Genealogy News Corral: Oct. 6-10
By Diane Haddad
- A genealogist has started the InstitutionalCemeteries.org website to catalog cemeteries established for asylums, poorhouses, prisons, orphanages and other institutions, whose residents often were buried unclaimed and forgotten. On the site, you can view maps by region of the country, and you also can submit information on any such cemeteries you know about.
- FamilySearch has announced plans to digitize a portion of the collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, starting with compiled family histories. The digitized documents will be available free at FamilySearch.org. You can read more in the announcement here.
- For all you UK genealogists: Ancestry.com is holding a “Branching Out” sweepstakes for UK residents (a separate sweepstakes was held for US residents). The grand prize includes 20 hours of professional genealogy research, a one-year Ancestry.co.uk WorldWide subscription and a copy of Family Tree Maker software. The sweepstakes is open to residents of the UK (except for Northern Ireland), and you can enter here by Sunday, Nov. 9.
- The TV series “Genealogy Roadshow” is filming in Philadelphia the weekend of Oct. 25 and 26, and producers are looking to cast men and women age 35-55 (the casting call doesn’t say, but I believe it’s to be the onlookers shown in the background as guests’ genealogy mysteries are unraveled). This gig pays $75, and the chance to witness firsthand as family history legends are supported or shattered. You can submit your application here.