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- Canadian historians and genealogists are concerned over the impact of budget cuts on federal libraries and archives. Library and Archives Canada will have to eliminate 20 percent of its workforce, and government libraries housing archival collections in the transport, immigration and public works department will be closed. Read more about the cuts on the CBC News website.
- The folks from ArchiveGrid, a website that lets you search nearly a million collection descriptions of libraries, museums and archives, emailed me about a survey they’re hoping you’ll take. They want to find out more how researchers, especially genealogists, use, find, and share information about archival and special collections materials. And it includes a chance to win an Amazon.com gift card. Click here to take the survey before May 25.
- Genealogy search engine Mocavo is holding a Mother’s Day contest with a nice prize: a trip for two to Boston to spend a day researching with professional genealogist Michael J. Leclerc. You just have to enter by submitting a story about a woman on your family tree. To learn more about the Mother’s Day contest and enter, see the Mocavo.com website.
- The National Park Service (NPS) has launched a new Civil War website where you can explore the war and historic sites associated with it. On the home page, you can see a timeline, find NPS sites to visit and link to the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. Click Stories for history about the war; click People for introductions to the era’s central figures, and click Places to virtually visit the NPS’ war-related sites.