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FamilySearch.org says: “FamilySearch.org added millions of new records this week including 11 new records collections. More than six million Hungary Catholic Church records were added, as well as four million Mexico civil registration records. Looking for records from China? Over a million new Chinese genealogies from 1500–1900 are now available for viewing. Begin searching for free at FamilySearch.org. Searchable records on FamilySearch.org are […]

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Sandy on September 16th, 2011

Search for free in honor of Mexican Independence Day.  Paul Rawlins on Ancestry.com blog says: “One thing I learned as we launched the 1930 Mexico Census online is that Mexico is much more of a melting pot than I realized. Mexico’s 1930 national census (“El Quinto Censo General de Población y Vivienda 1930, México”) is called the […]

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Wade Mainer a singer and banjo pioneer whose definitive style and devotion to old-time mountain songs made him a pivotal figure in the transition to bluegrass music, died of congestive heart failure on Monday September 12, 2011, at the age of 104 in his home in Flint, Michigan. After joining his older brother at a […]

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I recently posted an article titled “The Battle of Culloden Moor 1746: The last battle ever to be fought on Scottish soil”  the last battle of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion in Scotland. I was intrigued to learn that the Royal Bank of Scotland Group is making history in 140 characters by using Twitter that will certainly […]

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Sandy on September 12th, 2011

If you’ve been gathering your family history records over the years you will by now recognize the importance of records preservation. With this problem in mind, I suggest that you read a paper written by Gary T. Wright which is available on the FamilySearch.org website. It’s excellent and answers some of my own questions. Since […]

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Sandy on September 12th, 2011

The following is a news flash from Deceased Online:  “Deceased Online has a large stand at the Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS) annual conference, Adam House, Chambers Street, Edinburgh. You can meet some of our dedicated Scottish team on 25th June where we’ll be unveiling 400,000 Scottish burial and cremation records new to […]

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Because of the changing needs of its customers, the National Library of Scotland (NLS) has plans in the works to update and develop services and functions for the 21st century. As one of the major research libraries in Europe, Scotland NLS is the only legal deposit library that has a copy anything published in the […]

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Sandy on September 7th, 2011

Another reminder from the National Genealogical Society (NGS): “This is such an exciting project for genealogists that we want to remind you about it. As the War of 1812 pensions are being digitized (see previous posts below and check out this FGS page) they are freely available to all at the Fold3 (previously Footnote) website. Currently about 69,000 […]

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Ned Kelly was a famous Irish convict in Australia and, if you’re an Aussie you’ve often heard the expression, “As game as Ned Kelly”. In this context the word “game” means willing to face danger. Kelly was considered to be a “Robin Hood” type folk hero by some for his defiance against the British authorities […]

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“For immediate release  AYE AYE CAPTAIN – MERCHANT NAVY ARCHIVES REVEAL PHOTOS OF UK’S FORGOTTEN ‘FOURTH SERVICE’ Churchill’s ‘fourth service’ who helped to make Britain ‘Great’ Fascinating photos of British merchant mariners from 100 years ago A ‘floating United Nations’, women and men, young boys, ‘donkeymen’ and manicurists, as well as personal descriptions such as […]

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Sandy on August 31st, 2011

FamilySearch.org has added the following records to it’s enormous database: “Austria, Mexico, Peru, U.S. Each Add Over a Million Records FamilySearch.org added over six million records to its free online database this week. The new collections include seigniorial records from Austria; civil registrations from Chihuahua, Mexico; and probate records from Kentucky, U.S. Also added this week […]

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Sandy on August 30th, 2011

Alan Stewart of Grow Your Own Family Tree publishes a lot of great information on his blog  and the latest is as follows: “TheGenealogist.co.uk has now added a large collection of new Australian records to its Diamond Premium subscription. The records add convict lists, census, general musters, ledger returns and the First Fleet, which was the name given […]

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Sandy on August 25th, 2011

I read a disturbing post on the DNA Consultants blog about a lady called Marcy who had a bad experience with a DNA company who manipulated her test results and likely those of other clients. After reading Marcy’s story, I do agree  when questions arise from the  results of a DNA test that vendors, even […]

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Here’s an interesting announcement from Family Tree DNA: “We are pleased to inform you about the launch of a new feature “Third Party” uploads. This will allow for the upload of 33 and 46-marker Y-DNA test results from Ancestry, GeneTree or Sorensen’s SMGF. This was a natural development since the necessary tools were created to […]

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Sandy on August 19th, 2011

The following is an announcement released yesterday, Thursday, August 18,  from Footnote.com, which has now been renamed Fold3. Going forward Fold3 will focus on producing the finest and most comprehensive collection of U.S. Military records available: “Today we announced our intention to create the finest and most comprehensive collection of U.S. Military records available on […]

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Sandy on August 18th, 2011

Ancestry.com press release says: “PROVO, UTAH (August 17, 2011)- Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced that both the images and indexes to the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be made free to search, browse, and explore in the United States when this important collection commences streaming onto the website in mid-April […]

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The following is the most up-to-date information about digital convict records to be published by the UK National Archives. The records are to be transcribed, digitized and published online by Brightsolid. There’s a link to the Brightsolid website which were you can read some interesting facts about the company:  “The National Archives’ crime, courts and […]

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Here’s some interesting news from FindMyPast.co.uk about a fundamental change to be made to the way the site is organized. The changes should make it a lot easier for you to find and search the millions of new records being added to their database every month: “Findmypast has grown an awful lot since we last […]

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A couple of days ago FamilySearch.org announced that their new FamilySearch Film Ordering System is available in the U.S. Northwest/West Area. This is in addition to other areas that have current access of the system.  The announcement also lists which areas will be available soon including Australia, New Zealand and Belgium: “This announcement is to […]

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Sandy on August 8th, 2011

From the UK National Archives: “To celebrate the centenary of the 1911 census, The National Archives is holding a one-day conference, Celebrating the Census, on 1 October. Places are limited and are available on a first come first served basis, so book early to guarantee your place. You could also win two tickets for the conference […]

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Chris Paton says: “Ancestral Scotland (www.ancestralscotland.com) is offering 30 free ScotlandsPeople credits, worth £7, to overseas residents in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. The credits can be used at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk to view Scottish vital and census records (about 4 digitised records and two LDS 1881 census transcriptions views – wills and Arms not included).” Click […]

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Sandy on August 3rd, 2011

FamilySearch.org says: “Records of the Swedish American Churches are a great source for genealogical information and especially for helping to establish the place of origin in Sweden. Many of the Swedish-American church records kept in American are of the same high quality found as the records of Sweden. Sweden had a State Church (1527 to […]

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Sandy on August 3rd, 2011

I saw this post on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and wanted to pass it along his reference to intimate details that people share on Facebook all the while they protest sharing census information: “They may not mind sharing their most intimate details up on Facebook, but the majority of Australians want their census records destroyed for […]

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Sandy on July 31st, 2011

The Magna Carta (Great Charter) is an English charter that was originally issued in the year 1215 and then reissued later in the 13th century in modified versions. It included the most direct challenges to the monarch’s authority and first became law in 1225. The 1297 version and the most commonly known still remains on the statute books of England and […]

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According to Toronto’s CTV news,  on Thursday July 28th archaeologists in Dresden, Ontario began a search using high-tech ground penetrating radar to find lost graves at the Uncle Tom’s Cabin historic site in southwestern Ontario, Canada.  The site is owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust. Ground-penetrating radar sends radar waves into the ground […]

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Sandy on July 31st, 2011

The British National Archives has launched a new library catalog named Koha after a Maori custom that translates to gift or donation. If, like me, you have ancestors from the UK you’ll find it very helpful to learn different aspects of history and the social norms of the times your ancestors lived. The announcement is […]

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Staff at the ScotlandsPeople center said in a news update that they were excited to find an entry in the 1841 Census for South Uist (an island that lies off the west coast of Scotland) confirming that many people had emigrated from that Island to Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. It’s unusual to find comments […]

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“Findmypast.co.uk has released over 290,000 new parish records going back the the sixteenth century covering Warwickshire, Sheffield, Suffolk and Rugby. The records provide essential plugs to gaps in the records and may prove vital in enabling you to trace your ancestors. Have a look at the detail in the table below: Church and type Number of […]

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Amy Sell of Findmypast.co.uk has released the following records: “WOMEN IN BUSINESS CELEBRATED IN NEWLY RELEASED RECORDS Fascinating Business Indexes released online Banned female author Radclyffe Hall of contentious novel The Well of Loneliness listed Celebrated British companies Cadburys, Barclays, Rolls Royce, Lyons, and Harrods all included Set against the backdrop of the early twentieth century, […]

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Sandy on July 14th, 2011

The following is an announcement from Findmypast.co.uk: “We are very proud to announce the launch of four sets of nineteenth and twentieth century military records to help enrich your family history. The records provide useful detail including attestation and leaving dates, achievements made in service and soldiers’ physical appearence. And, certainly in the case of the […]

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This post is not about an ancient Chinese dynasty it’s an amazing story of the genealogy of New York’s Wu-Tang Clan, an infamous organization with roots in Staten Island, New York.  It’s only one of the subcultures that arose as masses of Chinese and Southeast Asian immigrants flooded to New York in search of better lives. […]

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The National Archives has launched the new Discovery service, a search facility that will help you find, understand and their records. The service will eventually replace the Catalogue and incorporate paid-for services such as DocumentsOnline. “The Discovery service enables you to filter search results by subject, date and collection, and also introduces map-based searching. Millions of […]

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Sandy on July 6th, 2011

MyHeritige.com has posted information today about a new offering called Family Goals which permits families to split the bill on Premium and PremiumPlus subscriptions. This enables family members to chip in to cover the costs thus making family history research more affordable and, at the same time, encourage the wider family to become more connected […]

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Sandy on June 29th, 2011

Grow Your Own Family Tree says: “One of the most comprehensive records of the Irish 1916 Easter Rising has been released in a fully searchable structured index for the first time. The Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook was published by the Irish Times in 1917 and provides a fascinating insight into one of the most important […]

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Sandy on June 29th, 2011

I’ve seen many books on the origins and function of Freemasonry but started to think about it on a more personal level after re-reading my grandfather’s obituary, which included the fact that he was a member of two Masonic lodges. After making a couple of inquiries I was informed that because of the secrecy involved […]

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If you’ve been searching for an ancestor in the right place only to discover that you were looking in the wrong county, The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries could prove to be a great help. How often have you searched for an ancestor only to discover that although you were searching in the right place […]

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Up until a couple of years ago, the basic operations of our libraries hadn’t changed much since philanthropists like Andrew Carnegie donated more than $40,000,000 to build about 1,700 libraries in communities throughout the country. Now, the very existence of our libraries is threatened. Like many businesses, libraries all over the country—if they haven’t been […]

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I’ve just finished reading an amazing article in the Monterey County Weekly about a dedicated family historian’s 21-year quest to uncover his ancestors. His story starts out like many others, using the same popular resources that most of us are familiar with, but the results are astounding. Gary Carlsen was cleaning his attic in 1990 […]

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Sandy on June 24th, 2011

Findmypast.co.uk has just released a huge index and images of  WO96 militia records for 1806-1915. The records are a valuable resource for genealogy research.  See below: “We’ve just published over half a million Militia Service Records, covering 1806 to 1915, in association with The National Archives and in partnership with FamilySearch. This is the first time these records […]

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Sandy on June 24th, 2011

The following is an announcement from Ancestry.com “There is nothing like meeting and connecting with fellow genealogists. So mark your calendar and join Ancestry.com at the IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Washington, DC, August 14-19. This is the 31st year that IAJGS (International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies) has hosted this conference and we’re […]

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Sandy on June 23rd, 2011

The East India Company was created as a Royal Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603) . It has been said that without it the world would not be the same today. It changed the world’s tastes, it’s thinking and it’s people by creating new communities, trading places, and shaped countries and established […]

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Sandy on June 22nd, 2011

The publisher of WhitePages in Australia, Sensis, has noted the increasing popularity of non-Anglo surnames in the most populous state of Australia, New South Wales. And, the change is big. Apparently the Nguyens (pronounced Win or Wynne) are making good ground on the Joneses. Typical Aussie names like Smith, Jones and Brown are still leaders […]

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If, like me, you’ve been researching on FamilySearch.org for several years and have been accustomed to finding things on the old site and are struggling with the new interface, you’ll be happy to know that you can now search for historical records using batch numbers from the International Genealogical Index (IGI). What’s a Batch Number? […]

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Sandy on June 15th, 2011

Why I would think that backroom politics happened during the Tudor and Stuart Early Modern period beats me. The UK National Archives has made available online documents exposing backroom politics from 1509-1714 for academic research as follows: “The largest set of government documents from the Early Modern period is now available online for academic research. […]

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Ian Tester of findmypast says: “Hello – I’m Ian Tester, the Product Manager for findmypast, and I wanted to let you know about a neat little project we’re in the middle of to make your experience of searching records a little better. You may have noticed recently that small blue stars have started appearing next […]

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Sandy on June 13th, 2011

Today, forty years after they were first leaked, all 7000 pages of the Pentagon Papers are finally declassified and publicly released. They have been released in book form more than once. And, as it turns out, those texts were incomplete. Now that everything has been made public the papers can now be read in their […]

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Sandy on June 8th, 2011

The National Genealogical Society says: “The National Genealogical Society proudly announces the release of its newest American Genealogy Studies course, Introduction to Civil War Records,developed by renowned military expert Craig Roberts Scott, cg. Craig Roberts Scott is a nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and genealogical and historical researcher with more than thirty years’ experience. He is a member of […]

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Sandy on June 6th, 2011

I found this article  posted on Chris Paton’s blog Scotland’s Greatest Story today and by extension EOGN. I often read “The Scotsman” newspaper online and missed this one. The things people do never ceases to amaze me. “A member of the IT staff at the National Library of Scotland (www.nls.uk) has pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff […]

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The British Royal Family has come a long way in the past two generations, especially Queen Elizabeth II (and 1st of Scotland) who was likely thrust into a new reality when she agreed to the divorce of Prince Charles and that of her children Prince Andrew and Princess Anne. Not to mention the behavioral patterns […]

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Sandy on June 3rd, 2011

As of Monday, June 6th, when you make copies in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) research rooms in the Washington, area they will be printed on Windsor Blue paper. This is being done to help delineate which papers were copied on NARA equipment or printed at one of the public use PC printers […]

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Sandy on June 3rd, 2011

Last year’s New Zealand Family History Fair was a great success and over 1000 visitors enjoyed the event that included free access to Ancestry.com, Findmypast, The Genealogist, Footnote, My Heritage, World Vital Records, and FamilyRelatives. Quite a lineup. This year’s fair schedule to take place 26 – 27 August, at Claudelands Events Centre in Hamilton […]

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Wow! my Google alert request actually provided me with current information. The National Library of Scotland (NLS) has invited people to have their say on their Gaelic Language Plan. When I was young, Scottish Gaelic was considered a dead language with only a few people still using it in the west highlands and islands. Although […]

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FindMyPast.co.uk says: “We have just published 42,291 new London Probate Index records on findmypast.co.uk Most of the records are from 1750 to 1858 – although we have around 70 records outside that date range – and they may prove very useful in providing more detail about London ancestors. The records come from the London Probate Index […]

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Deceased online says “A further 105,000 burial records for Aberdeen City have been added to the database. This is in addition to nearly 25,000 burial records for Scotland’s third largest city so this will increase the data size to almost 130,000. The new data is for St Peter’s Cemetery and Churchyard for the period 1830 […]

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Sandy on May 28th, 2011

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our nation. There are many stories about how it began and over 24 cities have laid claim to being the one to start it off. There is also evidence that women’s organized groups in the South were decorating graves before the end […]

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Many genealogists and family historians are, like me, members of the professional social network LinkedIn. If you are, you’ll be disappointed to learn that LinkedIn is just one more major website with a serious security flaw that enables a hijacker to access user account without needing a password. It’s vulnerability is directly tied to the […]

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In the Fall (Autumn) of 2011, The British Newspaper Archive will digitize millions of pages of newspapers making them available online. The British Libraries newspaper collection is probably the best in the world and the collection will contain most of the runs of newspapers published in the UK since 1800. This could prove to be […]

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How many times have you heard someone comment, “If you believe that I’ve got a bridge I can sell you…”  Needless to see there are several different versions of conveying the message but most of us who have spent time in New York, know that the bridge in question is the Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn […]

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As reported in a Boston Phoenix article, Google informed its partners that its News Archive project would stop accepting, scanning and indexing microfilm and other archival material from newspapers. Google has instead decided to focus its energies on “newer projects that help the industry, such as Google One Pass, a platform that enables publishers to […]

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With the advent of the amazing and increasingly useful online genealogical resources, family historians have come to realize how important it is to keep up with the latest in technology. It’s with this in mind that I’m posting this very interesting news release from Ancestry.com: “PROVO, Utah, May 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. […]

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Sandy on May 19th, 2011

Family Historians are usually faced with the problem of preserving old photographs. Families old photograph’s, Family Tree University is offering a free 30-minute Photo Detective Live! webinar. The presentation is also available for download. Here’s the link: Watch the webinar and download the slides on FamilyTreeUniversity.com.  

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Findmypast.co.uk has a new and improved death records search–see below: “Easily find records of your ancestors’ deaths using findmypast.co.uk’s powerful new death records search Following the transformation of our births and marriages, we have revolutionised how you search for your ancestors’ death records. When you search, you will be presented with a list of individual names – […]

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blog.findmypast.co.uk  says: “Findmypast.co.uk has always had the most comprehensive England & Wales birth and marriage records – now we’ve added our exclusive additional records to create one simple search. As well as England & Wales records, you can now search for your British ancestors’ births and marriages in our overseas, military and at sea records, some […]

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The World Memory Project was created by The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com, to allow the public free online access to records so that families and victims of the  can discover what happened to their loved ones as a result of one of the worst events in the history of the world. This […]

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Sandy on May 2nd, 2011

The following information from the National Archives and Records Administration was posted on their blog NARAtions: “We are excited to announce new features that have been rolled out into our Online Public Access catalog! If you haven’t already tried our new search interface, now is a great time to test our some of the new features.   […]

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