Genealogy News Episode 123

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Wednesday October 10, 2018 and this is Episode 123.

Find A Grave Copied at PeopleLegacy

The images and content found at Find A Grave have been copied by a website called PeopleLegacy. This has caused an uproar because the images at Find A Grave are under copyright.

PeopleLegacy even put a watermark on the images making it look like PeopleLegacy owned the copyright. If there was an existing watermark on an image, PeopleLegacy tried to blur it and then added their own.

They also copied images of people that were at the Find A Grave website. The copyright for the images belongs to the person who took the photograph. Not Find A Grave or Ancestry which owns Find A Grave.

They also copied narratives and memorials that people wrote.

PeopleLegacy claims that all their information on their site came from public sources.

PeopleLegacy has removed the images and narratives from the site.

Ancestry requested that PeopleLegacy immediately remove any and all content from its site, and cease and desist from any similar activities in the future. It seems they got results.

Following up on PeopleLegacy

AncestryDNA Results Can be Used to Create Spotify Playlists

AncestryDNA has teamed up with Spotify. Using your AncestryDNA results you can create playlists that are based on your heritage.

You can learn more about a place from the music. This makes your playlists more educational than just entertainment.

From your DNA results you may find that you come from an area that you not familiar with. Creating a playlist and listening to music from that region will help you learn about the area’s culture and history.

The Ancestry-Sponsored feature will look into the music you already listen to and see how it matches your DNA.

So how this works is you click a link from Ancestry to go to Spotify. Then you select the regions where your ancestors are from. The result is a playlist for you to listen to and share. You use your DNA results to select to regions where your ancestors came from.

You don’t need a paid subscription to Spotify to create and listen to playlists from Ancestry.

Spotify & AncestryDNA Users Can Now Generate Personalized Playlists Based On Their DNA Heritage Results

Ancestry Adds World War I Navy Pension Records

Ancestry has released the first stage of the Western Front Association pensions records. This first stage consists of naval records.

The Western Front Association was formed to maintain interest in the period from 1914-1918 and to perpetuate the memory and courage of those who served during the Great War. They have many records of British forces in the First World War.

WFA is a small organization and the partnership with Ancestry was made to get the records digitized and available for others to access.

The images are available to subscribers of Ancestry’s partner website Fold3.

Ancestry will upload more records before Remembrance Day on November 11 and add the complete set by early 2019.

First World War pensions records go live on Ancestry

Fold3 Adds Naval Records

Fold3 has added to two collections about Naval Records. The first collection is Letters Received by the Secretary of Navy (“Captains’ Letters”) dated 1805-1885.

The Captains’ Letters collection contains correspondence from captains at sea to the Secretary of the Navy. They contain information related to a variety of issues such as shipboard discipline, repairs of vessels, and conflicts with foreign governments.

The second collection that has been added are Letters Received by the Secretary of the Navy from Commanding Officers of Squadrons between 1841-1886.

New Naval Records Added to Fold3!

New Records at FamilySearch

More new records at FamilySearch

New indexed record collections
Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923
England, Northamptonshire, Non-conformist Records, 1647-1840
France, Calvados, Civil Registration, 1792-1942
Georgia, World War I statement of service summary card files, ca. 1920-1929
Hawaii, Kauai County, Obituaries, 1982-2010
Idaho, Bingham County Historical Society, Bingham County Records, 1885-1920
Iowa, Birth Records, 1921-1942
Mississippi, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919
South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriage, 1870-1930
Wales, Parish Registers, 1678-2001

The following have new indexed records and images
Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1914
BillionGraves Index
Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940
California County Naturalizations, 1831-1985
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2014
England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918
England, Devon Bishop’s Transcripts, 1558-1887
Find A Grave Index
France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Censuses, 1830-1831
Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951
Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913
Italy, Agrigento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820-1865
Italy, Bergamo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1901
Italy, Chieti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1930
Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865
Italy, Potenza, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1697-1923
Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001
Montana, Sanders County Records, 1866-2010
New Mexico, County Death Records, 1907-1952
New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880
Ukraine, Kiev Confession Lists, 1799-1911
United States Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926
United States, Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1894-1954
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940

New Free Historical Records from FamilySearch for September 17, 2018

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of October 8, 2018

New Records at FindMyPast

FindMyPast has added more records to its Catholic Heritage Archive. Church records have been added from Baltimore and New York.

There has been a substantial update to the Wales Parish Records Collection.

And they have added over 515,000 records to the Kent parish records collections.

There have been many additions to the newspaper collections and to PERSI.

Findmypast Friday 21 September 2018

Findmypast Friday September 28th 2018

Findmypast Friday October 5th 2018

DNA Painter Updates and Subscription Service

DNA Painter won first place at RootsTech 2018 DNA Innovation Contest. DNA Painter has been a free online tool for chromosome mapping. It maps segments of DNA to chromosomes and assigns different colors to each ancestor that allows you to visually see which ancestors gave you which pieces of your DNA. This is known as chromosome mapping.

In order to use it you need chromosome information from Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage, Living DNA or GEDMatch. AncestryDNA results do not contain this information but you can upload your AncestryDNA results to GEDMatch to get that information.

There have been some updates to DNA Painter and a new subscription service to the website.

The new free features are expanding and contracting the chromosomes, view settings, and performing a search by match name.

Two new features will require a subscription. Those are the ability to perform bulk import custom segment lists from 23andMe, Family Tree DNA and MyHeritage and to have more than one DNA profile. If you have created multiple profiles you won’t lose them. But those who signup for the site in the future will need a subscription for more than one profile.

Subscriptions will cost $55 per year or $30 for six months.

Dig Deeper with an Updated DNA Painter

MacFamilyTree Supports Dark Mode

The latest version of the Mac operating system is Mojave and it is now available for free for those with a Mac computer. MacFamilyTree has been updated to take advantage of the new dark mode that comes with Mojave.

Dark mode turns the background black and the text white. This makes photos and other graphics really look better.

The update is free for existing users of MacFamilyTree.

Synium Software Releases a New Update of MacFamilyTree and of Logoist for Macintosh Mojave

Family Tree Maker Update

There is an update available for Family Tree Maker. The update addresses the recent modifications to Ancestry and FamilySearch to sync trees at those websites with the tree on your computer using Family Tree Maker.

The update is also needed for Mac users who are upgrading to the latest operating system called Mojave.

The update is free.

Family Tree Maker News – September 2018

Additions to DigitalNC

DigitalNC, the online library for institutions across North Carolina, has added a few new things.

They’ve added some newspapers to the site. Four hundred more issues for the Charlotte Post have been added. They include the years 1980 to 1987.

More issues of The Gastonia Gazette from 1895 to 1904 have been added. This newspaper covers news from Gaston county and beyond.

Over 100 issues of The Carolina Journal, the student newspaper published by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, are now available on DigitalNC.

A new batch of material has been added from the Rockingham County Public Library. There are scrapbooks of news clippings, books and booklets about Rockingham County History, images, and more.

A new batch of materials documenting the history of Shaw University, a historically black liberal arts institution in Raleigh, North Carolina, have been added. The materials consist of commencement programs, annual reports, admissions fliers, and a program for a missionary training conference held at Shaw University in 1946.

Three more scrapbooks from the Cleveland County Memorial Library are now online at DigitalNC.

Over 400 more issues of the Charlotte Post Now Available on DigitalNC

Additional issues of The Gastonia Gazette are online now at DigitalNC

The Carolina Journal, UNC-Charlotte’s student newspaper, is now available on DigitalNC

New Materials from Rockingham County Public Library Include News Clippings, Booklets, and More

Commencement programs and other select materials from Shaw University now available online at DigitalNC

3 more scrapbooks from Cleveland County Memorial Library now online at DigitalNC

The Japanese American Internment Sites: A Digital Archive Online

The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley has announced the completion of the “Japanese American Internment Sites: A Digital Archive”. The new materials have been placed with an existing collection called Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study which is available online.

The new material are records that represent the official documentation of the U.S. War Relocation Authority. They oversaw the registration and segregation programs from 1942 to 1946.

The existing material that has been online since 2017 consists of personal papers of internees, correspondence, photographs, maps, artworks and audiovisual materials.

Now Available! The Japanese American Internment Sites: A Digital Archive

Digital Library of Georgia Places the Pinebranch Online

The Digital Library of Georgia has digitized the Pinebranch. This was the first student publication of South Georgia State Normal College and Georgia State Woman’s College. These were later named Valdosta State University.

The Pinebranch was a literary magazine published from 1917 to 1934. The magazine contains information about women’s history, southern history, and the history of education.

Digitization of the Pinebranch, the first student publication of South Georgia State Normal College and Georgia State Woman’s College (both earlier names for Valdosta State University)

Fulton History Newspaper Website Hacked

Fulton History is a free newspaper website. It was recently hacked by a ransomware cryptovirus that originated in Russia. It caused the website to crash.

The cryptovirus encrypts files and you need a key or password to decrpyt them so they are usable without the key. Ransomware blocks access to your files until a sum of money is paid. The owner and creator of Fulton History, Tom Tryniski, had an extensive backup of more than 50 terabytes of data that were contained at the site.

So he restored the entire site from an off-site backup. No need to pay the criminals to get the site back.

Grondahl: Russian hackers no match for digital archivist

City of Edmonton Archives New Website

The City of Edmonton Archives has launched a new website. The new website is a redesign of the old one. It contains an online catalog with a search engine.

There is information about the collections held by the archives and many photographs.

City of Edmonton Archives launches new website

New Brunswick Project to Digitize Anglican Registers from Fredericton Diocese

The New Brunswick Genealogical Society along with the Anglican Diocese of Fredericton will be digitizing 650 Anglican registers dating back to the 1790s. The registers include information about baptisms, marriages and burial dates and locations.

When the project is complete, all the information from the registers will be available online at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick’s website sometime next year.

Provincial Archives project to give genealogists, others fast access to ‘goldmine’

Issues of Ontario History Online

Recent issues of Ontario History have been made available online. Ontario History is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that is published bi-annually by the Ontario Historical Society. It discusses a wide range of topics related to Ontario’s past. Some are relevant to genealogists.

Issues from 2012 – 2017 are available for free.

Issues of ‘Ontario History’ 2013-2017 now online

Saskatchewan History

All back issues of Saskatchewan History have been placed online. The years range from 1948 to 2017. The magazine is no longer published and the last issue was released in 2017.

The magazine included articles about the fur trade, pioneer life, ethnic groups and immigration, the history of medicine and medicare, religion, and lots more. Each magazine is available as a PDF. You can search within the magazine. You cannot search all the magazines.

69 years of ‘Saskatchewan History’ magazine online

TheGenealogist Adds School Registers

TheGenealogist, a subscription site in the UK, has added lots of school registers. The school records contain information about a student’s achievements as well as some details about their family. There may be birth dates and parents’ names. The subjects studied may give clues to the student’s interests and personalities.

School Registers released online by TheGenealogist

Dublin Port Company Launches Digital Archive

The Dublin Port Company has launched an online repository that contains employee registers, photographs, drawings, maps, charts, and videos. It can be found at

The site is free and more information will be added to it.

The records date back to 1707 but maybe the most useful thing at the website is the Name Book from 1906 to 1914. It contains every manual worker who was employed by the Dublin Port and Docks Board.

Dublin Port Archive launched online and free

ArkivDigital Adds Family Trees

The Swedish subscription site ArkivDigital will be letting subscribers upload their family tree to the website. Many other genealogy companies offer their customers cloud-based family trees and ArkivDigital wants to add this for its customers.

This will take place sometime in 2019.

ArkivDigital has plans to release Sweden’s Population for 1940 and 1985 before Christmas. This is helpful to find living relatives in Sweden.

Their main priority at the moment is to index all birth and death books for the whole country. The indexes will be linked to the sources.

ArkivDigital answers with family tree betting

2019 FGS Family History Conference Call for Proposals

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has announced a call for proposals for its 2019 conference. The conference will be held In Washington, DC, August 21 – 24, 2019.

FGS encourages new presentations to be submitted and they are interested in all topics.

The deadline to submit proposals is November 1st.

2019 Conference: Call for Presentation Proposals

The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) Alumni Association Scholarship Applications

The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) Alumni Association is accepting applications for a scholarship to attend Gen-Fed in 2019. The scholarship is for $600, which will cover full tuition for the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) and the remaining money can be applied to help with the cost of the hotel and meals.

Applications for the scholarship need to be submitted by December 31st. Applicants should serve the genealogical community in a paid or volunteer position.

The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) Alumni Association Announces the Richard S. Lackey Scholarship

Be sure to check out the calendar at 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.

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This is episode 123.

Thanks for listening.

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