Saturday, March 16, 2019

We Have a New Portable Recording Microphone!

Our new Yellowtec IXm portable dynamic microphone arrived yesterday. We saw it at Podfest and ordered it from a dealer in Ocala at a discount. We'll be using this for live interviews on-site at conferences and other venues. 

Thanks to our sponsors and Patreon supporters 
for making this possible.

Friday, March 15, 2019

MyHeritage Offers Free Access to Irish Records - March 14–20, 2019

Free Irish Records for St. Patrick’s Day!

Do you have any Irish roots? According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Irish diaspora in the United States alone numbers more than 33 million people — 10.5% of the total U.S. population, and roughly 5 times Ireland’s population of 6.7 million. This isn’t even counting the descendants of Irish immigrants in countries around the world.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re offering all MyHeritage users FREE access to all our Irish record collections from March 14–20, 2019.

The Irish people have a history full of many ups and downs, with some instances of extreme “unluckiness,” times of sadness, famine, and war. So why do people often refer to the Irish as particularly lucky? 

Because of Ireland’s tragic past, many Irish left Ireland and immigrated to the U.S. or elsewhere to find better lives. Irish immigrants in the U.S. struggled to succeed, and they worked very hard. They were mistreated by many who believed that the Irish settlers’ good fortune was due only to luck — not hard work and perseverance. Others believe that the expression points to the financial good fortune of the Irish and Irish-Americans as successful miners during the gold and silver rushes in the 1850s.

Perhaps the expression comes from a deeper part of Irish heritage and legacy. “The luck of the Irish” is a tribute to the hard work and determination of the Irish people, who, despite all the challenges that they have faced over the years, still have good luck. Many Irish people have been forced to emigrate from their homeland over the years, and despite battling challenges and pitfalls, they have continued to prosper and survive, generation after generation.

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Search our Irish records for free today to see if you have any Irish ancestry.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

F+W Media, Inc., Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

F+W Media, Inc., publishers of many magazines including Family Tree Magazine and many genealogy books, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganization on Sunday, 10 March 2019. It is unclear as to the impact on its publishing activities, Family Tree University, and other activities in the genealogy arena. The army of authors of books and magazine articles are, of course, concerned about payments and royalties. This include both of The Genealogy Guys.

The article at and at numerous news outlets online summarize the situation at present. We will report more as information becomes available.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Our New Sound Mixer Has Arrived!

Our new sound mixer, the Rode RODECaster Pro Integrated Podcast Production Studio, just arrived today! We saw several and compared them while at the 2019 Podfest Multimedia Expo last weekend, and we were very impressed with this state-of-the-art mixer. It replaces our 10+ year-old economy mixer.

We'll soon be using the new mixer to improve sound quality overall, including equalizing the channels and doing better editing. 

We owe a very special thank you to our fantastic sponsors and our generous Patreon supporters for making the conference and this purchase possible!

Listen up for even better podcasts soon!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Blaine T. Bettinger Discusses New DNA Tools at

Blaine T. Bettinger has created a video discussing the new Ancestry DNA Tools,  He discusses the new DNA Match List beta has clustering and filtering options, and the ThruLines offers new relationship possibilities. Here is a link to his video:

Blaine T. Bettinger Discusses the New MyHeritage DNA Tools

Blaine T. Bettinger has created a video discussing the new MyHeritage DNA Tools,  AutoCluster and the Theory of Family Relativity. Both help you better understand your DNA matches. Here is a link to his video:

Sunday, March 10, 2019

We're Now on Twitter!

The Genealogy Guys are now on Twitter! 

Follow us at @genealogyguys to stay on top of all we have happening!