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- FamilySearch has updated the Civil War record collections at the free FamilySearch.org and created a landing page with links to them, as well as to wiki articles about researching Civil War records. Civil War collections include service records, Army Register of Enlistments, Confederate pension applications, soldiers’ home registers and more.
It’s important to note that for some collections, such as Civil War service records, you can search an index on FamilySearch.org, but the index links to the record image hosted on Fold3.com, where you’ll need a subscription to view it.
- FamilySearch also announced other recent content updates to collections of records from the United States, Brazil, Canada, France, Indonesia, Netherlands, Peru and Portugal. You can see the list of updated collections and click through to search or browse each one by clicking here.
- The British Newspaper Archive website has reached the milestone of 8 million digitized UK newspaper pages available on its website. Click here to see the latest additions, which includes content from the Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Cheshire Observer, The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. You can access the site’s papers with a subscription or pay-as-you-go credits.
- Genealogist and Family Curator blogger Denise Levenick announced the winner of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant: Paul Woodbury, a Brigham Young University senior from Provo, Utah. You can learn more about Paul and the grant program, named to honor Levenick’s mother, on the Family Curator blog.
- The Civil War Trust has opened its annual Civil War Photo Contest for entries. Submissions can be in five categories, including Civil War Battlefields, People on Civil War Battlefields, Preservation Threats, Then and Now (contrasting early images with your photo of the same site now), and Civil War 1864. The entry deadline is Aug.15, 2014. See contest rules, instructions and how to enter at CivilWar.org.