Episode 4 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 and this is Episode 4
The International Conference on Jewish Genealogy was recently held in Boston. Neville Lamdan was honored for his pioneering work to establish the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy and the Paul Jacobi Center in Jerusalem. He has been the driving force to gain recognition of Jewish genealogy as an academic discipline. As a result of his work the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy, which he founded, has developed courses on Jewish genealogy, sponsored scholarly research on Jewish genealogy, and been a presence at international Jewish Studies conferences.


Over at Ancestry UK, they’ve added many more Jewish databases. There are records from Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine and Romania. The data was from provided from a partnership between Ancestry and JewishGen.org

Ancestry.com acquired 1000 Memories back in October of 2012. At this site you can digitize, organize, and share photos in the cloud. It worked with an iPad, Apple iPhone, and Android phones and tablets.

Ancestry has now announced that it is shutting down 1000 Memories. You have until September 15th to download your photos or you can export them to Ancestry. After that time the photos will be deleted.

Ancestry has been improving their Shoebox service for photos and plans to work on new photo-sharing experiences.

Ancestry is having a contest to win a free Ancestry DNA kit, that’s a $99 value. They’ve partnered with Grandparents.com to gather advice you would want your grandkids to know. The contest is called Words to Live By Best Advice Contest. You send an email to contest@grandparents.com with your advice and a photo of you with your grandkids. You need to send your entry by September 1st. 5 winners will be announced on Grandparents day, which is September 8th. The top 10 submissions will be featured on grandparents.com. Only residents in the United States and the District of Columbia are eligible.

The 1921 census of Canada is available for free at Ancestry. Right now you can browse the images, later in about 2 to 3 months there will be an index to the census. If you don’t have a subscription to Ancestry.ca, you can sign up for a free 14 day trail period to view the census. Or you can access Ancestry usually at your local library. If you live in Canada, you will be able to access the 1921 census free of charge at the Ancestry.ca site after you have registered.

You won’t find Newfoundland in the 1921 census because it didn’t become a province until 1949. There is a census for this area in 1921 that you can find on microfilm and there is a web site with a transcription of the census. The microfilm is available from the Family History Library or from the Library and Archives Canada. And I’ll have a link in the shows where the web site is with the transcription.


Findmypast.com has added Canadian books from Archives CD Books Canada. The collection of books span nearly three centuries of North American heritage including nine Canadian provinces. The Canadian books contain military, religious, occupational and immigration records. There are business directories, published genealogies and birth marriage and death records.


A Center for Family History will not built as part of the St. Louis County Library. Land was donated for the center with the stipulation that construction for the center must be started by May 2013. This did not happen. The land donated by Sachs Properties will be given back to the company. Despite this set back the library plans to build a genealogy center in one of the libraries in the 20- library system.


Some news from Australia, there’s a new web site called Australia’s Community Heritage. It’s a site where people post stories about places and events. Sharing stories is a way to record and preserve the heritage of Australia and anyone will be able to access these stories. Individuals can register to tell their stories or groups can register such as historical societies. This gives groups that may not have a web site a way to have a web presence and share their collections.

The site can be used by others to search for stories about their family history and the places their ancestors lived and worked.


The National Archives of Australia has added the Boer War records to their web site where home users can help transcribe the records to make them accessible for everyone. The records are organized according to difficulty – easy, medium, or hard depending on how easy it is to read the handwriting.


The month of August is National Family History Month in Australia. Events are being held across the country that focuses on genealogy, family history and related subjects. A new sponsor has been added – Momento, which is an online site for creating photo books and stationary. They are offering a $150 voucher for a competition. The winner will be chosen from submissions for suggestions about next years National Family History Month. Momento is an Australian company and the competition is only for those living in Australia.


ScotlandPlaces, which is a subscription web site, has added 18th century tax rolls from the National Records of Scotland. Starting in 1747 Taxes were collected based on the number of windows if a house had 7 or more windows.


For those with Irish ancestors, a new database is coming online. It’ll contain over 70,000 records of people buried in Mount St Laurence in Limerick. The records will contain name, age, address, date of death, and the position of the grave.


For the past two years, the staff from Limerick City Archives and the History Department of Mary Immaculate College of Education have been manually transcribing handwritten records of those buried at Mount St Lawrence Cemetery between 1855 and 2008.

It is scheduled to be available on August 20th.


Over in England, Durham Records Online contains transcriptions of baptisms, marriages and burials from parish registers in County Durham and nearby parishes in Northumberland and Yorkshire. You can search for free and then buy credits or purchase individual records. The site has been redesigned for easier navigation and the site is now mobile-friendly for easy use on tablets, Kindles, and phones. And they continue to add more records all the time.


New records recently added at FamilySearch include those from England, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collections mentioned include indexed records for New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855 – 1973, U.S. Arkansas First Draft Registration Cards, 1940 – 1945, U.S. Texas County Tax Rolls 1846 – 1910, Sweden Örebro Church Records, 1613 – 1918 with an index for the years 1635 – 1860, and England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538 – 1910. And some images have been added for New Zealand Probate Records, 1848 – 1991.


Some news from Richmond Virginia, which happens to be the place where the next National Genealogical Society conference will be held in May of 2014. The Richmond National Battlefield park is expanding. The park has acquired 251 acres of Glendale Civil War battlefield and plans to open it to the public. This makes almost 400 acres total for the park. If you are planning to attend the NGS conference, you may want to visit the park while you are in Richmond.


FamilyTree Magazine has released its 101 best websites for genealogy in 2013. Links to all the web sites are available from their web site. This year the list showcases what’s new such has older web sites with new records database, new techniques for accessing data, and new ways to share your family tree. They’ve broken down the sites by category

Best US Genealogy Websites
Best Southern US Genealogy Websites
Best Northern US Genealogy Websites
Best Midwest US Genealogy Websites
Best Western US Genealogy Websites
Best Genealogy Websites for Tracing Immigrants
Best Big Genealogy Websites
Best British and Irish Genealogy Websites
Best Continental European Genealogy Websites
Best Genealogy News Websites
Best Online Genealogy Tools and Trees
Best Genealogy Photo and Mapping Websites

Brigham Young University (BYU) and Family Search International will be having a Spanish language family history conference.

The conference will be in the United States where the third largest number of Spanish speakers of the world reside. It will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, September 9th thru the 14th 2013

The conference will feature expert genealogists from the Hispanic community. They will focus on Latin and Hispanic heritage. There will be tracks in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.


The U.S. National Archives (NARA) is planning a Virtual Genealogy Fair. This will be their first virtual fair, they’ve been having genealogy fairs since 2005. The two-day event will feature experts from NARA as well as from U.S. Customs and Immigration Service.

It will be free and if you miss the live webcasts you will be able to view them later at the National Archives YouTube page. The live events will take place September 3rd and 4th.

Lecture topics mentioned will include Native American and African American history, immigration, Civil War pensions, U.S. Colored Troops, and Navy Deck logs. They will be for professional genealogists and novices.


Cruise Everything has announced a new genealogy cruise that will be held in December 2014, that’s over a year from now. The cruise will leave Fort Lauderdale Florida. The weeklong cruise will be going to San Juan Puerto Rico, Basseterre, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten. The ship will be the Celebrity Silhouette, a Celebrity Cruise Line ship. Hosts for the cruise will be Gary and Diana Smith, Dick Eastman, and Jana Sloan Broglin.


There will not be an August ScanFest. It was scheduled for Sunday, August 25th. Scanfest was created by Miriam Robbins of AnceStories blog where people meet at this blog site to chat while they scan old photos and documents. It’s a way to entice you to get scanning all those things you’ve been meaning to scan.

The next ScanFest will be Sunday September 29th from 2 to 5 in the afternoon eastern time.

Other 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.

Wednesday August 21st there is a webinar from Legacy called Do More with Your Photos with Templates from Heritage Collector software and its presented by Kathleen Bitter.

The following Wednesday on the 28th the Legacy webinar will be Colonial Immigrants: Who They Were and Where They Came From. This will be presented by Mary Hill.

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.

On Tuesday the 20th at 8pm eastern the Wisconsin Genealogical Society will have a webinar called Beginning German Genealogy Research, presented by Kathy Wurth.

For the launch “Treasure Family Photos” at MyHeritage has a webinar on the 21st at 2pm eastern called Family Photos: Uncovering Stories where Maureen Taylor will talk about photos.

Also on 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

On 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.

On television Who Do You Think You Are on TLC will feature Chris O’Donnell on August 20th and on August 27th it will be Cindy Crawford. 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. If you miss an episode and forgot to record it, you can view the entire episode on the TLC website.

Friday August 23rd will be genchat on Twitter. The topic will be Most Intimidating Record Set and the FGS Conference

Mondays with Myrt and Mastering Genealogical Proof will return August 25th and 26th DearMyrtle has been attending a family reunion so these Google Hangouts did not take place last week.

And that’s it for this week

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