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- Ancestry.com has completed its acquisition of Genline.se, the leading Swedish family history Web site. Ancestry.com acquired all shares of Genline for approximately 53 million Swedish kronor, about $7.2 million.
- Ancestry.com also has updated its New Search screen to add maps you can click to browse data collections associated with a state or county, as well as access to your recent searches and recently viewed data collections. To use these features, click the search tab on Ancestry.com’s home page (if you see a New Search link in the upper right, be sure to click it—these updates aren’t in the old search). See more details and screen shots on the Ancestry.com blog.
- Historical newspaper subscription site GenealogyBank has added new content from 186 newspapers in 40 US states. You can view the titles that have been added or expanded on GenealogyBank.com (starred titles with have the just-added content). GenealogyBank’s search page has a dropdown menu that lets you search just new content:
- British subscription site FindMyPast.co.uk has made it easier for you to find birth records on the site. More than 100 million records were re-indexed. Now, your search results will be in a list of individual names, rather than a range, so you won’t have to view pages and pages of records in order to find your ancestor. In the advanced search, you can now search records from one or more counties. Search FindMyPast.co.uk birth records here. Fully indexed marriage and death records should follow later this year.
- Subscription site Ancestry.ca has launched 16.3 million Parisian birth, marriage and death records dating from 1700 to 1907. French is the second most common ancestry in Canada. Use these links to access the records: