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The city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Historical Society have teamed up to publish
database of LA city officials back to 1850. Click
Search Office Holder to search by name. To browse, click an election year on the left,
then click the tabs for elected officials, committees and appointed officials, and
expand the lists in each category. If you have an ancestor who served as a public
official in LA, you might find it helpful to download the site’s Introduction and
User Guide via the links on the left side of the page.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies announced it
has received a donation of $135,000 to its Preserve
the Pensions project fund, which will help digitize War of 1812 pension records
and make them freely accessible online. The donation was made by the estate of the
late Jon Stedman in memory of his mother, Ardath Stedman. View
the records digitized so far online at Fold3.com.
Brigham Young University’s 44th annual Family
History and Genealogy Conference is taking place July 31-Aug. 3 at the BYU
Conference Center in Provo, Utah. Attendees can choose from more
than 130 classes, including hands-on workshops on German Gothic handwriting and
how to build a genealogy website. Registration costs $180 and you can stay
on the BYU campus for $100 (includes lunches). Click
here to register.