Apr 7, 2015
The news includes:
· The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee has announced that applications are being accepted for the 2015 Student Genealogy award. Student genealogists between the ages of 18 and 23 are eligible to apply for the award. Application deadline is April 10, 2015 at midnight PDT. Details and forms are available at the Student Grant Webpage at http://www.thefamilycurator.com/swf-grant.
· MyHeritage will hold a free webinar on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, on How to Discover Your Scandinavian Ancestors.
· The Ontario Genealogical Society will host its 2015 conference on May 29-31 at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, with the theme "Treks through Time".
· Ancestry.com has announced a new innovation at AncestryDNA called New Ancestor Discoveries.
· Findmypast released new military records for the United States and Britain.
· The Federation of Genealogical Societies issued a statement concerning the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It states its position and supports non-discrimination and non-bullying policies in all of its activities, including selection of conference facilities and vendors.
· RootsMagic has established a new Virtual RootsMagic User Group on Facebook.
· Ancestral Connections, the Irish Genealogy Summer School held at University College Cork will run 28 June-5 July 2015. Booking is available at http://www.ucc.ie/en/ace-genealogy.
· The Global Family Reunion has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its event on June 6, 2015, in New York City.
· FamilySearch has announced that the Knowles Collection, a quickly growing, free online Jewish genealogy database, has reached its one million record milestone. They can be accessed at http://FamilySearch.org/family-trees.
· Drew discusses highlights of the more than 8 million records recently added to FamilySearch.
Listener email includes:
· The Guys have received numerous compliments on its recent topical podcast concerning newspaper research.
· Kelvin recently discovered Historic Oregon Newspapers free online at http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/.
· Jim reports that the Gilbert and Martha Hitchcock Foundation has funded the digitizing and availability of the Omaha World Herold newspaper from 1867 to 1983. The collection is accessible through the Omaha Public Library with the use of a library card to login.
· Jana tells us of the new blog titled "The Genealogy Kids" at www.thegenealogykids.blogspot.com which also links to videos.
· Tracie asks whether the church records being released this summer by The National Library of Ireland will include records from Northern Ireland. Listeners are encouraged to share any information they know with The Guys.
· There is a new Jefferson Tayte genealogical mystery available titled "In the Blood".
· Julienne asks about genealogical research in Hong Kong Territory. George suggests the following resources may be of some assistance, and welcomes other suggestions from our listeners:
o https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Hong_Kong_Genealogy (FamilySearch Wiki)
o http://genealogy.about.com/od/china (Kimberly Powell of About.com addresses Chinese genealogical research)
o http://forebears.io/hong-kong (Hong Kong Genealogical Records for British Nationals and other resources)
o Hong Kong Family History Research and BMDs: http://hongkongfamilyhistory.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/hong-kong-birth-marriage-death.html
o http://www.researchhongkong.org.uk (A professional researcher covering China and Hong Kong)
o There is a book titled “A Student's Guide to Chinese American Genealogy" by Colleen She (Oryx American Family Tree Series) that was published in 1996 that contains a substantial amount of methodological information about researching Chinese ancestry in modern times.
· Julia asks about recording same-sex marriages in genealogical software.
· Another listener reported about the importance of reading/searching through newspaper gossip columns for important family history clues.
Our next episode will be another themed podcast.