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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

FGS FORUM 19:4 (Winter 2007)

FGS Forum 19:4 (Winter 2007) includes several articles of interest. The first concerns the FGS "Footprints of Family History Conference" to be held 3-6 September 2008 in Philadelphia, PA. Most of the conference will take place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Arch Street. Topics include Mid-Atlantic states research, genetic genealogy, area ethnic groups research, African-American research, military records, and genealogical society management workshops. Need more info?

FGS Conference website

FGS Forum website

A second article notes that NARA and the Genealogical Society of Utah have announced a plan to digitize the pension records of widows of Civil War soldiers. An initial effort will involve the digitization of the first 3,150 of these files; then GSU intends to digitize all 1,280,000 pension files in the series. You will be able to view the pension records for free at Family History Centers and FamilySearch.org, and at the National Archives and its regional branches. The pension records will also be available on Footnote.com.

A third article reveals that 275,000 Georgia death certificates (1919-1927) can be viewed online for free at http://www.GeorgiaArchives.org. The digitization of these records was a joint project of the Georgia Archives, the Georgia State Office of Vital Records, and FamilySearch.org.

A fourth article by Curt Witcher discusses the Family History Archive. The Archive is planning to digitize 100,000 family and local histories and make them available on the Family History Archive website. The Archive is a cooperative project of Brigham Young University, the Family History Library, and Allen County (IN) Public Library.

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