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Sep 19, 2012

The news includes:

Listener email includes:

  • Allen asked whether The Guys know anything about the Dutch research site at Genlias. The site will disappear on 1 November 2012, but another site may be taking its place as WieWasWie. The Guys suggest going to that site's blog at http://www.wiewaswieblog.nl, translating it from Dutch to English using a tool such as Google Translate, and reading details about the change.
  • Connie and Sharon both wrote about the volunteer photographers in cemeteries as a result of requests made through Find A Grave
  • Jim wrote about old small town newspapers that may have published lists of deaths for the week or deaths for the year.
  • Carole asked for suggestions about where to locate records of Bronze Star military awardees.
  • Thomas asked about using the podcast recordings in local genealogical society meetings.
  • Pat asked about merchant ship records.
  • Evan asked about an ancestor who left Germany for the United States and then went to South Africa.

George discussed some information received about FamilySearch and its progress in digitizing microfilm. He also discussed current crews acquiring digital images around the world. You can contact tomlinsonkl@familysearch.org to learn about opportunities to become involved.

Drew discussed the formation of the Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO) and its plans to develop data standards for genealogy-related data.

Drew also discussed the discontinuation of the group, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) and his search for other groups forming to take over this volunteer activity.