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Today’s ‘Family History’ News

I am now using a new feature at It’s called Google Alerts (or sometimes Google Alert) and is in beta mode at the moment, although it seems to work just fine. The feature allows a user to have the Google computers send an email message when finding a news story or blog post with … Continue reading


Just discovered the OREGON HUMANITIES CENTER at the University of Oregon.

DNA Project Reaches 100,000 Donors

The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation has reached its milestone of 100,000 DNA samples. Donors are from 170 nations. The Salt Lake Tribune recently reported on it. The project was the brainchild of Utah philanthropist James LeVoy Sorenson ten years ago. Working with then-Brigham Young University professor Scott Woodward, it was known as the BYU Molecular … Continue reading

Google Editions: Google’s Foray Into Publishing

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Google is planning to launch its own digital book store by early summer. It’s called Google Editions. In addition to the standard fare, Google plans to allow independent book vendors to sell from their own websites. Google’s goal is to distinguish itself from other[s] . . . “by … Continue reading

Wikipedia’s Custom Books

Wikipedia is partnering with PediaPress to publish books based on Wiki content. Paperbacks are available now, soon to be joined by hardcovers. Pricing varies, starting at $8.90 for certain paperbacks. It’s fairly simple, using a “create a book” button on the left sidebar in the print and export section. There’s also a special help page. … Continue reading

‘America the Beautiful’ Quarter Designs

Beginning in 2010, the United States Mint will issue 56 quarter-dollar coins featuring designs depicting national parks and other national sites as part of its ‘America the Beautiful’ program. Each will be circulated in the order in which the location was first came under the authority of the federal government. The five quarters schedule for release in 2010 … Continue reading

IRS To Begin Revoking Tax-Exempt Status

GuideStar recently sent me this message about changes in nonprofit requirements. These were part of the Pension Protection Act of 2006. On May 16, 2010, the IRS will begin revoking tax-exempt status from nonprofits that failed to file three consecutive annual returns (Form 990-N, 990-EZ, 990, or 990-PF).” The law requires the IRS to revoke … Continue reading