Happy Passover and Easter to you! I hope those of you observing either holiday are enjoying family traditions your ancestors held dear. In this week’s news corral:
- The US National Park Service is kicking off National Park Week with free entrance days Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20. The parks are full of opportunities to discover history at places such as Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado and the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina. (As an aside, I went looking for a few history-related parks to mention here and I’m realizing how many are always free. Of the 401 national parks, 133 usually charge an entrance fee.)
- The National Archives is planning a special program for Jewish American Heritage Month, called A Nation of Immigrants: How They Have Shaped America, and you can watch it free online. On May 14, a panel of three award-winning authors, will discuss how millions of immigrants helped shape America in the late 19th and the 20th century. The discussion will be broadcast live on the National Archives UStream channel for free, and you don’t have to register. Find more details on Archives.gov.
- Sherwood Electronics, which makes Branches genealogy software, has released Branches for iPad. This GEDCOM viewer has a Google Earth-like graphical interface for viewing your family events, sources, notes, documents and photos. It’s available in the Apple App Store on iTunes for $4.99.