RootsTech: RootsTech 2020 Free Livestream Schedule. “If traveling to Salt Lake City isn’t an option for you, don’t worry! Many of the sights and teachings from the conference will be streamed live on our home page—for free!”
Next City: ‘People Not Property’ Aims to Create Statewide Database of Slave Deeds in North Carolina. “When Deshawn Elam started college at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, an Historically Black College (HBCU) in Greensboro, N.C., he thought he would become a history teacher. But life changed his plans. One of his first classes introduced Elam to digital archiving.”
Send2Press: Women and The Vote NYS Initiative Honors State Suffragists (PRESS RELEASE). “Women and the Vote NYS announces that a new initiative, timed to coincide with the 19th Amendment Centennial, is being launched to develop a mobile-friendly online database with interactive map of gravesites across New York State of the suffragists who worked tirelessly to bring about women’s right to vote.”
BBC: US census kicks off by counting first person in rural Alaska. “Steven Dillingham, head of the US Census Bureau, has kicked off the count with a ceremonial visit to a tribal elder, Lizzie Chimiugak Nenguryarr, 90. The census takes place every 10 years, and most of the country’s residents are counted from mid-March. But census workers always make an early start in Alaska in January, when the ground is frozen enough to traverse.”
GenealogyBank: Genealogy 101: Using the Dictionary of American Regional English for Genealogy. “In this article – part of an ongoing ‘Introduction to Genealogy’ series – Gena Philibert-Ortega describes a helpful resource for genealogists, the ‘Dictionary of American Regional English,’ and how it can help with your family history research. Gena is a genealogist and author of the book ‘From the Family Kitchen.'”
The West Australian: Researcher delves into convict past. “The convict register includes details of the 2500 men who arrived in the district at differing stages of their prison sentences. Some arrived as probationer prisoners at the Geraldton Convict Hiring Depot or as members of road parties living in tents, some as ticket of leave men (parolees) and some whose sentences were almost over and were granted more freedom to move.”
Federation of Genealogical Societies: FGS and National Park Service Announce Launch of US-Mexican War Soldier & Sailor Database. “The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Park Service’s Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park (NPS) announce the launch of the U.S.-Mexican War Soldier & Sailor database. This online, searchable database contains information for over 85,000 U.S. and Mexican veterans who served in this war. Many records include personal details, such as hair color and occupation.” Looks like the database will launch officially on January 27th.