This episode is dedicated to our dear friend, Tom Ryder, who passed
away today in Port Charlotte, Florida.
This week's news includes: Ancestry.com extends its global reach to
China with an exclusive partnership with the Shanghai Library - the
new site is http://www.jiapu.cn
; and Ancestry has also added
extensive new content, including Bremen, Germany, ships and sailors
databases (in German).
A new episode of "Down Under: Florida" has been released at
RootsTelevision.com, starring The Guys. Click here
to go directly to the episode about "The
Genealogy Guys Podcast's fans at Facebook.com got an email as soon
as the new episode was released!
Listener email this week included: Roger (Marathon Man) shared
information about school censuses and cited a database of these
from Kent County, Michigan, at http://data.wmgs.org/SchoolCensus/
with samples to
view; Confederate service records are available and accessible at
(various states are still being added); Kay shared another family
story about a son who acidently shot his father; a listener asked
about how to locate Web pages that have disappeared, and The Guys
provided some methods, including the use of the Wayback Machine
), a part of the fascinating
Internet Archive; Richard shares a response from the Millennium
Corporation about available genealogy software it produces for
mobile devices; the USCIS has established a new genealogy program
for obtaining immigration and naturalization records, rather than
requesting them through the Freedom of Information Office - click
to go to the USCIS site; Connor has
compiled an index to newspaper records and asks advice for how to
disseminate the information; Laraine writes about her experiences
visiting her old hometown of Marietta, Ohio, and the importance of
citing sources; the Fulton County Genealogical Society has a new
home for its genealogy collection in the Evergreen Community
Library in Metamora, Ohio.
In last week's episode, George reviewed a new book by Timothy N.
Pinnick, Finding and Using
African American Newspapers
. Unfortunately, he included an
incorrect URL for Tim Pinnick's website. It should have been
. It's been
corrected in last week's show notes, but please visit his site for
details about the great little book.
Drew discusses his new volunteer assignment as editor of the
' Delegate Digest
, an monthly email
newsletter sent to the delegates of FGS member societies. This is a
great benefit to having your society be a member of FGS.
Drew also discusses CAPTCHAs (corrected spelling), the images
containing letters and numbers that we all type in at Web sites to
provide security from hackers. People are now working with OCR'd
books to interpret problem characters and making the indexes