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May 14, 2018

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage announced release of a Pedigree View mode for MyHeritage family trees.
  • MyHeritage added 27 million new historical records in March. They also have added Inbox and Scanner features to their mobile app.
  • Parabon NanoLabs announced the general availability of its Snapshot Genetic Genealogy Service, which provides investigators with a new tool for solving crimes with evidence from an unknown DNA source. (See https://snapshot.parabon-nanolabs.com) for additional information. CeCe Moore is leading this new unit.
  • Findmypast has added Scots-Irish in North America Histories, Surrey Baptisms, more Yorkshire Burials, and new images and articles in PERSI.
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has begun work on a guide to New York State Archives. It is expected to be released in 2019.
  • FamilySearch has added its 2 billionth image of genealogy records.

A new book, Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards, edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills, with 26 chapters written by 22 experts, has just been published by Genealogical Publishing Company.

George reviews the latest book by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, author of the Forensic Genealogist crime mysteries. It consists of two publications. The Wicked Trade is a book about smuggling on the coast of southeastern England in the 1820s and an investigation into a woman associated with smugglers. The Suffagette’s Secret is a novella about the British women’s suffrage movement in the early 1900s and about the women who made it happen. Both works are based on well-researched, historically accurate events, and include composite characters investigated by Morton Farrier, the Forensic Genealogist. George gives an enthusiastic thumbs-up to these installments in Goodwin’s impressive series.

Listener email includes:

  • Joseph writes about the reenactment of the wedding at Pennsbury Manor, William Penn’s home.
  • Tom wrote again to review his work with Tropy at https://tropy.org/, the document management tool
  • Tom asks for suggestions about equipment/hardware for capturing digital oral interviews.
  • Mahlon Erickson wrote with an update of his Pre-1920 Oklahoma Death Index, which now contains over 650,000 entries.
  • Larry wrote to discuss the AncestryDNA testing service and issues about access to family trees for non-subscribers.