Comparing the “Big Four”

Do you ever wonder which online genealogy service is best? The “Big Four” are Ancestry, FamilySearch, findmypast and MyHeritage.

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Unusual sources for Irish research

In the latest issue of Irish Roots Magazine, genealogist Elaine Hannon provided “7 Unusual Ways to Trace Your Irish Ancestors”:

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Missing 1911 census returns

In his blog this week John Grenham provides a listing of several categories of “missing” 1911 returns.

FMP Catholic Heritage Archive

Today Findmypast (FMP) released the following announcement about an important new initiative.

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Google Maps can help

All Irish family historians encounter townland mysteries at some point in their research.

A posting by Laura Carroll of the Irish Family History Centre provides a potentially valuable approach when you get stuck: www.irishfamilyhistorycentre.com/article/google-maps-helps-solve-a-19th-century-placenames-mystery.

Catching up with Claire

In her January 12th blog, Claire Santry posted the “catch-up dozen” of Irish Genealogy News items.

Read all about it here: www.irishgenealogynews.com/.

Free access to Findmypast BMD records

This could be the weekend to make a breakthrough in your research.

Findmypast has announced free access to its 1.9 billion birth, marriage, death and census records. The offer is good for four days, ending at 2 pm CST, Sunday, January 15.

Start your journey here: www.findmypast.ie/start-your-journey/

NEHGS launches database

I’m posting this from Morocco. In between tours, including visits to Berber families living in caves and tents and a dromedary ride in the Sahara Desert, I’ve had little time for genealogy research. However if your ancestors passed through greater Boston, read on.

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Good news from IGRS

The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) has announced another boost to its early Birth/Marriage/Death indexes.

Explore local history treasures

Happy 2017! The new year will definitely be happy if you’re interested in the history of Minneapolis or Hennepin County.

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