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Irish Newspaper Transcript Archive, ffolliott Collection 1756-1850
Search a comprehensive catalog of more than 54,000 biographical notices from Irish newspapers compiled by the celebrated Irish genealogist Rosemary ffolliott. Each record includes a transcript and original image that enable you to discover if your Irish ancestors had details of their birth, marriage or death announcement printed in a newspaper.
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Kerry Histories & Reference Guides
Explore three fascinating publications to learn more about the county and its inhabitants, including:A History of the Kingdom of Kerry - published in 1871, A Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to KillarneyThe Kerry Coast, Glengariff, Cork and The South West of Ireland - first published in 1880 and The Ancient and Present State of the County of Kerry - published in 1756.
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Limerick Histories & Reference Guides
This collection also contains three historic publications that can be used to learn more about the place and time in which your ancestors lived. The titles currently available to explore include Limerick and its Sieges - Published in 1890, Round About The County Of Limerick - Published in 1896 and The History, Topography and Antiquities of the County and City of Limerick, 2 Vols - Published in 1826 and 1827.
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United States Passport Applications
Over 62,000 additional records have been added to our collection of United States Passport Applications. The new additions span the years 1795 to 1925 and many later applications include photographs of the applicants. As well as revealing when, where, and why your ancestors traveled, applications may also include their occupation, residence, naturalisation details, and date and place of birth.
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England, Domesday Book 1086 Browse
Explore Britain’s earliest public record as part of your subscription to Findmypast. There are currently three editions of the Domesday Book available to browse covering the English counties south of the rivers Ribble and Tees, the border with Scotland at that time. Written in Latin, the book provides extensive records of landholders, their tenants, the amount of land they owned, and the number of occupants.
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Did your ancestors make headlines?
Historical newspapers hot off the press this week:
West Middlesex Gazette covering the years 1898-1910, 1912-1923, 1926-1941
Ealing Gazette and West Middlesex Observercovering the years 1898-1910, 1912-1923
Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald covering the year 1877
Kensington Post covering the years 1918-1972, 1987-1988, 1990
PLUS, we’ve added even more coverage to these papers:
NewspaperYears added
Hyde & Glossop Weekly News, and North Cheshire Herald1875
Staffordshire Sentinel1940-1941, 1943-1950
Dublin Intelligence1723-1724
West Sussex County Times1912
Sunday World (Dublin)1895

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Records of the world
Our international collections continue to grow! This week we have added four new indexes from the Central American country of Costa Rica. The new indexes contain over 800,000 records covering baptisms, marriages, deaths and civil registrations between 1700 and 1975. These records have been sourced from the International Genealogical Index.
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Facts & Finds
Commissioned in December 1085 by King William the Conqueror, the Domesday Book provides an invaluable insight into 11th century Norman England. Needing to raise taxes to pay for his army, the survey was used to assess the wealth and assets of his subjects throughout the land. It was not until 1873 that a survey approaching the scope and extent of the Domesday Book was attempted again in Britain.
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Findmypast - New record releases
Tracing your Medieval and Early Modern Ancestors
Join Professor Nick Barratt as he explores the sources you need to investigate your ancestors in the early modern and medieval periods, flagging up some of the pitfalls, skills and techniques required to access and interpret a wide range of sources.
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Resurfaced Records
Coming soon
Looking to unearth the skeletons in your family’s closet? Next week’s update is set to include a new tranche of crime records from 19th and early 20th century Scotland to help you uncover the black sheep hiding in your family tree.

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MyHeritage Donates 5,000 Additional DNA Kits to Adoptee Initiative- DNA Quest


MyHeritage Extends DNA Quest Initiative to Help More Adoptees Reunite with Their Birth Families
MyHeritage pledges 5,000 additional free DNA kits for global distribution to eligible participants, following the success of the first phase of its pro bono initiative

March 01, 2019 01:18 PM Eastern Standard Time
TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MyHeritage, the leading global service for family history and DNA testing, announced today that it is extending DNA Quest, its pro bono initiative to reunite adoptees with their birth families through at-home DNA testing. The first phase of DNA Quest was launched in March 2018 and offered 15,000 free DNA kits to adoptees and those seeking to reunite with family members who were placed for adoption. This resulted in many successful reunions. Due to the large number of applicants, a waiting list of several thousand people was established after registration closed in May 2018. The next phase of DNA Quest announced today re-opens applications on the project website ( and will offer an additional 5,000 free DNA kits to eligible applicants from all countries. Preference is given to applicants who are unable to afford genetic testing.

MyHeritage helps people find their relatives using its DNA Matching technology. The MyHeritage DNA database is one of the fastest-growing in the industry and currently numbers 2.5 million people, including people who tested on MyHeritage and others who uploaded the results of their DNA test for free from other providers. Numerous participants have already reconnected with long-lost family and others have obtained vital clues to assist them in their search. New discoveries continue to emerge, offering participants newfound hope of reuniting with their long-lost loved ones. The search for biological family, especially for birth parents, is time sensitive, as each year older relatives pass away.

Mitch Yurkovich, a Michigan resident and father of four, was adopted as a baby and recently reunited with his biological parents and siblings through DNA Quest. Mitch described the moment that he pieced together the story of his past: “I began to shake, and couldn’t stop smiling! My heart started to race and I was utterly blown away! This was news better than anything in my wildest dreams… I had found my biological family!”

MyHeritage is committed to ensuring that participants receive support on their journey to find their birth families. Last year, the company formed a top-notch advisory board for DNA Quest comprised of world class adoption experts and genetic genealogists, to provide guidance to MyHeritage and the participants. The current project will continue in this manner in 2019 with the same advisory board.

Eligible DNA Quest participants will receive a free MyHeritage DNA kit, which consists of a simple cheek swab. DNA samples are processed in the company’s CLIA-certified, CAP accredited lab in the U.S. and results are available 3–4 weeks after the sample is received. All data is kept private and secure and personal information is never shared with any third parties.

Applications for DNA Quest are now open on the initiative’s website: Applications will close on April 30, 2019.

Some notable DNA Quest success stories:

1. DNA Quest reunion featured on Good Morning America

2. New Zealand siblings living just miles apart meet for the first time

3. Emotional reunion of siblings who found one another through DNA Quest

4. DNA Quest reunites half-siblings in their 50s

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MyHeritage is the leading global service for family history and DNA testing. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage has transformed family history into an activity that is accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees, and groundbreaking search and matching technologies. Launched in November 2016, MyHeritage DNA is a technologically advanced, affordable DNA test that reveals ethnic origins and previously unknown relatives. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to find new family members, discover ethnic origins, and to treasure family stories, past and present, for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages.

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Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Announces Fall Virtual Courses

-- For Immediate Release--

SLIG announces fall virtual courses
It is with great excitement that the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) announces three virtual courses to be held this fall:
·        Intermediate Foundations returns with Sara A. Scribner, CG. She and other nationally-recognized instructors will provide over twenty-five hours of instruction on records, methodology, and skills required to conduct successful research at an intermediate level. The course, which will run on Tuesdays beginning on September 10th, is intended for those who: are self-taught and wish to fill in some knowledge gaps, need more confidence in their research process, are preparing to attend other SLIG courses, or have advanced beyond beginning levels of research and are ready for a planned curriculum of study to advance their skills.
·        Elaine Hasleton, AG and Jeff Svare, AG, bring us Nordic Research, Part II, In-depth Swedish and Finnish Research. The course will feature both local and overseas experts, with support between sessions via a private Facebook group. Once the course is complete, students from the Swedish/Finnish course taught at SLIG in January 2018 will be invited to join the private group, which will provide ongoing support for alumni of this course. It will be taught on Wednesdays beginning September 11th and run for ten weeks.
·        The very popular Virtual Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum, with Angela Packer McGhie, CG, returns for a fourth year, but with a twist. This year the course will feature five DNA case studies! Students will test their ability to solve brick wall cases with documentary and DNA evidence as they work through one case each week; then meet online to compare strategies, challenges, and results with fellow classmates and the instructor. Angela will be joined by Karen Stanbary, CG as DNA Consultant, and Pat Richley-Erickson as Technical Coordinator; case study instructors will be announced in April. The course runs for six weeks on Saturdays, beginning October 12th.
Detailed information about each will be posted on the website ( in late April; registration for virtual courses will open on Saturday, June 15th.
Contact: Peg A. Ivanyo, Director, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy