The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy ConnectionAuthor: George G. Morgan & Drew Smith
16 Oct 2018

The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy Connection

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George G. Morgan and Drew Smith discuss genealogy on The Genealogy Guys Podcast.
Drew Smith interviews leaders of the genealogy community on Genealogy Connection.

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    Genealogy Connection #049 - Angela Walton-Raji, Speaker, Writer, and Podcaster

    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.

  • Posted on 08 Oct 2018

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    Genealogy Connection #048 - Lisa Alzo, Writer and Speaker

    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

  • Posted on 01 Oct 2018

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #350

    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:
      1. Don’t assume the ethnicity of people who settled an area as you might miss excellent documentary sources.
      2. The Library of Virginia has made indices and images of Chancery Court records for many counties available online at
    • 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.

  • Posted on 22 Sep 2018

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    Genealogy Connection #047 - Diahan Southard, DNA Expert, Speaker, and Writer

    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.

  • Posted on 08 Sep 2018

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #349

    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 ( 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.

  • Posted on 24 Aug 2018


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