Episode 73 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Tuesday November 24, 2015 and this is Episode 73.

It’s the holidays and time for some sales. Family Tree DNA has a sale on most of its kits. This sale will go on until December 31st. Not only is there a sale but existing members are receiving special discount codes every Monday. Each code is for one particular test. The discount codes range from $5 to $25.

Not everyone who receives these codes will be using them. They are free to share the codes with others so they can get the additional discount.

There is a collaborative spreadsheet on Google Docs where people are posting their codes. This was created by someone on the ISOGG DNA Newbie list. Once someone uses the code, it is crossed out so someone else won’t try the use a code that is not good anymore.

Roberta Estes has listed her discount codes on her blog and she encourages other to post comments to the blog post to list their codes.

I’ll have links in the show notes where you can find these additional discount codes.


There is also a sale at Shop Family Tree. They have many items at 50% off and you can also type in the discount code of THANKS20 to get 20% more off the sale items. They call this the Black Friday Sale and the 50% off and discount code will be good until Monday, November 30th.


Another sale that goes until November 30th is at Then In-Depth Genealogist. You can get their research guides and some books for 25% off. The research guides cover researching the forbidden, the Dawes Rolls, Civil War ancestors, and Jewish Ancestors. The books are some guides about Richmond, Virginia, Washington DC, land records, and Civil War ancestors.


Evidentia software will be on sale starting Thanksgiving morning until Christmas day. During the sale period the price will be $24, normally it costs $29.99.

Evidentia is a program that helps you analyze and evaluate evidence you are collecting about an ancestor to make informed decisions.


RootsMagic is having their yearly holiday sale for their existing users. 40% – 45% off their products and 50% off you you buy all the products as a bundle. This sale is so existing users can by RootsMagic products as gifts to others.

They’ve announced a Mac version of Personal Historian. This software helps you write the story of your life or someone else’s. During this holiday sale you can get the recently released book about how to use Personal Historian for free.

You can get a free book about RootsMagic when you purchase that software. RootsMagic helps you keep track of all you ancestors.

Their other products are Family Atlas to map your family history and Family Reunion Organizer.


And the biggest discount of all is 75% off for new members and existing members when you signup for a year subscription to Findmypast.com. That’s $49.88 for their world subscription. Normally it costs about $200 per year.

Existing members will have the new subscription start for a year after the existing subscription expires.

You will need to use the discount code of THNKSGNG15. You have until November 30th to signup at the discount rate. This a great price for a subscription to Findmypast.


23andMe has released an iPhone app to let customers participate in research. As you answer questions you will reach milestones that will mark your progress in the research experience.

The app will tell you more about your genetics, summaries of early discoveries at 23andMe, and breakdowns showing how you compare to others.

You must live in the United States to get this free app. Eventually the app will be available on other platforms and allow users to access to their data as they do at the 23andMe website.


The Flip-Pal mobile scanner has a new feature. It’s called StoryScans and it allows you to record audio to a scan. That way the audio will stay with the image.

Some the the things you can do is record someone talking about their favorite recipe that you scan, or someone describing their war medals, or a child talking about a picture they drew.

The file that is created does not need an additional player for someone to view and hear it.

StoryScans is part of the new Toolbox software and it costs $24.99.


More new records at FamilySearch

New browsable image collections added include
Poland Evangelical Church Books 1700-2005

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
California Immigration Registers of Japanese Filipinos and Hawaiians at San Francisco 1928-1942
Maine Bath Seamen’s Proofs of Citizenship 1833-1868
Michigan Crew Lists for various ports 1929-1966
Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin Superior Crew Lists 1922-1958

The next collection has had indexed records and images added to an existing collection
BillionGraves Index
Guam Passenger and Crew Lists 1947-1952
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Medical Records 1865-1872

These collections have added images to an existing collection
Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939


There is a website called AncestrybyDNA.com that some people confuse with AncestryDNA. AncestryDNA is the product from Ancestry and it’s a test for determining your ancestors.

AncestrybyDNA is owned by DNA Diagnostic Center and they have a test for deep ancestry. Their test is not for finding out more about your ancestors. This test has been around a lot longer than AncestryDNA.

Ancestry has now filed a trademark case against the company that owns AncestrybyDNA because people are purchasing the AncestrybyDNA test when they thought they were purchasing an AncestryDNA test.

AncestrybyDNA promotes its test using Living Social and GroupOn mentioning Ancestry and AncestryDNA and this is where many people are fooled. The results they get back cannot be used for genealogical purposes.

Ancestry’s trademark case is about this confusion and the unauthorized use of the Ancestry trademark. They claim the use of the Ancestry name was done intentionally with the intent to profit from these well-established and registered trademarks.


The old version of the Ancestry website will be going away on December 15th. Many people have complained about the new version and they want to old version to stay.

The new version of the website will adjust to fit all mobile devices, will be faster, and use newer technology. Some new collections that have been added to Ancestry can only be accessed using the new website.

The new website includes enhanced storytelling features, streamlined Facts view, Historical Insights, and Galleries.

There was an online petition to try to save the old website. Over 3,800 people signed it.


Findmypast has released a collection of Veterans Administration Pension payment cards, 1907 – 1933. These are records from the US Veteran’s Administration for those receiving veterans’ pensions. They contain transcripts and images of the original pension records for payments.

Findmypast has added over 10,000 records of Surrey, military tribunals 1915 – 1918. Military service tribunals were set up for men to request exemption from conscription.

They’ve added the Lloyds of London Memorial Roll 1914 – 1918. These records contain information and photographs of men company employees who died during the First World War.

The Stock Exchange Memorial Roll, 1914 – 1918, has been added. Again these records contain information and photographs of men company employees who died during the First World War. Except these men were employees of the London Stock Exchange.

A new browsable collection has been added to Findmypast. It’s the England & Wales, electoral registers 1832 – 1932. Electoral Registers are lists created annually of people who are eligible to vote and include their reason for eligibility such as where they lived. The collection contains 5.4 million images with approximately 220 million names.

Another new collection contains members of Argentina’s British community who volunteered for service during the Frist World War. It’s called British in Argentina 1914-1919.

Findmypast has added records to the Devon Social & Institutional records. These records come from a variety of sources and cover daily life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Substantial updates have been made to the British Newspapers. There are 11 brand new titles and updates to 43 existing titles.


GenealogyBank has added 5 million more U.S. genealogy records. 12 new newspaper titles were added. It makes for a total of 16 states where they’ve added or updated newspaper titles.
I’ll have a link in the show notes where you can find the details of what’s been added at GenealogyBank as well as everything else that’s mentioned.


The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has launched some new collections and added to some others.

They’ve launch the Ukrainian Immigrants, 1891 – 1930 database. In there you will find information about Ukrainians who arrived in Canada and the United states. The names were taken form passenger lists held at LAC and from notes.

The majority of Ukrainians settled in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta during the 1890s. Then after the First World War another wave of Ukrainians came to Canada and settled in the already established Ukrainian communities.

Another database launched recently by LAC is the Carleton Papers – Loyalists and British Soldiers 1772 – 1784. It contains names that were taken from British Headquarters Papers, New York. These are known as the Carleton Papers. In the collection are a variety of documents about Loyalist soldiers, civilian refugees, and British and German soldiers who settled in Canada after the American Revolution.

LAC continues to digitize the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files. They are doing this basically in alphabetical order and they are up to the surname Fitzpatrick. However, they are digitizing the boxes in order that mostly contain the files in alphabetical order. Some files are misplaced so you may find information about people whose surname starts with a letters beyond F.

That makes more than a third of files are available online.


RootsTech is starting to announce their keynote speakers for the RootsTech 2016 conference. Doris Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak at the Saturday general session. Goodwin has written many biographies of several U.S. Presidents. She has also provided her expertise for many PBS and the History Channel’s documentaries.

She will talk about personal and family lives of past presidents and the influence their ancestors had over them.


If you’re planning on attending the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in 2016, it’s time to make your hotel reservations.

The conference will be held in Springfield, Illinois from August 31 – September 3, 2016 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Two hotels near the convention center will be offering discounts to those attending the conference. The conference rate is $129 per night. And there will be a courtesy bus to take you back and forth from the hotel to the convention center.


The National Genealogical Society conference will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 4 – 7, 2016. They have released the conference program. Since the conference will be held in Florida there will be many sessions about Florida that would interest genealogists as well as topics such as genealogical research on African Americans and women; methodology; analysis and problem solving; and the use of technology, including genetics, mobile devices, and apps useful in genealogical research.

Registration for the NGS conference opens on December 1st.


The Ontario Genealogical Society is getting ready for their conference in 2017. It will be held in Ottawa, June 16 – 18, 2017. The theme will be Our Canada – Your Family: Building a Nation. The year 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Canada so it is only fitting the OGS conference will be about all of Canada.

They have issued a call for presentations. Deadline to submit proposals is February 15, 2016.

The OGS 2016 conference will be held June 3 – 5 in Toronto. The theme is Genealogy on the Cutting Edge.


Amy Johnson Crow will be doing her Genealogy Weekly show with an emphasis on some collections that you may not know about. She is a librarian and she wants to use her skills to share information about collections that may be under utilized.

All the websites that she mentions will be listed on her blog so you don’t need to take notes during the presentation. The address is AmyJohnsonCrow.com/shownotes.

She produces her show using Periscope. If you follow her on Twitter you will know when she is broadcasting or you can install the Periscope app and get notified when she is on. After she posts the video on her YouTube channel.


The Southern California Genealogical Society annual GENEii Writing Contest is open for submissions until December 31st. You do not have to be a SCGS member to enter the contest.

The article you write should be factual: either family history or local history, character sketches, or memoirs. Entrants agree to allow SCGS to publish their article.

There are two categories – one for articles between 1,000 and 2,000 words and one for articles under 1,000 words. Prizes range from $25 to $200. There are three prizes in each category.

Winners will be notified May 1, 2016.


Submissions are now being accepted for the Chicago Genealogical Society Writing Contest. You don’t have to be a member of CGS to enter the contests.

Submissions may be about family history or about life in Chicago. They must demonstrate proper use of genealogical methodology, techniques, and sources.

There will be three prizes awarded. First place receives $500, second place $250, and third place $100.

This contest will be open for submissions until May 30, 2016 with the winners announced September 1, 2016.


Tuesday, December 1, 1PM Eastern
Ancestry Live Event
What’s New at Ancestry: December 2015 Edition
presented by Crista Cowen

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 2pm eastern
Legacy Webinar
Stories in Stone—Cemetery Research
presented by Gail Blankenau

Wednesday, December 2, 8pm eastern
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Passenger Lists: A Boat-Load of Records, 1565-1954
presented by Valerie Eichler Lair

#genchat – Using non-genealogy software in genealogy
Friday, December 4, 10pm eastern

Saturday, December 5, 1pm eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society
The Curious Case of the Disappearing Dude
presented by Debbie Mieszala

Illinois State Genealogical Society Webinar
Tuesday, December 8, 9pm eastern
The US Federal Census: Good, Bad and Ugly for Genealogists
presented by Gary Smith

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 9pm eastern
Legacy Webinar
Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist?
presented by Apryl Cox and Kelly Summers

Thursday, December 10, 3PM Eastern
NEHGS Webinar
Atlantic-Canadian Resources at NEHGS
presented by David Allen Lambert

Thursday, December 10, 9PM Eastern
Association of Professional Genealogists
Right, Wrong or It Depends: Ethics for the Professional Genealogist
presented by Judy G. Russell

You can find all the webinars mentioned and other ones not mentioned that occur weekly and other types of events 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.

This is episode 73.

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