Genealogy News Episode 101


Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia I’m Patty Roy, also known as Dinah Larkham
in Second Life. Today is Sunday April 23, 2017 and this is
Episode 101. The
National Genealogical Society has a new social media policy for its upcoming conference.
No audio or video recording devices are going to be allowed in the exhibit hall or in any
of the presentations. That means that bloggers cannot do interviews in the exhibit hall and
Lisa Louise Cooke cannot livestream presentations using Periscope as she has been doing at the
last few big conferences. But you can take photographs in the exhibit
hall. The official wording from NGS is that “NGS does not permit audio or video recording
devices in the Exhibit Hall or in the presentations at the NGS Family History Conference” contradicts
with this statement from NGS that says “We encourage participants in the conference to:
take and share photographs at any time in the Exhibit Hall.” Another contradiction to the policy is this
statement from NGS: “Out of respect for the other participants,
we ask that noise-making electronic devices be silenced, though they need not be turned
off.” So it sounds like you can take your audio or video recording device into the exhibit
hall and the presentations. This policy could be the result of too many
people taking pictures of PowerPoint slides as people are speaking and even recording
their presentation. If you are an exhibitor you can request in
advance to record in the exhibit hall and pay a fee. The fee will be a mutually-agreed-to
fee to be paid by the exhibitor. The National Genealogical Society will be
streaming some sessions from its conference to be held in May in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Five sessions will focus on DNA and another five sessions will be from the Board for Certification
of Genealogists (BCG) skillbuilding track. You can sign up for one track or both tracks. Each track costs $95 for members or $115 for
non-members. To purchase both tracts costs $150 for members or $185 for non-members. The videos will be available for three months
for viewing. Registration for the 2017 Federation of Genealogical
Societies (FGS) conference is now open. The conference will be held August 30 – September
2, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The theme for the conference is “Building Bridges to
the Past.” Register by July 1st to get the early-bird
discount. The British Isles Family History Society of
Greater Ottawa has released the program for its conference that will be held in Ottawa
from September 29 to October 1. Registration will open on May 1st. Family Tree Maker 2017 is being tested to
make sure it will sync with Ancestry correctly and quickly. They are still beta testing.
So far 94% of the beta testers can sync correctly. There are 6,000 beta testers. The next part of the testing will be to let
anyone who has pre-purchased Family Tree Maker 2017 to try it out for 48 hours. This will
test how fast syncing will be. The first 25,000 to sign up will get the ability to join this
test. If all goes well you will be able to keep using the new version of Family Tree
Maker after the 48 hours. Then if that test went well another group
of 25,000 will test the system. Once the rollout is successful, they should be in a position
to determine the release date for Family Tree Maker 2017. A new version of Legacy Family Tree software
has been released. This new release is version 9. There is now hinting. Legacy will search the
sites Findmypast, FamilySearch, GenealogyBank, and MyHeritage for matches that may give you
new information about your ancestors. Any matches at FamilySearch can be viewed for
free but the other sites will require a subscription to see the matching records. There are new Cause of Death charts and a
new X-DNA color scheme. You can play Family Tree BINGO using pictures of your ancestors
and see your tree at a glance in the Family Dictionary that lists your ancestors alphabetically. There is one-click access to your ancestor’s
Find A Grave memorial. You can backup your Legacy Family Tree to
the Legacy Cloud. The new Stories tool lets you record, organize
and print stories for any of your ancestors. You can create unlimited hashtags to describe
your ancestors. You can use these hashtags to search for or print a report of everyone
who shares that hashtag. Do you have ancestors that have the same name?
The new Chronology Comparison report puts them side-by-side and color codes their similarities
and differences. Then you can decide if they could be the same person. The color-coding system has been expanded
and digital pictures can be sorted by date. If you have Legacy Deluxe, you can upgrade
for $26.95. The full version costs $34.95 for download. There are many packages available
that include the software on a CD, printed copies of books, and one-year membership to
their Family Tree Webinars. The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries
is back at the Newberry Library website. It’s currently in beta. Before they officially
re-launch the new website, they want to make some changes to make the help screens and
other supporting documentation better. This site has been offline since July 2015. The website lets you track boundaries as they
changed for all 50 of the United States and the District of Columbia. The website uses
the same underlying data as it did before but no there are new features. Some of the new features that were listed
in the email announcing the new website are • view a base layer map that allows an overlay
of boundaries on top of cities, towns and other geographic features
• zoom in and out of maps for the level of detail desired
• select a date of interest from a drop-down box with all border change dates for that
state • view information about border changes
in a hover box that changes as users hover over different counties
• expand the map view to full screen Identifying the correct county for the correct
time frame will tell you where you need to go to look for records for your ancestor. You can use the interactive map and select
a time frame to see what the boundaries were or you can read about what changes occurred
to the county such as what was added or removed to be part of another county. If you want you can download the files to
be used with ArcGIS Explorer or Google Earth. There’s a new app for New York City that
can show you how buildings used to look. The app is called Urban Archive. The app is only
available for iPhone but plans are to have an Android version. The app is in beta testing. Urban Archive is a newly formed nonprofit
that is working with the Brooklyn Historical Society, the New York Public Library and the
Museum of the City of New York. So far they have more than 2,500 historic images in the
app with more than 50,000 that will be added. The reason for the app is to allow museums
and libraries to expand their reach for their collections to beyond their walls. As you walk around New York City you can get
push notifications to check out a historic view. You can snap a photo and contribute
to the app with a current view for an old photo. About 20 tours have been created based on
a particular topic or neighborhood. More new records at FamilySearch New indexed record collection
France, Côtes-d’Armor, Census, 1876 and 1906 France, Hérault, Census, 1876, 1891, and
1906 France, Nord, Census, 1906 The following have new indexed records and
images Peru, Diocese of Huacho, Catholic Church Records,
1560-1952 Next these collections have indexed records
added to an existing collection Argentina Entre Ríos Catholic Church Records
1764-1983 Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014
California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991 Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books,
1587-1966 Switzerland, Bern, Civil Registration, 1792-1876 The
next collection has had indexed records and images added to an existing collection
BillionGraves Index New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate
Records, 1843-1998 Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to
Church Records, 1546-1927 These collections have added images to an
existing collection Italy, Mantova, Civil Registration (State
Archive), 1496-1906 United States, Cancelled, Relinquished, or
Rejected Land Entry Case Files, 1861-1932 Findmaypast has added some new collections.
They’ve added British Columbia Files 1859 – 1949, browse
only Britain, missing beneficiaries and unclaimed
estates 1910 Norfolk Archdeacon’s Transcripts 1600 – 1812,
browse only Norfolk Bishop’s Transcripts, 1687 – 1901,
browse only New South Wales Parish Registers, Christ Church
Cathedral Newcastle 1881 British Census, Crew and Passengers on
Ships arriving in New South Wales 2,000 new editions have been added to Sussex
Burials, 2,000 additional records have been added to Sussex Monumental Inscriptions and
2,000 records have been added to Australia, Boer War Contingents. Over 76,000 records have been added to Easter
Rising & Ireland Under Marital Law 1916 – 1921 and over 19,000 records have been added to
New South Wales, Closer Settlement and Returned Soldiers Transfer Files. Two new titles have been added to the British
Newspapers. Those are The Shipping & Mercantile Gazette and The Rutland Echo & Leicestershire
Advertiser. A German DNA Research Project has just started
and they are looking for people with four German-born grandparents. These four grandparents
need to have been born within 80 kilometers of each other. The project will include people whose grandparents
were born in regions surrounding contemporary Germany which were part of Germany prior to
World War I. The aim of the project is to map the genetic
history of Germans. By focusing on people whose grandparents were born near each other,
they will be able to build a detailed and accurate regional map of Germany’s genetic
history prior to World War II. The project is a collaboration between the
European ancestry firm LivingDNA and a large German genealogy society. To encourage eligible people to participate
in the project, LivingDNA is offering discounted AncestryDNA tests for 89 € or $95. If you
have already had your DNA tested and meet the criteria, you can transfer your results
to the project for free and receive a complimentary lifetime membership to LivingDNA. A woman was using Ancestry to search for ancestors.
She came across a shaky leaf for her nephew who died when he was 2 months old. She clicked
the leaf and found a man using the nephew’s name and birthdate. The nephew’s name was
Nathan Laskoski and he died in 1972. Nathan’s mother was contacted and she discovered
that her son’s birth information was used to obtain a Social Security number. The mother
filed an identity complaint with the Social Security Administration. The Social Security number started being used
in 1996. That was the year when Nathan’s mother was called and asked some questions
about her deceased son including what his Social Security number was. At that time she
contacted the police and they told her it was probably just a scam. Jon Vincent has been arrested on charges of
Social Security fraud and aggravated identity. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Philadelphia’s
federal court on May 2. In 1996 he escaped from a Texas halfway house.
He went to a nearby cemetery and searched for someone who died that was born the same
year he was. He found the gravesite for Nathan Laskoski. Jon Vincent has held many jobs under the name
of Nathan Laskoski. He has been married and divorced, obtained a driver’s license, opened
bank accounts, and secured student and automobile loans under the assumed name. The Social Security fraud charge carries up
to five years in prison upon conviction and the aggravated identity theft charge carries
a penalty of two years in prison consecutive to any sentence imposed for the fraud count. This type of identify theft is called “ghosting.”
Usually obituaries are the source of this. In this case it was a tombstone. Newspapers.com, a subscription website owned
by Ancestry, has added two new newspapers from Britain – The Guardian and The Observer.
There are over a million pages from editions between the years 1821-2003 that can now be
found at the site. DigitalNC continues to be very busy putting
more North Carolina items online. The latest additions include over 100 issues of The Franklin
Times. This newspaper reported on news from Louisburg which is the seat of Franklin county.
The issues are from 1909 – 1911. Nearly 25 years of the Future Outlook, a community
newspaper from Greensboro, North Carolina, is now available on DigitalNC. The Future
Outlook served the African American Community in Greensboro. Scrapbooks have been digitized from the McDowell
County Public Library. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings about local churches,
doctors, general events from the early to mid-twentieth century. And added to DigitalNC are a collection of
Durham funeral programs and obituaries from the R. Kelly Bryant Obituary Collection that
is located at the Durham County Library. R. Kelly Bryant collected stories of thousands
of African American residents told through funeral programs and obituaries. DigitalNC has a new partner – the Margaret
and James Harper, Jr. Library. This library is located in Southport, Brunswick County.
This partner’s first contribution to DigitalNC is the newspaper The State Port Pilot. This
newspaper documents community life in Southport and the surrounding areas from 1935 – 1945. The Library of Congress’s Chronicling America
website now has available another newspaper from Idaho called the Clearwater Republican.
The Clearwater Republican was published from 1912 – 1922 in Orofino, Idaho. Other newspapers being digitized from Idaho
that will become available this year are titles published in Meridian, Blackfoot, Mountain
Home, Oakley, and Twin Falls. More newspapers have been added to the New
York State Historic Newspapers website. 66 years of Chronicle-Express issues dating back
to 1926; 60 years of the Penn Yan Express (1866-1926), and 25 years of the Penn Yan
Democrat (1822-1947) are now available at the website. These additions increase the
years available for these newspapers. More issues of the Chronicle-Express from
2012 forward will be added as well as converting microfilm files of the years 1992 – 2011 into
digital format. Pawtuxet Village is an area in Rhode Island
located between Cranston and Warwick. They have a newspaper called The Bridge. The parts
of Pawtuxet Village that are located in Cranston and Warwick are connected by a bridge. The Pawtuxet Village Association has received
$6,300 from the Heritage Harbor Foundation to digitize the newspaper. The newspaper began
in 1986. Once digitized the newspapers will be made
available online for free. Washington State University has digitized
its student newspaper the Daily Evergreen covering the years 1892 – 2016. Classes began
at the university in 1892. Plans are to add to the collection once each
year. The full run of a previous year will be added each January or February. The U.S National Library of Medicine has digitized
some old recipe books and made them available online. Recipe books started as a place to
write down directions for creating medical preparations. The recipes consist of products
that were available in the kitchens of the day and they are usually food based. Many recipe books in the library’s collection
come from England and Scotland with a few from Germany and Holland. They are from the
1600s to 1900. The Museum of the American Revolution has
opened in Philadelphia. It opened on April 19th, the anniversary of the 1775 Battles
of Lexington and Concord. There are interactive touch screens, life-size sculpted figures,
and children’s exhibits. The galleries in the museum are organized
chronologically from the beginning of the conflict starting in the 1760s. Many of the
events occurred in the Philadelphia area. There are 10 theaters throughout the museum
that tell the story of the Revolution. One theater, the Battlefield Theater, has gunshots,
floor shaking, strobe lights, and smoke to tell the story of being on the front lines
of the Continental Army during a British attack. The new museum has on display the tent that
George Washington spent time in from mid-1778 to 1783. It has been restored for everyone
to see. It is located in a climate-controlled case at the end of a 12-minute presentation
about Washington’s leadership in the Revolution. The tent and many items in the museum’s
collection were donated by the Valley Forge Historical Society. An online archive and database will launch
this fall containing biographical sketches of some colonial Floridians. The goal is to
create sketches of anyone who was in Florida between 1513 and 1821. These are the years
during Spanish rule. This could amount to 20,000 to 25,000 individuals.
Most of these people came to St. Augustine, Florida, which was the capital of Spanish
Florida. Many of names come from ship’s logs which
shows many people arriving from many different countries. Old documents from the 16th-century
from the United States are used and other documents are obtained from Spain where they
have an archive that deals with Spain’s presence in the Americas. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has acquired
a collection of early Virginia-related maps. More than 220 maps, charts, atlases and documents
spanning the years from 1540 to 1835 have been added to the collection. These items
were collected by William C. Wooldridge of Suffolk, Virginia, and there were owned by
the Virginia Cartographical Society, a private, Norfolk, Virginia-based consortium. The addition of these items give Colonial
Williamsburg the most comprehensive collection of Virginia maps outside the Library of Congress. The items will be displayed in future exhibitions
at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and will be made available this spring through
the Foundation’s online database at history.org/museums. The maps offer insight into the exploration,
settlement and development in Virginia. Historical maps from all 95 counties in Tennessee
are now online. They can be found in the Tennessee Virtual Archive collection. There are currently about 400 maps available
online. There is at least one map available for each
county. About 5 – 10 maps will be added per month. Images from Canada that were taken by the
New York Times have been purchased by Chris Bratty, a GTA (Greater Toronto area) real
estate executive, and donated to the Ryerson Image Center in Toronto. The photos are from the 20th century from
the years leading up to the First World War through the 1990s. Some of the images will be on display from
Sept. 13 to Dec.10. After that the images will become part of the Centre’s permanent
collection where they can be viewed by appointment. The Library and Archives Canada has released
their monthly report about the digitization Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service
Files. They are finally done digitizing surnames that begin with the letter M. They are now
up to the name Nelles – N E L L E S. These service files are for soldiers of the
First World War. They are digitizing the files basically in alphabetical order. 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. Same estimate as the last two months. The Library and Archives Canada has added
some photographs to Flickr. They have added 30 images for Manitoba and 31 images for New
Brunswick. Each has their own Flickr album. The Virtual Museum of Canada is managed by
the Canadian Museum of History and it is the largest digital source of stories and experiences
shared by Canadian museums and heritage organizations. Its Community Memories program helps smaller
communities develop virtual exhibitions for the website that can be found at virtualmuseum.ca. The next online virtual exhibit will be about
Cobourg Harbour. The community is a small town in Ontario and the exhibit was released
on April 20th. Stories are told from some members of the
community that will relate to the harbour’s history in 20 short segments. A virtual reality project is being created
to show what life was like in the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children. Two of the narrators
will talk about their experiences living in the orphanage. They will walk you through
the orphanage and tell students about their experiences. This should be a better experience
than someone reading to you from a history book and help students develop empathy for
another person. The third narrative is someone who works for
a support group for former residents. Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children opened
in 1921 and was the site of alleged mistreatment and abuse from the 1940s through until the
early 1980s. The Oculus Rift headset will be used to simulate
walks through the orphanage that was located on the eastern outskirts of Halifax. There
will be a pilot project to be used by four Grade 11 classrooms by the fall of 2018. The Halifax Municipal Archives in Nova Scotia
has digitized over 4,000 photographs and placed them in a Flickr album for anyone to view. Halifax has undergone many changes to erect
new buildings by razing others and demolishing buildings that were not safe. The photographs
show homes and businesses before they wore torn down in the 1950s and 1960s. Many inspectors
assessed building conditions and took photographs of structures that would be demolished. All of these photographs capture everyday
life in the 50s and 60s. There will be a new free app for people to
take a self-guided tour of Alberta. The app will send a notification when you pass some
place where something interesting has happened. The app and website are being created by the
Friends of Historical Northern Alberta Society and the app will be called History Check. The app will have a map that will show icons
that represent five different categories – history and museums, other points of interest, camping
and lodging, recreation and travel services. You can also search the app so you can find
areas to explore. From the app you can share photos of the sites
you visit and chat with friends. The app and a website will be launched in
June 2017 with about 5,000 points of interest. A collection of nearly 8,000 images from London,
Ontario, has been digitized and they are being made available at Historypin. Historypin is
a website where users can pin photos or videos, audio, and narrative text to a map. So far
795 of the 8,000 images are available. The images are manually pinned to the map so it
will take some time to get all of them available at Historypin. The images from London, Ontario, were captured
by London Free Press photographers in the year 1967. This year marks 50 years after
Canada’s centennial. Most of the images are black and white since
the newspaper used that type for printing. Color film was only used sparingly. The British Library has launched Unlocking
Our Sound Heritage, a project to save almost half a million rare and unique recordings
that are physically degrading or are stored in formats that can no longer be played. These recordings consist of such things as
traditional, pop and world music, drama and literature readings, oral history, regional
radio, dialect, and wildlife sounds from around the country. As a result of the project the British Library
will host a website where listeners can explore the recordings. The website will become available
sometime in 2019. There are a couple of new podcasts out. One
is called Genealogy Showcase. It’s a show about how and why we study family history. The other new podcast is called Ohio Genealogy.
It’s about researching in Ohio and events that are genealogy-related that are going
on in Ohio. The host for both shows is Jeff Keifling.
He has experience as a radio host and he has a Certificate in Genealogical Research from
Boston University. He’s a member of many societies and travels to attend most genealogy
conferences. Dear Myrtle will be having a two-part hangout
about researching in Norway with Liv Christensen who is from Norway. That should happen sometime
next month. Tuesday, May 2, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Overview of FamilySearch.org Wednesday, May 3, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Spanish Language Records Indexing Wednesday, May 3, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar Take Me Back to Where I Belong: Transportation
Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau presented by Angela Walton-Raji Wednesday, May 3, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Understanding Places in Ireland Wednesday, May 3, 5PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Ask Your United States Research Question Wednesday, May 3, 8PM Eastern
Minnesota Genealogical Society What Is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist
Care? presented by Annette Burke Lyttle Thursday, May 4, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Starting Family Tree: Attaching FamilySearch
Sources to your Tree Thursday, May 4, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar British Case Study Thursday, May 4, 7PM Eastern
Ontario Genealogical Society Webinar Genealogy and GIS
presented by Jennifer Alford Friday, May 5, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar United States Case Study Twitter #genchat – Ethnic Focus: Germans from
Russia Friday, May 5, 10PM Eastern The Fountaindale Public Library’s seventh
annual Genealogy Day will be held on Saturday May 6th. The library is located in Illinois
and the will be live streaming the sessions. Those sessions are Genetic Genealogy
presented by Robert Sliwinski That will be at 10:30 At 12:30 it will be
Are You Related to Someone Famous? presented by Bob Allen Then at 3 will be
Where the Murderers Roam presented by Dr. Daniel Hubbard Saturday, May 6, 1PM Eastern
Southern California Genealogical Society Webinar Beyond the Surface: Analyzing and Capturing
Genealogical Data presented by Nicka Smith Saturday, May 6, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Recursos genealógicos de Colombia (Genealogical
resources of Colombia) Monday, May 8, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Using the FHL Catalog Effectively Tuesday, May 9, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Norwegian Emigration: The Experience Tuesday, May 9, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar What is New at FamilySearch.org Tuesday, May 9, 9PM Eastern
Illinois State Genealogical Society Webinar Cause of Death: Using Coroner’s Records for
Genealogy presented by Lisa A. Alzo Wednesday, May 10, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Italian Language Records Indexing Wednesday, May 10, 8PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar Introduction to Danish Genealogy
presented by Fritz Juengling Thursday, May 11, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Using Social Media for Family History Friday, May 12, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar New York City and State Governmental Vital
Records presented by Jane Wilcox Twitter #genchat – Ethnic Focus: Germans from
Russia Friday, May 12, 10PM Eastern You can find all the webinars mentioned and
more at the calendar at Geneatopia.com. The calendar has all the Google Hangouts that
are scheduled, events going on in Second Life, and online events that you pay for. I’ve
only mentioned the free events. And that’s it for this episode. You can send email to [email protected] You can find links to things mentioned in
this show in the show notes at Geneatopia.com as well as a transcript. The transcript can
also be found in the Geneatopia Flipboard magazine and you can find the recording on
YouTube. This is episode 101. Thanks for listening.

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