- EntertainmentWeekly.com is reporting that actors Marisa Tomei, Martin Sheen and Blair Underwood will appear on NBC’s celebrity genealogy series “Who Do You Think You Are?” in 2012. Other featured celebrities will be announced later. Read more on EntertainmentWeekly.com.
- GeneTree is having a sale on genetic genealogy tests to mark Family History Month. The Y DNA 46 marker test costs $99 and the mitochondrial DNA test costs $129 (the regular price for these tests is $179). The sale runs through Oct. 11.
- New records on FamilySearch this week include five million civil registration images from the Philippines from 1945 to 1980, plus records from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and Spain.
US additions include Sebastian County, Ark., births and deaths; San Mateo County, Calif. Italian cemetery records; Florida Confederate veterans and widows pension applications; Clark County, Idaho, records; Indiana marriages; North Carolina estate files; Columbia County, Ore., records; and Utah probate records. Remember that not all collections are indexed yet, so you may need to browse record images by date or place.
- This one’s for anyone who has worn or is planning to wear a wedding gown: The Wedding Gown Project is sponsoring a writing competition for stories about buying, making, fitting, wearing, storing or passing down your wedding dress. The deadline is Nov. 30, and three cash prizes will be awarded. Author and documentarian Donna Guthrie will compile the stories for a documentary in 2012. See The WeddingGownProject.com for entry details.