Episode 74 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Friday, December 4, 2015 and this is Episode 74.

The sales keep coming. If you want to keep track of what’s on sale, you can follow Thomas MacEntee’s postings at geneabloggers.com. Every day he posts an update with any new sales and the sales that are still going on. Some sales only last for a short time and some will be going on during the holiday season.

One sale that will be going on until January 3rd is 50% of Heredis. Heredis is a software program for keeping track of you ancestors. Competing programs would be RootsMagic and Family Tree Maker as well as many others.

Heredis is a French company and its genealogy software is popular in France and England. They had a major upgrade this year and if you want more information you can find out about it in Episode 64 of my Genealogy News podcast.

All versions are on sale. That would be the Windows version and the Mac version as well as any upgrades.

Plans are in January to release a Heredis app for Android. It has taken over 2 years to develop this app. It will be free.

There is already a free iOS app for Heredis. The Android app will not have all the features that the iOS app has. Although in the future it will be updated to have all the same features as the iOS app.


NewspaperArchive.com is a subscription website for searching U.S. Newspapers. They are now being required to change their deceptive business practices and refund $100,000 to people who unknowingly made charitable donations when they subscribed to the website.

These terms were reached as a result of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office investigation.

NewspaperArchive.com can no longer automatically place a check mark for donating to Global Way Makers, a charity the founder’s wife is involved with. The company also must stop automatically renewing subscriptions and they must alert subscribers to price increases.

In the past subscribers have complained that the company does not allow customers to cancel services, refuses to grant refunds and fails to answer calls or emails.


YouTube continues to grow with lots of good video where we can learn about doing research to find our ancestors. At the Brigham Young University Family History Library YouTube Channel you will find a nine-part Probate Series. They are about 10 to 15 minutes long.

Most of the videos on the channel were done by James Tanner, a well-know genealogy blogger.

At the channel you will find over 100 videos related to family history. Older videos are being updated to reflect changes in the programs or subjects. If you subscribe to the channel, you’ll receive updates when new videos are posted.


The Newberry Library has a website called the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The interactive maps have been unavailable since July. These maps allowed you to see county boundaries over the years up until the year 2000. You could view historical county configurations against a modern day map.

They have made progress to restore and improve the interactive map feature on the site. It should be available in Spring 2016.

The Newberry Library has signed an agreement with Galecia Group. Those are the folks who are also working on an upgrade the the Newberry’s website Chicago Ancestors.


StoryPress is being acquired by everyStory. StoryPress was created 3 years ago as an iOS app and it makes it fun and easy to create and save stories. These stories live in the cloud at the StoryPress website. You record your audio and you can add pictures using your iPhone or iPad. Since the acquisition the app is no longer available.

everyStory hopes to be the platform of choice for people to create and share their stories. You can find the everyStory app for iOS and Android. It’s free and it works similar to StoryPress.


FamilySearch has added a new collection – the Manitoba Probate Records, 1871 – 1930. This collection is indexed an of course you can also browse the collection. In case you don’t know, Manitoba is in Canada.

There are over 800,000 records in the collection. The title of the collection lists the years 1871 – 1930. However, some indexes may cover years up to 1970.

The records include images of estate files, application books and indexes.

You can find out more information about the collection and how to use it at the Archives of Manitoba’s website. I’ll have a link in the show notes to the exact page.


FamilySearch has announced that HistoryLines is now certified. That means that HistoryLines is compatible with FamilySearch.org. The program can now 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.

HistoryLines is a website that lets you add personal events and family members to a timeline. HistoryLines provides all the relevant historical and cultural background for the time your ancestor lived.

HistoryLines costs $9.95 per month or $59 per year.


Findmypast has add some collections pertaining to London about those who were Watermen. A Waterman was someone licensed to navigate and pilot passenger vessels on the River Thames.

The collections are

London, Watermen’s petition for the King Charles I, 1648
London, Watermen, list of free watermen, 1827
London, Watermen, birth register of contracted men, 1865-1921
London, Watermen, Admiralty muster of the Port of London, 1628
London, Watermen in Royal Navy, 1803-1809

They’ve added some wills from Staffordshire. That collection is called Staffordshire, Dioceses of Lichfield and Coventry Wills and Probate, 1521 – 1860.

They’ve added some British Army Muster Rolls. One set is for the 84th Foot, 1808 – 1818. These men saw action in the Napoleonic Wars and Iberian Peninsula.

The other set is for the 60th Foot, 1879 – 1882. This regiment fought in the Zulu War, 1st Boer War and in Egypt.

And Findmypast has added records for the Victoria, Mental Health Institutions in Australia.


PERSI has been updated. The PERiodical Source Index on Findmypast has been updated with additional articles. 35 different publications have updated articles or have been newly added.

The newest additions are from across America as well as English, Irish, Australian, and Swedish articles.

I’ll have a link in the show notes with the list of all publications that have had articles added.


The Jewish Genealogical Society of New York has a new website. They still have all the content found at the old website, fixed some problems, and added some new features.

At the site you will now find more than 30 audio podcasts that were programs that were given between 2009 in 2013. They will continue to add more as they edit more past recordings. They range from how to talks, book presentations, panel discussions, and a variety of historical and other ground subjects.

The more recent podcasts, as well as PDFs of issues of the quarterly newsletter, are available to members.

There is an improved process for membership sign-up and renewal.

They have restored the Burial Societies Database, which has not been accessible for about a year. Plans are to enhance the database to provide more accurate data as a result of an extensive data cleanup. The database contains information about Jewish burial society plots in the New York metropolitan area.


The Library and Archives Canada has added two new online databases. The first one is called Carleton Papers―Book of Negroes, 1783. It contains close to 3,000 references to names of black loyalists. These names were taken from the Book of Negroes, a register that contains details about people who were evacuated from the port of New York at the end of the American Revolution. Their final destination was Nova Scotia.

The other database is called War of 1812. In this database there are over 45,000 references to names of people who were involved in the war of 1812. These references came from LAC’s collection of records which include muster rolls, Payless, claims, certificates of service, land grants, and metal registers. And of course as the title suggests this database at the Library and Archives Canada contains the names of Canadian men and women who served in the War of 1812.


A new digital archive about life in Cornish has become available online. The Cornish people are an ethnic group in Cornwall which is in the southwest of Great Britain.

At the archive you will find over 31,000 items that consist of photos, films, and audio that tell the story of Cornwall’s history from Victorian times to the present day.

The archive is called Cornish Memory and it was created from money received from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Plans are to continue to add content to the site.


TheGenealogist is a subscription site in the UK. They have recently released over hundred 90,000 records from Australian passenger lists.

These are for people who left between the years 1828 and 1896 to sail to New South Wales. In the records you will find the names of every one in the family, the name of the ship, where they landed, the passengers occupation, and if the migrant had been assisted to travel up to a job, their employer’s name will be listed. Some records may contain even more information.


The Irish Independent is one of Ireland’s largest selling daily newspapers. In 2004 the photo archive for the newspaper was donated to the National Library of Ireland. Now some of these images are available online for users to browse and purchase high-quality prints. The first phase of this archives project covers the years from 1912 to 1922.

Those years include some key historical Irish events such as the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War.

Also available is “The Morgan Collection”, a collection of photographs of 1950s Ireland from the air. They are called the Morgan collection because they were taken by a photographer called Alexander ‘Monkey’ Campbell Morgan.

Over time more images from the 4.3 million images in the archive will be added.


The Dutch genealogy website WieWasWie will have paid subscription plan starting January 1st. Some data will still be freely available. The more advanced features will require a subscription.

You can still do simple searching and access the indexes and images for free. With a paid subscription you will be able to perform advanced searches, save searches and documents, and get email notifications for your searches.

A year’s subscription will cost €18.50 or about $20.


The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) has announced a call for presentations for its 22nd annual conference. The conference is tentatively scheduled for September 9 – 11, 2016 with possible alternate dates of September 30 – October 2. The dates will be confirmed January 4, 2016. The conference will be held at Ben Franklin Place in Ottawa.

They are seeking proposals that will focus on two main topics Ireland – family history and DNA in genealogy. Proposals on other topics relevant to British family history are also welcome.


Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society’s 2016 Family History Conference. The conference will be held May 4 – 7 in Fort Lauderdale.

Full registration for the four-day conference is $205 for members and $240 for nonmembers. That would be the early bird pricing. The price goes up after March 31.


DearMyrtle has announced a new study group called ESM’s QuickLessons Study Group. ESM are the initials of Elizabeth Shown Mills. On her website evidenceexplained.com, she has many pages called QuickLessons.

This new study group will be completing homework from these QuickLessons in advance of each session. A call for panelists will go out in late January 2016. The study group will be starting in March.

DearMyrtle has lots of things going on. There’s Monday’s with Myrt. The GenTools Study group meets every Wednesday where they are talking about various research tools. At the Geneatopia calendar you can find out what topics will be discussed each Wednesday. That group will finish in January.

In February starting in the same Wednesday time slot as the GenTools Study Group will be the British & Irish Military Records Study Group. That will have four sessions and after that the ESM’s QuickLessons Study Group will begin. That group will meet through July.

Then on Wednesday evenings there’s Wacky Wednesday where a guest is interviewed. And on Saturday there is Genealogy Game night.

All of these are done as a Google Hangout on Air and are recorded. You can find them all at DearMyrtle’s YouTube channel.


I mentioned a lot of the things that are coming up next week in the previous episode so I won’t mention them again in this episode. You can find everything listed in the Geneatopia calendar. You’ll also find paid webinars, things going on in Second Life, and major conferences in the calendar.

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 74.

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