Feb 12, 2019
The Genealogy Guys have returned from their working cruise in
the Caribbean on the Norwegian Epic. They want to thank
Pat Adams, Annette Burke Lyttle, and Dale Heins of The Villages and
Anna Pellegrini of Anchors Aweigh Cruises & Tours for a
fabulous trip. You’ll find more details on The Genealogy Guys Blog.
Don’t forget to get your nomination/submission form in by
midnight Eastern Time on 15 February for the first quarterly Unsung
Heroes Awards. The Guys and Vivid-Pix RESTORE are sponsoring
these awards to sing the praises of individuals, societies,
libraries and archives, and young people under age 21 who
scan/digitize, index, and transcribe records to make them
accessible to researchers worldwide. Nominees need not be huge,
prolific producers. You can even nominate yourself. First awards
will be made at RootsTech, and we’ll select winners every
The Guys will be announcing another huge revelation of a great
new segment on The Genealogy Guys Podcast and can hardly wait! Stay
tuned to the podcast, The
Genealogy Guys Blog, and our Facebook page.
And don’t overlook The
Genealogy Guys Blog for more exciting news, commentary, tips
and methodologies, and some of our personal research and
- MyHeritage added 22.7 million new records during December 2018
and instituted a new DNA upload policy.
- MyHeritage will be demonstrating new features and making
announcements at their booth at RootsTech. They’ll also be live
streaming some of their presentations.
- MyHeritage has announced that their webinar arm, Legacy Family
Tree Webinars, will begin presenting webinars in other languages,
starting with one in Spanish, “Cómo explicar los grados de relación
familiar” on Feb 13, 2019. Check https://familytreewebinars.com
for the schedule as it is announced.
- Heather Yvonne McLean of New Zealand has been awarded the
Queen’s Service Medal for her services to genealogy and historical
research. She has invested more than 30 years’ service transcribing
- Genealogy author Nathan Dylan Goodwin has a new short story
out, a prequel to one of his characters. It is called The
Asylum and is available at Amazon for $.99. However, reader
can visit his website at nathandylangoodwin.com for
a link where they can download the story for free.
- The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B)
has received a wonderful collection of the records and publications
from Kinship Books with more to come.
- Findmypast has released parish baptisms, marriages, and burial
records for Norfolk, Kent, and Middlesex, a new version of the 1939
Register, England Roman Catholic Parish baptisms, marriages, and
burial records, Mexico baptisms, marriages, and burial records,
Lancashire Wills and Probates, and more newspaper records.
- FamilySearch had 5.8 billion records online at the end of 2018
and released a recap of the major additions for the year.
- Drew recaps the highlights of the January 2019 record additions
and a look at what’s coming this year.
- Deb is considering purchasing RootsMagic Version 7 but wonders
if she should wait until the forthcoming Version 8 is released.
RootsMagic tells us that anyone who buys Version 7 now will get
Version 8 and its registration key free. Nathan also wrote to let
us know he had received the same information.
- Traci reminded The Guys that the DNA Doe Project, another
non-profit volunteer group working with law enforcement, solved six
John/Jane Doe cases. Learn more at http://dnadoeproject.org.
- Laura wants to know how people use Excel in genealogy. She is
looking for a book on the subject as well. Drew also directed Laura
to CyndisList at https://www.cyndislist.com/ where
he did a search for “spreadsheet template” where there are many
resources listed, including some genealogy templates. Listeners,
please email us your ideas and uses to share with Laura!
- Keith shared a site called markeverygrave.com where you
can purchase small, inexpensive grave markers and permanently affix
- Drew had a shout-out from another member of the Florida
- Ed wrote with a question about the Periodical Source Index
(PERSI) and why it should be an essential part of your
- Jim wrote about having read a fictional book that mentioned the
deaths at the Dozier School for Boys. He recalled Drew’s
involvement in the real-life research and asked if there has been
- Laura wrote how much she enjoyed the recent interview Drew
conducted with Kenyatta Berry. She also explained her emotions at
standing at her Revolutionary War ancestors’ homes and learning
more about them, including their slave ownership.
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