Monday, October 14, 2019

Upcoming Content in Genealogy Guys Learn

Genealogy Guys Learn, our new subscription education site is a great success! We offer written courses and video tutorials for all levels of family historians and genealogists. We launched the site at on 1 October 2019 and the response has been great.

Our first five written, self-study courses are:

  • Basic Genealogical Research
  • Intermediate Genealogical Research
  • Using the Social Security Death Index
  • Wills and Probate Packets
  • U.S. Military Records
Our first twelve videos are:
  • Introduction to Genealogy
  • All about the U.S. Federal Census
  • U.S. Agricultural Census Schedules
  • Genealogy Orienteering (Using Maps to Find the Right Place)
  • Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis
  • Getting Past Brick Walls
  • Dissect Obituaries for New Clues
  • Finding Archived Newspapers
  • Colonial and Early American Land Records 
  • Using the Vast Resources of
  • Understanding Copyright and Plagiarism
  • Organizing Your Research Process
These are just the beginning! We will be adding new content every month. In fact, we have 22 additional written lessons and 24 more videos in the queue to release in the coming months! These include DNA topics, GEDmatch, British civil registration and parish records research, Swedish research, methodologies, alternative record types, successful research and cemetery excursions, your ancestor's FAN Club, crowdsourcing, effective library research, tutorials for the use id Vivid-Pix RESTORE software, and a wealth of other topics that will make you a better researcher and investigator.  

In addition, we have developed a great Resources area at the site that contains links to Our Books, and a growing collection of Printed Materials that we reference in our courses and videos and that we highly recommend because we personally use them. These include books, quick sheets, and magazines that you may want to purchase for your own library or access at your local library. We offer links to valuable Products and Services that we also personally use and recommend. And we also provide a collection of Useful Links that we reference in our training materials.

Drew Smith and George G. Morgan are internationally recognized genealogy experts, authors, researchers, and host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast since September 2005 and the Genealogy Connection podcast since 2016. They also maintain The Genealogy Guys Blog at Drew also is the Genealogy Librarian at the University of South Florida Library and is involved in several high profile Florida-based genealogical and social research programs.

We invite you to enroll in Genealogy Guys Learn for what we guarantee will be a very enlightening experience. Your annual subscription at $99 works out to $8.25 per month for all the content you want to use to become a better researcher. This is a bargain and The Genealogy Guys are committed to delivering the finest content possible.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Valencia Benham King Nelson Has Passed Away

It is with a very heavy and broken heart that I must share the news of the death of Valencia Benham King Nelson. I first met her in 1996 when I began volunteering in The Genealogy Forum of America Online. She was a brilliant woman, always the epitome of class and professionalism, and an ever-friendly mentor.

Valencia has many genealogical credits that have changed African-American research in the United States. A descendant of slaves, she immersed herself in learning more. In the process, she was an early genealogical participant in online bulletin board services, Prodigy, America Online, and others. She founded the AfriGeneas-African Ancestored Genealogy website at She worked to coordinate African-American collection acquisition and development with libraries. She served on multiple genealogical society boards, and she was a friend and mentor to everyone.

We have lost a great gift. I will remember Valencia with love and respect for all of my days.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Awards Presented at APG Professional Management Conference

Awards Presented at APG Professional Management Conference

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, and WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 19 September 2019 - The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) honored several members for their achievements and service to the profession at its 2019 Professional Management Conference (PMC) in Salt Lake City, Utah. APG President Billie Stone Fogarty presented the awards at today's opening session of the PMC.

The Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy was presented to Paula Stuart Warren, CG. The award recognizes exemplary professionalism and continuing encouragement to other professional genealogists. A past officer of APG, Paula is an educator, lecturer, author, and institute course coordinator. She is a past recipient of the APG Grahame T. Smallwood Award of Merit and, in 2011, was named a Fellow by the Utah Genealogical Association. She has served on the boards of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and, in 2017, received the FGS Loretto D. Szucs Service Award. She is the author of Your Guide to the Family History Library and Minnesota Genealogical Reference Guide and of numerous articles on various research facilities and types of records.

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, was awarded APG's Honorary Life Membership for his service to the organization. Mark is a past APG President and a winner of the APG Smallwood Award. A Fellow in the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA), he is an instructor at genealogy institutes including UGA's Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the Institute for Genealogical & Historical Research (IGHR). He has written articles for genealogy journals and contributes a weekly local history column for the Robertson County [Tennessee] Times.

Connie Lenzen, CG, FNGS, received the APG Professional Achievement Award, which recognizes exceptional professional achievement and ethical behavior with contributions to the field of genealogy. A researcher, educator, author, and volunteer, Connie was chosen for the award for her impact on genealogy in Oregon, as well as in the U.S. She is a past president for the Board for Certification of Genealogists, a past president for the APG Oregon Chapter, an instructor for the Boston University Genealogy Certificate Program, and authored Research in Oregon, 2nd edition. She was awarded Fellowship in the National Genealogical Society and the 2010 President's Citation for "Outstanding and Continuing Contributions to the Society."

Other APG awards included:

Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ) Excellence Award Ian Watson, PhD, for "Sell It or Give It Away? Open Access or Closed?" June 2018 issue.

The APG Golden Chapter Award Heartland Chapter for assistance with the 2018 APG PMC.

A Certificate of Appreciation went to Melissa Johnson, CG, for serving as APGQ Reviews Editor for the past 11 years.

"As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of APG at the conference this week, we are reminded that our field has moved forward only due to the work and devotion of those who have given freely of their time and expertise," said APG President Billie Stone Fogarty. "We are proud of the award winners and thank them for their service to APG and to the field."

APG also awarded the Past President Award to Billie Stone Fogarty, who leaves office at the end of the year after serving for four years. APG Vice President David McDonald, presented the award, noting, "Billie's selfless dedication to our craft and to our field is an inspiration to professionals and aspiring genealogists of all kinds. These past four years have been challenging, and her steady hand has been consistent in keeping this Association flourishing. We are all in her debt for a job well-done."

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents nearly 3,000 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Media Contacts:
Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG
Executive Director
Association of Professional Genealogists
P.O. Box 535, Wheat Ridge, CO 80034-0535
Phone: +1-303-465-6980

Corey Oiesen
Communications Officer
Association of Professional Genealogists

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Monday, October 7, 2019

RootsMagic and the Mac Catalina Operating System

Just received from RootsMagic:

Important Information about macOS 10.15 (Catalina)

Apple has been busy working on the next version of the desktop operating system, macOS 10.15, also known as “Catalina.” While there have been several delays, today Apple has released the official update. While there are several new features and changes, one change, in particular, affects RootsMagic users: Catalina requires all applications to be 64-bit applications.

RootsMagic 7

RootsMagic 7 runs on macOS, although it is not a “native” application. It runs using a “wrapper” that is provided by CodeWeavers, makers of the popular CrossOver software that allows Windows applications to run on a Mac. This wrapper made by CodeWeavers is a 32-bit application and does not run on Catalina.  CodeWeavers has been working for quite some time updating their software to be a 64-bit application so that it can run on Catalina and future versions of macOS. While they’ve made great progress, some last-minute problems in Catalina itself have caused delays. Unfortunately, their wrapper is not yet available. This means that RootsMagic 7 for Mac will not be able to run on macOS Catalina until CodeWeavers finishes their update to a 64-bit application.

RootsMagic 8

First, the good news- RootsMagic 8 is a fully-native, 64-bit macOS application and runs great on macOS Catalina. The bad news? It’s still in testing, and isn't available despite macOS Catalina's release.

Other Applications

RootsMagic is not the only application that will stop running under Catalina. If you want to see what other apps you have that will be affected:
  1. Click the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of the screen.
  2. Click About this Mac.
  3. Click System Report…
  4. From the list on the left, select Software then Applications.
  5. Click 64-Bit (Intel) on the right side of the list’s header. This sorts the applications by 32/64 bits.
  6. Any applications that have “No” are 32-bit and will not run under Catalina.

Our Recommendation

As much as we hate to say this- we recommend that if you need to be able to run RootsMagic 7 on your Mac, do not update to macOS Catalina. Wait until CodeWeavers finishes their 64-bit wrapper for RootsMagic 7 or for the official release of RootsMagic 8. For most users, there is no urgent need to install Catalina as previous versions of the operating system will continue to work and be supported for quite some time.
In the meantime, CodeWeavers is doing all that they can to update their wrapper as quickly as possible, while we continue to work night-and-day to finish RootsMagic 8 for you. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Advice from The Genealogy Guys

    We have just made an important change on our Macs to prevent the Catalina operating system from automatically installing and undermining RootsMagic and other software programs.

    1. Go to System Preferences.
    2. Click to open Software Update.
    3. UNCHECK THE BOX labeled "Automatically keep my Mac up to date"

    This will prevent Catalina from installing. Catalina is already available. If you are prompted to install it, don't. Follow the instructions above to prevent automatic update of your operating system.


    Tuesday, October 1, 2019

    Preview of the New Genealogy Guys Learn Site

    By now you've already heard about the launch of the new Genealogy Guys Learn subscription educational site at In a separate blog post, we have shared the press release and provided links to it on Facebook, Twitter, and in genealogy sites across the Internet. Be sure to listen to our special podcast #368 for full details and more.

    I want to share some images of the new website to help pique your interest in our content. Let's start with our main screen.

    We're launching with five written self-study courses. Work at your own speed and mark lessons as you complete them so you know how you are progressing. More courses come every month.

    We're launching with twelve videos too. Work at your own speed and mark lessons as you complete them so you know how you are progressing. We will add at least one new video every month.

    We also offer a great Resource area. It includes:
    • Links to Our BooksHow to Do Everything: Genealogy which supplements the lessons and videos; Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques which helps get past your brick walls; and Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher, the definitive guide to getting organized.
    • Printed Materials contains links at the time of launch to 28 books referred to in the courses and videos you may want to consult or add to your own library. We also have a selection of quick sheets and links to magazines. This area will grow as new printed resources are included in new courses and videos.
    • The Products area offers links to software, hardware, and services, and this list will grow with time.
    • Useful Links is a collection of key online resources mentioned in our materials, and this list will grow as new courses and videos are added.

    Last but not least, we have a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) area to help you along.

    The annual subscription price for Genealogy Guys Learn is $99. That comes out to $8.25 a month for all the site’s many resources you want to use. And don't forget that new content will be added each month and we'll announce these on The Genealogy Guys Podcast, in The Genealogy Guys Blog, at The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy Connection Facebook page, and on our Twitter feed

    Learn from George and Drew, internationally recognized genealogy experts, presenters, authors, podcasters, and researchers! We have a lot of great content to offer you!

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    Launch of New Genealogy Education Subscription Site: Genealogy Guys Learn

    ODESSA, Florida, Oct. 1, 2019

    Aha! Seminars, Inc., the producer of The Genealogy Guys Podcast, the Genealogy Connection podcast, and The Genealogy Guys Blog is pleased to announce the launch of Genealogy Guys Learn (, a subscription-based educational website designed to provide genealogy courses and videos for researchers of all skill levels.
    At its launch, Genealogy Guys Learn consists of 5 text/image-based courses on such topics as basic research, intermediate research, the Social Security Death Index, wills and probate records, and military records. Genealogy Guys Learn also contains a dozen recorded presentations by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, including All About the U.S. Federal Census, Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis, Finding Archived Newspapers, and Organizing Your Research Process.

    Another feature of the Genealogy Guys Learn website is that it provides quick access to information about books written by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith; other recommended books, quick sheets, and magazines; recommended software, hardware, and online services; and links to websites related to the content provided in the courses and videos.

    “Drew Smith and I have been speaking at genealogy conferences for decades,” said George G. Morgan, president of Aha! Seminars, Inc. “But attending conferences is not always practical or within the budget for all genealogists. With the launch of Genealogy Guys Learn, we’re able to provide our affordable educational services directly to the genealogist in their own homes on their own schedules.”

    The Genealogy Guys Learn website automatically keeps track of courses and videos users have viewed, so that users can see their progress at a glance. The website will be updated each month with additional content (new courses or videos), providing continuing value to the subscribers. Subscribers will be able to provide feedback to George and Drew as to which topics they would most like to see added in the future.

    We have released a special episode of The Genealogy Guys Podcast with full details, and have released an  additional blog posting called "Preview of the New Genealogy Guys Learn Site" with screen shots and more details.

    For more information about Genealogy Guys Learn, please contact George G. Morgan,,, or 813-220-6274.

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