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- The National Trust for Historic Preservation has released its 2012 list of Americas 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Among the sites named is the Ellis Island Hospital Complex on the south side of Ellis Island, where 1.2 million immigrants were treated in a state-of-the-art U.S. Public Health Service facility. The deteriorating complex is now the subject of Save Ellis Island’s fundraising campaign to restore the buildings.
- The SFgenealogy website has added a free, searchable San Francisco Colma Cemetery Index. The database includes more than 305,000 burial records (1887-2001) for the Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, with more cemeteries to be added. If you have San Francisco ancestors, be sure to check out the site’s mortuary records, birth and death indexes, and other resources, too.
- Genetic genealogy company 23andMe, exhibiting at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree this weekend, announced it’ll release four new genealogical features for beta testing in the coming weeks. Those are family tree building on the site; Ancestry Painting, which breaks down your ancestry based on approximately 20 world regions; the My Ancestry Page, a “dashboard” summary of your ancestry; and the Relative Finder Map View plotting where in the world your matches are.