Mocavo, a website with the mission to bring all of the world’s historical information online for free, was recently acquired by Findmypast/DC Thomson Family History. Sources indicate that information on Mocavo and Findmypast will remain on these websites — and they will get better.
The Mocavo site adds more than 1,000 free databases online everyday. One of the immediate benefits of the acquisition is that U.S. Census index will be added online for free. The optional paid product, Mocavo Gold, formerly Mocavo Plus, charges for discovery alerts, the ability to search all of the databases at the same time and other features. Charges are for the speed and convenience to make faster discoveries, but not for the content.
•“Who Do You Think You Are?” will feature Jesse Tyler Ferguson on the TLC cable network at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Ferguson, who joined the Albuquerque Children’s Theater at age 8, is an American actor known for portraying Mitchell Pritchett on the ABC sitcom “Modern Family.” He has earned five Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy.
Ferguson previously played the role of Richie Velch in the CBS sitcom “The Class.” He also has been a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Lisa Kudrow is an executive producer for the series, which is a partnership between Shed Media, NBC Entertainment and Ancestry.com. A how-to companion book to the series, “Who Do You Think You Are?” by Megan Smolenyak, is available to help viewers research their own roots. For more information about Smolenyak’s book, go to www.megansmolenyak.com/books.html.
•The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma Genealogical Society are partnering to present the Summer Sizzler Genealogy Workshop in the Chesapeake Event Center, Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive. The “Death and the Hereafter” genealogy workshop will be Aug. 8-9. The two-day workshop will have multiple sessions with presenters representing the OHS on Aug. 8 and the Oklahoma Genealogical Society on Aug. 9. Programs are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.
Topics on Aug. 8 include “Cemetery Restoration,” “Identifying, Researching and Designating Cemeteries as Historical Sites,” “Death Certificates” and “Alternatives to Missing Vital Records.” Topics for Aug. 9 are “Dying to Get in the News,” “The Last Judgment: Court Records,” “Finding Cemetery Records” and “Final Regards: Having the Last Word.”
Online registration ends Aug. 6. Registration fee is $35 for one day or $50 for both days; lunch is included. The speaker schedule and registration forms are available on the Oklahoma Genealogical Society website at www.okgensoc.org/events/2014workshop.htm.
•Setting It Straight: The Oklahoma History Center-Research Center Book Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 7, 8 and 9. For more information, go to the Oklahoma Historical Society website at www.okhistory.org/historycenter, call the Oklahoma Historical Research Center at 522-5225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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