Episode 31 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Wednesday, April 2, 2014 and this is Episode 31
FindMyPast has announced a new project to release the 1939 Register. 40 million wartime British records will be published online within the next two years.

The 1939 Register was taken on September 29, 1939 by the British Government. This was just after the outbreak of World War II. The purpose was to collect personal details about individuals in order to issue identity cards and ration books. Later on it was used as the basis for the National Health Service’s records.

It is believed that because people knew the data would be used in the event that ration cards were issued, they tended to fill it in very accurately.

The 1931 census in Britain was destroyed by fire in 1942. This was during wartime but the fire was not caused by enemy action. The Scottish census was stored in a different building and it still exists but won’t be released until 2031or later.

Since the war was going on, there wasn’t a 1941 census. The 1939 Register can be used as a census substitute.

Once the 1939 Register is digitized, it will consist of about 1.2 million scanned images. The images will contain information about the entire civilian population of England & Wales at that time. Each record contains the following information:

National Registration number
First name
Other First Name(s)/Initial(s)
Changes in name
Date of Birth
Marital Status

Information about living people found in the 1939 Register will be kept closed for 100 years from their year of birth unless there is proof of their death.


FindMyPast has entered into a partnership with Cassini Maps. These maps date back to 1805 and cover England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Ireland.

The maps of cities have great detail showing individual alleyways and cul de sacs. You can bring up maps by postcode or place name.

The maps are available for purchase. You can download a digital version or a printed version. Right now everything at Cassini Maps is 30% off to celebrate the deal with FindMyPast.


The Association of Professional Genealogists or APG has announced a dues increase starting on July 1, 2014. They’ve added a youth membership for those under 25 to join at a reduced rate. The new fees are $100 for a full member, which would be for North America and International, previously the fee was $65, and it will be $50 for a youth membership, and $45 for subscription to the APG Quarterly only.

The last time dues were raised was 10 years ago in 2004. During those 10 years APG has grown with more members coming from the other countries besides the United States. The increase in members brings in more funds but also requires more behind-the-scenes support.

APG has been expanding its member benefits. Webinars and online mentoring groups provide members with continuing education and growth.

There is a monthly e-newsletter, social media channels and a web site. The APG Quarterly has expanded.

Some APG chapters host their web site with the main APG organization and use the organization’s GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar account for meetings.

The APG budget currently runs at a deficit. The increase in dues will help with this situation and allow for a new website to be created as well as other marketing plans to expand to an international presence.

If you like you can renew you membership before July 1 at the current rate


The next APG Professional Management Conference will be held on Thursday and Friday, January 8 – 9, 2015 in Salt Lake City. These dates are just prior to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

APG is now accepting presentation and workshop proposals for the conference. Presentations are 1 hour in length and workshops are 2 hours. Suggested topics are

Advanced genealogical-research skills or methodology
Business-owning topics
Speaker or lecturer training
Client relationships
Organization and/or time management
Research reports and other genealogical writing
Technology or social media for professionals
Topics relevant to students interested in genealogical careers

Proposals may submitted via e-mail to admin@apg.org


Richard III is making news again. Remember his remains were found buried beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England. His remains were identified to be him by running a DNA test, specifically a mitochondrial DNA test. A mother passes down mitochondrial DNA to her children both male and female. Only females pass their mitochondrial DNA to their children.

So my mitochondrial DNA matches my mother’s and her mother’s, my grandmother. It further matches up the female line from daughter to mother. If my mitochondrial DNA matches someone else’s that means we share a common female ancestor.

For King Richard, his mitochondrial DNA was extracted from his bones. It matched the mitochondrial DNA of a descendant of King Richard’s sister.

Other things discovered about the remains are some battle wounds. King Richard died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. Also found were signs of scoliosis or curvature of the spine. King Richard was a hunchback so this makes sense that the remains are those of King Richard.

Now some are starting to question the analysis that lead to determining the bones belonged to Richard III. Michael Hicks is an expert on Richard III and professor of History at Winchester University. He is not convinced the remains are of Richard III.

He says the remains could be of anyone who was fighting the Wars of the Roses during that time.

He also says the evidence from DNA testing could not be relied upon to prove the case because the remains could belong to any descendant of the king’s female forebears. Richard’s maternal grandmother, whose mitochondrial DNA he inherited, had 16 children. Any one of her descendants could have perished on the battlefield and the remains would still match the mitochondrial DNA test.


DNA has been used to identify the remains of soldiers who died during World War I. The bodies of ten soldiers were found in France 5 years ago. All the soldiers were with the 2nd Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment and died in battle on October 18, 1914.

The Ministry of Defence has been tracking down potential relatives in the hopes of identifying the men.

A genealogist working for the Ministry of Defence contacted a distant relative of one of the soldiers who had placed their tree online with the soldier listed. He was sent a DNA test kit and he matched the soldier.

Other relatives were tracked down and asked to take a DNA test. Now all ten soldiers have been identified and the will have a proper burial

There are still 5 more soldiers who need to be identified.


MAPCO is a free web site that contains lots of maps. MAPCO stands for Map And Plan Collection Online. The site has antique maps mostly from London, the British Isles, and Australia.

More people have been using the site and this has resulted in bandwidth issues making the site unusable for some visitors. This problem has been resolved.

The physical location of MAPCO has changed and they have not set up their scanning equipment so it will be some time before new maps are scanned. They have found some scanned images that were not on the web site and these will be coming to the web site soon.


FamilySearch has announced that 11 million indexed records and images have been added to the site. It’s been since before the RootsTech conference since FamilySearch has made an announcement of this type.

That doesn’t mean that nothing has been added since the conference was held in February. If you want to follow along with minor updates that eventually turn up in the big announcements from FamilySearch you can find those updates from Caroline Pointer at her blog found at 4yourfamilystory.com and from Michael John Neill at his blog RootDig found at rootdig.blogspot.com

The headline for the major announcement from FamilySearch reads “FamilySearch Adds Close to 11.1 Million Indexed Records and Images to Collections from Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the United States.”

And here they are.

New indexed record collection
Canadian Headstones

New indexed records and images have been added to
United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899–2012

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Barbados, Church Records, 1637–1887
England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538–2010
England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895–1972
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951–2006
Sweden, Kalmar Church Records, 1577–1907; index 1625–1860
U.S., Iowa, County Marriages, 1838–1934
U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663–1979
U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910
United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798–1892
United States Social Security Death Index

The next collection has had indexed records and images added to an existing collection
BillionGraves Index
U.S., New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723–2009

And these collections have added images to an existing collection
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2013
Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1539–1939
Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997
Portugal, Lamego, Diocesan Records, 1529–1963
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645–1969
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784–1956
U.S., Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906–1991
New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787–1931


Ancestry has another research guide out. This time it’s for Florida.

The Florida Research guide contains the history of Florida, significant dates for the state, where to find census records and vital records, military records, immigration and travel records, city directories, and other resources online and offline.


MyHeritage has added The Jewish Chronicle newspaper archive to its collections. It contains over 200,000 pages and dates back to 1841. The Jewish Chronicle is the world’s oldest Jewish newspaper in England. It was based in London with reporters around the world.

In the paper you will find notices of birth, marriage, and death that occurred in the Jewish community. You will also find articles about Jewish people who immigrated from Europe to Britain during the two world wars. Information on families who immigrated to the US and Canada are also included in the pages of The Jewish Chronicle.


Mocavo has added some new features. Mocavo has always worked in the background by rerunning some past search queries to find new discoveries. Now you can prioritize your search notifications by selecting your favorite search terms. Mocavo will email you the results.

Mocavo Gold members will find new search result displays. Hopefully with so many displays to choose from you will be able to find new discoveries easier. These views show the full image of the record, you can tile all the images so you see them all but at a smaller image, and summary search view lets you group results by category and database title. There are filters you can apply to narrow down your search.

The U.S. National Archives is calling all citizen archivists to crowdsource video captions. They hope to make more records accessible to everyone including those who are hearing impaired.

The National Archives can now be found on Amara. This is a non-profit and open-source-project designed to make video accessible to people who are deaf and hard of hearing and to anyone who wants to watch a video in a language that they don’t speak.

At the Amara site you can add captions to historic films, videos, and clips by joining the U.S. National Archives team. Find a video that interests you and start captioning.


The Library and Archives Canada has launched a portal for residential schools from 1885 – 1996. About 150,000 children attended over 130 residential schools.

Currently there are photos from Alberta. Other areas coming this year are Atlantic, Ontario and Québec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northern Territories, and Saskatchewan

The photos have descriptions about the school name and location as well as the date.


The Irish Genealogical Research Society’s Early Irish Marriage Index continues to grow and it now holds more than 40,000 entries. Each entry contains the name of the bride and groom. All entries are from before 1864 when civil registration for all marriages in Ireland started. And this database is free.


The Irish Genealogical Research Society has won a Best Website award in the medium-sized society category. The web site irishancestors.ie has won the Federation of Family History Society’s Geoff Riggs Award for 2013.

The website was designed to appeal to all Irish researchers. At the site you will find helpful advice and free access to some of the society’s resources.

The website helps fulfill the mission of the society of promoting Irish genealogical research as widely as possible.

The reis a member’s only area to the website where additional library holdings may be found.

And this is the site where the Irish Genealogical Research Society’s Early Irish Marriage Index can be found which I just mentioned.


Since March was Irish American Heritage Month, GenealogyBank is offering a free guide for Irish Genealogy Research. It’s a called Guide to Research Sources for Irish Genealogy Records. All you have to do is like GenealogyBank on Facebook and you can download the guide.

The guide has information about finding ancestors in Irish American Newspapers, Ireland Civil Registration records, U.S. census records, Irish census records, tithe applotment books from Ireland, and Griffith’s valuation and ordnance survey maps.


Over in Australia it’s Genealogy Selfie month. Have you taken a selfie while your researching or sorting through old letters and photographs? Well now you can enter that picture in a contest.

Kaiser Bass ,a leading innovator of analogue-to-digital converters and personal cameras, and Gould Genealogy & History, both companies located in Australia, are making April by #genealogyselfie month.

Anyone around the world can enter the contest by posting a photo using the hashtag #genealogyselfie. You can a post it to Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.

You can enter as many times as you like. The competition will end April 30th and the winner will be announced sometime in May.

The winner will win a Conversion Pack which consist if a Video Converter and PhotoMaker X4 slide/negative scanner from Kaiser Baas.

You can find all the rules in the March 31st blog post at the Gould Genealogy & History blog.


Registration is open for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 Conference to be held in San Antonio, Texas, August 27 – 30, 2014. Register by July 1 for the early bird discount of $195. After July 1 the cost for the four day conference is $250. One day passes cost $85 before July 1 and $99 after July 1.

The theme for the conference is “Gone to Texas.”

The FGS app has been updated for the 2014 conference. The app is available on iOS and Android devices.

Now for thing coming up.

Tuesday, April 8, 10 am eastern
The National Archives UK Webinar – Medieval and early modern sources
An overview of medieval and early modern records at the The National Archives and elsewhere.
presented by Nick Barratt

Tuesday, April 8, 2pm eastern
Friends of the National Archives – Southeast Region
Farms, Factoreis & Defectives: The “other” Census Schedules
presented by Amy Johnson Crow

Illinois State Genealogical Society Webinar
Tuesday, April 8, 9pm eastern
April 8 – Using Canadian Records to Find Your Midwestern Ancestor
Presenter: Kathryn Lake Hogan

Wednesday, April 9 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Get Organized Using the FamilyRoots Organizer Color-Coding System
presented by Mary Hill

Wednesday, April 9, 9pm eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society
Timeline Creation Applications
presented by Tammy Hepps
This was postponed from an earlier date

Thursday April 10, 1pm
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Webinar
Genealogy Program Introduction

Thursday, April 10, 3 p.m. EST
Access the Expertise at NEHGS from Home
presented by David Lambert and Suzanne Stewart

Friday, April 11 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Estate Records – More Than Just Wills
presented by Linda Woodward Geiger

#genchat – Confused about Citations?
Friday, April 11th, 10pm eastern

And don’t forget DearMyrtle’s Hangouts on Air, they’re every Sunday for the Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group 2 at 10am eastern and every Monday at noon eastern for Mondays with Myrt. They’re recorded and you can find them at DearMyrtle’s YouTube channel.

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 31.
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