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Jan 21, 2010

The Guys have been traveling the last two weeks, but here's a new episode for everyone!

This week's news includes:
  1. Ancestry.com announced that it is discontinuing publication of Ancestry Magazine, effective with the March/April 2010 issue.
  2. 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 schedules).
  3. 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.
  4. The Maryland Historical Society has announced that it is accepting applications for its Lord Baltimore Research Fellowships for 2010-2011. Contact Patricia Anderson at panderson@mdhs.org for more information about this announcement; contact the Library at library_department@mdhs.org for information about library-related fellowships; and contact Alexandria Deutsch, Chief Curator, at adeutsch@mdhs.org for information about museum-related fellowships.
  5. Ancestry.com has announced the launch of its 1950 Census Substitute.
  6. 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.
  7. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. Pam asks for suggestions for additional research into her Gorrell ancestors.
  5. 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/
  6. 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 Genealogical Society (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.