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Aug 24, 2021

News You Can Use and Share!

  • Ancestry announces the release of a massive collection of Freedman’s Bureau records with every-name indexing and images. The records are free to use with your free Ancestry guest membership.
  • Ancestry announced a change in its Terms of Service concerning their rights to use content that members upload.
  • MyHeritage announced that it is acquiring Filae, the French genealogical company.
  • MyHeritage has released 9.7 million new and updated records for Pernambuco, Brazil, and 4.7 million birth, marriage, and death records from New Zealand.
  • MyHeritage has made major improvements to its Online Family Tree, and these improve navigation and access to records links.
  • The Society of Genealogists in London, England, has appointed Dr. Wanda Wyporska as its new CEO, effective 1 October 2021.
  • Findmypast has released new and updated collection records: Scotland, Parish Births (1564-1929), Marriages and Banns (1561-1893), and Deaths (1564-2017); British Army, Royal Engineers (1900-1949); British Army tracer cards; Essex Parish Records; Royal Engineers Casualty Cards; an expanded Greater London Burial Index, and more.
  • Findmypast is making over 1 million pages of 158 historical British newspapers available for free.
  • Drew recaps the vast new and expanded collections at FamilySearch.

DNA Segment with Diahan Southard

Drew discusses the importance of descendancy research with Diahan.

Listener Email

  • Stuart reported on his recent success with Drew’s Key Lime Pound Cake recipe. (Drew originally discussed this recipe in a December 2019 episode, and emailed copies to anyone who requested it.)
  • Jane asks for suggestions about what to do with her mother’s 60+ years of genealogical research files.

Quicksheet Drawing

The Guys will give away a quicksheet reference guide for “Basics of Birth Certificates” in the U.S. Send an email to by midnight U.S. Eastern Time September 1, 2021. Put BIRTH in the email subject line and your name and postal address in the body. The winner will be announced on the next podcast.

Drew’s WikiTree Challenge

Drew’s genealogy was the focus on a one-week genealogy challenge at WikiTree. Volunteer researchers delved into his genealogy to break through brick walls and to expand his knowledge. Watch the two YouTube videos – the Challenge and the Results – to share the excitement. Here are the links:

The Challenge (the first 5 minutes and then again starting at minute 31):

The Results!:

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