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Jul 2, 2010

The news includes:

  • FamilySearch has announced the addition of another 26 million new names.
  • The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will celebrate Independence Day on Sunday, July 4th, with its annual ceremony, its first ever National Independence Day Parade float, and a brand new logo.
  • EasyNetSites ( announces the availability of its products to create a customized website for genealogical societies, individuals, and small businesses. You don't need to know anything about HTML, XHTML, or other programming languages in order to use it.

Listener email includes:

  • Drew reads an item sent to him in French (and realizes after the podcast that the unusual word was actually a proper name!).
  • Mike thanks Deborah effusively for her great help in opening up new research avenues for him!
  • Clive asks for advice about DNA tests in the UK.
  • Carla asks about her Afican-American and American Indian ancestry, and DNA results that suggest Ukranian ancestry.
  • Steve and Patrice both wrote in to Drew to suggest the use of Newark, New Jersey, city directories for locating his Smith ancestors. Steve suggests the directories at and Patrice recommends working with the Newark Public Library.
  • Louis Kessler is suggesting a new Genealogy Software and Internet site for users to handle FAQs. It needs 60 followers to make it permanent. Visit the site at
  • Try out a computational search engine at WolframAlpha.
  • Network World published an article about the digital preservation of the WWII Enigma messages. See the full article at:
  • Tim wrote to report that he has received court transcripts from NARA of a federal court case in 1895 for his great-uncle.
  • Tina addresses the issue of's high prices to order BMD records from the General Register Office (GRO) for you.
  • Melanie asks about the correct way of recording events.

George and Drew discuss three books:

  • Abstracts of the Testamentary Proceedings of the Prerogative Court of Maryland: Volume XXIV: 1744-1746, compiled by V. L. Skinner, Jr. (Clearfield Company/Genealogical Publishing Co.)
  • The First Parish Register of Belize 1794-1810 and the First Four Censuses 1816-1826, compiled by Sonia Bennett Murray (Clearfield Company/Genealogical Publishing Co.)
  • Who Do You Think You Are? by Megan Smolynak Smolenyak (Viking)