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its collection of U.S.
Marine Corps Muster Rolls. This collection, which contains records from 1798 to
1958, now contains more than 39 million records. They include muster rolls (regular
lists of those present in a given unit), unit diaries and personnel rosters.
The New England Historic Genealogical Society announced
that its Newbury Street Press title The
Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts, by Scott
C. Steward and Christopher C. Child, has won two awards. The National Genealogical
Society presented Child with its 2012 Award for Excellence: Genealogy and Family History
Book. The Connecticut Society of Genealogists honored both authors with its 2012 Literary
Award, Grand Prize for Genealogy.
The National Archives at San Francisco has officially opened to the public more than
Files or A-Files on immigrants to the United States. The case files were originally
created at immigration offices in San Francisco; Honolulu; Reno, Nevada; Agana, Guam;
American Samoa and other US territories. The records were transferred to the National
Archives from US Citizenship and Immigration Services in 2009. Millions more A-files
will eventually be opened to the public—the files are closed for 100 years after the
birth date of the person named in the records.
created at other immigration offices are kept at the National Archives facility
in Kansas City, where 300,000 cases were opened to the public in 2010.
A DNA study of Melungeons—a dark-skinned, mixed-heritage group historically residing
in Appalachia—has found genetic evidence that these families
descend from sub-Saharan African men and white women of northern or central European
origin. Researchers think the population mixing could have happened among black and
white indentured servants in mid-1600s Virginia.
to an Associated Press article, the finding has been controversial among Melungeons,
some of whom believe they have Portuguese or American Indian ancestry. Read
more about the findings (and how researchers thinks the claims
heritage arose) in this news article.