Episode 48 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Sunday, August 24, 2014 and this is Episode 48.

Ancestry’s MyCanvas has a new home and it won’t be going away. MyCanvas is where you can create printable books from your data stored at Ancestry.com.

Back in June Ancestry announced that it was closing some services. MyCanvas was one of them. The original shutdown date was September 5th. But after Ancestry suffered a distributed denial of service attack shortly after the announcement, they pushed the cutoff date to September 30th.

The service will be transferred to Alexander’s, a Utah-based printing production company that has been printing many MyCanvas products such as books, posters, and calendars. The transition will take about 6 months and you will still have access to your projects from Ancestry.com.

Alexander’s plans to make some improvements to MyCanvas. You will still be able to find MyCanvas at the Ancestry.com website. They will also ship to Canada, previously Canadians could not use MyCanvas because Ancestry would not ship to Canada.

Another Ancestry product, Family Tree Maker, is till being supported by Ancestry. However, the Ancestry Web Search function in Family Tree Maker will not be supported if you are running Windows XP or Windows Vista. Staring in October those running older operating systems will have reduced functionality for Ancestry Web Search. That feature will only work properly with Windows 7 or 8.

Microsoft has discontinued support for Windows XP. They will not be issuing any more security updates so it is not a good idea to be running this operating system.

Also the Ancestry Web Search function will not work with Internet Explorer 8 or 9. These are older versions of the browser and it is best to upgrade to a more secure version of the browser. That can be done for free.

Ancestry has released two new research guides. One for Wyoming and the other for Missouri. As with all resource guides there is a section about the history of the state, information about census records, where to find vital records and other records, other resources for the state, and significant dates for the state.

FamilySearch adds more than 5.1 million indexed records and Images to Brazil, New Zealand, and the United States

The following collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980
New Zealand, Auckland, Albertland Index, 1862–1962

The next collections have had indexed records to an existing collection
U.S., New York, Passenger Lists, 1820–1891
U.S., Montana, Pondera County Records, 1910–2012

And this collection has added images to an existing collection
U.S., Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820–1951

FamilySearch has announced that some partners are Tree Access Certified. Those would be e-Image Connection, Eternal Reminder, Historic Journals, and Kodak WebUploader i2000 Series Document Scanning Systems. These products are certified to read Family Tree data to analyze, display or print reports and charts.

e-Image Connection is software available for ScanPro microfilm scanners that makes it easy to upload information from the scanner to FamilySearch by clicking a button.

Eternal Reminder is a free service that lets you know when an ancestor in your FamilySearch Family Tree has turned 110 years old. For the LDS church temple ordinance policy, you can only reserve ordinances for ancestors if they are at least 110 years old. With this service, you will receive an email on the day of their 110th birthday so you can reserve their ordinances.

Historic Journals is a tool for finding missing information and also highlights problems that need to be fixed. It can create maps and will display sources and “trail excerpts” from journals for those ancestors who made the trek on the Pioneer Overland Trail.

Kodak WebUploader can upload your scanned images from Kodak WebUploader Picture Saver Photo Scanners or i2000 Series Document Scanning Systems to the Memory section of your FamilySearch.org account. With this program you can scan and save your images as well as upload them to FamilySearch.org from one place.

Another partner, Evidentia, is now Tree Access and Sources certified. This means the program can access FamilySearch Family Tree data and the sources associated with that data. Evidentia is a program that helps you draw conclusions from the evidence or sources that you have.

There have been some new classes added to the Learning Center on FamilySearch.org. There are three new classes for researching you ancestors in Spain, Latin America, and Mexico. And there is a new class on dealing with duplicate records in your FamilySearch Family Tree.

The Onondage County Central Library is located in Syracuse, New York. They have announced a joint initiative with FamilySearch to digitally preserve 40,000 historic titles from the Library’s collection. These will be made freely available to everyone.

The items will be available at the FamilySearch.org website. The items will include family histories, local and county histories, directories, locality records, school yearbooks, Bible records, personal journals published before 1920, and published cemetery records.

Work has just begun on this project and it’s expected to take a year to digitize all the items. FamilySearch has supplied the scanning equipment and volunteers will supply their time to scan the items. You can expect the first few items to be scanned to appear on the FamilySearch.org site very soon.

Findmypast has added thousands of more Yorkshire parish records. They’ve added over 28,000 new Wakefield and District baptism records and 150,000 National Burial Index records from Cleveland. The baptism records are from new parishes added to Findmypast in Wakefield.

These records are part of Findmypast’s partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies to publish online the parish records held by the societies.

Findmypast has launched the Hall of Heroes. They would like you to submit heroes from your family. These heroes don’t have to be famous people; they can be anyone you think was a hero.

To mark the launch of the Hall of Heroes, they’ve released some record sets that may help you find some information about your hero. The following records sets were recently released:

Victoria Cross Recipients 1854 – 2006. This collection includes those people awarded the highest military decoration for valor in the face of the enemy during various wars.

Other collections are the Royal Navy 1914 Star Medal Roll 1914 – 1920, Marriage Registers of the British Royal Marines 1813 – 1920, and the Falklands War British Deaths.

There’s a website called County-Clerks that lists contact information for all the county clerks in the United States. It was created in July by Adam Murphy. Adam went skiing last winter in Salt Lake City and as the result of an accidental layover he visited the FamilySearch library. He is now hooked on genealogy and realized there wasn’t an easy way to find information about contacting county clerk offices. So he created the website.

To help spread the word about the website, he has created a contest. The contest is Genealogy Site Contest. There is a list of genealogy sites that help others with their own family history quest. At the site you can vote sites up and down so that the most popular site will appear at the top of the list.

The contest closes September 30th. The first prizewinner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and the second prizewinner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. So everybody, make sure you vote.

Adam may have other contests in the future. He mentioned maybe a Genetic Genealogy Contest.

FHISO is the Family History Information Standards Organisation and they are trying to develop genealogy and family history information standards. GEDCOM is about 15 years old and needs to be replaced so that we can transfer data easily from different genealogy programs. Currently we can transfer data out of a program in GEDCOM format and import into another program. But we may loose some information that is not part of the GEDCOM format, such as any images that may be attached to a record.

The folks at FHISO have been very quiet for quite some time until now. They have announced that they are ready to begin the technical process of developing standards for genealogy.

Drew Smith is the chair of FHISO and also the cohost of the Genealogy Guys Podcast. On the most recent episode, which would be episode 273, he talked about what’s going on with FHISO. He mentioned the organization has been trying to get the right people into certain executive positions. The recent announcement was from the key part of FHISO, the technical standing committee. They are encouraging those who are interested in the work FHISO is doing to subscribe to a mailing list to receive announcements and another mailing list for discussions.

You can join an exploratory group or propose a new one. And the call for papers is still open.

The announcement mentioned that unforeseen events have been resolved and the process has been streamlined so there should not be another long hiatus.

The National Endowment for the Humanities provides funding to digitize newspapers that are added to the Chronicling America website. They have awarded the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development to digitize newspapers in their states. This brings the number of states participating in the program to 37, plus one territory, and the District of Columbia.

GenealogyBank has added 6 million more records. 21 new titles have been added. A total of 42 newspaper titles from 19 states have added pages. You can check the list for the names of the papers and the date ranges to see if anything interests you.

The British Newspaper Archive has added 160,000 newspaper pages from 1787 – 1954. These pages are from English, Northern Irish, Scottish, and Welsh newspapers.

Eight new newspapers titles were added including the London Evening Standard, Glasgow’s Daily Record, the Surrey Comet, Watford Observer, Northern Whig, Newcastle Evening Chronicle, Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser, and Biggleswade Chronicle.

There is a new archive online for the Illustrated London News for the years 1914 – 1918. The Illustrated London News or ILN was the world’s first illustrated magazine.

Last April the ILN was awarded funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a free-to-access website that would contain pages from the World War I timeframe.

More images will be added in the coming months for ILN’s sister publications – The Illustrated War News, The Sphere, The Sketch, The Tatler, The Bystander, The Graphic and The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News

The Smithsonian is looking for volunteers to help transcribe its collections. They’ve been testing the transcription process for about a year. Last month they opened a Transcription Center website to the public.

They would like volunteers to help decipher handwritten letters and tags. This will make the many images that have been digitized searchable and indexed for anyone to access easily.

To avoid errors, multiple volunteers will work and review each page with a Smithsonian expert verifying the work for accuracy.

There are many projects to choose from. There are diaries, reports, business ledgers, and tags for 45,000 bee specimens.

The Canadian 1861 Census was made available online at the Library and Archives Canada website in 2013. It was found that there were many missing records and misplaced images. These problems have now been corrected. A total of 133,000 entries were corrected.

They encourage everyone to report any errors for any census at the site by click the “Suggest a Correction” link so it can be fixed.

The Library and Archives Canada’s website contains 15 census databases. The 1921 Canadian census is available at Ancestry.ca.

The popular Canadian website Voici Ma Famille or That’s My Family is no more. The web site no longer exits. Not many people were using the site so the Library and Archives Canada and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec decided to shut it down. The site was listed in in Family Tree Magazine’s 101 Best Websites of 2012.

The data that was found at the site will be available at the sites of those two organizations that ran the site.

Thanks to Gail Dever who realized the site was gone and wrote about it in her blog, Genealogy à la carte.

Another news item from Gail Dever is about ActiveHistory.ca. They are looking for people to write about World War I. They are looking for anything to do with World War I including family histories.

You have until June 2019 to enter a submission. You can submit blog posts, podcasts, infographics, or any form you choose to submit.

The National Archives in the UK has upgraded Discovery which is their catalog. This new upgrade will replace the current version on Monday, September 1st.

Discovery searches records held by The National Archives as well as additional records held by more than 2,500 archives across the country.

Discovery will incorporate data from the following archives:

National Register of Archives (NRA)
Directory of archives (ARCHON)
Access to Archives (A2A)
Manorial Documents Register (MDR)

These catalogs will no longer be separate entities.

The new version of Discovery will have improved advanced search features and filters to search more easily. There will be a new and improved image viewer.

The user interface has been completely redesigned to incorporate new features and functionality. And it uses responsive design so the website should work well with all types of devices from desktop computers to phones.

The Imperial War Museum has released over 700 hours of film from the great war at its website. The films provide insight into the War and how people lived during that time.

Over a quarter of the films are from the Imperial War Museum with the rest coming from over 25 European partners.

FreeBMD is free website where you can search for the Civil Registration of births, marriages, and deaths for England and Wales. They are moving the site to new servers and are in the process of testing the site on the new servers. During this time there have not been any updates to the FreeBMD database. They plan to provide more information about the progress to the new servers by the end of August.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will be held August 27 – 30 in San Antonio, Texas. There will be a Preserve the Pensions Fund Walk on August 30th. The walkers will be Judy Russell, D. Joshua Taylor, Kenyatta Berry, and Ed Donakey. They are looking for sponsors.

They are asking you to donate $25 to sponsor your favorite walker. You can easily do this at the Preserve Then Pensions booth at the conference or if not attending the show, you can visit the donate page.

All money raised will go directly to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions fund. And every dollar raised will be matched by FGS and then again by Ancestry. So your $25 sponsorship becomes a $100.

Who Do You Think You Are Live event in Glasgow has cut the last day for the event. That would be Sunday, August 31st. The even will be two days – Friday, August 29th and Saturday, August 30th. Those that purchased tickets for Sunday will be given the option to attend on one of the other days.

Vendors who paid for three days will not be reimbursed for the third day that was cancelled since those who were coming on the third day should be attending on one of the other two days.

Who Do You Think You Are Live in Glasgow has listed the vendors who will be attending the show. Chris Paton, who writes the blog, The British GENES blog, noticed some main UK vendors were not on the list. Those would be FindmyPast, the British Newspaper Archive, The Genealogist, and the National Archives at Kew.

Some of the big name vendors that will be there are Ancestry, FamilySearch, Deceased Online, the National Records of Scotland, they run the ScotlandsPeople website, as well as many other well-known vendors.

Registration for the 2015 Forensic Genealogy Institute opens Tuesday, September 9th, at 1pm eastern. The event will occur March 26 – 28, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.

Two new courses will be offered – Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum and Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases.

Registration for each course is $445.

Thursday, August 21, 1pm eastern
Ancestry Live Event
When You Can’t Find a Marriage Record
presented by Crista Cowen

Wednesday, August 27 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Researching Your Italian Ancestors
presented by Ruth Merriman

Wednesday, August 27, 10pm eastern
Mesa FamilySearch Library Webinar
There’s a Genealogy App For That
presented by James Tanner

Thursday, August 28, 9pm eastern
Second Life National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) Study Group
Catherine Becker Wiest Desmarais and Noreen Alexander Manzella, “Who Fathered Jacob and William Northamer? Pennsylvania Tax Records Help Determine Kinship,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 100 (June 2012):123-132.

Friday, August 29, 5pm eastern
Live from San Antonio

#genchat – The Benefits of Transcribing
Friday, August 29th, 10pm eastern

Wednesday, September 3 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Researching Your Jewish Ancestors
presented by Jennifer Alford

Friday, September 5 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Legacy Family Tree – Virtual User’s Group Meeting
presented by Legacy Family Tree Panel

Saturday, September 6, 1pm eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society
“She Came from Nowhere…” A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogical Problem
presented by Michael D. Lacopo

And that’s it for this episode.

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