Aug 1, 2020
News You Can Use and Share with Others
- The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives at the University of
Minnesota is working to digitize its Jewish World archives, its
collection of Jewish World Newspapers, 91 bound volumes from 1915
to 2007. The first three years’ newspapers are complete.
- The Society of Genealogists will reopen their library in London
on 7 August 2020. Only a limited number of simultaneous SOG members
will be admitted. No food or drink will be allowed.
- Findmypast added new records: Surry Baptisms; Surrey Marriages;
Surrey Burials; Warwickshire Burials; Warwickshire, Coventry
Pawnbroker Tickets 1915-1923; Idaho Reconstructed 1890 U.S. census;
Yorkshire Monumental Inscriptions; Derbyshire Deaths and Burials;
National School Admission Registers & Log Books 1870-1914; Peru
Civil Registration Records 1874-1996; and 12 new newspaper
- Ancestry added new collections in July: Wyoming BMDs; Idaho
BMDs; Women of Protest (suffragette photos from the LOC); USC Shoah
Interviews – Index only to be released at Ancestry; Doubs, France
Censuses; and Westminster Parish Records.
- Ancestry is ready to change its messaging system. You can
download the existing folder structure but you'll need to do it
- Ancestry will shortly be eliminating the display of very small
DNA matches, most of which likely would be nearly useless to
researchers as they are false positives.
- Fold3 recently completed their collection of U.S. Veterans
Gravesites (1775-2019). Records date to the Revolutionary War and
include veterans, spouses, and dependents interred in military
- Drew recaps two weeks of highlights of FamilySearch record
DNA Segment with Diahan Southard
Diahan and Drew discuss best practices for managing messages
exchanged with DNA matches.
Best strategies for contacting matches:
How Contacting Your DNA Matches is
Like a First Date
Cyndi Ingle tells us to pay attention to collateral relatives
for our brick-wall ancestors.
Our Listeners Talk to Us
- Debbie asks how to subscribe to the Genealogy Guys Blog using
Feedly. You'll find some information on the blog itself at
but Drew will create more instructions soon.
- John writes to add two more strategies for potentially
identifying formerly enslaved persons after the U.S. Civil
- Edward shares his experiences with expanding information about
family members, especially siblings, using cemetery records.
- Robin poses a great question about ways to publish errata for a
previously published family history book that contains errors. The
Guys offer several suggestions and encourage listeners to share
their ideas and techniques in handling errata.
- Lori wants to know how to become a records transcriber. We
welcome suggestions from our listeners.
- John writes from Scotland wanting to know why the iOS/iPadOS
Ancestry app will be available only to users of the next iOS/iPadOS
operating system. The Guys suggested contacting Ancestry directly,
but we welcome input from our listeners.
- Marise writes about having heard about the Leeds method of
using colored dots at Ancestry. She uses then to identify the town
of origin of DNA matches. She also talks about using pseudonyms in
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