Episode 81 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Monday April 25, 2016 and this is Episode 81.

There are some changes coming to AncestryDNA. These changes may have already occurred by the time you are listening to this.

AncestryDNA will be evaluating DNA by more accurately to identify that part of DNA that is more genealogically significant.

They will also be changing how matches occur. Now they will be using actual segments from start to end as matches. Previously they used a window or blocks of DNA. If a window did not overlap a segment properly the segment was missed. The new method should increase the number of matches for each person.

Your matches will be changing. You will lose some matches and you’ll gain some matches. They are making these changes so that the matches will be more accurate.

Any match that is a second cousin or closer will stay the same. Many lower matches will move down. So for example, if you had a match that was a third cousin, they will now be a match as a fourth cousin. And fourth cousins may become fifth cousins and they will no longer show as matches. The Shared Matches tool only shows matches that are fourth cousins or closer.

If a match has been starred or has a note that was placed with that match by you, you will be able to download these DNA matches. Ancestry will be providing information about how to do this in the future.

During this update to AncestryDNA, any new kit results will not be posted until the update is finished. You should receive an email when the update is available.


Ancestry reported on their first quarter 2016 financial results. Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer, started the earnings call by mentioning the entry of Silver Lake Partners to Ancestry’s investment group and an increased investment of GIC. Following the transaction, GIC, Silver Lake, and Permira as well as management are significantly invested in Ancestry.

At the end of the earnings call someone asked a question about how much each investment group owns. Tim Sullivan did not directly answer the question but did say that you will have to wait until the transaction is complete to find out that information.

Ancestry had very strong Q1 results. Revenues grew 19% compared to the first quarter last year

Subscribers of Ancestry websites totals 2,372,000, up 5% since last quarter. They added over 108,000 subscribers during Q1.

Some highlights of the last quarter include

AncestryDNA is now available in more than 30 countries

More than 17 billion records were added. Some significant collections added were

• Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915

• Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950

• Northampton Church of England Baptisms, Burials, 1532-1812 and Marriages, 1754-1912

• Indiana and New Jersey Methodist Church Records

• German Lutheran Church Records

Newspapers.com, which is owned by Ancestry, introduced Publisher Extra. This allows a subscriber to access content from all publisher partners. Many newspapers can be accessed from the first date of publication through recent editions from 30 days ago.

AncestryDNA is quickly approaching to having 2 million samples in its database. This large database is driving ongoing improvement in the user experience. As the database grows more genetic cousins can be found. Ancestry is hard at work finding new aspects of relatedness.

They are advertising on four shows now – Finding Your Roots, Long Lost Family, Who Do You Think You Are, and Genealogy Roadshow. They are also doing a lot of advertising in Germany.


You may remember that TapGenes won 1st place in the RootsTech Innovator Showdown. TapGenes is an app that helps families create a family medical history. The app helps families crowdsource their health history in one place so that this information can help family members take action and live longer.

Kailos Genetics has announced a partnership with TapGenes. Kailos has consumer tests that will tell you if medicine that has been prescribed by your doctor will work for you and a test to determine if you have risk indicators for breast and ovarian cancer.

To take the test you rub a cotton swab across the inside of your cheek. It costs between $149 and $299 depending on the test you choose.

The partnership between the two companies will allow the Kailos Genetic test results to be directly imported into TapGenes. This will encourage families to discuss the results they get from genetic tests.


FamilySearch has given an update about the indexing of the Freedmen’s Bureau Records. It’s now 70% complete with almost 1.5 million names of freed slaves having been indexed. They hope volunteers keep working on this project so it will be completed by Juneteenth which is June 19th.

Juneteenth is a celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It’s held on June 19th. On June 19th, 1865, which is two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers made it to Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had ended and that those who were still enslaved were free.

FamilySearch will deliver all published records online to the Smithsonian by September 24th when the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens.


MyHeritage has announced the MyHeritage Community where you can ask questions and others will respond to help you. It’s a question and answer hub for users to collaborate. You can receive help with your own research or help other users.

MyHeritage has an international user community who speak many different languages. If you have a letter in another language, you can post it in the community and ask for a translation.

You will find a link to the Community in the footer area on the web pages at MyHeritage.


Findmypast has added almost 4 million new articles to the British Newspaper Collection. There are nine new titles and updates to 38 existing newspapers.

They’ve added Queensland births 1829 – 1919 and Queensland marriages 1829 – 1939. Also added are marriages records for Suffolk. Over 200 parishes have been add to the Suffolk Marriage Index.

The Kent, Bromley Absent Voters List 1918 has been added.

They’ve also added 90 new volumes of street directories for Britain from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These directories were originally published by Kelly’s Directory. The directory lists all businesses and trades people in a particular city or town as well as postal addresses, landowners, charities, and other facilities.

Two new datasets have been added to collection of Scotland Registers & Records. The datasets are for Morayshire and Banffshire.

Findmypast has released more than 75,000 records related to the Easter Rising and Irish War of Independence, 1916 – 1921. The records were digitized from British Army records held by The National Archives in Kew.

The records contain eye-witness accounts, interviews with civilians and reports of the trials of the leaders of the Rising. They reveal the struggles of life under Martial Law in Ireland.

Martial Law in Ireland was declared in 1916 when the British Military assumed control of Ireland as a result of the Easter Rising. A group of Irish nationalists wanted to end British rule in Ireland and staged a rebellion against the British government starting on Easter and eventually led to Martial Law being declared.

There are 25,000 search and raid records that detail the efforts of the military and police to find arms, ammunition, and other material associated with the rebellion. The records contain the names of those who were detained and interned in prisons in Ireland.

Some other things you will find in the collection are reports from British Army documenting daily events, court martial reports, witness statements, details of raids, and internment files.


The National Archives of Ireland has released a new online collection at its website. It contains more than 6,500 compensation claims that were submitted for Property Losses Committed after the Easter Rising.

The collection is indexed so you search by surname, location, or business name.

The files contain applications submitted by individuals and businesses for damages to personal property and buildings as a result of the fighting and the fires and looting that followed.

Most of the claims are from Dublin but the collection also contains some claims from Enniscorthy, County Wexford, and County Galway.


Synium Software has released a new version of MacFamily Tree. It’s version 8 and has lots of major new features. It’s the largest update MacFamily Tree has ever had and it has a completely new interface.

With an interactive tree you can view and edit data. From the program you can search FamilySearch for records. The virtual globe feature will show all important events for an ancestor.

Smart filers can be used to investigate specific groups of people such as all those who have a picture or all living women. These smart filters can be applied to people, families, sources, places, and ToDos as well as reports.

You can visualize your family history with lots of different charts. All charts and diagrams can be printed, exported or turned into a website that you can share. The reports can be exported in 14 different languages so you can share with relatives who speak a different language.

You can keep all your family trees up-to-date on all devices using iCloud. That would be Mac and iOS devices.

The iOS version has most of the same features as the desktop version.

MacFamily Tree and MacFamily Tree for iOS are on sale for 50% off until July 17. Right now the sale price is $29.99 for the desktop version and $9.99 for the iOS version.

You can download a demo version from the download section of the website syniumsoftware.com. With the download version you can’t save data, no printing or data export, and iCloud sync is disabled.


David Rumsey is an American map collector who has amassed over 150,000 maps. At his website DavidRumsey.com you can view for free over 67,000 maps from his collection.

In 2009 the collection was donated to Stanford University. This includes all the maps and their digital images as well as a database to track the images.

Stanford has built the David Rumsey Map Center which is located on the fourth floor of the Green Library. They recently held a grand opening for the center.

Not only will you find original maps on display, you’ll also see some high tech for displaying them. There are very large touch screen devices where you can interact with the maps. You can see incredible detail with these large displays.

There’s a map of Paris from 1739 where you can see how much wood everyone had in their back yard.

Some of the maps are superimposed on Google Earth so you can see how things have changed.

The Center is opened to the public. If you can’t get to California to see the maps, there are 67,000 maps that will continue to be available at DavidRumsey.com.


The Texas General Land Office Archives and Records has recently acquired some important maps in Texas history.

The maps are the Republic of Texas and United States Boundary Commission maps, surveyed 1840-1841. It is not a complete set and the Texas General Land Office will continue to look for additional maps from this time.

These new maps have been added to the Texas General Land Office Archive which is online. They join the other 45,000 maps, sketches, and drawings that were already in the archive.


The Massachusetts newspaper The Wanderer covers Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester in southeastern Massachusetts.
All back issues have been digitized and placed in the Internet Archive which can be found at archive.org.

The website for The Wanderer also has links to the digitized version of the newspaper found at the Internet Archive.
The newspaper began in 1992. All issues up until today can be freely accessed.

The Daily Reporter is a newspaper in GreenField, Indiana. They have digitized their archive and uploaded them online at reporter.com/archives.

You will need to subscribe to the archive or newspapers.com to view the newspapers.

The digital archive was created by newspapers.com using nearly 200 reels of microfilm. More than 700,000 pages dating back to 1872 can now be searched by topic, name, date or location.

The cost to access The Daily Reporter is $4.95 a month or $39.95 a year. You will access the archive from the reporter.com website. This type of subscription will also give you access to other digitized Indiana newspapers when they become available.

The other way to access the archive is to subscribe to newspapers.com. This costs $19.90 per month or $139.90 per year. There are about 3,900 newspapers at this site.

You can access the archive for free when you visit the Hancock Public Library in Greenfield, Indiana.


Nova Scotia Archives now has online access to maps and survey plans at their website. These are digital versions of what they have in their archives.

Many people have requested to have digital access to these types of materials.

So far the following is available at the website:

All single map items that were found elsewhere on the website are arranged chronologically by the date of creation

Google map of Nova Scotia

Outline map of Nova Scotia, identifying and explaining the 18 counties and their boundaries

Woolford’s Surveys: The Roads from Halifax to Windsor and Truro, 1817-18

City Atlas of Halifax, Nova Scotia. From Actual Surveys and Records by and under the supervision of H.W. Hopkins, civil engineer. 1878

Plans are to grow the collection over time.


The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick has added an index for birth records for 1920. The images for that year will eventually be digitized and added.

But for now you can find out the name and gender of the child, the names of the parents, and the date and location of the birth from the index.


The Library and Archives Canada continues to digitize the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files. These are service files for soldiers of the First World War. They are digitizing the files basically in alphabetical order and they are up to the surname Hunt.

John Reid who writes the blog Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections estimates that at the rate these files are being digitized the collection will be finished in October 2019.


The Eastern Townships Archives Portal is now online. That would be for Quebec’s Eastern Townships.

The Portal contains more than 250 years of historical documents. The types of documents include personal letters and diaries, business records, minute books from organizations, church registers, photographs, postcards, and maps.

Sometimes a search may bring up only an archival description and other times you may get access to the actual document. You can also browse the collections.

The Portal was made possible by a grant from Library and Archives Canada.


The Families in British India Society (FIBIS) has extracted the Times of India arrival and departure notices from newspapers and uploaded them to the FIBIS database website. Over 15,000 entries have been added to the database. You will now find arrivals and departures for the years 1868 – 1900.


A new website has been launched to document memories of the First World War in Surrey. Surrey is a county in the south east of England and borders with Greater London.

People with stories or photographs of Surrey in the Great War are being asked to help create a lasting digital memory of this time.

Surrey Heritage, part of Surrey County Council, has launched a new website to collect memories, photographs, letters, and records to document experiences of those on the home front and on battlefields overseas from Surrey during the First World War.

Others can search the website to find information about the Great War.


There are some new online videos tutorials about how to use and find records at the UK Local BMD Project. BMD stands for birth, marriage, and death.

The videos were created by Ian Hartas. He has been lecturing about the various Local BMD sites and how to get the best results from them. With only an hour for each lecture, some material could not be covered. So he decided to break up the hour lecture into small chunks and cover more material.

The total time for all the videos is 90 minutes. Each video lasts from 4 to 18 minutes.

All the videos can be found on YouTube or on the UK BMD website from the Tutorials button found on the left side of the home page.


The Scottish Association of Family History Societies’ annual Conference was recently held. At the conference Scottish Indexes released thousands of Scottish paternity and mental health records on their website ScottishIndexes.com.

Under the Learning Zone section, you will find a link to Mental Health Records in Scotland. That will list a document that describes the details of the records.

So far they have mental health patient records from across Scotland for the years 1807-1860 and paternity cases from Linlithgow Sheriff Court for 1860-1916 and Paisley Sheriff Court for 1885-1916.

The website is free to access.


There has been an update to a database that contains fire insurance information in Sweden. The Fire Insurance Board was discontinued in 2008.

The Fire Insurance Board was founded by King Gustav III in 1782 to improve fire insurance in the kingdom. More than 50,000 scanned valuation acts of fire insurance were placed in the Fire Insurance Agency archives website for the years 1782 – 1927.

They have recently added documents for the years 1927 – 1951.

The documents often include detailed descriptions of the buildings. Sometimes there are drawings of farms, churches, and other details about the properties.

The properties in the archive include public buildings, churches, courthouses, schoolhouses, factories, mills and large individual farms.


The National Archives of Norway makes its material available for public use at its website called the Digital Archives. Here you will find censuses, parish records, emigrant lists, real estate registers, probate records, tax lists and other sources. They are always adding to the Digital Archives.

For the past year they have been beta testing a new interface and receiving feedback about it. Starting on Wednesday April 27 the new interface will replace the old interface for probate material and then on May 2 the new interface will be in place for church records.

If you saved a direct link to a record, it will still work, but it will take you to where the page has been moved to.

This new version will offer more flexibility so you no longer need to know the parish history to locate records. It will be easier to scroll between pictures and you’ll see parish book covers.

This new version will allow the Archives to replace images that were poorly scanned and add photos of pages that were omitted from the initial scanning.

And now the Archives gives certain individuals and groups access to sources that cannot be made openly available.

Other collections such as census and other registers will begin a beta test of the new interface.


The National Genealogical Society (NGS) conference will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 4 – 7. They are offering live streaming of certain sessions as two different tracks. You will be able to view the recordings until August 7. One track costs $65 for members and $80 for non-members or both tracks for $115 for members and $145 for non-members.

Lisa Louse Cooke will be doing some live streaming at the conference for free. She did this at RootsTech, just not so many classes.

For the past few years she has taken over more than one booth and given classes in the exhibit hall. The classes are given by Lisa and other well-known people in the genealogy field. At NGS, Diahan Southard will be joining Lisa in the exhibit hall. Diahan is known as Your DNA Guide and she has a spot in the Genealogy Gems Premium Podcast.

There is a list of topics and times at her website.

Lisa will be using Periscope for streaming live. Periscope is a free app from Twitter that lets you broadcast live. The scopes can be found at periscope.tv/LisaCooke for 24 hours. That’s also where you can go to watch the live broadcast or view it from within the app.

After the live broadcast you may find them at the Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems YouTube channel.


Registration is now open for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 conference. It will be held August 31 – September 3, in Springfield, Illinois. Register by July 1 to get the early-bird discount.


PBS’ “Genealogy Roadshow” third season will start on Tuesday, May 17, at 8PM Eastern. There will be six shows that were filmed in Albuquerque, Miami, Houston, Boston, Providence and Los Angeles.

Tuesday, April 26, 8PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
What will happen to your Genealogy when you Die?
presented by James Tanner

Wednesday, April 27, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
French Records Indexing Workshop

Wednesday, April 27, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
England and Wales – Rummaging in the Parish Chests
presented by Kirsty Gray

Wednesday, April 27, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
British Virtual Specialist Q & A Session

Thursday, April 28, 3PM Eastern
New England Historic Genealogical Society Webinar
Writing for NEHGS Periodicals
presented by Lynn Betlock, Christopher C. Child, and Henry B. Hoff

Thursday, April 28, 4PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Exploring Probate Records in Norway

Thursday, April 28, 7:30PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
U.S. Land Records
presented by John Hendrix

Thursday, April 28, 8PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Planning and Implementing a Research Trip

Friday, April 29, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
Brand New – Book Matching Technology at MyHeritage
presented by Mike Mansfield

Tuesday, May 3, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Ireland Hands On Case Study & Brainstorming Session

Wenesday, May 4, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Italian Indexing

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
Google Drive for Genealogists
presented by Thomas MacEntee

Wednesday, May 4, 8PM Eastern
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Manuscript Collections: A Hidden Resource for Genealogists
presented by Melissa Barker

Thursday, May 5, 1PM Eastern
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Webinar
History Library Catalog and Services

Thursday, May 5, 7PM Eastern
Ontario Genealogical Society Webinar
Geotagging and Reverse Geocoding Your Photos
presented by Art Taylor

#genchat – Working with AmericanAncestors.org
Friday, May 6, 10PM Eastern

Saturday, May 7, 1PM Eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society Webinar
Once Upon a Time at an Antique Store: Telling the Story of Mrs. E.G. Stetson
presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega

Saturday, May 7, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Descubre Árbol Familiar de FamilySearch
Discover FamilySearch Family Tree

I didn’t mention any BYU Family History Library webinar for May because their May schedule is not out yet. Once it does come out, you’ll find all those webinars at the calendar at Geneatopia.com. You’ll also find all the ongoing activities that I didn’t mention at 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 81.

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