This is a catch-up genealogy news corral—aside from a day spent at the Kenton County (Ky.) Public Library and the Cincinnati History Library and Archives, I didn’t do much genealogy over Christmas and New Year’s. Here’s a summary of what’s been happening in the genealogy-sphere:
- FamilySearch added 6 million indexed records and images, described in announcements on Dec. 23 (records from Austria, Denmark, Hungary and the United States) and Dec 30 (records from Belgium, Canada, Portugal and the United States).
- The GenSoftReviews website has announced winning software programs in its fifth annual Users Choice Awards, based on software users’ reviews posted on the site. Seventeen of 29 eligible programs received an average score of 4 out of 5 from users. The top five award winners were Ancestral Quest (from Incline Software, for Windows), Famberry (an online tree program that’s free to start), Ahnenblatt (free desktop software for windows), Personal Ancestral File (FamilySearch’s free program, which is no longer being produced), and The Next Generation (a web-based program that helps you build a tree on your own website). Family Tree Builder from MyHeritage was new to the list this year. You can see all the winners at GenSoftReviews.com.
- Family Tree DNA announced it has fully integrated X-chromosome matching into Family Finder, its autosomal DNA test. On their matches page, Family Finder test-takers can use a filter to display only X-chromosome matches, or X-Matches. You’ll find a good explanation of this feature, and a link to more information on X-chromosome inheritance patterns, on the DNAeXplained blog.
- Scottish records of births from 1913, marriages from 1938 and deaths from 1963 are online for the first time at ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk. That’s nearly 222,000 images of birth, marriage and death records. You’ll need to register with ScotlandsPeople before searching, and purchase credits to search and view the Statutory Registers containing birth, marriage and death information.
- The National Genealogical Society has issued a call for papers for its 2015 family history conference in St. Charles, Mo. (just down the road from of my college stomping grounds in St. Louis). If you’re interested in lecturing at the conference, check out the guidelines on the NGS website and mark the April 2 submission deadline on your calendar.