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Jul 19, 2008

This week's news includes: Abraham Lincoln's ancestry is questioned; announces new databases, including WI Death Index (1959-1997), NC Death Certificates (1909-1975), TN Divorces (1800-1865), and U.S. Colored Troops Service Records (Civil War); The Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa) celebrates its 50th anniversary; Modern Genealogy ( announces a new database for Windows XP and Vista and invites people to assist as beta testers; Genlighten ( is building a network of people to look up and obtain copies of documents at a reasonable cost; ( has added lots of new British Isles trade and court directories to its site; The National Archives (TNA) in the U.K. has completed renovations and has reorganized its facility to accommodate the addition of the Family Records Centre materials, and urges people to check out the changes at their site at; the National Library of Ireland ( has unveiled a new exhibition about William Butler Yeats and a virtual tour can be viewed at their website; and Microsoft has anounced the closure of its Live Search Books project.

Listener email this week includes: How does one become a doctor in 5 years or less?; using the My Maps feature of  Google Maps ( to trace and map your ancestors' movements; Helen Parkhurst of the World Burial Index ( shares information about this subscription database for searching cemetery monumental inscriptions across England and elsewhere; a discussion of people listed multiple times on the census -- and an example with Amelia Earhart; tracing substitute soldiers and the men in whose stead they fought; the National Geographic Genographic Project; origins of unusual first names; how will same sex marriages change genealogy and software; and the delights of moving to broadband.

There are a number of genealogy software packages for PDAs and SmartPhones that run the Palm or WindowsMobile operating systems. These allow you to load your genealogy data files on the devices and take it with you. George and Drew issue a challenge to software developers to provide the equivalent software apps (applications) for the Apple iPhone and for Blackberry devices.

Natalie of Ogden, Utah, provided the following weblinks for all our listeners:

  1. Western States Marriage Record Index (
  2. Free Birth & Death Certificates for Arizona (
  3. Utah Digital Newspapers (
  4. Illinois Statewide Death Index (