Mondays with Myrt – 22nd Oct 2018


As usual we discuss the latest genea-news that’s come across our desk including:

  • FindMyPast Fridays
  • Several New Books on Ireland
  • Map Guide to American Migration
  • Valerie & Myrt’s Excellent Genealogy Adventures YouTube Channel




Psychology Today
09:50:26 From Dave Robison:
09:51:08 From Cousin Russ to All panelists : .
09:58:04 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists : Findmypast Friday October 12th

10:00:50 From grahamwalter : Morning (afternoon/evening) All
10:01:15 From Doris Haskell : Good morning from Rock Springs, Wyoming.
10:01:31 From Deb Andrew : Good morning.
10:01:39 From Michele Jackson to All panelists : Good Morning!
10:04:06 From Deb Andrew : My step-sister ran away and married at the age of 12.
10:04:29 From Bill West : Good afternoon from chilly southeastern Massachusetts!
10:04:53 From Betty-Lu Burton : Good morning from a frosty Arkansas
10:05:51 From Liv Christensen to All panelists : Good evening from Bærum (close to Oslo), Norway. It has been a beautiful autumn day here.
10:06:50 From Liv Christensen : Will repeat it so the attendees can see it too: Good evening from Bærum (close to Oslo), Norway. It has been a beautiful autumn day here.

10:06:53 From Hilary Gadsby: Are we going to mention The Family Nexus beta on android?
10:07:50 From Molly McKinley : My grandmother’s first marriage was when she was 14. Her mother and step-father signed for her.
10:08:01 From grahamwalter : Nice day here too in London… very pleasant for this time of year 🙂
10:08:38 From Kathleen Daetsch : I think after you put it in your story you have to share it or no one will see it but you
10:09:36 From Vonda Heverly to All panelists : Stories only last 24 hours.
10:10:21 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : My FB has the My Stories on the right hand side of the screen between the timeline and who is online.
10:10:23 From Marian Koalski : Remember Jerry Lee Lewis and his 13-year-old cousin?
10:11:54 From Cousin Russ : NATIONAL ARCHIVES (US) Virtual Genealogy Fair
10:11:57 From Cousin Russ : .
10:12:49 From Cousin Russ : It’s Day #22 of “31 Days of Tips from The Archive Lady” and today I am talking about one of my favorite record sources “Vertical Files…What Are They?” Check it Out! #genealogy #archives —

German Residential Records
10:14:28 From Cousin Russ : German Residential Records For Genealogists: Tracing Your Ancestor From Place to Place in Germany; Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G.; 2018; Soft Cover; 193 pp; 8.5×11; ISBN: 978-1-62859-214-6;
Map Guide to American Migration Routes
10:14:53 From Cousin Russ : Map guide to American migration routes, 1735-1815 by William Dollarhide
10:14:53 From Cousin Russ : .,
10:15:14 From Mary Lou Gravatt : Randy Seavers Are you still using We Remember at Anestry? You mentioned it several months ago.
10:16:07 From Randy Seaver : Mary Lou – I did several of them but haven’t done any more.

ValerieMyrt Excellent Genealogy Adventures

10:16:39 From Cousin Russ : Valerie Elkins & DearMYRTLE announce a joint venture
10:16:43 From Cousin Russ : .
10:17:35 From Randy Seaver : Do Valerie and Myrt need a butler?
10:19:50 From Hilary Gadsby : You have similar considerations that I had when I first came to RootsTech
10:20:36 From Dave Robison : Passport FYI Details:

10:21:23 From Deb Andrew : Years ago when my dh and I were moving to Australia, I had to get a passport. It was the first time I saw my original birth certificate. It had some very interesting info on it. Then when my daughter was born in Australia, she needed a passport as well. I remember my dh standing over her to take her picture for the passport. She was an infant but had a seperate one, so that she could travel with either parent.
10:21:39 From John Laws : It gonna be an adventure for me coming from not in Edinburgh Scotland
10:23:00 From John Laws : Also gonna try to RoosTech 2019 in London ExCel in October
10:24:57 From Melinda Culpon : Look at flights from Manchester to Norway as well – just more information for you
10:25:08 From Tony Proctor to All panelists : sorry, fighting with zoom. May have to just be a participant
RootsTech Generic10:25:55 From Cousin Russ :
10:27:40 From Hilary Gadsby :

10:28:56 From Cousin Russ : Chula Vista Genealogical Society
10:29:44 From Michele Jackson  : We have a small society here and we are trying a new lunch and learn series which I hope will help us but our fb group has thousands so the reach of social media for societies is super important, but you have to have something for them that interests them to pull them in
10:30:49 From John Laws : Ancestry continually offering DNA discounts in the US but exclude the UK
10:30:50 From Kathleen Daetsch : I have a question, if we can get to it, about DAR lineage books as evidence
10:33:17 From Deb Andrew : Remind them that sometime in the further they may be contacted by someone who is a NPE or are adopted.
10:33:36 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Ancestry
10:33:57 From Betty-Lu Burton : Relative Race had a relative connection last week where the man on relative race was the connection needed for a lady who had been adopted out of his family
10:34:12 From Maureen Winski to All panelists : I just downloaded my Ancestry to MyHeritage for free
10:34:33 From Michele Jackson to All panelists : I can not see results.
10:34:34 From Pam Helm : i can see them
10:34:35 From Pamela Wells : I see it now and have voted, thank you
10:34:40 From Liv Christensen : Yes it is possible to go from Manchester to Norway, that is Oslo. But we might start the trip in Trondheim, because we are going to Surnadal which is 1-2 hours from Trondheim. If we start in Oslo, I would recommend taking the train to Trondheim, a 6 hours trip through the Gudbrandsdal and over the mountain plain Dovre. If you are lucky you might see the musk-ox
10:34:57 From Melinda Culpon : Found a new cousin – happy that worked out well
10:35:51 From Kathleen Daetsch : I have uploaded to MyHeritage
10:36:27 From Pamela Wells : Many years ago I used Sorensen who are now out of business, unfortunately!
10:36:45 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : I have uploaded to GEDMatch and MyHeritage
10:36:58 From Nicole Smith to All panelists : oh, I’ve also uploaded to MyHeritage too. I didn’t answer that in my poll results though
10:37:06 From Kathleen Daetsch : I have also uploaded to genmatch also’
10:37:06 From cyndy Bray : Also uploaded to My Heritage and Gedmatch
10:37:21 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : I did the Sorensen also.
10:37:28 From Nicole Smith to All panelists : i’ve uploaded to GEDmatch
10:37:33 From Rachel Evans to All panelists : I’ve had both my parents tested at Ancestry as well. Just uploaded their results to both myheritage and gedmatch. My mother, who is not interested in genealogy at all, wants to take another test somewhere else because of her low Italian on ancestry.
10:37:33 From Deb Andrew : All the kits I manage are on Gedmatch. That is around 55 kits.
10:37:38 From Devon Lee to All panelists : I’m not understanding the question.
10:37:57 From Pamela Wells : I use Gedmatch daily as I manage 23 DNA accounts for friends and family members.
10:38:16 From Launa Droescher to All panelists : I also did Sorenson test never received any results
10:38:18 From Linda Jordan to All panelists : I’ve uploaded 3 kits to Gedmatch, however I haven’t found anyone as yet.
10:38:19 From Devon Lee to All panelists : Andy
10:38:38 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : They are open about being public, and it’s not a problem for me. More cousins!!
10:38:48 From Pamela Wells : I personally have no problem with it since I have a DNA test out there anyway and it does solve crimes….
10:38:49 From Devon Lee to All panelists : Oops..

Andy is a supporter of GedMatch because it allows people to meet in the middle no matter which company they use.
10:38:52 From Randy Seaver : I don’t have a problem with that myself – if I had a criminal background I wouldn’t be using it.
10:39:00 From Kathleen Daetsch : I agree Dave
10:39:08 From Molly McKinley : Amen, Dave
10:39:23 From Nicole Smith to All panelists : Considering that my husband almost died of a genetic disease and if we had known about it before hand… well I’m in favor of it
10:39:23 From Randy Seaver : You do have to give consent
10:39:36 From Geoffrey Cooker to All panelists : PLEASE keep in mind that law enforcement must still adhere to the 4th and 5th amendments.
10:39:47 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : The criminal did not use GEDmatch. The investigators identified him with his cousins who were on GEDmatch.
10:39:52 From Sherry Wilmes to All panelists : Each of these companies can be sold to insurance companies. When federal and state laws prohibit use for discriminatory purposes, I would love to do it. They are not selling this for hobby purposes.
10:39:59 From Nicole Smith to All panelists : but yes it could negatively affect my kids
10:40:01 From Pam Helm : I agree with Dave.
10:40:24 From Betty-Lu Burton : Too many people have a false sense of what Privacy is. With Ged Match being voluntary there should be no problems. She matches living people through old fashion detective work using already public records
10:40:26 From Geoffrey Cooker to All panelists : A search warrant is ALWAYS the best policy when searching for information.
10:41:08 From Rebecca Williams : How do I say this? If you don’t want your information publicly available, then don’t put your results out there. No one is forcing you to put it out where other people can see and use it.
10:41:32 From Devon Lee to All panelists : Rebecca… I think you just did
10:43:01 From Rebecca Williams : There are those people who would put their DNA results on GED Match so that their criminal relative gets caught.
10:43:17 From Dave Robison : Pam mentioned Sorensen. I know they’re out of business but thought Ancestry bought the data base. I could be wrong.
10:44:14 From Devon Lee to All panelists : Here’s the thing. Now that DNA is out there, your cousins, your siblings, your aunts could be the individuals who are sharing their DNA, even if keep your DNA private. Many researchers are using the DNA to find those common ancestors and then go offline to do descendancy research to determine the link to those involved in crimes. So, even if you’re being private in your DNA usage, your extended family could be the reason the questionable ancestors are found.
10:44:18 From Pamela Wells : I discovered a half sister who is 4 mos older than I . We have met and loved my new Sis immediately.
10:44:19 From Louise Smith to All panelists : In theory, I don’t have any issues with DNA being considered public when an individual uploads their own DNA – I think of it as being no different than throwing away a cigarette or kleenex, etc. in a public garbage. I DO have an issue though with people being identified through DNA submitted by someone else. Ultimately, to allow this, we are changing the intention of existing legislation with respect to DNA evidence. However, that being said, I’m Canadian, AND I haven’t reviewed the wording of the existing legislation and any relevant cases
10:45:03 From Geoffrey Cooker : DNA on GEDMATCH also raises the question of a person’s expectation of privacy. If you put your DNA on a site such as GEDMATCH, you may be relinquishing your expectation of privacy. That’s where the constitutional issue comes in on this topic.
10:45:05 From Janet Iles : Living DNA does Y-DNA
10:45:25 From Louise Smith to All panelists : This, in my view, opens the door to more than we’re prepared for and it’s not particularly helpful to close the barn door after the horses have left the barn
10:45:50 From Devon Lee to All panelists : When you can’t find anyone yet, be patience. I didn’t find matches for 5 years!
10:45:56 From Randy Seaver : Upload your DNA results form another company to MyHeritage before 1 December – if you do it before then you can continue to use their free tools. If not, using the tools will cost a fee
10:46:11 From Kathleen Daetsch : But you don’t have to be retested on My Heritage you can upload to them
10:46:20 From John Laws : My 2nd cousin in South Africa Nicholas Laws has tested we share grt grandfather 1828-1891
10:46:21 From Nicole Smith to All panelists : And it I do agree with you, so this next comment is only by way of explanation, not to disagree with anyone. Genetic testing result aren’t necessarily private if you test within a healthcare setting. My husband and I are considering it for our two boys but in the future it could be held against them.
10:46:41 From Pamela Wells : I only wish my parents were alive today…my new sis was a product of a girlfriend my father had after he returned from WW II ….SO, be sure you are prepared for news that might be quite alarming to other family members.
10:47:24 From Marian Koalski : Does law enforcement do surveillance on suspects?
10:47:32 From Nicole Smith to All panelists : However then the boys would know for sure about their inherited clotting disorder.
10:47:35 From Marian Koalski : And their relatives?
10:47:53 From Dave Robison : Marian…Yes, that’s how they were able to get DNA samples for some of these criminals.
10:48:00 From Kathleen Daetsch : Same with me Russ
10:48:29 From Janet Iles : Living DNA gives the Haplogroup and subclade for the Y-DNA
10:48:47 From Hilary Gadsby : I am trying to persuade one of my 3rd cousins to upload to My Heritage as she has done Ancestry test and I have not but I am on My Heritage

10:49:55 From Cousin Russ : DNA testing comparisons
10:49:58 From Rachel Evans : I just noticed while using Chrome is ancestry shows if the person has an unlinked tree instead of no tree.
10:50:05 From Pamela Wells : Blaine Bettinger has a couple of great groups on Facebook to help people learn all about DNA
10:51:06 From Devon Lee to All panelists : The ethnicity results constantly change as new information comes to light. Ancestry just had an ethnicity result revamp.
10:51:07 From Molly McKinley : Almost all my paper is British Isles, but I showed up 30% Scandinavian. Must have had some sailors in the group! LOL
10:51:09 From Cousin Russ : DNA Central
10:51:20 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : Yes! Some people test thinking they will just learn their ethnicity. They are surprised to find cousin/close family matches.
10:51:29 From Pamela Wells : All of my DNA tests from, 23 & Me and myheritage have different ethnicity.
10:51:34 From Randy Seaver : I think law enforcement uses the matching tools, then does research on the family using genealogy tools, comes up with possible suspects, then tries to find more evidence that can compare to the DNA sample from the crime – using warrants and standard police work
10:52:11 From Deb Andrew : My grandmother was supposed to be 1/2 or 1/4 Native American. According to all the people tested from her direct line, no Native American. I also did the mtDNA test, still none. It took them forever to be able to see that is was a story that was handed down and not be true.
10:52:23 From Betty-Lu Burton : My Italian originally showed up as Iberian Peninsula and now shows up as Jewish. When I look at the historical maps I understand the why. The area of Italy my great grandparents came from was not settled by Italians
10:52:29 From Leah Smith : The Dana Leeds Method is a good way for newbies to begin working with matches. Very visual.

10:52:51 From Mary Lou Gravatt : I did my and my husband’s DNA to maybe break a brick wall for each of us.
10:52:51 From John Laws : Cos they have NOT followed the Paper trail
10:53:14 From DearMYRTLE : CeCe Moore – Genetic Genealogist
10:53:21 From Hilary Gadsby : I expected 100% English but have some NPE in my ancestry
10:53:44 From Devon Lee to All panelists : I think it’s from the marketing by the companies that drive the ethnicity results being the first reason peole test. I remember the MyHeritage Christmas campaign that was heavily about ethnicity not cousin matches.
10:53:54 From John Laws : Europe & GB had transient populations
10:53:57 From Geoffrey Cooker : You are correct, Randy Seaver. In the agency I work for, we would obtain a search warrant for anything that is not recognized as public domain. Basically, people using GEDMATCH should understand that they MAY not have a reasonable expectation of privacy because it is a website that is accessible by ANYONE.
10:53:59 From Nicole Smith to All panelists : I’ve never understood where they draw the line for heritage delinage because before someone was Irish they were from somewhere else?
10:54:14 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : Dave just made me laugh right out loud!!
10:54:16 From Betty-Lu Burton : People forget that Europe’s boundaries have changed some much over the years and hundreds years ago there was a major shift in population
10:54:29 From Pamela Wells : I have found the paper trail of your family tree along with your DNA tests run parallel in most of my DNA connections.
10:54:36 From Kathleen Daetsch : Yes
10:55:09 From Cousin Russ : CeCe Moore – Genetic Genealogist
10:55:42 From Randy Seaver : Geoff – I don’t think that any living person has been identified yet publicly as being THE match that caused an arrest. Those persons have been protected as far as I know. It could change, of course.
10:56:36 From Devon Lee to All panelists : Agreed about the separate DNA emails. We do this!
10:57:57 From Devon Lee to All panelists : QUESTION: If DNA is such a hot button, why are folks not upset about the ability to access various vital records? I obtained a birth record for someone born in 1930 who is still living. Additionally, the tax records are online.
10:58:48 From Kathleen Daetsch : I also use a profile name but my sons use their own name.
10:59:03 From Geoffrey Cooker : You’re correct, Randy. But the issue that seems to be hitting us in the law enforcement community is the invasion of the government into private information. DNA is an exciting option in genealogy and the internet is our generation’s “Wild West”, and mixing the two together raises some very interesting issues!
10:59:14 From Pamela Wells : The DNA Detectives group on Facebook lead by CeCe Moore is an excellent way to learn about DNA
10:59:36 From Devon Lee to All panelists : I’m not wanting things to change, it’s just that folks can access more of our ‘private’ informaiton than we realize in the US>
10:59:51 From Randy Seaver : They are all public records depending on state laws. I can get a “not for identification” record for births and deaths after 1905 in California, but I have pay about $20 for it.
11:00:46 From Randy Seaver : We are all in DMV, bank, credit card, criminal and court records many times – private detectives can find all of that quickly.
11:00:47 From Kathleen Daetsch : I’m in New York they are trying to change it. I think it is 70 now they want to make it over 100
11:00:49 From Nicole Smith to All panelists : It’s very difficult to get birth records in New York and New Jersey
11:02:16 From Devon Lee to All panelists : John… that’s hilarious.
11:02:39 From Michele Jackson to All panelists : In the mid 1990’s I remember watching my gram carefully cut up the envelopes that came in the mail so no one could get her address from the garbage…. I never did tell her about the internet.
11:02:47 From Marian Koalski : yes
11:03:13 From Devon Lee to All panelists : No, but I’m applying for the ‘other side’. UEL

11:04:03 From Cousin Russ : National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
11:04:22 From Danine Cozzens : Several lines of mine are “red flagged” now in the excellent DAR database. Those books are clues, not proof.
11:04:24 From Marian Koalski : They are not acceptable in themselves, but they have good clues. The public can buy images of the documentation from many members’ application, from DAR.ORG.
11:04:39 From Linda Jordan to All panelists : I want a record from a court case where my grand aunt was institutionalized before 1920. Still unable to get court case because of way state laws are written, even under freedom of information laws.
11:04:41 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : I have tried 4 times and been rejected.
11:05:09 From Marian Koalski : MANY members’ applications — not ANY.
11:05:12 From Rachel Evans : Kathleen NYC just passed 125 for births, 75 for deaths.
11:06:10 From Kathleen Daetsch : If you buy them do you get the documents
11:06:11 From Rachel Evans : Yep. Especially since a majority of my family is NYC
11:07:04 From Cousin Russ : DNA Central
11:07:20 From grahamwalter : UK Birth certificates – come GRO website “The only restriction is that under Identity Fraud legislation you must know the full details of the person (including full date of birth and parents names) for any birth that occurred within the past 50 years.”

11:07:32 From Cousin Russ : Blaine Bettinger’s Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques Facebook Group
11:07:43 From Rachel Evans : Kathleen, Joshua Taylor posted about it with more information here
The Polish Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide
11:08:25 From Cousin Russ : The Family Tree Polish, Czech And Slovak Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Eastern Europe
11:08:28 From Marian Koalski : Has anyone seen Kenyatta Berry’s new book yet?
11:08:35 From Maria Tegtmeier to All panelists : Yay. Happy to be hear.
11:08:40 From Marian Koalski : Yay!

The Family Tree Toolkit by Kenyatta
11:08:41 From Cousin Russ : The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy
11:09:41 From Randy Seaver : also instant frustration…

IRELAND guide to Tipperary
11:09:52 From Cousin Russ : A Guide to Tracing your Tipperary Ancestors

IRELAND guide to Leitrim

11:09:58 From Cousin Russ : Guide to Tracing your Leitrim Ancestors

11:10:03 From Cousin Russ : Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: The Complete Guide. Fourth Edition
11:10:46 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : Nathan  Goodwin has a new book coming out on 11 November the first in a new series. Ghost Swifts, Blue Poppies and the Red Star (Mrs McDougall Investigates Book 1) Kindle Edition.
11:13:52 From Danine Cozzens : Operator error!

11:14:10 From bjanvier to All panelists : Are you going to be holding a new GenLaw Study Group? [NOTE: You’ll find the link to the playlist of DearMYRTLE’s GenLaw Study Group videos here: ]

11:14:39 From Danine Cozzens : Trackpad fumble as I capture all the excellent links…
11:15:01 From Cousin Russ :
11:15:01 From Cousin Russ : .
11:15:19 From Cousin Russ : From last week which I can talk about
11:17:50 From grahamwalter : Women’s Vote (UK) 1918 enfranchised women over the age of 30 who were either a member or married to a member of the Local Government Register. 1928: Women received the vote on the same terms as men (over the age of 21) as a result of the Representation of the People Act 1928.
11:18:11 From grahamwalter : sorry – no mic connected
11:18:54 From Randy Seaver : FMP also has collections from the parish records for many counties of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials that are more extensive than the IGI. They were very useful in my “This is Your Ancestry” study for the local politician
11:24:49 From Devon Lee : I remember that program. It was fun but not as fun as today
11:25:51 From Hilary Gadsby : You can also see if the family may have stayed in a particular part of the county by looking at where the parishes were in relation to each other.
11:27:53 From Betty-Lu Burton : I still have several printouts from the IGI microfiche
11:27:58 From Hilary Gadsby : Some of the transcriptions have occupation of the father.
11:28:07 From Randy Seaver : Our Chula Vista library had a whole collection of IGI in the early 1990s on microfiche out in public until some fiche were stolen so they hid it in a locked room and nobody knew we had it.
11:28:31 From grahamwalter : can’t find the mic!!
11:29:20 From grahamwalter : I do but can’t find the box it’s in!
11:29:26 From Geoffrey Cooker : Thank you for an interesting discussion!
11:29:30 From Kathleen Daetsch : Thank you for answering my question.
11:30:01 From Pamela Wells : Thank you all for the wonderful presentations!
11:30:14 From Cousin Russ : NATIONAL ARCHIVES (US) Virtual Genealogy Fair
11:31:11 From Pamela Wells : Zoom is terrific!
11:31:11 From Kathleen Daetsch : I think it is wonderful
11:31:25 From grahamwalter : have a good day everyone
11:32:01 From Devon Lee : I did want to try the mic and video if possible
11:32:41 From Rachel Evans : I will have to eventually dig my mic out of a box somewhere
11:32:58 From grahamwalter : no direct connections to the hotels
11:34:28 From grahamwalter : can you hire a motability scooter?
11:35:15 From Deb Andrew : You sound like me. When I leave the house I take the stick as well.
11:35:29 From grahamwalter : NEC website- motability scooters for hire
11:35:32 From grahamwalter :
11:35:50 From grahamwalter : yep
11:35:59 From grahamwalter : scroll down
11:36:12 From grahamwalter : i’m looking 🙂
11:44:34 From Deb Andrew : You go girl!
11:50:23 From grahamwalter : Catch you next time

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For future reference, this is the link to DearMYRTLE’s Event Calendar –

Here’s the link to the GeneaWebinars Blog & Calendar of other genealogy webinars, chats and hangouts –

Most DearMYRTLE Webinars are embedded in a Myrt’s Musings blog post, along with selected comments and links we mention.


FindMyPast: Lancashire UK parish records

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at FindMyPast.

findmypast 2017Lancashire joins Findmypast’s collection of UK parish records

Leading UK family history website, Findmypast, has today announced that Lancashire is the latest county to join their unrivalled collection of UK parish records. Over 4.5 million parish records held by the Lancashire Archives and spanning more than 450 years of the county’s history are now available to search, including;

Lancashire Baptisms

Discover your ancestor in in over 1.1 million baptism register records from Lancashire. Learn when and where your ancestor’s baptism took place, as well as your ancestor’s parents’ names. The registers span the years from 1538 to 1917 and cover 191 parishes across the county. View the full list of places included in our parish list, linked to in the Useful links and resources section.

Each result will provide you with a transcript and an image of the original register, provided by Lancashire Archives. Some records may contain additional details such as your ancestor’s religious denomination, residence and father’s occupation.

Lancashire Banns & Marriages

Discover your ancestor in banns and marriage registers from the Lancashire Archives. The registers contains over 713,000 records, span the years 1538 to 1932 and cover 194 Lancashire parishes.

Each result will provide you with a transcript and an image of the original register. Each transcript will reveal a combination of the couples’ birth years, occupations, marriage date, marriage location, parents’ names, father’s occupations and the names of any witnesses. Images may offer additional details, such as if your ancestor was married by banns or licence.

Lancashire Burials

Discover your ancestor in burial registers from Lancashire. Learn when and where your ancestor’s burial took place, as well as your ancestor’s age at the time of death. The registers, provided by Lancashire Archives, span the years from 1538 to 199, cover 123 parishes and contain over 712,000 records.

Each result will provide you with a transcript and an image of the original register. Images may provide additional details.

Lancashire Parish Registers Browse

Our new collections of Lancashire parish baptisms, marriages, banns and burials are also available to browse.

Other new additions available to search this Findmypast Friday

Illinois, Tazewell County, Obituary Card Index From The “Pekin Times” 1914-2007 Image Browse

Find your relative in over 90,000 obituary index cards taken from the Pekin Times, spanning the years from 1914 to 2007. This collection has been provided by FamilySearch.

This obituary card index, from the Pekin Public Library, pertains to obituaries published in the Pekin Times and covers the years from 1914 to 2007. The paper was founded in 1881 and is published in Pekin, Illinois. From this index, you may discover an individual’s full name, birth date, death date, and burial place.

Queensland, Inquests 1859-1897

Discover your ancestor in this index of over 14,000 records compiled from the inquest files created by the Justice Department for the period 1859 to 1897. Each result will provide you with a transcript including a combination of your ancestor’s name, alias, and inquest year, any additional notes, their file number, reference and item ID.

Some records only include a first or last name. Others only include a known name, like Greasy Jack. Occasionally, no name is provided, either where it is unknown (e.g. South Sea Islander of Pentecost, sometimes with a location transcribed in the last name field) or where the incident does not pertain to an individual (e.g. fire at Abbott Street, Cairns).

British & Irish Newspapers

This week we have added 134,662 new pages to The Archive. We have updated five of our existing titles, covering the county of Kent and the city of Liverpool. We have also updated three of our Irish titles, with titles covering the latter half of the twentieth century, and the Evening Herald (Dublin) now covering the twenty-first century, with pages added for 2001. The new additions include:

THE Genealogy Show (LIVE in Birmingham)

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: YUP! Mr. Myrt and I are going to England, and are honored to be working with this dedicated team on THE Genealogy Show. Won’t you join us along with Jill Ball (Australia), Liv Birgit Christensen (Norway), Ruth Blair (Canada), Mags Gaulden (Canada), John Boeren (Netherlands) and DM Walsh (UK)? “The NEK” is the National Exhibition Centre, in Birmingham, England.


The demise of the Who Think You Are? Live show has left a hole in the genealogy calendar of UK-based events with many attendees commenting on the loss of a ‘big’ annual gathering.

An international group of genealogists, lead by Kirsty Gray and Sylvia Valentine (Show Directors), have been diligently working since the US-based RootsTech Conference, to get THE Genealogy Show on the road.

This two-day event will take place in the same hall as in previous years and the Board are dedicated to providing outstanding educational opportunities through talks and stands, as well as creating an environment where family historians from beginner to expert can network together. Even at this early planning stage, many international genealogists are making travel plans to attend the event.

More information will be released on the website over the next month, though you can register your interest as an exhibitor, speaker or sponsor on the website right now –

ISBGFH: Mini-Institute Aug 2018, Philadelphia

ISBGFHResearching Family in the British Isles

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) has partnered with the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH) to conduct a four day program of researching family in the British Isles. ISBGFH conducts the British Institute held annually in Salt Lake City to provide week-long education by well-known genealogists on the British Isles. From 13-16 August 2018, the ISBGFH has arranged for several presenters to provide an overview of researching British Isles topics at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. These presentations will explore DNA, Scotland, Ireland and England research. London based genetic genealogist Dr. Maurice Gleeson, MB, will present on DNA and Irish research, Christine Woodcock, from Genealogy Tours of Scotland, will discuss Scottish research, and Frank Southcott, President, ISBGFH, will explore the English records.

The HSP program is designed to be attended either on a given day and topic or in its entirety. It is an in-depth overview of British Isles research and enhances attendance for those who may desire to attend the British Institute where morning instruction and afternoon independent research are conducted in the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City on a country topic. More information about the British Institute is available HERE

The HSP curriculum for each day involves 4 presentations of one hour and fifteen minutes each. Monday, 13 August 2018, Dr Gleeson, MB, will explore advances made in DNA and how it can be applied to your British Isles research. Christine Woodcock will discuss the uniqueness of Scottish research on Tuesday, 14 August 2018. Dr. Gleeson will return on Wednesday, 15 August 2018, to present on the ever increasing resources available on Irish research, and Thursday, 16 August 2018, Frank Southcott, will examine English genealogical resources.

The cost of the four day program will be $299. Individual program days are available for $99 per day. Limited consultation slots will be available on DNA, Scotland and Ireland during the program for $125 hour.

DNA Instructor: Dr Maurice GleesonMaurice Gleeson

  • An introduction to DNA testing for Genealogy
    This introductory talk will explain the basics of DNA testing, the three main types of test, how each one can be applied in practice (with examples), and which one is best for you to specifically address your genealogical conundrums.
  • Using Y-DNA to research your surname of choice
    Anyone can research any particular surname (i.e. family name) that they want – you just need to find the right cousin to test. Y-DNA is eminently suited to surname research because it follows the same path as hereditary surnames i.e. back along the father father father line. This talk explores surname DNA studies and what they can reveal about your surname
  • Applying autosomal DNA to your family history research – the theory
    The most popular of the DNA tests is the autosomal test. This can be used to research all of your ancestral lines (as opposed to Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA which only help you explore a single ancestral line each). This talk explores the basic science behind autosomal DNA testing, the secrets to successfully applying it, and how it can be combined with other tests and genealogy to help answer specific genealogical questions.
  • Applying autosomal DNA to your family history research – the practice
    This is a more in-depth look at the use of autosomal DNA, including a step-by-step approach to tackling your matches, the concept of triangulation, the use of third party tools, and how techniques used to help adoptees trace their birth family can also help us to break thru our genealogical Brick Walls.

Scottish Genealogy Instructor Christine WoodcockChristine Woodcock

  • In Search of Your Scottish Ancestors: Search Your Roots; Discover Your Heritage
    While many people want to know more about their Scottish heritage, they don’t know where to begin. Fortunately, researching our Scottish ancestors is a fairly easy task. Knowing where to look is usually where we get tied up. This presentation will get you started in researching your Scottish ancestry as well as how to make the most of your research. Topics Include: starting your search, reaching out to others, ScotlandsPeople website, Scottish naming patterns, marriages and family history societies.
  • Breaking Through Brick Walls in Scottish Research
    Scottish documents contain a wealth of information and can make researching so much easier when you really take a look at what the documents are telling you. It becomes important to really pay attention to the key words on the documents so that you know what records you need to look at next in order to break through brick walls and learn as much as you can about your Scottish ancestors. In this presentation we will look at the key words on the documents that may help break down the brick wall. Then we will look at where those records exist and how you can access them.
  • Online and Offline Databases for Scottish Genealogy Research
    There comes a time when you have done all of the online researching you can do using the standard databases. In this presentation you will learn of the databases that aren’t as well know but that can assist in breaking through your brick walls. These include: websites for researching Scottish occupations, websites specific to the genealogy of regions where your ancestors might have lived, emigration databases, military databases, witchcraft databases, medieval ancestry, and British newspapers.
  • Military Men, Covenanters and Jacobites: Historic Events That Led to Mass Migration
    This session will help you understand the importance of the events in Scottish history that led to a large number of Scots leaving their homeland for life in the Americas. In order to be successful researching in the Scottish records, we need to know where in Scotland our ancestors originated. Bridging the gap between finding them in the North American records (birth, marriage, death and census records) and being able to locate them in the Scottish records may seem like a daunting task. However, it is often less of a challenge and more of a reward if you understand what brought them here in the first place. Some clues can be taken from the major historic events in Scottish history that led to Scots leaving their homeland.

Irish Research Instructor Dr Maurice Gleeson

Maurice Gleeson


  • Tracing Your Ancestors Back to Ireland
    For many Irish-Americans, all they know is their ancestor “came from Ireland” but they have no further information than that. This talk gives an overview of the various techniques & records available in the US (and elsewhere) that can be used to help trace your ancestor back to where they came from in Ireland. These include shipping records, emigration records, but also surname dictionaries and distribution maps.
  • Irish Church and Civil Registration Records
    In the last year or so, many of the civil registration records are coming online. Most of these are now available for free via and digital images of the original record can be downloaded. Civil registration started in 1864 for most records. Prior to this, one has to rely on church records for tracing further back and these can be very helpful indeed or not at all – coverage is patchy and most records peter out around 1800-1830. However, all of Ireland is covered by two websites and most of this research can be done from the comfort of your own home.
  • Census, Census Substitutes, and Land Records
    Census records survive for only 1901 and 1911, with some scraps from other years. Griffith’s Valuation can be very helpful as a mid-1800 census substitute but it is the Cancelled or Revised Valuation Books that provide a wealth of information that allow tracing relatives forward and backward from the present day to the 1850s. We will also look at the Tithe Applotment books and the Registry of Deeds.
  • Less Common Irish Genealogical Records
    This talk explores the wealth of genealogical material to be found in newspapers, cemeteries, probate, petty session court records, & dog licenses. We will also explore some of the resources that everyone should be using as a routine part of their ongoing Irish research.

English Research Instructor Frank Southcott
Frank Southcott

  • Researching Your Family in England: Census and National Registration
    A useful England census has been conducted every 10 years since 1841 and is accessible through 1911. It is the primary resource to establish families in England during that period. England also conducted a national registration in 1939 as an ancillary of WWII. Both of these resources will be explored during this session.
  • Researching Your Family in England: Civil Registration
    Civil registration of birth, marriages and deaths commenced on 1 July 1837. Explore the records and idiosyncrasies of the registration process in England and how to obtain the information for your family.
  • Researching Your Family in England: Wills and Church Records
    Wills survive from early times. Baptisms, marriages and burials survive in a great number of parishes from the mid-1500’s. This session will explore the available probate and church records and the wealth of information that can be derived.
  • Researching English Family at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
    Many people are surprised at the vast collection of British Isles records available at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania library. Explore the records and resources available for British Isles family research at HSP with Daniel Rolph, PhD, Historian and Head of Reference Services.


ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt 8 Jan 2018


“Super hangout! Wonderful clarity and big screen is awesome since I can actually see it now. Thanks!”

Thank-you for that feedback from Donna Burleaud. Cousin Russ and I certainly love the new Zoom webinar interface, even as Ol’ Myrt here is learning to use the host controls for spotlighting panelists and their screen shares. Of special note this week, we feature Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist at MyHeritage who talked about DNA and the expanded MyHeritage webinar offerings for 2018. We also visited with Fiona Fitzsimons to learn more about the APG Britain, Ireland and the Isles Chapter[of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Its a virtual chapter with a Twitter, YouTube and Facebook presence. You’ll find the annotated typed chat with links we mentioned below this embedded video recording.

00:26:24 Kirsten Hart: Good evening from Hove, UK!
00:26:28 Marian Koalski: First timer on Zoom from snowy Mass.
00:26:54 Susan Ennis: Great visual quality and audio too!
00:27:18 Marian Koalski: It IS much better!
00:28:13 Susan Howard: Just playing with viewing options on Zoom! Seems easy!
00:29:21 Joanne Shackford Parkes: Was very easy to make this transition to Zoom – just click on the link. Thanks for all the background work to implement new tools!
00:30:01 Cousin Russ: Also can I talk about 52 ancestors Hilary Gadsby’s blog:
00:30:20 Donna Burleaud: Zoom was easier than I expected to set up! Loving the big screen.
00:31:19 Hilary Gadsby:
00:32:22 Marian Koalski: I’m admiring John Laws’ less-than-full storage bins/drawers.
00:32:51 Leah Smith: Great presentation on Polish immigrant mill workers. I will be listening to it again this week.
00:33:59 Hilary Gadsby: I am also going to be at RootsTech from the Sunday before the conference.
00:35:16 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Terrific John, keep improving.
00:36:07 Cousin Russ: Please put links to your Blogs into the Chat to ALL Panelists and Attendees — Thank you
00:36:13 Randy Seaver: We come into RootsTech on the Monday afternoon
00:36:39 Yvonne Demoskoff: Hoping to meet up with you at RT, Hilary 🙂
00:40:49 Dave Robison: Old Bones Genealogy of New England blog:
00:40:57 Pat Kuhn: my blog is
00:41:30 Randy Seaver: my blog is – I’m on week 208 of the 52 Ancestors series. My posts are biographies of my ancestors, working down my ahnentafel list of ancestors. I’m in the 6th great-grandparents now
00:41:32 Marian Koalski: I thought you were in front of a beautifully clean picture window, Russ
00:42:23 John Laws: My Blog is or just LAWS FAMILY REGISTER in your browser find us on Facebook
00:42:32 Anna Matthews:
00:44:39 Dave Robison: I’m experimenting with a second screen. It’s almost too distracting!
00:45:52 Randy Seaver: my blog is – I’m on week 208 of the 52 Ancestors series. My posts are biographies of my ancestors, working down my ahnentafel list of ancestors. I’m in the 6th great-grandparents now
00:49:46 Valerie Eichler Lair: Daniel – I can’t look at my orange hits coming up on my Legacy FT software fast enough! LOL
00:49:49 Daniel Horowitz: Hi Sharon, you can upload test from any other vendor and get the same results
00:50:22 Valerie Eichler Lair: Fiona!!! {{{hugs}}} so great to see you here!!!
00:50:54 Linda Stufflebean: Daniel, Thank you for the new Ellis Island immigrants database. It’s fabulous and a huge improvement over the actual Ellis Island website. [ ]
00:52:03 Daniel Horowitz: YOUR WELCOME 😉 Please send me by email ( your comments and success stories with that collection.
00:52:28 Randy Seaver: Daniel, I ‘ve been having fun with the School Yearbook collection – found me, my mother and brothers.

Inserted by Ol’ Myrt:

00:53:19 Jenny Hawran: Zoom is cool! Great quality. Ya’ll look nice and clear
00:53:37 Doris Haskell: Can this hangout through Zoom also be used with smart phones and tablets? [YES, this works with smart phones and tablets!]
00:54:36 Daniel Horowitz:
00:54:37 Susan Howard: Any news on when a Mac version of Legacy will be available from My Heritage?
00:54:39 Jenny Hawran: How do I see what other attendees are here?
00:57:52 Robbin Smith: no it is not
00:58:01 Marian Koalski: Not full screen for me
00:58:07 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Now we see all panel members
00:58:10 Dave Robison: Upper right hand corner?? “Full Screen”???
00:59:09 Pat Kuhn: have different percentages from my Ancestry to My Heritage DNA results Daniel.
01:01:04 Cousin Russ: and
01:01:28 Valerie Eichler Lair: Fiona – congratulations on all that you and the others have done for BII chapter!!! 🙂
01:02:19 Doris Haskell: He sure makes his mother smile. 🙂
01:02:58 Cousin Russ: APG Britain, Ireland and the Isles Chapter. – quite a large chapter, with almost 300 members scattered across England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Isles. We hope that the new social media channels will bring the chapter together online, so that our members have better access. We also hope to use the channels to circulate webinars/ podcasts for CPD, localised to our region. The first podcast is already posted on YouTube and FB. It’s a moderated discussion between Chris Paton (The Genes Blog/ @BritishGenes) and Lorna Moloney (Clans & Surnames @merrimanresearch). Our next CPD event will take place shortly, details to be announced. The channels can found as follows:

01:04:33 Susan Howard: Trello card or board?
01:05:53 Cousin Russ: Susan – we have a Board, with each “show” is a Card
01:07:31 Susan Howard: Thanks, Russ. Now I see. Love Trello!
01:14:03 Hilary Gadsby: I think I might use Trello for planning my posts for the 52 ancestors
01:14:59 Barbara Gressel: Pat, last week, two people who I adore did DNA tests and found 1/2 siblings. One is excited to meet a new sibling. The other is crushed to learn about thier father’s extra curricular activities. Not all DNA tests are well-received. I’m not sure how I would have felt if faced with the same situation.
01:18:32 Daniel Horowitz: …. and you can upload for FREE your raw DNA from any of those companies to
01:18:49 Dave Robison: I’ve tested with LivingDNA.
01:19:11 Pat Kuhn: I have to run now, will see you all later!!!
01:19:57 Dawn Carlile: I tested with Living DNA last spring Interesting results.
01:19:58 Randy Seaver: Sorry about the hiccup. I wanted to see if the Share Screen would show all of the RootsMagic screens. It did!
01:21:01 Hilary Gadsby: I have only tested with Living DNA as I wanted the UK breakdown.
01:21:28 Randy Seaver: I have tested with Living DNA also.
01:23:06 Cousin Russ: MyHeritage Webinar Series
01:24:05 Cousin Russ: NEW! discount: The following coupon code will entitle the user to a 30% discount on one order: COMP3
01:24:28 Jacqueline Wilson: I already have both books!
01:25:08 Randy Seaver: I don’t understand how with my Video off and the Share Screen on why it showed my screen. A bug or a feature of Zoom?
01:25:39 DearMYRTLE: The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition Val D. Greenwood
01:29:24 Valerie Eichler Lair: <giggling> It’s hard for us opinionated to be quiet! LOL
01:30:00 Valerie Eichler Lair: <<<shaking my head up & down like a Bobblehead!!! LOL
01:32:25 Jacqueline Wilson: I can do it – but I will not be a panelist.
01:32:30 Yvonne Demoskoff: Chapter 2 will take place on the opening day of RootsTech?
01:32:32 DearMYRTLE:
01:32:45 Valerie Eichler Lair: Jan. 30th at 7pm MT is fine with me just to join in the discussion…not necessarily teach chapter 1. But….you know if you need me, you can reach out to me!
01:33:25 Jacqueline Wilson: I am available on the 30th altho I will not be on the panel.
01:34:35 Cousin Russ: NEW! discount: The following coupon code will entitle the user to a 30% discount on one order: COMP3
01:34:43 Lisa Gorrell: wished I had had a discount code when I bought mine. 😉
01:35:05 Cousin Russ: Julie Goucher’s Jan 2018 BOOK OF ME writing prompts
01:35:40 Hilary Gadsby: I am restarting Book of Me need to review the first prompt
01:36:27 Lisa Gorrell: I did most of the prompts the last time we had this. I’m doing 52 Ancestors this year.
01:36:58 Hilary Gadsby: I have a folder in Google Drive with my answers from before
01:39:26 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Yes
01:40:48 Jacqueline Wilson: What do you enjoy? Reading and research. In a few words as possible! I think I will be journaling some if not all of the prompts. But they will probably be private.
01:41:33 Bill West: I’m sticking with the 52 Ancestors., which I usuallyam running behind on.
01:44:05 Randy Seaver: will the Zoom Webinar Chat be saved somewhere?
01:45:30 Hilary Gadsby: You can save chat by going to more
01:48:00 Doris Haskell: I enjoy helping people find and meet their biological family members, because of DNA.
01:50:53 Robbin Smith: I dont see the same options as you are showing
01:51:10 Dawn Carlile: I do no have a More button.
01:51:13 Jenny Hawran: hmm…I don’t see the More button
01:51:13 Denise Coughlin: Is that just for panelists? Or do we have to have another sign in for Zoom?
01:51:15 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Same here, I do not have the More button.
01:51:17 Doris Haskell: I see the More word that you are showing us, but I don’t see it on my chat screen.
01:51:32 Mary Lou Gravatt: Do not have the more button.
01:51:36 Valerie Lisk: I have magnified the chat and their is no More button. Is that only for the panelists?
01:51:38 Danine Cozzens: If you pop out the chat, you see more options.
01:51:49 Cyndy Bray: don’t see the more prompt
01:52:11 Robbin Smith: but as a non panelist i still do not see the same options as russ has
01:52:12 Jacqueline Wilson: My More button just disappeared. But before that it said something about merging not saving chat?
01:52:15 Fiona Fitzsimons: Oops, think I sent my response to Cousing Russ! Good to know you’re there. This is a fun format, I must listen in again. F
01:52:26 Danine Cozzens: The pop out is a diagonal arrow which disappears once you check it….
01:52:33 Randy Seaver: Click on the “Chat” icon at the bottom of the screen to get the chat log on the right and not in them iddle
01:52:59 Robbin Smith: my to: only shows 2 options – panelists; and all panelist and attendees
01:53:41 Robbin Smith: my more only shows merge to mtg window
01:53:41 Danine Cozzens: Same here, not possible to message individuals.
01:54:13 Cyndy Bray: same here
01:54:51 Dawn Carlile: Thank you Danine. Now I will resize my window so it doesn’t overlap the screen.
01:54:53 Cousin Russ: I’ll look at the Recording when it is ready to see what you are seeing. I can’t see that from here. Sorry
01:55:06 Danine Cozzens: “Pop Out” is at top left under small v
01:55:13 Monique Riley: No problem Russ. We are all learning.
01:55:31 Dawn Carlile: y only MORE option is to merge to the meeting window. 🙁
01:55:37 Monique Riley: Just giving feedback to learn from for next time
01:57:52 Dave Robison: I have an original of the Attestation Paper for my maternal grandfather. He had been living in the United States for quite a few years and lists his permantent address as 19 Bliss St, Springfield, Mass.
01:58:01 Cyndy Bray: don’t see a small v
01:58:11 Marcia Philbrick: The entire chat can be selected and then copy/paste can be used to save the chat. Not ideal — but does keep the info
01:59:24 Monique Riley: Good idea Marcia!
01:59:57 Valerie Lisk: I would like the entire chat because in trying to register,, I shut off the wifi and it took me an hour to figure it out. Then didn’t have audio.
02:03:36 Donna Burleaud: Super hangout! Wonderful clarity and big screen is awesome since I can actually see it now. Thanks!
02:03:52 Danine Cozzens: Cindy, the small v at top left appears in one mode and not another, depending on whether the chat is full size or not. Modern “minimalist” screen design…
02:04:49 Danine Cozzens: Have to be merged with screen to see the v…
02:05:08 Ronald Williams:

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