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- A new website called Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names will launch in September. The site will contain free, searchable information about enslaved Virginians named in manuscripts at the Virginia Historical Society. Read more about the project here.
- FindMyPast.co.uk has completed its two-year project to make the English and Welsh birth, marriage and death records on its site easier to use. This final installment of the project makes more than 85 million death records searchable at once, with as little as a surname. The sites death records include England & Wales deaths, 1837-2006; British nationals who died overseas, 1818-2005; British nationals armed forces deaths, 1796-2005; and British nationals who died at sea, 1854-1890.
- The Holisso Center, a research facility for Chickasaw Nation history, will open May 28 at the Chickasaw Nation Cultural Center in Sulphur, Okla. The Holisso Center also has technology to repair and preserve damaged historical materials.
- The latest celebrities found to be relatives: Lady Gaga and Madonna, who share roots in Quebec (if you have French-Canadian roots, youre probably also related to both women), and Johnny Depp and Queen Elizabeth. Also, genealogists from Irish historical research company Eneclann have identified President Obamas closest living Irish relatives in Ballygurteen, Co. Tipperary.