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- The Family History Library (FHL) is starting to roll out online microfilm ordering in the United States and Canada, meaning you soon wont have to visit a FamilySearch Center to order microfilmed records (youll still need to go in person to view them, of course). First, youll find the film you need in the FHL online catalog, then you’ll order it here. California, the Pacific Northwest and other points West were first to get online ordering, with the rest of us still to be added in phases.
- UK subscription genealogy site FindMyPast.co.uk is adding a million 20th-century merchant navy seamen records (Britains Merchant Navy Day, is Saturday, Sept. 3). The records name crew members of UK merchant ships from 1918 to 1941, offer physical descriptions and include photos.
- Genetic genealogy company FamilyTreeDNA discovered through its Family Finder test that NFL players Xavier Omon of the San Francisco 49ers and Ogemdi Nwagbuo of the San Diego Chargers are half brothers. You can read more about their story on ESPN.com.
- As an update to our November 2011 online newspapers article, which highlighted the subscription website Paper of Record in addition to other online sources, Rick Crume gave me a heads up about some improvements to the site: First, highlighting of your search terms has been restored on the digitized newspaper pages in your search results. Second, you now have the option to search a broader date range than five years within a single title.