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Feb 13, 2013

Drew, an official RootsTech 2013 blogger, reminds listeners that Early Bird Registration for RootsTech 2013 ends on February 15th. Drew invites our listeners to email us at with suggestions for interviews while he's at RootsTech 2013.

Other news includes:

  • RootsMagic announces a free viewer app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
  • BillionGraves has been acquired by Otter Creek Holdings.
  • adds 21 million new Irish birth, marriage, and death records.
  • The "Find My Past" TV show from the UK, seasons 1 and 2, is available for viewing online at
  • has updated the 1850 and 1940 U.S. federal censuses online.
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies has launched a new blog for the War of 1812 fundraising at
  • MyHeritage has launched a special campaign offering deep discounts on DNA tests through Family Tree DNA. They also have released a new version of the free MyHeritage app that allows you to "edit on the go."
  • The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Grant Committee has announced that applications are being accepted for the 2013 student grant. Contact Denise Levenick at for more information.
  • Saving Memories Forever announces the first community outreach by starting a fundraising campaign on February 11, 2013, on behalf of the American Widows Project.
  • OCLC and FamilySearch have announced a combination of resources. FamilySearch's catalog will be incorporated into OCLC's WorldCat and WorldCat will be linked into the FamilySearch catalog.
  • Drew discusses the FamilySearch announcements of new records added to their site.
  • Family Chartmasters has announced announced a new book, Zap the Grandma Gap: Connect with Your Family by Connecting Them to Their Family History. The book is available at
  • Drew suggests using Blogtrottr to notify you when there's a new episode of the podcast. Add the RSS address and an email will be sent to your mailbox.

Listener email includes:

  • George provides more information about locating Boer War records to Jane, a follow-up to the discussion on episode #246.
  • Michelle asks for advice about obtaining Railroad Retirement Board records.
  • Rich identified an interesting site, WhatWasThere at
  • Ann recommends Google Picasa for organizing digital photographs.
  • John makes multiple copies of the same digital photo and stores a copy with each person's record.
  • George has bought a new CanoScan scanner and is busy digitizing all his documents and photographs.