Genealogy News Corral: June 16-20

Genealogy News Corral: June 16-20

FamilySearch has added more than 4.9 million indexed records and images to collections from Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Portugal, Switzerland, United States and Venezuela, with especially notable collections form Costa Rica, Portugal and Venezuela. You can see the list of updated collections and click through to...

In addition, to commemorate Juneteenth, FamilySearch has added to its collection of records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, or the Freedmen’s Bureau. These document the post-Civil War era and include marriage records legalizing marriages of former slaves, labor contracts, military payment registers and more. Read more about the records in FamilySearch’s announcement and link to the Freedmen’s Bureau collections (which FamilySearch.org organizes by state) here.

  • The Civil War Trust is launching a fundraising campaign to save the North Anna area of the Jericho Mills battlefield in Virginia. Matching grants, donations from private foundations and other funding means the trust already has 90 percent of the purchase price needed to acquire the area. It likely will eventually be made part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Learn more about North Anna and the campaign to save it on the Civil War Trust website.

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