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Sep 22, 2018

The news includes:

  • AncestryDNA released new ethnicity estimates for all its DNA users.
  • MyHeritage now supports uploads of 23andMe v5 and Living DNA data files.
  • MyHeritage has partnered with British retailer WHSmith to sell DNA kits in their stores in Europe.
  • RootsTech announces plans for an international RootsTech in London, England, 24-26 October 2019 at the ExCel London Convention Centre.
  • David Rencher, Chief Genealogy Officer at FamilySearch, has been appointed Director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies announces leadership changes.
  • The Association of Professional Genealogists announces the three winners of the 2018 Young Professional Scholarships.
  • Findmypast has released new Irish records, Wiltshire registers and records, Westmorland registers and records, Nebraska births, Electoral Registers, Jersey German Occupation Identity Cards, and Jersey German Occupation Prosecutions.
  • Drew summarizes the new and updated collections at FamilySearch.

As follow-up to the discussion about organizing browser bookmarks on Episode #345, George announces publication of his article, "Use Bookmarks to Cluster Your Resources", in the September 2018 issue of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

Listener email includes:

  • Julienne wrote to express how much she enjoyed Drew’s interview of Amy Johnson Crow (Genealogy Connection episode #46).
  • Linda replied to Kelly (Episode #349) on the subject of why someone would have a massive online family tree. She explains her extensive research of family from the 1600s and the links she has made to build and successfully research her lines.
  • Teresa asks about genealogy software programs, Family Tree Maker and RootsMagic.
  • Hugh discusses finding vintage photos and secondhand postcards at flea markets and other venues.
  • Judy provides two very important tips for researchers:
    1. Don’t assume the ethnicity of people who settled an area as you might miss excellent documentary sources.
    2. The Library of Virginia has made indices and images of Chancery Court records for many counties available online at
  • Laura wrote to describe the “mess” she found as a result of DNA testing, particularly with people whose fathers were revealed as not their fathers. She asks about the ethical issues involved with revealing such findings. Listeners are encouraged to share their opinions and experiences.