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May 14, 2019

The Genealogy Guys announced the launch of The Genealogy Squad Facebook Page on May 6, 2019, at The principals are Blaine T. Bettinger, Cyndi Ingle, George G. Morgan, and Drew Smith. In the first 7 days, membership has exceeded 8,000 members.

The deadline for nominations for the 2Q2019 Unsung Heroes Awards is midnight Eastern Time, May 15, 2019. Awards will be announced at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank on June 1, 2019. Details and nomination materials are available at

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The Guys were honored at the Ohio Genealogical Society 2019 Conference in Mason, Ohio, on May 4 with an award acknowledging their exceptional support for the Society and its annual conference.

We are sad to report the passing of Donn Devine, JD, CG Emeritus, of Wilmington, Delaware on May 8, 2019. Donn was a leader in the genealogical community and will be deeply missed.

Vivid-Pix announces a new release of its RESTORE software that includes image metadata creation and Artificial Intelligence image improvement capabilities. A free trial is available for Windows or Mac at Use code 3GENEALOGYGUYS or 3GENEALOGYGUYSR. Past purchasers receive a free update to RESTORE.

Ancestry posted a blog post describing how the updated Ethnicity Estimate works and how to preserve your older estimate if you so choose (but there's a deadline for that).

MyHeritage recently added the 1940 Denmark Census to its historical database.

The British Newspaper Archive continues to add to its digital titles from Britain and Ireland.

Findmypast has announced the launch of ancestor sharing for users with family trees online. This is an optional feature.

Findmypast has released Queensland Soldier Portraits (1914-1918), Scotland Monumental Inscriptions, Panama Records, new pages for their British and Irish newspapers, British India Office Deaths and burials, an update to the 1939 Register, Bahamas Records, DAR Lineage Books (1890-1921), additions to the Philadelphia Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms and Parish Registers, and Lincolnshire Parish Records.

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City is adding Sunday (main floor only) and longer Monday hours to its schedule.

Drew recaps three weeks of record additions at FamilySearch.

Blaine T. Bettinger

This week’s discussion between Blaine and Drew focuses on deciding who to test, how to approach them, and how to manage multiple tests.

Cyndi Ingle

Cyndi Ingle’s “Cyndi Says” segment highlights the importance of browsing websites rather than depending solely upon search facilities.

A sampling of major online providers. Browse the collections of records, instead of searching:

Our Listeners Talk to Us

  • George learns that the Girl Scouts also have a genealogy program for its members.
  • Carol wanted to know how to obtain Vivid-Pix RESTORE directly from the company as opposed to via Amazon.
  • Marlise talks about how she got involved with her genealogy research during a long illness. She also asked for an interview with an expert on the topic of Jewish DNA.
  • Jesse detailed his search and brick wall woes for an ancestral line.

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