Episode 70 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Tuesday October 20, 2015 and this is Episode 70.

DNA.Land recently launched. This not-for-profit site that is run by academics affiliated with Columbia University and the New York Genome Center.

They give you the ability to learn more about your genome in return for helping scientists to make new genetic discoveries to benefit all of humanity. By submitting your data you can learn more information about ancestry and relationships to other individuals on the site.

You will be asked to fill out surveys about your ancestry and health, including the names and dates of birth of your parents. You will need to give consent before your data is shared with third parties or made public.

In order to submit your raw genetic data, you download it from the DNA testing company’s website. The three testing companies that DNA.Land supports are 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and Family Tree DNA. It will take about 2 hours to upload your data and it will be about 24 hours later when the ancestry reports will be available.

If you tested with multiple companies, you can only submit your data from one of these companies. They plan in the future to allow multiple results to be uploaded for each person.

Your DNA relationship matches are shown in a chromosome graph with ancient DNA matches shown in green and recent DNA matches shown in orange.

They are going over all the remarks and suggestion made about the new site and you you should be seeing some improvements, enhancements, and changes as a result of comments at the site. The site is currently in beta.

If you decide to upload your data to the site, be patient. It may take days before you see your results. Interest in this new site has exceeded expectations and the processing volume has been overwhelming.


More new records at FamilySearch

New browsable image collections added include
Italy Asti Civil Registration (State Archive) 1803-1814 1911-1935
Pennsylvania Historical Society of Pennsylvania Card Catalog 1553-2015
Utah Tremonton and Garland Obituaries 1959-2013

The following have new indexed records and images
Maine J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection ca. 1780-1999

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Australia New South Wales 1828 Census
Australia Queensland Cemetery Records 1802-1990
Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014
British Columbia Death Registrations 1872-1986; 1992-1993
British Columbia Marriage Registrations 1859-1932; 1937
California San Diego Airplane Passenger and Crew Lists 1929-1954
Germany Prussia Brandenburg and Posen Church Book Duplicates 1794-1874
Hawaii Passenger Lists of Airplanes departing Honolulu 1942-1948
Honduras Civil Registration 1841-1968
Idaho County Birth and Death Records 1883-1929
Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications 1912-1950
Maryland Baltimore Passenger Lists 1820-1948
Massachusetts Boston Crew Lists 1811-1921
Massachusetts Salem and Beverly Crew Lists and Shipping Articles 1797-1934
Missouri County Marriage Naturalization and Court Records 1800-1991
Montana Cascade County Records 1880-2009
Montana Teton County Records 1881-2012
New York New York Passenger and Crew Lists 1909 1925-1957
Peru Cusco Civil Registration 1889-1997
United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans 1925-1949
Utah Obituaries from Utah Newspapers 1850-2005
Utah Weber County Marriages 1887-1939

And lots of United States marriage records have had updates to their indexes
Colorado County Marriages 1864-1995
Iowa County Marriages 1838-1934
Kentucky County Marriages 1797-1954
Louisiana New Orleans Passenger Lists 1820-1945
Louisiana Parish Marriages 1837-1957
New Hampshire Marriage Certificates 1948-1959
New York County Marriages 1847-1848; 1908-1936
Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013
Oklahoma County Marriages 1890-1995
Pennsylvania Civil Marriages 1677-1950
Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950
United States Passport Applications 1795-1925
Vermont St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings 1895-1924
Washington County Marriages 1855-2008

The next collection has had indexed records and images added to an existing collection
Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980
BillionGraves Index
Illinois County Marriages 1810-1934
North Carolina County Marriages 1762-1979
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards 1942

These collections have added images to an existing collection
Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014
Florida Probate Records 1784-1990
Isle of Man Parish Registers 1598-2009
Italy Napoli Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865
New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1997
Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2013
Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939

Some other records that have been added to FamilySearch are some state census records for North Dakota. The 1915 and 1925 state censuses can now be found at FamilySearch. These are the only state censuses that are available for North Dakota. The 1905 state census for North Dakota was lost in a fire.

There was a census done in 1885 before North Dakota become a state. This census is incomplete. Schedules have survived for fifty of the fifty-six counties that existed in the northern half of the Dakota Territory. This census is available on Ancestry. Ancestry also has the 1915 and 1925 censuses.


Fold3 has a new viewer. Fold3 is a website owned by Ancestry where you can find U.S. Military records

The new viewer is faster and has more features than the old viewer.

It uses HTML5 instead of Flash so you no longer need to install a plugin in order to use the viewer. It will also work with mobile devices.

Some new features include improved annotation tools, save images or pdf with source citations, save to your Ancestry tree, and advanced keyboard shortcuts. Plans are to add more features to the viewer in the next few weeks.


Randy Seaver writes the blog Genea-Musings. Along with useful tips and genealogy news, he follows new records added to Ancestry and FamilySearch. He noticed one day that there were quite a few less databases available at the Ancestry web site and he wanted to know what happened. So he wrote a blog post that there were 567 less databases found at Ancestry than the week before. He was hoping for an answer from Ancestry but no on posted a comment.

So he posted in the Ancestry Facebook page about it. And here is the response he got from Kristie Wells, who is Ancestry’s Head of Global Social Media and Online Support Community .

“Randy, we run regular maintenance on our collections and the databases that were removed were really old, low use records that were in a format that is not currently supported. Much of this data is also available in other collections.

“We are not able to provide more details, but as you know we add a lot of content each week and regular maintenance has to be done. This one just happened to be a large batch.”

Later on she posted that some of the collections that were removed were duplicates and they kept the version that was in an improved format. Some text-only city directory indexes were removed since there are indexes to browsable images for the same directories. Same for some local histories and other books. They now have indexes to images.

That still leaves the question of
Which old databases were removed?


Ancestry is talking to the FDA about direct-to-consumer genetic tests. The FDA has stopped 23andMe from offering direct-to-consumer health information based on DNA. Ancestry hopes get into the genetics of health and is starting by getting some kind of FDA approval. Plans are to expand AncestryDNA in whatever capacity the FDA allows them to do so.

This past July Ancestry entered into a deal with Calico, a Google company that looks into aging. Using AncestryDNA and Ancestry trees, they are looking to see if DNA plays a role with longevity.

AncestryDNA kits are mostly bought by people who are not existing subscribers. Today AncestryDNA has sold more kits in the past three years than 23andMe has sold over six years.


If you have German ancestors you may want to take advantage of free access to Ancestry.de, the German version of Ancestry. It will be free until October 31. You will need to register for the free access.

The free access is to celebrate Unity Day. This day is actually celebrated October 3 in Germany. It commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990. On that day the Federal Republic of Germany and the Democratic Republic of Germany united to create one single, federal Germany.


There is a new partnership forming to share German-American genealogy information between countries and organizations. The Partnership is open to all interested organizations who pursue Germanic genealogical research.

German American Genealogical Partnership was formed in St. Paul, Minnesota, to intensify the contacts between the German American Societies in the United States and the genealogical societies in Germany. This allows the societies to come together and learn from each other. They will be exchanging information about Germans in America and genealogical information from Germany. They hope to bring people together in researching their German roots. Both sides need to understand what sources are available in different countries so they can find out about their ancestors.

This partnership was formed back in June. There is a German genealogy podcast by Timo Kracke where he recently interviewed Dirk Weissleder about the partnership. They produced this episode in German and English. Normally this podcast is in German.

You can find out more information about this partnership at the website for the Germanic Genealogy Society of Minnesota.


MyHeritage has officially announced that more Swedish household examination records can now be searched by MyHeritage subscribers. These records have been available for about a month now.

The Household Examination records in Sweden were used by the church to record everyone in the parish. The priest visited each house yearly to make sure everyone knew the catechism. The priest recorded information about birth dates of each person, notes were written about the family or individuals, and if they moved, where they went.

These records can also be found at Ancestry and ArkivDigital, however, they are not indexed. MyHeritage is the only place where the records are indexed.

They have now doubled the amount of Swedish examination records available for the years 1880 – 1920.

With the new records added, the collection now contains over 46 million records. The records are from ArkivDigital and are all full-color images.

You can find other years for the Swedish household examination records at Ancestry and ArkivDigital.

Findmypast has released a huge collection of Electoral Registers from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. In the records you can find where your ancestors lived, when they could vote, and details about the property the family owned in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The England & Wales Electoral Registers span the years from 1832 – 1932. This is the largest part of this new collection with over 5.4 million records. These records have been released in association with the British Library.

Electoral Registers list those who registered to vote in their area. The lists were created annually to determine eligibility to vote. In order to be eligible a person would need to prove their residence or ownership of property.

The Ireland Electoral Registers span the years from 1885 – 1886. These are also from the British Library and the library only has one year for Ireland Electoral Registers.

The Scotland Electoral Registers are for the county of Linlithgowshire for the years 1864 – 1931.

Findmypast has also added the Britain, Absent Voters Lists 1918 – 1921. This collection list those who were serving with the auxiliary forces, merchant seamen, diplomats and others working to support the war effort during that time.

Some other additions to Findmaypast include Staffordshire, Dioceses of Lichfield & Coventry marriage allegations and bonds, 1636-1893, baptism and burial records for North West Kent, and burial records from Bishop Auckland, Country Durham, England.


There is a new version of Clooz out. Clooz is a Windows program for organizing, indexing, and analyzing your documents. This new version works with Family Historian. If you use Family Historian, you can transfer records from Clooz to Family Historian. This would be people, events, and sources.

If you have version 3 of Clooz, you will receive the update the next time you open Clooz. You can download a 30-day free trail if you would like to try Clooz. After that time, you can purchase Clooz for $39.95.

Clooz also exports data to Legacy Family Tree, The Master Genealogist, RootsMagic, Family Tree Maker, and any other program that supports importing GEDCOM files.


RootsMagic now allows you to install one purchased copy on both Windows and Mac. You don’t need to purchase a separate code for “MacBridge” to run RootsMagic on your Mac.

This also means that there is now a free version of RootsMagic Essentials that will run on a Mac. There has been a free version for Windows for some time.


A new version of Genealone was released in early October. This software runs on a Web server so you can have your own genealogy website with your family tree. They also have a hosting plan if you would rather not figure out how to install it on a Web server.

They have discovered a few bugs and made some minor improvements. The new version is 2.01. If you have the hosting plan, you have already been updated to the latest version.


The Digital Library of Georgia has announced that they now have a new online resource: The West Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive. It contains six newspaper titles published in five west Georgia cities. That would be Butler, Carrollton, Dallas, Douglasville, and LaGrange. The years are from 1843 to 1942.

The newspapers can be searched or browsed by date. You do not need any additional software plug-ins to view the images.

There are many other newspapers available through the Digital Library of Georgia.


There are some new additions to the Chronicling America website. This a website where you will find historic U.S. newspapers. Some more newspapers from South Dakota have recently been added. There are five newspaper titles from Canton and Yankton newspapers from 1875 – 1885 have been added.


Chronicling America has posted its 10 millionth historic newspaper page in early October. This site has been growing for the past 8 years.

The goal is to have all 50 states and U.S. territories represented in the archive. It’s estimated it may take 10 more years to reach that goal. So far 38 states and territories have newspapers in the collection.


TheGenealogist, a subscription site in the UK, has released 5 million British emigration records. The records cover the years between 1896 in 1909. These are outward passenger list for those departing U.K. ports. People are traveling from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales and going to places like New York or other American, Canadian, Caribbean, Central and South America, European and African ports.

Those who were traveling may have originated from other European countries and needed to pass through a port in the United Kingdom to get to their destination.

TheGenealogist has a technology called Smart Search that is able to identify potential family members who were traveling together. Once you enter some information about the names of some of the family members, smart search will try to identify others with the same surname.

This technology works across the entire site so you can find other records for an entire family by entering in a little bit of information.

The emigration records are fully indexed and you can search by name, port of embarkation, port of destination, country of departure, country of arrival and nationality.

They plan to add many more unique migration records.


The UK National Archives launched earlier this past summer the Manorial Documents Register with its own search capability. It will be retired at the end of October because it has been integrated into Discovery which is used to search all contents of The National Archives web site.

Manorial documents consist of many things. Of course there are land transactions. But you may also find things such as members of a jury, those who committed crimes, payments for fines and rent, disputes between tenants, and the list can go on.

The manorial system of landholding and administration was in place in England and Wales for many centuries. It was abolished in 1922.

Not all manorial records are online at this time but they are coming.

If you would like to understand these documents better Jane Wilcox interviewed Peter Foden on her BlogTalk radio show The Forget-Me-Not Hour. They talked about manorial records for 17th century immigrants who came to America.


The National Records of Scotland (NRS) has awarded CACI a contract to for development and hosting of the Scotland’s People online service. The contract is for between £3m and £4m. CACI is an international professional services and information technology company.

The contract is for four years with an option for a two-year extension.

The new version of the ScotlandsPeople website will go live in September 2016. The existing service provider is Findmypast and their contract expires on September 1, 2016.

CACI will provide services for search functionality, e-commerce, testing, secure web hosting, infrastructure, website management and expansion. CACI has previously worked with the NRS by providing services for the 2011 census.


The Irish Genealogical Research Society has released more records in its members-only area of its website. The Early Irish Death Index contains information about death notices in newspapers and details from headstones, wills, registry of deeds memorials, and other documents. The index is to be used to find alternative sources besides the parish registers and civil registration records that contain information about someone’s death.

The website also contains a collection called the Early Irish Birth Index that was released earlier this year. It is used also to find alternative sources besides parish registers and civil registration records.

Nonmembers may search these indexes to see if a name can be found. You must be a member though to access the information.

The Early Marriage Index is free for anyone to access and search. It is also meant to be used as an alternative to find sources besides the parish registers and civil registration records. You don’t need to be a member in order to view the results for the marriage index.


The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research has found a new home. Starting in 2017 it will be held in Athens, Georgia. The Georgia Genealogical Society will be the organization to coordinate the week-long, intensive series of courses.

The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research is a weeklong program led by nationally prominent genealogical educators. Students choose one course from a variety of courses that are offered during the week.

Each year for the past 50 years, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research has been held at Samford University in Birmingham Alabama. The University is growing and can no longer host the yearly event in June. The Institute has also been growing and it needs a larger facility.

The courses for June 2016 will be held in Samford for the last time. Registration for these courses will open Tuesday, January 19.


Season three of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will begin on PBS on January 5. Some celebrities included in the season are Julianne Moore, creator/writer/executive producer of “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” Shonda Rhimes, television stars Neil Patrick Harris and Julianna Marguiles, Sen. John McCain, Norman Lear, and more. There will be 28 guests over 10 episodes.

Gates is also producing “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise”, which will air two nights in April on PBS. This show will explore the past 50 years of African-American history.


The PBS show Genealogy Roadshow is still filming for their third season. They will be in Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, and Albuquerque, New Mexico over the coming weeks. Filming has been completed for Boston and Providence. All filming will be completed in December.

The third season will begin airing on PBS on May 17, 2016.


Sunday, October 25, 2 – 5pm Eastern

Tuesday, October 27, noon Eastern
Starting from Scratch: Google+ for Small Businesses
presented by Marian Pierre-Louis

Tuesday, October 27, 1pm Eastern
Ancestry Live Event
Getting the Most Out of the Ancestry Image Viewer
presented by Crista Cowen

Wednesday, October 28, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar
Complex Evidence
presented by Warren Bittner

Thursday, October 30, 9pm Eastern
Second Life Halloween Party

Friday, Oct. 30, 11AM Eastern
Findmypast Webinar
An exciting new record set will be revealed
only for 12 month subscribers

Monday, November 2, 1:30PM Eastern
UK National Archives Webinar
From the First World War to the Cold War: 20th century espionage

Tuesday, November 3, 1pm Eastern
Ancestry Live Event
What’s New at Ancestry: November 2015 Edition
presented by Crista Cowen

Wednesday, November 4, 9:30am Eastern
HeritageQuest: Beyond the Basics, Part 2
presented by Kimberly Bastian

Wednesday, November 4, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar
Researching with Karen
presented by Karen Clifford

Wednesday, November 4, 8pm eastern
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Research Logs and Plans for Every Genealogist
presented by Lisa Alzo

Thursday, Nov. 5, 1PM Eastern
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Webinar
History Library Catalog and Services

#genchat – Ethnic Resources: African American Resources
Friday, November 6, 10pm eastern

Saturday, November 7, 1pm eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society
Building a Digital Research Plan
presented by Cyndi Ingle

Saturday, Nov. 7, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar U.S. Hispanic Immigration (In English)

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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