News from around the web.
Go to Source
The General Registrar Office of Scotland will release 1911 census records April 5. This enumeration contains the names, addresses, ages, occupations, birthplaces and marital statuses of more than 4.7 million Scots. Subscription
website ScotlandsPeople will have the data available online in full color.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies has scheduled
its annual conference for Sep. 7–10, in Springfield, Il. This year’s theme is
Pathways to the Heartland, and David S. Ferriero, archivist of the United States,
is scheduled as the keynote speaker. Click
here to read more about the conference or to register.
Facebook application We’re Related will integrate with a FarmVille-like application
to create an online game for players to explore their family trees and build an online
community. While players construct houses, start businesses, immigrate family members
and assign jobs, Family Village matches
inputted data with relevant real-world documents—such as census records, newspaper
articles and marriage records—about the user’s living and deceased relatives. Players
can then examine the records, print them, or store them in their personal game library. Click
here to play Family Village on Facebook.
Institute for Genealogical Studies has acquired GenealogyWise.com, a social networking
website for genealogists. As a result, the site will gain new features, like allowing
users to sit in on live meetings digitally.
Archives.com announced two January winners for it’s new monthly grant program. Columbia
County, Pa., Historical & Genealogical Society will use its grant to transcribe
marriage license dockets 1921 to 1939—an estimated 9,000 bride and groom names. Myron
McGhee will use his grant to travel to Alabama to interview residents, review deed
transcriptions and scan photographs to test a hypothesis that his black ancestors
roots are related to a white family in the area with the same name. Each recipient
will receive $1,000 for their genealogy project.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a digital copy of
a map used by Abraham Lincoln to coordinate military operations with his emancipation
policies. The map illustrates the slave population density in 1860 America geographically,
and is available
for view here.