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- In honor of Black History Month, Ancestry.com launched five new historical collections containing details about the lives of African-Americans who fought in the Civil War, the transportation of slaves to and from the prominent slave ports of New Orleans and Savannah, GA, and first-person accounts from former slaves. Click here to access these collections.
- The former Oregon state mental hospital, where the Jack Nicholson flick One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest was filmed, is trying to match cremated the remains of 3,500 former patients and inmates with surviving relatives. The remains were discovered in 2004 in corroding copper canisters, and officials have been able to identify all but four of the canisters. The names, birthdays and dates of death for the former patients and prison inmates have been published online.
- The Library of Congress will display, starting in early spring, one of the few existing copies of the first map printed in North America. The map depicts the boundaries of the new American nation — read about it here.
- Archives.com has created a synthesized report of online history trends illustrated in a fun infographic. The findings:
- Ancestry.com by far has the most website visitors, clocking in at more than 7 million per year. Archives.com and MyHeritage.com come in a distant second and third.
- Google has digitized nearly 15 million books since 2004.
- FamilySearch.org indexed 160 million records in 2010.
- Sixty-two percent of Archives.com members are over 45; by comparison, 41 percent of internet users are over 45.