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- Our Georgia Roots blogger Luckie Daniels (one of the Family Tree 40) spent part of Thursday tweeting during a close encounter with “Faces of America” host Henry Louis Gates. Read how Luckie asked Gates about highlighting the genealogy of ordinary people, who, she said, represent Americas greatest strengthand stay tuned for the follow-up.
- The National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC, is holding its sixth annual Genealogy Fair April 14 and 15th. Look for free classes and workshop, as well as a “Help! Im Stuck! table staffed with genealogy experts. Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, author of the Who Do You Think You Are? book, will present a talk April 14 at 7 p.m. Also appearing is Andrew Carroll, editor of the books War Letters and Behind the Lines.
- The state of Georgia announced a partnership with Ancestry.com to offer grants for local governments and historical repositories. Eight organizations will receive up to $10,000 in scanning services. Ancestry.com will digitize and index records and make them available to subscribers. Repositories will receive digital copies of the records and index; they can make the index public immediately and the index after three years.
- In other Ancestry.com news, the site’s version of the Social Security Death Index will now be updated every week.
It seems like there was something else I wanted to add …. let’s see … oh, right: Remember to watch the premiere of Who Do You Think You Are? tonight at 8 pm (7 pm central) on NBC!