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- Now that the 1940 Census Community Project is complete (just a few states remain to be processed) FamilySearch’s next big volunteer indexing project is the US Immigration & Naturalization Community Project, which will make passenger lists, naturalization records, and other immigration-related records free to search on FamilySearch.org. If you want to participate, visit familysearch.org/immigration to learn more about the project.
- British genealogy subscription and pay-per-view website FamilyRelatives.com has relaunched itself in an upgraded beta website. The site’s new “at-a-glance” design should help users easily find the site’s record collections.
And in September, it’ll launch Family Tree Connect, social networking features such as photo-sharing, personal calendars, family tree building and cloud access.
- Subscription genealogy site Ancestry.com has announced it won’t release a new version of Family Tree Maker this year. Instead, it’ll make key updates to the current version, Family Tree Maker 2012, and release those updates free (so you need to be on Family Tree Maker 2012 to receive the updates). You can read more and see what the first of these “bonus” updates will be on the Ancestry.com blog.
- FamilyRelatives.com has more than 850 million records from more a dozen-plus countries including Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, United States and the “Rest of the World” (ROW). Records include parish records; births, marriages and deaths; military records, trade directories and more.
- The Federation of Genealogical Societies has published a new edition of its Bylaws Workbook: A Handbook for New & Established Societies, compiled by Marcia S. Lindley and revised by Roberta Bobbi King. This workbook will help genealogical societies create bylaws that prevent confusion and disagreement. It’s available for purchase on Amazon.com.