Highlights in the genealogy community for 2016

Here are some highlights of genealogy news from this year. Here’s hoping 2017 will provide us with even more things to celebrate.

1. The not-for-profit group Reclaim the Records was very busy. The group files Freedom of Information requests to make vital records or vital record indexes available to the public. They have filed FOI requests so far in New York, New Jersey and Missouri and have had success in New York and New Jersey.

2. New episodes were shown of “Who Do You think You Are?”, “Genealogy Roadshow” and “Finding Your Roots”.

3. A new genealogy website was created called Genealogy dot Coach, where people can pay an expert for short times periods, such as 15 minutes, to help them with a specific genealogy problem.

4. Two of our local genealogy organizations – The German Genealogy Group and the Italian Genealogy Group – were listed in Family Tree Magazine Best State Genealogy Websites for 2016.

5. Preserve the Pensions, a community digitization group, raised the funds needed to digitize the War of 1812 pension application files held at the National Archives.

6. The genealogy website MyHeritage now has its own DNA test kit available.

7. FamilySearch.org indexed 106,586,752 records in 2016 with the help of 319,673 volunteers.

8. This blog author created a West Hempstead (NY) obituary index and now has almost 700 entries.

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