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Feb 1, 2012

The news includes:

  • Who Do You Thing You Are? debuts for its third season on NBC on Friday, February 2, 2012.
  • Fold3 announced that it is providing free access to all of its Black History Collection records throughout the month of February in celebration of Black History Month.
  • brightsolid is one of the major sponsors for RootsTech 2012 in Salt Lake City this week.
  • brightsolid has announced that they have recruited renowned genealogist D. Joshua Taylor as their business development manager and media spokesperson in the U.S.
  • WikiTree has announced that they have closed new user registration. New members must now be invited by current WikiTree members.
  •, Behind the Name, and WeRelate have announced a new approach for searching for variant names. Learn more at
  • is partnering with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to bring more than 300 years of Pennsylvania records online.
  • George G. Morgan's new book, How to Do Everything Genealogy, 3rd edition, has just been published by McGraw-Hill in softcover and in electronic format. George will soon announce how people can order a signed copy.
  • Registration is now open for the Federation of Genealogical Society's 2012 Conference on August 29 to September 1, 2012, in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Registration is open for the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree on June 8-10, 2012, in Burbank, California.
  • DNA genotyping is being used to help answer the centuries-old mystery of the so-called "Lost Colony" of Roanoke Island on North Carolina's Outer Banks. Learn more at

Listener email includes:

  • Joel Weintraub tells The Guys about a collection of One-Step tools for working with the forthcoming 1940 U.S. Federal Census at Steve Morse's website.
  • Patricia has a question about her great-grandfather, John A. Hamilton.
  • Rob of New Port Richey, Florida, asks about access at the University of South Florida Tampa Library and at the Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library system to records outside of Florida.
  • Margaret discusses how she shares family history information with relatives and others using her blog and Dropbox.
  • Steve shares information with family members in a similar manner. He also talks about his experiences in transferring data between genealogy database programs, a topic that The Guys discussed in a previous episode.
  • Avi asks questions concerning his family members who lived in the area of Troy, New York.
  • Phil asks for help because he has discovered that his grandmother had four first names.

The Guys reviewed several new items:

  • Family Roots Publishing has a new book by Ruby Coleman titled Genealogical Research in Nebraska. (Order at
  • Genealogical Publishing Companyhas released three new QuickSheet publications written by Elizabeth Shown Mills. They are:
    • The Historical Biographer's Guide to the Research Process
    • The Historical Biographer's Guide to Finding People in Databases & Indexes
    • The Historical Biographer's Guide to Cluster Research (the FAN Principle)