The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy ConnectionAuthor: George G. Morgan & Drew Smith
06 Oct 2022

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 #408

    News You Can Use and Share!

    • MyHeritage has added 74 collections with 130 million new historical records. Read our blog to learn more.
    • Unlock the Past has announced that the Family History Down Under 2022 Conference will be held 8-11 November 2022 at Castle Hill, near Sydney, Australia. You can attend in person or virtually. Full details and registration can be found at https://www.fhdu22.com/.
    • Findmypast has implemented Tree Search at its site “with instant connections and new discoveries waiting to help your family tree bloom.”
    • Findmypast has added Derbyshire Baptisms, Durham Marriages, and Northamptonshire Burials Baptisms.
    • FamilySearch was presented with the Historic Preservation Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
    • Drew highlights new and updated collections added at FamilySearch in July and August.

    Listener Email

    • Angela had written asking for suggestions for locating railroad employment records in the U.S. for his Italian great-grandfather. Expert Paula Stuart-Warren provides a wealth of resource suggestions.
    • Karl asks about using DNA testing to identify the parents of Nathanial Oak, born circa 1645 in England or Wales. Drew provides suggestions regarding Y-DNA testing and joining a DNA surname group at Family Tree DNA.
    • Kristina writes to celebrate her success in finding a wealth of criminal records for her great-grandfather at the Indiana State Archives.

    Giveaway

    The Guys are giving away a copy of their Brick Wall Research Strategies quicksheet, based on their book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques (McGraw-Hill, 2013). Send an email to genealogyguys@gmail.com by midnight EDT on 30 September 2002. Write BRICK WALL in the subject line, and include your name and postal address in the body of the email. This offer is only valid for U.S. residents.

    Please Support Our Sponsors

    You can support our sponsors who bring these podcasts to you for free by visiting their links as follows:

    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.

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

    Please let us hear from you at genealogyguys@gmail.com.


  • Posted on 14 Sep 2022

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #407

    News You Can Use and Share!

    • The Genealogy Guys Learn subscription website has added several new written and video courses, with more coming regularly. You can subscribe at https://genealogyguyslearn.com/.
    • MyHeritage released 22 new collections in June.
    • Findmypast has added new records to its Middlesex Baptisms, Surrey Baptisms, and Greater London Burial Index collections.
    • Drew highlights new and updated collections added at FamilySearch this week.

    DNA Segment

    Vivid-Pix Memory Segment

    • Drew interviews Allison Singleton of the Allen County Public Library about their plans to mobilize photo scanning to retirement facilities.

    Listener Email

    • Kathy writes to thank George for his spot-on coverage of the 1950 U.S. Federal Census and what is and isn’t available.
    • Karen in Australia tells us the difference of update frequencies at Ancestry’s ThruLines and MyHeritage’s Theory of Family Relativity.
    • Brian writes about digitizing your family history research as a method of guaranteeing that your work is preserved after you are gone. He also talks about surname binders and other organizational considerations. He suggests you check out the Ancestral Lines Pairing System at https://www.ancestrallines.net/overview/.
    • Judith is interested in the possibility of obtaining records from the Orange Orphan Home in East Orange, Essex County, New Jersey.
    • George responds to Jim about James Berry Holder [Sr.] and available records to verify both his birth and death dates.
    • Mark shares his six-step plan for organizing his genealogical materials. It is a focused task list that can be used by anyone.

    Please Support Our Sponsors

    You can support our sponsors who bring these podcasts to you for free by visiting their links as follows:

    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.

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

    Please let us hear from you at genealogyguys@gmail.com.


  • Posted on 14 Aug 2022

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #406

    New You Can Use and Share!

    • The Guys want to thank everyone in the genealogical community for supporting their decision to terminate sponsorship by Find a Grave and Newspapers.com (subsidiaries of Ancestry.com).
    • MyHeritage announces the release of the addition of two significant record collections: Norway Emigration Registers, 1867-1973, and the Vienna, Austria, Jewish Emigrant Applications, 1938-1939.
    • MyHeritage announces a new update to its Theory of Family Relativity.
    • The Genealogist has added a link to their Map Explorer georeference facility to the 1891 Census for the UK. It allows you to jump from the census household record to a detailed map to see where your ancestors lived and explore the neighborhood.
    • Findmypast has added half a million new records for Pennsylvania: List of British Prisoners in the War of Revolution; Episcopalian Births and Baptisms; Episcopalian Marriages; Episcopalian Deaths and Burials; and Episcopalian Congregational Records.

    DNA Segment

    • DNA expert Diahan Southard returns to discuss with Drew a comparison of Ancestry's ThruLines and MyHeritage's Theory of Family Relativity.

     

    Vivid-Pix Memory Segment

    • Drew interviews Hayley Studer, CEO of achi, to discuss achi's involvement with the study of using photographs to engage persons who have memory issues.

    Listener Email

    • Mark shares information about how he has used social media to create private Facebook pages for relatives to share posts, photographs, and other information.
    • Brian wrote to comment on the importance of sourcing all of the information you contribute to FamilySearch's Family Tree and to other online sites.
    • Karin listens in Germany and wrote to comment about our previous discussion of African ancestry showing up in DNA results, and also shared two important online resources for German research:
    • Gigi wrote about having located prison records for one man at Ancestry and subsequently connecting with a half-second cousin (his daughter).
    • Kate wrote to share her discovery of her great-uncle’s prison records and mug shots at the California State Archive.

    Genealogy Guys Learn

    The Genealogy Guys Learn subscription site continues to grow. New content is regularly added, with another new video coming in early August. Subscribe to Genealogy Guys Learn at https://genealogyguyslearn.com/.

    Please Support Our Sponsors

    You can support our sponsors who bring these podcasts to you for free by visiting their links as follows:

    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.

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

    Please let us hear from you at genealogyguys@gmail.com.


  • Posted on 20 Jul 2022

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #405

    News You Can Use and Share!

    • Family Tree Magazine announced their 101 Best Genealogy Websites for Genealogy for 2022, and the Genealogy Guys Podcast was again included.
    • MyHeritage published 11 million new German historical records (Germany, Hesse, Deaths)
    • MyHeritage added 1.3 billion historical records in 37 collections in April and May.
    • The Genealogist is a tiered subscription website for English genealogical research at https://www.thegenealogist.com/. They have announced the addition of georeferenced maps for the 1901 census. These allow you to search to locate people in the census and then view a map that pinpoints the residence so that you can gain a visual perspective of the exact location.
    • Findmypast has added: British Army, Recommendations for Military Honours and Awards, 1935-1990; South Africa, Local Armed Forces Nominal Rolls, 1899-1902; Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards; England, Newspaper Birth Notices; England, Newspaper Marriage Notices; and England, Newspaper Death Notices.
    • FamilySearch has published its 100,000th article on the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
    • FamilySearch has announced that RootsTech 2023 will be a blended conference with both in-person and virtual presentations.
    • Drew shares highlights of new historical records at FamilySearch.

    DNA Segment

    • DNA expert Diahan Southard returns with a new discussion with Drew about Y-DNA.
    YDNA Testing (how many markers: https://www.yourdnaguide.com/ydna
    Inspiring YDNA stories:

    Listener Email

    • Mark shares information about how his Eagle Scout group project mapped and transcribed tombstones in the Aldrich Family Cemetery in his Rhode Island hometown. They then cleared tons of small brush. He has recently worked to add missing entries to Find a Grave.
    • Julie shared the 1950 U.S. Federal Census images with her parents. She downloaded the enumeration districts in which they lived. They enjoyed taking “a virtual” walk down the streets and remembering their neighbors, playmates, and schoolmates. Julie enjoyed their stories and learned a great deal about their lives.
    • Bill writes about how he uses the FamilySearch Family Tree In conjunction with his desktop database and trees he has loaded to Ancestry and MyHeritage.
    • Matt is seeking additional research strategies to obtain copies of a court case in Philadelphia for a 4th great-uncle.
    • Tom wrote about himself, his mother, and a sister having a small trace of African-American ancestry at the GEDmatch site. The Ancestry DNA matches also show a small percentage. He wants to know more. Drew provides some advice, including the possibility that this may be “noise” in the matches.
    • Curtis is looking for mug shots for his father’s father since he was arrested and spent time in prison several times.
    • Lynn asks about what to do with one’s genealogy work as inheritance.

    Genealogy Guys Learn

    The Genealogy Guys Learn subscription site continues to grow. New content is regularly added, with another new video coming in early July. Subscribe to Genealogy Guys Learn at https://genealogyguyslearn.com/.

    Please Support Our Sponsors

    You can support our sponsors who bring these podcasts to you for free by visiting their links as follows:

    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.

    Please also tell your friends and your local genealogy society about our free podcasts, our free blog, and our Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education website.

    Please let us hear from you at genealogyguys@gmail.com.


  • Posted on 30 Jun 2022

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    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #404

    News You Can Use and Share!

    • George recommends listening to MyHeritage’s podcast, “Blast From My Past”, which can be found at https://shows.acast.com/blast-from-my-past.
    • Ancestry introduces its Ethnicity Inheritance powered by SideViewTM
    • Findmypast has added new records to its UK collection Electoral Registers & Companies House Directors.
    • Lynn Turner has been named the new Director of the FamilySearch Family History Library.
    • Drew shares an overview of new and expanded record collections at FamilySearch.

    1950 U.S. Federal Census Discussion

    • Drew discusses the AI indexing processes in use by Ancestry and FamilySearch, and census records at MyHeritage.
    • Kathy from California emailed us with questions about the availability of a number of the different census record forms from this census. George covers the different forms used and whether they were imaged before they were destroyed and which are digitally available. These include P1 (Population Schedule), P2 (Individual Census Report), P3 (Infant Cards), P4 (Crews of Vessels Report), P5 (Overseas Census), P8 (Native Americans), and various P forms used for enumerating territories.
    • Michael from Germany used Stephen P. Morse’s extensive census tools at https://stevemorse.org/ to locate enumeration districts and access a sample P1 form.
    • Detailed information about the 1950 Census is available on the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) pages at https://1950census.archives.gov/ and on subsequent pages. Don’t overlook the FAQs at https://1950census.archives.gov/howto/faq.html which is filled with a wealth of information you should know.

    Listener Email

    • Chris asks for suggestions about how to locate/pinpoint a specific headstone. George provides some suggestions.
    • Rebecca wants to know if there is a way for Find a Grave to notify a person when their memorials have been deleted or reassigned to another person.
    • Tina wrote to say she enjoyed the Vivid-Pix Memory Segment regarding using photographs with patients suffering from dementia patients. We will be hosting more interviews soon. Keep listening!
    • Tina also asked about how to balance using RootsMagic, Ancestry, and FamilySearch without feeling that she is duplicating efforts.
    • Timo in Germany wrote with suggestions about place name changes and how to structure them in your genealogy. He suggests the use in German research of the website at http://gov.genealogy.net/search/index. He says:
      • “The GOV is for Germany and many former German places the place to go to look up the former names, belongings in civil registers or churches. It might happen that a village belong[s] to the one civil register and to another church. With the GOV you could search for the current or the former name of a city, village, or a place itself.&rdquo
      • ‘Let me give you the example of Riegersdorf (German name), now Rudziczka (Polish): http://gov.genealogy.net/item/show/object_188576.&rdquo
      • ‘You will find both names and the time period, type (village), population (1492 in this case), webpages (GenWiki), external ID (which is for library uses), link to GenWiki, geo position = coordinates to find the place on a map.”
    • Maya wrote to say that she had about 200 letters written in Yiddish, which she does not read. She offered them to the National Library of Israel for digitation and preservation and possibly translation.
    • Jo Ann has an ancestor from Rowan County, North Carolina, whom she thinks may have been a spy during the American Revolution. She asks for places she might go to in order to investigate the story.
    • Matt in Omaha, Nebraska, tells us he uses quotation marks around a name – such as “Mr King” – to force the search for that exact string.
    • Laura writes to ask why someone might have/use two desktop genealogy database programs.
    • Ed is working on publishing a family history for distribution within his family. He has an older work that he would like to use and incorporate some of its content. He asks about how to give credit to the original author. The Guys discuss copyright and fair use considerations and suggest how the source citations could/should be included.

    Genealogy Guys Learn

    The Genealogy Guys Learn subscription site continues to grow. New content is added every month, and the May 2022 video is “Crowdsourcing Your Brick Walls” by Drew Smith. You can subscribe at https://genealogyguyslearn.com/.

    Please Support Our Sponsors

    You can support our sponsors who bring these podcasts to you for free by visiting their links as follows:

    Thank you to all our 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.

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

    Please let us hear from you at genealogyguys@gmail.com.


  • Posted on 29 May 2022

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