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James M. Beidler speaks and writes on a number of genealogy topics, with a focus on German and Pennsylvania research.  He is the author of several genealogy books, including his newest book about historical newspaper research. To learn more about Jim, visit his website at http://jamesmbeidler.com/

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The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy .. by George G. Morgan & Drew Smith - 2w ago

The news includes:

  • RootsMagic releases Personal Historian 3.
  • MyHeritage added 27.1 million historical records to SuperSearch in March, bringing the total to 8.96 billion.
  • MyHeritage adds a new Pedigree View feature for family trees.
  • MyHeritage has made improvements to its new One-to-Many Chromosome Browser.
  • Two new features have been added to the MyHeritage mobile app: Inbox and Scanner.
  • MyHeritage announced customer support 24/7 by both phone and online.
  • Findmypast announced the release of Ireland Tontines Annuities, 1766-1788, Church of Ireland Histories & Reference Guides, Armagh Records & Registers, Antrim Histories & Reference Guides, and Dublin Registers & Records.
  • Drew shares updates from FamilySearch.

Listener email includes:

  • Peggy shares information about Book Collector by CLZ at collectorz.com.
  • Ryan shares information about a free open-source tool called Tropy at https://tropy.org/. It allows you to organize and describe photographs of research material. The Guys seek feedback from listeners.
  • Richard reports in a follow-up on his grandmother’s mysterious first cousin and all the subsequent research paths he has taken.
  • Kristopher shares his research in New Jersey about his grandparents, and how he has pieced together research in a number of interesting records.

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George debunks the myth that Irish census records were all lost. He presents information about the availability of digitized Irish Census records. The National Archives of Ireland at http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/ is a resource for surviving census records. MyHeritage provides access to the 1901 and 1911 census records. FamilySearch provide searchable images from the fragments of the 1821-1851 census records. George discusses what is available on the 1901 census forms.

Drew reviews Alistair Moffat’s book, Britain: A Genetic Journey.

Drew also discusses GEDmatch, how to upload data, and the new Genesis facility at https://genesis.gedmatch.com that allows upload of all the testing services’ results.

You can help The Guys spread the word about our two podcasts:

  • Tell your friends and genealogy society members about us.
  • Leave a review at iTunes.
  • Leave comments everywhere you find or listen to the podcasts.

You can help support The Guys with your contributions at Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/genealogyguys.

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Stacey Adger is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Genealogical Society, and the OGS Publicity Chair.  You can follow Stacey on Twitter at @adger_stacey

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The news includes:

  • MyHeritage announced a new pro bono initiative to reunite adoptees with their birth families. Learn more, see eligibility requirements, and apply at https://www.dnaquest.org.
  • MyHeritage has upgraded its new chromosome browser’s capabilities to include one-to-many matches.
  • The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Grant Committee is now accepting applications for its annual $500 grant and full registration to the 2018 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree. Application deadline is midnight PDT on 10 April 2018. Details and an application can be found at https://thefamilycurator.com/swfgrant/.
  • Living DNA previewed its Family Networks platform, a new DNA matching service, at RootsTech, and it will be available to consumers later this year.
  • Findmypast announced the release of their new Ireland Civil Birth Registration Index and Ireland Civil Marriage Registration Index, the first phase of a collection that will grow throughout 2018.

Drew shares his review and insights of RootsTech 2018.

Listener email includes:

  • Natonne Elaine Kemp, co-author of There Is Something About Edgefield, thanks Drew for his book review, and was “stunned” to learn that Drew’s 2nd great-grandfather was mentioned in the book.
  • Gail comments about sound quality on the Genealogy Connection
  • Marjorie inquires about the possibility of transcriptions of our podcasts.
  • Tom asks about an app or program to record books, magazines, and articles in your personal library. George and Drew describe LibraryThing in detail.
  • Matt is confounded by differences in his DNA ethnicity estimate and those of his parents.
  • Liza shares a surprise in DNA results in her husband’s test that indicates a paternity issue. She asks for guidance in how to approach this news, both with her father-in-law and with the person with whom there was a match.
  • D. A. responded to the listener’s question about copying information received in Facebook Messenger.

George reminds listeners that the incentive premium for listener support at Patreon at www.patreon.com/genealogyguys is still available!

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Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt is a nationally recognized researcher with special expertise in New England and a focus on helping clients with membership in lineage societies. She is also known for her work with repatriation of military remains. Learn more about Polly at www.kimmittgenealogy.com

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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) http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/unlock-past-publications

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 MyHeritage.com’s content offerings as compared to those of Ancestry.com.
  • 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 http://dnapainter.com/tools/sharedcmv4. 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.
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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.

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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 mjleclerc.com.

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The Guys announce an incentive for listener support at Patreon at www.patreon.com/genealogyguys.

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 http://wwiiresearchandwritingcenter.com/portfolio/kindle-quick-guides/.
  • Newspapers.com 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 http://www.linkstothepast.com/waukesha/defn.php. 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.

 

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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.

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