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- A friendly reader told us about another genealogy app for the iPhone called Traces, which searches the databases at the FamilySearch beta site. beta.familysearch.org. The reader (whos not affiliated with the product other than using it) recommends it as far and away the best iPhone app … I’ve found to facilitate actual genealogy research and database searching. See a list of iPhone/iTouch genealogy apps on the MobileGenealogy.com website.
- If you have Minnesota ancestors, you can use the index on the Minnesota Official Marriage System website to search for marriage records. Youll get the names of the bride and groom, date, county and certificate number; and a link to order a copy of the record. See the County Index Dates page to find out which counties and dates are covered in the index.
- The National Archives is holding a day-long symposium called The Civil War: Fresh Perspectives on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, at its Washington, DC headquarters. Itll feature panel discussions related to themes from the archives special exhibit, Discovering the Civil War. Registration is required, along with a fee of $50. Click here to learn more and register.
- The National Genealogical Society has posted online video that shows you where Civil War Pension files are stored at the National Archives (in an area is closed to the general public) and lets you look inside a pension file with professional genealogist John Humphrey. Its called Finding Your Family at the National Archives, and you can click here to watch it.
- UK family history subscription website Findmypast.co.uk and FamilySearch are beginning a project to digitize the Greater Manchester County Record Offices cemetery registers and institutional records (from gaols, schools and workhouses), which date as far back as the 16th century. When the project is complete, youll be able to search indexes free at FamilySearch. The indexed information will link to the records at FindMyPast.co.uk, where youll be able to view the record images for a fee.
- Theres more for those with UK roots: Old-maps.co.uk has added 60 more years of town plans and other maps to its collection, which now covers 1850 to 1996. In addition, new spy maps produced by the Russian military from 1950 to 1997 cover 16,000 sq km of the UK, including 103 major towns and cities. You can search and browse maps for free and purchase printed or downloadable PDF versions.