Episode 39 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Wednesday May 28, 2014 and this is Episode 39.
Family Tree DNA has replaced Population Finder with myOrigins. They say this is an upgrade for everyone that has purchased a Family Finder test. It will enable you to get more details about your ethnic origins. A map is displayed with shaded areas showing regions where your DNA originated. You can click to get more information on an area displayed to learn more about a population cluster.

You can compare matching ethnicity regions of people you match with for primary matches. Some people may “opt out” of this feature so they will not appear in the results.

You can view a webinar from Family Tree DNA about this new feature and you can find a simple walk through about it at the Family Tree DNA Learning Center. I’ll have links in the show notes to both.

Family Tree DNA is rolling out myOrigins. When it is available, you will receive an email about it. Not everyone has access to it now.


A class action lawsuit has been filed in Alaska against Family Tree DNA. The plaintiff, Michael Cole, alleges that he bought a DNA testing kit in 2013 and his results were made publicly available on the Internet which is a violation of Alaska’s Genetic Privacy Act. When a customer joins a project at Family Tree DNA, the results are automatically published to RootsWeb, a subsidiary of Ancestry.com. If it was known that this would happened, the plaintiff would not have used the services at Family Tree DNA.

Cole is seeking to represent all Alaska residents who had their DNA tested and released to a third party by Family Tree DNA.

The lawsuit states that if the Court finds that Family Tree DNA is in violation of the Genetic Privacy Act, they are seeking an award of $100,000, an injunction to require Family Tree DNA to cease unlawful disclosers, an award for all attorneys’ fees and costs, and any other relief the Court deems reasonable and just. A jury trail is being requested.


23andMe is looking to sell its testing kit in other English-speaking countries. They have formed a team to explore getting approval overseas.

23andMe is waiting for regulatory approval from the FDA to provide health information based on a DNA test. Other countries may see this type of test as a health service so getting approval to sell genealogy-testing kits could be the first step to provide health information in another country.


A committee has been working on a draft of genetic genealogy standards to provide some standards for purchasing, recommending, sharing, and writing about DNA testing for genealogical purposes. The draft has been released for comment. From the website you may comment until June 15th. And of course I’ll have a link in the show notes for this draft.

The standards list the use of genetic genealogy test results such as privacy and storage as well as other things related to testing. Then the standards are listed for the interpretation of genetic genealogy test results to better understand what can be expected from the results.


FamilySearch had added over 5.4 million images to collections from England, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Spain, & the USA


FamilySearch has added more than 5.1 million images to collections from Belgium, England, India, Italy, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States
New indexed record collection
England, London Electoral Registers, 1847–1913

New browsable image collections added include
India, Jharkhand, B. Deoghar, Singh Darwaja, Pandit Dharam Rakshni Sabha, Marriage Records, 1958–2013
Italy, Pesaro e Urbino, Fano, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1808–1815, 1841–1865, 1890–1908
New Zealand, Auckland, Albertland Index, 1862–1962
Ukraine, Donetsk Church Books, 1809–1994
U.S., New York, Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906–1942

The next collections has had indexed records and images added to an existing collection
Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541–1910
Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600–1911
BillionGraves Index

These collections have added indexed records to an existing collection.
Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621–1910
Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798–1906
England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538–1936
Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865
Sweden, Jönköping Church Records, 1581–1935; index 1633-1860
U.S., Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860–1949
U.S., Wisconsin, Milwaukee Naturalization Index, 1848–1990

These collections have added images to an existing collection
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1609–1909
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582–1912
Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582–1910
England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538–1936
England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538–1910
India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194–2013
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903–1998
Philippines, La Union, Diocese of San Fernando de La Union, 1801–1983
Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859–1911
Russia Tver Church Books, 1722–1918
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387–1950
U.S., Georgia, Deaths, 1928–1930
U.S., Georgia, Deaths, 1928–1940
U.S., Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1991
U.S., Iowa, County Births, 1880–1935
U.S., New York, Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906–1942
U.S., Ohio, Hamilton County Records, 1791–1994
U.S., South Carolina, Darlington County Records, 1798–1928
U.S., Washington, County Records, 1803–2009
U.S., Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848–1948


FamilySearch has announced some new online training courses that are available at their website. There’s an Introduction to Chinese Genealogy, Using Online Czech Records: Land Archives in Opava, Family Tree in Spanish, Research classes for Spain and Latin America, Research class for Spain, Latin America, Mexico, and lessons on the United States censuses. These last set of classes were announced at the NGS conference in Richmond, Virginia.


Ancestry’s latest state guides are for Minnesota and Kentucky

The Minnesota guide describes Minnesota history, the different censuses that were taken in Minnesota, vital records, where to find help and advice, state resources and collections, and significant dates.

The Kentucky guide gives the history of the state, significant dates, census information and where to find census records, where to find vital records and military records, immigration and travel, land and wills, and some other collections about Kentucky such as city directories and newspapers. There is also a section on important dates for Kentucky counties such has the year the county was formed, the parent county, and the first year records were recorded for birth, marriage, death, land, probate, and court.


findmypast has added more records in its 100 in 100 series which means 100 record collections in 100 days.

The latest editions are

New Zealand Civil Establishment Nominal Roll 1871 – This is an index of 2,120 staff who worked for the New Zealand government as of July 1, 1871.

Almost 4,500 records for New Zealand Railway Employees 1896

New York City Death Notices, 1835 – 1880 from the following newspapers – The Brooklyn Eagle, The New York Herald, and The New York World.

New York City Marriage Notices 1835 – 1880 from the same newspapers as the death notices,

Malayan Emergency – Commonwealth Deaths 1948 – 1960, a little over 1500 records

Welsh Guards 1914 – 1918 which contains over 4,000 records

Palestine Conflict British Deaths 1945 – 1948, almost 900 records

Cyprus Emergency Deaths 1955 – 1960, almost 400 records

And there are 4.2 million British World War I service records. Findmhypast calls this the most comprehensive collection of British World War I service records online. The collection is from the National Archives War Office Collections of service and pension records. These have been available on Ancestry but findmypast has re-indexed the records and have added 600,000 more names.


As promised findmypast has started giving weekly updates. They say there will be some significant site upgrades released mostly focusing on improving the British record sets. When these were moved from the previous version of the website some of the search fields were no longer available and some of these should be returning along with better results fields, and better order of results.

You can now print the census household views that you see and additional fields are now being displayed.

The Lincolnshire parish records have been restored and they’ve resolved issues with viewing on an iPad and using Internet Explorer.


About 100 people have joined the User Participation group for findmypast. You can still join the group to help shape the future of findmypast. I’ll have a link in the show notes where to send an email to join.

Chris Paton wrote a blog post about the User Participation group forming at findmypast. An anonymous commenter wrote that findmypast is giving some users a two month extension since they subscribed to the old platform. If you have a findmypast subscription you may want to call to see if you can get this extension.


Origins.net has announced the new full index and images for the 1881 census for all counties in England and Wales. Plans are to provide census records from 1841 – 1901. Shortly the 1851 census will be available to complete the full range of censuses.


Origins.net has added the abstracts of Kent wills dating from 1328 to 1691 to its National Wills Index. These abstracts are summaries of wills that contain a detail summary of the information in the will including all names and places mentioned in the will, any incidental information such as relationships, occupations, date of death, burial place, and value of the estate.

Origins.net mentions that the abstracts contain enough information so you don’t need the original document which might be difficult to read the old handwriting with the legalese that is found in these types of documents.


BillionGraves has reached 100,000 registered users and 8 million records. They thank all the contributors that are helping to grow the headstone record database internationally. That includes those that visit and photograph cemeteries and those who transcribe the images.


Mocavo has added nearly 1,000 Navy Cruise Books to their collection. These are similar to high school or college yearbooks. They were created by volunteers to help remember a particular deployment. In these books you’ll find photos and stories. There are stories about daily experiences and first-hand accounts of what life was like aboard ship.


HistoryGeo has added 24 counties from various states to its Antique Maps Collection. These maps show the original landowners and most are indexed and searchable.

HistoryGeo is a subscription site that costs $20 for three months, $34 for 6 months, or $59 for a year.


There’s a new plug-in or extension for the program Family Tree Maker. It’s called Family Book Creator. With this you can turn your data into a detailed personalized book to share with others.

You need to have the Family Tree Maker program and a word processor such as Word. The output is in Rich Text Format or RTF so you need a program that can open those types of files. There is no Mac version of Family Book Creator.

You can evaluate this plug-in for 30 days. After that time you will need to buy a license which costs $55 for private use.


Kenneth Marks has the blog “The Ancestor Hunt.” He has listed historic newspaper sites for all the states and Canadian provinces. Now he is listing where to find historical photos online for states. So far he has links for Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Tennessee.


The Library and Archives Canada has made a detailed list of their holdings about the United Empire Loyalists who are colonist who fought on the British side during the American Revolution. These people left the United States after the war they settled in the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Québec, and Ontario. They are known as the Loyalists. Some of the records at the Library and Archives Canada are the Loyalists in the Maritimes that contain business records, land records, Sir Frederick Haldimand fonds containing provision lists and muster rolls for those Loyalists in Québec, black Loyalist refugees who settled in what is now Shelburne, Nova Scotia, British headquarters papers and British military and naval series containing the official correspondence and papers of the military.


Some newspapers in Saskatchewan spanning from the 1890s to 2010 are going to be digitized. The Saskatchewan Archives Board is in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Saskatchewan History Online. They plan to digitize all the newspapers. This will coincide with the Centennial observance of the Great War and the first set of papers that will be digitized will be for the years during World War I which is 1914 to 1918. There will be a formal unveiling sometime in Fall 2014.


McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada has digitized a collection of old yearbooks to celebrate McGill’s 190th anniversary. You can search the collection or browse through the years and see what student life was like through photographs, drawings, letters, and poetry. The yearbooks are for the years 1898 to 2000. There are also yearbooks for McGill’s MacDonald college for the years 1931 to 1960.


The Guild of One-Name Studies in the UK has announced that Corrinne Goodenough has been elected as the new Chairman. The outgoing Chairman is Kirsty Gray. The Chairman is responsible for the running of the Guild, leading Committee meetings, coordinating the Guild’s administration, and ensuring that proper administrative and financial systems are in place.

She will be attending Guild events and events at other Family History and Genealogical Societies on behalf of the Guild.

Corrinne Goodenough is the 13th Chairman of the Guild in its 35-year history.


The British Newspaper Archive has added 300,000 new pages to the website last month, including six brand new titles.

The new newspapers are the Daily Mirror (the national newspaper), Hamilton Advertiser, The Lancashire Evening Post, The Oxford Times, Perthshire Advertiser and The Shetland Times.

The British Newspaper Archive has reached a milestone with the addition of the new newspapers to contain more than 8 million pages online and available for research.

This is double the number of pages from when it first started. The British Newspaper Archive went online in November 2011 with 4 million pages. Plans are to add up to 40 million pages by 2021.


Lives of the First World War site launched in early May. This site is a digital memorial to those who served during the First World War. During the next 5 years the public is invited to add stories about those from Britain and the Commonwealth who served. This way the life stories of over eight million can be remembered now and in the future.

You can add to someone’s story by uploading a picture, share a story that has been passed down through generations, and connect to official records to build a factual picture of what happened to that person during the war. You can keep the original documents and just upload a copy to the site. That way the originals can be kept in family collections. It’s against copyright law to add any images you found at a paid site.

The site is free to join to add information and you pay if you want access to some archive material and add links to census and army service records. If you want to search what is at the site, you do not need to register.

Right now on the site are records of those who served with the British Army overseas. Most entries only have names and everyone is urged to add material to create their stories.

Over the coming months many more records will be added including records from the Royal Flying Corp/Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy, the Canadian Expeditionary Force and the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Forces, as well as records of conscientious objectors.

The project is run by the Imperial War Museums with DC Thomson Family History. The site will be maintained permanently by the Imperial War Museums.

There’s a video at the web site to help you get started. The web site is at livesofthefirstworldwar.org. And there will be a link in the show notes for it.

The subscription site Deceased Online has added the burial ground in London, Bunhill Fields. The name Bunhill was derived from the words “Bone Hill.”

By 1800, Bunhill Fields was the burial ground for nonconformist Londoners. The collection spans the years from 1713 to 1854 with approximately 71,000 records from the UK National Archives.


There’s a new web site called the “The Children’s Homes.” At the site you’ll find lots of information about places that were homes for children in Britain such as orphanages, poverty homes, places for children with special needs, reformatories, industrial and approved schools, training ships, and hostels.

To find information you can use the menu bar or the search box.

New places will be added to site regularly during the next few months, so if you don’t find something, be sure to check back later or check the news page on the site to see what has been added.

The site was created by Peter Higginbotham, who also created a Workhouse website that can be found at workhouses.org.uk.

A project has been launched in Shropshire to get people to work form home to help Shropshire’s archives and museums get their records online. The project is called “Heritage Heroes.” Anyone in the world can log in to the web site heritageheroes.org.uk to access images for indexing. The material will not be made available to the public until it has looked over by a professional to fix any mistakes or issues.

This will make more documents and materials from the county of Shropshire available online.


The UK National Archive has begun to archive tweets and YouTube videos published by the UK central government. This permanently preserves all social media used by the government as the official public record in the Archive. Previously the Archive saved blog posts.

The new social media archive contains over 7,000 videos from 2006 until early 2014 and over 65,000 tweets from 2008 to 2013. Retweets are not included since those could be from accounts that the Archive does not have permission to capture.

The archive covers some major events that have occurred such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic Games.


The BBC Scotland has created an online database of over 21,000 Scots who died during World War II. There were more than 57,00 Scots who died in the war. According to the Scottish Roll of Honor that is maintained by the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh

BBC Scotland searched the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s database for Scottish counties to get the names to create its database. The missing soldiers are the result of wrong counties being recorded by the next of kin.

You can search the database to find out where someone came from, how old they were, which regiments they served for, and where they were laid to rest.

If you have Irish ancestors you might want to check out the YouTube channel for PRONI Online which is the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. These lectures were recorded at various times during the last year and each lecture lasts about an hour. During the past month they have been putting these videos on YouTube. You’ll find lectures about witchcraft, exploring the archives, some family history topics, World War II, the Irish language, and many other topics.


An another resource for those with Irish ancestors is a web site that has a database of over 650 links to Historic Directories of Ireland. The links may take you to free sites or to subscription sites. The online directories may be available as transcripts, ebooks, images, or a searchable database.

Directories list people, institutions, officials, professions, clergy, some trades, and historical or geographic details of towns and cities.

If you have Dutch ancestors and only speak English, you’ll be happy to know that the Dutch web site Wiewaswie which translates to Whowaswho has an English version.

The site has records from archives in the Netherlands and its former territories for approximately 85 million people. You’ll find birth, marriage, and death records. You need to signup for a free account to view the records.

FamilySearch has created a video to help beginners learn to use the site. You can find the video in the FamilySearch Learning Center under Netherlands and I’ll have a link in the show notes to it.

If you are interested in the Australian newspapers on the Trove web site, you’ll be happy to know that lots more will be added in the coming months. Alona Tester from Gould Genealogy has created a huge list of the names of the newspapers, the date range, and what organization is supporting the digitization.

At the NGS conference held in Richmond, Virginia, genealogist had the opportunity to sign the Genealogists Declaration of Rights which addresses genealogists’ right to access records of government. Now you can sign the declaration online.

You can read it online and then enter your name, city, and state and if you want you can enter your email address.

If you prefer to sign in person, you can do so at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conference July 27-August 1 in Salt Lake City, and the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ conference August 27-30 in San Antonio, Texas.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies or FGS has announced their upcoming events for 2015 and 2016. An Alaskan cruise is being planned for the fall of 2015. This should be a vacation as well as an educational cruise for genealogists.

The 2015 New York Regional Conference will be hosted as a regional conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. FGS will provide topics and events for the volunteers and genealogical society leaders. The conference will be held in Syracuse, New York in September 2015.

The 2016 FGS National Conference will be held in Illinois, sessions will focus on the Midwestern states. It will be the 40th anniversary of FGS in 2016.


Registration is open for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa Conference 2014. It will be held September 19 – 21 at the Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. The conference will focus on English family history, immigration from the British Isles, including home children, and genetic genealogy.


Next let’s focus on some online learning that you can listen to or view.

First I want to mention about a podcast I sometimes listen to. It’s called FLOSS weekly and they recently interviewed someone about the Digital Public Library of America. This is a web site that brings together material that has been digitized at libraries, archives, and museums.

During the first twenty minutes of the show they discuss what the DPLA is and then the rest of the show they tell how the web site is set up and maintained getting into the technical details.

The FLOSS weekly podcast is about open source software. This is software that can be freely used, changed, and shared. Some examples are Open Office or Libre Office that are free to use. The name FLOSS means Free Libre Open Source Software.


FamilySearch is holding a series of webinars in Spanish. There will not be a translation provided. They are intended for Spanish speaking researchers researching in Spain and Latin America. The webinars are held on the first and third Saturday of the month. The first Saturday class is for beginners and the third Saturday class is for intermediate or advanced researchers.

The webinars are actually live classes being taught at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.


Sunday, June 1, 5pm eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society
Everything You Want to Know about Jamboree 2014
presented by Leo Myers, Paula Hinkel, Vicki Hilb

Mondays with Myrt happens every Monday at noon eastern. You can join the Google+ Hangout on Air live or watch it later on the Dear Myrtle YouTube channel.

Tuesday, June 3, 2pm eastern
Friends of the National Archives – Southeast Region
Reporting to Yourself: Keeping Track of What You’ve Already Done
presented by Jennifer Dondero

Friday, June 6, 8pm eastern
Twitter #IDGChat

23andme recently had a Google+ Hangout on Air called Genetic Genealogy Basics. As the name implies it was an overview about using DNA for genealogy but it also discussed using the tools at 23andme for analyzing your DNA. CeCe Moore was the main presenter. She is a well known genetic genealogist.

You can watch the hangout on the 23andme YouTube channel. This was the first of many more to come. The other topics scheduled for future hangouts are Interpreting your Ancestry Composition, Connecting with DNA Relatives, and Understanding Paternal and Maternal lines.

And that’s it for this episode.

You can send email to geneatopia@gmail.com

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 39.

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