The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy ConnectionAuthor: George G. Morgan & Drew Smith
18 Aug 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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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #348

    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.

  • Posted on 13 Aug 2018

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    Genealogy Connection #046 - Amy Johnson Crow, Speaker and Blogger

    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


  • Posted on 30 Jul 2018

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    Genealogy Connection #045 - Randy Whited, Speaker and Volunteer

    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.


  • Posted on 23 Jul 2018

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #347

    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:
    • 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.


  • Posted on 16 Jul 2018

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #346

    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!


  • Posted on 04 Jul 2018

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