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- Family tree wiki WikiTree is now offering a DNA Ancestor Confirmation aid, which, if you have ancestor profiles on WikiTree, can help you confirm your research findings about who your ancestors are. The tool shows you how to confirm parent-child relationships and helps you find other descendants of your ancestors on WikiTree whose DNA tests have relevance for your research. If additional test-taking is needed to confirm relationships, the tool links to potential test-takers in WikiTree.
- Sadly, budget cuts at the Washington State Library have forced a reduction in services and research hours. The obituary lookup service has been discontinued, and research hours have been reduced to Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. (previously, the library opened at 8 a.m.). Librarians recommend that researchers call before visiting.
- In happier news, the Arkansas History Commission will relaunch its online digital archive with new collections, including maps, postcards, WWI materials and state constitutions. More material will be added, too, including Civil War documents and oral history interviews with veterans of World War II and the Korean War. The online archive will be available through the Arkansas History Commission website.
- FamilySearch this week announced the online publication of its one billionth historical record image at the free FamilySearch.org website. It took seven years to reach the one billion mark; FamilySearch Records Division director Rod DeGiulio estimates the next billion record images will be published within three to five years. Read more about this milestone on the FamilySearch blog.
- The Association for Professional Genealogists (APG) is accepting applications for the APG Young Professional Scholarship program, which rewards a student and/or young professional, aged 18 to 29, who aspires to a career in genealogy. The scholarship includes a registration for the 2015 APG Professional Management Conference and a stipend for travel and lodging. The application deadline is July 22, and the winner will be announced in August. See details on the APG blog.