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# Monday, 13 May 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 or 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, 13 May 2013 16:14:08 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Friday, 10 May 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 to see an image of the tombstone), Michigan death certificates (1921-1952), New York, Southern District US District Court naturalizations (1824-1946), and more.
You can search or browse (in the case of unindexed record images) these records for free on Link through to each collection from here
  • Get a new take on your Irish Famine-era ancestors with's new online Famine 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 can view.
  • 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, 10 May 2013 12:49:18 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
"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 announcement from PBS and Nashville Public Television, will " combine history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans."

"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 Productions.

Friday, 10 May 2013 12:13:19 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Thursday, 09 May 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.

Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies
Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:48:04 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
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.

Find out more about the Map Your Family History With Google Earth One-Week Workshop on

Editor's Pick | Family Tree University | Land records | Research Tips
Thursday, 09 May 2013 09:29:12 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 08 May 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.

The records are handy for filling in gaps between Griffiths Valuation (which ends in 1864) and the 1901 census (the earliest surviving Irish census).

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 collection.

Access 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 Magazine's Ultimate Irish Genealogy Collection, available only in May. 

Free Databases | Land records | UK and Irish roots
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 14:01:58 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
National Photo Month Giveaway: Photo Preservation Kit!
Posted by Diane

Did you know that May is National Photography Month?

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

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. 

You 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 entry).

Our National Photo Month Sweepstakes entry deadline is May 20.

You'll also find these National Photo Month specials at

Genealogy fun | Photos | saving and sharing family history
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:22:35 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Monday, 06 May 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 it. 

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:
  • 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.
Of course, registering with Genealogy Karma as a volunteer is the ultimate way to say thank you for a request someone has answered.

Click here to learn more about how to use the Genealogy Karma site.

Free Databases | Genealogy Web Sites | Research Tips
Monday, 06 May 2013 10:24:04 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 03 May 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). | FamilySearch | Free Databases | Genealogy Events | NARA
Friday, 03 May 2013 09:10:44 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 01 May 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 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's records collection are vital, military, immigration, newspaper and other records.

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 as a commercial provider of records for genealogy research.

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 and those on FamilySearch/findmypast/, giving you another search option for hard-to-find family in 1940.

Another plus for using 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, 01 May 2013 13:57:29 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]