Episode 28 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Tuesday, March 11, 2014 and this is Episode 28

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) has announced that its new standards manual will be used in its evaluation process. This means that new applications for certification will be evaluated using the new genealogy standards that were released in February.

If you have already submitted a preliminary application you will be evaluated using the old standards. You may request to be evaluated using the new standards. If you ask for an extension, you will then be evaluated using the new standards.

The new standards will be used to evaluate the work of existing BCG associates whose renewal applications are due after February 2015.

The new standards are revised from the old standards to offer better guidance as to the qualities for credible genealogical work.


South by Southwest is going on in Austin, Texas. It’s a festival and conference about film and music. South-by-Southwest Interactive is focused on emerging technology. This year the focus is on the role of technology in wellness and health.

Anne Wojicki, CEO of 23AndMe, gave a keynote at South by Southwest Interactive called “The Future of Genetics in People’s Lives.” She mentioned that genetic information will soon be part of our everyday lives.

The costs are dropping and genetic information will become a part of managing our health. Genetic information will help to create personalized medicine and also be used to make better decisions.

Anne spoke about the company she co-founded. She wants 23AndMe to be a business that prevents diseases. People can contribute to research while learning about themselves. This data is used to accelerate the pace of research and give more insight into disease.

The company is studying about the genetic basis for disease, why some people are more likely than others to develop a disease, and why some therapies work better than others for different people.

Currently the FDA has ordered 23andMe to stop offering health results pending a regulatory review.


You may not have known that Genealogy Day was March 8th which was the second Saturday of the month. Genealogy Day is a day to inspire interest in family history. It was established in 1997 as part of Celebrate Your Name Week.

There will be a Genealogy Day in Limerick, Ireland on March 15th. It’s not the official Genealogy Day, they’re just using the name. It’s a free event with professional genealogists on hand to answer questions and research records in the Limerick area.

Next year Genealogy Day will be March 14th, the second Saturday in March.


FamilySearch will be moving a large amount of films into a newly renovated space at the Granite Mountain Vault in Salt Lake City. The Granite Mountain Vault is where FamilySearch keeps all microfilm microfiche, and digital media. It’s a secure vault located in the mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah.

During the time of moving the films, the Family History library will not be able to order microfiche or microfilms with numbers above 1, 881, 705. Film and fiche with lower numbers can still be ordered.

The move will occur in April and last about two weeks.


Items found in the FamilySearch catalog are now appearing on WorldCat, a database of records for finding resources in libraries. Many books found in the FamilySearch collection may be located in libraries closer to someone who would like to view the book. By searching the FamilySearch catalog, you will be presented with a list of locations from WordCat where you may find the book.

Also if you search in WorldCat, the item will be listed at the Family History Library.

FamilySearch will continue to add more items that will be discoverable in WorldCat.


FamilySearch is encouraging those with Irish ancestors to contribute stories and photographs to FamilySearch’s Irish page. The page is to encourage people to add information to its new crowdsourcing platform. You can add a photo, document, or story to anyone in the Family Tree


Ancestry acquired FindAGrave last year and the hope was Ancestry would be able to make some improvements. Well, they have created an app for FindAGrave. It’s an iOS app for iPhone and iPad and it’s free.

With the app you can search FindAGrave to find a memorial, you can display cemeteries that are near your location, or search for cemeteries.

You can find requests that have been made for photo of a tombstone for a particular cemetery.

When you’re at a cemetery, you can share using mail, Twitter, or Facebook. And of course you can take a photo to send to FindAGrave with GPS coordinates. This will only work if you have and Internet connection, you can’t take the photo and upload it later using WiFi. There are plans to add this capability.

Right now you can’t access the User Profile page. This is another feature that will be coming in the future.

Ancestry says it will release an Android version some time in the near future. There’s an unofficial Android app called Find Grave, not Find A Grave, just Find Grave. It has been around since 2010 and it accesses FindAGrave. I couldn’t find it in the Google Play store when I look a few days ago.


Ancestry has released another research guide, this time it’s for Arizona. You’ll find out about the history of Arizona, a timeline of significant dates for the state, where to find census records for Arizona, where to find vital records online and offline, other pertinent resources and links to sites to get help and advice with researching in the state of Arizona.


HistoryGeo is paid subscription site that links old maps to land records so you can look someone up and see on the map where they owned the land. You can also see the history of land ownership.

They added new landowner maps and lots more indexes so you can zoom directly to people within maps. There are too many new counties in many different states to mention here. You can find the list at the HistoryGeo blog.

They also have something called the First Landowners Project where they map the original landowners in a state. They have added Oregon to this project to make a total of 18 states where you can find the original landowners on a map.

There’s a new television series coming to PBS in April called Civil War: The Untold Story. It’s a five-part documentary series narrated by Elizabeth McGovern of Downton Abbey fame where she plays Cora Crawley and produced by Great Divide Pictures. They have created many documentaries and they‘ve created films shown in National Parks Visitor Centers around the country.

The series was filmed on the grounds where many epic battles were fought. Scenes from the Civil War are recreated and it features interviews with historians to describe the scenes and the politics of war, the impact on the people of the time, and the roles African Americans played in the war.


Michigan is moving its records to the cloud. They are using a commercial-off-the-shelf program called Preservica that has been used by governments in Europe and other library systems. It’s a web-based application that stores content at Amazon Web Services.

A key feature of Preservica is the ability to move files to new formats when the old formats become obsolete.

Since Preservica is a software-as-a-service, the state of Michigan didn’t need to purchase any hardware or hire software developers.

The documents to be preserved are identified by state agencies. Then the records are place on a disk and sent to the Archives of Michigan where they transmit them to Preservica so the documents are backed up and protected in the cloud.

Right now the documents are searchable but only an archivist can access them. Eventually all the documents will be accessible to the public. Confidential information will be hidden from the public.


British Newspaper Archive added over 200,000 pages recently. This brings the total amount of pages to over 7.5 million. 50 titles have been added. Some of the notable ones are the Durham County Advertiser, the Wiltshire Independent, and the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer.


The site findmypast.co.uk has a new interface. It should be simpler to use. You can search by individual record set or your choice of records. You can filter by county. Before you had to do lots of filtering to get to the records you wanted.

There’s a brand new family tree where each family member has a profile picture. You can now upload a GEDCOM file and you can build multiple family trees.


Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) is a group of volunteers in Ireland doing reverse genealogy. They are looking for living descendants of those who left Ireland. The program is meant to boost tourism and bring economic benefit to townlands, villages, and parishes.

Last year they produced a television show called Come Home. People from the United States, Canada, and Australia were brought to Ireland to meet living relatives.

Starting in April Ireland XO and Ancestry.com will be giving seminars around Ireland to encourage people to get involved with reverse genealogy and bring more people to Ireland.

Maybe this will lead to another season for the tv serise Come Home, nothing has been mentioned yet.


The National Genealogical Society Family History Conference for 2014 will have some live streaming. There are two tracks to choose from or register for both tracks. The videos will be available for viewing up to 3 months after the conference so you can sign up for both tracks and not worry about watching two videos at the same time during the live event. Or you may be attending the event and watch the recordings later so you are free to go to other lectures.

Each track consists of 5 lectures. One track is called Records and Research Techniques with presentations by Elizabeth Shown Mills, Thomas W. Jones, Pamela Boyer Sayre, Sharon Tate Moody, and Michael Hait.

The other track is called Virginia Resources and Migration Patterns with presentations by David E. Rencher, Craig Roberts Scott, J. Mark Lowe, Barbara Vines Little, and Vic Dunn.

You need to register by midnight on April 30th for the live streaming. After you have registered you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the live streaming and how to get a copy of the electronic version of the NGS 2014 Family History Conference Syllabus.

The cost is $65 per track if you are a NGS member, otherwise it’s $80. Two tracks cost $115 if you are a member and $145 for a non-member.


Coming Up
DearMyrtle’s Master Genealogical Proof study group will be continuing to discuss chapter 3.

And you won’t know until Monday the topics to be discussed with Mondays with Myrt.

These can be watched live or view later on Dear Myrtle’s YouTube channel. The study group meets Sundays at 10am eastern and Mondays with Myrt is Mondays at noon eastern.

Tuesday, March 18, noon eastern
Heritage Collector Storybook Users Group Webinar
Learn How to Make Inexpensive Gifts
presented by Kathleen Bitter

Tuesday, March 18, 1pm eastern
Family Tree DNA Results Explained: Y-DNA Haplogroups & Deep Ancestry

Tuesday, March 18, 8pm eastern
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Webinar
DNA and Genealogy
presented by Colleen Fitzpatrick

#genchat – The Great American Desert
Wednesday, March 19th, noon eastern

Wednesday, March 19 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites
presented by Kory Meyerink

Wednesday, March 19, 8pm eastern
Georgia Genealogical Society
Finding and Using Online Legal Resources
presented by Michael Hait

Wednesday, March 19, 9pm eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society
Organizing Database Searches
presented by Michael John Neill

North Carolina Genealogical Society webinar available March 21 – 23
Proving Parentage With Probate Records
presented by Helen F. M. Leary

Friday, March 21, 8pm eastern
Twitter #IDGChat – Brick Walls
Submit your brick wall using the IDG blog or send an email to editor@theindepthgenealogits.com by the first Friday of the month.
The submissions will be posted on the blog for discussion at the chat.
The results of the chat will be posted on the IDG blog.
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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