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Apr 18, 2016

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage has released an exclusive book matching technology that matches 450,000 books with 91 million pages to match against your family tree and provide new hints.
  • A new Jefferson Tayte genealogical mystery, Kindred, by Steve Robinson, has been published.
  • The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) will hold its 36th annual conference on August 7 to 12, 2016, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle, Washington.
  • Findmypast has released a significant collection concerning the Easter Rising and Ireland under Martial Law to commemorate the centennial of the event. They have also added 1.2 million Quaker records as the first phase of their project to add all surviving Irish Quaker records.
  • Findmypast announced the renewal of their partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) for another ten years.
  • Findmypast has published over 911,000 Royal Navy Pension records.
  • Calico Pie, Ltd., announced the addition the addition of automatic record matching and hints for Findmypast databases to their Family Historian desktop software program.
  • Drew recaps the new FamilySearch collections.

Listener email includes:

  • Michael responded to Debi’s inquiry about Kentucky ancestor Andrew Yandell and may be able to help her with that brick wall.
  • Rich offers another suggestion for how to get the word out that might dispel long-held incorrect beliefs about a well-known person in the past.
  • Arthur wants to share his research about his grandmother’s Jenkins line and asked for suggestions on how to accomplish this. He also has reached out to the USCIS for naturalization papers for his Eastern European family, and asked for other suggestions for tracing those ancestors.
  • George complained that the Erie County, New York, Public Library has not responded to an ask-a-librarian inquiry. He seeks help from anyone who can check the city directories that include Williamsville, NY, for 1946-1948 for names of any orphanages operating in the area.
  • Tom is seeking passport information about his wife’s mother and family, and asked for suggestions on where to obtain passport documentation.

Drew and George each discuss recent research cases they have been working on.

George urges listeners to visit their local libraries, and to support them by volunteering to work on genealogical and historical projects.

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