- FamilySearch has announced its US Immigration and Naturalization community indexing project is halfway to its goal of creating a free online collection of US passenger lists, border crossing records, naturalization records, and other immigration documents. Two months into the project, 85,000 volunteers have indexed more than 15 million records.
FamilySearch hopes to have 30 million records indexed by the end of the year. You can see what’s been indexed so far and register to help out at FamilySearch.org/immigration.
- According to Ancestry.com, actor George Clooney is Abraham Lincoln’s half-first cousin five times removed through Lincoln’s maternal grandmother, Nancy Hanks. Then men also share a home state of Kentucky: Clooney was born in Lexington; Lincoln, in Hardin County.
Most genealogists understand such connections aren’t really big newswith every generation, each of us has exponentially more cousins, and some of them are bound to be famous (others are bound to be deadbeats)but writing this little blurb let me gaze at photos of George Clooney.
- Our friend and frequent Family Tree Magazine contributor Thomas MacEntee is the subject of a recent Forbes article about turning your hobby into a job, which Thomas did with his genealogy hobby after unexpectedly losing his tech job in 2008. He’s since founded the Geneabloggers website and the company High-Definition Genealogy. You can read the Forbes article here.
- Speaking of making money doing genealogy, the Board for Certification of Genealogists is offering new video testimonials from professional researchers to help you decide if certification is right for you. The site also has posted an hour-long seminar about what you can expect from the certification process (and what’s expected of you).