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Jun 9, 2020

Family Tree Magazine announced the 101 Best Genealogy Websites of 2020 and The Genealogy Guys Podcast was on the list. Thank you!

The Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix announce two exciting programs:

  • The Unsung Heroes Societies Grant Program will award grants to two societies each year to facilitate their digitizing, indexing, and transcribing photographs and documents. Each grantee will receive a high-quality scanner, a backup and online storage software package, and two copies of Vivid-Pix RESTORE software to improve the legibility of documents and the color/contrast of photographs, and to add image tags and other important information to the image metadata. Each grant package is valued at $500.
  • The Unsung Heroes Awards Program continues to recognize individuals, societies, and libraries for their work in digitizing, indexing, and transcribing photographs and documents and for making that work accessible to the genealogical community. Award winners will receive a commemorative certificate, a customized mug that can include an image of their choice, and a copy of Vivid-Pix RESTORE. Individual winners will also receive a one-year subscription to Genealogy Guys Learn.

Grant applications and award nominations are due by midnight EDT on 1 August 2020. Full details are available on our blog at

News You Can Use and Share

  • MyHeritage is seeking users of their mobile app with more than 100 individuals in the app to observe their behaviors while using the Discoveries feature. Users will be interviewed while using the app. If interested in helping out, contact Keren Szabason, the Product Designer, at
  • MyHeritage launched an exclusive new collection: Germany, North Rhine Westphalia, Death Index 1870-1940.
  • MyHeritage has introduced Cross-Language Record Matches to help users locate ancestors' records in different and often unexpected languages.
  • Joel Weintraub has been working in advance of the release of the 1950 U.S. Federal Census. He has created YouTube videos about that, as well as other topics such as immigration. Visit for a page showing the title of the videos, running time, and YouTube address of each of the videos
  • Vivid-Pix brings back memories of family reunions past and makes new reunion memories for this year. See our blog post at for all the details.
  • The FamilySearch Family Tree has added support for the entry of same-sex couples.
  • BillionGraves has launched a new feature called QualityCheck to improve the accuracy of its searchable cemetery inscriptions.
  • The Family History Show in the UK has moved online at It will be held on 20 June 2020. Early-bird registration is now available.
  • All content on British History Online is currently free through 30 September 2020. See their blog at
  • Findmypast has added 1939 Register Map Search.
  • Findmypast has added new and additional content to: British Army Service Records; Royal Engineers Journals (1939-1945); Royal Air Force, Operations Record Books (1939-1945); Royal Air Force, Combat Reports (1939-1945); England & Wales, Electoral Registers (19201932); Britain, Histories & Reference Guides; Canadian Directories & Almanacs; and Canada, Ontario, Toronto Emigrant Office Records Index.
  • Drew recaps new record additions, updates, and indexes at FamilySearch.

DNA Segment with Diahan Southard

Drew and Diahan talk about why someone might not share any ethnicity with a DNA match.

Cyndi Says

Cyndi Ingle discusses her own website, Cyndi's List!

Our Listeners Talk to Us

  • Lisa Tompson of the Martin County [Florida] Genealogical Society tells us what their society is doing to conduct meetings these days.
  • Jeff shared information with Drew about Private William Boddy in the Civil War. He provided a link to Boddy's journal:
  • Bruce is researching the Sailors' Snug Harbor retirement home on Staten Island, New York (1833-1976) and the mariners buried there. He is compiling information and stories, and listeners are encouraged to email us if they'd like to contact Bruce about his project.
  • Floreen wrote about Drew's interview with Diahan Southard and about her own DNA research into her great-grandfather.
  • Judy wrote to alert people that if you are paying for someone else's DNA test, make sure you will have access to the information.

The Genealogy Guys are available for webinars using Zoom, a simple-to-use online video meeting tool that handles up to 100 people logged in at a time. Our catalog of Genealogy Topics is available at along with information about Genealogy Webinars. Contact us to schedule a webinar for your society.

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