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The Genealogy Guys Podcast
The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy Connection
George G. Morgan and Drew Smith discuss genealogy on The Genealogy Guys Podcast.
Drew Smith interviews leaders of the genealogy community on Genealogy Connection.

The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy Connection
  • Genealogy Connection #020 - Deborah Abbott, Researcher and Speaker
    Dr. Deborah Abbott is a well-known genealogy researcher and speaker who specializes in African-American research and court records.  Learn more about Deborah by visiting her entry at the Association of Professional Genealogists, at

  • The Genealogy Guys Podcast #326 - 2017 April 9

    The news includes:

    • Linkpendium ( announces that their site of more than 10M genealogy links is now mobile friendly.
    • The British Newspaper Archive announces they now have over 18.7 million pages from 747 titles from England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, and now covers every county in England.
    • AncestryDNA launched its new Genetic Communities feature that visually displays your ethnic background using both your DNA results and your family tree information uploaded to
    • Family Tree DNA recently revised its myOrigins feature to enhance the ethnic makeup display.
    • Findmypast announces the launch of their Six Counties in Six Months project which aims to publish the parish records of six English counties in the coming months. The first county just published is Wiltshire.
    • Drew shares new and updated collections at FamilySearch.

    George shares insights into marriage licenses, marriage returns, marriage bonds, and marriage banns and why it is important to differentiate between them when recording dates.

    Listener email includes:

    • Christine shares information about her research and notes that an enumerator didn’t name a minor child. She also is interested in the origin of the Burg surname. She also saw a surname Jzenburgh with which she was unfamiliar.
    • Christine also shared a recommendation of a book, Doughboys, the Great War, and the Remaking of America.
    • Chris thanks The Guys for reading an email, and reports that there is a breakthrough in the Moody line by using neighboring property owners.
    • Margie wrote to thank us for reading her email and for Terry’s suggestion to watch the Legacy Family Tree webinar.
    • TC responds to Doug’s email about “what’s the point” and shares details about self-publishing family history books for their children and grandchildren.
    • Michelle wrote about Christine’s Moody surname research and suggested some resources. They include:

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  • Genealogy Connection #019 - J. Mark Lowe, Researcher, Speaker, and Writer

    J. Mark Lowe is a well-known genealogy researcher, speaker, and writer who specializes in Kentucky and Tennessee research, as well as African-American research, land records, and church records.  Learn more about Mark by visiting his website, Kentucky-Tennessee Research Associates, at

  • The Genealogy Guys Podcast #325 - 2017 March 19

    We are pleased to announce that we have passed the 2,000,000th download of our podcasts on 5 March 2017. Thank you to our listeners and our sponsors for making us a success!

    The Guys are very pleased to announce that they will be the speakers for the California Genealogical Society’s inaugural Caribbean Genealogy Cruise. The Society is celebrating its 120th anniversary with a 7-night cruise on the luxurious Celebrity Cruise Line's Silhouette for a fantastic cruise, departing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday, 11 February 2018. The ship will call at ports in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. The Genealogy Guys will present 12 separate lectures on the days at sea, and they will be available for one-on-one consultation appointments. Explore the islands, participate in optional on-shore activities, and enjoy a festive time with the speakers and other genealogists. Get the flyer with all the details at . More information will be posted soon at the California Genealogical Society website at .

    The news includes:

    • RootsMagic continues to work on adding to its software’s Hints facility. In the meantime, George has an article in the upcoming April/May 2017 issue of Internet Genealogy magazine titled “RootsMagic and WebHints: Harness the Power”.
    • The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Grant Committee and the Southern California Genealogical Society announce the 2017 Student Grant and Jamboree Scholarship. Applications are due on 15 April 2017. Details and the application form are available at
    • Evidentia announced the addition of a new facility, Cousin Tracker, to its software. A video is available at describing and demonstrating the new facility.
    • Charleston, South Carolina’s Board of Architectural Review has given its enthusiastic approval to the construction of a $75M International African American Museum there. Construction may begin by year’s end. Fundraising is in process. Details are available at
    • Unlock the Past announces a Holy Land Tour in Israel (23 October – 1 November 2017) and a genealogy conference in Tel Aviv (1-2 November 2017). Details are available at
    • Findmypast has added new records and updates to existing collections, including: Scotland Post Office Directories; Lower Canada Census 1842, Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions; Anglo-Boer War Records 1899-1902; Northamptonshire Baptisms; Warwickshire Monumental Inscriptions; United States Marriages; and the Periodical Source Index.
    • Drew shares new and updated collections at FamilySearch.

    Listener email includes:

    • Katherine shares a link to A Timeline Map of US Since 1820 at .
    • Gavin shared a link to Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History at with images of company listings in directories and newspapers and a number of biographies.
    • Sam is researching Williams and Traylor ancestors, and asks about the possibilities of expanding his knowledge by upgrading to a Y-DNA 111-marker test.
    • Matt shares the importance of interviewing your elders, and provides a link to his blog entry on the subject at .
    • Richard tells about the origins of his genealogical interest.
    • Doug asks what is the point of doing genealogy if no one else in the family is or will be interested.
    • Jim asks about the amount of shared DNA (in centiMorgans) and relationships based on the amount of shared DNA.
    • Mike discusses the difficulties in obtaining official death records in New Jersey and asks for suggestions for alternative approaches.
    • Chris asks for suggestions for locating records of an ancestor who arrived in the US in the 1780s and ultimately migrated to Tennessee.

    Aha! Seminars, Inc., can deliver webinars by George and/or Drew to your genealogical society for a very affordable price. Learn more at .

  • Genealogy Connection #018 - Audrey Collins, Researcher, Speaker, and Writer

    Audrey Collins is a Family History Specialist at The National Archives, UK.  Learn more from Audrey by visiting her blog at