Episode 75 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Friday January 22, 2016 and this is Episode 75.

As you probably already know Ancestry is discontinuing their Family Tree Maker software. They mentioned that their subscription business and website continue to grow and that’s what they are going to concentrate on. By getting rid of Family Tree Maker they no longer have to devote resources to that software and they can concentrate on their core business.

The program will continue to be supported until the end of 2016. So that leaves users of Family Tree Maker a year to decide what to do. There are many other programs to choose from.

Transferring your data from one program to another is usually done by exporting the data as a GEDCOM and then using that file to import the data into another program. The GEDCOM file format has been around a long time and many programs modify it to suit their needs. This means that when you export your data and then import it into another program, it may not go smoothly.

There is a website called GenealogyTools.com that recently won a geneablog award at the end of 2015 for “Most Timely Practical Advice Series: Replacing Family Tree Maker.” At the site you’ll find articles about how to change data in Family Tree Maker in order to export it in the best possible format. Then you will find articles for all the major genealogy programs about how to import your data and what needs to be done to correct any errors.

The major genealogy programs covered are RootsMagic, Reunion (only for Mac), MacFamilyTree (only for Mac), Family Tree Builder from MyHeritage, Heredis, Gramps, iFamily for Mac, Legacy, Ancestral Quest, and Family Historian.

Many of these programs have a free version that doesn’t have all the features or a trial version that you can use before you decide to make a purchase.

I’ll have a link in the show notes to the Replacing Family Tree Maker Series.


Ancestry has added over 7 million Northamptonshire parish records covering the years 1532 – 1912. The records were digitized by Ancestry in partnership with the Northamptonshire Record Office where the original parish registers are held. The records have details of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials that took place in that parish over a period of 400 years.


Ancestry has added quite a few new collections for Australia mostly for Queensland and Victoria, and they’ve updated the Australia Birth Index.


Ancestry owns Newspapers.com. This is a subscription website that has over 3600 newspapers from the 1700s to the 2000s. In order for the newspaper to be on the site they have to have the rights to that newspaper. Some publishers still own the rights to the paper and they don’t allow it to be on the website.

Now there is Newspapers.com Publisher Extra that is an additional subscription that will provide you access to many newspapers archives that are still under copyright. That means that you will have access to the archive as well as more recent additions.


MyHeritage has added a huge collection of free digitized books. It represents over 37 million pages from 150,000 books, all relevant to family history. The books cover the last four centuries and include such things as family, local and military histories, city and county directories, school and university yearbooks, church and congregational minutes and more. All the books are no longer under copyright.

All the books are searchable and free for everyone to access. If you’re a MyHeritage subscriber their record matching technology will alert you when matches are found in your family tree.


There have been a lot of updates at FamilySearch. I won’t be going into to all the details because it’s been a while since I produced a Genealogy News podcast but I’ll have links in the show notes to all of their announcements.

Some of the larger collections that have changed are

Brazil Rio de Janeiro Immigration Cards 1900-1965 have added over 2 million indexed records

Over 14 million images have been added to United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014

Lots more indexed records added for Find A Grave

Some more indexed records for England include
England Kent Register of Electors 1570-1907
England Lancashire Cheshire Yorkshire Parish Registers 1603-1909
Wales Glamorgan West Glamorgan Electoral Registers 1839-1925

Lots more images have been added to Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950

Over a million indexed records added for Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014

There is a new browsable collection for Missouri Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts 1900-1941


And there have been a lot of updates at Findmypast. Again I won’t mention everything and I’ll have links in the show notes to all the announcements about the new records since the last Genealogy News Podcast.

Here are some highlights:

Parish records have been added for Kent, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Warwickshire

PERSI has been updated. That’s the PERiodical Source Index where you can search to find articles in various genealogy related publications.

The Phillimore Marriage Registers, 1531 – 1913, have been added as pdf images. It contain information from over 1,500 English parishes and list the names of the married couple and their marriage date. Some entries will include the individuals’ residence and if the couple was married by license.

And they’ve add 8 new newspapers to their British Newspapers collection.


Back in 2014 Findmypast acquired Mocavo. They have now decided to merge Mocavo into the Findmypast website.

All the content that has been free at Mocavo will continue to be free. Mocavo is a genealogy search engine that started in 2011.

Findmypast hopes to expand in the U.S. this year and by merging the websites together they will be creating a single experience for U.S. customers.

Before the two sites merge those who have an account at Mocavo will be notified about their account and there will be some how-to guides about the merged sites. If you’re a paid subscriber to Mocavo, your payments will remain unchanged your current subscription.


Findmypast has decided to give full access the 1939 Register to all its members who have annual subscriptions at no extra charge. This does not apply to those who have a monthly subscription, only those with an annual subscription. Full access will begin to be available on February 16th.

Findmypast will be raising their subscription rates. In the U.S. an annual subscription will be $239.50. Current members will be able to renew when their subscription runs out at the old price with a 10% loyalty discount. That makes the renewal price $179.55. By keeping the “Auto-renew my subscription” box checked you will automatically be renewed with the discounted price.

Existing Findmypast annual subscribers should have gotten an email about these changes.


The website for the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is AmericanAncestors.org. They are offering free access to some of their collections during the month of January. Those collections are

Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910
Vermont Births, Marriages and Deaths to 2008
New Hampshire Births to 1901, Deaths and Marriages to 1937

You’ll need to create a free guest account to access the records.

NEHGS has announced that they will be participating in New England’s Hidden Histories: Providing Public Access to the Manuscripts of New England’s First Churches, Incubators of American Democracy. NEHGS, the Congregational Library & Archives, the Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ have received a grant of $210,000 from the Council on Library and Information Resources to digitize 28,000 pages of manuscript church records, personal papers of pastors and deacons, and ministerial conference records, dating from 1641 to the mid-1800s.

Documents contributed by NEHGS to this project will be available on their website AmericanAncestors.org.

The funding for this project comes from the Council on Library and Information Resources, through its Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards program. Eighteen projects were selected from among one hundred sixty-seven proposals that were submitted.

The other projects are

“All Day Singing”: Preserving and Providing Access to Original Early Twentieth Century Field Recordings in the Frank Clyde Brown Collection for the Duke University Libraries

Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis: Toward A Comprehensive Online Library of Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts in Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware awarded to many libraries around Philadelphia

Biodiversity Heritage Library Field Notes Project was awarded to many institutions who will be digitizing field notes and placing them online at the Internet Archive.

Digitizing British Manuscripts at UCLA’s Clark Library, 1601 – 1800 was awarded to University of California, Los Angeles

Digitizing Over Fifty Years of Jukebox Music News: Cash Box, 1942-1996 was awarded to College of William & Mary, Earl Gregg Swem Library

“I thought there was nothing so glorious as war…”: Creating Online Access to the World War I Materials at The Museum of Flight awarded to The Museum of Flight

PBS NewsHour Digitization Project for WGBH Educational Foundation, Library of Congress, Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association

Photographic Collections of the Erie Canal awarded to the Erie Canal Museum, Canal Society of New York State

Revealing our melting past: Toward a digital library of historic glacier photography at the University of Colorado

Revealing Visual Culture: Digitizing Modern Illustrated Periodical Tear Sheets in the Walt Reed Illustration Archive awarded to Washington University in St. Louis

Sharing “Gabo” with the World: Building the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Online Archive from His Papers at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin

The Digital Archive of Native American Petitions in Massachusetts awarded to Harvard University, Yale University. These petitions are held at the Massachusetts Archives of the Commonwealth in Boston. The digital repository will be created at Harvard’s Dataverse and replicated at Yale and will be freely available.

The Edison Collection of American Sheet Music, 1800-1870 at the University of Michigan

The Road from Hell is Paved with Little Rocks: Digitizing the History of Segregation and Integration of Arkansas’s Educational System was awarded to various institutions in Arkansas

Digitizing African American Archival Materials Across University of Minnesota Collections at the University of Minnesota

Voices of the Revolution: Digitizing 30,000 French Pamphlets from the Newberry Library

YWCA of the USA Digitization and Access Project at Smith College

Many of these projects will take two years to complete. And I’ll have a link in the show notes where you can find out more about these projects.


Another grant has been awarded to digitize some railroad collections held by the Cornell University Library’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives. Around 1,600 photographs will be digitized and placed online as well as records of companies, unions and associations; rulebooks and payrolls; reports and photographs from commissions; and transcripts of oral histories with major industry figures.

When completed all this will be made freely available online.


Nancy Loe writes the blog Sassy Jane Genealogy. She will be highlighting a state each Sunday. Each week will list a collection of links to free digital resources for the state. There are many links at the digital archives for the state, libraries, museums and other places where you may find information about the state.

She is going in alphabetical order. So far there are guides for Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona.


Clooz is a Windows program for organizing, indexing, and analyzing your documents. The company behind Clooz is Ancestral Systems. It has been run by two men – Joe Bissett and Rich Thomas. Joe originally bought the Clooz program and at that time was contacted by Rich and they formed Ancestral Systems. Rich is the technical programmer and he is rewriting Clooz for the next version that will be released sometime in 2016.

Joe Bissett will no longer be a partner in the company due to age and health issues. Rich Thomas is now the sole owner of Ancestral Systems.


Rootstrust is a new software program that has been in beta testing this past year. Version 1 will be released in February.

The program runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It can also be run from a USB device making it portable. It’s designed to manage genealogy data. Here are some key features according to the press release:

• Flexibly displays information, allowing users to switch back and forth between 9 data views.
• Includes informational files, “how to” videos, and context sensitive help.
• Unicode international character set supports most of the world’s languages.
• Provides advanced tools including relationship calculator, gravestone calculator, Soundex generator, Roman to Arabic numeral converter and 8 exotic date converters.
• Documents biomedical information and DNA haplotypes.
• Time-saving data entry through event sharing.
• Generates a full range of charts and reports.

Development of the program began in 1999 by Brooke Nelson. In 2013 he formed a company called Atavus to commercialize rootstrust.

You can find out more about the program at rootstrust.com and you can listen to an interview with Brooke Nelson in episode 38 of the Genealogy News. You can still find that and all episodes at Geneatopia.com


There’s a new website based in Australia for creating family stories called Our Family Past. It’s an online service where you tell stories of your family using text, images, sound, and video. Then you can share these stories with family and friends by inviting them or make your story public.

Right now you can try it for free and enter up to 10 articles that contain images and audio. A subscription costs US$59 where you can add more articles with more features.


The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) has obtained an official trademark registration of “Certified Genealogist” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This means that BCG has exclusive rights to use “Certified Genealogist” in the United States and they can bring a lawsuit against any infringers to recover damages and attorney’s fees.

BCG has released the 2016 edition of the BCG Application Guide. The new guide implements two new changes that the board approved last year. Applications will now be evaluated based on their genealogically related educational activities. Previously they were asked about their education but it was not evaluated.

The second change limits the size of the application to 150 pages. This limit replaces a two-pound limit.

For the kinship-determination project only three generations are required. Extra generations are not need for evaluation.

And there are new application rubrics that more clearly reflect evaluation criteria.

These changes don’t affect renewal portfolios.


D. Joshua Taylor will be the President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, effective February 1, 2016. He is also President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and he was Director of Family History at Findmypast.com.

He holds an MA in history and an MLS in Archival Management and he is a well-known lecturer and author. He is one of the hosts on the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow which will air its third season in May.


The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has announced the launch of the Texas Digital Archive. It’s a searchable online repository that contains electronic record collections held at the Texas State Archives. There are digitized prints, photographs, documents and manuscripts.

There are electronic records from the administration of former Texas governor Rick Perry in early 2015 as well as historic prints and photographs.

In the coming months digital audio files from the Texas Senate that date from 1972 to 2006 will be added.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission will be working with state agencies to acquire, preserve, and make accessible their electronic records and place them in the digital archive


The Library and Archives Canada has a new magazine called Signatures and it’s available online and in print. The magazine will be published twice a year

The first issue contains articles written by LAC colleagues. Some of the articles include Stories in the Archives, Creating a Podcast at LAC, Wallot-Sylvestre Seminars, The Conservation Work Behind Mirrors with Memory – Daguerreotypes from LAC, the role LAC played in the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and a look into the Bell Features comic book collection.


The Library and Archives Canada 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 Halliwell. This now means that 38% of the records are available.

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 H.

The records can be found in the Soldiers of the First World War: 1914 – 1918 database.


In the UK hundreds of messages written by servicemen on their way to the front during World War I are now online.

A three-year project has been completed to transcribe and research the books at the tea room at Peterborough East Railway Station in Cambridgeshire. The tea room was created to discourage the servicemen from drinking alcohol.

Soldiers signed these books on their way to the front during World War I. Not only did they sign the books, they also wrote messages. There are over 570 entries.


The National Archives in the UK has digitized the diaries of 247 First World War hospital camps, hospital ships, convalescent hospitals and veterinary hospitals.

The diaries describe what life was like in the hospital during the First World War. They give details about daily routines, operations, and special events. Some talk about various diseases and some complain about the food.

They are a valuable resource for researchers and also help the public understand the full scale of the war.


The subscription site TheGenealogist has released parish records for Norfolk. This is the first batch of records to be released from their new agreement with the Norfolk Record Office.

In phase one you can now search over 3.6 million individuals from over 700 parishes. You can search transcripts linked to the original images of baptism, marriage and burial records for the majority of parishes in Norfolk.


TheGenealogists has announced that they have completed the launch of searchable Tithe Maps and Schedules for England and Wales. The have released the rest of the maps covering 40 countries.

The maps link to searchable schedules that contain detailed information on land-use. This means that you can jump to the plot for an individual from the records.

The next stage of this project is to digitize the color tithe maps held by The National Archives in the UK and partner archives. These will also link to the same schedules in a similar manner.


You can now find online all editions of the Church of Ireland Gazette from 1911 to 1923. They are free to access.

There a total of 155 weekly additions that are freely available and searchable.

The Gazette provides insight into the opinions and attitudes of members of the Church of Ireland through the years. It is written by lay and clerical members of the church North and South.


The National Archives in Sweden has decided that the website ArkivDigital can have access to the church records up until 1945. Before they could only access church records up to 1935.

ArkivDigital plans to make this new material available to subscribers as soon as possible. They will begin photographing the parish books, moving records, as well as birth, marriage, and civil death records from 1935 – 1945.


The National Institute on Genealogical Research has been renamed to Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed). And they have a new website that can be found at gen-fed.org.

The name more clearly identifies the institute’s mission that concentrates on federal records.

The institute is normally held every year in Washington, D.C. It is for experienced genealogists, archivists, historians, and librarians who are interested in using federal records for genealogical research.

The next Gen-Fed will be held in July and will cost $400 for the week-long program. Registration will be available online some time in late February.


The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is based in Toronto and is well known as a leader in genealogy education. They offer over 200 online courses, 7 country specific certificate programs, and 3 specialist certificate programs.

For the past 8 years registration fees have remained the same. Starting February 1st the fees will be raised by 10 – 15%. You can still register at the old prices until February 1st.


Some more prices have increased for webinars given by Michael John Neill. He gives webinars on a variety of topics every so often. Previously the cost for each webinar was $8. It is now $20.

If you missed the webinar, you can purchase it for download.

Michael writes the blogs  Rootdig, Daily Genealogy Transcriber, Genealogy Tip of the Day, and Search Tip of the Day.


Registration is now open for the 2016 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and Genetic Genealogy Conferences.

The Jamboree will be held Friday – Sunday, June 3 – 5, 2016 in Burbank, California. The theme for the conference is “Giving to the Future by Preserving the Past.”

The Genetic Genealogy Conference will be held the day before Jamboree on Thursday, June 2. The theme for that day is “The Future of the Past: Genetic Genealogy 2016.”

The full schedule isn’t available yet.


The next National Genealogical Society conference will be held this May in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The following year it will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 10 – 13, 2017.

NGS has issued a call for proposals for the conference in Raleigh. Topics being considered are North Carolina history as well as topics in broader genealogical categories, including methodology, problem solving, and technology.

Speakers may submit up to 8 proposals and must be submitted by April 1, 2016.


Some more keynote speakers have been announced for RootsTech that will be held the first week in February.

Ken Krogue will be the Innovator Summit keynote speaker. The summit is held on the first day of RootsTech and it’s for developers, entrepreneurs, and innovators who want to explore the genealogy industry.

Ken Krogue is the founder of Insidesales.com – a company that offers innovative technology to generate sales.

Musicians the Crescent Super Band and Ryan Innes will partner for a performance during the opening social event on Thursday, February 4. The session of RootsTech on Friday, February 5, will feature the founder of StoryCorps, David Isay, and the session on Saturday, February 6, will feature Michael Leavitt, who served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush. Concluding the conference on February 6 will be the musical group The Lower Lights.


Conference Keeper was a website created in 2012 to list all genealogy and family history conferences, workshops, and other genealogy events. It was created by Jen Baldwin who now works at Findmypast.

It has been taken over by Eowyn Langholf and Tami Osmer Mize who you may know as the WikiChicks.

The site ConferenceKeeper.org has a new look and is up-to-date with details of genealogy and family history conferences, seminars, workshops, contests, and calls for papers. You can submit details about upcoming events via the “Submissions” tab at the website.

The BlackProGen Google Hangouts will be returning in 2016. Each month they will be talking about genealogy topics concerning African Americans.

The first Hangout will be Wednesday, January 27, 9PM Eastern where they will be discussing the PBS show Finding Your Roots.

There will be extra sessions during June and July to talk about the 2016 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and the 2016 Midwest African American Genealogy Institute.


DearMYRTLE took some time off to spend with family during Christmas. She then returned to producing many Google Hangouts on Air each week and then some family matters came up so she took some more time off.

She will be back next week with Mondays with Myrt, GenTools Study Group, WACKY Wednesday, and Genealogy Game Night.

Mondays with Myrt will spotlight a FINALLY Get Organized! Weekly Checklist. DearMYRTLE will post a checklist each week to help you get organized and it will be discussed during Mondays with Myrt.

You are encouraged to post your progress on the week’s task on your blog, DearMYRTLE’s Facebook Group, The Organized Genealogists Facebook Group, or DearMYRTLE’s Google+ Community.

Each month a special graphic will be created that you can add to the post about the checklist.

Also each month someone chosen at random will win a $50US Amazon gift card.

She will probably not be doing any Hangouts the following week because that’s RootsTech.


There will be a FamilySearch Webinar every day during the week of January 25th at 3PM Eastern. The topics will be:

England Research Using FamilySearch.org
England Census Research
England Civil Registration Research
Church of England Research
England Non-Conformist Research

Monday, January 25, 8:30PM Eastern
Association of Professional Genealogists
The Art of Client Management: From Soup to Nuts: Part One
presented by Jeanne Larzalere Bloom

Tuesday, January 26, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
French Records Indexing Workshop

Tuesday, January 26, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Getting Started With Polish Research

Tuesday, January 26, 1PM Eastern
Ancestry Live Event
Genealogy Methodology: Getting Around Burned Counties
presented by Crista Cowen

Tuesday, January 26, 3PM Eastern
NEHGS Webinar
Choosing a Genealogical Software Program
presented by Rhonda R. McClure

Wednesday, January 27, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
The Paper-Less Genealogist
presented by Denise May Levenick

Wednesday, January 27, 7PM Eastern
Planning A Research Trip to Scotland
presented by Christine Woodcock

Thursday, January 28, 9PM Eastern
Second Life National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) Study Group
Thomas W. Jones, “Too Few Sources to Solve a Family Mystery? Some Greenfields in Central and Western New York,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 103 (June 2015): 85-103.

Friday, January 29, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
MyHeritage – Technologies and Content to Bolster Your Research
presented by Mark Olsen

#genchat – Making Cousin Bait Work
Friday, January 29, 10PM Eastern

Tuesday, February 2, 1PM Eastern
Ancestry Live Event
What’s New at Ancestry: February 2016 Edition
presented by Crista Cowen

Wednesday, February 3, 8PM Eastern
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Naturalization: The Law, the Process and the Records
presented by Tom Rice

Thursday, Feb. 4, 1PM Eastern
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Webinar
History Library Catalog and Services

Thursday, February 4, 7PM Eastern
Ontario Genealogical Society Webinar
A to Z of Family History: an alphabetical journey through some less well known sources for British Family History
presented by Dr. Janet Few

Saturday, February 6, 1PM Eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society Webinar
Scanning and Photo Retouching for Beginners
presented by Tom Underhill

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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