Genealogy News Episode 124

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Friday November 2, 2018 and this is Episode 124.

Family Tree DNA New Chromosome Browser

Family Tree DNA has introduced a new chromosome browser. A chromosome browser lets you visually see what segments of DNA you share with your matches on which chromosome.

With the new chromosome browser you can compare up to seven matches. The previous version could only compare five.

You can select the matches to compare directly from the chromosome browser. You can search for someone by name to add them the chromosome browser. Once you’ve displayed the matches in the chromosome browser you can easily remove and add matches the group.

When you are viewing the chromosome browser it should be more intuitive. Every segment can be clicked to find out more information about it.

Family Tree DNA’s New Chromosome Browser

FDA Approves 23andMe Offering Pharmacogenetics Reports

23andMe can once again offer its customers pharmacogenetics reports. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 23andMe the authorization to offer the reports.

These reports indicate how genetics may influence the way people metabolize certain medications.

23andMe provided these reports before it received the FDA warning letter in 2013 which caused all medical reports to be re-evaluated.

23andMe Granted The First and Only FDA Authorization For Direct-to-Consumer Pharmacogenetics Reports

Courses at DNA-Central

DNA-Central, the subscription website from well-known genetic genealogist Blaine Bettinger, will be offering courses starting in 2019. These courses will have weekly lessons, graded homework, and a final exam.

They will be available to everyone for a price. DNA-Central subscribers will receive a discount for the courses.

Facebook Post from Blaine Bettinger

Board for Certification of Genealogists Adopts Standards for DNA Evidence

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) has adopted new standards for the use of DNA in genealogical work. There are five modified and seven new standards related to DNA.

A new chapter has been incorporated into the Genealogy Standards. The title is “Standards for Using DNA Evidence.”

A new edition of Genealogy Standards should be released next March. A new application guide and judging rubrics incorporating the new standards will also be released in March. Any portfolios submitted for consideration for certification will be evaluated using the existing Genealogy Standards until the new standards are published.

Board for Certification of Genealogists Adopts Standards for DNA Evidence

More new records at FamilySearch

New indexed record collection
California, Sacramento Cemetery Records, 1900-1959
Connecticut, World War I, Military Census of Nurses, 1917
Delaware, World War I Servicemen Records, 1917-1919
Florida, World War I Navy card roster, 1917-1920
France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932
France, Vienne, Census, 1896
Kansas, Gove County Enumeration Books and List of Residents, 1909-1950
United States Western States Marriage Index

This last collection of a new index records collection is marriage records from 12 western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015
Colombia, Diocese of Barranquilla, Catholic Church Records, 1808-1985
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999
Germany, Hesse-Nassau, Civil Registers and Church Books, 1701-1875
Germany, Prussia, Westphalia, Minden, Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives, 1574-1912
Italy, Bergamo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1901
Italy, Brescia, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1797-1943
Italy, Pesaro e Urbino, Urbino, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1942
Italy, Roma, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1863-1930
Italy, Savona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1813, 1838-1936
Italy, Torino, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1802-1816
Kansas State Census, 1915
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1900-1964
Montana, Rosebud County Records, 1878-2011
New Zealand, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1840-1981
North Dakota, County Marriages, 1872-1958
Ohio, Bloomfield Township, Brownwood Cemetery Records, 1824-2012
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1935-1999
Spain, Diocese of Lugo, Catholic Parish Records, 1550-1966
Texas, Houston, Historic Hollywood Cemetery Records, 1895-2008
West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971
Western States Marriage Index

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of October 22, 2018

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of October 29, 2018

New Records at MyHeritage

MyHeritage has announced new records that have been recently added to the site. They’ve added an index of wills, grants of probates, and letters of administration for England and Wales. The years covered are from 1853 to 1943.

The 1921 Canadian Census has been added. This census recorded the name, relationship to head of household, marital status, age at last birthday, birthplace, nationality, immigration year, naturalization year, and religion. The 1921 Canadian Census can be found at Ancestry and the Library and Archives Canada website.

The 1787 Census for Denmark has been added. This census covers the kingdom of Denmark. It recorded the name, residence, age, marital status, position in the family, and occupation. The children are listed and it tells if they are legitimate and from which marriage they were born. MyHeritage has partnered with the Danish National Archives to index the census and bring it online.

MyHeritage has also released the 1901 Denmark census on its site.

All these records can be searched for free. You will need a MyHeritage subscription to view the records.

New Historical Collections: Added in October 2018

New Additions at Findmypast

Findmypast continues to add new records every Friday. They’ve added to the England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1920-1932. This can be used as a substitute for the 1931 census. The 1931 census was completely destroyed by a fire in 1942.

Another good substitute for the 1931 census is the 1939 Register. The 1939 Register was created at the beginning of World War II to record information about every household. Findmypast has added over 30,000 closed records to the 1939 Register. These are records for people who are no longer living.

They’ve added the Britain, Gestapo Invasion Arrest List 1940. This is an arrest list that was compiled for Britain by the German Gestapo after the fall of France in May 1940.

Findmypast has added baptisms and burials for Dorset and Middlesex. There is an index for Scotland, Edinburgh & Lothian Birth and Baptisms as well as a death and burial index for this region.

Over 13,000 additional records have been added to the Dioceses of Lichfield & Coventry Marriage Allegations and Bonds, 1636-1893.

Almost 130,000 new records covering Durham cemeteries have been added to the Northumberland and Durham Burials collection.

Six historical publications containing more than 3,000 pages of aldermen, freeman, and criminal records along with parish registers from Chapel of Holy Trinity and St Nicholas Acons have been added.

Over 30,000 records covering Abernethy, Greyfriars, Kilmore, Urray, Clachan, and more have been added Scottish Monumental Inscriptions collection.

You can discover your Irish ancestry by searching the Waterford board of guardian minute books as well as the 1931 Trade Directory and some gravestone records.

Findmypast has added the O’Hart’s Irish Pedigrees. These are two volumes of genealogies for Irish families that were published in 1915.

More directories and almanacs have been added for the United States.

And Findmypast continues to add to the British & Irish Newspaper collection. They now have over 28 million pages.

Findmypast Friday October 12th

Findmypast Friday October 19th

Findmypast Friday October 26th

British Newspaper Archive passes 28 million pages

Findmypast Friday November 2nd

American Ancestors Record Annotations

The New England Historic Genealogical Society runs the website called AmericanAncestors. They have announced a new capability called Record Annotations.

Some information found in old books is incorrect. If a correction was made to the incorrect information it would appear to be a mistranscription to others doing research. Record Annotations can now be used to alert researchers to issues in source documents. They will clearly identify errors in the records.

The annotations will highlight one or more fields on the record and list corrections with supporting reference information.

Users will be able to submit annotations with a reference to the correct information by clicking a Report Error button. This button can be found when looking at a record, image or transcript.

New Record Annotation Capability

Library of Congress Announces Crowdsourcing

The Library of Congress has launched a crowdsourcing program. They are asking everyone to help with transcription and tagging. It can be found at

To start the program, volunteers can work on selections from the papers of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Church Terrell, Clara Barton’s diaries, Branch Rickey’s baseball scouting reports or memoirs of Civil War veterans with disabilities from the William Oland Bourne Papers.

Later new material will be added to the crowdsourcing program. That will include documents from the Rosa Parks papers, the woman’s suffrage movement, Civil War veterans, American poets and the history of psychiatry.

The transcripts of these records will be made available at the Library’s website,

The Library of Congress recently published its Strategic Plan and Digital Strategy. They will be emphasizing a user-centered, data-driven, and digitally enabled foundation to connect with all Americans. They want to open their collections to the world. This crowdsourcing program will help them achieve that.

Crowdsourcing Tool Enables Discovery of Unique Treasures at the Library of Congress

National Archives Facebook Chatbot

The National Archives in the United States has created a Facebook Messenger Chatbot. The chatbot is a way for users to interact with the National Archives and make records more accessible.

To access the chatbot go to the National Archives Facebook page and send a message to say “hi”. Then it will explain that it’s a chatbot and two buttons will appear for you to make a selection. One button is to tag a document and the other button is to ask a question.

You can tag a document as typed, handwritten, or both. This helps to sort the documents and then others can then help archivists transcribe the records in the Catalog. You can keep tagging documents for as long as you like.

The other feature for interacting with the chatbot is to ask a question. You can ask questions about visiting the National Archives, learn some archives trivia, or view an interesting photo. Buttons will appear for you to make a selection.

You don’t actually type to converse with the chatbot. You will always be selecting buttons to get information.

Tag it! Introducing the National Archives Facebook Chatbot

New York State Archives Gets Grant

The New York State Archives has received a grant from the federal government to conserve historical documents from the Revolutionary War era. They have received $125,000 to conserve, digitize and post on the State Archives’ website hundreds of pages of documents dating back to 1775, the first year of the American Revolution.

There are military enlistment papers held by the New York State Library and many other documents that are in fragile condition. Digitization started on November 1st.

State Archives gets $125K grant from US to conserve records

Digital Worcester

There’s a new website that contains a variety of things from Worcester, Massachusetts. It’s found at

The Worcester Historical Museum partnered with Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Humanities and Arts to digitize items and make them available to the public.

There are a variety of collections from city directories and documents to a massive photo collection. The collections will continue to expand as more items are digitized and others add their own items.

WPI, Worcester Historical Museum team up on Digital Worcester

Missouri Census Records Found

Thirteen pages from the 1880 Missouri census have been found. The pages record the households of the 99th Enumeration District in Perry County for 633 individuals then residing in the county’s Union Township.

The 1880 census was released to the public in 1952. Researchers have been looking for these missing pages ever since.

The staff at the Missouri State Archives along with the Missouri Historical Society have been digitizing and make publicly accessible all of Missouri’s non-population schedules. During this process they found the missing pages for the population schedule. They were found in the 1880 agricultural schedule.

The missing pages are available online at the Missouri State Archives website under the Federal Census. I’ll have direct link in the show notes to get to the page.

Missouri State Archives, Missouri Historical Society Announce the Discovery of Long Lost Census Records

Federal Census Schedules for Missouri (1830-1940)

Digital Library of Georgia Adds Collections from Piedmont College

The Digital Library of Georgia has added two collections from the Piedmont College Library.

The May Ivie Valise collection contains items from May Ivie, an alumni of Piedmont College in the 1940s. The collection has correspondence, printed programs, military documents, and a composition book belonging to May Ivie.

The other collection is the Johnny Mize Collection. It includes baseball memorabilia, including gloves, bats, autographed baseballs, uniforms, and photographs collected by Johnny Mize, a major league baseball player.

New Digital Collections Available from Piedmont College Library

Oral Histories of Chinese-Americans Living in Augusta, Georgia

The Digital Library of Georgia has placed online the Augusta Chinese-American Oral History Project. There are 26 oral history interviews of individuals who either immigrated to Augusta, Georgia from China or who grew up in Augusta.

The interviews were recorded in 2011 and 2012. The stories and personal family histories shared are mostly from elders within the Augusta Chinese-American community. These stories have been preserved for future generations.

Oral histories from Chinese-Americans living in Augusta now available

Additions to DigitalNC

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

More than two dozen additional issues of The Charlotte Post have recently been added. This was an African American newspaper. These additional issues include special issues as well as additions from 1991 to 1996.

One more issue of the Goldsboro High School newspaper was added. The issue dates from November 15, 1927.

More issues of the Greensboro High School student newspaper have been added. Various years spanning from 1923 to 1978 are available. The school is now called Grimsley High School.

DigitalNC has added to the R. Kelly Bryant Obituary Collection. This is a collection of funeral programs and obituaries of African American residents of Durham compiled by R. Kelly Bryant.

More issues of the Greensboro High School student newspaper are available on DigitalNC

New issue of the Goldsboro Hi News now online at DigitalNC

More issues of The Charlotte Post are now online!

More additions to the R. Kelly Bryant Obituary Collection Now Online at DigitalNC

The Tennessean Newspaper Will Be Free for Those Who Live in Tennessee

The Tennessean Newspaper will be free for those who live in Tennessee. It will be for the years from 1812 to the present. This is online and accessed through the Tennessean Electronic Library.

Previously the years from 2002 to the present were available.

The Tennessean began publication in 1907, but the newspapers available include earlier titles such as the Nashville Whig and the Daily American. These papers also reported news from the Nashville-area.

State Library Providing Free Access To 190 Years Of The Tennesseean

Purdue University Northwest Digitizes Student Newspaper

The Library at Purdue University Northwest has digitized the student newspaper from 1953 to the present. They are from Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central universities.

The digitized newspapers can be found at the Internet Archive.

Library digitizes archive of student newspapers – PNW Pioneer

Purdue University Northwest University Libraries

University of Denver Student Newspapers

The University of Denver’s first and second student newspapers have been placed online at They were called The Weekly Peanut and The Hesperus. Both newspapers give readers an understanding of life for university students in Denver at the end of the 19th Century.

DU’s Weekly Peanut and The Hesperus Student Newspapers Join the CHNCDU’s Weekly Peanut and The Hesperus Student Newspapers Join the CHNC!

University of Manitoba Digitizes Polish-Canadian Newspaper

The oldest Polish language newspaper in Canada has been digitized by the University of Manitoba. The newspaper was established in Winnipeg in 1914.

The years from 1914 to 2004 are available at the digital collections for the University of Manitoba.

University of Manitoba digitizes oldest Polish-Canadian newspaper

Update on 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has issued an update about the status of the 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces. The census was released to the Library and Archives Canada this year. They formed an agreement with FamilySearch to index the census.

Indexing has been completed and now it is in the process of quality control. Plans are to transfer the index from FamilySearch to LAC on December 1st. Then LAC will start building their database for the census. The census is expected to be available by March 2019.

The 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces covered Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

The 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces database is on its way!

British Red Cross Puts Its Artifacts Online

The British Red Cross has placed some of its artifacts online for everyone to explore. There are letters, posters, photographs and films dating back to 1870 when the charity began. About half of their items are now online.

You can search, browse by object type or color and there is an advanced search to narrow down the results.

British Red Cross launches online database of its archives

Images of Thames Water of London Available Online

Thousands of images are now available that document the Thames Water’s past and the growth of London. Thames Water is responsible for the public water supply and waste water treatment in large parts of Greater London.

A special site has been created for the archive. It can be found at More images will be added to the collection as they become available. You can also submit your own images.

New 150-year digital archive captures growth of London

Photos of Nottingham

Over 200 years of photos from Nottingham are now available to view online. Nottingham Local Studies Library has been collecting photographs from the public since 1918. It now has tens of thousands of images of local people, places and events. You can still donate to the collection.

The website is called Picture Nottingham and you can purchase quality prints as well as other merchandise overlaid with images from the website.

New website of Nottingham photos goes live 100 years after collection was launched

Forces War Records

Forces War Records site was created as a place to find information about ancestors who were in the military. For each record you will also find supplementary data. You not only see the record information, but also information on the regiment, unit, or base or ship, battles fought, and medals they may have been awarded. It’s a subscription website that costs about $12 for four weeks of access or $64 for a year.

They have just announced that they have over 20 million records that are available online. Every record has been transcribed.

Forces War Records now has Over 20 Million Military Records available to search online!

TheGenealogist Adds 1950s Passenger Lists

TheGenealogist, a subscription site in the UK, has added outbound passenger lists from the 1950s. The records are fully indexed by name, year, country of departure, country of arrival, port of embarkation and port of destination.

1950s Passenger Lists added to TheGenealogist

Irish Genealogical Research Society Adds More Birth, Marriage and Death Records

The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) has added 14,000 more names to the Early Irish Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes. That equates to 7,000 records.

Many of the deaths came from Irish newspapers. The marriages were references to marriages noted from the Registry of Deeds. They were hidden by the manner of their inclusion in the contemporary index volumes.

The marriage index is free to all. The birth and death index may be searched by anyone but you will need to be a IGRS member to see more information.

We’ve Added 14,000 More Names to Our BMD Database!

Netherlands Restores Guyana’s Dutch Archive

Guyana was a Dutch colony before it became a British possession in 1831 which means that over half of Guyana’s National Archive is in Dutch. An agreement between Guyana and the Netherlands was made to preserve the archive and translate it. That work has been done and handed over to Guyana.

The archive is now available online on the Netherlands archives’ website and it will soon be available on the Guyana’s National Archives website.

The United Nations has agreed to fund the digitalization of the Chinese, Portuguese and Indian indentureship records at the archive.

Netherlands restores Guyana’s Dutch archive

Digitization of the Swiss Federal Archives

The Swiss Federal Archives is in the process of going digital. The first stage will occur in the Fall of 2019 with the launch of a web portal. Then they will start the digitization process.

The Swiss Federal Archives are the national archives of Switzerland. It was created in 1798.

Swiss Federal Archives to go all digital

Genealogy Drama Coming to ABC

There may be another genealogy related tv show coming to ABC. The show called Family History will be making a pilot. It is written by Deborah Schoeneman who is the writer of the series Girls and The Newsroom

The show follows a young tech reporter whose life changes when she discovers a family secret from a DNA-testing web site.

ABC Nabs ‘Family History’ Genealogy Drama From Deborah Schoeneman & Mandeville As Put Pilot

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 124.

Thanks for listening.

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