- Next Tuesday, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership will hold a tree planting ceremony in Gettysburg, Pa., to kick off its Living Legacy program: a plan to plant or dedicate a tree for each of the 620,000 soldiers who died in the Civil War.
Taking part will be 7th- and 8th-graders from Gettysburg and Hartford, Vt., who’ve been researching and writing about soldiers from their hometowns. Each group will plant a tree to honor one local soldier, and the soldiers’ stories will be available to smartphone users through QR codes on the trees. You can watch a video about the project here.
- The Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Preserve the Pensions project are holding a drawing for prizes, including a genealogy research road trip to either Salt Lake City (home to the Family History Library) or Fort Wayne, Ind. (home to the Genealogy Center). All you have to do is enter your name. Drawings happen each day starting May 20; the research travel package will be given away May 24. Click here to learn more and enter.
- Ancestry.com has changed its search results page to highlight key features, load the page faster and require less “stuff” to be downloaded to your computer. The new design lets you filter categories with one click, gives you tabs (instead of a pulldown menu) to switch between the record view and category view of search results, and bolds database titles. See before and after screenshots on the Ancestry.com blog.