Episode 43 Transcript

Welcome to the genealogy news from Geneatopia.

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

Today is Tuesday, July 1, 2014 and this is episode 43.

Findmypast has acquired Mocavo. Mocavo is a genealogy search engine that started in 2011. They have been growing rapidly by putting more than 1000 free databases online every day. And as a result of the acquisition they are putting the complete US Census Index online for free. That means you can look up things in the index but can’t see the actual record.

Not long ago, Mocavo announced that they were going to provide free access to records forever and Findmypast is going to keep that commitment. In order to use the free databases, you can only search them individually, one at a time. If you are subscriber you can search the entire website at one time.

Mocavo’s search engine will be integrated into the Findmypast websites to increase their offerings.

Just a few weeks ago Findmypast acquired the British and Irish genealogy website Origins.net.

In its weekly update Findmypast mentioned the 100in100 campaign which is to add 100 record sets in 100 days. They have published the Honourable Artillery Company records. These records span the years from 1848 to 1922 and they contain details of about 13,000 men who served with the company.

Findmypast still has a fifth of the 100in100 campaign to go. They said there are plenty more record sets to come.
They will be renaming and updating the Feedback Forum. It will now be called the Ideas Board and they will be keeping it updated with projects that are planned in progress and completed. They encourage everyone to keep submitting ideas that they would like Findmypast to work on.

They’ve also released Irish petty session court registers. The Irish courts tried and convicted twice as many people as the English courts during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

And they’ve released 450,000 Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force service records from the UK National Archives. The majority of the records cover the First World War.


WikiTree has announced a DNA ancestor confirmation aid tool. By entering your DNA information you will be able to find distant cousins. WikiTree is one large public family tree. By entering your DNA information will help you to add to your family tree and see relationships among your ancestors.

The DNA information can be used to confirm the family tree. You can enter yDNA and mtDNA results to see the paternal and maternal lines.

Ancestry and Proquest have announced an expanded agreement to deliver genealogy resources to libraries worldwide. This is a multiyear agreement and ProQuest will be the distributor of the Ancestry Library edition and future ancestry products. Ancestry Library Edition is available at most libraries free of charge.

A subscription to Ancestry is for individuals to share and collaborate. The Library Edition does not have the ability to collaborate with others or publish your tree. You also can’t access everything in the Learning Center or shop. Not all collections are available in the Library Edition. Those include the obituary collection, the historical newspapers collection, and any collections that can be found at the Proquest database HeritageQuest.

HeritageQuest is free to use at home by entering your library card information. It contains digitized books pertaining to family history, an older version of PERSI (Periodical Source Index), Freedman’s Bank records, and the US census.

The agreement includes some significant content and feature improvements to HeritageQuest online as well.

Ancestry’s latest research guide is for Idaho. In the guide you’ll find the history of Idaho, significant dates, information about the census, where to find vital records, and other collections.

FamilySearch is having a 24 hour worldwide indexing event on July 20 to the 21st. It starts at 8 PM Eastern time on Sunday, July 20 and it ends 24 hours later at 7:59 PM on Monday, July 21.

They’ve suggested some projects to work on – US Obituaries, US Passport Applications, US New Orleans Passenger Lists, and in the UK Manchester Parrish Registers.

It’s hoped that at the end of this 24-hour event there will be millions more records available for everyone. They hope everyone will submit at least one batch during that 24-hour period.

If you would like to know more about FamilySearch indexing you can watch a Wacky Wednesday episode DearMyrtle did about. You can find it at her YouTube channel.

Her 3-2-1 challenge for the month of July is about indexing. It’s 3 projects, 2 submission, and 1 paragraph. You look at three possible projects, you don’t have to work in all three projects. Submit two submissions and write one paragraph about your experience indexing. And list what projects you looked at and which ones you indexed. Post this paragraph some where such as your blog, DearMyrtle’s blog, DearMyrtle’s Facebook page, or DearMyrtle’s Google+ community.

FamilySearch announced the online publication of its 1 billionth record at the FamilySearch.org website. It took seven years to reach the 1 billion mark. It’s estimated that the next billion record images will be published within 3 to 5 years.

70% of the images at the website come from FamilySearch’s huge microfilm collection. FamilySearch’s goal is to make information from historic records digitally available to be easily searchable for family history purposes.

In celebration of the World Cup FamilySearch wants you to share your soccer memories. They’ve devoted a page where you can sign in and share your stories.

The Family History Library has won TripAdvisor’s certificate of excellence award. TripAdvisor is a travel site. It contains reviews and opinions for accommodations, restaurants, and attractions. The Family History Library is ranked number two out of 95 attractions in Utah and has earned a five out of five possible rating.

FamilySearch has announced a new online guide for the County of Norfolk England. The guide can be found in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. There are articles on each of the parishes with descriptions of records available online. There are maps and information about how to use major Norfolk archives and libraries.

The website Geni.com is trying to be one big family tree. Everything is public, there are no private trees. Since everyone can find everyone else it’s a good place to find distant cousins.

They’ve announced that starting on July 1 there will be changes to their privacy rules. Many profiles will be changed from private to public for those who are deceased. All profiles of living people will be private.

This will make profiles available so that others can edit or merge the profiles with other profiles.

They will increase the privacy of private profiles. Private profiles will now display less information to nonfamily members. All living profiles will be set to private but if you want you can change your settings so you can be more public.

Geni is owned by MyHeritage.

The Library of Congress has acquired HistoryMakers, an African-American oral history video collection. It contains thousands of hours of interviews. The interviews capture African-American life, history, and culture. The collection includes 9,000 hours of content that is on analog tapes, DVDs, digital files, paper documents, and photographs.

The HistoryMakers is a nonprofit educational institution founded in 1999 that is committed to preserving, developing, and providing easy access to African-American video oral histories. They have traveled to US cities and towns to record stories. The collection includes interviews with some very famous people such as Barack Obama, Maya Angelou, Isaac Hayes, and BB King as well as many others.

You will now find the Library of Congress at Pinterest. The library will be sharing visual content that will allow others to create their own collections by creating and managing boards and pinning items.

The Association of Professional Genealogists is accepting applications for the APG Young Professionals scholarship up until July 22. The scholarship will go to a student or young professional who would like a career in genealogy. You need to submit some information about yourself, letters of recommendation, and write up a response to these two questions:

Quoting from the blog post at the APG website.

Discuss a specific record collection, media, digital source or other resource that has significantly changed your perspective about family history or research strategy along with the pros and cons of that record source, and how you used it to resolve a genealogical problem.

What do you envision a genealogical career will encompass in the next five years and how do you see yourself involved then?

From the APG website you can find the blog post that has the application.

There is a new version of the BillionGraves android app. Based on feedback they’ve made some bug fixes and some changes. There is now localization support for 24 languages, and they fixed a lot of stability issues, message notification issues, and Google maps crash issues.

You can join the Android Beta Testers group at BillionGraves if you would like to help with future updates for app.


RootsMagic has a short survey that they would like everyone to fill out. The survey asks you what you want in a genealogy software program and what features you find most useful. The survey will be available until Tuesday, July 15. As an incentive they will be giving away five $50 Amazon.com gift certificates to randomly-selected survey respondents.

Genealone is a genealogy website builder. It allows even people who have no knowledge of website building to create, edit, and publish pages about their ancestors. They’ve announced that they’ve released a new version, version 1.2, that has many new features. Some of the main new features are

maps can be displayed in person or place sections

you can write custom pages and link them to persons or to the front page

you can find and merge duplicate persons

you can edit a place and the program will find its longitude and latitude

and there is a new main menu configuration tool

If you have purchased Genealone you can download the update for free and if you host Genealone on their servers you don’t have to do anything, it has been updated automatically.

The South Carolina State Library is offering something called digitization in a box to the state libraries for them to put their historic photos and documents online. The program will provide the library with equipment, software, and expertise to scan items and put them online. The libraries get the service for two months with an option for third month.

By placing these local collections online anyone will have access to them. All these items that will be digitized will be available in the South Carolina digital library. From that digital library the items are connected to the Digital Public Library of America, a nationwide portal for finding public history

The Arkansas history commission has announced that they have relaunched their online digital archive. The archive was originally launched in 2006 with a limited selection of archival material. The agency has redesigned the site and added new collections such as maps, postcards, and World War I material.

The archive will continue to grow by adding new archival material and new collections to the site. Some future collections will be material reflecting the cultural diversity of Arkansas, Civil War era material, and information about Arkansas’s flags, and oral history interviews with war veterans.


The Toronto Star is donating its entire photo archive it to the Toronto Public Library. The collection spans the years from 1900 to 1999, the entire 20th century, and contains more than 1 million photographs. By July 7 most of the images will be publicly available at the Toronto Reference Library. Eventually these images will be available on the library’s digital archive.

The British Library will be creating a website that contains links to other websites that pertain to World War I and they are asking for your help. They are interested in all types of websites such as those created by museums, archives, libraries, special interest groups, universities, performing arts groups, schools, community groups, family history societies, and individual’s websites. They have a form where you can nominate UK-based World War I related websites.

These websites will be part of a special collection called “First World War Centenary Special Collection” and it will be found at the UK Web Archive website. At this website you can find other collections such as the Queen’s diamond Jubilee, the Quakers, and the London terrorist attack of July 7, 2005.

The BBC version of Who Do You Think You Are? will be starting a new season this summer with 10 new episodes. The show was launched in 2004, 10 years ago, and it will hit its 100th episode during the upcoming series. They’ve released the names of the guests that will appear in the series.

Mary Berry is a food writer and broadcaster. She is well known as a judge on the show with “The Great British Bake-Off.”

Brian Blessed is a British actor. One of his most famous roles was Prince Vultan from Flash Gordon.

Billy Connolly is a Scottish comedian.

Brendan O’Carroll who created the hit sitcom Mrs. Brown’s Boys.

Tamzin Outhwaite is a British actress who played Melanie Owen in EastEnders, a British soap opera.

Martin Shaw, an actor.

Sheridan Smith, an actress.

Twiggy who was a famous model in the sixties.

Julie Walters, and actress

Reggie Yates, an actor and presenter

TheGenealogist, a subscription site in the UK, has added a new record set of 650,000 World War I soldiers. You will be able to find the record of someone who fought and died in World War I and discover where they are buried. Each record is linked to the Commonwealth War Graves commission website which shows you where that person is buried. The records include the name, rank, regiment, place of birth, place of residence, place of enlistment, service number and the cause, date and place of death.

FreeBMD is a free website where you search for the Civil Registration of births, marriages, and deaths for England and Wales. The last update was done in May. They’ve announced that they are moving the site to new servers and will update the database again when that move is completed. During the move there may be short periods of time with the site is unavailable or certain parts are unavailable.

The new servers should provide a better service in the long run for the site.

The civil registration indexes of births marriages and deaths in Ireland are scheduled to be launched on July 3 at IrishGenealogy.ie. These are the versions that have been used by the General Register Office and should be better than those that are found on Ancestry, Findmypast, and FamilySearch.

There won’t be any images associated with the records, it will just be an index. The website is free to use.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live will be held at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham for 2015. It will be held April 16 through the 18th. Normally it has been held in February.

The event is sponsored by Ancestry.co.uk and brings together genealogy enthusiasts of all levels. There will be workshops, experts, and exhibitors.

There will be another Who Do You Think You Are? Live event held in Glasgow this August. This will be the first time the event has been held outside of London.

Tuesday, July 8, 10 am eastern
The National Archives UK Webinar – Victorian workhouses
Learn how to explore records about workhouses.
presented by Paul Carter

Tuesday, July 8, 2pm eastern
Friends of the National Archives – Southeast Region
eLearning in the 21st Century
presented by Tessa Keough

Tuesday, July 8, 9pm eastern
Illinois State Genealogical Society
Newspaper Research – More Than Obituaries
Presenter: Patricia Walls Stamm. CG, CGL

Wednesday, July 9 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Thinking About Becoming a Board-certified Genealogist?
presented by Elissa Scalise Powell

Wednesday, July 9, 10pm eastern
Mesa FamilySearch Library Webinar
Bringing Down the Brick Wall
presented by DeAnna Johnson

Thursday July 10, 1pm
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Webinar
Genealogy Program Introduction

Thursday, July 10, 1:30pm eastern
Arbitrating Obituaries *LIVE* FamilySearch Hangout on Air

Thursday, July 10, 9pm eastern
Second Life APG Chapter meeting

Thursday, July 10 8pm eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Using United States Land Records
presented by Mindi Stevens

Friday, July 11 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Legacy Family Tree – Virtual User’s Group Meeting
presented by Legacy Family Tree Panel

#genchat – What did he say? Slang terms your ancestor may have used
Friday, July 11th, 10pm eastern

And that’s it for this episode.

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