Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia
I’m Patty Roy, also known as Dinah Larkham in Second Life
Today is Wednesday, September 11, 2013 and this is Episode 7
The biggest news last week was the announcement that Ancestry.com and FamilySearch plan to make a billion global records available online. These records will be easily accessible to the public. These two organizations will be working together for the next five years to digitize and index records from the FamilySearch vault. The vault is where all the master copies of the microfilm are stored for FamilySearch.
Ancestry.com expects to invest more than 60 million dollars during the five-year project. And FamilySearch will facilitate volunteer hours.
Any records that are indexed by volunteers for FamilySearch will continue to be free and the index may also appear on other sites and services
Both sites allow people to publish their family tree. This information is not part of the deal. Only records are going to be accessed and placed online.
Some speculate that the images will be free on FamilySearch and the index will be found on Ancestry.com, a paid site. Others think the indexes will be free and images will require a fee. But from what I can find out, Ancesty.com will pay for the images to be digitized and you will be able to view them at Ancestry. That means you will need a subscription or you can go to your public library where they probably subscribe to Ancestry Library edition. The indexes will be free on FamilySearch. Whatever the case, by having these two organizations work together will mean more records coming online at a faster pace. That’s good news for all.
The US National Archives held a Virtual Genealogy Fair on September 3rd and 4th. All the sessions were streamed live and saved for viewing later. You can find the session at the National Archives UStream channel. You can also find the handouts for each session by clicking HANDOUTS for each day on the Virtual Genealogy Fair web page. Links to these will be in the show notes.
Christina Applegate was on Who Do You Think You are recently and she talked about this experience on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday September 4th. She talked about how sad it was to find out about her father’s family and some of the things that didn’t make it in the show. You can watch this show at the NBC web site or from the NBC iPhone/iPad app.
A new genealogy show will be airing on television. The Genealogy Roadshow premieres September 23rd at 8pm central on PBS, check your local listings for the actual day and time. The show is based on a hit show by the same name in Ireland and it’s similar to Antiques Roadshow where they talk about the history of one object. The show focuses on average Americans, not celebrities as other genealogy shows have done. Other shows have done a full genealogical history on the featured person. The Genealogy Roadshow researches specific questions about someone’s ancestry. There will be four shows. The shows were filmed in Nashville, San Francisco, Detroit, and Austin. The first episode will be the one filmed in Nashville. In celebration of the show, the Nashville public television station is collecting tweets at their web site wnpt.org/grshow/ Use the hashtag #genealogyPBS. These tweets can be about your family history or a memorable story. Also you can post a VINE video. VINE is a free app for recording video and uploading it to share. The video can be up to 6 seconds long. By going to the web page for Nashville Public Television, you will be able to see what was sent as tweets and VINES.
The Digital Public Library of America, found at dp.la, contains free online records as a virtual library. HathiTrust is a consortium of university library digital collections. They contribute content to DPLA The DPLA has announced that more than 3.5 million of HathiTrust’s freely available books, journals, and government documents are to be accessible on dl.la. That doubles the offerings found at the Digital Public Library.
BillionGraves has announced their September Showdown. It’s a dual between photographers and transcribers. You decide which side you want to be on or be on both. The leaderboard will show a counter for each side. You need to be a registered member of BillionGraves to see the leaderboard. The top 50 contributors on the winning side will receive a BillionGraves stress ball. The top 50 contributors on the other side will receive a BillionGraves vinyl sticker. Winners will be announced at the end of the month on the BillionGraves blog.
The Society of Genealogists’ have announced their 2013 award winners. A special certificate is awarded to recognize exceptional contributions to genealogy by individuals and institutes. It’s worldwide and this year the Fellows of the Society choose four to receive the certificate.
Quoting from the Society’s web site the following four were
Dick Eastman for having the vision to promote family history through the CompuServe Genealogy Forum and by founding and maintaining the daily Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.
Dr Hugh Kearsey for actively ensuring a wider availability of materials enabling others to pursue family history in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.
Rosemary Cleaver for her continuous back-room contributions to all aspects of the West Surrey Family History Society over many years.
The Polish Archive of Przemyślu in recognition of outstanding maintenance of local family records, particularly appertaining to Akcja Wisła*, and in the efforts to making them accessible to researchers from far and wide.
This was the first year the Society has awarded the certificates.
Over at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Gena Philibert-Ortega has been appointed Director of Professional Development. They have a new certificate called the Professional Development Certificate and Gena will be reviewing, updating, and overseeing the courses in the programs. She has had a successful full-time genealogy career for the last 12 years. With so much professional experience she is a good fit to help others wanting to pursue the field. She has also written numerous articles and books on the subject of genealogy, a well known speaker, and she is President for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, that’s APG, and she’s a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy or SLIG as it’s known has opened up registration for the January 2014 session. Sign up before October 31st and you’ll save 10%. It’s held in Salt Lake City, close to the Family History Library. The sessions are one week long courses on one subject area. There are 11 different courses being offered. Many sessions already have a waiting list. So if you want to go you better hurray up and sign up.
Registration is now open for the 2014 Forensic Genealogy Institute. Two tracks are being offered. Each track is 20 hours long over the course of three days. The first track is Foundations in Forensic Genealogy and it will be held March 24th thru the 26th. That would be in 2014. The second track is called Advanced Forensic Evidence Analysis and it will be March 27th thru 29th. Both tracks will be held in Dallas Texas.
The foundation track includes forensic research skill, legal and ethical considerations, the role of the forensic genealogist in different areas, and business aspects.
The advanced track includes targeting the oil & gas market: a how-to guide for forensic genealogists, advanced DNA, military repatriation, document examination, dual citizenship and certified translations, and sources and methods to find the living.
Details about the tracks can be found on the web site for the Forensic Genealogy Institute. I’ll have a link in the show note for it.
The Forensic Genealogy Institute is meant for professional genealogist who have experience with researching for paying clients or who specialize in forensic genealogy.
The web site dwaynemeisner.com contains information on Dwayne and Francine Meisner’s ancestors as well as Nova Scotia census records for all the available years, and church parish birth, marriage, and death records, as well as cemetery records. You need to be registered to access the records. Registration is free and donations are encouraged. Recently the 1921 Canadian census was released and volunteers are transcribing the Nova Scotia records at this site. Areas being transcribed are Halifax, Annapolis, Guysborough, Hants, Queens and Cumberland counties.
The UK National Archives Chief Executive and Keeper, Oliver Morley is leaving. He’s held this position since March of 2012, prior to that he had other duties at the National Archives since 2008. Under his leadership the UK National Archives site at Kew has been changed, there was a refresh of digital services and records started being released after 20 years instead of 30. He will be leaving to become the Chief Executive of the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency on November 4th.
TheGenealogist which is a subscription-based site in the UK has added over one million apprenticeship records. These records give the name, address and trade of the master, the names of the apprentice, and the sum the master received for the apprenticeship. Until 1752, the names of the apprentices’ parents usually appear on the record.
These new records came from the IR1 Board of Stamps: Apprenticeship Books’ from The National Archives in the UK. These records can also be found on Ancestry and FindMyPast.
ScotlandsPlaces is looking for transcribers. This will be the largest crowdsourcing project in Scotland. Transcribers will be reading old documents written in Scots, English, and Gaelic spanning the years from 1645 to 1880. There will be land taxation records, taxes on clocks and watches, and Ordnance Survey “name books” about place names and building names. Talks and workshops will be held during the next 12 months to get people familiar with the project. Transcribe ScotlandsPlaces hopes to develop everyone’s knowledge and understanding of Scotland’s history.
ScotlandsPlaces contains records from three of Scotland’s national archives: the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), the National Records of Scotland (NRS) and the National Library of Scotland (NLS).
Content at the web site is accessible with a paid subscription. However, anyone who registers as a transcriber will be given free access to all resources.
At the Irish Genealogical Research Society web site, there is a free database for finding Irish marriages. The database is compiled by Roz McCutcheon, a member of the society. It’s a resource for referencing pre-civil registration marriages in Ireland. The information for the database comes from chancery bills, diaries, deeds, marriage settlements, memorial inscriptions, wills, family letters and newspaper cuttings. The reason it’s newsworthy, is because it now contains 50,000 names. It’s a great resource if you can’t find a marriage record for your Irish ancestors and best of all, it’s free!
Ancestry.com has some live events coming up. On Thursday Sept. 12th at 1 pm eastern the topic will be Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: What Your Ancestors’ Occupations Can Teach You
The following Tuesday on the 17th the presentation will be about the new version of FamilyTree Maker that was just released.
Then on Thursday the 19th, it will be about online family trees as Ancestry.
All of these will be at 1pm eastern and they will be presented by Crista Cowen. She works at Ancestry.com and she’s known as the Barefoot Genealogist. The sessions are recorded and you will find them on Ancestry’s livestream page.
Legacy has a webinar next Wednesday on the 18th called Don’t Be an Audio Hog: Free and Easy Ways to Share Your Audio Files and it’s presented by Marion Pierre-Louis. That webinar will be free to view for two weeks and then after that you will need a subscription to site or purchase the CD to view it.
These next three webinars you will need to watch live unless you are a member of the society that’s hosting them. And they will be in the evening.
The first one is on Monday September 16th from the Georgia Genealogical Society about – GALILEO for Genealogy – Georgia’s Gateway to Databases, where you will learn about online databases found at the University System of Georgia. It’s presented by Laura Carter.
The second one is on Wednesday and it’s from the Southern California Genealogical Society an it’s called Imported to America – Colonists for Sale and it’s presented by Beth Foulk.
Then on Thursday there is a webinar presented by Utah Genealogical Association called Family Tree Favorite Features, Lost and Found Features, and Future Features with Ron Tanner
And don’t forget about Mondays with Myrt. That’s a Google hangout with DearMyrtle that happens Mondays at noon eastern. It’s recorded so you can watch it later from the DearMyrtle YouTube channel. Last week the hangout was very news worthy. That would be the one recorded on September 9th. I highly recommend it.
And that’s it for this week
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