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Here’s a roundup of news bits from this week:
- The Library of Congress launched its own YouTube channel with historical footage from its collection of 6 million films, broadcasts and sound recordings. It has 70 videos now, with more to come. Learn more on the librarys blog.
- The New Jersey Historic Trust will devote funds to the restoration of Ellis Islands immigrant hospital complex (located on New Jerseys side of the island). Save Ellis Island is raising money overseeing restoration of the historic buildings. Glimpse the hospital’s past in the November 2008 Family Tree Magazine article on the documentary “Forgotten Ellis Island.”
- UK-based subscription site FamilyRelatives redesigned its Web site to make it easier to find databases. Changes include a simpler look and new menu that categorizes databases geographically. Records come from Australia, England, Ireland and a few from the United States (US records are free to registered users), with Canada, Wales, Scotland and New Zealand collections to come.
A FamilyRelatives subscription costs 30 pounds (about $44) per year. Many records are also available on a pay-per-view basis. See more details on Eastmans Online Genealogy Newsletter and some screen shots on Genea-Musings.