The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy ConnectionAuthor: George G. Morgan & Drew Smith
23 Jul 2021

The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy Connection

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"The Genealogy Guys" are two avid genealogists who host a weekly chat. The podcast includes news of the genealogy community, book and software reviews, guest interviews, and a lot of fun chat.

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #392

    We gave away two copies of Genealogical Publishing Company’s Russia Genealogy Research at a glance reference guide and announced the winners.

    News You Can Use and Share

    • The Genealogy Guys Podcast is one of Family Tree Magazine's 101 Best Websites 2021. See full list at https://www.familytreemagazine.com/best-genealogy-websites/.
    • MyHeritage announced its new Photo Repair tool.
    • The FamilySearch Family History Library is reopening 6 July 2021.
    • The Society of Genealogists announces that negotiations for a new home are underway.
    • 1871 Irish Census transcriptions for the Roman Catholic parish of Drumconrath are now online at http://registers.nli.ie/registers/vtls000635150#page/5/mode/1up.
    • The Early British Census project is now online at http://ebc.byu.edu.
    • A new webpage has been launched for the Maps for Local History at the National Library of Scotland at https://maps.nls.uk/communities/local-history/.
    • NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has a backlog of 500,000 outstanding records inquiries. It is estimated that it will take 18-24 months to resolve the backlog.
    • The British Library and Findmypast have announced the renewal of their long-term partnership to digitize the British Newspaper Archive and make it available online.
    • Findmypast has added new collections or new records to: Middlesex Baptisms; Carmarthenshire, Wales, Parish Records; Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Registers; Yorkshire Monumental Inscriptions; England Roman Catholic Parish Registers; and Crime, Prisons & Punishment records and mugshots.
    • More than 400,000 naturalization records for the Bronx and Queens, New York, will become available online as part of a new federally-funded project.
    • FamilySearch International announced the release of the FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0 standard. The new data standard will accommodate media and other data in addition to text. Developers will certainly be busy programming to implement the new GEDCOM standard.
    • Drew recaps the vast new and expanded collections at FamilySearch.

    DNA Segment with Diahan Southard

    Drew discusses working with distant matches with Diahan.

    Listener Email

    • Jean congratulated us on our inclusion in Family Tree Magazine’s 101 Best Genealogy Websites. She also shared that she had success with using the old Ancestry message boards to locate a grandfather's cousin.
    • Donna Moughty won one of the Russia Genealogy Research guides and it gave her the incentive to restart her research into her grandfather who was born in what now is Ukraine. She also has a few openings for her Ireland research trips this October. Learn more at https://www.irishfamilyroots.com/ or email her at moughty@mac.com.
    • Graeme wrote about the discovery of 215 unmarked graves on the property of a residential school in Canada for indigenous children. He asked Drew for what processes of investigating and repatriating the children’s remains can be used.
    • Tom wrote about his DNA research for his wife’s biological grandfather.

    Thank you to all our Patreon supporting members for their support. Your Patreon support helps us improve our technology and provide even more podcast content to you! You can join us for as little as $1 a month or as much as you’d like to contribute. Visit https://www.patreon.com/genealogyguys to get started.

    You should also tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts, our free blog, and our Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education website.

    Let us hear from you at genealogyguys@gmail.com.

    George and Drew are available for virtual presentations for your local society. Contact us at genealogyguys@gmail.com.


  • Posted on 25 Jun 2021

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #391

    News You Can Use and Share

    • MyHeritage announced a new filtering option for the DNA Matches page. You can filter based on any of their 2,114 Genetic Groups.
    • Ancestry announced that it now has more than 1,400 regions offered between communities and ethnic regions in its DNA matches.
    • The Society of Genealogists in London, the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC, and The National Archives in Kew, Richmond (London) have all reopened with limited capacity and required reservations required.
    • Findmypast introduces new and improved address search in census records.
    • Findmypast has added new collections or new records to: Australia, Military Commemorative Rolls & Rolls of Honor; Kent Parish records; the 1939 Register; British Army, Royal Engineers; Coldstream Guards; Monmouthshire Parish records; Glamorganshire Parish records; Australia Inbound, Outward & Coastal Passenger Lists 1826-1972; Middlesex Poor Law records; Scots Guards’ service records (WWII); Norfolk Churchyard and Memorial Images (browse); Scotland, Modern and Civil Births 1855-2019; Scotland, Modern and Civil Marriages 1855-2019; Scotland, Modern and Civil Deaths & Burials 1855-2021.
    • Drew recaps three weeks of vast new and expanded collections at FamilySearch.

    DNA Segment with Diahan Southard

    Drew discusses with Diahan what the TiP report is on Family Tree DNA and how to use it.

    Cyndi Says

    Cyndi Ingle says that we shouldn't worry about what others are doing.

    Russia At a Glance Reference Guides Giveaway

    We are giving away two copies of Genealogical Publishing Company’s at a glance reference guides. If you are interested, send us an email to genealogyguys@gmail.com by June 1st. Include RUSSIA in the header line and your name and mailing address in the body. We’ll draw two winners after June 1st.

    Listener Email

    • Floreen wrote to thank us for the Genealogy Connection interview with Drew Smith.
    • Margaret wrote to update us on her work on Pointe Coupee, Louisiana plantation journal transcription records. She has a blog at https://lakeland-briarsplantationrecords.blogspot.com/ with details.
    • Patrick shares his success locating family members in Iowa who “disappeared” after 1881.
    • James wrote to share his frustration with delays with obtaining military records from the National Personnel Record Center. (The facility was closed for over a year with the pandemic and is now beginning to work to catch up.)
    • Cindy couldn’t locate her grandparents in the 1930 census. She reminds us all not to forget newspaper research.
    • Terri is looking for an unknown father. Drew suggested using DNA testing and joining the Facebook group DNA Detectives for more help.
    • Laura shares how MyHeritage helped her discover an uncle she never knew existed.

    We’d like to thank all our supporting Patreon members for their support. Your Patreon support helps us improve our technology and provide even more podcast content to you! You can join us for as little as $1 a month or as much as you’d like to contribute. Visit https://www.patreon.com/genealogyguys to get started.

    You should also tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts, our free blog, and our Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education website.

    Let us hear from you at genealogyguys@gmail.com.

    George and Drew are available for virtual presentations for your local society. Contact us at genealogyguys@gmail.com.


  • Posted on 27 May 2021

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    Genealogy Connection #076 - Rick Voight, Vivid-Pix and Edith Wagner, Reunions Magazine

    Drew's guests are Rick Voight, CEO of Vivid-Pix, and Edith Wagner, Publisher and Editor of Reunions Magazine.

    Learn more about Rick and Vivid-Pix at the Vivid-Pix News Blog. Learn more about Edith at her LinkedIn page and about Reunions Magazine at reunionsmag.com.


  • Posted on 17 May 2021

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    Genealogy Connection #75 - Drew Smith, Speaker, Author, Librarian

    Drew's guest is...Drew Smith! After receiving a number of requests from listeners, George interviews Drew as the Genealogy Connection guest.

    Drew is the genealogy librarian at the University of South Florida Libraries in Tampa, has authored or co-authored several genealogy books, is a regular columnist for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and speaks regularly at local, national, and international genealogy meetings and conferences. 

    Learn more about Drew by visiting:


  • Posted on 04 May 2021

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #390

    News You Can Use and Share

    • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has made a grant to Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade (enslaved.org).
    • MyHeritage announced significant updates to their website Navigation Bar.
    • MyHeritage has introduced Deep NostalgiaTM special animations to its photo collection.
    • The National Archives in the UK (https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/) will reopen its reading rooms on 27 April 2021. Advance reservations are required.
    • Findmypast has added new records to existing collections: Norfolk Baptisms; Norfolk Banns & Marriages; Norfolk Burials; Philadelphia Roman Catholic Parish Records; England & Wales Deaths 2007-2020; Ireland, Northern Ireland Deaths 1998-2020; Cincinnati Roman Catholic Parish Registers; Cambridgeshire, Licensed Victuallers; and more.
    • Drew recaps huge new and expanded collections at FamilySearch numbering in the millions of records.

    The DNA Segment with Diahan Southard

    Drew and Diahan discuss MyHeritage's new Genetic Groups and how to use them.

    Cyndi Says

    Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s List tells us that it's time to refresh.

    Our Listeners Speak

    • Laura discusses the fact that her family cannot be found in the 1920 U.S. federal census.
    • Jeffery has built his own cemetery website so that he can see people’s information the way he prefers. You can check it out at http://www.wikigrave.com/.
    • Pat writes about the probate for her South Carolina ancestor.
    • Vic wrote seeking advice for how to label his photographs so that they are easier to organize, file electronically, and quickly locate. George recommends Vivid-Pix RESTORE software (https://vivid-pix.com/) that can enhance all types of images, add metadata, and then allow quick searching.
    • Joshua writes about FamilySearch and its multiple collections of birth and marriage records, and that sometimes each collection’s content is often different. George addresses marriage records: marriage indexes, marriage bonds, and marriage books.

    And finally...

    We'd like to thank all our supporting Patreon members for their support. Your Patreon support helps us improve our technology and provide even more podcast content to you! You can join us for as little as $1 a month or as much as you’d like to contribute. Visit https://www.patreon.com/genealogyguys to get started.

    You should also tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts, our free blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/, and our Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education website at https://genealogyguyslearn.com/.

    Let us hear from you at genealogyguys@gmail.com.

    George and Drew are available for virtual presentations for your local society. Contact us at genealogyguys@gmail.com.


  • Posted on 26 Apr 2021

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