Episode 35 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Tuesday April 29, 2014 and this is Episode 35.

Family Tree DNA has launched the Y-DNA haplotree that was created in partnership with the National Geographic’s Genographic Project. A Y-DNA test places you in a certain haplogroup which shows the path of migration ancestors took out of Africa.

This new Y-DNA haplotree uses more data from the Genographic Project to give you more information about the haplogroup. Data is being used from up to the year 2013 and more data will be added later.

If you’ve tested your Y-DNA with Family Tree DNA you will find a link for haplotree and SNPs from your personal page.

If you want to learn more about the new haplotree, there is a webinar about it in the Learning Center at the Family Tree DNA website. There will be a link in the show notes so you can find this easily as well as links to everything else mentioned in the show.


DNA testing is going to be used on the remains of King Erik IX of Sweden. King Erik ruled from 1155 to 1160 and was murdered by an assassin working for a rival noble family in order for them to gain control of the kingdom.

Some scholars have doubted that the remains are of King Erik and DNA will be used to prove that they are his.

DNA will also be used to learn more about his origins. His parents are unknown and DNA can show the path some of his ancestors took.

There’s been a lot of discussion about the Ohio Historical Society changing its name to Ohio History Connection. The name change will occur in May.

The board decided on the new name to change the society’s stodgy image. They have been studying for the last two years how Ohioans relate to the name. They see it as exclusive, antiquated, and not welcoming.

The new name should be more inviting to people by using the name connection instead of society.

The organization oversees museums, state archives, the Ohio Memory website, and the Ohio History Center in Columbus.


The Indiana State Library recently launched a web site called Indiana Memory. Now they have added to the website an area called Indiana Newspapers.

This online research is the result of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities that enable the library, in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society, to digitize Indiana newspapers. These newspapers are also available at the Library of Congress Chronicling America web site.

The new Indiana Newspapers area is using Veridian software. People will be allowed to make corrections to mistakes they find from the OCR technology that was used to recognize the words on the page.

More newspapers from South Bend, Evansville, and Vincennes will be added this year.


GenealogyBank has added 5 million more newspaper articles. There have been 51 newspaper titles from 22 U.S. states added with an emphasis on Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania. 25 of these titles were added to GenealogyBank for the first time


The Vatican plans to digitize millions of pages of library archives. The Vatican Library was founded in 1451. It will be working with NTT Data, a Japanese IT firm, to digitize about 3,000 manuscripts. This first batch is expected to take four years. They will be available online as the manuscripts are digitized.

NTT Data is hoping to recoup the $25 million it will cost for the project by seeking sponsors and donations.


Tim Forsythe is the creator of the Genalogist’s Toolbox, a collection of 13 online tools free to use to do some analysis. These were found at timforsythe.com. Now he has moved all the tools to a new web site called Gigatrees.com. You register and upload a gedcom file to the site and it will be hosted at the site. Then you can run any of the tools

LDS access to the premium web sites Ancestry, MyHeritage, and FindMyPast is starting to happen. Ancestry will be the first site where members will have access. It will start with Directors of Family History Centers, then any one that has a Family History church job. Next it will be those living in Utah, then it will become available to everyone in the United States, and then to those in other countries.

Remember this access is only for members of the LDS church.


FamilySearch has a new online guide for the County of Hampshire England. It covers Southampton and the Ilse of Wight.

There are articles on each of Hampshire’s 400+ parishes. These articles include descriptions of records available online at the major web sites.

There is also information about maps, where to find wills, and the major Hampshire archives and libraries.

The guide can be found in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 10.7 Million Images to Collections from Australia, Brazil, England, France, Italy, Peru, Spain, and the United States.

New indexed record collection:

Nebraska, State Census, 1885

New browsable image collections added include:

Australia, Tasmania, Correspondence of the Immigration Office Concerning the Nomination, Arrival and Settlement of Migrants, 1920–1943
Brazil, Bahia, Passenger Lists, 1855–1961
Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1890–2005
Spain, Province of Castellón, Municipal Records, 1732–1952
Arizona, Douglas, Arrival Manifests, 1906–1955
Arkansas, Oakland and Fraternal Historic Cemetery Records, 1867–2013
California, San Francisco Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving, 1954–1957
Iowa, State Census, 1925
South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861–1941
Washington, Soldier Home Records, 1891–1945
Washington, Western District, Naturalization Records, 1853–1957

These collections have added images to an existing collection:

Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798–1906
Brazil, Paraíba, Catholic Church Records, 1731–2013
England, Lancashire, Parish Register 1538–1910
France, Protestant Church Records, 1536–1863
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997
North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663–1979
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection:

Bahamas, Civil Registration, 1850–1959
Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600–1911
Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621–1910
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552–1948
England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538–1911
France, Finistère, Quimper et Léon Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1772–1863
Italy, L’Aquila, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865, 1911–1943
Italy, Trento, Diocesi di Trento, Catholic Church Records, 1548–1937
New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839–1973
Montana, Chouteau County Records,1876–2011
United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861–1934
United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918

The next collection has had indexed records and images added to an existing collection:

BillionGraves Index

There has been an update to the Find A Grave app for iOS. You can view and edit your profile from the app. You can also take a selfie for your profile photo. Your profile is displayed to everyone and you can view other members profiles.

You can now see your memorials added and managed, all the photos you’ve taken, and photo requests you’ve added and those that you have fulfilled.

And you can save your favorite memorials to your virtual cemetery from inside the app.

The app also got some updates. There is better cemetery searching, you can rotate photos, GPS location, memorial managers, and it’s easier to add a new memorial.

No news about an Android version.


The latest state guide from Ancestry is for Vermont. The guide contains information about Vermont’s history, significant dates for Vermont, where to find census records, vital records, military collections, state resources and where to go for help and advice.


FindMyPast is responding to all the criticism and complaints it has received about its newly designed web site. The new ways of searching have been implemented in the UK version of FindMyPast. Other countries were already using this new version.

They’ve created another video, this time Who Do You Think You Are editor Sarah Williams interviewed findmypast’s military expert Paul Nixon, and content lead Myko Clelland to discuss the issues her readers have raised about the new website.

Last week FindMyPast released a handy video guide to findmypast’s new features.


FindMyPast has placed 2.1 million Shropshire parish records online. This is part of the 100 in 100 campaign to launch 100 record sets in 100 days. The records span the years 1538 – 1900.

This collection uses the new browse function that enables you to scroll through a register or go straight to a particular page.

There are new search fields so you can search by baptisms using a mother’s first name and father’s first name. This means you can search by a couple and find all the children that were born to that couple.

A new search field for marriages enables you to look for a spouse’s first name.

You can search a particular parish or search all of Shropshire.

They’ve also released some United States Civil War records. These records are for soldiers, sailors, prisoners, and those who were awarded the Medal of Honor.

And they’ve released some records for Australia. These consist of the Australian Imperial Force Embarkation Roll and Nominal Roll for World War I. These records include the names and details of those who served in the Australian Imperial Force, the Army component of the Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force , Australian Flying Corps and Australian Medical Corps.


Other news for Australia is the additional newspapers added to Trove. Trove is the website for the National Library of Australia where you can find lots of online resources for Australia. It’s free to sign up and use.

The National Library of Australia has placed many new newspapers on Trove. Many of the newspapers they listed are currently being added to Trove and more issues will become available soon.

Newspapers on Trove are searchable and you can enter subject tags and correct mistakes to make the collection more useful to others.


The second place winner of the RootsTech 2014 Developer Challenge was Find-A-Record. Find-A-Record lets you search for record collections. You enter a place and date to search for available record collections.

They will be releasing a new feature soon that will combine data from your tree with Find-A-Record data to create a research hub. It will be like the Find-A-Record Chrome extension on steroids.

It will show the existing sources from FamilySearch Family tree with links to find more records about the events for birth and death. Later they will add marriage and census as events.

At first it will only work with FamilySearch Family Tree, later it will be expanding to include other sites containing trees.

They are looking for feedback to help improve this new feature.


WeRelate has added Find-A Record links to its person profiles. These links are the same that you find in the Find-A-Record Chrome Extension that works with FamilySearch and Ancestry tress. Now Find-A-Grave is available to WeRelate users.

WeRelate is a wiki for genealogy sponsored by the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy in partnership with the Allen County Public Library. Members are building a unified family tree at the site.


Google Maps now has the ability to go back in time with Street View. You can see how a place has changed since 2007. The feature serves as a digital timeline of recent history. You also may be able to experience different seasons.

If you see a clock icon in the upper left-hand corner of a Street View image, you can click on it to get a slider and see thumbnails of the same place at a different time.

You can jump to an image or slowly scroll to watch one image turn into the other image.

It may take several weeks for this new feature to come to you as they roll this out to everyone.


There was a TV program in the UK called “Find My Past.” The UK version took ordinary people and showed how they were all linked together in one iconic moment in British history through their ancestors.

The Travel Channel in the U.S. has ordered a pilot for a show called “Find My Past.” It will send a person around the world to walk in their ancestor’s footsteps. At the end of the journey everything will be revealed about their ancestors lives.


The British Library is seeking donations to begin digitizing King George III’s personal map and views collection. There are over 1,000 maps and views of London in the collection. The library wants to make this collection accessible to all. They are looking to raise £10,000 to get started. The will need to raise a total of £100,000 to catalogue, conserve and digitize all the London maps and views


John Grenham writes about genealogy for the IrishTimes. He has updated a page on the Irish Times/Irish Ancestors website that attempts to summarize what parts of the major Irish record sources are online and where to find them.

He’s broken it down into the following categories – General Register Office records, Census records, Church records, Property records, Wills, Emigration, Newspapers, Directories, Occupational, and Graveyards.


The National Library of Ireland has launched over 10,000 newly digitized items. These items are freely available through the National Library catalogue.


The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) has announced plans for two institute weeks. They’ve expanded their program for 2015 by offering two weeks of six courses each. Both weeks will be at La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The first week will be June 28 to July 3, 2015 and the second week will be July 19 to 24, 2015.

Demand has been very high for these courses and they sell out quickly. Genealogists also want to take more courses so GRIP is offering some new courses.

The following courses will be offered:

June 28 to July 3, 2015
John P. Colletta, Ph.D. (Writing Your Immigrant Ancestors’ Stories)
Karen Mauer Green, CG (New York State*)
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL (Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard)
Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG (Problem Solving with Church Records)
Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL and Pam Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL (Advanced Research Tools: Land Records)
Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL (Practical Genetic Genealogy)

July 19 to 24, 2015
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL (Advanced Genealogical Methods)
Sharon Cook MacInnes, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania: Research in the Keystone State)
Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL and Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL (Law School for Genealogists)
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG (Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper)
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS (Refresh, Rebuild and Recharge Your Genealogy Career)
Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL (Practical Genetic Genealogy)


The Southern California Genealogy Society Jamboree has a mobile app available for download. It’s available for almost all portable devices as well as laptop and desktop users.

The 2014 version has many new features for planning your time at Jamboree and staying in touch with people.

Randy Seaver did a nice review of the app at his blog, GeneaMusings. Also Randy mentions that the Jamboree 2014 syllabus material is available for registered attendees.

Next week is the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia. I’ll have a both with ribbons to give to listeners of the podcast.

DearMyrtle will be there, not with a booth, and she doesn’t plan on attending many sessions. She will be there with her Ambush Cam. This is her iPhone mounted on a tripod and a microphone. She plans to interview people at the conference. She will be using Google Hangouts on Air to do the recording. Cousin Russ will be behind the scenes coordinating the Hangout.

That means you can watch live or watch at a later time since you will find the videos at the DearMyrtle YouTube channel.

Speaking of Cousin Russ, he now has a Google+ community where you will find links to videos he has made about Family Tree Maker and some he has made with DearMyrtle. He also has a YouTube channel where you can find those videos.

And the NGS syllabus is available for registered attendees. You should have received an email about how to download it from the NGS site, how to access it from the NGS app, and you will get a digital copy on a thumb drive when you check-in at the conference.


RootsTech 2015 will be held in Salt Lake City from February 11–14, 2015 and the RootsTech committee is calling for dynamic presentations. You may submit presentation ideas from June 2 to June 27, 2014 using the Call for Presentations portal on RootsTech.org website.

There is a document you can download that includes presentation and evaluation criteria, the submission timeline, and process details.

The 2015 conference will be two conferences – RootsTech and The Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference. Speakers interested in presenting at the FGS conference will need to submit proposals to FGS. You have the entire month of May to submit proposals for the FGS conference.

Bill West writes the blog West in New England. He has a new challenge called the 4th American Civil War Blogspot Challenge. He encourages everyone to write about his or her Civil War ancestor and has some questions listed to get you started. He will be posting links to all those who wrote something at his blog on August 2nd. Of course, you will need to send Bill a link to where you have posted your article.


Ontario Genealogical Society Niagara Conference 2014 will broadcast live a Social Media Panel, scheduled for May 3, 2014, it starts at 8 or maybe 8:15 – 9:30am eastern. Those on the panel are Tony Bandy, Kirsty Gray, Daniel Horowitz, Chris Paton, Marian Press, John D Reid.

The event is free for everyone and you can watch on YouTube.

Tuesday, May 6, 1pm eastern
Ancestry Live Event
Civil Registration versus Church Records

Wednesday, May 7 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – 50 Year View – What I’ve Learned Climbing My Family Tree
presented by Tom Kemp

Thursday May 8, 1pm
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Webinar
Genealogy Program Introduction

Thursday, May 8, 9pm eastern
Second Life APG Chapter meeting

#genchat – DNA: what have you gained?
Friday, May 9th, 10pm eastern

And that’s it for this episode.

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