Tonight’s season finale of NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” features director Spike Lee’s search for his roots. Tune in at 8/7 central.
UK genealogy website Findmypast.co.uk just added75,000 new WW1 records to its subscription databases with the release of the Royal Marine Medal Roll 1914-1920. The lists of Royal Marines who received medals for their WWI service provide name, rank, service branch, service number, a description of where or to whom the medals were issued, and sometimes more. You can search the index and click to see the record image.
Archives.com has added more than 30 million California vital records, enhanced its family tree tool, added videos to help you use the site, and added to its Expert Series of how-to articles. This is in addition to the announcement earlier this month about the free search of the records on FamilySearch’s Pilot Record Search site.
Subscription pedigree site OneGreatFamily launched a free genealogy-oriented bookmarking site called GenealoGee.com. It works like Digg: You can click to “Gee” an online genealogy article and share it on Facebook or Twitter. Genealogee.com visitors can vote for and comment on the article. You must register with GenealoGee.com to Gee an article; anyone can vote.
At the National Genealogical Society conference, we came across a site called ShipIndex.org. It indexes historical resources that refer to ocean and river vessels. If you search or browse on the site to a page for a vessel, you’ll get citations to find more details in resources such as Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia by Lincoln P. Paine. You can subscribe to the site for additional resources.
I also learned about a free online tool called Hi-Lite that lets you highlight information on websites. You register for a Hi-Lite membership, and use a toolbar to highlight information on webpages. That adds the passage and a citation to your Hi-Lite account.
Pennsylvania researchers might want to check out the Ancestor Tracks website, which has free township warrantee maps for many counties and other resources for learning about early Pennsylvania landowners. You can get the full maps, atlases and more on Ancestor tracks’ Early Landowners of Pennsylvania books and CDs.
The National Archive sand Records Administration opens its new Civil War exhibition, Discovering the Civil War, today at 10 a.m. Opening day features a free outdoor concert, noon lecture by historian and author Robert V. Remini, and a screening of “Glory” For more on the exhibit, visit the archives’ website.