Friday, 14 June 2013

Genealogy News - 14th June


At last we have a surge of genealogy news!

Most of you will, I'm sure, be interested to know about the line-up for the next series of WDYTYA?

Big news from FindMyPast for Lincolnshire researchers.

It seems that MyHeritage have started producing e-newsletters - well, this is the first one I've received from them!

World's oldest person dies (thanks to @MyHeritage on Twitter).

Sussex researchers - get a sneak peek of your new record office.

There's a little bit more info on the recent wills/probate release at GenesReunited to be found here.

Quite a bit of recent activity at Ancestry - check out their 'updates page' for the low-down.

Here's a major forthcoming event for those interested in Ulster.

More Irish stuff from Ireland Reaching Out.

The latest issue of S&N's Genealogy 'E-mail News' can be found here (inc. TheGenealogist's latest releases).

Here's what looks like DeceasedOnline's final announcement re. Brompton Cemetery in London (related blog post here).

An event I omitted from Tuesday's listing: Lincolnshire Archives Family History Day (15th) (thanks to @GenealogyGent on Twitter).

And it'll be a big weekend in Co.Carlow, Ireland!

Here's a review of a handy-looking book.

The July issue of 'Family Tree' magazine is now available.

The latest FamilySearch news release includes some Irish stuff.

And yet more Irish news re. everyday procedures at the National Library of Ireland.

From TNA's blog: part 2 of their series of posts on the Bevin Boys.

US blogger, Dick Eastman, flags an interesting new development for (literally) recording our everyday lives.

Another new online source which may be of interest: The Spectator magazine archive.

A history crossword.

The usual bits and bobs from the BBC:

More news items at the BI-Gen Twitter feed.






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