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Sep 20, 2021

The Guys announce the winner of the drawing for the “Basic Birth Certificates” quicksheet as Francis from Cumming, Georgia. The next drawing is announced later in the program.

News You Can Use and Share

  • MyHeritage announces its new and improved colorization model for MyHeritage in ColorTM.
  • MyHeritage has added two significant new collections. They are the Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada, and the Scotland Census, 1841-1901. MyHeritage will be adding an index to the other half of the newspaper collection soon.
  • The Society of Genealogists in London announced that its library catalog has been made available on the Library Hub Discover service.
  • Findmypast has added the largest collection of historical local photographs, the Francis Frith Collection, to its searchable collections.
  • Findmypast has added a new feature to the 1891, 1901, and 1911 censuses. It is a link for every search result to the Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales 1895 and a detailed map is displayed on which you can see where your ancestors lived.
  • Findmypast has added new parish records for Warwickshire, the Warwickshire, Coventry, Midwife’s Birth Register 1845-1875, and Turks & Caicos Life Events.
  • Ancestry has released its new DNA ethnic estimates and includes 8 new regions.
  • Drew recaps the vast new and expanded collections at FamilySearch.

DNA Segment with Diahan Southard

Drew discusses endogamy vs. pedigree collapse with Diahan.

Listener Email

  • Judy writes to discuss challenges with New York State marriage records.
  • Pam asks about records included in the updates from FamilySearch. George responds with suggestions, including a detailed discussion about how to use the search records facilities at FamilySearch for the following categories of records: indexed collections; image-only collections; and the catalog. He also recommends the use of the FamilySearch Research Wiki to access records online.
  • Stacy Cole shares keen insights into the idea that the enslaved, once emancipated, took the surname of their last enslaver.
  • Ryan wrote to provide an update on his research from six years ago about records relating to his great-grandmother’s suicide. He has had success finding elusive records and shares his experience.

Update on the Zion Cemetery Project

Drew provides an update on the fascinating Zion Cemetery Project in Tampa. He and volunteers are working to identify descendants and family members, gather information about the interred's lives and historical context, and create a lasting memorial. They are collaborating with University of South Florida faculty and alumni, members of local genealogy societies, community members, and nationally known professional genealogists. More updates will be shared in future podcast episodes.

Quicksheet Drawing

The Guys will give away a quicksheet reference guide for “Brick Wall Research Strategies”. Send an email to no later than 12 midnight Eastern Time on October 1, 2021. Put BRICK WALL in the subject line and your name and postal address in the body. The winner will be announced on the next Genealogy Guys Podcast.

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