Genealogy News Episode 103

Welcome to the
Genealogy News from Geneatopia I’m Patty Roy, also known as Dinah Larkham
in Second Life. Today is Wednesday May 31, 2017 and this is
Episode 103. Family Tree Maker 2017 still has not been
released. Software McKiev is still working with Ancestry
to get the syncing working. In the meantime, those using the 2014 version
of the software will now be able to upload and download trees at Ancestry. This will only be temporary. You not be able to do this once the new software
is released. As mentioned in the last episode, Thomas MacEntee
will no longer be updating the Geneabloggers website. He won’t be selling that domain but traffic
from will be redirected to his new website called All Geneabloggers social media assets will
be converted to Abundant Genealogy on June 1, 2017. Thomas is looking for people to administer
the Geneabloggers Facebook group and to set up a new Geneabloggers website to serve as
a community resource. 23andMe customers in the United States have
had access to a new website to view their results for a while now. Those in Europe have access to old format. Well now those customers in Europe will be
transitioned to the new format sometime in June. All the health reports will be archived as
pdf documents if you selected to save the reports. These are the reports that were created before
the FDA made 23andMe stop issuing those types of reports. Depending on when you tested at 23andMe will
determine what new reports will be available for you in the new format of the website. Over the years 23andMe has changed what chip
version is used to process DNA and this determines what type of results will be available. The new format of the website allows you to
link to online trees since you no longer can upload a GEDCOM file. And the Relatives in Common feature will be
available. This is similar to Shared Matches on Ancestry
or In Common With matches at Family Tree DNA. There is a new website for people to enter
information about how long it takes to process an AncestryDNA kit. You register at the site
and enter when your DNA kit was activated, the date the kit arrived in the lab, the date
the lab began processing the kit, and the date the lab was done processing the kit. At any point along the process you can login
and update information about your kit. The site is useful for those who test and
want to know approximately how long it will take to get their results. There’s a new DNA study that aims to learn
more about the genetics of the African diaspora. It’s being done by Shannon Christmas, a
well-known genealogist specializing in genetic, colonial American, and African-American genealogy
in Virginia and the Carolinas. There is a survey to fill out if you are a
person of African descent and you match someone with four grandparents from an African nation
or vice versa. I’ll have link in the show notes so you
can find the survey if you qualify. MyHeritage has released their Ethnicity Estimate
for all users. That would be for those who purchased a DNA
kit from MyHeritage as well as those who uploaded their results from other services. The new Ethnicity Estimate will be available
to those who upload their DNA to MyHeritage in the coming months. The new ethnicity report covers 42 geographical
regions, some of which are exclusive to MyHeritage. They created a Founder Population project
where they handpicked over 5,000 participants based on their family trees where those people
had ancestry from the same region or ethnicity for many generations. This group was used as the basis for determining
ethnicity for others. Plans are to continue to improve the ethnicity
estimates and extend the founder populations project. When you look at your ethnicity results you
can choose to play an intro video that will show you on a map where you come from. As each place is displayed music is played
based on the cultural elements of that place. MyHeritage has introduce something called
Collection Catalog. It lists the historical record collections
that have been indexed and are available on MyHeritage SuperSearch. Each collection lists the number of records
that are in it and the date when it was added or last updated. This feature has been requested by users. The Collection Catalog can be found on the
Research tab in the main navigation menu. And it can be found on the SuperSearch homepage
as well as from the footer of the MyHeritage website under the Research section. At the top of the Collection Catalog are some
featured collections. These are collections that cannot be found
anywhere outside of MyHeritage or they may be new collections added to MyHeritage. The Collection Catalog can be sorted by number
of records they contain, the date they were last updated, or by collection name. More new records at FamilySearch New indexed records and images collection
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880 New browsable image collections added include
Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt Kreisarchiv, Ahnenpäße (Ancestor Passports) Next these collections have indexed records
added to an existing collection Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages New Hampshire, Civil War Service and Pension
Records, 1861-1866 New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists,
1906-1942 Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records,
1470-1897 Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914 Ancestry has added over six million Wiltshire
parish records. These are records for baptisms, banns, marriages,
and burials. This is the first time these records have
been digitized and made available. The original records are held by the Wiltshire
Council and Swindon Borough Council. Fold3 has added some more states to its collection
of World War II draft registration cards. The collection now includes Alabama, Connecticut,
Florida, Idaho, West Virginia, Utah, Alaska, Wyoming and Virginia. These cards are registration cards for the
draft and they don’t indicate whether the individual served in the military. Information on these cards include the man’s
name, address, telephone number, age, place of birth, country of citizenship and the name
and address of the person who will always know the man’s address, and there is employment
information. Findmypast has added lots of parish records
for Nottinghamshire. That includes baptisms, banns, marriages,
and burials Findmypast has also added the following collections
to its site Vermont, Enrolled Militia Records 1861 – 1867 Surry institutional records 1788 – 1939. These include such things as poor law unions,
workhouses, schools, and infirmaries. They’ve added to their collection of Essex
Baptism Index 1538 – 1917, Sussex, Eastbourne Gazette Newspaper Notices, Derbyshire Hospital
Admission and Deaths 1855 – 1913, Australian Capital Territory Deaths, and Irish Newspapers. More images have been added to PERSI, the
PERiodical Source Index. Images have been added to the New York Research,
New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, New Zealand Genealogist, the Fenwick Colony
Gazette, and The Friend Intelligencer. Last year when Findmypast added Canadian records
they were listed under the United States. Lots of people complained about that and now
Findmypast lets you search for only records from Canada. The Library and Archives Canada has released
their monthly report about the digitization Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service
Files. They are now up to the name Oliver. 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 should be
completed by the end of 2018. They are about 70% done. The Kitchener Public Library in Kitchener,
Ontario, has started to upload digitized versions of historical gazetteers and directories for
Waterloo County. So far there are seven directories available
at the library’s website. More will be added. The directories are in a pdf format and they
are searchable. Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps were created so
insurance companies could determine how much to charge to insure buildings. The maps contain information about the size
and construction materials of dwellings. They contain commercial buildings and other
structures. They also show the names and width of streets,
property boundaries as well as the location of water mains, fire alarm boxes and fire
hydrants. These maps were updated every few years to
keep current. The Sanborn Map Company was created in 1866
and continued creating maps to the late 1970s. The Library of Congress has placed online
nearly 25,000 of these maps. More maps will be added each month until the
year 2020 for a total of approximately 500,000 maps. Currently there are maps available prior to
1900. The states available according to the press
release include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan,
Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming. However, if you go to the website you will
find maps from many other states. There are also some maps from Alaska that
were published through the early 1960s. By the year 2020 all states will be online
showing maps from late 1880s through the early 1960s. The Georgia Archives in the United States
has placed online many Bible records that were collected from the 1950s to the 1980s. These records can be used as a substitute
for birth and death records since the state of Georgia did not collect birth and death
records until 1919. The Bible records were brought to the archives
for micro filming by private citizens. After they were filmed the Bible records went
back to the original owners. The Georgia archives discontinued this program
in 1996. Once again there have been lots of new collections
added to DigitalNC, the website for the North Carolina digital heritage center. They’ve added six years of The Indianhead,
the University of North Carolina at Pembroke yearbook. The years are for 2011 – 2016. Nearly 500 objects in Transylvania County
Library‘s architectural survey have been updated with more detailed information. The update includes such things as maps, data
sheets, historical building registrations, newspaper articles and official communications
between the state of North Carolina and property owners. And there is a new batch of materials from
Rockingham County Public Library. The new material includes some three-dimensional
physical objects such as quilts, wedding dresses, and jewelry. They’ve also added the Speedwell Presbyterian
Churchyard Graves booklet which contains the names and locations of all those buried in
that cemetery and they’ve added the Stoneville Patron Registration books which contain the
names and locations of those who used this branch library between 1959 in 1982. The Arkansas State Archives has digitized
24 newspapers through a joint newspaper digitization project with This website is a subscription website but
if you live in Arkansas you can access the newspapers for free online at the State Archives
research room and at the Central Arkansas Library System. These newly digitized newspapers will be available
sometime in June. The popular UK television series Who Do You
Think You Are? has won a British Academy of Film and Television award for the features
category. This is the fourth time this show has been
nominated for this award and the first time they have won. Who Do You Think You Are? has been produced
for 13 series in the UK. The Oxfordshire Family History Society is
starting a surnames research project to examine surnames that have been recorded in Oxfordshire. The project is expected to last about two
years and will trace the whereabouts of surnames in different parishes over time. They are looking for some information that
anyone might have of their ancestors in Oxfordshire. Later you’ll be asked for more detail about
the information you have for your ancestors. The project will be published as a book and
with some information made available online in the member section of the Oxfordshire Family
History Society website. I’ll have a link in the show notes we you
can learn more about this project. Forces War Records will be making all of its
World War I troop movements free for anyone to access during the weekend of July 1st and
2nd. They are doing this to commemorate the 101
anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. They have transcribed the official orders
of the battle publications as well as other official histories of the great war to create
a record of military operations and engagements by the British Army. All of this information is now available in
the form of a map. This should provide an insight into the movements
and actions the soldiers took during the battle of the Somme. The International Bomber Command Centre has
launched a free-to use database on the command’s losses. There are details about over 57,000 men who
lost their lives in the Second World War. There are 2.7 million pieces of information
that will help you discover the story behind each loss. It took volunteers 4 years to create this
database. has added more records to
its East Galway Family History Society database. There are a variety of different types of
records. They’ve added non-Catholic marriages 1845
– 1955, 1889 Woodford parish census, some graveyard inscriptions, list of Christmas
donations from some parishes, registry of freehold for 1829 from County Galway, some
directories, and some tithe applotment books for 1827. There is a new free database called Buried
in Fingal. It contains details of people who were interred
in the burial grounds in Fingal County which is located in North Dublin. Burial records date from 1877 to 2013. You can search by name and graveyard. The Irish Genealogical Research Society has
launched the second and final tranche of stories about people’s favorite Irish born ancestors. There are 30 more stories. This society started this project to celebrate
the 80th anniversary of the founding of the society in 1936. Last March they released the first tranche
of stories. The stories have been placed in categories. The categories are 20th-century lives, interesting
professions, military men, new world new lives, women surviving and thriving, tales of the
famine and working the Irish land and a group of stories that don’t fit into any of the
themes. The University of Melbourne in Australia has
digitized and indexed their collection of cards for World War II. These cards were donated to the University
by the Red Cross of Australia. The collection includes missing, wounded and
prisoner of war enquiry cards dating from World War II to 1973. They are searchable by surname, initials or
service number. This past March the Swedish Migration Center
in Karlstad, Sweden, filed for bankruptcy. The fate of the society’s material which
has documentation of the immigration to the United States and Canada from Sweden was a
concern for many. The Kinship Center has bought the archives
and equipment from the society. They plan to run everything just as it has
been at the main center. The branches of the Swedish Migration Center
there were around Sweden will not be continued. There is debate going on in Sweden about making
the records from the National Archives free to access. Currently records are behind a paywall. The Swedish government has asked the Swedish
National Archives (SVAR) to look into removing the fees to access the records. Fees range from $12 per week to $125 per year
to access the records. Norway makes its digital archives free for
everyone. The Armenian news agency the ARMENPRESS, Beeline
Armenia and the Technological Development Center fund have announced a project to digitize
the news agency’s photo archive. They will place nearly 10,000 photos online
at a new site that will be called ARMENPRESS: History. The news agency was founded in 1918 and has
covered all significant events for the last 100 years. The project is being launched for the news
agency’s 100th anniversary. Two conferences to be held in 2018 have announced
calls for presentations. Presentation proposals are being accepted
for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2018 conference that will be held in Fort
Wayne Indiana August 22 to the 25th. The deadline for submission will be Friday,
July 14, 2017. The Ontario Genealogical Society conference
will be held June 1 – 3, 2018. This conference is focused on Ontario Canada. They are looking for presentations about Ontario
and tracing your Canadian ancestry. The deadline to submit proposals for this
conference is August 5, 2017. A genealogy cruise has been announced for
2018. It’s an Alaskan cruise from Unlock the Past. This will be their 14th history and genealogy
cruise and the first one to Alaska. Some of the speakers will be Chris Paton,
Dick Eastman, Cyndi Ingle, Janet Few, Caroline Gurney, Jan Gow, Shauna Hicks, Eric and Rosemary
Kopittke, Mike Murray and Helen Smith. The speakers are from the United States, England,
Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. Unlock the Past is based in Australia and
many of their cruises are around that country as well as Scandinavia and Europe. The Alaska cruise will be September 7 – 14,
2018. Announcing the 14th Unlock the Past Cruise
(Alaska 2018) Monday, June 5, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively Tuesday, June 6, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Overview of Wednesday, June 7, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Starting Family Tree: Preserving Memories
Using Photos & Documents Wednesday, June 7, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors
presented by Paula Stuart-Warren Wednesday, June 7, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Researching in German Archives Wednesday, June 7, 5PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Ask Your United States Research Question Wednesday, June 7, 8PM Eastern
Minnesota Genealogical Society Using Google’s My Maps as a Research and Analysis
Tool presented by Cari Taplin Thursday, June 8, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar U.S. Vital Records Overview Friday, June 9, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar The Increasing Need for Foreign Language Indexing
presented by Devin Ashby Starting on Friday, June 9th, there will be
free streaming sessions form the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree. On Friday the sessions start at 4PM Eastern. Then on Saturday and Sunday the sessions start
at 11:30AM Eastern. Twitter #genchat – Census Series: Using pre-1850
Census Friday, June 9, 10PM Eastern Saturday, June 10, 7PM Eastern
LegacyTree Genealogist Facebook Live broadcast Your Genetic Genealogy Questions… Answered!
with Paul Woodbury Monday, June 12, noon Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively Tuesday, June 13, 1PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch’s
Historical Records Tuesday, June 13, 3PM Eastern
FamilySearch Webinar How to Find Ancestors in the Digitalarkivet
(Digital Archives of Norway) Tuesday, June 13, 9PM Eastern
Illinois State Genealogical Society Webinar Preserving Old Family Letters: Tips From An
Archivist presented by Melissa Barker Wednesday, June 14, 8PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar How Harry Potter Can Teach You About DNA
presented by Blaine Bettinger Thursday, June 15, 3PM Eastern
New England Historical Genealogical Society webinar
Choosing a DNA Test for Family History Research presented by Christopher C. Child Thursday, June 15, 8PM Eastern
Florida State Genealogical Society Poolside Chat
Gone to Florida! Tracking Migrants from Antebellum South Carolina
presented by Nancy A Peters Friday, June 16, 2PM Eastern
Legacy Webinar What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing
presented by Diahan Southard You can find all the webinars mentioned and
more at the calendar at The calendar has all the Google Hangouts that
are schedule, 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 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 103. Thanks for listening.

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