Genealogy News Episode 96

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Saturday February 4, 2017 and this is Episode 96.


RootsTech will be held February 8 – 11 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They have announced the live streaming schedule. Each day the keynote speaker and selected sessions throughout the day will be live streamed.

Usually about a couple of weeks after the conference all the keynotes and sessions that were live streamed will be available at the RootsTech website for about a year.

The RootsTech app has access to most of the handouts for ALL the speakers at RootsTech. You can use the app to view and download the handouts. You can star the sessions that interest you and then from the main screen, download all the handouts you want. You can use the app to view and download the handouts even if you are not attending RootsTech.

Another way to access the handouts is to use the website version of the app. You cannot download all the handouts at once after you have starred them. You have to click on each session and download the handout for the session individually.

I’ll have a link in the show notes to the desktop version of the app.

FamilySearch is planning some activities for those of us not attending RootsTech. Besides the live streaming there will be

• Facebook Live interviews with genealogy experts to help you in your research.

• Daily wrap-up videos of all RootsTech events.

• Videos of industry leaders sharing family history hacks.

• Links to the brand-new RootsTech blog with content on topics such as how to use Google for genealogy success, cemetery crowdsourcing, and how to identify an old family photo.

And there will be giveaways and prizes on the FamilySearch Twitter page. These will be available for both in-person and virtual attendees. Watch for a tweet from @RootsTechConf on Thursday, February 9, to find out about official giveaway.

RootsTech Streaming Schedule

RootsTech App

#NotAtRootsTech 2017? Here’s How to Participate Virtually

Alberta Genealogical Society Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 Alberta Genealogical Society Conference that will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Friday thru Sunday, April 21 – 23. This conference is held every two years.

Early bird registration ends March 15th. The cost is $110 and then after March 15th the cost will be $130.

Alberta Genealogical Society conference in April

Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree

Registration is open for the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree. It will be held June 8 – 11 in Burbank, California.

Early bird deadline is April 22. There are various prices depending on if you are a member or nonmember, how many days you plan to attend, and how many workshops you plan to attend. You may not register for workshops at the door.

Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree

Illinois State Genealogical Society

The Illinois State Genealogical Society has announced that their annual fall conference will be held on October 27 and 28, 2017. Lecture proposals are now being accepted until February 27th.

The theme of the conference will be “Build Your Family Tree: DNA, Research, and Writing.” Lecture proposals should relate to the theme as well as lectures about Illinois, Midwest Resources, and Northwest Territory.

Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces Its Annual Fall Conference to be held October 27 and 28, 2017

Fold3 Black History Collection Free

February is Black History month in the United States. In recognition of this, Fold3 is making its records in the Black History collection available for free during the month of February.

The records cover the five eras of American history: Slavery, The Civil War, Reconstruction & Jim Crow Laws, World War I & II, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Fold3 Black History

FamilySearch Updates

More new records at FamilySearch

New indexed record collection
Idaho Church Marriages, 1864-1976
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records
Texas, Church Marriages, 1839-1982
West Virginia, Berkeley County, Church Marriages, 1819-1889
Wyoming Marriages, 1869-1923

New browsable image collections added include
New Jersey State Census, 1895
Ukraine, Kiev Confession Lists, 1799-1911

The following have new indexed records and images
Alabama County Marriages, 1818-1936
Hawaii, Marriages, 1826-1954
Indiana, Church Marriages, 1780-1993
Kentucky, Church Marriages, 1824-1995
Oregon Marriage Records, 1849-1952
Pennsylvania, Church Marriages, 1682-1976

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Argentina, Tucuman, Catholic Church Records, 1727-1955
Arizona, Maricopa, Mesa City Cemetery Records, 1885-1960
California, San Francisco, Register of Chinese Immigrant Court Cases and Foreign Seamen Tax Cards, 1883-1924
Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950
Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records
New Hampshire, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1636-1947
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013
Rhode Island Town Marriages Index, 1639-1916
South Carolina, Delayed Birth Certificates, 1766-1900
Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1293-1966
Texas, Manifests of Aliens Granted Temporary Admission at El Paso, ca. July 1924-1954
Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937
Utah, Territorial Militia Records, 1849-1877

These collections have added images to an existing collection
Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005
Russia, Tatarstan Church Books, 1721-1939

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of January 23, 2016

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of January 30, 2017

Ancestry Adds Jersey Parish Records

Ancestry has added parish records for Jersey. Jersey is the largest area of the Channel Islands, located between England and France. The records consist of baptism, marriage, and burial records from 1540 – 1940. The records are searchable by name, birth date, parish, baptism, marriage date, burial date, name of spouse and name/s of parents.

Jersey parish records join Ancestry

Findmypast Updates

Findmypast continues to add more parish records to its collections. Parish records are baptisms, banns, marriages, and burials. They’ve add parish records for Rutland and Leicestershire. They have also added Leicestershire wills and probate records 1490-1941 and Leicestershire electoral registers 1836-1974.

Over 1 million records have been added to the collection of Australian Electoral Rolls.

Over 3 million records for the Victoria Petty Sessions have been added. That would be court records for that area of Australia. Some more records for Australia that were added are the Queensland Custom House Shipping 1852-1885 Passengers and Crew records.

There have been some early emigration records added for Britain, 1636 – 1815 and for Britain to Barbados from 1678 to 1715.

The Britain, Royal African Company, 1694 – 1743 collection contains records about those on board the Royal African Company’s ships to and from Africa. It also contains the names of those who lived and died at the company forts.

They have continued to update PERSI (the Periodical Source Index) and there have been over 1 million articles added to the Irish Newspaper collection.

Findmypast Friday 20th January 2016

Findmypast Friday January 27th 2017

Findmypast Friday February 3rd 2017

British Newspaper Archive In Pictures

The British Newspaper Archive has a new feature called ‘In Pictures.’ It makes it easier to search for photographs. They have selected five newspapers from the illustrated titles that were introduced last month for this new feature. Those newspapers are The Sketch, The Sphere, The Graphic, Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News, and Britannia and Eve.

You get to the ‘In Pictures’ feature by clicking on the ‘In Pictures’ button at the top of the title page.

Currently ‘In Pictures’ is in beta so you might encounter some glitches.

New feature: In Pictures

MyHeritage Discoveries Pages

MyHeritage has introduced Discoveries pages. These pages provide Smart Matches and Record Matches. These new pages work well on mobile devices and provide more consistency and they are easier to use.

They are meant to help you make the most of your matches and get the most value out of MyHeritage.

Matches are organized into two pages – Matches by People and Matches by Source. The new pages combine Smart Matches and Record Matches into the same unified and consistent interface. You still have the option to view the different types of matches separately.

Matches are now sorted based on value added. An example would be if you do not have a death date for someone and the match gives you information about when the death occurred, that match would be displayed first. Before they were sorted based on how confident MyHeritage was that the match was correct.

You have the option to sort matches for people by value added, number of matches, first names, last names, or relation to you. Matches by source can be sorted by the number of matches, source name, or site manager.

When reviewing matches you can zoom in to see all the details and smart matches show your tree and the matching tree, side by side, so you can easily see the differences and similarities between the two trees.

Weekly emails about matches will now include value added which is new information that you may want to add to your tree.

These new Discoveries pages have been rolling out for almost a year. So you may have seen these a while ago. Everyone now has access to these new pages.

Introducing the New Discoveries Pages

Heredis 2017

Heredis is a French company and its genealogy software is popular in France and England. The 2017 version of the software has been available in French since September of last year. They released the English version of Heredis 2017 on January 31st.

A new feature in the 2017 version is the dashboard. The dashboard shows you what you were working on so you can pick up where you left off. The dashboard also analyzes your file to give you statistics such as how many males and females are in the file.

The dashboard can be customized by choosing certain indicators and widgets to be shown.

The Mac version now lets you enter an act such as birth, baptism, civil marriage, religious marriage, death and burial using entry grids. This feature was available only in the Windows version.

There are new templates for creating books automatically. The books use Michel Demorest’s Filiatus® technology. This allows the export of genealogical data into a readable book.

Data can be searched using intelligent search to easily find what you are looking for. This search replaces the multi-criteria search on Windows and it’s new for the Mac.

The find and replace feature lets you do things like change all the births to baptisms before a certain date or you could replace all instances of St with Saint.

File sharing lets you edit your file on your phone or tablet and it will sync with the desktop version.

In summary, the major new features are
– Dashboard
– File Info
– Statistics research
– Intelligent search
– Find / Replace
– New books Filiatus®
– File Sharing
– Improved entry for acts are also available on Mac

Heredis Genealogy Software Launches New Version for 2017

Grandparent Inheritance Chart from Legacy Tree Genealogists

Legacy Tree Genealogists, a genealogy research firm, has released a new online DNA tool and it’s free. It’s called the Grandparent Inheritance chart. The tool tells you how much DNA you received from each of your grandparents and what segments of DNA your inherited from each grandparent. This is called chromosome mapping.

How it works, you upload your DNA, the DNA from one grandparent on your paternal side, and the DNA from one grandparent on your maternal side.

You cannot inherit DNA from both grandparents on the same side in the same place. Any large segment of DNA an individual shares with their grandparent was inherited from that grandparent, and it is impossible to inherit a single location from both grandparents on the same side. So the rest of the DNA from each side – paternal and maternal – must come from the other grandparent on that side.

You upload only the matching segments between the grandchild and the grandparents. This can easily be obtained at Family Tree DNA. For AncestryDNA and 23AndMe test results you can first upload to Gedmatch and copy the results to a spreadsheet for further refinement.

If you would like more information, you can hire Legacy Tree Genealogists to identify which genes you inherited from each grandparent so you will know the traits and characteristics such as eye color, hair color, musical ability and so on that you inherited from who.

FREE Grandparent Inheritance Chart

Gedsite Update

Family History Hosting is a company that will host your genealogy website. They also have a Windows program called Gedsite that you can use to create a website based on a GEDCOM file. Gedsite was just released this past November.

There is an update to the program. Filters are now included so you can determine which people in the GEDCOM file will be included in the site. There are more than a dozen filter terms that you can combine to select certain individuals.

Previous updates since the November release have included bug fixes and enhancements. Some major additions include places that can be linked to Bing Maps, Google Maps, and OpenStreetMap. Also, an indented descendant chart with a nested list to show a hierarchy was added. And images are now displayed in the Exhibit Gallery.

Gedsite costs $25 and the website that is created can be hosted anywhere, burned to a DVD, or saved to a flash drive for sharing with others.

Family History Hosting Announces GedSite Version 1.3 is Released

Famicity Kickstarter

Famicity is a social network that allows you to share family memories privately with your relatives. The service is free for now.

The whole family can contribute and collaborate to share family history.

You can start your family tree from scratch or you can upload a GEDCOM file to get started.

Famicity has been available in France for the past 5 years. Last year it was released in English.

They have released a Kickstarter campaign to further enhance the service. People who donate during the campaign will receive a 2-year premium membership which is about $50.

Pledge a little over $500 and you can get premium membership for a lifetime.

Pledge about $160 and you get 1 year of premium membership for 5 people.

Pledge a little over $80 and you get 2 years of premium membership for 2 people.

Premium members will be able to share videos, record audio, add DNA information, and save documents. Free users will be able to upload text and images. Everyone will be able to interact, comment, message, and share directly with one another.

Famicity is looking to raise a little over $53,000. If they reach their goal the new service should be ready by June 2017.

Kickstarter is a “crowd funding” site. You pick a project to pledge money to. Depending on how much money you pledge, will depend on what you get in return. You may get the item to be produced or you may get nothing. If the project isn’t fully funded by the time given, everyone gets their money back. If the project does reach its goal, the money goes to the project. There is no guarantee the project will be carried out and you may never see the item that was mentioned you would receive for your pledge.

Famicity: Record,Cherish, and Safeguard Your Family History

Famicity on Kickstarter

Twile’s New Infographic Feature

Twile is an online service that combines interactive timelines with photos, text, and video. You can invite others to collaborate so they can comment on what you have posted and add stories and milestones of their own to the timeline.

Twile has released a new infographic feature that will help family historians share their research and engage others who may be non-genealogists.

This new feature is free and its available to those who don’t use Twile. You can find the new feature at

At that web page, you import your FamilySearch tree or upload a GEDCOM file and the infographic will be created.

The infographic will contain such things as statistics for the average number of children per family, most common surnames, average ages for marriage and death, and other information.

The infographic can be shared on social media as well as downloaded and printed.

Twile Launches Free Family Infographic

New Additions to 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. They have added documents for the North Carolina Federation of Negro Women’s Clubs, Young Adult & Youth Clubs, Incorporated. The clubs were a social service organization focused on issues that affected women, children, and communities of color in North Carolina.

DigitalNC has added 25 years of the Wake Forest University School of Law’s Jurist. The Jurist was published each semester.

These campus publications document the goings on of Wake Forest School of Law, the accomplishments of alumni, and various information about the institution and the field of law.

New issues of The Charlotte Jewish News from 2013 through early 2016 have been added to DigitalNC. That makes the complete collection span the years from 1979 – 2016.

North Carolina Federation of Negro Women’s Clubs

25 Years of the Wake Forest University Jurist Now Available

Recent issues of The Charlotte Jewish News are now online

DPLA Adds Michigan Hub

DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) has announced that the Michigan Service Hub is now live.

The Michigan Service Hub includes collections from the Library of Michigan, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services. There are more than 42,000 items that have been added.

Items include information about the Motor City (which is Detroit) as well as Civil War soldiers’ experiences, cookbooks, botany, and social protest poster plus lots more.

Michigan Service Hub Collections now live in DPLA

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Newspaper Digitized

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has completed digitizing its student newspaper the UWM Post.

The first edition was published in 1956 and now 60 years of the Post is online.

The paper is now published exclusively online.

Digital archive of UWM Post offers a window on UWM’s history

Madeleine and Monte Levy Virtual Museum of the Holocaust and the Resistance

McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario has created the Madeleine and Monte Levy Virtual Museum of the Holocaust and the Resistance. Much of the information is available for public access. Some parts of the website will be available only to McMaster users.

There are five modules – World War 1939-1945 German Concentration Camps and Prisons, Jewish Underground Resistance collection, Allied and German propaganda distributed by air drops and shelling, The Underground Resistance in Europe, and The Twin Drivers of Nazi Culture. Some of the modules have case studies and there are additional resources listed for further insight.

The materials used to create this virtual museum come from items in the library’s archives. This includes concentration camp letters, first-hand accounts, videos, and images. They’ve added explanatory text to the items to give the viewer some information about the items.

Virtual museum about Holocaust and WWII resistance movements

Welsh Journals Coming Online

The National Library of Wales is working on a new website for Welsh journals. The journals will cover the years from 1795 to 2006.

The new website will follow a similar format as the Welsh Newspapers Online website.

The library is looking for individuals to give their opinion on the new website and to help with testing. I’ll have a link in the show notes with more information and way to contact them.

The new website should launch sometime in April or May.

New Welsh Journals Website

ArkivDigital Adding Photographs of Sweden

ArkivDigital will be putting aerial photographs of Sweden online at their site. There will be millions of photographs of farms, cottages, villas, petrol stations, and much more. The photographs were taken in the 1950’s to the present day. You can see how things changed over time. Some areas were photographed as many as five times over ten-year cycles.

ArkivDigital is a subscription website for Swedish records. The photographs will be available this summer through the All-in-one subscription.

ArkivDigital acquires millions of aerial photographs

Now for what’s coming up online.

There will be 4 days of streaming from RootsTech from Wednesday February 8 thru Saturday, February 11. On Wednesday, there will be some sessions streamed from the Innovator Summit.

The official opening of RootsTech will be on Thursday. The keynote and some sessions will be streamed. This will be the same format for Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday, February 7, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Starting Family Tree: Attaching FamilySearch Sources to Your Tree

Wednesday, February 8, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Dutch Language Indexing

Wednesday, February 8, 8PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
The “WHO” of Genetic Genealogy
presented by Blaine Bettinger

Friday, February 10, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
Deciphering German Script
presented by Gail Blankenau

Twitter #genchat – Patriots and Their Records
Friday, February 10, 10PM Eastern

Monday, February 13, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Finding Needles in Haystacks! Effective Search Techniques for Online Search Engine Maximization for Your Success in British Genealogical Research

Tuesday, February 14, 11:30AM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
Researching in a Library or Archive
presented by James Tanner

Tuesday, February 14, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Figure Out Place Names for Swedish Genealogy

Tuesday, February 14, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Starting Family Tree: Submitting Names for Temple Work (LDS Account Required)

Tuesday, February 14, 9PM Eastern
Illinois State Genealogical Society Webinar
Freedmen’s Bureau Records – Valuable to ALL Southern Research!
presented by Diane Richard

Wednesday, February 15, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Portuguese Language Indexing

Wednesday, February 15, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar

Wednesday, February 15, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research
presented by Cyndi Ingle

Wednesday, February 15, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Will-Power! Tracing England Ancestry in its Rich Probate Records

Wednesday, February 15, 9PM Eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society Webinar
Hot DAM! Seven Simple Steps to Manage Digital Studies
presented by Denise Levenick

Thursday, February 16, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Meyers German Gazetteer

Thursday, February 16, 1PM Eastern
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Webinar
Guide to I&N History (Immigration and Naturalization)

Thursday, February 16, 3PM Eastern
New England Historical Genealogical Society webinar
Searching Journals on
presented by Don LeClair and Molly Rogers

Thursday, February 16, 4PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Exploring Norwegian Parish Registers

Thursday, February 16, 7:30PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
The “Teach” Part of Find-Take-Teach: Teaching Others Effectively About Family History
presented by Kathryn Grant

Thursday, February 16, 8PM Eastern
Florida State Genealogical Society Poolside Chat
Slave Tags: Researching a Southern Legal System that Mandated the Tagging of Slaves and Free People
presented by Janis Minor Forté

Friday, February 17, 3PM Eastern
North Carolina Genealogical Society
Online Resources are Key to Successful Research into North Carolina Ancestry
presented by Diane L. Richard

Friday, February 17, 6PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
New Programs and Apps from RootsTech 2017
presented by James Tanner

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 96.

Thanks for listening.

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