Genealogy News Corral, March 5-9

Genealogy News Corral, March 5-9

Subscription genealogy site Archives.com has added more than 3,000 yearbooks with 300,000-plus pages to its website. Thousands more yearbooks will be added over the next several weeks. You can search by name or keyword, plus place (state and city) and year. Click here to search the Archives...

  • Ancestry.com, along with United Vacations and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, is holding a sweepstakes to coincide with the DVD release of the movie The Descendants. (I have to admit I’m not much of a moviegoer, so I don’t know whether The Descendants has anything to do with genealogy, but I do know George Clooney is in it.)

    Prizes include a “glamping” (glamorous camping) trip to Hawaii, a year-long Ancestry.com membership and The Descendants on Blu-ray. Click here to enter.

  • FamilySearch.org added 31 million new, free records this past week for Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Hungary, Italy, Micronesia, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia and the United States. Those with California roots, in particular, will appreciate the more than 24 million Golden State birth records dating from 1905 to 1995. See the full list of updated records and link to each collection here.

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  1. I have tried searching the yearbook collection at Archives.com, but even if you specify a specific state, city, and school, you get results from many different schools. Checking the exact box seems only to affect the name, not the schools. Are you aware of any way to make the results be restricted to the exact thing you asked for?

  2. Hi, Candace, I noticed this too. It likely means that there are no matches for the place you specified, so Archives.com returns searches for the name in other places on the off chance it might be the person you’re looking for.