Sunday, May 01, 2005

ACROSS MY DESK: 1 May 2005

-- announces 200,000 Name Milestone
-- USHMM Filming in Ukraine
-- Subscribing to "Genealogy Gems" from Ft. Wayne
-- Mother’s Day Special! FREE Consultation for Female Ancestor
-- National Geographic Society launches DNA study of deep ancestry

GenealogyToday ANNOUNCES

April 28, 2005
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Elaine Fraim, Media Coordinator
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Genealogy Database Reaches 200,000 Name Milestone
Genealogy Today ( announced that Family Tree Connection, a subscription service offering researchers access to unique family history information, has surpassed 200,000 names this month.

Launched in 2004, Family Tree Connection contains genealogical data from over 1,000 resources, capturing vital records and hard-to-find details of the lives of our ancestors. Every weekday four new items are added to the collection -- capturing approximately 7,500 new names each week. Subscribers (and non-subscribers as well) can efficiently filter these daily updates with a free service called Surname Tracker that sends an email whenever information matching your surnames is added.

In addition to the thousands of names added each week, the Family Tree Connection includes photos from the resources when the name of the individual is clearly indicated. The images are linked to the related database records and accessible to subscribers for downloading. Due to the nature of the items being transcribed, only about one percent of the names include a photo.
"The response to our database has been terrific," explained Illya D'Addezio, owner of Genealogy Today. "Being able to match up these remarkable tidbits of information with researchers seeking clues about their ancestors is really wonderful. Combining a subscription with a free Surname Tracker is like having a personal researcher constantly working for you."

The Family Tree Connection is a collection of data indexed from a variety of secondary sources including church records, cemetery transcriptions, high school and college yearbooks, club and society member lists, insurance company policy listings, employment records and much, much more. All of the information is carefully recorded along with the source, date, location and page number. Most of the records are from between the years 1830 and 1930, making the database an excellent supplement to U. S. Census research.

"While the Census is a great tool, it only captured data once every ten years," added Illya. "There is so much more that you can learn about your ancestors by tracking their activities between census years, and our database can help. Plus, we also capture photos of individuals in the items we transcribe, so subscribers can possibly SEE their ancestors."

An annual subscription offers unlimited access to the Family Tree Connection database, along with a 5% discount on all purchases in The Marketplace at Genealogy Today. The regular price for a one-year subscription is $29.95 with discounts for 24 and 36 month subscriptions. Visitors can investigate by using the free search to see if there are any possible matches before they subscribe.

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Genealogy Today has been serving genealogy enthusiasts since 1999 with its unique collection of databases and search tools, original articles from experienced genealogists, and directory of local genealogy. With more than 42,000 registered members, Genealogy Today helps connect researchers with common family lines through its free Team Roots program.

Based in New Providence, NJ, it develops and markets online resources that help researchers track and organize their family history projects. The Genealogy Today web site also provides a marketplace of family tree products and gifts.

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USHMM Filming in Ukraine
From Nu? What's New? - The E-zine of Jewish Genealogy. Gary Mokotoff, Editor.Volume 6, Number 6 May 1, 2005
The United States Holocaust Museum is filming records relevant to the Holocaust in Ukraine. It is based on an agreement signed in 2000 between the State Committee on Archives of Ukraine and the Museum. Now additional archives in Ukraine have agreed to cooperate with the Museum. These include the Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine (Lviv); the State Archive in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea; State Archives of Vinnytsya, Transcarpathian, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv, and Chernivtsi oblasts. The Museum's proposition for cooperation is currently being considered by the management of the State Archive of Khmelnytsky Oblast. Information can be found at


From Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library. Ryan Taylor, Editor.
No. 14, April 30, 2005
To subscribe to Genealogy Gems, simply use your browser to go to the website: Scroll down toward the bottom of the first screen where it says, "Enter Your Email Address to Subscribe to "Genealogy Gems." Enter your email address in the yellow box and click on "Subscribe." You will be notified with a confirmation email.


From EVERTON NEWSLINE April 29, 2005.
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DearMYRTLE,I am distributing the following synopsis of the National Geographic Genographic Project. It includes some details of interest to the genealogical community, which were not covered in the typical press releases (see for the worldwide scope of coverage). You are welcome to include it in your newsletter / mailing list.
Ann Turner

National Geographic Society launches DNA study of deep ancestry

Ann Turner, co-author (with Megan Smolenyak) of "Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree"

The National Geographic Society, with major funding from IBM and the Waitt Family Foundation, announced an ambitious project to collect 100,000 DNA samples from indigenous peoples around the world. Headed by Spencer Wells, author of "The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey," the goal of the five-year project is to detect the migration paths of our ancestors by using markers on the Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). Details about this "Genographic Project" can be found at the National Geographic site:

The Y chromosome is what makes a male a male. A man inherits his Y chromosome from his father, who got it from his father, who got it from his father, back for thousands of years. The copies are "practically perfect," but slight changes may occur from time to time, so that each Y chromosome carries the cumulative history of changes that have occurred over time.

Both men and women have mitochondrial DNA, a small but important molecule. Mitochondria are small structures outside the nucleus, which are important in energy metabolism. An egg has perhaps 100,000 mitochondria, but the tiny sperm has only a 100 or so in the tail, and they are virtually all eliminated before or shortly after fertilization. Thus the mtDNA comes from the "egg" line, the straight maternal line. Just as with the Y chromosome, each person's mtDNA has imprints of changes that occurred in the distant past. Distinctive patterns found in different geographical regions today can reveal the migration paths of ancient ancestral lines.

A unique feature of the Genographic Project is an opportunity for public participation. Anyone can order a DNA test and compare the results with samples carefully selected to represent different areas of the world. Family Tree DNA, the largest DNA testing company geared to the genealogical market, is conducting the analysis for the public portion of the project. People who order a DNA test through the National Geographic site will receive a packet with background material, and a portion of the testing fee will be plowed back into the project. Each participant's DNA sample is coded for complete privacy, but anyone may choose to share results with others, for example, with a surname project at Family Tree DNA or any other testing company. Family Tree DNA will soon offer their existing customers an option to add their DNA results to the Genographic Project.

The scientific focus of the Genographic Project may be oriented toward deep ancestry from thousands of years ago, but the same procedures can ferret out more recent genealogical connections, too. A project of this scope offers an unprecedented opportunity to contribute to scientific research and learn about one's ancestry at the same time.

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