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Dec 1, 2015

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The news includes:

· RootsMagic announces the availability of Personal Historian for the Mac, a new book, videos, and a Facebook group for users. You can also install PH on both a PC and a Mac with the same user key.

· The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is accepting applications for a $225 scholarship to the 5th Annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI), to be held March 10-12, 2016. Registration for the FGI is open at The scholarship is open to anyone wishing financial assistance to attend. Send a request of not more than 400 words to explaining how the scholarship might best help you in the field of forensic genealogy. Deadline is Friday, December 4th, 2015.

· MyHeritage adds a new search innovation called SearchConnectTM which enables users to connect with others who are searching for the same ancestors or relatives and to take advantage of search synergies.

· Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will be one of the keynote speakers at RootsTech on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

· The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) has elected Billie Stone Fogarty as president for 2016-2017.

· Findmypast has announced the release of a number of new collections and the addition of 3.7 million new articles to its Historic British Newspapers collection.

  • FamilySearch has marked the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by releasing two new online collections of records of casualty records from NARA.

· Drew highlights new and updated record collections at FamilySearch.

Book Review:

George reviews an excellent new book by Kerry Scott, How to Use Evernote for Genealogy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize Your Research and Boost Your Genealogy Productivity.

Listener email includes:

· George recaps his research information for Nona concerning her Suit/Suits family in the Rome, Georgia, area.

· Mike would like to connect with Ryan regarding New Jersey death records.

· Michael has questions about the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) and the Social Security Applications and Claims collection now at

· Kathy has questions about the Wilson families of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. George restates the information about two books he mentioned on an earlier podcast, and he will check again for possible family connection in his ancestral line. The books are:

    • Alexander, John Brevard: Biographical sketches of the early settlers of the Hopewell section and reminiscences of pioneers and their descendants by families. (Originally published in 1897 in Charlotte, NC, by the Observer Printing & Publishing House.) Reprint. University of California Libraries. Unindexed.
    • Syfert, Scott. The First American Declaration of Independence? The Disputed History of the Mecklenburg Declaration of May 20, 1775. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. 2014.

George talks about the recent news from Russia concerning the investigation into the murders of the Romanov family, Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna and their five children, on 17 July 1918. New DNA testing has confirmed all the remains are from the same family, and the tomb of Nicholas II’s father, Alexander III, was opened to obtain DNA to confirm that the remains of the male was, indeed, Nicholai Alexandrovich Romanov.

Drew names four essential websites for genealogical research:

· The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) at

· The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) of the U.S. Geological Survey at for Domestic Names

· Chronicling America from the Library of Congress at, a source of digitized newspapers from 1836-1922 and the US Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present, at