Episode 40 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Wednesday June 4, 2014 and this is Episode 40.

The judges have determined the fate of King Richard III of England. He will be buried in Leicester cathedral.

King Richard’s remains were found buried beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England in 2012.

A license was given to the University of Leicester to excavate the remains and the license allowed the university to decide where the remains would be reinterred.

Distant relatives of King Richard wanted the former king buried in York where the king spent his childhood and much of his adult life. They believe the license was given to the University of Leicester without taking into account the wishes of the king’s descendants.

The final judgment will allow the University of Leicester to give the king a dignified reburial where he will be laid to rest. The reinterment ceremony will take place in the spring of 2015.


The National Archives in the U.S. will be transferring records stored in Anchorage, Alaska to the state archives in Juneau, Alaska. These consist of court records, documents about the history of the Alaska Railroad, and birth, marriage, and death records.

The Juneau facility will become a single, centralized repository for Alaskan records.

The federal and territorial records will be moved to Seattle.

The records will be moved this summer and the Anchorage facility will be closed.

The National Archives will digitize some of the Alaska records to make them more broadly available to the public. They want your participation and feedback to identify which records should be digitized first. You can comment on the blog post about this request or send an email with your thoughts. I’ll have a link in the show notes to the blog post.

FamilySearch Family History Centers in North America are now ready for you to come in and scan your photographs and documents. They have all been equipped with multifunction products from Lexmark. Lexmark is a company that manufactures printers and provides enterprise services.

The scanned images will be stored in your account on FamilySearch.org or you can bring a flash drive and store the images there.

Once the images are at the FamilySearch website, you can tag them, share with others, and attach them to an ancestor in your FamilySearch Family Tree.

This service will be coming to all Family History Centers around the world.

All of this is free.


FamilySearch will be releasing a feature called “hinting.” The site will automatically search for records at FamilySearch for people in your family tree.

There will be a Record Hints box on each ancestor page in the FamilySearch Family Tree. When you go to a page you will see what has been found for that ancestor. You will be able to quickly attach records to an ancestor and you will be able to attach records to multiple ancestors at once. You decide what records to attach to an ancestor so you determine if the record found is for your ancestor.


FamilySearch has added several new classes to its Learning Center. All these classes are in Spanish. The following classes have been added – Searches in Images, Searches in Indexed Records, How to find the image of an indexed record, Searches using film numbers or batch numbers, How to use the FamilySearch Catalog, How to get help, Now what? How to do genealogy research, Effective searches in the historical records of FamilySearch. and Family Tree: Sources, photos, and stories.

These classes are designed for the beginner but an advanced researcher may find some tips and techniques in the classes.

Another course has been added about searching the site Dokuklik. which has records for Basque County, Spain. At this site you can search parish records indexed from 1500 – 1900 in three provinces of the Pais Vasco, which is located in Northern Spain. This class is in English.


FamilySearch has released a new online collection of Civil War records. They’ve created a new landing page for it at familysearch.org/civil-war. From that page there are links to collections for Union and Confederate pension records, prisoners of war, cemeteries, National Soldier Homes, and census records.

There are links to the FamilySearch wiki where you can learn more about finding records about the Civil War.

Some of these collections at FamilySearch are indexes to records found at Fold3, which will require you to have a subscription in order to view the records.


FamilySearch has added more than 3.1 million images to collections from Brazil, Canada, France, Indonesia, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, and the United States

FamilySearch has added more than 2.9 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, and the United States

More new records at FamilySearch

New indexed record collection
U.S., Iowa, County Death Records, 1880–1992

New browsable image collections added include
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Mungkid Citizenship Records, 1985–2013
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Rembang, District Court Naturalization Records, 1953–2013
Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, Leiden, Notarial Records, 1591–1806
Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1293–1966
U.S., District of Columbia, Freedmen’s Bureau Records, 1863–1872
U.S, Georgia, Confederate Home Records, 1901–1930
U.S., Texas, Indexes and Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Del Rio, 1906–1953
U.S., Utah Naturalization Records, 1906–1930
U.S., Utah, Utah County Records, 1856–1920

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843–1945
France, Coutances et d’Avranche Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1533–1906
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997
Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890–2005
U.S., Florida, Tampa, Passenger Lists, 1898–1945
U.S, Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926–1979
U.S., Maryland, Baltimore, Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels and Airplanes, 1954–1957
U.S., New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925–1957
U.S., West Virginia Naturalization Records, 1814–1991

These collections have added images to an existing collection
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1845–2013
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Miscellaneous Records, 1748–1998
Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980
Canada, British Columbia Birth Registrations, 1854–1903
Canada, Quebec, Notarial Records, 1800–1920
Chile, Santiago, Cemetery Records, 1821–2011
New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848–1991
Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890–2005
Portugal, Bragança, Catholic Church Records, 1541–1985
Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1531–1920
U.S, California, County Marriages, 1850–1952
U.S, District of Columbia Marriages, 1811–1950
U.S, Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718–1957
U.S, Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate Files, 1731–1881
U.S, Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820–1951
U.S, New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682–1956
U.S, North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762–1979
U.S, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885–1950
U.S, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803–1915
U.S, Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790–1950
U.S, Texas, Houston, Historic Hollywood Cemetery Records, 1895–2008
U.S, United States Census, 1820
U.S, United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861–1934
U.S, Washington, King County Delayed Births, 1941–1942
U.S, Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848–1948


The Find A Grave mobile app for iOS has been updated. The update includes some features that users have requested to make things easier.

The photo upload queue will not make you stop and wait for a photo to upload before you can take another picture. Now the photos will remain in the queue and be uploaded according to the connection speed and you can still take pictures.

If you like, you can opt to have photos automatically deleted from your phone after they have been uploaded. And the update enables you to upload over wifi only if you prefer to do it that way.

No word about an Android app but there are plans to create a new web site for Find A Grave.


Ancestry has released a research guide for Rhode Island. In the guide you’ll find the history of Rhode Island, where to find census records, vital records, military collections, some other collections such as directories and maps for Rhode Island. The guide also has links to other state resources and help and advice.

You’ll find the population for the years the federal census was taken and some significant dates for the state.

Ancestry has also released a research guide for Wisconsin. This guide is very similar to the Rhode Island guide except that it’s for a different state. You may find some different types of collections listed under other collections and other state resources.


Ancestry is continuing with its Branch Out contest. It started last November and continues until October when the 6th and last grand prizewinner will be announced.

To enter you fill out a form with your name and address and a brief story about your family history that is not more than 500 words.

The winner is chosen randomly.

The grand-prize consists of twenty hours of ProGenealogists research. ProGenealogists is owned by Ancestry and specializes in historical and genealogical research.

The prize also consists of a one-year Ancestry.com World Explorer Plus membership and one Ancestry DNA kit.

This contest is only available for those in the United States. There is a limit of one entry per person per email address.

You have until June 30th to submit your application. The prizewinner will be selected around July 8.

The contest will be held again in July and then one more time in September.

Findmypast continues to give weekly updates about its web site. Some changes made to the site are the ability to download newspaper images has been reinstated.

They also continue to make improvements to the search screens. You can search the census records by the name of another member of the household.

Findmypast is about half way through their 100in100 campaign where they are adding 100 record collections in 100 days. They have added the British Army Service records from 1914 – 1920, Cheshire land tax assessments, and Devon parish records.

The Devon parish records consist of 4 million records dating back 400 years. They consist of baptisms, banns, marriages, and burials from 1538 through 1915. The new records are for Exeter and Barnstaple. Findmypast already had records from Plymouth and West Devon.

The new records are fully searchable transcripts and the scanned images are in color.

FIndmypast has added 800,000 New Zealand records. These consist of Lands & Surveys Department Nominal Roll of Officers 1901 and New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1925. The electoral rolls are a good census substitute since many census records in New Zealand have been destroyed.

The Lands & Surveys Department Nominal Roll of Officers is an index of the department’s staff members in 1901.


Mocavo has a free Military Research Guide. In the guide you’ll find research tips and stories about the different wars and types of records to access for the wars. There is information about pensions for the different wars and the role women played for war. Also there is a section on military service records.

At the end of the guide you’ll find forms to help you keep track of your military ancestors.


GenealogyBank has added 12 million more newspaper articles to its newspapers collections. They have added 45 new newspapers and 28 newspapers have new articles added. These are all newspapers in the United States.


The Idaho State Historical Society is starting to digitize newspapers. The project is part of the National Digital Newspaper Project from the Library of Congress. Funding comes from a grant form the National Endowment for the Humanities.

11 Idaho newspapers will be digitized. The first newspaper will be The Caldwell Tribune. Other newspapers are the Camas Prairie Chronicle, the Challis Messenger; the Cottonwood Report; the Coeur d’Alene Press; the Idaho Falls Times; the Idaho Recorder, the Idaho World, the Kendrick Gazette; the Pocatello Tribune; and the Wood River Times.

The scanned images will be available for free at the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website and the homepage of the Idaho State Historical Society. They should be available by July 1, 2015 and they will be keyword-searchable.


The Indiana State Library is working to digitize historic newspapers. The project plans to have digitized the newspapers from every county in the state by Indiana’s bicentennial celebrations in 2016.

They have been working with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for placing the images at the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America web site. The funding is running out and a foundation has been established to obtain more funds and non-profit status for the new group is pending.


A reader of Kenneth Marks blog The Ancestor Hunt has sent in 100 more links to be added to the Newspaper Collection. Kenneth has a blog post with just those new links. Well worth looking at if you’ve already checked out the newspaper links. If you haven’t checked out the collection, it contains links to where you can find newspapers online. It’s organized by state and Canadian Provinces.

Also at The Ancestor Hunt web site you will find links by state to find photos online. Links have been added for Alabama, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.


The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has joined Pinterest. They have added a variety of Pinterest boards. More boards will be added in the future. The boards added so far contain relevant topics for genealogical societies and for individual researchers. The boards are Volunteers – How To Get and Keep Them, Member Society Spotlight, and FGS 2014 San Antonio Conference.

This same information will be available at the FGS blog, web site, Facebook page, and twitter feed.


In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, the Library and Archives Canada has announced the addition of references to it s Immigrants from China database. This database now has references to the C.I.9 certificates, which were issued to people of Chinese origin who were born in Canada and wanted to leave Canada for a while without losing their Canadian status. The records contain the individual’s name, age, place of birth, port and data of departure, the ship’s name, and a photograph.


Deceased Online has added over 110,000 burial records from Spa Fields in the modern London borough of Islington. Spa Fields was a nonconformist burial ground. The records range from 1778 – 1849. The site today is managed by the London Borough of Islington and is located across the street from the London Metropolitan Archives.


During the late 1800s, Charles Booth created a map showing poverty in London. It was part of 17 volumes called ‘Life and Labour of the People in London.’ The map was part of the volumes that were published about London’s poor.

Using a color code, the map represents different levels of poverty. The map has been available online.

Now there is a new beta version of the map called PhoneBooth. At the site you can see the Booth maps overlaid on OpenStreet map or Google maps.

Using a slider you can adjust the transparency to see where the locations on the older map are located today. You can view the entries that were made about certain locations by selecting Notebooks and then clicking the location on the map. These come from police notebooks, which record eye-witness descriptions.


The third batch of First World War unit diaries from France and Flanders, Belgium, are now online at the First World War 100 portal. These diaries are released from the National Archives at Kew in the UK. They provide accounts of battles and events, sports activities to keep the troops motivated, and insights into the daily routines of British troops on the Western Front.

This third batch contains diaries from the Kitchener Divisions and the Territorial Force.


The subscription web site TheGenealogist has released over 80,000 records of officers and other ranks who were taken prisoner in World War One. The records include British and Commonwealth military personnel. The records are searchable and include first name, surname, rank, regiment, and the date the information was received. A solider may have multiple records if they were moved while in captivity. Some records provide more details if the prisoner did not make it home.

The records cover the army, navy, and air force of British and Commonwealth servicemen who were prisoners of war.


There is a new copyright law in the UK. It allows those with a disability to make copies of materials in different formats, libraries can scan materials and make them available as digital collections, and public bodies can publish everything they hold online. Researchers may copy materials for non-commercial use. It does not state how compensation will be made to copyright holders when their work is used for commercial use.

The creation of digital archives by libraries is meant to ensure that materials will be available for future generations. There is no increase in funds to accomplish this and the copyright holders will not be compensated when their work is placed online.


The Glasgow City Council in Scotland has launched a new web site called First World War Glasgow. The site provides information on the city’s commemorative events for World War I.

There’s lots of information about Glasgow during the war. And there’s plenty of links where you can find more information.

You can add your own stories about those involved in the war at the site and you can search the site.


The wills of 31,000 Scottish soldiers are being made available online by the National Records of Scotland at the ScotlandsPeople website. Searching at the site is free and you buy credits to view the records.

The wills are from soldiers who served in World War I, World War II, the Boer War, Korean War, and other conflicts between 1857 and 1964. Most of the wills are from World War I. They contain the last wishes of 26,000 Scottish soldiers who died in the Great War. They are written in the soldier’s own handwriting.

The records are being released as part of commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.


A new web site has launched about World War I for Northern Ireland. It’s called BelfastWW1. At the site you’ll find different projects going on related to World War I, resources that are available for finding out about World War I in Belfast, publications, museums, and some other projects and museums outside of Belfast.


There is a new digital archive on Jewish life in Poland. The website provide access to many materials related to the Jewish community in Poland before World War II. You’ll find documents, manuscripts, photographs, artworks, films, and audio and video recordings.

The archive contains about 4,000 pages of documents. During the next seven years that will expand to 1.5 million pages of documents from those that are currently stored in New York. These documents were recovered after World War II and shipped to New York.


Another new digital archive has been created for the Japanese American evacuation and resettlement. There was a mass internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. At the archive you will find first-hand accounts of what life was like in the camps in the form of daily journals, field reports, life histories, and correspondence between staff, evacuees, and others.

At the site you’ll also find a list of confinement sites, a timeline to explore major events that occurred during the Japanese American internment during World War II, and resources to find more information.


Trove is a website created and maintained by the National Library of Australia. It helps you find resources relating to Australia.

Trove has had a big update recently. Some of the highlights of this update include new advanced search for newspapers, new help system, lots of bug fixes, and some other new links.

I’ll have a link in the show notes for all the changes.

Under the hood Trove has changed to be able to handle more newspapers and more text corrections that are submitted by users. Response times will be better and there should be fewer outages.

They say this is the first in a series of significant changes to celebrate Trove’s fifth year.


Registration is open for the 2014 Eastern European Family History Conference to be held in Salt Lake City, August 12 – 15. There are pre-conference workshops on Monday and Tuesday, August 10 and 11. Those are Finding the Village of Origin, Cyrillic for Beginners, and Ask the Experts.

The tracks for the sessions are Austrian Empire Research, German Research, Russian Research, Polish Research, Germans of Russia, and Jewish Research.

The registration fee is $139 if received by July 1st or $159 after July 1st.


The next Who Do You Think You Are Live show will be held in Glasgow, August 29 – 31. The website has been updated for the Glasgow show and tickets are on sale. This is the first time the show has been held outside of London.

The show is based on the television program Who Do You Think You Are? in Britain, which will celebrate its 100th episode later this year. The show explores the genealogy of a famous person.

The show has vendors, workshops, and celebrity guests. There is list with most of the workshops being offered at the site.

Legacy has announced its 2015 genealogy cruise. The 12th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise will be held June 20 – 27, 2015 and will be departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and will be visiting Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico.

While at sea you can attend genealogy classes, which will be announced later.

Prices start at $943 per person.


Feature presenters for the 8th Unlock the Past Genealogy Cruise – Baltic in July 2015 have been announced. Chris Paton from Scotland is a Scottish based professional genealogist and gives presentations on Scottish and Irish research.

Paul Milner from the United States is a professional genealogist and lecturer who specializes in British Isles and US research.

Cyndi Ingle from the United States is the Webmaster of Cyndi’s List. She will talk about using the Internet for research.

Carol Baxter from Australia will focus on research and writing your family history.


The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy has announced a new course to be included for the 2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy that will be held January 12 – 16, 2015 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The new course is called “Getting More Out of Genetic Genealogy Research: Intermediate to Advanced DNA Analysis Techniques” and will be taught by CeCe Moore and Angie Bush. This advanced analysis course is for those who have a through understanding of genetic genealogy basics and have used DNA testing for family history research.

Registration will open on June 14th.


The show History Detectives on PBS will be starting a new season on July 1. It investigates items that may have historical significance to determine if they are real and the story behind the item.

The new show will focus on a single story per episode. Previous shows featured three stories per episode.

Each show will try to solve a single mystery form America’s past. The following are the topics for the shows. This was a list that was posted last year so the actual shows may be different.

The titles of the shows are:

What was behind the tragic sinking of the SS Sultana at the end of the American Civil War?
Can we solve the mystery of the Austin Servant Girl Murders of the 1880s?
Did a Mafia kingpin’s darkest secret trigger Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance?
And what led to the mysterious disappearance of big band leader Glenn Miller during World War II?

The presenters are Wes Cowan, Tukufu Zuberi, and Kaiama Glover

The show will be called History Detectives Special Investigations and will air on Tuesday nights at 9pm eastern July 1 through July 22. There will be four episodes.


Another show returning to PBS is the genealogy series “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” which traces the ancestry of well-known Americans using DNA and traditional research. A team of genealogists and geneticists work to uncover the origins of the guests.

This will be season two for the show and will have 30 guests on the show including Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Anderson Cooper, Valerie Jarrett, Billie Jean King, Stephen King and musician Nas.

The show will air on Tuesdays at 8pm eastern, September 23 – November 25.


DearMyrtle has a new 3-2-1 CITE! Challenge for June 2014. This months challenge is to post the same sample family tree on three genealogy websites and write up about what results happen with the information.

The sample tree could start with someone in your genealogy database and go back a few generations. After you post the trees, keep up with the activity on the trees.

Summarize what happens and post your results on your blog, Facebook, Google+, or YouTube.

The challenge is due by June 30th and the winner will be announced on Mondays with Myrt on June 9th. The winner will receive a Microsoft USB headset.


DearMYRTLE continues with her Google Hangouts on Air. There’s Mondays with Myrt, noon eastern on Mondays, Wacky Wednesday with DearMYRTLE Wednesdays, 9pm eastern, and Genealogy Game Night, Saturdays, 9pm eastern. The Genealogy Game is a good way for people to try hangouts. The game will be the same game each Saturday night in June, then in July it will be a different game from June but the same game will be for each Saturday in July. This will give everyone time to get the hang of the games.

Some webinars coming up

Illinois State Genealogical Society
Tuesday, June 10, 9pm eastern
Plotting, Scheming, and Mapping Online
Presenter: Cyndi Ingle

Wednesday, June 11, 10 am eastern
The National Archives UK Webinar – Battalions and regiments in the First World War
presented by David Langrish

Wednesday, June 11 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – German Internet Research: A Launching Place for Your Research
presented by Kory Meyerink

Thursday, June 12, 1pm eastern
Ancestry Live Event
Family Tree Maker: Notes

Thursday, June 12, 9pm eastern
Second Life APG Chapter meeting

Friday, June 13 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – 10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Family History Narrative
presented by Lisa Alzo

#genchat – Online cemeteries: their role in genealogy
Friday, June 13th, 10pm eastern
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.

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