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- The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland is seeking thousands of volunteers to help transcribe more than 150,000 pages of tax records and Ordnance Survey “name books” dating from 1645 to 1880. The information will be added to the ScotlandsPlaces website. See the Transcribe ScotlandsPlaces page for more details on the project and how to get involved.
- FamilySearch has added 260,000 genealogy records and images from Guatemala, Italy, New Zealand and the United States to the free collections at FamilySearch.org. You can see the list of updated collections and click through to each one here. (If there’s a 0 in the Indexed Records column for the collection you need, that set isn’t searchable. Instead, you’ll have to browse to find records for your family.)
- Britain’s Society of Genealogists has created a new Certificate of Recognition award for people and institutions who’ve made exceptional contributions to the field of genealogy. Award winners in 2013 include Dick Eastman, blogger and founder of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter; British genealogists Dr. Hugh Kearsey and Rosemary Cleaver; and the polish Archive of Przemy?lu. You can learn more about the award and its recipients on the Society of Genealogists website.