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Jan 4, 2013

The news includes:

  • Ancestry.com's sale to Permira Advisors, LLP, was concluded on December 31, 2012.
  • Findmypast.com announced the release of of significant records from 1790 to present for the U.S., the UK, Ireland, and Australia.
  • Findmypast.com announced release of records concerning "The Green Redcoats" and more.
  • RootsTech has announced the addition for its 2013 conference of Story@Home with a full selection of classes and workshops.
  • The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRC) has announced that it has released a new search engine for their AID (All Israel Database). While each database is presented in the language of the material found, the search engine can understand both Hebrew and English, thereby making the search more effective than ever.
  • The North Carolina Genealogical Society announces its first full webinar, Tarheels in the Family Tree, presented by Helen F. M. Leary, CG Emeritus, FASG, FNGS, to be released on the NCGS website. It is free to all from 18 to 20 January 2013. It will be available after that to NCGS members for free.
  • The North Carolina Genealogical Society and the Caswell County Historical Society are hosting an all-day seminar on 6 April 2013 in Yanceyville, NC, with speaker George G. Morgan.
  • FamilySearch.org continues to add millions of digitized records.

The listener email includes:

  • Carolyn provides a number of suggestions to Evan in South Africa for his search as described in our 26 September 2012 episode.
  • Timothy asks if there are any widespread problems or gaps within the 1940 census. He is having difficulty finding his grandfather, Eugene Langford Padgett (b. 1894). He also asks for suggestions concerning source citations for vital records materials found in his family's possession.
  • Matthew shared information about a new application under development called "Storied" at kickstarter.com.
  • Tom discusses errors that result and are perpetuated from people accepting without question information on online family trees. He urges the use of "critical thought and evaluation" before accepting such information as definitive.