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- The Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness website, which weve recommended in many a Family Tree Magazine article, is offline due to the owner’s computer and health issues and will be for some time, according to a report on Dick Eastmans blog. Read a similar report on the Vermont Genealogy blog.
- Arphax Publishing has announced its HistoryGeo online service, which we blogged about last month, is now available for Charter Members to join. The service gives you online access to land-ownership and other mapsfor starters, all maps in Arphaxs Family Maps and Texas Land Survey Maps series. Enhancements to the Viewer and additions to the Map Library are in the works. Heres a YouTube video that explains how the service works.
- If youre visiting the National Archives in Washington, DC, you can use your phone to play a mobile history game, earn points and possibly win rewards. Go to the Scvngr gaming site to download the free iPhone or Android app (or text CIVWAR to 728647), then complete challenges within four blocks of the National Archives D.C. headquarters. Examples include locating Civil War photographer Mathew Bradys studio and finding Red Cross founder Clara Bartons office. So far, you can redeem points for a discount in the National Archives Shop.
- Randy Majors announced enhancements to his Historical US County Boundary Maps site, for helping you figure out which county had jurisdiction of the places where your ancestors lived. For example, type a place and a year, click Go, and be zoomed to that place with an information panel above the map. See what else is new here.