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Aug 15, 2011

The news includes:

  • FamilySearch announces the update of its YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/familysearch.
  • MyHeritage.com now offers shared group subscription payments.
  • Family Tree DNA is now accepting third party transfers of test results.
  • Synium Software has released MacFamilyTree 6.1 and MobileFamilyTreePro.
  • FamilySearch has released 12 million new records and images for England and Mexico, 1.8 million records to 23 U.S. collections, and 2.3 million images to its Hungary collections.
  • Joel Weintraub and Steve Morse announce a new One-Step Tutorial at http://stevemorse.org about the forthcoming 1940 U.S. federal census release in April 2012.
  • The Guild of One-Name Studies announces extended membership to new joiners at the NZ Family History Fair in Hamilton on 26-27 August 2011, and for the whole month of August 2011 at www.one-name.org/nzfhf-offer.html.
  • WikiTree announced that they have passed 2 million profiles and that they have released a new Relationship Finder. In addition, they have announced that Thomas MacEntee has joined the WikiTree team as their Genealogy Ninja.
  • The Admiral Nimitz Foundation has recently created the Society of the Sons and Daughters of World War II Veterans. The Society's goal is to preserve the stories of sacrifice and achievement of America's "greatest generation." They plan to preserve important materials in digital format to preserve them and make them available.

Listener email includes:

  • Nancy suggests that Colleen expand her New York query by checking city directories.
  • Joseph asked about the existence of a Florida cemetery registry. Drew suggested he contact the Florida State Genealogical Society.
  • Sue asked about the availability of software for genealogical societies' websites. The Guys suggested that she contact EasyNetSites which provides modular society software service.
  • Russ asked if The Guys were aware of the blog about the Stockton School in East Orange, New Jersey. Drew replied that it belonged to his brother!
  • Alan advised that there is OCR software that reads Fraktur. He obtained FreeOCR from http://www.freeOCR.net.
  • John asked whether Drew's Twitter feed had been compromised.
  • Erin asked Drew about using his iPad for genealogical research vs. using a netbook.
  • Melanie asked about a relationship term used in the 1910 U.S. census wherein an ancestor, his wife, and four children have an older widow living with them whose relationship is listed as "companion." Listeners can send in their comments and suggestions about this to us.
  • Grace is our new "Marathon Woman." She also asked about RootsTelevision. Megan Smolenyak advised George recently that the site has been taken down. The Guys hope to learn more at the FGS Conference in Springfield, Illinois, next month.
  • Carole made some suggestions for Beverly's quandary about Canadian immigration information.
  • The Indiana Genealogical Society issued a matching $10,000 grant challenge to help funding for the FGS "Preserve the Pensions" program. See their site at http://www.indgensoc.org/projects/1812_pensions.php and donate to make your dollars grow! And learn more at http://fgs.org/1812.
  • Dave installed the new Mac OS X Lion, but was really upset that Carbonite (back up) is not ready to support it!