Episode 52 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Wednesday October 15, 2014 and this is Episode 52.

October is Family History Month in the United States. It’s also American Archives Month. Be on the look out for many activities to get you interested in family history. There may be programs at your local library or archives.

Also be on the look out for sales and specials during the month.

AmericanAncestors.org will have some of their key databases available for free and anyone can access the library on the first three Wednesdays of the month. Many other libraries and archives will be free during certain days of the month to celebrate Family History Month. Check the libraries and archives in your area to see what special programs they have for the month.

There are many blogs that offer you incentives for celebrating Family History month. They list things to do with your family such as cooking an old family recipe, visiting a cemetery, or calling a distant relative. The Global Family Reunion blog is posting daily prompts to encourage you to work on your family history and celebrate with your family.

The Global Reunion is the gathering being formed by AJ Jacobs that will be held in New York on June 6, 2015 on the site of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. If you want to learn more about it Jane Wilcox interviewed AJ Jacobs and Eowyn Langholf. They talked about the latest planning for the big day and how you can get involved.


23andMe is now offering both health and ancestry information to Canadians with their Personal Genome Service. Canadians can order the test for $199 Canadian dollars (which is $178 US) plus shipping. The US version for ancestry testing is $99 plus $9.95 shipping. The Canadian version costs almost twice as much and the shipping is also almost twice as much, $19.95 (which is $18 US).

Any Canadians who already ordered this kit between November 22, 2013 and September 30, 2014 will get access to their health information for free. You should have received an email that your health report is ready with a link to access it.

November 22, 2013 was the day 23andMe stopped providing health-related information for those who ordered kits. This was in response to a letter the FDA sent 23andMe. The letter stated that 23andMe does not have FDA approval to market a medical device. The FDA is concerned that the results from the tests could be inaccurate and lead to unnecessary tests and surgeries.

Not all previous health-related tests will be available for the Canadian version. The previous US version tested for about 260 health risks, inherited conditions, traits, and drug responses. The Canadian version tests 108.

Canada is the only country where people can order a health-related kit to get access to their genetic health information.


People who live in Wales or have Welsh ancestry are invited to take part in a new DNA project to answer the question “Who are the Welsh exactly?”. The project, called Cymru DNA Wales, is expected to last two to three years. The project is collaboration between partners S4C, the Western Mail and the Daily Post, Green Bay Media and research company ScotlandsDNA.

S4C, which means Channel Four Wales, is a public television channel that broadcasts throughout Wales. There will be a series of programs on S4C about the project. They will be produced by Green Bay Media.

The Western Mail and the Daily Post are daily newspapers in Wales. They will provide editorial content in their newspapers and online websites about the project.

Kits for women cost £170 and for men the cost is £200. This is a special price available until December 25, 2014. After that date the cost will be £220 and £250. The results will used to trace the history of Welsh people back many thousands of years.

Here are some the questions they hope to answer:

Where did the people who would come to be the Welsh originate?
Who were the first farmers in the hills and valleys?
What influence did the Romans and their legions have? Or the Vikings?
Can the bloodlines of Dark Ages Welsh kings be found?
What happened to the Tudors?


There’s a new genetic testing program for South Koreans to help people find descendants of elderly South Koreans who were separated from their families during the Korean War. Officials say establishing a database before it’s too late will help North and South Korean families find each other. Although this will not be happening soon, the genetic data will be saved for the future.

The volunteer program has about 1,200 South Koreans participating.

The South Korean government is paying for the testing. The program was started because North Korea has refused to hold any additional family reunions.

About 130,000 people applied to take part in a family reunion. Only about 4,000 have met their North Korean families since 2000. These reunions allow family members who were separated to see each other over the course a few days.

Official government policy in South Korea is to prepare for a unification with the North and saving the DNA of South Koreans is part of that.


FamilySearch adds more than 3.7 million indexed records and images to Brazil, Canada, Ghana, Italy, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and the United States.

FamilySearch adds more than 183 million indexed records and images to Belgium, China, Czech Republic, England and Wales, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Ukraine, and the United States

FamilySearch adds more than 2.8 million indexed records and images to Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, Spain and the United States
More new records at FamilySearch

New browsable image collections added include
Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621–1910
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800–1912
Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582–1910
Canada, Nova Scotia Births, 1864–1877
England, Durham Diocese, Allertonshire Peculiar Administration Bonds and Inventories, 1670–1808
England, Durham Diocese, Allertonshire Peculiar Stray Probate Bonds, 1732–1768
England, Durham Diocese, Original Will Strays, 1743–1900
England, Durham Diocese, Probate Inventories, 1676–1846
England, Durham Diocese, Registered Wills 1526–1858
England, Durham Diocese, Renunciations, 1767 and 1794
Finland, Turku-Pori, Church Records, 1667–1900
India, Archdiocese of Goa, Roman Catholic Priesthood, 1724–1996
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Jepara, Court Records, 1960–2013
Italy, Caltanissetta, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820–1935
Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500–2012
Russia, Tatarstan Confession Lists, 1775–1932
Spain, Cantabria, Passports, 1785–1863
Ukraine, Odessa Census Records 1897
US, Florida, Marriages, 1830–1993
US, Maryland, Register of Wills Records, 1629–1999
US, Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1802–1969
US, Missouri, Probate Records, 1750–1998

The following have new indexed records and images
France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Censuses, 1790–1898

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
BillionGraves Index
England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837–2008
England and Wales, Death Registration Index 1837–2007
England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837–2005
Ghana Census, 1984
US, Florida, Key West Passenger Lists, 1898–1957
US, Montana, Judith Basin County Records, 1887–2012
US, New Hampshire, Death Certificates, 1938–1959
US, Texas, Naturalization Records, 1906–1989

These collections have added images to an existing collection
Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621–1910
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1609–1909
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582–1912
Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541–1910
Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600–1913
Belgium, Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1580–1920
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1845–2013
Canada, British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872–1986
Canada, British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859–1932
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239–2013
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600–2012
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1800–1945
Czech Republic, School Registers 1799–1953
France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Church Records, 1539–1793
France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Civil Registration, 1792–1893
Ghana Census, 1984
Italy, Trapani, Poggioreale, Civil Registration (Comune), 1836–1929
Netherlands, Limburg Province, Civil Registration, 1792–1950
New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843–1998
Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Archdiocese Parish Registers, 1615–1982
Portugal, Braga, Priest Application Files (Genere et Moribus), 1596–1911
South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848–1956
Spain, Diocese of Santander, Catholic Church Records, 1538–1985
Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal Records, 1648–1941
US, Georgia, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1897–1942
US, Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906–1991
US, Iowa, Polk County Probate Records, 1914–1924
US, Iowa, Poweshiek County Probate Records, 1850–1954
US, Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880–2009
US, New Mexico, Territorial Census, 1885
US, Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797–1947
US, South Carolina, Darlington County Records, 1798–1928
US, Washington, County Records, 1803–2010
US, Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848–1948


FamilySearch will be digitizing the documents from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. They will be starting with compiled family histories. These will consist of genealogies and local histories, family trees, and related family documents and manuscripts. The documents will be accessible for free at FamilySearch.org.


FamilySearch has officially announced that it has an agreement with GenealogyBank to make over a billion records from obituaries searchable online. Volunteers will be doing the indexing of the obituaries.

They will be indexing not only the deceased in the obituary but all other people mentioned including their relationship to the deceased. These obituaries are indexed at GenealogyBank using OCR technology which may not properly index everything.

You will need a subscription to GenealogyBank to view the actual obituary.


Ancestry has been holding a Branch Out contest every few months. The last one in the United States is taking place now. You have until October 31st to submit a brief story about your family history that is not more than 500 words. The winner will be randomly chosen on or about November 6, 2014. The winner receives twenty hours of ProGenealogists research, one year Ancestry.com World Explorer Plus membership, a copy of Family Tree Maker, and two Ancestry.com DNA kits.

There is now a Branch Out contest for those in the UK. The winner gets all the same prizes as the US version except they will not be receiving any Ancestry.com DNA kits. The deadline to submit an entry is Sunday, November 9th for the UK contest. The contest is open to residents of the UK who are over 18 excluding Northern Ireland.


Tennessee will be the first state to offer access to Ancestry.com in all K-12 schools. Schools can register with Ancestry.com by providing their IP address ranges. This will be used in history classes. Students will be able to search for their own ancestors while learning about history.


The latest state research guide from Ancestry is for Illinois. In the guide you’ll find the history of Illinois, where to find census records, vital records, other collections, other state resources, local and regional research, help and advice, and significant dates for Illinois.


MyHeritage has announced a new service called MyHeritage Library Edition. This version of the site libraries will be able to subscribe to and make available free to their patrons.

The library edition includes birth, death and marriage records from 48 countries, US and UK censuses, immigration, military and tombstone records and more than 1.5 billion family tree profiles. Plus hundreds of Nordic records, wills and probate records, and some additional content such as Tributes obituaries, WikiTree, BillionGraves, and Canadian Headstones.

Record Detective technology will show related records based on what you searched for. You’ll see other census entries for the person, birth, marriage, and death records, and maybe tombstone images.

You can access the MyHeritage Library edition from your local library or by using remote access.


Findmypast is making changes to its website. These changes are intended to update the look and feel of the site as well as improve the look on tablets and phones.

Some new records at Findmypast include four million Yorkshire parish records for baptism, marriage and death dating back to 1538. This was done in partnership with the Yorkshire Digitisation Consortium. Six Yorkshire archives were involved and these records are being made available for the very first time.

This is the first phase for this project. Check out the announcement from Findmypast for what archives and parishes are included so far. And of course, I’ll have a link in the show notes to it.

Findmypast has also released some records from London and Surrey. There is a range of records sets from will indices to apprenticeship abstracts.

The Surrey and City of London Livery Company Association Oath rolls, 1695-96, contain records of tradesmen who signed an oath of loyalty to the British King William of Orange.

London Consistory Court Depositions Index 1700-1713 are from the London Metropolitan Archives. They are known as the Bawdy Court records and they are about matrimonial matters such as separation, breech of promise, and arguments over estates.

The Archdeaconry Court of London Wills Index 1700-1807

The Sussex, Eastbourne Monumental Inscriptions 1610-2008 contain cemetery inscriptions

The London Apprenticeship Abstracts 1442-1859

The Surrey Peculiars Probate Index 1660-1751 contains wills proved in the Peculiars court in Surrey. So what are Peculiars? Before 1858, some parishes were situated in one archdeaconry or diocese but were the jurisdiction of another court. These were known as “peculiars”.

These diverse records can reveal information about different sectors of society and hopefully be used to fill in some gaps in your research.


12 month subscribers of Finmypast are enrolled in a brand new premium benefits program called Findmypast First.

Those members will be able to attend monthly webinars, have a say about what records sets will be added, be kept up-to-date about Findmypast news, get priority support, and be eligible for monthly competitions to win prizes.

Other perks are
Exclusive Imperial War Museum Membership offers
Free issues of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine
Complimentary access to digital memorial website Lives of The First World War, worth £50
Free digital copy of Your Family Tree magazine
Exclusive discount to My History products
Saga Magazine subscription offer

This new program is only available to UK members. Similar programs will be offered to those in the US, Australia, and Ireland.

During the month of October you can signup at Findmypast for $5 for 30 days access to a World Subscription. You need to enter the code USFHM14 at checkout.

BillionGraves has introduced 5 new features for its BillionGraves Plus program. This program is an optional add-on service that provides additional insight and information to BillionGraves. This is a fee-based program that started out at $9.99 per year and it now costs $44.99 a year.

The program lets you do virtual walk-throughs of cemeteries as if you were really there, the Map It feature lets you see where your ancestors are buried using GPS technology, you can get notifications for when there are results from a search, get priority support, and get rid of ads.


Mocavo has a new Mocavo Census Viewer. When looking at census records you will be looking at them in the new viewer. The viewer has many features to help you see all the details in the record. It works with all United States censuses.

Interactive highlighting and zoom tools help you to scan the page to find your ancestor. Scroll your mouse over the image to activate highlighting. It will highlight the entire household in green and as you move your mouse it will highlight the current line in yellow. As you hover over names with your mouse, you will see the index value. That way you don’t have to decipher the handwriting. You will also see what the transcriber entered for the line as you hover over it at the bottom of the screen.

As you hover over each item in the record, the column titles will be used with the data to form a complete sentence as caption popups.

Using the plus and minus buttons located in the top left corner lets you zoom in and out.

You can search in the page using the in document search engine to find your ancestor in the page. A list of possibilities will appear and clicking a name will bring you to the line in the page where this person is found. Once you do this type of search, similar records in other Mocavo collections will be listed. You can also see similar records for someone by clicking on their name in the census image.

The Mocavo Census Viewer is only available to Mocavo Gold members.

This new viewer comes from Findmypast. They bought Mocavo a few months ago. Previously Mocavo only had indexes to the US censuses.


There’s a new free genealogy site called FamilyTreeNow.com. You can search census records, the social security death index, birth, marriage, and death records, and living people. For the living people there are recent marriage and divorce information and where they have lived. This type of information is found at many other websites.

There are no images of the original records. You see a transcription with a Google ad. It mostly has results only for the United States.


RootsMagic now supports direct TMG import. The Master Genealogist (TMG) program is being discontinued. You could export your data from TMG in a GEDCOM format and then import that into another genealogy program. However, some data may be lost or not transferred correctly.

The latest version of RootsMagic which is 6.3.3 will allow you to import TMG data without exporting it to GEDCOM first. This will keep the details about witnesses, roles, source templates, and some other facts you may have entered when using TMG.

RootsMagic is offering TMG users the upgrade price of $19.95 to purchase RootsMagic.


There’s been an update to the program Charting Companion. With this program you can make all sorts of charts directly from your genealogy data for most to the most popular genealogy database programs or import your data into Charting Companion using GEDCOM.

The new version lets you preview the charts and edit the chart by pruning selected branches. You can print or publish to PDF or many graphic formats such as JPG, PNG, GIF, or BMP.

You can adjust the size of the chart so it fits exactly in the page or pages that you choose.

And the Ancestor and Descendant Fan charts can to be tiled over multiple pages.

The new version is 5.2 and its a free upgrade for those you have version 5.


Ed Thompson of Evidentia has started offering small classes about how to use Evidentia. Each class has only 10 people so there is plenty of time for questions and answers. There are lots of sections scheduled.

Evidentia is used to gather and analyze sources so you can come to a conclusion about what you have.


The site ChicagoAncestors.org has been having some technical issues, which has affected searching at the site. They are redeveloping the site using more up-to-date methods. In the next few months you will see a new look and enhanced features.

The outdated site has deteriorated to the point that it was taken offline for a while. Some issues have been resolved and the site is back online with limited functionality.

Searching may not work but it is available. Expect the new site to be online in the next few months.


The Access Pennsylvania Digital Repository has changed its name, its website, and its URL. The new name is POWER Library Pennsylvania’s Electronic Library. The new URL is powerlibrary.org. All the same content is at the new site but all the URL’s for anything you may have bookmarked or used in a source citation has changed.


The State of Montana has created a website where you can search 14 academic libraries in Montana in one place. This has been a collaborative effort between the libraries of the four campuses of Montana State University and four campuses of the University of Montana, private colleges, tribal colleges and a community college.

The system searches the 14 libraries’ catalogs, databases, and e-resource subscriptions. Users can save queries, set up alerts for new results, and save items found during a search session. The service will recommend relevant articles based on usage data.

Not all colleges have the new system in place but eventually each participating college will have the search capability to access all 14 libraries directly from their website.


The Ohio History Connection website has expanded their collection of death records. Nearly two million records have been added for the years 1954 to 1963. The website also contains the death certificates for the years 1913 – 1944. This is an index and you will need to order a copy of the certificate to view all the information. The cost is $7 to order a copy.

The Hawaii State Archives are going digital. They have been storing paper records from various state agencies since 1906. The Hawaii State Archives was created in 1905 and they are mandated to preserve and make accessible the historical records of the State, Territory, Republic and Kingdom of Hawaii in the public trust.

Three years ago they started digitizing the records. They are starting with legislative records and then historic documents. The online database is expected to be completed in October 2015.

Some of the digitized records are online now at the state archives website.


The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together libraries, archives, and museums to make their collections freely available from one place. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced a grant of almost $1 million to the DPLA for a major expansion of its infrastructure.

This will allow the DPLA to expand its service hubs network to every state. DPLA service hubs bring together digital objects from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions in their area. They also provide community outreach programs to increase users’ awareness of digital content that is available.


The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has revised their digitization strategy and they want your feedback about it.

NARA has lots of records and they collaborate with private and public organizations to digitize records. They plan to continue these collaborations and they encourage the public to contribute records as digital images. They have guidelines for including metadata so the images will be searchable in the NARA catalog.

NARA has over 12 billion records in all sorts of formats. The records belong to the public and their mission is to make the records easily available in a digital format.

You have until November 14, 2014 to post your comments to the NARA blog post about the new strategy or send an email to digitzation@nara.gov.


NARA is making accessible audiovisual records of World War I and World War II. They are digitizing public domain films and photographs. So far 25 films are available and you can view them at the NARA YouTube Channel. 50 more films will become available later this year.


“For King and Country” is project from the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. It contains an index to war memorials located in local schools of students, former students and teachers who volunteered for active service in the World Wars and other conflicts.

They have recently announced that they have added 10 more schools with over 3,000 more names. That makes for 100 schools in the database with over 38,000 names.

You will find descriptions and transcriptions of memorials, photos and school histories at the website.


Halifax is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada and they are digitizing their council minutes from 1841 to the present.

The project will scan 50,000 pages of text and microfilm. All these pages should be online by March 2015.


The British Newspaper Archive has added 175,000 pages in 66 existing newspaper titles and 7 new titles. The new pages come from newspapers published in England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland between 1753 and 1953.

The new titles include:

Aberdeen People’s Journal
Belfast Mercantile Register and Weekly Advertiser
Dublin Monitor
Galway Vindicator, and Connaught Advertiser
Hibernian Journal; or, Chronicle of Liberty
Pue’s Occurrences
South Bucks Free Press, Wycombe and Maidenhead Journal

You can find the complete list of updates in the blog post from The British Newspaper Archive that announced the news.


There is a First World War short film competition where aspiring filmmakers are encouraged to enter a three-minute film using selected documents from The National Archives in Kew. One document must be used as a starting point for the film.

Entries close on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges. The winner will receive £500 and the film will be shown on The National Archives’ website. Second place will receive £200 and third place will receive £100.


The First World War 100 portal is a website for the official UK government records of the First World War. You now can find the diaries of the Indian Infantry units deployed to the Western Front at the site. They are found in the section called Operation War Diary which has its own URL at operationwardiary.org.

The diaries contain information about the journey by sea from India, and their arrival in Marseilles.

Operation War Diary is crowdsourcing effort to tag and index what is found on the pages of the diaries so others will be able to perform searches.


The National Library of Scotland has at its site detailed maps covering post-War Edinburgh and London from the 1940s to the 1960s. These maps show house numbers and they would be useful for genealogical research.

The maps show details of commercial and residential buildings, railway stations, docks, factories, parks, and houses. You can view the maps by comparing them to modern Google or Bing maps.


ScotlandsPeople website has released the 1875 Valuation Rolls. These rolls can be used to find out about people in between the years the census was taken. For Scotland those years would be 1871 and 1881. All roles are searchable by name and address.

The government gathered information about the ownership and tenancy of land and houses in order to raise property taxes. This was saved as a Valuation Roll.

You can view the index pages for free until December 31, 2014. To view the record will require 2 credits. You purchase credits in advance in order to view records.


As of October 1st, the National Archives of Scotland website and the General Register Office for Scotland will not be updated. Those sites have been merged and the new site is called the National Records of Scotland.

This had been announced in 2011 that the two institutions would merge and it would make sense that their websites would also merge.


The RootsIreland website has changed from pay-per-view to a subscription-based access. RootsIreland.ie has over 20 million Irish records and the Irish Family History Foundation adds new records at regular intervals.

There are three types of subscriptions available: one month for $32, six months for $161, or yearly for $289.

If you still have pay-per-view credits in your existing account, you can continue to use those to view records until they are used up. You cannot purchase any additional credits.

If you wish, you can convert your remaining credits in your account to be applied to one of the three subscriptions offered.


The Irish Genealogical Research Society’s Early Irish Marriage Index is a free database at its website. Each entry contains the name of the bride and groom. All entries are from before 1864 when civil registration for all marriages in Ireland started.

Roz McCutcheon continues to add records to the database. She has added 2,500 new entries and the database contains almost 58,000 entries, which is approximately 127,500 names of brides, grooms and their parents.

Roz is the creator of this database and she is an IGRS Fellow and Vice-President.


The Representative Church Body Library of the Church of Ireland has placed online every issue of the Church of Ireland Gazette for 1914. Every issue for 1913 was already at the site.

The issues are fully searchable at the website and free. They contain insights to the opinions and attitudes of members of the Church of Ireland during those years.

An anonymous donor has made it possible to digitize this next year of the Gazette.

The library is committed to make the Decade of Commemorations and in particular the centenary of the start of the First World War a priority. They are accepting donations to be able to digitize more issues of the Gazette.


There is a new educational web site called Plantation and Penal Laws in Derry. It’s designed for students to learn more about the history of the city of Derry-Londonderry from the beginning of the Plantation of Ulster through to the implementation of strict Penal Laws against Catholics and Dissenters in the late seventeenth century.

At the site you will find history lessons and a list of what types of records are held by the First Derry Presbyterian Church. There are no records or indexes at the site.

There is an extensive list of other resources you may want to check out if you have ancestors from that area.


The National Library of Australia is redeveloping its infrastructure to manage digital collections and provide access to collections from hundreds of libraries. It sees the future of content being accessed using mobile devices. The library will be expanding its online and mobile services. No details were given about what those services will be.

Access to the Library’s digital content is through Trove. This website contains content from more than 1,000 libraries, museums, archives, and research organizations.

Trove recently added another 71 titles to their historical newspaper collection. The newspapers cover New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. All of this content is free to access at Trove.


The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is now accepting entries for the 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition. This contest is open to members and non-members of ISFHWE. Both published and unpublished authors may enter.

There are seven categories you can enter – columns, articles, genealogy newsletters, unpublished authors, unpublished material by published authors, and poetry.

Cash prizes will be given to the winners. The winners will be announced on September 1, 2015.

Submissions are due by June 15, 2015 and there is a discounted entry free if the entry is submitted by March 15, 2015. If submitting before March 15th the entry fee is $15 for members of ISFHWE and $18 for non-members. After March 15th, the entry fee is $18 for members and $21 for non-members. Membership to ISFHWE is $20 annually.


The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research has announced some new courses that will be offered next year with some new instructors that have joined the Virtual Institute to teach classes.

There will be two classes taught by F. Warren Bittner. The first course is “Reading German I: The ABCs of Gothic.” It will be held in March. The second course is “Reading German II: Reading German Church Books” and it will be held in April.

Craig Scott will teach “A Day in the Revolution: Researching Your Soldier.” That will be held in August.

Joshua Taylor will teach “New England Research: Has It All Been Done?” in November.


The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will be offering young professionals a significant discount to APG’s Professional Management Conference (PMC). This discount is for 40% off the full price of the conference. The conference will be held January 8 – 9, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This discount will end on November 15, 2014 and is available to APG members and non-members who are age 25 or younger.


The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has a publicity contest going on for societies. Only FGS member societies can enter.

You are to publicize the FGS Conference that will be held in February in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can publicize the conference in your society newsletter, website, blog, or other publications.

The winning society will be chosen at random and will receive an individual four-day registration for the FGS 2016 Conference in Springfield, Illinois. This registration can be used by the society’s delegate to 2016, given away as a prize at a society event, or awarded in whatever way the society chooses.

Contest entries must by submitted by January 25, 2015 and the drawing for the winner will be February 11, 2015 at the Focus on Societies Day Luncheon at the FGS Conference.


Registration for the Carl Sandburg Institute of Genealogy is open. You must register by phone until the online system is ready. That should be on October 31.

This is the first year for this Institute. It will be held May 28th thru June 1st, 2015 on the campus of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois.

There will be 4 tracks.
– Refining Internet and Digital Skills for Genealogy (coordinator Cyndi Ingle)
– Advanced methodology and analysis (coordinator Michael John Neill),
– Intermediate sources and research (coordinator Debbie Mieszala),
– Germanic research sources and methods (coordinator Teresa McMillin)

Michael John Neill is the organizer for this event.

Registration costs $400 for a 4 and a half day course. A $150 meal plan is an additional optional cost.

There are some new podcasts about genealogy that have started recently. There’s one about Irish genealogy and it’s called the Irish Genealogy Podcast with Nicola Morris. The first episode discusses the Irish in the First World War. From the website you can send in suggestions for topics in future podcasts.

And there’s a podcast about German genealogy. It’s called The German-American Genealogist Podcast. In the first episode Josiah Schmidt talks about researching German ancestors and then he interviews Thomas MacEntee where they talk about the latest technology for researching your roots.


At the WDYTYA Live! Event that was held August 30, 2014 in Glasgow there was a symposium on the future of professional genealogy. It was recorded and those recording have recently become available online.

There are 6 sessions for a total of 1 hour and 40 minutes. They discussed genealogy education, licensing and/or regulation, and genealogical certification.


Finding Your Roots is a program that airs on PBS every Tuesday evening through November. It features three guests that learn about their ancestors by the paper trail they left and by using DNA.

If you happen to be online while the episode airs, join the Ancestry and PBS teams each week in a Twitter chat. Just use the hashtag #FindingYourRoots.

You can also meet online at the AfriGeneas chat center to discuss the show while it airs.


Saturday, October 18, 4pm eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Corrigiendo parentescos en el Árbol Familiar (taught in Spanish)

Tuesday, October 21, 1pm eastern
Ancestry Live Event
Navigating the Ancestry YouTube Channel
presented by Crista Cowen

Tuesday, October 21, 8pm eastern
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Webinar
Pre-1850 Tic Marks
presented by Peggy Lauritzen

Tuesday, October 21, 10pm eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Extracting Information from German Records

Wednesday, October 22 2014, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar – Tracking Migration Using the Draper Manuscripts
presented by Mary Hill

Wednesday, October 22, 10pm eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Exploring Norwegian Parish Registers

Wednesday, October 22, 10pm eastern
Mesa FamilySearch Library Webinar
Close To Our Hearts…Researching Your Dutch Ancestors
presented by Janelle Solomon

Thursday, October 23, 1pm eastern
Ancestry Live Event
Putting Together a Family Health History
presented by Crista Cowen

Thursday October 23, 1pm
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Webinar
Guide to I&N History Research

Thursday, October 23, 9pm eastern
Second Life National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) Study Group
Judy Keller Fox, “Documents and DNA Identify a Little-Known Lee Family in Virginia,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 99, (June 2011):85-96.

#genchat – DNA: when it matches
Friday, October 24th, 10pm eastern

Sunday, October 26, 2 – 4pm eastern

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
October 28, 29, 30

Tuesday, October 28, 1pm eastern
Ancestry Live Event
Lesser Known Ports of Immigration
presented by Crista Cowen

Wednesday, October 29, 2pm eastern
Hangout On Air with AJ Jacobs to discuss the Global Family Reunion

Thursday, October 30, 1pm eastern
Ancestry Live Event
Top Tips for Beginning Mexico Family History Research
presented by Crista Cowen

Thursday, October 30, 7pm eastern
#AncestryChat: Going Beyond Census and Vital Records

DearMyrtle continues having Google+ Hangouts, there’s Mondays with Myrt, Wacky Wednesday, and Genealogy Game Night on Saturdays. You can participate live or watch the recording on DearMyrtle’s YouTube Channel.

And that’s it for this episode.

You can send email to geneatopia@gmail.com

You can find links to things mentioned in this show in the show notes at Geneatopia.com as well as a transcript. The transcript can also be found in the Geneatopia Flipboard magazine.

This is episode 52.

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