Jul 8, 2020
The Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix announce two exciting
- 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 iajgs2020.org.
- 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
- 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
- Drew recaps new record additions, updates, and indexes at
Drew asks Diahan about the Leeds method.
Cyndi Ingle discusses how to stay focused.
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- Jean on Long Island congratulates The Guys on their inclusion
in the 101 Best Genealogy Websites for 2020 published by Family
- 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
Genealogy Guys Learn Subscription Sale
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subscription genealogy education website, on sale through the month
of July 2020. The first year’s subscription is $79 (regularly $99).
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information about Genealogy Webinars. Contact us to schedule a
webinar for your society.
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