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Jan 24, 2013

The news includes:

  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies announced the creation of a new society to promote the preservation of records in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Society of Preservation Patriots recognizes donors of $250 or more to the Rabbi Malcolm Stern-NARA Gift Fund of the Preserve the Pensions initiative.
  • The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) announced its new blog, SpringBoard: News and Notes.
  • The Newberry Library's Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture announced the release of a new historical web resource, the Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey, a collection of translations of approximately 50,000 newspaper articles from the 1860s to the 1930s from 22 ethnic newspapers.
  • MyHeritage has released a new version of the MyHeritage app (v2.0) that lets users "edit on the go."
  • The Blog Book Tour brings new books and authors directly to users' computers January 10-26, 2013.
  • WikiTree announced free comparisons of GEDCOM files.
  • Mahlon discusses Oklahoma death records available at
  • FamilySearch announced the addition of 7 million new records on January 15, 2013.

Listener email includes:

  • Jane asks for pointers to record resources for the Boer Wars in South Africa
  • Lori asks about problems obtaining SS-5 forms from the U.S. Social Security Administration.
  • Carole describes her frustration at trying to obtain SS-5s.
  • Shawn asked about the military pension records discussed in the December podcast at
  • Ashley talks about her Slovak family.
  • Anne purchased a Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 and is very pleased with it. (Learn more at She also discusses how she solved a handwriting interpretation problem.
  • Virginia asks for guidance for how to enter a family scandal into her genealogy database.
  • Jonathan is seeking a genealogical researcher for his Scottish Cameron emigrant ancestor. (Visit the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) website, the ICAPGen website, the Association of Professional Genealogists website, and the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) website.
  • Kelly asks about naming conventions for digital photos.