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Nov 5, 2023

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  • We just added a new video to the subscription Genealogy Guys Learn site. It is "Archives and Special Collections: An Introduction" by associate librarian emeritus Drew Smith.
  • MyHeritage memorializes two of its employees, Ron Shemer and Ilay Nachman, who were killed on 7 October 2023 at the onset of the Hamas-Israel War.
  • My Heritage announced the addition of 43 million historical records in September 2023.
  • MyHeritage released the 1931 Canada Census with a new index.
  • Drew recaps the highlights of the newest record releases at FamilySearch on 10, 17, and 24 September 2023.

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  • Gavin reminds everyone to check multiple websites for record collections that may have been indexed differently. He was researching his great-grandfather's family's immigrant arrival at Ellis Island, NY. He searched at MyHeritage and found his wife's brother and family indexed with his great-grandfather's name as the individual they were traveling to meet. He found a great match. He performed a similar search at, and the result did not show up because Ancestry doesn't index the name of the individual the immigrants were traveling to meet. Therefore, different sites' collections are often indexed differently and may yield different matches and clues.
  • Kayla wrote about her exhaustive efforts to trace her great-uncle, James Edward Farden. The family story is that he went AWOL and disappeared from subsequent records.
  • Judi writes again about her Irish Bannon ancestry and asks Drew and his brother about possible DNA matches with her line.
  • Julie wrote about her great-great-grandmother Ann Marie Delaney, who was born in County Laois in Ireland and immigrated to the U.S. She asked Drew about a possible connection to his ancestors.

Drew discusses his 10-day research trip to Ireland with his brother that began on 4 October 2023, with a week in Dublin led by expert Donna Moughty. He shares some places he visited, some of the things he learned, and the vital importance of advance preparations that he recommends for all research trips.

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