Genealogy News Transcript Episode 83

Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia

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

Today is Tuesday May 24, 2016 and this is Episode 83.

MyHeritage Tribal Quest

MyHeritage has announced the launch of a new global initiative called Tribal Quest. The goal is to preserve the stories and family histories of tribal people living in remote locations. This initiative will document the family histories of tribal people for future generations.

MyHeritage provides tools for preserving family history and this pro bono project will increase people’s engagement with genealogy. MyHeritage provides tools for people to build their family tree and find relatives and connect family members.

These tribal people don’t have access to these kinds of tools. So MyHeritage is building their family trees.

Their mission is to find stories and family information to document and preserve this information for future generations.

The MyHeritage team has visited the tribal communities in Namibia and Papua New Guinea. They plan to visit more locations around the world to document other indigenous people.

There is a Tribal Quest website where you can learn more about the family histories that have already been documented.

MyHeritage has DNA Matching

MyHeritage has developed a DNA matching service. You’ll need to export your raw DNA data from testing companies such as 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and AncestryDNA. Then upload it to MyHeritage and it will be used with their DNA Matching service which will be released soon.

Right now this new service is free to everyone. Later on DNA matching may become a premium feature but it will remain free for those who upload their DNA data now. You can upload DNA for yourself and your relatives.

The new service will match you to other people you share DNA with. You’ll be able to review your matches family trees and filter your matches by common surnames or geographies. When a match is found that person will not have access to your DNA or your email address. They will have to get touch with you through MyHeritage.

If you decide that you do not want your DNA at the MyHeritage website you can delete it at any time.

Eventually they will be offering ethnic and geographic origin reports.

The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, has read the terms of service for the DNA matching at MyHeritage. There are two check boxes for you the check when you upload your DNA.

The first one, I have read and accept the DNA Terms of Use, is required to be checked before you can upload your data.

The second one, I have read and accept the Consent Agreement, is not required. There is no indication that it is not required to upload your data.

If you check the second checkbox, you give MyHeritage the right to analyze your DNA and other information you have submitted to MyHeritage for research. Research may be for human evolution and migration, regional health issues, and other types of research related to the history of the human species. This information may be shared with third-party organizations.

If you consent to participate in this research, you may revoke that consent at any time.

As far as the required terms of use, it contains some statements about letting MyHeritage use your DNA for matching to others, some statements to protect MyHeritage from law suits and other legalities. Then there is the part where you grant MyHeritage the right to use your DNA forever and the can distribute de-identified information to third parties for any purpose.

If you are thinking of uploading you DNA to MyHeritage, I suggest you read the post about this from the The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell. I’ll have a link the show notes for it.

Family Tree DNA Adjusts Matching Thresholds

Family Tree DNA will have new matching criteria very soon. The entire database will be rerun using these new criteria.

The new criteria will not require a minimum amount of shared centiMorgans but if the centiMorgan total is less than 20, at least one segment must be 9 centiMorgans or longer.

If a block of shared DNA is greater than 9 centiMorgans, it will be a match regardless of the total amount of shared centiMorgans. Previously you had to share at least 20 centiMorgams to be considered a match.

All this means that if you have a match that is several generations back and you only match on a few centiMorgans, that match will be displayed. Before you had to have at least 20 centiMorgans total before any match was displayed.

It also means that there won’t be so many false positives that were displayed based on adding up very small segments that total 20 centiMorgans. Some people were matches because they shared a large amount of small segments that added up to 20 centiMorgans.

In the end the results should be more accurate.

AncestryDNA will be using a new chip

AncestryDNA will be using a new chip for processing DNA tests. The new chip is a custom chip just for AncestryDNA. With this new chip they will be testing some health-related SNPs and the new chip adds a large number of autosomal SNPs that can be used for ethnicity for specific populations outside of Europe. This will provide better matches for those whose ancestors were not from Europe.

Ancestry is exploring the possibility of developing health products in the future and with this new chip they will have some health data. Customers have to explicitly agree to using their DNA for external research.

The results from using this new chip is backward-compatible with the tests that were done previously. This means that matching will work seamlessly for everyone. The new chip provides the same matches as the old one.

Ancestry Acquires Adpay

Ancestry announced that it plans to acquire a company called Adpay. This company has a website called, an obituary input network. The site is designed for funeral directors and newspaper publishers to help streamline the obituary entry process and support the needs of families.

From the site funeral directors can submit and pay for obituaries for many newspapers in one single order. The newspapers obtain their obituaries from the site.

The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016.

More new records at FamilySearch

New browsable image collections added include
Germany Prussia East Prussia Königsberg Funeral Sermons 1597‐1794
Ontario District Marriage Registers 1801‐1858

Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Ecuador Catholic Church Records 1565‐2011
Germany Mecklenburg‐Schwerin Census 1867
Guam Judicial Land Obituaries and Census Records 1712‐2000
Montana Meagher County Records 1866‐2012
Texas World War I Records 1917‐1920
Zimbabwe Death notices 1904‐1976

Worldwide Index Event 2016

FamilySearch will be holding another worldwide indexing event on July 15-17. They hope that 72,000 people worldwide will index at least one batch of records during those three days. To be counted, you submit at least one indexing or arbitration batch sometime during that time.

Anyone can participate, whether you’ve indexed before or your new indexing. FamilySearch especially needs people who have fluent language skills in French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, or other languages. They would like to increase the number of index records available in other languages. Currently they offer 20 times more index records in English than all other languages combined.

Last year more than 82,000 people indexed records during the event.

Findmaypast makes U.S. Censuses Free to Everyone

Mocavo was acquired by Findmypast and that website was rolled into the Findmypast website recently. Mocavo had a motto that much of its content would be free forever. Findmypast will be honoring that motto by providing the U.S. Census for free.

You will need to create a free account to access the indexes for the censuses and view the images.

Findmypast Tree Challenge

Findmypast will have all of its almost 2 billion records and Findmypast family trees available for hints to Findmypast family trees. This free offer is good from May 23 to May 30, 2016.

The hints to the records will be free to view during this 7-day time frame.

Findmypast is challenging family historians to find at least one new ancestor by using their site. Register for free and upload a GEDCOM file to get started.

If you share any discoveries you make with the hash tag #TreeChallenge, you will be entered to win an expert bundle worth $1000. This includes a 64 GB iPad mini 4, a three TB hard drive and a 12-month subscription to Family Tree magazine.

Each day Findmypast will be giving away a 12-month world subscription based on the best discovery.

To enter for these prizes use the hash tag #TreeChallenge on Facebook or Twitter with information about your discovery.

New Records at Findmypast

There is a different type of record collection that has been added to Findmypast called London Lives, Culture & Society 1680 – 1817. This collection includes things such as criminal registers, apprentice records, coroner inquests, workhouse minutes, and other records.

This collection was funded by the Economic and Social Research, a project that has digitized records from six archives.

The records detail the lives of ordinary common Londoners and describe how life was in London during those years.

Supplements for the London Gazette, from August 1914 to January 1920, have been added. They contain announcements of Armed Forces promotions, appointments of official public offices, Royal proclamations, and more.

There have been some new additions to the Sussex burials collection and over 79,000 records of been added to the greater London Burials Index.

Findmypast has completed the third phase and final phase for its Westminster collection. This collection consists of baptisms, banns, marriages, and burials from Westminster.

There’s been over 1600 abstracts of wills added to the Kent Wills and Probate Indexes.

You can now browse through the Ireland, electoral registers 1885 through 1886. And there have been 13.5 million new articles added to the British Newspapers collection.

New Research Coming Online about Intra-American Slave Trade

There is a website called Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database where you search for free to find information about the voyages slaves took from Africa to America. Right now it only includes slave-trading voyages that crossed the Atlantic Ocean.

A history professor has written a book documenting the intra-American slave trade. He has received a grant from the National Endowment so he can add his research to the Voyages database.

He plans to show the slave trade within the Americas with an interactive interface to the database. It should take about 18 months to get all of this research into the database.

Fold3 Adds to Collection of WWII Draft Registration Cards

Fold3 has added 8 new U.S. states and territories to its World War II Draft Registration Cards collection. It now includes North Carolina, Colorado, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Mexico, Washington DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

If you find someone in this collection, it does not mean they served in the military. There were seven draft registration periods held for World War II service.

Information on the WWII Draft Registration Cards may include the man’s name, address, telephone number, age, place of birth, country of citizenship, name of person who will always know the registrant’s address, employer’s name, place of employment, and a description of the registrant.

American Personnel in Norwich during WWII

A new online digital archive has been launched in Norwich, England. It’s about the lives of thousands of American personnel who were based in Norwich during World War II.

It contains more than 30,000 photographs, memoirs, and correspondence from the United States Army Air Force Second Air division. The archive was made possible by a donation from a veteran who served during World War II.

Royal Navy Officers First World War

The (UK) National Archives has joined forces with the National Maritime Museum and the Crew List Index Project team to create a new database about Royal Navy officers and ratings that served in the first world war.

This new database will be called Royal Navy First World War Lives at Sea and will be launched in mid-June.

Postcards from Winnipeg, Canada, are now online

More than 5000 postcards are now available to the public in the city of Winnipeg Canada’s digital collection. This collection was donated to the city by the Berman family. The public library has scanned all of them and is in the process of adding them to the website.

Once postcards have been digitized they will be sent to the city’s archives and records control branch for safekeeping.

All the contents on the Past Forward website, which is where the postcards are located, are in the public domain.

Winnipeg Public Library’s Past Forward website preserves the public history of Winnipeg and its surrounding history.

Library and Archives Canada update on the digitization of the 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 now up to the surname Jellyman.

They are basically digitizing these records in alphabetical order. According to John Reid of Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections blog, the completion date for all records to be digitized will be December 2018. This improves the completion date. Last month it was estimated that the entire collection would be digitized by October 2019.

ArkivDigital Adds Records for 1925 -1945

ArkivDigital is the subscription website where you can browse Swedish records, some household examinations records are indexed.

Now the birth, marriage and death extracts from SCB or Bureau of Central Statistics for the years 1925 to 1945 are now available in ArkivDigital. Swedish law prohibits records after 1945 to be released. This is due to a privacy law that records cannot be available until after 70 years.

This also means that if there is a book of records from 1930 to 1950, they cannot be placed on ArkivDigital because they include records that are not old enough to be released..

These new extracts are organized by county and year. These extracts are based on transcriptions sent by each parish to the Bureau of Central Statistics which is abbreviated as the SCB.

ArkivDigital will be creating a register so that you can select a parish and year and go directly to the image.

University of Tasmania Offers Free Genealogy Courses

The University of Tasmania (UTAS) will be offering two genealogy-related courses for free. They are only available for Australian and New Zealand citizens.

Both courses start on June 27. One is called Writing the Family Saga and the other one is Place, Image, Object. It’s about your family treasures and how they can help with family research.

Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree App and Streaming Sessions

The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree will be held in Burbank, California on June 3 – 5. They will be streaming live during those days for free. There will be 14 hours of content spread over three days that anyone can access live.

The day before the conference is a day on genetic genealogy. Some of these sessions will also be streamed but they will not be free. The costs is $20 for individual sessions or $99 for the day which consists of six sessions.

If you can’t watch the genetic genealogy sessions when they are live streamed, you have until July 5 to watch them at your convenience. These sessions will not be available for purchase and they will not be accessible in the SCGS website archive.

If you are going to the Jamboree you can download the mobile app to help plan your days and keep in touch with what’s going on.

If you’re not going to Jamboree you can watch 14 sessions live streamed. You’ll need to register to be able to watch. You don’t need to be a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society, the live stream is open to the public.

Ancestry is underwriting the cost of the live stream. In between the sessions Ancestry’s training team will broadcast videos.

Handouts will be available for all the live streamed sessions.

The sessions will not be recorded so you won’t be able to watch them later on the SCGS website if you are a member. Members have access to watch previously recorded webinars.

I’ll have a link in the show notes to list of the free sessions.

Virtual Institute Announces Summer and Fall Schedule

The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research has announced the schedule of courses for summer and fall 2016.

Registration is open for all the courses.

Third-Party Tools for Genetic Genealogists with Blaine T. Bettinger
Working with Sources and Information with Michael Hait
A Day in the War of 1812: Researching Your Ancestor with Craig Roberts Scott
Learning About Your Ancestor Through Culture and Folkways with Jean Wilcox Hibben
Italian Genealogical Evidence Practicum with Melanie D. Holtz
Harness the Power of the Web with D. Joshua Taylor
The Essential Copyright Guide for Genealogists with Blaine T. Bettinger

Each course will be offered once. The schedule goes from May to December.

Coming Up

Wednesday, May 25, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
French Indexing

Wednesday, May 25, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
NEHGS: Who We Are, What We Do, and How We Can Help
presented by Lindsay Fulton

Thursday, May 26, 2PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
United States Church and Cemetery Records

Thursday, May 26, 4PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
British Research Problem Strategy Session

Thursday, May 26, 7:30PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Genealogy
presented by Mark Jackson

Friday, May 27, 1PM Eastern
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Webinar
Reference Guide to T458 Revisited: Using the INS Subject Correspondence Index in the 21st Century

Friday, May 27, 4PM Eastern
BYU Family History Library webinar
Family History Resources in L. Tom Perry Special Collections
presented by Ryan Lee

Tuesday May 31, 3PM Eastern
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Using New England Probate Records
presented by David Allen Lambert

Wednesday, June 1, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar
Get the Most from
presented by Claire Vail

Wednesday, June 1, 4PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Dutch Indexing

Wednesday, June 1, 8PM Eastern
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Working with Probate Records
presented by Lois Abromitis Mackin

Thursday, June 2, 1PM Eastern
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Webinar
History Library Catalog and Services

Thursday, June 2, 7PM Eastern
Ontario Genealogical Society Webinar
What Else is in the Newspaper?
presented by Jennifer Alford

North Carolina Genealogical Society
Finding Women: Maiden Name Not Known
presented by Craig R. Scott
Webinar free viewing June 3 – 5

Friday, June 3, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Figure Out Place Names for Swedish Genealogy

Friday, June 3, 6PM Eastern
The National Archives Webinar
Dispatches from the front

#genchat – Education: Institute vs Conference vs Webinar
Friday, June 3, 10PM Eastern

Saturday, June 4, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar
Los beneficios de utilizar el Registro Civil
The benefits of using the Registry

Be sure to check out the calendar at for all the ongoing events such as Dear Myrtle’s and Black ProGen Hangouts on Air and meetings in Second Life as well as other ongoing events including those that require payment.

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