The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy ConnectionAuthor: George G. Morgan & Drew Smith
30 Mar 2017

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 #325 - 2017 March 19

    We are pleased to announce that we have passed the 2,000,000th download of our podcasts on 5 March 2017. Thank you to our listeners and our sponsors for making us a success!

    The Guys are very pleased to announce that they will be the speakers for the California Genealogical Society’s inaugural Caribbean Genealogy Cruise. The Society is celebrating its 120th anniversary with a 7-night cruise on the luxurious Celebrity Cruise Line's Silhouette for a fantastic cruise, departing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday, 11 February 2018. The ship will call at ports in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. The Genealogy Guys will present 12 separate lectures on the days at sea, and they will be available for one-on-one consultation appointments. Explore the islands, participate in optional on-shore activities, and enjoy a festive time with the speakers and other genealogists. Get the flyer with all the details at http://www.ahaseminars.com/upload/menu/Cruise_Flyer_-_Final.pdf . More information will be posted soon at the California Genealogical Society website at http://www.californiaancestors.org .

    The news includes:

    • RootsMagic continues to work on adding Ancestry.com to its software’s Hints facility. In the meantime, George has an article in the upcoming April/May 2017 issue of Internet Genealogy magazine titled “RootsMagic and WebHints: Harness the Power”.
    • The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Grant Committee and the Southern California Genealogical Society announce the 2017 Student Grant and Jamboree Scholarship. Applications are due on 15 April 2017. Details and the application form are available at http://thefamilycurator.com/SWF-grant/.
    • Evidentia announced the addition of a new facility, Cousin Tracker, to its software. A video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbeZJmHSpEw&feature=youtu.be describing and demonstrating the new facility.
    • Charleston, South Carolina’s Board of Architectural Review has given its enthusiastic approval to the construction of a $75M International African American Museum there. Construction may begin by year’s end. Fundraising is in process. Details are available at https://iaamuseum.org.
    • Unlock the Past announces a Holy Land Tour in Israel (23 October – 1 November 2017) and a genealogy conference in Tel Aviv (1-2 November 2017). Details are available at http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/holy-land-tour-and-genealogy-conference-israel.
    • Findmypast has added new records and updates to existing collections, including: Scotland Post Office Directories; Lower Canada Census 1842, Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions; Anglo-Boer War Records 1899-1902; Northamptonshire Baptisms; Warwickshire Monumental Inscriptions; United States Marriages; and the Periodical Source Index.
    • Drew shares new and updated collections at FamilySearch.

    Listener email includes:

    • Katherine shares a link to A Timeline Map of US Since 1820 at http://kottke.org/17/03/a-timeline-map-of-us-immigration-since-1820 .
    • Gavin shared a link to Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History at http://www.gracesguide.co.uk with images of company listings in directories and newspapers and a number of biographies.
    • Sam is researching Williams and Traylor ancestors, and asks about the possibilities of expanding his knowledge by upgrading to a Y-DNA 111-marker test.
    • Matt shares the importance of interviewing your elders, and provides a link to his blog entry on the subject at http://matthewkmiller.blogspot.com/2017/02/interview-your-elders.html .
    • Richard tells about the origins of his genealogical interest.
    • Doug asks what is the point of doing genealogy if no one else in the family is or will be interested.
    • Jim asks about the amount of shared DNA (in centiMorgans) and relationships based on the amount of shared DNA.
    • Mike discusses the difficulties in obtaining official death records in New Jersey and asks for suggestions for alternative approaches.
    • Chris asks for suggestions for locating records of an ancestor who arrived in the US in the 1780s and ultimately migrated to Tennessee.

    Aha! Seminars, Inc., can deliver webinars by George and/or Drew to your genealogical society for a very affordable price. Learn more at http://www.ahaseminars.com/cpage.php?pt=10 .


  • Posted on 21 Mar 2017

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    Genealogy Connection #018 - Audrey Collins, Researcher, Speaker, and Writer

    Audrey Collins is a Family History Specialist at The National Archives, UK.  Learn more from Audrey by visiting her blog at thefamilyrecorder.blogspot.com.


  • Posted on 07 Mar 2017

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #324 - 2017 February 26

    The news includes:

    • MyHeritage appoints prominent DNA expert Dr. Yaniv Erlich as Chief Science Officer.
    • MyHeritage announces the new Consistency Checker for online family trees, and the launch of a new feature called Photo Discoveries.
    • Evidentia Software will be sharing tips and information on this podcast in the near future.
    • The new Journal of Genealogy and Family History (JGFH) will be launched in April, published by the Register of Qualified Genealogists. The online publication will be an academic platform for peer-reviewed articles about a wide array of topics. More information can be found at http://www.qualifiedgenealogists.org/jgfh .
    • Results of the Innovator Showdown at RootsTech 2017 are shared by Drew.
    • Findmypast launches the Catholic Heritage Archive, beginning with records from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the British Archdioceses of Westminster and Birmingham.
    • The Early Bird Registration for the 2017 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference (26-29 April 2017) in Sandusky, Ohio ends on 10 March 2017.
    • Drew shares the latest releases from FamilySearch.
    • Drew also discusses the newly announced policy changes announced by Ancestry.com for their DNA testing.

    Listener email includes:

    • Rich asks for recommendations for the best DNA company and tests.
    • Ann has finished reading The Guys’ book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques and asks for research options for a particularly difficult brick wall problem.
    • Terry responds to Margie’s question about GEDmatch, and recommends a webinar from Legacy Family Tree Webinars (http://familytreewebinars.com).
    • Laura expresses concern about having all her family tree information online at Ancestry.com. She asks about best ways to download the data and store it, and about backup options.

    George reviews a book by Helen V. Smith titled Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms (2nd edition) published by Unlock the Past Publications (http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/unlock-past-publications).

    George discusses a recent consultation he did through genealogyDOTcoach (https://genealogy.coach) for a client looking for evidence of an ancestor’s death in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He shares some of his research suggestions.


  • Posted on 28 Feb 2017

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #323 - 2017 February 5

    The news includes:

    • MyHeritage announces their new Discoveries page, which combines Matches by People and Matches by Source onto the same page. You can work through one or the other or both.
    • RootsTech 2017 has announced its schedule of free online broadcasts, and you can view it at https://www.rootstech.org/live-stream-schedule .
    • Findmypast has released additional records in their Australia Electoral Roles collection, and a new collection of records of Early Immigration from Britain, 1636-1815.
    • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society announces an innovative space, the NYG&B Labs.
    • George shares information that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is investigating the death of journalist and TV star Dorothy Kilgallen on 8 November 1965. The action comes in response to the book George has discussed here by Mark Shaw titled The Reporter Who Knew Too Much.

    Listener email includes:

    • Christine comments about the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago and the book The Devil in the White City.
    • Barbara also commented on the same event, and she found a book titled The Congress of Women: Held in the Woman’s Building, World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, U.S.A., 1893 .
    • Christine was looking for assistance in locating a family in Ohio that appear in the 1850, 1870, and 1880 censuses – but not in 1860.

    The Guys discuss more tips for preparing for a successful trip.

    Aha! Seminars, Inc., can deliver webinars by George and/or Drew to your genealogical society for an affordable price. Learn more at http://www.ahaseminars.com/cpage.php?pt=10 .

    Please help The Guys spread the word about our two podcasts:

    Visit the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at http://ahaseminars.com for Our Speaking Schedule and join us at conferences across the United States and at sea!


  • Posted on 06 Feb 2017

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #322 - 2017 January 30

    The news includes:

    • MyHeritage has a great webinar about the MyHeritage DNA testing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UZL-pfACGQ .
    • MyHeritage has added the U.S. World War I Draft Registrations 1917-1918 with 24 million records.
    • Evidentia has published updated versions of The Evidentia Companion and the Quickstart Guide for Version 3. The Companion book is available as a PDF download and as a printed paperback.
    • ScotlandsPeople has added new records including the 1916 Births, 1941 Marriages, and the 1966 Deaths, and more records are coming this year.
    • Ancestry.com has announced two new appointments to its management team.
    • Findmypast has released new records for Rutland, Leicestershire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Victoria [Australia], and British Newspapers and new Irish Newspapers.
    • The Boston [Massachusetts] Archdiocese and the New England Historic Genealogical Society are partnering to create the first extensive database of Catholic records in the U.S. The project will include millions of records from 1789 to 1900 for more than 100 Boston and Eastern Massachusetts parishes.
    • Drew discusses 6 things to look for from FamilySearch in 2017.
    • Reclaim the Records announces that the images of the index to New York City Marriages for 1930 to 1945 are online, and more to come.
    • Famicity is a new private social network for your family ( https://www.famicity.com/en/sign-up ) and has begun a Kickstarter campaign to fund development.

    Listener email includes:

    • Ryan responded to Jenny’s question about a blog and a website for one’s family.
    • Jenny provides an important tip about working with AncestryDNA matches.
    • Margie asks Drew for more information about GEDmatch.
    • Julienne shared the excitement of locating Belgian records at FamilySearch and discusses the French Republican Calendar (aka, French Revolutionary Calendar) in use during the period of 1793-1805.
    • Jean shares information about the German Genealogy Group ( http://www.germangenealogygroup.com ) and advises us of the addition of Richmond County Deaths 1847-1897.
    • Geary asks about people whose family lines all arrived before the Revolutionary War.
    • Christine shares the story of a long-standing search for her great-grandfather’s brother, and that his death record was finally located in Missouri.

    Aha! Seminars, Inc., can deliver webinars by George and/or Drew to your genealogical society for an affordable price. Learn more at http://www.ahaseminars.com/cpage.php?pt=10.

    Please help The Guys spread the word about our two podcasts:

    Visit the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at http://ahaseminars.com for Our Speaking Schedule and join us at conferences across the United States and at sea!


  • Posted on 01 Feb 2017

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