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May 12, 2016

The news includes:

  • Congratulations to Drew Smith on his receipt of the 2016 Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship! He received the prestigious award on 3 May 2016 at Librarians Day at the National Genealogical Society’s 2016 Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Evidentia has just hired Elizabeth Swanay-O’Neal as its new Director of Marketing and Social Media.
  • MyHeritage has just launched its new MyHeritage Community section, a new online Q&A hub that fosters family history research collaboration.
  • RootsMagic has added support and hints from Findmypast.com to Version 7 of its software, joining hints from FamilySearch and MyHeritage. The addition of Ancestry hints is under development and there are plans for implementation later this year.
  • Findmypast has added 5.4 million Yorkshire records and over 10 million new U.S. marriage records to its collections.
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies has opened registration for its 2016 conference, "Time Travel: Centuries of Memories", to be held in Springfield, Illinois, on 31 August to 3 September 2016. An early bird discount is available. Visit http://www.FGSConference.org.
  • Michael J. LeClerc, CG, has announced that Genealogy Professor has launched an exciting new educational opportunity for genealogists. Their offerings include self-paced courses and genealogy master classes. More information is available at http://www.genprof.net.
  • Bill Nelson of RevGenea Software, LLC, has announced the availability of a new, free Android app named OldNews USA that makes it easy to perform quality research using the Chronicling America collection of historic newspapers at the Library of Congress. Learn more about features and see screenshots at http://revgenea.com.
  • The Grand Duchy of Oldenburg Emigrants database just passed the 100.000 person mark. Learn more at the blog at http://www.familienkunde-oldenburg.de/auswanderer-datenbank-enthaelt-jetzt-100-000-personen/ , and access the database at http://www.auswanderer-oldenburg.de. (Access the database using Google Chrome and translate the page from German to your preferred language.)
  • Drew discusses the newest releases from FamilySearch.

Listener email includes:

  • In episode #305, Tom asked for suggestions about obtaining passport applications. George suggested contacting the USCIS. They referred Tom to NARA where he filled out a Freedom of Information Act request for the passport applications. He will keep us apprised of his progress.
  • Alan poses a question concerning nieces and nephews who appear on census records in a family.
  • Peter asks for advice about how to present genealogical information at a family gathering.
  • Tim will be taking his older brother on a road trip to where his ancestors lived and are buried. He asked for suggestions about things to listen to as to why genealogy matters or why it is fun and rewarding.

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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