Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Vivid-Pix Genealogy Whodunit Mystery Game - Help Find Uncle George!


Help Find Uncle George!

Vivid-Pix has created a fun genealogy whodunit game that combines elements of family history research with the use of RESTORE, their powerful image restoration software.

The game immerses you into the genealogy process using restored photos and documents to learn about relatives’ past. The game is all about a fictional long-lost Great-Uncle: George Albert Bellamy, who emigrated from the U.K. to the U.S. in the early 1900’s. By collaborating with distant cousin Peter, you will analyze miniscule details in old photos and documents using the restoration tools in Vivid-Pix to discover hidden clues from Great-Uncle George’s past in the U.K. and his mysterious travels overseas to the U.S. Prepare yourself for a journey through Edwardian Britain and beyond, complete with crime, cryptic postcards, and more! 

The game provides Tips & Tricks on genealogy research and Vivid-Pix RESTORE software.


Those who successfully complete the challenge can enter to win great prizes, including a weekend in New York City, London or $1,000 USD, and photo gifts.

Get started by clicking the image below or this link! The game goes on through September 30, 2021, but get started NOW!


Enjoy the mystery!


Monday, June 14, 2021

The Lost African American Cemeteries of Tampa Bay

 A number of African American cemeteries in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area have been "lost" or "erased" over time. One cemetery, the Zion Cemetery, has been the focus of a great deal of scrutiny. Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) has been used to verify the presence of graves. Government and community members have gotten involved to identify those interred there, and to learn more about them.

Drew Smith is the Genealogy Librarian at the University of South Florida Libraries and he is leading a group of volunteers to trace the families and descendants of those interred in the Zion Cemetery. The article he wrote about the project can be found at

Monday, June 7, 2021

FamilySearch Announces Release of GEDCOM 7.0

 FamilySearch International is pleased to announce the release of FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0 (Genealogical Data Communications). The latest version allows zip packaging capabilities for photos and files with genealogical information, plus new tools, and a public GitHub repository for ongoing maintenance. Technical information, specifications, tools, and guides can be found at

At RootsTech 2020, FamilySearch launched an effort to create a new version of GEDCOM based on the 5.5.1 version that would include: 1) new expressivity, flexibility, and compatibility; 2) zip packaging of associated images and other files with the related GEDCOM file; and 3) public access using a GitHub repository. Many industry software providers and key influencers participated, and the initiative concluded May 15, 2021, with the completion of this comprehensive effort.

FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0 is the outcome of those efforts and includes the following new enhancements:

·       Zip packaging capabilities for photos and files have been added.

·       Notes have been expanded for more versatile use and styling of text.

·       Tools, sample files, sample code, and self-testing guides are included.

·       The GEDCOM specification and any code available from FamilySearch based on the specification is subject to the terms and conditions of the Apache License, Version 2.0.

·       Ambiguities in the GEDCOM Version 5.5.1 specification have been removed.

·       A public GitHub repository generates maintenance requests and on-going discussions about future features.

Users of FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0 will be able to import files from older GEDCOM versions. However, users of older versions of GEDCOM will not be able to import from FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0.


FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0 is copyrighted.

© 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2019, and 2021 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. A service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

General information can be found at

Helpful Sources


Technical Specs, Tools and
Community:  GEDCOM General Google Group and GitHub Public GEDCOM Repository

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Genealogy Guys Podcast Named One of Family Tree Magazine's Top Websites for 2021

 We are pleased again to have been selected by Family Tree Magazine as one of their 101 Best Genealogy Websites - 2021! You will find their complete list at

Winners of GPC's Russia Genealogy Research At A Glance Sheets Announced

The winners of our drawing for copies of the Russia Genealogy Research at a glance reference sheets from Genealogical Publishing Company are:

                        Bonnie Birns of Jericho, NY
                        Donna M. Moughty of Lakewood Ranch, FL