Episode 72 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Thursday November 12, 2015 and this is Episode 72.

Abraham Lincoln, who was the 16th president of the United States, was the son of Thomas Lincoln and his wife Nancy Hanks. The ancestry of Nancy Hanks has never been proven until now.

A group of people formed a DNA project at Family Tree DNA to study mitochondrial DNA of Nancy Hanks. This type of DNA is passed down from a mother to her children.

The study has proved that Nancy Hanks’s mother Lucy was the daughter of Ann “Nancy” Lee wife of Joseph Hanks.

There have been theories about who was the mother of Nancy Hanks. One theory has been that Nancy Hanks was the illegitimate daughter of Lucy Hanks who later married Henry Sparrow. Another theory was that Nancy Hanks was the daughter of Lucy Hanks’ brother James Hanks and his wife Lucy Shipley. Since both women were named Lucy, one more theory was that Lucy Hanks who married Henry Sparrow, was really Lucy Shipley as a child, making both Lucy’s the same woman.

The study group found descendants of both Lucy Sparrow and Lucy Shipley and asked them to do a mitochondrial DNA test. All of this started back in 2002

And the study proved that Nancy Hanks was indeed the illegitimate daughter of Lucy Hanks.


More new records at FamilySearch

New browsable image collections added include
Italy Forlì-Cesena Forlì Civil Registration (State Archive) 1800-1815 1866-1930
Italy Imperia Ventimiglia Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1913
New Zealand Auckland Port Albert Membership Lists and Minutes from the Church of Christ 1875-1926

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Brazil Santa Catarina Catholic Church Records 1714-1977
Ecuador Catholic Church Records 1565-2011
Germany Prussia Westphalia Minden Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives 1574-1902
Iowa County Death Records 1880-1992
New Zealand Auckland Albertland Index 1862-1962
Nova Scotia Delayed Births 1837-1904
Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005
Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984
United Kingdom World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records 1917- 1920
Washington Seattle Passenger and Crew Lists of Airplanes 1947-1954

These collections have added images to an existing collection
Delaware Vital Records 1650-1974
Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division) 1902-1945
Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1986


FamilySearch has announced that MooseRoots, Place Research by FamilySearch, Surname Match, and Sweden Records are now Read certified. That means that these products can access FamilySearch to analyze, visualize, share, and publish information found at FamilySearch such as information about persons, relationships, memories, photos, stories, documents, sources, discussions, and change history.

MooseRoots is a genealogy research search engine that currently includes 86 collections. With the FamilySearch access the search engine should grow significantly.

Place Research by FamilySearch lets you look for places in the FamilySearch Standards Place database. The information about the place includes different names for the place and a map showing where the place is.

Surname Match allows you to search the FamilySearch database for surnames that match the Guild of One-Name Studies.

And Sweden Records searches your tree at FamilySearch to find ancestors who were born in Sweden born in Norra Skrävlinge Parish or Harlösa Parish. It then links you to the first page of the Household Examination Book when the ancestor was born.


There have been a few changes to the FamilySearch website. Some enhancements were made to the historical image viewer and the search interface to make it easier to access.

The historical image viewer has a unified and consistent navigational view. At the top you will see the path of how you arrived at the record, these are called breadcrumbs. You can move around between images by clicking forward or back arrows, or enter an image number to view.

As you browse images in a collection you can switch between the single image and a new thumbnail gallery. This makes it easier to quickly navigate to other images and see what other records may contain.

When using exact search, the results will display exactly what the user types into the fields. It will still ignore spaces, punctuation, diacritics, the Spanish “y”, and capitalization.

When searching the FamilySearch catalog you will see icons that are links to where you find the actual record. A search icon will take you to the indexed record, an image icon will take you to the digitized online image, and a microfilm icon will take you to a page where you can order the microfilm where the record is. Not everything will have an icon.


There is a new feature at AncestryDNA. Now you can find out the amount of shared DNA you have with someone else. You can find this by clicking the little “i” icon when looking at a match. The number of centimorgans is displayed along with how many DNA segments.

These values should give you a level of confidence about how good the match is.


Ancestry recently launched a collection of military records that contain over 29,000 service files of Canadian military personnel killed in action during World War II. The collection is called World War II Service Files of War Dead, 1939 – 1947. In this collection you may find attestation forms, medical history forms, and correspondence to family members. There are over 2 million images in the collection. Each service file contains on average about 52 pages of information.

The original records were compiled by Library and Archives Canada.


Ancestry also announced the release of another military collection. This one is called UK, World War II Civil Defense Gallantry Awards, 1940 – 1949. There are over 5,000 records in this collection and it contains digitized copies of evidence submitted to the Interdepartmental Committee on Civil Defense Gallantry Awards. The evidence includes the name and age of the person being recommended, the date and details of the actions of merit, and supporting documentation which could include who made the recommendation and the type of award received or denied.

These awards were given to almost 2 million people who served as Civil Defense Volunteers in various capacities. They performed various duties and acts of bravery. These people were civilians, police, and fire workers.


Fold3 is a website owned by Ancestry and they have unveiled a new logo and they’ve added over 20 million new international records. The website is devoted to military collections.

The new logo uses the same font for the name of the site and then there is a chevron symbol that is a popular military symbol and it is placed next to the name.

The new records are from the British Commonwealth Nations. There are many World War I records such as Army service records, diaries and medal roles. There are also some Navy lists, military books, a phone directory for 1942, and distinguished conduct medal citations.


MyHeritage has introduced Search Connect. It allows you to connect with other MyHeritage members who are searching for the same ancestor as you are.

Search Connect includes searches made by MyHeritage members and lets you find other users who have searched for the same people you are looking for. You can view their search with information such as dates, places, and relatives. Then you can view similar searches they’ve made. This should help you determine if the person is researching the same family as you are before you contact them.

These new Search Connect results will be included with SuperSearch results.

Search Connect currently has 30 million entries and will continue to grow as users conduct new searches. They have initially only included searches for rare names. Rare names are calculated based on the number of occurrences of the name among all the family trees at MyHeritage.

If you don’t want your searches to be a part of Search Connect you can change the settings in member preferences to uncheck the box for “Enable Search Connect”. When turned off, all previous searches you made will be deleted from Search Connect and of course new searches won’t be added.

You can use this new feature at MyHeritage without a subscription. You will need a subscription to see the contact information.


Findmypast has released some new records. They added some new additions to the collection of Yorkshire burials, some marriage licenses from Cambridgeshire, and an index of merchant ships for Britain in 1843.

The Yorkshire burial records include over 62,000 new records added from 18 different locations.

The marriage licenses from Cambridgeshire are from the Ely Diocese for the years 1684 to 1811. There are more than 8,000 records. A marriage license was issued when the traditional marriage banns were not publicly announced that the couple intended to be married. There were many reasons for this. Usually the couple wanted to get married quickly and they didn’t want to wait for the time for the banns which typically took a few weeks.

The Lloyd’s Register of Merchant Ships Index 1843 was created using the 1843 publication of Lloyd’s Register of British and Foreign Shipping. This collection contains the master of the ship. This person was responsible for the vessels daily operation and they kept daily logs for the ship.


Some more newspaper issues have been added for the state of North Carolina. This would include the papers The Carolina Times, a weekly newspaper from Durham. The new issues that were added to the site DigitalNC cover the years 1973 to 1982.

The Carolina Times addressed issues concerning the African-American community in Durham.


A new portal site has been created for material about Chicago, Illinois. There’s material from 21 libraries, museums, and archives. The site is called Explore Chicago Collections.

It’s a free website where you can search to find more than 100,000 maps, photos, letters, and other archive materials held by the member institutions. At the site you can also browse by neighborhoods, cities, or famous people. There are also sections about events, government, daily life, creativity, environments, and work.

Plans are to have digital exhibits available at the website.


There’s a new free index of 1.5 million US Railroad Retirement Board pension records available at the website for the Midwest Genealogy Center. The Center is part of the Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, Missouri.

The collection is an index so if you would like the actual pension records you will need to order them from the National Archives. The index to the national railroad pension records range from the years 1936 to the early 2000’s.

This project has taken three years to complete. It is done in collaboration with NARA to make index information available to the public.

From the website at midwestgenealogycenter.org you’ll need to click on the “Genealogy Quick Look” link to find the index. This is a new online service that allows users to search the indexes of various genealogical resources.

Also you can search for a name index to obituary, birth and marriage records from the Independence Examiner newspaper 1900 through 1959; obituaries and memorials from the Kansas City Call newspaper from 1995 to 2001; obituaries from the Kansas City Star in the 1970s; and a number of books.

The materials found at this new service represent only a small portion of the Center’s almost three-quarter to 1 million genealogy related holdings.


Harvard University has a couple of new digitization projects going on. One is a digital portrait of colonial life. The website is called the Colonial North American Project and so far it includes 150,000 images of diaries, journals, notebooks, and other documents from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Another project from Harvard University is called Free the Law. This project will make all US case law freely accessible online. This would be all the written decisions issued by state and federal courts. The Harvard Law School Library collection contains over 42,000 volumes and about 40 million pages. All of this will be digitized and made freely accessible online.

The University plans to digitize all of its collections and make them available free of charge.


Mortgage and Bond ledgers from the Emigrant Savings Bank in New York have been digitized and now they need to be transcribed. Emigrant Bank was founded in 1850 by members of the Irish Emigrant society for the Irish immigrant community of New York. So of course most of the accounts were opened by Irish men and women.

The newly digitized records contain information on about 6,400 mortgages for the years 1851 to 1923. You can help by transcribing, verifying, or marking pages where different types of information can be found that will be used by the transcribers.

The project is from the New York Public Library.


The University of Virginia is placing many of its documents online. These documents focus on the European discovery and settlement of the Americas. Over the last two years more than 50,000 pages have been digitized. They hope to have all 75,000 digitized. They are working on the collection in chronological order. They are up to the year 1640. The goal is to complete up to 1700 before the project ends.

They are concentrating on the oldest and most valuable documents that are not already available in an electronic form.


Library and Archives Canada has updated their online database Naturalization Records, 1915-1951. There have been more than 68,000 names added to the index. Even though the title mentions the year 1951, work is still going on to extend the index to 1951. The actual years covered are from 1915 to 1944. For the later years you can browse by date.

The actual index can be used to request copies of the original naturalization records from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

This index is created by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal and its volunteers


Library and Archives Canada has launched a new online database called Immigrants to Canada, Porters and Domestics, 1899–1949. The collection contains more than 8,600 references to individuals who came to Canada as porters or domestics between the years 1899 – 1949.

The names came from lists in the Central Registry Files series of the immigration branch and other files held at LAC.


Steve Morse has added the 1921 Canadian Census to his one-step webpages. The one-step tools simplify searching for information at other genealogy websites. For the 1921 census the information comes from ancestry.com. If you live in Canada you can access the 1921 census at the Ancestry website for free, otherwise you will need an Ancestry subscription or go to your local library to use the library edition of Ancestry.

You can find the new tool and many others at stevemorse.org.


RootsIreland is a subscription website costing about $255 a year. The website has had a major update and it now works well on phones and tablets.

They have also started to create links for search results for parish registers to the National Library of Ireland’s images. The National Library of Ireland has a free website where you browse the unindexed images. Using RootsIreland to access these records is like having them indexed.


If you have Hispanic ancestors, you may be interested in a new newsletter. Colleen Greene is a librarian, genealogist, historian, web developer, and educator. She has been in contact with many people who wish to learn more about Hispanic genealogy. So she is launching a new free email newsletter that will focus on Hispanic genealogy, history, and traditions. It will come out twice a month on the first and the 15th. Each issue will contain links to relevant blog posts, tutorials, tips, reviews, collections of records, publications, webinars, and other learning opportunities. You can sign up at her website which is colleengreene.com.


The popular PBS documentary series Finding Your Roots has received two grants.

One grant will be used to create Genetics and Genealogy Summer Camps for Middle School-Aged Youth. The project will focus on evolutionary biology and health lessons as well as provide hands-on activities. The summer camps will start at Penn State University and the University of South Carolina this summer, and at the American Museum of Natural History in 2017.

The second grant will be used to create a college-level course in biology with a genetics and genealogy-centered approach. This course will be offered at Spelman College and Morehouse College in Atlanta, and North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.


If you’re going to RootsTech this coming February, you’ll want to download the new app that recently was released for the conference. It’s available for Android and iOS.

From the app you will find information about the conference, activities, maps, access to twitter, and your scheduled events.

RootsTech 2016 will be held February 3 – 6 in Salt Lake City.


DearMYRTLE is spearheading a project called the Star-Spangled Banner project. Genea-Quilters will be making quilt blocks to be part of a quilt that will be used to raise funds for the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions Fund.

The quilt will have a consistent look and posted on the Genea-Quilters blog will be a list of fabrics that can be used. You will be able to decide on whatever type of traditional block you would like to make.

The final quilt will be displayed at the 2016 FGS conference in Springfield Illinois. Then a drawing will be held at RootsTech 2017 to announce the winner of the quilt. Those who contributed to the project will be eligible for the drawing.


DearMYRTLE is continuing to produce about four Google Hangouts on Air each week. She does Mondays with Myrt, Wacky Wednesday, and Genealogy Game night on Saturdays. She has also had different series every Wednesday at noon. Currently every Wednesday at noon is the Tracing Immigrant Origins Study Group. That will end in November. Starting in December will be the GenTools Study Group. That will end just before RootsTech.

After RootsTech there will be the British & Irish Military Records Study Group. That will go until mid March.

Tuesday, November 17, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Italian Records Indexing Workshop

Tuesday, November 17, 1PM Eastern
Ancestry Live Event
Quick Tips for Increasing Family History Collaboration
presented by Crista Cowen

Tuesday, November 17, 3PM Eastern
Ancestry LIVE Facebook Chat
Native American Heritage Month

Tuesday, November 17, 8PM Eastern
Board for Certification of Genealogists
Do You Have the Reflexes You Need to Become Certified?
presented by Harold Henderson

Tuesday, November 17, 8pm eastern
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Webinar
World War I Military Records
presented by Russell Horton

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 9PM Eastern
#BlackProGen Google Hangout
Brick wall busters

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 9PM Eastern
Second Life Research Methodology
They will discuss “Using Newspapers Effectively,” from BCG

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar
Mapping Madness
presented by Ron Arons

Wednesday, November 18, 8pm eastern
Georgia Genealogical Society
American Indian Ancestry and How to Document It
presented by Angela Walton-Raji

Wednesday, November 18, 9pm eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society
Back Away From The Computer: You’ll Find and Have More Fun Offline
presented by Nicka Smith

Thursday, November 19, 2PM Eastern
UK National Archives Webinar
Beginner’s guide to family history

Thursday, November 19 , 8pm eastern
Florida State Genealogical Society Poolside Chat
Find Your American Ancestor Using Canadian Records
presented by Kathryn Lake Hogan

Thursday, November 19, 9pm eastern
Second Life National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) Study Group
For this month we will look at 4 Editor’s Comments and discuss how they affect
or research and what authors may submit to NGSQ. (This was Barbara Mathew’s great idea!)
Melinde Lutz Byrne and Thomas W. Jones, “Editors’ Corner: Time for Tenets,” National
Genealogical Society Quarterly 99 (June 2011): 83.
Melinde Lutz Byrne and Thomas W. Jones, “Genealogical Scholarship and DNA Test
Results,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 102 (September 2014): 163.
Thomas W. Jones and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, “Editors’ Corner: Everyman as
Genealogist,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 94 (September 2006): 163.
Thomas W. Jones and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, “Editors’ Corner: A New “Lost
Generation?,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 95 (June 2007): 83.

Thursday November 19, 9pm eastern
Utah Genealogical Association
Genealogy Tips & Tricks
presented by Roland Astorga

Friday, November 20, 3pm Eastern
North Carolina Genealogical Society
Quaker Records and Migration
presented by Craig Roberts Scott
Webinar free viewing December 4 – 6

#genchat – Transcribing
Friday, November 20, 10pm eastern

Saturday, Nov. 21, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar ¿De dónde vinieron mis antepasados?, translated Whence came my ancestors?

Sunday, November 22, 2 – 4pm eastern

Tuesday, November 24, 1PM Eastern
Ancestry Live Event
Best Practices for Attaching Records to Your Online Tree
presented by Crista Cowen

Tuesday, November 24, 1PM Eastern
UK National Archives Webinar
Using the 1939 Register: Recording the UK population before the war

Friday, Nov. 27, 1PM Eastern
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Webinar
“Your Questions” Webinar

You can find all the webinars mentioned and more at the calendar at Geneatopia.com. The calendar includes all the ongoing Hangouts on Air, Second Life meetings, and other paid webinars as well as educational classes and conferences.

And that’s it for this episode.

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