We have two genealogy website closures to report this week:
- The Place My Past website, which let you put your family tree on a map, will close March 19. This is partly because Google is retiring one of the main datasets Place My Past uses to find locations in members’ family trees, and partly because of “internal issues.”
- Origins.net, the British and Irish records site that Findmypast purchased in 2014, is being shut down. All the records formerly available on the site are now available through Findmypast.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies has issued a call for presentations for its 2016 annual conference, to be held Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in Springfield, Ill. The deadline for submissions is April 10, 2015. Click here for information on submitting proposals.
FamilySearch has added more than 2.2 million index records and images to the free FamilySearch.org. Records come from Australia, Philippines, Slovakia, Ukraine, the United States, and Zimbabwe. You can see the list of updated collections and click through to search or browse each onefrom the FamilySearch blog.