May 29, 2022
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- George recommends listening to MyHeritage’s podcast, “Blast
From My Past”, which can be found at https://shows.acast.com/blast-from-my-past.
- Ancestry introduces its Ethnicity Inheritance powered by
- Findmypast has added new records to its UK collection Electoral
Registers & Companies House Directors.
- Lynn Turner has been named the new Director of the FamilySearch
Family History Library.
- Drew shares an overview of new and expanded record collections
1950 U.S. Federal Census Discussion
- Drew discusses the AI indexing processes in use by Ancestry and
FamilySearch, and census records at MyHeritage.
- Kathy from California emailed us with questions about the
availability of a number of the different census record forms from
this census. George covers the different forms used and whether
they were imaged before they were destroyed and which are digitally
available. These include P1 (Population Schedule), P2 (Individual
Census Report), P3 (Infant Cards), P4 (Crews of Vessels Report), P5
(Overseas Census), P8 (Native Americans), and various P forms used
for enumerating territories.
- Michael from Germany used Stephen P. Morse’s extensive census
tools at https://stevemorse.org/ to locate
enumeration districts and access a sample P1 form.
- Detailed information about the 1950 Census is available on the
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) pages at
and on subsequent pages. Don’t overlook the FAQs at https://1950census.archives.gov/howto/faq.html
which is filled with a wealth of information you should know.
- Chris asks for suggestions about how to locate/pinpoint a
specific headstone. George provides some suggestions.
- Rebecca wants to know if there is a way for Find a Grave to
notify a person when their memorials have been deleted or
reassigned to another person.
- Tina wrote to say she enjoyed the Vivid-Pix Memory Segment
regarding using photographs with patients suffering from dementia
patients. We will be hosting more interviews soon. Keep
- Tina also asked about how to balance using RootsMagic,
Ancestry, and FamilySearch without feeling that she is duplicating
- Timo in Germany wrote with suggestions about place name changes
and how to structure them in your genealogy. He suggests the use in
German research of the website at http://gov.genealogy.net/search/index.
- “The GOV is for Germany and many former German places the place
to go to look up the former names, belongings in civil registers or
churches. It might happen that a village belong[s] to the one civil
register and to another church. With the GOV you could search for
the current or the former name of a city, village, or a place
- ‘Let me give you the example of Riegersdorf (German name), now
Rudziczka (Polish): http://gov.genealogy.net/item/show/object_188576.&rdquo
- ‘You will find both names and the time period, type (village),
population (1492 in this case), webpages (GenWiki), external ID
(which is for library uses), link to GenWiki, geo position =
coordinates to find the place on a map.”
- Maya wrote to say that she had about 200 letters written in
Yiddish, which she does not read. She offered them to the National
Library of Israel for digitation and preservation and possibly
- Jo Ann has an ancestor from Rowan County, North Carolina, whom
she thinks may have been a spy during the American Revolution. She
asks for places she might go to in order to investigate the
- Matt in Omaha, Nebraska, tells us he uses quotation marks
around a name – such as “Mr King” – to force the search for that
- Laura writes to ask why someone might have/use two
desktop genealogy database programs.
- Ed is working on publishing a family history for distribution
within his family. He has an older work that he would like to use
and incorporate some of its content. He asks about how to give
credit to the original author. The Guys discuss copyright and fair
use considerations and suggest how the source citations
could/should be included.
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