Wed, 23 April 2008
In the News, The Guys review two new publications: Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks by Jana Sloan Broglin, and Kisses from a Distance by Raff Ellis. A baby's tombstone from 1894 is discovered on a houseboat in Charleston, SC.
George responds to a request about deed platting software: DeedMapper from Direct Line Software (http://www.directlinesoftware.com) sells for $99.00, while a free online deed platting tool is available for use at http://www.genealogytools.net. Drew follows up regarding the use of a final 'e' at the end of some surnames, such as Greene.
Chicago Public Radio's series, This American Life, has an interesting episode from 14 March 2008 titled "The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar" available as a podcast at http://thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=1234. It is a terrific story!
Drew talks about the term "countryman" and its origins. He then discusses ordnance maps and their use. George suggests copying online obituaries from newspapers and from funeral homes' Web sites and from their online guest books. The Guys end the show with a discussion of church directories and church bulletins.
Wed, 16 April 2008
This week's news includes the following: Ancestry.com launches the Drouin Collection of 29 million French-Canadian names from, ultimately to include 37M names by mid-2008; Ancestry.com also launched the Former Colonial Dependencies Slave Register Collection, 1812-1834; RootsMagic has extended the early Bird Registration for this year's genealogy cruise to April 30th (see http://www.RootsMagicCruise.com); Wholly Genes has announced its genealogy cruise line-up (see http://www.WhollyGenes.com/cruise.htm); the My Genealogy toolbar is free and helpful for those researching their UK ancestors, and is at http://www.usefultoolbars.co.uk; and the National History Show will be held May 2-4, 2008, in Olympia, London, UK (see http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.co.uk for information and tickets.)
The Genealogy Guys appear in their second episode of Down Under: Florida at RootsTelevision.com. Click here to see the new feature about famed Ringling Brothers circus performers, The Flying Zacchinis. You'll love it!
Listeners share lots of great information, including: "Catholic: Under the Hood" videocast about the Sicily-Rome Cemetery, resting place of WWII soldiers; print labels for your family heritage CDs and DVDs using Light Scribe software and disks (http://www.lightscribe.com/); search the Web site for the funeral home that recently handled arrangements for an individual -- they often have more detailed obituaries than the newspapers, guest books, and even photographs; a suggested reference for understanding land records and land platting is E. Wade Hone's book, Land and Property Research in the United States (Ancestry Publishing); The Guys offer tips for breaking through brick walls; and George responds to a request about his research on his great-uncle, Brisco Washington Holder.
George reviews and recommends three books:
Capturing Memories: Your family Story in Photographs by Maureen A. Taylor (Ancestry Publishing: 2007)
Bibliographic Checklist of African American Newspapers by Barbara K. Henritze (Genealogical Publishing Co./Clearfield Company: 1995 and Reprinted 2008)
Bad Baby Names by Michael Sherrod and Mathew Raybeck. (Ancestry Publishing: 2008)
Thu, 3 April 2008
The Genealogy Guys Podcast will take a short break while the Guys enjoy a Caribbean cruise with family and friends. We'll be back the week of April 14!
Category:Genealogy -- posted at: 10:50am EDT
Wed, 2 April 2008
Drew addresses proving relationships using mitochondrial
DNA. He then discusses two genealogical books on the subject of DNA. They are: DNA & Genealogy by Colleen
Fitzpatrick and Andrew Yeiser (published in 2005 by Rice Book Press) and Family History in the Genes by Chris
Pomery (published in 2007 by The National Archives in
This week’s news stories include: Roots Television at http://www.rootstelevision.com has
won four Telly Awards in its first year in business; the National Genealogical
Society has announced the appointment of Pamela K. Boyer, CG, CGL, its
Education and Publications Director; and WorldVitalRecords.com (http://www.worldvitalrecords.com)
has added 300 new databases from the Godfrey Memorial Library and will add 300
more each week this month.
Listener e-mail includes discussions concerning: “The Vision
of Britain? system holds the full text of three 19th century
gazetteers at http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/index.jsp;
LDS Family History Center personnel can provide expert advice to you before you
reach the point of hiring a professional researcher; a listener asks for
opinions about the National Genealogical Society’s online course, “Introduction
to Genealogy?; genealogy of U.S. presidential candidates is a topic of
worldwide discussions; another recommendation is made for creating CDs/DVDs of
family history information; the recessive gene responsible for red hair is
declining and is expected to be obsolete by 2100; Arphax Publishing Company
publishes excellent quality family maps by state and county, and can be found
at http://www.arphax.com; and additional
information about District of Columbia records is offered.