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A new website called Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names will
launch in September. The site will contain free, searchable information about enslaved
Virginians named in manuscripts at the Virginia Historical Society. Read
more about the project here.
FindMyPast.co.uk has completed
its two-year project to make the English and Welsh birth, marriage and death records on
its site easier to use. This final installment of the project makes more than 85 million
death records searchable at once, with as little as a surname. The site’s death records
include England & Wales deaths, 1837-2006; British nationals who died overseas,
1818-2005; British nationals armed forces deaths, 1796-2005; and British nationals
who died at sea, 1854-1890.
Holisso Center, a research facility for Chickasaw Nation history, will
open May 28 at the Chickasaw
Nation Cultural Center in Sulphur, Okla. The Holisso Center also has technology
to repair and preserve damaged historical materials.
The latest celebrities found to be relatives: Lady
Gaga and Madonna, who share roots in Quebec (if you have French-Canadian roots,
you’re probably also related to both women), and Johnny
Depp and Queen Elizabeth. Also, genealogists from Irish historical research company
Eneclann have identified President
Obama’s closest living Irish relatives in Ballygurteen, Co. Tipperary.