Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia
I’m Patty Roy, also known as Dinah Larkham in Second Life
Today is Tuesday, September 24th , 2013 and this is Episode 9
Ancestry has launched a new upgraded version of their app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. There are new social features such as connecting through Facebook. Now you can add relatives from Facebook. It will automatically build a family tree using Facebook connections so it’s easy to get started building a family tree. You can also add relatives from a contact list from your Address Book. It has the ability to create narratives about an ancestor’s life that you can share. You do this from the ancestor view with a timeline that is auto generated from an ancestor’s life events. You can add photos to these life events. It also adds important historical events to add a historical context for an ancestor’s life and then creates a story-like narrative. And it supports the latest version of iOS that came out recently, that would be iOS 7. You will see a redesigned ancestor view, gallery view, and media view.
Ancestry has an app for Android devices but it doesn’t include the new changes to the iOS version
Ancestry.co.uk, that’s the UK version of Ancestry that is also available to World subscribers, well they have announced that they’ve added 2.5 million Birmingham records. These records came from the Library of Birmingham and they include criminal convictions, marriages, burials, confirmations, and baptisms. The collection predates civil registration which started in 1837. Civil registration is when the government records births, marriages, and deaths. Before 1837 these records were kept by individual churches. The collection spans 5 centuries for the years 1538 to 1964.
Randy Seaver is still looking into the new FamilyTreeMaker 2014 program which is from Ancestry. His latest posts include:
Making a Descendant Chart
Post 4: Finding and Replacing Information
Post 5 :New Family View
Also Russ Worthington has many posts about using the new version of Family Tree Maker at one of his blogs – ftmuser.blogspot.com. He also has lots of information about previous versions of Family Tree Maker and links to videos and other sites where you can learn more.
RootsMagic is another genealogy software program for keeping track of your ancestors. Not too long ago they announced a YouTube channel called RootsMagic TV. They are posting 5 to 15 minute videos about how to use different features for RootsMagic. They seem to have new videos every week.
MyHeritage has added a new feature that allows you to save records from SuperSearch which is MyHeritage’s online search engine. Now you can save those results into profiles of your family tree. Saving creates an association to the record, the record is not copied into your tree, it may be copied in the future, that’s what they say.
You can save the same record to multiple profiles. This is useful for a census record where many people in the household are listed or for marriage records where the husband and wife are listed as well as parents and witnesses.
You can now extract information from any record you save. Before this could only be done using the site’s Record Matches.
MyHeritage is a social-networking and genealogy site where you can upload a GEDCOM file or create a family tree from scratch. You can share family trees and photos. The free subscription does NOT include the SuperSearch feature that lets you save records to your family tree.
MyHeritage now has an Android tablet app. This lets Android uses build and edit their family tree on their tablet. You can use SuperSearch from the app. The app is free and there is also an iOS version that is free as well
Attendance at the National Archive Virtual Genealogy Fair tripled from the previous year. This was the first year the event was held online instead of onsite. There were about 5500 daily views for the two-day event. It cost the National Archives about $3,000 to put on the event. If the event was onsite the cost would be more than $60,000. The online event was paid for with donated funds from the National Archives’ Foundation, no taxpayer dollars were used. The Archives is considering more training using Massive Open Online Courses. These are the types of courses found at Coursera and Udacity. No word about how the Archives would set up courses but it’s a good sign of things to come.
The National Genealogical Society has a new course called American Genealogy Studies: The Basics. It’s a course for beginners or for those wanting a refresher on updated genealogical principles. This course is offered using the cloud. NGS is using a course management system called Canvas, which is gaining in popularity in the Education field, many colleges and universities are using it. The course is self-paced. There are four modules – Getting Started, Creating a Research Plan, Home Sources, and Family Traditions and Connecting with Others.
Each module has a lesson, examples, citations, exercies, and graded quizzes.
The cost is $30 for NGS members and $45 for non-members.
A new Genome course is starting September 30th at Udacity, that’s a place to host one of those Massive Open Online Courses. The course will be taught by folks from 23andMe, a DNA testing company. The title of the course is “Tales from the Genome: Adventures in DNA, Identity, and Health”. The class is for beginners and according to the web site this is what you will learn:
You will learn about fundamental principles of inheritance, gene expression, mutation and variation, development of simple and complex biological traits, human ancestry and evolution, and the acquisition of personal genetic information. By the end of this course, you will be able to read and understand genetic information available from personal genetics services such as 23andMe.
The course starts on Monday, September 30th. It’s free. Usually Udacity courses are self-paced and once the course is offered it remains on the site for others to take at any time.
To entice you sign up for the course 23andMe is sponsoring a sweepstake for those who enroll by October 31st. One Personal Genome Service, a $99 value will be awarded to 50 separate winners. The winners will be chosen at random. To qualify you need to sign up for an account at 23andMe as well as enroll in the course at Udacity using the same email address. Then you need to complete two lessons and two problem sets in the course. You must answer all questions in the two lessons correctly. The prizes will be awarded on November 8th.
There’s another online course being offered. This one is offered at Coursera which is a site similar to Udacity. It’s called Useful Genetics Part 1. It starts on November 1st and last for six weeks. And it’s free.
The course covers an introduction to DNA, mutations, natural genetic variations, and personal genomics.
The second part will be held starting on Jan 3rd 2014 and it will be called Useful Genetics Part 2. This course covers inheritance, genetic analysis, breeding and inbreeding, and chromosomal changes.
Coursera courses usually expect you to do work weekly and if you want a certificate at the end of the course you will need to submit assignments and quizzes on time.
The National Archives in the UK has a new beta web site. It’s been redesigned to be easier to use on mobile devices. It’s available for the public to view and test.
The new design includes new expanded menus to give users quicker access to content. Clicking a red button at the top of the page will expand to show a mega menu where you can click a link to go to pages deep within the site directly. This button will be available on all pages after the beta period. You’ll also find the font is larger and there is increased spacing between the lines to make the text easier to read.
Only the top-level pages have the new design in the beta version. That would be the home page, About Us, Education, Records, Information Management, and Archives Sector. Drilling down to the individual pages will still have the old design.
The entire web site should have the new design and go live at the end of September as the web site for The National Archives.
There is library catalog called Copac that contains holdings from major UK and Irish libraries. You may find some holdings on worldcat, but some are only found on Copac. Now the holdings from The National Archives in the UK have been added to Copac. This gives researchers one place to go to find more resources in the UK and Ireland.
The Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland has reached over 120,000 records available free of charge on their web site at RootsWeb. The indexing is done by volunteers. The index is created from names found on the memorial transcription volumes of the Registry of Deeds Ireland.
FamilySearch has added more than 2.7 million indexed records and images last week. Indexes were added for England Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers from 1538 – 1910, Italy Napoli, Civil Registration 1809 – 1865, Mexico, Aguascalientes, Civil registration 1859 – 1961, and Mexico, Tlaxcala, Civil Registration 1639 – 1950. New browsable images include Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875–2012, Germany, Prussia, Pomerania, Labes, Church Records, 1647–1764, Italy, Mantova, Mantova, Civil Registration (Comune), 1714–1910, Italy, Mantova, Mantova, Jewish Records, 1770–1899, Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1605–1865, Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939–1995, Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903–1998, Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874–1996, Portugal, Évora, Catholic Church Records, 1533–1912, Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784–1951, Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1831, and Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1836.
There are new Australian and Irish records available on findmypast. These include passenger lists into Victoria 1846 – 1899 and Australian birth, marriage, and death records for Victoria and Australian Capital Territory, the remaining states will be coming soon they say. And they have also added some Irish newspapers. These are
The Belfast Morning News
The Belfast Newsletter
The Cork Examiner
The Dublin Evening Mail
The Freeman’s Journal
The Sligo Champion
Also at FindMyPast, over 380,000 Royal household records have been added. The records are from the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle and include information about those who worked in the Royal Household or been associated with the monarchy. These records may contain name, occupation, the time in service, length of service, salary, and reason for leaving service. Some records may even contain a signature.
The Legacy Family Tree Genealogy cruise is going on right now. It’s a 15-day cruise that left from San Diego and will end in Fort Lauderdale after visiting many ports. During the cruise there will be genealogy classes taught by leading speakers and educators. During this time there will not be any Legacy webinars. But in case your need your fix of webinars, 3 have been released for free viewing. These are
Reverse Genealogy: Finding the Living by Megan Smolenyak, available free through September 26, 2013
Pre-1850 U.S. Research Methodologies by Karen Clifford, available free through October 3, 2013
The 5 C’s for Success in Genealogy Today by Barbara Renick, available free through October 10, 2013
And since this is the 10th annual cruise, everything in the Legacy online store is 10% off. Enter the code “bonvoyage”. That will be good until Wednesday, October 9th
The next Scanfest will be Sunday Sept 29th from 2 to 5 eastern time. It’s a time to scan your documents and talk with others who are doing the same thing. This month they will be using Blyve, a live blogging platform that you access from the AnceStories web site.
There aren’t too many things coming up. There is Mondays with Myrt that’s recorded so you can watch it later if you can’t attend live,
Don’t forget about Genealogy Roadshow that airs usually Mondays on PBS. The September 30th show was filmed in Detroit. In this show someone learns if they are related to Abraham Lincoln, another learns about the history of her birth parents, a Ford Motor company design engineer learns about her parents involvement in secret activities during World War II, and another finds out about her Civil-war ancestor who was charged with murder.
Ancestry will have a live event on Tuesday October 1st at 1pm eastern called What’s New at Ancestry.com: October 2013 Edition
And on Saturday October 5th Taneay Koonce will present SCGS Webinar – Genealogy News at Your Fingertips: From RSS Feeds to Digital Magazine Platforms as part of the Southern California Genealogical Society Extension Series.
And that’s it for this week
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