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May 27, 2021

News You Can Use and Share

  • MyHeritage announced a new filtering option for the DNA Matches page. You can filter based on any of their 2,114 Genetic Groups.
  • Ancestry announced that it now has more than 1,400 regions offered between communities and ethnic regions in its DNA matches.
  • The Society of Genealogists in London, the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC, and The National Archives in Kew, Richmond (London) have all reopened with limited capacity and required reservations required.
  • Findmypast introduces new and improved address search in census records.
  • Findmypast has added new collections or new records to: Australia, Military Commemorative Rolls & Rolls of Honor; Kent Parish records; the 1939 Register; British Army, Royal Engineers; Coldstream Guards; Monmouthshire Parish records; Glamorganshire Parish records; Australia Inbound, Outward & Coastal Passenger Lists 1826-1972; Middlesex Poor Law records; Scots Guards’ service records (WWII); Norfolk Churchyard and Memorial Images (browse); Scotland, Modern and Civil Births 1855-2019; Scotland, Modern and Civil Marriages 1855-2019; Scotland, Modern and Civil Deaths & Burials 1855-2021.
  • Drew recaps three weeks of vast new and expanded collections at FamilySearch.

DNA Segment with Diahan Southard

Drew discusses with Diahan what the TiP report is on Family Tree DNA and how to use it.

Cyndi Says

Cyndi Ingle says that we shouldn't worry about what others are doing.

Russia At a Glance Reference Guides Giveaway

We are giving away two copies of Genealogical Publishing Company’s at a glance reference guides. If you are interested, send us an email to by June 1st. Include RUSSIA in the header line and your name and mailing address in the body. We’ll draw two winners after June 1st.

Listener Email

  • Floreen wrote to thank us for the Genealogy Connection interview with Drew Smith.
  • Margaret wrote to update us on her work on Pointe Coupee, Louisiana plantation journal transcription records. She has a blog at with details.
  • Patrick shares his success locating family members in Iowa who “disappeared” after 1881.
  • James wrote to share his frustration with delays with obtaining military records from the National Personnel Record Center. (The facility was closed for over a year with the pandemic and is now beginning to work to catch up.)
  • Cindy couldn’t locate her grandparents in the 1930 census. She reminds us all not to forget newspaper research.
  • Terri is looking for an unknown father. Drew suggested using DNA testing and joining the Facebook group DNA Detectives for more help.
  • Laura shares how MyHeritage helped her discover an uncle she never knew existed.

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