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Jul 8, 2020

The Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix announce two exciting programs:

  • The Unsung Heroes Societies Grant Program will award grants to two societies each year to facilitate their digitizing, indexing, and transcribing photographs and documents. The grantees will each receive a high-quality scanner, a backup and online storage software package, and two copies of Vivid-Pix RESTORE software to improve the legibility of documents, the color/contrast of photographs, and to add image tags and other important information to the image metadata. The grant package is valued at $500.
  • The Unsung Heroes Awards Program continues to recognize individuals, societies, and libraries for their work in digitizing, indexing, and transcribing photographs and documents and making that work accessible to the genealogical community. Award winners will receive a commemorative certificate, a customized mug that can include an image of their choice, and a copy of Vivid-Pix RESTORE. Individual winners will also receive a one-year subscription to Genealogy Guys Learn.

Grant applications and award nominations are due by midnight EDT on 1 August 2020. Full details are available on our blog at

News You Can Use and Share

  • MyHeritage has added 7 new reports to MyHeritage Health.
  • MyHeritage launched its Photo Enhancer in June and within 10 days had enhanced more than one million photos.
  • The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) will hold its 40th international conference virtually on 10-13 August 2020. Details and registration are available at
  • The Georgia State Legislature has passed SB372 which extends the privacy of birth records to 125 years and the privacy of marriage, divorce, and death records to 100 years.
  • The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) has established three new scholarships. They will afford persons of color and those from underrepresented groups in society and culture the opportunity to attend APG's Professional Management Conference. Two of the scholarships, honoring Kenyatta Berry and the late James Dent “Jimmy” Walker, are intended to benefit genealogists of African-American or other African-rooted heritage. The third scholarship is intended to support a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or gender-questioning genealogist in attending APG's flagship conference.
  • The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) announced a new scholarship, the “Board for Certification of Genealogists Scholarship for African American Students.” Up to three scholarships will be awarded each year to offset the cost of participating in an intensive genealogical education program, as well as the cost of applying for the CG credential.
  • Findmypast has added: Scotland Roman Catholic Church Parish Records; Scotland, Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), Electoral Registers (1864-1931); more United States Marriages; U.S., Pennsylvania, Civil War Veterans’ Card File; U.S., New Jersey, Military Records Index; U.S., Rolls of Soldiers in the Revolutionary War; and Yorkshire Baptisms.
  • More than 400,000 U.S. naturalization records from the Bronx and Queens will become available online in 2022 as part of a three-year project.
  • Drew recaps new record additions, updates, and indexes at FamilySearch.

Diahan Southard

Drew asks Diahan about the Leeds method.

Cyndi Says

Cyndi Ingle discusses how to stay focused.

Tools for Research Plans - Create them in:     
  • Word
  • Google Docs
  • Evernote
  • OneNote
  • Trello
Templates and forms for research planning:     
See also: Cyndi's List - Research Methodology,

Our Listeners Talk to Us

  • Jean on Long Island congratulates The Guys on their inclusion in the 101 Best Genealogy Websites for 2020 published by Family Tree Magazine.
  • Donna writes asking why Facebook has removed a friend’s individual obituary posts made to multiple groups as “spamming” and has issued the friend a “final warning” to stop. She wants to talk with a human being at Facebook to explain her work and motivations. Our listeners are encouraged to share their suggestions.
  • Andrew’s great-great-grandfather owned three enslaved persons according to the U.S. federal census records of 1860 and no names are listed. He would like to trace the enslaved individuals and is looking for suggestions. Our listeners are encouraged to share their suggestions.

Genealogy Guys Learn Subscription Sale

The Genealogy Guys have placed Genealogy Guys Learn, their subscription genealogy education website, on sale through the month of July 2020. The first year’s subscription is $79 (regularly $99). Visit the site at, click on the red ENROLL button at the bottom of the screen, and complete your information. Use the code JULYSALE to get the reduced price. See our blog post at for details, including a link to another blog post at with the full list of videos and written course available and coming soon. And remember that we add new content every month!

The Genealogy Guys are available for webinars using Zoom, a simple-to-use online video meeting tool that handles up to 100 people logged in at a time. Our catalog of Genealogy Topics is available at along with information about Genealogy Webinars. Contact us to schedule a webinar for your society.

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