Episode 41 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Friday June 13, 2014 and this is Episode 41.

Ancestry has announced that they will be focusing on core offerings where they plan to spend time and resources. That means they will retire some services and those are MyFamily, MyCanvas, Genealogy.com, Mundia and the Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA tests.

The retirement date is September 5, 2014.

Subscribers to MyFamily will get refunds effective as of June 5, 2014. The refunds will be pro-rated to this date. You will still have access to the site until September 5th even though you got a refund.

You will be able to use MyCanvas and request printing up until September 4, 2014. You can still start a new project but is must be completed by September 4th. After that date all projects will be deleted.

According to Ancestry, MyCanvas projects cannot be downloaded, you can only print the projects either by ordering from MyCanvas or using your personal printer. Randy Seaver, who writes the Genea-Musings blog, has discovered that when you go to print using your personal printer you have the option to save the project as a PDF file. This will be done in 5 page increments. You save one file with five pages and then you save another file with the next five pages, and so on for all the pages in your project.

Genealogy.com will continue in a different form. There will be no more member activity but some portions of the Genealogy.com service will be maintained. If you were a lifetime subscriber you will be getting a special offer in an email message.

The portions of Genealogy.com that will be available in read-only format are GenForum message boards, Family Tree Maker homepages, and the most popular articles. You will be able to view these pages; you will no longer be able to edit the pages.

After September 5, 2014 you will no longer be able to log-in at Genealogy.com.

Mundia is a free site where you can share your family tree and collaborate with others.

Mundia trees are available in English, French, German, Italian, Swedish, and Spanish. You can save the tree you created in your native language before September 5th. After that time your tree will be offered in a select number of languages on Ancestry.

You will still be able to view the trees you created by using a free Ancestry account.

The AncestryDNA test will still be available. That test is an autosomal DNA test. This test can trace any one of you ancestral lines and is not limited to just the maternal or paternal line.

Ancestry will not be accepting any Y-DNA or mtDNA tests that have been submitted. If you had a Y-DNA or mtDNA test done at Ancestry you will be able to download the raw data.

You will not be able to access your Y-DNA and mtDNA results after September 5th. These tests are now being called LegacyDNA by Ancestry.

So before that date you should contact your matches on Ancestry while you still know who they are and download your results.

You can transfer Y-DNA to Family Tree DNA for $19 or you can spend more to transfer and upgrade to match the Family Tree DNA marker tests for $58.

There is a site call ysearch where you can upload Y-DNA for free and compare it to others.

Family Tree DNA does not offer transfer for mtDNA. You could upload those results to mitosearch.org. That site is free.

After September 5th all DNA samples used for the Y-DNA and mtDNA test will be destroyed.

Ancestry has released a research guide for Mississippi Research. In the guide you’ll find the history of Mississippi, significant dates, censuses, vital records information, military resources, land & wills, and other collections for Mississippi.

Ancestry also has a guide for Puerto Rico to go along with the new Puerto Rico records that have been added to the site. They have launched more than five million records from Puerto Rico.

The research guide has an overview of Puerto Rican history, census information, where to find vital records, links to collections on Ancestry, and links to other resources.


The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree was recently held in Burbank, California. Over 1300 people attended the onsite event and about 450 people viewed the streamed video sessions.

Some of those streamed session will be available to view for free until July 5th. Then the sessions will be available later this summer on the SCGS website for on demand viewing. You will need to be a SCGS member to view videos in the archive. Membership costs $35 per year.

Two new member benefits were announced at Jamboree. SCGS members will be eligible for a discount when they signup for findmypast.com. The discount will be the cost of a one-year membership to SCGS, which is $35. So you get $35 off a one-year subscription to findmypast.com

The other member benefit is remote access to military records on Fold3. You access Fold3 from the “Members Only” button on the SCGS website.

Other member benefits are

remote access to WorldVitalRecords.com
access to past SCGS Webinars and past Jamboree sessions
discounts on events, publications, and research services
online access to Los Angeles area records
guided research trips


Kenneth Marks continues to add states for where to find photos online at his blog The Ancestor Hunt. Recent additions have been for Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Oregon, and Rhode Island.

And he now has a new Photos resource page where you’ll find articles, resource links, and links to online image and photo collections.


FamilySearch has added more than 4.3 million indexed records and images for Chile, China, Denmark, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, and the United States

New browsable image collections added include

U.S., Texas, Manifests of Aliens Granted Temporary Admission at El Paso, ca. July 1924–1954

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection

Denmark Civil Marriages, 1851–1961
Poland, Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books, 1784–1964
Sweden, Västernorrland Church Records, 1501–1940; index 1650–1860
Sweden, Västmanland Church Records, 1538–1901; index 1622–1860
U.S., Billion Graves Index
U.S., Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833–1925
U.S., Indiana, Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1848–1992
U.S., Minnesota, Marriages, 1849–1950
U.S., Missouri, State and Territorial Census Records, 1732–1933

These collections have added images to an existing collection

Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821–2013
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239–2013
Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587–1966
Portugal, Beja, Civil Registration and Miscellaneous Records, 1609–1950
Portugal, Coimbra, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1835–1938
U.S., Montana Naturalization Records, 1868–1999


Brightsolid has launched a new free game called Family House. The game offers a virtual alternative for creating a family tree by building a family house. You create and share a likeness of you, your family and friends while building your dream house. People in the game can wear clothes form the last 200 years and you can grow a garden.

As you play the game you can add additional family members and rooms as you are restoring the house.

You earn “Family Jewels” as you play the came to make purchases. You can pay real money to get more jewels or you can earn “Family Jewels” by playing the game everyday and collecting rent from happy family members. You keep everyone happy by having nice furniture in the rooms and a well-stocked kitchen and bathroom. You will need to empty your piggy banks so the rent can be deposited automatically.

There is a ghost to guide you as you discover secret rooms and the ghost will give you hints as you play the game.

You can create virtual streets and visit friends and neighbors houses to meet their families.

Family House is available on iPhone, iPad, and Facebook.


Findmypast continues to add to its 100in100 campaign where they are adding 100 record collections in 100 days. Recent updates were added for

Berkshire marriages and burials
British Royal Navy Personnel 1931
Dorset baptisms, marriages, and burials
British Casualties, Aden 1955 – 1967
British Casualties, Korean War 1950 – 1953
1890 U.S. Census, Civil War Union Veterans and Widows
Wyggeston Grammar School England Deaths 1939-1945
Bromsgrove School England Deaths 1899-1945
Epsom College England Deaths 1899-1945

The findmypast weekly update announces something called MarriageFinder. This tool suggests spouse names when you search in England & Wales Civil Marriages.

They’ve brought back a feature for browsing non-indexed BMDs or birth, marriage, and death records. And they’ve added the ability to print pages from the British Newspaper collection from the image viewer.

Also, you will see the name you searched for in the census highlighted. They are working to be able to search by address in the census.


BillionGraves had a contest in May where it gave an iPad Mini to everyone who photographed 50,000 images or who transcribed 75,000 images. There were a total of 5 winners.

The contest was so successful that it’s being held again in June. A 16GB Apple iPad Mini WiFi with available 4G-LTE will be given to everyone who photographs 50,000 images or transcribes 50,000 images. The amount for transcription has gone down by 25,000.

BillionGraves mentioned a few tips for the photographers. Photographing flat headstones is easier and quicker than other upright headstones. So for the contest find cemeteries such as military cemeteries where the headstones are flat, of similar shape, and perfectly aligned.

You can get a group to log into the same account from different devices and the efforts will be combined to make it easier to reach the goal of 50,000 images or transcriptions. Only one prize will be given per username.


The State Archives of North Carolina has created some videos about the care and handling of family papers, photographs, and essential records.

There are 5 videos each about 10 minutes long. The titles are

Identifying and Protecting Essential Family Records
General Paper Preservation Tips
Caring for and Sharing Family and Personal Papers
The Care and Preservation of Family Photographs
Managing and Preserving Digital Images

You can find the videos at the State Archives of North Carolina YouTube channel


British Newspaper Archive now has 240,000 extra newspaper pages online. These includes editions of London’s Penny Illustrated Paper, the Dunndee, Perth and Forfar People’s Journal, and, the Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald. Fifty-six other titles were also updated such as the Aberdeen Journal, the Kent & Sussex Courier and the Morpeth Herald.

The Digital Library of Georgia has announced that the Vienna Progress has been added to the South Georgia Historic Newspaper Archive. Also, they’ve added the Savannah Historic Newspapers archive. This archive consists of three newspaper titles published in Savannah: Savannah Georgian (1819-1856), Savannah Morning News (1868-1880), and the Savannah Republican (1809-1868).

The images in the archive are full text searchable or can be browsed by date.


The Wellcome Library and the U.S. National Library of Medicine have released digital collections of material pertaining to World War I. The Wellcome Library has digitized diaries, photographs, and memoirs associated with the allied medical services during World War I.

In the collections you will find material relating to prisoners of war and first hand accounts about what life was like during the war.

Plans are to add to the collections in the near future. These include a collection of U.S. Army hospital magazines and the official history of the U.S. Army Medical Department.

The archives can be found at the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s collections website.

Everything in the digital collections is in the public domain unless indicated otherwise.


McMaster University, which is located in Ontario, is digitizing more than 1,350 trench maps and 580 photos from France and Belgium that belong to the University. The project is to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The maps are being scanned at 600dpi and allow you to zoom in to see them better than if you were looking at the original map with a magnifying glass.

So far, 500 maps and most of the photos are available. The rest should be digitized by the end of the summer.

Maps and photos are being added to the previous online offerings from McMaster that include more than 340 First World War recruitment posters and copies of sheet music for war songs. There are even some audio recordings.


The Ontario Genealogical Society has launched a new society called the First World War Society. It’s a lineage Society for anyone who can show descent from someone who served in the Allied side of the First World War. You must have documented proof to the person who served in order to join the Society.

The application fee is $40 for OGS members and $80 for non-OGS members.


A new virtual museum is being created to tell the story of 300 years of Welsh nonconformist worship and Welsh Chapels. Using laser scanning, gigapixel photography, and computer visualization will create virtual access to the chapels. The interactive website will used GIS mapping for finding chapels.

Throughout the year the Royal Commission will be working with local communities to collect stories and photos relating to the chapels. They will be holding survey training days, community history days, and lectures.


The Irish Genealogical Research Society has launched a 1901 index to townlands, which is the lowest level of land division in Ireland. The name of the townland is needed to find records about your family in Ireland.

You can search the database with incomplete or partial spellings as well as a guessed spelling. And you can find out the names of the townlands surrounding a particular place.

The website is found at IrishAncestors.ie. It’s subscription site that costs about $35 per year in U.S. dollars but this database is being made available to everyone, free of charge.


RootsTech 2015 is now accepting presentation proposals. Key categories are Finding and Organizing, Preserving, Sharing, Stories and Photos, Tools, General, Family Traditions and Lifestyle, Developer, and Business.

The conference will be held in conjunction with the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference. Submission for the FGS conference ended on May 31st.

RootsTech presentation proposals can be submitted up until June 27, 2014.


RootsTech and FGS have announced that hotel reservations are open for the 2015 conference that will be held in Salt Lake City, February 11 – 14. The hotels are the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, Hilton Salt Lake City Center, and Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown. These hotels will be offering reduced rates during the time of the conference.

The reduced rates are valid as long as you book before January 13, 2015 but of course you need to book early if you expect to get a room.

Registration for the conference will open in late August.


The fifth season of Who Do You Think You Are? will begin on July 23, 9pm eastern on the TLC network. It’s actually the second season for the TLC version. This season will feature Valerie Bertinelli, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lauren Graham, Kelsey Grammer, Cynthia Nixon, Rachel McAdams and her sister, Kayleen McAdams. There will be six episodes.

Ancestry.com is the sponsor and partner for the show.

TLC has also acquired the previous 10 episodes from seasons on NBC. Those episodes featured Matthew Broderick, Lisa Kudrow, Rob Lowe, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Vanessa Williams and Rita Wilson.

TLC has a promotional video at its site with excerpts from the show with Cynthia Nixon.


Genealogy Roadshow is looking for story submissions. They are looking for people from New Orleans and Philadelphia. Those episodes will be recorded in September and air sometime in 2015. The exact dates for the show have not been announced.

Coming Up

DearMyrtle continues Google+ Hangouts on Air three times a week with Mondays with Myrt, Wacky Wednesdays, and Genealogy Game Night. You can attend live or watch the recordings on her YouTube channel.

Tuesday, June 17, 1pm eastern
Ancestry Live Event
Free Records Available on Ancestry.com

Tuesday, June 17, 8pm eastern
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Webinar
Applying for Your Irish Passport
presented by Donna Moughty

#genchat – The Deep South
Wednesday, June 18th, noon eastern

Wednesday, June 18, 8pm eastern
Georgia Genealogical Society
Introduction to FindMyPast.com
presented by Jen Baldwin

Wednesday, June 18, 9pm eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society
Wooden Shoe Genealogy: Finding Dutch and Frisian Ancestors
presented by Jay Fonkert

Thursday, June 19, 1pm eastern
Ancestry Live Event
AncestryDNA: The Search for Biological Family

Friday, June 20, 8pm eastern
Twitter #IDGChat – Brick Walls

Saturday, June 21, 1pm eastern
Beginning Hispanic Research
This will be in English.

Monday, June 23, 9pm eastern
Ancestry.com Tweetchat with Crista Cowan

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 41.

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