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Genealogy data service Genealogy
Today has launched a redesigned home page, easier site navigation and an improved
search. This site focuses on smaller datasets, such as Masonic rosters, rural school
and college catalogs, insurance claims and church catalogs, published between 1830
and 1930. The search works faster, with a form that offers more options and filters.
In your search results, free and paid resources are combined into a single results
set that highlights new and updated items, and identifies free resources and those
on other websites.
Registration is open for the 2012 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, taking
place Thursday through Sunday, June 8 to 10, at the LA Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel
in Burbank, Calif. Early-bird registration discounts are available through April 22. Register
on the SCGS website.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies has opened registration for its 2012
annual conference, too. It’s scheduled for Aug. 29 to Sept. 1, at the Birmingham-Jefferson
Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala. (We’ll be there!) Early bird registration is
available through July 1. Register
on the conference website.
WikiTree.com, the family tree site covered in the December 2011 Family Tree
Magazine, will be available only by invitation from a current WikiTree member.
“We’ve had users abusing our wide range of free services and treating the site like
their personal back-up service. Not only does this drain our limited resources, it
hurts other community members and what we’re trying to accomplish,” says WikiTree
creator Chris Whitten. “By making membership strictly invitation-only, we can give
our community some breathing room to clean up the genealogical messes that irresponsible
users have left behind.” If you want to join, you
can request an invite using a link on the site’s membership page.