The Guys have been traveling the last two weeks, but here's a new
episode for everyone!
This week's news includes:
- Ancestry.com announced that it is discontinuing publication of
effective with the March/April 2010 issue.
- There are three new genealogy series debuting on television:
"Who Do You Think You Are?" makes its debut on NBC on March 5,
2010; "Faces of America," hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., airs on
Wednesdays, February 10 to March 3, 2010, on PBS (check your local
listings); and "The Generations Project" has debuted on BYU
Television (check your local area for availability and telecast
- Registration is now open for the Southern California
Genealogical Society's 41st Annual Jamboree, to be held at Burbank,
California, on June 11-13, 2010. Visit their Jamboree website for
details and to register at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/2010jam-home.htm.
- The Maryland Historical Society has announced that it is
accepting applications for its Lord Baltimore Research Fellowships
for 2010-2011. Contact Patricia Anderson at email@example.com for more
information about this announcement; contact the Library at
for information about library-related fellowships; and contact
Alexandria Deutsch, Chief Curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for information
about museum-related fellowships.
- Ancestry.com has announced the launch
of its 1950 Census Substitute.
- Ancestry.com and the New England
Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) are sponsoring a Family
History Day 2010 on Saturday, February 20, 2010, from 8:00 AM to
4:00 PM at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts.
- The Genealogy Gems Podcast
has launched the first genealogy podcast app for the iPhone and
iPod Touch, available in the iTunes Store for $2.99.
This week's listener email includes:
- Beth thanks The Guys for help last fall with obtaining
information about photos taken during WWII of her grandfather's
B-17 crew mates. She also discusses how she worked very, very hard
on her book to include source citations for every comment, etc.,
that she received while writing the book.
- Pattie talks about how great RootsMagic is for generating a
basic book that she can edit, add to, and customize for her own
family history writing.
- Brenda responds to Katie's e-mail (1/3/10 episode) concerning
the Huntingdon Gazette in
Pennsylvania. She reports that there is a website, "Access
Pennsylvania Digital Repository," at http://www.accesspadigital.org
at which she was able to access early copies of the Huntingdon Gazette in the Juniata
College Collections. She even located an April 1816 issue
describing the sheriff's sale of her 4th great-grandfather's
blacksmith shop in Barre Township.
- Pam asks for suggestions for additional research into her
- Joel Weintraub corrects The Guys (George) concerning obtaining
information from not-yet-released U.S. federal census records. He
cites the Census Bureau as the correct place to contact (not NARA)
for an Age Search to be performed. The price is $65, and the
process and requirements are described at http://www.census.gov/genealogy/www/data/agesearch/.
- Sheryl tells The Guys that the Mesa Arizona Regional Family History
Center (http://www.mesarfhc.org/) does
maintain a catalog of the microfilm and microfiche in their
facility for search.
Drew discusses his trip to the American Library Association's
Midwinter Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. He was given an
in-depth tour of the New England Historic
(NEHGS) facility by Josh Taylor, the
Director of Education and Programs. Drew describes some of the
features of NEHGS.
George and Drew discuss their trip earlier this month to Salt Lake
City and the research work they did on-site in the Family History Library
. They each discuss the types
of records they researched on microfilm, including probate indexes,
probate files, grantor and grantee indexes to deed books, and other
materials. George describes the process for having requested
microfilm from the Granite Mountain vault.
Drew recounts a recent discussion on the ROOTS-L mailing list. He
discusses "name chasers" who collect and add names to their
databases without performing research to check sources. They also
eschew entering any source citations for their collections. Some
have even attacked Drew's position on the importance of source
citations, stating that citing sources takes the fun out of
genealogy. The Guys talk about how important and integral source
citations are in everyone's research.