Drew shares his three remaining interviews from RootsTech 2013:
Elissa Scalise Powell, President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, discusses BCG's upcoming 50th anniversary celebration and what genealogists might want to know about becoming certified.
Janet Hovorka, The Chart Chick, tells Drew all about her newest project, Zap the Grandma Gap, a book, workbook, and website that helps connect children and their families to fun genealogy activities.
David Pogue, a well-known technology writer and presenter, provides an entertaining interview that ranges from discussing apps to playing a virtual ocarina. But even Drew can surprise David with an app he's never heard of!
FamilySearch indexing volunteers reach the 1 billion record milestone.
Houstory thanks The Genealogy Guys for their previous coverage of their Heirloom Registry product.
Ancestry.co.uk adds Wiltshire Church Records and Wiltshire Quaker Birth & Death records to its collection.
AncestryDNA makes it easier to communicate with people who match, improves its website for mobile users, and provides the ability to download raw DNA data.
Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com, makes several important announcements at RootsTech 2013, including the new partnership with FamilySearch to digitize 140 million pages of U.S. probate records; spending $100 million to digitize, index, and put online new content; the availability of AncestryDNA for $99 for everyone (not just Ancestry subscribers); the increase in size of the AncestryDNA database; the update to the Ancestry.com iOS app; and the significant percentage of younger users coming into Ancestry.com using mobile devices.
FamilySearch adds significant new collections for such areas as Georgia and Washington county marriages; civil records for Bologna, Italy; and court records for Trumbull County, Ohio
Drew shares 3 interviews from RootsTech 2013, including:
An international genealogy conference in the UK, Exodus: Movement of the People- The story of migration to, from, and within the British Isles - will be held September 6-8, 2013, at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Hinckley, Leistershire, UK. For more information, visit http://www.exodus2013.co.uk.
George provides reviews of some excellent materials:
How to Archive Family Keepsakes by Denise May Levenick
The Heirloom Registry, by Houstory Publishing (See more details at http://www.heirloomregistry.com.)
A Week of Genealogy: Things to Know and Do Online and Offline by Dr. Margaret M. McMahon, Ph.D.
Out-of-Style by Betty Kreisel Shubert
Listener email includes:
Stan provides an excellent website called FileRight for Genealogy and Military Records, which includes many great military and naturalization links, at http://www.fileright.com/naturalization-family-roots-military-records.html.
Beverly wanted to know why she can't locate 1820 U.S. federal census records for Montgomery County, NC.
Tom asks about the future of DNA testing.
Drew talks about the resources he is using in two research projects in which he is participating.
Drew, an official RootsTech 2013 blogger, reminds listeners that Early Bird Registration for RootsTech 2013 ends on February 15th. Drew invites our listeners to email us at email@example.com with suggestions for interviews while he's at RootsTech 2013.
Other news includes:
RootsMagic announces a free viewer app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
MyHeritage has launched a special campaign offering deep discounts on DNA tests through Family Tree DNA. They also have released a new version of the free MyHeritage app that allows you to "edit on the go."
The Newberry Library's Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture announced the release of a new historical web resource, the Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey, a collection of translations of approximately 50,000 newspaper articles from the 1860s to the 1930s from 22 ethnic newspapers.
MyHeritage has released a new version of the MyHeritage app (v2.0) that lets users "edit on the go."
The Blog Book Tour brings new books and authors directly to users' computers January 10-26, 2013.
WikiTree announced free comparisons of GEDCOM files.
Ancestry.com's sale to Permira Advisors, LLP, was concluded on December 31, 2012.
Findmypast.com announced the release of of significant records from 1790 to present for the U.S., the UK, Ireland, and Australia.
Findmypast.com announced release of records concerning "The Green Redcoats" and more.
RootsTech has announced the addition for its 2013 conference of Story@Home with a full selection of classes and workshops.
The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRC) has announced that it has released a new search engine for their AID (All Israel Database). While each database is presented in the language of the material found, the search engine can understand both Hebrew and English, thereby making the search more effective than ever.
The North Carolina Genealogical Society announces its first full webinar, Tarheels in the Family Tree, presented by Helen F. M. Leary, CG Emeritus, FASG, FNGS, to be released on the NCGS website. It is free to all from 18 to 20 January 2013. It will be available after that to NCGS members for free.
Carolyn provides a number of suggestions to Evan in South Africa for his search as described in our 26 September 2012 episode.
Timothy asks if there are any widespread problems or gaps within the 1940 census. He is having difficulty finding his grandfather, Eugene Langford Padgett (b. 1894). He also asks for suggestions concerning source citations for vital records materials found in his family's possession.
Matthew shared information about a new application under development called "Storied" at kickstarter.com.
Tom discusses errors that result and are perpetuated from people accepting without question information on online family trees. He urges the use of "critical thought and evaluation" before accepting such information as definitive.
The New England Historic Genealogical Society has announced that their organization has won the 2012 Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) "Edition Award" for its book Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston by Helen Mather Crocker, edited by Eileen Hunt Botting and Sarah L. Houser.
George reviews three new publications:
Family History Library Research (At a Glance sheet) by Carolyn L. Barkley
Birth, Marriage & Death Records: A Guide for Family Historians by David Annal and Audrey Collins
Marriage Law for Genealogists: The Definitive Guide by Rebecca Probert
Drew mentions his upcoming appearance at the FGS-sponsored lunch at RootsTech 2013, and discusses a new Google+ facility called Communities.
Listener email includes:
Jonelle responds concerning her poor experiences with obtaining records assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
David updates us on the passage of legislation in Northern Ireland to bring access to its BMD registers in line with the practice in Scotland.
Ancestry.com agrees to a $1.6 billion buyout by Permira Advisors LLP.
The governor and secretary of state of Georgia have announced that funding for the Georgia State Archives has been reinstated for the remainder of this fiscal year.
FamilySearch continues to digitize and index millions of records and The Guys give an update.
FamilySearch has been recognized for its "continued dedication and support" of African-American family history at the 2nd International Black Genealogy Summit held in Salt Lake City on October 18-20, 2012.
WikiTree has announced the release of "MatchBot", a new automated matching tool.
Origins.net has announced the addition of the first 25 of 176 Irish directories to its service.
Mac tells us that he was able to obtain records from the U.S. Veterans Administration's Freedom of Information Office for an ancestor who was a Spanish-American War veteran. They conducted a BIRLS (Beneficiary Information and Records Locator Search).
Doug discusses Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK).
Sharon tells us that the search for Ellen Chance (discussed on a previous episode) should have included both Ancestry.comandfindmypast for both passenger lists and departure records.
Brad asks for advice about his large genealogy publishing project.
Jane shares information about Merchant Marine records, and particularly about a list published by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Steamboat Inspection Service.
Dennis discusses Reunion 9 and MacFamilyTree.
Helen asks about possible resources for tracing an ancestor who may have been slain by Native Americans in Iowa in 1858.