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- The Genealogists for Families project, coordinated by genealogists Judy Webster and Joan Miller, uses the microfunding website Kiva.org to make small loans to those in need around the world. Borrowers use the funds for businesses that support their families, for example, a man in Rwanda used a Kiva loan to buy raw materials to expand his carpentry business. So far, Genealogists for Families has made 61 loans totaling $1,525. To get involved, sign up with Kiva. You can lend as little as $25. As the loan is repaid, you can lend to someone else.
- Did your relative die in service to the Prussian army during World War I? The Prussian Army Project database at Genoroots lets you search 100,000 names (and growing) on the Deutsche Verlustlistenthe list of the army’s personnel losses during World War I. Go here to search.
- The Genealogical Society of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland are working together on a DNA project to learn more about the Irish population. Coordinators will collect DNA samples and genealogical information from participants. Participants won’t receive results unless important health information is discovered. You’ll find more details in this article on TheJournal.ie.
- The Federation of Genealogical Societies is offering two new benefits to member societies: a website review and a newsletter review (whether print or digital). Evaluations may include suggestions on improving design, layout, ease of use, content and more. See the FGS Voice blog for more information.