Friday, June 5, 2020

Genealogy Guys Podcast Name Among 101 Best Websites for 2020

The Genealogy Guys have been named as one of the 101 Best Genealogy Websites by Family Tree Magazine. We are very honored once again and thank the editors of the magazine.

For the full list of all the websites, visit


This press release was received from Vivid-Pix

Vivid-Pix AI Photo Restoration Software Instantly Restores Old Photos


June 4, 2020, Savannah, GA -- Vivid-Pix brings back family reunion memories while making new ones. Family reunions may be different this year, but Vivid-Pix RESTORE patented AI image restoration software will help you relive past reunions and virtually create this year’s reunion. Vivid-Pix instantly brings your treasured, old photos back to life and with these tips to plan a virtual reunion, you can connect with family members and friends when you aren’t able to meet in person. With Vivid-Pix technology, make this a year to remember and share with future generations.

Relive Yesterday’s Memories and Plan a Virtual Reunion

Vivid-Pix and Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective®, have collaborated to put together everything you need to hold a virtual reunion. Learn more at  

“Many of us are stuck at home, missing events that we love and look forward to. A beloved photo from years past, faded with time, and revived with Vivid-Pix RESTORE makes us feel more connected. With photos and meeting apps, we can communicate with our families to relive history and make new memories,” states Rick Voight, CEO, Vivid-Pix.

“Photographs from family reunions provide successive generations with a sense of identity, connection, and belonging,” says Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective®. “Every reunion, my husband’s family poses for a family portrait. That’s 60 years of tradition captured in a photographic time capsule. These images inspire younger generations to ask questions about those relatives.”

Family Reunion Photo (~1910) - Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective®

Family Photography is Key to Maintaining Family History

Family photos from the past are a critical component in maintaining history for generations to come. Gordon Clarke, Strategic Solution Manager for the non-profit organization FamilySearch International, the world’s largest genealogy organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently talked about the importance of organizing and restoring photos to trace family roots. Gordon said, “There’s all the photos out there that are lost. And you look at writings on the back of photos, albums that get destroyed by floods, and weather, and heat. There’s just so much valuable information; that the information that is in people’s homes is just as important, or even more important, than the information that is in archives and libraries and government record storing facilities. So it’s a natural outgrowth to start looking at: ‘How do we help people preserve digitally, not only the photo, but the story surrounding the photo, the people, the events?’”

“Photos are a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone”

Kim S. Harrison, a Vice President of the Phoenix, Arizona-based West Valley Genealogical Society and formerly with, believes that the rush of feelings that come forward from a photo is priceless. “I came across this wonderful quote, ‘Photos are a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone,’” Shares Kim. “I do feel the quote sums up my feelings as I go through boxes and boxes of old photos. It is a passport to past memories. Extra special since so many family members are no longer with us. Photos are priceless!”

About Vivid-Pix®

Vivid-Pix RESTORE is the one-stop solution for family historians, genealogists, archivists, hobbyists, and more. Utilizing patented image science and artificial intelligence, RESTORE instantly restores old faded photos and documents, including scanned prints, slides, glass plates, tintypes, letters, journals, records, newspaper clippings, family memoirs, and holiday cards while providing image organization, editing, and searchable IPTC and EXIF-compliant metadata tagging.

Vivid-Pix RESTORE is available for Mac and Windows for $49.99 at:, with a no-credit-card-required free trial at: The U.S. Patent Office has awarded a patent to Vivid-Pix for its image processing techniques used to automatically correct faded images. For more information, see:

About Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective®

Maureen Taylor is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the United States, London, and Canada. She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and has appeared on The View and The Today Show, where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira. Maureen’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der SpiegelAmerican Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for, an internationally known family history website. She also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles, and online columns for such media as For more information, see:

Press Contact:Karen Thomas/Eva Yutani, Thomas PR
(631) 549-7575

Free Vivid-Pix RESTORE trial download

Old Family Reunion Group Photo - Before & After with Vivid-Pix:
Family Reunion Group Photo - Before Vivid-Pix:
Family Reunion Group Photo - After Vivid-Pix:
Baby – Photo Restored with Vivid-Pix:
Children next to Fireplace – Photo Restored with Vivid-Pix:

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

MyHeritage Introduces Cross-Language Record Matches

Just received from


I’m delighted to share the news of an exciting, innovative, and exclusive technology now available on MyHeritage.
As many genealogists already know, MyHeritage is the website of choice for international genealogy, particularly in Europe. It is also extremely useful for U.S. genealogists whose ancestors arrived in the U.S. from other countries. This strength comes from the fact that MyHeritage is translated into 42 languages and is the most popular genealogy website in most non-English speaking countries, as well as having millions of international users who built family trees found only on MyHeritage, exclusive global record collections, and unique technology for overcoming language barriers.
We are working constantly to improve the technologies on MyHeritage even further and today, we’re delighted to announce a significant innovation: our Global Name Translation Technology™ has been extended to apply to Record Matches as well!
Individuals researching their heritage often face a language barrier when researching their ancestors who lived in another country. MyHeritage pioneered Global Name Translation Technology™ to help users overcome this barrier, by automatically translating names between languages. This unique capability, originally conceived by MyHeritage’s Founder and CEO, allows users to locate records that mention their ancestors in different and often unexpected languages (as well as in synonyms in each language). Initially, this was available in our search engine, SuperSearch™, and has now been extended to automatic Record Matches as well.
For example, if you search for an ancestor you know as Alexander, the algorithm may uncover a Spanish record where his name is listed as Alejandro (a Spanish version of Alexander), or a Russian record with the name written Александр in Cyrillic characters (the Russian way to write Alexander), or its common Russian nickname Саша (Sasha).
With this new addition, translated Record Matches are now calculated on an ongoing basis, and you’ll receive matches with historical records and family tree profiles in other languages. When you view them, the names will be conveniently spelled out using your own alphabet. You may already have noticed some records from other languages appearing in your matches.
This feature will help you easily locate records that would otherwise have been very difficult for you to find.
This unique technology is only available on MyHeritage and works hand in hand with our huge database of international records.
Please help spread the word to your audience so they can be on the lookout for these new and improved matches.
You can read more about and see examples of Cross-Language Record Matches on our blog, and see what some of our users have already begun saying about it. Please use the visual above.
Enjoy and stay safe,
Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

Monday, June 1, 2020

35,000 Members in The Genealogy Squad!

The Genealogy Squad Facebook group has just passed another milestone. We now have over 35,000 members and continue growing. 

The mission of the Genealogy Squad Facebook group is to provide a positive space for the sharing of appropriate and reliable methods and resources to assist genealogists at all levels. We focus on answering questions and solving problems, while demonstrating best practices in all aspects of genealogical research. We do not discuss DNA in this group. Rather, Questions relating to the use of DNA testing are better suited for the Facebook group, Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques.

To join The Genealogy Squad, visit the site and request to be added. You'll be asked to answer a few questions to confirm that you are not a robot. The Administrators will then approve you. Please do not invite others to the group. Each person must personally request to join. Invited persons will be deleted.

Our Administrators are The Genealogy Guys (George G. Morgan and Drew Smith), Cyndi Ingle (of Cyndi's List), and Cari Taplin, CG. Our combined experience and expertise can answer questions, help with difficult challenges, and provide resources to extend your research.

We hope you will join us!

Genealogy Guys Learn - Current Content and New Addition for June 2020

The Genealogy Guys Learn subscription website is created and presented by The Genealogy Guys, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, hosts of The Genealogy Guys Podcast, the world's longest-running genealogical podcast. We also publish The Genealogy Guys Blog to keep our listeners informed between podcast episodes.

We have just added a new item to Genealogy Guys Learn for the month of June 2020. The new content is a written course, "Seven Essential Research Strategies", that we are sure you will enjoy.

If you are considering subscribing, here is a list of the courses currently online at the site and planned for the near future.

The Genealogy Guys Learn site contains two types of content: written lessons and videos, plus other resources. We add new learning content each month so there is always something new to help you expand your research.

Our written courses currently include:
  • Basic Genealogical Research (6 lessons)
  • Intermediate Genealogical Research (4 lessons)
  • Using the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) (5 lessons)
  • Using Libraries’ and Archives’ Catalogs Effectively (6 lessons)
  • Wills and Probate Packet (4 lessons)
  • U.S. Military Records (7 lessons covering records for different conflicts)
  • International Classification of Diseases (4 lessons)
  • Swedish Household Examination Books
  • Introduction to Anglican Parish Records in England (3 lessons)
  • Clues from the Graveyard (3 lessons)
  • Dower Law: A Case Study (5 lessons)
  • Five Reasons the Records Aren't in the Courthouse (7 lessons)
  • Develop Your Ancestor's Story
  • Seven Essential Research Strategies (7 lessons) (NEW for June 2020)

Written courses coming soon:
  • Digitized Historic Maps
  • Circular Genealogy
  • Developing Ancestor Stories with Diverse Evidence
  • Our Ancestors' Migration Patterns: The Push and Pull Effect

Our current videos (and length) include:
  • Introduction to Genealogy (1:35:05)
  • Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis (1:17:04)
  • Organizing Your Research Process (27:35)
  • All About the U.S. Federal Census (1:27:41)
  • U.S. Agricultural Census Schedules (45:28)
  • Additional Records: Beyond the Basics (1:04:00)
  • Genealogy Orienteering (42:07) - Using Maps
  • Finding Archived Newspapers (39:29)
  • Dissect Obituaries for New Clues (1:30:04)
  • Clues in the News: Your Ancestors in Community Context (1:04:35)
  • Colonial & Early American Land Records (56:36)
  • Understanding Copyright and Plagiarism (24:25)
  • Laying Out Clues in Funeral Home Records (41:24)
  • Using (53:59)
  • Maximizing Your Use of (1:18:28)
  • Getting Past Brick Walls (59:31)
  • Locating & Ordering English & Welsh BMDs (1:00:10)
  • Bring 'Em Back to Life: Creating an Ancestor Profile (1:05:09)
  • Transitioning to a Professional Full-Time Career (33:13)
  • Tutorials for Vivid-Pix RESTORE for the PC (Vendor's Tutiorial Videos)
  • Planning a Successful Cemetery Research Trip (1:13:23)
  • Using Multiple Websites in Tandem to Solve Problems (1:00:57)
  • Before You Test: DNA Basics You Need to Know (43:13)
  • Using Multiple Websites in Tandem to Solve Problems (1:00:57)
  • Stereographs and Vintage Postcards (22:31)
Videos coming soon:
  • U.S. Naturalization Process 1790-1954 (59:21)
  • 25 Places Where Your Family's Facts May Hide (44:03)
  • Your Ancestor's FAN Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls (Length TBD)
  • Organizing Your Research Files (Length TBD)
  • Organizing Your Research Trip (Length TBD)
  • Crowdsourcing Brick Walls (Length TBD)
  • Interview Absolutely Everyone! (TBD)
We have other materials in the works that will be added later, However, we add new content each month so that you have additional educational content to explore.

Go to the Genealogy Guys Learn website to subscribe. You'll learn and expand your research each month!


Sunday, May 31, 2020

The Genealogy Guys Podcast and Vivid-Pix Announce Society Grants Program and New Unsung Heroes Program

MEDIA RELEASE – For Immediate Release
June 1, 2020

The Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix Announce
Society Grants Program and New Unsung Heroes Program Nominees

The Genealogy Guys Podcast, the world’s oldest genealogy podcast, and Vivid-Pix, makers of the acclaimed RESTORE photo and document image-improvement software, announce a new Unsung Heroes Program.

The partners created the Unsung Heroes Awards in 2019 to encourage, acknowledge and celebrate members of the genealogy community who lead the way in digitizing, indexing, and transcribing photos and documents, for use by researchers around the globe. They have added a brand-new Unsung Heroes Societies Grant Program for societies to obtain a scanner and high-quality software to make digitization projects a reality. They have also adjusted the Unsung Heroes Awards Program eligible nominees and the contents of the prize package.

Unsung Heroes Societies Grant Program

This program will award grants to two societies each year to facilitate their digitizing, indexing, and transcribing photographs and documents. The grantees will each receive a high-quality scanner, a backup and online storage software package, and two copies of Vivid-Pix RESTORE software to improve the legibility of documents, the color/contrast of photographs, and to add image tags and other important information to the image metadata. The grant package is valued at $500.

Applicants  application must describe the intended use of the grant. Multiple applications may be submitted by a single society/chapter but grantees are limited to one grant per society. The grant application form is available at the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at The due date for the first grant is by midnight EDT on August 1, 2020 and should be sent to Successful grantees will be announced separately at different times of the year by The Genealogy Guys Podcast and Vivid-Pix via press release, social media, and the partners’ websites. The first grant recipient society will be announced during the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, September 2-5, 2020. The next grant due date will be announced later in 2020.

Unsung Heroes Awards Program

The Unsung Heroes Awards Program continues to recognize individuals, societies, and libraries for their work in digitizing, indexing, and transcribing photographs and documents and making that work accessible to the genealogical community. All nominations are to be submitted using the nomination form at the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged. The due date for the next set of nominations is midnight EDT on August 1, 2020 and should be sent to

Award winners will receive a commemorative certificate, a customized mug that can include an image of their choice, and a copy of Vivid-Pix RESTORE software. Individual winners will also receive a one-year subscription to Genealogy Guys Learn, the online subscription education program. Winners will be announced by The Genealogy Guys Podcast and Vivid-Pix via press release, social media, and on the partners’ websites. Winners for the next round of category nominations will be announced during the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, September 2-5, 2020. Nominations of non-winners will be retained for consideration for future awards.

Instructions for Submissions

Full details of the programs are available at the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at The grant application form and the award nomination form are available there in PDF format for download. If you have any questions, please email or


George G. Morgan 
The Genealogy Guys Podcast                 
(813) 220-6274

Rick Voight
(404) 664-9897

About the Unsung Heroes Program Partners

The Genealogy Guys Podcast is a production of Aha! Seminars, Inc., a Tampa Bay-based company that has been providing training to genealogists and library personnel since 1996. Its principals are George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, noted speakers, authors, and world’s longest genealogy podcasters. The company also produces the Genealogy Connection podcast and The Genealogy Guys Blog and the Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education site. The Genealogy Guys Podcast is a production of Aha! Seminars, Inc.TM

Vivid-Pix designs, creates and delivers Fast, Easy and Affordable Imaging Software. Since launching in 2012, Vivid-Pix has advanced its products to earn the support and respect of business leaders and photographers in over 100 countries. Co-Founder Randy Fredlund has more than 150 digital-imaging patents and has extensive experience in Research, Development and Commercialization, enabling him to translate theory into practice. Co-Founder Rick Voight has created billion-dollar businesses through Product Development, Sales and Marketing for Eastman Kodak and Hewlett-Packard. The Vivid-Pix Team is a far-flung group of excellent people who deliver software that “Give your pics (and documents) the Vivid-Pix Fix!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Ancestry Library Edition Remote Access Extended

ProQuest and Ancestry have announced today the extension of remote access from library websites to Ancestry Library Edition through the end of June. They will reevaluate this each month. Check your public library's website to see if you have access using your library card to this remote access.