Thursday, November 14, 2019

Bruce Buzbee Provides Update on RootsMagic 8

Bruce Buzbee of RootsMagic released an important blog post on 11/13/19 concerning
 the status of development of RootsMagic8. First, read his blog posting at so that you understand the many difficulties,
he and his team have encountered. 

As the largest, most complicated version of the software, they have accomplished
a vast rewrite if the program.  However, they have also been dependent on
 the purchase of some other software utilities to facilitate some functions. Further, the
number of breaks in the Application Program Interfaces (APIs) was greater than 
anticipated. In addition, the team ended up rewriting commercial libraries from other
 companies because of their deficiencies in adhering to the RootsMagic specifications.

As a result, Bruce has had to make the decision to communicate honestly with RM
users to states that there is more work to do. He and his team are literally working 
every available hour to write code and conduct tests. However, that means RM8 will 
not be available by the end of the year.

I have personally used RotsMagic for over a dozen years at least. Each new release
has worked as advertised with a minimum of tweaks required. (I can't say that about 
the other 5 genealogy database software programs I've used.)

I applaud Bruce's honest announcement in his blog. I therefore know that RM8 
will be the finest database program out there, bar none.

Please also take the time to watch the YouTube video in the blog which details what
RM8 will look like and how it will operate. You'll be blown away!

Thank you, Bruce and all of your team for the hard, hard work you have committed
to making RM8 the best software program out there,

George G. Morgan

Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Genealogy Squad Surpasses 25.000 Members!

We're celebrating today! The Genealogy Squad is now 25,000 members strong! Since we started in May we've had more than 9,800 posts with 230,000+ comments. That means there have been more than 10,000 genealogy questions answered and pieces of brick walls have been chipped away! We are all smarter researchers and better genealogists than we were 6 months ago. Better yet, we're a tight-knit community ready to help our friends. Please share this group graphic and the address with your genealogy friends so that they can join in the fun!

We urge you to join The Genealogy Squad by requesting to become a member at, answering a couple of questions to prove you aren't a robot, and we ask you to read and follow the simple rules yo make this a great Facebook site.

Join us for a great experience!

Great Bundle Price on Genealogy Guys Learn AND Vivid-Pix RESTORE!

The holidays are coming and if you are looking for just the right gift for a family genealogist or family historian, the folks at Genealogy Guys Learn and Vivid-Pix RESTORE have put together just the perfect present!

We've discounted our combined software price if you purchase the two products as a bundle. Rather than $99.00 per year for the Genealogy Guys Learn and $49.99 for Vivid-Pix RESTORE, you can buy both products for $128.99! That's a $10 discount off each product when you buy the bundle. The price is available by visiting the webpage at and selecting Bundle #1.

Imagine giving a one-year subscription to the best courses and videos from The Genealogy Guys, with content for all levels of genealogists and NEW CONTENT added every month. And visualize the excitement at receiving Vivid-Pix RESTORE, the most exciting and best photograph and document correction software to fix your images.

Thrill your favorite genealogist or family historian with this wonderful gift!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Rick and George on the Tampa Natives Show!

Rick Voight of Vivid-Pix and George G. Morgan were guests on two episodes of "The Tampa Natives Show" taped on 31 October 31, 2019. We had a great time with Mario! Watch them at!

How Genealogy Has Changed My Life

I was honored to be invited to submit an article to the Minnesota Genealogical Society for its magazine commemorating the Society's 50th Anniversary. The gist was how genealogy has changed over the last half-century. I want to share my article in the hopes that it will make everyone recall their beginnings.


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Use Your Critical Thinking Skills to Evaluate the Evidence

Do you believe everything you read in a newspaper? Of course not! You use your cognitive and analytical skills to assess what is published there. These are often referred to as "critical thinking skills."

Quality genealogical research involves much more than simply gathering document copies and entering names, dates, and places into a database program. It also means treating each piece of information as if it is evidence in a forensic investigation. You have to couple all of your knowledge and experience with critical thought processes to reach scholarly, plausible hypotheses. You then have to weigh all the evidence you have in order to prove your theory to be factual  –  or to refute your hypotheses in whole or in part. The critical evaluations you perform will involve a thorough examination of a number of criteria: 
  • What type of evidence is it?
  • Where did it originate and when?
  • Who created it and why?
  •  Is the evidence original or derived from another source?
  • Is it primary or secondary in nature?
  • Was content been transcribed, extracted, or simply abstracted?  
  • Was the originator or creator an authority? And how do you know that?
  • Is there any bias or hidden agenda that influences the quality or truth of the evidence?
  • Is there any reason to doubt the authenticity of the evidence?
  • Can you corroborate or refute the evidence with other independent sources?
  • How does the evidence relate to or with other facts already proved or disproved?
  • How will you record the information and create a source citation?

Critical thinking is so much more than scanning a document or someone else’s purported evidence. It is using all your experience with the record types, your understanding of history and sociology of the geographical area, your knowledge of boundary and governmental changes, and applying a huge dollop of common sense to your analysis process. You are building context through solid documentation and analysis, developing rational hypotheses as someone involved with forensic research. And by doing so, you are getting to really getting to know each person and bring them back to life.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Curt Witcher Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

"Allen County Public Library’s manager of its Genealogy Center, Curt B. Witcher, is the latest recipient of the Indiana Historical Society’s Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award."

Read all about it in the article by the Greated Fort Wayne Business Weekly at

Congratulations, Curt! Well deserved!