The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy ConnectionAuthor: George G. Morgan & Drew Smith
24 Feb 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 #339 - 2018 February 22

    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)

    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’s content offerings as compared to those of
    • 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 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.

  • Posted on 24 Feb 2018

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    Genealogy Connection #038 - Eric Wells, Education Coordinator for The NextGen Genealogy Network

    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.

  • Posted on 12 Feb 2018

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    Genealogy Connection #037 - Michael J. Leclerc, Speaker, Writer, and Researcher

    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

  • Posted on 06 Feb 2018

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #338 - 2018 January 28

    The Guys announce an incentive for listener support at Patreon at

    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
    • 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 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.


  • Posted on 30 Jan 2018

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    Genealogy Connection #036 - Angie Bush, Genetic Genealogist

    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.

  • Posted on 22 Jan 2018


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