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Aug 20, 2017

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage has surpassed 8 Billion Records on its Supersearch,
  • My Heritage has acquired Millennia Corporation, producers of Legacy Family Tree desktop genealogy software and the Legacy Family Tree Webinar platform.
  • Evidentia is offering a $5 off coupon to everyone who orders the software through the end of August. Visit the Store, select the version of the software you want, and use the coupon code mentioned in the episode when you check out to obtain the $5 savings.
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies announces the resumption of the document conservation of the War of 1812 Pension Records at the National Archive and Records Administration covering surnames beginning with M(Moore) through Q, with digitization and indexing commencing in September. The remainder of the project will follow. All images and indexes will be accessible at Fold3 ( for free forever.
  • Findmypast has added new records from Billion Graves; Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions (1485-2014); the New York Researcher; The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record; 4.3M new U.S. marriage records; West Lothian, Scotland, Poorhouse Records (1859-1912) and Burials (1860-1975); a PERSI Quarterly Index update; Buckinghamshire Indexes, to Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials; Ireland Calendars of Wills & Administrations; and new titles and records in the British Newspaper collection.
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society announced the retirement of Karen Mauer Jones as editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record and the appointment of Laura Murphy DeGrazia as the new editor.
  • The In-Depth Genealogist announced the launch of its new online IDG Academy ( with 4-week classes beginning on 11 September 2017. Enrollment is now open at
  • Drew shares record updates from FamilySearch.

George reviews an excellent genealogical mystery book by Dan Waddell titled The Blood Detective: A Case of Murder by Family Tree …”

Listener email includes:

  • Brandon asks for advice about a newly-discovered DNA match that concerns a non-paternal event. He fears that exposing this to his elderly grandfather will cause great distress and wants some guidance.
  • Christine has long been researching her Sharrod line who spent more than 170 years in Crawford County, Ohio. She heard The Guys announce that the county obituaries are now online and she found exactly 254 obituaries that have just opened a huge research door on that line!
  • Gordy asks about his ancestor, Julius Rockstroh, who appears on the 1880 U.S. federal census for Middleburgh, Schoharie County, New York, and asks whether another man named Gethard who may have that same surname at the same address might also be a newly-arrived immigrant family member.
  • Neil is researching his Clark ancestors who were married in 1849 in Indiana and asks for suggestions of additional places and record types to seek for these people who “disappeared” afterward.

Drew discusses making a cousin connection through a DNA match and has had a great telephone call to begin comparing notes on some orphaned Jewish ancestors and other Jewish family members.

Drew previews four interviews upcoming on the Genealogy Connection podcast.

Drew discusses his professional service and research that he's focusing on this semester.