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This week’s big news is MyHeritage’s
acquisition of Geni.
Ancestry.com announces the launch of Newspapers.com,
a new web site featuring more than 800 US newspapers dating from the late 1700s to
the early 2000s. With more than 25 million pages, Newspapers.com offers historical
and present-day newspapers ranging from The New York Times to small town and
The site’s search capabilities are specifically designed for newspapers,
enabling users to search by keywords, location, time period and newspaper name. A
one-year subscription to Newspapers.com is $79.95 for subscribers and $39.95 for Ancestry.com
or Fold3.com members.
are no plans to remove any newspaper content from Ancestry.com. Most of the newspapers
on the new site (more than 15 million of the 25 million pages) are not part
of Ancestry.com records. Ancestry.com is actively producing millions of new pages
per month from microfilm, and is working with newspaper publishers and microfilm owners
to increase the number of newspaper titles in its production pipeline for Newspapers.com.
The National Genealogical Society has
released its full 2013
Family History Conference Program, available here. Registration for NGS’ 35th
annual conference—May 8-11 in Las Vegas—opens Saturday, Dec. 1; to
register online, visit the NGS website.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies received
a $250,000 donation from FamilySearch for
its War of 1812 “Preserve the Pensions” Digitization Fund, designed to digitally preserve
and index the War of 1812 pension and bounty land records.
FamilySearch volunteers have currently made more
than 249 million records searchable—over 92.5 million more than were published last
year. To view a list of currently available indexing projects, visit
the Family Search indexing updates page.