Genealogy News Episode 88

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Wednesday August 24, 2016 and this is Episode 88.

NEH to Fund Digitizing Newspapers in Alaska, Colorado, Maine, and New Jersey

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) provides the funding for digitizing newspapers at the Chronicling America website. NEH has announced funding to digitize newspapers from the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums; the Colorado Historical Society; the Maine State Library, and Rutgers University in New Jersey.

These are new states being added to Chronicling America. Newspapers dating from 1836 to 1922 will be digitized. It is expected to take two years to digitize the newspapers.

NEH is also providing funding for some ongoing digitization of newspapers in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas

Alaska, Colorado, Maine, and New Jersey Join the National Digital Newspaper Program

DigitalNC Adds Newspapers the Jackson County Journal and The Sylva Herald and Ruralite

DigitalNC is the website for the North Carolina digital heritage center. They work with cultural heritage institutions across North Carolina to digitize and publish materials online such as newspapers. They have recently added two newspapers from Sylva, NC. They are the Jackson County Journal and The Sylva Herald and Ruralite.

The years for the Jackson County Journal are from 1923 – 1942. The last few years contain lots of World War II news about local men who enlisted as soldiers.

The Sylva Herald and Ruralite has been publishing a weekly newspaper since 1926. The years that have been digitized span from 1943 – 1950.

Jackson County Public Library Contributes Issues of Two Sylva-Area Newspapers

DigitalNC Adds Montreat Student Newspapers

Also found at the DigitalNC website are Montreat student newspapers ranging from the years 1937 – 2016. Montreat College is a Christian liberal arts school located in Montreat, NC, in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Montreat Student Newspapers Now Online

Newspaper The Capital Online

An archive of a newspaper from Annapolis, Maryland will be free to access until the end of August. The paper is The Capital. The archives go back to 1887.

In September they will begin charging a monthly or annual subscription fee.

New! Search database of Capital print archives dating back to 1887

Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library is Free

The Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library Is now available for free. It contains videos, interactive games, teacher guides and lesson plans about American History. The site is designed for educators.

There are 800 minutes of video, including 27 productions that earned 16 Emmys, and more than 100 lesson plans, background texts and primary source media

You need to register in order to use the site. You don’t have to be an educator to register and use the site.

Colonial Williamsburg to grant free access to digital library

Photos of the First Naval District, Boston

The Massachusetts Digital Commonwealth is a state-wide program that provides online access to records held by libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies in Massachusetts. The National Archives at Boston has joined the Digital Commonwealth and they have digitized two collections of photographs. The collections are called Photographs Depicting Naval Shore Establishments, 1939-1947 and the Administrative History of the First Naval District in World War II, 1946.

The First Naval District was in existence from 1915 to 1976. It was located at the Boston Navy Yard and covered Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

All the prints in both these collections have been scanned and over 1000 images are now available at the Digital Commonwealth website.

National Archives at Boston Collaborates to Digitize Over 900 Popular Photos

Open Parks Network

Clemson University and the National Park Service have released the Open Parks Network. It’s a new digital archive for the National Park Service that contains more than 100,000 high-resolution, public domain images.

The collection was created over six years and the majority of historical items were scanned at Clemson Libraries’ Digital Imaging Lab.

Many parks were inhabited by people prior to becoming a National Park. In the collection you will find information about these people who once lived there.

Clemson and National Park Service unveil digital repository for national and state parks

More Records Online for Troy, New York

The Troy Irish Genealogy Society has added two new digital databases to their collection. They are about Troy, New York.

The collections are Marriage Notices Appearing in Troy Newspapers 1797–1860 and World War II Honor Roll – Sixth Ward, South Troy.

The Troy Irish Genealogy Society website has many other digital collections for upstate New York.

Two new online databases for Troy, New York

Map for Historical Sites in Manitoba

There’s a new map showing historic sites around Manitoba. It was created by Gordon Goldsborough, a past president and current webmaster for the Manitoba Historical Society. He spent the last six years creating this map.

The map is searchable and will display the locations of what you search for. Clicking on the location will then bring up more information from the Manitoba Historical Society.

Plans are to use a drone to capture images and videos of sites that can only be seen by air and there is an app in development where users would be notified whenever they’re passing an historical place.

Mapping out Manitoba’s history

LAC Update on Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files

The Library and Archives Canada has passed the halfway mark for the digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force personnel service files. These are the files for the soldiers of the first World War.

They are basically digitizing the files in alphabetical order and they are now up to the surname Larocque.

According to John D. Reid of the Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections blog, the project will be completed by September 2018 at the rate that LAC is digitizing. Last month it was predicted to be completed by January 2019. So they’ve sped up the digitizing.

Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force personnel service files–update of August 2016: We’ve passed the half-way mark!

CFF Service Files Digitization by LAS: August Update

National Library of Wales Digitizing Books

The National Library of Wales will be digitizing out of copyright books about Wales.

They have already digitized the newspaper collection and that is freely available online. There are over 1 million pages from newspapers spanning the years from 1804 to 1919.

Once the books are digitized they will be freely available to the public.

Digitising Welsh Published Collections

ScotlandsPeople Website will be down

ScotlandsPeople website will be down from Wednesday September 7 until Monday September12. If you visit The ScotlandsPeople Center in Edinburgh during that time you will be able to access the records.

There will be another announcement just before the shutdown that will contain details of changes that will be made to the site.

Service announcement for the ScotlandsPeople website

Dublin City Electoral Lists 1937-64 Taken Offline

The Dublin City Electoral Lists 1937-64 have been taken down from the Dublin City Council website. The Data Protection Commission is concerned that living people may be found in the lists with their address at that time and that would upset them.

You can search by street to see who is currently registered to vote for this year at This makes it seem odd that the Data Protection Commission is concerned with addresses from 1937 to 1964.

Data protection concerns force Dublin records offline

Photographs of Danish Prisoners on Flickr

About 700 images have been added to Flickr by the Danish National Archives. They are photographs of prisoners at Horsens State Prison taken in the mid to late 1800s. All the pictures contain the prisoners name, prison number, and the year they were imprisoned. Some pictures have descriptions on the back.

Portrait Sale on Flickr

Ancestry Updates Probate Indexes for England & Wales

Ancestry has updated its collection England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (index of wills and administrations), 1858 – 1966. It now includes the years 1973 – 1995.

The collection contains summaries of probate cases in England and Wales and is an index to wills and probate records for this period. You will need to order the actual will from the GOV.UK website.

Ancestry updates National Probate Index

British Airways and Ancestry Sweapstakes

Recently a woman decided to have her DNA tested at AncestryDNA just to see what the results would be. To her surprise she found out she had a sister in England. Her father was stationed in England and never knew that he had a daughter there. The father since passed away but the sisters have been reunited.

British Airways flew the sister to the United States as a surprise to her other two sisters. The two sisters were coming to England to meet their new sister. The reunion happened when they got on the plane and they all traveled to England together.

In celebration of this reunion, British Airways and Ancestry are having a sweepstakes where three people will win a pair of round-trip business class tickets on British Airways and four nights at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel. They will also win a one year all access Ancestry subscription.

There are three separate entry periods August 4-August 26, August 27-September 11, and September 12-September 30. One winner will be selected for each entry. Only U.S. residents are eligible to enter.

British Airways and are Offering Sweepstakes Travel to London

New Records Added to Findmypast

Findmypast has added the New South Wales 1891 census and lots more records for Staffordshire which include baptisms, banns, marriages and burials. You can also browse the Staffordshire records.

They have added additional records for England & Wales Non-Conformist Births and Baptisms, marriages and burials. These are records for Roman Catholics, Jews, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, members of the Society of Friends and other denominations.

Another collection is the Middlesex, London, Old Bailey Court records 1674-1913. This collection contains transcripts and links to images of the original documents from the central criminal court of England & Wales.

A new collection called Ireland, Outrage reports 1836-1840 contains police reports filed by the Royal Irish Constabulary.

Some more publications have been added to the Scotland, Registers & Records. They are a statistical account of the parish of Dundee, a history of the Highland clans & regiments, a history of social life in Scotland and the histories of the Duff and Leslie family names.

Findmypast has mentioned that a new batch of US marriage records and a collection of Australian travel & Immigration records will soon be released.

Findmypast Friday, August 12th 2016

Findmypast Friday 19th August 2016

New Records Added to FamilySearch

More new records at FamilySearch

New indexed and images record collections
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Ration Records1865-1872
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Records of Freedmen’s Complaints 1865- 1872

New indexed record collections
New Hampshire Vital and Town Records Index 1656-1938
Norway Probate Index Cards 1640-1903

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Arizona County Marriages 1871-1964
Czech Republic Church Books 1552-1963
District of Columbia Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records 1863-1872
England Sussex Parish Registers 1538-1910
Illinois DeKalb County Land Records 1838-1927
Michigan Obituaries 1820-2006
Minnesota Clay County School Census Records 1909-1962
New Jersey, State Census, 1855
New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists 1906-1942
Peru Cusco Civil Registration 1889-1997
Portugal Porto Catholic Church Records 1535-1949
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Records of the Superintendent of Education and of the Division of Education 1865-1872
United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps 1798-1937
Utah Tremonton and Garland Obituaries 1959-2013

These collections have added images to an existing collection
Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889
Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953
Peru La Libertad Civil Registration 1903-1998

FamilySearch New Collections Update: Week of August 15, 2016

Need to Register at FamilySearch Wiki

The FamilySearch wiki will now require you to register and be approved before you can edit anything. The registration process will consist of a simple survey form to be filled out.

The wiki has recently been plagued with spammers and they hope this will alleviate the problem.

Editing limitations added to the FamilySearch Family History Wiki

NGS New Course

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has announced a new online, cloud-based course called Branching Out. It’s part of the American Genealogical Studies (AGS) series.

The course consists of five modules designed to enhance genealogical research skills. The modules are

Cemeteries, Tombstones, and Funeral Homes
Religious Records
Newspaper Research
Research in the Courthouse – Probate Records
Research in the Courthouse – Deeds

Each module contains course readings, lessons, quizzes, and assignments.

NGS Announces a New Course in its American Genealogical Studies Series: Branching Out

SCGS Extends Time for Presentations

The Southern California Genealogical Society has extended the time to submit presentations until September 2. These presentations can be for the next Jamboree held in June 2017, the genetic genealogy conference held the day before the Jamboree, workshops, and the 2017 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program.

[CA-SCGS] 2017 Call for Presentations – Extended!

FGS Conference Dates

The Federation of Genealogical Societies has announced the dates and places for their 2019 and 2020 conferences.

The 2019 conference will be held August 21 – 24 in Washington, D.C., and the 2020 conference will be held September 2-5 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The 2017 conference will be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the 2018 conference will be in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

The 2016 conference is coming up shortly on August 31 – September 3. It will be held in Springfield, Illinois and registration is still open.

Upcoming FGS Genealogy Conferences To Be Held in Washington, DC and Kansas City, MO!

GenealogyGems at FGS

Lisa Louise Cooke will be offering 30 minute sessions in the exhibit hall of the FGS conference as she has at previous conferences. Diahan Southard, your DNA guide, and Jim Beidler, a German genealogy expert, will be joining Lisa giving presentations.

If you are going to the conference, you can enter to win a grand prize that consists of many things.

If you are not going to the conference, some of the sessions may be viewed using Periscope. They will be announcing which ones soon.

Great Scott! Genealogy Gems is Attending Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference


An official press release about a new venture will be coming during the FGS conference. The Genealogy Guys talked about it in their latest podcast. There’s a new website called genealogyDOTcoach. That’s the name of the website and also the address.

It’s a site where you can find a coach for getting advice. You are not paying a professional genealogist to do research for you but for you to get help with doing your own research.

Coaches are from US, UK, and Canada. They are offering coaching on many topics such as research in different parts of the world, different types of research, technology, and beginners.

The coaches are all well-known genealogists. You will have a face-to-face chat with your coach that include screen sharing options.

You can book an appointment in 15 minute increments for a set fee. Fees range from $15 to $55.


Second Life Virtual Genealogical Society

There is a new genealogy society forming in Second Life. There are already monthly APG meetings in Second Life. You don’t have to be a member of APG to attend the meetings but you do need to be a member to vote.

Some people wanted more casual meetings and that’s the reason the new society is forming. The Second Life genealogy society will be eligible to join the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).

Plans for the new society are for discussions, presentations, and field trips. They are just now having discussions about how to organize the group, what positions will need to be filled, and who will be responsible for what.

Dues will be collected to cover expenses in Second Life and membership to FGS. A small society pays $35 to join FGS. That would be for societies with up to 50 members.

Dues will be between $3 to $5 per year.

The monthly meetings for the new society will be held on either the second or fourth Sunday in Second Life at 5:30 PM SL time which is 8:30PM Eastern. The name of the group will be Second Life Virtual Genealogical Society.

You can find out more information at, follow @SLgenealogy in Twitter, or join the Facebook group.

Genealogists in Second Life

BCG Past Webinars at Family Tree Webinars

Last episode I mentioned that the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) had entered into a partnership with Legacy. Legacy runs Family Tree Webinars and BCG is going to use them for hosting and presenting their webinars. They have now announced that all previously recorded BCG webinars will be found at You will need a subscription to Family Tree Webinars to view these past webinars.

PRIOR BCG Webinars Now Available at Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Here are some webinars coming up.

Tuesday, August 30, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Ask Your British Research Question

Thursday, September 1, 1PM Eastern
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Webinar
History Library Catalog and Services

Thursday, September 1, 7PM Eastern
Ontario Genealogical Society Webinar
Leave No Stone Unturned
presented by Sandra Joyce

Saturday, September 3, 1PM Eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society Webinar
Discover Family History in Historical Newspapers Online and Off
presented by J. H. Fonkert

Saturday, September 3, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Encontrando nuestros primos (Finding our cousins)

Tuesday, September 6, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Ask Your United States Research Question

Tuesday, September 6, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
British Case Study

Wednesday, September 7, 8PM Eastern
Minnesota Genealogical Society
7 Ways to Use the Cloud for Your Genealogy Research
presented by Jennifer Alford

Thursday, September 8, 1PM Eastern
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Webinar
Genealogy Program Index Search Process

Thursday, September 8, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
United States Research: Mid-West Region

Thursday, September 8, 5PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Genetic Genealogy: An Introduction to DNA

#genchat – Apps, Apps, and More Apps: What do we really need?
Friday, September 9, 10PM Eastern

You can find all the webinars mentioned and more at the calendar at

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This is episode 88.

Thanks for listening.

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