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The Genealogists for
Families project, coordinated by genealogists Judy Webster and Joan Miller,
uses the microfunding website Kiva.org to
make small loans to those in need around the world. Borrowers use the funds for businesses
that support their families, for example, a man in Rwanda used a Kiva loan to buy
raw materials to expand his carpentry business. So far, Genealogists
for Families has made 61 loans totaling $1,525. To get involved, sign
up with Kiva. You can lend as little as $25. As the loan is repaid, you can lend
to someone else.
Did your relative die in service to the Prussian army during World War I? The Prussian
Army Project database at Genoroots lets you search 100,000 names (and growing)
on the Deutsche Verlustlisten—the list of the army’s personnel losses during
World War I. Go
here to search.
The Genealogical Society of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland are
working together on a DNA project to learn more about the Irish population.
Coordinators will collect DNA samples and genealogical information from participants.
Participants won’t receive results unless important health information is discovered. You’ll
find more details in this article on TheJournal.ie.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies is offering two
new benefits to member societies: a website review and a newsletter review (whether
print or digital). Evaluations may include suggestions on improving design, layout,
ease of use, content and more. See
the FGS Voice blog for more information.