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- Hundreds of genealogistsyour truly includedare packing their bags for the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Little Rock, Ark., Sept. 2 to 5. Ill write more about the conference in a separate post next week, but in the mean time, you can check out the conference Web site and blog.
- The National Archives marriage records (1815 to 1866) from the Virginia Field Office of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands (Freedmens Bureau) have been digitized and are now available free at the FamilySearch record search pilot site.
- Subscription genealogy Web site Ancestry.com and its related international sites will be down for scheduled maintenance for about three hours starting Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 1 a.m. Mountain Time. Portions of RootsWeb, Genealogy.com, MyFamily.com and FamilyTreeMaker.comwhich live on Ancestry.com serversalso will be unavailable.
- Mark your calendars for National Museum Day Sept. 26, when hundreds of museums across the country will offer free general admission to you and a guest when you present a Museum Day admission card, downloadable from this site.
- A Deerfield, Ill., documentarian has created a show called The Legend Seekers, which traces family legends of regular people. You can submit your family story at LegendSeekers.com, see others’ stories and get research tips. Chicago-area residents can watch an episode on WTTW Channel 11 Aug. 30 at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. Aug. 31. (Itll also run on WTTW PrimeComcast Channel 243at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 31, and 4:30 and 9:30 a.m. Sept. 1.)