Thu, 27 September 2007
The news includes announcements of new content at WorldVitalRecords.com and information about the Florida State Genealogical Society's annual conference in November.
George's Web Site of the Week is the Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System (http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/) maintained by the U.S. National Park Service. He also talks about the books, The Naked Quaker by Diane Rapaport and Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs by Maureen A. Taylor.
In the first of a two-part discussion, The Guys talk about scanning photographs and the issues related to graphics file types, scanners, and software.
Thu, 20 September 2007
News this week includes: a $10M donation by Norman B. Leventhal to the Boston Public Library's map collection; publication of new fees for ordering copies of documents from the National Archives and Records Administration (see press release); announcement by The National Archives (UK) of the availability of Nonconformist birth, marriage and death records online; and the release of free upgrades to Family Tree Maker 2008.
George's Web Site of the Week is the Perry Castaneda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin (http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/index.html).
The Guys discuss tips and suggestions for using microform readers. They also address the topic of excellent genealogical magazines that are available.
Thu, 13 September 2007
The News includes: the launch of a new 9th The Generations Network, Inc., Web site at Ancestry Web site for Sweden (at http://www.ancestry.se); the introduction of DNA Ancestry (at http://dna.ancestry.com) and DNA testing services; and the announcement of Cook County, Illinois, births, marriages, and deaths online by January of 2008.
Listener e-mail reports include: many Pennsylvania Land Records are now online at the Pennsylvania State Archives at http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/landrec.htm; the Birmingham [Alabama] Public Library has an interesting and fun video it ints collection on YouTube.com. Watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAxrLJ5nw_g. A posting in the Mental Floss Magazine's blog at http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/7710 discusses and shows photos of "Strange Gravestones."
Drew delivers his weekly Genealogy Society Tip. George's Web site of the week is Genwriters: Writing for Future Generations, at http://www.genwriters.com. The site was created by Phyllis Matthews Ziller and contains extensive tutorial, how-tos, and reference resources for writing family histories, biographies, and other historical documentation.
Drew talks about Chris Dunham's blog, The Genealogue, at http://www.genealogue.com/, and about the Challenges posted there. The information is fun and informative, and the Challenges are excellent practice in honing your research skills. The Guys then discuss the use of City Directories in your research and tips for using them. (With thanks to Amy Johnson Crow, CG.) The Guys then examine and discuss some old family photographs that Drew's brother has uncovered, and their attempts at identifying the subjects. We learn about a Jewish mutual aid society, and George suggests studying old photos' environment and surroundings for additional clues to dating and identifying clues.
Thu, 6 September 2007
The Guys share some listener e-mail, including a recommendation for a Web site that reviews and ranks online computer back-up services at http://www.BackupReview.info, and additional land patents being digitized and indexed at the Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, site at http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/. RootsMagic announces a new minor update for the RootsMagic software.
George discusses his "Web Site of the Week," the Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records, at http://www.deathindexes.com.
The remainder of the podcast is devoted to helping to debunk three prominent genealogical research myths: