Thanks to the World Cup, you can once again access records on British genealogy site FindMyPast.co.uk free for a limited time this weekend. Youll need to register for a free account by midnight June 26 for access between 9a.m. Sunday and 9a.m. Monday (note that these are UK timesmidnight June 26 in the UK equals 7p.m. EST June 25, according to the World Time Converter, so you’ll have to get a move on). Get details about this offer on FindMyPast.co.uk.
FamilySearch is starting new indexing projects for civil births in Jamaica (18781899); Arkansas WWII draft registrations (1942); Washington, DC, deaths (18741959); and North Carolina Freedmen Letters (18621870) from former slaves to the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. The indexes will eventually be searchable free on FamilySearch. To volunteer for any of these projects, visit FamilySearch Indexing.
Ancestry.com has announced its discovery that actor Robert Pattinson, star of the popular Twilight Saga vampire books and movies, is related to Vlad the Impaler (considered by some to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula) through the British royal family. Genea-Musings blogger Randy Seaver points out, though, that the company doesnt specify the exact relationship, and that Pattinsons link to British royals and their link to Vlad the Impaler doesnt guarantee Pattinson is related to Vlad.