Genealogy News Episode 93

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Monday December 5, 2016 and this is Episode 93.

MyHeritage DNA

MyHeritage has their own DNA testing service for testing autosomal DNA. This test is a done by swabbing your cheek. MyHeritage is using the same testing company as Family Tree DNA, Gene by Gene lab in Houston, Texas. MyHeritage will be doing their own analysis and reports so the results will be different than Family Tree DNA.

MyHeritage DNA will find matching relatives at MyHeritage by comparing DNA data of all individuals who have uploaded their DNA to MyHeritage. MyHeritage has encouraged those who tested at other testing companies to upload their DNA to MyHeritage.

For every DNA match, a possible relationship is shown along with a relationship chart. The chart visually shows you what relationships are such as second cousin twice removed. Some of these types of relationships can be difficult to visualize and the chart shows you what the relationship means.

DNA results also include a detailed ethnicity report. The breakdown is displayed in a list and on a world map. The initial ethnicity reports include 25 ethnicities. They plan to increase this number in the future.

MyHeritage has a new project called Founder Populations Project. Founder Populations consist of those who left an area and settled somewhere else. MyHeritage has reached out to thousands of MyHeritage users who are members of Founder Populations. Their family trees consist of heritage from the same region or ethnicity for many generations. MyHeritage has sent DNA kits to these individuals. The results of these tests will improve everyone’s ethnicity estimates.

Looking at your DNA results will be free and to contact any matches will eventually require a MyHeritage subscription. If you have already tested your DNA you can upload it to MyHeritage to get more matches. There is no need to order another DNA test unless you are interested in the MyHeritage ethnicity report.

MyHeritage will soon display common ancestral surnames for every match. This was a frequent request by many users who have uploaded their DNA to the site. An ancestral surname that you and your match share could lead to finding the shared ancestor from which both of you inherited the same DNA segments. Currently the surnames must be exact matches. Plans are to support phonetic equivalences

You can order a MyHeritage DNA kit at an introductory price of $79 plus shipping. MyHeritage DNA is available in all countries worldwide except France, Poland, Israel, the state of Alaska, and a few French island territories.

There’s a mobile app called MyHeritage DNA where you can order a DNA test kit and view the results on your mobile device.

MyHeritage will be adding a chromosome browser in the next few months so you can compare your DNA matches by individual chromosomes.

Introducing MyHeritage DNA

MyHeritage DNA: New feature added – Ancestral Surnames

MyHeritage DNA: Your Questions Answered

MyHeritage SuperSearch Additions

MyHeritage now has the 1871 and 1881 Canadian census as part of SuperSearch. SuperSearch is MyHeritage technology that matches records to your ancestors.

They have also added the Denmark census to SuperSearch for the following years 1890, 1901, 1906, 1911, 1916, 1921, and 1925.

The 1911 England and Wales Census now have high-quality scans of the original census forms on MyHeritage.

The BillionGraves collection at MyHeritage has had a big update. 1.5 million records have been added and 1.2 million records have been updated with new information.

The Chronicling America collection is free for searching U.S newspapers and it’s now part of SuperSearch.

Also part of SuperSearch are the U.S. World War I Draft registrations.

MyHeritage has mentioned to stay tuned for more historical records from Scandinavia.

New Collections Spotlight

Now Online: United States WWI Draft Registrations, 1917-1918

MyHeritage App

The MyHeritage app has been updated. Real-time Smart Matches have been added to the app. That means that you will get in-app notifications when MyHeritage finds a match between your tree and someone else’s tree.

You can view your family tree in a List View with the app. This view lets you find individuals in your tree quickly.

The app is free and you will need to have a tree at MyHeritage to use it. It’s available for iOS and Android.

Major Mobile App Update

Family Tree DNA Sale

Family Tree DNA is having its end of year sale. Every year they send coupons every Monday to their customers for discounts on different tests. This will be going on until the end of the year. Coupons are valid for one week after they are issued. You will need to login to your Family Tree DNA account to get the coupons.

Even if you don’t have a coupon, all tests at Family Tree DNA are on sale. No date when the sale will end.

The coupons can be applied to sale prices. Family Tree DNA encourages everyone to share their coupons if they are not going to use them. You will be able to find them as comments to blog posts and in DNA mailing lists and Facebook groups.

Family Tree DNA Year End Sale

Family Tree DNA Coupons

New Records at FamilySearch

More new records at FamilySearch

New indexed and images record collection
Denmark Census 1916

New browsable image collections added include
Alabama Census of Confederate Veterans 1907, 1921, 1927
American Samoa Passenger Lists and Travel Documents 1918-1965
South Carolina Delayed Birth Certificates 1766-1900

These collections are new indexed record collections
Netherlands Archival Indexes Miscellaneous Records
Oregon Births 1860-1952

The following have new indexed records and images
Illinois Archdiocese of Chicago Cemetery Records 1864-1989
Iowa Death Records 1921-1940
Iowa Delayed Birth Records 1850-1939
New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists 1906-1942
North Carolina World War I Service Cards 1917-1919
South Africa Cape Province Kimberley Probate Records of the Supreme Court 1871-1937
Tennessee Birth Records (ER Series) 1908-1912
Venezuela Diocese of San Cristóbal Catholic Church Records 1601-1962

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014
California Chinese Partnerships and Departures from San Francisco 1893-1943
Chile Civil Registration 1885-1903
Hungary Civil Registration 1895-1980
Maine J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection ca. 1780-1999
Massachusetts Index to Boston Passenger Lists 1848-1891
New York Rouses Point and Waddington Crew Lists 1954-1956
Peru Amazonas Civil Registration 1939-1998
Peru La Libertad Civil Registration 1903-1998
Peru Lambayeque Civil Registration 1873-1998
Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005
Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984
South Africa Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records 1848-1956
South Dakota School Records 1879-1970
Sweden Västerbotten Church Records 1619-1896; index 1688-1860
Utah Birth Certificates 1903-1914
Washington Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians 1911-1919
West Virginia Naturalization Records 1814-1991

The next collection has had indexed records and images added to an existing collection
BillionGraves Index
Wyoming Star Valley Independent Obituaries 1901-2015

These collections have added images to an existing collection
Ohio County Death Records 1840-2001
Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection 1947-2010
Rhode Island Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1630-1945
Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of November 7, 2016

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of November 14, 2016

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of November 21, 2016

Boston Evening Transcript

FamilySearch has digitized the Boston Evening Transcript. This newspaper contained a genealogy column from 1906 to 1941. Volunteers from FamilySearch went to the went to the library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) where the clippings of the genealogy column in the newspaper can be found.

An index to the newspaper is included in the American Genealogical-Biographical Index (or AGBI), which is available through If you found something of interest in the index, you would need to find the actual newspaper to see what was in the article.

The NEHGS website has a browsable online collection of the genealogy column from 1911 to 1941. Since it is not searchable, NEHGS recommends using the AGBI to search and find the date of the newspaper issue where the column appeared. Then go to the NEHGS website and select the Boston Evening Transcript as the database and enter the year for the volume.

The years the genealogy column appeared before 1911 will be added to the NEHGS database in the coming year.

You will need to be a paying subscriber to to view the genealogy columns.

Boston Transcript column now online

New Records at Geneanet and New Subscription Rate

Geneanet has added lots more vital records for Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Portugal. These records are part of a partnership between Geneanet and FamilySearch to provide collections of birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial records from all over the Europe to Geneanet.

Subscription prices to Geneanet will be changing starting on January 2, 2017. An annual subscription will increase from 45 Euros to 50 Euros or about $53. A two-year subscription will increase from 82 Euros to 90 Euros or about $96. Those with a subscription will be called Premium members. You can subscribe or renew at the older prices until January 2nd.

Premium members get extra features such as advanced search options, enhanced alerts to help break through break walls, the genealogy library, and collections provided by Geneanet partners.

Geneanet will continue to offer some free services such as hosting material uploaded by users. This can be family trees, collaborative indexes, postcards, pictures of graves, and archival records. Geneanet will continue to host for free websites for genealogy societies.

Starting in January, all ads will be removed from Geneanet and the “Pack of points” which was a pay-per-view service will no longer be offered.

Over 9 Million Italian Records Added to Geneanet

Over 26 Million Spanish Records Added to Geneanet

Over 30 Million Swedish Records Added to Geneanet

1.8 Million Portuguese Records Added to Geneanet

440,000 Belgian Records Added to Geneanet

Geneanet New Offer and Pricing Model!

New Records at Findmypast

Every Friday Findmypast releases new records. Here’s what’s been added since the last Genealogy News episode.

The 1939 Register has been updated. It now contains an additional 5 million records. These were records that were closed because the person may have still been alive. Findmypast has confirmed the death date and location of death for these individuals that have been added to the collection.

New South Wales Passenger Lists is available and it contains over 8.5 million records from 1826 to 1900.

A useful alternative to the Church of Scotland’s old parish records has been added. It’s called the Scotland Non-Old Parish Registers Vital Records 1647-1875. It contains over 12,000 transcripts of births, marriages, and deaths from churches outside the established church.

There are new military records for the British Army, Royal Marines, Royal Navy, and Merchant Navy personnel who were recognized for their service. These people received awards such as Military Medals, Distinguished Conduct Medals, Waterloo Medals, Merchant Navy Medals, and the Victoria Cross Award, the premier award for gallantry.

The enlistment registers for the Scots Guards have been added to the British Army Service records. There are over 4,000 records spanning the years from 1799 to 1939.

The new British Royal Navy, Ships’ Muster collection contains muster roles covering the years 1739 – 1861.

There are service cards of officers and ratings of those who served in the British Royal Reserve from 1899 – 1930.

Some smaller new collections are the New South Wales railway and tramway employees who died while serving in the First World War and a tribute to the role of the ‘Home Guard’ during the First World War called the Britain, The National Guard In The Great War 1914-1918.

Findmypast has released the second phase for the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Service and Pension Records collection. These records cover the years 1704 – 1919.

Over 1.5 million new articles have been added to the military newspapers as part of the British Newspapers collection.

Two new titles have been added to the Irish Newspapers collection – the Tyron Courier and the Mayo Constitution.

In the Ireland, 19th Century Directories you can search the volumes to find your ancestor’s occupation, place of business, and home address.

The Royal Irish Constabulary Service Records 1816-1922 have been released in association with the National Archives.

Over 43,000 records have been added to the Royal Irish Constabulary History & Directories collection.

The 1925 census for Lower Canada has an image of the original document and a transcript for the document. Lower Canada consists of modern day Labrador and southern Quebec.

For the United States, Findmypast has added some Pennsylvania records for baptism, marriage, and burial.

For Australia, they’ve added the Queensland, Mackay, Funeral notices and funeral director records.

Findmypast Friday November 11th 2016

Findmypast Friday November 18th 2016

Findmypast Friday November 25th 2016

Findmypast Friday December 2nd 2016

Google’s New App PhotoScan

Google has a new app called PhotoScan. It solves the problem of scanning pictures using your phone. Glossy prints reflect light making them harder to scan and it can be difficult to scan photos that are in glass frames. The light produces a hot spot or a reflection when scanned. PhotoScan uses computational photography to fix this problem.

The app works by taking a picture of the image with the phone’s camera and then you are presented with four different points on the image. You align the camera with these four points to capture the photo at different angles or perspectives. You don’t take more photos with your camera, you just move the phone so it aligns with the circles that are presented. This shifts the light and reflections around the main image that you first took.

The image is processed and you end up with a scan of the image with no reflections or hot spots. You can then straighten the image so it looks like you scanned it on a flatbed scanner.

The app is free on Android and iOS.

Now your photos look better than ever – even those dusty old prints

Family Tree Maker Update

If you remember, a year ago Ancestry announced it was discontinuing Family Tree Maker and support would be ending at the end of 2016. There was such an outcry over this that Ancestry decided that a company called MacKiev would continue to develop Family Tree Maker. They already were the developers of the Mac version.

Also last year Ancestry announced a new way to sync your tree with Ancestry. That new way would be in place on January 1, 2017. That day is approaching fast.

The company that now develops Family Tree Maker software has issued an update. The new way to sync with Ancestry trees will not be happening soon. Family Tree Maker will still be able to sync your family tree with the tree on Ancestry in 2017.

MacKiev will be beta testing the new sync technology sometime next year.

There is a new plug-in for Family Tree Maker called Charting Companion. It provides six new chart types not found in Family Tree Maker. Plug-ins work as if they were part of the program.

It’s available from the MacKiev website for purchase but you may find it cheaper to buy it directly from the company who makes this plug-in, Progeny Genealogy. It costs $35US.

MacKiev has not released an update yet. But if you can’t wait any longer or if the program seems to be crashing a lot, you are welcome to download the update before the final version is released.

Family Tree Maker Software News Update

MacFamilyTree Update

Synium Software’s MacFamilyTree and the corresponding iOS app MobileFamilyTree now support something called CloudTree sync. This new feature makes it possible to collaborate on the same tree with others in real time.

Everyone needs to be using the program or the app from Synium Software. You send an invitation and once the invitation is accepted the changes to the tree are synchronized.

There’s a change log to see which changes were made and who made them.

Even if you don’t want to collaborate with others, this new feature will sync your tree with the desktop version and the app version. Previously you had to save the database to the device when changes were made.

Updates to the program and app are free to get this new feature.

CloudTree Sync and Share

New Version of Ancestral Quest Coming

The next version of Ancestral Quest will be released very soon. The next version will be number 15.

The major new feature is the ability to sync photos and documents between FamilySearch and the program.

Ancestral Quest Basic is available for free with a limited amount of features. The full Ancestral Quest program contains all the features and costs $29.95. Ancestral Quest runs on Windows and Mac.

Ancestral Quest 15 adds new features

Family Tree Magazine Best State Websites

Family Tree Magazine has recently released its list of the best state genealogy websites for 2016. That would be for states in the United States. Each state has one to three websites listed. Some of the sites listed include state archives and libraries that contain lots of photos. All the sites listed are free.

75 Best State Genealogy Websites in 2016

Fold3 World War II Collections Free

During the month of December, all the World War II collections at Fold3 will be free to access. December 7th is the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. After this attack the United States entered World War II.

Fold3 is honoring 12 Pearl Harbor veterans by showcasing the family and military history of these survivors.

Fold3 is an Ancestry company. Not only are they offering free access to the World War II records, they are also offering $30 off a Fold3 annual membership and $10 off an AncestryDNA test.

FREE Access to Fold3 WWII Collections During Month of December – Commemoration of Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

Maine Alien Registry

Before the United States entered World War II, the country was compiling registries of foreigners. The Maine Alien Registry is now available at the Digital Maine website.

It contains the names of all adult non-citizens living in Maine in 1940. Maine has its north border with Canada. Many Canadians lived in Maine and you can find them in the registry.

Those who registered listed their name, date and place of birth, occupation, employer, education, and if they could read and write English.

Lessons From Maine’s Alien Registry

1924 Registered Voters New York City

Reclaim the Records group now has online the 1924 list of registered voters for New York City. They decided on the year 1924 because that was an election year and more people probably registered to vote. It’s also shortly after the Nineteenth Amendment when women could vote. And it’s shortly after World War I so men who were overseas would be home to vote.

Also during that time there was a lot of immigration and by 1924 many immigrants would have applied for naturalization and be eligible to vote.

The voter registration list is broken down by the five boroughs of New York City and then each borough is broken down by their Assembly Districts, then by Election Districts, and then by street address. The easiest way to access these records is to first look up someone in the 1925 New York State Census to see where they lived. And then use that address to look up the voter registration.

The list is found at the Internet Archive and OCR was run on the records. Sometimes OCR is not correct so it’s best to find the address first and then go to the record.

If you find someone in the list, you can order their full one-page voter registration form from New York City Municipal Archives or New York City Board of Elections depending on the borough, to obtain a copy. That will tell you how long they had lived in New York, what party they registered with, and if they were naturalized, it will have the court name and date when they were naturalized.

I’ll have a link in the show notes to the Reclaim the Records announcement about the voter list that has links to the records and how to request more information once you find someone in the list.

The next set of records Reclaim the Records is going after are the Missouri birth index 1910 – 2015 and the Missouri death index 1965 – 2015. These indices are available and Reclaim the Records asked to get a copy so they could be accessible to the public. But the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said it would take $1.5 million dollars and over 20 years to do this.

They later said it would cost less and then they decided the indices are not part of the Missouri Sunshine Law and that gives them the right to withhold the data.

Reclaim the Records has sued. We’ll have to wait and see how this turns out.

List of Registered Voters in New York City for 1924

Civil War Memorabilia in Virginia

There has been a hugely successful project to collect Civil War memorabilia from the State of Virginia. Two archivist traveled the state with an “Antiques Roadshow” campaign to digitized items such as letters, diaries, documents and photographs from personal collections.

They never expected to scan more than 33,000 pages. These materials give a fresh perspective of the war and there are new facts about battles and events.

All the scanning was completed last year and a retired Virginia Tech historian who served as spiritual guide to the project has written a book using the documents.

The book is called “Civil War Echoes: Voices from Virginia, 1860-1891,” written by James I. Robertson Jr. The book is available for purchase from and it’s available at some Virginia libraries.

The library will scan documents that are submitted for the project but they are no longer actively seeking them. You can search and view the documents at

From the attics and shoeboxes of Virginia, a trove of historical gold

Rhode Island Arnold Collection

Back in 2015 the Providence Public Library in Rhode Island acquired the James N. Arnold collection. James Arnold was known as the person who transcribed Rhode Island vital records from gravestone inscriptions, official town documents and records, newspaper accounts, and birth, marriage, and death records in church archives.

Archivists have finished processing the collection and it is now available as part of the Rhode Island Collection at the library. Appointments are recommended for accessing the materials.

James N. Arnold Collection At Providence Public Library Now Open To Researchers

Civil War Diaries and Letters at Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University Libraries has digitized and made freely available a diary and some letters related to the Civil War.

MSU has the presidential library of Ulysses S. Grant. The newly digitized material is part of that collection.

The Orville Babcock diaries tell about the Civil War from the perspective of a Union Army officer and engineer. Babcock later became Grant’s personal secretary during his presidency and this experience is recorded in the diaries.

The letters of Pvt. Arthur McKinstry were written to his family and describe first-hand account of a young private in the Union Army during the Civil War.

MSU Libraries digitize Civil War diaries and letters

Library of Congress and DPLA Partnership

The Library of Congress and the Digital Public Library of America have become partners. The Library of Congress will be sharing parts of its collection with DPLA so that it will be available to those using DPLA to find materials.

The first batch of records to be added to DPLA will be items from the maps collections. Plans are to add many more items over time including photos, more maps, and sheet music.

The Library of Congress has already added many books to the DPLA database.

The Digital Public Library of America is a portal or a search catalog. Users are provided links to the original content-provider’s site to view the material.

Library of Congress, Digital Public Library of America To Form New Collaboration

Marine Corps Files at University of South Carolina

10,000 Marine Corps films are being transferred to the University of South Carolina to be digitized and made available for public viewing. The footage covers the years from 1918 through the 1970s.

The University is in the process of raising money to pay for digitizing the film and putting it on display. They are also in the process of establishing an endowment to pay for its future preservation and storage. The fund raising will be done on a national level.

USC to store, digitize 10,000 vintage Marine Corps films

New Name International German Genealogy Partnership

The German-American Genealogical Partnership has a new name. They will now be called the International German Genealogy Partnership. They were formed two years ago and they are rapidly becoming an international organization. They are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Partnership was formed in 2015 between genealogy society leaders in America and Germany. The purpose of the Partnership is to expand the cooperation between societies and help members make personal connections worldwide.

The Partnership is planning the 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference, to be held on July 28-30, in Minneapolis, Minn. The theme of the conference will be “CONNECTIONS: International. Cultural. Personal.”

The group plans to launch an official website soon. Currently the website is part of the Minnesota-based Germanic Genealogy Society website.

International German Genealogy Partnership is new name for a global organization

British Columbia Newspaper the Prince George Citizen

The British Columbia newspaper the Prince George Citizen can now be found online at the Prince George Public Library website.

It has taken four years to digitize this newspaper. The years available are 1915 – 2015.

At the website you will find other digitized newspapers for the area.

100 years of the Prince George Citizen online

More Newspapers at DigitalNC

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 put many issues of the Johnstonian-Sun from Selma, North Carolina online. The issues span the years from 1930 – 1950. However, many years are missing.

20 Years of the Johnstonian-Sun Now Available on DigitalNC

Stark County District Library of Canton, Ohio Newspapers

The Stark County District Library of Canton, Ohio, has placed lots of newspapers at its website. There are eight newspapers from the area and they are free to search and access. The years range from 1840 to 1930.

90 Years of Canton, Ohio, Newspapers Now Online

Washington State Library’s Online Newspaper Collection

There have been some new additions to the Washington State Library’s online newspaper collection. The latest titles that were added are the Centralia Daily Hub (1914-16) and the Eatonville Dispatch (1916-61).

Last summer the Den Danske Kronike, a Danish-English publication based in Spokane, was added, along with the Tacoma Evening Telegraph (1886-87).

The State Library launched the website for newspapers last July. They are merging the library’s Historic Newspapers collection with newspapers digitized for the National Digital Newspaper Program into the this new website so all newspapers for the area will be found in one place with consistent full text and advanced search capabilities.

Next year the following newspapers will be added:

• The Eatonville Dispatch (1961-2010)
• Anacortes American (1905-22)
• Dat Moi (Vietnamese/English) (1975-86)
• Washington Hellenic Review (Greek/English) (1924-34)

Centralia, Eatonville, Spokane historic newspapers join digital collection

Kent State University Newspaper

The newspaper for Kent State University located in Kent, Ohio, is now online. The Daily Kent Starter is available online back to 1940. Issues from 1926 to 1939 will require extra care to get them digitized.

This project to digitize the paper began in 2011. And the missing issues in the archive will eventually be digitized.

New archive preserves The Kent Stater

St. Petersburg Florida Newspaper Coming Online

A digital archive is going to be created for the Weekly Challenger, which has served the St. Petersburg, Florida’s black community for almost 50 years. The existing print issues have been stored in a leaking, moldy back room of the paper’s office.

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg has the newspapers and they plan digitize them and make them available to the public in the spring.

Most of the papers from 2000 and on have survived. Older issues are missing and they are asking the public to send any older issues to the university.

When space was needed to store more newspapers, the older ones were thrown out.

Effort seeks to preserve history of St. Petersburg’s Weekly Challenger newspaper

Royal BC Museum Adds More Online Material

British Columbia’s combined provincial museum and archives is called the Royal BC Museum. The have added to their site over 9,000 Pioneer Medallion applications.

Pioneer medallions were awarded to those who were British Columbia residents and they were either born or living in Canada before January 1, 1897. These applications contain lots of information about families. Some even include a short biographical sketch. People applied for these medallions in 1971.

There is another set of pioneer medallions applications for 1967 and they are also available at the Royal BC Museum’s website.

The Pioneer medallions were part of the celebration of the British Columbia 100th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.

The Royal BC Museum has also updated the Death Registration index with images for 1994 and 1995.

Royal BC Museum offers new resource for genealogists

Canadian Great War Project

The Canadian Great War Project is an online searchable database about thousands of Canadians who took part in World War I. The University of Victoria will now be hosting the database and adding more documents. The database will still be free to use.

The database was originally created about 10 years ago by a Canadian amateur historian who wanted to know what his grandfather did in the War. He then added all those from the local community and the database kept growing.

The database contains pages of war diaries, letters, and items from private collections.

One of the first improvements the University of Victoria will make will be better search tools. You will no longer be required enter all possible abbreviations and spellings to get search results. Entering one variation will return results for all the possibilities.

Amateur WWI history database getting overhaul from University of Victoria

LAC Update on Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files

The Library and Archives Canada continues to digitize the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files. These are service files for soldiers of the First World War. They are digitizing the files basically in alphabetical order and they are up to the surname Mattineau.

Last month’s update was also for surnames starting with the letter M but they are making progress. They digitized over 14,000 more files this month than last month.

At the rate the files are being digitized, LAC will complete this effort by July 2018, according to John D. Reid who writes the Anglo-Celtic Connections blog. That is one month earlier than last month’s estimate for the completion date.

Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force personnel service files – update of November 2016

CEF Service Files Digitization: November Update

TheGenealogist Adds Hampshire Records

TheGenealogist, a subscription site in the UK, has added over 2.1 million records for Hampshire. These include baptisms, marriages, and burials.

These records were released in partnership with the Hampshire Genealogical Society.

Millions of New Parish Records added to the TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist Plans for 2017

TheGenealogist has released its plans for 2017. Their plans are to add more Parish Records and Bishops’ Transcripts for many more counties.

There will be a record set covering detailed records of houses. This will be searchable by name, address and area, and it will show high resolution maps of where the property was for your ancestor.

In partnership with The National Archives, more detailed Colour County and Tithe Maps will be released.

TheGenealogist will be releasing a 1921 census substitute using a variety of records including Trade and Residential Directories of the time.

New decades of BT27 Passenger Lists (long-distance voyages leaving the British Isles from 1890 – 1960) and Emigration Records will become available in 2017.

New images for the 1891 census will become available in 2017. TheGenealogist has rescanned these images with improved resolution and quality. New transcripts are being made of these images.

The International Headstone Project will be expanded with more Commonwealth Cemeteries to be added.

More worldwide War Memorials will be added.

And plans are to launch more U.S. records in the coming year.

What TheGenealogist has in store for 2017

Oxford Dictionary of Family Names

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland has recently been published. It took six years of research and contains family names found in the UK, covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames. It’s over 3,000 pages with over 45,000 names and it costs $600.

Each entry contains a list of different spellings of the name, an explanation of its origins, and lists some early bearers of the surname. Only surnames that had 20 or more people with that surname in the 1881 census were researched.

The dictionary consists of four volumes. There is also a website. The website will show a map based on the 1881 census that shows where those with the surname lived at that time.

You will need to access the database via educational institutions and public libraries that subscribe to Oxford Reference.

UK’s largest ever study reveals origins of 45,600 surnames

National Army Museum Irish Soldiers’ Records

The National Army Museum in London, England has digitized the five disbanded Irish regiments’ enlistment books.

After the Irish Free State was created in 1922, the five regiments of the British Army that were recruited in southern Ireland were disbanded.

The records of those five regiments contain information about nearly 12,000 soldiers. They can be searched by unit, place of birth, place of attestation, and year of attestation.

The records themselves contain the recruit’s age, the trade on enlistment and the names of the next of kin. They may also contain a marriage date and the birth date of children if appropriate. And they contain the soldier’s address when discharged, the rank, and character such as exemplary or very bad.

The records are free to search and view.

Newly Digitised Irish Soldiers’ Records

Statistical Accounts of Scotland Website

The Statistical Accounts of Scotland has a new website. All users can browse scanned images, search transcribed text, and view historical maps of parishes and counties. The parish reports contain information about the parish including education, trades, agriculture, religion, and social customs. This can provide background about where your ancestors lived.

Subscribers can use keyword searches, tag and annotate pages and images, and access more resources. Individual subscriptions cost £60 per year or $74.

New Statistical Accounts of Scotland website launched

Emmy for Allt för Sverige

There’s a reality-television show in Sweden called Allt för Sverige. In the United States the show is known as the Great Swedish adventure.

The show is about Swedish Americans who travel to Sweden in search of their roots. It starts out with 10 contestants. Each week they compete in all sorts of crazy games. One person is eliminated in each show. In the end one person remains and that person gets to go and meet living descendants of their ancestors.

During the shows, the contestants learn about Sweden and Swedish customs. They tour different areas and experience life as their ancestors did.

The show has won an Emmy for non-scripted entertainment.

The show is now in its sixth season and began in 2011.

Emmy to “Everything for Sweden”

ArkivDigital New Software

ArkivDigital has new software that is browser based. Nothing needs to be downloaded. ArkivDigital is a subscription site for Swedish records.

This new version works with a web browser so it works with tablets as well as desktops. It does not work with Internet Explorer.

The tabs and history have been moved to the left making the image area larger. You can adjust the size of the left panel.
This new software is not ready for a final release.

New program software – completely browser-based

RootsTech Speakers Announced

RootsTech has announced some more keynote speakers. Leadership expert Liz Wiseman will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Innovator Summit that will be held on Wednesday, February 8. The Innovator Summit is a one-day event for developers, entrepreneurs, and innovators who want to learn more about business and technological opportunities in the family history industry.

The star’s of HGTV’s “The Property Brothers”, Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott, will be the keynote speakers on Thursday, February 9. The identical twin brothers will discuss the insights the role of their family has had in their lives.

On the opening day of RootsTech, Thursday, February 9, there will be a free concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. RootsTech attendees will receive tickets with their registration. If you’re not registered for RootsTech you can still get tickets at

Leadership Expert Liz Wiseman to Keynote RootsTech Innovator Summit

The Scott Brothers (HGTV’s Property Brothers) Will Keynote RootsTech 2017

Special Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra Concert at #RootsTech 2017

Great Canadian Genealogy Summit Proposals

Proposals are being accepted for the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit to be held in Nova Scotia on Friday, October 13 through Sunday October 15, 2017.

They are looking for presentations about research on German Canadians, African Nova Scotian or African Canadian research, Acadian research, and British Home Children research. Individuals who summit proposals must reside in Canada.

Proposals need to be submitted by Friday, January 20, 2017.

Great Canadian Genealogy Summit 2017: Call for Presentation Proposals

NGS Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society conference to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina on May 10 – 13, 2017. Early bird pricing will be available until March 27th.

Registration NOW Open for the National Genealogical Society’s 2017 Family History Conference

OGS Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference. This conference will be held June 16 – 18, 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. Early bird pricing will end on March 31st.

OGS Conference 2017 Registration now open

Coming Up

Wednesday, December 7, PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
Becoming a Genealogy Detective
presented by Sharon S Atkins

Wednesday, December 7, 5:30PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
The Timeline Grid: An Easy Way to Track, Organize, and Use Your Research
presented by Kathryn Grant

Wednesday, December 7, 7PM Eastern
Excelsior College
Genealogy Webinar: A Conversation with Instructors
presented by Melinde Lutz Byrne and Blaine Bettinger

Wednesday, December 7, 8PM Eastern
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Wisconsin Research in a Nutshell
presented by Anne Kasuboski

Friday, December 9, 5:30PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
Privacy Concerns and Genealogy
presented by James Tanner

Tuesday, December 13, 9PM Eastern
Illinois State Genealogical Society Webinar
Without the Hint – There is No Story
presented by Bernice Alexander Bennett

Wednesday, December 14, 9PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
From the Heartland – Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research
presented by Luana Darby

Thursday, December 15, 3PM Eastern
New England Historical Genealogical Society webinar
Organizing and Preserving Your Family Papers
presented by Judy Lucey and Andrew Krea

Thursday, December 15, 8PM Eastern
Florida State Genealogical Society Poolside Chat
Organize Your Research: Paper and Computer Files
presented by Melissa Barker

Friday, December 16, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
Tracing Your European Ancestors
presented by Julie Goucher

#genchat – What to do with… Outdated Sources?
Friday, December 16, 10PM Eastern

Tuesday, December 20, 8PM Eastern
The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG)
No, no, Nanette! What negative evidence is . . . and isn’t
present by Judy G. Russell

Tuesday, December 20, 8pm eastern
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Webinar
Eight Common Mistakes That Genealogists Make and How to Avoid Them
presented by Donald Schnitzler

Wednesday, December 21, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
An Introduction to BillionGraves
presented by Garth Fitzner

Wednesday, December 21, 8PM Eastern
Georgia Genealogical Society
Mapping and Sharing Your Ancestor’s Military Experience
presented by Jane Haldeman

Wednesday, December 21, 9PM Eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society Webinar
Using Tax Records for Genealogical Problem Solving
presented by Dr. Michael Lacopo

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

And that’s it for this episode.

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You can find links to things mentioned in this show in the show notes at as well as a transcript. The transcript can also be found in the Geneatopia Flipboard magazine.

This is episode 93.

Thanks for listening.

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