Many condolences have been received from around the world for
the passing of Fletcher, our dilute calico cat who "spoke" on many
podcasts over the years. She died on 8 December 2011 and is deeply
Carole advises us that the Doña Ana County Genealogical Society
in Las Cruces, New Mexico, will be holding its first conference in
April 2012. She also discusses the recurrent problem of the
accuracy of documentation and the conflicting data that can
Joel Weintraub tells us that the discussion on a previous
podcast about markings on ships' passenger lists/manifests could
also have pointed people to the site at www.jewishgen.org/InfoFiles/Manifests/.
Mark shared with us a publication by the St. Louis Post
Dispatch that discusses the new National Personnel Records
Center facility. The 12-page PDF document is an excellent overview
of the NPRC, where many U.S. military service records are
Noi asks for a recommendation of a good website that compares
genealogy database software programs. We recommend going to
Wikipedia and searching for the phrase “Comparison of Genealogy
Software” for some excellent comparisons.
Susan asks about whether she should use Family Tree Maker 2012
or RootsMagic. This spurred a detailed discussion by The Guys about
the GEDCOM standard and how data is exported from one program and
imported to another. They talk about the fact that there will be a
need to manually handle some data after the transfer.