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WikiTree, a free worldwide family tree website,
has launched a new feature called Surname Following that lets you get updates when
other WikiTree users post content related to names you’re interested in. Log in to
WikiTree and follow surnames to receive an email alert when related content is added
to the WikiTree database or a related question, answer or comment is added to the WikiTree
G2G (“Genealogist to Genealogist”) Q&A forum.
Heads up: The early registration deadline is approaching for this year’s National
Genealogical Society annual conference, taking place May 8-11 in Las Vegas. You’ll
save $35 on your conference registration if you sign up before March 19. Click
here to register.
Speaking of conferences, registration is now open for the Federation
of Genealogical Societies conference, Aug. 21-24 in Fort Wayne, Indiana (home
of the well-known Allen County
Public Library Genealogy Center). I’m hoping to be able to carve out some research
time while there.
FamilySearch has added 10.5 million indexed
records and images to its free historical records
search over the last two weeks, including 8,613,673 document images added to the
New York Probate Records collection (1629 to 1971). Other notable collection updates
are Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965, and Peru, Lima, Civil Registration,
Collections for Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, and the US states of Minnesota
and Ohio also have been updated. See
more details and click through to the updated collections here.
I got an email about a new iPhone/iPad
app that helps you inventory family heirlooms. The $2.99 app, called Heirlooms,
lets you store a photo of and information about an heirloom, and share it via an emailed
attachment. A free
version lets others read the attachment without having to buy the app.
If you’re up against a brick wall with some part of your genealogy research and you’ll
be in the Washington DC area on Saturday, March 16, the National
Archives is holding a “Help! I’m Stuck” Genealogy Clinic. You can visit the Research
Center main desk that day to sign up for a free, 20 minute consultation with an archivist
between noon and 4 p.m. For details on this and other programs at teh archives, see
the Archives.gov calendar.