Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia
I’m Patty Roy, also known as Dinah Larkham in Second Life.
Today is Wednesday September 3, 2014 and this is Episode 49.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) recently held their yearly conference in San Antonio, Texas.
The night before the conference started, FamilySearch had a bloggers dinner. Some news from that dinner was they are going to have more camera teams doing digitization of records around the world. There are 10 images created for every one image that is indexed. They need more indexers.
FamilySearch Family Tree continues to improve the quality of information in the tree. The number of people with multiple sets of parents is starting to go down. They are still cleaning up data that was brought in to create FamilySearch Family Tree and they are getting better at entering good data.
The new FamilySearch Mobile App was demonstrated at the dinner. Right now you can add pictures and recordings from your device. In the near future you’ll be able to edit data and add people to FamilySearch Family Tree.
Record hints have been improved to easily use the sources more effectively when using FamilySearch Family Tree.
During the FGS 2014 conference you could sponsor a celebrity walker to raise money for the 1812 Preserve the Pensions fund. Those walkers were Judy Russell, D. Joshua Taylor, Kenyatta Berry, and Ed Donakey. You could donate at a booth set up at the conference or online. Anyone could donate, even those not attending the conference.
Every dollar pledged was matched first by FGS and then again by Ancestry. So a $25 contribution becomes a $100 contribution.
They raised over $56,000, which will be used to digitize more than 120,000 pages from the pension files.
Also at the conference, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) announced the winner of the APG Young Professional Scholarship is Eva Goodwin, of Oakland, California.
This scholarship goes to someone who is between the ages of 18 – 29 and plans a professional career in genealogy.
Eva is a graduate of the 18th ProGen Study Group and she volunteers for the California Genealogical Society and Library. She has a genealogy business called Family Archaeologies.
The scholarship will allow Eva to attend the APG Professional Management Conference free of charge, plus $1,000 to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference. The conference will take place January 8 – 9, 2015 in Salt Lake City.
APG also awarded six of its members for their achievements and service to the field of genealogy at the APG luncheon.
Laura Prescott received the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr., Award of Merit, for her commitment and outstanding service to APG.
Claire Mire Bettage received the APG Professional Achievement Award for her professional achievement and ethical behavior with contributions to the field of genealogy.
Donn Devine received APG’s Honorary Life Membership for his service to the organization.
Certificates of appreciation were awarded to Carol Bannister and Melanie Holtz. Melanie Holtz was also awarded a certificate of service along with Harold Henderson.
Registration is open for the FGS 2015 Conference that will be held in conjunction with RootsTech. The dates for the conference are February 12 – 14, 2015 and it will be held in Salt Lake City. RootsTech 2015 registration is also opened.
When registering for either conference, you can spend $39 more to register for the other conference.
The expo hall will be combined for both conferences. So will the general sessions and evening events. The classes and luncheons will be separate.
Future FGS conferences will be:
FGS 2016 31 August-3 September 2016, Springfield, Illinois
FGS 2017 location is still to be announced
FGS 2018 will be in Ft Wayne, Indiana
Another conference or what they refer to as an Event was recently held in Glasgow, Scotland. It was Who Do You Think Your Are? Live. Usually this conference is held in London but they added another time during the year and held it in Glasgow. It was suppose to be over three days but it was changed to two days.
The next WDYTYA Live event will be held in Birmingham, April 16 – 18, over three days.
There was a symposium held at WDYTYA Live in Glasgow called “The Future of Professional Genealogy.” They discussed some kind of licensing or regulation for Genealogists in the British Isles for a person to be called a professional genealogist. It was organized by the University of Strathclyde, an academic leader in the field of genealogy.
The Southern California Genealogical Society has announced a call for papers for the Jamboree. It will be held Friday – Sunday, June 5 – 7, 2015 in Los Angeles. The Pre-Conference day will be Thursday, June 4 and will be a day related to DNA.
The theme for 2015 Jamboree is Genealogy FANfare! which is based on Elizabeth Shown Mills FAN principle. FAN stands for family, associates, and neighbors. You need to study someone in the context they are in to discover new information about our ancestors.
This call is also for the Jamboree Extension Series webinar program for 2015.
You can submit proposals until Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
FamilySearch has indexed the obituaries found at GenealogyBank. You will still need a GenealgoyBank subscription to view the images. You will be able to see all the names and data that are available in the obituary at FamilySearch.
FamilySearch adds more than 1.5 million indexed records and images to Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Italy, and the United States
FamilySearch adds more than 7.2 million indexed records and images to Argentina, Germany, Jamaica, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States
New browsable image collection added include
Italy, Torino, Ivrea, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866–1937
New indexed collection added is
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546–1927
Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Argentina, Baptisms, 1645–1930
Argentina, Córdoba, Catholic Church Records, 1557–1974
Argentina, Tucumán, Catholic Church Records, 1727–1955
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829–2012
Colombia, Military Records, 1809–1958
Germany, Mecklenburg–Schwerin Census 1867
Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Civil Registration, 1859–2000
U.S., California, County Birth and Death Records, 1849–1994
U.S., Iowa, State Census, 1905
U.S., Maine, Vital Records, 1670–1907
U.S., Missouri, State and Territorial Census Records, 1732–1933
U.S., Montana, Sweet Grass County Records, 1887–2011
U.S., New York, Passenger Lists, 1820–1891
The next collection has had indexed records and images added to an existing collection
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014
These collections have added images to an existing collection
Ghana Census, 1984
Netherlands, Gelderland Province, Church Records, 1405–1966
Netherlands, Zuid-Holland Province, Church Records, 1076–1916
New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848–1991
Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records, 1430–1943
U.S., California, Oakland, Alameda County, Obituary Card Files, 1985–2011
U.S., Illinois, Lee County Records, 1830–1954
U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822–1918
U.S., Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate Files, 1731–1925
U.S., New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787–1938
U.S., North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712–1970
FamilySearch is starting to index the Toulouse France 1891 census. They are looking for volunteers who speak both French and English. They have some other French records that need indexing include another census from Toulouse for 1872.
The Toulouse censuses are important for French genealogy because this is the area many people moved to during the Industrial Revolution. The 1872 census asked where people came from which is something a genealogist would like to know.
Ancestry has released version 6 of its mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. They added some new features.
There is a prioritized hint view where you can see all the hints in one place. The best hints will bubble up to the top. Or you can sort the hints by the latest. You can also display hints by last name of the person the hint is for.
From the app you will be able to make comments about what others have posted about a relative of yours. This works just like making comments using the website.
There is a comments view section where you can see all the comments.
A badge with a number indicates how many new hints or comments you have to review.
And if you have notifications enabled for the Ancestry App, you will be notified when new hints or comments are available.
In addition to family and pedigree views, you can now view your family tree in a list view. From this view you can use filters to view certain individuals such as Direct Ancestors, End of Line, Living Relatives, People with Hints, and People with Recent Hints.
From the family and pedigree views you can search for an individual.
There have been some changes to the navigation within the app to make it quicker and easier.
Ancestry’s latest research guide is for Hawaii. In the guide you’ll find the history of Hawaii, where to find census records and vital records, military records, other collections and resources, and significant dates for the state.
Findmypast has reintroduced address search in the 1911 Census for England & Wales. You can search by street, parish, town, county, or country. The address search tool will be added to other censuses in the future.
New records added to Findmypast include inbound and outbound passenger lists for Victoria, Australia, new parish records for Kent, Cheshire and Yorkshire, parish records for Ryedal, North Yorkshire, Indian Mutiny Medal Roll 1857-59, and new titles have been added to PERSI – PERiodical Source Index.
Another smaller addition is the Quintin Local Histories, which consists of searchable pdf images about the history of counties in states in the U.S. It includes genealogies of old families and early settlers.
The Los Angeles City Historical Society is placing photographs from the Los Angeles City Archives online. So far there are more than 600 images online with more to come.
At the site you can search the images by keyword, community name, or by general subject such as bridges or streets. And you can search by date of the photograph as well.
If you just want to browse you can click the link for “Random Images,” and scroll through the images.
All images provided at the Los Angeles City Historical Society are for personal use. For any other use you can pay a fee to obtain a license to use the image for commercial use.
The Digital Library of Georgia has announced the re-release of the enhanced Athens Historic Newspapers Archive. The Archive is now compatible with all current browsers and there is no need to use a plug-in or download additional software to view the newspapers. The Archive contains nine newspaper titles that were published in Athens from 1827 to 1928.
There are many other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia.
The International Center of Photography in New York and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D. C. has created a digital database containing the photographs of Roman Vishniac. Vishniac was a Russian-born Jew who lived in Berlin and photographed many eastern European Jews during the rise of Nazi power from 1935 to 1938. He was commissioned to take the photographs by the Joint Distribution Committee, a Jewish relief organization. The purpose of the photographs was to document the lives of poor Jews in Eastern Europe to help raise funds for these villages.
You can search the images by entering a keyword, location, or date. You can view a map of central Europe in 1937 to search by a location. Once you find an image you can identify the people and places in the images so others will know what the image is about.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has created an interactive map to display statues, plaques, and museum exhibits that honor the fallen in World War I across Canada. They ask that Canadians help grow the map by entering something about a memorial in their community.
The Library and Archives Canada has added a new page to the Military Heritage section about foreign women who married Canadian soldiers during World War I and World War II. They were known as war brides. From this new page you’ll find records from the National Defence, Department of Employment and Immigration, Department of External Affairs, the Directorate of Repatriation, the Canadian Wives′ Bureau, and private organizations.
The records aren’t online but you will find what records are available and where to find them.
On the page you will also find links to other resources about the topic and books written about war brides.
Volunteers in the UK for The National Archives have pieced together records of almost 140,000 First World War officers. It’s taken three years to list these records at the National Archives. This project makes it easier for people to research officers who served in the War. The data was entered and checked for names, regiments, and numbers for each document.
More than half of the service records were destroyed by a German bomb in 1940 when it struck the War Office repository. Those records that survived the bombing and records of the Ministry of Pensions were used to create this new collection.
The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives represents professional genealogists based in England and Wales. They are changing their membership criteria.
New applicants will be required to attend an interview to discuss their genealogical knowledge and business approach. They will also undergo practical tests. There will be a greater importance placed on formal qualifications and ongoing learning.
Potential members will still be required to submit a portfolio of completed client work.
The new requirements take effect as of September 1, 2014.
The Archives of New Zealand and the National Library have made available online more than 141,000 First World War service files. It’s the largest and most complicated digitization project taken on by the Archives of New Zealand.
The official war photographs are also available online.
The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) has announced a series of webinars. These webinars are open to everyone. The first one will be
Monday, September 22, 8pm eastern
Fine Wine in a New Bottle: Guidelines for Effective Research and Family Histories
presented by Thomas W. Jones
And the second one is scheduled for
Wednesday, October 15, 8pm eastern
Kinship Determination: From Generation to Generation
presented by Judy Russell
Of course, the Genealogy News will be listing these webinars again as the time for them becomes closer.
Other things coming up
Tuesday, September 9, 1pm eastern
Ancestry Live Event
What’s New at Ancestry.com: September 2014 Edition
presented by Crista Cowen
Tuesday, September 9, 2pm eastern
Friends of the National Archives – Southeast Region
WWII Home Front Records
Illinois State Genealogical Society
Tuesday, September 9, 9pm eastern
Treasures and Hidden Secrets of the Illinois Regional Archives (IRAD)
Presenter by Luana Darby, MLIS
Wednesday, September 10, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Success with Manuscript Sources
presented by Barbara Renick
Wednesday, September 10, 10pm eastern
Mesa FamilySearch Library Webinar
Finding your Ancestors in French Quebec, Canada
presented by Chuck Filteau
Thursday, September 11, 1pm eastern
Ancestry Live Event
When You Can’t Find a Marriage Record
presented by Crista Cowen
Thursday September 11, 1pm
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Webinar
Genealogy Program Introduction
Thursday, Sept. 11, 8pm eastern
FamilySearch United States Research Series: Probate Records
Thursday, September 11, 9pm eastern
Second Life APG Chapter meeting
#genchat – Letting it rest: when to let the research sit
Friday, September 12th, 10pm eastern
Every day during the week of September 15th there will be a FamilySearch webinar at noon eastern and at 3 eastern about Irish research.
Monday, September 15, noon eastern
FamilySearch Ireland Research Series: Jurisdictions
Monday, Sept. 15, 3pm eastern
FamilySearch Ireland Research Series: Websites
Tuesday, Sept. 16, noon eastern
FamilySearch Ireland Research Series: Emigration
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 3pm eastern
FamilySearch Ireland Research Series: Census & Census Substitutes
Tuesday, September 16, 8pm eastern
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Webinar
Norwegian Genealogy: A Ten Step Program to Get You Started and Addicted
presented by Jerry Paulson
Tuesday, September 16, 9pm eastern
One Size Doesn’t Fit All: How to Survive and Thrive as a Genealogy Professional
Presented by Lisa Alzo
#genchat – For the love of maps!
Wednesday, September 17th, noon eastern
Wednesday, Sept. 17, noon eastern
FamilySearch Ireland Research Series: Civil Registration
Wednesday, September 17 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Evaluating Evidence and Resolving Discrepancies
presented by Kory Meyerink
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 3pm eastern
FamilySearch Ireland Research Series: Catholic Church Records
Wednesday, September 17, 8pm eastern
Georgia Genealogical Society
Using Search Engines & Databases to Find African American Families
presented by Angela Y. Walton Raji
Wednesday, September 17, 9pm eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society
It’s NOT about Zombies: Doing Cemetery Research
presented by Jean Wilcox Hibben
Thursday, Sept. 18, noon eastern
FamilySearch Ireland Research Series: Church of Ireland Records
Thursday, Sept. 18, 3pm eastern
FamilySearch Ireland Research Series: Land Records
Thursday, September 18, 8pm eastern
Florida State Genealogical Society Poolside Chat
Your Anytime Library: Success in the Virtual Stacks
presented by Paula Stuart-Warren
There should be a webinar
Thursday September 18, 9pm eastern
from the Utah Genealogical Association
Friday, Sept. 19, noon eastern
FamilySearch Ireland Research Series: Presbyterian Church Records
Friday, Sept. 19, 3pm eastern
FamilySearch Ireland Research Series: Scotch-Irish Research
Friday, September 19, 3pm eastern
North Carolina Genealogical Society
J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, lecture on “NC Taxes:
People, Places, Time, and Delinquency”
Friday, September 19, 8pm eastern
Twitter #IDGChat – Brick Walls
And that’s it for this episode.
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This is episode 49.
Thanks for listening.