Genealogy News Episode 98

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Saturday March 4, 2017 and this is Episode 98.

Family Tree DNA Accepts Transfers from AncestryDNA and 23anMe

Family Tree DNA now accepts transfers from any test done at AncestryDNA and from 23andMe if the test was done after November 2010.

For quite a while Family Tree DNA only accepted AncestryDNA and 23andMe results from the previous versions of chips each company used to use. Now Family Tree DNA accepts the current results from these two companies.

You can download your raw data from AncestryDNA or 23andMe and upload it to Family Tree DNA for free. You will be able to see all your matches. If you pay $19 you will get access to all the Family Tree DNA tools – the Chromosome Browser, the paternal and maternal tree linking, and the ethnicity estimates from myOrigins and ancientOrigins. The price is less then the previous amount which was $39.

Family Tree DNA tests differently than the other testing companies. If you would like to upgrade to get more matches it will cost $59 instead of the regular price of $79 for a Family Finder test.

Plans are for Family Tree DNA to accept transfers from MyHeritage and Genographic Project.

All Matches Now FREE at Family Tree DNA for Transfer Kits

RootsMagic Update

RootsMagic has a blog post with some screenshots of the upcoming version that will let you sync RootsMagic with your Ancestry tree.

The current version of RootsMagic has WebHints that automatically search for matching records for your ancestors at FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage. The next version of RootsMagic will also search Ancestry.

The matches from Ancestry will allow you to copy the record to your RootsMagic file with the images and source citations.

For the WebHints from the other sites you can only view the records.

These new features are still under development and may change before the official release. If you want you can be a tester and get early access to the new features.

A Sneak Peek from the Underground Labs

New App for Dublin, Ireland

There’s a new free iOS app for Dublin, Ireland, research. It was developed by a company called Ancestor Network. They specialize in professional genealogy and probate research in Ireland.

The new app displays libraries, archives, research centers, historic sites, and museums on a map. Selecting a place on the map will display information about the place such as address, phone number, and hours of operation. The app can help you make the most of your time while visiting and researching in Dublin and areas around Dublin.

You can find the app in the App Store by searching for Ancestor Network.

New Free App to Help Visitors in Dublin Trace Their Irish Ancestors

New Online Site for Dublin

The Dublin City Libraries and Archive Digital Repository has launched. It’s a free online resource that contains photographs and documents from the Dublin City Council.

Some highlights include photographs from across Ireland from the 1930s, the Irish Theatre Archive Photographic Collection, and the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection.

There is the Birth of the Republic collection that contains material from the period of the foundation of the Irish State that relate to Irishmen in World War I.

The collection is divided into two separate ‘communities’, the ‘Dublin City Archives Community’ and the ‘Dublin City Libraries Special Collections Community’. Each community is searchable.

More material from the 1912 – 1922 period will be added over the coming months and years, including the Jacob’s Biscuit Factory Archive. During the Easter Rising of 1916, Jacob’s Biscuit Factory was used by the rebels.

Jacob’s Biscuit Factory was acquired by Dublin City Archives in 2012. They are digitizing the records which relate to the Easter Rising of 1916 and the occupation of the factory.

Our Digital Repository Now Available Online

New Records at FamilySearch

More new records at FamilySearch

New indexed record collection
California County Marriages, 1843-1918

The following is a new indexed records and images collection
Denmark, Military Conscription Rolls, 1789-1792

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Czech Republic Church Books, 1552-1963
Italy, Nuoro, Nuoro, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1915
Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006

This collection has added images to an existing collection
Costa Rica Civil Registration, 1860-1975

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of February 28, 2017

FamilySearch Index of Obituaries from British Newspaper Archives

FamilySearch has also added an index for obituaries from the British Newspaper Archives for the years 1800 – 1900. You will need a subscription to the British Newspaper Archives to see the obituary or go to a Family History Center where you can access the website.

The British Newspaper Archives is a collaborative project between Findmypast and the British Library.

FamilySearch adds British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

New Records at Findmypast

Findmypast has added the Norfolk Bishop’s Transcripts for baptisms, marriages, and burials. Bishop’s transcripts were a copy of the parish birth, marriage, and death registers that were sent to the bishop of the parish diocese.

They have also added the Norfolk Electoral Registers 1832 – 1915 and Warwickshire monumental inscriptions.

They’ve added to their collections of Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions, Britain, Knights of the Realm & Commonwealth index, and Anglo-Boer War Records 1899-1902.

Findmypast has added Northamptonshire baptisms and general hospital admissions for the Northamptonshire General Hospital.

There are new Scotland Post Office Directories and records from the Russian Orthodox Church in London

They’ve added over 100,000 records to the Victoria, Australia, births collection. This will get you enough information to order the birth certificate from the Victoria State Government website.

Findmypast now has the Lower Canada Census of 1842. This covers the southern portion of modern-day Quebec, Canada. This census can also be found at Ancestry, FamilySearch, and Library and Archives Canada.

Findmypast has added lots more U.S. Marriage records. Primarily marriages in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee.

Over 60,000 articles and 10 new titles have been added to PERSI (the Periodical Source Index) this month

Findmypast Friday February 17th 2017

Findmypast Friday February 24th

Findmypast Friday March 3rd 2017

BillionGraves New Tool

BillionGraves has added a new tool called the BillionGraves tree. It uses your tree at FamilySearch Family Tree to find headstones for your ancestors at BillionGraves. You can add the information from BillionGraves to your tree at FamilySearch.

Eventually the BillionGraves tree will work with MyHeritage and Findmypast.

Introducing BillionGraves Tree

Library of Congress Women’s History Month Portal

The Library of Congress has updated the Women’s History Month Portal. March is Women’s History Month.

The portal has been redesigned and relaunched in time for Women’s History Month. The portal is a collaborative effort between museums and other institutions to study and celebrate the role of women in American history.

The new portal has a mobile-friendly adaptive visual design. There is new content and a new video player to bring the multimedia collection to the forefront.

Other portals that have been updated this past year include the African American History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month, and Native American Heritage Month.

Women’s History Month: A New Look for a Rich Resource

Iowa Digitizing Newspapers

The State Historical Society of Iowa plans to digitize more than 12 million pages of newspapers. The Society has signed a 5-year contract to send the newspapers to the Advantage Companies, a Cedar Rapids business with a division that preserves historical newspapers. Advantage will not charge for its services and the ownership of the physical newspapers will remain with the State Historical Society.

The newspapers date back to 1837 and they have been gathered from communities and publishers statewide. The newspapers will be photographed and placed on microfilm. The microfilm will be digitally scanned to provide wider access to the public.

12 million pages of newspapers to be preserved

Student Newspaper from the University of Idaho Digitized

The University of Idaho Library has released a new website that contains digital copies of the student newspapers. The newspaper was called the Argonaut and it dates from 1898 to 2010.

The digital collection has nearly 6,000 issues in PDF format. Each issue has a transcript that was produced using optical character recognition. This allows for all issues to be searched.

UI Library Releases Argonaut Student Newspaper Digital Collection

The Elizabethtown College Newspaper Digitized

Another college student newspaper has been digitized. This time it’s a college in Pennsylvania, Elizabethtown College.

The publication dates back to 1904 and continues through 2009. Digital copies were uploaded to the Internet Archive and are freely available to anyone. They can be searched or browsed from the College Library website.

For the years from 1904 to 1934 the college newspaper was called Our College Times. Then in was named The Etownian. This newspaper is still published today and more recent articles can be found at the College newspaper’s website.

Elizabethtown College newspaper database brings past to the present

Photo Archive from the Salt Lake Tribune

The Salt Lake Tribune, a Utah newspaper, has digitized its photo archive and they have released it to the public. There are 171,000 images taken by Salt Lake Tribune photographers during the 1930s through the 1960s.

The photographs can be found at the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts websites. The photos are free to use for noncommercial use.

171,000 photos of Utah history are now free to browse, from JFK to train disasters to naked football players

African-American Photographs from Cornell University

The Cornell University Library has added to its website a new collection of photographs of African-Americans. The photographs are from the slavery era to the 20th century and they are freely accessible to everyone.

There are photographs of famous people and photographs of unnamed women and men. Most images depict everyday life of African-Americans. There are images of freed slaves and personal family photo albums

Online photo collection documents African-American life

Search African American Materials form the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota has made it easier to search collections of African American materials. They have created a website devoted to those type collections. It’s called Umbra Search African American History and it can be found at

The site brings together over 500,000 materials from across the country from over 1,000 libraries and archives. Types of things you can find include photographs, sound recordings, videos, oral history, transcripts and letters to and from prominent African Americans.

University of Minnesota Puts African American History at Your Fingertips

Former Slaves Placing Newspaper Ads to Find Family

After the Civil War many recently freed slaves tried to find their relatives by taking out ads in newspapers. Mothers searched for their children, husbands searched for wives, and children searched for their parents.

A project by Villanova University and Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia is making these classified ads easy to access online. So far they have uploaded and transcribed 1,000 ads published in six different newspapers from 1863 to 1902. Those newspapers are

South Carolina Leader in Charleston
Colored Citizen in Cincinnati
Free Man’s Press in Galveston
Black Republican in New Orleans
Colored Tennessean in Nashville
Christian Recorder, the official organ of the African Methodist Episcopal Church denomination published at Mother Bethel

Plans are to add thousands of more ads. The website for the ads is found at The website is called “Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery.”

Families torn apart by slavery sought lost loved ones in newly archived ads

Illinois State University Digitizing Circus Route Books

The Illinois State University’s Milner Library is making more than 300 circus route books available online. The mission of the library has been to preserve the history of the circus.

The library has received a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources to digitize the circus route books dating from 1842 to 1969. The project will take three years to complete.

Circus route books were typically produced after a season ended. They are similar to yearbooks. They contain information about the people, positions, events, and the show for that season. They list the cities and towns where the circus went and many times photographs are included.

The Milner Library, Circus World in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, will work together to digitize circus books from their collections to create a single portal for these resources.

This Archive Is Digitizing the History of the Circus

PRDH Update

The PRDH has completed a big update.

The PRDH is a subscription site where you can search for the baptism, marriage, and burial dates as well as find family members together as a unit for ancestors in Quebec. The information is linked so if you find someone, you can click on their parents to see the names of who was in the family as they were children.

The update completes the 1800 – 1824 period.

The PRDH does not contain the original records. With a partnership with the Drouin Institute you will be able to click a link from the results at the PRDH site to the images of the original documents at the Drouin Institute website. Of course you will need to have a subscription to the Drouin Institute website to view the images. Subscriptions cost $13 a month or $100 a year.

If you subscribe to the Drouin Institute, you will receive a bonus of 10% more hits when you subscribe or renew at the PRDH. The PRDH charges for hits. The more hits you purchase up front, the cheaper it is. 1,000 hits cost approximately $60.

Now that the years have been completed up to 1824, the PRDH will be working on the years from 1825 – 1849.

PRDH News!

Nova Scotia Archives Wants Back Issues of The Clarion

The Nova Scotia Archives is looking for back issues of The Clarion, the first newspaper published in the province specifically for black citizens. The Archives has digitized the few issues it has. These issues were lent to the Archives to be microfilmed in 1987. They don’t have the originals.

The 33 issues that can be found on the Archives website date between 1946 and 1949. The Clarion was published from 1946 to 1956.

The archives is also looking for issues from other African Nova Scotian publications as well — the Atlantic Advocate from 1915 to 1917 and The Grasp, which was published from 1970-74.

Nova Scotia Archives digitizes The Clarion, an historical local newspaper

Nova Scotia Archives wants you to search your attic for a historic black newspaper

Transcription Project at the Nova Scotia Archives

The Nova Scotia Archives has a new transcription project that anyone can participate in. The public can help transcribe documents related to the province’s history.

You can look at the document before you commit to transcribe it. You don’t need to register in order to transcribe. After the transcriptions have been reviewed and approved, they will be available in the Archives’ online collections.

Easy to participate in Nova Scotia Archives’ new online transcription project

McCord Museum to Digitize Family History of Quebec

The McCord Museum, located in Montreal, Québec, has received support from Sun Life Financial to describe, digitize and post online 36 sets of records about the economic, social and family history of Quebec.

These documents will help foster a better understanding of the culture and social implications for those who called Quebec home.

The 36 sets of records will be released in four lots between now and June 2018. Each set will be accompanied by a video highlighting various Quebec families.

The McCord Museum pays tribute to Montreal’s leading families with a digitization project sponsored by Sun Life Financial

LAC Update on the 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 are still in the letter M but they are still on schedule. They have been digitizing surnames that start with the letter M since October. They are up to the surname McGee.

They started this project in 2014 and they plan to have the project completed by the end of 2018. At the current rate the project will be completed in May 2018.

Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files – Update of February 2017

New Records at TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist, a subscription site in the UK, has added parish records for Essex, Cumberland and Norfolk. And more war memorials have been added from London, along with further English counties including Cumbria, Berkshire, Warwickshire and Suffolk.

TheGenealogist Launches over 282,000 Parish Records, plus 43,000 New War Memorial Records

William Henry Fox Talbot Photographs Online

William Henry Fox Talbot was a photographer during the 1800s. More than 1,000 of his photos can be seen at a new website produced by the Bodleian Libraries in the University of Oxford. The site is expected to grow to 25,000 images by 2018. Updates will be occurring weekly.

Each photograph is annotated with references to Talbot’s notebooks, letters, and other resources.

The photographs came from public and private collections. Some came from large institutions such as the British Library and Metropolitan Museum of Art to smaller archives in Estonia, South Africa, and Russia. Image rights are retained by the owner and there is a link for each image in case you would like to get in touch with the owner.

Thousands of William Henry Fox Talbot photos go online

The Journal of Genealogy & Family History

The Journal of Genealogy & Family History will launch in April. It will be a high quality, peer reviewed publication in an online format and it will be free.

The journal will attract authors from around the world and made available to anyone who chooses to read it. It’s being published by the Register of Qualified Genealogists.

Announcing The Journal of Genealogy & Family History

Beta Version of Website for WieWasWie

The website for Dutch records, WieWasWie (Who Was Who), has new website that is in beta. They are looking for user feedback.

It’s free to do simple searching. Advanced searches, the ability to save searches and documents, and get email notifications for your searches requires a subscription. Subscriptions cost about $23 per year.

Quick tip – Beta version of WieWasWie

ArkivDigital Adds Records for 1946

ArkivDigital, the subscription website for Swedish records, has many more church books that are now past the 70-year privacy law. That means that records from 1946 are now available at the website. These records include congregation books, and birth and death records.

More will be added in the future.

Sometimes notes were entered into the birth and baptism records. These notes could be about an adoption. The 70-year privacy law begins from the date of the note. So certain birth records from 1946 may not be found if a note was entered.

More modern church books in ArkivDigital

Legacy Genealogy Cruise

The next Legacy Genealogy Cruise will be a 7-day cruise starting on September 22, 2017. The cruise will start in Seattle, Washington and visit Astoria, Oregon; San Francisco, California; and Victoria, British Columbia.

Thomas MacEntee will be the featured speaker during the cruise. He will give presentations about genealogy technology.

As with all Legacy cruises there will also be classes about how to use Legacy software.

Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2017 to feature Thomas MacEntee

RootsTech Videos on YouTube

There are now lots of videos posted on YouTube about RootsTech. There are lots of interviews, the MyHeritage party, hangouts, Facebook live videos, and lots more.

You can find links to all the videos at the bottom of the show notes for the last episode of Genealogy News. That would be episode 97. There are links to 58 videos.

Genealogy News Episode 97

WDYTYA Ninth Season

The U.S. version of Who Do You Think You Are? will return for a ninth season on TLC starting on March 5th. The show is about celebrities who discover their ancestors with the help of genealogists. The celebrities will be

Jessica Biel, an actress, and wife of Justin Timberlake. She finds out she has Jewish ancestors.

Julie Brown, an actress who has appeared on many comedy television shows. She discovers the tale of two relatives whose moral codes are from opposite ends of the spectrum.

Courtney Cox, an actress, producer, and director. She traces her maternal line back to Medieval times to discover royalty and family drama.

Jennifer Grey is an actress known for her roles in the movies Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Dirty Dancing. She uncovers information about a grandfather she thought she knew. He was a sympathizer of the Communist party.

Smokey Robinson is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. He finds out why his grandfather disappeared from his children’s lives and that his great grandfather was a slave.

John Stamos, and actor and musician. He finds out about how his grandfather became an orphan.

Liv Tyler is an actress and former child model. She is the daughter of Aerosmith’s lead singer, Steven Tyler. She finds out how her family is tied to the complicated racial narrative of America.

Noah Wyle is a film, television, and theatre actor. He uncovers his maternal line.

Get a First Look at the New Season of Who Do You Think You Are?

Relative Race Second Season

Also premiering on Sunday, March 5th, will be the second season of BYUtv’s reality series, “Relative Race.”

If you don’t have BYUtv, you can watch the episodes online at their website, using their Android or iOS app, or if you have an Apple TV you can get the BYUtv app for that.

In the show contestants take a DNA test to find unknown relatives in their family tree. They race each day to travel to the new relative’s home to spend the night. Those who come in last three times are eliminated.

The winner at the end of 10 episodes wins $50,000.

This season was filmed last September. The contestants are racing from Miami to Boston.

Applications are being accepted for season 3 of Relative Race.

BYUtv’s Relative Race Returns March 5

New German Genealogy Podcast

There’s a new podcast out that released its first episode on March 1st. It’s called The German Genealogy Girl’s Podcast. It’s hosted by Ursula Krause, a German genealogist. She takes clients that wish to find out about their German ancestors. In the podcast she interviews a guest and gives tips for finding your German ancestors.

Plans are to release new episodes on the first of the month.

The German Genealogy Girl

Webinars Coming Up

Monday, March 6, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively

Tuesday, March 7, 7:30PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
United States Research with The Family History Guide
presented by Bob Taylor

Wednesday, March 8, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Indexing Leadership Training

Wednesday, March 8, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
British Case Study

Wednesday, March 8, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
The Value of Danish Military Levying Rolls

Wednesday, March 8, 5PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Swedish Jurisdictions and the Records They Kept

Wednesday, March 8, 8PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know
presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega

Wednesday, March 8, 8:30PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Indexing Leadership Training

Thursday, March 9, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Research Logs

Thursday, March 9, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Starting Family Tree: Photos and Documents

Friday, March 10, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
Home on the Range: Kansas Research Tips
presented by Cari Taplin

Friday, March 10, 6PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
Deep Dive:
presented by Kathryn Grant

Twitter #genchat – Alternatives to Vital Records
Friday, March 10, 10PM Eastern

Starting Monday March 13, FamilySearch will be having a British Isles Research Seminar. All the webinars for the week will be related to British Isles Research.

British Isles Research Seminar

Monday, March 13, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Blessings and Curses of Tracing Welsh Ancestry

Monday, March 13, 4PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Welsh Naming Patterns and Customs

Tuesday, March 14, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
How to Trace England Ancestry Online

Tuesday, March 14, 4PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Tracing Non-Church of England Ancestry

Tuesday, March 14, 5PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Danish Census Records Online

Wednesday, March 15, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Portuguese Language Records Indexing

Wednesday, March 15, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Scotland’s ‘Lost’ Other Half: Tracing Difficult Ancestral Lines in Scotland’s Non-Parochial (Church) Registers

Wednesday, March 15, 4PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Using Church of Scotland Parochial Registers to Trace Scots Ancestry

Thursday, March 16, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Turning the Tables on Tracing Elusive Ancestry in England/Wales Civil Registration Records: How to Trace Ancestry Using Online BMD Indexes!

Thursday, March 16, 4PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
England Resources for Family History at FindMyPast

Friday, March 17, 11AM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Tracing Irish Roman Catholic Ancestry

Friday, March 17, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Finding Ancestry in Ireland Civil Registration Records

Friday, March 17, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Ireland Census & Census Substitutes

Friday, March 17, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
The Scots-Irish: Plantation and Settlement of Ulster in the 17th Century

Friday, March 17, 4PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Key Websites for Tracing Ancestry in Ireland

Saturday, March 18, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
¿Qué harías tú?
What would you do?

Some other webinars going on that week are

Tuesday, March 14, 5:30PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
New Programs and Apps from RootsTech 2017, What’s Happening Now in Family History Research
presented by James Tanner

Tuesday, March 14, 9PM Eastern
Illinois State Genealogical Society Webinar
Nurse, Matrons, Laundresses & Cooks. Documenting Women in the Civil War
presented by Angela Y. Walton-Raji

Wednesday, March 15, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
Why are Irish records so weird?
presented by John Grenham

Wednesday, March 15,  9PM Eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society Webinar
Get Excited About your Pre-1870 African-American Research
presented by Diane L. Richard

Thursday, March 16, 8PM Eastern
Florida State Genealogical Society Poolside Chat
Find Your Family Stories in Free Online Newspapers
presented by Annette B Lyttle

Thursday, March 16, 9PM Eastern
Utah Genealogical Association
RootsTech 2017 and FamilySearch
presented by Robert Raymond

Friday, March 17, 3PM Eastern
North Carolina Genealogical Society
Recorded webinar: North Carolina Land Grants
presented by Dr. A. B. Pruitt

Friday, March 17, 6PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
Tax Records for Genealogists
presented by James Tanner

Some things that are on going.

DearMYRTLE has Mondays with Myrt, Wacky Wednesday, and Irish Genealogy Study Group that meets weekly and a DNA study group that meets monthly using Google Hangouts.

BlackProGen is also using Google hangouts and you can watch those on YouTube.

Genealogists in Second Life have many meetings during each month.

Be sure to check out the Geneatopia calendar for all online events that are going on.

I want to thank everyone who has been to the website and found the Paypal button to help support the podcast. I really appreciate it.

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 98.

Thanks for listening.

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