Episode 26 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Wednesday, February 25, 2014 and this is Episode 26
Who Do You Think You Are? Live show just finished up in London, England. This year it was held Feb. 20 – 22, which was from Thursday to Saturday. Previous years it was held Friday to Sunday but feedback given was to have Sunday off.

Many think the opening day crowds were smaller than in previous years and they speculate it may be because the first day was on a Thursday, not the usual Friday for the first day.

It’s a show with lots of commercial companies, societies, and archives showing off their wares. Many people just come for this. It’s aimed at the beginning genealogist.

At the event you can ask the experts about help with your research, get old family photos identified as to place and time, and get advice from military experts.

There are lectures and workshops to attend. Many of the presentations are presented more than once so people will have a chance to attend since it’s such a big event with lots of people attending.

The event is connected to the British TV show, Who Do You Think You Are. Some celebrities who have been featured on the show appear at the event in the Celebrity Theater where they take the stage to talk about their experience filming the show.

Ancestry.co.uk is a major sponsor of the event and if you were following social media over the weekend, you would have found out that the site was free to access on Saturday and Sunday.

The show had a strong military presence this year since it’s the centenary of the start of World War I. There were many military re-enactors dressed in uniforms representing many different wars.

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine launched a “Britain Remembers” map site where people can pin their World War I centenary projects to share with others. This will be one central location where the public can view what is going on in their area and the area where their Word War I ancestors came from.

TheGenealogist, which is a subscription site in the UK, announced a new project to save information found on gravestones. The Headstone Image Database will be a collection of records and images and will be part of the subscription to the web site. You will be able to search the database and view photographs of headstones and photographs of the surrounding church.

Volunteers will be taking the pictures and earn credits towards a subscription to TheGenealogist or products at Genealogy Supplies.

TheGenealogist also released a new iOS and Android app called TreeView Mobile. The app connects to your tree stored at TheGenealogist web site. The app lets you edit your tree from your device and you have access to the tree even when you are not connected to the internet.

Another announcement from TheGenealogist is a new database of tithe records from England and Wales. It will be released in phases. The first phase will contain tenants and landowners for over 11,000 English and Welsh parishes. There you will find if they owned the land they lived on and how they used the land

The second phase will add images of maps with plot references. That should be available in Spring 2014. The third phase will make available high resolution color maps. That will occur sometime in 2015.

Who Do You Thing You are Live is planning a second event this year to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, as part of the year of homecoming celebrations to encourage people to return to Scotland to attend clan gatherings and find out about their ancestors.

The dates for the event are Friday August 29 to Sunday August 31 2014. This will be the first time the event is held outside of London. Plans for next year’s event held in February or March have not been formalized and they are looking at holding it somewhere else besides London.

Dick Eastman attended Who Do You Think You Are Live and he wrote many blog posts about the event at eogn.com. He also received a “Certificate of Recognition” from the Society of Genealogists at the event for his efforts in producing and publishing his newsletter for the last 18 years.

Jane Wilcox also attended the event and she did two broadcasts about it on her blogtalkradio show The Forget-Me-No-Hour. In one show she interviews Dick Eastman and in the other show she interviews David Showler, sales manager for the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE event


In other news, MyHeritage and BillionGraves have teamed up to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. The have partnered to launch a global crowdsourcing initiative to preserve cemeteries.

BillionGraves has a free iOS and Android app volunteers use to take pictures of gravestones. The app automatically records the GPS coordinates and uploads the photo to the BillionGraves web site. Other volunteers transcribe the gravestone photograph. At the site volunteers can see which areas of a cemetery are undocumented to avoid any duplication of effort.

With the help of MyHeritage, this app will be available in 25 languages and support Gregorian, Hebrew, and Julian dates.

All the records will be made available for free at the BillionGraves and MyHeritage web sites. If you have a MyHeritage account you will receive record matches to the BillionGraves records. MyHeritage will be posting more information about how its users can help.

Now for the new records added to FamilySearch

New browsable image collections added include

France, Auvergne, Family Genealogies by Colonel Etienne de Bellaigue de Bughas, 1400–1900
United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917–1920
United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–1937
U.S., Arkansas, Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891–1939
U.S., California, San Francisco, Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records, 1910–1941
U.S., Illinois, Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850–1880
U.S., Missouri, State and Territorial Census Records, 1732–1876
U.S., Montana, Pondera County Records, 1910–2012
U.S., South Carolina, Georgetown, Passenger Lists, 1904–1942
U.S., Washington, Seattle, Passenger and Crew Lists of Airplanes, 1947–1954
U.S., Wisconsin, Crew Lists of Ship Arrivals, 1925–1956
U.S., Wisconsin, Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Manitowoc, 1925–1956

More images have been added to the following collections

Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829–1961
Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537–1888
Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600–1911
Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980
Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879–1987
Italy, Oristano, Oristano, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866–1940
Italy, Toscana, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1804–1874
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939–1997
Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1531–1920
United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850
U.S., Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate Files, 1731–1881

The following have new indexed records and images

New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848–1991

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection

Australia, Index to Probate Registers, 1841–1989
Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581–1910
Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801–2010
England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837–1920
Germany, Baden, Church Book Duplicates, 1810–1869
Honduras, Catholic Church Records, 1633–1978


FamilySearch has a new online guide for tracing ancestors in the County of Cornwall England. The guide can be found in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.

In the guide you’ll find links to sites containing records from Cornwall. If you know the parish where your ancestor came from you’ll find where you can find records for the parish online as well as maps.

There is also information about Cornwall archives and libraries.


The Australian site for FindMyPast has added 640,000 convict records. It’s estimated that 20% of Australians have convict ancestry and this new collection will provide Australians a way to find out some interesting things about their ancestors.

The records consist of over 515,000 records from the New South Wales and Tasmania: Settlers and Convicts 1787 – 1859 dataset. In these documents you’ll find transportation details and crimes the convicts committed. The records contain details such as the year of birth, ship and year of arrival, occupation, and place of residence in the colony.

Other records are from the Convict Transportation Registers. 1787 – 1870. This collection lists the ship and year of arrival for the convict, some information about their sentence, where they were convicted, and the length of their term of transportation.


Dick Eastman wrote about a new add on for the Google Chrome browser that’s in a beta version. It’s called Find-A-Record. They won second place in the RootsTech 2014 Developer Challenge.

You search by location and year to bring up a map and links to collections you can find online.

There are plans to create an add on to Firefox some time in the future. There are not plans to create the add on for any other browsers.

You can also use this service directly from the web site.


Family Tree Maker 2014 has released a patch. It makes some improvements to TreeSync that lets you sync your database to your tree at Ancestry. And there are some general bug fixes in the patch.

The makers of Family Tree Maker encourage you to apply this patch and they have detailed instruction about how to do this.

There’s a new version of MacFamilyTree out. This new version adds the capability to update your family tree at FamilySearch since MacFamilyTree recently became FamilySearch TreeShare certified. Other enhancements include automated backup, an improved backup manager, sort children by birth date when exporting a web site and some stability improvements.

This is a free update for anyone with version 7 or higher of MacFamilyTree. The program costs $49.99.


Facebook has changed its policy about memorialized profiles. Now all profiles that have been memorialized will operate as they did when the user was alive. Previously a memorialized profile was only visible to friends and family of the deceased.

Facebook says it is respecting the choices a person made in life by giving the same visibility to the same content as the deceased had set up.

Facebook will offer families the opportunity to see a person’s Look Back video to view some of the posts and photos that were shared over the years. These videos will be available for memorialized profiles. Families will need to request a Look Back video to be created.


There’s a new interactive map of Toronto that was created from 1818 to 1924 using old maps with aerial views from 1947 and 2012. Chris Olsen, a professional cartographer, created the map. He has made similar maps for Cleveland and Pittsburg.

For the Toronto map, each map used was rotated to true north so the streets are at the correct angle and can be synchronized for address searching. You can find a location and adjust the slider to see how the neighborhood evolved or click on a particular year to bring up a map with the location searched for clearly labeled.

The map is similar to Google maps where you can pan and zoom.


If you have ancestors from Surrey, England, you will be interested to know that the Surrey Records Center has placed the Richmond Poor Law Union Applications and Report Books as a free download at their site. The application and report books are a record of those applying for poor relief for the Richmond Union workhouse.

The records came from 91 registers held at the Surrey History Center and a team of volunteers has indexed them


There has been a major update to the Essex Ancestors web site. This site is a subscription service from the Essex Record Office where members have online access to birth, marriage, and burial records.

They have added 473 new registers, which equates to 67,000 new images. This makes the total number of Essex parish register images available to over 580,000.

The update includes parish registers from a Chingford, Leyton and Waltham Forest and newer parishes created in the county in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.


The National Genealogical Society (NGS) released a Mobile Conference App for the NGS 2014 Family History Conference, which will be held 7‒10 May 2014, in Richmond, Virginia. The app is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and web-enabled devices.

They’ve made a video that explains how to use the app. The app has a main dashboard from where you can choose different options. There are lists for all sessions, all speakers, and all exhibitors. There is also a list of attendees that have chosen to make their profile public. You can make a profile for yourself so others will find you by going into settings, selecting My Profile, filling out the information you want to share, and click Publish.

Once you have profile you can add others who are attending the conference as friends. You will be able to see their schedule and their list of friends and they will see your status.

If you have more than one device you will be using this app on you can link the devices by going into settings, Multi Device Sync. You select the first device and enter your email address and a new password for this syncing feature, not your email password. Then go to the Settings on the other device and select Multi Device Sync and enter the email address and password you set up on the other device. Now your schedule will be up to date on both devices every time you make a change.

You can select which session you want to attend and it creates a schedule for you. The next session you have scheduled will appear at the top of the dashboard as a reminder to where you go next. This will update during the conference so you always know where to go.

The app has links to the NGS facebook page, the news takes you to the NGS blog, and there is a built-in twitter feed to the hashtag for the conference which is #NGS2014GEN.

You can tweet or post to the NGS Facebook page directly from the app.

I you’re going to the conference be sure to stop by the Geneatopia both and say hi.


Now for what’s coming up.

Ongoing is Mondays with Myrt, a Google Hangout on Air that is recorded so you can view it later. If you get there early you can have a place in the filmstrip area. It’s usually full so you have to join early if you want to participate in the video.

Also ongoing for the next 2 months is the MGP2 Study Group that meets every Sunday night with Dear Myrtle. That’s where a panel is working through the book Mastering Genealogical Proof. Each week they discuss a chapter from the book. That is also recorded so you can view it at the DearMyrtle YouTube channel.

Tuesday, March 4, noon eastern
Heritage Collector Storybook Users Group Webinar
Creating an Heirloom Cookbook
Learn how to preserve and share family history in a whole new way! We will be demonstrating to how to preserve and share those precious family recipes
presented by Kathleen Bitter

Tuesday, March 4, 1pm eastern
Ancestry Live Event
What’s New at Ancestry.com: March 2014 Edition

Wednesday, March 5 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Using Google Earth for Genealogy
presented by Lisa Louise Cooke

Friday, March 7 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful
presented by Geoff Rasmussen

Friday, March 7, 8pm eastern
Twitter #IDGChat – Our best on-line resource for new research subjects / areas?
Follow the chat using Twubs. Got to Twubs.com and sign in with your Twitter account.
And that’s it for this episode

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You can find links to things mentioned in this show in the show notes at Geneatopia.com. This is episode 26.
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