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- The city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Historical Society have teamed up to publish an online database of LA city officials back to 1850. Click Search Office Holder to search by name. To browse, click an election year on the left, then click the tabs for elected officials, committees and appointed officials, and expand the lists in each category. If you have an ancestor who served as a public official in LA, you might find it helpful to download the site’s Introduction and User Guide via the links on the left side of the page.
- The Federation of Genealogical Societies announced it has received a donation of $135,000 to its Preserve the Pensions project fund, which will help digitize War of 1812 pension records and make them freely accessible online. The donation was made by the estate of the late Jon Stedman in memory of his mother, Ardath Stedman. View the records digitized so far online at Fold3.com.
- Brigham Young University’s 44th annual Family History and Genealogy Conference is taking place July 31-Aug. 3 at the BYU Conference Center in Provo, Utah. Attendees can choose from more than 130 classes, including hands-on workshops on German Gothic handwriting and how to build a genealogy website. Registration costs $180 and you can stay on the BYU campus for $100 (includes lunches). Click here to register.