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Here’s our roundup of the week’s genealogy news bits:
- The New England Regional Genealogy Conference is now underway in Manchester, NH. If you’re in the area, stop by today or tomorrow to take classes, check out the exhibitors and participate in the Ancestors Road show.
- Subscription records site WorldVitalRecords.com enhanced its record image viewer to let you view newspaper images at up to 200 percent (before the most you could get was 100 percent). You also can print the zoomed record, save images to your computer and share images with friends and family.
- Roots Television (genealogy tv you watch online) is bringing back the Down Under series, which has genealogists discovering intriguing stories about tombstones and those whove passed on.
- FamilySearch online indexing volunteers reached a big milestone this week, transcribing their 250 millionth historical record. Record #250 million was part of Nicaragua civil registrations, extracted by three online indexers from Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras.
FamilySearch Indexing, begun in January 2006, now has more than 100,000 volunteers worldwide typing away.
- This also from FamilySearch: Its expanded the Knowles Collection, a free database of Jewish records from Britain, to 40,000 names. You can download the database in GEDCOM or Personal Ancestral File format from FamilySearchs Jewish resources page.
- Update: Ancestry.com has change its Ancestry.com blog to disable commenting on posts once they’ve reached two weeks old. That’s so staff can “track all comments in a more timely manner and reply as needed.” See more on the Ancestry.com blog.