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We’ve got a host of announcements in this week’s roundup:
If you can’t find your ancestors in the 1910
US census on subscription site Ancestry.com, you might want to give it another
try. Ancestry.com has updated the collection with new images and an improved index
that includes more alternate names. The updated index combines the old index with
a new one keyed from the new images. Read
more on the Ancestry.com blog.
BackupMyTree, the free genealogy file back-up
service that debuted
last month, has added support for Reunion for Mac. Although the BackupMyTree
software still works with only Windows, users of any operating system can manually
upload files—now including Reunion files—through their web browser. Next week, BackupMyTree
will add support for The Master Genealogist software, as well as a feature that allows
users to include and exclude files in bulk.
Genetic genealogy testing company GeneTree is offering
two new services designed to help you maximize your genetic genealogy testing efforts.
If you buy a DNA Makeover report ($14.95), GeneTree staff will translate your
Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA results from another lab into a GeneTree profile.
For the Family Tree Diagnostic Service (also $14.95), a GeneTree consultant
will review your family tree to find relatives you should consider having tested and
what tests they should take to help you achieve your research objectives.
Leland Meitzler, organizer of the Salt
Lake Christmas Tour annual research trip to Salt Lake City, announced that
genealogy technology and social networking expert Thomas
MacEntee will present eight classes during this year’s tour. A few topics are
Building a Research Toolbox, Facebook for Genealogists, Build a Genealogy Blog, and
Twitter: It Isn’t Just “What I Had For Breakfast” Anymore. The tour takes place Dec.
5 through 11, and you
can register here.
State Archives will close from Monday, Oct. 18 through Feb. 3 of next year
for renovations. The $250,000 project will expand and modernize the lobby and public
research areas. (Plans are still in place, though, to eventually replace the facility,
which has water leaks and lacks environmental controls and fire suppression system.)
Staff will continue to respond to telephone, e-mail and postal inquiries during the
closure. You can download
the press release as a PDF from the archives’ website.
Remember to register for
our free, beginner-oriented 10 Steps to Discover Your Roots webinar, taking
place tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 16) at 2 pm Eastern Time. You’ll get a confirmation
e-mail with a link to log in and instructions on how to participate in the webinar.
(I suggest logging in several minutes ahead of time in case your computer needs to
make any updates to watch the webinar.)