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Feb 28, 2017

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage appoints prominent DNA expert Dr. Yaniv Erlich as Chief Science Officer.
  • MyHeritage announces the new Consistency Checker for online family trees, and the launch of a new feature called Photo Discoveries.
  • Evidentia Software will be sharing tips and information on this podcast in the near future.
  • The new Journal of Genealogy and Family History (JGFH) will be launched in April, published by the Register of Qualified Genealogists. The online publication will be an academic platform for peer-reviewed articles about a wide array of topics. More information can be found at .
  • Results of the Innovator Showdown at RootsTech 2017 are shared by Drew.
  • Findmypast launches the Catholic Heritage Archive, beginning with records from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the British Archdioceses of Westminster and Birmingham.
  • The Early Bird Registration for the 2017 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference (26-29 April 2017) in Sandusky, Ohio ends on 10 March 2017.
  • Drew shares the latest releases from FamilySearch.
  • Drew also discusses the newly announced policy changes announced by for their DNA testing.

Listener email includes:

  • Rich asks for recommendations for the best DNA company and tests.
  • Ann has finished reading The Guys’ book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques and asks for research options for a particularly difficult brick wall problem.
  • Terry responds to Margie’s question about GEDmatch, and recommends a webinar from Legacy Family Tree Webinars (
  • Laura expresses concern about having all her family tree information online at She asks about best ways to download the data and store it, and about backup options.

George reviews a book by Helen V. Smith titled Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms (2nd edition) published by Unlock the Past Publications (

George discusses a recent consultation he did through genealogyDOTcoach ( for a client looking for evidence of an ancestor’s death in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He shares some of his research suggestions.