Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It is now officially Family History Month.

Today is October 1st, and October is Family History Month. To be honest, every month is Family History Month for me ;)

I am hoping the cooler weather and the fact it is Family History Month will inspire some new cousins to take up genealogy and maybe even DNA test!


I would say the biggest announcement of the day was the GenealogyBank/Familysearch.org agreement to make over a billion records from 100 million obituaries available and searchable online. 

The records will span from 1730 to present day. Volunteers are needed to help complete this enormous indexing project.

Obituaries are amazingly helpful records for genealogists, often containing more than the bare facts and telling us more about who our relatives were and what they did during their lifetime.

You can read more about this new agreement at https://familysearch.org/blog/en/massive-online-obituaries-project-find-ancestors/