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Now that the 1940 Census Community Project is
complete (just a few states remain to be processed) FamilySearch’s next big volunteer
indexing project is the US Immigration & Naturalization Community Project, which
will make passenger lists, naturalization records, and other immigration-related records
free to search on FamilySearch.org. If you want to participate, visit familysearch.org/immigration to
learn more about the project.
British genealogy subscription and pay-per-view website FamilyRelatives.com has
relaunched itself in an upgraded beta website. The site’s new “at-a-glance” design
should help users easily find the site’s record collections.
And in September, it’ll launch Family Tree Connect, social networking features such
as photo-sharing, personal calendars, family tree building and cloud access.
Subscription genealogy site Ancestry.com has announced
it won’t release a new version of Family Tree Maker this year. Instead, it’ll make
key updates to the current version, Family Tree Maker 2012, and release those updates
free (so you need to be on Family Tree Maker 2012 to receive the updates). You
can read more and see what the first of these “bonus” updates will be on the Ancestry.com
FamilyRelatives.com has more than 850 million records from more a dozen-plus countries
including Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, United
States and the “Rest of the World” (ROW). Records include parish records; births,
marriages and deaths; military records, trade directories and more.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies has published
a new edition of its Bylaws Workbook: A Handbook for New & Established Societies,
compiled by Marcia S. Lindley and revised by Roberta “Bobbi” King. This workbook will
help genealogical societies create bylaws that prevent confusion and disagreement. It’s
available for purchase on Amazon.com.