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Next Tuesday, the Journey Through Hallowed
Ground Partnership will hold a tree planting ceremony in Gettysburg, Pa., to kick
off its Living
Legacy program: a plan to plant or dedicate a tree for each of the 620,000 soldiers
who died in the Civil War.
Taking part will be 7th- and 8th-graders from Gettysburg and Hartford, Vt., who’ve
been researching and writing about soldiers from their hometowns. Each group will
plant a tree to honor one local soldier, and the soldiers’ stories will be available
to smartphone users through QR codes on the trees. You
can watch a video about the project here.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Preserve the Pensions project are
holding a drawing
for prizes, including a genealogy research road trip to either Salt Lake City
(home to the Family
History Library) or Fort Wayne, Ind. (home to the Genealogy
Center). All you have to do is enter your name. Drawings happen each day
starting May 20; the research travel package will be given away May 24. Click
here to learn more and enter.
Ancestry.com has changed its search results page
to highlight key features, load the page faster and require less “stuff” to be downloaded
to your computer. The new design lets you filter categories with one click, gives
you tabs (instead of a pulldown menu) to switch between the record view and category
view of search results, and bolds database titles. See
before and after screenshots on the Ancestry.com blog.