Episode 66 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Monday August 10, 2015 and this is Episode 66.

The remains of four bodies that were discovered in 2013 at Virginia’s historic Jamestown colony have been identified. Archaeologists first discovered the site about five years ago. They identified it as the first Protestant church built in the new world. This is the place were Pocahontas married the colonist John Rolfe in 1614.

The way the men were buried signals that they had a high status in the colony. They were buried around the altar. This place was reserved for the clergy and leading members of the community.

Only about 30% of each skeleton could be recovered. The bones were tested to determine the sex and approximate ages at death. All the men were in their 20s or 30s.

It was determined that the men died between 1608 and 1617. They used historical records to determine who they could be.

The men have been identified as the Rev. Robert Hunt, the first Anglican minister; Capt. Gabriel Archer, an expeditionary leader; Sir Fernando Wainman, a cousin of the Virginia governor; and Capt. William West, the governor’s uncle.

Rev. Robert Hunt arrived with the founding expedition in 1607 and he was the first Anglican minister in America. His mission was to Anglicized Native Americans by converting them to Christianity.

Captain Archer was involved in the colony’s politics. He conspired to have his rival Capt. John Smith, one of the most famous settlers of Jamestown, to be executed.

Sir Fernando Wainman arrived in 1610 with fresh supplies for the colony and the saved it from abandonment. Unfortunately, he died a few months after he arrived from disease.

Capt. William West arrived at the colony on the same ship as Sir Fernando Wainman. He was killed by Native Americans.

Scientists believe that the site of the Jamestown colony will be underwater by the end of the century due to rising sea levels. This places a time limit on how long geologists can excavate and find more artifacts.


The Oklahoma historical society has scanned and placed online thousands of Oklahoma maps. The maps consist of railroads, Indian territory, town plats, waterways, borderlines and boundaries, and lots of other types of maps.

The collection includes the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps. These maps were created by the Sanborn Map Company and they show the size, shape, and construction of dwellings and buildings used to evaluate fire risks. They show the street name along with the street and sidewalk width, property boundaries, building use, and even the location of windows and doors.

More than 800 map pages have been placed online. The maps have been scanned at high resolution so people can see details of the map.

There are some birds eye views of towns and cities that were used by town promoters. They show the façades of buildings and houses in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

The Oklahoma Historical Society has a collection of more than 15,000 maps from 1820 to the present. About 1,900 of them are online. The society will continue scanning the maps and placing them online.


The Troy Irish Genealogy Society of New York continues to add records to its website. They have just added records for those who died during World War I and who were residents of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties.

The records were compiled by General J. Leslie Kincaid in 1922. He was the Adjutant General of the State of New York. He thought a report like this would be of value to relatives of the deceased and to those who wanted to find out information about those who gave their lives to the war.

The website troyirish.com will forward you the their actual website which is located at RootsWeb. There you will find many records for those who lived in that area of New York.

If you are interested in the honor roll for those who died in World War I for the entire state of New York including the records found at the Troy Irish website, you will find it at the New Horizons Genealogy website.


The Huntsville, Alabama, Glenwood Cemetery is a burial site for slaves and the city’s most prominent black citizens. The Cemetery Director believes there could be many more people buried there than what they know about.

Glenwood Cemetery began as a slave cemetery in 1870. When the cemetery opened some people who were buried elsewhere were moved to the new cemetery.

The Glenwood Cemetery was recently placed on the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register. They will now be eligible to apply for grants to help fund research to locate unmarked graves and determine who is buried there. They can then place markers at the gravesite.

They also will try to raise money for improvements such as a stone wall and decorative gates.

A school project was started in 1993 to find information about those who were buried in Glenwood cemetery. They found that not much information was written about the people buried in the cemetery. They set out to find as much information as they could and realized there were many more people buried there than were documented.

Archaeologists and anthropologists will begin in September to locate unmarked graves.


In North Carolina more than 35,000 state Confederate pension applications are now online. After the Civil War, injured Confederate soldiers were not allowed in federally operated homes for injured veterans. So the individual states set up homes for these soldiers.

The applications are from the years 1901 – 1946. Some soldiers have more than one application since they served in different regiments.

The collection is from the State Archives of North Carolina and is referred to as “Pension Bureau: Act of 1901 Pension Applications.” The digitization project began in May, 2014 and was completed a little over a year later in July, 2015.


Arizona’s genealogical library has closed at the State Library at the Capitol. The collection consisted of 20,000 items that were only used by three or four people per day.

A small portion of the collection will be placed in the genealogy center at the Polly Rosenbaum archives and history building. It will take up two bookshelves. That is a small portion of the 20,000 items from the original collections.

The Archives are located a few blocks from the State Library. This will put Arizona archives and genealogical records in one location.

Most of the items will either be placed in archival storage, offered to outside groups, or be disposed of.

The space that was once occupied by the genealogical collection will be used to house staffers such as Capital Museum and law library personnel.


The Family History Guide is a new website that is free to the public. At the site you will find a learning system for family history.

There are tools and resources needed for family history. There are steps to follow as you go through the family history experience with goals so you can track your progress. And projects can be used to strengthen skills.

There are over 1,000 videos and articles. They plan to add content on a regular basis.

Classroom materials are available for teachers who want to use The Family History Guide.

And The Family History Guide is also an app in the FamilySearch App Gallery.


FindAGrave and BillionGraves are popular websites were people upload pictures and transcribe tombstones. Then others can find information about their ancestors at the sites.

Another similar type of website has been announced. It’s called Here Lies and can be found at herelies.io. The goal of this site is to catalog GPS coordinates for every gravesite around the world.

There is an Apple and Android app so volunteers can contribute to the site. From the app you take a picture, enter the information found on the tombstone, and it will upload to the site.

The developer hopes people will go to local cemeteries and take pictures to help get this project started.

Headstone records at BillionGraves all have GPS coordinates. At FindAGrave there is a place to enter the GPS coordinates. Not all headstones at the FindAGrave sites have these coordinates entered.


BillionGraves has grown to 15 million records. The last million records were added in just 49 days. More records are coming from overseas.

All headstone records are GPS tagged. At the BillionGraves website there are over 20,000 different cemeteries from 139 different countries. The top 10 countries are

United States
United Kingdom
New Zealand
Czech Republic


The software program Ancestral Quest has released a Mac version. This version will be using a customized version of CrossOver. CrossOver is a Mac program that allows you to install Windows applications on your Mac. This is the same technology that is used to run RootsMagic on a Mac.

The Ancestral Quest website should have by now the links to download the Mac version.


A new version of the free software program Gramps has been released. It’s a major new release. The previous version was 4.1.3 and this new version is 4.2.

There are some fixes, improvements, and enhancements.

There are new date and language fields on place names, changes for icons and buttons handling methods, more efficient search on sorted columns, and you can now drag items on more Views, Selectors, and Editors.

There are new editors for place and place names.

You can now import KML data, which is used for maps, into Geography views.

You can find Gramps at gramps-project.org.


FamilySearch made some changes about how programs interact with FamilySearch Family Tree. Legacy has updated their software so it will continue to work with FamilySearch.

You will need to update Legacy in order to work with FamilySearch. The update also contains some minor fixes. And of course the update is free.

Deluxe edition users can run the update from the program. For those with the free version you will have to submit your email address and they will send you a link to download the new version.


There is a free Windows program called FTAnalyzer. You use a GEDCOM file of your family tree with the program. A GEDCOM is a file that you can export from a genealogy program and use it in another genealogy program. It’s a way for you to transfer your data to different programs.

The FTAnalyzer program lets you look at your data differently for analysis and helps you find mistakes.

There is all sort of lists available for analysis, maps to see where your ancestors moved to, and color coding that shows which census you may find your ancestor.

The latest version, version 5, has the ability to see census page results on Findmypast. There is now support for auto creating records from identified census references in notes and source records. It also supports Canadian Ancestry census references.

There is also birth, marriage, and death searching from the program. It uses Ancestry, Findmypast, and FamilySearch.

And the new version contains many updates and bug fixes.

The program can be found at ftanalyzer.codeplex.com. Codeplex is a Microsoft site where developers can save their code. The developer is very interested in your comments and suggestions for the program. You can join the discussion at the Codeplex site to add your thoughts. If you find a bug there is an issue page for you to report it.


Genealogy Gophers is a relatively new site for finding genealogy books. They have doubled their collection. There are now 80,000 books to search.

The online library has been created through a partnership with FamilySearch. It includes books and periodicals from FamilySearch partners such as Allen County Public Library, the BYU Harold B. Lee Library, the Church History Library, the Family History Library, and the Houston Public Library.

The website has been updated with new search features. It is now easier to search by name, date, and place. You can also search within specific publications.

Search results display a snippet on each page so you can easily determine if the page is of interest.

In order to search you need to answer a Google Consumer Survey. You can now pay a small fee if you would like to skip the survey. The fee is $19.95 for one year. If you refer someone to the site, the fee will be waived.


The Detroit Jewish News Foundation is currently digitizing every issue of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle, which was published from March 1916 until July 1951. The digitized pages will be added this fall and will be found with the collection of the Detroit Jewish News already online at djnfoundation.org which is the site for The William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History .

Once the Chronicle has been added, an entire century of Detroit Jewish history will be available online. The William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History will hold 320,000 pages of searchable content come late fall with the addition of the Chronicle.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints canceled a hearing for its plan to demolish a golf course driving range in order to build there. The hearing was scheduled for the building plans to be presented. Residents of the area had protested about having two large office buildings being built near their neighborhood and potentially hurting property values.

The buildings were to be built on property that is owned by the church that is currently a driving range. Plans are for the driving range to be moved regardless of whether anything is built on the land.

The land is located in Lehi, Utah. This is the location where Ancestry is building its new building.


The National Archives have had a partnership with Ancestry since 2008. It also has a partnership with Fold3, Ancestry’s sister site, since 2007.

NARA is renewing their partnership agreement with Ancestry.com and Fold3.com. The partnership agreement is available for public review and comment until August 21, 2015.

Some major updates to the agreement include:

– NARA has shortened the embargo period so collections can be placed online sooner

– an entire project does not have to be completely digitized before it is placed online

– outlines NARA’s commitment to protecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and the Partner’s responsibility also


Over at Findmypast, PERSI has gotten a big update. Over 85,000 new article indexes have been added. There have been over 3,000 different publications added or supplemented with new articles. The entries come from all over America, Canada, Britain, Ireland, and around the world.

For those who are 12 month subscribers to Findmypast, there will be a webinar about PERSI on Thursday, August 26, at 1 PM Eastern. The title is “Filling the Gaps with PERSI: The PERiodical Source” presented by Jen Baldwin. She is a family historian with Findmypast and one of her duties is to obtain the rights to be able to link articles directly from PERSI.

Over 27,000 British Army military school records from both England and Ireland have been added to Findmypast. They have also added over 92,000 historic Irish newspaper articles and over 17,000 transcripts of burials from the New Zealand, Hillsborough Cemetery.

A collection that I am very interested in has had a big update and that would be the Staffordshire parish records. These records are being added in phases.

Phase 1 occurred about a year ago and with this latest announcement phase 2 has been completed. I have ancestors and Staffordshire and I found lots of information last year about my great great grandfather. However his wife lived in a parish that was not included in phase 1.

So when phase 2 was announced I thought I might find her family in the records. However, I did not. Because only 90% of the records are now online and of course they do not include records for my great great grandmother. She came from Sedgley. This parish has not been included yet.

Phase 3 will include the remaining parishes. No date has been mentioned when this will occur.

Phase 4 will include wills for 1521 to 1858. About 250,000 Diocese of Litchfield and Coventry original wills, inventories and letters of administration will be digitized.

Phase 5 will consist of marriage allegations and bonds from 1617 to 1900. These come from an application by a couple for a marriage license.

All these records are coming online as a result of a partnership between Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service and Findmypast. The records are being digitized and indexed. Once that is done they will be available at Findmypast. It is free to search the indexes but you will need a subscription to Findmypast to view the images.


Findmypast will be publishing original petty session records and passenger lists from Victoria, Australia. They come from the collection of Victoria’s Coastal Passenger Lists 1852 – 1924.

Once digitized the original images will contain transcriptions. It’s estimated that there will be about 118,000 records in this collection.

You can find millions of Victorian passenger records indexed on Findmypast but not all the images. With this latest agreement the images will be available at Findmypast.


The Fichier Origine website has a new look. Translating the name to English is “File Origin.” There are 6,000 files about the first pioneers to Quebec. That would be those immigrants who arrived sometime from 1621 to 1865. More pioneers are added all the time. So if you don’t find who you are looking for today, you may find them listed the next time you look.

The site was updated twice a year but it is now updated in real time on an ongoing basis.

The site is in French but you can use Google translate to have the words displayed in your language.

The new site has new search options. You can search by surname, parish, parish of origin, or parish of marriage. From the results you can find out about the migrant’s family and ancestry.

You can also search for the soldiers of Carignan, daughters of the King, or by the records added since a specific date or modified since as a specific date.

This free site is run by the Quebec Federation of Genealogical Societies in partnership with the French Federation of Genealogy.


The Genealogist, a subscription site in the UK, has announced an agreement with the Norfolk Record Office to make more parish records and other historical records available online at The Genealogist website. These records include baptism, marriages, burials in the banns of marriage from the majority of parishes in Norfolk and some in Suffolk parishes.

There are transcripts available for the images. You can find these same images at Findmypast without transcriptions. And you can browse the images at FamilySearch.


A new monthly subscription to the British Newspaper Archive will now cost 25% more. It has increased from £9.95 to £12.95. A yearly subscription remains the same at £79.95. On pound is about 1.55 dollars. So the monthly subscription is about $20 and the yearly subscription is about $125.

The British Newspaper Archive plans to add another 2 million pages this year and they need to raise the price of subscriptions to cover the costs.


A well-known Irish historian and genealogist, Sean Murphy, has placed online 15 papers related to genealogy and history. They can be found at academia.edu which is the site where academics can share their research and gain more citations. It’s a social network to get researchers to publish their papers.


For the third year in a row Australia is celebrating National Family History Month during the month of August. Previously it was only held as a one-week event during the first week of August.

During the month a variety events will be held. There are webinars and online courses planned for people to access online as well as lectures and workshops to attend in person.


Queensland will begin searching for a provider to build a digital archive. Governments across Australia have been encouraged to make everything digital and available to the public. All new files that are created must be stored digitally.

The Queensland government creates an enormous amount of digital information which is difficult to access. A digital archive needs to be created to easily access government records and store the rapidly growing volume of digital public records.

The Queensland government is beginning a global search for provider to build a digital archive.


Many archives in France are placing images online. The Departmental Archives of Vendée have placed 310,000 notarial acts of sixteenth – eighteenth centuries online at their website. You will also find many other records at the site.

Vendée is located in west-central France, on the Atlantic Ocean.

On the Geneanet website there is a list of all the archives in France that have online records. I’ll have a link in the show notes to the list.


The first ever Greek genealogy conference will be held in Salt Lake City on September 26, 2015. The daylong conference will cost $25 which includes breakfast and lunch.

Sessions include researching in the United States and Greece using a variety of records. Other topics include Greek immigration in the 1900s, the revolution of 1821, and boundary changes in Greece.


There is a new show coming to TLC called Suddenly Royal. It’s a new reality TV series. The show follows a Maryland man who finds out that he is the heir to the throne of the British Isle of Man.

He travels to the Isle of Man with his wife and 12-year-old daughter. They hire a royal advisor and etiquette coach to help them adjust to their new life.

The family tries to win the acceptance of everyone they meet to become royalty. However, it seems that the family would rather go back home to Maryland.


DearMyrtle will be starting another study group. This one will be concentrating on the first two chapters from the book Evidence Explained. They will be meeting on four consecutive Fridays at noon Eastern starting on August 14.

DearMyrtle still has a variety of Google Hangouts each week. There are Mondays with Myrt, Scotland Genealogy Study Group, Wacky Wednesday, and Genealogy Game Night.


Tuesday, August 11, 1pm Eastern
Ancestry Live Event
What’s New at Ancestry: August 2015 Edition
presented by Crista Cowen

Illinois State Genealogical Society Webinar
Tuesday, August 11, 9pm eastern
School Daze – Finding and Using School Records to Trace Our Ancestors
presented by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar
Power Platting—Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions
presented by Chris Staats

Wednesday, August 12, 8 PM Eastern
FGS Webinar Your Society Can’t Afford to Do A Seminar? Here’s How!
presented by Paula Stuart-Warren

Thursday August 13, 1PM
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Webinar
Genealogy Program Introduction

Thursday, August 13, 8PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Planning a Research Trip
presented by Tim Bingaman

#genchat – Need research details? Get local!
Friday, August 14, 10pm eastern

Saturday, August 15, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Genealogía Descendente

Tuesday, August 18, 8pm eastern
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Webinar
Church Denomination Archives
presented by Valerie Eichler Lair

Wednesday, August 19, 8pm eastern
Georgia Genealogical Society
What Does THAT Mean? Understanding the Language of the Law
presented by Judy G. Russell

Wednesday, August 19, 9pm eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society
Find Your American Ancestor Using Canadian Records
presented by Kathryn Lake Hogan

Thursday, August 20 , 8pm eastern
Florida State Genealogical Society Poolside Chat
Where You Are Depends on when You Are: Resources for Finding your American Ancestors in Time and Space
presented by KC Reid

Thursday August 20, 9pm eastern
Utah Genealogical Association
How to Tell the Best Ten Stories of Your Life
presented by Tom and Alison Taylor

Friday, August 21, 2015, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar
Digital Family Reunions
presented by Devin Ashby

Thursday, August 26, 1PM Eastern
Findmypast Webinar
Filling the Gaps with PERSI: The PERiodical Source
presented by Jen Baldwin
only for 12 month subscribers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar
German Names and Naming Patterns
presented by James M. Beidler

Thursday, August 27, 3PM Eastern
New England Historic Genealogical Society Webinar
Digital Collections at NEHGS and AJHS-NEA
presented by Sally Benny and Stephanie Call

Thursday, August 27, 8PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Immigration Into the United States
presented by David Dilts

#genchat – Ethnic Focus: Hispanic Heritage
Friday, August 28, 10pm eastern

In honor of Family History Month in Australia, Jill Ball will be having a GeneaGala Hangout on Air on August 30th where she will be having guest panelists throughout the day. August 30th will be August 29th in the US and the gala starts at 7PM Eastern on the 29th.

Don’t forget to check the calendar at SLGenealogyGroup.com to find out about all the meetings and activities going on in Second Life. The monthly APG chapter meeting will not be happening for the month of August in Second Life.

You can find all the webinars mentioned and more at the calendar at Geneatopia.com.

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.

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