- MyHeritage announced that it has reached the milestone of one billion MyHeritage.com profiles. The billion profiles are in nearly 23 million family trees. MyHeritage.com has more than 63 million registered users who add about a million new profiles every day. About half of the billion profiles belong to living people.
- Elyse Doerflinger of Los Angeles and A.C. Ivory of Salt Lake City, both college students, have received the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant.
Each received a $500 award. Family Tree Magazine interviewed both in an article highlighting young genealogists. Freeman’s family and friends established the grant program after her death in 2010 to assist young students in advancing their genealogical education.
- Virtual pin map website Uencounter.me, which lets you “pin” residences, vacation spots and other places to a map you can share with others, has created a Genealogy pin. You can use it to pin ancestral hometowns and migrations on an Ancestry map, and see others’ nearby pins. Read the full announcement from Uencounter.me here.
- The Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have agreed to move selected Family Heritage Collections currently housed in the Library of Michigan into the reading room of the Archives of Michigan. The move will take place this summer.
The Library of Michigan was dissolved in 2009 along with the rest of the state’s Department of History, Arts and Libraries. The library’s functions became part of the Department of Education, and the Archives of Michigan is now part of the Department of Natural Resources. You can read more about the move in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ announcement.