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Monday, May 13, 2013
MyHeritage Introduces Record Detective
Posted by Diane
Last week MyHeritage added US censuses from 1790 to 1930, and before
that was Record Matching to people in your MyHeritage.com or
Geni.com family tree.
Now comes another announcement from MyHeritage: Record Detective
takes a record you've discovered on MyHeritage and gives you a
summary of additional records about the same relative, and about
other people related to that relative. You also can link to see
these people in other family trees on MyHeritage.
For example, you find someone in the US census, and Record Detective
will show you census entries for the person and other household
members in earlier and later years, plus a passenger list showing
when the head of the household immigrated.
This video demonstrates how it works:
The announcement on MyHeritage compares this to friend suggestions
on Facebook. It reminds me of the "you also might like..." suggestions you get when shopping online.
"The Record Detective technology understands what
record you're looking at, and brings you related records, and
related people." Of course, you'll want to look at each Record
Detective match and make sure it really is your ancestor.
You don't have to be a MyHeritage subscriber to get Record Detective
matches, but to view many of the matching records, you'll need a
subscription or pay-as-you-go credits.
Monday, May 13, 2013 4:14:08 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Friday, May 10, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, May 6-10
Posted by Diane
- FamilySearch has added more than 9.4 million index records and
images this week from the United States, Canada, Colombia, Czech
Republic, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Italy, Peru, Sweden and
Venezuela. They include data from BillionGraves (search results
link you to BillionGraves.com to see an image of the tombstone),
Michigan death certificates (1921-1952), New York, Southern
District US District Court naturalizations (1824-1946), and
You can search or browse (in the case of unindexed
record images) these records for free on FamilySearch.org. Link through to
each collection from here.
- Get a new take on your Irish Famine-era ancestors with findmypast.ie's new online
Memorial. Launched to coincide with the National Famine
Commemoration 2013 in Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland, the
memorial gathers record collections—emigration, census,
newspaper, criminal and land records, as well as directories—that
highlight aspects of Irish life that were affected during the
Great Irish Famine (1845-1852).
You'll need to be a subscriber
or use credits to view records, but the memorial also provides
interesting background information about the famine that anyone
- Family Tree DNA
announced it has lowered the price of its mid-level maternal
line mtDNA test, called mtDNAPlus, to $49. This two-thirds price
reduction was made possible by a new squencing technique. The
company also has lowered the price of its 12-marker Y-DNA test
to $49. Order
either test here.
Celebrity Roots | FamilySearch | Genealogy Web Sites | Genetic Genealogy | UK and Irish roots
Friday, May 10, 2013 12:49:18 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
"Genealogy Roadshow" Coming to PBS This Fall
Posted by Diane
Another genealogy TV series is coming to PBS. And this one might
satisfy those of you looking for prime time stories about the
ancestors of ordinary Americans (as opposed to the public figures
whose family trees have been fodder for "Who Do You Think You Are?"
and "Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.").
Genealogy Roadshow, premeiring nationally this fall, according to an
from PBS and Nashville Public Television, will "
combine history and science to uncover fascinating stories of
"After participants are chosen, genealogy, history and DNA experts
will use family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents
and other clues to hunt down more information. These experts will
enlist the help of local historians to add color and context to the
investigations, ensuring every artifact and every name becomes a
clue in solving the mystery."
The first season will feature participants from four cities:
Nashville, Tenn.; Austin, Texas; San Francisco; and Detroit.
If you're in Nashville, you
can go here to apply to have your genealogy featured on the show.
Genealogy Roadshow is being produced by Krasnow Productions, and is
based on a same-name show in Ireland produced by Big Mountain
Friday, May 10, 2013 12:13:19 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Follow the Genealogy Action at The NGS 2013 Conference
Posted by Diane
The National Genealogical Society's annual conference is going on
now in Las Vegas. Want a taste of the family history action? Here's
where to find one:
- Genea Philibert-Ortega, who's presenting several sessions, is
blogging about her presentations and opportunities for the folks
at home on Gena's
Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies
Thursday, May 09, 2013 11:48:04 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
New Workshop Helps You Use Google Earth to Improve Your Genealogy Search
Posted by Diane
I don't need to write a lot about what you'll learn from our Map
Your Family History with Google Earth One-Week Workshop,
coming up May 17-24, thanks to this awesome video that Google Earth
expert Lisa Louise Cooke of
Genealogy Gems put together:
The workshop offers
video sessions and step-by-step written lessons from Lisa and other
Family Tree University experts on locating ancestral towns, using
maps in your research, and using the tools of Google Earth to
explore and display your ancestors' places in a fascinating way.
And Lisa will be be on hand to answer participants' Google Earth
questions in our exclusive workshop message board.
out more about the Map Your Family History With Google Earth
One-Week Workshop on FamilyTreeUniversity.com.
Editor's Pick | Family Tree University | Land records | Research Tips
Thursday, May 09, 2013 9:29:12 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Free, Online Northern Ireland Valuation Revision Books (1864-1933)
Posted by Diane
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has released a
new genealogy resource for Northern Ireland.
PRONI, along with FamilySearch, has digitized
the Valuation Revision Books, 1864-1933. These books contain a
list of landholders and their property valuations in counties
Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone.
are handy for filling in gaps between Griffiths Valuation (which
ends in 1864) and the 1901 census (the earliest surviving Irish
Here's what the Valuation Revision Book pages look like:
You'll need to know where your ancestor lived in Northern Ireland to best use the
the Valuation Revision Books on PRONI's website (click the
Search Valuation revision Books button on the right). There, you can
enter a placename
(city, county, parish, or townland; or a street or ward name in
Belfast and Londonderry) and digitally "flip" through books
pertaining to that place. You also can browse by county and parish.
Note that 44 of the roughly 3,900 books are still be digitized.
Searching for Irish roots? Get in-depth guidance in Family Tree
Irish Genealogy Collection, available only in May.
Free Databases | Land records | UK and Irish roots
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 2:01:58 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
National Photo Month Giveaway: Photo Preservation Kit!
Posted by Diane
Did you know that May is National
Of course, photography plays a huge role in family history research.
Nothing connects you with an ancestor and inspires you to discover
more about his or her life, than a photograph.
This one is one of my favorite family pictures. It shows my
great-great-grandfather about 1910 in front of the cigar
store he opened in Cincinnati. He's standing third from left.
His son, my great-grandfather, is in the doorway on the left.
This National Photo Month, we want to help you celebrate and
preserve your favorite family photos by giving
away one of our new Photo Preservation Kits (now available in ShopFamilyTree.com).
The kit contains specially selected archival photo storage and
preservation products from archival supplier Gaylord Bros., plus
easy-to-follow instructions from Family Tree Magazine's
Family Archivist, Sunny Jane Morton.
can enter our National Photo Month Sweepstakes here. And
you'll get two extra chances to win for every friend who registers
using your referral link (which you'll get after you submit your
Photo Month Sweepstakes entry deadline is May 20.
You'll also find these National Photo Month specials at ShopFamilyTree.com:
Genealogy fun | Photos | saving and sharing family history
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 11:22:35 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Monday, May 06, 2013
Genealogy Karma: New, Free Volunteer Record Lookup Website
Posted by Diane
Genealogy website Mocavo is reviving the spirit of the Random Acts
of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) volunteer record lookup website in
its Genealogy Karma website.
RAOGK, started by Bridgett and Doc Schneider and one
of Family Tree Magazine's 101 best free genealogy websites
in 2010, went offline in 2011.
Genealogy Karma offers a
similar, free option for getting records from a faraway repository
or cemetery. You can post a lookup request and tag it with a keyword
(such as "birth record" or "tombstone") so volunteers can find
Researchers who register as volunteers with the site can answer your
request, do the lookup and send you the results.
When submitting a lookup request, follow these tips for a faster response:
Of course, registering with Genealogy
Karma as a volunteer is the ultimate way to say thank you for
a request someone has answered.
- Be details. Use indexes to find the volume and page number of the
record you need, and provide those details in your request. If you want
a tombstone photo, call the cemetery or search online to find the
cemetery location, plot and grave number.
- Double-check all the names, dates and other information in your request.
- You also might offer to
compensate the volunteer for expenses such as mileage and postage.
here to learn more about how to use the Genealogy Karma site.
Free Databases | Genealogy Web Sites | Research Tips
Monday, May 06, 2013 10:24:04 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Friday, May 03, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, April 29-May 3
Posted by Diane
- In commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Civil War Trust, History, and the Center for Civil War Photography are calling for submissions to the 2013 Civil War Photo Contest. Amateur photographers age 13 and older can enter in five categories by uploading photos to the Civil War Trust’s Flickr page and tagging them for the correct category. The deadline is August 16.
You’ll find the rules and entry instructions here.
- If you’ll be across the country in Washington, DC, during May, look into attending one of the genealogy records workshops at the National Archives. Topics include Civil War court martial records (May 15), nonpopulation censuses (May 18), and a genealogy clinic (May 18). You’ll find details here (scroll down to May).
Ancestry.com | FamilySearch | Free Databases | Genealogy Events | NARA
Friday, May 03, 2013 9:10:44 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
MyHeritage Adds US Census Records for 1790 to 1930
Posted by Diane
Genealogy site MyHeritage
announced that it has added the entire collection of US decennial
censuses from 1790
to 1930—searchable indexes and record images.
MyHeritage has offered the 1940 US census since shortly after it was
released to the public last year.
The census records are accessible with a MyHeritage.com
annual data subscription (on spacial for $6.35 per month,
billed annually) or with prepurchased
credits (5,600 credits cost $39.95 and are good for 180 days).
That's except for the 1940 census, which is free to search and view,
along with select other collections.
If you have a tree on MyHeritage, the census records also will be
included in Record
Matching notifications. Also in MyHeritage.com's records
collection are vital, military, immigration, newspaper and other
Census records are among the most popular resources for family
historians, and often the starting point for new researchers.
This addition brings MyHeritage into closer competition with
Ancestry.com as a commercial provider of records for genealogy
I'm still checking into where MyHeritage's 1790-to-1930 census
records were imaged and indexed. (Update: That information isn't being released due to a confidentiality agreement, according to MyHeritage spokesperson Schelly Talalay Dardashti.) Its 1940 census was indexed
separately from both the records on Ancestry.com and those on
FamilySearch/findmypast/Archives.com, giving you another search
option for hard-to-find family in 1940.
Another plus for using MyHeritage.com: The website is available in
40 languages, making its records searchable by people all over the
world who had family in the United States.
census records | MyHeritage
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 1:57:29 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)