Genealogy News Episode 103

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Wednesday May 31, 2017 and this is Episode 103.

Family Tree Maker 2017 Still Not Released

Family Tree Maker 2017 still has not been released. Software McKiev is still working with Ancestry to get the syncing working. In the meantime, those using the 2014 version of the software will now be able to upload and download trees at Ancestry.

This will only be temporary. You not be able to do this once the new software is released.


Geneabloggers Update

As mentioned in the last episode, Thomas MacEntee will no longer be updating the Geneabloggers website. He won’t be selling that domain but traffic from will be redirected to his new website called All Geneabloggers social media assets will be converted to Abundant Genealogy on June 1, 2017.

Thomas is looking for people to administer the Geneabloggers Facebook group and to set up a new Geneabloggers website to serve as a community resource.

Update: Geneabloggers.Com Transition To Abundant Genealogy

23anMe New Website Format Coming to European Customers

23andMe customers in the United States have had access to a new website to view their results for a while now. Those in Europe have access to old format. Well now those customers in Europe will be transitioned to the new format sometime in June.

All the health reports will be archived as pdf documents if you selected to save the reports. These are the reports that were created before the FDA made 23andMe stop issuing those types of reports.

Depending on when you tested at 23andMe will determine what new reports will be available for you in the new format of the website. Over the years 23andMe has changed what chip version is used to process DNA and this determines what type of results will be available.

The new format of the website allows you to link to online trees since you no longer can upload a GEDCOM file. And the Relatives in Common feature will be available. This is similar to Shared Matches on Ancestry or In Common With matches at Family Tree DNA.

23andMe Transition arrives in UK & Ireland

Track Time to Process AncestryDNA Kit

There is a new website for people to enter information about how long it takes to process an AncestryDNA kit. You register at the site and enter when your DNA kit was activated, the date the kit arrived in the lab, the date the lab began processing the kit, and the date the lab was done processing the kit.

At any point along the process you can login and update information about your kit.

The site is useful for those who test and want to know approximately how long it will take to get their results.

Processing Times for DNA Tests

African DNA Study

There’s a new DNA study that aims to learn more about the genetics of the African diaspora. It’s being done by Shannon Christmas, a well-known genealogist specializing in genetic, colonial American, and African-American genealogy in Virginia and the Carolinas.

There is a survey to fill out if you are a person of African descent and you match someone with four grandparents from an African nation or vice versa.

I’ll have link in the show notes so you can find the survey if you qualify.

The African Autosomal DNA Inheritance Survey

MyHeritage Ethnicity Estimate

MyHeritage has released their Ethnicity Estimate for all users. That would be for those who purchased a DNA kit from MyHeritage as well as those who uploaded their results from other services. The new Ethnicity Estimate will be available to those who upload their DNA to MyHeritage in the coming months.

The new ethnicity report covers 42 geographical regions, some of which are exclusive to MyHeritage. They created a Founder Population project where they handpicked over 5,000 participants based on their family trees where those people had ancestry from the same region or ethnicity for many generations. This group was used as the basis for determining ethnicity for others.

Plans are to continue to improve the ethnicity estimates and extend the founder populations project.

When you look at your ethnicity results you can choose to play an intro video that will show you on a map where you come from. As each place is displayed music is played based on the cultural elements of that place.

Updated MyHeritage Ethnicity Estimates are now available for all users

Collection Catalog at MyHeritage

MyHeritage has introduce something called Collection Catalog. It lists the historical record collections that have been indexed and are available on MyHeritage SuperSearch.

Each collection lists the number of records that are in it and the date when it was added or last updated.

This feature has been requested by users. The Collection Catalog can be found on the Research tab in the main navigation menu. And it can be found on the SuperSearch homepage as well as from the footer of the MyHeritage website under the Research section.

At the top of the Collection Catalog are some featured collections. These are collections that cannot be found anywhere outside of MyHeritage or they may be new collections added to MyHeritage.

The Collection Catalog can be sorted by number of records they contain, the date they were last updated, or by collection name.

New: Collection Catalog

New Records at FamilySearch

More new records at FamilySearch

New indexed records and images collection
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880

New browsable image collections added include
Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt Kreisarchiv, Ahnenpäße (Ancestor Passports)

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages
New Hampshire, Civil War Service and Pension Records, 1861-1866
New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996
Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records, 1470-1897
Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of May 22, 2017

Ancestry Adds Wiltshire Parish Records

Ancestry has added over six million Wiltshire parish records. These are records for baptisms, banns, marriages, and burials. This is the first time these records have been digitized and made available.

The original records are held by the Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council.

Over six million Wiltshire parish records digitised on Ancestry

Fold3 Adds More States to its WWII Draft Registration Card Collection

Fold3 has added some more states to its collection of World War II draft registration cards. The collection now includes Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, West Virginia, Utah, Alaska, Wyoming and Virginia.

These cards are registration cards for the draft and they don’t indicate whether the individual served in the military.

Information on these cards include the man’s name, address, telephone number, age, place of birth, country of citizenship and the name and address of the person who will always know the man’s address, and there is employment information.

New States Added to WWII Draft Registration Cards!

New Records at Findmypast

Findmypast has added lots of parish records for Nottinghamshire. That includes baptisms, banns, marriages, and burials

Findmypast has also added the following collections to its site

Vermont, Enrolled Militia Records 1861 – 1867

Surry institutional records 1788 – 1939. These include such things as poor law unions, workhouses, schools, and infirmaries.

They’ve added to their collection of Essex Baptism Index 1538 – 1917, Sussex, Eastbourne Gazette Newspaper Notices, Derbyshire Hospital Admission and Deaths 1855 – 1913, Australian Capital Territory Deaths, and Irish Newspapers.

More images have been added to PERSI, the PERiodical Source Index. Images have been added to the New York Research, New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, New Zealand Genealogist, the Fenwick Colony Gazette, and The Friend Intelligencer.

Findmypast Friday May 19th

Findmypast Friday May 26th

Findmypast Groups Canadian Records Under Canada

Last year when Findmypast added Canadian records they were listed under the United States. Lots of people complained about that and now Findmypast lets you search for only records from Canada.

Canada Gets Separate Search Facility on Findmypast

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 now up to the name Oliver.
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 should be completed by the end of 2018. They are about 70% done.

Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files – Update of May 2017

Waterloo County, Ontario, Directories Coming Online

The Kitchener Public Library in Kitchener, Ontario, has started to upload digitized versions of historical gazetteers and directories for Waterloo County.

So far there are seven directories available at the library’s website. More will be added.

The directories are in a pdf format and they are searchable.

Newly digitized Waterloo County, Ontario directories provide social and economic history of region

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps at Library of Congress Website

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps were created so insurance companies could determine how much to charge to insure buildings. The maps contain information about the size and construction materials of dwellings. They contain commercial buildings and other structures. They also show the names and width of streets, property boundaries as well as the location of water mains, fire alarm boxes and fire hydrants. These maps were updated every few years to keep current.

The Sanborn Map Company was created in 1866 and continued creating maps to the late 1970s.

The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 of these maps. More maps will be added each month until the year 2020 for a total of approximately 500,000 maps.

Currently there are maps available prior to 1900. The states available according to the press release include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming. However, if you go to the website you will find maps from many other states.

There are also some maps from Alaska that were published through the early 1960s. By the year 2020 all states will be online showing maps from late 1880s through the early 1960s.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Now Online

Bible Records at the Georgia Archives Website

The Georgia Archives in the United States has placed online many Bible records that were collected from the 1950s to the 1980s. These records can be used as a substitute for birth and death records since the state of Georgia did not collect birth and death records until 1919.

The Bible records were brought to the archives for micro filming by private citizens. After they were filmed the Bible records went back to the original owners. The Georgia archives discontinued this program in 1996.

Bible Records Microfilm Collection

Editions to DigitalNC

Once again there have been lots of new collections added to DigitalNC, the website for the North Carolina digital heritage center.

They’ve added six years of The Indianhead, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke yearbook. The years are for 2011 – 2016.

Nearly 500 objects in Transylvania County Library‘s architectural survey have been updated with more detailed information. The update includes such things as maps, data sheets, historical building registrations, newspaper articles and official communications between the state of North Carolina and property owners.

And there is a new batch of materials from Rockingham County Public Library. The new material includes some three-dimensional physical objects such as quilts, wedding dresses, and jewelry. They’ve also added the Speedwell Presbyterian Churchyard Graves booklet which contains the names and locations of all those buried in that cemetery and they’ve added the Stoneville Patron Registration books which contain the names and locations of those who used this branch library between 1959 in 1982.

New Memorabilia, Assorted Records added to the Rockingham County Legacy Digital Exhibit

Updates added to Transylvania County Architectural Survey

Recent UNC Pembroke yearbooks now available

Shaw University yearbooks from 1949, 1960, and 2010-2015 now available

24 Arkansas Newspapers Digitized

The Arkansas State Archives has digitized 24 newspapers through a joint newspaper digitization project with This website is a subscription website but if you live in Arkansas you can access the newspapers for free online at the State Archives research room and at the Central Arkansas Library System.

These newly digitized newspapers will be available sometime in June.

Arkansas State Archives participates in newspaper digitization project

UK Who Do You Think You Are? Wins Award

The popular UK television series Who Do You Think You Are? has won a British Academy of Film and Television award for the features category. This is the fourth time this show has been nominated for this award and the first time they have won.

Who Do You Think You Are? has been produced for 13 series in the UK.

WDYTYA series wins UK BAFTA award

Oxfordshire Surname Project

The Oxfordshire Family History Society is starting a surnames research project to examine surnames that have been recorded in Oxfordshire. The project is expected to last about two years and will trace the whereabouts of surnames in different parishes over time.

They are looking for some information that anyone might have of their ancestors in Oxfordshire. Later you’ll be asked for more detail about the information you have for your ancestors.

The project will be published as a book and with some information made available online in the member section of the Oxfordshire Family History Society website.

I’ll have a link in the show notes we you can learn more about this project.

New Oxfordshire surnames project

Forces War Records Available Free in July

Forces War Records will be making all of its World War I troop movements free for anyone to access during the weekend of July 1st and 2nd. They are doing this to commemorate the 101 anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

They have transcribed the official orders of the battle publications as well as other official histories of the great war to create a record of military operations and engagements by the British Army. All of this information is now available in the form of a map. This should provide an insight into the movements and actions the soldiers took during the battle of the Somme.

Forces War Records commemorates the Somme and Passchendaele

International Bomber Command Centre Database

The International Bomber Command Centre has launched a free-to use database on the command’s losses. There are details about over 57,000 men who lost their lives in the Second World War. There are 2.7 million pieces of information that will help you discover the story behind each loss.

It took volunteers 4 years to create this database.

International Bomber Command Centre Losses Database

Additions to has added more records to its East Galway Family History Society database. There are a variety of different types of records.

They’ve added non-Catholic marriages 1845 – 1955, 1889 Woodford parish census, some graveyard inscriptions, list of Christmas donations from some parishes, registry of freehold for 1829 from County Galway, some directories, and some tithe applotment books for 1827.

RootsIreland adds 32,000 East Galway records

New Database Buried in Fingal

There is a new free database called Buried in Fingal. It contains details of people who were interred in the burial grounds in Fingal County which is located in North Dublin. Burial records date from 1877 to 2013.

You can search by name and graveyard.

Buried in Fingal: a new database for North Co Dublin

IGRS Stories

The Irish Genealogical Research Society has launched the second and final tranche of stories about people’s favorite Irish born ancestors. There are 30 more stories.

This society started this project to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the society in 1936. Last March they released the first tranche of stories.

The stories have been placed in categories. The categories are 20th-century lives, interesting professions, military men, new world new lives, women surviving and thriving, tales of the famine and working the Irish land and a group of stories that don’t fit into any of the themes.

Second Tranche of 80th Anniversary Stories

Red Cross Australia Records Digitized

The University of Melbourne in Australia has digitized and indexed their collection of cards for World War II. These cards were donated to the University by the Red Cross of Australia.

The collection includes missing, wounded and prisoner of war enquiry cards dating from World War II to 1973. They are searchable by surname, initials or service number.

Red Cross cards and Vatican Archives WWII

Swedish Migration Center Takeover

This past March the Swedish Migration Center in Karlstad, Sweden, filed for bankruptcy. The fate of the society’s material which has documentation of the immigration to the United States and Canada from Sweden was a concern for many.

The Kinship Center has bought the archives and equipment from the society. They plan to run everything just as it has been at the main center. The branches of the Swedish Migration Center there were around Sweden will not be continued.

They take over from the Swedish Migration Center

Swedish National Archives May Be Free

There is debate going on in Sweden about making the records from the National Archives free to access. Currently records are behind a paywall.

The Swedish government has asked the Swedish National Archives (SVAR) to look into removing the fees to access the records. Fees range from $12 per week to $125 per year to access the records.

Norway makes its digital archives free for everyone.

A toll-free answer – 11 million

Armenian Photos Coming Online

The Armenian news agency the ARMENPRESS, Beeline Armenia and the Technological Development Center fund have announced a project to digitize the news agency’s photo archive. They will place nearly 10,000 photos online at a new site that will be called ARMENPRESS: History.

The news agency was founded in 1918 and has covered all significant events for the last 100 years. The project is being launched for the news agency’s 100th anniversary.

‘ARMENPRESS:History’ photo project to be launched with assistance of Beeline

Conference Call for Speakers

Two conferences to be held in 2018 have announced calls for presentations. Presentation proposals are being accepted for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2018 conference that will be held in Fort Wayne Indiana August 22 to the 25th. The deadline for submission will be Friday, July 14, 2017.

The Ontario Genealogical Society conference will be held June 1 – 3, 2018. This conference is focused on Ontario Canada. They are looking for presentations about Ontario and tracing your Canadian ancestry. The deadline to submit proposals for this conference is August 5, 2017.

2018 FGS National Conference Call for Presentation Proposals

OGS Conference 2018: Call for Speakers

Alaska Genealogy Cruise

A genealogy cruise has been announced for 2018. It’s an Alaskan cruise from Unlock the Past. This will be their 14th history and genealogy cruise and the first one to Alaska.

Some of the speakers will be Chris Paton, Dick Eastman, Cyndi Ingle, Janet Few, Caroline Gurney, Jan Gow, Shauna Hicks, Eric and Rosemary Kopittke, Mike Murray and Helen Smith. The speakers are from the United States, England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia.

Unlock the Past is based in Australia and many of their cruises are around that country as well as Scandinavia and Europe.

The Alaska cruise will be September 7 – 14, 2018.

Announcing the 14th Unlock the Past Cruise (Alaska 2018)

Webinars Coming Up

Monday, June 5, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively

Tuesday, June 6, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Overview of

Wednesday, June 7, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Starting Family Tree: Preserving Memories Using Photos & Documents

Wednesday, June 7, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors
presented by Paula Stuart-Warren

Wednesday, June 7, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Researching in German Archives

Wednesday, June 7, 5PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Ask Your United States Research Question

Wednesday, June 7, 8PM Eastern
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Using Google’s My Maps as a Research and Analysis Tool
presented by Cari Taplin

Thursday, June 8, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
U.S. Vital Records Overview

Friday, June 9, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
The Increasing Need for Foreign Language Indexing
presented by Devin Ashby

Starting on Friday, June 9th, there will be free streaming sessions form the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree. On Friday the sessions start at 4PM Eastern. Then on Saturday and Sunday the sessions start at 11:30AM Eastern.

Twitter #genchat – Census Series: Using pre-1850 Census
Friday, June 9, 10PM Eastern

Saturday, June 10, 7PM Eastern
LegacyTree Genealogist Facebook Live broadcast
Your Genetic Genealogy Questions… Answered!
with Paul Woodbury

Monday, June 12, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively

Tuesday, June 13, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch’s Historical Records

Tuesday, June 13, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
How to Find Ancestors in the Digitalarkivet
(Digital Archives of Norway)

Tuesday, June 13, 9PM Eastern
Illinois State Genealogical Society Webinar
Preserving Old Family Letters: Tips From An Archivist
presented by Melissa Barker

Wednesday, June 14, 8PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
How Harry Potter Can Teach You About DNA
presented by Blaine Bettinger

Thursday, June 15, 3PM Eastern
New England Historical Genealogical Society webinar
Choosing a DNA Test for Family History Research
presented by Christopher C. Child

Thursday, June 15, 8PM Eastern
Florida State Genealogical Society Poolside Chat
Gone to Florida! Tracking Migrants from Antebellum South Carolina
presented by Nancy A Peters

Friday, June 16, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing
presented by Diahan Southard

You can find all the webinars mentioned and more at the calendar at The calendar has all the Google Hangouts that are schedule, 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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You can find links to things mentioned in this show in the show notes at as well as a transcript. The transcript can also be found in the Geneatopia Flipboard magazine and you can find the recording on YouTube.

This is episode 103.

Thanks for listening.

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