Ancestry.com has released Family Tree Maker 2011 with
more than 100 enhancements to the software.
Genealogy 2.0 has announced that it has completed their
transformation from a simple blog, into a complete online community
for Amateur & Professional Genealogists. Membership is free. In
addition to the general community atmosphere, SG2 has developed
numerous Google Gadgets, Web Tools and other services to assist
genealogists in their mission. Many more exciting tools are on
ICAPGen will host a family history conference titled "Becoming
an Excellent Genealogist" on October 22-23, 2010, at the Downtown
Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake City. For more information and to
register, visit http://www.icapgen.org.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies 2011 Conference,
"Pathways to the Heartland," will be held September 7-10, 2011, in
Springfield, Illinois. More information will be available in coming
months at the FGS website at http://www.fgs.org.
The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors
(ISFHWE) has announced its annual Excellence in Writing Competition
for 2011. Details and an entry form are available at their website
Paul Larsen has released the fourth edition of his book,
Crash Course in Genealogy. It is available in print and in
an advanced digital eBook format (CD or instant download). Visit
http://www.crashcoursebook.com to learn more or to
purchase the book or download it.
Mitch is looking for details about his 3rd great-grandfather
and hopes our listeners can help. He believes his ancestor appears
on the 1852 California State Census for Placer County, Page 60,
Line 28. However, the digitized image at Ancestry.com is so dark
that he is having difficulty reading the first initial. He is
hoping that the original census page or a better copy of the
microfilm exist and can help him discern the intial. Can anyone
visit the California State Library and personally check the
microfilm for Mitch?
Bill suggests that The Guys regularly report on what they are
researching and the resources they are using.
Walter commented on the discussion in the podcast from the FGS
Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, concerning which is the older
U.S. public university: the University of North Carolina or the
University of Georgia. He reports that, while Georgia was chartered
first, UNC was the first to accept students and begin classes.
William & Mary is older but was originally a private
Dan suggested to Drew that he work with Newark City Directories
for 1920 in his quest to locate his grandparents at that time.
Karl followed up on our interview with Dr. John Philip
Colletta, Ph.D., that was aired in February. Dr. Colletta discussed
the use of "the Federal Cases" books for federal court research.
Karl indicates that these books have been digitized and are
available at the Internet Archive site at http://www.archive.org. He states that Volume 30 is
the index, accessible at http://www.archive.org/details/gov.uscourts.fedcases.30_2.
This will help you use Volumes 1-29.
Clive asks for Drew's opinion about getting the most from a
Y-chromosome DNA test, and whether he also needs results from the
Ann asks about viruses and phishing with the iPhone and
Kay says hello and comments on how very much she enjoyed the
FGS Conference in Knoxville. She is hooked and plans to attend
other national conferences.
Michael shares his method of storing information in the form of
metadata with his JPEG images.
Jenna asks Drew about the iPad and whether Legacy or RootsMagic
4 can be run on that device. She also asks about Dropbox.
Audrey Collins from The National Archives in the UK reports
that she is enjoying her iPad and accesses books from Google Books
and the Internet Archive, and that she uses the GoodReader app. She
also enjoyed George's "Carolina French." She shared copies of
French marriage documents in TNA's collection so that Drew can
practice his French.
Dan is using an iPad app called Traces of the Past, a genealogy
app. Drew will check it out and report on his experience with