Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia
I’m Patty Roy, also known as Dinah Larkham in Second Life.
Today is Sunday April 23, 2017 and this is Episode 101.
The National Genealogical Society Social Media Policy for Conference
The National Genealogical Society has a new social media policy for its upcoming conference. No audio or video recording devices are going to be allowed in the exhibit hall or in any of the presentations. That means that bloggers cannot do interviews in the exhibit hall and Lisa Louise Cooke cannot livestream presentations using Periscope as she has been doing at the last few big conferences.
But you can take photographs in the exhibit hall. The official wording from NGS is that “NGS does not permit audio or video recording devices in the Exhibit Hall or in the presentations at the NGS Family History Conference” contradicts with this statement from NGS that says “We encourage participants in the conference to: take and share photographs at any time in the Exhibit Hall.”
Another contradiction to the policy is this statement from NGS:
“Out of respect for the other participants, we ask that noise-making electronic devices be silenced, though they need not be turned off.” So it sounds like you can take your audio or video recording device into the exhibit hall and the presentations.
This policy could be the result of too many people taking pictures of PowerPoint slides as people are speaking and even recording their presentation.
If you are an exhibitor you can request in advance to record in the exhibit hall and pay a fee. The fee will be a mutually-agreed-to fee to be paid by the exhibitor.
The National Genealogical Society Stream Sessions for Conference
The National Genealogical Society will be streaming some sessions from its conference to be held in May in Raleigh, North Carolina. Five sessions will focus on DNA and another five sessions will be from the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) skillbuilding track. You can sign up for one track or both tracks.
Each track costs $95 for members or $115 for non-members. To purchase both tracts costs $150 for members or $185 for non-members.
The videos will be available for three months for viewing.
Registration Open for FGS Conference
Registration for the 2017 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conference is now open. The conference will be held August 30 – September 2, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The theme for the conference is “Building Bridges to the Past.”
Register by July 1st to get the early-bird discount.
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa Program for Conference
The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa has released the program for its conference that will be held in Ottawa from September 29 to October 1. Registration will open on May 1st.
Family Tree Maker 2017 Update
Family Tree Maker 2017 is being tested to make sure it will sync with Ancestry correctly and quickly. They are still beta testing. So far 94% of the beta testers can sync correctly. There are 6,000 beta testers.
The next part of the testing will be to let anyone who has pre-purchased Family Tree Maker 2017 to try it out for 48 hours. This will test how fast syncing will be. The first 25,000 to sign up will get the ability to join this test. If all goes well you will be able to keep using the new version of Family Tree Maker after the 48 hours.
Then if that test went well another group of 25,000 will test the system. Once the rollout is successful, they should be in a position to determine the release date for Family Tree Maker 2017.
Legacy Family Tree New Version Released
A new version of Legacy Family Tree software has been released. This new release is version 9.
There is now hinting. Legacy will search the sites Findmypast, FamilySearch, GenealogyBank, and MyHeritage for matches that may give you new information about your ancestors. Any matches at FamilySearch can be viewed for free but the other sites will require a subscription to see the matching records.
There are new Cause of Death charts and a new X-DNA color scheme. You can play Family Tree BINGO using pictures of your ancestors and see your tree at a glance in the Family Dictionary that lists your ancestors alphabetically.
There is one-click access to your ancestor’s Find A Grave memorial.
You can backup your Legacy Family Tree to the Legacy Cloud.
The new Stories tool lets you record, organize and print stories for any of your ancestors.
You can create unlimited hashtags to describe your ancestors. You can use these hashtags to search for or print a report of everyone who shares that hashtag.
Do you have ancestors that have the same name? The new Chronology Comparison report puts them side-by-side and color codes their similarities and differences. Then you can decide if they could be the same person.
The color-coding system has been expanded and digital pictures can be sorted by date.
If you have Legacy Deluxe, you can upgrade for $26.95. The full version costs $34.95 for download. There are many packages available that include the software on a CD, printed copies of books, and one-year membership to their Family Tree Webinars.
Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Back Up
The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries is back at the Newberry Library website. It’s currently in beta. Before they officially re-launch the new website, they want to make some changes to make the help screens and other supporting documentation better.
This site has been offline since July 2015.
The website lets you track boundaries as they changed for all 50 of the United States and the District of Columbia. The website uses the same underlying data as it did before but no there are new features.
Some of the new features that were listed in the email announcing the new website are
• view a base layer map that allows an overlay of boundaries on top of cities, towns and other geographic features
• zoom in and out of maps for the level of detail desired
• select a date of interest from a drop-down box with all border change dates for that state
• view information about border changes in a hover box that changes as users hover over different counties
• expand the map view to full screen
Identifying the correct county for the correct time frame will tell you where you need to go to look for records for your ancestor.
You can use the interactive map and select a time frame to see what the boundaries were or you can read about what changes occurred to the county such as what was added or removed to be part of another county.
If you want you can download the files to be used with ArcGIS Explorer or Google Earth.
App to View Buildings in New York City
There’s a new app for New York City that can show you how buildings used to look. The app is called Urban Archive. The app is only available for iPhone but plans are to have an Android version. The app is in beta testing.
Urban Archive is a newly formed nonprofit that is working with the Brooklyn Historical Society, the New York Public Library and the Museum of the City of New York. So far they have more than 2,500 historic images in the app with more than 50,000 that will be added.
The reason for the app is to allow museums and libraries to expand their reach for their collections to beyond their walls.
As you walk around New York City you can get push notifications to check out a historic view. You can snap a photo and contribute to the app with a current view for an old photo.
About 20 tours have been created based on a particular topic or neighborhood.
New Records at FamilySearch
More new records at FamilySearch
New indexed record collection
France, Côtes-d’Armor, Census, 1876 and 1906
France, Hérault, Census, 1876, 1891, and 1906
France, Nord, Census, 1906
The following have new indexed records and images
Peru, Diocese of Huacho, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1952
Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Argentina Entre Ríos Catholic Church Records 1764-1983
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014
California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991
Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992
Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587-1966
Switzerland, Bern, Civil Registration, 1792-1876
The next collection has had indexed records and images added to an existing collection
New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927
These collections have added images to an existing collection
Italy, Mantova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1496-1906
United States, Cancelled, Relinquished, or Rejected Land Entry Case Files, 1861-1932
New Records at Findmypast
Findmaypast has added some new collections. They’ve added
British Columbia Files 1859 – 1949, browse only
Britain, missing beneficiaries and unclaimed estates 1910
Norfolk Archdeacon’s Transcripts 1600 – 1812, browse only
Norfolk Bishop’s Transcripts, 1687 – 1901, browse only
New South Wales Parish Registers, Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle
1881 British Census, Crew and Passengers on Ships arriving in New South Wales
2,000 new editions have been added to Sussex Burials, 2,000 additional records have been added to Sussex Monumental Inscriptions and 2,000 records have been added to Australia, Boer War Contingents.
Over 76,000 records have been added to Easter Rising & Ireland Under Marital Law 1916 – 1921 and over 19,000 records have been added to New South Wales, Closer Settlement and Returned Soldiers Transfer Files.
Two new titles have been added to the British Newspapers. Those are The Shipping & Mercantile Gazette and The Rutland Echo & Leicestershire Advertiser.
German DNA Research Project at LivingDNA
A German DNA Research Project has just started and they are looking for people with four German-born grandparents. These four grandparents need to have been born within 80 kilometers of each other.
The project will include people whose grandparents were born in regions surrounding contemporary Germany which were part of Germany prior to World War I.
The aim of the project is to map the genetic history of Germans. By focusing on people whose grandparents were born near each other, they will be able to build a detailed and accurate regional map of Germany’s genetic history prior to World War II.
The project is a collaboration between the European ancestry firm LivingDNA and a large German genealogy society.
To encourage eligible people to participate in the project, LivingDNA is offering discounted AncestryDNA tests for 89 € or $95. If you have already had your DNA tested and meet the criteria, you can transfer your results to the project for free and receive a complimentary lifetime membership to LivingDNA.
Woman Finds Dead Nephew on Ancestry.com
A woman was using Ancestry to search for ancestors. She came across a shaky leaf for her nephew who died when he was 2 months old. She clicked the leaf and found a man using the nephew’s name and birthdate. The nephew’s name was Nathan Laskoski and he died in 1972.
Nathan’s mother was contacted and she discovered that her son’s birth information was used to obtain a Social Security number. The mother filed an identity complaint with the Social Security Administration.
The Social Security number started being used in 1996. That was the year when Nathan’s mother was called and asked some questions about her deceased son including what his Social Security number was. At that time she contacted the police and they told her it was probably just a scam.
Jon Vincent has been arrested on charges of Social Security fraud and aggravated identity. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Philadelphia’s federal court on May 2.
In 1996 he escaped from a Texas halfway house. He went to a nearby cemetery and searched for someone who died that was born the same year he was. He found the gravesite for Nathan Laskoski.
Jon Vincent has held many jobs under the name of Nathan Laskoski. He has been married and divorced, obtained a driver’s license, opened bank accounts, and secured student and automobile loans under the assumed name.
The Social Security fraud charge carries up to five years in prison upon conviction and the aggravated identity theft charge carries a penalty of two years in prison consecutive to any sentence imposed for the fraud count.
This type of identify theft is called “ghosting.” Usually obituaries are the source of this. In this case it was a tombstone.
New Newspapers Added to Newspapers.com
Newspapers.com, a subscription website owned by Ancestry, has added two new newspapers from Britain – The Guardian and The Observer. There are over a million pages from editions between the years 1821-2003 that can now be found at the site.
New Editions to DigitalNC
DigitalNC continues to be very busy putting more North Carolina items online. The latest additions include over 100 issues of The Franklin Times. This newspaper reported on news from Louisburg which is the seat of Franklin county. The issues are from 1909 – 1911.
Nearly 25 years of the Future Outlook, a community newspaper from Greensboro, North Carolina, is now available on DigitalNC. The Future Outlook served the African American Community in Greensboro.
Scrapbooks have been digitized from the McDowell County Public Library. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings about local churches, doctors, general events from the early to mid-twentieth century.
And added to DigitalNC are a collection of Durham funeral programs and obituaries from the R. Kelly Bryant Obituary Collection that is located at the Durham County Library. R. Kelly Bryant collected stories of thousands of African American residents told through funeral programs and obituaries.
DigitalNC Partners with Margaret and James Harper, Jr. Library
DigitalNC has a new partner – the Margaret and James Harper, Jr. Library. This library is located in Southport, Brunswick County. This partner’s first contribution to DigitalNC is the newspaper The State Port Pilot. This newspaper documents community life in Southport and the surrounding areas from 1935 – 1945.
Idaho Newspaper Clearwater Republican Now at Chronicling America
The Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website now has available another newspaper from Idaho called the Clearwater Republican. The Clearwater Republican was published from 1912 – 1922 in Orofino, Idaho.
Other newspapers being digitized from Idaho that will become available this year are titles published in Meridian, Blackfoot, Mountain Home, Oakley, and Twin Falls.
More New York Newspapers Digitized
More newspapers have been added to the New York State Historic Newspapers website. 66 years of Chronicle-Express issues dating back to 1926; 60 years of the Penn Yan Express (1866-1926), and 25 years of the Penn Yan Democrat (1822-1947) are now available at the website. These additions increase the years available for these newspapers.
More issues of the Chronicle-Express from 2012 forward will be added as well as converting microfilm files of the years 1992 – 2011 into digital format.
Pawtuxet Village Newspaper to be Digitized
Pawtuxet Village is an area in Rhode Island located between Cranston and Warwick. They have a newspaper called The Bridge. The parts of Pawtuxet Village that are located in Cranston and Warwick are connected by a bridge.
The Pawtuxet Village Association has received $6,300 from the Heritage Harbor Foundation to digitize the newspaper. The newspaper began in 1986.
Once digitized the newspapers will be made available online for free.
Washington State University Student Newspaper Digitized
Washington State University has digitized its student newspaper the Daily Evergreen covering the years 1892 – 2016. Classes began at the university in 1892.
Plans are to add to the collection once each year. The full run of a previous year will be added each January or February.
Recipe Books from the U.S National Library of Medicine
The U.S National Library of Medicine has digitized some old recipe books and made them available online. Recipe books started as a place to write down directions for creating medical preparations. The recipes consist of products that were available in the kitchens of the day and they are usually food based.
Many recipe books in the library’s collection come from England and Scotland with a few from Germany and Holland. They are from the 1600s to 1900.
Museum of the American Revolution Opens
The Museum of the American Revolution has opened in Philadelphia. It opened on April 19th, the anniversary of the 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord. There are interactive touch screens, life-size sculpted figures, and children’s exhibits.
The galleries in the museum are organized chronologically from the beginning of the conflict starting in the 1760s. Many of the events occurred in the Philadelphia area.
There are 10 theaters throughout the museum that tell the story of the Revolution. One theater, the Battlefield Theater, has gunshots, floor shaking, strobe lights, and smoke to tell the story of being on the front lines of the Continental Army during a British attack.
The new museum has on display the tent that George Washington spent time in from mid-1778 to 1783. It has been restored for everyone to see. It is located in a climate-controlled case at the end of a 12-minute presentation about Washington’s leadership in the Revolution.
The tent and many items in the museum’s collection were donated by the Valley Forge Historical Society.
Biographical Sketches of Floridians
An online archive and database will launch this fall containing biographical sketches of some colonial Floridians. The goal is to create sketches of anyone who was in Florida between 1513 and 1821. These are the years during Spanish rule.
This could amount to 20,000 to 25,000 individuals. Most of these people came to St. Augustine, Florida, which was the capital of Spanish Florida.
Many of names come from ship’s logs which shows many people arriving from many different countries. Old documents from the 16th-century from the United States are used and other documents are obtained from Spain where they have an archive that deals with Spain’s presence in the Americas.
Early Virginia-related Maps Acquired by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has acquired a collection of early Virginia-related maps. More than 220 maps, charts, atlases and documents spanning the years from 1540 to 1835 have been added to the collection. These items were collected by William C. Wooldridge of Suffolk, Virginia, and there were owned by the Virginia Cartographical Society, a private, Norfolk, Virginia-based consortium.
The addition of these items give Colonial Williamsburg the most comprehensive collection of Virginia maps outside the Library of Congress.
The items will be displayed in future exhibitions at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and will be made available this spring through the Foundation’s online database at history.org/museums.
The maps offer insight into the exploration, settlement and development in Virginia.
Tennessee Historical Maps
Historical maps from all 95 counties in Tennessee are now online. They can be found in the Tennessee Virtual Archive collection.
There are currently about 400 maps available online.
There is at least one map available for each county. About 5 – 10 maps will be added per month.
Canadian Images from New York Times
Images from Canada that were taken by the New York Times have been purchased by Chris Bratty, a GTA (Greater Toronto area) real estate executive, and donated to the Ryerson Image Center in Toronto.
The photos are from the 20th century from the years leading up to the First World War through the 1990s.
Some of the images will be on display from Sept. 13 to Dec.10. After that the images will become part of the Centre’s permanent collection where they can be viewed by appointment.
LAC Monthly Report on Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files
The Library and Archives Canada has released their monthly report about the digitization Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files. They are finally done digitizing surnames that begin with the letter M. They are now up to the name Nelles – N E L L E S.
These service files are for soldiers of the First World War. They are digitizing the files basically in alphabetical order.
They started this project in 2014 and they plan to have the project completed by the end of 2018. At the current rate the project will be completed in May 2018. Same estimate as the last two months.
LAC Photographs on Flickr
The Library and Archives Canada has added some photographs to Flickr. They have added 30 images for Manitoba and 31 images for New Brunswick. Each has their own Flickr album.
Virtual Museum of Canada Exhibit on Cobourg Harbour
The Virtual Museum of Canada is managed by the Canadian Museum of History and it is the largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canadian museums and heritage organizations. Its Community Memories program helps smaller communities develop virtual exhibitions for the website that can be found at virtualmuseum.ca.
The next online virtual exhibit will be about Cobourg Harbour. The community is a small town in Ontario and the exhibit was released on April 20th.
Stories are told from some members of the community that will relate to the harbour’s history in 20 short segments.
Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Virtual Reality Project
A virtual reality project is being created to show what life was like in the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children. Two of the narrators will talk about their experiences living in the orphanage. They will walk you through the orphanage and tell students about their experiences. This should be a better experience than someone reading to you from a history book and help students develop empathy for another person.
The third narrative is someone who works for a support group for former residents.
Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children opened in 1921 and was the site of alleged mistreatment and abuse from the 1940s through until the early 1980s.
The Oculus Rift headset will be used to simulate walks through the orphanage that was located on the eastern outskirts of Halifax. There will be a pilot project to be used by four Grade 11 classrooms by the fall of 2018.
Halifax Municipal Archives Photographs
The Halifax Municipal Archives in Nova Scotia has digitized over 4,000 photographs and placed them in a Flickr album for anyone to view.
Halifax has undergone many changes to erect new buildings by razing others and demolishing buildings that were not safe. The photographs show homes and businesses before they wore torn down in the 1950s and 1960s. Many inspectors assessed building conditions and took photographs of structures that would be demolished.
All of these photographs capture everyday life in the 50s and 60s.
App for Self-Guided Tour of Alberta
There will be a new free app for people to take a self-guided tour of Alberta. The app will send a notification when you pass some place where something interesting has happened.
The app and website are being created by the Friends of Historical Northern Alberta Society and the app will be called History Check.
The app will have a map that will show icons that represent five different categories – history and museums, other points of interest, camping and lodging, recreation and travel services. You can also search the app so you can find areas to explore.
From the app you can share photos of the sites you visit and chat with friends.
The app and a website will be launched in June 2017 with about 5,000 points of interest.
London, Ontario Images at Historypin
A collection of nearly 8,000 images from London, Ontario, has been digitized and they are being made available at Historypin. Historypin is a website where users can pin photos or videos, audio, and narrative text to a map. So far 795 of the 8,000 images are available. The images are manually pinned to the map so it will take some time to get all of them available at Historypin.
The images from London, Ontario, were captured by London Free Press photographers in the year 1967. This year marks 50 years after Canada’s centennial.
Most of the images are black and white since the newspaper used that type for printing. Color film was only used sparingly.
British Library Has Launched Unlocking Our Sound Heritage
The British Library has launched Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, a project to save almost half a million rare and unique recordings that are physically degrading or are stored in formats that can no longer be played.
These recordings consist of such things as traditional, pop and world music, drama and literature readings, oral history, regional radio, dialect, and wildlife sounds from around the country.
As a result of the project the British Library will host a website where listeners can explore the recordings. The website will become available sometime in 2019.
There are a couple of new podcasts out. One is called Genealogy Showcase. It’s a show about how and why we study family history.
The other new podcast is called Ohio Genealogy. It’s about researching in Ohio and events that are genealogy-related that are going on in Ohio.
The host for both shows is Jeff Keifling. He has experience as a radio host and he has a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. He’s a member of many societies and travels to attend most genealogy conferences.
Dear Myrtle will be having a two-part hangout about researching in Norway with Liv Christensen who is from Norway. That should happen sometime next month.
Tuesday, May 2, noon Eastern
Overview of FamilySearch.org
Wednesday, May 3, noon Eastern
Spanish Language Records Indexing
Wednesday, May 3, 2PM Eastern
Take Me Back to Where I Belong: Transportation Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau
presented by Angela Walton-Raji
Wednesday, May 3, 3PM Eastern
Understanding Places in Ireland
Wednesday, May 3, 5PM Eastern
Ask Your United States Research Question
Wednesday, May 3, 8PM Eastern
Minnesota Genealogical Society
What Is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?
presented by Annette Burke Lyttle
Thursday, May 4, 1PM Eastern
Starting Family Tree: Attaching FamilySearch Sources to your Tree
Thursday, May 4, 3PM Eastern
British Case Study
Thursday, May 4, 7PM Eastern
Ontario Genealogical Society Webinar
Genealogy and GIS
presented by Jennifer Alford
Friday, May 5, 3PM Eastern
United States Case Study
Twitter #genchat – Ethnic Focus: Germans from Russia
Friday, May 5, 10PM Eastern
The Fountaindale Public Library’s seventh annual Genealogy Day will be held on Saturday May 6th. The library is located in Illinois and the will be live streaming the sessions. Those sessions are
presented by Robert Sliwinski
That will be at 10:30
At 12:30 it will be
Are You Related to Someone Famous?
presented by Bob Allen
Then at 3 will be
Where the Murderers Roam
presented by Dr. Daniel Hubbard
Saturday, May 6, 1PM Eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society Webinar
Beyond the Surface: Analyzing and Capturing Genealogical Data
presented by Nicka Smith
Saturday, May 6, 3PM Eastern
Recursos genealógicos de Colombia (Genealogical resources of Colombia)
Monday, May 8, noon Eastern
Using the FHL Catalog Effectively
Tuesday, May 9, 1PM Eastern
Norwegian Emigration: The Experience
Tuesday, May 9, 1PM Eastern
What is New at FamilySearch.org
Tuesday, May 9, 9PM Eastern
Illinois State Genealogical Society Webinar
Cause of Death: Using Coroner’s Records for Genealogy
presented by Lisa A. Alzo
Wednesday, May 10, noon Eastern
Italian Language Records Indexing
Wednesday, May 10, 8PM Eastern
Introduction to Danish Genealogy
presented by Fritz Juengling
Thursday, May 11, 1PM Eastern
Using Social Media for Family History
Friday, May 12, 2PM Eastern
New York City and State Governmental Vital Records
presented by Jane Wilcox
Twitter #genchat – Ethnic Focus: Germans from Russia
Friday, May 12, 10PM Eastern
You can find all the webinars mentioned and more at the calendar at Geneatopia.com. The calendar has all the Google Hangouts that are scheduled, events going on in Second Life, and online events that you pay for. I’ve only mentioned the free events.
And that’s it for this episode.
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This is episode 101.
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