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FamilySearch has announced its US Immigration and Naturalization community indexing
project is halfway to its goal of creating a free online collection of US passenger
lists, border crossing records, naturalization records, and other immigration
documents. Two months into the project, 85,000 volunteers have indexed more than 15
FamilySearch hopes to have 30 million records indexed by the end of the year. You
can see what’s been indexed so far and register to help out at FamilySearch.org/immigration.
According to Ancestry.com, actor George
Clooney is Abraham Lincoln’s half-first cousin five times removed through
Lincoln’s maternal grandmother, Nancy Hanks. Then men also share a home state of Kentucky:
Clooney was born in Lexington; Lincoln, in Hardin County.
Most genealogists understand such connections aren’t really big news—with every generation,
each of us has exponentially more cousins, and some of them are bound to be famous
(others are bound to be deadbeats)—but writing this little blurb let me gaze at photos
of George Clooney.
Our friend and frequent Family Tree Magazine contributor Thomas MacEntee
is the subject of a recent Forbes
article about turning your hobby into a job, which Thomas did with his genealogy
hobby after unexpectedly losing his tech job in 2008. He’s since founded the Geneabloggers website
and the company High-Definition Genealogy. You
can read the Forbes article here.
Speaking of making money doing genealogy, the Board for Certification of Genealogists
is offering new video
testimonials from professional researchers to help you decide if certification
is right for you. The site also has posted an hour-long
seminar about what you can expect from the certification process (and what’s expected