Findmypast has announced a partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) to publish millions of the Society's records.

The first instalment of releases will be delivered later this year with the online publication of some 6million Ontario records, including;

The Ontario Name Index (TONI): an index created with the aim of including every name found in any publication relating to Ontario, ranging from registers of birth, marriage & death to obituaries, memorial inscriptions, newspaper articles and more.

I am delighted to introduce guest author Smita Biswas. She is a Team Leader at the West Auckland (New Zealand) Research Centre where she specializes in Indian genealogy. She is an expert in family history research in India as well as an accomplished lecturer and author.

NOTE: Some of the images in this article were reduced in size in order to fit in this newsletter’s format.

Grants Are Now Available for Preserving WWI Memorials! Posted by Diane

WWI Memorial inJackson, Miss. (Library of Congress)

Here's a project for your history- and preservation-mindedgenealogical society, civic group or scouting troop: The 100Cities/100 Memorials matching grant program is acceptingapplications through July 10 for projects to adopt and preserve WWImemorials.

Up to 100 WWI memorial restoration projects around the country willreceive matching funds of up to $2,000 apiece from the US WWI Centennial Commission inWashington, DC, and the Pritzker MilitaryMuseum and Library in Chicago.

Some excellent news today: the National Archives of Ireland is to start making wholesale corrections to its online 1901 and 1911 Irish census database.

A Request For Tenders has been published today on eTenders. It describes the contract as requiring 'validation and correction services' on these two specific collections.

Both Censuses were published on the National Archives' Genealogy website in instalments from December 2008 to August 2010.

A new book – The Great Famine in Tralee and North Kerry, by Bryan MacMahon – has been published by Mercier Press.

The 384-page book focuses on human stories, rather than statistics, as MacMahon depicts the unprecedented events, upheavals and challenges of the famine years through the eyes of those who were there, and reveals information which has lain hidden and untapped for 170 years.

Genealogy website Ancestry.com Inc on Monday said it had confidentially submitted a draft registration statement on a proposed initial public offering (IPO) to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company did not disclose the number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering.

Last May, Ancestry.com said in a statement that the company was valued at about $2.6 billion.

A newsletter reader asked the question: “How can i make a PDF file searchable?” I thought others might have the same question, so I will reply here in the newsletter so that everyone can benefit. Also, anyone with additional methods is invited to post comments at the end of this article.

A searchable PDF is a PDF file that lets you both search for keywords in the text and use copy/paste to extract text from the PDF.

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