The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy ConnectionAuthor: George G. Morgan & Drew Smith
28 Jan 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 #388

    The Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education site is on sale through December 31, 2020 for $69 for your first year's subscription (new subscribers only). Regularly $99, this is our lowest price of the year! Visit http://blog.genealogyguys.com/2020/11/genealogy-guys-learn-on-sale-through.html for full details of obtaining the discount and our current course catalog. (Listen to the podcast to get the discount code.)

    The winner of the Genealogy Publishing Company’s At a Glance sheet on “Polish Genealogy Research” is John from North Tonawanda, New York.

    The call deadline for submitting applications for the Unsung Heroes Awards and the Unsung Heroes Awards Society Grant is January 1, 2021, at midnight EST. Don’t miss it! Details can be found on our blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/2020/12/the-genealogy-guys-and-vivid-pix-call.html.

    News You Can Use and Share!

    • MyHeritage announced the release of a new colorization model for MyHeritage iIn ColorTM.
    • RootsMagic 8 is making progress with thousands of testers. Listen for a new announcement soon, and listen to their ad for a great holiday sale price.
    • The Germans from Lithuania Name Index is now online at https://www.germansfromlithusania.org.
    • The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) presented its 2020 awards. Included are Loretto Dennis “Lou” Szucs as recipient of the Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Genealogy and Amy E. K. Arner, who received the Honorary Life Membership.
    • Michael J. Leclerc has been selected as the new managing editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.
    • Findmypast has added new collections or new records to: Scotland Monumental Inscriptions; US World War II Casualty Lists; Essex Baptisms; Devon Baptisms; Berkshire Probate Index; Yorkshire Monumental Inscriptions; U.S. Obituary Notices; and Ireland Billion Graves Cemetery Index.
    • Enslaved.org has built a robust, open-source online facility to discover and explore nearly a half million people and 5 million data points for enslaved Africans. From archival entries to spreadsheet entries, the lives of the enslaved can be seen in richer detail. Visit https://enslaved.org/.
    • FamilySearch has announced that it is has added 20 languages – up now to 30 languages – for researching in its website.
    • Drew recaps three weeks of huge new and expanded collections at FamilySearch.

    DNA Segment with Diahan Southard

    Drew and Diahan discuss CODIS, the DNA database used by U.S. law enforcement, and how the major DNA testing companies interact (or not) with U.S. law enforcement.

    Cyndi Says

    Cyndi Ingle tells us that it is time to review.

    We Hear from Our Listeners!

    • Tom wrote to thank The Guys for leads to books and other materials about life in Scotland and its history between 1900 and 1930. He also describes some ironies he has discovered in WWI and WWII in his wife’s family.
    • Mark shared his brick wall happy dance that resulted from locating a social item in a 1902 newspaper gossip column.
    • William is trying to locate a birth certificate in Texas for his grandfather. He has located one for his grandfather’s brother but not for his grandfather. Suggestions are welcome from our listeners.
    • Lisa wrote to discuss her genealogical numbering using the Ahnentafel method and how she files her evidence.

    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 and the current sale through December 31, 2020.

    Visit our Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/ for even more news between podcasts.

    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 16 Dec 2020

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #387

    Announcement

    The Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education site, is on sale through December 31, 2020, for $69 for your first year's subscription (new subscribers only). Regularly $99, this is our lowest price of the year! Visit http://blog.genealogyguys.com/2020/11/genealogy-guys-learn-on-sale-through.html for full details for obtaining the discount and our current course catalog.

    News You Can Use and Share!

    • ProQuest and Ancestry have extended remote access to Ancestry Library Edition in participating libraries through March 2021.
    • MyHeritage announced that Family Tree Builder software is now available for the macOS Catalina and macOS High Sierra platforms.
    • MyHeritage has published three new collections from Wales: Wales, Parish Births and Baptisms; Wales, Parish Marriages and Banns; and Wales, Parish Deaths and Burials.
    • MyHeritage announces a Gift membership at a 50% discount. See their blog at https://blog.myheritage.com/2020/11/introducing-the-myheritage-gift-membership/.
    • The National Archives (TNA) in the UK has announced that they are doubling the monthly limit on downloading free digital records from their website from 50 to 100. You must register for a free account on their site.
    • Findmypast has released: Warwickshire, Coventry Blitz, German Air Raids 1940-1941; British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers’ Medical Records; new Yorkshire Baptisms; new Yorkshire Monumental Inscriptions; British Armed Forces Soldiers’ Wills 1850-1986; Ireland, Londonderry (Derry) War Memorial 1914-1918; and British Red Cross & Order of St. John Enquiry List, Wounded & Missing 1914-1919.
    • Newspapers.com announces the first phase of their Marriage Index Collection – 50 million wedding announcements.
    • Geni announced that its World Family Tree now connects over 150 million profiles.
    • Drew recaps the huge new and expanded collections at FamilySearch.

    DNA Segment with Diahan Southard

    Drew discusses with Diahan how traditional paternity tests differ from the autosomal DNA tests that genealogists use.

    Cyndi Says

    Cyndi Ingle tells us to file as we go.

    We Hear from Our Listeners

    • Tom asks about having hired a consultant who created his tree at Ancestry.com under her account. He wants to download that GEDCOM to RootsMagic but cannot share that tree with other people per the Ancestry settings. He is looking for suggestions for how to deal with this.
    • Tom is looking for books and other materials about life in Scotland and its history between 1900 and 1930. Drew provided some book references, but we welcome our listeners’ input and suggestions.
    • Mark is searching for a great-grandfather ostensibly born in Alabama in 1881. He thinks his great-great-grandfather may have been “insane”. He is seeking suggestions on how to research the legal and practical aspects of “insanity” in the 1800s. We ask our listeners to share their knowledge and suggestions.

    Review and Drawing

    Drew reviewed “Polish Genealogy Research”, a Genealogical Publishing Company quick sheet by Rosemary A. Dembinski Chorzempa. GPC is giving one copy of this quick sheet away to one Genealogy Guys Podcast listener. Listen to the episode on how to enter this drawing. But act fast!

    Contact Us!

    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 local genealogical society about our free podcasts, our free blog, and our Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education website and the current sale through December 31, 2000.

    Visit our Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/ for even more news between podcasts.

    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 23 Nov 2020

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    Genealogy Connection #74 - Michael Cassara, Speaker

    Drew's guest is Michael Cassara, a New York City-based genealogy speaker specializing in Italian and Sicilian research topics, as well as topics about research in NYC and New Jersey. In addition to being a speaker at genealogy conferences, he is a casting director.  

    Learn more about Michael by visiting his website at DigiRoots.net.


  • Posted on 09 Nov 2020

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #386

    News You Can Use and Share!

    • MyHeritage has just released a major collection of Historical Norwegian Church Records (1815-1938) including millions of digitized and scanned records of births and baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials.
    • MyHeritage has released three historical record collections from Wales: Parish Births and Baptisms; Parish Marriages and Banns; and Parish Deaths and Burials.
    • Ed Thompson of Evidentia will be producing a new YouTube Livestream, the “Genealogy Software Showcase” to showcase the software in detail, its functionality, and more. Get in at the beginning by joining for free at https://genealogyshowcase.tech/.
    • Findmypast has released: England & Wales Non-Conformist Births and Baptisms for Surrey Methodists; Jamaica Life Events; Caribbean Rolls of Honor WW I; new records of Kent Baptisms and Burials; 90K new Warwickshire Burials (1874-2016); Scotland, Ayrshire Census & Population Lists (1801-1831); and records from the Greater London Burial Index for St. Olave’s (1583-1665).
    • Drew recaps the huge new and expanded collections at FamilySearch.

    DNA Segment with Diahan Southard

    Drew asks Diahan to explain why some DNA testing companies ask for saliva (spit!) and some are fine with cheek scrapings. Learn more at:
    https://www.yourdnaguide.com/ydgblog/2019/11/26/dna-test-no-saliva-spit

    Cyndi Says

    Cyndi Ingle tells us about the importance of doing screenshots.

    Zion Cemetery

    Drew is actively involved with researching the African-American Cemetery in Tampa that was “erased and built over. Here is his presentation for the 2020 Family Heritage Festival coordinated by the Tampa Hillsborough Public Library system.

    Drew’s Family Research

    Drew discusses his recent focus on his Weinglass ancestors and their descendants. He has made some progress on one of the family lines.

    We’d like to thank our newest Patreon member, Simona MacAngus. 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 to your local society. Contact us at genealogyguys@gmail.com.


  • Posted on 03 Nov 2020

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    Genealogy Connection #73 - Nicka Sewell-Smith, Speaker and YouTuber

    Drew's guest is Nicka Sewell-Smith, host of BlackProGen LIVE, an online show focused on people of color genealogy and family history. In addition to being a popular speaker at genealogy conferences, she is a professional photographer.  

    Learn more about Nicka by visiting her website at Who Is Nicka Smith?


  • Posted on 26 Oct 2020

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