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Nov 7, 2017

The news includes:

  • MyHeritage adds a significant collection of New York immigration records (1820-1957) with unique content and using its SuperSearch technology to search the never before indexed data.
  • MyHeritage has made a significant update to its mobile app.
  • Find A Grave will be updating its website with a new interface that improves searching and makes it an effective tool for all mobile devices.
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society led an impressive effort to halt New York’s intended stringent limits to birth and death records. They presented a large petition at a hearing on 24 October 2017, and the hearing was attended by a large group who presented arguments against the proposal.
  • The General Register Office in England has launched a pilot program that facilitates researchers ordering BMD records for England and Wales and receive them electronically in PDF files.
  • Findmypast has added records to the Greater London Burial Index, Kent Archdeaconry baptisms, banns, marriages, and burials, some new newspapers, and Britain Registers of Licenses to Pass Beyond the Seas (1573-1677).
  • Drew shares updates from FamilySearch’s recent records additions.

Listener email includes:

  • Ryan asks whether to record the people’s events in his database using the locations as they existed at the time or the current location.
  • Christine asked about the availability of the to-go feature in the Mac version of the RootsMagic software.
  • Donna has acquired an album with photographs and other memorabilia for a Jewish family who lived in New York City and Newark, New Jersey, and some who migrated to Detroit, Michigan. She asks for suggestions for an appropriate repository where these materials can be placed.
  • Margie references the Genealogy Connection interview with Laura Prescott, and reminds us that The Source and Ancestry’s Red Book are both available in full-text versions at the Wiki.
  • Missi in Maine has been listening to older episodes, and she notes that the Frappr website no longer exists.
  • Dawn asks whether she should combine several large family trees into a single tree, and suggestions for the best method. She uses Family Tree Maker software.
  • Laurie asks The Guys to include more content concerning beginning DNA research.