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Aug 2, 2017

The news includes:

  • The International African American Museum (IAAM) announced the launch of its Center for Family History in Charleston, South Carolina – an innovative national genealogy research center dedicated solely to celebrating and researching African American ancestry. Its tremendous website has launched at https://iaamuseum.org.
  • MyHeritage has introduced its new DNA Ethnicity Analysis with a percentage-based estimate of ethnic origins covering 42 ethnic groups.
  • MyHeritage has returned from its third Tribal Quest expedition visiting with the Nenets people of Siberia, and working to preserve their family histories.
  • MyHeritage has released seven new Dutch collections in their SuperSearch service online.
  • RootsMagic has released a new update (version 7.5.2.0) to add more functionality to the Ancestry TreeShare feature.
  • Donna Moughty announced that she will be leading research groups to Ireland in October 2018: a Belfast Research Tour from 7-13 October 2018, and a Dublin Research Tour from 14-21 October 2018. More information is available at www.moughty.com.
  • Findmypast has added new records including: England Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, Congregational Records, and browse functions; Somerset Baptisms Index, Somerset Banns Index, Somerset Marriage Index, and Somerset Burials Index; 1.6M new British Newspapers articles; Philadelphia Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms, Marriages, Parish Registers Browse; Staffordshire Monumental Inscriptions; Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions; Monmouthshire Burials, and 1.6 new Irish Newspapers articles.
  • The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) announce a collaboration to digitize the Fifth Generation of Mayflower Descendants from the GSMD “Silver Books” and 50 years of the Mayflower Quarterly and add them to AmericanAncestors.org.
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the launch of their free Society Management webinar series. Registration is required, and details are available at https://fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=30 .
  • Drew shares updates from FamilySearch’s recent records additions.

Listener email includes:

  • Jerry discusses an alternative image capture strategy when microfilm machines don’t copy or print.
  • Dale asks about the effectiveness and ease of use of Dragon voice recognition software for dictating family histories, blogs, and other work.

George reviews a new book titled Murder in Matera by Helene Stapinski, a real-life tale of researching for the truth about family stories of a murder committed by ancestors in Italy.

Drew discusses his experiences at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Conference held in Orlando, Florida, last week.