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“Findmypast is encouraging fledgling family historians to start their journey of discovery by providing five days of free access to their entire collection of birth, marriage, death and census records.”


Upcoming IGSI classes

Here’s the schedule of Irish Saturday classes sponsored by Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI) for May/June/July:


Special holiday pricing on UHF conferences

The Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF) has announced a Special Easter holiday price on their upcoming June and September conferences. If you register by April 27, 2017, the cost to participate is just 799.99 GBP (approximately $1000 USD).


How to identify Irish places

In his blog posting this week, John Grenham shares “a few tips to help crack tough place-names.”

He lists a number of online sources for researching placenames. Don’t miss reading his helpful advice:

Free Ancestry access to Irish/UK/Commonwealth records is offering free access this weekend to its Irish, UK, and Commonwealth records! According to the ad, that’s their biggest free-access event ever.


Top 300 surnames of Derry-Londonderry

If your ancestors came from Derry, you’re in luck! Brian Mitchell has written another book, The Top 300 Surnames of Derry-Londonderry, with maps by Sam Mitchell.


FMP adds Scottish Catholic records

In the first update of their Roman Catholic Heritage Archive, Findmypast (FMP) has released 1.2 million Scottish records.


Case Studies in The Septs

The April 2017 issue of The Septs arrived in our mailbox Wednesday afternoon! What a delight!


Roscommon to Texas, MD

A handful of blogs regularly capture my attention, including Joe Buggy’s “Townland of Origin.”


Unlocking Roman Catholic records

Here’s an announcement from Findmypast about a free webinar:

Join resident Irish and Catholic records expert Brian Donovan at 4 pm on Monday, April 10, for a FREE webinar on the Findmypast Catholic Heritage Archive, millions of never-before-published records ready for you to explore.

The presentation will be accompanied by a live question and answer […]