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Dec 1, 2014

The news includes:

· RootsMagic has released new Version 7 of its award-winning software.

· MyHeritage has announced two strategic partnerships with Dutch genealogy services Alfaer and Coret Genealogie, and has launched a national TV marketing initiative in the Netherlands.

· MyHeritage and Family Historian, the genealogy software package created by Calico Pie, Ltd., have jointly announced that MyHeritage’s Smart MatchingTM and Record Matching technologies will be integrated into the software.

· MyHeritage and RootsMagic have jointly announced that MyHeritage’s Smart MatchingTM and Record Matching technologies will be integrated into the software. These are included in the new RootsMagic 7.

· The Federation of Genealogical Societies have announced their 2014 election results.

· AncestryDNA has launched a new, enhanced DNA matching in the beta version of DNA Circles.

· Findmypast has added the following records to its service:

o 256,000 new wills and probate records and over 86,000 pages of Irish Directories and Social History records

o Pettigrew & Oulton’s Dublin Almanac & Gen. Register of Ireland, over 1.7 million Devon Parish records, and over 250,000 Devon Wills.

o 953,000 District of Columbia vital records, 18 new U.S. periodicals, new Irish Survey Maps & Plans, U.K. School Registers, and over 4,000 Prison Ship Registers (1811-1843).

o Over 13 million Scottish births, baptisms, and marriages, 1.3 Irish newspaper articles, and 1895 Gazetteer for England and Wales, and U.S. records from Iowa, Oregon, and Arizona.

· FamilySearch has added vast numbers of World War I U.S. draft registration records, U.K. World War I Service Records, and U.K. World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records.

· Drew recaps the new records added by FamilySearch in November 2014.

· FamilySearch recaps 120 Years of Pioneering Genealogy, and provides statistics of FamilySearch as of October 2014.

George shares information about genealogy apps, including:

· Wolfram Genealogy & History Research Assistant for iOS 8.

  • Find A Grave for iOS 8.

Drew reviews a new book: The Lost Ancestor: A Genealogical Crime Mystery by Nathan Dylan Goodwin.

Listener email includes:

· Barry A. Fleig announces a new database of cemetery interments in a forgotten cemetery in Chicago, Illinois, at http://cookcountycemetery.com.

· Jitske shared an article about a Belgian woman who ‘adopted’ the grave of a World War I soldier buried in Flanders Field Cemetery in Belgium, and who endeavored to trace family members and their descendants. The complete article is currently available at http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/life/inspire/2014/11/07/belgian-woman-grateful-american-soldiers-sacrifice/18647569/ .

· Ellen shares her experience working on a brick wall for her second great-grandmother and the problems she experienced by making invalid assumptions.

  • Ed wrote concerning Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills, and asked how much source referencing should be done on the more than 3,500 images in his archive. He also wanted to know what resources are available for learning more about using source citations/references.

· Ben asked for advice about what is an appropriate dpi setting and file format that should be used when scanning family photographs.