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Feb 28, 2022

News You Can Use and Share!

  • MyHeritage has published 5.8 million records from 28 collections from JewishGen ( made possible through a collaboration with the Museum of Jewish Heritage ( and JewishGen.
  • Ancestry announces the new Ancestry Stories on the Ancestry mobile app to combine photographs, shared historical records, and text to craft a story about an ancestor in your family tree.
  • George shares an excellent online resource, Immigration History, at
  • Drew shares complete details about the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the upcoming release of the 1950 U.S. Census on 1 April 2022. (See the NARA page at
  • RootsTech 2022 arrives this week on 3-5 March. Sign up for free at Then enjoy connecting with other attendees at RootsTech Relatives at
  • Drew shares his regular recap of highlights of new historical records at FamilySearch.

DNA Segment

Drew discusses helping adopted people with DNA expert Diahan Southard. Resources for this discussion include:

Vivid-Pix Memory Segment

Drew talks with Sue Kaufman, Senior Manager of the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research (part of the Houston Public Library) in Houston, Texas.

Listener Email

  • Drew follows up on Kendra’s cemetery project work previously discussed in Episode #401. (The Zion Cemetery Project uses Trello as a database management tool.) Kendra works with the Randolph County Public Library in Asheboro, North Carolina. They have an interactive cemetery map at under History & Genealogy>Randolph County Cemeteries (or
  • Pam asked about GEDmatch ( and the ability to specify that you do or do not want your data to be accessible by law enforcement.
  • Sunni asked about headright, especially concerning her ancestor in Georgia, and asks why headrights might possibly only be partially executed. George provides an explanation of what a headright is and how some may not have been completed.
  • Michael asks Drew about his Boddie/Bodie family. Drew provides lots of details and refers Michael to the book, Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County Virginia, by John Bennett Boddie.

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The Genealogy Guys Learn subscription site continues to grow. New content is added every month, and the March 2022 video is “Using AncestryDNA Today” by Drew Smith. You can subscribe at

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