Here’s what’s in this week’s roundup:
- Databases recently updated or added in FamilySearchs free Record Search pilot include the Indiana marriage index, Netherlands parish registers (images only so far), 1920 US Census index, Brazil Catholic church records (images only so far), and Italy municipal records (images only so far).
To see details of each addition, click the relevant region on the Record Search Pilot map. Then click the title of the collection in the alphabetical list. (Look for more FamilySearch search tips in the January 2010 Family Tree Magazine, on newsstands Dec. 15.)
- Dick Eastman started a free site called GenQueries for posting your surname research queries (for example, Seeking information about Eugene and Lilly WOODFORD family, lived in Marion Co., Indiana, in 1900). You also can advertise genealogy services or societies, and search others ads. Read about GenQueries on Dicks blog.
- I read about this on the ArchivesNext blog: The Amsterdam, Netherlands, city archives has a scan-on-demand program. You can search the archives online records inventory, and if a particular item hasnt been scanned, ask staff to scan it. You also can search an index to find already-scanned records. There is a fee to obtain a scan, which helps fund the program.
- Genealogy and family networking site MyHeritage launched a Family Statistics feature for the family tree sites on MyHeritage. The feature generates statistics, such oldest living relative or most common birth month in the family, based on data in the tree. Family Statistics works for sites on the free basic plan as well as the paid plans.
- Registration is now open for the 2010 National Genealogical Society (NGS) annual conference, April 28 to May 1 in Salt Lake City. Registration fees range from $175 to $245 for the full conference, or $95 to $115 per dayit depends whether youre an NGS member, whether you want the syllabus in print or on a CD, and whether you make the March 8 early bird deadline.