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The University of Indianapolis is teaming up with Ancestry.com in
a first-of-its-kind initiative to encourage its students to explore and reflect on
how their family history impacts their identity. All UIndy students, faculty and staff
have been granted access to all Ancestry.com content available from computers and
mobile devices anywhere on campus, as well as to on-campus identity workshops and
ScotlandsPeople Media Website has
released Scottish Wills &
Testaments from 1902 to 1925. The newly released records—totaling 392,595—offer
insight of life in Scotland during the early 20th century and reach across all social
classes, from famous industrialists/philanthropists such as Andrew Carnegie to the
impoverished inmates of the nation’s poorhouses. Check out Facts
& Figures, Famous
Scots and Interesting
Family tree building wiki site WikiTree has
released MatchBot, an automated matching tool that crawls the sites database checking
for high-probability matches in the trees on the site. When it finds a match, it emails
the tree managers with a match proposal. They can merge the profiles, create an “unmerged
match” or reject the merge. Until now, members discovered such matches using traditional
searches and the not-automated FindMatches tool.
In a new blog series on Ancestry.com, the family
of Rob and Kathy Brown and their five children are embarking on a family history journey
in an RV decorated with Ancestry.com branding. The Browns will travel for six to nine
months and more than 10,000 miles, through 42 states and 40 major cities, discovering
the stories of their ancestors and blogging along the way. Read blog posts in
Ancestry Adventure series here and check
out photos on Facebook here.
The National Archives of Ireland now
includes a new genealogy-specific
website. The following collections are freely available on the site: Census
of Ireland, 1901 and 1911; Tithe
Applotment Books, 1823-1837; and Soldiers’
Wills, 1914-1917. More collections will launch in the near future.
Mocavo, a genealogy search engine and now a growing
records site, has added a free collection
of about 17,000 high school and college yearbooks. The collection comprises nearly
3.5 million pages and stretching over 100 years of history.