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Here’s a quick look at some of the news bits coming out of the National
Genealogical Society (NGS) 2011 Family History Conference, which ends tomorrow
in Charleston, SC.
We’re hearing there’s great attendance at this year’s conference, and that the first
two days in the exhibit hall were crowded.
The 2012 NGS conference is May 9-12 in Cincinnati (also the hometown of Family
Tree Magazine) and the 2013 conference will be in Las Vegas.
FamilySearch has set an annual
goal to add 200 million record images to its free online records search. Its 2012 RootsTech
conference will be Feb. 2-4 in Salt Lake City.
Archivist of the United States David Ferrerio, speaking at the NGS opening session,
said that the National Archives and Records
Administration (NARA) is digitizing the 1940 census in-house and it’ll be available—but
not yet indexed by name—on on NARA’s website April 2, 2012. It won’t be on any commercial
websites on that date.
begin indexing the census records as soon as they’re available and will post the indexed
records online later in the year, the company announced at a conference reception.
Eastman has posted his copious notes from the reception. Some things that caught
my eye: the new genealogy
Web Search, US Navy Ship Muster Rolls 1939-1949 (coming on Memorial Day), more
US birth and death records, a faster record image viewer, a new Android app, and the
ability to download data from your Ancestry tree to version 2012 Family Tree Maker
GeneaBloggers post for the latest NGS-related tweets and blog posts.