Episode 45 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Monday July 21, 2014 and this is Episode 45.

FamilySearch has released two new mobile apps for working with your family tree on FamilySearch.org. They’re called FamilySearch Tree and FamilySearch Memories. In order to use these apps you will need a FamilySearch account which is free and be part of the Family Tree at the FamilySearch.org web site.

FamilySearch Tree allows you to access your tree at the web site. With the app you can add photos, stories, and audio recordings to ancestors in your tree. Later on there will be an update to the app so you can update names, dates, and relationships. This app is available on iOS and Android.

The other app, FamilySearch Memories, is only available on iOS. With this app you can use your phone to take pictures and identify and tag people in the photo and add it to Family Tree. You can also take pictures of old documents and old photos and add them to the Family Tree.

And with the app you can record audio interviews to add to Family Tree. If you want to you can type in memories from the keyboard to add to Family Tree.

Both apps are free.

FamilySearch adds more than 4.9 million indexed records and images to Belgium, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

More new records at FamilySearch

New browsable image collections added include
United States Enumeration District Maps for the Twelfth through the Sixteenth US Censuses, 1900–1940
United States Freedmen’s Branch Records, 1872–1878
U.S., Mississippi, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865–1872
U.S., Missouri, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865–1872

These collections have added indexed records to an existing collection
El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704–1977
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514–1970
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874–1996
Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890–2005
Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1293–1966
Sweden, Gävleborg Church Records, 1616–1908; index 1671-1860
U.S., BillionGraves Index
U.S., Indiana, Marriages, 1811–1959
U.S., Maine, Vital Records, 1670–1907
U.S., Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1820–1897
U.S., Montana, Lake County Records, 1857–2010
U.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists Index, 1800–1906

This next collection has had indexed records and images added to an existing collection
U.S., North Carolina, Freedmen’s Bureau Assistant Commissioner Records, 1862–1870

These collections have added images to an existing collection
Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600–1913
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627–1978
Netherlands, Limburg Province, Civil Registration, 1792–1950
Spain, Province of Granada, Municipal Records, 1607–1955
Ukraine, Donetsk Church Books, 1809–1928
U.S., Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Estate Files, 1686–1915
U.S., Virginia, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865–1872

Ancestry.com will be releasing financial results for its second quarter 2014 on Wednesday, July 23rd after the market closes. At 5pm eastern on that day, Ancestry will hold a conference call, which will be broadcast as a live webcast at their web site. The webcast will be available for 12 months.

Ancestry.com has been awarded a patent for displaying pedigree charts on a touch device. They claim they have come up with an intuitive design to browse a family tree by swiping to navigate further back into the tree. To make this work quickly there is a buffer of data that is off screen that can be displayed when the user swipes to go further back in the tree.

This swiping is part of the free Ancestry app. The app lets you interact with your Ancestry.com family trees or create a tree from scratch. It then accesses records at Ancetry.com to see if it can find more information about your ancestors.

The Ancestry Insider has noticed that Ancestry no longer has an index for BillionGraves. Since Ancestry now owns Find-A-Grave, they will only have an index to that site. BillionGraves is a Find-A-Grave competitor. If you had a bookmark to a result found when searching BillionGraves, it will no longer link to a valid page.

You can search BillionGraves at their web site and also from FamilySearch.

Russ Worthington writes at the blog “Family Tree Maker User”. Family Tree Maker is owned by Ancestry. Russ posted about what he found on Facebook from Family Tree Maker. Starting in October, Family Tree Maker’s Ancestry Web Search feature will not be fully featured on older computers that run Windows XP or Vista. It also won’t be fully working with Internet Explorer 8 or 9. The current version of Internet Explorer is 11, which was released in 2013.

And the web search functionality will not work with Family Tree Maker versions 16 and earlier.

If you don’t access Ancestry through Family Tree Maker you should not be impacted if you have an older version.

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

Findmypast has released over 2.8 million new Staffordshire baptism, marriage, and burial records. These parish records cover over 360 years of Staffordshire history starting from 1538 until 1900. This is the start of a new project to create a Staffordshire Collection on Findmypast.

When you look at the collections you will see that not all parishes are listed. When completed the collection will contain around 6 million records, currently almost half of the Staffordshire records are available.

When completed the collection will contain fully searchable transcripts and scanned images of handwritten parish records held by the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service. It will be about a year before all the Staffordshire records are on the web site.

This completes Findmypast’s 100 in 100 campaign where they released 100 record sets in 100 days.

In the Findmypast weekly update they mentioned the end of the campaign and they are committed to bringing more resources and campaigns very regularly.

They thanked everyone who submitted transcription errors that they have found. Every error reported helps to improve the site. They have a 98.5 accuracy rate and realize that this needs to be improved because with so many records that even a small error rate can result with numerous errors.

In next few weeks and months some of the improvements members most wanted to see should be released.

The weekly update will be published from now every fortnight which is 14 days or 2 weeks.

Fold3 is offering free access to its Revolutionary War Collection in honor of celebrating the founding of America during the month of July. The collection includes Revolutionary War pension files, service records, war rolls, payment vouchers, and the Revolutionary War Manuscript File.

Some other things in the collection that can help you learn about the historical aspect of the war include captured vessels, prize cases, Revolutionary War milestone documents, Pennsylvania Archives, Constitutional Convention records, and the papers and letters of the Continental Congress.

The records will be free until July 31st.

If you use Pinterest you may be interested to know about how to create a timeline with the service. Thomas MacEntee has posted about it at his blog Geneabloggers. He shows you how to create an ancestor timeline by pinning items to a location on a map. You can create a board for each ancestor.

A group of archaeologists in Asheville, North Carolina are mapping gravesites of slaves using Google Earth. The South Asheville Cemetery served the black community in Asheville for generations. There has been a map of the cemetery but it was a flat 2-D representation. By using Google Earth the map can be presented in 3-D. You can see where the graves are located in relation to the city of Asheville. They hope to document the history of slavery in their city.

You can visit the South Asheville Cemetery “online grave viewer” to see the map. You will need to install the Google Earth plugin. You won’t be able to see the tombstone but you can see the location and the inscription on the tombstone.

The website for the Tennessee State Library and Archives now contains Bible records that were previously only available to those who visited the library in person. Over the past few years professional genealogist Cinamon Collins has scanned more than 1,500 family Bible records held at the library. She did this as a volunteer.

Currently you can browse the records and eventually there will be searching that will allow you to search all the names that were written in the documents. Names in most Bibles for surnames A through J have been indexed.

Savannah, Georgia officials have placed many of the city’s records at Ancestry.com. Currently you can browse the records since they have not yet been indexed by Ancestry. Types of records you will find include vital records, cemetery and burial records, cemetery burial lot cards, court records, land tax & property records, Naturalization records, records of titles, registers of free persons of color, voter records, and city council minutes. The dates of the records vary but some as early as 1790 are included.

The Chicago Tribune is creating an online archive of its past newspapers dating back to 1847. The archive is a work in progress and not finished. The search feature is not complete. You can search but you may want to do the same search at a later date to get better results as the archive is being created.

While the online archive is in beta, the site is free. Once version 1.0 launches you will need to sign up for digitalPLUS membership which costs $14.99 a month.

The dates for the Ontario Genealogical Conference have changed. The new dates for the conference are May 29 – 31, 2015. It will be held at Georgian College in Ontario.

The theme of the conference is Tracks Through Time. It’s the 130th anniversary of the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The society has put out a call for presenters for the conference. The categories for the presentations are:
Impact of the development of the railway in Canada
Tracking various cultural and ethnic ancestor groups to and within Canada
Tracking ancestors through various record groups (land, company, religious, civil, etc.)
Tracking the right people (sorting out same-name research, One-Name Studies, etc.)
Technological advancements in tracking our ancestors

And the Ontario Genealogical Society is accepting proposals for its Monthly Webinar Series 2015. Topics of interest include Ontario-specific topics, ethnic research, Canadian military research, Loyalists research, Ontario land research, DNA/genetic genealogy, methodology and skill-building, technology and trends in genealogy, interesting case studies that are specific to Ontario, and organization and project/time management. You have until August 15, 2014 to submit proposals.

The Drouin Institute has a subscription website with Quebec records. They’ve recently added more records. The marriage and death records for the year 1997 have been added. There are more death notices or obituaries, which brings them up to June 2014. They’ve added 60 Protestant cemeteries of Quebec and Ontario. And more books were added to the family Genealogies collection.

The obituary collection can be searched for free. The database begins with the year 1999.

The Drouin Institute has also produced a guide to help you find what types of collections are available for Quebec records at their site. It is divided by centuries starting with the 17th century up to the 21st century.

FamilySearch has added more records to its Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621 – 1979. The collection contains images of Catholic parish registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials.

And FamilySearch has added to its index of Canadian Headstones. This index is from the CanadianHeadstones project which is a database of records and images from Canada’s cemeteries. It is done by volunteers. By searching at FamilySearch will display the inscription on the tombstone and a link to the image at the CanadianHeadstones site.

The British Library is looking for help to create overlays to old maps in its collection. Using the tools at the website you compare the old map with a current map and assign control points that match the old map with the current map. Once three points have been entered, the system calculates the georeference and places the maps together. You can then fix any mistakes.

The old map can be displayed in Google Earth as a 3-D picture overlaying the terrain.

A new lot of maps was recently released for georeferencing. You can view these maps on Flickr. The maps are from books that were scanned by Microsoft and the public tagged the images. Those that were tagged as maps are now being georeferenced by the public.

The archive of the engineering firm Ruston and Hornsby will be digitized. The archive covers 150 years of the Lincoln-based firm. Ruston and Hornsby manufactured turbines and engines from 1857 and was the largest British builder of aero-engines during the First World War. The company became part of Siemens in 2003.

The project to catalog and display the archive is being done jointly by Siemens, Lincolnshire County Council, and the University of Lincoln. Volunteers will be cataloging the collection and identify which items to digitize. Eventually this information will be publicly available. Digitization will begin in September and will be available online at lincstothepast.com in about a year and a half.

There is a new website for Kingston University’s Archives and Special Collections. You can search the collection, and view and download the images. The collection contains more than 500 historic images with many more to be uploaded in the future. This first group of images are related to the history of Kingston University and its predecessor bodies, with an initial focus on Gipsy Hill Teacher Training College.

The photographs will be resource of areas of research including social history, women’s studies, the history of education, and the history of fashion.

Many of the photos are not marked and the University would like visitors to the site to help identify people in the pictures by leaving a comment or contacting the University directly. They welcome any donations of historic images to be added to the collection.

The National Library of Scotland has placed the honor rolls for World War I online. They contain listings of casualties and those who died while on active service. The rolls are from organizations such as schools, universities, clans, businesses, and churches.

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has released a guide to its First World War manuscript resources. Its called Guide to the manuscript sources for the study of the First World War in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. It lists all the collections with a description. Some have links to other files that give more information about the collection.

And according to Clare Santry on her Irish Genealogy News blog, PRONI will be holding a conference dedicated to the First World War on Friday, September 5th.

Onward To Our Past Genealogy Services has put together a crowdsourcing effort to document America’s first Bohemian/Czech immigrants. The name of the project is “Czech Please!”

A few weeks ago they were looking for people who would be interested in this effort. And you can still do that by submitting a comment to the website or send an email. You will be contacted with a specific assignment to assist with the project.

Now the project has it’s own Web presence as part of the Onward to Our Past website. Eventually there will be an interactive map with pins representing all the data that’s been gathered for each city or town and their first Bohemian/Czech immigrants

The goal of the project is to identify, document, and preserve the first Bohemian/Czech immigrant settlers in the cities and towns across America

If you are a fan of the Fieldstone Common podcast you may have noticed that there have not been any new episodes lately. The last show was on June 12th. Well, the host of Fieldstone Common, Marion Pierre-Louis, has announced a summer break. The show will resume on Thursday, August 7th.

There’s a new blog around called WikiChicks and you can find it at WikiChicks.wiki. The WikiChicks got their name from blogger Randy Seaver when he dropped by the WikiTree booth at RootsTech and spoke with Eowyn Langholf and Tami Osmer Mize. Their blog is informative but what’s even better is their calendar. In the calendar you’ll find all the upcoming webinars, Google Hangouts, twitter chats, conferences, conventions, seminars, festivals, and anything else related to genealogy. The items are color coded so you can easily see what type of event your interested in.

Sunday, July 27, 2 – 4pm eastern

Tuesday, July 29, 1pm eastern
Ancestry Live Event
FAN Club Research to Build Your Family Tree

Thursday, July 31, 1pm eastern
Ancestry Live Event
How Historical Events Shaped Our Ancestors’ Lives

Friday, August 1. 8pm eastern
Twitter #IDGChat – Society’s, are they all they are cracked up to be?

Saturday, August 2, 1pm eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society
Crossing the Border: How to Backtrack an Ancestor into Québec from the US
presented by George L. Findlen

Saturday, August 2, 4:15pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Debunking Misleading Records
presented by Tom Jones

And that’s it for this episode.

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