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- Musician David Archuleta, American Idol runner-up in 2008, will perform at the closing event of the joint RootsTech/FGS 2015 genealogy conference, taking place Feb. 11-14 in Salt Lake City. Hell team up with Brigham Young University comedy sketch group Studio C at the event on Saturday, Feb. 14. Learn more about the David Archuleta and Studio C RootsTech appearance event here.
- Our friend Janet Hovorka and her sister Amy Slade have released three new editions in the Zap the Grandma Gap series of genealogy books for kids: My Mormon Ancestor, My Jewish Ancestor and My Pioneer Ancestor. They feature family history-themed mazes, dot-to-dots, coloring pages, paper dolls and other activities. You can download excerpts of these and other Zap the Grandma Gap books here.
- Findmypast has added a bunch of new records as part of its Findmypast Fridays campaign: New this week are 95,000 Griffiths Survey of Ireland records; more than 953,000 birth, marriage and death records for Washington, DC; 18 new Periodical Source Index titles; and thousands of new UK school admissions and Prison Ship records. Findmypast subscribers can search the records from the Findmypast Fridays home page.
- A new society has launched for researchers from anywhere in the world who are interested in surname studies. The Surname Society is an online group to enable members to share knowledge, data and good practice with others. You can learn more about the organization and how to join at the Surname Societys website.