Genealogy News Episode 121

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Saturday August 25, 2018 and this is Episode 121.

23andMe Changes to Ancestry Composition

23andMe has made some updates to the Ancestry Composition report. This is basically an ethnicity report.

The updates are for customers with African or East Asian ancestry. Nine new regions have been added to Africa and four more to East Asia. The Sub-Saharan Africa region now include 13 distinct ancestral populations. Prior to this update it only included three subgroups.

The Africa updates were made possible from 23amdMe’s African Genetics Project. For this project they provided DNA kits to individuals with four grandparents born in the same African country.

The updates to the East Asian populations were from customer-supplied information. Both updates were made possible by 1000 Genomes Project, a repository of human variation and genotype data that was collected from 2008 and 2015. It is publicly available.

The updates are only available to customers on the latest version of the company’s genotyping chip. They are working to make this update available for all customers.

New African & East Asian Details in 23andMe’s Latest Ancestry Composition Update

More new records at FamilySearch

These collections are new indexed record collections
France, Brittany, Public Records, 1793-1896
France, Ille-et-Vilaine, Cancale, Census, 1836
France, Vienne, Military Draft Cards, 1867-1921
Georgia, Atlanta City Census, 1896
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010
Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968
North Dakota, County Marriages, 1872-1958
Ohio, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1977
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911
Russia, Samara Church Books 1748-1934

These collections have added images to an existing collection
New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998
Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1930
Wales Court and Miscellaneous Records, 1542-1911

New Historical Records at FamilySearch, August 20, 2018

FamilySearch New Family History Library Director David Rencher

The Family History Library has a new director. It’s David Rencher. He is also FamilySearch’s Chief Genealogy Officer. He was the director of the Family History Library from 1999 to 2002.

He is replacing Diane Loosle, who is fulfilling other leadership needs.

FamilySearch CGO David Rencher New Family History Library Director

FamilySearch Ellis Island Immigrant Records

FamilySearch has announced along with the Statue of Liberty-Eillis Island Foundation, that they have expanded their Ellis Island Immigration to contain all Ellis Island New York Passenger Arrival Lists from 1820 to 1957. The entire collection is available at both websites – FamilySearch and the Ellis Island website.

The years from 1820 to 1957 have been indexed and can be easily searched. Ellis Island did not open until 1892 but the records in this collection go back to 1820 because it contains passenger lists for people who came into the country from New York.

You can use the census from 1900, 1910, 1920, or 1930 to find out when you ancestor came to the United States. Then you can narrow down your search by year.

Other tips are to search for people they may have traveled with such as family members, use wild cards to allow for variations in spelling and check for later passenger lists because many people traveled back home to visit or retrieve family members.

Expanded Ellis Island Immigrant Records 1820-1957 Online

New Records at Findmypast

Findmypast has added some collections pertaining to World War I. There is a collection of Irish officers who died during the war, airmen who died during the war, and honorable women who served during the war.

There is a new collection called British Subjects Who Died In The Service Of The Indian Empire.

For Ireland, they’ve added the Dublin Metropolitan Police prisoner books from the early 1900s and the police register for the years 1837 – 1925.

Registers and records have been added for Wiltshire and Westmorland.

They’ve added more records to the collection of Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards. And more records have been added to the collection of directories & almanacs for Britain.

More records have been added for New Zealand birth, marriage, and death indexes.

England, clandestine marriages have been added for the years 1667 to 1775. These were marriages that were kept a secret and performed outside the church. They didn’t require marriage banns and residency requirements. A law went into effect in 1754 to prevent these types of marriages.

There is a new index for Scotland, Lanarkshire Death & Burial Index 1642 – 1855. And a new index for Queensland, Seaman 1882 – 1919.

An index to Omaha, Nebraska births for the years 1874 – 1887 have been added. In the index you can find out the names, birth dates, and birth places, as well as parents’ names.

Findmypast Friday August 10th

Findmypast Friday August 17th

Findmypast Friday August 24th

DPLA Has a New List Feature

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has a new website feature that allows users to create lists of items from across DPLA’s collections. This will allow you to get to the same items without having to search for them again.

Lists are great for research or collecting documents relating to your family history. Each list can contain up to 50 items.

You don’t need a DPLA account to create lists. To get your lists back you need to use the same browser and device as when you created the list.

If you are using a shared computer, you can download your lists as a spreadsheet and use the spreadsheet to revisit the items. This is also how you can share lists, by downloading them first and then sharing the spreadsheet.

Save your Favorite DPLA Items with New List Feature

Family Tree Magazine Best Websites for 2018

Family Tree Magazine has published its 2018 edition of the 101 Best Genealogy Websites. The websites are arranged by many different categories.

The list appears in the September 2018 issue of the magazine and it’s available online. I’ll have link in the show notes to it.

Family Tree Magazine’s ‘101 Best Genealogy Websites’

Best Genealogy Websites

Arkansas State Archive New Digital Collection About Schools

The Arkansas State Archive has a new digital collection called “Time for Class – Arkansas Schools Through the Years.” It looks back on the history of education in Arkansas.

Over the course of two centuries, the state has gone from private, subscription courses and a sparse array of individual, one-room school houses teaching multiple grade levels at once, to a standardized network of school districts across the state.

There are class portraits, guidelines for teachers overseeing 1st through 7th grades in one-room school houses, court cases alleging misuse of tax funds intended for the local school, a 19th century women’s college curriculum, petitions for the creation of new school districts, and appeals against school district consolidation. All of this is free to access.

The collection will continue to grow as new historical documents and photographs are added.

Arkansas State Archives Announces New Digital Collection

Indigenous Digital Archive

There is an ongoing rollout of the Indigenous Digital Archive, a project of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The digital archive contains records on the Santa Fe Indian School and other Native boarding schools in New Mexico, as well as land- and water-rights use claims.

Many of these schools employed brutal tactics to break young Indians from their attachments to their families, tribal languages, and traditional spiritual practices. The focus of the schools was to prepare Indians for life in the city.

These records were only available on microfilm at the National Archives making it difficult to get them. Now they are available online.

Digital footprints of the past: An online archive of Native history

Additions to DigitalNC

DigitalNC, the online library for institutions across North Carolina, has added some new items.

They have scanned and digitized over 200 slides from the Winston-Salem African American Archive. These slides show construction of public housing units built by the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem

Fifty-five issues of Zion’s Landmarks, a Baptist newspaper published in Wilson, North Carolina, are now available at DigitalNC.

Nearly 250 issues of The Guilfordian, the student newspaper designed to update, teach, and inform students at Guilford College have been added.

And eight issues of the Albemarle Observer, from Edenton, North Carolina, are now available

Redevelopment and urban renewal efforts in Winston-Salem

Issues of Zion’s Landmarks newspaper from Wilson, NC, are now available

Ten More Years of The Guilfordian Now Online at DigitalNC

Edenton’s Albemarle Observer now available online

Changes to DigitalNC Website

DigitalNC will be undergoing some major changes by the end of the year. That means that mostly newspapers will be added to the site until the migration is completed. That’s because newspapers are stored on a different system.

The new website addresses some improvements that were identified by surveys and feedback.  Here’s the list of what has been requested:

• Faster response time for searches and viewing items

• More relevant search results

• Easier to page through multi-page items

• Files that are easier to find and download

• Full text search across ALL yearbooks

Changes Coming to

National Endowment for the Humanities Awards 18 Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded grants to 18 states for digitizing newspapers. Once the newspapers are digitized they will be found at the free site Chronicling America run by the Library of Congress.

The states that are getting grant money are Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington.

NEH Awards 2018 Grants to 18 States for Additions to Chronicling America

Maine State Library to Digitize Newspapers

The Maine State Library will be digitizing newspapers that are on microfilm. They are asking institutions and individuals who have master microfilm copies of historical Maine newspapers to contact the library if they are interested in having their collections digitized.

Maine State Library receives grant for newspaper project

Second Grant Given to Digitize More New Jersey Newspapers

The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project has received a second grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Decisions will need to made for which newspapers will be digitized.

Soon additional pages from the Perth Amboy Evening News (through 1922), the Jersey City News (from 1889 to 1906) and the West-Jersey Pioneer (later the Bridgeton Pioneer, from 1851 to 1917) will be available at Chronicling America . These have been digitized and they are currently under review.

New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project Receives Additional $219,609 Grant to Digitize Historical NJ Newspapers

Grant to Digitize More South Dakota Newspapers

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a third grant to the South Dakota Society-Archives in Pierre to continue digitizing newspapers. Plans are to digitize approximately 100 rolls of microfilmed newspapers pre-dating 1922 over two years.

SD Historical Society Receives Grant To Put More Historical Newspapers Online

Washington State Receives Grant to Digitize Newspapers

Washington state has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize some newspapers. Newspapers from Asian-American, African-American, and World War II-era will be digitized.

The grant is the fourth grant National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded to Washington State Library to digitize newspapers.

Washington State Library awarded $280,000 to digitize historic newspapers

UC Riverside Receives Grant to Digitize Newspapers

The University of California, Riverside, received grant money from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue digitizing newspapers. The grant will cover the cost to digitize 100,000 pages of newspapers published between 1920 and 1940.

UC Riverside receives $264k grant for e-archiving of newspapers

Kansas Newspapers Found at partnered with the Kansas Historical Society to digitize Kansas newspapers. They are about half way done with digitizing the collections and that is available at the subscription site

When the project is completed there will be 11 million pages of newspapers from pre-1923 available.

New Historical Kansas Newspapers Now Available

Illinois Library in Minonk Puts Newspapers Online

A library in Minonk, Illinois, has placed online its collection of microfilmed Minonk newspapers. The collection ranges for the years 1873 to 2014 and it includes most editions of the Minonk News-Dispatch, the Minonk Register and the Woodford County Journal and a few other titles.

The digital archive is available through a link on the library website.

Nick in the AM: Minonk library’s local newspaper collection enters digital age

Student Newspaper from Howard University Available Online

The student newspaper for Howard University is available online. Howard University is located in Washington, DC.

Phase one of the newspaper The Hilltop is available at Digital Howard, an online repository for Howard University. Currently, issues from February 1924 – May 1993 are available.

The newspaper has documented the voice of the student population on campus with issues covering campus concerns and national and international issues.

The Hilltop Digital Archive is now available on Digital Howard!

Quebec’s Monastère des Augustines’ Archives

The archives of the Augustinians in Quebec have launched a web portal to make freely available their archive collection. The collection dates back to New France.

The archive will allow you discover Quebec society since the early days of the colony.

The Augustinians founded 12 monasteries-hospitals so there are lots of medical and pharmaceutical objects in the archives. There are also books, furniture, works of art, everyday objects and lots more items in the archive.

Quebec’s Monastère des Augustines’ archives, dating back to New France, now available online

Toronto Public Library Digital Archive Redesigned

The Digital Archive for the Toronto Public Library has been redesigned. It has a new “look and feel.”

The new design promotes browsing the collections in a more intuitive way. Recently digitized items are prominently displayed at the top of the home page.

All content at the Digital Archive may be downloaded, shared and reproduced in print or electronic format for personal, educational, and research use.

Redesign of Toronto Public Library’s Digital Archive makes it easy to discover historic gems

Library and Archives Canada Research Guide for Censuses

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has updated their research guide for the census. This is one of their most popular research guides.

The census research guide is for the early Canadian censuses that can be found on the LAC website. New in the guide are links to the digitized images for most of the documents mentioned.

On the website they have updated the Census pages that include links to databases of census returns for 1825 to 1921 and other resources.

Researching early census records

More Issues of the Ottawa Citizen at

More editions of the Ottawa Citizen can be found at, a subscription website owned by Ancestry. The editions are scattered across four different headings – Citizen, Ottawa Citizen, The Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Daily Citizen.

Ottawa Citizen Archive Online

Isles of Wight Cemetery Records

The Isle of Wight Council has placed online almost 100,000 cemetery records. From the website you can search for free and see a list of names with the month and year of death and the cemetery. Clicking the link to view the image will then prompt you to pay £3 to view the record.


National Archives of France Placing Navy Officers

The National Archives of France are digitizing any documents that have a name of anyone who was in the French navy in the eighteenth century. This includes officers, captains of merchant vessels or of privateers, surgeons, chaplains, ordinary seamen, and anyone else.

The files are in alphabetical order and they are searchable.

Files on Officers of the French Navy Are Going Online

Marine Fund: individual files

Auckland Newspapers Available Online

Some early newspapers for Auckland are available online at The National Library’s Paper’s Past website.

Auckland is a major city in New Zealand.

The early newspapers represent the country’s early history and colonial life. They were started just after the Government moved to Auckland from Russell in the 1840s.

The three newspapers that are available are the New Zealand Herald and Auckland Gazette, The Auckland Chronicle and New Zealand Colonist, and The Auckland Times

Digitising Auckland’s earliest newspapers

Hotel Reservations Open for NGS 2019 Conference

You can now make hotel reservations for the National Genealogical Society’s 2019 Family History Conference.  The conference will be held May 8 – 11, 2019 in St. Charles, Missouri.

Hotel rooms for the conference fill up quickly. If you are planning to attend the conference you should make your reservations early to ensure that you are staying at hotel within walking distances or with shuttle service to the conference.

Hotel Reservations Now Open for the National Genealogical Society’s 2019 Family History Conference

Unlock the Past in Conference will be Livestreamed

The Unlock the Past conference will be held in Seattle on September 6th will be live-streamed. The cost is $65 for 10 presentations. There will be two streams with 5 presentations each. One stream will focus on DNA and the other stream will be about Irish and general genealogy.

You can watch live or the recordings will be available to watch later for a limited time.

Unlock the Past in Seattle with Blaine Bettinger and Maurice Gleeson LIVESTREAM

New Podcast from 23andMe

There is a new podcast from 23andMe. It’s called Spit and it’s hosted by comedian and writer Baratunde Thurston. Each podcast will be about how DNA has changed our lives and the world around us. They will be discussing things like how people discover who they are, how science disproves or proves the stories we grew up with, how finding out how much a like we are brings empathy and compassion into the world, and the modern definition of family.

Episodes will have some famous guests along with doctors, academics, and entrepreneurs.

A New Survey On Attitudes About Race and Genetics

Relative Race Season 4

The next season of Relative Race, that will be season 4, will air on BYUtv starting on September 4th. If you don’t get BYUtv you can watch it online.

The teams for this season are a husband and wife for team green and team blue, sister and brother are team black, and a father and daughter are team red.

Webinars About Scotland

Well-known Scottish researcher Christine Woodcock, will having three free webinars about researching Scottish ancestors. They will be held over the course of the next three months. The titles are

  • Scottish Genealogy – The Basics
  • Brick Wall Busters for Scottish Research
  • Those Poor Daft Scots


You will find them list in the calendar at, along with many other webinars from FamilySearch, Legacy Family Tree webinars, and monthly webinars from many genealogical societies.

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 121.

Thanks for listening.

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