Jan 19, 2020
We hope you are enjoying Drew’s “31 Days of Getting Organized”
series at The Genealogy
Guys Blog. Day 0 begins at
and you can follow each day. (Use the Tag labeled Organization for
quick access to all of these entries.)
News You Can Use and Share
- MyHeritage added millions of new records in November 2019 and
in the first half of December.
- MyHeritage added new records for Germany in late December: the
Hesse Birth Index (1874-1911) and the Hesse Marriage Index
- The Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Park
Service announced the launch of the U.S. Mexican War Soldier &
Sailor Database, coming on 27 January 2020. (See press release at
our blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/search/label/Mexican%20War.
- Fold3 has recently added the “UK Militia Attestation Papers,
1806-1915,” containing great personal information for each
- The Royal Air Force Museum has launched a new website
containing casualty forms of the officers of the Royal Flying Corps
and Royal Air Force. The site is located at https://www.casualtyforms.org.
- Donna Moughty announced her two annual research trips to
Ireland: the Belfast trip October 10-17, 2020, and the Dublin trip
October 17-24, 2020. Space is limited. Details are available at
- Findmypast has released updates to the 1939 Register, British
Armed Forces’ World War I Medical Records, and the U.S. National
Veterans Cemetery Index. They also have released records for Kent
Baptisms, Marriages and Banns, and Burials.
- FamilySearch has released GEDCOM Version 5.5.1, the first
update in ten years.
- FamilySearch’s 2019 highlights include 1.24 billion people in
the Family Tree, 6.3 billion searchable records and images online,
8.75 million new photos and stories added, and 15.5 million
volunteer hours contributed.
- FamilySearch has announced new things coming in 2020: sitewide
support for new languages; improvements to the user experience with
the Family Tree; updates to Memories to allow topic tagging;
improvements in social interactions and social media; and a new
tool, Explore Images, allowing users to view images within days of
- Drew recaps new record additions, updates, and indexes at
DNA Segment with Blaine T. Bettinger
Blaine and Drew discuss chromosome mapping at the DNA Painter
Cyndi Ingle discusses thinking of your end goal.
Our Listeners Talk to Us
- Robin wrote about loose papers and about oversized documents
and photographs and how she approached copying them. Now, the
question is where to send them for permanent storage.
- Mark captured George’s interest with an article from the
Biblical Archaeology Review (January-February 2020 issue)
titled “Rescuing and Recovering Vesuvius’s Survivors.” The report
addresses the people who escaped the volcano’s eruption on 24
August 79 C.E. [A.D.], where they moved, the customs they took with
them, and intermarriages. The author, Steven L. Tuck, performed
extensive research, including identifying people and events using
genealogical standards. Excellent article!
Don’t forget! The Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix have issued a new
call for nominations for the Unsung Heroes Awards. Submissions will
be accepted until midnight EST on 1 February 2020. Awards will be
announced at RootsTech 2020 in Salt Lake City. Full details and
links to nomination forms can be found on our blog at
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