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A friendly reader told us about another genealogy app for the iPhone called Traces,
which searches the databases at the FamilySearch beta site. beta.familysearch.org.
The reader (who’s not affiliated with the product other than using it) recommends
it as “far and away the best iPhone app … I’ve found to facilitate actual genealogy
research and database searching.” See
a list of iPhone/iTouch genealogy apps on the MobileGenealogy.com website.
If you have Minnesota ancestors, you can use the index on the Minnesota
Official Marriage System website to search for marriage records. You’ll get the
names of the bride and groom, date, county and certificate number; and a link to order
a copy of the record. See
the County Index Dates page to find out which counties and dates are covered in the
The National Archives is holding a day-long symposium called The Civil War: Fresh
Perspectives on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, at its Washington, DC
headquarters. It’ll feature panel discussions related to themes from the archives’
special exhibit, Discovering the Civil War. Registration is required, along with a
fee of $50. Click
here to learn more and register.
The National Genealogical Society has posted online video that shows you where Civil
War Pension files are stored at the National Archives (in an area is closed to the
general public) and lets you look inside a pension file with professional genealogist
John Humphrey. It’s
called Finding Your Family at the National Archives, and you can click here to watch
UK family history subscription website Findmypast.co.uk and FamilySearch are
beginning a project to digitize the Greater Manchester County Record Office’s cemetery
registers and institutional records (from gaols, schools and workhouses), which date
as far back as the 16th century. When the project is complete, you’ll be able to search
indexes free at FamilySearch. The indexed information will link to the records at
FindMyPast.co.uk, where you’ll be able to view the record images for a fee.
There’s more for those with UK roots: Old-maps.co.uk has
added 60 more years of town plans and other maps to its collection, which now covers
1850 to 1996. In addition, new spy maps produced by the Russian military from 1950
to 1997 cover 16,000 sq km of the UK, including 103 major towns and cities. You can
search and browse maps for free and purchase printed or downloadable PDF versions.