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Sep 7, 2020

We are happy to celebrate our podcast’s 15th anniversary this week!

News You Can Use and Pass On!

We have lots of news and awards information to share this week:

  • The Genealogy Guys Podcast and Vivid-Pix announced the winner of the Unsung Heroes Society Grant for scanning equipment and software. It is the Morgan County Partnership in Martinsville, Indiana. They won a scanner and software worth $500! This win will enable then to scan and index much more before their bicentennial in 2022. See our blog for all the details.
  • The Genealogy Guys Podcast and Vivid-Pix announced the winner of the Unsung Heroes Awards. The Individual Winner is Rosemary McFarland of Mount Eden, Kentucky, for her vast work on a wide variety of Kentucky records. The Society Winner is the Eller Family Society for its digitization of decades of their newsletters and chronicles and many other materials.
  • The Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park announced that park volunteer Pat Rand was awarded the Regional Hartzog Award for 2020 for her work on the U.S.-Mexican War Soldiers and Sailors Database.
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies held its virtual conference on 9/2-4, 2020. They announced a wide range of awards. You can read the full press release in our blog at
  • FamilySearch has announced RootsTech Connect 2021: A Free Global Virtual Event on February 25-27, 2021. Registration is open at
  • MyHeritage has announced that their search engine for historical records has been redesigned. It makes searching their treasure trove of 12.5 billion records easier and more intuitive. Read more about that at their blog at and many other topics.
  • Ancestry will provide for up to 10,000 K-12 teachers across the USA a free 6-month World Explorer subscription. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2020.
  • Ancestry has completed digitization of archives featuring 19 million Holocaust records. They are available free and in perpetuity as part of the Arolsen Archives Collection.
  • Findmypast has added new records to the Wales Probate Index (1544-1858); the Caernarvonshire Parish Registers; Denbighshire Burials; Montgomeryshire Monumental Inscriptions; Scotland, Burgess & Guild Brethren Index; and Scotland, Banffshire & Moray Life Events.
  • Dick Eastman, author of the weekly update for the Plus Edition of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, has announced that the newsletter is now offline for a variety of reliability problems. However, he is working with professionals to create a new Plus Edition website and hopes to have the newsletter back up very soon.
  • FamilySearch has partnered with Ontario Ancestors to announce a new book scanning project. They hope to commence the project before the end of 2020.
  • Drew recaps the huge new and expanded collections at FamilySearch.

The Guys also talk about what they have been doing with their own genealogy.

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