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Oct 12, 2020

News You Can Use and Share!

  • The National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies officially merged on 1 October 2020.
  • Vivid-Pix launches a new version of their RESTORE software for Windows and macOS with new features.
  • MyHeritage has just refreshed the data for its Theory of Family Relativity for the third time since its release, expanding the connections you can make with DNA matches with other users.
  • Findmypast has released: Swiss Emigrants to the American Colonies, 1733-1734; Emigrant [Church of England] Ministers to the Americas; Winthrop Fleet Passenger List, 1630; London, Black Poor, 1786; Sierra Leone Resettlement Scheme, 1787; Caribbean Marriage Index, 1591-1905; and new Devon Burials.
  • FamilySearch, American, and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants announce that more than 10K Mayflower Society member applications and family trees have been placed online.
  • FamilySearch will present RootsTech Connect, a free virtual conference on 25-27 February 2021. Registration is open at
  • Drew recaps the huge new and expanded collections at FamilySearch.

DNA Segment with Diahan Southard

Drew asks Diahan about why different family members have different DNA matches.

Cyndi Says

Cyndi Ingle reminds us that life is short.

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  • Lisa asks about the status of RootsMagic 8 and whether it will run on her MacBook Pro. We plan to interview Bruce Buzbee, the RootsMagician, when the new version of the software is released.
  • Margaret is transcribing plantation journals from the 1840s to 1860s for two plantations in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, owned by William Taylor and wife Lucy Lewis Thom Taylor. She asks for advice about where to place originals and place them online.
  • Laura shares information about a transcription resource used by archives, universities, libraries, and others called From the Page (
  • Marianna, Victor, and Nancy all wrote about downloading Ancestry messages and describing their methods of doing so.
  • Robert is a genealogist and a licensed private investigator. He would like to help others and asked for suggestions about the best ways to let yourself be known.
  • Kim wrote about Jim’s experiences with his half-brother and her own similar experiences.
  • Neal is writing an extensive family genealogy book and asked for recommendations about using Ahnentafel formats for the work.

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