Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia
I’m Patty Roy, also known as Dinah Larkham in Second Life.
Today is Thursday January 19, 2017 and this is Episode 95.
Family Tree Maker Update
Software MacKiev has a free update available for Family Tree Maker for Windows and Mac. The update is available to those who have the 2014 version for Windows or Mac Version 3 and have registered their copy of the software.
You cannot update the software from within the program. You will need to go to the Family Tree Maker Update Center to download and install the update.
The update increases stability, security, speed and responsiveness. The stability comes from working out all the known bugs. The security is the ability to add password protection to tree files you export from the program. The speed and responsiveness comes from improving the time it takes to do some actions.
It has gone through thorough testing with 800 testers with trees of all sizes.
Ancestry announced record sales for AncestryDNA kits during the fourth quarter of 2016 which includes the holiday season. They sold 1.4 million kits in the fourth quarter. 560,000 of those kits were sold during the Black Friday sale. That’s 40%.
They now have more than three million samples in their database. The larger the database becomes the more likely people will find DNA matches.
FamilySearch #52Stories Project
FamilySearch has a new project for the new year. It’s called the #52Stories project and it’s meant to encourage everyone to write about their personal history once every week during the year which consists of 52 weeks. Each week you can write one brief story about your life. At the end of the year you’ll have 52 stories about your life.
You don’t have to start at the beginning and record your life chronologically. You can write about things that you remember and to help you remember the #52Stories Project has questions for you to answer.
The year is being divided into 12 themes with 12 questions for each theme which makes a total of 144 questions for the year. Each month will have a different theme with questions related to that theme. January’s theme is goals and achievements. Some of the questions are
What goals are you actively working toward right now?
What was the greatest achievement of your life?
What is something you taught yourself to do without help from anyone else?
What role has failure played in your efforts to achieve your goals?
The other themes for the year are love and friendship, occupations and hobbies, home and hearth, mother’s and motherhood, fathers and fatherhood, events and milestones, travels and vacations, education and school, values and beliefs, causes and convictions, and holidays and traditions.
You’ll find these questions each month on Instagram and the family search Facebook page. Or you can find all the questions for the year at the FamilySearch website.
FamilySearch in 2017
FamilySearch has announced six things to look forward to in the coming year. The first thing is a personalized dashboard when you log in to FamilySearch.org. You will see recommended tasks for ancestors, ancestor hints, a list of recent ancestors you visited in your tree, to-do lists and to-do cards.
FamilySearch plans to update their mobile apps – FamilySearch Family Tree and FamilySearch Memories. Users will be able to search Ancestry.com directly from the app. There will be a new descendancy view that will give users the ability to create notes for ancestors and easily see changes made by others, and you will be able to download user contributed memories.
Searching will continue to be improved with even faster search results and quicker hints when new records are added.
FamilySearch will continue digitizing their microfilm collection and placing the records online.
They will be launching a web-based version for indexing. It will work on all devices with a web browser and it will include more rapid completion of tasks, improved help, and automated indexing for obituaries. Volunteers will be asked to focus indexing of marriage records and immigration records for the United States and some core record collections from select high priority countries.
There will be a state-of-the-art Discovery Experience attraction on the FamilySearch Library’s main floor in Salt Lake City. This should open in time for RootsTech which will be held in February.
New Records at FamilySearch
More new records at FamilySearch
New indexed records and images collections
England Cambridgeshire Bishop’s Transcripts 1599-1860
North Dakota, County Marriages, 1882-1925
South Africa Transvaal Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court 1869-1958
New indexed record collection
Australia, Queensland, Immigration indexes, 1864-1940
Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Alabama Census of Confederate Veterans 1907 1921 1927
Argentina Córdoba Catholic Church Records 1557-1974
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912
Bolivia Catholic Church Records 1566-1996
Canada Census, 1901
Chile Cemetery Records 1821-2013
Currentobituary.com index 2001-2014
Dominican Republic Civil Registration 1801-2010
Ecuador Catholic Church Records 1565-2011
El Salvador Civil Registration 1704-1990
England, Lancashire, Oldham Cemetery Registers, 1797-2004
France Dordogne Censuses 1856
France Seine-Maritime Rouen Indexes to Church Records 1680-1789
France, Finistère, Quimper et Léon Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1772-1894
Georgia Deaths 1928-1940
Ghana Census 1984
Italy Bergamo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1901
Italy Caltanissetta Civil Registration (State Archive) 1820-1935
Italy Cremona Civil Registration (State Archive) 1744-1942
Italy Enna Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1944
Italy Genova Civil Registration (State Archive) 1796-1812 1838-1859 1866-1899
Italy L’Aquila Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 1911-1943
Italy Napoli Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865
Italy Pescara Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1929
Italy Reggio Calabria Civil Registration (State Archive) 1784-1943
Italy Rieti Civil Registration (State Archive) 1840-1945
Italy Taranto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1926
Italy Trapani Civil Registration (State Archive) 1906-1928
Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626-2001
Netherlands Archival Indexes Miscellaneous Records
Panama Catholic Church Records 1707-1973
Paraguay Catholic Church Records 1754-2015
Peru Amazonas Civil Registration 1939-1998
Peru La Libertad Civil Registration 1903-1998
Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984
Russia, Tver Church Books, 1722-1918
Slovenia, Ljubljana, Funeral Accounts, 1937-1970
South Africa Cape Province Civil Deaths 1895-1972
United States Revolutionary War Rolls 1775-1783
The next collection has had indexed records and images added to an existing collection
New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1998
These collections have added images to an existing collection
Oklahoma School Records 1895-1936
New Records at Geneanet
Geneanet continues to add records for its subscription users from FamilySearch. Recent additions include English, Scottish and German records.
New Records at Findmypast
Findmypast has added some more parish records – that would be records for baptisms, banns, marriages, and burials. They’ve added parish records for the parish of Kent and burial records for Warwickshire. Yorkshire & Derbyshire Methodist baptisms and marriages have been added. And marriages have been added for Huntingdonshire which is a district of the English county of Cambridgeshire.
Another new collection is the Gloucester Apprentices 1595-1700 and the Roxburghshire, Kelso Dispensary Patient Registers 1777-1781.
Some more monumental and memorial inscriptions have been added. Those are
Dorset Memorial Inscriptions
Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions 1485-2014
Northumberland & Durham Monumental Inscriptions
Some more records have been added for Scotland. They’ve added
Scotland Mental Health Institutions Admissions 1857-1859
Scotland Prison Registers Index 1828-1884
Findmypast has completed the collection for the Ireland, Petty Sessions Court Registers. These are records for lesser criminal and civil legal proceedings in Ireland.
Other collections added for Ireland include Ireland, Society Of Friends (Quaker) Congregational Records and Ireland Dog License Registers.
MyHeritage Adds New York Marriage Records to SuperSearch
MyHeritage has added the New York City Marriage records that recently came available because of a lawsuit filed by Reclaim the Records. These records are available for free and MyHeritage is a subscription website. The reason these free records have been added to MyHeritage is so users can have access to the SuperSearch technology for these records. SuperSearch will search the New York marriage records for your ancestors in your MyHeritage tree to see if there are any matches.
New Features for MyHeritage DNA Matching
MyHeritage has added some new features to its DNA Matching. There is now some extended information about shared ancestral surnames. There has been the ability to see the shared surnames between you and your DNA match. Now it shows the relevance of each surname and its connection to you and your matches. It shows whether the common surname is on your paternal or maternal side.
And you can search all your DNA matches by surname. This new feature should help you determine who your common ancestors are between you and your matches.
You can now filter your DNA matches to show only those who have a family tree on MyHeritage, only those with Smart Matches between your trees, or only matches with which you have ancestral surnames in common.
You can now add notes about your DNA Matches to keep track of who you have contacted and what the results were.
Arizona BMD Records at Ancestry
The Arizona State Archives has partnered with Ancestry.com to digitize and bring online a significant group of Arizona historical record collections.
These are available to those with an Ancestry subscription and to those who live in Arizona. Arizona residents can access the records for free.
The records consist of birth, marriage, and death records, school census records, prison records, state court naturalization records, voter registrations, wills and probate records, compiled census index, and the Arizona territorial census records covering the years from 1864 through 1882.
Pennsylvania Adds More Birth and Death Records
Just like Arizona, the state of Pennsylvania has a similar deal with Ancestry.com. Residents of Pennsylvania have free access to the records at Ancestry.com for Pennsylvania.
Those records have been updated to include 1911 births and 1966 death records. Birth records need to be 105 years old and death records need to be 50 years old before they can be released to the public.
NEHGS Collaboration with Archdiocese of Boston
The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has announced a collaboration with the Archdiocese of Boston. The records from the Archdiocese will be digitized over the next ten years and made available on the NEHGS website, amercianancestors.org.
The records are from the earliest days of the Catholic community in Massachusetts and they may contain more information that what was recorded in civil registrations.
The collection will contain millions of baptisms, marriages, ordinations, and other life events from 1789 to 1900.
Images from four Boston parishes — the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Immaculate Conception, Holy Trinity and Our Lady of Victory — can be browsed for free at AmericanAncestors.org with a guest membership. Name-searchable records will be accessible later this year with an NEHGS membership.
North Carolina Tax Lists and Records
The North Carolina State Archives has released a new digital collection called Tax Lists and Records. Most of the records are from the Colonial and Revolutionary War eras. There are some records as late as 1853.
Tax lists were sent to the General Assembly from various counties. They list the head of household and information about their horses, cattle, livestock, carriages, and coaches as well as slaves.
Tax records were sent to State Treasurer or Comptroller. They may also contain some of the same information as the tax lists as well as acreage, valuation, and number of polls which is a tax of a fixed amount levied on adult males, female heads of households and slaves.
Index to Brunswick Telegraph and Brunswick Record
A retired history teacher has created an index for articles, pictures, and obituaries from the Brunswick Telegraph and the Brunswick Record from 1850 – 1960. Brunswick is located in Maine, just north of Portland.
The teacher, Mr. Snow, created the index while he was writing some books about the history of the area and his family.
The index has been donated to the Curtis Memorial Library and you’ll find it for free at the library’s website.
Index to Oklahoma Births and Deaths
The Oklahoma Health Department has a new website where users can search an index for birth and death records. If you find something of interest, you will need to order the certificate for $15.
Public access is for births that occurred more than 125 years ago and deaths that occurred more than 50 years. To obtain more recent records you will need to meet the state eligibility requirements. Genealogist can still request more recent records if they have the permission from the person who is still living or they state how they are related to the individual if the person is deceased.
The index will be updated monthly with new records and corrections.
The site is called OK2Explore and it’s found at OK2Explore.health.ok.gov.
New Jersey Adoption Records Unsealed
New Jersey adoption records are now unsealed. These records have been sealed since 1940.
Parents who gave away their baby could request that their identities be kept secret. That deadline was December 31st, 2016. Starting in 2017 adoptees can request a copy of their birth certificate.
National World War II Museum in New Orleans
The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is in the process of digitizing first-person accounts about the war. It will take 10 years at a cost of $11 million dollars to get everything digitized.
There are 4,000 staff-collected video oral histories, 3,000 video and audio recordings made by others, and 2,000 journals and diaries.
There are about 250 oral histories already online. Historians at the museum will be interviewing the last veterans who are still alive as well as getting the existing material digitized.
Philadelphia History Museum
The Philadelphia History Museum had a project to interview aging black Philadelphians about their experiences when they came to Philadelphia in the early 20th century. During this time, there was a large influx of black Southerners to the city.
These interviews were conducted in the 1980s and the museum ran out of money to continue.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the first Great Migration to Philadelphia, a new website has been created with these interviews. There are also biographies written about the people interviewed with photographs taken from newspapers to add to the stories.
The project is called “Goin’ North: Stories From the First Great Migration to Philadelphia” and you can find it at GoinNorth.org.
Slave Narratives at Southern University
Southern University, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has a collection of slave narratives that is available to the public on the website of the university’s library. The collection is called “Opinions Regarding Slavery: Slave Narratives, 1822-1865.”
In the 1930s a professor and a group of his students traveled throughout the South to interview former slaves. The answers to the questions were written down and these have been transcribed and digitized.
Sioux City Public Museum
Sioux City’s Public Museum in Iowa is starting to place its collection of artifacts and photos online. They will be continuing to add the website – siouxcitymuseum.org.
Ohio University Student Newspaper
More of Ohio University’s student newspaper can be found online at the library’s website. The newspaper called the Green and White for the years 1911 – 1939 has been added.
The other student newspaper The Post was already digitized for the years 1999 – 2011.
These newspaper articles were written by students who had an interest in journalism. The newspaper covered campus news and events outside of the University.
University of Michigan Student Newspaper
The University of Michigan has placed its student newspaper online at their website. The newspaper was called The Michigan Daily and the archives spans the years 1890 – 2014.
DPLA Receives Grant for EBooks
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has been awarded $1.5 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to expand its efforts to provide access to eBooks. The grant will support improved channels for public libraries to bolster their eBook collections and have those collections available to readers nationwide.
DPLA has been concentrating on access to digitized materials from America’s archives, museums, and libraries. With this grant, DPLA will leverage its vast network to acquire eBooks.
LAC Monthly Update for Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files
Library and Archives Canada has announced their monthly update on their progress digitizing 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 still in the letter M. They are up to the surname Murray. This is the third month that they are still digitizing files with surnames that start with the letter M.
They started this project in 2014 and they plan to have the project completed by the end of 2018. They seem to be still on schedule to meet that deadline.
Records for Highgate Cemetery at Deceased Online
All the records for London’s famous Highgate Cemetery are now online at the subscription site Deceased Online.
The cemetery is located in north London and holds 160,000 burials from 1839 to 2010. The records at Deceased Online contain a digital scan of the original registers, grave details indicating all those buried in each grave, and location maps for most graves. Records from 1863 to 1865 are limited to names only.
Highgate Cemetery is managed by the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust, a not for profit organization which depends on revenue generated through visitors to the Cemetery.
Highgate Cemetery West is closed to the public. You need an appointment to visit a grave there and there is a fee.
Highgate Cemetery East does not require an appointment but you still need to pay a fee to access the cemetery.
The Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust offer services for a fee to search the registers, photograph gravestones, and make clear access to the grave site before you visit.
Gibraltar Census Registers
The Gibraltar National Archives has placed the entire collection of original census registers from 1777 – 1914 publicly available online. The census abstracts are also available. They contain the full text from each year’s census report.
The records are searchable by name and other fields depending upon which census and are available at the Gibraltar National Archives website.
Gravestone Inscriptions for Tipperary
More gravestone inscriptions have been released for Tipperary, Ireland. 62 more burial grounds have been added for North Tipperary to the Tipperary Studies website.
These inscriptions are available as downloadable pdfs for each parish.
IGRS Update to BMD Indexes
The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) continues to update the indexes for birth, marriage, and death. There are now 250,000 names in the index.
The indexes contain records dating prior to 1864. This was the year when civil registration began in Ireland.
The records come from family bibles, letters, newspapers, gravestone inscriptions, and all sorts of other types of records that can contain birth, marriage, and death information.
The marriage index is free to use. To access the birth and death indexes at the site requires a membership to IGRS.
ArkivDigital Adds More Tax Registers
ArkivDigital, the Swedish subscription site, has added more tax registers or population registers. These types of records existed before household examination records and date back to 1640.
These new records are from copies stored at the Swedish National Archives. ArkivDigital already has tax registers from the regional archives, the district/city copies, and the county office copies.
Sometimes there is not a copy at these levels but they can be found at the National Archives. ArkivDigital has begun to photograph the missing tax registers from the collection at the National Archives.
They have completed publishing registers from Gotland and Älvsborg. More will be added in the future.
Young and Savvy Genealogists Looking for Bloggers
The Young and Savvy Genealogists are looking for two more bloggers to regularly contribute to their blog and they are looking for a moderator to the Facebook community. To be Young and Savvy you need to be under 30.
They ask that you submit two sample guest posts by February 28th. The blog posts will be voted on in the Facebook community. The new bloggers will be announced on March 31st.
Family History Writing Challenge in February
The Armchair Genealogist, Lynn Palermo, is once again having a Family History Writing Challenge during the month of February. It’s free to sign up and you get access to article archives in writer’s resources area and a daily motivational message to help you write about your ancestors. There is also a Facebook Group to help keep you motivated and inspired.
Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy Accepting Applications for Scholarships
The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy is now accepting applications for two $225 scholarships to the 6th Annual Forensic Genealogy Institute, to be held March 7-9, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas. The scholarship covers half the cost of tuition.
You need to be registered for the Institute to apply for a scholarship. You send a request for the scholarship of not more than 400 words explaining how a scholarship will help in the pursuit of forensic genealogy. Requests are due by Wednesday, January 25th.
NGS Call for Proposals
The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has issued a call for proposals for their 2018 conference that will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 2 – 8, 2018.
NGS encourages the submission of proposals about migration to the Midwest since that is where the conference is being held. They are also considering topics on ethnic and religious groups, military records, occupations and trades, and other organizations including masons, abolitionists, prohibitionists, and unions as well as some broader topics such as methodology, problem solving, Internet websites, apps, and other technology tools.
Proposals are due by April 1, 2017.
Date for British Isles Family History Society Conference
The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa has confirmed that its 23rd annual conference will be held September 29 – October 1, 2017 at Ben Franklin Place in Ottawa. Proposals are being accepted for lectures until January 31st.
The conference will focus on two main topics – England and Wales family history and methodology.
Texas Institute of Genealogical Research
The Texas State Genealogical Society will be having their first genealogy institute focused solely on Texas records. The Texas Institute of Genealogical Research will be held May 22-25, 2017, at the Thompson Conference Center at the University of Texas Austin.
Early bird registration is open until March 1. The cost is $310 for members and $330 for non-members. After March 1st, the cost will go up by $20. Walk-ins at the conference will pay $400.
Registration for the International German Genealogy Conference
Registration for the International German Genealogy conference opens on February 1. It will be held July 28 – 30 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Early bird discount is $225 and it’s available until March 31st. After that date the cost will be $299.
The conference will have many presentations by well-known speakers and it’s meant as an opportunity for German genealogists to make connections nationally and internationally.
Legacy 2017 Cruise
Legacy has announced their 2017 cruise. It will be September 22 – 29 and it will depart Seattle, Washington, and visit Astoria, Oregon, San Francisco, California, and Victoria, British Columbia.
Cost is $428 per person based on double occupancy.
Legacy did not announce who the speakers will be on the cruise. They did say that
“there will be a variety of genealogy and technology classes, as well as classes specific to Legacy Family Tree taught by its developers.”
Television Show Relative Race
The television show Relative Race will be back with season 3 on BYU TV. They are looking for 4 teams to compete in this race. The race is to drive across the country and be the first to get to the destination. Each day contestants drive to a relative’s house to spend the night. These will be new relatives that they do not know about.
The grand prize is $50,000. Each day the contestants will receive $700.
Filming will take place in August or September.
Television Show Long Lost Family
The TLC program Long Lost Family will be returning on February 12th at 9PM. The show is about people who want to reconnect with family. This could be about those who were adopted, siblings who were separated when they were young, or others who have lost track of each other over the years.
The show also focuses on solving family mysteries.
Ancestry is partnering with TLC for the upcoming season. Ancestry provides the DNA testing and family history research for each episode.
Lisa Louise Cooke Streaming from RootsTech
Lisa Louise Cooke will be streaming live at RootsTech using Periscope. You need to get the Periscope app for Android or iOS. It can notify you when the stream starts.
Three sessions are planned to be streamed for Thursday, February 9. Those will be
Beginning Genetic Genealogy with Diahan Southard
5 Ways to Jog Memories with Sunny Morton
Google Methodology with Lisa Louise Cooke
Then there will be three more sessions streamed live on Friday, February 10. Those will be
Your Ethnic DNA Pie with Diahan Southard
Genealogy Jackpot with Sunny Morton
Journaling & Scrapbooking Tech with Amie Tennant
If you miss the live presentations, they will be available in the Periscope app for up to 24 hours
Genealogy Do-Over 2017
The Genealogy Do-Over will be going on during 2017. This will be its third year.
This is an initiative started by Thomas MacEntee to start your genealogy research over again because you probably did not do the proper research and cite you sources the first time.
Each month, Thomas has topics to be covered.
There is a mailing list, a Facebook group with over 12,000 members, and a workbook you can purchase about the Genealogy Do-Over.
DearMYRTLE Study Groups
Dear Myrtle has some new study groups planned. Once a month for the entire year there will be a group meeting to go over the book Genetic Genealogy in Practice written by Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne.
The topic for each month will be one chapter in the book with the last two sessions for follow up.
Meetings will be held during the time for Wacky Wednesday which is 9PM Eastern.
The hangout will not be record because of copyright restrictions.
Once a month during Wacky Wednesday, The Archive Lady, Melissa Barker will be the guest.
During the month of March Dear Myrtle will be having an Irish Genealogy Study Group. This group will meet every Wednesday in March at noon Eastern.
The guest experts will be Audrey Collins, from The National Archives (UK) and Clare Brisson-Banks, a Family History instructor at BYU-Idaho.
Tuesday, January 24, 3PM Eastern
Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch’s Historical Records
Tuesday, January 24, 8PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
Title Coming Soon
presented by Bob Taylor
Wednesday, January 25, noon Eastern
Italian Language Indexing
Wednesday, January 25, 2PM Eastern
Playing Nice In The Genealogy Sandbox
presented by Thomas MacEntee
Thursday, January 26, 7:30PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
Deep Dive: Understanding the Person Page in Family Tree
presented by Kathryn Grant
Friday, January 27, 6PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
Tax Records for Genealogist
presented by James Tanner
Twitter #genchat – Loyalists and Their Records
Friday, January 27, 10PM Eastern
Tuesday, January 31, 11:30AM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
Making the Most of Compiled Sources: Directories, Biographies, Surname Books and More
presented by James Tanner
Tuesday, January 31, 1PM Eastern
United States: Mountain States Research
Tuesday, January 31, 3PM Eastern
Marriage Laws and Customs in Germany
Wednesday, February 1, noon Eastern
French Language Indexing
Wednesday, February 1, 1PM Eastern
Ask Your United States Research Question
Wednesday, February 1, 2PM Eastern
Photography for Genealogy
presented by Nicka Smith
Wednesday, February 1, 8PM Eastern
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Partly Sunny: Making Sense of DNA Matches
presented by Jay Fonkert
Thursday, February 2, 3PM Eastern
Royal Flush or Not? Royalty, Nobility, and Gentry Differences
Thursday, February 2, 7PM Eastern
Ontario Genealogical Society Webinar
Land of Canaan: Researching Black Ancestors in Canada before Confederation
presented by Guylaine Petrin
Friday, February 3, 3PM Eastern
British Case Study
Saturday, February 4, 1PM Eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society Webinar
Finding Dirk: Insanity in the 19th Century
presented by Jill Morelli
You can find all the webinars mentioned and more at the calendar at Geneatopia.com.
And that’s it for this episode.
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This is episode 95.
Thanks for listening.