Episode 69 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Tuesday October 6, 2015 and this is Episode 69.

October is Family History Month in the United States. Be on the look at for special events and offers to celebrate during October.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering 31 Days and 31 Ways. The library in Boston will be open for free every Wednesday during October. Certain databases will be free during the month. And if you follow them on Facebook and Twitter, you will have access to research tips, featured webinars, bookstore discounts, and free giveaways during the month.

Ancestry will be having their usual live events every Tuesday as well as giveaways. You will need to follow them on Facebook to find out about the giveaways.

They are also holding a Find A Grave day on Saturday, October 17. On this day people will meet in cemeteries to take pictures of tombstones and upload them to Find A Grave. It’s recommended that you check with the cemetery first to make sure it’s all right for you to take pictures.

Ancestry is also having a contest involving Pinterest. You need to create a board titled “My Family History with Ancestry” where you will pin at least 10 pieces of content related to your family tree. Also you will need to pin the graphic that Ancestry created about this contest. Then you enter your name, email address, and Pinterest board on the “Introduction to Family History Month” blog post found at blogs.ancestry.com. One lucky winner will get a one-year membership to ancestry.com and two hours with a professional genealogist.


Ancestry.ca has released their new website for Canadians. This version has been available in the United States for a while. It contains LifeStory that creates a time based narrative of the events, sources, and relationships about people in your family. It also has historical insights that give you context about events that have impacted your ancestors lives. And it includes facts and galleries that allow you to view and arrange details of your ancestors lives.


Ancestry has renewed its digitization partnership agreement with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Ancestry has been digitizing records from NARA since 2000.

This new agreement will allow Ancestry to continue digitization services at no cost to the federal government. Part of the agreement allows Ancestry exclusive access to the records they digitize to be placed on their website. The new agreement will allow records to be published on the website before the entire collection has been digitized. This will shorten the time that Ancestry will have exclusive access since the embargo time will be calculated based on when the records first become accessible.


A little over a month ago Ancestry released a very large collection of wills and probates. Randy Seaver, who writes the blog Genea-Musings, discovered that many New Jersey wills and probates, that were there when the collection was first released, are no longer available.

So those that did find New Jersey wills will have a source citation for the collection that they found on Ancestry with the date that they accessed it. That date is when the records were available.

It seems that the New Jersey State archives did not give permission to have these records available online. As a result, the collection had to be renamed to the New Jersey Wills and Probates 1785 – 1924. The previous name included the years 1656 – 1999.

If you would like some more information about the New Jersey wills collection you can read some blog posts posted by Michelle Tucker Chubenko on her blog JerseyRootsGenealogy.

Occasionally collections do disappear from Ancestry. They have agreements at different institutions and sometimes those agreements expire and the collection has to be removed. So when you find records you should always download a copy to a computer where you will always have it to refer to later.


More new records at FamilySearch

New indexed record collection
Quebec Federation of Genealogical Societies Family Origins 1621-1865 (Web-Linking)
This means it links to the record found at the Fichier Origine site. This is a free site with information about early Quebec settlers. If you click the link for the web site you find additional information about the ancestor you found at FamilySearch.

The following have new indexed records and images
France Dordogne Censuses 1876
France Haute-Garonne Toulouse Censuses 1830-1831

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Bahamas Civil Registration 1850-1959
Barbados Church Records 1637-1887
Germany Prussia Brandenburg and Posen Church Book Duplicates 1794-1874
Honduras Catholic Church Records 1633-1978
Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children 1850-1892; 1908-1957
Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2013
Prince Edward Island Death Card Index 1721-1905
South Carolina Confederate Home Records 1909-1958
Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1986
United States Passport Applications 1795-1925

The next collection has had indexed records and images added to an existing collection
Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1912
Louisiana Orleans Parish Vital Records 1910 – 1960
Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964

These collections have added images to an existing collection
Chile Cemetery Records 1821-2013
Colombia Catholic Church Records 1600-2014
England Warwickshire Parish Registers 1535-1984
Georgia Deaths 1914-1927
Illinois Northern District Petitions for Naturalization 1906-1994
Italy Udine Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1815 1871-1911
Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626-2001
Missouri County Marriage Naturalization and Court Records 1800-1991
Missouri State and Territorial Census Records 1732-1933
Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005
Philippines La Union Diocese of San Fernando de La Union 1801-1984
Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1950


FamilySearch Family Tree has a new feature. On the person page of each ancestor there are three additional websites you can access to search for records. In addition to FamilySearch you can click to search Ancestry, Findmypast, and MyHeritage. Clicking the logos will take you to that website and perform a search for records pertaining to the person you were looking at.

This will help you search records easily at other websites and see what additional information you can find about your ancestor.


FamilySearch is looking for funny stories and any humorous memories you have about your family. They would like you to submit your stories so they can be shared with the world by FamilySearch. They will become part of a social media campaign by posting them on the FamilySearch Facebook page.

Each story that is submitted will be reviewed to make sure the content is appropriate before it is posted. You can submit your humorous family story by sending an email to social@familysearch.org.


Findmypast new records include school registers from three of Britain’s top historic schools. The schools are Eton College, Dulwich College in London, and Lansing College in Sussex.
Other new records added at Findmypast are over 67,000 New York birth, marriage, and burial records.


There is a new service available called Forever. At the website you can create photo books, calendars, cards, and other items that you can personalize with their scrapbooking software. That product is called Forever Artisan.

Using their photo management software, you can organize, edit, and protect your media files on your desktop. That is called Forever Historian.

And they also offer photo scanning service where you can send them your old pictures, slides, photos, videos, audio tapes, or anything else you have and they will digitize them in place of online for you.

They have cloud-based storage where you can keep all your media and share it with others. And as the name implies it will be available forever. How this works is you pay a monthly fee starting at five dollars a month for 10 GB of storage. They will invest this money so that it will cover the costs of having your files available for up to 100 years after your death.

Over time Forever.com will migrate your files to new formats as the old formats become obsolete. So in the future if photos are saved in a different format other than jpg, your photos will be converted to the new format.


Genealone is software that runs on a Web server so you can have your own genealogy website with your ancestor’s information. They just released a new version, version 2.

The new version supports responsive design where the webpages appear differently on various devices depending on their screen size. There is also a PDF export available, more settings, a better editor for front page text content, and many other small improvements.

They also provide hosting if you would rather not install the software on a Web server. Prices are $18 a year and those with the hosting plan have already been upgraded to version 2.

Those who are running version 1 will need to pay $24 to upgrade to version 2.


The next version of Evidentia will not be ready for RootsTech 2016. This would be version 3 of the software. In order to have something new for RootsTech there will be some new user guides and tutorial videos available for users to get the most out of Evidentia.


A new organization called Reclaim the Records was formed recently to obtain access to the 1908 – 1929 index to marriage licenses and affidavits in New York. The petition to obtain access was filed in the Supreme Court of the state of New York, County of New York. And they won.

Once they have access to these records they will scan them and upload them for free public access.

Reclaim the Records is a not-for-profit group that will be filing state freedom of information Law request to get public data released into the public domain. They plan to continue to file requests for records and plans are to obtain access to New York and New Jersey records that are not publicly available.

They are currently pursuing New York City for the recovery of their attorney’s fees. This is allowed in cases where the state government agency had no legal basis to deny legitimate records request. This should take a couple of months.


Adoptees who were born in Montana can now request a copy of their original birth certificate if they are at least 30 years old. That means they were born before October 1, 1985. There will be no redactions or blacked out information on the certificate.

If you were adopted between October 1, 1985 and October 1, 1997, you will need a court order to obtain your original birth certificate.

If you were adopted after September 30, 1997, you can apply for your original birth certificate once you turn 18. But if the birth mother signed a form the file may be sealed.

If you are a birth mother and would like the birth records to be accessible, you can write the state Vital Statistics office that you want the files to be available to child you gave up for adoption.


In Rhode Island, the Providence Public Library has placed a new digitized image collection online. It contains nearly 5,000 images, photographs, post cards, and clippings about the history of Rhode Island. You can search and download the images for free.

The Library will be adding new items to this collection every day. They encourage everyone to comment on the images so that more information can be collected about the images.

You can find the new collection at ProvLibDigital.org.


Legacy Family Tree Webinars have been free to view live and then are available for free a week or two after the recording. Then you need to subscribe to the site for $49.95 per year to view the webinars and the handouts. This year the added the chat log that you can access when you view the webinar at a later date.

This year they also added some webinars that were only available to subscribers. They just released 7 new webinars for subscribers about researching your Ohio ancestors. The webinars are

1. America’s Expansion: The Ohio Country 1783-1812
2. Ohio: The Great Land Experiment
3. Ohio’s Probate Court
4. Early Ohio Wills and Estates
5. Unusual Ohio Courthouse Records
6. Ohio’s Recorders’ Office
7. Ohio’s Common Pleas Court

They were all recorded with Jana Sloan Broglin. She is an Ohio native and a professional genealogist.


The ScotlandsPeople’s web site has added the 1855 valuation rolls. They are free to search until Tuesday, October 13. Images can be viewed for 2 credits per record where 10 credits are approximately $3.

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.

These valuation rolls can be used to find people in between the years the census was taken. The census was taken every 10 years starting with 1841. The valuation rolls were created every 10 years starting with 1855. So you can find your ancestor in the 1851 census, then look in the valuation roll for 1855, and check the 1861 census.

Last March they added the valuation rolls for 1865. This makes it so that ScotlandsPeople now has valuation rolls from 1855 to 1925, one more year has just been added.


Christine Woodcock, a well known genealogist specializing in Scotland, will be having a series of webinars. Each webinar costs $14.95 Canadian or about $11.50 US. The following are the topics and dates.

Dinnae Waste Yer Credits, Then (making effective use of the ScotlandsPeople Website (Oct 8)
Lesser Known Databases for Scottish Genealogy Research (Oct 15)
Tracking Your Scots Emigrant Ancestor (Oct 22)
Using Scottish Libraries for your Genealogy Research (Oct 29)
Using Local Archives for Scottish genealogy research (Nov 12)
Researching Your Scots Industrial Ancestor (Nov 19)
Preparing for a research trip to Scotland (Jan 14, 2016)


The National Archives in Norway has announced that they have completed scanning and uploading all municipalities and cities for the 1891 census. This census consists of one sheet per person and one sheet per household.

All records are free to search and view from their Digital Archives web site.


There will be a new edition of the Sweden dödbok coming out. The next version will be version 7. This collection is a digital database containing information about deceased people in Sweden.

Previous versions have covered different years. Each new version expands the years that are covered and of course still contains the same information that was found in the previous version.

Version 6 contains the years 1901 – 2013 and was published in 2014. Each record contains the name, address, occupation, death date, place of death, place of birth, and marital status.

The next version will be available for purchase on DVD or USB. It should be available in the fall of 2017 or early 2018.

The years from 1860 – 1900 will be added and perhaps the years 2014 – 2016 will also be included. This is a volunteer effort. It will take some time because the data is derived from different records.


General registration is now open for the fifth annual Forensic Genealogy Institute. It will be held March 10 – 12, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas. Registration is $445.

The first day will be devoted to running and marketing a business. Then the next two days the attendees will choose from one of two practicums – Advanced DNA or Forensic Genealogy.


The seventh annual Poetry Contest is coming this Thanksgiving. Each year blogger Bill West asks everyone to send him links to a poem or song and on Thanksgiving day he will have a blog post with the links.

The poem or song should be about your ancestor, where they lived, or an historical event that may have effected their life. It can be written by you or by someone else.

Deadline to send in your submission is November 19, the week before Thanksgiving.


The Genealogy-Do-Over has been running this past year on a 13-week cycle.

Oct. 2 started the fourth cycle. Anyone can join in, there is even a Facebook group with over 10,000 members. Every week Thomas MacEntee posts tips and videos about that week’s topics and you can ask questions in the Facebook group.

And every week there is a pdf that you can print and work from.

Genealogy societies are creating groups for the Genealogy Do-Over. They do a topic each month instead of each week.

Materials are all free but they are under copyright.

It has its own URL at genealogydoover.com

When Thomas started his genealogy he wasn’t citing sources or following proof standards. He was a name collector.

He decided to put all this aside and start over from scratch. The Genealogy Do-Over is a reset button.

There is a subgroup for a go-over. They don’t put everything aside but they look at their records to cite sources and prove each data point. By going back and looking what you already have, you may find information that you over looked before.

The Genealogy Do-Over has been so successful that it will continue next year. There will be only one long cycle for the year. Many thought the 4 cycles in one year went too fast to get everything accomplished.

Look for a workbook to by published sometime in November that will be used for the 2016 Genealogy Do-Over.


DearMYRTLE is having the 4th annual Share a Memory contest. Your memory can be in the form of a blog post, shared document, video, slide show, or book. It needs to be about your memory of an ancestor.

The top three will win a prize. The prizes are full admission to RootsTech 2016, GoPro HERO Starter bundle (a waterproof video recording camera), and third prize is your choice of a webcam or USB headset.

The winners will be announced during Mondays with Myrt on Monday October 26.


DearMYRTLE’s Scotland Genealogy Study Group will be coming to an end. It has been meeting most Wednesdays at noon since June. You can find the recordings on DearMYRTLE’s YouTube channel.

She will be having a new study group during that same time period called Tracing Immigrant Origins Study Group. It will run until the end of November.


The week of October 12, FamilySearch will be having 20 webinars! Please the check the Geneatopia calendar for all the details.

The United States team will be having webinars about using FamilySearch and the Family History catalog, U.S. Census, vital records, court records, immigration, naturalization, newspapers, American Indian research, African-American Research, and conducting research.

The British Isles team has some webinars scheduled that week but they may be offered the following week.

Some other webinars coming up

Tuesday, October 13, 9:30AM Eastern
ProQuest Webinar
Introduction to HeritageQuest
presented by Wendell Butler

Tuesday, October 13, 1pm Eastern
Ancestry Live Event
Celebrate Family History Month
presented by Crista Cowen

Illinois State Genealogical Society Webinar
Tuesday, October 13, 9pm eastern
Polish Genealogy – Four Steps to Successful Research
presented by Steve Szabados

Wednesday, October 14, 9pm eastern
Legacy Webinar
Colonial Immigration—The English Pioneers of Early America
presented by Beth Foulk

Thursday, October 15, 9:30AM Eastern
ProQuest Webinar
HeritageQuest: Beyond the Basics

Thursday, October 15, 8pm eastern
Florida State Genealogical Society Poolside Chat
Probate Records, Genealogy’s Goldmines
presented by Jack Butler

Thursday October 15, 9pm eastern
Utah Genealogical Association
Brideprice, Handfasting and Merry Wives: How Understanding Marriage Patterns and Traditions Can Help Family History
presented by Craig Foster

Friday, October 16, 2015, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar
Billions of Records, Billions of Stories
presented by Devin Ashby

Tuesday, October 20, no time listed
FGS Webinar
Next Level Facebook for Societies
presented by Jen Baldwin

Tuesday, October 20, 1pm Eastern
Ancestry Live Event
Best Practices for Attaching Records to Your Online Tree
presented by Crista Cowen

Tuesday, October 20, 3PM Eastern
NEHGS Webinar
Advanced Searching on AmericanAncestors.org
presented by Christopher Carter

Tuesday, October 20, 3:30PM Eastern
ProQuest Webinar
HeritageQuest: Beyond the Basics

Tuesday, October 20, 8pm eastern
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Webinar
National Archives Resources at the Chicago Branch
presented by Jane Haldeman

National Archives 2015 Virtual Genealogy Fair
Wednesday and Thursday October 21 – 22, 10 – 5
5 sessions will be held each day.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar
What Happened to the State of Frankland—Using TN’s Pre-Statehood Records
presented by Mark Lowe

Wednesday, October 21, 8pm eastern
Georgia Genealogical Society
History Lives at JSTOR
presented by Sarah Kim

Wednesday, October 21, 9pm eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society
The Devil is in the Details: Overlooking Minutiae can Create Lineage Limbo
presented by Jean Wilcox Hibben

Thursday, Oct. 22, 1PM Eastern
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Webinar
Guide to I&N History Research – Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952

Thursday, October 22, 3:30PM Eastern
ProQuest Webinar
Introduction to HeritageQuest
presented by Wendell Butler

Thursday, October 22, 8PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Finding Original Records: The Real Game of Hide and Seek
presented by Tim Bingaman

Thursday, October 22, 9pm eastern
Second Life National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) Study Group
John Philip Colletta, “Tracking a Loner on the Move: J.W. Parberry Exposed by the Genealogical Proof Standard,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 93 (June 2005): 94-109.

#genchat – Overland Trails
Friday, October 23, 10pm eastern

Saturday, October 24, 10am Eastern
Florida State Genealogical Society Poolside Chat
Beyond the Simple Website: 5 Technologies for Putting the “Social” into “Society”
presented by Drew Smith

Saturday, October 24, 11:30am Eastern
Florida State Genealogical Society Poolside Chat
Mob Action: Working as a Group to Get and Stay Afloat
presented by Jean W. Hibben

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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