Thursday, February 29, 2024

Randy (Not) At RootsTech 2024 - Day 1

I'm not at RootsTech (due to health issues), but I had a full day watching  virtually from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific time.  

1)  Here are the scheduled classes that I  watched online:

7 a.m.: Fixing Sticky Problems in FamilySearch Family Tree, by Kathryn Grant.  Excellent advice on how to fix erroneous merges.

8:30 a.m.: Who is My Ancestor? Tracing Individuals with Similar Names, by D. Joshua Taylor.  We all have them!

10 a.m.: RootsTech2024 | General Session 1 | Henry Cho – Steve Rockwood, CristaCowan (Ancestry), Henry Cho.  Rockwood showed the very emotional "Remember" video again.  Crista highlighted recent new Ancestry features.  Cho was funny, but the audience took awhile to laugh.  

11:15 a.m.: GeneticGenealogy Turns 25: DNA Experts Tell Their Stories, Diahan Southard and 7 DNA Pioneers.  An interesting review of genetic genealogy history by 8 experts.

12:30 p.m. : What’s New at Ancestry® in 2024, by Crista Cowan.  More information about new Ancestry features.

2. p.m.: Innovation and Tech Forum 2024, by Jared Spataro (Microsoft), Jon Morrey (FamilySearch), Jonathan Gibson (Living History AI), Laryn Brown (Storied), Max Ejberowicz and Ariel Mathov (EmulateMe), Cameron Graham (Storii), and Hunter Cannon (Ancestry).  Spataro was excellent with simple yet illuminating examples.  Living History AI and EmulateMe are historical people telling their stories.  Storii is a phone call system to record stories for future access by descendants.  I wondered if EmulateMe would show my avatar video in their segment in the Innovation and Tech Forum.  They didn't, but Ariel did mention my name!

3:30 p.m.: Climbing Your Branch of the FamilySearch Family Tree, by Alice Childs.  Lots of useful information for folks using FSFT.

2)  I also visited the online Expo Hall:

Everything there is text or video. I could not get the Chat to work with any vendor.

I watched the four Ancestry.com In-Booth Demos available (also on YouTube at this time):

*  DNA Compare: A Powerful New Way to Win Arguments at Family Dinners with Kyle Miller & Sarah Taylor**.   Compare traits, ethnicities, and communities with family and matches.

*  Ancestry® and Beyond with Lisa Cook.  Collection information, tree-building, story-telling, Newspapers, com, FindAGrave, and Fold3 information.

*  Deeper Discoveries with New AncestryDNA® Match Tools with Kyle Miller & Team** It appears that ProTools will include an enhanced  Matches view (cM values of shared matches with a Match)  and an indicator for matches with a triangulated segment.  Will those enhanced features require a ProTools subscription? 



*  HowAI is Accelerating Discoveries at Ancestry® with Hunter Cannon.  Digitizing records, preserving memories, sharing with others, more color buttons, ethnicity information, life story information, and research assistant.

3)  I also noted that the number on Online sessions have increased to 200 total - with 38 On-Demand sessions added.  Check them out.  I added a number of them to My Playlist.  


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MyHeritage Introduces All-New Profile Pages With Hints

 I received thes information from Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage today:

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Today we released all-new profile pages on MyHeritage! The profile page is among the most visited pages on MyHeritage, and is one of the most valuable ones for genealogists. Many users requested that we add additional capabilities to the page and offered suggestions for how to make it more useful. You asked, and we listened! This is a whole new experience that is more than just a single page; it’s a centralized hub for everything known about a person.

Not only do the profile pages remain free, they are now more useful than ever!



This major enhancement includes a more organized layout and useful features so you can review the existing information about a person, add or edit new details directly on the page, research the person, and much more. The list of functionalities is extensive, and this blog post covers the highlights. To try each and every one, we encourage you to visit your tree, open the new profile pages, and start exploring!

We’ve also added Hints, which are a unique, highly useful way of presenting new details from your matches within the context of an individual profile. Hints rely on the same matching technology you know from Smart Matches™ and Record Matches, but package it in a new way that focuses on the new information that you don’t have, for the individual whose profile you are now viewing. Hints surface the matches that are available to you and can enrich your tree in three very important ways: by adding more complete life events, more complete details for life events already listed in the tree, such as a birth place or birth date, or revealing new relatives.

The new profile pages are available on the MyHeritage website on desktop. We will soon add Hints to the MyHeritage mobile app as well.

Read all about the new profile pages and Hints in the blog post.

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Disclosure: I receive a complimentary subscription to MyHeritage, and have received other material consideration in past years. I uploaded my autosomal DNA raw data to their DNA product. This does not affect my objective analysis of MyHeritage products.  I am a subscriber to Family Tree Webinars and love it.

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Treasure Chest Thursday - 1848 Baptism of Thomas Richman (1848-1917) in Trowbridge, Wiltshire

  It's Treasure Chest Thursday - an opportunity to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history research and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1848 baptism entry for Thomas Richman in the Wiltshire, England, Non-Conformists Baptisms, Marriages and Burial Records, 1810-1987:


The baptism entry is the third entry  in the list:

The abstract of this record is::

*  When Baptized:  July 13 [1848]
*  Child's Name:  Thomas
*  Parents Christian Names: James & Hannah
*  Parents Surname:  Richman
*  Abode:  Hilperton
*  Child's Age:  June 10 1848
*  Minister:  W'm Box

The source citation for this record is (using Evidence Explained 4th edition template 10):

Wiltshire Non-Conformist Registers, Thomas Richman baptism entry, 13 July 1848; imaged, "Wiltshire, England Non-Conformists Baptisms, Marriages and Burial Records, 1810-1987," Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/61766/images/61766_302022005560_3245-00041 : accessed 28 February 2024) > Methodists > Trowbridge, Manvers St  > Mixed > 1843-1863 > image 40 of 114; citing Wiltshire Non-Conformist Registers, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England: Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.

This is an entry in the register for the Manvers Street Wesleyan-Methodist Chapel in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.  It is an Original Source with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the baptism of Thomas Richman.

Thomas Richman (1848-1917) was born 10 June 1848 in Hilperton, Wiltshire, the son of James and Hannah (Rich) Richman.  He was baptized on 13 July 1848 in the Manvers Street Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Trowbridge.  The Richman family migrated to Rhode Island and Connecticut in 1856, and Thomas Richmond married Julia E. White on 20 June 1868 in Killingly, Connecticut.  Thomas died 9 November 1917 in Clinton, Massachusetts.

Before I found this record on Ancestry.com, I was unable to find a baptism in the Hilperton (Church of England) parish records, but I found his birth entry in the Civil Registration.  Hannah (Rich) Richman was probably baptized in this same church in 1824, and the record was copied into the Hilperton parish registers in 1837, but her baptism record is not in this Non-Conformist Register at Ancestry.com.  
   
Thomas and Julia (White) Richmond are my great-grandparents; they had 9 children, including my grandmother Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) who married Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900 in Leominster, Massachusetts.

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RootsTech 2024, A Global Family Celebration, Is Live!

I received this information from FamilySearch today:

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RootsTech 2024, A Global Family Celebration, Is Live!

Meet new relatives, and make new family connections online



SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is the world's largest family celebration and discovery event—and it runs from February 29 to March 2, 2024. It is a truly extraordinary 3-day event to make new family connections and discoveries. Millions are expected to participate online and in person in Salt Lake City, Utah. Register for free to attend virtually, and just $109 if in person. Expand your family now at RootsTech.org.

RootsTech 2024 offers more than 400 sessions and workshops and live daily broadcasts online for all 3 days of the event. There is no way to consume all RootsTech 2024 has to offer, so take advantage of its free feature that enables you to create a watch list of content you’d like to view throughout the year on-demand.

Connect with New Relatives around the World

More than 500,000 individuals worldwide made over 5 million personal connections through Relatives at RootsTech in 2023—a free in-app or web-based experience that helps participants discover and meet new cousins. When you see your family connections in the experience, it will show you how you are related and give you a forum to communicate with them. The interactive feature has already launched and will be available through April 1, 2024. Anyone can participate in this fun discovery experience for free—you will just need to register online at RootsTech.org to get started.

RootsTech 2024 Keynotes

A signature component of RootsTech is its daily main stage content. Following is the lineup of RootsTech 2024 keynote speakers:
  • Steve Rockwood, the CEO of FamilySearch International, will officially open RootsTech 2024 live to a global audience on Thursday, February 29, 2024. FamilySearch is the host of RootsTech and a major influence in helping facilitate family discoveries and genealogy records access globally.
  • Henry Cho, an acclaimed comedian of Korean heritage, known for his unique blend of clean comedy and storytelling, will bring his personal story and infectious humor to the RootsTech 2024 main stage on Thursday, February 29, 2024.
  • Nancy Borowick is a world-renowned Sony artisan photographer, speaker, and teacher, with a unique gift and talent for capturing the moments to not be forgotten—a great fit for the RootsTech 2024 theme to “Remember.” Nancy will be on the main stage Friday, March 1, 2024.
  • Lynne M. Jackson is an author and president and founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation. She is a direct descendant of Dred and Harriet Scott, an enslaved couple well known for taking their case for freedom to the U.S. Supreme Court. Lynne takes the main stage on Friday, March 1, 2024.
  • Kristin Chenoweth, an Emmy® and Tony Award®-winning actress and singer, will be the final keynote speaker at RootsTech on Saturday, March 2, 2024. Kristin has performed for sold-out audiences across the world and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Katie James is a famous Colombian singer, songwriter, and guitarist who masterfully brings together the different sounds of Colombian and Latin American folklore in her music. She will be a virtual-only keynote speaker on Thursday, February 29, 2024. Her keynote will be in Spanish, with English and Portuguese subtitles.
Family Discovery Day 2024

The free Family Discovery Day at RootsTech is Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Salt Lake City, Utah. It offers a full day of free interactive activities, games, learning, discovery, and inspiration for you and your family. For Latter-day Saints, there will be a keynote address from Elder Garrett W. Gong, and a never-before-seen film from 2023 of the late M. Russell Ballard. Professional basketball star, Jimmer Fredette, and his wife, Whitney, will share how they preserve their family memories, and Jimmer will conduct a basketball shootout with kids ages 8–14. Register for the free Family Discovery Day 2024.

Make fun family discoveries and connections at RootsTech 2024 online or in person. Register and join live, or create your on-demand list of sessions to watch throughout 2024. Learn more at RootsTech.org.

Find and share this announcement in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

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What Is RootsTech?

RootsTech is a place to learn, be inspired, and make connections through family history. Hosted by FamilySearch and sponsored by other leading genealogy organizations, we have hundreds of expert classes, tips and tricks videos, and inspiring stories that can help you experience family history like never before. Visit our on-demand learning library, or plan to join us for our next virtual or in-person conference event. RootsTech 2024 offers a wide range of 200+ sessions, exhibitors, and experiences to help attendees discover, remember, and share their stories.

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Disclosure:  I am a RootsTech 2024 "Influencer" but will receive no remuneration for my support or posting of RootsTech information.  I will be an online participant this year because of my health problems.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Genealogy Education Bytes - Week of 22 to 28 February 2024

 Welcome to Genealogy Education Bytes, posted on Wednesday afternoon for the past week, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history education items that came across our desktop since the last issue.


1) Upcoming Conferences, Institutes and Seminars

Conference Keeper Calendar





2 ) Upcoming Seminars, Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

Conference Keeper Calendar

 FamilySearch Library Classes and Webinars 

*  Family Tree Webinars - Thursday, 29 February, 11 a.m.:  Boosting Your Family History Discoveries with MyHeritage DNA, by Gal Zrihen

*  Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 1 March, 11 a.m.:  Telling Your Family’s Story with MyHeritage’s AI Features, by Janna Helshtein.

*  Family Tree Webinars - Tuesday, 5 March, 5 p.m.:  Beyond the Church Register: Finding and using religious archives in Australia, by Benjamin Hollister

*  Family Tree Webinars - Wednesday, 6 March, 11 a.m.:  Using DNA To Identify Irish Ancestral Locations, by Michelle Leonard.

3) Recent Podcasts/Radio Shows:

*  Ancestral Findings:  Exploring the Rich Folklore in Wyoming


*  Hittin' the Bricks With Kathleen:  Preserving Our Heritage: Supporting Local Genealogy Societies


*  The Genealogy Guys:  Podcast #424

4) Recent YouTube Videos:

*  Aimee Cross - Genealogy Hints:  The Library with EVERYTHING (and it's near you)







*  Ellen Thompson-Jennings - Family History Hound:  What Can Artificial Intelligence Tell You About Your Ancestor Photos?
*  Ellen Thompson-Jennings - Family History Hound:  How Can Artificial Intelligence Help Me Read Old Documents?



*  Genealogy TV:  Get Excited for RootsTech 2024


*  Hittin' the Brocks With Kathleen:  Placing out Children: Riders of the Orphan Trains



*  Mylio Photos:  Mylio Photos v24.2 Reveal

*  Storied_Social:  StoriedBooks A to Z
*  Storied_Social:  Power of Storytelling Webinar
*  Storied_Social:  On the Go Genealogy

*  The Formidable Genealogist:  How FindAGrave Works | Formidable Genealogy
*  The Formidable Genealogist:  Tip for Researching New Areas | Formidable Genealogy
*  The Formidable Genealogist:  What Are Diacritical Marks? | Formidable Genealogy


5) Did you miss the last post in this series - Genealogy Education Bytes -  15 to 21 February 2024?

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News From Findmypast - First Global Collection For Tracing British Home Children

 I received this information from Findmypast today:

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First global collection for tracing British Home Children launched by Findmypast

  • New collaboration between Canadian and UK organisations sees creation of first major collection of records pertaining to Home Children
  • Over 130,000 British children were sent to British Overseas Territories as part of forced migration scheme between 1860s and 1970s
  • Offered for free, the records will allow estimated 4m+ descendants of Home Children to trace their ancestors for the first time
  • Collection launched on Findmypast at Rootstech, in collaboration with The National Archives, British Library, Library and Archives Canada, and Home Children Canada 
A major new collection of Home Children records has launched today on family tree website, Findmypast, which will allow millions of descendants of British Home Children to trace their ancestors for free – many for the first time.

Created in collaboration with organisations across the UK and Canada, including The National Archives, The British Library, Library and Archives Canada, and Home Children Canada, the new collection features a vast and varied range of records which tell the stories of those who were part of the forced child migrant scheme in place from the 1860s up to the 1970s.


The collection, launched at RootsTech, will be a growing repository with records added on an ongoing basis. It currently includes workhouse records, Juvenile Inspection Reports, Home Children Board of Guardian Records and emigration reports, while future updates are likely to see historical newspapers, migration records, workhouse and institutional records, periodicals and military records added.

Over 130,000 children, now known as ‘British Home Children’, were sent across the Commonwealth, in particular to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Only 12% of these children were ‘true orphans’ - many came from charitable homes, workhouses, or destitute and struggling families. They were usually fostered into families when they reached their destinations to be used as unpaid domestic or farming labour. 

However, abuse was widespread in a system which offered little protection to the children and few investigations into the care they received from their foster families. Many were relocated several times during their childhood, and often separated from their siblings. 

Historically, descendants of Home Children have struggled to trace their roots, with most records held in private archives and inaccessible to the public. This collection will provide an open-access, centralised set of resources for descendants to trace their forced migrant ancestors back to the UK and their birth families and add them directly to their family tree on Findmypast.

Sarah Bush, Findmypast Managing Director, said: 

“We’re extremely proud to launch this groundbreaking new collection, which will allow millions more people to uncover the stories of their forced migrant ancestors. It’s an incredibly poignant and complex part of our Commonwealth history, and these records will shed light on the lives and experiences of the British Home children, which have so often been overlooked or concealed.

“At Findmypast, we believe that every story matters, and we hope to offer renewed hope of discovering ancestors and even new connections to families across the globe – easily and completely for free.”


Roger Kershaw, Head of Strategic Operations and Volunteers at The National Archives, said:

“Many of the children dispatched from the UK to Canada were from children’s homes and had their past erased before being used as cheap labour, with boys working on farms and girls as domestic servants.

“Records from The National Archives reveal some of the government decisions leading to the emigration of children as young as one-year-old, including correspondence from the Home Office, Ministry of Health, Local Government Board and Colonial Office, with those bodies leading the policy, such as Dr Barnado’s. 

“We are pleased to be able to contribute to this collection which will provide new avenues for research into the story of the British Home Children.”


Lori Oschefski, an expert on British Home Children, President of the charity Home Children Canada, and a descendant of a Home Child herself, said:

“This new database is significant because it fills crucial gaps in our understanding of Home Children's histories. These gaps hindered comprehensive research efforts, but now, with access to previously unavailable data, we can uncover deeper insights into the experiences and journeys of Home Children.

“As the daughter of a Home Child, I cannot overstate the importance of this new collection for our community. While I conducted significant research for my mother before her passing, accessing records was challenging, and the information in this index was unavailable to me. This collection will revolutionize the search for  information on British Home Children, offering understanding, closure, and peace of mind to millions of affected descendants whose personal histories were stripped away by migration programs.”

Discover the collection for free on Findmypast: https://www.findmypast.co.uk/page/british-home-children

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Disclosure: I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador. This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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Betty and Her Buddy in About 1921 -- Post 809 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

  I can't help it, I can't do a wordless post! This is one of my favorite photographs: 

This photograph is of my mother, Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) with her beloved dog named Buddy on the grass in the backyard of their home at 2130 Fern Street in San Diego.  My guess is that Betty was about age 2 in this photograph, so it was taken in about 1921.

This photograph is part of my family history.  

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Upload DNA Data to MyHeritage and Enjoy FREE Access To All DNA Features

I received this information from Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage today:

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As I head to RootsTech 2024, I'm happy to let you know that we’re offering the opportunity to upload your DNA data file to MyHeritage and enjoy all DNA features for free, forever!

For each NEW DNA file uploaded this week (i.e. one that hasn’t been uploaded to MyHeritage in the past), the uploader will receive free access to all advanced DNA features, saving them the usual $29 unlock fee per file. This rare offer is valid for the next few days only, until March 4, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

There are many great reasons to upload DNA data to MyHeritage. You’ll get new DNA matches from all over the world, ethnicity reports covering 2,114 geographic regions, and access to the most comprehensive set of tools for analyzing your relationships to your DNA matches. MyHeritage is the only DNA company that has committed never to sell or license users’ data to third parties, and we provide full privacy controls so only you can see your data.

Make sure to share the news with your friends and followers so they don’t miss out on this change to get free access to all MyHeritage DNA features! Feel free to use the graphic below, and read more about it on our blog.



Read the MyHeritage blog post about this issue for more information.

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Disclosure: I receive a complimentary subscription to MyHeritage, and have received other material consideration in past years. I uploaded my autosomal DNA raw data to their DNA product. This does not affect my objective analysis of MyHeritage products.  I am a subscriber to Family Tree Webinars and love it.

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Genealogy News Bytes - Week of 21 to 27 February 2024

  Welcome to Genealogy News Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon for the past week, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news  items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    


1)  News Articles:









2)  DNA Research Stories

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