Friday, July 1, 2016

Lucked Out Again - Hint Found Amy Oatley Probate File

They say that "luck is the residue of design."  There's a certain amount of luck involved in genealogy research, and the "design" part is often the online family tree that a researcher puts on, MyHeritage, Findmypast or another family tree system as "cousin bait."

In the instant case, because I put my family tree on two years ago, provided Hints for Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864) recently, including one for a probate record from the "Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999)" collection.

1)  Here is my "Hints" page for Amy Frances Oatley with the Hint in the "Undecided" list (Il'l explain why later!):

Amy Frances (Oatley) White (1826-1864) died 12 November 1864 in East Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut.  The date on the record is 1865 in the Hartford Probate District.  It's worth a look!

2)  I clicked on the link to the record, and the record summary appeared:

There are 17 pages in this probate file - these are the original papers.  That's good.  There are papers for a cover page, will papers, administration papers, petition papers, inventory papers, and account papers.

3)  I clicked on the green "View" button on the screen above and saw the first page image for this specific file:

I wanted to save the file pages, but I couldn't do it from the Hint screen above.  I went into Ancestry and searched for the record, found it, and was able to download each image to my computer file.  I then renamed the 17 images and put them in the right surname/family file folder.

4)  However, I did not attach this record, or the downloaded images, to Amy Frances (Oatley) White.

Why did I not do that?  Because this probate record was not for Amy Frances (Oatley) White (1826-1864).  It was for her mother Amy (Champlin) Oatley (1798-1865), wife of Jonathan Oatley (1791-1872), who died in East Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut on 8 February 1865.

Same name (but married, not maiden), same place, approximately the same death date.  A female who died before her husband died.

5) has not yet provided this record as a Hint for Amy (Champlin) Oatley (1798-1865) for some reason.  She has 11 Hints that include the Champlin maiden name and the Oatley married name.  Perhaps they will in the future.

A search for records for Amy (Champlin) Oatley from my tree person did find the probate record.  Hints are nice, they are low hanging fruit but are not always comprehensive - you really need to search for records.

I will transcribe the will in an Amanuensis Monday post in the near future.

Lucky me, huh?  My research over the past 28 years missed this probate record, but Ancestry found it and provided the Hint.


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Checking Out the MyHeritage PedigreeMap™ Feature

My Heritage announced their PedigreeMap™ feature yesterday - see the MyHeritage blog post on it at Introducing PedigreeMap™ - an Interactive Map of Your Family History.

This looked pretty cool in the MyHeritage blog post, so I decided to explore the feature.

1)  A user can access the feature in the "Apps" button on the main menu of their home page, or on their own page on the list of features on the left-hand side of the screen, as shown below (under "Timebook"):

2)  I clicked on the "PedigreeMap™ link and the feature opened:

It took about 30 seconds to add all of the places and references to the map (on the right-hand side of the screen) and to the places list (on the left-hand side of the screen).

I could have chosen another person in my tree by clicking the dropdown menu with my name on it.

The default choice in the dropdown menu at the top of the screen is "Extended family" - meaning ancestors and their siblings (I think).  There are other options on this dropdown menu - for "Immediate family," "Ancestors," "Descendants," and "(Solo).  I kept the "Extended family" option.

There were 577 place names and 3,772 references (events) for this map.  On the map above, each country (and states/provinces in some cases) have a circle with a number, which denotes how many references are included.

3)  From the list of places on the left-hand side of the screen above, I clicked on "Great Britain" and the map zoomed in to Great Britain, and the list of places in Great Britain appeared on the left, ordered by number of references.  An alphabetical list of places in Great Britain in my tree appeared on the right-hand side of the screen, with the map in the middle:

I could use my mouse, or the Zoom plus/minus links, to zoom into a place, or click on a place name in the place list on the left.  I chose "South Petherton, Somerset" from the list and the map zoomed more, with the References for events for that place on the right-hand list:

It appears that the Reference list on the right is listed from the earliest Reference (event) in my MyHeritage database..

4)  I wanted to see what the San Diego area map looked like, so I clicked on the "United States" place name:

I scrolled down to the list for "California" and clicked on that:

"San Diego, San Diego" was second on the Place list, so I clicked on it and the map of San Diego area opened, with the list of References (events) in my database for the city of San Diego:

The user can zoom very far into a place - down to the house level on the Google Map, using the street map or satellite view.  Here is my house:

I don't think it will find a street address on the place list.

5)  There is a lot more to this PedigreeMap feature and most of them are discussed in the MyHeritage blog post.

Note that this MyHeritage tree was uploaded in 2011, and some of the place names are imperfect.

I spent an hour last night exploring the maps, clicking on a place, etc.  That was fun!


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New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday, 1 July 2016

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New records available to search this Findmypast Friday

Over 8.7 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including the 1911 Canada census, over 1.4 million new additions to our collection of British Army Service records and brand new WW1 Royal Air Force gallantry awards.

The 1911 Canada census was started on June 1st 1911. The total population count was recorded as 7,206,643, an increase of 34% over the 1901 Census count of 5,371,315. All ten provinces and two territories (Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories) are represented in these records. The collection consists of more than 6.9 million transcripts that allow you to discover your ancestor’s residence, birth place, birth year, marital status and more. Images are available online at the Library and Archives Canada web site.

Over 1.4 million records released in association with The National Archives have been added to our collection of British Army Service records to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The collection now includes the records of officers who served during World War 1 and men who served with the famous household cavalry between 1801 and 1919.

Containing roughly 7.8 million records, Findmypast’s British Army service records is one of the most significant British Army collections available online. The collection includes a myriad of Army forms including attestation papers, medical forms, discharge documents, pension claims, and proceedings of regimental boards. The latest National Archives series to be added to the collection include:

WO 76 - Regimental records of officers' services 1775-1914 – a collection of service records pertaining solely to officers.

WO 400 - The Household Cavalry 1801-1919 - The Household Cavalry is one of the oldest and most senior units in the British Army, dating back to 1600, and are the Queen’s official bodyguards. These regimental records will provide you with your ancestor’s service history.

WO 22 - Royal Hospital Chelsea: returns of payment of Army and other pensions 1842-1883 -documents related to pensions paid by the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

WO 23 - Royal Hospital Chelsea: admission books, registers, and papers 1702-1876 –  a collection of superannuation books created to administer pensions payable by the commissioners of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, to both in-pensioners and out-pensioners.

WO 339 - Officers' services, First World War, regular army and emergency reserve officers - transcripts created from records and correspondences related to officers in the regular army and the emergency reserve during the First World War.

WO 374 - Officers' services, First World War, personal files - an index of men who served as officers in the British Army during the First World War.

Royal Air Force, Gallantry Awards 1914-1919 contains over 274,000 records of RAF servicemen who were awarded gallantry medals during World War 1. Awards for gallantry were given to those who displayed acts of exceptional bravery and were often announced in the London Gazette, the official newspaper of the British government.

Each records includes a transcript created by Graham Clitheroe using information found in the archives and the London Gazette. The detail in each record can vary, but most will include your ancestor’s name, residence rank, award and Gazette date. The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was the first air branch of the British Army. The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was the air arm of the Royal Navy. On 1 April 1918,  the two forces were amalgamated and the RAF was created.


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52 Ancestors - Week 131: #176 Jonathan White (1732-1804)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I am extending this theme in 2016 to 156 Ancestors in 156 Weeks. Here is my ancestor biography for week #131:

Jonathan White (1732-1804) is #176 on my Ahnentafel list, my 5th great-grandfather, who married #177 Abigail Wing (1734-1806) in 1756.

I am descended through:

*  their son 
#88 Humphrey White (1757-1814) who married #89 Sibel Kirby (1764-1848) in 1786.
*  their son #44 Jonathan White (1805-1850), who married Miranda Wade (1804-1850) in 1823. 
*  their son #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885), who married #23 Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864)
*  their daughter #11 Julie E. White (1848-1913), who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868. 
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962), who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900.
* their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                       Jonathan White[1–10]   
*  Sex:                          Male   

*  Father:                      William White (1708-1780)   
*  Mother:                    Abigail Thurston (1700-    )   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                        about 1732, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1]   
*  Distribution:            3 October 1780 (about age 48), distribution of father's estate; Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[4]   
*  Deed:                       7 December 1785 (about age 53), bought 10 acres of wood land in Dartmouth, Mass. from Silvanus White  for 90 Spanish milled dollars; Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[5]   
*  Occupation:             7 December 1785 (about age 53), Blacksmith; Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[5]   
*  Deed:                       29 March 1788 (about age 56), bought 74 acres of land in Westport from Joseph Tripp for 450 dollars, Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[6]   
*  Occupation:             29 March 1788 (about age 56), yeoman; Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[6]   
*  Census:                   1 June 1790 (about age 58), Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[7]
*  Deed:                      27 February 1794 (about age 62), gave 103 acres of land in Westport to his son Humphrey White; Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[8]   
*  Occupation:           27 February 1794 (about age 62), yeoman; Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[8]   
*  Census:                  1 June 1800 (about age 68), Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[9]  
*  Death:                    before 4 December 1804 (before about age 72), Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[10]   
*  Probate:                 4 December 1804 (about age 72), will proved; Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[10]   
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:               Abigail Wing (1734-1806)   
*  Marriage 1:            1 January 1756 (about age 24), intentions; Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[2–3]   
*  Child 1:                 Humphrey White (1757-1814)   
*  Child 2:                Ruth White (1758-1835)   
*  Child 3:                Rhoda White (1761-1822)   
*  Child 4:                Hannah White (1765-1842)   
*  Child 5:                Holder White (1768-1853)   
*  Child 6:                Jonathan White (1778-1846)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

A short biography and family information for Jonathan White is included in the article by Ruth Wilder Sherman, "Some Descendants of Jonathan White of Dartmouth MA and of Humphrey White of Glocester RI," in The American Genealogist, Volume 56, Pages 113-118[1].

Jonathan White was the son of William and Abigail (Thurston) White, who married in 1729, and was born in about 1732, probably in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, as their third child and only son.  There are no available town or vital records for his birth[1].  

Jonathan White married Abigail Wing after their announced intentions on 1 January 1756 in Dartmouth, Massachusetts[2-3].  The Dartmouth town records say:

"The Intentions of Marrage Betwen Jonathan White and Abigail Wing Both of Dartmouth was Entred with Me January the 1th 1756 - Attest Benj'a Akin Town Cler"

Jonathan and Abigail (Wing) White had six children (Humphrey, Ruth, Rhoda, Holder, Hannah and Jonathan) born between 1757 and 1778, but only daughter Hannah was recorded in the Dartmouth town records[1].

Jonathan White was the only son of William and Abigail (Thurston) White, and received this inheritance from his father's will, written on 17 February 1777 and proved on 3 Octoberr 1780 in Bristol County Probate Court[4]:

"To my Son Jonathan White all my wareing appariel

"To my Son Jonathan White ... all my homestead farm with my now Dwelling House with all the buildings there on Standing & other Priviledges there unto belonging; also ... all that my farm which my Honoured Grand father George Cadman gave me after the Decease of my honoured father & mother; with all the Housing & building thereon Standing" also "all the Rest ... of my Real Estate which I have not here in before given him" also "all my Live Stock Except what I Shall herein after Give to my Three Daughters also I Give him my sd son all my Farming Utencels als all my Blacksmith Tools also all my Carpenders Tools."

On 7 December 1785, Jonathan White, blacksmith of Dartmouth,  bought 10 acres of wood land in Dartmouth, Mass. from Silvanus White, hatter of Dartmouth,  for 90 Spanish milled dollars[5].  The land was bounded southerly on the Highway, westerly on Stephen Cornell's Land, northerly
on Anthony Tripp's Land, easterly on the remainder of Silvanus White's land, and is "to be an equal width acrost the Lot at each End."

The town of Westport was formed from Dartmouth in 1787, and, apparently, the Jonathan White homestead farm was within the boundaries of Westport.

On 29 March 1788, Jonathan White, yeoman of Dartmouth, bought 74 acres of land in Westport from Joseph Tripp, yeoman of Westport, for 450 dollars[6].  The land was bounded southerly part on the grantees homestead Farm and part on Wesson Kerby, Potter Farm, westerly on land that he sold to his brother Benjamin Tripp, northerly and westerly on Peleg Brownell's, easterly part on Brownell's, part on Silvanus White and part on Benjamin Tripp northerly, thence on Benjamin Tripps Marsh to the water, thence easterly on the water until it comes to White's homestead. 

In the 1790 United States census, the Jonathan White household was enumerated in Westport, Massachusetts[7].  The household included:

*  one male over age 16 (probably Jonathan)
*  one male under age 16 (probably son Jonathan, born 1778)
*  two females (probably wife Abigail and daughter Hannah)

On 27 February 1794, Humphry White of Dartmouth, yeoman, received 103 acres of land in Dartmouth from his parents, Jonathan and Abigail White of Dartmouth, "in consideration of love and good will I do bear for my son Humphry White."  The land was in the town of Westport, west of the Acoaxset River near Hixes Bridge[8].

In the 1800 United States census, the Jonathan White household was enumerated in Westport, Massachusetts[9].  The household included:

*  one male over age 45 (certainly Jonathan)
*  one female over age 45 (probably wife Abigail)

Jonathan White's death was not recorded in the Westport or Dartmouth town record books.  His will, written on 16 March 1797, was proved in Bristol County Probate Court on 4 December 1804.  He died, probably in Westport, before 4 December 1804.

There is no burial record for Jonathan or Abigail (Wing) White in Westport or Dartmouth, Massachusetts.  

Jonathan White died testate, and his will was proved 4 December 1804. The will reads[10]

"I, Jonathan White of Westport in the County of Bristol & Commonwealth of Massachusetts, yeoman, Being at this time in usual health and of sound disposing mind & memory, remembering the uncertainty of life & that is appointed for all men once to die - to prevent Difficulty that might otherways take place with respect to what I have been blessed with of the things of this World, do dispose of in the following manner & form, viz.:

"Imprimus, My Will is that my just Debts & funeral charges be paid by my Executors hereinafter mentioned.

"Item.  I Give unto my Beloved Wife, Abigail White the Use and Improvement of the Easterly part of my now Dwelling house, including the Great Room in the Southeast Corner of said house and the bedroom adjoining and all the rooms of the Chamber & Garret that are above them with a priviledge through the Entries and Doors and up Chamber and to the Oven and Well for her use as often as occasion shall require and to the Cellar & to have one Quarter part of the Cellar in the Southwest Corner.  I also give her yearly & every year fire wood as much as she shall need for one fire but a suitable length for her fireplace & Draw'd to the door when she shall choose to have it and six bushels of good Indian corn & two bushels of good rye, and half an hundred of good flour, sixty pounds of food pork, fifty pounds of good beef, fifteen pounds fried tallow, ten pounds hog's lard, three pound good Bohea tea, three pounds good coffee, four gallons molasses, eighteen pounds good brown sugar, ten pounds good sheep's wool, ten pounds good flax from the Swingle, and what summer apples she shall need for use out of which orchard she shall choose so long as any apples remains in the orchards & at the time of gathering in apples for her to have six bushels of good winter apples gathered and put in the cellar for her, & two barrels of good late made cyder put in the cellar for her and a sufficiency of all kinds of sauce (that is rais'd) for her use both winter & summer that is, all seasons of the year, and fifteen pounds of good butter & fifty pounds of good new milk, cheese and one pint of milk per day, and half a bushel of salt & one pair Cloth Shoes, and one pair Leather shoes, & the keeping of two Dunghil fowls. And these to be provided and kept for her that is suitable for her to ... and to be ... and stacked for her as often and when she shall call for it both winter & summer all the aforesaid gifts to be provided and delivered her by my two sons Holder White and Jonathan White equally between them yearly and every year so long as my said wife remains my widow and no longer.

"Also I give unto my said wife three Dollars a year that is yearly and every year to be paid by my three sons Humphrey, Holder & Jonathan equally between them so long as she shall remain my widow.

"Also I give unto my said wife my best side saddle & a good bridle, my great looking glass and five dogs and one half my Silver Spoons and my Great Bible and John Griffiths journal & my two smallest meat tubs together with one half my household goods & furniture, excepting what I shall herein otherways dispose of and one hundred Dollars to her free & clear to her own disposal.

"All the aforesaid gifts & improvements in lieu of her right of dowry or thirds of my estate.  I also order my two sons Holder & Jonathan, whenever my said wife shall be sick or unwell to provide a Nurse and whatever necessary she shall want for her comfort or support equally between them.

"Item.  I give unto my son Humphrey White, to him his heirs & assigns forever, all my wearing apparel & all my Notes & Book Debts that I have against him (that bear date before this time) excepting one Note of twenty two dollars I give unto his daughter Elizabeth and order him to pay it to her when she shall marry or arrive to the age of eighteen years, but if she should not live to the age of eighteen years then I give it unto my said son Humphrey.

"Item.  I give unto my son Holder White to him his heirs & assigns forever all that Farm or tract of land I bought of Joseph Tripp with the salt meadow laying at the foot thereof with all my land laying on the east side of Acoahset River & salt meadow adjoining the same, and my lot of wood land I bought of Silvanus White as by deed may appear, and my half of that lot of wood land called the Cadman lot (& which lot he now owns the other half) bounded easterly on Barney Fitch's land, southerly & westerly on the highway with a priviledge to pass and repass through the land call'd the Willcox lot to Stephen Kirby's land (except the wood on this my said half of Cadman lot I give unto my son Jonathan & for him to cut the wood off when he shall have occasion).  I also give unto my said son Holder my sedge flat laying on the great flat so called given me by Hon'd Father.  I also give him the one half of all my Cedar Swamp or Rights in Cedar Swamps wherever it may be found with all the Buildings, Priviledges & appurtenances belonging to any and all the aforesaid lands & lots, excepting what is already mentioned.  I also give him my said son Holder one cow & the one half of all my blacksmiths tools & all the hay that shall be on the aforesaid lands given him that I shall have at my decease.

"Item.  I give unto my son Jonathan White to him his heirs and assigns forever, all the rest and remainder of my lands & lots of land, salt meadow & sedge flats & cedar swamps together with the Buildings thereon & privileges thereto belonging that I have herein otherways disposed of together with the wood on that land given to Holder as is before mentioned and all my live stock, hay & provisions that I have not herein already disposed of and the other half of my blacksmith's tools, & all my farming tools & outdoor moveables & my Desk.

"Item.  I give unto my three Daughters Ruth Cornell, Rhoda Cornell & Hannah Kirby the other half of my Household goods & furniture & the one half of my silver spoons not herein before disposed of to be equally divided between my three said daughters.  I also give unto my three said Daughters Six hundred dollars that is to each one two hundred Dollars to be paid them by my Executors one year after my decease.

"Lastly, I give unto my two sons Holder & Jonathan & to their heirs & assigns forever all the Residue & Remainder of my Estate not herein otherways disposed of and out of the gifts herein given them I order them to pay my Debts & Expenses of settling my Estate.  But if any of my children shall bring in any account against my estate for labor done for me I order the same to be paid and discharged out of that part of my estate that I have herein given them respectively.  And I do hereby constitute my two said sons Holder & Jonathan  jointly executors to this my last will & testament ordering them to pay the gifts & legacies herein mentioned.

"In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this sixteenth day of March One thousand Seven hundred & Ninety Seven, 1797."
                                                                   "Jonathan White

"Signed sealed & Declared by the said Jonathan White to be his last will & testament in presence of us
Prince Wing
Abner White
Abner Brownell"

1. Ruth Wilder Sherman, "Some Descendants of Jonathan White of Dartmouth MA and of Humphrey White of Glocester RI," The American Genealogist, Volume 56, Number 2 (April 1981), Pages 113-118, page 113, Jonathan White sketch.

2. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, (, "Dartmouth Births, Marriages, Deaths," no page number (image 714 of 2331), Jonathan White and Abigail Wing intentions of marriage entry, 1756.

3. Vital records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 ( Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society,1929-1930), Marriages, Page 533, Jonathan White and Abigail Wing entry.

4. George Ernest Bowman,"The Wills of William White of Dartmouth and his Son William," The Mayflower Descendant (Boston, Mass. : General Society of Mayflower Descendants), Volume 22, Number 1 (January 1920), Pages 7-11.

5. "Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch (, Bristol County > Deeds, 1785-1786, Vol. 64-65 > Volume 64, page 522 (image 269 of 626), Silvanus White to Jonathan White, dated 7 December 1785, recorded 21 December 1785.

6. "Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, FamilySearch, Bristol County > Deeds, 1789-1792, Vol. 68-69 > Volume 68, page 37 (image 39 of 596), Joseph Tripp to Jonathan White, dated 29 March 1788, recorded 25 April 1789.

7. 1790 United States Federal Census, Bristol county, Massachusetts, population schedule, Westport, page 702, Jonathan White household, digital image, ( : accessed 16 May 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M637, Roll 4.

8. "Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, FamilySearch, accessed 20 May 2015), Bristol County > Deeds, 1793-1795, Vol. 72-73 > Volume 73, page 482 (image 572 of 634), Jonathan White deed to Humphrey White, dated 27 February 1794, recorded 29 April 1795.

9. 1800 United States Federal Census, Bristol county, Massachusetts, population schedule, Westport, Page 625 (penned), Jonathan White household, digital image, ( : accessed 30 June 2016); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M32, Roll 19.

10. "Probate Records, 1687-1916; Index, 1687-1926" Bristol County, Massachusetts, Probate Court Records, on 199 FHL US/CAN Microfilm rolls; original records at Probate Registry, Taunton, Mass., Volume 41 (1804-1807), Jonathan White estate records, on FHL Microfilm 0,462,642.


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Thursday, June 30, 2016

MyHeritage Launches PedigreeMap - an Online Family History Map

I received this information today from MyHeritage:


MyHeritage Launches Online Family History Map

PedigreeMap™ plots events and photos from users’ family trees on an interactive map to provide geographical and historical insights

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, June 30, 2016 — MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, launched  PedigreeMap™ today — an innovative way to visualize family history, optimized for tablet devices. PedigreeMap™ displays all events in a user’s family tree, such as births, marriages and deaths, as well as digital photos and scanned historical photos, on an interactive map. This allows users to trace the locations of their ancestors and gain new insights into their lives. All data is grouped by country and location, and users can easily filter their view of the map by person, family group, event type, and time period.

PedigreeMap™ comes with additional features such as place name standardization to improve data quality, and Heatmaps that showcase which geographic areas have a high concentration of activity in the user's family history.

“MyHeritage is the family history technology leader. We’re constantly developing new ways to give people insights about their family history," said Uri Gonen, Senior VP of Product Management at MyHeritage. “The first release of PedigreeMap™ helps people understand the life journeys of their ancestors, and we have interesting and original ideas lined up for the next releases.”

PedigreeMap™ is free for all users. To access it, log in to your account on MyHeritage or create a new account for free, then select PedigreeMap™ in the “Apps” menu.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the world's fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground­breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages.


Here is another feature to look at in the near future!


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Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

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Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

World's largest and most accurate collaborative family tree now enhanced with three major DNA test types, and new integration with Family Tree DNA

BURBANK, California and HOUSTON, Texas, June 30, 2016 — Geni, home of the World Family Tree, announced today the addition of DNA test results into the family tree, and a new product integration with its partner Family Tree DNA. This move will improve the accuracy of the World Family Tree and provide new insights for millions of people interested in their family history.

DNA will enhance the World Family Tree by separating fact from fiction: it will help people confirm family relationships and will highlight situations where the documented genealogy does not match the biological evidence presented by DNA. DNA results will also be used for matching, in order to discover previously unknown relatives. Geni's World Family Tree will then allow users to establish and visualize the precise family tree connection with relatives found by DNA matching.

Users can add three types of DNA tests to Geni’s World Family Tree: Y-DNA (from the Y chromosome, which is passed down from father to son), mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA, which is passed down from a mother to her children), and autosomal DNA (from all ancestors, pertinent for matching within the last five generations). DNA results can be automatically inferred by Geni from relatives across the family tree; by having a small percentage of the Geni users tested, a great deal of information on the World Family Tree can be verified.

The integration with Family Tree DNA is authenticated and secure, allowing one-click transfer of DNA results from Family Tree DNA to Geni, by users who wish to do so. Currently, this is available to users who have tested their own DNA on Family Tree DNA, and who have a profile on Geni. Only marker data of Y-DNA and mtDNA tests is transferred. There is no manual entry of DNA information, preventing human error.

In addition, Geni has used public online information from Ysearch and Mitosearch — public services operated by Family Tree DNA, for uploading and comparing Y-DNA and mtDNA submitted voluntarily by test takers from various services. Geni has loaded this public data, and its team of curators has merged the data into the World Family Tree. As a result, Geni celebrates its DNA launch with DNA data points on more than 228,000 people, making it the most DNA-rich collaborative family tree in the world, from day one.

Access to all DNA features on Geni is free. Users’ privacy is strictly maintained, and DNA raw data or marker information is never displayed on Geni. Additional settings allow users to control every aspect of the way Geni handles their DNA information.

Users who have not had their DNA tested, or want to take a higher resolution DNA test, can purchase discounted DNA tests powered by Family Tree DNA, on Geni’s DNA Tests page.

“This partnership and integration greatly increases the value of DNA for genealogy,” said Family Tree DNA founder and CEO, Bennett Greenspan. “It’s great to work with Geni and its parent company MyHeritage. DNA and family trees complement each other and come together perfectly on the World Family Tree.”

Mike Stangel, General Manager of Geni, said: “Adding DNA to the World Family Tree increases its accuracy and strengthens its position as the de facto resource that shows how everyone is related to everyone else. We are very happy to take our partnership with Family Tree DNA to the next level. Stay tuned for more great DNA features coming up soon on Geni.”
Information on linking Geni accounts to Family Tree DNA and uploading DNA results to Geni is available here:

About Geni is the leader in collaborative family history. As home of the World Family Tree, with more than 100 million profiles, Geni is creating the largest and highest quality single family tree of the world. Millions of users collaborate to improve the tree daily, in a Wikipedia-like model, aided by a team of 200 volunteer curators.  Geni is owned and operated by MyHeritage and is based in Burbank, California. Visit

About Family Tree DNA
Founded in 2000, Family Tree DNA is the genetic genealogy division of Gene by Gene, Ltd. Family Tree DNA pioneered the use of DNA testing for genealogy and has the most comprehensive array of DNA tests in the field, including Y-Chromosome, Mitochondrial DNA and Autosomal DNA. All tests are processed in its own state-of-the-art laboratory headquartered in Houston, Texas, and are available at For more information, please contact


This is interesting.  i'll have to try it out!


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Genealogy News for the Holiday Weekend

Here are some of the genealogy news items across my desk this week that might be of interest to you this weekend:

*  The 2016 Genealogy Roadshow schedule on PBS for Season 3 is complete.  You can watch the latest show videos online at

*  The Family Tree Webinar schedule for July is available on the Family Tree Webinar site (  These webinars are free to view live, and for a week after the live presentation.  After a week, you have to be a subscriber to see the archived webinars and download the syllabus material.  The July webinars include:

***  6 July:  Lisa Alzo on "Navigating Naturalization Records "
***  8 July:  Diane Southard on "Watch Geoff Live:"
***  13 July:  Shannon Combs-Bennett on "A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry"
***  15 July:  Luana Darby on "Finding French Ancestors"
***  20 July:  Lisa Louise Cooke on "Organizing Your Online Life"
***  27 July:  Gena Philibert-Ortega on "Researching Women - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors"
***  30 July:  John Philip Colletta on "The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families"

*  The Southern California Genealogical Society webinar schedule for the next month is available here.  You will have to register to view them live, and you will have to be an SCGS member to view them after the live presentation.  The three July-August webinars include:

*** 20 July:  Drew Smith on "Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process"
***  6 August:  George G. Morgan on "Five Reasons the Records Aren't in the Courthouse"
***  17 August:  Tessa Keough on "What's In a Name? Every Name Has a Story"

*  Here are some very useful YouTube Channels for genealogists:

* Channel
*  FamilySearch channel
*  BYU Family History Library Channel
*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems channel
*  Family Tree Magazine channel
*  DearMYRTLE's channel

*  Findmypast has 1 billion records available for FREE, including US and UK Census records, immigration records and naturalization records, from 29 June to 6 July 2016.  See

* has published a FREE six page guide titled "Follow Your Family Using Census Records" (  Download it or print it out.

*  Kenneth Marks has updated his list of 17,500 free historic newspaper links for Canada and the U.S. - see his blog post at

*  Evernote will restrict their Basic subscribers (free) to two devices only (computers, mobiles, etc.).  See

Have a great genealogy weekend!


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