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Nov 5, 2009

This week's news includes: expects to raise $100 million in its IPO; the Kansas African American Museum in Wichita has received a $25,000 grant to establish a statewide program called "Knowing Me, Knowing You"; has announced its plan to create the complete Interactive U.S. Census; and the "Who Do You Think You Are LIVE" show will be held in Olympia, London, on 26-28 February 2010, sponsored by

The Guys will be at the Western Michigan Genealogical Society's Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on 6 November 2009. Details are available at The Guys will also be at the Florida State Genealogical Society's Conference in Melbourne, Florida, on 13-14 November 2009. Details are available at

George thanks Teresa Remsberg for providing a link to the Canadian Border Crossings database at where a record of his great-uncle, Brisco Washington Holder, showed he arrived in 1919.

Mary responded to Pat's concerns in podcast episode #186 about birth certificate copies being issued with a different place of birth (Drew realizes after the podcast that he mispronounced "Islip" several times); Victoria asks about Post-Em notes on family trees; Mark shares information about articles of genealogical interest:
  1. Kentucky's last Civil War daughter at
  2. Death of the last Civil War widow at
  3. Smithsonian Magazine published an article about the last U.S. WWI solder at
  4. European legal challenges to Google Books at
  5. An article about the original Star Spangled Banner back on display at
Mark also shares information about employment records; Eric talks about George's and Drew's books, and chuckles over The Guys' botching the pronunciation of place names; Daniel asks about the Ball family; Michelle talks about presenting classes in her genealogy society and the joys of belonging to her society; Tim reminds The Guys of the "Tip of the Iceberg" poster published and for sale by the California Genealogical Society and Library (See and; John asks about George's relative, John Allen Morgan; Angie poses her quandary of a polygamous great-great-grandfather who changed names and her difficulties locating his Civil War pension (See from the Journal of Social History in which Angie's ancestor is discussed); and Roger tells us how he organizes and files his genealogical materials.