Episode 82 Transcript

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Monday May 9, 2016 and this is Episode 82.

The National Genealogical Society Conference was recently held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The President’s citation award was given to Cyndi Ingle and Dick Eastman. This award is for outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy or the society.

Cyndi Ingle created and maintains Cyndi’s List, a free, categorized, and cross reference online listing of genealogical sites. She has been involved with many genealogical societies, published three books, and she is a well-known speaker about genealogy and technology.

Dick Eastman is known for Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter. EOGN covers genealogy news, technology, privacy, and other topics related to genealogy. More than 75,000 people read his newsletter. Dick is also a well-known genealogy and technology speaker.

Drew Smith is the recipient of the Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship. He is an Assistant Librarian in the Academic Services department of the University of South Florida Tampa Library. But you may know him as the cohost of the Genealogy Guys podcast. The other host is his husband George G. Morgan.

Drew is the founder and administrator of the GENEALIB mailing list, a service for librarians serving genealogists, he has written many articles for various genealogy magazines, wrote the book Social Networking for Genealogists, and co-authored the book Advancing Genealogy Research Techniques with George G. Morgan.

He is also a well-known genealogy and technology speaker, served nine years as the president of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa, two years as secretary of the Association of Professional Genealogists, five years as a Director of FGS, and is current chair of the Family History Information Standards Organization.

NGS has two new books in their series “Research in the States.” The new books cover the states of Florida and Texas.

There will be a new book coming out this summer called “Genetic Genealogy in Practice” written by Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne, two well-known genetic genealogists.

Although the actual number of attendees have not been released for the conference, Christine Woodcock wrote a blog post about how few attendees were in the exhibit hall. Christine had a booth at the conference for her Genealogy Tours of Scotland where she takes a group of people to Scotland for research.

She and others speculated that many people didn’t come to the conference because live streaming was available. Why bother with the travel hassle if you could stay home?

Dick Eastman was at the conference and he mentioned in a blog post that the exhibit hall was on the first floor and the sessions and lunches were on other floors. This made it difficult to make a quick trip to the exhibit hall between presentations. That is why the exhibit hall was not as busy as it has been at other conferences.


The 2017 National Genealogical Society Conference will be in Raleigh, North Carolina. Some people have publicly stated that they will not attend because of North Carolina’s new law that discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. NGS has no plans to move or cancel the conference. They have sent a letter of concern to the Raleigh Convention Center and conference hotels. They asked that the convention center and hotels help ensure Raleigh is a safe and a welcoming location for all the 2017 conference attendees.

The NGS conference 2018 will be held at the DeVos Place convention center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The 2018 conference will May 2 – 5.


The big AncestryDNA update has occurred. The update is meant to more accurately identify the part of DNA that is more genealogically significant so you get better results. That means that some matches are now gone and there are new matches.

If a match moved down to a 5th cousin match, you will no longer see it now. If you starred the match or made notes for it, that information is now available for you to download. This download will only be available for a limited time.


Ancestry has lost a trademark against the DNA Diagnostic Center. The DDC has been using the trademarked name of AncestrybyDNA for its DNA test. This test is for deep ancestry. It is not for finding out more about your ancestors. The test has been around since 2002.

AncestryDNA was trademarked in 2008, six years after the AncestrybyDNA tests started. Ancestry felt that there was confusion over the two names and people ordered tests from AncestrybyDNA and thought they were purchasing an AncestryDNA test.

Both names have trademarks and the judge ruled that there was no confusion between the two names.


Fold3 has free access to its World War II collection until May 15th. It’s in honor of the anniversary of the victory in Europe (VE Day) on May 8, 1945.

The World War II collection has more than 90 million records. Some of the popular titles in the collection include:

Missing Air Crew Reports, WWII
WWII US Air Force Photos
WWII “Old Man’s Draft” Registration Cards
WWII War Diaries

And some of the updated titles for this collection include:
Military Books
New Zealand, WWII Appointments, Promotions, Transfers and Resignations
Headstone Applications, 1925-1963
WWII Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files
307th Bomb Group Records


At the National Genealogical Conference recently held in Fort Lauderdale, Findmypast announced the release of over 10 million new U.S. Marriage records. This release includes significant additions for Indiana, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Maine.

This is the second installment to the United States Marriages collection at Findmypast. The records are released in partnership with FamilySearch.

Findmypast plans to digitize and publish the single largest online archive of U.S. marriages in history covering 360 years from 1650 – 2010.

Findmypast has made a significant update to its Irish newspaper collection. Updates have been made to seven existing titles that consist of over 525,000 new articles and they’ve add a new title from Northern Ireland – The Lisburn Herald, and Antrim and Down Advertiser.

They’ve added over 172,000 to the collection of Dorset parish records. And they’ve added the collection of British Army Boer War records.

Findmypast has completed the final phase of adding records for Yorkshire. They have released 5.4 million records of baptisms, banns, marriages, and burials to complete the collection. And they’ve added more than 34,000 assorted Yorkshire records including parish magazines, school registers, and Kelly directories.

They’ve added a collection called Britain, School and University Register Books 1264-1930.

And there’s been an update to PERSI. Over 23,000 images have been added to eleven publications. The images allow you to view the actual article that you find when searching.


Twile won 3rd place and the people’s choice award in the Innovator Showdown at RootsTech this past February. Twile combines interactive timelines with photos, text, and video. You can invite others to collaborate so they can comment on what you have posted and add stories and milestones of their own to the timeline.

Twile has announced that is is faster to use. The whole website runs faster and it can handle any size family tree. You should notice that everything loads more quickly.

They continue to work on users’ feedback to improve the service.


At the last RootsTech conference, The History Project was in the Innovator Showdown. They didn’t win but they got to present and show their product. The History Project allows you to create timelines for your ancestors where you can learn more about your ancestor in the context of what was going on at the time. It creates a life narrative. The History Project is a place you can make memories come to life. They have the rights to lots of music and video that you can add to your project to create a feel for the time your ancestor lived.

The History Project has announced some new enhancements to make it easier to start and build projects and group storytelling. There is a simpler way to add memories by directly adding them to a project as well as specific events and you can record your void and add metatdata.

There’s a new memories view for memories added to a project but not associated to a particular timeline event.

In-line editing saves time when updating because it now takes less clicks.

There have been lots of design updates to the user interface and many improved customization tools.

These new changes were based on user feedback and user analytics.

The site is free to use or you can pay a fee to have your artifacts digitized.


RootsMagic has web hints for records at FamilySearch and MyHeritage. Now they have web hints for Findmypast.

The web hints feature automatically searches these sites to find records that match people in your database. Clicking on the light bulb next to a person’s name will bring up the hints.

You don’t need a subscription to view records at FamilySearch since that site is free. You do need a subscription to MyHeritage or Findmypast to see those matching records.

Findmypast is offering RootsMagic users a 12-month World subscription with a 20% discount. This offer is good until Thursday, May 19, 2016.


The Washington DC Public Library has digitized the independent newspapers Unicorn Times and the Quicksilver Times. They can be found online at the libraries digital archive called Dig DC.

The Quicksilver Times was in underground countercultural newspaper published from 1969 to 1972. It covered leftist political, social, and economic news and culture.

The Union Times was a music and arts newspaper published from 1973 to 1985. It covered music reviews, performer profiles, and news for fans and artists.


The University of California, Berkeley has launched a new digital archive called Chinese Immigration to the United States, 1844 to 1944. During these years United States government severely curtailed immigration from China to the United States. This was put in place because many Chinese were coming to the United States to work and taking jobs away from Americans. Congress passed several laws to restrict immigration and establish federal agencies that created documentation related to those Chinese coming into the country.

The new digital archive contains a searchable index to nearly 200,000 case files that have been held at the National Archives which cover the era of the Chinese Exclusion Act for the years1880-1943.


The digital archive for the Canadian newspaper the British Colonists has added issues for the years 1941 – 1950. The website for the newspaper is found at BritishColonist.ca. It was launched in 2008 with searchable images for the years 1858 to 1910. A couple of years ago it was expanded to include the years up to 1920.

With this latest addition researchers will be able to search for information from Victoria during the depression years in the Second World War.

Although the site has all the issues for the 1940s, there are still issues missing from the 1930s. They will be added when they become available.

The next batch to come online will cover the years 1951 to 1960.


The biographical details for 8,300 soldiers are now online and searchable at a website called the World Wars Aboriginal Veterans Portal. It’s part of the Canadiana website. This site brings together many institutions across Canada to preserve Canada’s heritage.

The World Wars Aboriginal Veterans Portal documents the lives of individuals with images, biographies, and transcriptions for the soldiers. New records will continue to be added until the spring of 2017.

You can search the database by entering a name, geographical location, nation or band, or military unit.


The British Red Cross has created an online archive of more than 244,000 personnel index cards for those who volunteered during the First World War. Volunteers performed such tasks as cooking, cleaning and sewing. They also collected moss that was used as a dressing for wounds.

The index cards contain the volunteer’s name, where they worked and what tasks they did.

The archive took two years to be created. A team of 800 volunteers transcribed all the index cards.


There is a new Irish records database found at the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s website AmericanAncestors.org. This is a subscription website.

The new records contain information from a peninsula just to the south of Ring of Kerry in Ireland. It’s called Beara and it’s located in County Cork.

Riobard O’Dwyer grew up in Beara. He studied the families of the peninsula and transcribed church records, interviewed residents, and examined the headstones in the cemeteries. He created three volumes of genealogical sketches of thousands of Beara inhabitants and their descendants.

His books did not contain an index which made it difficult to use. At the website AmericanAncestors.org you’ll find an index for volume 1 and images from volumes two and three are browsable.


Trove is a website where you can find online resources for Australia such as books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, and archives. Trove is the National Library of Australia’s online archive. About 70,000 people use Trove each day.

The National Library of Australia is facing some budget cuts. During this year and next year, the library needs to make $20 million of ongoing savings. Because of these budget cuts Trove will cease to add to his collection.

Trove was launched in 2009 and contains millions of records and items from state and local collections. The website is free and it will remain in its current state.

Small museums and libraries who do not yet have their collections on Trove will need to find their own funding instead of being funded by the National Library of Australia.


ArkivDigital is a subscription website for finding Swedish records. They’ve launched two new registers – Population of Sweden 1880-1920 and Population of Sweden 1960.

The Population of Sweden 1880-1920 is searchable by name. It contains all the Swedish household records and congregation books from that time. This register was created in partnership with MyHeritage.

The Population of Sweden 1960 is an index to the 1960 Swedish census. It includes everyone who lived in Sweden at that time. The register is searchable by name and individuals are grouped by households. The relationships among those living together are not listed.

In order to use these registers you will need a subscription to ArkivDigital and be using the new version of the software called ArkivDigital 2.0 beta.

The software allows you to search the indexes and your search history will be saved. You can leave the current version of the software installed on your computer and also install new version. Both can run simultaneously and may be accessed by the same user.

If you are an existing user of ArkivDigital you will need to upgrade to the all-in-one subscription to use the new indexes. Depending on when your subscription runs out the price will be different. The upgrade price is based on how many days you have left in your subscription.

Once you upgrade you will not only have access to the 1960 census but you will also have access to the 1950 census which is also indexed as well as the household records and congregation books from 1880 to 1920.


If you have Dutch ancestors, you may be interested to know that the Dutch newspaper site Delpher has added 79 more newspapers.

The site also has magazines, books, and radio bulletins for you to search. Radio bulletins were written for broadcasting the news on the radio in the mid-twentieth century.

The site is free to use for private purposes and research.


GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh) has announced courses to be held in 2017. The week-long courses will be held at La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 25 – 30 and July 16-21, 2017.

The courses will be

• Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. with “Practical Genetic Genealogy”
• Harold Henderson, CG, and Kimberly Powell with “Confusion to Conclusion: How to Write Proof Arguments”
• Melissa A. Johnson, CG with “Gateway to the Garden State: Sources and Strategies for New Jersey Research”
• Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG with “Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation”
• Michael J. Leclerc, CG with “Writing and Sharing Your Family History”
• David McDonald, CG with “Research in the states of the Old Northwest Territory”
• CeCe Moore with “Advanced Genetic Genealogy”
• David Rencher, AG, CG with “Irish Genealogical Research”
• Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL & Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL with “Law School for Genealogists”
• Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, Pam Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL with “Research in Washington, DC, from Afar”
• Paula Stuart-Warren, CG with “Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper”
• Amy L. Wachs, J.D. with “Tracing Your Roots in Eastern Europe”

The exact schedule for these course has yet to be determined.


There’s a new educational website called Genealogy Professor. It’s from Michael Leclerc. He was the Chief Genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society for a few years, then he was Chief Genealogist at Mocavo, which is now part of Findmypast. He is a Certified Genealogist from the Board of Certification of Genealogists and served on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. He is also a writer and speaker.

There will be self-paced courses and master classes. The self-paced courses can be taken anytime. They consist of video presentations, reading assignments, tasks to complete, and quizzes.

The master classes are live online classes where students and professors interact with each other. Homework for these classes are more complex than the homework in the self-paced courses. There are one-on-one sessions with the professor that are recorded for later review.

There are three master classes that are available. They are

Writing and Sharing Your Family History ($400)

Communities of Kinship: Researching Your Southern Ancestors ($300)

Reading and Understanding Old Documents ($400)

When you signup for a course, you will receive a 20% discount off the listed price as an introductory offer.

Most of the classes will meet on Saturdays.

You can find out more at genprof.net


Coming up

Tuesday, May 10, 9PM Eastern
BlackProGen Google+ Hangout
BlackProGen Revisited

Tuesday, May 10, 9PM Eastern
Illinois State Genealogical Society Webinar
Polish Immigration to America – When, Where, Why and How
presented by Stephen Szabados

Wednesday, May 11, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Spanish Indexing

Wednesday, May 11, 8PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
Introduction to the Family History Guide
presented by Bob Taylor

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 9PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
Dirty Pictures – Save Your Family Photos from Ruin
presented by Denise May Levenick

Thursday, May 12, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Tracing Scottish Ancestry in Non-Parochial Registers

Thursday, May 12, 5:30PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
Can You Afford to Lose All Your Genealogy? Backing it up
presented by James Tanner

Thursday, May 12, 8PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
United States Records Before 1850

Friday, May 13, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
Messages from the Grave – Listening to Your Ancestor’s Tombstone
presented by Elissa Scalise Powell

Saturday, May 14, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Register of Swiss Surnames

Monday, May 16, 4PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
More Irish than the Irish Themselves: The Hiberno-Norman Families

Monday, May 16, 5PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
BYU Resources and Initiatives for Family History
presented by Amy Harris

Tuesday, May 17, 8pm eastern
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Webinar
Using Social Media to Break through Genealogy Brick Walls
presented by Amie Bowser Tennant

Wednesday, May 18, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Portuguese Indexing

Wednesday, May 18, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
Mining the Über-sites for German Ancestors
presented by James M. Beidler

Wednesday, May 18, 7:30PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
Using the Google Goldmine for Genealogy
presented by James Tanner

Wednesday, May 18, 8PM Eastern
Georgia Genealogical Society
The DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS)
presented by Stacie Newton

Wednesday, May 18, 9PM Eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society Webinar
Translating Latin Records of German (and other) Catholic Churches
presented by Jean Wilcox Hibben

Thursday, May 19, 8PM Eastern
Florida State Genealogical Society Poolside Chat
Using Free Third-Party Tools to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
presented by Blaine T. Bettinger

Thursday, May 19, 9PM Eastern
Utah Genealogical Association
Finding 19th Century Land Records with 21st Century Tools
presented by Jamie Mayhew

Friday, May 20, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Exploring Norwegian Emigration Records: Finding Place of Origin

Friday, May 20, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Exploring “Church Records” in Norway

Friday, May 20, 3PM Eastern
North Carolina Genealogical Society
Finding Women: Maiden Name Not Known
presented by Craig R. Scott
Webinar free viewing June 3 – 5

#genchat – What do to with… Criminal Ancestors?
Friday, May 20, 10PM Eastern

Saturday, May 21, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Relatives Masked in the Ancestry Indexes

Saturday, May 21, 4PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
I’ve found my abuela in Mexico! Next Steps

Saturday, May 21, 5PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Online Resources for Mexico

You can find all the webinars mentioned and more at the calendar at Geneatopia.com.

And that’s it for this episode.

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