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- I hope you didn’t travel to Washington, DC, for genealogy research this weekend. Because of a snowstorm predicted to deliver up to 24 inches of snow to the area, the National Archives research rooms in DC and College Park, MD, closed at noon today, Friday, Feb. 5, and remain closed on tomorrow. The Library of Congress closed at 1 pm today and will stay closed Saturday.
- British subscription and pay-per-view genealogy site FamilyRelatives added 5 million new parish records with information on baptisms, marriages and burials in counties in England and Wales, dating from the early 1500s to almost 1900.
- FamilySearch is producing a short film based on a Hawaiian womans search for her grandmother, a resident of the Molokai Leper Colony, to show at this years National Genealogical Society conference. The conference takes place April 28 to May 1 in Salt Lake City and features FamilySearch-sponsored special events (you can read about them on the conference blog).
- Registration is open for the 30th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Los Angeles July 11 to 16. Registration costs $265 (pay another $150 for a spouse/partner) until May 1. Student discounts are available, and you can purchase single-day registration. Click here to see pricing.
- Israel-based family networking site MyHeritage has acquired OSN, a network of 10 family sites (including Verwandt.de in Germany, Moikrewni.pl in Poland, and the Dynstree.com in the United States). According to the announcement, the acquisition makes MyHeritage the world’s largest international netwrok dedicated to families. Read more about what this means for the geenalogy industry on Craig Manson’s Geneablogie.