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Aug 15, 2009

This week's news includes: GenealogyWise (, the recently launched genealogy social network, has added indexing to the Surname Groups; dynastree ( has announced that it now features maps showing the distribution of a surname for eight countries; and MyHeritage ( has added many new features and activities to its site.  The Guys then discuss news about the upcoming Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.

This week's podcast features two interviews by Drew from the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree in Burbank, California:
This week's listener email includes: Jean reports problems obtaining vital records from New Jersey; Lisa reports the same problem with New York; Paul asks a question about photos that have been uploaded to; Tim in San Francisco shares a link to an article about Google Maps' street view cameras in Paris - on tricycles; and Tim in Tampa shares two important tips with listeners:
  1. Google Books ( has unearthed a vast amount of genealogical information through searching the site. Even books that are in copyright can often be obtained through Interlibrary Loan or otherwise. He especially recommends accessing Simon Greenleaf's three-volume work, A Treatise on the Law of Evidence.
  2. The New York Historical Newspapers collection has been developed by the Northern New York Library Network. It contains 1,640,000 pages from 43 newspapers in seven northern New York counties: Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, and Essex Counties. The collection can be found at