- Wikitree and journalist A.J. Jacobs have announced that the Global Family Reunion—planned for June 2015 in New York City—will benefit the fight against Alzheimer’s.
Here’s how genealogy researchers can help raise funds: For every person you connect to A.J. Jacobs using global family tree sites WikiTree and Geni, he’ll donate $1 to fighting Alzheimer’s, up to $10,000. (The money will go to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and the Alzheimer’s Association.) Genealogists who make connections also can earn points to become eligible for prizes. Learn more from the announcement on the WikiTree website.
- Looking forward to cooler fall weather and hiking among the colorful trees? The Civil War Preservation Trust recommends six battlefield parks with trails that are ideal for fall hiking.
- The International Society of Family History Writers & Editors (ISFHWE) has announced the 2014 winners of the Excellence in Writing competition. Can I just brag that several have been featured in the pages of Family Tree Magazine?
Shelley K. Bishop and Schelly Talalay Dardashti took first place in the Columns and Articles categories, respectively (Shelley Bishop also took second in the articles category); James M. Beidler placed second in Newsletters; and Shannon Combs-Bennett earned honorable mention in Columns. Congratulations to all the winners—they’re all listed at GeneaPress.
- Ancestry.com has relaunched the Ancestry App on version 6.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. New features include a section for viewing all your hints for a given tree from a single place, the ability to comment on shared photos and stories right from the app, a list view for your family tree (in addition to the existing family and pedigree views), and more. Read more about the Ancestry App here.
- Registration is now open for FamilySearch’s 2015 RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City. See a registration fee breakdown here. A Getting Started pass (three days for $39 or one day for $19) includes basic genealogy classes. A three-day pass costs $159; a one-day pass is $89. Three-day pass purchasers can add access to classes from the 2015 FGS conference (held in conjunction with RootsTech) for $39. See the RootsTech program here and register online here.