Dec 3, 2018
The news includes:
- MyHeritage announced Shared Ancestral Places, a new facility in
its MyHeritage DNA.
- MyHeritage announced that artifact testing is on its way.
- MyHeritage held a very successful conference, MyHeritage LIVE,
in Oslo, Norway, and videos of the keynote by Gilad Japhet and 23
other presentations are available for free at https://familytreewebinars.com/MHLIVE2018.
- Findmypast has added 106K Pennsylvania Cemetery & Burial
records, and a variety of English and Scotland military
- Findmypast has partnered with Living DNA to launch a new
discovery experience with a breakdown of 80 global regions,
including 21 across Britain and Ireland.
- FamilySearch is partnering with the Dallas Public Library to
digitize the library’s extensive family history book
- FamilySearch announced free access to more than 150 million
Italian historical genealogical records.
- Drew summarizes the new and updated collections at
Drew reviews two new books:
- Nathan Dylan Goodwin has published a new book, Ghost
Swifts, Blue Poppies, and the Red Star. It introduces a new
character, Mrs. Harriett Agnes McDougall, who investigates the
circumstances surrounding her son’s death during the Great
- Family Tree Books has published a new edition of Nancy
Hendrickson’s book, The Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com.
The new book provides great advice for maximizing your use and
searches of Ancestry.com and features new chapters about
Drew explains what the recent announcement means that in rare
instances a male can pass mitochondrial DNA to his offspring.
Listener email includes:
- Susie thanks George for his recent presentations in Roswell,
New Mexico, and says she has already been applying new techniques
she learned in a recent research trip to Vermont.
- Statch thanks The Guys for a recent blog post about money used
in colonial America. They remind people to read the blog at
where they will find that post and recent posts about:
- Using a perpetual calendar
- School records
- Online library reference resources
- African Americans and Native Americans
- Hispanic resources
- Jewish resources
- Linda thanks The Guys for explaining why the Castle Garden
website and Stephen Morse’s One-Step searches reveal different
results. She also recommends Amy Johnson Crow’s Generations
Café podcast and specifically her episode on Overlooked Things
- John shared his experience with searching census records for
his family surname, how the enumerators butchered it, and how he
used various keywords for his ancestor’s medical profession to
locate misspelled and mis-indexed records.
- Laura turned on FamilySearch WebHints in her RootsMagic
database and found many new records. In particular, she describes
three marriage records that provided new insights for her
- Van is caught up with listening to all of our podcasts! He
writes about research into South Carolina records and discusses
questions about family groups found. Included are the used of DNA
in this research.
- Joseph wrote in response to Beth’s Mennonite research in
Episode #352, and provided some reference sites to help with
Pennsylvania Mennonite research:
- Daniel responded from Spain about Laura’s DNA “mess” and raised
the issue of financial impacts of sharing the stories.
- Kelvin wrote about DNA artifact testing and comments on how
helpful he is finding discussions on the Genetic Genealogy Tips
& Techniques Facebook group. Interested listeners may want to
- Tedi asked about genealogical software that can be used on both
a desktop and iPad.
The Guys discussed a brand-new DNA tool, Genetic Affairs, which
can currently be used with your AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and Family
Tree DNA results in order to cluster results. The tool’s website is
at http://geneticaffairs.com and has a
12-page manual available for download.