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I’m Patty Roy, also known as Dinah Larkham in Second Life.
Today is Saturday June 16, 2018 and this is Episode 118.
MyHeritage Cybersecurity Incident
MyHeritage has found out that a file containing email addresses and hashed passwords for MyHeritage users was stored on a server outside of MyHeritage. The file contained information on users who signed up for MyHeritage up to and including October 26, 2017. There were over 92 million users in the file.
The hashed passwords stored in the file are cryptographic versions of the real password. The hash key used to create the hashed passwords is different for each customer. This means that anyone with the hashed version of the password does not have the actual password.
When MyHeritage found out about the security breach, they immediately set up an Information Security Incident Response Team to investigate the incident. They will also have an independent cybersecurity firm conduct a comprehensive forensic review to determine the scope of the intrusion and conduct an assessment and provide recommendations for preventing such an incident from occurring in the future.
There is a 24/7 security customer support team you can contact with concerns or questions about the incident.
Credit card information is stored on trusted third-party billing providers such as PayPal and BlueSnap and DNA data are stored in a separate system from where the users email and passwords are stored. There has been no evidence that the data in the file was ever used and there has been no activity indicating that any MyHeritage accounts were compromised.
At this time MyHeritage is suggesting that all users change their passwords. All passwords will be set to expired forcing you to change your password. This includes those accounts that were created after the breach. You will not be able to access your account and data on MyHeritage until you change your password.
Users are being notified by email about the incident.
MyHeritage now has two-factor-authentication. This allows those users interested in this to authenticate themselves using a mobile device in addition to a password. This makes it harder for someone to login as you because they need the password and the mobile device to login.
If you opt in for two-factor-authentication, any time you login to MyHeritage from a new device or periodically once a month, MyHeritage will send a six-digit verification code as a text message. You will need this six-digit code to complete logging in at MyHeritage.
MyHeritage is still investigating the incident and they do not know yet the source of the leak. Other websites and services owned and operated by MyHeritage have not been affected by the incident. That would be Geni.com and Legacy Family Tree.
MyHeritage Retires BackupMyTree and World Vital Records/Family Link
MyHeritage is retiring the services World Vital Records/Family Link and BackupMyTree on September 1, 2018. MyHeritage acquired these services in 2011.
BackupMyTree was a free service for backing up family trees at backupmytree.com. This service cannot be updated with the recent Microsoft Windows updates. If you would like a copy of your family tree data from BackupMyTree, you need to do that by September 1st.
World Vital Records and FamilyLink provide searchable collections of historical records. These services were used to expand the offerings at MyHeritage into historical records. In 2012 all the data on those services was transferred to MyHeritage SuperSearch.
Any current subscribers to World Vital Records or FamilyLink will get a free Data subscription to MyHeritage for the same duration as their existing subscription.
Subscribers of the World Vital Records Library Edition will be transitioned to the MyHeritage Library Edition.
MyHeritage Pedigree View Edit Mode
MyHeritage recently released Pedigree View. A pedigree view shows a root person along with their ancestors. It does not show siblings, spouses, or anyone else who is not a direct ancestor. You can now add, edit, and delete tree profiles directly in Pedigree View.
New Records at MyHeritage
MyHeritage has added 11 new collections. These first few are exclusive to MyHeritage
Connecticut Newspapers 1791 – 2009
Maine Newspapers 1861 – 2008
New Hampshire Newspapers, 1869 – 2008
Rhode Island Newspapers, 1778 – 1938
Delaware Newspapers, 1880 – 2009,
Denmark Census, 1840
Denmark Census, 1834
These next collections are not exclusively found at MyHeritage
New Jersey Marriage License Index, 1901 – 1914
New Jersey Birth Index 1901 – 1903
New Jersey Death Index 1901 – 1903
Queensland, Australia Passenger and Crew Lists, 1852 – 1885
More new records at FamilySearch
The following is a new indexed collection with images
Australia, Victoria, Tombstone Transcriptions from Various Cemeteries, 1850-1988
The following are new indexed record collections
Arkansas, Sevier County, Death Records, 1914-1923
Idaho, Jerome County Historical Society, Minidoka Japanese Relocation Center Mixed Vital Records, 1942-1945
Kansas, Cemetery Abstracts
New Jersey Naturalization Records, 1796-1991
Ohio, Washington County Newspaper Obituaries, 1884-2013
Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977
Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1919
Benin, Civil Registration of Deaths, 1891-2014
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706-1999
Denmark, Military Conscription Rolls, 1789-1792
England, Devon Bishop’s Transcripts, 1558-1887
Germany, Baden, Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, Catholic Church Records, 1678-1930
Germany, Schleswig-Holstein, Kreis Steinburg, Civil Registration, 1874-1983
Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968
Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945
Idaho, Southern Counties Obituaries, 1943-2013
India, Archdiocese of Goa, Roman Catholic Priesthood Candidates, 1724-1996
Iowa, Old Age Assistance Records, 1934-1946
Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865
Liberia, Marriage Records, 1912-2015
Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957
Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1796-1941
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950
New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996
Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587-1966
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911
Rhode Island Naturalization Records 1907-1991
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860
Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995
Those were collections that had more indexed records added to them
And the next collection has had indexed records and images added to an existing collection
FamilySearch Created Displays at the Museum of the American Revolution
FamilySearch has created four interactive displays for the Museum of American Revolution located in Philadelphia. The permanent playscape opened in June. It’s called Revolution Place.
It takes visitors back in time to 1770s Philadelphia. It’s an immersive experience where users can experience a Philadelphia neighborhood with city streetscapes.
The Home Parlor has an interactive map to show what life was like where the museum was built. At the Tavern you can sit at tables with embedded touch screen maps to learn about items that would be found in a Tavern.
At the Military Encampment you can explore a soldier’s tent, try on soldier’s clothing, help with camp chores, and digitally enlist in the Continental Army.
There is a church with different stories of eight religious men and women whose views impacted their involvement in the Revolution.
The original plan was to put in a discovery center like those found at family history centers. But they decided to create something new that would support the museum’s needs.
FamilySearch to Add Same-Sex Families to Family Tree
FamilySearch will be having a major overhaul of it’s website that will be ready by 2019. The goal is to capture accurate genealogy “that represents past, present and future families of the world.”
To support this goal, FamilySearch Family Tree will allow same-sex families to be added. This means that several systems surrounding Family Search Family Tree must be significantly redesigned such as record searching before same-sex families can be added.
AncestryDNA New Ethnicity Estimates
AncestryDNA is releasing new ethnicity estimates using 16,000 reference samples. This is a five-fold increase from the 3,000 reference points they were using.
There are 17 new regions. These were called genetic communities.
The new estimates are based on reading longer stretches of DNA at once to identify regions of the world where you ancestor was. The old way read each letter of your DNA one at a time and based on that letter it decided where your DNA came from.
You have the option to accept the new estimate and if you do it will become your new default estimate.
Findmypast Military Hints
Findmypast family trees will now receive hints from military records. As you add information to your family tree, Findmypast will automatically sift through all the military records to identify potential matches that will appear as hints.
Findmypast trees already provide matches from the 1939 Register, births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials and census returns. These are the types of records that many Findmypast customers use. The military hints should provide unknown details about the ancestors of most customers.
Findmypast to Digitize Kent Parish Registers
Findmypast has announced that they will be digitizing Kent parish registers. Those are records for baptisms, marriages, banns, and burials. The registers date from 16th century to 1918.
The images of these records will be available with searchable indexes. Findmypast will be releasing these records in stages with the first batch being published later this year.
FamilySearch has some of these records available. However, the images are only available to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members, or at FamilySearch Family History Centers and affiliate libraries.
New Records at Findmypast
Findmypast has added over 1.2 million Sacramental registers dating from the mid-1800s up to 1925 to the existing collection of Chicago Catholic Baptisms. Additional parish marriage records have been added covering the Catholic population of Cook and Lake Counties in north-eastern Illinois. And more burial records have been added to the collection of Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Burials as well as assorted congregational records from the Chicago Roman Catholic Parish.
A new browsable records collection includes the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Case Files Of Chinese Immigrants, 1900-1923. Over 79,000 records have been added to the United States Marriage collection.
Last month Ancestry announced that it had added the 1939 Register for England and Wales. The 1939 Register is similar to a census. It was created at the beginning of World War II to record information about every household.
Up until last month Findmypast had exclusive access to the 1939 Register. Findmypast has recently added over 64,000 additional open records to the 1939 Register. These were records that contain information about people who are no longer living. Information about living people is protected under Data Protection Regulations and their information must be redacted from the 1939 Register.
Findmypast has added an index of Ireland, British Army Officers 1914 – 1918 that was obtained from the Our Heroes website. This website provides photographs and notes of those Irish soldiers who were killed in action or were mentioned for distinguished conduct.
There is an index of over 2,800 prisoners of war for World War I who were in the South Lancashire Regiment. Records have been added to the National Archives’ collection of medical records from the First World War.
More records have been added to the Worcestershire probate index.
There has been a big update to the Suffragette Collection. It includes a wide variety of Home Office and Metropolitan Police files as well as thousands of 1911 census return that list either “Suffragette” or “Suffragist” as an occupation. More records and titles have been added to the Suffragette Newspapers that you can browse. And there are over 1,500 names in the Women’s Suffrage Petition of 1866 that have been added.
More records have been added to the Ireland National School Registers and to the Scottish Memorial Inscriptions.
And more images have been added to PERSI.
Findmypast has begun Facebook Live videos every Friday. Topics range from special quests to information about the record releases for Findmypast Fridays. You can watch the recordings on the Findmypast Facebook page or on YouTube.
New York City will Allow Descendant of Deceased Relatives Access to Birth and Death Records
The New York City Board of Health has passed an amendment that will allow certain direct descendants and other family members to access the birth and death records of their deceased relatives prior to those records becoming public.
Birth and death records are considered private during a person’s life and for an appropriate period after death. They are protected from the general public because they contain individually identifiable information. Birth records are made public after 125 years after birth and death records are made public after 75 years after death.
Family members will be able to access these records while protecting the confidentiality of vital records for appropriate periods of time.
Family members should be able to access the records by the end of the year.
Reclaim the Records Gets New York City Marriage License Index for 1996 – 2017
Reclaim the Records has received a public copy of the New York City marriage license index for the years 1996 – 2017. There are about 1.5 million records with about 3.1 million names.
This data is available to be searched at nycmarriageindex.com. These years have been added to the result of the previous freedom of information lawsuit to get the marriage index for the years 1950 – 1995.
All this data is in the public domain and has no copyright. You can search the data or you can download all the data.
An anonymous donor has offered to match donations made to Reclaim the Records between now and the end of 2018. That means your donations can be doubled. The money will go towards more litigation, more open records advocacy, and more activism.
New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announces Completion of all 5th generation descendants of Mayflower Pilgrims
The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has completed placing on its website AmericanAncestors.org, the “Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880” database. It is the largest online database of authenticated Pilgrim genealogies, with more than half a million searchable names and its available to members of NEHGS.
This database is the result of a collaboration between NEHGS and General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) that was announced in July of 2017.
AmericanAncesTREES from the New England Historic Genealogical Society
Also at the NEHGS website AmericanAncestors.org, is a new online family tree program called AmericanAncesTREES.
This is something new and is available by invitation only. You can import your tree from FamilySearch or upload a GEDCOM. The tree at AmericanAncestors.org will get record hints from AmericanAncestors, FamilySearch, Findmypast, NewspaperArchive, and BillionGraves, and search hints from Ancestry and MyHeritage.
The free version will be ad-based. For $19.95 per year you can get rid of the ads. For $34.95 per year you can make your tree private.
Arkansas State Archives Launches World War I Online Exhibit
The Arkansas State Archives has launched “Arkansas in the Great War,” a three-part online exhibit chronicling the state during World War I. The exhibit was created through Google Arts & Exhibits.
There are over 150 high resolution images of photographs, letters, government documents and maps relating to Arkansas’s involvement in the war. The first section has images before the United States entered into the war. It shows how the state of Arkansas mobilized to meet the challenge. This section is called “Mobilizing the State for War.”
Part two examines the domestic impact the war had on the people of Arkansas and explores the contributions of women and African Americans to the war effort. It’s called “The War at Home.”
The third part is called “In the Trenches.” It details people of Arkansas serving in Europe and the events immediately following the end of the conflict.
I’ll have a link in the show notes to the announcement where you will find a link to the online exhibit at the Google Arts & Culture website.
Colorado and Wyoming Part of Digital Public Library of America
Colorado and Wyoming are placing their historic collections at the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). This is a free portal that allows anyone to discover items from across the United States and then go directly to the digital item at the home institution.
The Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of DPLA is a collaboration between the Colorado State Library and the Wyoming State Library. It contains material held at libraries, archives, and museums. Plans are to continue to add to this collection.
Digital Library of Georgia New Website
The Digital Library of Georgia has redesigned its website. It provides quick access to a half a million digital objects in more than 700 collections from over 130 institutions and 100 government agencies.
It was developed from input from end users, librarians, and other stakeholders. There is also a new logo and improved navigational tools.
You can perform full-text search along with metadata searches. Items can also be searched by subject, time period, geographic location, genre, and repository.
Additions to DigitalNC
Lots more items have been added to DigitalNC, the online library for institutions across North Carolina.
Issues from 1983 and 1984 for Charlotte’s LGBT newspaper, Q-notes, have been added.
A new batch of photographs from Central Carolina Community College from the 1960s through the 1990s that focus mainly on campus facilities.
Documents from Richmond Community College including a 1984 newsletter to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the college and the 1985 Spring Quarter Schedule for the school
More yearbooks from Southern Pines High School from 1951 to 1969. This high school is located in Moore County.
10 more scrapbooks documenting news in and around High Point, North Carolina are now up on DigitalNC.
Over three dozen 19th century and early 20th century Presbyterian Church sermons delivered by Robert Zenas Johnston from all across the state from 1859 to 1907
All sorts of items that were recently scanned and added from Gaston County Public Library.
Early Vermont Newspapers Added to Newspapers.com
Some early Vermont newspapers have been added to Newspapers.com. The Vermont Department of Libraries transferred its newspapers microfilm to the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration who has a partnership with Ancestry to digitize newspapers and place them online at Newspapers.com. Newspapers.com is owned by Ancestry.
Vermont residents can access Vermont newspapers at Newspapers.com for free.
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 Whittey. – W H I T T E Y.
These service files are for soldiers of the First World War. They are digitizing the files basically in alphabetical order.
They are now 94% complete. That’s one more percentage than last month. They want to be completed by November 2018 which is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. At the current rate of digitization, they will have this collection completed by the beginning of October 2018, same prediction as last month.
1926 Census of Prairie Provinces Transferred to Library and Archives Canada
The 1926 census of the Prairie Provinces covered Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. It was taken on June 1, 1926 and after 92 years it can be released. That time frame has passed and the 1926 census of the Prairie Provinces has been released to the Library and Archives Canada.
LAC says there is a lot of work involved to prepare the data and they do not have a date yet when it will be made available to the public.
Toronto Public Library Adds 4,000 Images to Sidewalk Labs
The Toronto Public Library has added almost 4,000 images to the Old Toronto website at Sidewalk Labs. This is an open-source map tool that provides block-by-block browsing of historic Toronto photographs.
Using a virtual map of the city you can browse Toronto historical photographs. The photographs came from the City of Toronto Archives and more will be added.
Grimsby, Ontario, Newspapers being Digitized
Newspapers from Grimsby, Ontario are being digitized. Copies of the Grimsby Independent from 1885 to 1949 are being digitized and soon will be available online. The newspapers are from collections at the Grimsby Public Library, Grimsby Museum and Grimsby Historical Society. The newspapers will be fully text searchable.
When the project is complete the newspapers will be available for free at ourontario.ca.
Vancouver Island Newspapers to be Digitized
The Vancouver Island University is going to digitize early newspapers. They are the Nanaimo Daily Free Press (1874-1928) and the Cowichan Leader (1905-1928).
This project is expected to take 11 months. Once completed the newspapers will be available online for free. They will be available to the public with online tools such as Google Scholar, library indexes and the B.C. Digital Library.
Nova Scotia Archives Adds Birth, Marriage, and Death Records
At the beginning of the year additional Nova Scotia birth, marriage, and death records became available to the public. Birth records for the year 1917, marriage records for the year 1942, and death records for the year 1967 were released on December 31, 2017.
The Nova Scotia Archives has added these records to its website. The records are all indexed and they are free to access.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Receives Funds to Preserve Archives
St. Peter’s Cathedral in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island received funding to preserve its archives and make them digitally available on a future website.
The archives date back to when the church was built in 1869. The new website will be available some time in 2019. This is the year of the church’s 150th anniversary.
Québec Genealogical eSociety
There is a new virtual genealogy society for Quebec research. It’s called the Québec Genealogical eSociety. Joining the society will give you access to two websites important to Quebec genealogy – the PRDH and BMS2000.
Members will be giving monthly webinars and helping each other with research. There are other plans in the works.
You can find out more about the eSociety at their website and on the recent episode of the Maples Stars and Stripes podcast where Sandra Goodwin interviewed the founder Johanne Gervais.
New Records Added at TheGenealogists
TheGenealogists, a subscription website in the UK has added a few more collections. They have added directories for Nottingham, Glasgow, Leicestershire & Rutland, Derby, Shropshire, and Kent to its 1921 census substitute collection. Over 25 other areas were already in this collection.
The 1921 census will be released January 2022 after 100 years have passed since the census was taken.
TheGenealogist has added to its Criminal Records collection the Metropolitan Police Criminal Records Office: Habitual Criminals Registers and the Habitual Drunkards Registers. These are transcripts with images of the registers. There are photographs of some of the habitual drunkards.
Glasgow University Publishes Fugitive Slave Adverts from 18th Century
Glasgow University has published a database that contains fugitive slave adverts from 18th century UK newspapers. Advertisements were placed by masters and owners offering rewards to anyone who captured and returned the runaways.
The advertisements describe in detail the men, women, and children who ran away to escape servitude. They describe the mannerisms, clothes, hairstyles, skin markings, and skills of people who are normally absent from records of the time.
The advertisements were placed in England and Scottish newspapers between 1700 and 1780. The database covers all the regions of England and mainland Scotland.
ScotlandsPeople New Maps Collection
ScotlandsPeople has added more than 2,400 historic maps, plans and drawings. Many of the maps show how the Scottish landscape has changed over time. The maps also show where people lived. They are only for certain areas of Scotland, not the whole country.
Most of the maps and plans came from records of court cases, Scottish government departments, Heritors’ records, and from private collections gifted to or purchased by National Records of Scotland.
The collection spans four centuries. More maps and plans will be added to the ScotlandsPeople website. Access to the maps and plans are free.
New Website Ireland Illustrated
A new website called Ireland Illustrated, 1680 – 1860 has launched. It contains over 500 images of Ireland from manuscripts and printed works. Many of the illustrations were made by and for travelers. Also, at the website are woodcuts, water colors, and engravings.
Phase 1 involved travel accounts that contain a personal experience and narrative. This phase was recently released. Future phases will concentrate on more narratives, guide books, early railway guides and coastal navigation guides.
More Issues of Church of Ireland Gazette Go Online
More issues of the weekly newspaper The Church of Ireland Gazette have been digitized and placed online. The new issues are for the years 1924 to 1933.
This makes all issues from the first edition until the year 1933 available online. And it makes half of the newspapers editions have been digitized. The Representative Church Body (RCB) Library is digitizing the newspaper and placing it online at its website.
APG PMC Registration Open
The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) has opened registration for its Professional Management Conference (PMC) taking place in Kansas City, Missouri from October 4-6, 2018.
There will be three full days of presentations during the conference. The presentations will not be live-streamed or recorded.
Institute for Genetic Genealogy Information (i4GG) Registration is Open
Registration for the Institute for Genetic Genealogy Information (i4GG) is open. This conference will be held December 8 – 9, in San Diego, California. The theme for this year’s conference will be how to stay on top of the latest advancements in genetic genealogy, including the most comprehensive and most effective techniques for the successful application of DNA testing to genealogy available now
The day before the conference, December 7, will be for the major DNA testing companies to offer presentations.
The presentations at the conference will be video recorded and provided free of charge to those who purchase tickets for both days. If you opt for one day or do not attend the conference, the recordings will be available for purchase at $99 for all videos, or $10 for purchase of individual video recordings.
Virtual Genealogical Society Call for Proposals for the 2019 Programs
The newly formed Virtual Genealogical Society has issued a call for proposals for their 2019 programs that will be held monthly using GoToWebinar. Presenters will be paid $100 for providing a 50-minute webinar followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer period, and an accompanying handout.
Recorded webinars will be available to VGS members for 6 months following the live broadcast.
The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, August 31.
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) Announces Courses for 2019
The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) has announced the courses that will be offered in 2019. In 2019, GRIP will provide 15 courses in two different weeks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. One week will be June 23 – 28 and the other week will be July 14 – 19.
More detailed information will be coming in October.
Future Courses Announced for The Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR)
The Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) has announced the courses that will be offered thru 2022. Courses last one week and are led by a nationally prominent genealogical educator.
IGHR is hosted by the Georgia Genealogical Society with courses taking place at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel on the University of Georgia Campus in Athens, Georgia.
Weekly Canadian Webinars
Well known Canadian genealogist, Kathryn Lake Hogan, has announced that she will be presenting free weekly webinars about Canadian genealogy. The webinars are called Genealogy with a Canadian Twist. She wants to answer questions that occur over and over again to educate everyone about doing Canadian research.
The webinars will be held every Thursday at 1PM Eastern. They will be recorded and made available for 48 hours afterward.
Genealogy with a Canadian Twist Weekly Webinars
Be sure to check out the calendar at Geneatopia.com for the webinars coming up. The calendar also has all the Google Hangouts that are scheduled, events going on in Second Life, and online events that you pay for.
And that’s it for this episode.
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This is episode 118.
Thanks for listening.