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- The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors has opened its 2014 Excellence in Writing competition. Entries are due by June 15, 2014. Both members and nonmembers, published and unpublished, can enter to win cash prizes. Entries must fall into one of six categoriessee them here. For additional details and entry instructions, download the entrant packet here.
- The AncestryDNA updates previewed to 6,000 AncestryDNA customers in September are now available to everyone who’s tested with Ancestry.com. The updates offer a more-detailed ethnic heritage analysis, including for African ancestry, a redesigned user interface, and a database of results from more than 200,000 customers. There’s no additional cost for those who’ve tested with Ancestry.com; a new DNA test costs $99. Read more on the Ancestry.com blog.
- British cemtery records pay-per-view site DeceasedOnline has added eight cemeteries from North Yorkshire, in addition to a collection of 105,000 burial ground removals dating back to the 16th century from the British National Archives. You can read more on the DeceasedOnline blog.
- FamilySearch has added more than 2 million records and images from Canada, England, and Russia to the free search at FamilySearch.org. You can see which collections have been updated here, and click through to search or browse them.