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FamilySearch released more searchable records this week, including more
than 6 million Hungarian Catholic Church records, 4 million Mexican civil registrations,
1 million new Chinese genealogies (1500 to 1900), and Quebec notarial records (1800
to 1900). US additions come from California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota,
Montana, New York, Washington and the Virgin Islands, plus 1942 WWII draft registrations. See
the full list and link to each database here.
Family tree site Geni introduced its $4.95-per-month Geni Plus service as a
level between the free Basic and $12.95 Pro memberships. Genealogists’
frustrated feedback after changes to those memberships led to Geni Plus, intended
for social genealogists who want to collaborate with other researchers. It’s “designed
to give these members more power to build their personal family trees while discovering
some of the benefits of working with others on their family history,” says CEO Noah
Tutak. Features include unlimited relatives in your tree and GEDCOM exports for any
profile you can view on Geni (up to 100,000 records). See
Geni’s blog for more details.
Subscription British records site Findmypast.co.uk added a million 20th
century merchant navy seamen records—the first time they’re accessible online.
They list crew members of UK merchant ships from 1918 to 1941 and include photos.
This from the New York
History blog: If you’re planning to visit Ellis Island and see where many
immigrants first entered America, you can download a $1.99 cell phone tour taking
you through the immigrant experience. Read