Oct 5, 2017
The news includes:
- MyHeritage introduces its new DNA Match Review Page.
- MyHeritage has recently released more than 14 million
Australian birth, baptismal, marriage, burial, and death records
from the state of Victoria (1836-1942).
- MyHeritage has redesigned the Help Center at its website and
added more than 750 up-to-date help articles and expanded the
- RootsMagic announces a new software update. It also announced
that the application now works under the new macOS High Sierra
- RootsMagic reminds users that there are both a video tutorial
and a written user reference to help you master the new TreeShare
for Ancestry feature.
- Evidentia released an update, version 3.1.5. They have added a
new Direct Line (Lineage) Tracker allowing you to record links in a
new way. It’s perfect for your work applying for membership to
lineage and heritage societies.
- Evidentia has also added a new advanced feature that supports
Custom Style Sheets for reports.
- Ancestry’s CEO Tim Sullivan has stepped down and becomes
Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors effective 1 October
2017. Howard Hochhauser, the company’s CFO, will assume the interim
role of CEO as the company conducts a search for a permanent
- Findmypast has appointed Tamsin Todd as its new CEO. She takes
over from interim CEO Jay Verkler and brings an impressive CV to
- Sue Tolbert, the Executive Director of the Three Rivers Museum
in Muskogee, Oklahoma, is stepping down after having reorganized
the museum, added a wealth of new historical holdings, developed
educational programs and annual cultural events, and expanded the
museum’s presence in the region. She is succeeded by Amy Bradshaw,
who brings her impressive background experience with several
museums in Oklahoma and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe,
- The Association of Professional Genealogists just concluded its
annual Professional Management Conference in the Washington, DC,
area. Two important awards were made:
- Meryl Schumacker of Minnesota was the winner of the APG Young
- APG has established the Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary
Service to Professional Genealogy. Laura was the first recipient of
this new annual award.
- The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (GEN-FED) has
announced that the 2018 Institute will be held July 16-20. Online
registration will be held on 24 February 2018 at its website at
can also sign up for email announcements at http://www.gen-fed.org/gen-fed-2018.
- RootsTech 2018 has been expanded to four days, 28 February
through 3 March, and it will introduce a new Innovation
- Findmypast has added baptisms, marriages, burials, and wills
for Lancashire, Herefordshire, new browseable parish registers for
Warwickshire, and new records for Gloucestershire. New Connecticut
records (1600s-1800s) have been added, along with some UK
monumental inscriptions, and several new Irish newspapers.
- Go Ahead Tours and Ancestry have announced that they will
partner in a portfolio of guided genealogical tours, including
Sicily, Southern Italy, German, and two tours in Ireland. Call Go
Ahead at 1-800-242-4686 to learn more and to obtain details about
specific tour destinations and learn about what is entailed in each
- FamilySearch has released a new web-based indexing tool that
makes the process of indexing and searching much easier. In
addition, FamilySearch will hold a Worldwide Indexing Event again
this year on 20-22 October 2017.
- Drew shares updates from FamilySearch’s recent records
Moorshead Magazines is the publisher of Your Genealogy
Today, Internet Genealogy, and History
Magazine. They also publish special books on the Tracing Your
Ancestors Series. George discusses three of these publications:
- Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors, written by Christine
- Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors, written by Leland K.
- Tracing Your Ancestors: Heritage Travel Tips, Tricks &
Strategies, written by Lisa A. Alzo and Christine
These excellent expert guides and other titles in the series can
be ordered at
George reviews the following books in this episode:
The Fabulous Flying Mrs. Miller, by Carol Baxter. This
biography of Jessie “Chubbie” Miller, a contemporary aviatrix of
Amelia Earhart and other female fliers who hailed from Australia,
is an excellent read. The book describes what it was like to engage
in air races to set records, get financial endorsements, and earn
money in the 1920s and 1930s. The excitement and danger make for an
engaging story, but then Chubbie becomes involved in two other
news-making events: when she goes missing on a flight, and when she
becomes a central figure in a high-profile murder trial. Order the
book directly from the publisher, Allen & Unwin in Australia,
It’s a great read!
English author Nathan Dylan Goodwin continues his excellent
series of genealogical crime mysteries with several new titles
featuring Morton Farrier, the forensic genealogist.
The Spyglass File focuses research on the case of a
woman who was abandoned by her family during the Battle of Britain
(1940 and 1941) and wants to trace them. Morton learns about the
young English women with fluency in German who were recruited to
listen to radio traffic of German fliers in order to anticipate air
raid sites and scramble receiving planes. He researches the fliers,
the women in the service, and more as he seeks out the elusive
Spyglass File and its contents. The mysterious story is a
page-turner you’ll find nearly impossible to put down.
The Missing Man continues Farrier’s search to learn
more about his biological father from the U.S., track him down, and
possibly even meet him. In the source of his research, he discovers
some strange family history and some startling criminal activities.
This book is a compelling read as piece after piece of the puzzles
Finally, Goodwin has written a Morton Farrier short story titled
The Suffragette’s Secret. This is only available as a
Kindle e-book. We’ll review this as soon as we’ve had a chance to
read it. We also know from his newsletter that Nathan is at work on
another forensic genealogist mystery, and he has decided
to attend RootsTech 2018.
Listener email includes:
- Angela just finisher previewing a cookbook titled Pantry
and Palate: Remembering and Rediscovering Acadian Food,
written by journalist Simon Thibault. The book is a compilation of
Acadian family recipes from the author’s family, photographs, and
family stories. It is a tribute to the author’s ancestors and
really brought another aspect of their lives to light.
- Jean cites our announcement about the New York State Death
Index that we discussed in Episode # 329. Specifically, she
addresses the organization of the index. It isn’t always in
alphabetical sequence; between 1940 and 1956, the names are
organized using Soundex.
- Tom is tracing his biological parents using DNA, and asks if
there a program or tool available that could be used to enter names
and matches and then perhaps put unknown matches into some kind of
order where they might be more usable.
- Liv Birgit in Norway uses Dragon Dictation with both English
and Norwegian with quite good success,