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The Minnesota Department of Human Services is gathering bids for a project to digitize
5 million pages of old adoption records dating as far back as the late 19th century.
The records are now on about 2,000 rolls of microfilm and likely include thousands
of adoptions (the exact number isn’t known because files vary in length). Adoption
records in Minnesota become public after 100 years, according
to TwinCities.com, and 2017 is the 100-year anniversary of the law mandating adoption
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has started
a new society to promote the preservation of records in the National Archives and
Records Administration. The Society
of Preservation Patriots will recognize those who’ve contributed $250 or more
to FGS’s Stern-NARA Gift Fund or to its Preserve
the Pensions initiative (which supports the digitization of War of 1812 pensions). Learn
more about the society and how to become a member on the FGS Voice blog.
The official bloggers for the RootsTech
2013 conference, taking place March 21-23 in Salt Lake City, are holding giveaways
for RootsTech registrations. Bloggers set their own means of entry; visit each blog
(find a list here) to learn how to
enter that blog’s giveaway.
You might’ve heard about HBO’s upcoming fictional genealogy series, “Family Tree.”
It stars Chris O’Dowd as a Brit who occupies himself by investigating his family history
after he loses his job and his relationship. Thanks to contributing editor Rick Crume
for sending me a link
to an Entertainment Weekly article about the show. Do you plan to watch?