Genealogy News Corral, Oct. 17-21

Genealogy News Corral, Oct. 17-21

The Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness website, which we’ve 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 Eastman’s blog. Read a similar report on the Vermont Genealogy...

  • If you’re 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 Brady’s studio and finding Red Cross founder Clara Barton’s 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.

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