Episode 46 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Wednesday July 30, 2014 and this is Episode 46.

A few weeks ago on July 3rd, the General Register’s Office in Ireland released the birth, marriage, and death indexes to the Registers of Civil Records at irishgenealogy.ie. These enhanced indexes were previously only available to the staff at the General Register’s Office. They are no longer available on the website. The Data Protection Commissioner has ordered the indexes be closed because they expose too much information. They say that potentially sensitive personal details were available to all. The indexes are from 1845 to today.

The Data Protection Commissioner had been consulted about the launch of the indexes and thought they would be about historical information and not information about living individuals.

Often security questions are used for dates of birth and mother’s maiden names. This information could be found at IrishGenealogy.ie. This information has always been available by paying a fee to obtain it. By placing it online for free, it was felt that there could be bulk downloads used to match up with records from other sources. Also there is concern for identity theft with information about living people readily available at the site and potential employers may be able to find out information they are not allowed to ask potential employees.

On the front page of IrishGenealogy.ie you will find the notice

Civil Records Search temporarily unavailable
Further update will be provided.
The Data Protection Commissioner has said that the indexes won’t be available “until we sort out what exactly has gone wrong here.”

The site is run by the Department of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht and they are working with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner trying to resolve the issues and make the indexes available at the site as soon as possible.

Now for some more Irish news.

The August edition of the RootsIreland e-Newsletter, the Clann, mentions that the website will be undergoing some changes in the next few months and substantial amounts of new data will be added by the end of the year.

In the Clann newsletter you’ll find a guide to tracing your Derry/Londonerry ancestors and some upcoming events being held in Ireland.

They’ve added to the databases at RootsIreland.ie. 54,000 Church of Ireland baptismal records for County Down and County Antrim have been added.

The web site is found at RootsIreland.ie and it’s free but you will need to register.

The Irish Genealogical Research Society has added Captain Clanchy’s Marriage Index to the members only section of its website which is found at IrishAncestors.ie. There are nearly 6,000 index cards that contain information about marriages from the Society’s manuscript collections and pedigree files. The index covers the entire island of Ireland but the marriages are for those who are well-off such as British Army officers, clerics, knights, higher ranking officers from the Royal Irish Constabulary and Dublin Metropolitan Police, Justices of the Peace, lawyers, judges and doctors.

Captain Henry Clanchy was one of the earliest members of the society and created an index to the Society’s holdings during the 1950s. Membership to the Society costs about $36 US.

The Waterford Archives has a new and improved website within the Waterford Council Web site. Previously the archives were split between two web sites. There is now a section dedicated to “Researching Family History.” In that section you’ll find their most popular collections.

Information is much easier to find at the new site. And everything that was found at the old sites has been moved over to the new site. Nothing has been removed. The new site is still under construction.

You can read an interview with Joanne Rothwell, City and County Archivist at Waterford City and County Council at Clare Sentry’s blog Irish Genealogy News.

And by the way this Waterford is where the famous Waterford crystal comes from.

The Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference will be returning as part of the Back to Our Past event that will be held in Dublin in October. It will be sponsored by Family Tree DNA and organized by volunteers from ISOGG – the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

There will be a series of DNA lectures spread over the three days of Back to our Past. There will be seven lectures each day.

Last year’s event was a great success and you can view videos of the lectures at the Genetic Genealogy YouTube channel.

Full Genomes is a company that specializes in Y chromosome testing. They were founded in 2013.

They’ve announced a new test called Y Prime. It will be on sale for $599 until August 31st. After that date it will cost $625. It sequences large portions of Y DNA. Only males have Y DNA.

This test will be preformed in the US, the company’s other test is sent to China.

The results from testing at Full Genomes are private, nothing is shared online, and there is no matching to others.

This new test competes with the Big Y test from Family Tree DNA. As a result Family Tree DNA has lowered the price of the Big Y test to $595. And Family Tree DNA has added a new feature to make it easier to determine where in the haplotree your match is. It used be intuitive based on the haplogroup names but those names have changed making it not intuitive at all.

FamilySearch held a Worldwide Indexing day on July 20th and 21st. And the results are in. They hoped to reach 50,000 contributions and they got 66,511 contributions, more than 16,000 from what they were hoping for. Due to the overwhelming response there were some technical difficulties at the beginning of the event.

The previous record for indexing was set during the 1940 census when over 49 thousand volunteers indexed the census during July 2012.

There were a total of 5.7 records processed from indexing and arbitration for the Worldwide indexing day..

If you participated in the event, FamilySearch has a badge for you that you can place on your blog or website to let everyone know you made history.

FamilySearch adds more than 2 million indexed records and images to Brazil, England, Germany, Isle of Man, Netherlands, and the United States.

FamilySearch adds more than 1.7 million indexed records and images to Canada, Croatia, Peru, Poland, and the United States.

More new records at FamilySearch

New browsable image collections added include
England, Durham Probate Bonds, 1556–1858
England, Durham Probate Commissions, Monitions and Citations, 1650–1858
England, Durham, Dean and Chapter of Durham’s Allerton and Allertonshire Original Wills, Inventories and Bonds, 1666–1845
England, Durham, Diocese of Durham Original Wills, 1650–1857
South Korea, Civil Service Examinations and Records of Officials and Employees, 1392–1910
U.S., Alabama, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865–1872
United States Freedmen’s Branch Records, 1872–1878
United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899–2012

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Canada, Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621–1979
England, Essex Parish Registers, 1503–1997
Germany, Hesse, Frankfurt, Civil Registration, 1811–1978
Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598–2009
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895–1972
U.S., Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878–1922, 1959–1994
U.S., Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820–1951
United States Census, 1940
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
United States, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953
United States, Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878–1938
United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–1937
United States, Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1847–1868

These collections have added images to an existing collection
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2013
Croatia, Church Books, 1516–1994
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590–1979
Netherlands, Census and Population Registers, 1574–1940
Netherlands, Zuid-Holland Province, Civil Registration, 1679–1942
Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587–1966
Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307–1985
U.S.,Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860–2004
United States Census, 1850
United States Census, 1910

Later this year the FamilySearch Research Wiki will receive a major update. There are many changes planned. Some are more space on the web page to view enriched text and images and increased editing capabilities for contributors. The layout of the pages will be changed to accommodate a new look that will improve readability.

They have a testing page that you can check out and give feedback.

The FamilyResearch Wiki is an online resource for finding information about researching in different areas. Volunteers and experts in the genealogical community create it.

Ancestry reported second quarter 2014 financial results. Here are the highlights from the conference call and the press release.

They were disappointed with subscriber growth for the quarter, which means they were disappointed with the number of new people coming into the system.

Total subscribers at Ancestry.com are 2.109 million, ending the quarter down by 52,000 fewer subscribers from March 31st when the Q1 results were reported. The primary reason for the decrease is softness in new subscriber acquisitions. Some factors are the DDOS attack which effected sign ups during that time but the main issue is marketing related. They are adjusting the media mix with a focus on TV targeting by demographic. The efforts should generate more subscribers over time.

There has been an increase in month-to-month subscriptions and this affects the number of long-term subscribers. Ancestry made some changes to direct more people to a monthly package to encourage those who are just starting with family history. The yearly price may be too much for those types of people.

60% of Ancestry subscribers are long term where long term means annual and semi annual. About 34% are monthly subscribers. That leaves 6% as other and no mention was made what those 6% represent. 45% of subscribers have been with Ancestry for 2 plus years.

Another factor for the low subscription rate is the cancelations that were anticipated as part of the collaboration with the LDS church. Part of the collaboration was with content and also includes free subscriptions to LDS church members. These members are now using the free subscription.

They announced that “there will be some downward pressure on subscriber growth relative to revenue growth in the next few quarters. “ This means that you may see revenue growth ahead of subscriber growth.

Core business remains a high margin and high cash flow model and healthy. Retention rates are solid.

DNA is the bright spot. 500,000 are in the AncestryDNA database. This milestone comes after only two years after launching this business. About 100,000 have taken the test and are in the database in the last quarter. About 25% of the people taking the test are new to Ancestry.com. The double digit revenue for the quarter is led by the DNA business.

Ancestry added more than 700 million records this quarter. Some of those collections include those from collaboration with FamilySearch. Those include Philippines Civil, Registration, Czech Republic, Land Records, Netherlands, Census and Population Registers, Zimbabwe, Death Notices, and La Libertad, Peru, Civil Registrations.

Other new record collections added include Quaker Birth, Marriage, Death, Memorial Records, New York, State Census, Surrey, England, Land Tax Records, Puerto Rico, Civil Registrations, Montana, County Marriages, and Michigan, Divorce Records.

Ancestry.com expanded the functionality of the sliding search controls to allow more of the fields entered in the search form to be controlled by sliders for up to 10 fields. Other fields that are not editable with the sliders had some display improvements. Now users can expand the section of fields below the sliders to see all the search criteria that was entered.

The Ancestry network includes Archives.com, the value priced service. Collections added to this service include U.S. Obituaries, South Dakota State Census Records, Idaho Marriage Records, Utah Birth Records, and Utah Federal Service Veterans Burial Records.

Other sites part of the Ancestry network are FindAGrave, Newspapers.com, and Fold3. These properties help provide offerings to a variety of consumers. Offering these services helps to strengthen Ancestry’s market leadership.

Ancestry has a strong market leadership position and they continue to invest in widening their competitive position.

Ancestry is proud of its association with WDYTYA and they are looking forward to the next season.

That concludes the news about the financial results for Q2.

The latest research guide from Ancestry is for the state of Utah. In the guide you’ll find the history of Utah, where to find census records for Utah, immigration and travel records, Utah vital records, military collections, and other collections and state resources. It also contains significant dates for Utah.

Ancestry recently added almost 38 million civil registration records for many areas of Mexico. These are all new collections and they are in Spanish.

Findmypast has added nearly a quarter of a million new newspaper pages to their collection. A new newspaper was added called London’s Illustrated Times. 60 other newspapers have been updated including Lichfield Mercury, Selkirk’s Southern Reporter, and the Witstable Times and Herne Bay Herald.

Findmypast has released over 55,000 more Wiltshire parish baptism records. That brings the collection to over 150 Wiltshire parishes. The records span the years from 1530 to 1886.

BillionGraves has another contest going on. The top Uploader and Transcriber between July 1 and September 30, 2014 will each win a one-week vacation and lodging package from TheRegistryCollection.com. You choose where you want to go, any where in the world.

This can be for an individual or a group effort. A group would log their different devices into one account.

Family Tree Magazine has released its best 101 genealogy websites of 2014. It’s the 15th annual installment and they’ve broken down the list into 15 categories. It lists free sites as well as paid sites.

You can find the list at the Family Tree Magazine site as a free article.

GenealogyBank has added 7 million more U.S. genealogy records. They’ve added 52 newspaper titles from 21 states. 19 of these tittles are new newspapers added to GenealogyBank. They list all the new additions in a blog post so you can easily see what was added.

The NextGen Genealogy Network is an organization that is dedicated to fostering the next generation’s interest in family history. They have a new campaign to raise money and membership while supporting the Preserve the Pensions War of 1812 Pension Digitization Project. These records will be made available at for free at Fold3.

A portion of all contributions made to the NextGen Genealogy Network between June 6 and August 15, 2014 will be donated to Preserve the Pensions. NGGN will donate 25% of all contributions up to $50 and 50% for all contributions more than $50.

Another activity around Preserve the Pensions is a Fold3 subscription giveaway. Use social media to spread the word about the Preserve the Pensions War of 1812 Pension Digitization Project. To participate send a tweet to NGGN using #support1812 or you can fill out a form at their website to be entered in the giveaway.

And there is a contest where you submit a short essay or video that answers the question “Why is it important to preserve the War of 1812 pensions?” First prize is a one-year Ancestry.com World Explorer subscription ($299.95 value) and second prize is a one-year subscription to Newspapers.com ($79.95 value).

Relative History is GEDCOM viewer for Windows 8. It’s available in the Windows App store. With the app you can import your genealogy information using GEDCOM. Once imported you can browse and search it. You can import multiple GEDCOM files and view associated images and other media files. You cannot edit the data.

The makers of Relative History Papillon Productions have a new release coming that is in beta right now. With this version you can edit the data.

The beta app is a separate app from the released version. You can find both apps in the Windows App store.

If you use Legacy version 8 you will want to get the latest update. This update is mostly a maintenance update that fixes some problems that have been reported. Some fixes were for Pedigree View, Pedigree Charts, Media Relinker and Reports as well as some other minor fixes.

Deluxe Edition users can update from the program and Standard Edition users will need to download the program again.

South Dakota has been granted money from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize 100,000 pages of historic newspapers published between 1836 and 1922.

Many more of Ohio’s historic newspapers have been added to the Library of Congress “Chronicling America” website. The newspapers were digitized with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The latest editions will join 40 other papers that were previously digitized.

Arkansas Historical Commission had relaunched its online digital archive. The agency has redesigned the site and added some new collections. These include all five of Arkansas’s constitutions, historic maps, postcards, a World War I in Arkansas collection, and a collection of Ozark folk music. They will continue to add new archival material and new collections to the site.

Library and Archives Canada is in the process of digitizing more than 18 million pages of World War I service records. Almost 640,000 Canadian service files from the First World War.

These files were put together as a collection in 1947 when they were put in envelopes as 18 to 50 pages per envelope and transferred to LAC. Each file starts with a paper that the soldier or nurse used to sign up which gives their basic information. This is known as an attestation paper. There are medical forms, where they were trained, where they embarked overseas, the name of the ship, if they were wounded or sick, and some information about pay. There is very little correspondence in the files because the files were stripped by Veterans Affairs to include only information that was relevant to receiving benefits.

The project is being done in increments. About 40,000 of the files are available now. All the files should be available some time in 2015.

The German government has placed thousands of records and images from World War I online. More than 700,000 can be found at the Federal Archive’s website as well as photos, films, and audio recordings. Access to the site is free.

The collection includes files of military and civilian authorities, private material, records from politicians and military officers, documentaries, and propaganda films.

Family historians will find the site useful. They have the locations where soldiers served and letters written to and by soldiers during the war.

The first annual SLIG colloquium will be held January 10, 2015. This is the Saturday before the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in Salt Lake City. This colloquium will consist of reading and discussing four papers that are meant to advance the genealogy profession. There will be an evening banquet that will be open to the public where there will be a brief overview of the papers.

The papers will be edited and combined into a publication that can be purchased through the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Paper submissions are due by October 1st and four will be chosen for presentation. More than four papers may be chosen for the publication.

There’s going to be a new genealogy conference held in Leiden, Holland. It’s called Gaenovium and it will take place on October 7, 2014. This will be a genealogy technology conference and it’s aimed at technology creators. It was created by genealogy technologists Bob Coret and Tamura Jones.

It’s intended to be a small and intimate conference. Experts from Canada, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands will be presenting. Those would be Louis Kessler, Timo Kracke, Tony Proctor, and Marijn Schraagen. The presentations will be

The STEMMA Data Model
The Genealogical Gazetteer API
The A2A Data Model and its application in WieWasWie
Algorithms for Historical Record Linkage
Reading wrong GEDCOM right

There will also be a panel discussion on current and future genealogical exchange standards.

The conference is sponsored by MyHeritage and RootsMagic.

WDYTYA is back on TLC and you can watch the last episode on YouTube. Last year they made the episodes available online shortly after the broadcast and it looks like it will be the same again this year.

The new season for the British version of WDYTYA will start on August 7th on BBC1. The first episode will feature the actress Julie Walters. Here in the US you may know her from her role in the Harry Potter movies as Harry’s friend Ron’s mother.

Wednesday, August 6 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Researching Your Tennessee Ancestors
presented by J. Mark Lowe

Wednesday, August 6, 8pm eastern
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Using the Online Resources of the DAR for Genealogy
presented by Lois Abromitis Mackin

Friday, August 8 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Research Recharge – Turning Old Clues into New Leads
presented by Lisa Alzo

Friday, August 8th, 10pm eastern
#genchat – Fraternal Societies

Tuesday, August 12, 2pm eastern
Friends of the National Archives – Southeast Region
Atomic Energy Commission Awards
presented by Shane Bell

Tuesday, August 12, 9pm eastern
Illinois State Genealogical Society
Land Records in Illinois
presented by Michael John Neill

Wednesday, August 13th, noon eastern
#genchat – Eastern Canadian provinces

Wednesday, August 13, 10pm eastern
Mesa FamilySearch Library Webinar
presented by Polly Munden

Thursday, August 14, 9pm eastern
Second Life APG Chapter meeting

Friday, August 15, 8pm eastern
Twitter #IDGChat – Brick Walls

And that’s it for this episode.

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