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Published: Mon, 18 Sep 2017 04:30:00 +0000

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Genealogy Connection #030 - Michelle Chubenko, Researcher

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 04:30:00 +0000

Michelle Chubenko is a professional researcher specializing in Central and Eastern Europe, but who also has experience with Southern and New Jersey research. Learn more about Michelle at http://www.jerseyrootsgenealogy.com/


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Genealogy Connection #029 - Mindy Jacox, Award/Scholarship Winner

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 04:30:00 +0000

Mindy Jacox is a recent graduate of the BYU family history degree program, and the winner of this year's Suzanne Winsor Freeman
Student Genealogy Grant. Learn more about Mindy at https://mindyjacox.com


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #332 - 2017 September 4

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:40:37 +0000

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage announces its newest DNA feature: the DNA Match Review Page.
  • RootsMagic announces a new software updates. Apps for iOS and Android have also been released.
  • RootsMagic reminds users that there are a video and written resources to help you master the new TreeShare for Ancestry. There also is a huge Facebook RootsMagic group to share experiences and answer questions.
  • The British Newspaper Archive announces a major milestone with the addition of a newspaper title from County Leitrim in Ireland, marking the fact that all 32 Irish counties are now represented in the online collection.
  • Findmypast has added Oxfordshire marriage bonds, New Zealand birth, marriage, and death index records additions, the 1851 Canada Census, and additions to the Wiltshire Baptisms Index, and more.
  • WikiTree is opening registration for the second annual Source-a-Thon from 30 September to 2 October 2017 with a large set of random prizes to be awarded.
  • FamilySearch extended its microfilm distribution to 7 September 2017.
  • Drew shares updates from FamilySearch’s recent records additions.

Listener email includes:

  • Jenny asks about copyright law governing the use of images from online sites in a new blog she has begun.
  • Margaret wrote to volunteer some materials that she as a librarian has developed to teach genealogy classes to patrons.
  • Neil wrote again about his research of his Clark ancestors.

The Guys discuss George’s recent presentation, “Laying Out Clues in Funeral Home Records.”


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Genealogy Connection #028 - Caroline Gurney, Research and Speaker

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 04:30:00 +0000

Caroline Gurney is a professional researcher who specializes in British research, as well as research into house histories. She is also known for her work in researching the descendants of the crew of the Cutty Sark. Learn more about Caroline at http://www.carolinegurney.com/


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #331 - 2017 August 19

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:21:45 +0000

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage has surpassed 8 Billion Records on its Supersearch,
  • My Heritage has acquired Millennia Corporation, producers of Legacy Family Tree desktop genealogy software and the Legacy Family Tree Webinar platform.
  • Evidentia is offering a $5 off coupon to everyone who orders the software through the end of August. Visit the Store, select the version of the software you want, and use the coupon code mentioned in the episode when you check out to obtain the $5 savings.
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies announces the resumption of the document conservation of the War of 1812 Pension Records at the National Archive and Records Administration covering surnames beginning with M(Moore) through Q, with digitization and indexing commencing in September. The remainder of the project will follow. All images and indexes will be accessible at Fold3 (https://www.fold3.com) for free forever.
  • Findmypast has added new records from Billion Graves; Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions (1485-2014); the New York Researcher; The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record; 4.3M new U.S. marriage records; West Lothian, Scotland, Poorhouse Records (1859-1912) and Burials (1860-1975); a PERSI Quarterly Index update; Buckinghamshire Indexes, to Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials; Ireland Calendars of Wills & Administrations; and new titles and records in the British Newspaper collection.
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society announced the retirement of Karen Mauer Jones as editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record and the appointment of Laura Murphy DeGrazia as the new editor.
  • The In-Depth Genealogist announced the launch of its new online IDG Academy (http://www.idgacademy.com) with 4-week classes beginning on 11 September 2017. Enrollment is now open at idg.moodlecloud.com.
  • Drew shares record updates from FamilySearch.

George reviews an excellent genealogical mystery book by Dan Waddell titled The Blood Detective: A Case of Murder by Family Tree …”

Listener email includes:

  • Brandon asks for advice about a newly-discovered DNA match that concerns a non-paternal event. He fears that exposing this to his elderly grandfather will cause great distress and wants some guidance.
  • Christine has long been researching her Sharrod line who spent more than 170 years in Crawford County, Ohio. She heard The Guys announce that the county obituaries are now online and she found exactly 254 obituaries that have just opened a huge research door on that line!
  • Gordy asks about his ancestor, Julius Rockstroh, who appears on the 1880 U.S. federal census for Middleburgh, Schoharie County, New York, and asks whether another man named Gethard who may have that same surname at the same address might also be a newly-arrived immigrant family member.
  • Neil is researching his Clark ancestors who were married in 1849 in Indiana and asks for suggestions of additional places and record types to seek for these people who “disappeared” afterward.

Drew discusses making a cousin connection through a DNA match and has had a great telephone call to begin comparing notes on some orphaned Jewish ancestors and other Jewish family members.

Drew previews four interviews upcoming on the Genealogy Connection podcast.

Drew discusses his professional service and research that he's focusing on this semester.


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Genealogy Connection #027 - Bruce Buzbee, Technologist and RootsMagic CEO

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:30:00 +0000

Bruce Buzbee is the programmer behind RootsMagic, the popular genealogy database software. Learn more about Bruce and the history behind the development of RootsMagic at http://blog.rootsmagic.com/?cat=41


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #330 - 2017 July 30

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 23:19:30 +0000

The news includes:

  • The International African American Museum (IAAM) announced the launch of its Center for Family History in Charleston, South Carolina – an innovative national genealogy research center dedicated solely to celebrating and researching African American ancestry. Its tremendous website has launched at https://iaamuseum.org.
  • MyHeritage has introduced its new DNA Ethnicity Analysis with a percentage-based estimate of ethnic origins covering 42 ethnic groups.
  • MyHeritage has returned from its third Tribal Quest expedition visiting with the Nenets people of Siberia, and working to preserve their family histories.
  • MyHeritage has released seven new Dutch collections in their SuperSearch service online.
  • RootsMagic has released a new update (version 7.5.2.0) to add more functionality to the Ancestry TreeShare feature.
  • Donna Moughty announced that she will be leading research groups to Ireland in October 2018: a Belfast Research Tour from 7-13 October 2018, and a Dublin Research Tour from 14-21 October 2018. More information is available at www.moughty.com.
  • Findmypast has added new records including: England Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, Congregational Records, and browse functions; Somerset Baptisms Index, Somerset Banns Index, Somerset Marriage Index, and Somerset Burials Index; 1.6M new British Newspapers articles; Philadelphia Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms, Marriages, Parish Registers Browse; Staffordshire Monumental Inscriptions; Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions; Monmouthshire Burials, and 1.6 new Irish Newspapers articles.
  • The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) announce a collaboration to digitize the Fifth Generation of Mayflower Descendants from the GSMD “Silver Books” and 50 years of the Mayflower Quarterly and add them to AmericanAncestors.org.
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the launch of their free Society Management webinar series. Registration is required, and details are available at https://fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=30 .
  • Drew shares updates from FamilySearch’s recent records additions.

Listener email includes:

  • Jerry discusses an alternative image capture strategy when microfilm machines don’t copy or print.
  • Dale asks about the effectiveness and ease of use of Dragon voice recognition software for dictating family histories, blogs, and other work.

George reviews a new book titled Murder in Matera by Helene Stapinski, a real-life tale of researching for the truth about family stories of a murder committed by ancestors in Italy.

Drew discusses his experiences at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Conference held in Orlando, Florida, last week.


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Genealogy Connection #025 - Laura Prescott, Educator

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 04:30:00 +0000

Laura Prescott has a long career in genealogical researching, speaking, and education, and has previously served as the president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). Learn more about Laura at http://www.lauraprescott.com.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #329 - 2017 July 4

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:08:41 +0000

The news includes:

  • FamilySearch announces the discontinuation of its microfilm distribution program effective 1 September 2017. The Guys discuss this in greater detail later in the episode.
  • RootsMagic has released the long-awaited interface of their software with Ancestry. It is a facility called TreeShare and joins the Web Hints functions for FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage.
  • Julie Cahill Tarr is named the new editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists’ APG eNews.
  • Reclaim the Records announces the addition of the New York State Death Index, 1880-1956. Read all the details at http://mailchi.mp/reclaimtherecords/bfvk8vew84?e=8bd0102c13 .
  • Unclaimed Persons commemorates its ninth anniversary, and you can learn more at http://unclaimedpersons.org. Volunteers are needed to help.
  • Findmypast announces the release of more than 6 million Ontario records in the first phase of a new partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society. Findmypast also announces their release of the 1861 and 1871 Canada Census records, new baptism, banns, marriage, and burial records for Yorkshire, additional Irish newspaper records, and additions to PERSI.
  • Drew shares updates from FamilySearch’s recent records additions.

Listener email includes:

  • Matt discusses a “Lazarus Project” in response to Julienne’s email about Paul Woodbury’s interview.
  • John asks for suggestions for how to obtain cause of death for someone who died as recently as 2013.
  • Nancy cites the interview with David Rencher and discusses Artificial Intelligence (AI) with regards to online genealogy hints.
  • The Guys have an extensive discussion about microfilm, the announcement by FamilySearch that it will discontinue distribution of their microfilm as of 1 September 2017, and ways to continue and expand your research.


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Genealogy Connection #024 - David Rencher, Speaker, Instructor, and FamilySearch CGO

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:30:00 +0000

David Rencher is a well-known genealogy speaker and instructor with specialties in Ireland and England.  Learn more about David by visiting his APG entry at https://www.apgen.org/directory/search_detail.html?mbr_id=176.


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Genealogy Connection #023 - Judy G. Russell, Researcher, Speaker, and Writer

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 20:44:50 +0000

Judy G. Russell is a well-known genealogy researcher, speaker, and writer with a law degree who specializes in the ways in which genealogy and the law interact.  Learn more about Judy by visiting her  blog, The Legal Genealogist, at www.legalgenealogist.com.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #328 - 2017 June 5

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:07:31 +0000

The Guys ask Thomas Loftus, author of A Loftus-Marshall Family History, to email them with contact information. Several listeners are interested in obtaining his book.

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage introduces the Collection Catalog at its website that lists the historical records that are indexed and available there.
  • Do you and your father look alike? Win a MyHeritage DNA Kit for Father’s Day! Submit your look-alike pictures of you and your dad to stories@myheritage.com by Friday, June 16, 2017.
  • MyHeritage launches its new, comprehensive DNA Ethnicity Analysis, the most wide-ranging in the industry, covering 42 different ethnic regions.
  • The Library of Congress has placed nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps online for free, with more to be added monthly until 2020. Visit https://www.loc.gov/maps/collections for these and more.
  • Findmypast has released new and expanded collections of City of York records, new Irish newspapers, U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, and additional 1939 Register records, among others.
  • Drew shares updates from FamilySearch’s recent records additions.

Listener email includes:

  • Jim shares a new genealogy detective writer, Dan Waddell, who has two new books available, Blood Detective and Blood Atonement.
  • George also comments on Orange Lilies by Nathan Dylan Goodwin.
  • Barbara recommends a free timeline program, Tripline (at https://www.tripline.net). (She created one at https://www.tripline.net/trip/John_M_Ryan_Military_Map-6635632644541012ABA6C96DE719A797#zoom for her father’s WWI movements.)
  • Tom asks for suggestions about locating Scotland records.
  • Bob asks how common is the name Stanly for a girl.
  • Christine suggests using the Nationwide Gravesite Locator (http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov) to find the U.S. burial location of veterans.
  • Julienne asks about the Genealogy Connection interview with Paul Woodbury and his comments about “reconstructing the genome of long-dead individuals.” Drew will follow up on this with Paul for her.
  • Bill asks for information about how to handle a database of 64,000 names to upload them to Ancestry and force them on into FamilySearch.
  • Jim shares two fascinating examples of where marriage records may or may not be truthful.


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Genealogy Connection #022 - Maureen Taylor, Speaker, Writer, and Photography Expert

Mon, 29 May 2017 14:08:51 +0000

Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, is a popular speaker, writer, and consultant on the subject of analyzing photographs for historical and genealogical purposes. Learn more about Maureen by visiting her website at maureentaylor.com.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #327 - 2017 May 11

Sat, 13 May 2017 01:05:12 +0000

The news includes:

  • Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage.com has been making a speaking tour of the North American East Coast. Check the dates for the remaining sessions.
  • Registration is open for the 2017 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference (August 30-September 1) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at www.fgsconference.org. FGS announces two impressive DNA workshops presented by leaders in the field.
  • Living DNA (www.livingdna.com/en-us) has launched an exciting new DNA research project to map the genetic history of Germany. Working in collaboration with Germany’s largest genealogy society, CompGen, Living DNA is seeking individuals with four locally born grandparents, to take part in the project.
  • Findmypast has released more than 782K records for the county of Kent. They have also added 6.7M records to their United States Marriages Collection.
  • Drew shares updates from FamilySearch’s recent records additions.

George reviews five books, including a family history and great books for summer reading:

  • Loftus, Thomas Joseph. A Loftus-Marshall Family History. Great Falls, VA: Self-published. 2010.
  • Hendrickson, Nancy. Unofficial Ancestry.com Workbook: A How-To Manual for Tracing Your Family Tree on the #1 Genealogy Website. Cincinnati, OH: Family Tree Books. 2017.
  • McMahon, Margaret M., Ph.D. Researching Your U.S. WWI Army Ancestors. CreateSpace [Amazon]. 2016.
  • Dando-Collins, Stephen. The Big Break: The Greatest American WWII POW Escape Story Never Told . New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press. 2017.
  • Whitehead, Colson. The Underground Railroad. New York, NY: Doubleday Books. 2016.

 


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Genealogy Connection #021 - Nathan Dylan Goodwin, Mystery Writer

Tue, 02 May 2017 01:45:55 +0000

Nathan Dylan Goodwin is the author of the Morton Farrier series of genealogy-themed mystery crime novels and novellas. Learn more about Nathan at nathandylangoodwin.com.


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Genealogy Connection #020 - Deborah Abbott, Researcher and Speaker

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:08:18 +0000

Dr. Deborah Abbott is a well-known genealogy researcher and speaker who specializes in African-American research and court records.  Learn more about Deborah by visiting her entry at the Association of Professional Genealogists, at https://www.apgen.org/directory/search_detail.html?mbr_id=4840.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #326 - 2017 April 9

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:41:28 +0000

The news includes:

  • Linkpendium (http://www.linkpendium.com) announces that their site of more than 10M genealogy links is now mobile friendly.
  • The British Newspaper Archive announces they now have over 18.7 million pages from 747 titles from England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, and now covers every county in England.
  • AncestryDNA launched its new Genetic Communities feature that visually displays your ethnic background using both your DNA results and your family tree information uploaded to Ancestry.com.
  • Family Tree DNA recently revised its myOrigins feature to enhance the ethnic makeup display.
  • Findmypast announces the launch of their Six Counties in Six Months project which aims to publish the parish records of six English counties in the coming months. The first county just published is Wiltshire.
  • Drew shares new and updated collections at FamilySearch.

George shares insights into marriage licenses, marriage returns, marriage bonds, and marriage banns and why it is important to differentiate between them when recording dates.

Listener email includes:

  • Christine shares information about her research and notes that an enumerator didn’t name a minor child. She also is interested in the origin of the Burg surname. She also saw a surname Jzenburgh with which she was unfamiliar.
  • Christine also shared a recommendation of a book, Doughboys, the Great War, and the Remaking of America.
  • Chris thanks The Guys for reading an email, and reports that there is a breakthrough in the Moody line by using neighboring property owners.
  • Margie wrote to thank us for reading her email and for Terry’s suggestion to watch the Legacy Family Tree webinar.
  • TC responds to Doug’s email about “what’s the point” and shares details about self-publishing family history books for their children and grandchildren.
  • Michelle wrote about Christine’s Moody surname research and suggested some resources. They include:

Aha! Seminars, Inc., can deliver webinars by George and/or Drew to your genealogical society for a very affordable price. Learn more at http://www.ahaseminars.com/cpage.php?pt=10 .

Please help The Guys spread the word about our two podcasts:

  • Support us at Patreon.com at ( https://www.patreon.com/genealogyguys ).
  • Tell your friends and genealogy society members about us.
  • Leave a review at iTunes.
  • Leave comments at iHeartRadio.

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Genealogy Connection #019 - J. Mark Lowe, Researcher, Speaker, and Writer

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 14:53:29 +0000

J. Mark Lowe is a well-known genealogy researcher, speaker, and writer who specializes in Kentucky and Tennessee research, as well as African-American research, land records, and church records.  Learn more about Mark by visiting his website, Kentucky-Tennessee Research Associates, at kytnresearch.com.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #325 - 2017 March 19

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 01:20:47 +0000

We are pleased to announce that we have passed the 2,000,000th download of our podcasts on 5 March 2017. Thank you to our listeners and our sponsors for making us a success! The Guys are very pleased to announce that they will be the speakers for the California Genealogical Society’s inaugural Caribbean Genealogy Cruise. The Society is celebrating its 120th anniversary with a 7-night cruise on the luxurious Celebrity Cruise Line's Silhouette for a fantastic cruise, departing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday, 11 February 2018. The ship will call at ports in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. The Genealogy Guys will present 12 separate lectures on the days at sea, and they will be available for one-on-one consultation appointments. Explore the islands, participate in optional on-shore activities, and enjoy a festive time with the speakers and other genealogists. Get the flyer with all the details at http://www.ahaseminars.com/upload/menu/Cruise_Flyer_-_Final.pdf . More information will be posted soon at the California Genealogical Society website at http://www.californiaancestors.org . The news includes: RootsMagic continues to work on adding Ancestry.com to its software’s Hints facility. In the meantime, George has an article in the upcoming April/May 2017 issue of Internet Genealogy magazine titled “RootsMagic and WebHints: Harness the Power”. The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Grant Committee and the Southern California Genealogical Society announce the 2017 Student Grant and Jamboree Scholarship. Applications are due on 15 April 2017. Details and the application form are available at http://thefamilycurator.com/SWF-grant/. Evidentia announced the addition of a new facility, Cousin Tracker, to its software. A video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbeZJmHSpEw&feature=youtu.be describing and demonstrating the new facility. Charleston, South Carolina’s Board of Architectural Review has given its enthusiastic approval to the construction of a $75M International African American Museum there. Construction may begin by year’s end. Fundraising is in process. Details are available at https://iaamuseum.org. Unlock the Past announces a Holy Land Tour in Israel (23 October – 1 November 2017) and a genealogy conference in Tel Aviv (1-2 November 2017). Details are available at http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/holy-land-tour-and-genealogy-conference-israel. Findmypast has added new records and updates to existing collections, including: Scotland Post Office Directories; Lower Canada Census 1842, Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions; Anglo-Boer War Records 1899-1902; Northamptonshire Baptisms; Warwickshire Monumental Inscriptions; United States Marriages; and the Periodical Source Index. Drew shares new and updated collections at FamilySearch. Listener email includes: Katherine shares a link to A Timeline Map of US Since 1820 at http://kottke.org/17/03/a-timeline-map-of-us-immigration-since-1820 . Gavin shared a link to Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History at http://www.gracesguide.co.uk with images of company listings in directories and newspapers and a number of biographies. Sam is researching Williams and Traylor ancestors, and asks about the possibilities of expanding his knowledge by upgrading to a Y-DNA 111-marker test. Matt shares the importance of interviewing your elders, and provides a link to his blog entry on the subject at http://matthewkmiller.blogspot.com/2017/02/interview-your-elders.html . Richard tells about the origins of his genealogical i[...]


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Genealogy Connection #018 - Audrey Collins, Researcher, Speaker, and Writer

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 02:54:46 +0000

Audrey Collins is a Family History Specialist at The National Archives, UK.  Learn more from Audrey by visiting her blog at thefamilyrecorder.blogspot.com.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #324 - 2017 February 26

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 01:34:25 +0000

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage appoints prominent DNA expert Dr. Yaniv Erlich as Chief Science Officer.
  • MyHeritage announces the new Consistency Checker for online family trees, and the launch of a new feature called Photo Discoveries.
  • Evidentia Software will be sharing tips and information on this podcast in the near future.
  • The new Journal of Genealogy and Family History (JGFH) will be launched in April, published by the Register of Qualified Genealogists. The online publication will be an academic platform for peer-reviewed articles about a wide array of topics. More information can be found at http://www.qualifiedgenealogists.org/jgfh .
  • Results of the Innovator Showdown at RootsTech 2017 are shared by Drew.
  • Findmypast launches the Catholic Heritage Archive, beginning with records from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the British Archdioceses of Westminster and Birmingham.
  • The Early Bird Registration for the 2017 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference (26-29 April 2017) in Sandusky, Ohio ends on 10 March 2017.
  • Drew shares the latest releases from FamilySearch.
  • Drew also discusses the newly announced policy changes announced by Ancestry.com for their DNA testing.

Listener email includes:

  • Rich asks for recommendations for the best DNA company and tests.
  • Ann has finished reading The Guys’ book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques and asks for research options for a particularly difficult brick wall problem.
  • Terry responds to Margie’s question about GEDmatch, and recommends a webinar from Legacy Family Tree Webinars (http://familytreewebinars.com).
  • Laura expresses concern about having all her family tree information online at Ancestry.com. She asks about best ways to download the data and store it, and about backup options.

George reviews a book by Helen V. Smith titled Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms (2nd edition) published by Unlock the Past Publications (http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/unlock-past-publications).

George discusses a recent consultation he did through genealogyDOTcoach (https://genealogy.coach) for a client looking for evidence of an ancestor’s death in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He shares some of his research suggestions.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #323 - 2017 February 5

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 01:13:04 +0000

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage announces their new Discoveries page, which combines Matches by People and Matches by Source onto the same page. You can work through one or the other or both.
  • RootsTech 2017 has announced its schedule of free online broadcasts, and you can view it at https://www.rootstech.org/live-stream-schedule .
  • Findmypast has released additional records in their Australia Electoral Roles collection, and a new collection of records of Early Immigration from Britain, 1636-1815.
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society announces an innovative space, the NYG&B Labs.
  • George shares information that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is investigating the death of journalist and TV star Dorothy Kilgallen on 8 November 1965. The action comes in response to the book George has discussed here by Mark Shaw titled The Reporter Who Knew Too Much.

Listener email includes:

  • Christine comments about the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago and the book The Devil in the White City.
  • Barbara also commented on the same event, and she found a book titled The Congress of Women: Held in the Woman’s Building, World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, U.S.A., 1893 .
  • Christine was looking for assistance in locating a family in Ohio that appear in the 1850, 1870, and 1880 censuses – but not in 1860.

The Guys discuss more tips for preparing for a successful trip.

Aha! Seminars, Inc., can deliver webinars by George and/or Drew to your genealogical society for an affordable price. Learn more at http://www.ahaseminars.com/cpage.php?pt=10 .

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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #322 - 2017 January 30

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 02:00:01 +0000

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage has a great webinar about the MyHeritage DNA testing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UZL-pfACGQ .
  • MyHeritage has added the U.S. World War I Draft Registrations 1917-1918 with 24 million records.
  • Evidentia has published updated versions of The Evidentia Companion and the Quickstart Guide for Version 3. The Companion book is available as a PDF download and as a printed paperback.
  • ScotlandsPeople has added new records including the 1916 Births, 1941 Marriages, and the 1966 Deaths, and more records are coming this year.
  • Ancestry.com has announced two new appointments to its management team.
  • Findmypast has released new records for Rutland, Leicestershire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Victoria [Australia], and British Newspapers and new Irish Newspapers.
  • The Boston [Massachusetts] Archdiocese and the New England Historic Genealogical Society are partnering to create the first extensive database of Catholic records in the U.S. The project will include millions of records from 1789 to 1900 for more than 100 Boston and Eastern Massachusetts parishes.
  • Drew discusses 6 things to look for from FamilySearch in 2017.
  • Reclaim the Records announces that the images of the index to New York City Marriages for 1930 to 1945 are online, and more to come.
  • Famicity is a new private social network for your family ( https://www.famicity.com/en/sign-up ) and has begun a Kickstarter campaign to fund development.

Listener email includes:

  • Ryan responded to Jenny’s question about a blog and a website for one’s family.
  • Jenny provides an important tip about working with AncestryDNA matches.
  • Margie asks Drew for more information about GEDmatch.
  • Julienne shared the excitement of locating Belgian records at FamilySearch and discusses the French Republican Calendar (aka, French Revolutionary Calendar) in use during the period of 1793-1805.
  • Jean shares information about the German Genealogy Group ( http://www.germangenealogygroup.com ) and advises us of the addition of Richmond County Deaths 1847-1897.
  • Geary asks about people whose family lines all arrived before the Revolutionary War.
  • Christine shares the story of a long-standing search for her great-grandfather’s brother, and that his death record was finally located in Missouri.

Aha! Seminars, Inc., can deliver webinars by George and/or Drew to your genealogical society for an affordable price. Learn more at http://www.ahaseminars.com/cpage.php?pt=10.

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Genealogy Connection #017 - Paul Woodbury, Researcher, Speaker, and Genetic Genealogy Expert

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:30:00 +0000

Paul Woodbury is well-known for his work combining traditional genealogical research with DNA testing. To learn more about Paul, visit legacytree.com.


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Genealogy Connection #016 - George G. Morgan, Speaker, Author, and Volunteer

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:30:00 +0000

George G. Morgan is well-known for his speaking, his books and articles, and his podcasting. To learn more about George, visit ahaseminars.com.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #321 - 2017 January 8

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 02:56:55 +0000

The Guys welcome their new sponsor, Genealogists.com.

The news includes:

  • Our podcasts are now available through Google Play Music.
  • Evidentia has launched a new, easier-to-use website and online store.
  • Findmypast has released new records for the Ireland Petty Sessions Court Records, Dorset Memorial Inscriptions, Northumberland & Durham Monumental Inscriptions, and the Ireland Society of Friends (Quaker) Congregational Records.

Listener email includes:

  • Maryann thanks us for our podcasts published over the holidays, and tells us she has listened when she couldn’t sleep.
  • Tim wrote to comment on the new logo, and about having been inspired by Dave McDonald to produce some form of completed work for the family.
  • Tim also shared cemetery information and tombstone photographs for the BODY family members in Lincoln County, Ontario, Canada. (Drew works on the BODDIE/BODIE/BODY surname for the Guild of One-Name Studies.)
  • Judy asked for suggestions to better research Virginia land records.
  • Tiphanee was inspired by Katherine Willson’s interview to delve into genealogical resources on Facebook and has found some relatives in Northern Ireland.

George reviews a fascinating book titled The Reporter Who Knew Too Much by Mark Shaw. It focuses on Dorothy Kilgallen, the powerful journalist and TV star whose untimely death interrupted her research into the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald, and her strong belief that there was a conspiracy. Highly recommended.

Drew discusses a favorite podcast called Lore by Aaron Mahnke which deals with mysterious, unexplainable, and often frightening stories. The podcast can be found at http://www.lorepodcast.com.

The Guys discuss some best practices for prepapring for a genealogy research trip.

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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #320 - 2017 January 1

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 02:36:20 +0000

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!

The Guys welcome their new sponsor, Genealogists.com.

The news includes:

  • Findmypast releases new records about Gloucester apprentices, Kent parish records, and records from Scotland.
  • FamilySearch presented historic Freedmen’s Bureau Database records to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
  • Drew shares new record releases by FamilySearch and a recap of 2016 FamilySearch genealogy highlights.

Listener email includes:

The Guys discuss what they have been working on the last several weeks, and many ways to access and listen to both of their podcasts.

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Genealogy Connection #015 - Mary Tedesco, Researcher, Speaker, Author, and TV Show Host

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 21:43:40 +0000

Mary Tedesco is best known for her appearances as one of the hosts on Genealogy Roadshow.  She specializes in Italian and immigration research. To learn more about Mary, visit originsitaly.com.


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Genealogy Connection #014 - Katherine Willson, Researcher, Educator, Speaker, Author, and Society Volunteer

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:53:32 +0000

Katherine Willson is a long-time genealogy educator who specializes in Midwestern U.S. research. To learn more about Katherine, visit socialmediagenealogy.com.


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Genealogy Connection #013 - David McDonald, Researcher, Educator, Speaker, Author, and Society Volunteer

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 05:30:00 +0000

Dave McDonald is a long-time genealogy researcher and educator who specializes in a number of research topics, including church records. To learn more about Dave, visit oldnorthwestresearch.com.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #319 - 2016 December 9

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 03:04:39 +0000

The Guys congratulate Pam Cooper of Vero Beach, Florida, head of the Genealogy Collection at the Main Library of the Indian River County Library System, on her retirement. Pam has had a spectacular career and has been a driving force in the national genealogical community for more than 20 years. We wish her nothing but great things! The news includes: MyHeritage DNA is getting huge quantities of orders for their kits. The Guys have ordered theirs, and George has already sent his back. MyHeritage has also released an exclusive collection of 26 million Denmark Church Records covering 1813-1919. RootsMagic has announced in an open letter to its users that the sync facility with Ancestry.com is still in beta testing and is very close to being released, but that it will not make its original planned release date before the end of this year. Findmypast releases Royal Irish Constabulary Service Records, additional British Newspapers records, Pennsylvania Baptisms (1709-1760) and Marriages (1816-1849), and additions to its U.S. Marriages collection. Drew shares new releases by FamilySearch. Listener email includes: Matthias in Germany responded to Brandon’s mystery about his great-great-grandfather, Bernard Frank James Dietz in episode #318. He offers several finds: Bernard F. "Barney" Dietz – Death Certificate http://www.sos.mo.gov/images/archives/deathcerts/1948/1948_00024215.PDF Bernard F. "Barney" Dietz http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Dietz&GSiman=1&GScnty=1511&GRid=27540791& Father of Bernard, Henry Dietz, Death Certificate http://www.sos.mo.gov/images/archives/deathcerts/1916/1916_00004216.PDF Matthias also created a Google spreadsheet of all kinds of information and links about his emigrants. He shared the link (at https://goo.gl/9Cy053) for our listeners to see and consider as a format for themselves. Janelle in New South Wales also responded to Brandon with a suggestion about using DNA. Richard Holter shared a detailed research report for his great-grandfather, James Walter Holder, and asked for suggestions. Listeners are welcome to make suggestions as well. Jeff is interested in recommendations for books and other resources to help him help his wife get started on her Hungarian and Russian Jewish ancestors. The Guys suggest three outstanding websites: Avotaynu (http://www.avotaynu.com) is a publisher of books, maps, and other products for the Jewish researcher. JewishGen (http://www.jewishgen.org) is a website with free, easy-to-use materials for Jewish research including databases, research tools, InfoFiles, and online classes. FamilySearch Wiki (https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Main_Page) offers more than 84,000 research guides, including the Jewish Genealogy Research Outline, the Jewish Genealogy Research guide, the Jewish Records article, and more, all of which provide excellent guidance. [Underlined words can be entered as just a few of the search terms for Jewish research guides.] FamilySearch Learning Center (https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html) has online genealogy courses, including some on Jewish topics. Please help The Guys spread the word about our two podcasts: Support us at Patreon.com at (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2[...]


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Genealogy Connection #012 - Helen Smith, Researcher, Author, and Speaker

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:30:00 +0000

Helen Smith is a Queensland, Australia-based genealogical researcher and a molecular epidemiologist. To learn more about Helen, visit her website at  helenvsmithresearch.blogspot.com.au.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #318 - 2016 November 23

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:15:46 +0000

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage launches MyHeritage DNA, their new global integrated testing service.
  • MyHeritage has also released a major update to its mobile app.
  • The German-American Genealogical Partnership has changed its name to the International German Genealogy Partnership.
  • Findmypast celebrates the first anniversary of the release of the 1939 Register. It also published more than 2M British Military Records; US Marriages; and New Zealand Wars, and military pensions.
  • Drew shares new releases by FamilySearch.

Listener email includes:

  • Jan provides a corrected birth year for George Dwells whom Kenyatta Berry discussed on Genealogy Connection.
  • Jim suggests to Pat that the Children’s Aid Society in New York may be able to provide documents about her Orphan Train ancestor.
  • James provided some insight into the question of name-purchasing in British families.
  • Valerie shares information on her Smith family research in New Jersey and asks about other databases to search.
  • Patti shared an important link for research, Old Disease Names Frequently found on Death Certificates at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ar/county/greene/olddiseases1.htm.
  • Matt poses a fascinating DNA question about trying to determine if two families were related.
  • Brandon is trying to solve a mystery about his great-great-grandfather, Bernard Frank James Dietz.

George and Drew talk about their genealogy blogs.

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Genealogy Connection #011 - Colleen Greene, Speaker, Blogger, and Academic Librarian

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 05:30:00 +0000

Colleen Greene is an academic librarian at CSU-Fullerton who specializes in both technology and Mexican research. To learn more about Colleen, visit her website at colleengreene.com.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #317 - 2016 November 6

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 02:33:37 +0000

The news includes:

  • The Library of Virginia has slashed its hours and cut its staff. Genealogists need to communicate their displeasure with the governor.
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies has announced their election for officers and directors.
  • Findmypast announces the addition of the Genealogical Society of Ireland journals to PERSI. They also announce the addition of new records from West Virginia, Utah, Ireland, and new PERSI updates.
  • Drew shares highlights of FamilySearch’s recent new record releases.
  • The Guys share information that PERSI will be exclusively at Findmypast as of 8 November 2016. It will no longer be available at Ancestry or HeritageQuest Online.

George reviews an interesting new book by Jeffrey H. Konis titled Conversations We Never Had.

Listener email includes:

  • Drew responds to an inquiry from Connie about the origin of a quote.
  • Cynthia asked about Irish coming to Canada during the famine years in the 1840s and then to the U.S.
  • Marc asked for suggestions on obtaining the criminal records for his great-grandfather, including a mug shot, from Pennsylvania.
  • Sarah asks for help in determining which genealogical software program would meet her needs.
  • Pat is seeking help in locating records of John Henry Wakefield who may have been born in England or Ohio, and who may have arrived on one of the orphan trains.
  • Jenny asks about the ethics of providing names to an individual who is an adoptee and who is seeking information about birth parents.
  • Ryan has some follow-up questions and information about his Antrim McMichael line, and asked about MyHeritage’s new DNA matching, which has just come out of beta.

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Genealogy Connection #010 - Kenyatta Berry, Speaker, Researcher, and TV Show Host

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 04:30:00 +0000

Kenyatta Berry is best known as one of the hosts of the Genealogy Roadshow TV show, and she specializes in African-American research, Slave Ancestral research, and DNA. To learn more about Kenyatta, visit her website at kenyattaberry.com.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #316 - 2016 October 23

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:15:55 +0000

If you have an Amazon Echo, you can use it to listen to the podcasts on both iHeartRadio and TuneIn. You can also visit their respective websites at http://www.iheart.com and http://tunein.com. However, the show notes are only available at The Genealogy Guys Podcast website at http://genealogyguys.com.

The news includes:

  • Ancestry.com has released a new mobile app called We’re Related that helps you discover famous people to whom you might be related.
  • Findmypast has released a wide variety of English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand records.
  • Construction has begun on a new Discovery Center at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Drew shares new releases and updates at FamilySearch.

Listener email includes:

  • Ryan asks for suggestions about how to determine how two men in his family research were related.
  • Cindy asks for suggestions about DNA testing and interpretation of test results and matches for her husband and his genetic genealogy.
  • Jen asks about a network, resource, or community online where she can celebrate successes. The Guys also ask for listeners’ suggestions.

Drew discusses more organization ideas for naming and working with digital file folders.

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Genealogy Connection #009 - Paula Stuart-Warren, Researcher, Speaker, and Writer

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 04:30:00 +0000

Paula Stuart-Warren is a noted researcher, speaker, and writer who specializes in such topics as Native American research and railroad records. To learn more about Paula, visit her website at genealogybypaula.com.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #315 - 2016 October 4

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:27:08 +0000

The news includes: The Genealogy Guys Podcast can now be found and heard on iHeartRadio at http://www.iheart.com. MyHeritage is more than halfway to its goal of digitizing every cemetery in Israel. 23andMe has introduced an Ancestry Standalone product for US customers for $99. The 2017 International Germanic Genealogy ‘Connections’ Conference has been extended to three days – 28-30 July 2017, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The New England Historic Genealogy Society (NEHGS) will honor journalist and author Cokie Roberts on 27 October 2016 at its Fall Family History Benefit Dinner in Boston, Massachusetts. American Ancestors and NEHGS will present DNA Day on 22 October 2016 at DCU Center in Worcestor, Massachusetts. Details and registration are available at http://www.americanancestors.org. The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy presents its Annual Forensic Genealogy Institute on 7-9 March 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. Registration opens 15 October 2016 at http://www.forensicgenealogists.org/institute/. George shares highlights of Findmypast’s recent record releases. The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) honored several of its members at its annual Professional Management Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana. APG announces that Kerry Scott has been named editor of their monthly newsletter. RootsTech 2017 will be held on 8-11 February 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration is available at http://rootstech.org. RootsTech has announced the Third Annual RootsTech Innovator Showdown. Details are available at http://rootstech.devpost.com/. FamilySearch and Twile have announced the launch of a new feature that allows users to generate a family history timeline and share it with others. Users must register at Twile at https://twile.com/ for free. A premium version is available. Drew shares highlights of FamilySearch’s recent new record releases. Listener email includes: Jeff asks for suggestions for how to sort out his grandfather’s birth father and other information. Connie asks about the source of a quote, and asks for suggestions for setting up a site for her extremely large family to keep in touch and share information. Ryan asks for suggestions about how to determine how two men in his family research were related. Please help The Guys spread the word about our two podcasts: Support us at Patreon.com at (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2684555). Tell your friends and genealogy society members about us. Leave a review at iTunes. Leave comments at iHeartRadio. Visit the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at http://ahaseminars.com for Our Speaking Schedule and join us at conferences across the United States.[...]


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Genealogy Connection #008 - Blaine Bettinger, Author and Speaker

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 04:30:00 +0000

Blaine Bettinger is an author and speaker who specializes in the use of DNA testing for genealogical research. To learn more about Blaine, visit his website at thegeneticgenealogist.com. 

Blaine recommends Thomas Jones' book Mastering Genealogical Proof and Lucidchart for creating family trees.


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Genealogy Connection #007 - Rich Venezia, Researcher and Speaker

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 04:30:00 +0000

Rich Venezia is a professional researcher and speaker who specializes in using record repositories in and around Pittsburgh, as well as the New Jersey State Archives and the New York City Municipal Archives. Rich is especially skilled in Italian and Irish research, and can assist clients with obtaining Italian or Irish dual citizenship. To learn more about Rich, visit his website at richroots.com.
 


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #314 - 2016 September 16

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 21:05:16 +0000

The news includes: A new genealogical service called genealogyDOTcoach has been launched at https://genealogy.coach that makes professional genealogists available for short, inexpensive consultations to help you extend your research and get past brick walls. MyHeritage announces their new DNA matching service, allowing you to upload your DNA testing results and/or order testing kits. Learn more at http://blog.myheritage.com/2016/09/dna-matching-now-live/. MyHeritage announces the publication of 33 million Finnish church records online. RootsMagic answers questions concerning its planned sync with Ancestry by the end of this year. WikiTree announces a Source-a-Thon on 1-3 October 2016. Learn more at wikitree.com/Source-a-Thon. Findmypast launches an economical 12-month for $34.95 in the U.S. market. Findmypast launches a large variety of new collections and additions to existing ones. ScotlandsPeople has announced that it will be offline from 23:59 (BST on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 until Monday 26 September as they work to install the new ScotlandsPeople website. Ancestry.co.uk has announced the launch on 7 September of a new podcast series titled “It’s About Time” narrated by Sir Tony Roberts. FamilySearch has launched it’s new Pressroom at http://media.familysearch.org. FamilySearch has made the records of the Guild of One-Name Studies available at its site. Drew summarizes the recent releases from FamilySearch. The Florida Genealogy Society of Tampa will host its annual Fall Seminar on Saturday, 1 October 2016, with guest speaker Judy G. Russell. An Ask-a-Genealogist program will take place on 30 September 2016 at the Florida History and Genealogy Library in the downtown main library. Details are available at http://fgstampa.org. Listener email includes: Judith shares information about the online collections at the University of Chicago at http://photoarchive.lib.uchicago.edu/, http://photoarchive.lib.uchicago.edu/browse-sports.html, and https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/scrc/finding-aids/?view=digitized. Eileen thanks Drew for his discussion of RootsMagic and Evernote on the previous podcast. Timo shares a unique gazetteer for Germany and former German regions called GOV (Genealogisches Ortsverzeichnis) at http://gov.genealogy.net/language/select?lang=en. He also generously shared his slides from his presentation at RootsTech 2014 at http://compgen.de/userfiles/downloads/rootstech/GOV_DEV1231.pdf. Drew apologizes to John about any confusion between the mention of the Scozzari surname in the previous episode and his Salvatori Chisari. Anyone who can help on the latter can email The Guys and we’ll pass the message on. Richard asks for suggestions about locating information about Robert George “Bobbie” Jones in Florida records. Drew talks about his ongoing organization project. Drew gives a shout-out for Martha Ibanez Zervoudakis, secretary of The Cuban Genealogy Club of Miami, Fl[...]


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Genealogy Connection #006 - Bernice Bennett, Speaker, Writer, Researcher, Citizen Archivist, and Internet Radio Show Host

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 04:30:00 +0000

Bernice Bennett is a popular speaker and one of the authors of the book Our Ancestors, Our Stories. In addition to being a professional genealogical researcher, Bernice volunteers as a Citizen Archivist at the National Archives. Her Internet radio show, Research at the National Archives and Beyond, is celebrating its 5th anniversary. To learn more about Bernice, visit her website at geniebroots.com.
 


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #313 - 2016 August 27

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:31:56 +0000

The news includes:

  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies announces the locations of its conferences through 2020.
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies announces a partnership with the National Park Service for a new preservation project.
  • The Association of Professional Genealogists has announced its 2017 Professional Management Conference.
  • Findmypast announces release of Irish Outage Reports, and additional Non-Conformist records for England & Wales.
  • Drew discusses the wealth of new records released by FamilySearch.
  • The World War II Research and Writing Center announces a new educational program.

Listener email includes:

  • Debra asks about genealogy software, and she looks for recommendations for locating German records online.
  • Eileen asks Drew why not use the to-do list, research log, and other facilities of a genealogy program rather than other software programs.
  • Mike follows up about file numbering discussed in episode #312.
  • Mary Ann writes to say how much she enjoyed the interview with Cyndi Ingle on the Genealogy Connection podcast.

The Guys review some fantastic books, just in time for the FGS Conference and the Fall-Winter genealogy seminar season:

  • Trace Your German Roots Online by James M. Beidler (Family Tree Books)
  • Map Guide to Luxembourg by Kevan M. Hanson (Family Roots Publishing Co.)
  • German Census Records 1816-1916: The When, Where, and How of a Valuable Genealogical Resource by Roger P. Minert, PH.D., A.G. (Family Roots Publishing Co.)
  • Stories from the World War II Battlefield, Volume III, Writing the Stories of War by Jennifer Holik (Generations)
  • Stories from the World War II Battlefield, World War II Writing Prompts by Jennifer Holik (Generations)
  • Faces of War: Researching Your Adopted Soldier by Jennifer Holik (Generations)

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Genealogy Connection #005 - Michael Lacopo, Speaker, Researcher, and Blogger

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:44:56 +0000

Michael Lacopo is an expert in German-American research, and in this episode, discusses how he became a speaker and researcher, why reading journals for examples is so important, why research plans are vital, and why he chose to blog about his recent experiences in using DNA to discover his mother’s birthparents. 


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #312 - 2016 August 14

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:52:16 +0000

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage announces a number of new things:
    • PedigreeMap plots births, marriages, deaths, photos, and other data from your family tree to an interactive map.
    • The “Chronicling America” newspaper collection from the Library of Congress has been added to the collections.
    • Denmark Census Records have been added.
    • MyHeritage Treehouse is announced.
  • Findmypast announces new records for Yorkshire, Staffordshire, New South Wales 1891 Census, and new records for Scotland.
  • The Association of Professional Genealogists has named Mary Penner as managing editor of the APGQ.
  • The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society announces the publication of a new book, New York City Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians.

Listener email includes:

  • Beverly comments on the recent Genealogy Connection podcast interview with Cyndi Ingle.
  • Elizabeth Lapointe comments on Gigi’s search for York County/Toronto and Vermont records discussed in GGP episode #311.
  • Leslie comments on Drew’s new book.
  • Matt raises a DNA question about matches within a limited [endogamous] population.
  • Lois asks Drew about his discussion of organizing folders in Dropbox, specifically about the use of numbers.
  • Joanne used Drew’s discussion of organizing Dropbox folders to get her folders in better shape.
  • Mike discusses his organizing scheme for folders on his family using an Ahnentafel approach.

The Guys give listeners a scoop about a new service called genealogyDOTcoach at http://genealogy.coach. It is a new way to get professional assistance without committing to longer term professional researchers’ contracts and fees. In Beta mode at present, the service offers appointments with any of 25 experts in a variety of topics to provide professional advice to help advance your research. Private appointments are available in 15-minute increments for a reasonable fee. Look for a formal press release in the next few weeks.

Help The Guys spread the word about our two podcasts:

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Genealogy Connection #004 - Cyndi Ingle, Speaker and Creator of Cyndi's List

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 04:30:00 +0000

Cyndi Ingle, probably best known for creating the amazing Cyndi’s List directory of genealogy websites, talks about technology and methodology.  She discusses what it’s like to move from one genealogy database program to another, her experiences in both speaking at and attending genealogical institutes, and what she sees as the issues that genealogists have with acquiring technology skills.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #311 - 2016 August 2

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:46:02 +0000

Drew gives George the week off, and begins with the following news:

  • Evidentia Software has a special deal for purchases made between August 31 and September 14, 2016, such that 10% of all sales in the Evidentia store will go toward the War of 1812 Pension Digitization Project.
  • FamilySearch's recent indexing event involved a record number of indexers!
  • The 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference will be held in Minneapolis in July, and more information can be found at www.ggsmn.org.
  • BCG and Legacy Family Tree Webinars have partnered to produce free live webinars.
  • Findmypast has released a variety of new records, in particular a very large collection of materials relating to crime.

Listener email lets us know about:

  • A Florida man was discovered to have been leading a double life, because someone discovered a marriage record for a man who should have been deceased.
  • Chris indicates why she enjoys the podcasts, and gives feedback on the new podcast series.
  • Gigi has a dilemma about whether to update a birth location on FamilySearch on the basis of the sources she has discovered.

Drew describes his new 3-month digital organizing project, the details of which can be found in recent posts to his own blog, rootsmithing.com. 


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Genealogy Connection #003 - Jen Baldwin, Social Media Expert

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:30:00 +0000

Jen Baldwin, North America Data Licensing Manager at Findmypast, shares her experiences in being both a producer and consumer of genealogical social media.  She shares tips in using Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for genealogy, and explains how #genchat works (with a suggestion on using nurph.com to keep up with the chat). She and Drew are both fans of the organizing tool, Trello (at trello.com). Jen also recommends the book Understanding and Using Baptismal Records by John T. Humphrey.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #310 - 2016 July 18

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 02:37:52 +0000

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage announces a new feature, SuperSearch Alerts, that repeats previous searches and seeks new results in new and updated collections.
  • Jay Verkler has been appointed as Interim CEO at Findmypast.
  • APG has named Annette Burke Lyttle as the coordinator for the 2017 APG Professional Management Conference.
  • A new website called Open Archives (https://www.openarch.nl/?lang=en) provides access to records (information and scans) of civil registry, church registry, military and personnel administrations kept by Dutch archives.
  • Findmypast has added U.S. Naturalization Petitions and U.S. Passport Applications and Indexes to their site, as well as additions to their English monumental inscriptions collection.

Listener email includes:

  • Jean King shares information about her blog for the West Hempstead [NY] Public Library at http://genealogy.whplibrary.org.
  • Jenny wrote concerning Gus’ search for sources related to the Settlers of Beekman Patent in New York and advises that the books are available online at the NEHGS website at AmericanAncestors.org (http://www.americanancestors.org).
  • Carolyn asks about moving a GEDCOM-format file from Family Tree Maker to RootsMagic.
  • Ron is researching his Massachusetts ancestors Jeduthan Taber and Mary Pope, and welcomes help from listeners.
  • Arnon Herskowitz advised us that that the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, an international, peer-reviewed academic journal, has just published a Special Issue on Genealogy & Family History. “This is a huge step in the long journey towards academization of genealogy, and I'm very proud to be part of it as the SI Guest-Editor.” You can read the journal online at http://www.jmrpublication.org (Volume 8, Number 1, via the left menu).

The Guys discuss their recent research trip to South Carolina, in particular their visits to five (5) cemeteries and the different goals for visiting each one. They visited the Hal Kohn Memorial Library and its genealogical holdings in Newberry, South Carolina, got together with family and friends, and visited the Carter and Holmes Orchids greenhouses (and bought a couple orchids, too).

Visit the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at http://ahaseminars.com for Our Speaking Schedule and join us at conferences across the United States.


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Genealogy Connection #002 - Donna Moughty, Professional Researcher/Presenter

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 04:30:00 +0000

Donna Moughty, an expert on Irish research, shares her experiences in leading research trips to Ireland, as well as tips on how to prepare before you go. Learn even more about Donna at moughty.com.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #309 - 2016 July 4

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 01:56:23 +0000

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage announced the addition of the 1911 Canada Census records to MyHeritage SuperSearch.
  • MyHeritage also unveiled PedigreeMap, an online family history map that provides new geographical and historical insights into your family history.
  • Leading presenters at the 36th International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies’ International Conference on Jewish Genealogy have agreed to make their lectures available through live streaming, and then available on demand until 11 November 2016. Visit www.iajgs.org for details.

Listener email includes:

  • The Guys have received lots of good feedback about the new podcast, Genealogy Connection, which now alternates with this one.
  • Connie asks about how to record a place of death for an individual: the place of residence at the time of death or the actual physical place of death.
  • Will wrote concerning Gus’ search for sources related to the Beekman Patent in New York.
  • Barbara provided insights into searching for South Carolina marriage records.
  • Judy wrote to tell us about locating Irish Quaker records for her ancestors, including a surprising piece of content in a marriage record.
  • Debi wrote about her quest for information about a Kentucky land record for Andrew Yandell.

The Guys discuss their upcoming research trip to South Carolina and share some tips for preparing for the trip and maximizing time onsite.

Visit the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at http://ahaseminars.com for Our Speaking Schedule and join us at conferences across the United States.


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Genealogy Connection #001 - Jessica Taylor, President of Legacy Tree Genealogists

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:30:09 +0000

Jessica Taylor, President of Legacy Tree Genealogists (a worldwide provider of professional genealogy and family tree research services) talks about how her company operates. She shares with Drew some tips on doing better and more efficient research.  Sites mentioned during the talk include MeasuringWorth.com (a site for converting historical amounts of money to current values), Dropbox, and Upwork (a site for finding freelancers).  


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #308 - 2016 June 19

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 01:42:06 +0000

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage unveiled an exciting new way to display your family tree with its Sun Chart.
  • MyHeritage announced that it now allows the upload of DNA data to your family tree for DNA Matching.
  • RootsMagic announces four new free Magic Guides.
  • RootsMagic provides a Download Anytime Guarantee that allows you to download any of their software products in the event of a computer crash, deletion of the program, or loss of the file. You can also request your software registration key.
  • The RootsMagic Facebook user group is now over 10,000 members strong, and there’s also a Facebook group for Personal Historian!
  • Findmypast announces new additions to its collection of historic British Newspapers, new additions to the Yorkshire West Riding Marriages, Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers (1828-1912), and South Australia Rate Books.
  • Ancestry has launched a new collection of more than 100 million Dutch records online.
  • Melanie Frick, MLIS, is the 2016 recipient of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Grant Committee and Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Scholarship.
  • FamilySearch announced that HISTORY® is launching a campaign to support The Freedmen’s Bureau Project, a call to action to encourage Viewers of the new “Roots” television series to volunteer to help with records transcriptions.
  • Drew recaps recent new releases at FamilySearch.

George reads a press release announcing George and Drew's newest venture, a new podcast called Genealogy Connection.

George interviews Drew about Drew's new book, Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher, which has just been published by Family Tree Books in paperback and Kindle formats.

The Guys discuss a new way to support The Genealogy Guys Podcast using Patreon.com.

Visit the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at http://ahaseminars.com for Our Speaking Schedule and join us at conferences across the United States.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #307 - 2016 May 30

Mon, 30 May 2016 21:05:28 +0000

The news includes: MyHeritage unveiled an exciting new global initiative called Tribal Quest that seeks to preserve the histories of remote tribes. The first two Tribal Quest expeditions visited Namibia and Papua New Guinea. Video is available at the new websitehttp://www.tribalquest.org, and a video explaining the venture can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDKsQnru36s. The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) honored Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG, with Emeritus Status for her serive to BCG and her distinguished fifty-year career. Findmypast has released Battle of Jutland records, 13.5 million new British newspaper articles, and Ireland Electoral Registers (1885-1886). The German-American Genealogical Partnership announced the 2017 International Germanic “Connections” Conference to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 28-29 July 2017. More information is available at http://www.ggsmn.org/cpage.php?pt=70 and http://www.ggsmn.org/upload/files/2017_GAGP_Int._Conf._Flyer_COLOR_Version_(1).pdf . The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research has announced its schedule for Summer and Fall of 2016. Information is available at http://vigrgenealogy.com. Drew discusses the newest releases from FamilySearch. Listener email includes: Keith asks for details about connecting a second monitor to his computer, and Drew responds. Vic responded to Arthur’s inquiry in Episode #305 concerning sharing/donating family papers. He states that the Delaware Historical Society Research Library might be willing to accept the donations. More information can be found at https://www.dehistory.org/directions-parking/3-research-library. Tara writes to advise that Mary Page Greenleaf was her great-aunt, and that she is interested in the audio disks made at Ms. Greenleaf’s birthday party that Richard mentioned on Episode #300. Matt Miller shared his recent successes on tracing his Miller ancestors in New York City and Germany, and he shares four very important lessons that he learned. Read more at his blog post at https://matthewkmiller.blogspot.com/2016/05/miller-brickwall-shattered.html . Gus Marsh shares his Marsh brick wall from the Genesee County, New York, and asks for suggestions for locating more information about the Beekman Patent. Drew reviews a new book by Lisa A. Alzo titled The Family Tree Polish, Czech, and Slovak Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Eastern Europe. Visit the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at http://ahaseminars.com for Our Speaking Schedule and join us at conferences across the United States.[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #306 - 2016 May 9

Thu, 12 May 2016 01:24:15 +0000

The news includes: Congratulations to Drew Smith on his receipt of the 2016 Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship! He received the prestigious award on 3 May 2016 at Librarians Day at the National Genealogical Society’s 2016 Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Evidentia has just hired Elizabeth Swanay-O’Neal as its new Director of Marketing and Social Media. MyHeritage has just launched its new MyHeritage Community section, a new online Q&A hub that fosters family history research collaboration. RootsMagic has added support and hints from Findmypast.com to Version 7 of its software, joining hints from FamilySearch and MyHeritage. The addition of Ancestry hints is under development and there are plans for implementation later this year. Findmypast has added 5.4 million Yorkshire records and over 10 million new U.S. marriage records to its collections. The Federation of Genealogical Societies has opened registration for its 2016 conference, "Time Travel: Centuries of Memories", to be held in Springfield, Illinois, on 31 August to 3 September 2016. An early bird discount is available. Visit http://www.FGSConference.org. Michael J. LeClerc, CG, has announced that Genealogy Professor has launched an exciting new educational opportunity for genealogists. Their offerings include self-paced courses and genealogy master classes. More information is available at http://www.genprof.net. Bill Nelson of RevGenea Software, LLC, has announced the availability of a new, free Android app named OldNews USA that makes it easy to perform quality research using the Chronicling America collection of historic newspapers at the Library of Congress. Learn more about features and see screenshots at http://revgenea.com. The Grand Duchy of Oldenburg Emigrants database just passed the 100.000 person mark. Learn more at the blog at http://www.familienkunde-oldenburg.de/auswanderer-datenbank-enthaelt-jetzt-100-000-personen/ , and access the database at http://www.auswanderer-oldenburg.de. (Access the database using Google Chrome and translate the page from German to your preferred language.) Drew discusses the newest releases from FamilySearch. Listener email includes: In episode #305, Tom asked for suggestions about obtaining passport applications. George suggested contacting the USCIS. They referred Tom to NARA where he filled out a Freedom of Information Act request for the passport applications. He will keep us apprised of his progress. Alan poses a question concerning nieces and nephews who appear on census records in a family. Pe[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #305 - 2016 April 17

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:57:12 +0000

The news includes: MyHeritage has released an exclusive book matching technology that matches 450,000 books with 91 million pages to match against your family tree and provide new hints. A new Jefferson Tayte genealogical mystery, Kindred, by Steve Robinson, has been published. The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) will hold its 36th annual conference on August 7 to 12, 2016, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle, Washington. Findmypast has released a significant collection concerning the Easter Rising and Ireland under Martial Law to commemorate the centennial of the event. They have also added 1.2 million Quaker records as the first phase of their project to add all surviving Irish Quaker records. Findmypast announced the renewal of their partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) for another ten years. Findmypast has published over 911,000 Royal Navy Pension records. Calico Pie, Ltd., announced the addition the addition of automatic record matching and hints for Findmypast databases to their Family Historian desktop software program. Drew recaps the new FamilySearch collections. Listener email includes: Michael responded to Debi’s inquiry about Kentucky ancestor Andrew Yandell and may be able to help her with that brick wall. Rich offers another suggestion for how to get the word out that might dispel long-held incorrect beliefs about a well-known person in the past. Arthur wants to share his research about his grandmother’s Jenkins line and asked for suggestions on how to accomplish this. He also has reached out to the USCIS for naturalization papers for his Eastern European family, and asked for other suggestions for tracing those ancestors. George complained that the Erie County, New York, Public Library has not responded to an ask-a-librarian inquiry. He seeks help from anyone who can check the city directories that include Williamsville, NY, for 1946-1948 for names of any orphanages operating in the area. Tom is seeking passport information about his wife’s mother and family, and asked for suggestions on where to obtain passport documentation. Drew and George each discuss recent research cases they have been working on. George urges listeners to visit their local libraries, and to support them by volunteering to work on genealogical and historical projects. Visit the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at http://ahaseminars.com for Our Speaking Schedule and join us at conferences across the United States.[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #304 - 2016 March 27

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:38:14 +0000

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage has released Family Tree Builder 8.0, a new version of its genealogy software program. There is also a new Audio Recordings feature in the MyHeritage mobile app.
  • The Guild of One-Name Studies has implemented a major new project – The Guild Members’ Website Project. Learn more at http://one-name.org/the-members-websites-project-mwp.
  • Mocavo has closed down and has been merged into Findmypast.
  • Findmypast announced the release of new records.
  • Drew recaps the new FamilySearch collections.

The Guys discuss the activity initiated by J. Paul Hawthorne on Facebook wherein people compiled geographical pedigree charts showing the places of birth of five or more generations of their ancestors.

Listener email includes:

  • Mike asked The Guys for suggestions to help identify the origins of his ancestress, Ellen Delaney, who married Teunis Westdijk in Paterson, New Jersey.
  • Drew responds to inquiries about the recent controversy concerning GEDmatch.com. Debi asks a question about a note found with an early Kentucky Land Grant file for her ancestor.

Drew discusses his research on his great-grandmother, Elizabeth “Betty” Foshee, as a result of a DNA match and other evidence he has found.

Visit the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at http://ahaseminars.com for Our Speaking Schedule and join us at conferences across the United States.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #303 - 2016 March 6

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 03:10:12 +0000

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage introduces Record Detective II, a new technology that expands record matching capabilities to more than 2.2 billion new record matches.
  • TLC has announced the celebrities for the Spring season of Who Do You Think You Are? which premieres on Sunday, 3 April 2016.
  • Registration is now open for the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records at http://www.gen-fed.org.
  • Calico Pie Limited has released an upgrade to its Family Historian program.
  • Findmypast has added more indexed Irish records.
  • FamilySearch announces that the transcriptions of the Freedmen’s Bureau have reached the halfway point, but more volunteers are needed.
  • Drew recaps the new FamilySearch collections.

Listener email includes:

  • Michael shares his file name system.
  • Chad is seeking information about genealogy degree and certificate programs.
  • Jenny asks for tips for using GEDmatch.
  • Debi shares two online newspaper resources for Oregon:
  • George shares an interesting story about a lock of hair for his ancestor John Hart, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Paul asks a question about copyright on translated/transcribed original documents, and another question about how to correct a long-standing piece of erroneous information.

The Guys discuss the GEDCOM format and what it does.

The Guys also discuss putting your ancestors into context in the community.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #302 - 2016 February 21

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 02:35:14 +0000

The news includes: Aha! Seminars, Inc., celebrates its 20th anniversary. Findmypast announces a number of partnerships as part of its U.S. growth strategy. Findmypast announces the beginning of the release of the largest online collection of U.S. marriages from 1650 to 2010. Findmypast announces the launch of 10 million Irish parish register records. Findmypast has made its 1939 U.K. National Register browsable; announces 6.4 million new British newspaper articles; and more than 45K new images in its PERSI collection. RootsMagic has announced that its software will be able to display Ancestry.com hints, search for Ancestry records, and share data with your Ancestry tree, all from within RootsMagic. RootsMagic has also announced that it will be adding the ability to include hints from Findmypast. MyHeritage introduces a new Family Tree Builder software version 8.0 that includes rewritten internal infrastructure that supports very large family trees (up to 500,000 individuals) and accelerates performance. The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Grant Committee and the Southern California Genealogical Society have announced that applications are being accepted for the 2016 Student Genealogy Grant. Applicants between the ages of 18 and 23 and a current student are eligible for the $500 cash award and a full registration scholarship to the 2016 SCGS Jamboree to be held in Burbank, California, on 3-6 June. Application deadline is midnight PDT on 20 March 2016. Full details are available at http://thefamilycurator.com/swf-grant/. Ancestry.com announces the launch of 10 million Irish parish register records. Drew recaps the recent releases of records by FamilySearch. A new family history-related reality show titled Relative Race premieres on Sunday, 28 February 2016, on BYUtv. An eight-episode docu-series, Long Lost Family, will premiere on Sunday, 6 March 2016, on TLC. Listener email includes: Jody would like to connect with joshthegenealogistguy. He should send an email to The Guys at genealogyguys@gmail.com and we will help them connect with one another. Geoff asks about source and file naming conventions. Nancy writes to share the NYS Historic Newspapers site at http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/. Mac’s New Year’s Resolution is to blog more, and an example can be found at ( http://aweekofgenealogy.com/finding-joseph-mcmahon-and-the-51st-pioneer-infantry-regiment-ny-company-b/ ) Carla asks for suggesti[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #301 - 2016 January 31

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 01:49:49 +0000

The news includes: · MyHeritage has added Audio Recordings to its mobile app. · Evidentia has filled all the preorders for The Evidentia Companion and has produced a supplemental Evidentia Quicksheet Guide. · RootsMagic is shipping backorders of its book, and an e-book is also now available. · The Federation of Genealogical Societies has surpassed the $2 million mark in its fundraising efforts for the Preserve the Pensions project. · Findmypast and its sister site Mocavo have come together, and all of the free materials at Mocavo will continue to be free. Findmypast has released a number of new collections including the England, Phillimore Marriage Registers, Scotland Registers & Records, additional Irish Newspapers, and others. · The National Archives in the UK has announced new prices for a variety of services, effective February 1, 2016. · FamilySearch, in partnership with Ancestry.com, has released more than 220 million new searchable Mexican birth, marriage, and death records dating back to the 1500s. The Guys provide a recap of upcoming conferences, seminars, and webinars that they will be presenting in the next several months. Listener email includes: · Richard acquired audio discs recording the 80th birthday of Mary Page Greenleaf, and reports that he made a typo on the date of the event. It should have been 21 September 1954. Listeners Donna and Lucia report that they have uncovered more information about the lady, and The Guys will forward their emails to Richard for follow-up. · Matt is seeking suggestions to help locate information about his Houghtaling ancestors in New York state. · Chris acquired a book in 2014 on the Dyer family in Oregon that came with an envelope with over 200 black-and-white original photographs, as well as draft pages for inclusion in a future edition of the book. He would like some assistance in locating any descendants so that he can get the pictures to the appropriate owner. He can be reached at chistopher.hettinger@gmail.com. · Jackie asked for clarification about transcribing newspapers and other, more modern documents, and the benefit of doing so. · Jim had questions about the new Newspapers.com Publisher Extra, a subscription service that provides unique access to many newspapers' archives that are still under copyright. · Jenny had a couple of DNA questions concerning her husband's Y-DNA test results and potential ma[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #300 - 2016 January 18

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 02:53:47 +0000

The Guys are pleased to announce their 300th episode of the podcast.

The news includes:

· Evidentia has been reviewed by the Federation of Genealogical Societies FORUM magazine in its Winter 2015 issue.

· D. Joshua Taylor has been appointed president of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

· MyHeritage has been featured on the popular Israeli TV program HaTsinor. You can view the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZJ--TAM2q0.

· The New England Historic Genealogical Society has partnered with the Congregational Library & Archives to digitize more than 28,000 pages of early manuscript church records, 1641 to the mid-1800s.

· ScotlandsPeople has released new Scottish births, marriages, and deaths from the 20th century.

· Findmypast has released updates to its Irish and British newspapers collections.

· The Guild of One-Name studies released its membership numbers for 2015. They have reached a new membership landmark.

· Drew provides a recap of new and updated FamilySearch collections.

Listener email includes:

· Richard has acquired audio discs recording the 80th birthday of Mary Page Greenleaf on 21 September 1984, probably in Northern California. He is trying to locate relatives or descendants in order to restore the discs to the family. He would appreciate any assistance from our listeners.

· Debbie provides a link to an interesting article about how one man rescued files from the norm Berg Trials after World War II. The digitized files can be freely accessed at Cornell University. The article can be found at http://ezramagazine.cornell.edu/Update/Nov15/EU.Nuremberg.collex.html.

· Tom asked for information about where on the MyHeritage website their digitized books and publications can be found.

· Jenny reports in a follow-up email that her father's Y-DNA finally has a very close match.

· Doug asks for recommendations about transcribing and what The Guys actually do.

· Eddie shares information about a Mac genealogy database program called GEDitCOM.

· Danny, Barb, and Melissa shared their research goals and projects for 2016.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #299 - 2015 December 31

Fri, 01 Jan 2016 14:23:17 +0000

The Guys announce that Drew’s new book, Organize Your Genealogy, to be published by Family Tree Books, will be released on 1 July 2016. It is available for pre-order at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

The news includes:

· RootsMagic has released an update to its RM7 software to facilitate migration of Family Tree Maker (FTM) data.

· MyHeritage offers its Family Tree Builder for PC and Mac with tree-syncing capabilities with their online tree.

· MyHeritage announces the addition of a huge and diverse free collection of over 150,000 digitized books relevant to family history.

· Findmypast has recently added new materials, including additions to the British Newspapers and a quarterly update to the Periodical Source Index (PERSI).

· FamilySearch, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) have announced exciting milestones in the historic Freedmen’s Bureau Project (DiscoverFreedmen.org).

· Drew recaps recent additions and updates to FamilySearch.

· The National Institute on Genealogical Research has announced that the institute’s name was changed on 22 December 2015 to the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) and its website is now located at http://www.gen-fed.org.

Listener email includes:

· Discussions continue about Ancestry.com’s retirement of its Family Tree Maker desktop genealogy software. Opinions are expressed about whether to change to another software program, remain with the existing program, or migrate to a cloud-based family tree facility.

The Guys discuss their upcoming genealogical research goals and projects for 2016. They also want to hear about yours!


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #298 - 2015 December 14

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 16:01:20 +0000

In this themed episode, George and Drew discuss desktop genealogy software. The episode begins with Drew's quoting from the Ancestry.com announcement about retiring Family Tree Maker. George and Drew discuss what programs they have used over the years, and Drew provides a history of the Family Tree Maker product. Drew and George explain what GEDCOM means and why it is useful, and discuss issues involving syncing of any kind of data. Finally, the Guys make recommendations as to what genealogists can do going forward.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #297 - 2015 November 29

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 03:14:15 +0000

Listen to the ads for RootsMagic and Evidentia for great holiday savings for a limited time! The news includes: · RootsMagic announces the availability of Personal Historian for the Mac, a new book, videos, and a Facebook group for users. You can also install PH on both a PC and a Mac with the same user key. · The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is accepting applications for a $225 scholarship to the 5th Annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI), to be held March 10-12, 2016. Registration for the FGI is open at http://www.forensicgenealogists.org/institute/. The scholarship is open to anyone wishing financial assistance to attend. Send a request of not more than 400 words to institute@forensicgenealogists.org explaining how the scholarship might best help you in the field of forensic genealogy. Deadline is Friday, December 4th, 2015. · MyHeritage adds a new search innovation called SearchConnectTM which enables users to connect with others who are searching for the same ancestors or relatives and to take advantage of search synergies. · Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will be one of the keynote speakers at RootsTech on Saturday, February 6, 2016. · The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) has elected Billie Stone Fogarty as president for 2016-2017. · Findmypast has announced the release of a number of new collections and the addition of 3.7 million new articles to its Historic British Newspapers collection. FamilySearch has marked the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by releasing two new online collections of records of casualty records from NARA. · Drew highlights new and updated record collections at FamilySearch. Book Review: George reviews an excellent new book by Kerry Scott, How to Use Evernote for Genealogy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize Your Research and Boost Your Genealogy Productivity. Listener email includes: Jim asks about DNA.land at https://dna.land and how it compares to GedMatch. · George recaps his research information for Nona concerning her Suit/Suits family in the Rome, Georgia, area. · Mike would like to connect with Ryan regarding New Jersey death records. · Michael has questions about the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) and the Social Security [...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #296 - 2015 November 1

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 01:53:52 +0000

The news includes: · MyHeritage.com has released 46 million Swedish Household Records (1880-1920) with images indexed. George describes how easy it was to find a specific family. · The Germanic Genealogy Society and the German DAGV (Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände (German umbrella organization)) joined forces for a partnership called "Bridging the Gap between North America and Europe for Genealogists“. More information is available at http://www.ggsmn.org/cpage.php?pt=68. · RootsMagic announces that a single RootsMagic license covers both your PC and Mac. They have also released two new free Magic Guides: Creating a Shareable CD and Downloading and Installing RootsMagic for Mac. · The New England Historic Genealogical Society has opened its Cemetery Collection on AmericanAncestors.org for free through November 7. · Evidentia is working on Version 3 but does not expect it to be ready for RootsTech 2016 in February. They are, however working on new user guides and tutorial videos. · The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) announces that the 2016 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through June 2016. Full details are available at http://isfhwe.com/competition.php. · The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) has announced that it will relocate its annual immersion classes in 2017 to the University of Georgia in Athens, and will be supported by the Georgia Genealogical Society. · Findmypast.com has recently added new collections, including: England & Wales, Electoral Registers, 1832-1932; Britain, Absentee Voters Lists 1918-1921; Ireland Electoral Registers 1885-1886; New York Baptisms 1660-1862; New York Marriages 1639-1900; and New York Deaths & Burials 1758-1862. · Findmypast.com opens its new collection, the 1939 Register of England and Wales on November 2, 2015, with records of more than 41 million people. · The Illinois State Genealogical Society has announced the ISGS 2016 Webinar Series. Details are available at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=227. · The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, celebrated its 30th anniversary on October 23, 2015. · Drew highlights the FamilySearch.org collections updates for Oc[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #295 - 2015 October 4

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 02:11:24 +0000

The news includes: · RootsMagic announces the availability of updates for the iOS and Android apps. · The city of St. Augustine, Florida, celebrated the 450th anniversary of its settlement by the Spanish on September 6, 2015. The Los Floridanos Society also held a reunion where genealogical information was exchanged, and DNA samples were collected for a study by Dr. Theodore Schurr of the University of Pennsylvania. · Ancestry.com launched the largest online collection of wills and probate records in the United States in September, more than 170 million documents from 1668-2005. · Ancestry.com has renewed its digitization partnership agreement with the National Archives and Records Administration. · AncestryDNA launched a new feature that allows individuals to share their ethnicity results. · The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) announced the publication of The Great Migration Directory, Immigrants to New England, 1620-1640: A Concise Compendium by award-winning genealogist Robert Charles Anderson. · FamilySearch.org announced that registration for RootsTech 2016 is now open. · FamilySearch.org has added more than 2.7 million searchable historical records from the 1915 New Jersey State Census to its free online collections. The images are available on microfilm and they can be ordered for use at Family History Centers. · Findmypast.com and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society have made thousands of documents and records from the society’s eLibrary available to search online at Findmypast.com. Book Reviews: George reviews two great new books by Jennifer Holik that focus on military research from the World War II era. They are: Stories from the World War II Battlefield – Volume 1 Reconstructing Army, Air Corps, and National Guard Service Stories from the World War II Battlefield – Volume 2 Navigating Service Records for the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Merchant Marines Listener email includes: Gus extends his thanks to the listeners who provided their great translation of the information on Herb DeNoble’s tombstone relating to his unit during World War I. Angela and her son Luke shared some helpful and interesting information for genealogical research [...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #294 - 2015 September 7

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 00:01:46 +0000

George and Drew celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Genealogy Guys Podcast by sharing their thoughts on the genealogy research process. 


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #293 - 2015 August 31

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 02:09:57 +0000

The news includes: Leister Productions has released a new version of its genealogy software, Reunion 11. The New England Historic Genealogical Society has reached an agreement to publish the journal The Mayflower Descendent, for the next 10 years. NEHGS has appointed Christopher C. Child as editor of the journal. FamilySearch had a total of 82,039 volunteers help during its worldwide indexing the event, held August 7-14, 2015. The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy has announced its fifth annual Forensic Genealogy Institute to be held 10-12 March 2016 at The Historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. The Family History Library has announced free online classes for September 2015. Findmypast has released new records for Northumberland, British Army Casualties (War of 1812), the British Jewry Book of Honour (1914-1920), Scottish Covenanters (1679-1688), Probate Calendars of England & Wales (1858-1959), and Hertfordshire records. FamilySearch has opened a new Family Discovery Center in Bellevue, Washington. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has broken ground for a first-of-its-kind facility in St. George, Utah. Drew discusses new FamilySearch collections published at its website in August 2015. Listener email includes: Gabriella asks for suggestions for finding her family of Hispanic descent in Mexico (originally from Northern Spain) and George provides several suggestions Mahlon and Lucia responded to Gus's question in the last podcast and provided an interpretation of a World War I tombstone inscription: WAGR 356 AMB CO. Cheryl has a question about a collateral ancestor who was working in Germany in 1930, and whether he would've been enumerated in the 1930 US Federal Census. Jim reports that Tom Neel, Library Director for the Ohio Genealogical Society, provided information about Simon P. Rice of Company K, 66th OVI. Mike asked for suggestions for locating English ancestors in Cornwall, England, and George provides some suggestions. The Guys discuss some favorite research facilities available on the Internet. Drew discusses Ancestry.com's new In Common DNA matching facility and how it can help in triangulation of co[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #292 - 2015 August 13

Sat, 15 Aug 2015 15:50:52 +0000

Drew goes solo this episode, hinting at an upcoming book and announcing his new Evernote "Genealogy at a Glance" publication.  He lets Amazon Echo users know that The Genealogy Guys Podcast is now available via TuneIn. And he is pleased to announce that Family Tree Magazine has selected the Podcast as one of their 101 Best Websites for 2015! News includes: RootsMagic provides updates to address issues with FamilySearch changes and the new Windows 10. Ancestry launches a new free service in beta, AncestryHealth, and also announces that 1 million users have tested with AncestryDNA. Findmypast has added military school records, more Norfolk parish records, more Irish newspapers, and an update to PERSI. The Guild of One-Name Studies has added its 7000th member. FamilySearch and the LDS Church History Library has redesigned the Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel website. FamilySearch has released tens of millions of new images and new indexed records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Listener email includes: Pat’s story about the Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters records. Peter’s humorous discovery involving an ancestor related in more than one way. Gus’s investigation of his maternal-side Lange family from Norway. Patti’s use of an unusual record set to add credence to a family story. Tracie’s disappointment with an online subscription service. Sherlene’s attempt to discover the identities of a couple in a combination photo that is marked only as being Lankfords from Clay County, Indiana. Gus’s hope that listeners can identify a gravestone marking that refers to World War I service on the Iowa, using the abbreviation WAGR 356 AMB CO. [...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #291 - 2015 July 8

Sat, 11 Jul 2015 11:37:45 +0000

The news includes:

· MyHeritage has launched a new technology called Global Name Translation to power its Family History Discoveries. The technology automatically translates names found in historical records and family trees from one language into another, with high accuracy, generating all the plausible translations.

· Evidentia has released its new software version 2.4, with revised citation templates based on Evidence Explained, 3rd edition.

· FamilySearch International has appointed Steve Rockwood as President and CEO effective 1 October 2015 to replace Dennis Brimhall, who will retire.

· The National Library of Ireland has just released the digitized images of Irish parish registers at http://registers.nli.ie/.

· Heredis has announced the new version Heredis 2015 for Windows and Mac.

· Findmypast has announced the availability of the Findmypast Library Edition as a subscription offering for libraries and other organizations in the United States.

· Drew discusses FamilySearch's recent release of more than 15.6 million indexed records and images for its website.

The Guys discuss upcoming appearances and the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa)'s annual Fall Seminar with special guest Cyndi Ingle.

The Guys share George's recent interview with noted genealogy speaker and writer Lisa Alzo.

Listener email includes:

· Bill has questions about DNA testing and methods of retrieving the data.

· Daniel discusses problems with uploading a GEDCOM file to FamilySearch.

· Steve recounts his recent successes with his great-grandfather, based on a suggestion from The Guys and recent additions of new data collections at Ancestry.com.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #290 - 2015 June 22

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:58:05 +0000

The news includes:

· FamilySearch has announced an important project to digitize and index the Freedmen’s Bureau Records. Learn more at http://discoverfreedmen.org.

· Ancestry.com has released its new version of its website with timeline and storytelling features.

· Ancestry.com’s new online courses at Ancestry Academy at https://www.ancestry.com/academy has a wealth of courses with the best genealogical speakers presenting today.

· Evidentia is reviewing its citation templates to insure accuracy and compliance with Elizabeth Shown Mills’ new third edition of Evidence Explained.

· MyHeritage has taken its Instant Discoveries filming to the streets of Oslo, with video available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9wE_3Luh4I.

· Findmypast announces the release of new records.

· An update to the Iowa Prison Memory Project is announced,

· Drew discusses the more than 3.7 million new records released by FamilySearch in recent weeks.

Listener email includes:

· Steven discuses a Boston city directory from 1848 that included monument transcriptions from Auburn Cemetery.

· Arthur wants to know if The Guys are planning another research trip to England. The Guys ask whether there is interest in another trip.

· Steven provides a tip for locating obituaries of married women.

· Carole shares information about genealogical mystery books.

· Matt shares details about old newspaper articles that paint a “Wild West story.”

· Jen Baldwin provides a clarification about the recent release of Quaker records at findmypast.com

Drew discusses his recent experience in receiving an unexpected email about his Smith ancestors.

The Guys discuss research strategies for FamilySearch’s Descendency View.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #289 - 2015 May 28

Sat, 30 May 2015 00:19:50 +0000

Listen to The Guys on the “Talk Back Florida” radio show broadcast on Saturday, 23 May 2015. The recorded broadcast is available at http://www.newstalkflorida.com/talk-back-florida-creating-your-family-tree-with-the-genealogy-guys/ . The news includes: · MyHeritage has unveiled their new MyHeritage Stories website, showcasing some videos and stories capturing amazing discoveries made by users around the world. It can be found at http://www.myheritage.com/stories. (A link labeled User Stories can also be found at the bottom of the MyHeritage website.) · The Federation of Genealogical Societies has announced new editors of their electronic FORUM Magazine. Julie Tarr is the new Managing Editor and Jennifer Alford is the new Associate Editor. Congratulations! · Drew discusses the more than 13.4 million new records released by FamilySearch in recent weeks. · Findmypast has released a large collection of Dublin Workhouse records and additions to British newspapers. The Guys review new books and magazines available for your reading and reference pleasure. All of the items are available through Amazon.com unless otherwise noted. The list includes: The In-Depth Genealogist is a publishing company that provides educational resources to the genealogical community. Drew reviews: Going In-Depth magazine and a new book, Ancestors in a Nation Divided: An In-Depth Guide to Researching Your Civil War Ancestors, by Cindy Freed. Other reviews include: George reviews Discover English Parish Registers, and Buried Treasure: What's in the English Parish Chest, both written by Paul Milner and published by Unlock the Past. The books are available at their website at http://www.unlockthepast.com.au. Drew reviews Photo Organizing Practices: Daguerreotypes to Digital by Maureen A. Taylor. He also reviews How to Archive Family Photos: A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize and Share Your Photos Digitally by Denise May Levenick. George reviews James M. Beidler’s book, the fourth edition of The Best of Roots & Branches. The book is available through the online store of the Lan[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #288 - 2015 May 11

Tue, 12 May 2015 03:05:51 +0000

Drew shares two interviews that the Guys conducted while they were at the 2015 Conference of the Ohio Genealogical Society:

  • Kris Rzepczynski, Senior Archivist at the Archives of Michigan, who tells the Guys all about the Seeking Michigan website and the great records in his archives
  • Cyndi Ingle, speaker, writer, and the person behind the amazing Cyndi's List website


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #287 - 2015 May 3

Tue, 05 May 2015 00:34:31 +0000

This episode focuses on death records. The news includes: MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet has been involved with research about a fascinating story from World War II. A Jewish tailor named Savas escaped the Nazis when they invaded Corfu, along with his three daughters and another girl, and fled to the island of Erikoussa. The entire island of Erikoussa joined forces, at the risk of death, to provide refuge and to protect the secret of their identity from the Nazis. Descendents of Savas have been located, and a fascinating video of a news story aired in Israel is available for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Oijpqpx2gY. MyHeritage has just made its Instant DiscoveriesTM available for all members at their site. The Association of Professional Genealogists has announced membership discounts for younger and retiring genealogists. Catholic Church Registers have been digitized and will be made available at the National Library of Ireland website on 8 July 2015. Genealogist Donna Moughty, an expert on Irish genealogical research, clarified what will be included and the fact that there will be no indexes available at that site. Ancestry.com will relaunch their website with a number of new features, including LifeStory and Historical Insights, and enhancements to the Facts View and Media Gallery. Findmypast has released many new records, including the ANZAC Prisoners of War collection, new records for Australia and the United Kingdom, new additions to the British Newspapers collection, new images for PERSI, and a substantial collection of Quaker birth, marriage, and burial records spanning the years 1578 to 1841. The FamilySearch Historical Book Collection online has reached a milestone of 200,000 digital books available through its website. Drew recaps the almost 30,000,000 records added by FamilySearch to its website in the last month. Drew and George have an in-depth discussion about death-related records. Of special interest is Drew's discussion of the International Classification of Diseases that ca[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #286 - 2015 April 5

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 02:40:27 +0000

The news includes: · The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee has announced that applications are being accepted for the 2015 Student Genealogy award. Student genealogists between the ages of 18 and 23 are eligible to apply for the award. Application deadline is April 10, 2015 at midnight PDT. Details and forms are available at the Student Grant Webpage at http://www.thefamilycurator.com/swf-grant. · MyHeritage will hold a free webinar on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, on How to Discover Your Scandinavian Ancestors. · The Ontario Genealogical Society will host its 2015 conference on May 29-31 at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, with the theme "Treks through Time". · Ancestry.com has announced a new innovation at AncestryDNA called New Ancestor Discoveries. · Findmypast released new military records for the United States and Britain. · The Federation of Genealogical Societies issued a statement concerning the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It states its position and supports non-discrimination and non-bullying policies in all of its activities, including selection of conference facilities and vendors. · RootsMagic has established a new Virtual RootsMagic User Group on Facebook. · Ancestral Connections, the Irish Genealogy Summer School held at University College Cork will run 28 June-5 July 2015. Booking is available at http://www.ucc.ie/en/ace-genealogy. · The Global Family Reunion has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its event on June 6, 2015, in New York City. · FamilySearch has announced that the Knowles Collection, a quickly growing, free online Jewish genealogy database, has reached its one million record milestone. They can be accessed at http://FamilySearch.org/family-trees. · Drew discusses highlights of the more than 8 million records recently added to FamilySearch. Listener email includes: · The Guys have received numerous compliments on its recent topical podcast concerning newspaper research. · Kelvin r[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #285 - 2015 March 15

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:12:56 +0000

This episode focuses on Newspaper Research.

· Google Newspaper Archive – free, 1700s-2009, worldwide coverage, OCR. https://news.google.com/newspapers

· Fulton History – free, 1795-2007, but almost exclusively New York State, OCR. http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html

· Elephind – free, 1803-present, OCR. Over 2700 titles, of which over 1000 are from Chronicling America. Includes Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. https://www.elephind.com

· GenealogyBank (personal subscription, $20/month, $70/annual, over 7000 titles, 1690-present) and America’s GenealogyBank (library subscription, over 4200 titles, 1690-1922) – product of NewsBank, OCR. http://www.genealogybank.com

· ProQuest Historical Newspapers (library subscription only) – major U.S. cities, international newspapers, African-American newspapers, Jewish newspapers. OCR.

· Newspapers.com (personal subscription, $8/month, $80/annual, over 3400 titles, 1700s-2000s) – OCR. http://www.newspapers.com

· NewspaperARCHIVE.com (personal subscription, $100/6 months, over 6200 titles, 1607-present) – OCR. http://newspaperarchive.com

· Access World News (library subscription, over 2400 titles) – 1977-present, product of NewsBank, born digital.

For additional reading, we recommend:

Breland, Claudia C. Searching for Your Ancestors in Historic Newspapers. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #284 - 2015 March 4

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:02:19 +0000

The news includes: · RootsMagic has more than 40 free online classes in the form of recorded webinars at its website. MyHeritage announces: o They have added 900 million records to its global digital archive. o They have added millions of new records from Scandinavia, including the 1930 Danish census and the Swedish Household Examination Rolls from 1880-1920, with more scheduled for addition this year. · Their Family Tree Builder software is now available for the Mac, and a native Mac version is in the advanced stages of development. · The Federation of Genealogical Societies has announced several important items: o Registration is underway for the FGS 2015 Regional Conference in Syracuse, NY, on 17-19 September 2015. o The FGS Alaska Cruise sails from Seattle, WA, for its voyage on 28 August through 4 September 2015. o The Call for Presentation Proposals for the 2016 FGS Conference in Springfield, IL, has been released. Proposals are due by 10 April 2015. · Findmypast has made a number of important announcements recently: o Listen to the podcast for specifics about Findmypast’s fee access to all records this coming weekend. o They have released 2.5 million new British newspaper articles to their collection; British Army Bond of Sacrifice records; East London Marriages; Derby Railway Servant’s Orphanage Registers; Irish Poverty Relief Loan records; British Merchant Navy WW1 Medal Index Cards; Dorset BMDs; and another 101 million US, UK, and Australian records. o The company has partnered with the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society to bring wider access to New York records. o They have announced a partnership with BillionGraves to bring more than 12 million grave marker indexes available. o The company has begun offering DNA testing to its customers through a new partnership with FamilyTreeDNA. · The British Library has opened its new National Newspaper Building for long-term archival storage [...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #283 - 2015 February 24

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:58:54 +0000

Drew and George have returned from RootsTech 2015 (a combined conference with the Federation of Genealogical Societies), and they share their interviews with:

  • Jill Crandell of ResearchTies
  • Ed Zapletal of Moorshead Magazines
  • Angie Bush, a genealogist specializing in DNA
  • A.J. Jacobs, the well-known journalist behind the upcoming Global Family Reunion event


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #282 - 2015 February 1

Sun, 08 Feb 2015 16:46:50 +0000

The Guys will be at the RootsTech/FGS 2015 Conference in Salt Lake City on 11-14 February. Visit with them at the Moorshead Magazines booth where they will be signing books on multiple occasions.

George's new book, How to Do Everything: Genealogy (the 4th edition), has just been released by McGraw-Hill and is available in softcover and Kindle versions.

Moorshead Magazines has just published a new laminated quick sheet, Brick Wall Research Strategies, written by George and Drew. It is based on their best-selling book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques. Both books and the new quick sheet will be available for sale at the Moorshead Magazines booth.

The news includes:

· MyHeritage has just released their Family Tree Builder software for the Mac.

· FamilySearch has launched an App Gallery at their website that includes software applications for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

The Guys continue with a themed episode devoted to U.S. immigration and ships’ passenger lists.


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #281 - 2015 January 11

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 02:12:59 +0000

The news includes: · The early registration discount for the 2015 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference ends on January 23, 2015. The conference, in conjunction with RootsTech 2015, will be held in Salt Lake City on February 11-14, 2015. · Findmypast has introduced a new program for its 12-month subscribers, including webinars as well as discounts with several vendors. · Findmypast has announced the appointment of Ben Bennett as the new vice president of international business. · The ScotlandsPeople service has introduced Scottish statutory births for 1914, marriages for 1939, and deaths for 1964 at its site. · The British Ministry of Justice announced that their archive of 41 million wills dating back to 1858 have been made available online. Scanned copies of the wills can be ordered for a fee of ₤10. · GenSoftReviews has announced its Users Choice Awards for 2014 at http://www.gensoftreviews.com/awards.php. · FamilySearch announced the 10 most popular free online databases at their site. · Margie Beldin won the free all-access pass to RootsTech 2015 with her technical tip about enlarging the screen size on your computer and then resetting it back to its default with CTRL + 0 (for PC) or CMD + 0 (for Mac). Listener email included feedback on Episode #280 and The Guys' discussion about copyright: · Jim asked the question about downloading a photograph, cropping and editing it, and whether there is a violation of copyright law or ethics. He also comments on photographs uploaded to Find A Grave and to family trees on sites such as Ancestry.com. · Margaret has a copyright question about a collection of un-cataloged and un-indexed documents in a library that she encountered several years ago. She paid to have the papers microfilmed and then indexed and transcribed them herself, giving a copy of her work to the library. She [...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #280 - 2015 January 1

Thu, 01 Jan 2015 23:24:13 +0000

The news includes:

· MyHeritage has announced that they have entered into an agreement with the Danish National Archives to index census and parish records from 1646 to 1930 in their SuperSearch facility.

· Moorshead Magazines, Ltd., has announced that they are changing the name of their Family Chronicle magazine to Your Genealogy Today, effective with the March/April 2015 issue.

· George’s new book, How to Do Everything: Genealogy, 4th edition, will be released by McGraw-Hill on 16 January 2015 and will ship from Amazon and Barnes & Noble thereafter. The Kindle version of the book will follow shortly.

· George and Drew have written a new genealogy quicksheet called “Brick Wall Research Strategies” that will be published by Moorshead Magazines, Ltd., later in January. It is based on their best-selling book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques.

The Guys present a themed discussion about “Copyright for Genealogists,” with a focus on photographs. The Guys welcome your questions and comments on this subject at genealogyguys@gmail.com.

The winner of the All-Access Pass to RootsTech 2015 is Bill Wheeler. The Guys have notified him and will advise RootsTech 2015 to contact to make arrangements with him. Congratulations, Bill! We’ll see you in Salt Lake City next month! [UPDATE: As it turns out, Bill will be unable to attend RootsTech this year, so the new winner of the All-Access RootsTech 2015 Pass is Margie Beldin! We'll share her tech tip in the next episode.  Congratulations, Margie!]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #279 - 2014 December 20

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:57:42 +0000

There are date-sensitive announcements in this podcast episode. The Genealogy GuysSM announce additional keynote speakers for RootsTech 2015. The Guys are RootsTech 2015 Ambassadors. You can win a free all-access pass to RootsTech 2015 from The Genealogy Guys Podcast! Simply submit your best technology tip for genealogy to The Guys. Send your tip to us at genealogyguys@gmail.com. Entries must be received by midnight Eastern Time on 31 December 2014. Include your name, address, email address, and telephone number. The news includes: MyHeritage has launched a new facility called Instant DiscoveriesTM that provides first-time users information about their ancestors and relatives while signing up for MyHeritage. Watch the video at (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQYCO1hFskU) to learn more. MyHeritage continues its challenge to preserve and digitize cemeteries worldwide. It recently spent a day at Israel's largest cemetery, Holon, with a small army of volunteers, and photographed 150,000 gravestones. Family Tree DNA has a sale on their DNA tests through 31 December 2014, including the Family Finder (autosomal), Y-DNA, and mitochondrial DNA tests. The National Library of Ireland is digitizing more than 400,000 images of Catholic parish record microfilms and publishing them online for free. The images will be online by the summer of 2015. The National Library of Australia now has the largest freely available collection of digitized newspapers in the world, with the 15-millionth page going online in December at its award-winning website, Trove (http://trove.nla.gov.au). The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research offers a new interactive option for courses. Learn more at http://vigrgenealogy.com. Findmypast has announced the release of millions of new records for the United States, Englan[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #278 - 2014 November 29

Mon, 01 Dec 2014 01:56:57 +0000

The news includes: · RootsMagic has released new Version 7 of its award-winning software. · MyHeritage has announced two strategic partnerships with Dutch genealogy services Alfaer and Coret Genealogie, and has launched a national TV marketing initiative in the Netherlands. · MyHeritage and Family Historian, the genealogy software package created by Calico Pie, Ltd., have jointly announced that MyHeritage’s Smart MatchingTM and Record Matching technologies will be integrated into the software. · MyHeritage and RootsMagic have jointly announced that MyHeritage’s Smart MatchingTM and Record Matching technologies will be integrated into the software. These are included in the new RootsMagic 7. · The Federation of Genealogical Societies have announced their 2014 election results. · AncestryDNA has launched a new, enhanced DNA matching in the beta version of DNA Circles. · Findmypast has added the following records to its service: o 256,000 new wills and probate records and over 86,000 pages of Irish Directories and Social History records o Pettigrew & Oulton’s Dublin Almanac & Gen. Register of Ireland, over 1.7 million Devon Parish records, and over 250,000 Devon Wills. o 953,000 District of Columbia vital records, 18 new U.S. periodicals, new Irish Survey Maps & Plans, U.K. School Registers, and over 4,000 Prison Ship Registers (1811-1843). o Over 13 million Scottish births, baptisms, and marriages, 1.3 Irish newspaper articles, and 1895 Gazetteer for England and Wales, and U.S. records from Iowa, Oregon, and Arizona. · FamilySearch has added vast numbers of World War I U.S. draft registration records, U.K. World War I Service Records, and U.K. World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records. · Drew recaps the new records added by FamilySearch [...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #277 - 2014 November 11

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:45:29 +0000

The news includes: · The Guys have been named RootsTech 2015 Ambassadors for the upcoming conference on February 11-14, 2015, in Salt Lake City. · RootsTech 2015 has announced two special speakers at the conference. They are: o A. J. Jacobs, host of the World's Largest Family Reunion o Donny Osmond, one of the biggest names in entertainment · The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) is accepting applications for their Young Professional Scholarship 2015. The deadline is 23 November 2014. To obtain a copy of the application, contact APG Executive Director Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, at admin@apgen.org. · The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is now accepting applications until Friday, 5 December 2014 for a $225 scholarship to the fourth Annual Forensic Genealogy Institute to be held 26-28 March 2015 in Dallas, Texas. Those wanting to apply for the scholarship but who have not yet registered for FGI can do so online at https://fgi2015.eventbrite.com before submitting their application. · The Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society announced the FGS 2017 National Conference to be held 30 August - 2 September 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. · The Guild of One-Name Studies has announced the addition of several new services. MyHeritage has made several announcements: o Millions of new record collections have been added to their offering and their Smart Matches facility makes finding matches to your family tree very simple. o An enhanced family tree editor has been implemented that improves the process of adding people to your family tree, adding photos and videos, working with Smart Matches, and navigating the site. o MyHeritage has announced an impo[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #276 - 2014 October 19

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:32:44 +0000

The news includes: · ICAPGen Conference will be held on Saturday, 1 November 2014, on the Brigham Young University campus in Salt Lake City, Utah. Details and the link to the conference registration can be found at www.icapgen.org. · MyHeritage and EBSCO have partnered to bring the service MyHeritage Library Edition to libraries and educational institutions. · The 35th International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) Conference will be held on 6-10 July 2015 in Jerusalem. Registration is now open for persons living outside of Israel; Israeli residents' registration will be announced. The conference will take place in cooperation with MyHeritage. · RootsMagic has announced a free update for existing Charting Companion 5 owners. RootsMagic has also added direct import support for The Master Genealogist (TMG) software users. · The State of Tennessee has announced its partnership with Ancestry.com and will become the first state to offer access to Ancestry.com in every K-12 classroom throughout the state. · The Board for Certification of Genealogists welcomes its new president, Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, and two new board members. · FamilySearch and GenealogyBank have announced an agreement to make over 1 billion records from historical newspapers searchable online. Volunteer indexers are needed, and more information is available at http://familysearch.org/indexing. · FamilySearch and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania announced a joint initiative to digitally preserved select collections of the historical society's holdings. · FamilySearch has announced a new facility for its Family Tree to upload audio files. They also announced the availability of two mobile apps. · The New Englan[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #275 - 2014 September 30

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:12:18 +0000

The news includes: · The Association of Professional Genealogists announced a Young Professional Discount for its 2015 Professional Management Conference. · Geni.com, a division of MyHeritage, announced that it now supports multilingual profiles. · RootsMagic announced that it now has direct file import support for the soon-to-be-discontinued program The Master Genealogist. · Registration is now open for the fourth annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI) at www.forensicgenealogists.org/institute. FGI will be held on 26-28 March 2015 in Dallas, Texas. · The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research will be presenting year-round educational genealogical courses. For more information, visit www.vigrgenealogy.com. · Findmypast has begun a new weekly records release program called Findmypast Fridays. The first release began on 19 September 2014 with many Irish county records. They've also released 4 million Yorkshire records online. The Guys review a number of new publications: Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic Version 6 by Bruce Buzbee Tracing Derry/Londonderry Roots by Brian Mitchell Searching for Your Ancestors in Historic Newspapers by Claudia C. Breland The Parrett Migration by Dawn Parrett Thurston Maryland Genealogy Research (a Genealogy at a Glance research guide) by Michael A. Ports · Two new laminated QuickSheet guides by Elizabeth Shown Mills: o Your Stripped-Bare Guide to Historical ‘Proof’ o Your Stripped-Bare Guide to Citing Sources Listener email includes: · Timo shares information about the German Church Book Portal (Archion), currently in beta test mode, at http://www.dergenealoge.de/archion-einblick-in-die-testphase. · Timo also shares inf[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #274 - 2014 September 7

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 01:55:40 +0000

The Genealogy Guys are celebrating their 9th podcast anniversary. We began on 5 September 2005 and are still going strong! The news includes: · MyHeritage Founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet, has been featured in the news for his work in identifying heirs to stolen artwork and property seized by the Nazis during the 1930s and 1940s. See the video (with English sub-titles) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvPjrpse92o. · Findmypast has launched the “Hall of Heroes” at its website to celebrate the heroes in everyone’s family. · Findmypast has also launched over 240,000 UK new parish records. · The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) honored six of its members for their achievements and services. They also named Eva Goodwin as the winner of the APG Young Professional Scholarship. · RootsTech and the Federation of Genealogical Societies have opened registration for their combined conference in Salt Lake City in February 2015. (See https://registration.rootstech.org/2015/portal/newreg.ww and https://www.fgsconference.org. · Drew shares the latest release of records by FamilySearch. · Drew’s research for surviving family members of the boys who died at the Dozier School for Boys inspired a listener to send a link to the Knoxville News Sentinel about comparable abuses at the Okeechobee School for Boys. · RootsMagic has announced the availability of MacBridge software that will run RootsMagic on the Mac. Drew discusses an exciting link with a cousin using DNA that has revealed marriage records of Irish ancestors in England in 1861. Listener email includes: · One listener is seeking more information about a Civil War ancestor from Ohio, an[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #273 - 2014 August 18

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:42:43 +0000

The news includes: · Whollly Genes has announced the discontinuation of The Master Genealogist (TMG) genealogy database program. · RootsMagic’s Weekly Tips are on their blog and are available on Facebook if you Like and Follow their page there. · The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) has announced that registration for its 2015 APG Professional Management conference is now open. It will be held on 8-9 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. · Genealogical Publishing Company has just published a new laminated "Genealogy at a glance" sheet titled Scots-Irish Genealogy Research by Brian Mitchell. · The Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO) has announced that it is ready to begin the technical process of developing standards for genealogy. · The British Newspaper Archive has announced the beginning of digitization of eight new titles. There are more than 8 million newspaper pages from 1710-1954 online at their site, and they estimate that by 2021 there will be up to 40 million pages from historical newspapers across the UK and Ireland. · The National Archives (TNA) in the UK is implementing its new online catalog, Discovery, which will contain information about all the records held at TNA, records held in other archives, data from the National Register of Archives, ARCHON, Access to Archives (A2A), and the Manorial Documents Register (MDR). They are working to deliver a revised, updated, and online MDR on a county by county basis, in the Essex section is now complete. · Drew highlights the new collections for FamilySearch from 25 July 2014 and 15 August 2014 Listener email[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #272 - 2014 July 20

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:42:28 +0000

The news includes: The new season of Who You Think You Are? begins on 23 July on the TLC Network. Ancestry.com has recovered from the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on 16 June 2014, and Scott Sorensen, Chief Technology Officer, assures the public that no data was compromised. MyHeritage has made all of its World War I military records free to search through the end of July. They also will present their first interactive webinar highlighting their newly updated mobile app on Wednesday, 23 July 2014. RootsMagic has introduced its new Weekly Tips on their blog and, you can also see these by Liking RootsMagic on Facebook and Following them there. The British Newspaper Archive has recently added 240,000 new digitized newspaper pages to their subscription service. Blaine Bettinger has started a new website called "How-To DNA" at http://www.howtodna.com. The site will include short instructional videos for beginners as well as presentations and webcasts for the advanced genealogists, all created and produced by DNA experts. WikiTree has announced the DNA Ancestor Confirmation Aid, a tool to help genealogists confirm their ancestry. Findmypast.co.uk announced that it has bought Origins.net, the vast online subscription service with more than 156 million British, Scottish, and Irish records. Findmypast.co.uk announced that it has acquired Mocavo, the genealogy-focused Internet search engine. Drew highlights the new and updated collections from FamilySearch that have been added in the last month. The Georgia Archives, located in Morrow, Georgia, south of Atlanta, has announced that it has return[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #271 - 2014 July 4

Fri, 04 Jul 2014 23:31:33 +0000

Drew shares his last 2 interviews from the recent SCGS Genealogy Jamboree:


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #270 - 2014 June 22

Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:32:02 +0000

Drew shares 3 more interviews from the recent SCGS Genealogy Jamboree:


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #269 - 2014 June 15

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:53:51 +0000

In addition to the latest news, Drew and George share interviews from the recent Southern California Genealogical Society's annual Genealogy Jamboree, with guests:


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #268 - 2014 June 2

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 02:39:04 +0000

The news includes: RootsMagic has released a new video on their YouTube channel titled "Using GenSmarts with RootsMagic for Research Help". FamilySearch has released a number of important items: "Norway Celebrates Its 200th Anniversary" U.S. Civil War Era Records "15-Year-Old Organizes Unique Genealogy Event for Eagle Scout Project" Drew discusses the highlights of the most recent FamilySearch collection additions and updates The Federation of Genealogical Societies has announced several important events in 2015 and 2016: FGS will partner with RootsTech for a joint genealogy conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 11-14 February 2015. An Alaskan Cruise is planned for the Fall of 2015. The 2015 New York Regional Conference returns to Syracuse on 17-19 September 2015, and FGS will help host the conference as a regional convention. The FGS 2016 Conference will be held 31 August – 3 September 2016 in Springfield, Illinois. There are now over 8 million newspaper pages online at The British Newspaper Archive Findmypast.co.uk has added Devon parish records spanning 1538 to 1915. Unlock the Past Crusies has announced a genealogy cruise to the Baltic from 11 July 2015 to 25 July 2015. Listener email includes: Jim asks whether The Guys’ “Down Under: Florida” videos are still available online. The episode about “The Zacchini Family” is available on YouTube.com. The other two, “The Miltons” and “The Ashleys”, are no longer online, but The Guys will see if those ca[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #267 - 2014 May 25

Mon, 26 May 2014 15:20:36 +0000

Drew continues to share interviews from the recent Ohio Genealogical Society annual conference, including:


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #266 - 2014 May 14

Sat, 17 May 2014 02:03:41 +0000

The Guys begin with a recap of the Ohio Genealogical Society's 2014 conference in Sandusky, Ohio. The conference was a great success and kudos to the society and the organizers. The Guys will be at the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree on June 6-8, 2014. The news includes: Randy Riley has been selected as the next State Librarian of Michigan. MyHeritage announces that it has reached a milestone, surpassing 5 billion historical records. FamilySearch has added more than 5.4 million images to collections from England, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and the United States. FamilySearch also issued a document titled “Six Tips to Find Your Mexican Family History.” Ancestry.com announced the release of 11.5 million new records for Quakers living in the United States and worldwide from the late 1600s to the late 1900s. They estimate that it now has more than 75% of all the American Quaker records in existence. The Suzanne Winsor Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee has announced that Paul Woodbury will receive $500 from the Freeman Memorial Grant program and a three-day registration to the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree. The Federation of Genealogical Societies invites bloggers, societies, writers, and editors to participate in their 2014 conference by becoming FGS 2014 Ambassadors. Visit https://www.fgsconference.org/media/ambassadors/ for more information and to register. Listen[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #265 - 2014 April 27

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:49:15 +0000

The Genealogy Guys would like to welcome its new sponsor, MyHeritage.com! Genealogical Publishing Company has released a new Genealogy at a Glance (GAAG) laminated resource document written by George G. Morgan titled FamilySearch.org Research. This joins George’s recent Ancestry.com Research (GAAG) and 23 other titles in the series. They are available from the publisher and at Amazon.com. Drew reports on the status of the Dozier School project which is researching the remains of students who died and were buried at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida, during the 20th century. The genealogy news includes: FamilySearch has added more than 1.2 million images of Italian civil registration records. RootsMagic has its own YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/RootsMagicTV. They have just added a new video called “Using Charting Companion with RootsMagic The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) has announced 2015 plans for two institute weeks of its popular courses. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has announced its calls for Award Nominations, with a nomination deadline of June 15, 2014. Details can be found at http://www.fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=56awards Professional genealogist and house historian Marian Pierre-Louis has developed a new genealogy show in audio (podcast) format called The Genealogy Professional. The show shares the experiences of genealogy p[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #264 - 2014 April 6

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:12:14 +0000

The Guys will be at the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference on May 1-3, 2014, at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio. George thanks Lora of Little Switzerland, NC, for the kind email about his article in the December-January issue of Internet Genealogy titled “ Tracing Frances Lamb Mims WIlson: A Case Study.” The news includes: RootsMagic ’s newsletters include articles about: Do I Still Need a Desktop Genealogy Program?; and Importing an Ancestry[.com] Family Tree into RootsMagic. WIkiTree announced the Global Family Reunion on 6 June 2015, organized by A. J. Jacobs. The Federation of Genealogical Societies has launched their 2014 Webinar Series with a new webinar presented by Jen Baldwin. Drew shares highlights of updates of almost 19.8 million records at the FamilySearch website. MyHeritage announced that it has added to their site The Jewish Chronicle newspaper archive, the world’s oldest continually published Jewish newspaper which dates back to 1841, with more than 200,000 pages and millions of names. MyHeritage also announced a pro bono global initiative with BillionGraves to preserve every cemetery and gravestone in the world and to provide the content online, for free. Click here to view a great short video about the project. Listener email includes: Brian poses an interesting and timely question about copyright on a family genealogy book published in 1993. The[...]


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The Genealogy Guys Podcast #263 - 2014 March 16

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:32:55 +0000

The News includes: Halvor Moorshead, founder of Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, and History Magazine, passed away on March 7, 2014. Moorshead Magazines has just published “Tracing Your Ancestors: Beginner’s Guide,” a new title in their Tracing Your Ancestors series. It is available in the Internet Genealogy online bookstore at http://internet-genealogy.com/Books.htm. It is available in both print and PDF format. MyHeritage.com ’s CEO, Gilad Japhet, undertook a personal search to identify and reunite artwork seized from Jews by the Nazis during WWII. His story is published in the New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/arts/design/a-reporter-in-france-helps-to-return-art-taken-by-the-nazis.html MyHeritage.com has added a new feature to its site that allows you to add new profiles to your tree directly from historical records. MyHeritage.com has added 815 million U.S. Public Records to the MyHeritage SuperSearch. MyHeritage.com has also partnered with BillionGraves.com in a global initiative to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. A new BillionGraves camera app for iPhone and iPad is available to help expedite the cemetery recording process. The Michigan Department of Education issued a press release announcing that the Library of Michigan is expanding its library hours to include opening from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on the second S[...]


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