Episode 3 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Friday, August 8th, 2013 and this is Episode 3

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The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) has announced the list of coursed that will be offered at the next-week long institute that will be held July 20 – 25, 2014. The six courses offered are

Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper with Paula Stuart-Warren

Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard with Thomas W. Jones

Becoming an Online Expert: Mastering Search Engines and Digital Archives with D. Joshua Taylor

Finding and Documenting African-American Families with J. Mark Lowe

Practical Genetic Genealogy with Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, CeCe Moore and Blaine Bettinger

Law School for Genealogists with Judy G. Russell, who is the Legal Genealogist

You an find more information about the courses at gripitt.org

Registration will open February 12, 2014. If this is something that interests you keep that date in mind, February 12th, 2014 because these courses fill up very quickly.

Tuition costs $410 if paid by May 15th 2014 and after that is goes up to $425. Dormitory accommodations are available for shared double at $275 per person or a private room for $330. The dorm price includes 15 meals.

The courses are held at LaRoche College in Pittsburg.

The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, GRIP, that we’ve been talking about, has announced that GRIP ON THE ROAD will be held August 3-8, 2014, in Orchard Lake, Michigan, near Detroit, on the campus of the Orchard Lake Schools.

Four courses will be offered in Orchard Lake:

Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper with Paula Stuart-Warren.

Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard with Thomas W. Jones.

Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: From New England to the Midwest with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS.

Polish Genealogy with Cecile Wendt Jensen
Registration will open Tuesday, February 25, 2014.


FamilySearch has announced that one hundred thousand books have been scanned from the Family History Library, Allen County Public Library, and several other libraries from around the world. These books are available to you to search at familysearch.org. Once at the site click Search and then from the top menu click books. The collection includes family histories, cemetery records, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees.

If you are going to the FGS conference coming up August 21st to the 23rd, they encourage you to bring any photos or books you have to be scanned. You will be given a copy of the scanned images. They are particularly interested in these types of books.

Autobiographies and biographies containing genealogical material.
• Family histories with genealogical information.
• Indexes to records.
• Local and county histories.
• Yearbooks.

Any books published before 1923 are in the public domain but books published after that need permission from the copyright holder before they can be scanned.

Scanning starts on August 19th at the Allen County Library before the conference which starts August 21st. The library is located a short walk from the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana


More news from FamilySearch about records, an index and burial records have been added from BillionGraves. This is a web site that contains records and images from cemeteries all tagged with GPS locations. Volunteers capture the images of headstones and upload them to the site.

Some images have been added for some places in Italy :

Cuneo, Saluzzo, Civil Registrtaion from 1866 to 1842
Pola and Trieste, Catholic Church records from 1593 to 1941

An index to Boston Massachusetts passenger lists has been added.

Many indexed records for the Korean and Vietnam, and World War II as well as some more military records

Added an index for the United States Public Records, According the FamilySearch this collection is an index of names, birthdates, addresses, phone numbers, and possible relatives of people who resided in the United States between 1970 and 2010. These records were generated from telephone directories, driver licenses, property tax assessments, credit applications, voter registration lists and other records available to the public. The collection is now 8% complete.


MyHertiage has launched “Treasure Family Photos”. They want to encourage people to digitize photos that can be destroyed in a natural disaster so they can be shared with family and saved for future generations.

MyHeritage is the world’s largest international collection of old family photos. Since 2005 users have contributed to the collection from around the world.

The spokeswomen for “Treasure Family Photos” is Maureen Taylor who is known as an expert in old photos and she is known as The Photo Detective. She will be having a free webinar on August 21st at 2om eastern. The title of the webinar is Family Photos: Uncovering Stories

Each week MyHeritage will have a contest. The winner will receive a free consultation with Maureen Taylor using Google Hangouts. You’ll be able to show her your photos and she will tell you about them.

To enter you send your photos to stories@myheritage.com, include the date or year the photo was taken. This first contest ends August 13th. The winner will be announced next week.

They’ve launched a special web site at myheritage.com/photos that explains the project.

As part of the campaign you can search the photo collection for free.

Also, they have doubled the amount of free storage for photos so users can upload and share more photos.

The MyHeritage Treasure Family Photos campaign is endorsed by: ScanCafe and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

ScanCafe is batch scanning service where you send your photos and slides to them and they scan them. They are offering MyHeritage visitors 25% off of their scanning and preservation services.


Another contest going on is to win a free copy of Family Tree Maker 2012. This genealogy software program was rated number one by The Top Ten Reviews website for their list of the Top Ten Genealogy Software Reviews for 2013. Randy Seaver posted about this in his blog Genea-Musings. Someone contacted Randy from the Top Ten reviews site about offering a free copy Family Tree Maker 2012. He’s set up a contest and here are the rules

Write an e-mail to Randy according to the specifications in his blog post. I’ll have a link to this post in the show notes.

Here is some more information about the contest which is found on the blog post.

* The contest will run from 3 PM PDT on Tuesday, 6 August, until 6 PM PDT (that’s 9 PM EDT, 8 PM CDT, 7 PM MDT, 2200 GMT) on Tuesday, 13 August 2013.

* When all qualified entries are received following the rules, he will number them from 1 to n, and use the random number generator at random.org to pick a winning number between 1 and n.

* After he has a winning number, he will contact the winning entrant to inform them of their good luck, and to obtain a mailing address from them. Top Ten Reviews will send the copy of family tree Maker 2012 directly.


A new genealogy site has been created at rootsdb.com. This site is a database site for those who want to do more than create a family tree. It’s a tool to analyze detailed lifetime events for each individual. Many people use a spreadsheet to do this and this site replaces a spreadsheet for analysis.

To get started you import a gedcom file or a csv file. A gedcom file is created from you genealogy software program by exporting the data and is meant to be imported into a different genealogy program. A csv file is a comma-separated values file where each line is a record with the fields separated by commas.

After you have some data you can start to asks questions such has how many children die before their 5th birthday or something more complicated such as what’s the ratio of the three most common spelling variations of a surname.

From the results you can get a percentage statement or a visual chart.

It’s free to use for a month with storing up to 100 individuals and after that a subscription is needed. Price depends on how many individuals you want to store.


FindMyPast in the UK, which is at findmypast.co.uk has added some newspaper collections for World subscribers. These had been available to subscribers of findmypast.com. These are collections of newspaper articles from Canada China, Denmark, Franch, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, South Africa, and America.


Ancestry has launched a new collection called London, England, Clandestine Marriage and Baptism Registers, 1667-1754. During those years the church dictated where and when a couple could marry. They required banns to be posted for three weeks before the marriage, there were residency requirements, age requirements and there were certain times during the year when a marriage could not take place.

Most couples were married in the church but some were not, these are called clandestine marriages.

The collection at Ancestry is indexed and you can view the original records.

Ancestry.ca, ca is for Canada, has added four new indexed databases for Saskatchewan. The databases came from the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society. One databases is called the residents index. This data came from cemeteries, local history books, maps, and voter lists.

Another databases includes a burial index, Royal Canadian Mounted Police obituary index, and a gazette change of names.


The Library and Archives of Canada released the 1921 census on Thursday August 8th. It will be released to Ancestry.ca and it will be available with only the geographic index. Currently it’s free and you can browse the census

This fall Ancestry will release an index to the census that will be available to subscribers. After three years the Library and Archives of Canada will make the census available for free on their site.

In celebration of the release of the 1921 Canadian census, two of Legacy Family Tree’s add-ons are at a special prices. You name the price. Here’s their announcement:


To celebrate the release of the 1921 Canada census, GENViewer and GENMatcher will be retailed at the excellent price of whatever you want to pay through Thursday, August 15, 2013. I urge you to think about how much it is worth to you.

GENViewer adds more functional to Legacy for searching and views of your Legacy family file.

GENMatcher compares your Legacy family file to other genealogy files for possible matches.

If you’re a Legacy user you may want to check this out. A link will be in the show notes.


The first Genetic Genealogy conference in Ireland has been announced. It’s a 3-day series of DNA lectures sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA and organized by the International Society of Genetic Genealogists. It will be held in Dublin from Friday October 18th to Sunday October 20th 2013. Speakers will be from Ireland, the UK and the US.

Topics will include:
• Using DNA to break down Brick Walls in your own family tree research
• The 3 main DNA tests – which one is best for you?
• The DNA signatures of specific Irish surnames
• What does DNA tell us about the Irish Clans?
• How DNA can help pinpoint your ancestral Irish homeland
• Using DNA to connect adoptees with their biological families
• What DNA reveals about the migration of peoples into and out of Ireland

Also the conference will have lectures devoted to “traditional genealogy”. These will be organized by the Association of Professional Genealogists of Ireland and sponsored by Rootsireland.


The parent company of FamilyTreeDNA, Gene by Gene, has acquired Arpeggi. a StartUp Health- and GE-backed company that develops solutions for genome sequencing, data management and computational analysis.

According the press release this acquisition will enable Gene by Gene to make the next-generation DNA sequencing and clinical genomics accessible and affordable to all. They hope to transform healthcare by speeding up the process and reduce the costs of genetic tests.


You may remember a book that came out in 2010 called “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”. It was on the New York Times bestseller list for about two years. It’s the story of a poor black woman who died of cervical cancer at the age of 31 in 1951. Shortly before her death, doctors removed some of her tumor cells. In those days they didn’t need permission to take the cells and there were no privacy concerns. These cells became the first “immortal” cells grown in culture in a petri dish and they survive today. They have been given a name of HeLa cells, a combination of Henrietta and Lacks.

These cells are still being used today for research. Companies have used these cells for vaccines, in vitro fertilization and cancer. And these companies have made a profit from the cells

For many years, Henrietta’s family didn’t know these cells existed. Last Spring the family realized that her genome had been sequenced and made public.

The family and the National Institute of Health have come to an agreement about the cells. A group will decide who will be able to access the genome data. This group will have two representatives from the Lacks family. The new agreement does not include any financial compensation for the family. This is victory for the family since previously the family had no say on how the cells were used.

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

And there are lots of webinars going on.

Of course Legacy has some webinars coming up

The next webinar will be on Wednesday August 14th at 2pm eastern. It’s called Digital Research Guidance, Research Logs, and To Do Lists: FamilySearch, Research Wiki, and Legacy FamilyTree, presented by Geoff Rasmussen.

The following Wednesday there is another webinar from Legacy called Do More with Your Photos with Templates from Heritage Collector software and its presented by Kathleen Bitter.

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.
The Friends of the National Archives – Southeast Region have a webinar coming up on Tuesday August 13th at 2 pm eastern. It’s called Mining the Records of the Federal District Courts and it’s presented by J. Mark Lowe.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will have a webinar called Getting to Here from There: Following your Ancestor’s Migration Trail presented by Jay Fonkert. That will be on Tuesday August 13th at 8pm eastern.

On Thursday August 15th there will be a webinar from the Utah Genealogical Association called Adding Photos and Stories to FamilySearch’s Family Tree. That one is presented by Tim Cross and it will be at 9pm eastern.

On Monday August 19th Linda Woodward Geiger will be presenting Hark! Those Tombstones Are Talking to Us for the Georgia Genealogical Society at 8 pm

The following Tuesday at 8pm eastern the Wisconsin Genealogical Society will have a webinar called Beginning German Genealogy Research, presented by Kathy Wurth.

For the launch of “Treasure Family Photos” at MyHeritage, there will be a webinar called Family Photos: Uncovering Stories where Maureen Taylor will talk about her favorite topic – photos. That will be on Wednesday, August 21st at 2pm eastern.

Also on that Wednesday at 9pm eastern a webinar will be presented by Mary Roddy for the Southern California Genealogical Society called Mark Golden: A Case Study in World War II Research

Thursday August 22nd will be the next meeting of the NGSQ Study Group in Second Life. Those meetings are at the fire pit in Just Genealogy. The time is 9pm eastern. The article for discussion is “Howells of Muskingum County, Ohio: Correlating and Interpreting Evidence to Reconstruct a Family,” by Carmen J. Finley, found in National Genealogical Society Quarterly 80 (September 1992): 194‐203.

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 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 Zooey Deschanel on August 13th and on August 20th it will be Chris O’Donnell You can follow along with twitter using the hash tag #genchat and there will be a Google hangout after the show with the InDepth Genealogist.

And that’s it for this week.

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You can find links to things mentioned in this podcast in the show notes at Geneatopia.com. This is episode 3.

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