Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia
I’m Patty Roy, also known as Dinah Larkham in Second Life.
Today is Saturday September 23, 2017 and this is Episode 108.
Family Tree DNA Located in Path of Hurricane Harvey
Family Tree DNA is located in Houston, Texas. They had to close during Hurricane Harvey and they are happy to report that all the DNA samples they have are safe.
The offices were not damaged but some of the Family Tree DNA employee’s homes were.
The founders and owners of Family Tree DNA, Bennett Greenspan and Max Blankfeld, have started a fundraiser to help their employees deal with the aftermath of the hurricane. They will match every dollar that is donated. And they will donate part of the proceeds for all sales in September to the Houston relief efforts.
It’s a very difficult commute for some Family Tree DNA employees get to work since the streets have been flooded. So expect some delays for getting kits processed.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) held their conference recently. Because of the hurricane no one from Family Tree DNA could attend to be at the booth in the exhibit hall and sell kits. So some Family Tree DNA customers ran the booth during the conference.
Family Tree DNA Accepts Transfers from MyHeritage
Family Tree DNA now accepts transfers from MyHeritage. By transferring your results of a DNA test at MyHeritage to Family Tree DNA will give you a list of matches at Family Tree DNA.
If you want to take advantage of all the tools found at Family Tree DNA you will have to pay. Normally the price is $19 but you can get those features for $10 until the end of September. You will need a coupon code to get the discounted price. I’ll have a link in the show notes where you can find this code.
The additional features that you need to pay for at Family Tree DNA are the chromosome browser and ethnicity results.
23andMe Using Email to Sign in
If you’ve had your DNA tested at 23andMe you will need to use your email to sign in to your account. This will take effect on September 27th. Before you could sign in with a username you created. 23andMe will no longer be supporting usernames.
Ancestry Looking for a New CEO
Ancestry’s CEO Tim Sullivan will be stepping down as of October 1 and then he will become the chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. Tim Sullivan has been CEO of Ancestry for the past 12 years.
The interim CEO will be Howard Hochhauser. He has been the company’s chief financial officer since 2009 and chief operating officer since 2012.
This past June the company announced that it confidentially submitted paperwork for an IPO. These plans have now been put on hold.
Ancestry will not be releasing to the public information about its business and financial information for the IPO until a new CEO is in place.
Revenues for 2017 are projected to exceed $1 billion.
Ancestry and Go Ahead Tours
Ancestry and Go Ahead Tours will be creating tours that will take travelers to places where their ancestors lived. These tours will be created based on AncestryDNA results.
The first tours will be to the countries of Ireland, Italy, and Germany. More destinations will be announced in early 2018 and the first departures for these trips will occur in 2019.
The tours will give people a deeper understanding of their family’s past and a way to continue learning about their ancestors’ history.
Ancestry Discontinues Guestbook and Calendar Features at RootsWeb
Back in 2000 Ancestry acquired RootsWeb. This is a free genealogy community with online forums, mailing lists and other resources. Slowly Ancestry has been taking some features at RootsWeb away.
Last July they discontinued the online editor for web pages. Now you have to edit your web pages on your own computer and then upload them to RootsWeb.
As of Friday, October 13th, RootsWeb will be discontinuing the guestbook and calendar features. You should remove any reference to these from your pages.
Ancestry Adds Shropshire Parish Records
Ancestry has added parish records for Shropshire, England. Parish records are vital records before civil registration began in 1837. They include baptisms, marriages, and burials.
Ancestry Adds Manitoba and Saskatchewan
Ancestry has added some records for Manitoba, Canada. They have added baptisms, marriages, and burials from 1834 – 1959 for the area.
They have also added some census indexes for Manitoba for the years 1832 – 1865. These were taken by the Hudson’s Bay Company. Ancestry has also added the 1870 provincial census of Manitoba.
Also added have been Catholic baptisms, marriages, and burials for Saskatchewan. Those records span the years from 1867 – 1932.
And they have added Saskatchewan cemetery transcripts for the years 1850 – 1994.
New CEO at Findmypast
Findmypast has a new CEO. Her name is Tamsin Todd. She has previous experience at Amazon and Microsoft. Her last position was as Chief Customer Officer for Europe’s largest car service company, Addison Lee. She has degrees from Princeton University and Imperial College London.
Jay Verkler has been the interim CEO at Findmypas for the past year. He will now be Chairman of the Board. Before becoming the interim CEO he was consultant for a few years and before that he was CEO of FamilySearch.
New Records at Findmypast
Findmypast has added parish records for Gloucestershire, Leicetershire and Herefordshire. That would be for baptisms, marriages, and burials. They have also added wills for those areas.
More records have been added to the Sussex Monumental Inscriptions. The new records cover the churchyards in Chiddingly and East Dean.
There is a new index to Dublin Electoral Rolls. The images can be found at the Dublin City Library & Archive website.
You can browse through more than 1,000 volumes of Scotland Roman Catholic sacramental registers for the years 1736 to 1942. These contain baptisms, marriages, and burials.
Over 900,000 new articles have been added to the British Newspapers collection. 12 brand new titles have been added.
New Records at FamilySearch
More new records at FamilySearch
These collections are new indexed record collections
Washington Divorce Index, 1969-2014
Washington Marriage Index, 1969-2014
The following are new collections with indexed records and images
Denmark Census, 1860
Denmark Census, 1870
Denmark Census, 1880
Denmark Census, 1890
Denmark Census, 1901
Denmark Census, 1906
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1843-1999
Italy, Padova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1621-1914
Sweden, Household Examination Books, 1880 – 1920
United States, War Relocation Authority centers, final accountability rosters, 1942-1946
Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Argentina, National Census, 1895
Italy, Pescara, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1929
Italy, Taranto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1926
Kansas State Census, 1895
Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960
Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1796-1941
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015
Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997
Poland, Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books, 1784-1964
Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911
Slovenia, Ljubljana, Funeral Accounts, 1937-1970
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895-1972
South Africa, Transvaal, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1869-1958
Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records, 1470-1897
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995
The next collections have had indexed records and images added to an existing collection
England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1997
In a separate announcement FamilySearch announced the addition of 51 million new Dutch records are available at the website.
1921 Census of Canada Available at LAC Website
The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) now has the 1921 Canadian Census available on its website for free.
The 1921 census was released in 2013. It’s been available on the Ancestry website since then. If you lived in Canada you could access the census for free. If you lived elsewhere you needed an Ancestry subscription to access the 1921 Canadian census.
Ancestry indexed the census and they obtained the rights to have it on their site for three years. However, it’s now been four years and the census is finally freely available to everyone at the Library and Archives Canada website. It is searchable at the LAC website.
Additions to Genealogy Quebec
Genealogy Quebec is a subscription website run by the Drouin Institute. They have recently added more than 36,000 records to the LAFRANCE database. This would be baptisms and burials for additional 12 years. This brings the years in the database from 1621 to 1861.
They have also added 20,000 recent obituaries to their obituaries collection.
Ontario Genealogical Society to Operate CanadianHeadstones.com
The Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) has agreed to assume responsibility for the operation of CanadianHeadstones.com. The site contains a collection of headstone photographs and transcriptions. OGS will ensure the continuation and growth of this website.
CanadianHeadstones was founded in 2009 and there are now over 1.7 million records available at the website. The website is free.
LAC Monthly Report on the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files
The Library and Archives Canada has released their monthly report about the digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files. They are now up to the name Robertson – R O B E R T S O N.
These service files are for soldiers of the First World War. They are digitizing the files basically in alphabetical order.
They are now 77% complete and they are still on schedule to have the whole project completed by November 2018.
WikiTree will be holding their second annual source-a-thon. This will be a three-day event from September 30 through October 2.
The event starts at 12:01 AM Eastern standard Time, just past midnight on Friday night and ends at 11:59 PM Eastern standard Time Monday night.
The goal is to create more sources for the information found on WikiTree. This is a competition with prizes involved. There are over $5,700 in door prizes. To be eligible to win the prizes you must register in advance and be online during the drawing and actively participating. Winners will be drawn at random in live Hangouts that will be occurring every few hours during the weekend.
Family Tree Maker News
In a recent email that was sent out by Family Tree Maker, it was mentioned that a full German language version of the program will be coming soon. It will be free to anyone who already owns Family Tree Maker 2017.
Also in the next few weeks there will be a free update coming for the program. The update improves upon the syncing with Ancestry and some performance and security features.
DAR Membership Goal
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has set an ambitious membership goal to add 65,000 new members by 2033. This would bring total membership to 250,000 and increase the membership by 35 percent in the next 15 years. Membership has increased by 12 percent in the last seven years so they feel this goal is attainable.
They are calling this membership drive America 250! Membership Task Force. There will be a strong emphasis on local chapters to attract and process prospective members.
Some of the society’s most experienced genealogists will help with difficult membership applications. There are over 250 volunteers across the United States who can help with filling out applications. There is a help desk to contact with questions about completing and submitting applications.
The goal is to increase membership so it may be necessary for a prospective member to join using an alternate line than the one in the application.
New Digital Archive DDOT Back In Time
The Department of Transportation has created a new digital archive to showcase historic photographs they have. The new website is called DDOT Back In Time.
There are about 2,000 photos of roadways, bridges, cars, cyclists, and streetcars. The goal is to have all 10,000 images online. This will take several years to get all the images online.
Pictures of North Miami Coming Online
Some pictures of North Miami are being digitized. The areas include North Miami, Aventura, Biscayne Park, Miami Shores, and North Miami Beach.
The Greater North Miami Historical Society has a collection of images dating back to the 1930s. There are over 400,000 items including negatives and photographs.
They have been given a grant to digitize the items in conjunction with Florida International University’s Library. So far 300 items are available online.
Photographs of New York City from the 1980s
There’s a new online collection of photographs that show how all five boroughs of New York City looked like during the 1980s. The photos have been arranged on a map and can be found at the website 80s.NYC.
In the mid-1980s the City of New York photographed every property to ensure taxes were assessed properly. High resolution prints of the photos can be purchased from the Municipal Archives.
Montana Universities and Institutions Form Partnership to Make Collections More Accessible
Montana university’s and cultural heritage institutions have formed a partnership to make items more widely available online.
The Montana State University, the University of Montana, the Montana State Library and the Montana Historical Society partnered to form an online hub of digitized library and museum collections.
This new partnership is called the Big Sky Digital Network. It has its own website at bscdn.org. The site provides a way to search multiple collections of historical items from across the state.
The information found at the site is indexed and submitted to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). DPLA is a nonprofit group that aggregates digital collections in one place for America’s libraries, archives, museums and cultural heritage institutions.
Oral Interviews about Iowa’s Labor History Coming Online
More than 1,200 interviews about Iowa’s labor history are going to be digitized and made available online sometime during the next year. These oral histories were first conducted in the mid-1970s and include recent interviews with immigrant workers from many different countries who work in the construction and hospitality industries.
Some of the early industries that drew people into Iowa’s cities were coal mining, meatpacking, and tire and rubber manufacturing. The interviews were about Iowa’s union and labor history and currently they are on reel-to-reel tapes.
In addition to the oral histories, transcripts, photos, records, letters, diary entries, newspaper articles and TV news film will also be digitized.
More Editions to DigitalNC
DigitalNC is the online library for institutions across North Carolina. And once again they have been busy adding to their website. Here are the recent additions to the website.
• More funeral programs and obituaries from the Durham Country Library have been added. These cover the years from 1934 – 2013.
• Panoramic photos from 1914 – 1919 taken at various locations of men in Company K and the 120th Infantry.
• A scrapbook from Boy Scouts in Wilson County from 1925 – 1932.
• Graduation programs from the Henderson Institute. This was a high school from 1887 – 1970.
• Yearbooks from Johnston Community College for the years from 1972 – 1992.
• More than 60 high school yearbooks from schools located across central and eastern North Carolina.
• Some yearbooks from Fayetteville High School and Smith Senior High School have been added.
• The Saint Mary’s School student newspaper, The Belles, for the years from 1936 through 1995
• City directories for Fayetteville.
• The newspaper The FarmVille Enterprise is available to search and browse for the years 1914 – 1941.
• Almost ten years of The Carolina Indian Voice, a newspaper out of Pembroke, North Carolina.
• Photographs taken by Madlin Futrell, a photographer who worked for the Raleigh Times
New additions to the R. Kelly Bryant Obituary Collection
The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center Will Come to You
The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center works with cultural heritage institutions across North Carolina to digitize unpublished historical materials at DigitalNC. They are located at Chapel Hill where the digitization of materials occurs.
They will now be working with two or three cultural heritage institutions over the next nine months to try out location digitization. That way materials do not have to be moved to Chapel Hill in order to be digitized.
If you are an institution in North Carolina, you can apply for the on location digitization service. I’ll have a link in the show notes with more information about this new program.
Digital Library of Georgia Awards Grants
Some grants have been awarded to different organizations in Georgia to digitize their collections. The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) selected the grant recipients to be those who had not yet collaborated with DLG.
The nine recipients and their projects are:
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah. Juliette Gordon Low traveled in northern India in 1908 and wrote letters that describe her experiences and impressions. Her letters will be digitized.
The City of Savannah, Research Library and Municipal Archives will digitize a variety of maps.
The Atlanta History Center will digitize recordings of the radio program Southwind: The New Sounds of the Old Confederacy. This program aired in Atlanta from 1980 to 1987.
Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections will digitize the first student publication of South Georgia State Normal College and Georgia State Woman’s College. These were the names for Valdosta State University in its early day.
Piedmont College Library will digitize its collection from alumna May Ivie and fan letters and photographs belonging to professional baseball player Johnny Mize.
Columbus State University Archives will digitize its Civil War era material from General Henry Benning. I mentioned this grant in episode 106.
Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection will digitize films and home movies.
Berry College will digitize their Southern Highlander magazine for the years from 1907 to 1943.
Athens-Clarke County Library will digitize Image magazine. This magazine documented the everyday lives of African American citizens of Athens from 1977 – 1980.
Student Newspaper for California Polytechnic State University Available Online
The student newspaper for California Polytechnic State University has been digitized and made available for free online. The library’s Special Collections and Archives decided to digitize the student newspaper the Mustang News in honor of the 100-years celebration.
Since 1916 the newspaper has changed its name a few times. It provides a history of the campus.
More Colorado Newspapers Online
The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection has added four new titles – the Brush Lariat, the Morgan County Republican, the Louisville Times and the Whitehorn News.
The Whitehorn News is the newspaper for the town of Whitehorn located in Chaffee County, now part of Fremont County. The town no longer exists. It is now private property.
The Louisville Times has been digitized for the years from 1942 to 2007. More issues will be added in the coming months.
Newspapers from Morgan county that have been added include the Brush Lariat, 1884 – 1885, and the Morgan County Republican, 1912- 1920. Plans are to add the Brush Tribune, 1899 – 1912, in the coming months.
Two Las Vegas Newspapers to be Digitized
The Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial has granted money to digitize Las Vegas newspapers and other documents.
The first grant is to digitize the Las Vegas Age. This newspaper ran from 1905 – 1947 and it was the region’s first newspaper. The first grant will also be used to digitize the Las Vegas times which ran from 1905 – 1906.
The second grant will be used to digitize minutes from the City of Las Vegas Commission from 1911 – 1960. It will also be used to digitize city ordinances from 1911 – 1958.
The grants will also pay for an online, searchable database for the newspapers at the Las Vegas University Libraries website. Both projects should be completed in mid-2018.
More Arizona Newspapers to be Digitized
The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded more money to the University of Arizona and Arizona State Library to continue digitizing Arizona newspapers. This will be the fourth grant received to digitize these newspapers.
The new grant will digitize another 100,000 pages and this will bring the newspaper collection for Arizona to almost 500,000 pages.
After the newspapers are digitized they can be found at the Library of Congress website Chronicling America.
Library of Congress Crowdsource Captions for Newspaper Images
The Library of Congress has started a crowdsource project to create captions for photographs and cartoons for newspapers at its Chronicling America website. The project is called Beyond Words and it’s part of the new labs.loc.gov.
Labs will provide tools that can be used to look at and use the materials from the library.
The Beyond Words project will make the photographs and cartoons searchable by adding text to the images. I’ll have a link in the show notes where you can go to sign up.
London Convicts Database Website
There’s a new free website about the lives of people convicted and transported to Australia or imprisoned in Britain. It’s called Digital Panopticon.
The website has over four million records about the lives of 90,000 individuals convicted of crimes at the Old Bailey between 1780 and 1925. The Old Bailey was the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales and it was named after a street that was nearby.
At the website you can search by many different criteria including height, eye and hair color. You can also search by group such as those convicted of a certain crime. You can then download the resulting data set for analysis.
TheGenealogist Adds Sussex Parish Records
TheGenealogist, a subscription site for UK records, has added over a million parish records for the county of Sussex. This is the first installment. More records for Sussex will be released in the near future.
Scotlands Places Transcription will Resume Early Next Year
More people used the Scotlands Places website this past year. The Scotlands Places website is free and you can find maps, photos, and written records for places in Scotland.
The increase in traffic at the website could be due to all the work that has been done by moderators and transcribers to increase the search capability at the website.
The Project Officer of Scotlands Places has been promoting the site at many genealogy events and promoted the site using social media. She has taken new job. Scotlands Places will be reflecting how to go forward with the past success and how to best go forward with transcriptions. They are pausing all transcription work until early next year.
PRONI Adds Church Records
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has placed online registers from fifteen Church of Ireland and Methodists churches. There are records of baptisms, marriages and burials performed at St Colman’s, Derry Cathedral.
The church records were sent to PRONI where they did the digitization. They can only be viewed onsite in Belfast.
Swedish National Archives Free Access
The government of Sweden is proposing that the National Archives appropriation be increased by ten million kronor starting in 2018 to make up for the revenue shortfall from subscription fees. Other Scandinavian countries allow free access to their images online and now it looks like Sweden will too.
Starting in 2018, if approved, the images at Sweden’s National Archives website will be free to view by everyone. Previously only public libraries, schools, universities and colleges had free access.
ArkivDigital is a subscription site for Swedish records. It has photographed the images in color from the Swedish Archives. The images that will be available for free are the older black and white copies. The images at ArkivDigital are very high quality making it easy to zoom in and read the image.
ArkivDigital hopes that genealogists will see value in their service and continue their subscriptions. ArkivDigital has indexed some of its records and they continue to expand their collections.
Sweden 1860 Census
There will be a new edition of the Sweden dödbok coming out soon. This collection is a digital database containing information about deceased people in Sweden. This new edition will cover the years from 1860 until the current time.
Once that project is completed, the volunteers at the Federation of Swedish Genealogical Societies will take on the new project. That project will be the 1860 Swedish census. This census did not record first names, only initials. It always did not record the full birth date of individuals, only the birth year.
Hopefully this new project will be ready for publication by Family Research Day in 2020.
Norwegian Immigrants to the United States
The five-volume set Norwegian Immigrants to the United States-A Biographical Directory (1821-1850) is available online for a fee as a searchable pdf. It’s available to members of the Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library. It’s located in Madison, Wisconsin.
The cost to join is $40 for 12 months.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Adds WWII Records Online
The Auckland War Memorial Museum in New Zealand has placed online thousands of WWII records.
There are 75,000 new records and another 26,000 records contain additional information. The records give people a chance to learn about those who served in WWII. They are encouraged to add their own information and photos to the records.
LeVar Burton’s Keynote Now Available
Last year at RootsTech LeVar Burton gave one of the keynote speeches. It is now available for viewing at the RootsTech website.
He talked about his part in the movie Roots and his thoughts on equality, race, history, and self-perception.
Registration for RootsTech 2018 is open. Early bird pricing will be $169 for a RootsTech pass and $69 for a Getting Started pass. The Getting Started Pass has a limited number of classes you can attend.
RootsTech will be held February 28 – March 3.
The Ontario Genealogical Society 2018 Webinar Series Call For Speakers
The Ontario Genealogical Society has put out a call for speakers for their monthly webinar series in 2018. They are looking for proposals on a wide range of topics.
Speakers can submit up to three proposals. Only those selected will be contacted. The deadline for submissions is October 15th.
Great Thanksgiving Listen with StoryCorps
For the third year in a row StoryCorps is hoping high school students will record their elders using the StoryCorps app during the Thanksgiving holiday.
There will be a teacher toolkit available sometime in October.
Adobe is sponsoring the event and students can add photos and videos to accompany their recordings using Adobe Spark. Everything is uploaded to the StoryCorps archive.
The StoryCorps app was launched in part with a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The foundation has announced $600,000 in new funding for StoryCorps.
Sunday October 29 Legacy Webinars MyHeritage One-Day Genealogy Seminar
Family Tree Webinars will be broadcasting live 6 sessions from the MyHeritage One-Day Genealogy Seminar. These sessions will be about Jewish genealogy. They will start at 7AM Eastern on Sunday, October 29.
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And that’s it for this episode.
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 and you can find the recording on YouTube.
This is episode 108.
Thanks for listening.