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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

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    • 4.5 • 212 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 #399

    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #399

    News You Can Use and Share
    The Guys welcome two new sponsors to our family: Newpapers.com and Find a Grave. Researchers studying the Clotilda, the last known slave ship to reach America, have discovered much of the ship is still intact. They anticipate that there may be surviving DNA and other artifacts. FamilySearch has published a Year in Review for 2021. Drew provides an overview of the latest updates from FamilySearch. Listener Email
    Tom asks questions about the reMarkable tablet and their data plans. Tom has also digitized Super-8 movies from Christmas 1960. He is also looking for a timeline to use to track his father’s WWII military service. George suggests checking Cyndi’s List at https://cyndislist.com/charts/timelines/. Listeners are urged to email The Guys with their suggestions. Karen is searching for information about an ancestor who settled in Augusta County, Virginia. She and a cousin are trying to determine if he came from Ireland, and they are questioning the veracity of a book that published content extracted from old county records that purport that he (and others) were Scotch-Irish. Sean Daly shares that Geneanet has passed 1 million indexed soldiers of Napoleon. He has written a blog post at https://en.geneanet.org/genealogyblog/post/2021/12/geneanets-community-has-indexed-over-a-million-of-napoleons-soldiers that includes a link to the collection. Bunny is looking for suggestions for kick-starting her Polish ancestral research. Matthew M. shares an extensive website that provides free access to digitized church registers from across Europe, including Germany, Austria, Poland, Serbia, and Slovenia. The site is Matricula Online at https://data.matricula-online.eu/en/. Matthew G. is frustrated that the tax records for New Jersey are locked at FamilySearch. Drew suggests using their free look-up service as one aid, but raises the question for FamilySearch as to whether these records can be unlocked and made available. Genealogy for Librarians and a New Book
    Drew is teaching a genealogy course for librarians at the University of South Florida in Tampa in this new semester. It will incorporate videos made with Vivid-Pix and some of the foremost genealogy librarians in the U.S. The students will be using the pre-publication text of his forthcoming beginning genealogy book that will be published this year.
    Zion Cemetery Project
    George has been immersed in researching people buried in the “erased” African-American cemetery in Tampa. The project seeks to learn more about the people buried there, their families, any descendants, and more. He shares his vision of some of the products of this project.
    Genealogy Guys Learn
    The Genealogy Guys Learn subscription site continues to grow each month. Drew has recorded a video, “Organizing Your Genealogical Files”, that has made its debut this month. New content is added every month. You can subscribe at https://genealogyguyslearn.com/.
    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 2 min
    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #398

    The Genealogy Guys Podcast #398

    The Guys announce the winner of the drawing for the Irish quicksheets by Donna M. Moughty as Richard A. Yehle of Sacramento. Look for the next drawing in the coming year.
    The Genealogy Guys Learn subscription educational site is on sale through 11:59 PM EST on 1 January 2022. Get an annual subscription for $69.00 – 30% off the regular price of $99.00 by using coupon code HOLIDAY2021. We have more than 40 videos and 20 written courses, with new content added each month! Enroll at Genealogy Guys Learn at https://genealogyguyslearn.com/ before this sale is over!
    News You Can Use and Share
    MyHeritage has announced that they have surpassed one million subscribers. Vivid-Pix has created free classes on “How to Zoom” and “Gathering Traditions” at https://www.vivid-pix.com/education/. Vivid-Pix and Reunions Magazine share “7 Best COVID Travel Tips” in the December 2021 issue of the magazine. Findmypast has added the new Kent Electoral registers (1570-1907) and additions to the Kent Burials collection. They also added Warwickshire, Coventry Workhouse Deaths (1845-1943), Warwick Baptisms, and Waterford Poor Law Unions Board of Guardians Minute Books. Free registration for RootsTech 2022 has opened at http://RootsTech.org. (Drew will be speaking.) Drew provides an overview of the latest updates from FamilySearch. Listener Email
    In anticipation of the release of the 1950 U.S. Federal Census in April 2022, Laura asks how to produce a report from RootsMagic 8 of people alive at the time of the census. Keith is searching for his maternal grandfather. He can find a WWII draft registration card but cannot locate him in the 1940 census. Concetta asks about restricted FamilySearch records and how to locate them. Book Review
    The Guys review Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s latest Morton Farrier, Forensic Genealogist, mystery titled The Foundlings. He weaves a masterful tale about researching several infants born out of wedlock who were abandoned. The Guys think this is another excellent book from a talented author.
    Tech Review
    The Guys have each acquired a great new tool, the reMarkable 2. It is an ultra-thin tablet for taking notes, drawing, converting handwritten notes to text, saving them as PDFs to the cloud, organizing notes and documents, emailing notes, downloading PDFs and webpages, note-taking on PDFs, and even reading eBooks. (It isn’t a web browser.) The writing surface is almost identical in feel to writing on paper, and there are loads of templates for almost any type of note-taking or project you can imagine. The reMarkable 2 is a great tool to help you stay focused, and The Guys talk about how they are using theirs. Learn more at https://remarkable.com/.
    George talks about how he is continually working on his personal genealogy using MyHeritage, RootsMagic 8, and other tools. Drew talks about how he has been working on cleaning up his places in RootsMagic 8. The Guys also talk about their work on the Zion Cemetery Project.
    Don’t forget to take advantage of the Genealogy Guys Learn sale!
    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
    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.
    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.
    HOLIDAY SALE! The Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education site is on sale for only $69 this holiday season. Our regular annual subscription price is $99, and this sale price of $69 is a 30% savings!
     

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    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
212 Ratings

212 Ratings

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.

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.

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