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- The New England Historic Genealogical Society discovered that President Obama and the just-elected Republican Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown, are 10th cousins. You can read about the finding on Kimberly Powells About.com Genealogy blog.
- Historical newspaper and records subscription site GenealogyBank added newspapers from 10 states: Connecticut; Iowa; Michigan; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oregon; Tennessee; Texas and Virginia. See the full list on the GenealogyBank Official Blog.
- Miriam Robbins Midkiff, who created the Online Historical Directories site, has started a similar Online Historical Newspapers website with links to online collections of historical papers organized by state and county.
- A coalition of preservation groups including the Civil War Preservation Trust, National Parks Conservation Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Pennsylvania are opposing efforts to open a casino a half-mile to the south of Gettysburg National Military Park. Click here to read the announcement and see a map of the proposed casino location.