Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Moorshead Magazines Has Sale on 5 Top Selling Books Available in PDF Format

Received from Moorshead Magazines, publishers of 
Internet Genealogy, Your Genealogy Today, and History Magazine.

PDF Book Offer - Get Our Five Top Selling Books in PDF Format for $30!

You can also order any five print version books for $45 (includes the price of shipping).

Here are the five top selling books

DNA & Your Genealogy This guide contains material dedicated to helping you further your genealogy research through the exciting science of genetics. Here is some of what is included in the issue: DNA testing and how it can help you in your research; types of tests available; what is the best test for you; understanding your results; connecting with genetic cousins; breaking down Brick Walls; making the most of surname projects and how they can benefit your research; triangulating on a specific ancestor; the basic science and much more! PDF $8.50 Print $9.95 + $3 shipping

Tracing Your Ancestors Using Google Volume 2 This new second edition has been compiled by author Lisa A. Alzo and contains all kinds of information. Articles include: Search Strategies, Advice from Google Gurus, Blogger, Google Chrome, Google Drive, Street View, Google Voice, YouTube, Google Plus, Gmail, Google Keep, Google Books, Hangouts, Google Earth, Google Alerts, and more! PDF $8.50 Print $9.95 + $3 shipping

Organize Your Genealogy Research Here is some of what you will get in this information-packed guide: Tame Your Inner Packrat; Storyboarding, Timesaving Apps; Creating a Research Plan and Log; S.M.A.R.T. Goals; Top Websites for Organizing Help; Setting Up a Home Archive; Organizing Paper Files; Tips for Organizing Digital Files; Archival Product Resources; How to Archive Family Keepsakes; Choosing Scanners and much more! PDF $8.50 Print $9.95 + $3 shipping

Tips & Trick for Online Genealogy Research Compiled by professional genealogist and family history researcher, speaker, and writer and regular Internet Genealogy author Gena Philibert-Ortega. Here is some of what is included: The Anatomy of Genealogy Websites; Accessible Archives; Online Tree Sites; Heritage Quest; Hidden Gems on Genealogy Websites; Facebook for Genealogy;; Ancestry DNA and; FindMyPast; PERSI; American Ancestors (NEHGS); MyHeritage; GenealogyBank;; Library of Congress Chronicling America and more! PDF $8.50 Print $9.95 + $3 shipping

Tracing Your Ancestors: Beginner's Guide 10 First Steps, Dozen Websites You Should Know, Vital Records, Genealogy Software Overview, Planting Your Family Tree Online, Interviewing Your Relatives, Timelines, Clues from Family Photographs, Beyond the Internet, Research Plans and Logs, Finding Family in Online Newspapers, Census Records, Family History Narratives, Understanding the Genealogical Proof Standard and more! PDF $8.50 Print $9.95 + $3 shipping
Order our five top selling books in PDF format for $30 (links will be sent to the email address you provide). You can also order any five print edition books from our Tracing Your Ancestors Series and pay only $45, which includes shipping. Available to the residents of the USA and Canada.
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Saturday, April 25, 2020

MyHeritage U.S. Yearbook Records Now Free and in Color

From the MyHeritage Blog - 23 April 2020

A few months ago, we released MyHeritage In Color™, which lets users colorize their old family photos automatically. The genealogy community fell in love with this feature, and in the first 3 months, 10 million photos have already been colorized by MyHeritage users! After we released MyHeritage In Color™, one of the ideas raised by our team was to apply this technology also to records, in cases where black and white photos are abundant and colors could enhance the records. We focused our attention on the huge U.S. Yearbook collection on MyHeritage, which spans 290 million names in 36 million yearbook pages, covering the years 1890 until 1979.

Today we’re happy to announce that we’ve colorized the entire U.S. Yearbook collection, and to celebrate this moment we’re opening up FREE access to our U.S. Yearbooks for an entire month!

Ordinarily, accessing the yearbook records on MyHeritage requires a Data or Complete subscription. Now, through this wonderful freebie, anyone can access the yearbooks for free, without even having to sign up, through May 23, 2020. And the yearbooks are now colorized!

Why are we doing this? Because we want to help our community in these challenging times of Coronavirus, and give people a fun activity to do when they are isolated at home that is genealogical, enjoyable, and free.

Take this opportunity to reminisce about your own high school years or search for your loved ones in the collection. Look up your high school crush or revel at the unbelievable hairstyle of your aunt Mavis.

Searching the yearbooks – now in color

Follow the link below to search the collection:
We have colorized the yearbook pages using the MyHeritage In Color™ technology.
Now when you search the yearbooks, we will show a symbol on each thumbnail (that represents a yearbook page) in the search results, to remind you that a colorized version exists.
Search results in the U.S. Yearbooks (click to zoom)
This is the symbol we’re talking about:
Search results in the U.S. Yearbooks (click to zoom)
For consistency, it’s the same symbol we use on thumbnails in your albums to indicate that photos have been colorized using MyHeritage In Color™.
We’ll explain how to access yearbook records using a nice example.
Actress Sally Field’s 1964 Birmingham High School yearbook can be found in our collection. In case you are curious, you can access that record directly.
Here’s the page where she appears — colorized:

The colorized version is compelling and lifelike, but we also love the original black and white page:

Fortunately, you don’t have to choose because you get both!
(P.S. don’t you just love those hairstyles?!)

Here is what the record page looks like:

Click the orange “Save record” button to save a record to an individual in your family tree.
There is a new message with a pink background that explains that the colors on the yearbook page were simulated using MyHeritage In Color™. You can dismiss this message after reading it. A toggle control in the top-right corner lets you view either the colorized version or the black and white original of each yearbook page.

You can also ‘jump’ to other pages in the same yearbook and see them in color too.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Dissect Documents for Clues

Some documents may not contain direct evidence but may, instead, provide clues to other original materials. We must use our critical thinking skills to analyze what is included and what may be implied. Carefully read and re-read the entire document and then dissect the content.
List each piece of information that gives or implies a clue, determine what that clue might be, and list possible source materials that might provide that information. For example, the address of an individual might be determined by using a federal or state census, city directory, telephone directory, tax list, jury list, voter registration roll, and other documents.
Determine for each of these sources where they might be found, such as at a library or archive, in a government office or courthouse, an online database provider, or some other facility. Then determine how to access each source and prepare a research plan. You will be astonished at how much more information can be gleaned from taking time to dissect documents.

If you have documents that are faded, darkened with age, or otherwise illegible, you can use Vivid-Pix RESTORE software to "fix" that in many cases to make scanned document images clearer.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Family Tree Magazine Makes March/April Issue Available for Free

Family Tree Magazine is offering a free download of their March/April 2020 issue in light of the pandemic quarantine. You can access the issue at the link below:

Also included in that issue is my Document Detective column titled "Marriage Bonds and Licenses" which will clarify their differences and content.

Take advantage of this free issue and its wealth of great content!

REMEMBER: The Genealogy Guys Learn Subscription Website Is On Sale for the Entire Month of April

The Genealogy Guys subscription website, Genealogy Guys Learn, is 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!

In fact, we are releasing another new written course, "Five Reasons the Records Aren’t in the Courthouse", and a new video course, "Using Stereographs and Vintage Postcards" today, 14 April 2020.

Get all the details of our courses and the Coupon Code that will get you $20 off at our blog post at 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Genealogy Guys Learn Releases Another New Video Course for April

Everyone is staying home working on their genealogy and accessing educational materials. The Genealogy Guys Learn subscribers are no different.

We just released a new video today titled Locating and Ordering English and Welsh BMDs. It provides background on Civil Registration which began in England and Wales on 1 July 1837, describes what is in each of the birth, death, and burial records, and how to use indexes to obtain the necessary reference information for ordering records from the General Register Office (GRO). The GRO website is shown and described in detail and the process registering and ordering the BMDs is detailed.

Civil Registrations continue to this day, as do parish registers. Prior to Civil Registration, church parish records were the only resources for christenings, marriages, and burials. You can use BMDs and coexisting parish records in your research, and then the Civil Registration records can help you continue backward in history into parish registers for further research. Our written course, Anglican Parish Registers in England, will help you learn more about those records and extend your research backward in time - perhaps to 1534 when King Henry VIII dictated that the Church of England parishes would continue keeping parish records after his break with Rome. Parish registers kept by the Catholics may also survive, helping you to research back even farther.

We add new content every month to Genealogy Guys Learn, and this time of crisis is a perfect time for more content releases. Subscribers will see new courses "Coming Soon" and they will be released to help you expand your education.


Sunday, April 5, 2020

The Genealogy Guys Learn Subscription Website Is On Sale for the Entire Month of April

The Genealogy Guys subscription website, Genealogy Guys Learn, is 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)
Stereographs and Vintage Postcards (0:28:54)

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

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


Vivid-Pix Announces “ROUND TUIT!” Education Program


Free and $1.99 Online Programs Keep Adults, Kids, Families, & the Secluded
Educated, Entertained and Connected
Create Your Family History: Restore and Organize Old Photos & Documents
and Learn About Your Roots

Classes Taught by the World’s Most Respected Historians, Genealogists, DNA Researchers, Lawyers, PBS & Travel Channel Genealogy Researchers, and Immigration Experts

Savannah, GA, April 2, 2020 -- Vivid-Pix, announced today the Vivid-Pix “Round Tuit!” (Get Around to It!) Online Education Program at that helps people during quarantine with classes priced for free or $1.99 to organize family photos and learn about their family history with the help of the world’s most respected historians, genealogists, and educators. The series is hosted by Daniel Earl and will be broadcast live each Tuesday and Friday evening, starting April 3rd, and available to view on demand at

During this COVID-19 Quarantine, it’s the Right Time to Get “Round Tuit!” to Organize Family Photos & History – Genealogy is the Second Most Popular Hobby in U.S.

Coronavirus COVID-19 home quarantine measures throughout most of the U.S. are putting a lot of pressure on families, individuals, and businesses in many different ways. People are looking for new and interesting ways to safely keep themselves and their children active and entertained to combat boredom, stress, and seclusion when isolated indoors. Now’s the time to organize and learn! Most people have boxes of photos and documents, in a closet, basement, attic, computer drive, and in photo albums and frames, that they’ve always wanted to organize. The Vivid-Pix online program teaches people how to organize, scan, improve, tag, store, and share photos and document memories and finally get started researching genealogy/family history to feel more connected to family and friends.

The Vivid-Pix Round Tuit! site at helps:
·      Individuals and Families:  provides interesting, entertaining, and educational activities during long hours indoors.
·      Libraries: serves communities with closed libraries to shift to online programming and education.
·      Churches/Community Centers: allows congregations, church missions, and community services to continue to be served.
·      Societies: allows societies to continue to communicate with members who are unable to meet.
·      Businesses and Speakers: provides speaking outlets for people whose conferences and meetings have been cancelled.

Historians and genealogy organizations participating include:
·      Kenyatta D. Berry: Topic – African American Genealogy. Berry is Host, Genealogy Roadshow (PBS), author of The Family Tree Toolkit, 2019 Honorary Chair for Preservation Week and contributor to The New York Times “1619 Project.”
·      Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist: Topic – Genetic Genealogy. Bettinger examines the intersection of traditional genealogical techniques and modern genetic research, known as “genetic genealogy.”
·      Pat Erickson & Russ Worthington of Dear Myrtle Blog: Topic – Zoom Conferencing. Erickson and Worthington are educators and prolific writers of the award-winning top 5 family history DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog, The Organized Genealogist Facebook Group, YouTube channel, and Google+ genealogy community.
·      Kirsty Gray, Family Wise Limited: Topic – British Genealogy. One of the leading genealogists in the UK and the only UK genealogy firm with a High Street presence. Gray leads a large team of genealogists who provide expert guidance on family history matters from adoption and DNA, legal/probate research, and more, as well as lecturing the world over.
·      Miyamoto Loretta Jensen: Topic – Polynesian and Pacific Isles Genealogy. A 2018 BYU graduate, Miya is a young professional genealogist who emphasizes her research in Polynesian family history and genealogy.
·      Peggy Lauritzen: Topic – Migration Trails to Ohio. A former Family History Director, she is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars, including The Ohio Genealogical Society, The Ohio State University, and Brigham Young University.
·      Judy Russell, Legal Genealogist: Topic – The Law and a Reasonably Exhaustive Search. Russell is a leading genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing.
·      David Ryan (MA DIPGEN): Topic – Irish Genealogy. Ryan is a genealogist and oral historian based in Cork City, Ireland, who has worked as a professional genealogist for the past six years as a researcher with the Cork Folklore Project, a community based oral history project in Cork City.
·      Katherine Schober, SK Translations: Topic – German Genealogy. As a St. Louis native with German ancestry and a love for languages, Schober earned both her Bachelor and Master Degree’s in German and is a German-English translator with a focus on genealogy. 
·      Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide: Topic – DNA. A microbiologist for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, Southard created a correlated genetic and genealogical database.
·      Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective®: Topic – Photo Organization. Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, is an internationally renowned expert in historic photo identification, preservation, and genealogical research.
·      Amie Tennant, The Genealogy Reporter: Topic – State Census Records. Tennant is a professional genealogist, internationally known speaker, and writer for NGS Magazine, the Ohio Genealogical Society News, OGS Quarterly, and Legacy News.
·      Rich Venezia, Rich Roots Genealogy: Topic – Immigration Records. Venezia is an expert in 20th century immigrant research and a nationally-recognized genealogist and lecturer, former researcher for PBS’ “Genealogy Roadshow” and The Travel Channel’s “Follow Your Past.”
·      Rick Voight, Vivid-Pix: Topic – Restoring Old Photos and Documents. Voight is a lifelong snapshooter and photography visionary in the imaging business for decades with leading photography companies, such as Vivid-Pix, Hewlett-Packard, and Kodak.
·      Katherine Willson, Social Media Genealogy: Topic Genealogy on Facebook. Willson is a dynamic genealogy lecturer at national conferences and author of The Genealogist’s Guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“I’ve been in the photo business for 35 years and ‘Around To It’ is on everyone’s mind – getting around to organizing analog and digital images and researching your family history,” said Rick Voight, Founder & CEO, Vivid-Pix. “This is what prompted me to begin work helping family historians around the globe.
A Vivid-Pix restored picture says a thousand words and brings back memories of the past.”

The Vivid-Pix “Round Tuit!” photo and genealogy training program is available immediately at: with low-cost classes priced for free or $1.99. For more information, see:

About Vivid-Pix

The one-stop solution for family historians, genealogists, and hobbyists, Vivid-Pix RESTORE patented artificial intelligence software automatically restores old, faded sepia, black and white, and color photographs and documents and provides image organization, editing, and searchable IPTC and EXIF compliant metadata tagging. The U.S. Patent Office has awarded a patent to Vivid-Pix for its image processing techniques used to automatically correct faded images. Vivid-Pix RESTORE is available for Mac and Windows for $49.99 at:, with a no credit card required free trial at: For more information, see the website at:

Vivid-Pix was founded by Rick Voight and Randy Fredlund, who have a combined 47 years of experience from Eastman Kodak Co. They brought Kodak’s “You Press the Button, We Do the Rest” philosophy to the design of Vivid-Pix RESTORE. For more info, see the website:

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