The Guys remember John
who passed away recently. John maintained a masterful
site of all of the genealogy mailing lists in the world.
This week's news includes: Family Tree Magazine
published its 101 Best Websites for 2009, and The Genealogy Guys
Podcast has been named to that prestigious list; Ancestry.com
will soon be
launching Member Connect at its website to facilitate communication
and collaboration between members and subscribers; and the
Citizenship and Immigration Service
(USCIS) will be turning
over alien registration files to the National Archives and Records
Administration (NARA) facilities near San Francisco and Kansas City
(the searchable index announced in the podcast is no longer
One of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission's "Lincoln
Legacy Town Hall" meetings will be held on Monday, June 29th, from
6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Harold Washington Library Center, in the
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Author and scholar Henry Louis "Skip"
Gates, Jr., will join Chicago writer and interviewer Rick Kogan to
have an interactive discussion of how the stories we tell shape
history and how history shapes our stories. U.S. Congressman Jesse
Jackson, Jr., will also be in attendance.
The Guys discuss the upcoming Southern California Genealogical
Society's Jamboree in Burbank, June 26-28, 2009. Join them at this
great event. More details are available at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/2009jam-home.htm
Note: Dr. Zuberi's dinner speech will be on Friday.
This week's listener email includes: Roger responded to Kristen's
email (Episode 174) concerning genealogical society dues vs. fees
for members-only areas of a website; Gus reconfirms that deceased
persons do appear in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) while
the surviving spouse collects benefits; Sean responded to the point
made about recording multiple spellings of surnames by telling us
that The Master Genealogist program supports the entry of multiple
names in its database; Georgia Keilman asked us to tell people
about her Greek genealogy website at http://www.HellenicGenealogyGeek.com
Tim tells us about another software package that can be used to
generate your genealogy website, called The Next Generation of
Genealogy Sitebuilding" at http://lythgoes.net/genealogy/software.php
The software also incorporates Google Maps into the site and Tim
provides a link to his own site at http://www.ryeland.com
and a link to
his great-grandfather's page at http://ryeland.com/getperson.php?personID=I4340&tree=Ryeland. Damien enjoys the "craic" between The Guys,
and asks about the availability of software that tags photos in the
way that Facebook does. (Listeners are invited to share information
with us.) Mac has had difficulty locating an obituary in New York
City for a classmate and asks for suggestions.
Drew shares information about the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).
Bobbi King assists persons seeking a roommate for the upcoming FGS
Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, on September 2-5, 2009. Email
her at firstname.lastname@example.org to request assistance with roommate
matching. The opening session on Wednesday morning at the FGS
Conference is "Delegate 101," a panel discussion and Q&A
session concerning how societies and their FGS Delegates can be
more effective in their liaison work.
Drew discussed two social networking issues:
- Facebook.com now allows you to select
your own unique userid. You can then give friends and family
members a direct link to your facebook page in the form of a Web
- Google has developed an exciting new concept for communications
that allows people to follow a complete chronological thread of
email, messages, instant messages (IMs), and other discussions.
It's called Google Wave and a preview video can be seen at