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- British genealogy subscription site FindMyPast.co.uk has released a collection of records from the Second Anglo-Boer War including details on 260,000 British service members and 59,000 war casualties. The database compiles information from more than 330 sources, and resolves errors and conflicting information in some of those sources. The war was fought from 1899 to 1902 between the British Empire and the Dutch-speaking inhabitants of the South African Republic (Transvaal Republic) and the Orange Free State.
- The latest records added to the free FamilySearch Beta site include census records from Ghana (1982 to 1984) and Norway (1875), plus the Minnesota state census (1865 and 1905) and marriage records from Arkansas (1837 to 1957) and Idaho (1864 to 1950). You can see the full list of new records here.
- The Troy (NY) Irish Genealogical Society has posted the records of Italian midwife Alesandra Matera, who practiced in the Troy area during the early 1900s. The transcribed records span 1909 to 1923 and document mostly Italian births, with some Syrians in later years. You can download the transcriptions as PDFs ordered by the fathers, mothers or childs last name (the transcriptions themselves are in chronological order, but you can use the Bookmarks bar in your PDF viewer to see the names in alphabetical order). Originals are in the archives of the Rensselaer County Historical Society.
- The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) 2011 writing competition is open to members andfor the first timenon-members of ISFHWE this year. Entries are due by Dec. 31, 2010, and youll get a discount on the entry fee for submissions made before November 30, 2010. See the categories, judging guidelines, rules and entry form on ISFHWEs website.
- The River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe, Mich., site of the War of 1812 Battle of Frenchtown, has officially become the 393rd park in the National Park System. You can learn more about the site on the National Park Service website and at RiverRaisinBattlefield.org.
- The National Archives and Records Administrations National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis will relocate to a modernized $112 million facility in North St. Louis County. Itll take about 17 months to move the 100 million-plus records and 800 workers starting in May 2011. NPRC houses personnel records of civilian federal employees, as well as military service members after about World War I.