News from around the web.
Go to Source
The Family History Library (FHL) is starting
to roll out online microfilm ordering in the United States and Canada, meaning
you soon won’t have to visit a FamilySearch Center to order microfilmed records (you’ll
still need to go in person to view them, of course). First, you’ll find the film you
need in the FHL online catalog, then you’ll order
it here. California, the Pacific Northwest and other points West were first to
get online ordering, with the rest of us still to be added in phases.
UK subscription genealogy site FindMyPast.co.uk is
adding a million 20th-century merchant navy seamen records (Britain’s Merchant Navy
Day, is Saturday, Sept. 3). The records name crew members of UK merchant ships from
1918 to 1941, offer physical descriptions and include photos.
Genetic genealogy company FamilyTreeDNA discovered
through its Family Finder test that NFL players Xavier Omon of the San Francisco 49ers
and Ogemdi Nwagbuo of the San Diego Chargers are half brothers. You
can read more about their story on ESPN.com.
As an update to our November 2011 online newspapers article, which highlighted the
subscription website Paper of Record in
addition to other online sources, Rick Crume gave me a heads up about some improvements
to the site: First, highlighting of your search terms has been restored on the digitized
newspaper pages in your search results. Second, you now have the option to search
a broader date range than five years within a single title.