Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia
I’m Patty Roy, also known as Dinah Larkham in Second Life.
Today is Sunday May 11, 2014 and this is Episode 37.
The National Genealogical Society Conference was held in Richmond, Virginia, May 7 – 10 with over 2200 people attending and over 2,500 total including speakers and a those participating by live streaming and some others.
NGS is redoing the home study course and you can expect more home study courses in the future.
There is course that was done in collaboration with FamilySearch and NGS about the census. There are five lessons – an overview of the Federal census, the 20th century censuses from 1930 to 1900, Federal population schedules from 1890 to 1880, Federal population schedules 1870 – 1850, and Federal population schedules from 1840 to 1790. They’re still developing the material for the 1940 census.
The group RPAC – Records Preservation and Access Committee, a joint effort of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. has created a “Genealogy Declaration of Rights”, a petition for open access to public and state records. Attendees at the conference could sign the partition at the conference. You signed for the state you live in. These signatures will be used in the future if laws are being considered that could effect access to records that genealogist currently have access to. If you are going to the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conference in Salt Lake City, July 27 – Aug. 1 or the FGS conference in Texas on August 27 – 30, you will be able to sign the “Genealogy Declaration of Rights.” Eventually there will be a place at a web site where everyone can sign.
NGS presented awards honoring excellence in genealogy newsletter editorship and service in various categories. I’ll have a link in the show notes if you would like to see the list of winners and honorable mentions.
The entrants submitted a paper version or an electronic version of their newsletter. And it was split 50 – 50 for the types submitted.
The President’s Citation is given to someone who has greatly contributed to genealogy and it went to Ronald Ames Hill of Star, Idaho. Ron has served many genealogical organizations over the years and written many books and articles.
There were other awards given out at the NGS annual banquet. These awards honor organizations and individual who have contributed to the field of genealogy. You can find a link in the show notes to see all of those awards.
The speaker for the opening session was Dr. Sandra Treadway, a Librarian of Virginia and State Archivist at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. She is also this year’s winner of the William Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship. Her talk was titled “The Evolving Library.” She talked about changes over the years at the Library of Virginia. The library will be remodeled in the next few years and they are currently looking at options. They will also be digitizing more material. She encouraged the attendees to visit the library and there will be people there to help with research.
The Nottoway Bible was presented to Dr. Treadway so it could be placed in the library collection. This bible was originally taken from the burning embers of a courthouse in Nottoway County, Virginia by a Civil War soldier and taken north. The soldier transcribed his family information in the bible and wrote where he obtained the bible. The people in possession of the bible have donated it to the library. That would be Neil and Jan Young.
If you want to hear some details about the conference you can listen to Jane Wilcox’s blogtalkradio “The Forget-Me-Not Hour” that she recorded on May 10th and interviewed Jan Albert co-chair of the conference. In that interview Jan mentions that they will be reopening the ability to purchase the sessions that were live streamed during the conference to view for 90 days. This should be available on Tuesday, May 13th and continue to be available for purchase until the end of May. The sessions will be available for viewing for 90 days from the day they were recorded. You also get access to the syllabus for each recorded session.
The NGS Conference in 2015 will be held in St. Charles, Missouri, May 10 – 16, 2015, one week later that it is normally held. And the conference in 2016 will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 4 – 7.
DearMyrtle was at the conference with her AmbushCAM. She hooked up her iPhone with a microphone and interviewed many people using Google Hangouts on Air. Cousin Russ and Andy Hatchett were on the other end coordinating the hangout. You can find all the interviews at the DearMyrtle YouTube channel. The interviews run from 2 to 7 minutes.
PERSI is now found at findmypast It will be updated quarterly and PERSI is up-to-date as of the end of 2014. Findympast is starting to digitize the articles that are found in PERSI and they are partnering with publishers to get more articles online. And everyone at the show was eligible for a free 1-month membership to findmypast.
FamilySearch has two new mobile apps coming. One is called Family Tree viewer where you will be able to view 6 generations without being connected to the Internet. You’ll be able to view many different charts with the app.
The other app is called Memories and it’s meant for family reunions. With that app, you will be able to take picture and record an interview about the picture and post it to FamilySearch.
All Family History Centers in North America have a scanner that is also a computer and anyone can log in with their FamilySearch account at a FHC and scan their documents. These documents can then be found in the account that was used to login to FamilySearch or if you don’t want to login to FamilySearch you can save the images to a flash drive. This will be coming to other FHC in other countries.
There will be an indexing campaign called “Lift Where You Stand” to get participants to index 20,000 images during a 24-hour period. This will happen on July 20th 6pm Salt Lake City time to Monday July 21st at 6pm, usually 13,000 people do indexing during that time in the summer. The goal is to get 20,000 people to participate.
FamilySearch will soon have their new indexing program in the cloud and you will even be able to do indexing on a tablet. This means no more program to download for indexing. There will be a beta of this version coming out in about a month.
The old version had two indexers and one arbitrator for each record. If the two indexers didn’t index the record the same, an experience arbitrator would decide what was correct.
The new version will have one indexer and a reviewer.
RootsMagic is working on a Mac version. They aren’t saying much only that’s its in development. The Mac version will look very similar to the Windows version and file formats will be the same. So your data will open in the Windows or Mac version without conversion.
They are writing the propriety code that they bought and is part of the Windows version. This code is not compatible on a Mac so they are creating their own version. Once finished both the Mac version and the Windows version will be running with most of the same code.
I spoke briefly with Lisa Louise Cooke. She has recently moved from California to Texas and now that she is in the middle of the United States, she plans on traveling more to do more speaking engagements. She is also updating her video recording studio so I’m sure we’ll be seeing more videos and tutorials in the future.
And I spoke with Elissa Scalise Powell, co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and she talked about the sessions that will be held in Detroit.
She forgot to tell you about the Polish course that still has openings. An archivist will teach it from Poland who is visiting from Lodz.
The location for GRIP in Detroit will be over looking a lake which is where the automobile millionaires mansions were located.
To take advantage of the early bird special, you need to register by May 15th.
Next is an interview with Virginia Majeske to tell us about MagiCensus.
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 as well as a transcript. The transcript can also be found in the Geneatopia Flipboard magazine.
This is episode 37.
Thanks for listening.