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This genealogy update is coming to you a day early because I’m looking forward to a little time off to spend with the family over the holidays (and I’m hoping to squeeze in a library visit for some genealogy research):
- FamilySearch has updated the free databases at its FamilySearch.org with indexes and records from 11 countries, including the United States, England and Italy. Click through to search or browse (for unindexed record images) FamilySearch’s new and updated collections from here.
- The Lincoln Library, the public library of Springfield, Ill., signed a deal with NewsBank to offer patrons a digital archive of the Illinois State Journal and Illinois State Register from 1831 through 1950. You can access the archive at the Lincoln Library, or online with a library card.
- The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum launched a virtual research room and online archive called FRANKLIN. It contains 350,000 pages of archival documents, 2,000 historical photographs, and hundreds of archival finding aids. Start your search here for digitized content and finding aids for nondigitized content.
- The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) has issued Genealogy Standards, a 100-page manual for best practices in genealogy research. This revision updates and reorganizes the original 2000 edition of The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. The 83 standards cover the process of researching family history and the finished products of the research