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From April 10 to 24, digital content provider Gale is celebrating National Library
Week by providing free access to several
resources. Those include the NewsVault (more than 10 million pages from historical
newspapers and periodicals) and Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive
(antebellum newspaper articles and books focused on slavery). Usually, you must use
Gale databases via libraries that subscribe to them, but you
can search the databases directly during this free access period.
It’s DNA Day! Today only (Friday, April 15), genetic genealogy company FamilyTreeDNA
is offering a promotional code you can use to get a discount on several types
of DNA tests. See
FamilyTreeDNA’s Facebook page for details.
Family Tree University professor Tim Pinnick sent us a note that he’s moderating the
Newspapers forum on the Afrigeneas website. Stop
by to ask questions and share your finds from Black newspapers.
FamilySearch announced this week that it’s released 500,000 new US county marriage
records, as well as records from Costa Rica, England, India, Mexico, Nicaragua,
Peru and Spain, in the Historical Records Search. Click
here to see the list of the updated collections. (Look for our guide to the new
FamilySearch.org website in the September 2011 Family Tree Magazine.)
Subscription genealogy site Archives just announced
the addition of 3.5 million new US vital records to the website, including
the obituary index from the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Ohio (also
searchable here). Other updated collections come from Texas, Kentucky, Maine,
South Carolina, Arizona, South Carolina and Colorado.
iArchives, the records digitization arm of subscription site Footnote, announced plans
to collaborate with the Federation of Genealogical Societies to digitize 180,000 War
of 1812 pension applications. They’ll eventually be available on Footnote. Read
more details on the FGS Voice blog.