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Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers and High-Definition
Genealogy has launched a new website, Hack
Genealogy. With the tagline, “Repurposing today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy,”
it’ll focus on emerging technology inside and outside the genealogy industry, and
how it applied to your family history research.
The Civil War Trust has released a Civil
War In4 video series to answer frequently asked questions about the American Civil
War in a modern, digestible format, and in four minutes. So far, the series has 13
videos; watch them at civilwar.org/in4.
FamilySearch has updated the free record collections at FamilySearch.org with 4.4
million index entries and record images. New browsable records (not yet indexed)
come from Brazil and the Czech Republic. The new index entries are an update to the
US Social Security Death Index. You
can read more about the new content and click through to each collection here.
The General Society of Mayflower Descendants has
named its first ever executive director, Walter Louis Powell. The appointment comes
after a yearlong search, and is part of a program to modernize the 116-year-old organization.
Powell has worked as an historic preservation consultant, and as a visiting history
instructor and interim director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of
the Civil War at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV.