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Mar 19, 2014


The News includes:

  • Halvor Moorshead, founder of Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, and History Magazine, passed away on March 7, 2014.
  • Moorshead Magazines has just published “Tracing Your Ancestors: Beginner’s Guide,” a new title in their Tracing Your Ancestors series. It is available in the Internet Genealogy online bookstore at http://internet-genealogy.com/Books.htm. It is available in both print and PDF format.
  • MyHeritage.com ’s CEO, Gilad Japhet, undertook a personal search to identify and reunite artwork seized from Jews by the Nazis during WWII. His story is published in the New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/arts/design/a-reporter-in-france-helps-to-return-art-taken-by-the-nazis.html
  • MyHeritage.com has added a new feature to its site that allows you to add new profiles to your tree directly from historical records.
  • MyHeritage.com has added 815 million U.S. Public Records to the MyHeritage SuperSearch.
  • MyHeritage.com has also partnered with BillionGraves.com in a global initiative to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. A new BillionGraves camera app for iPhone and iPad is available to help expedite the cemetery recording process.
  • The Michigan Department of Education issued a press release announcing that the Library of Michigan is expanding its library hours to include opening from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on the second Saturday of each month.
  • FamilySearch International (online at FamilySearch.org) has announced collaborations with a number of commercial genealogical companies to partner in digitizing, indexing, and making available the records images they hold in one generation.
  • FamilySearch ’s catalog records have now been fully integrated into WorldCat.
  • The American Society of Genealogists has announced that applications are being accepted for its annual ASG Scholar Award until September 30, 2014. Details can be found at http://fasg.org/awards/asg-scholar-award/.
  • RootsMagic has released its new mobile app for the Android.
  • Find A Grave , a subsidiary of Ancestry.com, has just released a new iOS mobile app for the iPhone and iPad at the Apple Store.
  • The National Archives (U.K.) has spent almost 20 years digitizing the Manorial Documents Register and getting the MDR online. Melinda Haunton’s TNA blog posting of 3 February 2014, titled “To the manor born?,” at http://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/manor-born/ discusses the process and the how the documents can be used.
  • HistoryGeo.com is a family history software subscription service that links old maps for your genealogical research. Learn more at http://s3.amazonaws.com/hg_media/press/HistoryGeo_Release_2014_Jan_28.pdf .
  • Findmypast.com.au has announced the addition of 2.5 million records for the British in India.
  • Findmypast.com.au has also announced over 640,000 convict records that are sure to be of interest and help to the estimated 20% of Australians who possess convict ancestry.
  • A new national database, ForgottenAshes.com, has just been established to help reunite the cremains of individuals with their families.
  • The Bureau for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) has just published its new standards manual, Genealogy Standards: Fiftieth Anniversary Issue.

The Guys reviewed two new products from Genealogical Publishing Co.:

  • The new Genealogy at a Glance reference titled Court Records by Wendy Bebout Elliott, PhD, FUGA.
  • Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City by Joseph Buggy

Listener email includes:

  • Chris recommends the film negative and slide scanner by Wolverine, model F2D20.
  • Arvind Nangia writes to tell us about the Pic Scanner app for iOS devices, that can scan up to three photographs simultaneously, saves them individually, allows them to be cropped, and they can be organized into digital albums. The Guys would love to hear your feedback.
  • Matt shares a tip for listener Dianne who said in December that she needed help tracking down her grandfather’s town of origin in the Alsace-Lorraine area. He suggests http://www.auswanderer-bw.de. We describe his instructions in the podcast.