NBC12: Digital map provides access to historic African-American cemetery online

NBC12: Digital map provides access to historic African-American cemetery online. “A digital map will be providing online access to East End Cemetery, a historic African-American burial ground in Henrico. Built by the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, Department of Geography and the Environment, and Spatial Analysis Lab, the map features drone-captured imagery and GPS data points collected by hundreds of students and volunteers organized by the Friends of East End.”

CNET: Turn Grandma’s memories into a podcast with the Saga app

CNET: Turn Grandma’s memories into a podcast with the Saga app. “The new Saga audio app is a way for families to record and save the life stories of loved ones. The app, released generally Tuesday, sends weekly prompts to the people you choose, asking a question like ‘How did you meet grandpa?’ or ‘What was your journey to America like?’ From there, the family member records answers by dialing a special phone number. The stories are automatically shared with you and your family on the app, regardless of location. The best part? No smartphone needed.”

BetaNews: Ancestry. com announces COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing

BetaNews: Ancestry.com announces COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing. “With the current pandemic continuing to grow in some areas, and unemployment rising even faster than food prices, we need problem solvers. Help at this time comes mostly from doctors and scientists, but can also come from other surprising areas. If you’ve recently taken an AncestryDNA test, Ancestry.com is inviting you to supply some information that could assist in the fight against COVID-19.”

University of Kentucky: WUKY Partners With StoryCorps to Launch StoryCorps Connect

University of Kentucky: WUKY Partners With StoryCorps to Launch StoryCorps Connect. “WUKY is partnering with StoryCorps, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing the stories of people of all backgrounds and beliefs, to launch StoryCorps Connect. The platform is free and allows people to conduct and record StoryCorps interviews with loved ones across generations remotely. ”

Independent: Online Surname Dictionary Goes Free To Allow Families In Lockdown To Trace Their Ancestry

Independent: Online Surname Dictionary Goes Free To Allow Families In Lockdown To Trace Their Ancestry. “Searching your surname on the website could help you shine a light on where your ancestors came from, offering information regarding surnames with English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish origins, in addition to family names from immigrants who have settled in Britain and Ireland since the 16th century. While the website is usually only accessible through subscription services, from 15 May until 21 May the online database is free to use, as part of a collaboration between Oxford University Press and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to mark the UN’s International Day of Families on Friday.”

BetaNews: MyFamilyTree 10 adds new interactive Fan chart view, introduces tool to resolve duplicates

BetaNews: MyFamilyTree 10 adds new interactive Fan chart view, introduces tool to resolve duplicates. “Ahoy family historians! Chronoplex Software has released a landmark version of its free family history app for Windows users. My Family Tree 10.0, also available in 32-bit form, adds a brand-new interactive fan view that can also be used as a printable or shareable chart. Other highlights include a new tool to resolve duplicate entries, various improvements to the user interface, a brand new progeny report and the ability to create placeholder entries in the tree for filling out later.”

UK National Archives: Free access to digital records

UK National Archives: Free access to digital records. “We are making digital records available on our website free of charge for as long as our Kew site is closed to visitors. Registered users will be able to order and download up to ten items at a time, to a maximum of 50 items over 30 days. The limits are there to try and help manage the demand for content and ensure the availability of our digital services for everyone.”