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upgraded its mobile app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. New features include
99-cent in-app purchasing of individual records for non-Ancestry.com subscribers (such
as World War I draft cards, census records, birth and death certificates, and school
yearbook photos), the “shaky leaf” hints indicating a possible record match to somone
in a user’s family tree, and easier updating of family trees with information from
The app, which boasts more than 1.7 million downloads to date, is free from the Apple
FamilySearch.org has added more than 18 million records from Canada, Czech
Republic, Germany, Haiti, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Spain, the United
States and Venezuela. US records include a Texas death index (provided by Ancestry.com);
naturalization index cards from Louisiana, Texas and Wisconsin; county records from
several states and more.
SavingOurs.com is a
new volunteer group dedicated to saving historical newspapers and other documents.
The organization will work with local volunteers, companies and governments to digitize
these documents and ensure they’re available free to the public. Visit SavingOurs.com
to learn more or volunteer.
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has started
a blog as a four-month-long pilot project. It’ll offer tips and tools on LAC’s
records and navigating its website. Posts so far cover war diaries, Royal Canadian
Navy ledger sheets, the newly digitized Lord Elgin collection and more. Visit
the LAC Blog here.