- UK genealogy website Origins.net is making its York Marriage Bonds and Allegations Index (1613-1839) free to search until Monday, October 8 at midday BST (if midday is the same as noon, that would be Oct. 8 at 7 a.m. EST). Learn more about this index here. You’ll need to set up a free registration on the site to search. If you find a record you need in the index, you can order a copy by clicking “Add to cart.”
- Free, collaborative family tree site WikiTree has reopened member registration after closing it in January. The closure was “to give the WikiTree community time to absorb the flood of information that had been added by people who registered for a free membership and uploaded GEDCOMs, but did not take the time to integrate their genealogy into the shared family tree.”
To help ensure that new members understand the site’s mission, newly registered members now receive a temporary and limited Guest Membership. Those who want to become permanent members can volunteer to participate in the community as a Wiki Genealogist (requires signing an honor code), or they can ask if a Wiki Genealogist will help connect their family to the shared tree.
- The Civil War Trust has announced the winners of its 17th annual photography contest. The grand prize winner is Buddy Secor of Stafford, Va., who took a gorgeous sunrise shot of the Chancellorsville battlefield. You can see this and the other winning images on the Civil War Trust website.