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Jul 7, 2017

The news includes:

  • FamilySearch announces the discontinuation of its microfilm distribution program effective 1 September 2017. The Guys discuss this in greater detail later in the episode.
  • RootsMagic has released the long-awaited interface of their software with Ancestry. It is a facility called TreeShare and joins the Web Hints functions for FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage.
  • Julie Cahill Tarr is named the new editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists’ APG eNews.
  • Reclaim the Records announces the addition of the New York State Death Index, 1880-1956. Read all the details at http://mailchi.mp/reclaimtherecords/bfvk8vew84?e=8bd0102c13 .
  • Unclaimed Persons commemorates its ninth anniversary, and you can learn more at http://unclaimedpersons.org. Volunteers are needed to help.
  • Findmypast announces the release of more than 6 million Ontario records in the first phase of a new partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society. Findmypast also announces their release of the 1861 and 1871 Canada Census records, new baptism, banns, marriage, and burial records for Yorkshire, additional Irish newspaper records, and additions to PERSI.
  • Drew shares updates from FamilySearch’s recent records additions.

Listener email includes:

  • Matt discusses a “Lazarus Project” in response to Julienne’s email about Paul Woodbury’s interview.
  • John asks for suggestions for how to obtain cause of death for someone who died as recently as 2013.
  • Nancy cites the interview with David Rencher and discusses Artificial Intelligence (AI) with regards to online genealogy hints.
  • The Guys have an extensive discussion about microfilm, the announcement by FamilySearch that it will discontinue distribution of their microfilm as of 1 September 2017, and ways to continue and expand your research.