Episode 5 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 and this is Episode 5

Let’s start out with the news from the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference.

Tuesday night before the conference, FamilySearch made some major announcements at a dinner it hosted for genealogy bloggers. It was announced Diane Loosle will be the new director of the Family History Library. Since joining FamilySearch she has held the positions of Customer Experience manager to manage the customer experience, services, programs, events, and offerings, Genealogical Community Services Manager where she oversaw the FamilySearch Research wiki development, and Genealogical Services Director, a position focusing on developing community collaboration at FamilySearch to provide research assistance to communities. Under her leadership as the new Director of the Family History Library, the plans for the library are to have collaborative research spaces. These spaces will have everything in one place such as microfilm and microfilm readers. The spaces will be arranged by research areas. This way you are more likely to meet others researching the same area and get to discuss a common area of interest and make the research be more like crowd sourcing. More staff will be coming out to assist patrons by being located in the middle of the research area. The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has a research area in place for the Nordic area.

Also announced was the conversion of the library and family history centers into discovery centers for people of all ages. They will have lots of multimedia and interactivity for people to discover their family history. They plan to have an oral history studio where you can interview a relative or recite your own history. These have already been set up at family history centers in San Diego, Riverton, Utah, and Logan, Utah.

Another feature in the discovery centers will be photo scanning. Scanners will be available with the scans uploaded to your FamilySearch account.

FamilySearch has created a new video to explain indexing called FamilySearch: Indexing is Vital for Research. It shows cartoon figures and the types of documents that are created throughout life. It tries to show how beneficial it is to index these records. FamilySearch is always adding images and needs more people to help with indexing.


Some other announcements from the conference include a new app from FGS. This app is not just for attending the conference. It is meant to be something that is used all year-round. From the app you can access conference information, the Voice news blog, Preserve the Pensions, Society Hall, Records Preservation, and the FGS FORUM magazine.

The app runs on Android devices and iOS devices (that would be iPads and iPhones). You can get the app at the Google Play store or the Apple App Store.


Recordings of many sessions will be available for purchase 2 weeks after the conference. Currently the recording for the entire conference is available for purchase. The price is $299 until August 31st. After that time the cost will be $379.

Next year the conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas, August 27th to the 30th, 2014.

The following year the FGS Conference will be held in conjunction with RootsTech in Salt Lake City at the Salt Palace Convention center in February 2015. FGS and FamilySearch will be working together to put this conference together. Registration will begin in August of 2014.


RootsTech 2014 registration is now open and there is a discount code if you sign up now you can save $20 off the registration price. This code is valid until September 9th 2013. You can find the code at the FGS Voice blog.


Of course, more records have been added to FamilySearch. This past week images were added for Honduras, Catholic Church records from 1633 to 1978 and for U.S., Wisconsin, Milwaukee Naturalization index from 1848 to 1990.

New indexes have been created for Chile, Civil Registration from 1885 to 1903, Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880 – 1999,U.S. Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820 – 1945, and U.S., New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1925 – 1942.

There are no images for the Chile or New York records but there are images for the Jamaica and a few images for Louisiana.


U.S. National Archives will be hosting a Virtual Genealogy Fair on Tuesday September 3rd and Wednesday the 4th.
They have released the schedule

Tuesday, September 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (EDT)

Time # Lecture Title Presenter
10AM 1 Introduction to Military Records at the National Archives John Deeben
National Archives at Washington, DC
11AM 2 Introduction to Genealogy: Civilian Rebecca K. Sharp
National Archives at Washington, DC
12PM 3 Alien Files (A-Files) Elizabeth Burnes
National Archives at Kansas City, MO
1PM 4 Native American Records Michael Wright
National Archives at Fort Worth, TX
2PM 5 National Archives Online Resources for Genealogy Nancy Wing
National Archives at Washington, DC
3PM 6 Immigration/Naturalization & Citizenship Zack Wilske
U.S. Immigration & Citizenship Services, Washington, DC
Wednesday, September 4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (EDT)

Time # Lecture Title Presenter
10AM 7 Genealogy and the Freedman’s Bank: Records of the Freedman’s Savings & Trust Company Damani Davis
National Archives at Washington, DC
11AM 8 Military and Civilian Personnel Records: The National Archives at St. Louis Ashley Mattingly & Theresa Fitzgerald
National Archives at St. Louis, MO
12PM 9 Union Civil War Pension Files Claire Kluskens
National Archives at Washington, DC
1PM 10 Federal Penitentiary Records Jake Ersland
National Archives at Kansas City, MO
2PM 11 Finding U.S. Colored Troops at the National Archives Trevor Plante
National Archives at Washington, DC
3PM 12 Navy Deck Logs Mark Mollan
National Archives at Washington, DC
4PM 13 Oh, The Stories They Tell: Chinese Exclusion Acts Case Files at the National Archives & Records Susan Karren
National Archives at Seattle, WA

You can watch live at the National Archives UStream channel.

All presentations will be archived and available for viewing later.


The book “Who’s Who in Tennessee: A Biographical Reference Book of Notable Tennesseans of Today” is being transcribed and can be found online at the TNGenWeb Project web site. So far more than 1500 profiles are online. Volunteers are still transcribing this book so more will be online. This book can also be found as a pdf at FamilySearch but the web site has the profiles organized by county and schools people attend. And of course you can search by surname.


There is an update for Legacy Family Tree software. The update adds the ability to synchronize and interact with FamilySearch’s Family Tree. You can check and compare for matches to your Legacy database and you can add your person to FamilySearch Family Tree. You can download information others have published and when you do that a citation will automatically by added. Also there’s a new SourceWriter temple for the 1921 Canada census that was just released.


Over 5,000 new maps have been added the David Rumsey Map Collection. This brings the online collection to over 42,000 maps. Maps from all over the world have been added spanning from 1645 to 1988. The collection is free and can be found at davidrumsey.com


The fifth annual great genealogy poetry challenge is almost upon us. Bill West has announced it on his blog. You will need to send a link to a post on your blog that contains a poem or song with how it relates to your ancestor’s life. You send the link to a blog post that will be posted in the show notes. You have three months to come up something. It needs to be submitted by Thursday November 20th and on the following, Thursday, which is Thanksgiving, Bill will publish the links.


A new genealogy show will be on TV. It’s the PBS Genealogy Roadshow and it’s scheduled to debut at 8 pm Monday, September 23rd. There are 4 shows scheduled. It’s based on a hit Irish series of the same name. Experts in genealogy, history, and DNA will use information provided by participates to find out their family history


The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has announced a new certificate program in Professional Development. This certificate is designed for those working in the field of genealogy. The courses for the certificate are in-depth skill-building courses. These courses are Transcribing, Abstracting, & Extracting – Career Development: Choosing a Niche – Creating Programs for Adults & the Younger Generation – Organizing a One Name Study – Lecturing – Forensic Genealogy – Genealogy and Copyright – Paleography – Document Analysis – DNA – Marketing – House and Farm Histories – One Place Studies – Analysis and Skills Mentoring – Methodology

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has been offering genealogy and history courses for over 15 years. They offer 11 Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and the United States, as well as a General Methodology, Librarianship, and now Professional Development.


The UK’s FindmyPast has reached an agreement with the Archive and Records Association of UK and Ireland to digitize and index millions of school records from England and Wales from the years 1870 to 1914 They will be placed online at findmypast.co.uk, which is owned by brightsolid. The records come from 120 separate archives across England and Wales. The records will include the name of the pupil, their date of birth, year of admission to the school, and the name of a parent or guardian along with the name of the teacher.


There was an online chat called Ask Me Anything on Reddit with D. Joshua Taylor from FindMyPast and also the FGS President. That chat took place on Thursday, August 15, 2013. There will be links in the show notes to the transcript.


The UK National Archives at Kew has announced they will be improving the web site. It will start at the end of September and slowly will be implementing a series of changes. For starters you will see a new home page, new navigation, and a refreshed blog.

Based on feedback, improvements are needed for easier navigation, less cluttered pages, and better display on mobile devices. The site will have a new design for access from a smartphone or tablet, better labeling of menus and content, and a simpler and clearer page layout.

The updates will be applied to one section at a time.


The National Archives in the UK has partnered with the National Railway Museum to launch a new online resource called ‘All Change!’. It charts the history of how railways have changed lives over the last two hundred years. There are video, photography, and data visualizations to help you access these records in different ways.

This resource is meant to accompany the Railways Change Lives conference that will be held September 7 at The National Archives, Kew, and on September 14 at the National Railway Museum.


The Spectator is a weekly British magazine focused on current and political events. Now all past issues up until 2008 are online in the archives section of the magazine’s web site. You can search by content, keyword, topic, location, and date. OCR was used to extract the text and you can read articles as they were extracted or view the original page. The magazine was first published in 1828 and the archive contains issues from 1828 to 2008. The last 5 years of the magazine can be found at the main web site for the Spectator.


Here are some webinars and hangouts coming up

DearMyrtle is having a hangout almost every Sunday evening at 8pm Eastern for the study group for Mastering Genealogical Proof. This is hosted by Pat Richley-Erickson, who is DearMyrtle, with a selected panel that discuss the book by Thomas Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof. This is a Google hangout where you can ask questions on the community page. The sessions are recorded and can be found at the DearMYRTLE YouTube channel.

Also, ongoing every Monday at noon is Mondays with Myrt. This a Google hangout that anyone can participate in. You can join the filmstrip area and participate with your webcam. There is also a community page where you can post comments during the live session and follow the conversation. The sessions are recorded and you can find them on the DearMYRTLE YouTube channel.

The US National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair will be going on from 10 to 4 Eastern Time on Tuesday and Wednesday September 3rd and 4th. Links in the show notes will get you to the UStream channel to watch live and to the web page to watch at a later date.

There will be two Legacy webinars next week. The first one is Wednesday September 4th at 2pm eastern. The title is Getting the Most from Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer! And it’s presented by Linda Geiger.

The second Legacy webinar for the week will be on Friday September 6th. That webinar is presented by DearMYRTLE and it’s called More Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE.

On Saturday September 7th there will be a webinar from the Southern California Genealogical Society. It will be presented by George Morgan and the title is Sidestep Genealogy.

All the webinars mentioned are free to watch live, the Legacy webinars are available for free two weeks after the live session.

On television Who Do You Think You Are on TLC will feature Trisha Yearwood on September 3rd and on September 10th it will be Jim Parsons. September 10th will be the last show. You can follow along with twitter using the hash tag #genchat and there will be a Google hangout after the show with the InDepth Genealogist. If you miss an episode and forgot to record it, you can view the entire episode on the TLC website.

And that’s it for this week

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You can find links to things mentioned in this podcast in the show notes at Geneatopia.com. This is episode 5.

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