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- Archives.com has added new records including FamilySearch community trees dating back to around 1500, and 1930 census images (the majority of the 1930 census images are now available, with more images from this plus the 1920 and 1920 censuses coming online over the next several weeks).
The additions bring the count of records available on Archives.com to more than 2 billion.
- The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) is still gathering signatures for its “Stop ID Theft Now!” campaign petition, which advocates using tools already in place to prevent tax-related identity theft, instead of eliminating the Social Security Death Index. See the SSDI Call to Action Kit for FAQs, educational videos, a sample letter to representatives and more. You also can read our past posts about RPAC and threats to the SSDI.
- MyHeritage.com is now offering genetic genealogy testing as part of its partnership with FamilyTreeDNA. Offerings include Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and the Family Finder autosomal DNA tests. Prices start at $99 for the 12-marker Y-DNA test, with discounted prices for MyHeritage subscribers starting around $84. Customers will be notified of DNA matches in the FamilyTreeDNA database. For more information, see the MyHeritage DNA FAQs.
- “Who Do You Think You Are?” is on hiatus for tonight. Next week’s episode features Blair Underwood, and the following week we’ll see Reba McEntire. You can get your WDYTYA? fix, though, with the books Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History and Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing, both by Megan Smolenyak.
- FamilySearch has released its “Are You in It?” video promoting its 1940 Community Census project. I thought it was really well-donesee what you think.