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"The Genealogy Guys" are two avid genealogists who host a weekly chat. The podcast includes news of the genealogy community, book and software reviews, guest interviews, and a lot of fun chat.

The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy Connection George G. Morgan & Drew Smith

    • Leisure
    • 4.5 • 232 Ratings

"The Genealogy Guys" are two avid genealogists who host a weekly chat. The podcast includes news of the genealogy community, book and software reviews, guest interviews, and a lot of fun chat.

    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #412

    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #412

    News You Can Use and Share!
    MyHeritage announces a new, free, searchable collection, Israel Immigration Lists, consisting of 1.7 million records from 1919 onwards, transcribed by MyHeritage from images stored at the Israel Archive. Dr. Wanda Wyporska, Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Genealogists, is stepping down in March 2023 to accept a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at another organization. World Archives has rebranded as Storied and has launched a new, next-generation family history platform at https://storied.com/. The Family History Library has been renamed the FamilySearch Library, and Family History Centers have been renamed FamilySearch Centers. Drew recaps the vast new and expanded collections at FamilySearch from January 2023. Listener Email
    Dave asks for suggestions about the thousands of genealogy research tasks he has entered into his Family Tree Maker software. He would like suggestions for how to view these tasks on his iPhone and iPad. Donna wants suggestions about methods for how to pay for international genealogical research, and The Guys ask listeners for input. Irene provides tips for Drew on his upcoming Irish research trip. Cindy is researching a friend’s Swedish grandfather who emigrated from Sweden to the U.S. She is looking for his origins in Sweden, and has performed extensive research but without success. George suggested MyHeritage’s collection of Swedish Household Examination Books and asks listeners for other suggestions. Drew’s Upcoming Research Trip
    Drew discusses a genealogy research trip that he and his brother are making to Ireland in October 2023. He continues to talk about the preparations he is making and will provide more over the coming months. And you can be sure he will report back about how well his preparations served him on the trip.
    Thank you to all our Patreon supporting members for their support. Your Patreon support helps us improve our technology and provide even more podcast content to you! You can join us for as little as $1 a month or as much as you’d like to contribute. Visit https://www.patreon.com/genealogyguys to get started.
    Please also tell your friends and your genealogical society about our free podcasts, our free blog, and our Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education website.
    Let us hear from you at genealogyguys@gmail.com.

    • 59 min
    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #411

    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #411

    News You Can Use and Share!
    MyHeritage announces Global Name TranslationTM for DNA Matches. (See our Genealogy Guys Blog posting at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/2022/12/myheritage-announces-new-global-name.html. Drew shares the 2022 FamilySearch Genealogy Highlights. Drew recaps the vast new and expanded collections at FamilySearch from November and December 2022. Book Review
    George and Drew review Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s latest genealogy mystery book, The Sawtooth Slayer, a Venator Cold Case. Top-notch!
    Listener Email
    Deborah wrote about the 60 Minutes segment concerning Black cemeteries in Florida. See the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT9TaQcWcFs. Shannon wrote concerning how to locate and obtain medical information for people who were institutionalized in asylums. Drew’s Upcoming Research Trip
    Drew discusses a genealogy research trip that he and his brother are making to Ireland in October 2023. He talks about the preparations he has begun and will provide more over the coming months. And you can be sure he will report back about how well his preparations served him on the trip.
    Thank you to all our Patreon supporting members for their support. Your Patreon support helps us improve our technology and provide even more podcast content to you! You can join us for as little as $1 a month or as much as you’d like to contribute. Visit https://www.patreon.com/genealogyguys to get started.
    Please also tell your friends and your genealogical society about our free podcasts, our free blog, and our Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education website.
    Let us hear from you at genealogyguys@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #410

    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #410

    Watch the Genealogy Guys Blog (blog.genealogyguys.com) or our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/genealogyguys) on Friday, 25 November 2022, for a big announcement!
    News You Can Use and Share!
    MyHeritage has completed publishing the 1950 U.S. Census for all the states and territories. MyHeritage has released a new, fun photo tool called AI Time MachineTM. The Society of Genealogists has announced the purchase of new premises for themselves in London. Drew recaps the vast new and expanded collections at FamilySearch. Listener Email
    Melissa contacted us to make a connection in Chester County, Pennsylvania, about the Worrall family. Phoebe asks Drew about pursuing an MLIS degree. Tom wrote concerning the possible unreliability of dates chiseled on tombstones. Edward asks for advice about breaking through a brick wall in 1750s Pennsylvania. Donald wrote about the excellent holdings of the Chester County Archives in Chester County, Pennsylvania. (http://chesco.org/192/Archives-Records. George talks about the record types he uses in researching the Zion Cemetery Project in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida.
    Thank you to all our Patreon supporting members for their support. Your Patreon support helps us improve our technology and provide even more podcast content to you! You can join us for as little as $1 a month or as much as you’d like to contribute. Visit https://www.patreon.com/genealogyguys to get started.
    Please also tell your friends and your society about our free podcasts, our free blog, and our Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education website.
    Let us hear from you at genealogyguys@gmail.com.

    • 56 min
    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #409

    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #409

    We apologize for the delay in the publication of this episode. Hurricane Ian and some severe computer problems have presented production challenges.
    News You Can Use and Share
    American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society celebrated the lifetime contributions of David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer of FamilySearch, with its Preservation and History Award on 27 October 2022. MyHeritage has announced three major improvements to their service: Sorting abilities for Shared DNA Matches; The addition of 30 new historical record selections and 31 million new records added in September; and New and improved Family Statistics for your uploaded family tree/GEDCOM. Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s newest book, the second book in the Venator Cold Case Series, The Sawtooth Slayer, has just been released in paperback and Kindle formats. RootsTech 2023 registration is open for the largest genealogy conference, to be held 2-4 March 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah. You may register to attend in person or virtually at https://www.rootstech.org. George shares information about the BYU Family History Technology Lab at https://familytech.byu.edu. Genealogy-related games and research and visualization tools are fun and fascinating. Drew highlights new and updated collections added at FamilySearch in September. Listener Email
    Daniel writes to describe a DNA brick wall challenge. Tom B. discussed WWII-era photos and the fact that he has scanned them. Now, what should he do with the originals? Tom S. wrote to share a brick wall breakthrough that he, his cousin, and his mother made by checking various online services and then going back and checking them for new record additions. George discussed his work on scanning photos he has carried with him for as long as 60 years. He discussed the Fujitsu SV600 Scanner, the ScanSnap software that comes with the scanner, his storage in Dropbox, his naming conventions, and using Vivid-Pix Restore to improve the images. He discusses his conundrum about how to obtain images from photo negatives, Kodak photo disks, and other non-paper media. He shares surprises he found that help him identify persons in many unlabeled photos. Finally, he shares Tom B.’s concerns about what to do with originals.
    Please Support Our Sponsors
    You can support our sponsors who bring these podcasts to you for free by visiting their links as follows:
    MyHeritage at https://www.myheritage.com/ RootsMagic at https://rootsmagic.com/ Vivid-Pix RESTORE at https://www.vivid-pix.com/restore/ Thank you to all our Patreon supporting members for their support. Your Patreon support helps us improve our technology and provide even more podcast content to you! You can join us for as little as $1 a month or as much as you’d like to contribute. Visit https://www.patreon.com/genealogyguys to get started.
    Please also tell your friends and your society about our free podcasts, our free blog, and our Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education website.
    Please let us hear from you at genealogyguys@gmail.com.

    • 59 min
    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #408

    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #408

    News You Can Use and Share!
    MyHeritage has added 74 collections with 130 million new historical records. Read our blog to learn more. Unlock the Past has announced that the Family History Down Under 2022 Conference will be held 8-11 November 2022 at Castle Hill, near Sydney, Australia. You can attend in person or virtually. Full details and registration can be found at https://www.fhdu22.com/. Findmypast has implemented Tree Search at its site “with instant connections and new discoveries waiting to help your family tree bloom.” Findmypast has added Derbyshire Baptisms, Durham Marriages, and Northamptonshire Burials Baptisms. FamilySearch was presented with the Historic Preservation Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Drew highlights new and updated collections added at FamilySearch in July and August. Listener Email
    Angela had written asking for suggestions for locating railroad employment records in the U.S. for his Italian great-grandfather. Expert Paula Stuart-Warren provides a wealth of resource suggestions. Karl asks about using DNA testing to identify the parents of Nathanial Oak, born circa 1645 in England or Wales. Drew provides suggestions regarding Y-DNA testing and joining a DNA surname group at Family Tree DNA. Kristina writes to celebrate her success in finding a wealth of criminal records for her great-grandfather at the Indiana State Archives. Giveaway
    The Guys are giving away a copy of their Brick Wall Research Strategies quicksheet, based on their book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques (McGraw-Hill, 2013). Send an email to genealogyguys@gmail.com by midnight EDT on 30 September 2002. Write BRICK WALL in the subject line, and include your name and postal address in the body of the email. This offer is only valid for U.S. residents.
    Please Support Our Sponsors
    You can support our sponsors who bring these podcasts to you for free by visiting their links as follows:
    MyHeritage at https://www.myheritage.com/ RootsMagic at https://rootsmagic.com/ Vivid-Pix RESTORE at https://www.vivid-pix.com/restore/ Thank you to all our Patreon supporting members for their support. Your Patreon support helps us improve our technology and provide even more podcast content to you! You can join us for as little as $1 a month or as much as you’d like to contribute. Visit https://www.patreon.com/genealogyguys to get started.
    Please also tell your friends and your society about our free podcasts, our free blog, and our Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education website.
    Please let us hear from you at genealogyguys@gmail.com.

    • 44 min
    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #407

    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #407

    News You Can Use and Share!
    The Genealogy Guys Learn subscription website has added several new written and video courses, with more coming regularly. You can subscribe at https://genealogyguyslearn.com/. MyHeritage released 22 new collections in June. Findmypast has added new records to its Middlesex Baptisms, Surrey Baptisms, and Greater London Burial Index collections. Drew highlights new and updated collections added at FamilySearch this week. DNA Segment
    Drew and DNA expert Diahan Southard discuss AncestryDNA's new SideView feature.  https://www.yourdnaguide.com/ydgblog/ancestrydna-sideview Vivid-Pix Memory Segment
    Drew interviews Allison Singleton of the Allen County Public Library about their plans to mobilize photo scanning to retirement facilities. Listener Email
    Kathy writes to thank George for his spot-on coverage of the 1950 U.S. Federal Census and what is and isn’t available. Karen in Australia tells us the difference of update frequencies at Ancestry’s ThruLines and MyHeritage’s Theory of Family Relativity. Brian writes about digitizing your family history research as a method of guaranteeing that your work is preserved after you are gone. He also talks about surname binders and other organizational considerations. He suggests you check out the Ancestral Lines Pairing System at https://www.ancestrallines.net/overview/. Judith is interested in the possibility of obtaining records from the Orange Orphan Home in East Orange, Essex County, New Jersey. George responds to Jim about James Berry Holder [Sr.] and available records to verify both his birth and death dates. Mark shares his six-step plan for organizing his genealogical materials. It is a focused task list that can be used by anyone. Please Support Our Sponsors
    You can support our sponsors who bring these podcasts to you for free by visiting their links as follows:
    MyHeritage at https://www.myheritage.com/ RootsMagic at https://rootsmagic.com/ Vivid-Pix RESTORE at https://www.vivid-pix.com/restore/ Thank you to all our Patreon supporting members for their support. Your Patreon support helps us improve our technology and provide even more podcast content to you! You can join us for as little as $1 a month or as much as you’d like to contribute. Visit https://www.patreon.com/genealogyguys to get started.
    Please also tell your friends and your society about our free podcasts, our free blog, and our Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education website.
    Please let us hear from you at genealogyguys@gmail.com.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
232 Ratings

232 Ratings

7thgenTX ,

Great Genealogy Guys

Been listening since having to download shows to iTunes. Keep it going!!

Kathleen@ ,

Fan

Love the show! Thx

LauriTheWiz ,

Wow!

I am an avid audible book listener and stumbled across this podcast after finishing a book series and trying to decide what to start next. I have been binge-listening ever since! I am so wowed by the information I am receiving, and in such a professional and clean series! It’s a bonus to learn that Drew and George are local for me! Hope to meet at a conference or society meeting one day. In the meanwhile, I’ll be continuing my binge until I’ve listened to every episode and can start over again. Thanks to the Guys…you two are awesome! Thanks so much for helping me take my research to the next level.

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