Genealogy News Episode 112

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Thursday January 25, 2018 and this is Episode 112.

RootsWeb Security Breach

RootsWeb is a free genealogy community with online forums, mailing lists, web pages and other resources. It was acquired by Ancestry in 2000. Ancestry was notified by a security researcher that a file of usernames and passwords for RootsWeb was found on the Internet. Ancestry has contacted all those users whose information was found in this file. No credit card numbers or social security numbers are stored at RootWeb so this type of information is not found in the file.

Ancestry reviewed the file and found that almost 2% of those users found in the file used the same password for RootsWeb and Ancestry. Many of the accounts that matched on Ancestry were for free trails or currently unused accounts.

Any user whose account information that was found in the file had their accounts locked. This means that they will need to create a new password the next time they use RootsWeb or Ancestry. All effected users should have received an email about this.

Ancestry believes that the intrusion came from the RootsWeb surname list where someone was able to create a file of RootsWeb username and passwords based on how the original RootsWeb server was set up.

As a result of this intrusion Ancestry has taken RootsWeb offline to save data and preserve the website. They will then enhance the RootsWeb infrastructure. They say they “may not be able to salvage everything as we work to resolve this issue and enhance the RootsWeb infrastructure.”

All family trees and websites are not available. The mailing lists and messages boards are available. They say it will take months to get most of the site back online. Portions of RootsWeb will be coming back online in a read-only mode. You will get access to the content but you will not be able to add new content.

The first sections to come back online will be hosted websites. They will be doing a few hundred at a time so they can scan the content.

In a few weeks the family trees and WorldConnect will become available in a read-only mode. The ability to upload new GEDCOM files will be coming back in a few months.

The mailing lists are functioning but the archives are not there. The archives will return after WorldConnect becomes available in a read-only mode.

RootsWeb Security Update

Ancestry Updates Privacy Statement

Ancestry has updated its terms and conditions, and privacy statement for, AncestryDNA, Fold3, and The have combined all the Ancestry services so they all have the same terms and conditions, and privacy statement.

Ancestry updates terms of services

New Facebook Groups for DNA Testing

Family Tree DNA offers the Big Y test for those interested in exploring deep ancestral links in the paternal tree. There is a new Facebook group devoted to the Big Y that you can join that will help explain the Big Y results.

There is another new Facebook group to get help with Y-DNA from any company. It’s called Y-DNA – Applied Genealogy & Paternal Origins and you can ask questions there to interpret your results.

Announcing the FTDNA – BiGY Facebook Group

Announcing the Y-DNA – Applied Genealogy & Paternal Origins Facebook Group

New Subscription Website Coming Called DNA Central

Blain Bettinger, a well-known genetic genealogist, will be launching a subscription website about DNA. It will be called DNA Central with a launch date of April 2018.

This new site will be a resource for everything related to DNA. There will be blog posts about the latest going on with DNA, videos, webinars, and forums. It will help you understand and apply the results of your DNA testing.

There will be a member-only DNA Central Newsletter so you can keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the field of genealogy. It will contain news, sales, new tools, tests, methods, and upcoming events.

DNA Central! A New DNA Resource Launching April 2018!

MyHeritage DNA News

MyHeritage has done some major updates as it relates to DNA. They have been promising a chromosome browser and it is here now. The chromosome browser can be found on the DNA Match Review page.

A chromosome browser lets you visually see where you and your match share DNA. You see what chromosome and how much DNA is shared. That is displayed in purple. When you hover the mouse over the shared segment more information is displayed. You can see the position of the shared segment, the size of the segment, and the number of SNPs.

From the Chromosome browser you can download the data about the shared segments. If you don’t want others to view this type of information about you, there is a new privacy setting to turn it off.

Other chromosome browser let you visually see more than one match, the MyHeritage Chromosome browser only shows the places where you and one match share DNA. MyHeritage will be enhancing its chromosome browser soon with the ability to view three or more DNA matches’ shared segments together.

MyHeritage has also improved the accuracy for DNA matches. Here is the list of what’s been improved:

• more accurate DNA Matches
• more plentiful matches (about 10x more);
• fewer false positives
• more specific and more accurate relationship estimates
• indications on lower confidence DNA Matches to help focus research efforts

All of these improvements mean that you will see new matches, some matches may disappear because they were false positives, and some matches will have the amount of DNA that is shared changed.

Another change you will see is the matches that are low or medium confidence will be labeled so you can consider that this matches may be a false positive.

All of these new features are available to those who took a MyHeritage DNA test and for anyone who uploaded DNA from another service.

All of these new improvements do not include improvements to ethnicity estimates. MyHeritage is planning to update the ethnicity reports in the next few months.

Major Updates and Improvements to MyHeritage DNA Matching

MyHeritage Surveys

MyHeritage has introduced a project for those who have taken a DNA test or who have uploaded their DNA to MyHeritage. The project is called Surveys.

It’s a research project that will instigate how genetics affect us. The surveys analyze the relationships between genetics and behavior, personal characteristics, and culture. The results will help to see what makes people similar and what makes them different.

All the information and results will remain private. Any personal information will be removed when analyzing the results.

The first batch of surveys have been released with more coming soon. Each survey only takes a few minutes and asks things about what you like, where you’re from, and what you look like.

Introducing MyHeritage Surveys

New Records at MyHeritage

MyHeritage has added some new records. They now state that they have one of the largest collections of digitized U.S. yearbooks over a 90-year period.

They have added newspapers from Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

The Swedish Household Examination books have been updated to include the years from 1860 – 1880 and 1920 – 1930. These records have been indexed.

The German Minority Census for 1939 has been added as well as the Mandatory Palestine Naturalization Applications from 1937 – 1947.

New Historical Records Added in January 2018

New Records at FamilySearch

More new records at FamilySearch

New browsable image collection added include
Kansas State Census, 1915

New indexed records and images
Massachusetts, Naturalization Records, 1906-1917

New indexed record collections
Colombia, Diocese of Barranquilla, Catholic Church Records, 1808-1985
Georgia, Reconstruction Registration Oath Books, 1867-1868
South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Deaths, 1863-1955
South Africa, Register of Slaves, 1762-1838
United States, Virgin Islands Index to Passenger Arrivals, 1906-1947

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
American Samoa, Passenger Lists and Travel Documents, 1918-1965
Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706-1999
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994
Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2014
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975
Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974
Denmark, Military Conscription Rolls, 1789-1792
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010
El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-2001
England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918
England, Hampshire Bishop’s Transcripts 1680-1892
England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984
Find A Grave Index
France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Church Records, 1539-1793
France, Protestant church records, 1544-1918
Ghana Census, 1984
Guatemala Civil Registration, 1877-2008
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940
Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913
Italy, Benevento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1810-1942
Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865
Italy, Teramo, Teramo, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1940
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1905-1913, 1955-1963
Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006
Missouri State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933
Namibia, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1904-1984
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Public Records
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950
New Hampshire, United States Naturalization Records, 1906-1993
New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942
New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1966
Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888-2005
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992
Peru, Diocese of Huacho, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1952
Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881-2005
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996
Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984
Portugal, Coimbra, Civil Registration, 1893-1980
Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911
Slovenia, Ljubljana, Funeral Accounts, 1937-1970
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (Stellenbosch Archive), 1690-2011
Spain, Diocese of Cartagena, Catholic Church Records, 1503-1969
Sweden, Göteborg och Bohus Church Records, 1577-1932; index 1659-1860
Sweden, Household Examination Books, 1880 – 1920
Sweden, Kopparberg Church Records, 1604-1900; index 1628-1860
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860
Sweden, Västernorrland Church Records, 1501-1940; index 1650-1860
Texas, Comanche County Records, 1858-1955
Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937
United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925
Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2015
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995

The next collection has had indexed records and images added to an existing collection
BillionGraves Index
Liberia, Marriage Records, 1912-2015

These collections have added images to an existing collection
Denmark Census, 1911
Denmark Census, 1916
Italy, Modena, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1942
Italy, Rieti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1840-1945
Italy, Viterbo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1870-1943

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of December 11, 2017

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of December 21, 2017

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of January 1, 2018

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of January 8, 2018

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of January 22, 2018

FamilySearch Plans for 2018

FamilySearch has announced their plans for 2018.

First off when you sign-in to the FamilySearch home page will show you new photos, stories, and documents that have been added by other members of the family. They will be prioritized based on relevance. You will also see more record hints on the home page as more new records are added to FamilySearch.

FamilySearch plans to digitize over 400 million images in 2018 and the majority of them will be available online.

They will also be digitizing more oral histories from tribal historians throughout Africa.

FamilySearch will be bringing some of the features found at FamilySearch Family Discovery Centers online as well as new experiences at physical locations.

FamilySearch Family Tree will continue to improve by adding more languages and making the service faster for lower bandwidth regions of the world. An upcoming feature will help to improve collaboration and accuracy.

The FamilySearch Family Tree app will build upon the “Relatives Around Me” feature to allow interaction based on where you are and who you have a personal ancestral relationship with. The app will be enhanced to allow multiple windows to be open at the same time. This will be called Research Mode and it’s intended to allow multitasking while researching.

Starting n 2018 you will be able to add multiple photos to a family story. Currently you can only add one.

Indexing of FamilySearch records will be completely web-based. The desktop version will be phased out in 2018.

What’s Coming from FamilySearch in 2018

Findmypast British and Irish Roots Collection

Findmypast has grouped together many collections and called it the British and Irish Roots Collection. This new way of organizing collections will help U.S. researchers trace their British and Irish heritage. By searching in one place it should be easier to find immigrant ancestors who left for the New World.

The new collection contains many different types of records that list the origin or place of birth. There are passenger lists, census records, naturalization applications and draft registrations, as well as birth, marriage, and death records.

Findmypast Creates Brand New Collection for Tracing Immigrants From the British Isles

New Records at Findmypast

Some new records that have been added to the new British and Irish Roots Collection include
• British Army, Imperial War Museum Bond of Sacrifice 1914-1918
• Baptisms, banns, marriages, and burials for Kent
• Additional baptism records for Wiltshire

More than 60,000 records have been opened in the 1939 register. These records are for those who have died so you can view their records.

Findmypast has added over 14,000 wills from Jersey in the Channel Islands as well as baptisms, marriages and burials for Jersey.

Baptism, burials and marriages have been added from the Diocese of Manchester.

Over a million new additions have been added for the England Billion Graves Cemetery Index.

Records from Middlesex, Brompton Cemetery have been added and records covering Clerkenwell in central London have been added to the Greater London Burials Index.

You can browse records taken from cemetery registers from Oldham in Lancashire and you can browse a new collection of Norfolk monumental inscriptions.

School records have been added from the county of Cheshire in England.

A new collection for volunteers for the British Red Cross Society during World War I has been added.

You can search the Ireland Military and Pensions and Medals 1916 – 1922 collection to find an Irish ancestors who served during the Easter Rising or the War of independence.

Lots of records have been added for Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Findmypast has added
• Expenses of the poor for the years 1817 – 1838
• Newspaper abstracts for 1776 – 1800
• Warnings Out for 1722 – 1769
• Vital records up until 1895, the marriages have been added to the United States Marriage collection

Lots of records have been added for South Carolina. They include
• Will transcripts 1782 – 1866
• Plats for State Land Grants 1784 – 1868
• Legislative papers 1782 – 1929
• Criminal Court records
• Records of Confederate Veterans 1909 – 1973

A few birth records have been added for the State of New Jersey. They are for the years from 1901 – 1903.

You can browse through records related to deeds, chattel deed, and probate case files from Mississippi’s Tippah County Courthouse.

For PERSI, they have added Allen County Lines from the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana.

Findmypast Friday December 8th

Findmypast Friday December 15th

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

Findmypast Friday January 5th

Findmypast Friday

Findmypast Friday January 19th

Image Magazine from Georgia Digitized

The Digital Library of Georgia awarded a grant to digitize Image Magazine, an African American lifestyle magazine. It was published from 1977 through 1980. The magazine provides a unique glimpse into the daily lives of Athens, Georgia, families.

You can find the magazine at the Digital Library of Georgia’s website.

Athens-Clarke County (Georgia) Library Announces Image Magazine Digitization Project

Walker Country Messenger Added to Digital Library of Georgia

Over 16,000 pages of the Walker County Messenger have been added to the Digital Library of Georgia. The newspaper served Walker county as well as Chattanooga, Catoosa, and Dade counties until those counties had their own newspapers in later years.

The issues of the Walker County Messenger date from 1880 – 1924.

Walker County Newspaper Added to Georgia Historic Newspapers Site

More Newspapers Added to the Digital Library of Georgia

There are more newspapers that have been add to the Digital Library of Georgia in the last month. They’ve added

• Daily Constitutionalist, 1851
• Augusta Evening Dispatch, 1858-1861
• Augusta Mirror, 1840
• Augusta Washingtonian, 1843-1845
• Bulletin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah (Augusta), 1920-1958
• Savannah Bulletin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah (Monroe), 1958
• Bulletin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah (Monroe), 1958-1960
• Columbian Centinel (Augusta), 1806-1809
• Constitutionalist and Republic (Augusta), 1851
• Daily Constitutionalist and Republic (Augusta), 1853-1854
• Georgia Gazette (Savannah), 1763
• Georgia Weekly Constitutionalist (Augusta), 1848-1850
• Monthly Herald (Augusta), 1838

Newest Additions to Georgia Historic Newspapers

New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project to Digitize Perth Amoy Evening News

The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project plans to digitize the Perth Amboy Evening News from 1903 to 1922. This newspaper covered Middlesex County. Once digitize it will be found at the Library of Congress Chronicling America website.

The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project is a collaboration between Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Archives, and the New Jersey State Library. The project is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Perth Amboy Evening News was selected as the first newspaper to be digitized. The Jersey City Evening News (1889 to 1906) will be the next paper to be digitized, followed by the West-Jersey Pioneer (later the Bridgeton Pioneer) from 1851 to 1917. These are expected to be completed by the Fall of 2018.

Historical Issues of Perth Amboy News Now Available Online

More South Dakota Newspapers at Chronicling America

Four more South Dakota newspapers have been added to Chronicling America. The four newspapers are from Sioux Falls and they are all German titles. They are The Sud (Soot) Dakota Nachrichten (Knock-rick-ten), 1896-1900; the Sud-Dakota Nachrichten und Herold, 1900-1901; the Nachrichten-Herold, 1901-1907; and the Deutscher (Doit-shur) Herold, 1907-1913. More issues from these titles will be added at a later time.

Four more state historic newspapers available online

Richmond Whig and Commercial Journal Virginia Newspapers

Two more newspapers have been added to the Virginia Chronicle website. They are the Richmond Whig and Commercial Journal. These newspapers were published in the nineteenth century.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Newspapers Back in Google News Archives

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Newspapers were removed from the Google News Archive in August 2016. The reason was probably over copyright issues. These newspapers are now back in the Google News Archive.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is the result of consolidating the Milwaukee Journal and the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1995. All three newspapers are now available at the Google News Archive.

Online Archives of the Milwaukee Journal and Sentinel Newspapers are now Available

All Gallipolis, Ohio, Newspapers Online

Gallipolis is small city located on the Ohio River in southeastern Ohio. The Bossard Memorial Library in Gallipolis has placed online every newspaper printed in Gallipolis, including the Daily Times, Sunday Times-Sentinel, The Gallipolis Daily Tribune, and others, since 1895.

The library had all the newspapers on microfilm and used money in their technology fund to scan and digitize the microfilm.

The resulting website has a basic user interface with two ways to search – a simple search and a more detailed search using specific words and dates.

Current editions of the Tribune and Times-Sentinel will be added to the website as they are published.

Accessing the past in print: Bossard to offer digital newspapers online

Missouri Allows Adoptees Access to Birth Records

Staring in 2018 the state of Missouri is allowing adoptees who were born in or after 1941 access to their birth certificates. Adoptees who were born before 1941 could get their birth certificates staring in August 2016.

Now all adoptees can get their original birth certificates.

Birth parents may request to have their name removed from the certificate. If both parents want their names removed, the birth certificate will not be issued.

An adoptee must to 18 years of age to request their certificate. Children of adoptees can’t get a birth certificate. So if your parent was born in Missouri and was adopted, you cannot get their birth certificate.

New light in the Show Me State

Reclaim the Records Gets Death Index for Buffalo, New York

Reclaim the Records has obtained the death index for Buffalo, New York, for the years 1852 – 1944. These records were never microfilmed by FamilySearch and they have never been online before.

Reclaim the Records requested the death indexes and the city of Buffalo had already scanned the images. Unfortunately, the did not get the entire page scanned so on some pages the right side of the page was cut off and that is where the year of death was written. Each book contains only a few years so you can narrow down the year of death to that range of years.

And sometimes the pages are out of order. Eventually these records will be transcribed and searchable so you will be able to search by name and the order of the pages won’t matter.

These records can be found at the Internet Archive at

Index to Deaths in Buffalo, New York, 1852-1944

California Photos Digitized

The California State Archives has digitized nearly 3,000 photos from the early 20th century. The photos were taken by William and Grace McCarthy. They traveled throughout the state and took lots of pictures.

There are pictures of famous landmarks, buildings, and of course many photos of William and Grace. These photos can be found at the website for the California State Archives and at Google Arts and Culture.

From 1905-1938, they traveled California with a camera. Now, their photos are online

DPLA Adds Digital Maine

The Digital Public Library of America has added collections from the state of Maine. Specifically Digital Maine has been added.

Digital Maine consists of collections from the Maine State Library as well as other libraries, historical societies, museums and other local organizations.

There are photos, maps, documents from the Civil War and Revolutionary War, World War II alien registration records and lots more interesting things from Maine.

DPLA Welcomes Digital Maine

Michigan State University to Build a Slave Trade Database

Michigan State University plans to build a database that will contain details about the lives of enslaved people. MSU has received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create an online database.

The database will combine data from MSU with information from other databases regarding the slave trade. There will be biographies, charts and other documents from several countries.

All of this information will be available to the public and it should be available in about a year and a half.

MSU will use $1.47 million grant to build slave trade database

Newberry Library Asks for Crowdsourcing for Transcription

The Newberry Library in Chicago has developed a crowdsourced transcription site called Transcribing Modern Manuscripts.

This site will allow the public to help transcribe pages from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American manuscripts. The library has digitized a collection of Revolutionary-era receipts for the Continental Army and they would like help transcribing these receipts.

There are also other projects such as letters and diaries at the site that you can help transcribe.

Clothing the Continental Army

Transcribe Anti-Slavery Manuscripts from Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library has cataloged and digitized the manuscript correspondences from their Anti-Slavery collection. These items document the abolitionist movement in Boston, Massachusetts and New England.

There is now a website at where these items are available. The library is asking the public to help transcribe these handwritten documents so they will become searchable.

Anti-Slavery Manuscripts now available for the public to transcribe

New Additions to DigitalNC

DigitalNC continues to be very busy adding material from around North Carolina to its site. Here are the new additions

• Maps that show property divisions over time in the McCrorey Heights area of Charlotte
• Yearbooks from Greene County High School
• Catalogs and handbooks from Cape Fear Community College
• Many items documenting the Junaluska community, a neighborhood where many African-American families of Boone lived
• More obituaries of African American Durham residents
• More material that documents the unionization of the Gastonia’s Firestone Mill

DigitalNC has added lots more newspapers. They added new issues of The Dublin Times Progress Sentinel for the years 1962 – 1985 and more issues of The State Port Pilot from Southport have been added for the years 1945 – 1949.

Sixteen newspapers from Wilmington from 1803 to 1901 are available. Two more years the Washington Daily News for the years 1915 and 1916 have been added. More issues of the Waynesville Mountaineer newspaper have been added. The years are from 1952 – 1956.

Over 1300 issues of The Daily Advance from Elizabeth City have been added. They cover the years from 1923 – 1927.

Eight more years have been added for the Brevard News. This now means that all issues of the Brevard News are available at DigitalNC.

Twenty more years have been added for the Alamance Gleaner. Now the years from 1875 to 1947 are available with the addition of the years from 1927 – 1947.

Another twenty years of The Chronicle from Winston-Salem have been added. The new years are for the last twenty years. The Chronicle targets the African-American community in Winston-Salem.

Twelve more years of the News-Record have been added. This weekly newspaper covered Marshall, Mars Hill, and the rest of Madison County. The new issues are from 1976 to 1988.

Five More Years of Coastal Newspaper, The State Port Pilot, Added to DigitalNC!

Dozens of Greene County high school yearbooks now available thanks to new partner, Greene County Museum

The Daily Advance, Newspaper from Elizabeth City, Now Online

Loray Digital Archive expanded to include 1980s union efforts at Firestone Mill

More issues of The Chronicle out of Winston-Salem now available

More from the R. Kelly Bryant Obituary Collection

Newly Digitized Materials About the Junaluska Community from Watauga County Public Library

Dozens of Cape Fear Community College Catalogs and Handbooks Now Online

20 More Years of the Alamance Gleaner Now Available

All of Brevard News Now Digitized and Online

Five Years of the Waynesville Mountaineer Added to DigitalNC

More issues of the Washington Daily News Now Up

16 Wilmington newspapers from the 19th century now on DigitalNC

Additions to The Duplin Times out of Warsaw, North Carolina

Set of Maps from Johnson C. Smith University Show McCrorey Heights Neighborhood in Charlotte

Twelve More Years of the News-Record Digitized

LAC Monthly Report on the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files

The Library and Archives Canada continues digitizing the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files. They are now up to the name Staunton – S T A U N T 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 85% complete. They want to be completed by November 2018. At the current rate of digitization they will have this collection completed by September 2018. They slowed down a little bit over the holidays but they are still predicted to finish ahead of schedule.

Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files – Update of January 2018

New Way to Search at Library and Archives Canada

The Library and Archives Canada has a new way to search the website. There is a simple keyword search interface that allows you to search most of the items in the collection from a single location. You can refine the search using the tabs and filters. It is also possible to save your search as a downloadable document.

This new search feature in in beta so expect some technical issues.

A new way to search the Library and Archives Canada collections

Toronto City Directories Online

Lots of city directories for Toronto have been made available online at the Internet Archive. The new additions are for various years from the 1900s.

Funding for the digitization came from the Ontario Genealogical Society Toronto Branch and a partnership between the Toronto Public Library and the Internet Archive.

Toronto ancestors? Check the city directories.

Ontario Genealogical Society Wants Photos of Churches

The Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) is looking for photos of churches from across the province. New and old photos can be submitted.

They will be building an online collection of the photos so anyone with ancestors from the area can see where their ancestors attended church.

They have a form setup where you can upload photos. And they have a page where you can search for photos and see the images that have already been submitted.

OGS looking for photos of churches for online collection

Northern BC Digital Collections

The Northern British Columbia Archives & Special Collections has created the Northern BC Digital Collections. This free resource provides access to digitized historical books, maps, newspapers and other publications.

They also have a YouTube channel with digitized video from the archives holdings.

Northern BC Digital Collection

Northern BC Archives YouTube Channel

County Guides of New Brunswick Updated

The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick has updated all of its county guides. The guides provide descriptions of records that are available for researching family history. They list records that are found online and others that are not online.

The guides are available in English and French.

Updated New Brunswick county guides a ‘must have’ for genealogists

Land Records for Ontario Starting to come Online

Historic land registration books for Ontario are starting to come online. The website is called OnLand and it’s free. It is currently in an Alpha stage so this is very new and has some bugs to work out.

You can only search by property. If you don’t know the details of the property you can use directories and historical maps.

When the site is fully implemented sometime at the end of 2018, you will be able to search historical and current property records.

The NEW OnLand Portal: Three Ways To Get Property Details

Newspapers Donate Negatives to Vancouver Archives

About two million photographic negatives from the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers will be donated to the Vancouver Archives. The negatives are from the mid-1940s to 1995. After 1995 both newspapers used digital photography.

This donation will more than double the number of negatives at the Vancouver Archives.

The card index will be digitized and uploaded to the Archives’ database. The first batch of photos should be available in 2019.

Postmedia donates historic photographs to Vancouver Archives

The National Archives World War II POW Collection

The National Archives in the UK has begun placing its World War II POW collection online. They will be doing this alphabetically by surname with a completion date the end of 2020.

Only records for those who were born more than 100 years ago or there is a proof of death will be available.

There are 190,000 records of individuals captured in German occupied territory during the Second World War, primarily Allied service men (including Canadians, South Africans, Australians and New Zealanders) but also several hundred British and Allied civilians and a few nurses.

So far 15% of the records are available online on Discovery, the online portal for The National Archives. If you are interested in records that have not been digitized, you can request them for a fee.

Opening up our prisoner of war collection

TheGenealogist Adds Records for Sussex

TheGenealogist, a subscription site based in the UK, has added almost 2 million more records for Sussex. This is the second release of records for Sussex.

Also, they have added more parish records from Warwickshire.

They have added over 5 million passenger records for the United States. These are for people who migrated to the U.S. between 1834 and 1900. The data covers German, Italian, and Russian passengers.

More Sussex Records added to TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist Releases More than 5 Million U.S. Records

Plans for 2018 from TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist plans to add many new records in 2018. They will be expanding their coverage of baptism, marriage and burial records and adding more counties.

More maps will be added that will show where your ancestors lived. More photographs of headstones and memorials will be added.

The Genealogist previews its 2018 releases

Worcestershire Archive Launches New Website

The Worcestershire Archive has launched a new website. The site is called Explore the Past.

It includes an archive catalogue, archaeology library, a Worcestershire Ceramics database, indexes and guides, and various databases, such as a School Records database and various Tithe and Inclosure Maps.

Worcestershire Archive launches new website

GRO Extends Pilot for PDF of Birth and Death Certificates

The General Register Office (GRO) for England and Wales has extended its PDF pilot service for digitized birth and death certificates until July 2018. The pilot was originally intended to run for three months. It started in October 2017.

This pilot is for obtaining birth records from 1837 – 1916 and deaths from 1837 – 1957. Marriages are not included.

The GRO is offering PDF copies of the certificates for £6 each, instead of the usual price of £9.25. A PDF is not a replacement for a certified copy that is needed for legal purposes.

The GRO previously conducted a three-phase PDF pilot between November 2016 and April 2017. They are still figuring out how to implement issuing PDFs on a permanent basis.

Over 79,600 PDF ‘certificates’ ordered as GRO extends pilot

New Records Added to ScotlandsPeople

There has been an annual update to the ScotlandsPeople website. They now have births for 1917, marriages for 1942, and deaths for 1967. Each year new records are added in January.

To protect the privacy of living persons records are not available until 100 years for births, 75 years for marriages and 50 years for deaths.

News Article: Statutory Record Release

Genetic Map of the People of Ireland

A genetic map has been created that shows the subtle DNA differences between people of Ireland.

The research was done by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the Genealogical Society of Ireland. They published their findings in the journal Scientific Reports in a paper called ‘The Irish DNA Atlas; Revealing Fine-Scale Population Structure and History within Ireland.’

DNA samples came from 196 people who had four generations of ancestry linked to specific areas across Ireland. The results show distinct genetic clusters in specific regions. Ten distinct clusters have been identified. They are roughly aligned with the ancient provinces as well as with major historical events including the invasions of the Vikings and the Ulster Plantations.

First genetic map of the people of Ireland

All Editions of Church of Ireland Gazette Online

The weekly Church of Ireland Gazette was published from 1856 to 1923 and all editions are freely available online.

The paper carried major national and international news as well as local church and social news.

The Church of Ireland’s record repository, Representative Church Body Library (RCBL) in collaboration with the Editor and Board of The Church of Ireland Gazette made it possible to digitize copies of this newspaper.

C19th editions join online Church of Ireland Gazette

National Library of Ireland Papers to be Digitized

There is a new project to digitize some of the most important manuscript collections held in the National Library of Ireland (NLI). The project is called ‘Towards a Republic’ and will be done in a number of phases.

Documents such as letters, official documents, secret military orders and other papers from figures in Ireland’s political and military revolution will be made available online. There are hundreds of folders of documents from the period.

Dawn of a digital Irish revolution as archives go online

Spanish Civil War Database

A project to catalog what happened during the Spanish Civil War has a free database to search for people who went missing during this time. Many people do not know what happened to their families in the Spanish Civil War.

The Innovation and Human Rights association has created a central database of casualties, missing persons and reprisals during the Spanish Civil War.

Building the first central database of victims of the Spanish Civil War and the Franco regime

Swedish Archives to be Free

The National Archives in Sweden will receive funding to make its digital archive information freely available. The subscription fee will be removed and the information should be freely available on February 1, 2018.

This could have an impact on the subscription website for Swedish records, ArkivDigital.

Free ANSWER from February 1st

ArkivDigital Adds Church Books from Nebraska

ArkivDigital continues to add records to its site. They have just added church books for Nebraska. They have bee photographing Swedish American church books and adding them to the site.

There are congregation books, birth, marriage and death books, church accounts and more.

Many church books from Nebraska are now online

More Years Index for Swedish Household Examination Records

The Swedish Household Examination books have been indexed for the years from 1860 – 1920. ArkivDigital now has another 10 years indexed. The index goes from the year 1860 – 1930.

These books are the primary resource for finding Swedish ancestors. They contain information about everyone in the parish as recorded by the priest each year.

Ten years added to ArkivDigital’s largest name register!

ArkivDigital Adds Record for Skåne

ArkivDigital has added some records from Skåne for the time period when Skåne was not part of Sweden. This would be before 1658 when Skåne was part of Denmark.

ArkivDigital has made digital copies of documents that are stored in the Danish National Archives and the Swedish National Archives that pertain to Skåne.

The new material consists mostly of tax registers and land registers from the 1500’s and 1600’s.

Skånska Documents from the Danish Period

Open Archives Adds Automatic Pedigree Charts

The Open Archives website lets you search the genealogical data of Dutch and Belgian archives. The site has a one type subscription fee of € 26.60 (euros) or $33 US.

The site now uses relationship information such as who is married to whom and who are the parents to construct a pedigree chart. Now when you look at a document there will be an icon that lets you know there is more information about the ancestors for the person mentioned in the document.

Open Archives Adds Automatic Pedigree Charts from Dutch and Belgian Archive Data

Neerpelt, Belgium, Vital Records Available Online

Neerpelt, Belgium, and the borough of Sint-Huibrechts-Lille, has made their birth, marriage, and death records available online if they are older than 1917. That would mean the records are more than 100 years old.

Through the website for the municipal archive of Neerpelt you can search for birth, marriage, and death records and then view the original handwritten documents. You did to register for free before you can search.

Digital archive of old deeds

Henry Louis Gates Jr. to be a Keynote Speaker at RootsTech

Henry Louis Gates Jr. will be a keynote speaker at RootsTech on Saturday, March 3. Dr. Gates is the host of Finding Your Roots on PBS. The show is in its fourth season.

He has created 18 documentary films and he has authored or co-authored 22 books.

His current position is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Finding Your Roots’ Henry Louis Gates Jr. to Keynote RootsTech 2018

Natalia Lafourcade to Speak at RootsTech

Also at RootsTech on Saturday, Natalia Lafourcade will be speaking. She will discuss the connection between her music and her family roots.

Lafourcade is an internationally recognized artist who has received numerous honors including Grammy Awards and MTV Latino awards. She recently partnered with popular singer Miguel, to record “Remember Me” for the hit Disney Pixar movie Coco.

Natalia Lafourcade Speaking at RootsTech 2018

DNA Innovation Contest at RootsTech

There is a DNA Innovation Contest this year at RootsTech. The contest is hosted by Grow Utah! It’s for new and innovative products or services that will improve the use of DNA data. The contest is to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth in the field of DNA.

You have until February 20th to submit an application. Six to ten finalists will be selected to pitch their innovations at RootsTech. The top three will win some cash prizes.

Grow Utah Adds DNA Innovation Contest to #RootsTech 2018

NGS Conference 2019 Call for Proposals

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has opened the call for proposals for its 2019 Family History Conference that will be held in St. Charles, Missouri, from May 8–11, 2019.

NGS encourages proposals that will reflect the journey of discovery of America’s diverse ancestors and will include immigration, government documents, emigration, court records, ethnic resources, maps, migration, military records, religion, DNA, research methodology, technology, heirloom preservation, and some regional topics.

You have until midnight April 1st to submit proposals.

National Genealogical Society Issues Call for Proposals for its 2019 Family History Conference

Southern California Jamboree Registration is Open

Registration is open for the 2018 Southern California Jamboree. It will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California, Thursday through Saturday, May 31st, June 1st, and June 2nd, 2018.

There is a separate registration for Thursday. This is the Genetic Genealogy Conference.

Jamboree Registration is Open!

Schedule for Legacy Webinars

Legacy announced their 2018 webinar lineup the last week in December. Changes for the new year include a monthly webinar about using Legacy software except during the summer months and one to two monthly webinars about MyHeritage. MyHeritage bought the company that makes Legacy software and puts on the webinars. Plus all the usual number of webinars just like in previous years are scheduled for 2018.

Over 100 webinars were announced.

2018 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series announced

BCG Webinar Schedule

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) announced their webinar schedule for 2018. Although they had a separate announcement, their webinars were already listed in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar schedule since Legacy hosts and records the webinars on their site for BCG.

BCG: 2018 Webinar Schedule

Guild of One-Name Studies Webinars

The Guild of One-Name Studies has announced webinars for 2018. They will be having a webinar each month about methodology and tips about one-name studies.

The webinars are free and open to the public.

Guild Webinar Series 2018

Genealogy Gems to Produce More Videos

Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems announced late last year that there would be two free podcasts each month. Well as she says she changed her mind. Instead Genealogy Gems will be creating more video content.

University of Strathclyde’s Genealogy MOOC Course

The University of Strathclyde will be offering a free genealogy course online called Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree.

The course starts on January 29. You can sign up anytime during the course.

This course has been offered before. It has been updated to include more information about DNA and will be updated with announcements from RootsTech.

The course is being offered on the FutureLearn platform.

Other courses from FutureLearn include Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland’s History 1912-1923 presented by Trinity College Dublin and Irish 101: An Introduction to Irish Language & Culture from Dublin City University.

University of Strathclyde’s genealogy MOOC course

Three free online courses from FutureLearn start soon

Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

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