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- FamilySearch.org record additions this week include collections from the United States (including Canadian border crossings and Passport Applications, both still unindexed), Belgium, England, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico and Peru. See all the updated collections and click through to search or browse them from here.
- British subscription and pay-per-view genealogy site Origins.net now has record images and searchable indexes to the entire 1901 census for England and Wales. The site already has the 1841, 1861 and 1871 censuses. It will add the1851, 1881 and 1891 censuses in the coming months, to cover the full range of censuses from 1841 to 1901. Search the 1901 census here and the rest of the census collection here.
- The University of Texas at Austin is digitizing and preserving more than 800,000 documents and photographs from the Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane, a mental institution for African-Americans founded in Petersburg, Va., in 1870. Next up is finding resources to put the images online. It sounds like documents with individuals’ names would have limited access, with more availability for papers such as annual reports. Read more on UT’s alumni magazine website.
- The Department of Defense signed a $5 million agreement with T3Media to digitize thousands of historical photos, many discovered in obscure places on base or offices that are closed or relocated. T3Media will have a limited period during which the can charge for access to the images (those inside the Department of Defense will get free access). Read more on Defense.gov.
- The Civil War Trust announced it protected 2,700 acres of 30 battlefields in 2013, including areas at Antietam, Chancellorsville, Harper’s Ferry, Vickburg and others. More details about the preservation efforts are on CivilWarTrust.org.