Monday, March 30, 2020

Genealogy Guys Learn On Sale the Entire Month of April

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) has many of us staying home. Genealogy is a fabulous way to stay occupied. Expanding our education and knowledge can help us make huge strides against brick walls! We want to help!

The Genealogy Guys are putting our subscription website, Genealogy Guys Learn, on sale at $79 for the entire month of April. This reduces your first-year price from $99. Use as much as you like. Our site consists of self-study written lessons and videos/webinars, and we add new content each and every month!

The current written lessons are:
Basic Genealogical Research
Intermediate Genealogical Research
Introduction to the Genealogical Proof Standard
Using the Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
Beware Other People's Family Trees!
Using Libraries’ and Archives’ Catalogs Effectively 
Wills and Probate Packets 
U.S. Military Records 
International Classification of Diseases 
Swedish Household Examination Books 
Introduction to Anglican Parish Records in England 
Clues from the Graveyard
Dower Law: A Case Study 

New written lessons coming soon:
Five Reasons the Records Aren't in the Courthouse
Digitized Historic Maps 
Circular Genealogy
Developing Ancestors' Stories with Diverse Evidence
Seven Essential Research Strategies

The current videos are:
Times shown are length of the video
Introduction to Genealogy (1:35:05)
Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis (1:17:04)
Video: 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)
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)

New videos coming soon:
Locating and Ordering English & Welsh BMDs
Your Ancestor's FAN Club: Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls
Where Is the Book with My Family in It?
Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process
Crowdsourcing Your Brick Walls

Stereographs and Vintage Postcards

In addition, you’ll also find products, services, book links from every course/video we add, and useful website links at the site. All of this is updated as we add new content every single month!

Take advantage of this very special offer by going to our Genealogy Guys Learn website at and clicking on the red Enroll Now! button. 

This will take you to the bottom of the main screen. Click again there on ENROLL NOW! and complete the box below.

Use coupon code APRILSALE and click Apply. This will reduce the price to $79 at the bottom for your first year’s subscription. VISA, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. THIS OFFER IS GOOD FROM 12:01 AM EDT ON APRIL 1 THROUGH MIDNIGHT EDT ON APRIL 30TH.

We know you will grow your genealogy knowledge and you will enjoy what we have to offer. And remember that we will add new content every month to help you continue to develop your research and analysis skills. 

If you need assistance, please contact us at


Friday, March 27, 2020

Cemetery Interment Books

Cemeteries are often an excellent source of information about the death of an individual, not just an interment. In the absence of a death certificate, cemetery records may be one of the only sources of the cause of death.
I have pursued either visiting or writing to cemetery offices and requesting information from their interment ledgers/books. Interment books, sometimes referred to as day books, are typically organized by the date of interment (not death), and include the name of the individual, the gender and age, sometimes the address, and always the cause of death and the duration of the final illness. This little-used historical and genealogical resource can be invaluable. I have seen entries for U.S. Civil War casualties that also listed the date of death, the place at which the person died, and the exact cause of death. A bullet through the chest, perforating the lung; killed in a fall from horse; dysentery; smallpox; and many other exact causes of death for soldiers are listed that may not appear in the individual’s military service records.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Free Access to MyHeritage in Color for One Month

This was just received from Daniel Horowitz at

I’m happy to share that we’re giving everyone FREE and unlimited access to MyHeritage In Color™ from March 23 to April 23, so that people everywhere can join in the fun of colorizing their black and white photos. Ordinarily only 10 photos can be colorized by users who do not have a Complete plan, but now, you can colorize as many photos as you’d like for free.
Colorizing photos is the perfect activity for anyone who is isolated at home. We invite everyone to pull out their family photo albums, colorize their photos, and start reminiscing. Over the coming month, anyone who shares their colorized photos on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #ColorBeatsCoronavirusBlues and tags @MyHeritage will enter a weekly draw. Each week we’ll select one lucky winner who will receive a free MyHeritage Complete subscription!
Please share the news on your social channels and with your audience so they can make the most of this opportunity and colorize their photos.
I also invite you to join me this Tuesday March 24 at 1:00 pm EST for a 30-minute session on how to work with this incredible feature. Feel free to register here and prepare your questions in advance.
Wishing you and your family good health.
Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

RootsMagic for the Mac Catalina OS is Available

From the RootsMagic Blog post.

We are pleased to announce that RootsMagic 7 is now available for Apple computers running macOS 10.15 Catalina. When Catalina was released last October, it required all applications to be 64-bit applications. This, unfortunately, broke the wrapper that allowed RootsMagic to run on macOS. While users with previous version of macOS could still use RootsMagic, users who had upgraded to Catalina found that RootsMagic (and many other software applications) stopped working.
After much work and testing, the wrapper for RootsMagic 7 has been updated to 64-bit that allows it to run on Catalina, as well as prior versions of macOS.
Users who installed a previous version of RootsMagic 7 on their Mac should uninstall RootsMagic before installing the new wrapper. Full instructions are found here.
Those users that are installing RootsMagic 7 on their Mac for the first time may download it here.

RootsMagic 8

In addition to the updated wrapper for RootsMagic 7, we are hard at work finishing up RootsMagic 8.  Version 8 is a fully-native, 64-bit macOS application and runs great on macOS Catalina. Keep watching for more news about RootsMagic 8.

Monday, March 16, 2020

The Genealogy Squad Passes 30,000 Members

We are so proud to say we are now 30,000 members strong! We've helped solve thousands of genealogy puzzles and we've welcomed hundreds of new genealogists into this fabulous pastime. Please leave your comment below with your Genealogy Squad success story! And let your genealogy friends know about The Genealogy Squad. 30,000 members can't be wrong!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

The March of Genealogical Organization - Where Are You Now?

In January we spent 31 days looking at all of the areas of our physical and digital genealogical workflows that we could organize in a better way. This meant that February could be used as a break, but also as a time for thinking and planning on how to move forward with those areas that really need lots of time and effort. So let's start from that point, now.

Both my physical and digital desktops are in very good shape, and my personal email inbox is at Inbox Zero, but I've let my home physical inbox get a bit out of hand (not quite overwhelming, but still, something that needs addressing). So I'll block out 15 minutes at home today to work on that.  

What can I do in 15 minutes?  I can look through it to see what can be thrown away (and then immediately throw that stuff away), what can be filed, and what needs to be acted upon. 

What's in yours?  Magazines and books to read? I like pulling those out first, partially because they take up a lot of room, and because they really need to be placed in a reading pile of some sort.  

There's more to do, but that's for another day. My physical inbox is much less cluttered now (and much less intimidating), and I'll schedule a 15-minute window tomorrow to work on it again.  In a few days, I'll be done!