On the day when the Queen is making her first ever visit to the Republic of Ireland (and the first by a British monarch for a century!), it seems appropriate to lead with some Irish news. So here it is: a little update to the IGP Archives, via the Irish Genealogy News blog.
The SAFHS has posted news of a major conference taking place at the University of Stirling in August which will be of interest to serious monumental inscriptionists. See the news release here, and the direct link is here. It's entitled Monuments and Monumentality in Later Medieval and Early Modern Europe, and features a whopping 28 speakers.
A nice feature of the HistoryToday magazine website is its regular 'This Week in History' video slot. See the current clip here, where you can also browse past instalments.
According to a 'celebrity genealogist', singers Madonna and Lady Gaga are related. That explains a lot. Anyway, it transpires they are ninth cousins once removed, being descended from a farming couple who migrated from France to Quebec in the 1600s. Read all about it here and here.
Oh, and Johnny Depp is related to the Queen!