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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 • 210 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 #397

    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #397

    The Guys announce the winner of the drawing for the “Basics of Birth Certificates” quicksheet as Karen Webster of Queensland. Look for the next drawing later in the program.
    News You Can Use and Share!
    MyHeritage has introduced labels for DNA matches. News by way of the Society of Genealogists (https://www.sog.org.uk/) A new database of Ireland’s World War I dead has been launched at https://irelandsgreatwardead.ie. The National Library of Scotland has added Ordnance Survey maps for more than 400 English and Welsh towns (1840s to 1890s) at https://maps.nls.uk/os/townplans-england/towns.html. More will be added later. The Society of Genealogists has launched its Forum, an online place at its website (https://www.sog.org.uk/) for members to connect and share with others with common interests. Findmypast has added to its United States Obituaries Notices collection. It has also added the United States Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages. Indian Army Records of Service 1900-1947 have also been added. The 1939 Register has been updated to make available a number of previously redacted records. Drew provides an overview of the latest vast updates from FamilySearch. DNA Segment with Diahan Southard
    Drew discusses how to get your DNA out there in as many places as possible with Diahan. Diahan provides directions here: https://www.yourdnaguide.com/transferring?rq=transfer
    Listener Email
    Kathleen talks about Facebook and finding our podcast. Dana discusses searching for records of a great-grandfather from Poland who relocated first to Canada and then to the United States, and what challenges citizenship records presented. Dana also shares that creating a spreadsheet comparing the timelines of the great-grandfather and others can be very useful. Natalie thanks The Guys for suggestions about how to join a FamilySearch indexing group for Eau Clair County, Wisconsin. Matt discusses his ancestors’ frequent movements between Germany and France before emigrating to the U.S. Tom discusses DNA matches, and the fact that some people upload a tree that may not be a biological family tree. The difference between a ‘genealogical family tree’ and a ‘biological family tree’ can confuse matters when adopted people are researching DNA matches. Donna M. Moughty, who leads excellent research trips to Ireland, has two planned trips in 2022: one in May and another in October. The trips will go to both Dublin and Belfast. Please visit her website at https://www.irishfamilyroots.com/ for details about the 2022 trips. The Guys discuss using fan charts to represent your family tree and to help maintain focus on your linear research.
    Quicksheet Drawing
    Our next quicksheet giveaway is a trifecta! Donna M. Moughty has donated her three excellent guides in her Irish Research Series. Guide #1 is “Preparing for Success in Irish Research”; Guide #2 is “Irish Civil Registration and Church Records”; and Guide #3 is “Land, Tax and Estate Records in Ireland”. Send an email to genealogyguys@gmail.com by midnight Eastern Time on 15 December 2021. Put IRELAND in the subject line and your name and postal address in the body. Winner will be announced on the next podcast.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #396

    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #396

    The Guys announce the winner of drawing for the “Brick Wall Strategies” quicksheet as Dana from Salem, Oregon. Look for the next drawing later in the program.
    News You Can Use and Share!
    RootsMagic 8 has been released. MyHeritage has updated its Theory of Family RelativityTM facility and massively increased the number of theories being produced. MyHeritage has added 462 million exclusive new French historical records. Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s latest forensic genealogical mystery book, The Foundlings, has just been released. Findmypast has added new U. S. marriage records and has released new marriage and banns records for Essex, England, 1537-1935. Findmypast has announced that the 1921 Census of England and Wales will be released on 6 January 2022. Drew recaps the vast new and expanded collections at FamilySearch. DNA Segment with Diahan Southard
    Drew discusses MyHeritage's Theory of Family Relativity with Diahan.
    Listener Email
    Steve writes about locating his biological grandfather through DNA research. Stuart shares the usefulness of records in the “British Royal Navy Allotment Declarations 1795-1852” collection at Findmypast. Carol and Ed both wrote to express how much they enjoyed the interview with Bruce Buzbee of RootsMagic on the Genealogy Connection podcast (episode #080). Ed wrote about our discussion concerning pedigree collapse. Jean wrote to provide listeners with additional online resources for New York marriages. Tom asks about how valid are low cM levels in DNA matches and asks what level of grandparents should he be searching for. Cathy writes about Civil War records for homes for disabled veterans. Natalie asks how she can get involved with indexing at FamilySearch for a specific area of Wisconsin and specific church records. David wants advice about locating records of a great-great-grandfather who died at sea while emigrating from Ireland to the U. S. in the 1850s-1860s. Quicksheet Drawing
    The Guys will give away a quicksheet reference guide for “Basics of Birth Certificates”. Send an email to genealogyguys@gmail.com by midnight Eastern Time on 15 November 2021. Put BIRTH in the subject line and your name and postal address in the body. The winner will be announced on the next podcast.
    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.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Genealogy Connection #080 - Bruce Buzbee, Technologist and RootsMagic CEO

    Genealogy Connection #080 - Bruce Buzbee, Technologist and RootsMagic CEO

    Drew's guest is Bruce Buzbee, the RootsMagician himself. In this episode, Drew and Bruce discuss the recent release of RootsMagic 8.

    To learn of Bruce's background, see GC episode #027

    • 51 min
    Genealogy Connection #079 - Lynn Turner, Assistant Director of the Family History Library

    Genealogy Connection #079 - Lynn Turner, Assistant Director of the Family History Library

    Drew's guest is Lynn Turner, Assistant Director of the Family History Library. 
    Learn more about the Family History Library at familysearch.org/family-history-library/

    • 54 min
    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #395

    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #395

    The Guys announce the winner of the drawing for the “Basic Birth Certificates” quicksheet as Francis from Cumming, Georgia. The next drawing is announced later in the program.
    News You Can Use and Share
    MyHeritage announces its new and improved colorization model for MyHeritage in ColorTM. MyHeritage has added two significant new collections. They are the Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada, and the Scotland Census, 1841-1901. MyHeritage will be adding an index to the other half of the newspaper collection soon. The Society of Genealogists in London announced that its library catalog has been made available on the Library Hub Discover service. Findmypast has added the largest collection of historical local photographs, the Francis Frith Collection, to its searchable collections. Findmypast has added a new feature to the 1891, 1901, and 1911 censuses. It is a link for every search result to the Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales 1895 and a detailed map is displayed on which you can see where your ancestors lived. Findmypast has added new parish records for Warwickshire, the Warwickshire, Coventry, Midwife’s Birth Register 1845-1875, and Turks & Caicos Life Events. Ancestry has released its new DNA ethnic estimates and includes 8 new regions. Drew recaps the vast new and expanded collections at FamilySearch. DNA Segment with Diahan Southard
    Drew discusses endogamy vs. pedigree collapse with Diahan.
    Listener Email
    Judy writes to discuss challenges with New York State marriage records. Pam asks about records included in the updates from FamilySearch. George responds with suggestions, including a detailed discussion about how to use the search records facilities at FamilySearch for the following categories of records: indexed collections; image-only collections; and the catalog. He also recommends the use of the FamilySearch Research Wiki to access records online. Stacy Cole shares keen insights into the idea that the enslaved, once emancipated, took the surname of their last enslaver. Ryan wrote to provide an update on his research from six years ago about records relating to his great-grandmother’s suicide. He has had success finding elusive records and shares his experience. Update on the Zion Cemetery Project
    Drew provides an update on the fascinating Zion Cemetery Project in Tampa. He and volunteers are working to identify descendants and family members, gather information about the interred's lives and historical context, and create a lasting memorial. They are collaborating with University of South Florida faculty and alumni, members of local genealogy societies, community members, and nationally known professional genealogists. More updates will be shared in future podcast episodes.
    Quicksheet Drawing
    The Guys will give away a quicksheet reference guide for “Brick Wall Research Strategies”. Send an email to genealogyguys@gmail.com no later than 12 midnight Eastern Time on October 1, 2021. Put BRICK WALL in the subject line and your name and postal address in the body. The winner will be announced on the next Genealogy Guys Podcast.
    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.
    George and Drew are available for virtual presentations for your local society. Contact us at genealogyguys@gmail.com.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Genealogy Connection #078 - Nicka Sewell-Smith and the Freedmen's Bureau Records

    Genealogy Connection #078 - Nicka Sewell-Smith and the Freedmen's Bureau Records

    Nicka Sewell-Smith returns to Genealogy Connection, and the discussion focuses on the newly released Freedmen's Bureau records freely available on Ancestry. 
    To learn more about Nicka, listen to episode #073 of Genealogy Connection, and visit her website at Who Is Nicka Smith?

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
210 Ratings

210 Ratings

Wizmoman ,

One of the best Genealogy Podcasts

There are a ton of genealogy podcasts out there. Some are very good but most are pretty amateurish and poorly produced. This is one of the best. If you have any interest in genealogy, this podcast is a must. The guys are very knowlegeable and interesting and even the slight bit of corniness adds to their charm. The podcast quality is as good as any podcast in any area of interest. They love genealogy and are both great communicators. They cover a broad array of topics. Their content has allowed me to break some brick walls and understand the DNA impact on genealogy. Give this a listen and you won’t be disappointed.

Tpom713 ,

Solid podcast

A good introduction to genealogy and a great podcast to follow to stay up-to-date on the genealogy world.

SherrieinWR ,

Super Infornative

The Genealogy Guys podcast is a favorite! Super Informative and always uplifting!

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