determine his health and other insights into his genetic make-up. The DNA will be extracted from a bone sample.

From the DNA, King Richard’s entire genome will be sequenced. The remains are over 500 years old and may not produce a complete genetic map.

Plans are to make the King Richard’s genome available as a resource to other researchers to analyze the genetic information.


The cost for genome sequencing could be coming down in the near future so all of us can afford it. At the sixth annual Personalized Medicine World Conference held recently in Mountain View, California, a startup company Genia said that they would get the cost of sequencing a human genome down to $100. An announcement in January from another company called Ilumina said they could get the price down to $1,000. There was discussion if a lower cost test could do all the interpretation and analysis recorded to make the information useful.

Genia Technologies, the company saying it can do the sequencing for $100, is a startup company that is part of a consortium with Harvard Medical School and Columbia University. They won a $5.25 million grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute to develop new technology to do sequencing.


The oldest known genome has been recovered from a baby boy who was buried in Montana over 12,000 years ago. The skeleton was found with some artifacts that show he was part of the Clovis culture, which was named for an archaeological site near Clovis, New Mexico.

The skeleton was discovered in 1968 but scientist are just now able to recover the genome from such an old sample.

The DNA analysis shows the ancient roots of native peoples of the Americas. It shows the boy’s ancestors came from Asia which supports the theory ancient migrations used a land bridge to get the to Americas.

The genome also shows that many of today’s native Americas descend from the people of the Clovis culture.

More new records have been added at FamilySearch.

New browsable image collections added include
U.S., California, San Pedro, Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records, 1930-1936
U.S., District of Columbia, Glenwood Cemetery Records, 1854-2013
U.S., New York, New York City, Church of the Transfiguration Records, 1847-1938

The next collections have had images add to an exiting collection

China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2011
Colombia, Military Records, 1809-1958
Colombia, Valle del Cauca, Miscellaneous Records, 1549-1955
Ghana Census, 1984
Netherlands, Zeeland Province, Church Records, 1527-1907
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-1981
Philippines, Manila Civil Registration, 1899-1994
Portugal, Beja, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1913
Portugal, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1800-1946
Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1760-1925
Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records, 1430-1936
U.S., Missouri, Probate Records, 1800-1959
U.S., New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1931
U.S., New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, 1769-1936
U.S., Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1947
U.S., Texas, Laredo Arrival Manifests, 1903-1955
United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949
Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2013
Italy, Campobasso, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1918
Italy, Napoli, Serrara Fontana, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929
Spain, Diocese of Lugo, Catholic Parish Records, 1550-1930
U.S., West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970
United States Census, 1850
United States Census, 1860

And one more collection that has had indexed records and images added to an existing collection
U.S., Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950


FamilySearch has announced that Are We Related? is now Tree Access Certified. This means the product is compatible with FamilySearch.og.

Are we related? is an Android app you can use to find out if you are related to another person using FamilySearch. Two people log into FamilySearch and the app calculates whether the two are related.

The app can now read Family Tree data to analyze, display, and print data.


Archives.com is a subscription–based web site. They have announced the launch of over 5 million vital records from the states of Alabama, Arizona, California and the District of Columbia. The records consist of birth, marriage, and death records. The new records for each state cover different periods of time spanning from 1812 to 1994.


Ancestry has another state guide to add to its collection. This time they have put together a guide for Oregon. In the guide you will find the history of Oregon, significant dates, censuses in Oregon, records available for Oregon, and other resources that are available.

Other guides available include Alaska, California, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Virginia


MyHeritage has added 815 million US public records to SuperSearch. The records cover the last five decades starting from the 1970s. They include information about individuals born after the 1940 census. These records provide more coverage for US genealogists since the 1950 census has not been released yet. That census will be released on April 1, 2022.

The records at MyHeritage were assembled from telephone directories, property tax assessments, credit applications, voter registration lists and other records available to the public.


BillionGraves has announced a new “Supporting Records” feature. Now users upload headstones as well as supporting documents without needing to use a smart phone. Users anywhere in the world can add evidence-based documents that support the headstone record.

In the future you will find graves in BillionGraves without GPS coordinates as well as many other types of records such as birth, marriage, and death certificates, burial records, cremation records, unmarked graves, and military records.

BillionGraves will still focus on getting photographs of headstones with GPS coordinates from volunteers using their smartphones. The new “Supporting Records” feature will enhance the information available for each headstone.


The Master Genealogist version 9 is now available. This is a Windows program for keeping track of your ancestors. The new version has many new features that focus on making data entry faster and easier. Improvements have been made for entering citations, adding multiple people, and creating event tags.

The program comes in silver and gold editions. The gold edition contains more reports and tools.

If you have version 8, it’s $29.95 to upgrade. Otherwise the program costs $59.00 for the gold version and $34.00 for the silver version. These are the prices for the download version. The price to purchase the CD version is $5 to $10 more and will begin shipping on February 24th.


Legacy Family Tree is now Tree Share certified from FamilySearch. Products that are Tree Share certified can read and write to reconcile tree data with FamilySearch. Now you can easily share data between your data on your computer and the data you have added to FamilySearch.

If you have Legacy Family Tree there is a free upgrade available to add the new FamilySearch-certified tools such as Sources, Discussions, and Change History. The update also addresses some minor issues that have been reported. The update is available in the deluxe edition by clicking the “Install and download” button and it will update the program. If you use the free Legacy Standard edition, you will need to download the program again.


The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (“TNG”) has released version 10. TNG runs on a web server. You can install it yourself or pay a hosting company to set it up for you. With this software you get to login to update your data and it creates a genealogy web site for you. You can allow multiple people to login and update the data.

Version 10 adds over 70 new features, enhancements, and fixes.

To purchase the current version costs $32.99. If you already use TNG you will find out how to upgrade in your original downloads page or you can email the developer to find out how to upgrade.


The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is expanding its collection of audio and video recordings by extending its agreement with the National Film Board. They have signed a three-year agreement with options to extend it further.

The first project with the National Film board was to digitize recordings from of all of Canada’s 22 prime ministers. The collection is online with a playlist of films, and educator’s guide, and fact sheets.

It’s hoped in the future to increase the educational resources available and to increase the amount of material available in a board range of formats


A new web site has been launched for the Prince Edward Island newspaper The Guardian. The web site is fully searchable and contains issues of the newspaper from 1890 to 1957. The site is free to use.

If you would like you can make a donation at the site. The money will be used to further digitize more historical information by purchasing equipment and hiring staff to do the scanning.

The site is islandsnewspapers.ca


The Dwayne Meisner web site now has all the 1921 census transcriptions done for Halifax County, Nova Scotia. You need to register at the site before you can view the records. Registration is free. Other counties in Nova Scotia are still being transcribed and volunteers are still needed to complete the project.


There was a fire at the National Archives in Kew, London. The fire affected two water towers that are no longer used and being decommissioned. Fire crews managed to contain the flames and there was no damage to the records and no one was injured. The building was evacuated and remained closed for a few days.


The National Library of Wales has placed more Welsh newspapers online. They’ve added 27 more publication titles for a total of almost 100 newspapers online in their collections. Plans are to add more newspapers this year.

The site is free and you search by keywords, specify a newspaper, specify a range of dates or a specific date, and select certain categories such as family notices, advertisements, news, or detailed lists.


There’s a new web site for the history of Swanbourn, Buckinghamshire, England. It’s an historical and genealogical site for the area. At the site you’ll find parish records from 1565 to 1940, transcriptions of non-conformist parish records, wills, photographs, articles, war stories, and historic maps.

Coming soon you will find electoral registers records at the site.

The site is free to access and of course I’ll have a link in the show notes to the site.


The Valuation Rolls for 1885 have ben published on the ScotlandsPeople web site. This is a subscription site.

There are more than 1.4 million records that contain the names and addresses for property that was assessed in 1885. You can search the rolls by name and address. The records list the name of the owners and tenants. Some records contain occupations.

1885 is a mid-point between censuses and the Valuation Rolls should help family historians find out more about their ancestors in Scotland


The General Register Office for Northern Ireland is planning to make their digitized records available, hopefully, on March 10, 2014. There will be an index to the birth, marriage, and death indexes registers. If you are searching from home, birth records will be available to you if they are over 100 years old, marriages records over 75 years, and death records over 50 years..

More recent records are available from computers in the Search Room at General Register Office for Northern Ireland in Belfast.

You will be able to search for free but you will need to pay a fee to view the actual record. The price should be less than the current price for a paper certificate.


According to the Irish Genealogy News site by Claire Sentry, the Irish Newspaper Archives site has been undergoing major redevelopment for the past few months. The site has been upgraded with new features and they continue to scan old publications. One improvement is the ability to search across multiple newspapers instead of just one. You can search by a range of dates. And citations are created for the articles saved as a pdf. A virtual tour of the site will be coming soon.


A National Virtual Library of India is being planned. This virtual library will act as a comprehensive collection of information created within the country. Hopefully this type of library will stimulate reading habits as well as be used for research and information sharing.

The recently created National Mission on Libraries will over see the long-term focus on the development of libraries in India, including the digital library.


The National Genealogical Society has a new course called Guide to Documentation and Source Citation. This course is self-paced with three modules that consist of lessons, examples, and graded exams. You take the course using NGS’s online cloud-based learning management system.

In the course you will learn about citation from common sources such as books and periodicals as well as filmed and digitized records. The principles taught are based on Elizabeth Shown Mills’ book Evidence Explained.

The cost for the course is $30 for members and $45 for non-members.

And remember to read the free monthly magazines Irish Lives Remembered and the InDepth Genealogist.

The February issues for these magazines are out. From their sites you can access back editions. These magazines are created using the web site Issuu. They can be read using your computer or you can download an app from the Google Play Store to read on your Android device. Supposedly they can be read on an iPad or Kindle also.

The InDepth Genealogist magazine can be downloaded as a pdf if you prefer that format.


Legacy will be having two cruises back-to-back this coming October and November. The first cruise will be October 26 through November 9. It begins in Tokyo, Japan and ends in Hong Kong, China.

The second cruise begins in Hong Kong and ends in Singapore. That one starts on November 9 and ends on November 23.

Both cruises have many stops between the home port and the destination port. During the cruise you will be able to attend genealogy classes at sea. There will be small group session to learn more from each other.

There will be a webinar about the cruises on Friday, February 21, at 2pm eastern. After the webinar is over it will be available to view it for about a week and maybe this one will be available for free longer than most webinars found at familytreewebinars.com.


The first International Genetic Genealogy Conference is scheduled August 16th and 17th, those dates are for Saturday and Sunday. The conference will be held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Washington, D. C.

Many genetic genealogists and other well-known people in the field will be presenting sessions at the conference.

Early bird registration is $85. Meals and hotel reservation must be purchased separately.

The Institute for Genetic Genealogy was recently founded by Dr. Tim Janzen, his wife Rachel Janzen, and CeCe Moore. The institute is in the process of applying for 501(c)3 status with the IRS to be tax-exempt.

Dear Myrtle’s Study Group 2 for the Tom Jones’ book “Mastering Genealogical Proof” will be held every Sunday at 9pm eastern as a Google+ Hangout on Air from now until the Sunday after Easter. They will not be meeting on Easter Sunday. The panelists are

Cynthia Hall
Carmen Cross
Doris Haskell
Hilary Gadsby
Jennifer Shoer
Julie Goucher
June Butka
Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana
Laurie Desmarias
Sue Adams
Russ Worthington (Cousin Russ)
Dear Myrtle

This group will be discussing each chapter in the book and the exercises that are part of each chapter. You are encouraged to follow along and watch the discussion to gain a better understanding about proving who your ancestors are.

Other things coming up
Sunday, February 23, 2 – 4pm eastern

Monday’s with Myrt resumes on Monday February 24. Dear Myrtle was on vacation in Florida the week before so there was not a Monday’s with Myrt. This is a recorded Google Hangout on Air that you can watch and attend live if you like.
Tuesday, February 25, 1pm eastern
Ancestry Live Event
Correcting Mistakes in Your Own Family Tree
presented by Crista Cowen, the Barefoot Genealogist

Tuesday, February 25, 1pm eastern
Family Tree DNA
Advanced Topics at Family Tree DNA, Part 2: mtDNA (Mitochondrial)

Wednesday, February 26 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Searching for Surnames: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous
presented by Kirsty Gray

Thursday, February 27, 1pm eastern
Ancestry Live Event
Updating Your Ancestry.com Profile Page and Other Account Settings
presented by Crista Cowen, the Barefoot Genealogist

Saturday, March 1, 1pm eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society
Time-saving Apps for Busy Genealogists
presented by Lisa A. Alzo
And that’s it for this episode

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