It's only three more days until The Genealogy Guys make their big announcement. October 1st is the big day!
Mark your calendar to watch The Genealogy Guys Blog, The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy Connection Facebook page, our Twitter feed, and genealogy media outlets all over! We'll even have a special podcast to mark the event!
George and Drew are very excited and know you will be too!
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
RootsMagic Shares Insights into the Upcoming RootsMagic Version 8
The much anticipated release of Version 8 of the RootsMagic software is generating a great deal of excitement. Michael Booth has been posting insights about what's coming at the RootsMagic blog. You'e sure to want to read his posts at the RootsMagic Blog at http://blog.rootsmagic.com/.
The Road to RootsMagic 8 (Part 1): Easier than Ever at http://blog.rootsmagic.com/?p=3245
Mike is sure to be posting additional articles about the new software, so be sure to check the blog frequently for these insights and other interesting articles.
MyHeritage Sessions fron MyHeritage LIVE in Amsterdam Are Available FREE!
Friday, September 20, 2019
Yearbooks Can Reveal Great Clues
In addition, you may learn about ancestors who were faculty at the school, college, or other institution. For example, I recently found an entry for my great-uncle, John Allen "Jack" Morgan at Middlebury College in Vermont from 1917 that significantly expanded my knowledge of his educational background, his academic employment, his professional affiliations, and the beginning of his academic employment at the college. The photo from the period was also a great addition to my collection. What a great find!
|Source: Ancestry.com Yearbook Collection|
Yearbooks may be among family possessions or in the libraries for the institution attended. Used bookstores may be a source for locating them. There also are digitized yearbook collections online at Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, Classmates.com, and other websites.
Here are some other images that I found in about twenty minutes in the Ancestry.com Yearbook Collection.
|Mary Allen Morgan, my father's sister, at Peace Institute in Raleigh, NC, in 1925|
|Samuel Thomas "Tom" Morgan, my father, at Davidson College in 1927|
|Sara Edith Weatherly, my mother, at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, in 1929|
In addition to portrait photographs, there may be a biographical notes about the individual's interests and activities while in school. Other photographs of people involved in sports, academic clubs, dramatic activities, and casual cavorting can add great insight and context.
Don't overlook yearbook collections in your research. They can truly add a great deal to your understanding of your ancestors' lives.
The Clock is Ticking Until Our Announcement on October 1st!
The Genealogy Guys are soooooo excited! The clock is ticking until our big announcement on October 1st. We know you will be excited too.
Be sure to mark your calendar and read this blog, our Facebook page, The Genealogy Squad Facebook page, our Twitter feed, and genealogy media outlets everywhere.
The Genealogy Guys Podcast, the Genealogy Connection podcast,
and The Genealogy Guys Blog are productions of
Aha! Seminars, Inc. ®
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Limited Time: RootsMagic users save 50% off MyHeritage
Just received from Rootsmagic.
Limited Time: RootsMagic users save 50% off MyHeritage
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
ONLINE LIBRARY PATHFINDERS
The term ‘pathfinder’ refers to finding aids created by libraries, and often these include guides to genealogical materials found in their facilities. There are also pathfinder research guides for specific geographic locations, record types, and other topics.
Some of these are available in printed form when you visit a library. However, you'll find that a wealth of these are also found on many libraries' websites, usually in PDF format. These can be conveniently accessed from your home during times when the library is not open. They can help you learn in advance of a research visit what materials a library holds in their collections so that you can prepare yourself for a more effective research trip.
However, don't overlook the fact that they can also be collected from multiple library websites to form a convenient and inexpensive personal reference library.
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Big Announcement Coming on October 1st!
The Genealogy Guys will be making a
major announcement on October 1st.
Watch this blog and our Facebook page!
Saturday, September 7, 2019
New MyHeritage Education Center Announced in MyHeritage LIVE 2019
This announcement was received from MyHeritage today.
MyHeritage Acquires Promethease and SNPedia
The following announcement was made today at MyHeritage LIVE in Amsterdam.
Today we are announcing MyHeritage’s acquisition of SNPedia and Promethease, through acquiring the company that owned and operated them, River Road Bio, expanding our intellectual property in medical genetics. This marks our first consumer health acquisition and our 10th acquisition since MyHeritage’s founding. Promethease will be made free through the end of 2019 and SNPedia will remain a free wiki resource for academic and non-profit use.
SNPedia.com was launched in 2006 and is a wiki that contains a broad, community-curated knowledge base linking between genetic variants and medical conditions, as well as traits, citing over 30,000 peer-reviewed scientific publications. It is the primary encyclopedia and de facto go-to resource for information about genetic markers and has evolved to cover 110,413 genetic variants. SNPedia operates under a Creative Commons license, wherein it is a free resource for academic and non-commercial use, with only MyHeritage having the right to utilize it commercially. MyHeritage plans to maintain SNPedia as a free resource under the same terms and will utilize this comprehensive knowledge base to enhance future versions of MyHeritage’s DNA health products.
Promethease.com is a literature retrieval service. It allows consumers to upload their raw DNA data (from services such as Ancestry.com, 23andMe, and others) and automatically compare it to SNPedia to see relevant scientific findings regarding their genome. The Promethease service currently costs $12, and offers consumers the option to store their DNA data. Since its launch in 2008, Promethease has become one of the world’s most popular consumer health services by allowing customers to obtain information based on their unique genetic makeup. Following this announcement, MyHeritage is transforming Promethease into a free service, effective today, and this free promotion will run until the end of 2019. MyHeritage intends to keep Promethease separate from its MyHeritage DNA health product line. Unlike Promethease, MyHeritage does not provide any health reports based on DNA data uploaded from other vendors. All of MyHeritage DNA’s health reports are based on clinical validation of the underlying DNA data.
“The acquisition of SNPedia and Promethease expands MyHeritage’s intellectual property in medical genetics. Going forward, SNPedia will empower us to broaden the scope of health reports provided by the MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry test and propel it to become a global market leader in consumer DNA testing. We are happy to keep SNPedia as a free resource for the academic community and for consumers,” said Dr. Yaniv Erlich, Chief Science Officer of MyHeritage.
“We are pleased with the acquisition by MyHeritage. We expect this to extend SNPedia’s contribution to even more consumers and thereby improve millions of lives through MyHeritage’s popular DNA testing platform,” said Dr. Greg Lennon, co-founder of SNPedia and Promethease.
Promethease currently contains hundreds of thousands of raw DNA files uploaded by customers who have tested with services such as Ancestry.com, 23andMe, and FamilyTreeDNA. The vast majority of Promethease customers are from the United States. As of November 1st, 2019, for existing non-European Promethease users only, the DNA data that is on Promethease will be copied to the MyHeritage website into new user accounts that will be created for them. Users who have uploaded DNA files to Promethease will retain ownership of their data (MyHeritage asserts no ownership rights over the DNA data), and manage it on the MyHeritage website in private accounts accessible only to them, and receive free value-add services, in addition to the accounts they will continue to maintain on Promethease.
The accounts that will be created on MyHeritage for Promethease users will enjoy the special benefit of receiving not only free DNA Matching for relatives, but also free Ethnicity Estimates. Currently, users who upload their raw DNA data to MyHeritage receive free DNA Matches, but do not get Ethnicity Estimates. This extra feature is accessible for a one-time unlock fee of $29 or by purchasing a site subscription. This benefit will be offered to Promethease users for free when their DNA is uploaded to MyHeritage, thereby saving them money and providing them with a free service that other users do not automatically receive. Some additional features will still require an unlock fee or a subscription, such as the Chromosome Browser. To learn about all of the benefits that will be available for free to Promethease users whose DNA kits will be uploaded to MyHeritage, read our DNA upload policy.
Non-European Promethease users who are not interested in having their DNA data and accounts copied to MyHeritage can log in to Promethease and delete their DNA data permanently before November 1st, 2019, and their DNA data and accounts will not be copied. Promethease users will also be able to delete their DNA data and accounts permanently from MyHeritage and Promethease at any point thereafter. MyHeritage will de-duplicate the DNA data so that DNA kits that have already been uploaded separately to MyHeritage by the same users will not be copied over to MyHeritage again. For new users who sign up to Promethease on or after November 1st, 2019 and upload DNA data, it will be copied to new accounts created for them on MyHeritage on an ongoing basis.
People who wish to take a genetic health test or receive health reports are encouraged to purchase the MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry test, which is based on clinically validated genetic markers and robust scientific research.
The MyHeritage Team
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
MyHeritage to Stream Genealogy and DNA Lecture Tracks from Amsterdam
Just received from MyHeritage:
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Exciting Announcement Coming October 1st, 2019!
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