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April 7, 2020
The Genealogy Guys Learn site (https://genealogyguyslearn.com/) is on sale for the entire month of April. Look for details and instructions at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/2020/04/the-genealogy-guys-learn-is-on-sale-for.html. This is your opportunity to get more written and video education at a bargain price, and new content is added every month. News You Can Use and Share Vivid-Pix announced it’s “Round Tuit” education program at https://vivid-pix.com/education.html. MyHeritage provides free access to all its U.S. census records through 12 April 2020. MyHeritage has added new content to its Knowledge Base. The Society of Genealogists in London is working with FamilySearch to digitize approximately 9,000 family history books and over 5,000 pamphlets in a project to take at least two years. Findmypast added 116 million new records to their collection of English and Welsh Electoral Registers. Findmypast added new Scottish records including the Ayrshire, Kilmarnock Valuation Roll (1874), Ratepayers (1838-1846), and Voter Lists (1837-1852). Drew recaps new record additions, updates, and indexes at FamilySearch. Another article about The Guys will be published in Podcast Magazine at the end of March at https://podcastmagazine.com/. Cyndi Says Cyndi Ingle discusses whether you should have only one family tree or more than one. Splitting or Combining Family Trees | Ancestry by Crista Cowan,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrdQXvtP0yE Splitting an Ancestry® Family Tree https://support.ancestry.com/s/article/Splitting-an-Ancestry-Family-Tree Merging Ancestry® Family Trees https://support.ancestry.com/s/article/Merging-Ancestry-Family-Trees How do I divide my existing tree into parts if I edit online? (MyHeritage) https://faq.myheritage.com/en/article/how-do-i-divide-my-existing-tree-into-parts-if-i-edit-online How do I merge two family trees (MyHeritage) https://faq.myheritage.com/en/article/how-do-i-merge-two-family-trees Your Legacy Database - Should You Split It? https://legacynews.typepad.com/legacy_news/2006/03/your_legacy_dat.html WikiTree Help: Splitting a GEDCOM With instructions on how to do this for several programs https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Splitting_a_GEDCOM Our Listeners Talk to Us Shannon asks us to let our listeners know about free genealogy resources. Jean thanks us for reminding people to use their library cards to access the many online resources available at their websites. Book Review Drew reviews the latest book by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, The Sterling Affair, and gives it a great thumbs-up. Thank you again to our Patreon supporters! You can support us at https://patreon.com/genealogyguys. You can also tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts, our blog, and our Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education website.
March 30, 2020
Drew speaks with Mike Scozzari, a New Jersey-based researcher who has spent years working on his New Jersey and Italian ancestry. Mike also happens to be a long-time Genealogy Guys Podcast listener! To learn more about Mike, visit his website at Roots: Everyone has a story.
March 23, 2020
The Genealogy Guys Learn site (https://genealogyguyslearn.com/) will be on sale for the entire month of April. Look for details and instructions on the Genealogy Guys Blog on March 30, and links to the blog will be placed on Facebook at The Genealogy Guys Podcast and The Genealogy Squad pages. This is your opportunity to get more written and video education at a bargain price, and new content is added every month. News You Can Use and Share MyHeritage introduced MyHeritage in ColorTM to colorize your black-and-white photos. MyHeritage has added 1.3 billion records of U.S. City Directories. MyHeritage has introduced fan charts as a way to display your family trees online. Geneanet, the leading genealogy website in Europe, has launched its DNA matching service. Ancestry announced the completion of a project to digitize and index 36 million of the U.S. WWII young men’s draft cards. Ancestry has updated and improved its collection, New York, New York, Index to Birth Certificates, 1866-1909. Findmypast added 18 million new U.S. marriage records for Texas, 1937-2010. Findmypast added 36K new Wales Billion Graves records, Hampshire baptisms, marriages, and burials, and Surrey baptisms, marriages, and burials. Findmypast published more than 190K new records in partnership with the Galway County Council. They include Galway Poor Law Union Records, Galway county burials, and more records from the Waterford Poor Law Union Board of Guardians Minute Books. Church of England will begin a project, “Google Maps for Graves.” The Genealogy Squad Facebook group passed 30,000 members this week. Share the link with your friends so that they can join! FamilySearch has introduced the Explore Historical Images tool to search digital-image-only records. Drew recaps new record additions, updates, and indexes at FamilySearch. Use your library card to explore all the databases offered at their website. ProQuest has arranged for Ancestry Library Edition to be made available remotely from home. JSTOR is offering free registration. Be sure to use Google Books for public domain content. The Guys are featured in an article at Indie Podcast News at https://indiepodcastnews.com/2020/03/20/from-no-facebook-group-to-13000-plus/. Another article about The Guys will be published at the end of March in Podcast Magazine. DNA Segment with Blaine T. Bettinger Blaine and Drew discuss the use of DNA data for research at the 23andMe site. Cyndi Says Cyndi Ingle says that there is no such thing as a brick wall! She suggests: The brick wall is you - what you don't know, where you don't know to look, etc.  She encourages you to take advantage of: Genealogical education Read, read, read Books, magazines, guides, wikis Podcasts Webinars Seminars Conferences Institutes Our Listeners Talk to Us Tom wrote some time ago about the availability of facial recognition software for personal use. Rick Voight of Vivid-Pix tells us that this is a combination of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. It’s not available to individuals yet at any kind of reasonable price, but he believes “the ability and technology are on the horizon.”. Jenn wrote to ask how to research ancestors' patents. Mark wrote a follow-up to his sharing of the article about Mt. Vesuvius and survivors. Archaeologists in Italy are trying link remains they found in Pompeii in the 20th century to Pliny the Elder at https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-remains-found-by-pompeii-really-are-pliny-the-elder-new-tests-indicate-1.8439072. Susan wrote a fascinating account about she discovered that she was donor-conceived. Marise is looking for information about marriage and naturalization records that were probably destroyed in the fire that was an aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Listeners, share whatever you can with us! Thank you to our Patreon supporters! You can also tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts, our blog, and Genealogy Guys Learn.
February 28, 2020
Drew speaks with Cari Taplin, a Texas-based genealogist who blogs, writes courses and quick guides, and speaks at national and state genealogy conferences.  To learn more about Cari, visit her website at Genealogy Pants.
February 10, 2020
One last reminder of the deadline to respond to the proposed price increases by the USCIS. Details are here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/01/24/2020-01189/us-citizenship-and-immigration-services-fee-schedule-and-changes-to-certain-other-immigration News You Can Use and Share Both 23andMe and Ancestry have announced layoffs related to the downturn in the DNA testing market. MyHeritage has released millions of new records in late December and throughout January. The Society of Genealogists has alerted us through their newsletter of several new British and Irish collection news updates, including updates at the PRONI website, the ability to share screenshots from the GRO, and an addition of more civil marriage records at IrishGenealogy.ie Bucks County in Pennsylvania has put deeds online back to 1684. The U.S. National Archives has put Record Group 77 (Civil Works Map Files) online and has digitized Record Group 145 (Aerial Indexes). Findmypast has added Britain, Royal and Imperial Calendars, plus more baptisms, marriages, and burials for Durham. FamilySearch is celebrating Black History Month with new collections and articles. Drew provides a long list of updated collections for FamilySearch. DNA Segment with Blaine T. Bettinger Drew asks Blaine about X-DNA and how it can be used. Cyndi Says Cyndi Ingle discusses "Research the Records before the Ancestor": FamilySearch Wiki - wiki.familysearch.org For US research - Ancestry Wiki -  wiki.rootsweb.com Libraries, archives, genealogical & historical societies in that area too. Anne Moss-Biggs Library at Robeson Community College, https://guides.robeson.edu/c.php?g=632482&p=4422915 BYU - North Carolina Research Outline,  http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/US/NorthCarolina.pdf How-to guides, research outlines, pathfinders. For example, Robeson County, NC: Don't forget to look at each level of government or record-keeping. Don't stick with just the parish or the county, look also at the state, the territory, and the federal government too. Our Listeners Talk to Us Janet follows up on George's discussion of Pompeii in a previous episode with a link to the article, provided here: https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-rome/the-survivors-of-mount-vesuvius/?mqsc=E4108051&dk=ZE022EZF2&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=BHDDaily%20Newsletter&utm_campaign=ZE022EZF2 Janet also provides a link to an article about the possible identification of a skull that may have been that of Pliny the Elder: https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2020/02/dna-tests-suggest-skull-found-near-pompeii-likely-to-be-pliny-the-elder/?fbclid=IwAR1QO1VcshOeybYVUjpgcxkhtRk2NsSyDW5WDjsh--3onCB1xalaVOcjXRw Katherine shares with us the perfect children's picture book for Black History Month: Emma, by Cheryl Wills. It's available here: https://www.amazon.com/Emma-Cheryl-Wills/dp/168265642X Donna asks about how to search online library catalogs for a list of 800 books, all at once. Please tell your friends and your society about our free podcasts. Enroll in Genealogy Guys Learn at https://genealogyguys.learn for written courses, videos, and helpful resources. New content is added every month! And join The Genealogy Squad Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad/ for the highest quality help from the administrators Blaine T. Bettinger, Cyndi Ingle, Drew Smith, George G. Morgan, and more than 28,000 members worldwide!
February 3, 2020
Drew speaks with Randy Fredlund, co-founder of Vivid-Pix, the makers of RESTORE. Randy explains how an electrical engineer who once worked for Eastman Kodak became interested in how to improve personal underwater photography, and how that led to developing software to help genealogists recover the details in old faded or discolored family photos.  To learn more about Vivid-Pix RESTORE, go to https://vivid-pix.com/restore.html.
January 19, 2020
We hope you are enjoying Drew’s “31 Days of Getting Organized” series at The Genealogy Guys Blog. Day 0 begins at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/2019/12/day-0-introducing-31-days-of-getting.html, and you can follow each day. (Use the Tag labeled Organization for quick access to all of these entries.) News You Can Use and Share MyHeritage added millions of new records in November 2019 and in the first half of December. MyHeritage added new records for Germany in late December: the Hesse Birth Index (1874-1911) and the Hesse Marriage Index (1849-1931). The Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Park Service announced the launch of the U.S. Mexican War Soldier & Sailor Database, coming on 27 January 2020. (See press release at our blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/search/label/Mexican%20War. Fold3 has recently added the “UK Militia Attestation Papers, 1806-1915,” containing great personal information for each individual. The Royal Air Force Museum has launched a new website containing casualty forms of the officers of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force. The site is located at https://www.casualtyforms.org. Donna Moughty announced her two annual research trips to Ireland: the Belfast trip October 10-17, 2020, and the Dublin trip October 17-24, 2020. Space is limited. Details are available at https://www.irishfamilyroots.com/2020-research-trips. Findmypast has released updates to the 1939 Register, British Armed Forces’ World War I Medical Records, and the U.S. National Veterans Cemetery Index. They also have released records for Kent Baptisms, Marriages and Banns, and Burials. FamilySearch has released GEDCOM Version 5.5.1, the first update in ten years. FamilySearch’s 2019 highlights include 1.24 billion people in the Family Tree, 6.3 billion searchable records and images online, 8.75 million new photos and stories added, and 15.5 million volunteer hours contributed. FamilySearch has announced new things coming in 2020: sitewide support for new languages; improvements to the user experience with the Family Tree; updates to Memories to allow topic tagging; improvements in social interactions and social media; and a new tool, Explore Images, allowing users to view images within days of their capture. Drew recaps new record additions, updates, and indexes at FamilySearch. DNA Segment with Blaine T. Bettinger Blaine and Drew discuss chromosome mapping at the DNA Painter site. Cyndi Says Cyndi Ingle discusses thinking of your end goal. Our Listeners Talk to Us Robin wrote about loose papers and about oversized documents and photographs and how she approached copying them. Now, the question is where to send them for permanent storage. Mark captured George’s interest with an article from the Biblical Archaeology Review (January-February 2020 issue) titled “Rescuing and Recovering Vesuvius’s Survivors.” The report addresses the people who escaped the volcano’s eruption on 24 August 79 C.E. [A.D.], where they moved, the customs they took with them, and intermarriages. The author, Steven L. Tuck, performed extensive research, including identifying people and events using genealogical standards. Excellent article! Don’t forget! The Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix have issued a new call for nominations for the Unsung Heroes Awards. Submissions will be accepted until midnight EST on 1 February 2020. Awards will be announced at RootsTech 2020 in Salt Lake City. Full details and links to nomination forms can be found on our blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/2019/12/genealogy-guys-and-vivid-pix-issue-call.html. You can even nominate yourself! Thank you to our Patreon supporters! Please tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts. Enroll in Genealogy Guys Learn at https://genealogyguys.learn for written courses, videos, and helpful resources. New content is added every month! And join The Genealogy Squad Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad/ for the highest quality help from the administrators Blaine T. Bettinger, Cyndi Ingle, Drew Smith, George G. Morgan, and more than 27,500 members worldwide!
December 22, 2019
On 14 November 2019, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed a sudden and unprecedented 492% increase in fees required to access historical records held by the USCIS Genealogy Program. Many of these records should already be publicly accessible under the law. The USCIS is essentially holding them hostage, demanding individuals pay exorbitant and unjustifiable fees to access documents of our immigrant ancestors. YOU HAVE UNTIL DECEMBER 30, 2019, TO SUBMIT COMMENTS TO HELP STOP THIS FEE INCREASE. We strongly urge you to visit https://www.recordsnotrevenue.com/ and protest this action! News You Can Use and Share Verogen, Inc., has purchased GEDmatch. Drew explains the new opt in/out requirement to accept the terms of service in order to continue to use the site. MyHeritage added 18.6 million new historical records in October 2019. In the first half of November, they added another 18.8 million records. In the second half of November, they added another 8.8 million new records. Drew announces those record collections. The Ohio Genealogical Society has issued a call for lecture proposals for its 2021 Conference to be held in Columbus, Ohio. Nathan Dylan Goodwin has a new book coming out in January 2020 titled The Sterling Affair. Findmypast has released Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions; Scotland, Renfrewshire Death & Burial Index; Scotland, Stirlingshire & Perthshire Burials; Northumberland Baptisms, Marriages, and Burial collections; Northumberland and Durham Memorial Inscriptions; and Texas County Tax Rolls (1846-1910). FamilySearch celebrates its 125th anniversary. FamilySearch adds the ability to document all family relationships, including same-sex marriages and adoptions. Drew discusses many new and expanded collections from FamilySearch. Cyndi Says Cyndi Ingle recommends that listeners try something new. Our Listeners Talk to Us Lili wrote a great follow-up to our previous discussion of research logs. The Guys talk about more options and setting up a calendar/to-do list to recheck online sites. Linda wrote to compliment us on what she is learning at the new Genealogy Guys Learn subscription site. Linda also wrote to discuss RM7 not running under the new macOS Catalina operating system. Drew discusses downloading and installing CrossOver software from CodeWeavers. Dianne encourages people to regularly recheck FamilySearch and other online sites frequently for the addition and update of records. Eugene shares a story about a man whose 1870 diary details his departure from Michigan to California and each day until his wife and children joined him. Janet responded concerning a recent listener email about foreign service. She shared a link concerning foreign service list resources at the Hathi Trust Digital Library website at https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001719572. Jeryl of the Genealogical Society of Sarasota [Florida] wrote to discuss their work to record and map all the cemeteries in the county. They are looking for cemetery mapping software in which to record their work. We ask our listeners to share any information they have to help the GSS in its endeavor. The Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix have issued a new call for nominations for the Unsung Heroes Awards. Submissions will be accepted until midnight EST on February 1, 2020. Awards will be announced at RootsTech 2020 in Salt Lake City. Full details and links to nomination forms can be found on our blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/2019/12/genealogy-guys-and-vivid-pix-issue-call.html. You can even nominate yourself! Thank you to our Patreon supporters! Please tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more free news and interesting ideas for your genealogy. Enroll in Genealogy Guys Learn at https://genealogyguys.learn for written courses, videos, and helpful resources. New content is added every month! And join The Genealogy Squad Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad/ for the highest quality help from the founders Blaine T. Bettinger, Cyndi Ingle, Drew Smith, and George G. Morgan, and from more than 26,000 members worldwide!
December 10, 2019
Jennifer Mendelsohn is an expert on Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish genealogical research and the use of DNA.  She and Drew discuss how she applies her journalistic skills to her research, how she demonstrates the universality of the immigration experience of our ancestors, and how she ended up being part of the 2019 memoir Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. You can follow Jennifer on Twitter - @CleverTitleTK
December 4, 2019
The Genealogy Guys enjoyed Thanksgiving with friends and Drew's dessert (a key lime pound cake). Listeners can email for the recipe. George reminded everyone that new content is being added every month to the Genealogy Guys Learn educational subscription site, and there's currently a sale price that is available until December 14. News You Can Use and Share George discussed the plans by Bruce Buzbee of RootsMagic to delay release of RM 8 until some issues have been addressed. This will push the release into 2020. Drew talked about the new health reports available from MyHeritage through its DNA product, and the new list view for MyHeritage family trees. George and Drew shared new record collections from Findmypast and FamilySearch.  Drew raised the alarm for the USCIS proposed rate increases for obtaining information, and listeners should visit the Records, Not Revenue site to learn more and to register their objections to the new costs. Blaine T. Bettinger and the DNA Segment Blaine explained to Drew how the new beta product for 23andMe works in creating proposed family trees based on nothing but DNA matching.  Learn more from Blaine at his DNA Central subscription website. Cyndi Says with Cyndi Ingle Cyndi took listeners through the sometimes difficult process of figuring out how the records in online databases were sourced. And don't forget to visit Cyndi's List to find links to all the genealogy sites you'll ever need! Our Listeners Talk to Us Leslie asked about research logs, and Drew gave his thoughts on using a blog for a public research log or using Evernote or Microsoft OneNote for a more private and flexible research log.  And As Always... Thank you to our Patreon supporters! Please tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more free news and interesting ideas for your genealogy. Enroll in Genealogy Guys Learn at https://genealogyguys.learn for written courses, videos, and helpful resources. New content will be added every month! And join The Genealogy Squad Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad/ for the highest quality help from the founders Blaine T. Bettinger, Cyndi Ingle, Drew Smith, and George Morgan, and from more than 25,000 members worldwide!
November 21, 2019
Michael J. Leclerc returns to Genealogy Connection to talk to Drew about Michael's new book, Benjamin Franklin's Family (Volume I: English Ancestors). More information about the book can be found at http://franklinsfam.com/ Thank you to our Patreon supporters! Please tell your genealogy friends or your local genealogy society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news and interesting ideas for your genealogy.
November 8, 2019
The Genealogy Guys Learn educational subscription site launched on October 1st and is a great success. New content has been added at the beginning of November and more is scheduled soon. Drew reports on his trip to present at RootsTech London. He reminisces on his profound trip to the Cambridge American Cemetery, where he visited the grave of his father’s brother who was killed in 1943. News You Can Use and Share The Australian government has provided $10M in funding to the National Archives of Australia to digitize 850,000 World War II records over the next four years. Ancestry has significantly updated its collection of U.S. obituaries. AncestryDNA has expanded its reference panel to deliver more precise DNA ethnicity results. This is being rolled out by year's end. Ancestry has introduced AncestryHealth® to provide health insights for testers and their families. Ancestry has released: Scotland, Will and Testament Index, 1481-1807; Scotland Monumental Inscriptions; Westmorland Baptisms, Marriages, & Burials; Philippines Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths, and Burials from 1642-1974. DNA-Central.com has released a new newsletter and discusses updates to courses about 23andMe, ANC101, and YDNA101, and announced 6 new courses: Introduction to Autosomal DNA, Introduction to GEDmatch, GEDmatch Advanced, Introduction to DNA Painter, and Introduction to Shared Matches and Genetic Networks. Kevin Borland released a press release about Borland Genetics at https://www.borlandgenetics.com/, a toolkit that acts on raw DNA files of related individuals, enabling to reverse-engineer your ancestors. Drew discusses many new and expanded collections from FamilySearch. Blaine T. Bettinger This week’s discussion between Blaine and Drew focuses on the meaning and use of FIR and HIR. Book Review George reviews William Dollarhide’s brand-new book, The Census Book: Facts, Schedules & Worksheets for the U.S. Federal Censuses. George recommends the book highly, saying it should be on every U.S. researcher’s and library’s bookshelf. Our Listeners Talk to Us Faye heard us mention Augsburg, Bavaria, records and asked where they were. George wrote back with a link from the FamilySearch News. Gail asked if Genealogy Guys Learn includes content from all learning levels. We firmly believe that so many of us started at different levels with disparate documents that everyone would benefit from starting over again. This approach allows everyone to build or rebuild the foundation for solid research. You can, of course, use portions of the written courses or videos for the topics for which you have an immediate need. However, we guarantee that you will find important new "Aha! moments" in each course or lesson. Nancy recalled that Drew is a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies and whose study focuses on Bodie, Boddie, and all other spelling variations. She sent information about a Stephen Body from Maryland. Drew is always interested in more of these links. Tom inquired about an individual whom he believes was a doctor who departed from Norfolk, Virginis, for Stamboul [Istanbul], Turkey at the end of September 1931. He wants to know if this person could have had some affiliation with the U.S. State Department. Ryan asked a fascinating question about what primary photograph to use to represent an ancestor in an online tree or in software. What age is preferable? We’d love to hear opinions from our listeners. Darren attended RootsTech London and asks about relationship software that might exist to link friends, associates, neighbors, witnesses, and others. Thank you to our Patreon supporters! Please tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more free news and interesting ideas for your genealogy. Enroll in Genealogy Guys Learn at https://genealogyguys.learn for written courses, videos, and helpful resources. New content will be added every month! And join The Genealogy Squad Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad/ for the highest quality help from the administrators Blaine T. Bettinger, Cyndi Ingle, Drew Smith, and George Morgan, and from almost 25,000 members worldwide!
October 12, 2019
The Genealogy Guys Learn educational subscription site launched on October 1st. Podcast listeners receive a 10% discount. Listen to Episode #368 for the details. News You Can Use and Share MyHeritage added 44.4 million records in September, including NYC Birth Index (1878-1909); NYC Death Index (1862-1948); Netherlands Civil Births, Marriages, Deaths, and Church Burials; and more. The Society of Genealogists in London has announced it is searching for new premises to move into after 35 years. Findmypast announces the launch of its Tree-to-Tree Hints. Findmypast announces Pennsylvania Cemetery and Burials collection; New Jersey Vital Records and Vital Records Browse; Cumberland Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials; U.S. Directories & Almanacs; transcripts of Ukraine births and deaths 1784-1879; and 12 million transcripts from Spain of baptisms, marriages, and burials spanning 1502-1950. Findmypast has updated the 1939 Register with new entries. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has turned over 4 centuries of digitized Catholic records to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for archival storage. RootsTech 2020 on 26-29 February 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah, is open for registration. The FamilySearch Research Wiki has surpassed the publication of 90,000 excellent articles. Drew discusses many new and expanded collections from FamilySearch. The DNA Segment with Blaine T. Bettinger This week's discussion between Blaine and Drew focuses on the Big Y test. Cyndi Says with Cyndi Ingle Cyndi Ingle’s “Cyndi Says” segment discusses how to keep an open mind. Our Listeners Talk to Us Kirstin loved our blog article, “Yearbooks Can Reveal Great Clues,” and shared her own story. Walter asked how to obtain the RSS feed to The Genealogy Guys Blog. Mike responded with more details about his genealogical filing system. Bill responded to Kelly, the teacher in Idaho, looking for resources for her genealogy instruction. He tells us about Ancestry.com’s K-12 program at https://www.ancestryk12.com/ that helps provide Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, and Newspapers.com for use in classrooms. Eric shares an interesting story about discovering family members within your group of friends. Book Review George provides a review of a new book about researching U.S. Christian church records. It is How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records (With Specific Resources for Major Christian Denominations before 1900) by Sunny Jane Morton and Harold A. Henderson CG. George recommends this book to every genealogist and to every library collection. He gives this book a 10-star review for this much needed and well-written book. Thank you to our Patreon supporters! You can also tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more free news and interesting ideas for your genealogy. Enroll in Genealogy Guys Learn at https://genealogyguys.learn for written courses, videos, and helpful resources. New content will be added every month! And join The Genealogy Squad Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad/ for the highest quality help from the administrators Blaine T. Bettinger, Cyndi Ingle, Drew Smith, George Morgan, and almost 24,000 members worldwide! HAPPY FAMILY HISTORY MONTH!
October 1, 2019
In this special episode of The Genealogy Guys Podcast, the Guys announce their newest business offering, Genealogy Guys Learn (genealogyguyslearn.com), a subscription-based educational website designed to provide genealogy courses and videos for researchers of all skill levels. To learn more about the site and see screenshots, visit The Genealogy Guys Blog (blog.genealogyguys.com).
September 28, 2019
Julianna Szucs speaks at many national genealogy conferences and is part of the Research Team at Ancestry.com that uncovers the stories behind some of the genealogy-themed videos we see. Learn more about Julianna at https://www.biography.com/author/juliana-szucs Thank you to our Patreon supporters! Please tell your genealogy friends or your local genealogy society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news and interesting ideas for your genealogy.
September 19, 2019
  Listen for a major announcement from The Guys on October 1, 2019! News You Can Use and Share MyHeritage acquires Promethease and SNPedia. MyHeritage announced the launch of MyHeritage Education to enhance your understanding of their website platform. MyHeritage has added a new French record collection, the Nord Civil marriage Records, 1792-1937. Findmypast has added Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, and Congregational Records. The JewishGen website has reorganized its homepage and made vast improvements to the organization and speed of access to its databases. The National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies have announced their intent to merge. Drew discusses many new and expanded collections from FamilySearch. Blaine T. Bettinger This week’s discussion between Blaine and Drew focuses on triangulation.  Cyndi Ingle FamilySearch is much more than just a large family tree. FamilySearch is misunderstood. FamilySearch is made up of multiple pieces and parts. Today Cyndi Says pay attention to the FamilySearch Catalog. FamilySearch - Search Historical Records https://www.familysearch.org/search/ Currently more than 2,520 databases of records FamilySearch Catalog https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/search/ Search the catalog of genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) made available by FamilySearch online and in libraries and centers worldwide. FamilySearch Digital Library https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/ The Family History Library is actively digitizing its family histories, local histories, and other collections to make them searchable and available online to researchers worldwide. FamilySearch Family Tree https://www.familysearch.org/treeOne large family tree that we can all contribute to FamilySearch Genealogies https://www.familysearch.org/search/tree A collection of individual genealogies contributed to or collected by the church FamilySearch Wiki https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Main_Page A free, online genealogy and family history guide that lists websites, provides research strategies, and suggests records and resources to help you find ancestors from all over the world. FamilySearch Learning Center How-to videos and articles for education https://www.familysearch.org/ask/landing… FamilySearch Memories https://www.familysearch.org/photos/ The Memories Gallery is a place where all of the photos, stories, documents, and audio recordings that you add to FamilySearch are collected. FamilySearch Indexing https://www.familysearch.org/indexing/ The volunteer indexing project running worldwide to index all the record collections on FamilySearch. Our Listeners Talk to Us Debra thanks us for the podcast and for The Genealogy Squad on Facebook. Kelly is a teacher in Idaho and asks for inexpensive suggestions of materials to help her students’ research. Jim commented about Mike’s ahnentafel filing system discussed in episode 366. Robin wrote to describe another personal filing system. Tom asked for learning links about GEDmatch. Ginny asked whether there is a DNA testing company that only matches to your paternal side. Corrine found a DNA cousin match on both sides of her family that helped with multiple brick walls. Kim was talking at work about a funeral she had just attended, when a coworker commented that the name was familiar. It turned out that their grandmothers were cousins. It’s a very small world! Thank you to our Patreon supporters! You can also tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts.  Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news and interesting ideas for your genealogy. Join The Genealogy Squad Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad/. And listen for our major announcement from The Guys on October 1, 2019!
September 3, 2019
Elissa Powell is a popular Pittsburgh-area genealogy speaker and instructor. She has been heavily involved with the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and she is the co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). You can find out more about Elissa and her available lectures at http://www.powellgenealogy.com/ Thank you to our Patreon supporters! Please tell your genealogy friends or your local genealogy society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news and interesting ideas for your genealogy.
August 24, 2019
News You Can Use and Share Unsung Heroes Awards for 3Q2019 will be announced at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Washington, DC, this coming week. Ancestry.com has published two unique Holocaust Records collections for free, making them searchable for the first time. Ancestry.com has announced that it now shows parental relationships on each person. Vivid-Pix launched its Zoom/Transcribe software update on July 9th at the Allen County Public Library. Yankee Publishing has acquired Family Tree Magazine. American Ancestors and the Archdiocese of Boston have announced a major expansion in their partnership to digitize important sacramental records in the history of Boston’s Catholic Church. Findmypast.com has announced numerous changes to a number of their collections: Middlesex Baptisms; Huddersfield Baptisms; Yorkshire Monumental Inscriptions; Essex Baptism Index, Marriages and Banns, and Burial Index; Derbyshire Births and Baptisms; Kent Burials; Maryland Index to Colonial Probate Records; and Maryland Wills and Probate Records. FamilySearch has announced that users can now correct name indexing errors in records.  Drew discusses many new and expanded collections from FamilySearch. Book Review  George delivers a review of David McCullough’s book, The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West. The book brings to life the stories of the New Englanders who migrated west to settle the Old Northwest Territory, especially Ohio. Highly recommended. Blaine T. Bettinger This week’s discussion between Blaine and Drew focuses on what happens to DNA samples after they arrive at the testing labs. Cyndi Ingle Cyndi Ingle’s “Cyndi Says” segment discusses using YouTube for learning more about genealogical resources. U.S. National Archives, https://www.youtube.com/USNationalArchives Library of Congress, https://www.youtube.com/user/LibraryOfCongress The National Archives UK, https://www.youtube.com/c/TheNationalArchivesUK The British Library, https://www.youtube.com/britishlibrary National Archives of Australia, https://www.youtube.com/user/NationalArchives1 Archives New Zealand, https://www.youtube.com/user/archivesnz Library and Archives Canada, https://www.youtube.com/user/LibraryArchiveCanada National Genealogical Society, https://www.youtube.com/user/NGSGenealogy Ohio Genealogical Society, https://www.youtube.com/user/OhioGenealogicalSoci Ancestry.com, https://www.youtube.com/user/AncestryCom/ Findmypast, https://www.youtube.com/user/findmypast MyHeritage, https://www.youtube.com/user/MyHeritageLtd/ Fold3, https://www.youtube.com/user/Fold3Team GenealogyBank, https://www.youtube.com/user/GenealogyBank Cyndi's List - How To - Internet Video, https://www.cyndislist.com/how-to/internet-video/ Cyndi's List - Video & Audio - Internet Audio & Video, https://www.cyndislist.com/video/internet/ Our Listeners Talk to Us Don writes about DD-214 forms given to military personnel at the time of their discharge. Trisha asks Drew for recommendations about how to catalog Civil War books and manuscripts in their library. Margie writes to further discuss Bishops Transcripts of English and Welsh parish registers. Laura wants to know more about the demographics of AncestryDNA matches. Tom wants to know more about American social life in the late 1890s, and George finds a book for him. Mike shares details about how he has organized his genealogical records. Thank you to our Patreon supporters! You can also tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news and interesting ideas for your genealogy. Join The Genealogy Squad Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad/. Listen for a major announcement from The Guys on October 1, 2019!
August 11, 2019
Pat Stamm is a popular genealogy speaker and long-time genealogy educator, who specializes in research in the St. Louis, Missouri area.  You can find out more about Pat and her available lectures at http://stlouisgenealogy.com/ Thank you to our Patreon supporters! Please tell your genealogy friends or your local genealogy society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news and interesting ideas for your genealogy.
July 22, 2019
Shannon Combs-Bennett is a popular genealogy speaker and writer. Her new book, co-authored with Brianne Kirkpatrick, is entitled The DNA Guide for Adoptees: How to Use Genealogy and Genetics to Uncover Your Roots, Connect with Your Biological Family, and Better Understand Your Medical History. You can read more from Shannon at her blog Trials and Tribulations of a Self-Taught Family Historian. Thank you to our Patreon supporters! Please tell your genealogy friends or your local genealogy society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news and interesting ideas for your genealogy.
July 7, 2019
News You Can Use and Share The Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix announce that nominations for the Unsung Heroes Awards for the 3rd quarter of 2019 are being accepted until midnight Eastern Time on 1 August 2019. Learn more at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/2019/06/genealogy-guys-and-vivid-pix-announce.html and at Aha! Seminars, Inc., at https://ahaseminars.com/. MyHeritage has begun selling DNA kits at Costco in the UK, added new features to its mobile app, and introduced the “Genealogy Basics” Blog Series. The schedule and details about MyHeritage LIVE in Amsterdam on 6-8 September 2019 have been announced. Details can be found at https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/06/myheritage-live-2019s-schedule-genealogy-dna-and-so-much-more/. RootsMagic has upgraded and enhanced its Live Chat support at its website. This complements their telephone support and other customer support resources. Penguin Random House has posted the winning bid to acquire the book publishing rights for F+W Media, which includes Family Tree Books. American Ancestors, the online site of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, commemorates Juneteenth with the launch of a new website: The GU Memory Project is named for Georgetown University and the 272 enslaved individuals listed on the 1838 bill of sale, and the GU272 Memory Project website (gu272.americanancestors.org) features fully documented genealogies of the families who were sold, along with audio interviews of their modern descendants speaking about a wide range of topics, from personal memories of family members to racism in America. Findmypast announces new and updated collections including: the Greater London Burial Index; New Jersey Marriage Index, 1901-2016; International Records Update for Sweden, Iceland, and Luxembourg; Lancastershire Baptisms, Marriages and Banns, and Burials; and updates to its British and Irish newspapers. Ancestry unveiled over 225 new AncestryDNA communities and moved its ThruLines, MyTreeTags, and Improved DNA Matches out of beta and into production. Drew recaps some major record additions at FamilySearch, including some massive new collections. Blaine T. Bettinger This week’s discussion between Blaine and Drew focuses on the reasons for Y-DNA testing, how to choose the most appropriate Y-DNA test, and when to upgrade. Get more from Blaine in the Genetic Genealogy Tips and Techniques group on Facebook, and at Blaine's DNA Central subscription site. Cyndi Ingle Cyndi Ingle’s “Cyndi Says” segment discusses Using Tabs in Your Browser. Tab tools: OneTab - Chrome & Firefox https://www.one-tab.com Humble New Tab - Chrome & Firefox https://ibillingsley.ca  Toby - Better Than Bookmarks - Chrome & Firefox http://www.gettoby.com  Tabli - Chrome https://www.gettabli.com TabLister - Safari https://safari-extensions.apple.com/details/?id=com.paulgriffinpetty.tablister-54DM2A49PR See also: 14 Best tab managers for Chrome as of 2019 https://www.slant.co/topics/7734/~tab-managers-for-chrome  The Best Chrome Extensions for Managing Tabs https://www.howtogeek.com/354145/the-best-chrome-extensions-for-managing-tabs/ The 10 Best Extensions for Chrome Tab Management https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-extensions-chrome-tab-management/ The Best Firefox Extensions for Managing Tabs https://www.howtogeek.com/357715/the-best-firefox-extensions-for-managing-tabs/  12 Incredibly Useful Ways to Manage Multiple Tabs in Firefox https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/12-incredibly-useful-ways-manage-multiple-tabs-firefox/ How to use Safari’s tab management and bookmark stashing to avoid losing web pages https://www.macworld.com/article/3267710/safari-tab-management.html 8 Ways to Manage Tabs in Microsoft Edge Browser https://www.webnots.com/8-ways-to-manage-tabs-in-microsoft-edge-browser/ Get more from Cyndi Ingle at Cyndi's List (cyndislist.com). Our Listeners Talk to Us Chris wrote about seeking a GEDCOM splitter program for use in breaking his large tree into pieces. He found a program called Splitter at http://www.llenrup.com/. Petty wants to know if it is still possible to become a professional genealogist and The Guys respond. Ray is seeking information about early Native American records and other resources that might exist, particularly in North Carolina for Cherokee. The Guys ask our listeners to share information that they might know or suggest. George and Drew end the episode by discussing some additional ways to improve the use of the physical genealogical workspace. Thank you to our Patreon supporters! You can also tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news and interesting ideas for your genealogy. Join The Genealogy Squad Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad/.
June 24, 2019
Janet Hovorka, the "Chart Chick", is the co-owner with her husband Kim of Family Chartmasters, a company that produces beautiful printed family trees. She is a popular speaker at genealogy conferences and the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap books. Learn more about Janet at janethovorka.com. Thank you to our Patreon supporters! Please tell your genealogy friends or your local genealogy society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news and interesting ideas for your genealogy.
June 17, 2019
Our podcast hosting service, Libsyn, has partnered with Entercom to distribute podcasts on Radio.com. That means that this podcast will be available there. Drew talks about Apple’s announcement that it is discontinuing iTunes in the next version of the macOS, Catalina, and what that means for music, podcast, and television users who upgrade their Mac's operating system this fall. The launch of the new Facebook group page, The Genealogy Squad, took place on May 6, 2019. Membership is nearing 15,000. You can join at https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad. And read our blog posting at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/2019/06/the-genealogy-squad-you-are-not-alone.html about where our members are located. News You Can Use and Share New historical birth, marriage, and death registers for Ireland are available at https://www.irishgenealogy.ie. Findmypast has released Dumfriesshire, Scotland, Death & Burial Index records, Pennsylvania Register of Mine Accidents, Cardiganshire Baptisms, Marriages & Banns, and Burials, Kent Baptisms, Marriages & Banns, and Burials, Phillimore Marriage Registers, and updates to Italian and Danish records. Drew recaps some major record additions at FamilySearch. Blaine T. Bettinger's DNA Segment This week’s discussion between Blaine and Drew focuses on creating a DNA testing strategy that will both fit your budget and will get your DNA testing data on as many sites as feasible. Cyndi Ingle's "Cyndi Says" Cyndi Ingle’s “Cyndi Says” segment discusses how you can use Google to search for specific file types. File types indexable by Google: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35287?hl=en   filetype:pdf filetype:doc or filetype:docx filetype:xls or filetype:xlsx filetype:ppt or filetype:pptx filetype:kml or filetype:kmz   Our Listeners Talk to Us Katherine writes to tell us she earlier connected with one of our Unsung Heroes Award winners, Stacy Ashmore Cole. Scott, Gloria, and Katherine wrote praising the Genealogy Connection interview with Sunny Morton. Debra wrote about how much she enjoyed the Genealogy Connection interview with Russ Worthington. She also shared two good tips. Tom wants help and advice about splitting his existing single family tree at Ancestry into multiple trees. Listener suggestions and insights are welcome. The Guys discuss how they have their home genealogical research workspaces set up, and how George has created lighting under his hutch. The Guys share some of their upcoming speaking schedules. You can always learn more at https://ahaseminars.com/eventListings.php?nm=52. Thank you to our Patreon supporters! You can also tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news and interesting ideas for your genealogy.
June 3, 2019
Sunny Morton is an internationally known and award-winning writer and speaker. In this episode, Sunny shares her thoughts about writing, and discusses her upcoming book about using U.S. church records for genealogical research. Find out more about Sunny at sunnymorton.com. Thank you to our Patreon supporters! Please tell your genealogy friends or your local genealogy society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news and interesting ideas for your genealogy.
May 28, 2019
The Guys have resolved the high-pitched sound problem and have replaced the six affected episodes (GGP 359, 360, 351 & GC 52, 53, 54) with clean ones. Read more at our blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/2019/05/6-previous-episodes-re-released-with.html. Winners of the Unsung Heroes Awards for 2Q2019 will be announced on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank. A special presentation will be made at 1:30 PM in the convention center lobby, followed by the remainder in the Exhibit Hall at the Flip-Pal/Vivid-Pix booth. The launch of the new Facebook group page, The Genealogy Squad, took place on May 6, 2019. Membership has topped 11,800 in just three weeks and is still growing fast. The principals are Blaine T. Bettinger, Cyndi Ingle, George G. Morgan, and Drew Smith. You can join at https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad. News You Can Use and Share MyHeritage announced the launch of the MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry test on May 20, 2019. It includes dozens of personalized and easy-to-understand health reports in addition to the ethnicity results, a chromosome browser, and matching with others in their database.  A new kit is $199; an upgrade to your existing DNA kit is $120. Read their announcement at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/search/label/MyHeritage%20Health%20%26%20Ancestry%20Test and learn more at their website. Ancestry announced that it has surpassed 15 million members in its DNA network. Findmypast has announced the launch of ancestor sharing for users with family trees online. This is an optional feature. Findmypast has released Queensland Soldier Portraits (1914-1918), and has announced the launch of over 114 million new birth, christening, marriage, death, and burial records covering 20 European nations (1502-1960). FamilySearch celebrates 20 years online. Drew recaps some major record additions at FamilySearch. Blaine T. Bettinger This week’s discussion between Blaine and Drew focuses on the researcher's problem of confirmation bias, and how it can affect both DNA-based research and traditional genealogical research. Cyndi Ingle Cyndi Ingle’s “Cyndi Says” segment highlights web resources about archives. She provides links to: Alabama Mosaic, http://www.alabamamosaic.org Alaska’s Digital Archives, http://vilda.alaska.edu Arizona Memory Project, http://azmemory.azlibrary.gov Arkansas History Commission (AHC), http://www.ark-ives.com Online Archive of California, http://www.oac.cdlib.org Colorado Virtual Library, http://www.coloradovirtuallibrary.org Connecticut Digital Collections, http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/CT_Digital_Collections State of Delaware – Digital Archives, http://archives.delaware.gov/exhibits/exhibits-toc.shtml Florida Memory, https://www.floridamemory.com Georgia’s Virtual Vault, http://cdm.georgiaarchives.org:2011/cdm/ Hawaii State Archives Digital Collections, https://digitalcollections.hawaii.gov/greenstone3/library Idaho State Archives, http://history.idaho.gov/idaho-state-archives Illinois Digital Archives, http://www.idaillinois.org Indiana Digital Archives, https://secure.in.gov/apps/iara/search/ Iowa Heritage Digital Collections, http://www.iowaheritage.org Kansas Memory, http://www.kansasmemory.org Kentucky Digital Library, http://kdl.kyvl.org Louisiana Digital Library, http://louisianadigitallibrary.org/ Maine Memory Network, http://www.mainememory.net Archives of Maryland Online, http://aomol.msa.maryland.gov/html/index.html Digital Commonwealth - Massachusetts Collections Online, https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org Seeking Michigan, http://seekingmichigan.org Minnesota Reflections, http://reflections.mndigital.org MDAH Digital Archives - Mississippi Department of Archives and History, http://www.mdah.ms.gov/arrec/digital_archives/ Missouri Digital Heritage, http://www.sos.mo.gov/mdh Montana Memory Project, http://montanamemory.org Nebraska State Historical Society, http://nebraskahistory.org/index.shtml Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records Digital Collections, http://www.nsladigitalcollections.org New Hampshire Historical Society, https://www.nhhistory.org New Jersey Digital Highway, http://www.njdigitalhighway.org New Mexico's Digital Collections, http://econtent.unm.edu New York State Archives' Digital Collections, http://digitalcollections.archives.nysed.gov North Carolina Digital Collections, http://digital.ncdcr.gov Digital Horizons (North Dakota & Minnesota), http://digitalhorizonsonline.org Ohio Memory, http://www.ohiomemory.org Oklahoma Digital Prairie, http://digitalprairie.ok.gov Oregon State Archives, http://sos.oregon.gov/archives/Pages/default.aspx Pennsylvania State Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us Rhode Island State Archives - Digital Library, http://sos.ri.gov/archon/?p=digitallibrary/digitallibrary South Carolina Digital Library, http://scmemory.org Digital Library of South Dakota (DLSD), http://dlsd.sdln.net Tennessee Virtual Archive, http://teva.contentdm.oclc.org Texas Digital Archive, https://www.tsl.texas.gov/texasdigitalarchive Digital Utah, http://pioneer.utah.gov/digital/utah.html Vermont State Archives, https://www.sec.state.vt.us/archives-records/state-archives.aspx Library of Virginia, http://www.lva.virginia.gov Washington State Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov West Virginia Division of Culture and History, http://www.wvculture.org Wisconsin Historical Society, http://www.wisconsinhistory.org Wyoming State Archives, http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us Our Listeners Talk to Us Florence wrote to Vivid-Pix to share her delight with the new software. John asks about maintaining a source database in MS Word, in Evidentia, or in EndNote. The Guys ask our listeners for their feedback. Tom and his wife are headed to Washington, DC, in May 2020 and plan to research at NARA. The Guys provide some advice but also ask listeners to share their recommendations for a successful research trip. Thank you to our Patreon supporters! You can also tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news and interesting ideas for your genealogy.
May 22, 2019
Russ Worthington may be best known to genealogists as "Cousin Russ," an actual cousin of and friend to DearMyrtle.  Russ blogs and speaks online and at conferences about genealogy database software and other technology topics.  Russ and Drew talk about the use of online tools and video to educate genealogists, and why Russ doesn't have any brick walls (yet). Find out about where you can see and read more from Russ at this page: http://dearmyrtle.com/blog2/index.php/2017/10/03/who-is-cousin-russ/ Thank you to our Patreon supporters! Please tell your genealogy friends or your local genealogy society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news and interesting ideas for your genealogy.
May 14, 2019
The Genealogy Guys announced the launch of The Genealogy Squad Facebook Page on May 6, 2019, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad. The principals are Blaine T. Bettinger, Cyndi Ingle, George G. Morgan, and Drew Smith. In the first 7 days, membership has exceeded 8,000 members. The deadline for nominations for the 2Q2019 Unsung Heroes Awards is midnight Eastern Time, May 15, 2019. Awards will be announced at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank on June 1, 2019. Details and nomination materials are available at https://ahaseminars.com/cpage.php?pt=24. News You Can Use and Share The Guys were honored at the Ohio Genealogical Society 2019 Conference in Mason, Ohio, on May 4 with an award acknowledging their exceptional support for the Society and its annual conference. We are sad to report the passing of Donn Devine, JD, CG Emeritus, of Wilmington, Delaware on May 8, 2019. Donn was a leader in the genealogical community and will be deeply missed. Vivid-Pix announces a new release of its RESTORE software that includes image metadata creation and Artificial Intelligence image improvement capabilities. A free trial is available for Windows or Mac at https://vivid-pix.com/restore.html. Use code 3GENEALOGYGUYS or 3GENEALOGYGUYSR. Past purchasers receive a free update to RESTORE. Ancestry posted a blog post describing how the updated Ethnicity Estimate works and how to preserve your older estimate if you so choose (but there's a deadline for that). MyHeritage recently added the 1940 Denmark Census to its historical database. The British Newspaper Archive continues to add to its digital titles from Britain and Ireland. Findmypast has announced the launch of ancestor sharing for users with family trees online. This is an optional feature. Findmypast has released Queensland Soldier Portraits (1914-1918), Scotland Monumental Inscriptions, Panama Records, new pages for their British and Irish newspapers, British India Office Deaths and burials, an update to the 1939 Register, Bahamas Records, DAR Lineage Books (1890-1921), additions to the Philadelphia Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms and Parish Registers, and Lincolnshire Parish Records. The Family History Library in Salt Lake City is adding Sunday (main floor only) and longer Monday hours to its schedule. Drew recaps three weeks of record additions at FamilySearch. Blaine T. Bettinger This week’s discussion between Blaine and Drew focuses on deciding who to test, how to approach them, and how to manage multiple tests. Cyndi Ingle Cyndi Ingle’s “Cyndi Says” segment highlights the importance of browsing websites rather than depending solely upon search facilities. A sampling of major online providers. Browse the collections of records, instead of searching: Cyndi's List, browse the Categories, http://www.CyndisList.com/categories/ Ancestry.com, browse their Card Catalog, http://search.ancestry.com/search/cardcatalog.aspx FamilySearch, Browse All Published Records, https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list FindMyPast, browse their List of All Records, http://www.findmypast.com/articles/world-records Fold3, browse their List All Records, http://www.fold3.com/documents/ GenealogyBank, browse their List of All Newspapers, http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/sourcelist/ MyHeritage, browse their Collection Catalog, https://www.myheritage.com/research/catalog NewspaperArchive, Browse Available Papers by Location, http://newspaperarchive.com/browse/ Newspapers.com, Browse Newspapers, http://www.newspapers.com/browse/ Our Listeners Talk to Us George learns that the Girl Scouts also have a genealogy program for its members. Carol wanted to know how to obtain Vivid-Pix RESTORE directly from the company as opposed to via Amazon. Marlise talks about how she got involved with her genealogy research during a long illness. She also asked for an interview with an expert on the topic of Jewish DNA. Jesse detailed his search and brick wall woes for an ancestral line. The Guys share parts of their upcoming speaking schedule. You can always learn more at https://ahaseminars.com/eventListings.php?nm=52. Thank you to our Patreon supporters! You can also tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news and interesting ideas for your genealogy.
April 29, 2019
Crista Cowan is Corporate Genealogist at Ancestry.com and known widely as "The Barefoot Genealogist". Crista and Drew discuss the widespread use of video to educate genealogists, and what other directions genealogical education might take going forward.  Learn more about Crista at http://cristacowan.com/ Thank you to our Patreon supporters! Please tell your genealogy friends or your local genealogy society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news and interesting ideas for your genealogy.  
April 23, 2019
The Genealogy Guys welcome Cyndi Ingle, founder of Cyndi’s List, to the podcast for a regular feature called Cyndi Says, beginning with this episode. She joins Blaine T. Bettinger, founder of DNA Central, and his regular featured discussion with Drew about DNA. We have a big announcement coming on May 1st. Check our blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com that day and our Facebook page. A reminder that the Genealogy Guys are accepting nominations for the next round of the Unsung Heroes Award. The deadline is midnight on May 15th and winners will be announced on June 1st online and at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree. Details are at https://ahaseminars.com/cpage.php?pt=24. News You Can Use and Share Findmypast has added Poor Law and BMD records for Kent. Drew recaps free FamilySearch record additions. Blaine T. Bettinger's DNA Segment This week’s discussion between Blaine and Drew focuses on the Shared cM Project. Blaine operates a subscription-based DNA education service at DNA Central. Cyndi Ingle's Cyndi Says Cyndi Ingle’s debut of “Cyndi Says” highlights how to use Google to search all the contents of a specific website.  You can find more from Cyndi at Cyndi's List! Our Listeners Talk to Us Lisa is interested in suggestions for how to engage young people in genealogy. The Guys respond and so can you. Linda has questions about her second great-grandfather, including whether he might have been indentured to a shipping company, his rapid movement westward, and where she might find his naturalization records. The Guys share some of their upcoming speaking schedule. You can always learn more at https://ahaseminars.com/eventListings.php?nm=52. Thank you to our Patreon supporters! You can also tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news and interesting ideas for your genealogy.
April 16, 2019
Sue Kaufman is the Manager of the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in Houston, Texas, and has previously worked at the Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She has also been active in national and state genealogy societies, and in the American Library Association.  She talks with Drew about her path to becoming a genealogy librarian, and how patrons can become better prepared for a visit to a library or other repository.   Learn more about the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research.
April 8, 2019
The Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix announce that nominations are being accepted for the next round of the Unsung Heroes Awards. Nominations are due by May 15, 2019, and winners will be announced on June 1, 2019. The Genealogy Guys announce that Cyndi Ingle, founder of Cyndi’s List, will join the podcast for a regular feature called "Cyndi Says". News You Can Use and Share Findmypast has added Poor Law and BMD records for Kent. Drew recaps free FamilySearch record additions. Book Reviews George reviews the following books: Writing a Memoir - from Stuck to Finished! by Karen Dustman Published: The Proven Path from Blank Page to Published Author by Chandler Bolt Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Families: Baldy, Kerstetter, and Long by Gregory Edwin Price From the Emerald Isle to the Cream City: A History of the Irish in Milwaukee The DNA Segment with Blaine T. Bettinger This week’s discussion between Blaine and Drew focuses on DNA testing on ancestral artifacts such as envelopes, stamps, and hair samples, and also covers testing the recently deceased. Our Listeners Talk to Us John shares his spreadsheet for comparing families in the early US federal censuses (1790-1840). Lili let us know that she was successful in getting her lineage society application submitted and approved. Congratulations, Lili! Neal is trying to obtain a War of 1812 Discharge Certificate for his ancestor from the National Archives and Records Administration. Daniel’s ancestors and family members changed surnames, and he is asking for some reasons why they might have done so. Ryan is looking for resources about his ancestor who moved from Philadelphia to Nebraska and then back again to help him understand the reasons, the migration route, and more.  
April 1, 2019
Margaret Cheney is the current president of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS), and has served in many roles at the state organization level and as part of her local OGS chapter. She talks about how she first became involved with her local society, about the upcoming OGS conference, about lineage societies, and about why it is important for society members to volunteer.
March 20, 2019
The Genealogy Guys are using their new sound mixer beginning with this episode. Visit our blog for details about the new equipment. Sincere thanks go out to our sponsors and generous Patreon supporters for making this improvement possible. The Guys discuss their great experiences at the 2019 Podfest Multimedia Expo. News You Can Use MyHeritage has added 7.1 million records of Norwegian Censuses in four collections. The Canadian Research Knowledge Network has made more than 60 million pages of digitized Canadian heritage documents accessible. Findmypast has added 23 million new U.S. marriages to its site for searching. Drew recaps free FamilySearch record additions. Blaine T. Bettinger and the DNA segment This week’s discussion between Blaine and Drew focuses on recent announcements from MyHeritage regarding their new DNA tools: AutoCluster and the Theory of Family Relativity. Our Listeners Talk to Us Listener response to a call for how you use spreadsheets in your research has been strong. Another Laura tells us she uses spreadsheets when extracting from indexes; to compile each year’s data when doing city directory research; and to create a combination timeline/family group sheet/timeline. Sherry paid for a DNA test for a cousin who has since died. Are there legal questions she should be aware of if she wants to submit the data to GEDmatch? Bill reports that he has had problems with Ancestry tree data disappearing from RootsMagic. He believes it is an API problem. George heard from another friend on Sunday who has experienced the same problem. Tom reports that the new Ancestry beta color coding tag system has rendered a Google extension inoperable. Drew tells how to opt out of the Ancestry beta. Spencer shares two important topics: Masonic records include applications to join and these can contain much genealogical information. The librarian at the Webster Memorial Library in Decatur, Van Buren County, Michigan, plans to break up the collections placed there by the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society. Some materials would be moved to a basement and would no longer be accessible by researchers. Email to the Van Buren Library Board of Directors Chairman, Bruce Cutting, at cutting@ontrakcom.com to complain about this situation is welcome. The Guys make suggestions about written agreements that should be created and signed to clarify such situations. Visit The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com for more news!  And send questions or comments to the podcast at genealogyguys@gmail.com.
March 6, 2019
The Genealogy Guys Podcast and Vivid-Pix announced the first winners of the Unsung Heroes Awards at RootsTech 2019. Visit the blog for details about the winners. Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., joins us for discussions with Drew about DNA topics on episodes of The Genealogy Guys Podcast starting this week. The News MyHeritage made a number of announcements at RootsTech 2019: Database has doubled since RootsTech 2018. 5 million MyHeritage DNA kits have been sold, the most sales in Europe. New AutoClusters tool has been introduced to MyHeritage DNA. Theory of Family Relativity DNA tool has been introduced to MyHeritage DNA to facilitate matching. MyHeritage has completed digitizing of all of Israel’s cemeteries, searchable online with images, locations, and fully transcribed records. MyHeritage has extended their DNA Quest pro bono initiative to reunite adoptees through free genetic testing. Ancestry announced 94 new and updated communities for people of African American and Afro-Caribbean descent. Ancestry announced several new DNA tools, and Blaine and Drew will discuss them later. Stephen and Tabitha King have donated $1.25 million to the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Findmypast added over 23 million new U.S. marriage records to their collection. Findmypast also added Yorkshire Baptisms, Marriage Banns, Marriages, and Burials, and an update to the 1939 Register. Findmypast has acquired RootsFinder, Inc, a free family tree builder. Findmypast announced a project to digitize and publish the 1921 Census of England and Wales. The Archives of Manitoba, Canada, is digitizing over 1,000 reels of microfilm for the Hudson’s Bay Company (1670-1870) and placing the records online. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has donated $2 million to the International African American Museum being built in Charleston, South Carolina. RootsTech London will take place on 24-26 October 2019. Drew recaps the highlights of the January 2019 record additions and a look at what’s coming this year. A Discussion with Blaine T. Bettinger This week’s discussion between Blaine and Drew focuses on Ancestry.com’s newly announced DNA tools. They include a new tool called ThruLines, and a new tool for working with and marking matches (in beta mode), and a Tree Tagging tool (also in beta mode). Listener Email Listeners Barb and Vicki also responded to Laura’s inquiry in Episode #357 about uses for spreadsheets in genealogy. Bill reported he had a loss of data between RootsMagic and Ancestry. George referred him ASAP to RootsMagic’s Customer Support, and also described how he backs up his RootsMagic data on his computer, on Dropbox, and at an offline storage service. Tom advises Jewish researchers not to ignore German Catholic records as he has made discoveries of Jewish families’ information in those collections. Tom advises us that he has acquired very old photo albums, and that he in one case reunited it with the descendants. But what about the other one? The Guys would like to express our sincere gratitude to our Patreon supporters. Your financial contributions are an investment in our ability to provide our services to the genealogical community for free since 5 September 2005.
February 12, 2019
The Genealogy Guys have returned from their working cruise in the Caribbean on the Norwegian Epic. They want to thank Pat Adams, Annette Burke Lyttle, and Dale Heins of The Villages and Anna Pellegrini of Anchors Aweigh Cruises & Tours for a fabulous trip. You’ll find more details on The Genealogy Guys Blog. Don’t forget to get your nomination/submission form in by midnight Eastern Time on 15 February for the first quarterly Unsung Heroes Awards. The Guys and Vivid-Pix RESTORE are sponsoring these awards to sing the praises of individuals, societies, libraries and archives, and young people under age 21 who scan/digitize, index, and transcribe records to make them accessible to researchers worldwide. Nominees need not be huge, prolific producers. You can even nominate yourself. First awards will be made at RootsTech, and we’ll select winners every quarter! The Guys will be announcing another huge revelation of a great new segment on The Genealogy Guys Podcast and can hardly wait! Stay tuned to the podcast, The Genealogy Guys Blog, and our Facebook page. And don’t overlook The Genealogy Guys Blog for more exciting news, commentary, tips and methodologies, and some of our personal research and stories! The News MyHeritage added 22.7 million new records during December 2018 and instituted a new DNA upload policy. MyHeritage will be demonstrating new features and making announcements at their booth at RootsTech. They’ll also be live streaming some of their presentations. MyHeritage has announced that their webinar arm, Legacy Family Tree Webinars, will begin presenting webinars in other languages, starting with one in Spanish, “Cómo explicar los grados de relación familiar” on Feb 13, 2019. Check https://familytreewebinars.com for the schedule as it is announced. Heather Yvonne McLean of New Zealand has been awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for her services to genealogy and historical research. She has invested more than 30 years’ service transcribing tombstones. Genealogy author Nathan Dylan Goodwin has a new short story out, a prequel to one of his characters. It is called The Asylum and is available at Amazon for $.99. However, reader can visit his website at nathandylangoodwin.com for a link where they can download the story for free. The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) has received a wonderful collection of the records and publications from Kinship Books with more to come. Findmypast has released parish baptisms, marriages, and burial records for Norfolk, Kent, and Middlesex, a new version of the 1939 Register, England Roman Catholic Parish baptisms, marriages, and burial records, Mexico baptisms, marriages, and burial records, Lancashire Wills and Probates, and more newspaper records. FamilySearch had 5.8 billion records online at the end of 2018 and released a recap of the major additions for the year. Drew recaps the highlights of the January 2019 record additions and a look at what’s coming this year. Listener Email Deb is considering purchasing RootsMagic Version 7 but wonders if she should wait until the forthcoming Version 8 is released. RootsMagic tells us that anyone who buys Version 7 now will get Version 8 and its registration key free. Nathan also wrote to let us know he had received the same information. Traci reminded The Guys that the DNA Doe Project, another non-profit volunteer group working with law enforcement, solved six John/Jane Doe cases. Learn more at http://dnadoeproject.org. Laura wants to know how people use Excel in genealogy. She is looking for a book on the subject as well. Drew also directed Laura to CyndisList at https://www.cyndislist.com/ where he did a search for “spreadsheet template” where there are many resources listed, including some genealogy templates. Listeners, please email us your ideas and uses to share with Laura! Keith shared a site called markeverygrave.com where you can purchase small, inexpensive grave markers and permanently affix markers. Drew had a shout-out from another member of the Florida Podcasters Association. Ed wrote with a question about the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) and why it should be an essential part of your research. Jim wrote about having read a fictional book that mentioned the deaths at the Dozier School for Boys. He recalled Drew’s involvement in the real-life research and asked if there has been any updates. Laura wrote how much she enjoyed the recent interview Drew conducted with Kenyatta Berry. She also explained her emotions at standing at her Revolutionary War ancestors’ homes and learning more about them, including their slave ownership. The Guys would like to express our sincere gratitude to our Patreon supporters. Your financial contributions are an investment in our ability to provide our services to the genealogical community for free since 5 September 2005.
January 15, 2019
George and Drew welcome their newest podcast sponsor, Vivid-Pix, with an interview with its CEO, Rick Voight.  Rick shares his background in the photo industry, and describes his company's RESTORE photo and document restoration software. George and Drew then announce the partnership between The Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix as sponsors of the Unsung Heroes Awards program for individuals and organizations who scan, digitize, index, and/or transcribe photos and documents. Details about the program can be found at vivid-pix.com/unsungheroes, and nominations for the first set of awards are due by February 15, 2019.
January 13, 2019
Kenyatta Berry returns to Genealogy Connection to discuss her new book, The Family Tree Toolkit.  To learn even more about Kenyatta, also listen to Genealogy Connection #010. Questions or comments about the show? Email genealogyguys@gmail.com
January 6, 2019
The Genealogy Guys take a look back at 2018 and a look ahead at 2019.  
December 25, 2018
The news includes: MyHeritage announced that its Family Tree Webinars are now closed-captioned. The book There is Something About Edgefield is an Award Finalist in the 2018 Best Books Award in the category of History-United States. We reviewed the book in Episode #339. Congratulations! Findmypast announces a trial of a revolutionary new newspaper search. They also announced records of the Cheshire Diocese of Chester Parish Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials. Scan-a-Thon, a 72-hour scanning marathon, will take place on 11-14 January 2019. For more information, contact Eowyn Langholf at eowyn@wikitree.com. FamilySearch was awarded the PRSA Silver Anvil Award for its historic Freedmen’s Bureau Project. Drew recaps the latest in FamilySearch’s new images and indexed records. The Guys describe a great evening with Kenyatta D. Berry at the John F. Germany Public Library in downtown Tampa. A review of her new book, The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy, can be viewed on the Genealogy Guys Blog 15 December post. Listener email includes: Kudos to George on his post at the Genealogy Guys Blog titled My Parents Married Twice! on 13 December 2018. Thomas commented on the discussion about DNA beneficiaries in Episode #352. Hugh asked questions about RootsMagic’s interface with Ancestry.com called TreeShare. Lisa had questions about managing media in Family Tree Maker for Mac. Lili is working on lineage society applications and wants to know specifically how many sources for each fact are required and/or acceptable. Roger asks about DNA testing on a lock of hair from his great-great-grandmother. Betsy is seeking resources about people who went west in the early 1860s to participate in the gold rushes there.
December 3, 2018
The news includes: MyHeritage announced Shared Ancestral Places, a new facility in its MyHeritage DNA. MyHeritage announced that artifact testing is on its way. MyHeritage held a very successful conference, MyHeritage LIVE, in Oslo, Norway, and videos of the keynote by Gilad Japhet and 23 other presentations are available for free at https://familytreewebinars.com/MHLIVE2018. Findmypast has added 106K Pennsylvania Cemetery & Burial records, and a variety of English and Scotland military records. Findmypast has partnered with Living DNA to launch a new discovery experience with a breakdown of 80 global regions, including 21 across Britain and Ireland. FamilySearch is partnering with the Dallas Public Library to digitize the library’s extensive family history book collection. FamilySearch announced free access to more than 150 million Italian historical genealogical records. Drew summarizes the new and updated collections at FamilySearch. Drew reviews two new books: Nathan Dylan Goodwin has published a new book, Ghost Swifts, Blue Poppies, and the Red Star. It introduces a new character, Mrs. Harriett Agnes McDougall, who investigates the circumstances surrounding her son’s death during the Great War. Family Tree Books has published a new edition of Nancy Hendrickson’s book, The Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com. The new book provides great advice for maximizing your use and searches of Ancestry.com and features new chapters about AncestryDNA. Drew explains what the recent announcement means that in rare instances a male can pass mitochondrial DNA to his offspring. Listener email includes: Susie thanks George for his recent presentations in Roswell, New Mexico, and says she has already been applying new techniques she learned in a recent research trip to Vermont. Statch thanks The Guys for a recent blog post about money used in colonial America. They remind people to read the blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com where they will find that post and recent posts about: Using a perpetual calendar School records Online library reference resources African Americans and Native Americans Hispanic resources Jewish resources Linda thanks The Guys for explaining why the Castle Garden website and Stephen Morse’s One-Step searches reveal different results. She also recommends Amy Johnson Crow’s Generations Café podcast and specifically her episode on Overlooked Things on FamilySearch. John shared his experience with searching census records for his family surname, how the enumerators butchered it, and how he used various keywords for his ancestor’s medical profession to locate misspelled and mis-indexed records. Laura turned on FamilySearch WebHints in her RootsMagic database and found many new records. In particular, she describes three marriage records that provided new insights for her family. Van is caught up with listening to all of our podcasts! He writes about research into South Carolina records and discusses questions about family groups found. Included are the used of DNA in this research. Joseph wrote in response to Beth’s Mennonite research in Episode #352, and provided some reference sites to help with Pennsylvania Mennonite research: Genealogical Society of PA - https://genpa.org/ GSP's PA Research Guides - https://genpa.org/public-collections/pennsylvania-resources/ Historical Society of PA - https://hsp.org/ HSP's Card Catalog on FamilySearch -https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2524622 FamilySearch Wiki (Mennonites) - https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Mennonites Mennonite Heritage Center Genealogy Resources - http://mhep.org/library/genealogy-resources/ Daniel responded from Spain about Laura’s DNA “mess” and raised the issue of financial impacts of sharing the stories. Kelvin wrote about DNA artifact testing and comments on how helpful he is finding discussions on the Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques Facebook group. Interested listeners may want to join. Tedi asked about genealogical software that can be used on both a desktop and iPad. The Guys discussed a brand-new DNA tool, Genetic Affairs, which can currently be used with your AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and Family Tree DNA results in order to cluster results. The tool’s website is at http://geneticaffairs.com and has a 12-page manual available for download.
November 19, 2018
Ari Wilkins is a popular speaker at genealogy conferences and a faculty member at IGHR.  She is on the genealogy staff of the Dallas Public Library, and has an expertise in African-American research.  
November 11, 2018
The news includes: MyHeritage recently held a very successful conference, MyHeritage LIVE, in Oslo, Norway. There were a number of announcements about their DNA testing, including a forthcoming ability to test envelopes and stamps for DNA. More details about all their announcements will be posted on The Genealogy Guys Blog. The Oklahoma Historical Society has added Dawes Commission Townsite Rolls to their collection of online databases at their website at http://www.okhistory.org/research/townsite-dawes. Drew summarizes the new and updated collections at FamilySearch. Listener email includes: Ron sends a follow-up from the Wilson-Cobb Library Genealogy Workshop at which George presented in Roswell, New Mexico. He discusses state-level veterans’ compensation records and the rich personal and genealogical information they can contain. Linda asks about records of the Castle Garden immigration processing site in New York, and wonders why she gets different results from the Castle Garden website (http://www.castlegarden.org/) than from Stephen P. Morse’s One-Step search facility (https://stevemorse.org/). Jennifer tells us about the Android smartphone app for listening to podcasts called Podcast Addicts. Jennifer asks for advice concerning research on her Mennonite ancestors in the Saucon, Pennsylvania, area. The Guys ask for information and suggestions from our listeners. Tom asks for online sources for Scottish Military Records. George suggests: National Records of Scotland>Research Guide>Military Records at https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/guides/military-records. Scottish Genealogy Society links regarding Military Records at https://www.scotsgenealogy.com/Links/Military.aspx. FamilySearch Research Wiki’s article and links regarding Scotland Military Records at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Scotland_Military_Records. Hugh writes to discuss ethics and access to DNA test results, photographs, and family trees after a genealogist’s death. (Refer to Podcast Episode #342 and Blaine Bettinger’s Informed Consent Agreement and Beneficiary Agreement forms at https://thegeneticgenealogist.com/2018/02/15/informed-consent-agreement-and-beneficiary-agreement/. One listener discusses uploading DNA results to multiple sites to maximize matches and contacts. Jim shares the details of some of his DNA test results that revealed some Non-Paternal Events (NPEs). He describes his attempts to contact his newly-discovered half-brother and some reactions from him and another family member. The Guys share where they have recently presented and upcoming events through December.
October 23, 2018
The Guys celebrate the publication of their 400th episode (of the two podcasts taken together)! George’s first article in The In-Depth Genealogist magazine (http://theindepthgenealogist.com) has just been published. He will be writing a column called Genealogy, by George in every issue. Podcast listeners can get a $10 discount on a subscription using the coupon code GUYS+IDGmag at http://www.theindepthgenealogist.com/subscription-form/. Family Tree Magazine has published an e-book compilation of George’s popular Document Detective column at https://www.familytreemagazine.com/store/document-detective-ebook?. The news includes: MyHeritage has become a Presenting Partner with Eurovision for its 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. RootsTech 2019 registration has opened for the annual Salt Lake City conference on February 27-March 2, 2019 Church of Ireland records will be digitized with the award of a €100,000 government grant. 200 million records for the Netherlands are now accessible at the multi-lingual website Open Archives – http://www.openarch.nl. Fans of Nathan Dylan Goodwin can preorder his new book, Ghost Swifts, Blue Poppies and the Red Star, in Kindle version at all Amazon websites. The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) has announced the opening of the Richard E. Lackey Scholarship to support attendance at Gen-Fed 2019. Details and application are available at http://www.gen-fed.org/. Findmypast has released new records for Welsh Parish Records, Kent Parish Records, Northumberland and Durham Burials, Middlesex Baptisms, the 939 Register, and more. Drew summarizes the new and updated collections at FamilySearch. Listener email includes: Jean writes about a Long Island library conference and the inclusion of The Guys’ books as recommended buys. Ed writes about a cousin who is beginning her search for birth parents. Brad asks for advice on getting started on preparations for his family’s upcoming 300th anniversary, including recommendations for what software or websites to use to collaborate with relatives. Robin is looking for a free GEDCOM viewer. Kelly follows up on her earlier email about mega-trees. Nikki poses questions about: Mega-trees Ancestors in psychiatric hospitals and suicides What to expect at a local genealogical society meeting Resources for researching slave ancestors What kind of education might be pursued so she can help others with their genealogy Richard asks Drew for more information about researching manuscript collections. Drew discusses GEDmatch, a tool for extending your research reach with your autosomal DNA test results and matching others who have tested.
October 8, 2018
Angela Walton-Raji is a popular genealogy speaker, writer, blogger, and podcaster, with a focus on African-American and Native American research. You can learn more about Angela and her podcast at her website, African Roots Podcast.
October 1, 2018
Lisa Alzo is a popular genealogy writer and speaker, and the author of the book The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Eastern Europe. You can learn more about Lisa at lisaalzo.com.
September 22, 2018
The news includes: AncestryDNA released new ethnicity estimates for all its DNA users. MyHeritage now supports uploads of 23andMe v5 and Living DNA data files. MyHeritage has partnered with British retailer WHSmith to sell DNA kits in their stores in Europe. RootsTech announces plans for an international RootsTech in London, England, 24-26 October 2019 at the ExCel London Convention Centre. David Rencher, Chief Genealogy Officer at FamilySearch, has been appointed Director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The Federation of Genealogical Societies announces leadership changes. The Association of Professional Genealogists announces the three winners of the 2018 Young Professional Scholarships. Findmypast has released new Irish records, Wiltshire registers and records, Westmorland registers and records, Nebraska births, Electoral Registers, Jersey German Occupation Identity Cards, and Jersey German Occupation Prosecutions. Drew summarizes the new and updated collections at FamilySearch. As follow-up to the discussion about organizing browser bookmarks on Episode #345, George announces publication of his article, "Use Bookmarks to Cluster Your Resources", in the September 2018 issue of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Listener email includes: Julienne wrote to express how much she enjoyed Drew’s interview of Amy Johnson Crow (Genealogy Connection episode #46). Linda replied to Kelly (Episode #349) on the subject of why someone would have a massive online family tree. She explains her extensive research of family from the 1600s and the links she has made to build and successfully research her lines. Teresa asks about genealogy software programs, Family Tree Maker and RootsMagic. Hugh discusses finding vintage photos and secondhand postcards at flea markets and other venues. Judy provides two very important tips for researchers: Don’t assume the ethnicity of people who settled an area as you might miss excellent documentary sources. The Library of Virginia has made indices and images of Chancery Court records for many counties available online at http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/. Laura wrote to describe the “mess” she found as a result of DNA testing, particularly with people whose fathers were revealed as not their fathers. She asks about the ethical issues involved with revealing such findings. Listeners are encouraged to share their opinions and experiences.
September 8, 2018
Diahan Southard is a very popular speaker and writer on the topic of DNA testing. Learn more about Diahan at her website Your DNA Guide.
August 24, 2018
The Guys ask that you visit iTunes and leave a review for The Genealogy Guys Podcast. This will help support our efforts that have been going on for nearly 13 years, making us the longest-running genealogy podcast. The news includes: The In-Depth Genealogist (http://theindepthgenealogist.com/) announces that George G. Morgan has joined its writing team. MyHeritage will host MyHeritage Live, an international conference in Oslo, Norway, on 2-4 November 2018. Full details about the event are at https://live2018.myheritage.com/. FamilySearch has released an expanded, indexed collection of the Ellis Island Immigrant Records 1820-1957. The records are accessible at their website and at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation site. Listener email includes: Two of our listeners named Jim shared news that a new genealogical mystery by Steve Robinson in the Jefferson Tayte series, Letters from the Dead, has been published. Andrew asks about when to trust other people’s family trees. Kelly asks how reliable the mega-trees are on Ancestry. One listener shared a link to the NARA publication, Prologue, and an article about “The WPA Census Soundexing Projects” at https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2002/spring/soundex-projects.html#.W3M8iKEKBg0.email. Pat had questions about the prefix numbers on US naturalization certificates. George provided a referral to the USCIS website and their page titled Certificate Number Series at https://www.uscis.gov/history-and-genealogy/genealogy/certificate-series-numbers. Kathleen shared that Texas residents can obtain a free library card from the Houston Public Library that will provide remote access to many online databases, including genealogical ones.
August 13, 2018
The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com has published many new articles since the last podcast. Expand your experiences with our postings there. The news includes: A new Laura G. Prescott Scholarship has been announced for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Donations are being accepted now. Full details can be found on our blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/2018/07/salt-lake-institute-of-genealogy-hosts.html. Construction of the International African-American Museum (IAAM) will begin in 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina, after a new $11M pledge was received. Join The Genealogy Guys, C. Ann Staley, and Blaine Bettinger on a Caribbean genealogy cruise in February. Sponsored by the Villages Genealogical Society, full details are available at https://vgsfl.org/cpage.php?pt=167. MyHeritage has released a new and extensive filtering system for DNA Matches. MyHeritage has opened registration for its “MyHeritage LIVE” International Users Conference, to be held 2-4 November 2018 in Oslo, Norway. Full details and registration can be found at https://live2018.myheritage.com/. Findmypast and Living DNA have announced a partnership for DNA testing for ancestral origins in England and Ireland. Findmypast has released new records for Lancashire, England; Queensland, Australia; and extensive Scotland marriages, testaments, and apprentices. FamilySearch has added 29 million Netherlands records. Drew shares highlights of many new and expanded FamilySearch collections. Listener email includes: Linda reminds listeners that there is a wealth of excellent genealogy information in our podcasts going back all the way to the beginning. Marc McDermott shares a great resource from his Genealogy Explained website. It’s titled, “Do Siblings Have the Same DNA” and can be found at https://www.genealogyexplained.com/dna-testing/do-siblings-have-same-dna/. John asked which blog reader The Guys use, and the answer is Feedly at https://feedly.com. The basic plan is free. Katherine tells us that she uses NetVibes at https://www.netvibes.com/ as her blog reader. Juliet in the UK thanks us for the podcasts, and especially Drew’s discussion of setting goals to focus research. Drew is also posting articles on this topic at the blog. Linda shared a great resource for learning how to read old Scottish documents at ScottishHandwriting.com (http://www.scottishhandwriting.com/). Mary Ann located a book about slave ancestors and their names at the free Project Gutenberg website at https://www.gutenberg.org/. The book is The Underground Railroad by William Still. John shared some great thoughts about recording data on transgender family members. David Mann, founder of Heirloom Software (https://heirloomsoftware.com/), shared information about their forthcoming release of Origins (https://heirloomsoftware.com/origins/). The software is in beta testing now, but includes extensive DNA management tools, the ability to record details about any person (male, female, transgender), any relationship information, and more. Sara shared information about a US naturalization document, the Declaration of Intention, for her great-great-grandfather, Joseph Winzer. George and Drew delved into this person and his family and discovered a lot of documents that provided new information. We will be publishing our research, along with document images, maps, and more in the blog over the next couple of weeks. You’re going to want to follow along! Susan shared information about another Boddie person to Drew. Marc raised questions about the most efficient use of multiple platforms and websites for his family trees, GEDCOM files, and DNA matches. He uses RootsMagic and interfaces with the hints for Ancestry and MyHeritage, and works with GEDmatch and Family Tree DNA. [Here is a link to how Randy Seaver does it for the non-DNA parts of it, although it does not address how to update a tree on MyHeritage.]  Steve shares information about a letter to the editor from the Lincoln [Nebraska} Star from 10 April 1918 concerning German-Americans caught up in the anti-German hysteria during World War I.
July 30, 2018
Amy Johnson Crow is a popular speaker and blogger on a wide variety of genealogical topics. Learn more about Amy at her website amyjohnsoncrow.com
July 23, 2018
Randy Whited is a popular genealogy speaker on such topics as DNA and technology, as well as genealogy society management. He is the current president of the Texas State Genealogical Society.
July 16, 2018
The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com has published many new articles since the last podcast. The news includes: The Society of Genealogists in London (http://www.sog.org.uk) has accorded to Cyndi Ingle the prestigious Prince Michael Of Kent Award for services to genealogy for many years of dedication with Cyndi’s List (https://www.cyndislist.com). Blaine Bettinger has announced that DNA Central (www.DNA-Central.com), the world’s first and largest membership website dedicated entirely to DNA and genetic genealogy education, has issued a request for webinar proposals for its 2018-2019 webinar schedule. Findmypast has released new Berkshire registers and records, Scotland Jacobite Histories, and 109K additions to the Greater London Burial Index. Drew shares highlights of new and expanded FamilySearch collections. Listener email includes: In response to the topic of the slave bill of sale discussed in Episode #346, we obtained permission to post the document images. We received several listener and reader comments almost immediately: Sharon advises us that the images are actually two separate documents: the bill of sale for the slave named Jack, and one page from the estate inventory of Major Joseph Ryan. Jerry suggested using ArchiveGrid and its Beta site at https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid. Laura suggested checking the North Carolina State Library, beginning with its LibGuide at http://statelibrary.ncdcr.libguides.com/c.php?g=151276. Laura asks for advice about how to enter data on transgender family members since their gender and name changes. Nick discussed the Family Historian program and alternatives. Linda is a longtime genealogist and is feeling overwhelmed with many new areas and features of genealogy. Drew provides some methods for becoming savvier over time and setting goals for yourself. Steve writes about locating World War II Draft Cards for the younger men’s draft at FamilySearch. Debra Dudek has written a book, World War I Genealogy Research Guide, and is sending a copy for The Guys to review. Stay tuned for this and other reviews! The Guys discuss the importance of setting research goals to avoid getting distracted by the BSOs (Bright Shiny Objects) or going down the genealogy rabbit hole. There are some great ideas for you, and Drew has posted about Goals at The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com. Let us hear your best ways to set goals and focus your research.
July 4, 2018
The news includes: MyHeritage has launched a new filtering system for DNA matches, making it easy to view subsets that match the criteria you enter. MyHeritage has opened a European distribution center for DNA kits to meet the high demand in the region, and it will expedite both delivery of kits to users and will aggregate and accelerate shipments to the processing lab in the U.S. MyHeritage has expanded its pro bono DNA Quest to include an additional 5,000 kits to help reunite separated migrant children in the U.S. with their parents. The New England Historic Genealogical Society announced the release of its new database, Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880, at their AmericanAncestrors.com website. Findmypast has released new Canada Obituaries, and Wiltshire Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials collections. Drew shares highlights of new and expanded FamilySearch collections. Listener email includes: Bill tells Drew that his book Organize Your Genealogy has shot down all his excuses for not making great progress. Lawrence asks for suggestions about tracing his 2X great-grandfather, John William Jeffery, who is a brick wall. The Guys provide a number of suggestions. George has a new article in the July/August issued of Your Genealogy Today Magazine titled “Circular Genealogy” that might also give Lawrence and other researchers some help with brick walls. Kathy applauds Drew’s response in Episode #344 to Mike’s email about Resistance Genealogy. Kathy sent a slave bill of sale and estate inventory that a friend found and asks about where the documents might be donated. The Guys discuss the launch of their new Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/. They talk about the reasons for publishing the blog and the kinds of information that are being included there. George highlights some topics recently posted, and The Guys talk about how their own research strategies will be published as examples of methods. Drew then discusses how to access and subscribe to the Genealogy Guys Blog and others using Feedly. Feedly (https://feedly.com/) is a news aggregator application for various web browsers and mobile devices running iOS and Android, also available as a cloud-based service. It allows you to subscribe to blogs and then to easily access and read them. The Guys remind everyone that The Villages Genealogical Society is hosting a genealogy cruise in the Caribbean from February 2nd to 9th, and there are details at https://vgsfl.org/cpage.php?pt=167. The Guys will be speakers along with Blaine Bettinger and Ann Staley. It promises to be a great time combining a winter getaway and genealogy on the beautiful Norwegian Cruise Line Epic. Join us for a fabulous getaway!
June 14, 2018
The news includes: MyHeritage announced the addition in May of another 1 billion records, bringing the total to over 9 billion records. They just added 11 new collections with another 9.8 million records. MyHeritage has moved the Pedigree View of family trees from View Only Mode to full Edit Mode, allowing the addition, deletion, and editing of records while viewing the tree. Findmypast has added Chicago Roman Catholic baptisms, marriages, and burial records, as well as parish records. New Irish National School Registers have also been added. Drew shares highlights of new and expanded FamilySearch collections. Drew discusses the recent security hack of MyHeritage user email addresses and hashed (encrypted) passwords. In addition, he discusses MyHeritage’s release of its new Two-Factor Authentication facility, which provides stronger security if you choose to use it. Listener email includes: Judy asks about Mindy Jacox’s Online research log. Barbara tells us about libraries’ use of RBDigital’s service that provides library patrons with free access to magazine titles. George reminds everyone that public libraries provide online access to people with library cards to databases, newspapers, magazines, and digital collections with a simple login. Ralph wants to know more about the New York records that are being focused on by Reclaim the Records (reclaimtherecords.org). Margie discusses Drew’s interview with Tim Pinnick and his mention of Roslyn, Washington. She talks about the many diverse cemeteries there and its historical past. Jim provides insights into Kristopher’s search for ancestors in Poland (Episode 341) and suggests some excellent free resources at JewishGen (jewishgen.org). The Guys extensively discuss how to get the most out of bookmarks in your browser. George discusses how to organize bookmarks, and the fact that you can bookmark more than just webpages. Drew provides some insights from his experience.
June 5, 2018
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen is a popular speaker at national and state conferences and in webinars.  Her numerous speaking topics include those about Southern U.S. research.  You can find out more about her expertise at https://misspeggy55.weebly.com/
May 29, 2018
The news includes: The New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Ontario [Canada] Genealogical Society have announced a collaboration of membership and other services. Findmypast has updated its 1939 Register collection with 64K newly opened records. It also announced it will begin publishing Kent County Original Parish Registers later this year. Drew shares highlights of expanded FamilySearch collections. The Guys discuss the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) issued by the European Union (EU). These affect privacy of personal information. Learn what impact GDPR has on genealogists, and why you are being inundated with emails about new privacy rules. Listener email includes: Corrine expresses thanks for the announcement about the new book, Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards, edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills. Mike writes to ask about #resistancegenealogy. Margaret shares her experiences working with the Library of Congress Digital Collections. Matt writes a follow-up to his question in Episode #340 about his DNA ethnicity reporting. Tom writes about his research into the ancestry of his WWI ancestors. He shares several helpful resources he used as alternatives to the service records destroyed/damaged in the fire at the National Personnel Records Center on 12 July 1973.
May 21, 2018
Timothy Pinnick is a popular speaker at genealogy conferences as well as a noted author.  His company History and Genealogy Spotlight specializes in African-American history and genealogy books. You can find out more about Tim's books and other activities at www.blackcoalminerheritage.net
May 14, 2018
The news includes: MyHeritage announced release of a Pedigree View mode for MyHeritage family trees. MyHeritage added 27 million new historical records in March. They also have added Inbox and Scanner features to their mobile app. Parabon NanoLabs announced the general availability of its Snapshot Genetic Genealogy Service, which provides investigators with a new tool for solving crimes with evidence from an unknown DNA source. (See https://snapshot.parabon-nanolabs.com) for additional information. CeCe Moore is leading this new unit. Findmypast has added Scots-Irish in North America Histories, Surrey Baptisms, more Yorkshire Burials, and new images and articles in PERSI. The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has begun work on a guide to New York State Archives. It is expected to be released in 2019. FamilySearch has added its 2 billionth image of genealogy records. A new book, Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards, edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills, with 26 chapters written by 22 experts, has just been published by Genealogical Publishing Company. George reviews the latest book by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, author of the Forensic Genealogist crime mysteries. It consists of two publications. The Wicked Trade is a book about smuggling on the coast of southeastern England in the 1820s and an investigation into a woman associated with smugglers. The Suffagette’s Secret is a novella about the British women’s suffrage movement in the early 1900s and about the women who made it happen. Both works are based on well-researched, historically accurate events, and include composite characters investigated by Morton Farrier, the Forensic Genealogist. George gives an enthusiastic thumbs-up to these installments in Goodwin’s impressive series. Listener email includes: Joseph writes about the reenactment of the wedding at Pennsbury Manor, William Penn’s home. Tom wrote again to review his work with Tropy at https://tropy.org/, the document management tool Tom asks for suggestions about equipment/hardware for capturing digital oral interviews. Mahlon Erickson wrote with an update of his Pre-1920 Oklahoma Death Index, which now contains over 650,000 entries. Larry wrote to discuss the AncestryDNA testing service and issues about access to family trees for non-subscribers.
April 30, 2018
Brooke Schreier Ganz is the founder and president of Reclaim the Records, a not-for-profit group dedicated to obtaining access to important genealogical records held by state and local government agencies under the relevant state freedom of information laws. Learn more about Brooke and Reclaim the Records by visiting www.reclaimtherecords.org
April 23, 2018
The news includes: MyHeritage announced the expansion of DNA Quest, its pro bono initiative to help adoptees and their birth families through genetic testing. DNA Quest is extended worldwide, with the deadline for applications being received through the end of April. Learn more at http://dnaquest.org. Ancestry has announced that Margo Georgiadis, formerly of Mattel, will become its new CEO on 10 May 2018. Findmypast has added a new collection, the England & Wales Electoral Registers 1920. They have also begun beta testing of their new world FindMyPast family tree. See https://www.findmypast.co.uk/worldtree for more details. Drew shares updates from FamilySearch. The Guys share some interviews with attendees at the 2018 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference, held in Columbus, Ohio, on 11-14 April 2018. Actionable Information You Can Use: Your new challenge is to spend one hour going through the Library of Congress Digital Collections at https://www.loc.gov/collections/ to locate items that can help you put your ancestral family into historical context. Send your interesting finds to The Guys at genealogyguys@gmail.com. Listener email includes: Ed writes about using JewishGen (https://www.jewishgen.org/) as a resource for locating Russian villages, especially prior to WWII. Barb shares an important story about her father’s AncestryDNA testing, his death, and how she obtained ownership of his DNA test materials and results. The Guys also share information about Blaine Bettinger’s Informed Consent Agreement and Beneficiary Agreement forms at https://thegeneticgenealogist.com/2018/02/15/informed-consent-agreement-and-beneficiary-agreement/.
April 9, 2018
James M. Beidler speaks and writes on a number of genealogy topics, with a focus on German and Pennsylvania research.  He is the author of several genealogy books, including his newest book about historical newspaper research. To learn more about Jim, visit his website at http://jamesmbeidler.com/
April 2, 2018
The news includes: RootsMagic releases Personal Historian 3. MyHeritage added 27.1 million historical records to SuperSearch in March, bringing the total to 8.96 billion. MyHeritage adds a new Pedigree View feature for family trees. MyHeritage has made improvements to its new One-to-Many Chromosome Browser. Two new features have been added to the MyHeritage mobile app: Inbox and Scanner. MyHeritage announced customer support 24/7 by both phone and online. Findmypast announced the release of Ireland Tontines Annuities, 1766-1788, Church of Ireland Histories & Reference Guides, Armagh Records & Registers, Antrim Histories & Reference Guides, and Dublin Registers & Records. Drew shares updates from FamilySearch. Listener email includes: Peggy shares information about Book Collector by CLZ at collectorz.com. Ryan shares information about a free open-source tool called Tropy at https://tropy.org/. It allows you to organize and describe photographs of research material. The Guys seek feedback from listeners. Richard reports in a follow-up on his grandmother’s mysterious first cousin and all the subsequent research paths he has taken. Kristopher shares his research in New Jersey about his grandparents, and how he has pieced together research in a number of interesting records. Actionable Information You Can Use George debunks the myth that Irish census records were all lost. He presents information about the availability of digitized Irish Census records. The National Archives of Ireland at http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/ is a resource for surviving census records. MyHeritage provides access to the 1901 and 1911 census records. FamilySearch provide searchable images from the fragments of the 1821-1851 census records. George discusses what is available on the 1901 census forms. Drew reviews Alistair Moffat’s book, Britain: A Genetic Journey. Drew also discusses GEDmatch, how to upload data, and the new Genesis facility at https://genesis.gedmatch.com that allows upload of all the testing services’ results. You can help The Guys spread the word about our two podcasts: Tell your friends and genealogy society members about us. Leave a review at iTunes. Leave comments everywhere you find or listen to the podcasts. You can help support The Guys with your contributions at Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/genealogyguys.
March 25, 2018
Stacey Adger is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Genealogical Society, and the OGS Publicity Chair.  You can follow Stacey on Twitter at @adger_stacey
March 19, 2018
The news includes: MyHeritage announced a new pro bono initiative to reunite adoptees with their birth families. Learn more, see eligibility requirements, and apply at https://www.dnaquest.org. MyHeritage has upgraded its new chromosome browser’s capabilities to include one-to-many matches. The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Grant Committee is now accepting applications for its annual $500 grant and full registration to the 2018 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree. Application deadline is midnight PDT on 10 April 2018. Details and an application can be found at https://thefamilycurator.com/swfgrant/. Living DNA previewed its Family Networks platform, a new DNA matching service, at RootsTech, and it will be available to consumers later this year. Findmypast announced the release of their new Ireland Civil Birth Registration Index and Ireland Civil Marriage Registration Index, the first phase of a collection that will grow throughout 2018. Drew shares his review and insights of RootsTech 2018. Listener email includes: Natonne Elaine Kemp, co-author of There Is Something About Edgefield, thanks Drew for his book review, and was “stunned” to learn that Drew’s 2nd great-grandfather was mentioned in the book. Gail comments about sound quality on the Genealogy Connection Marjorie inquires about the possibility of transcriptions of our podcasts. Tom asks about an app or program to record books, magazines, and articles in your personal library. George and Drew describe LibraryThing in detail. Matt is confounded by differences in his DNA ethnicity estimate and those of his parents. Liza shares a surprise in DNA results in her husband’s test that indicates a paternity issue. She asks for guidance in how to approach this news, both with her father-in-law and with the person with whom there was a match. D. A. responded to the listener’s question about copying information received in Facebook Messenger. George reminds listeners that the incentive premium for listener support at Patreon at www.patreon.com/genealogyguys is still available!
March 13, 2018
Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt is a nationally recognized researcher with special expertise in New England and a focus on helping clients with membership in lineage societies. She is also known for her work with repatriation of military remains. Learn more about Polly at www.kimmittgenealogy.com
February 24, 2018
The news includes: MyHeritage has recently released a new component of its DNA section: Ethnicities Around the World. MyHeritage announces an exclusive offer to Family Tree DNA customers who are not yet MyHeritage subscribers: a 50% discount on the MyHeritage Complete Plan for $125 per year, with a Price-Lock Guarantee for as long as you keep your subscription. The Utah Business Magazine has recognized Legacy Tree Genealogists president, Jessica Taylor, with its prestigious Forty Under 40 Award. The Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) honors Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS, with the Award of Merit. The Genealogical Institute on Federal Research Alumni Association has announced the recipient of the Richard S. Lackey Scholarship for 2018, Linda MacIver of Boston, Massachusetts. Findmypast has added resources to its Suffragette Collection, and new records for its Devon Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials and for its Yorkshire Banns, Marriages, and Burials collections. The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has named Alison Hare, CG, and Nancy A. Peters, CG, as co-editors of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), effective with the March 2019 issue. They succeed retiring editors Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, and Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG. Drew shares updates from FamilySearch’s recent records additions. George reviews a new book, Manorial Records for Family Historians, by Geoffrey Barker. (St. Agnes, South Australia: Unlock the Past Publications, 2017) http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/unlock-past-publications Drew reviews a new book, There Is Something About Edgefield: Shining a Light on the Black Community through History, Genealogy & Genetic DNA by Edna Gail Bush and Natonne Elaine Kemp. (Takoma Park, MD: Rocky Pond Press, 2017) Listener email includes: Ricky writes to inquire about MyHeritage.com’s content offerings as compared to those of Ancestry.com. Drew responds to emails from Cassandra and Wendy concerning his interview with Angie Bush (Genealogy Connection #36). He first described the DNA Painter tool by Johnny Perl (based on Blaine Bettinger’s work) at http://dnapainter.com/tools/sharedcmv4. The tool allows you to enter the shared centiMorgan value from a DNA match and calculates possible relationships. He also clarifies that MyHeritage DNA does provide a notes field, but that this wasn't available when he interviewed Angie Bush. Drew responds to Molly who asked about Angie’s comments about a DNA cluster worksheet. Angie responds that the worksheet is an internal company worksheet document. Drew asks listeners to share any information about a similar tool that they might know of. Jenny asks for suggestions to shrink the size of her Family Tree Maker for attached media. Drew refers her to MacKiev and to FTM user groups on Facebook. Marcia asks about the viability of using her Mac for genealogy work with RootsMagic. Robin asks for suggestions about capturing communications in messages on Facebook and making the data available in text formats, including in Evernote.
February 12, 2018
Eric Wells is the Education Coordinator for The NextGen Genealogy Network, and regularly does live interviews with noted genealogists.  You can find out more about Eric here.
February 6, 2018
Michael J. Leclerc is an internationally known genealogy speaker, writer, and researcher, with specialties in New England and French Canadian research. To learn more about Michael, visit mjleclerc.com.
January 30, 2018
The Guys announce an incentive for listener support at Patreon at www.patreon.com/genealogyguys. The news includes: MyHeritage has recently added or updated a vast number of collections including U.S. Yearbooks, Newspapers from Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, Sweden, Germany, and Palestine. ScotlandsPeople has added more than 233,000 new statutory images, and improvements to their ‘Name Variants’ search facility. Legacy Tree Genealogists will be a sponsor for the DNA Innovation Contest at RootsTech. Findmypast has added records from the island of Jersey, Hertfordshire, the New Jersey Birth Index (1901-1903), and new British newspaper titles. The World War II Research and Writing Center announced the publication of four new World War II Quick Guides by Jennifer Holik, available for Kindle at Amazon. Details at http://wwiiresearchandwritingcenter.com/portfolio/kindle-quick-guides/. Newspapers.com has added newspapers for Tampa Bay in Florida, available in their enhanced subscription. The New England Historic Genealogical Society honored Boston historian and author William M. Fowler, Jr., with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Drew shares a press release from FamilySearch detailing what’s coming in 2018. Drew shares updates from FamilySearch’s recent records additions. Drew reviews a new book, The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, 4th edition, by Val D. Greenwood. (Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2017) Listener email includes: The Guys provide suggestions to Mark for finding episodes of the podcasts specifically about countries, states, record types, etc., using the Search facility at our website. Gloria Christine discusses how she navigates past the scarcity of available records for New Jersey. Jerry shares the story of his maternal grandparents, and why they had to be married a second time for the records. Drew addresses the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in response to Jerry’s comment about historical context in this story. Christine came across a great page at the Waukesha County Wisconsin Genealogy website at http://www.linkstothepast.com/waukesha/defn.php. It includes: Common Foreign Words on Tombstones compared in English, Bohemian, Bohemian dialect, German, French, and Welsh; an example of information in a Czech birth record translated into English; information about the Woodmen of America; and a list for Understanding the Art and Symbols on Tombstones. Matthew discusses his search for the father of his great-grandfather, the absence of documentary records, and how he has been working with DNA to help solve the brick wall problem.  
January 22, 2018
Angie Bush is a Utah-based genetic genealogist and a popular speaker at national genealogy conferences on DNA topics. Learn more about Angie at her APG profile. Note: At the time the interview was recorded, MyHeritage did not yet have the feature of adding notes to your DNA matches.  That is now an option.
January 18, 2018
The news includes: The Guys are pleased to welcome Legacy Tree Genealogists (www.legacytree.com) as a new sponsor for both The Genealogy Guys Podcast and the Genealogy Connection podcast. Ancestry.com's RootsWeb site has had an exposure to its IDs and passwords, so Ancestry has shut the site down while working to enhance security there and to contact RootsWeb users to change passwords. MyHeritage recently released surveys to explore how genetics impacts various aspects of their lives. MyHeritage has made major updates and improvements to their DNA Matching. They also have added an initial release of the long-requested chromosome browser. The U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, Maryland, recently discovered 46 long-forgotten flags underneath captured British flags from the War of 1812 in display cases. The new flags date from other conflicts, and most have not been seen for almost 100 years. The Britain, Ireland and the Isles Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists has launched new social media channels, including at YouTube. Findmypast has released several extensive collections of data from South Carolina. Drew shares updates from FamilySearch’s recent records additions. The Guys talk about new publications of interest: Moorshead Magazines has released a new guide in their Tracing Your Ancestors Series titled “DNA and Your Ancestry”, written by Dr. Maurice Gleeson, MB. It’s available at https://your-genealogy-history-store-usa.myshopify.com/collections/tracing-your-ancestors-series. Mystery Author Dan Waddell has a new short story in his Blood series titled “Blood Underground”, available for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers at Amazon.com. Nathan Dylan Goodwin, author of the Forensic Genealogist book series has just finished writing a new book, The Wicked Trade.. It should be available soon. And Nathan will be at RootsTech. Listener email includes: Tom asks about DNA analysis and how to create a process that identifies known relationships or matches from AncestryDNA. Dave asks about adoption and kinds of evidence that can be used to document it. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library has ended interlibrary loans of their microfilmed newspaper collection. Jim poses questions concerning autosomal DNA matches, estimated cousin relationships, and ranges of centiMorgan matches with different relationships.
January 9, 2018
Ed Thompson is the technologist behind Evidentia Software. Learn more about Ed and his software at evidentiasoftware.com.
December 29, 2017
The news includes: MyHeritage has added 90 million new New York Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists (1820-1954). MyHeritage has added a new feature, Do-It-Yourself Historical Record Fixes, in its SuperSearch facililty. Findmypast has added a new collection for tracing immigrants from the British Isles. They have also added records from Kent, and updates to the U.S. Marriages collection and additions to PERSI. Drew shares updates from FamilySearch’s recent records additions. Listener email includes: Tom shares his saga of obtaining copies of passport applications and photographs, and the rich details they contained. Neal asks about formats of genealogy charts to represent the family in a graphical way. Judy wants FamilySearch to add a priority to the digitization of microfilmed land and property records. She has had great success in locating genealogical data in these documents. Neal wants advice on how to record/represent foster children in his family tree for children who probably were not adopted. Chris shares his organizational methods for paper documents and scanned items, and he uses Evernote to great advantage. Jim shared a story from Omaha, Nebraska, about a man who used his DNA test results to find a brother he had never met.
December 20, 2017
Henrietta Martinez Christmas is a native New Mexican who has been doing research in her part of the country for decades. Read what she's written about New Mexican research at http://1598nm.blogspot.com/.
December 5, 2017
Daniel Horowitz is a Genealogy Expert for MyHeritage. To learn more about Daniel, visit searchingformyroots.com.
November 29, 2017
The news includes: MyHeritage adds a collection of New York newspapers (1806-2007) to its SuperSearch facility, and New York City Marriage License Index (1908-1929). Ancestry has made a change to the Privacy Settings for its DNA product enabling people to not see who they match. Evidentia has added a new Evidence Summary Report in a table format. The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) announced their new officers, board, and committee members. The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHJGS) has launched an online gallery of Pilgrim Descendants at http://mayflower.americanancestors.org. Ancestry and NEHGS announced that they have partnered in a Historic Catholic Records Project. It will digitize Massachusetts Catholic records from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. The Federation of Genealogical Societies has announced that the Preserve the Pensions Project has resumed with digitization and indexing of War of 1812 pensions at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). New records will begin to be added to Fold3.com for free access. NARA has announced the digitization of over 100 Confederate Maps in Record Group (RG) 109, available for download through their online catalog. Findmypast announced a two-year project to digitize materials from the Trinity Mirror Archive. Findmypast announced plans to publish the Cincinnati and Chicago Sacramental Registers online, beginning in 2018. Findmypast has added English Roman Catholic Parish browseable images for the Archdiocese of Westminster Drew shares updates from FamilySearch’s recent records additions. Listener email includes: David asked for guidance to access Dawes Rolls and other Native American records. George recommended: an Ancestry Academy webinar by Paula Stuart-Warren; a Legacy Family Tree Webinar by Angela Walton-Raji; and Angela Walton-Raji’s “The African-Native American Genealogy Blog at http://african-nativeamerican.blogspot.com. Brandon provided an update to his research for his great-great-grandfather. While he could not locate the probate records, he discovered court records about his ancestor’s insanity and institutional commitment. Margaret asked about American citizens coming through Ellis Island. Sam shares a great story about his successful use of DNA to solve a mystery about the birth parents of an adoptee.
November 15, 2017
Kathy Meade is an expert in Swedish genealogical research, and North American representative for online subscription service ArkivDigital. Read more about Kathy and the company she represents at http://blog.arkivdigital.net/tag/kathy-meade/
November 7, 2017
The news includes: MyHeritage adds a significant collection of New York immigration records (1820-1957) with unique content and using its SuperSearch technology to search the never before indexed data. MyHeritage has made a significant update to its mobile app. Find A Grave will be updating its website with a new interface that improves searching and makes it an effective tool for all mobile devices. The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society led an impressive effort to halt New York’s intended stringent limits to birth and death records. They presented a large petition at a hearing on 24 October 2017, and the hearing was attended by a large group who presented arguments against the proposal. The General Register Office in England has launched a pilot program that facilitates researchers ordering BMD records for England and Wales and receive them electronically in PDF files. Findmypast has added records to the Greater London Burial Index, Kent Archdeaconry baptisms, banns, marriages, and burials, some new newspapers, and Britain Registers of Licenses to Pass Beyond the Seas (1573-1677). Drew shares updates from FamilySearch’s recent records additions. Listener email includes: Ryan asks whether to record the people’s events in his database using the locations as they existed at the time or the current location. Christine asked about the availability of the to-go feature in the Mac version of the RootsMagic software. Donna has acquired an album with photographs and other memorabilia for a Jewish family who lived in New York City and Newark, New Jersey, and some who migrated to Detroit, Michigan. She asks for suggestions for an appropriate repository where these materials can be placed. Margie references the Genealogy Connection interview with Laura Prescott, and reminds us that The Source and Ancestry’s Red Book are both available in full-text versions at the Ancestry.com Wiki. Missi in Maine has been listening to older episodes, and she notes that the Frappr website no longer exists. Dawn asks whether she should combine several large family trees into a single tree, and suggestions for the best method. She uses Family Tree Maker software. Laurie asks The Guys to include more content concerning beginning DNA research.
October 16, 2017
Denise Levenick, the Family Curator, is a speaker and writer known for her expertise in preserving family artifacts. Learn more about Denise at http://thefamilycurator.com/.
October 5, 2017
The news includes: MyHeritage introduces its new DNA Match Review Page. MyHeritage has recently released more than 14 million Australian birth, baptismal, marriage, burial, and death records from the state of Victoria (1836-1942). MyHeritage has redesigned the Help Center at its website and added more than 750 up-to-date help articles and expanded the content. RootsMagic announces a new software update. It also announced that the application now works under the new macOS High Sierra operating system. RootsMagic reminds users that there are both a video tutorial and a written user reference to help you master the new TreeShare for Ancestry feature. Evidentia released an update, version 3.1.5. They have added a new Direct Line (Lineage) Tracker allowing you to record links in a new way. It’s perfect for your work applying for membership to lineage and heritage societies. Evidentia has also added a new advanced feature that supports Custom Style Sheets for reports. Ancestry’s CEO Tim Sullivan has stepped down and becomes Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors effective 1 October 2017. Howard Hochhauser, the company’s CFO, will assume the interim role of CEO as the company conducts a search for a permanent replacement. Findmypast has appointed Tamsin Todd as its new CEO. She takes over from interim CEO Jay Verkler and brings an impressive CV to the position. Sue Tolbert, the Executive Director of the Three Rivers Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma, is stepping down after having reorganized the museum, added a wealth of new historical holdings, developed educational programs and annual cultural events, and expanded the museum’s presence in the region. She is succeeded by Amy Bradshaw, who brings her impressive background experience with several museums in Oklahoma and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Association of Professional Genealogists just concluded its annual Professional Management Conference in the Washington, DC, area. Two important awards were made: Meryl Schumacker of Minnesota was the winner of the APG Young Professional Scholarship. APG has established the Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy. Laura was the first recipient of this new annual award. The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (GEN-FED) has announced that the 2018 Institute will be held July 16-20. Online registration will be held on 24 February 2018 at its website at http://www.gen-fed.org. You can also sign up for email announcements at http://www.gen-fed.org/gen-fed-2018. RootsTech 2018 has been expanded to four days, 28 February through 3 March, and it will introduce a new Innovation Showcase. Findmypast has added baptisms, marriages, burials, and wills for Lancashire, Herefordshire, new browseable parish registers for Warwickshire, and new records for Gloucestershire. New Connecticut records (1600s-1800s) have been added, along with some UK monumental inscriptions, and several new Irish newspapers. Go Ahead Tours and Ancestry have announced that they will partner in a portfolio of guided genealogical tours, including Sicily, Southern Italy, German, and two tours in Ireland. Call Go Ahead at 1-800-242-4686 to learn more and to obtain details about specific tour destinations and learn about what is entailed in each tour. FamilySearch has released a new web-based indexing tool that makes the process of indexing and searching much easier. In addition, FamilySearch will hold a Worldwide Indexing Event again this year on 20-22 October 2017. Drew shares updates from FamilySearch’s recent records additions. Moorshead Magazines is the publisher of Your Genealogy Today, Internet Genealogy, and History Magazine. They also publish special books on the Tracing Your Ancestors Series. George discusses three of these publications: Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors, written by Christine Woodcock Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors, written by Leland K. Meitzler Tracing Your Ancestors: Heritage Travel Tips, Tricks & Strategies, written by Lisa A. Alzo and Christine Woodcock These excellent expert guides and other titles in the series can be ordered at https://your-genealogy-history-store-usa.myshopify.com/collections/tracing-your-ancestors-series. George reviews the following books in this episode: The Fabulous Flying Mrs. Miller, by Carol Baxter. This biography of Jessie “Chubbie” Miller, a contemporary aviatrix of Amelia Earhart and other female fliers who hailed from Australia, is an excellent read. The book describes what it was like to engage in air races to set records, get financial endorsements, and earn money in the 1920s and 1930s. The excitement and danger make for an engaging story, but then Chubbie becomes involved in two other news-making events: when she goes missing on a flight, and when she becomes a central figure in a high-profile murder trial. Order the book directly from the publisher, Allen & Unwin in Australia, at https://www.allenandunwin.com. It’s a great read! English author Nathan Dylan Goodwin continues his excellent series of genealogical crime mysteries with several new titles featuring Morton Farrier, the forensic genealogist. The Spyglass File focuses research on the case of a woman who was abandoned by her family during the Battle of Britain (1940 and 1941) and wants to trace them. Morton learns about the young English women with fluency in German who were recruited to listen to radio traffic of German fliers in order to anticipate air raid sites and scramble receiving planes. He researches the fliers, the women in the service, and more as he seeks out the elusive Spyglass File and its contents. The mysterious story is a page-turner you’ll find nearly impossible to put down. The Missing Man continues Farrier’s search to learn more about his biological father from the U.S., track him down, and possibly even meet him. In the source of his research, he discovers some strange family history and some startling criminal activities. This book is a compelling read as piece after piece of the puzzles are uncovered. Finally, Goodwin has written a Morton Farrier short story titled The Suffragette’s Secret. This is only available as a Kindle e-book. We’ll review this as soon as we’ve had a chance to read it. We also know from his newsletter that Nathan is at work on another forensic genealogist mystery, and he has decided to attend RootsTech 2018.  Listener email includes: Angela just finisher previewing a cookbook titled Pantry and Palate: Remembering and Rediscovering Acadian Food, written by journalist Simon Thibault. The book is a compilation of Acadian family recipes from the author’s family, photographs, and family stories. It is a tribute to the author’s ancestors and really brought another aspect of their lives to light. Jean cites our announcement about the New York State Death Index that we discussed in Episode # 329. Specifically, she addresses the organization of the index. It isn’t always in alphabetical sequence; between 1940 and 1956, the names are organized using Soundex. Tom is tracing his biological parents using DNA, and asks if there a program or tool available that could be used to enter names and matches and then perhaps put unknown matches into some kind of order where they might be more usable. Liv Birgit in Norway uses Dragon Dictation with both English and Norwegian with quite good success,
September 18, 2017
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/
September 11, 2017
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
September 6, 2017
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.”
August 28, 2017
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/
August 20, 2017
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.
August 7, 2017
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
August 2, 2017
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.
July 24, 2017
Carolyn Tolman is a Project Manager for Legacy Tree Genealogists. Learn more about Carolyn at https://www.legacytree.com/blog/meet-carolyn-project-manager-legacy-tree-genealogists.
July 10, 2017
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.
July 7, 2017
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.
June 26, 2017
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.
June 17, 2017
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.
June 7, 2017
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.
May 29, 2017
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.
May 13, 2017
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.  
May 2, 2017
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.
April 22, 2017
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.
April 12, 2017
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: The Guild of One-Name Studies ( http://one-name.org) The Public Profiler at the Great Britain Family Names Profiling website ( http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org) Ancestry.com surname meaning and distribution at https://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts . 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. Visit the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at http://ahaseminars.com for Our Speaking Schedule and join us at conferences across the United States and at sea!
April 2, 2017
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.
March 21, 2017
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 interest. Doug asks what is the point of doing genealogy if no one else in the family is or will be interested. Jim asks about the amount of shared DNA (in centiMorgans) and relationships based on the amount of shared DNA. Mike discusses the difficulties in obtaining official death records in New Jersey and asks for suggestions for alternative approaches. Chris asks for suggestions for locating records of an ancestor who arrived in the US in the 1780s and ultimately migrated to Tennessee. 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 .
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