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Apr 7, 2013

George is out of town speaking for the North Carolina Genealogical Society, so Drew hosts this episode, beginning with the following news items:

  • British Origins adds South London burials to its London collection.
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a new partnership with its German equivalent, the German Association of Genealogical Associations (DAGV).
  • FamilySearch indexing volunteers reach the 1 billion record milestone.
  • Houstory thanks The Genealogy Guys for their previous coverage of their Heirloom Registry product.
  • Ancestry.co.uk adds Wiltshire Church Records and Wiltshire Quaker Birth & Death records to its collection.
  • AncestryDNA makes it easier to communicate with people who match, improves its website for mobile users, and provides the ability to download raw DNA data.
  • Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com, makes several important announcements at RootsTech 2013, including the new partnership with FamilySearch to digitize 140 million pages of U.S. probate records; spending $100 million to digitize, index, and put online new content; the availability of AncestryDNA for $99 for everyone (not just Ancestry subscribers); the increase in size of the AncestryDNA database; the update to the Ancestry.com iOS app; and the significant percentage of younger users coming into Ancestry.com using mobile devices.
  • FamilySearch adds significant new collections for such areas as Georgia and Washington county marriages; civil records for Bologna, Italy; and court records for Trumbull County, Ohio

Drew shares 3 interviews from RootsTech 2013, including: