Genealogy News Episode 109

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Saturday October 7, 2017 and this is Episode 109.

23andMe Class Action Arbitration

If you purchased a kit from 23andMe between October 16, 2007 and November 22, 2013, you are entitled to a settlement from a class action arbitration.

The last day that you could have purchased a kit to be included in the settlement is November 22, 2013. This is the day the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a letter to 23andMe that told the company to stop marketing the health component that was part of the results from having DNA tested.

The class action arbitration alleged that the DNA kits were sold to consumers based on inaccurate or misleading information regarding the results that could be obtained. The health reports were no longer available and the claimants felt that they bought the kits to obtain health information. The health reports returned two years later in 2015 but not all the reports that were previously included with the results are available.

If you purchased a DNA kit from 23andMe between October 16, 2007 and November 22, 2013, you should have received an email about your options. If you did not receive an email you can go to and contact them.

If you select the monetary settlement, you can get a $40 certificate to purchase a 23andMe kit or get $12.50 in cash. You need to do this by December 6, 2017.

If you want to opt out of this settlement and file your own lawsuit, you need to opt out by October 20, 2017. Or you could object to the settlement and hope for better results or maybe a worse result.

The 23andMe class action

Family Tree DNA Big Y Test Changes

Family Tree DNA will be making some changes to the Big Y test results. The Big Y test looks at the entire Y chromosome for mutations. These mutations are known as SNPs and they define branches on the paternal line and the tester’s haplogroup.

Family Tree DNA will be recalculating Big Y matches. You will be notified by email once your results have been recalculated.

They have updated from human genome 19 to human genome 38. This is a more accurate representation of the human genome. Some advantages of the human genome 38 are better mapping of data to the proper locations and consideration of alternative haplotypes across the genome.

They’ve added a terminal SNP Guide so you can filter the branches closest to the testers terminal branch on the haplotype. And you will have the ability to view your SNP data from Big Y. This will be good for evaluating matches.

Big Changes for Big Y Test at Family Tree DNA

FamilySearch 2017 Worldwide Indexing Event

The FamilySearch annual worldwide indexing event will be held on October 20-22. The purpose of the event is to get everyone to index records so more historical records will be searchable online for free.

To prepare for the event, FamilySearch will be making more records available to be indexed. There will be records available to index for many countries around the world and in many languages. There will be records for every experience level so that everyone will want to participate.

2017 Worldwide Indexing Event

FamilySearch Indexing Web Tool

FamilySearch has launched its web-based indexing tool. The new program makes it easy to use from Web-enabled computers, laptops, or tablets.

Some new features let you modify the layout of your dashboard, set and track individual goals, and create groups with others interested in working on a common project. The program has built-in help plus a lab section that allows you to test upcoming product features and enhancements to the program.

FamilySearch’s New Web Tool Makes Ancestry Records Easier to Find

FamilySearch New Icon for Restricted Records

There is a new icon in the FamilySearch catalog to indicate that there are digital images available for a collection but they are restricted and can only be viewed at Family History Centers and affiliates or by church members who are logged into their accounts. Now you will visually be able to tell if you cannot access the records before you click on the collection.

The icon is a camera with a key above it. The collections that just have a camera for an icon are available to anyone.

Moving forward at FamilySearch

More new records at FamilySearch

Some more new records at FamilySearch.

New indexed and images record collection
South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Australia, Victoria, Outward Passenger Lists, 1852-1924
Austria, Upper Austria, Linz, Death Certificates, 1818-1899
Find A Grave Index
France, Seine-Maritime, Rouen, Indexes to Church Records, 1680-1789
Italy, Brescia, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1797-1815, 1866-1943
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015
Peru, Diocese of Huacho, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1952
Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881-2005
Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998

The next collection has had indexed records and images added to an existing collection
England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1936

This collection has added images to an existing collection
Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of September 25, 2017

Ancestry Adds Parish Records for Derbyshire

Ancestry has added parish records for Derbyshire. These include baptisms, banns, marriages, and deaths and burials. The records came from the Derbyshire Record Office in England.

Searching the indexes will bring up the original document.

Ancestry adds Derbyshire Parish Records

New Records at Findmypast

Findmypast continues to add records to its United States Marriage collection. Recently they added over 95,000 records in partnership with FamilySearch.

They’ve added some records for the state of Connecticut. They’ve added baptisms, church records, and burials.

More records have been added to the Ontario birth index. The indexed entries are linked to images.

They’ve added lots of records for Warwickshire. You can browse the parish registers or you can search the baptisms, banns, marriages, and burials. There is also a collection for Warwickshire bastardly indexes for the years 1844 to 1914. Bastard was used for a child born outside of marriage.

More records have been added for Berkshire baptisms, marriages, and burials. Also, more records of baptisms, marriages, and burials have been added to the Thames & Medway collections for parishes in Greenwich, Strood, Cuxton, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe.

The Portadown Times, a newspaper from County Armagh in Northern Ireland, has been added to the British Newspapers collection as well as 144,000 new articles.

Findmypast Friday September 29th

Findmypast Friday October 6th

University of Maryland Student Newspaper Digitized

The student newspaper for the University of Maryland has been digitized. The new website for the archive covers the years from 1910 to 1971.

A campaign to raise funds needed to complete the digitization of all the remaining issues will begin in November.

UMD Student Newspapers Database Launched

Notable Kentucky African Americans Database Has Been Updated

The Notable Kentucky African Americans (NKAA) Database, from the University of Kentucky Libraries, has launched an upgraded version of the database’s online platform. The online database was created in 2003 to bring together information that focus on African Americans in and from Kentucky from the 1700s to the present.

The upgrades to the site include advanced search options, citation format for each entry, social media booking options, a mobile device interface, cross-referencing between entries and sources, geographic location searching, and links to many sources that can be found in libraries around Kentucky.

Notable Kentucky African Americans Database Undergoes Upgrade

Additions to DigitalNC

DigitalNC is the online library for institutions across North Carolina and they continue to add to their website almost every week. Here are the latest additions:

• More issues of the newspaper Q-notes have been added. This newspaper served the LGBT community of Charlotte, North Carolina. The new issues cover the years 1997 – 2004.

• Some more scrapbooks, yearbooks, garden club yearbooks and more for Rockingham County
• Scrapbooks with clippings from High Point Enterprise and Greensboro Daily News.
• Scrapbooks from Southeastern Community College that document the Cosmetology Club

New Batch of Q-notes Traces LGBT Issues from 1997-2004

New Additions to Rockingham County Legacy Exhibit Include Garden Club Yearbooks, Scrapbooks, and More

New scrapbooks continue the story of High Point through news clippings

Learn Beauty Tips from Southeastern Community College Cosmetology Club Scrapbooks

Vancouver Archives Puts Photos from 1978 and 1986 Online

The Vancouver Archives has digitized and placed online thousands of photos from 1978 and 1986. These photos were taken as part of two separate heritage surveys.

These surveys were done to document homes and structures around the city that were built before 1950. The 1978 survey focused on houses. The 1986 survey was expanded to include monuments, churches, and community centers.

VANCOUVER ARCHIVES PUTS THOUSANDS OF HERITAGE PHOTOS ONLINE Has a New Website went offline for a few days while a new website was installed. The new website has been in development for two years and it uses a completely new platform.

So, if you use this site expect to see some changes. There are many new options and features to improve the website. The new site has a new approach to searching, submitting, and editing.

There are many new help pages to assist users with learning the new processes.

Some of the new features include:

• all of Canada & Armed Services in one database
• ability to submit several photos at one time
• re-sizing of photos will no longer be required
• ability to add several photos to one record
• a special cemetery record page with details about each cemetery recently became the responsibility of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

CanadianHeadstones announces improved search and submission features

TheGenealogist Adds Records for Somerset & Dorset

TheGenealogist, a subscription site in the UK, has added baptism records for Somerset covering the years 1538 – 1996 and burial and crematorium records for Somerset & Dorset covering the years 1563 – 2003.

The Somerset and Dorset Family History Society worked with TheGenealogist to get their records online. As a result, members of the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society will have free access to TheGenealogist at their research center.

TheGenealogist Expands their Parish Record Collection with the Addition of 2.2 Million Individuals for Somerset & Dorset

5,000 More Records Added to the IGRS Early Irish B, M & D Indexes

The Irish Genealogical Research Society has added 5,000 more records to its collection of early birth, marriage, and death indexes. With these additional records, the total names in the collection comes to almost 260,000.

These new records came from surviving 19th century census records, marriage license indexes, pre-1922 abstracts from court records, memorial inscriptions, biographical notices in newspapers, memorials from Ireland’s Registry of Deeds, and a large number of long forgotten published works on families and places.

The marriage database is free for everyone to search and view. The birth and death indexes are only name-searchable for non-members.

5,000 More Records Added to the IGRS Early Irish B, M & D Indexes

Association of Professional Genealogists Creates the Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy

The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) has created the Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy. The first award was given to Laura Prescott.

Laura Prescott is a past APG President and a longtime, active member. She is the director of Ancestry Academy. This is an educational website with instructional videos on a wide range of genealogical topics. She has been a writer, speaker, and researcher for many years and has worked for the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

The award acknowledges those whose career has been devoted to uplifting fellow genealogists and improving the field of professional genealogy. This award will be given yearly to recognize service to the field of professional genealogy.

Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy

RootsTech Keynote Speaker Scott Hamilton

RootsTech has announced who the first keynote speaker will be. Scott Hamilton will be the keynote speaker on Friday, March 2. He is an American champion figure skater, Olympic gold medalist, motivational speaker, author, philanthropist, cancer survivor and a TV broadcaster.

He won his gold medal for his performance in the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo. He also won four consecutive US figure skating championships and four world championships from 1981 to 1984.

For the past 30 years he is done broadcast analysis of national and global skating competitions. His speeches and books are uplifting and motivating. He says that his family members have always been a part of his success and are the most important people in his life. He will be sharing his personal and family stories at RootsTech.

Gold Olympian Scott Hamilton to Keynote RootsTech 2018

Virtual Institute Webinars

The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research will begin having webinars. These will be every so often, no set recurring time.

These webinars will supplement the Institute’s six-hour courses. Each webinar will cost $9.99 and this includes the syllabus material and a video recording of the webinar. Attendance will be limited to 100 students.

After the live webinar, the recording and the syllabus material will be available to purchase for $19.99.

So far four webinars have been scheduled. They are

The Proietti: Researching an Abandoned Child in Italy
presented by Melanie D. Holtz
Wednesday, November 15, 8PM Eastern

Luxembourg Genealogy: The Basics
presented by Bryna O’Sullivan
Friday, December 1, 8PM Eastern

How Are We Related? Using the Shared cM Project to Explore Your DNA Matches
presented by Blaine Bettinger
Wednesday, January 17, 8PM Eastern

Researching Enslaved Ancestors in South Carolina
presented by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson
Wednesday, March 14, 8PM Eastern

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research Announces Occasional Webinar Series

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

The National Archives in the United States will be having a Virtual Genealogy Fair on Wednesday, October 25. Previous fairs were held over two days. This one will only be one day.

The fair will have a live broadcast on YouTube. And you can watch it later. You can even watch the previous fairs from the National Archives YouTube channel. I’ll have a link in the show notes for this year’s fair. On that page, you can click for previous fairs and go directly to the YouTube video for each presentation and there is a link to download the slides for each presentation.

For this year the presentations will be Taking Care of your Family Heirlooms, 19th Century Ancestors in Tax Assessment Records, From the Cradle to the Grave: Birth, Childhood, and Death in the National Archives at St. Louis, A is for Archives, B is for Burn File: Accessing Burned Records at the National Archives at St. Louis, and Locating the Relocated:  Deciphering Electronic Records on Japanese Americans Interned During World War II.

The fair starts at 10AM Eastern time.

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

You can find all the webinars mentioned and more at the calendar at

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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.

This is episode 109.

Thanks for listening.

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