Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia
I’m Patty Roy, also known as Dinah Larkham in Second Life
Today is Tuesday, September 17, 2013 and this is Episode 8
AncestryDNA is rolling out its new Ethnicity Estimate Preview for those who have tested with the company. When you login you will see a big orange button that says “NEW Ethnicity Estimate Preview”. This rollout will take a couple of months so you have to be patient about seeing the button when you login.
What you will see is a more detailed analysis about your genetic origins. There are now 26 reference populations that are used to compare your DNA to. You will see maps to display the concentration of the DNA and below the map will be information about a typical person from the region.
To calculate the percentages for each region, your DNA is analyzed 40 times using an algorithm called ADMIXTURE. This estimates the proportions of how much you belong to different ancestral clusters or populations. When you are looking at your results you can see the ranges for each region about how your DNA matched for that region. While the overall results show an average for each region.
Your results may not seem correct for you. The results may be showing ethnicity for areas you believe or have no knowledge of having any ancestors from that area. This could be because the results are from time periods that genealogy research does not take us since there were no written records way back when. Also the results could be incorrect. These estimates still have room for improvement. The group you are being compared to needs to increase in numbers and then the results will become more accurate.
AncestryDNA continues to improve and I’m sure we’ll see more improvements in the future.
One thing that did come out of this news about the Ethnicity Estimate is the separation of West Africa into six separate populations. Historical records for African Americans before 1870 can be difficult to find. Taking this test could narrow down the region for where someone’s ancestor came from in Africa.
There will be an Ancestry Day in San Francisco on Saturday November 9th. It’s a day of family history, classes, a genealogy book sale, and door prizes will be given away. Classes will be taught by experts from Ancestry.com and the California Genealogical Society and Library. Early bird registration is $38 if you register before September 23rd. After that the cost is $48.
Family Tree Maker 2014 is now available; it was released on September 9th.Family Tree Maker has been around for more than 20 years. Some of the updates are more and improved charts and reports, improved TreeSync at Ancestry.com, improving merging of data from Ancestry.com, a new family view to see your family in a new way. You can also export parts of your family tree, and there are more editing options when copying and pasting.
The new family view allows you to display an individual’s ancestors, spouses, and children together.
Another new tool include sorting children by birthdate automatically
You can save 20% off the price of $39.99 if you order by September 30th. This new version only runs on Windows. Ancestry.com, the makers of Family Tree Maker say there will be a Mac version coming soon.
Randy Seaver has done some posts on his blog Genea-Musings about the new version of Family Tree Maker. He discusses Family View, Viewing People by Location, and Putting Children and Spouses in Date Order. There will links in the show notes to his posts.
Legacy continues to release more information about the upcoming release of Legacy 8. The latest feature that has been revealed is automated sorting. Now when you enter children and marriages they are automatically sorted by date. Before they were in the order you entered them and you had to sort them. Now all events that you enter will be automatically sorted by date.
CNN has republished an article about genealogy that was written by Sarah Engler in the August 2013 issue of Real Simple magazine. The title is “Finding Your Roots” where she discusses how to get started in genealogy simply. She talks about talking to your relatives to get started and some web sites to go to for finding your ancestors.
Voting has taken place for Rockstar Genealogists over at John D. Reid’s blog Anglo-Celtic Connections. This is the second year that John has collected a list of over 100 English speaking people from around the world who contribute to the world of genealogy as a blogger, author, or speaker. People could vote for as many in the list as they wanted to. And now the votes have been tallied and he is releasing the results
Sliver and Bronze medalists
Silver: Shauna Hicks – www.shaunahicks.com.au/
Bronze: Chris Paton – www.scotlandsgreateststory.bravehost.com/,http://britishgenes.blogspot.com/
Silver: Elizabeth Shown Mills – http://historicpathways.com/
Bronze: Dick Eastman – http://blog.eogn.com/
Silver: Debbie Kennett – http://cruwys.blogspot.com/
Bronze: a tie
Else Churchill – https://twitter.com/SoGGenealogist
Dick Eastman – http://blog.eogn.com/
Silver: Thomas W Jones – http://goo.gl/FF9X4s, http://goo.gl/vIslXJ
Bronze: Judy Russell – www.legalgenealogist.com/
The gold medalist are Jill Ball from Australia. She is a retired Librarian and loves Web. 2.0 technology and gadgets. You can follow her at her blog called Geniaus.
Another gold medalist is Chris Paton from Canada. His blog is called British Genes. Chris was a producer and director for BBC history programs and now is a genealogy lecturer and writer.
From the UK and Ireland the gold medalist is Kirsty Gray. She is the Chairman of the Guild of One-Name studies and she is co-founder of the Society for One-Place Studies that I will be talking about in a few minutes.
The last gold medalist to mention is Elizabeth Shown Mills in the US. This is the second year in a row she has been a gold medalist. She has a web site call Historic Pathways that lists all her books and some articles you can obtain for free. Her most famous book is Evidence Explained which tells you how to cite your sources.
So now for what gold medalist Kirtsy Gray is up to with the new society called the Society for One-Place Studies. A one-place study is about a neighborhood or area where families lived. It’s about studying the history that took place in the area to gain a better understanding about how our ancestors lived. These studies can be undertaken by an individual or any group such as a local history group. The society’s aim is to help those researching an area by providing a place to advertise your study and contact the study group as well as contact others involved in one-pace studies. By joining you will get an email alias so contact details for your study will remain constant even when you change your Internet Service provider. And you will receive an e-newsletter with articles written by other one-place studies where members tell about their research and offerings from experts in the field. The web site contains a map showing what one-place studies have been started.
BillionGraves is growing. It recently hit the 5 million records mark. That happened thanks to all those who take pictures of headstones in cemeteries and all those who transcribe those headstones. Usually the person who takes the picture transcribes it, but they don’t have to. Anyone can contribute as a transcriber. BillionGraves has an iPhone and Android app for taking the pictures. They are looking for beta testers for the Android app. Anyone can go to BillionGraves.com and search for headstones.
Good news, Who Do You Think You Are was renewed by TLC. There will be 10 new episodes coming in 2014. That’s 2 more shows than the 2013 season which had 8 shows. Each show during the 2013 season had almost 2 million viewers for each show.
And another new genealogy show will be on tv. This one will be on PBS and it’s called the Genealogy Roadshow. Check your local listing for the exact day and time because not all PBS stations broadcast the same shows at the same time. For most it will air on Monday September 23rd after the Antiques Roadshow. The first episode was filmed in Nashville. Expert genealogists investigate the cases of two participants who believe they may be related to American folk hero and Tennessee legend Davy Crockett and another who thinks she is descended from someone in the Hatfield clan. Then two long-lost cousins are reunited as a result of researching for an unknown father.
The Library and Archives Canada has announced that you can now search the indexes for the censuses from 1825 to 1916 at its site. That makes for a total of 15 databases and it’s all free. You can search by name or geographic criteria, you can choose between images in JPG or PDF formats, and you can suggest corrections. All this in an easy consistent format for all the censuses.
Coming up at the Library and Archives Canada will be the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa annual conference on Friday September 20th to Sunday September 22nd. The focus this year is Ireland. Registration is now closed but walk-in registrations will be welcomed at the door.
There are some changes at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Some of these changes were announced at the recent FGS conference when the new director for the library was revealed. Now resource consultants will be on the floor where you can ask questions instead of behind a desk. They are staffing according to usage at the library so more consultants will be available when patrons are using the library.
More records have been added to Family Search. Last week images were added for the Czech Republic censuses from 1843 to 1921. Indexes were added for Hungary civil registration from 1895 to 1980. Indexes were added for Poland Roman Catholic church books for Lublin and Radom. And more indexed records were added to the United States Social Security Death.
Burke’s Peerage is back online at burkespeerage.com. This is a new address for the site. The old address still has the termination notice about the new owners. It seems the new site isn’t ready for subscriptions or purchases since all those types of links say “Coming Soon” but at least it’s back. It’s a site about genealogy and heraldry of the Peerage and Landed Gentry of the United Kingdom.
Genealogy in Time which can be found at genealogyintime.com, is an online magazine. They have a genealogy search engine that has had some significant updates. They’ve added 532 million records from around the world so now the search engine indexes 2.7 billion records from over 1,000 web sites. The entire Google Newspaper Archive can now be searched at the Genealogy Search Engine and you can now search the Australian Trove archive with the Genealogy Search Engine. They’ve also added 12 more newspaper in the US and some newspapers from New Zealand and Singapore. There are new US Civil War photographs to search also.
Now for some Webinars coming up
Ohana Software has a webinar coming up about ResearchTies. ResearchTies is a paid service designed to allow users to create a research log with sources and objectives so when you go to an archive you’ll know what to look for. It costs $30 per year. You can find more information about this program at researchties.com and you can find Ohana Software at ohanasoftware.com. The name of this webinar they are having is ResearchTies: Log your Research & Stay on Track. The list of webinars is found under the Community button at the top navigation list at the Ohana Software site and it will be held on Tuesday September 24th at 9pm eastern. I believe that this webinar will be archived and free to view anytime. There’ll be a link in the show notes to sign up for the webinar.
Ancestry.com has some more live events coming up. On Tuesday Sept. 24h at 1 pm eastern the topic will be Ancestry.com – AncestryDNA: Everybody’s Doing It
Who should take an AncestryDNA test? Why would you want multiple people in your family to get tested? What can you do with all of those test results? Join Crista Cowan and AncestryDNA Program Manager, Anna Swayne for answers to these questions and more.
Then on Thursday September 26th the event will be Ancestry.com – Family History Records Are Telling More Stories Than Ever
You found your ancestor in a census record and attached it to your online tree. But, did you know that you can see who else has attached that same record to their tree? The record tells a story about your ancestor. The journey that record takes could tell you even more about your family story. Join Crista Cowan for a look at our improved interactive image viewer and discover a whole new way to connect with cousins and grow your family tree.
All of these will be at 1pm eastern with Crista Cowen. She works at Ancestry.com and she’s known as the Barefoot Genealogist. The sessions are recorded and you will find them on Ancestry’s livestream page.
On Thursday September 26th the Second Life NGSQ study group will be meeting at the Just Genealogy fire pit area to discuss Sharon E. Sergeant’s article, “The Myth of Impossible Proof: Modern Genealogy Methods and a Holocaust Fraud,” from the National Genealogical Society Quarterly 96 (September 2008): 177‐191.
WHEN: 6pm Second Life time
Everyone is welcome to attend. Of course you will need to free Second Life account and when you enter make sure Voice is working.
Friday night on September 27th is the monthly Twitter genchat. The topic will be the FGS conference that was recently held in August. Follow along using the hash tab #genchat.
And don’t forget about Mondays with Myrt. That’s a Google hangout with DearMyrtle that happens Mondays at noon eastern. It’s recorded so you can watch it later from the DearMyrtle YouTube channel.
And that’s it for this week
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