Two of Ancestry's World Archives Projects (WAPs) of Irish collections have joined its main database. This means these newly indexed collections can now be searched by researchers, whether or not they have an active subscription. While you can search the index and view all the indexed records that match your query, you will need a subscription to view the images.

Ireland, School Masters and Mistresses, 1826

PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast.The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has announced a new series of Thursday lunchtime talks. They don't start until August, but as PRONI events are so popular, I thought I'd pass on details now rather than wait for my usual fortnightly listing when they might be fully booked.

Each of the talks will be led by a member of PRONI's staff, will centre on archival collections in PRONI and will provide excellent insight on using these resources for family and local history.

The Royal Irish Academy has released the final planned editions in its Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) digital series. This time, it's the development of the 19th-century town that's under scrutiny.

Bray and Belfast (Part II, 1840 to 1900) are the towns explored in today's last-in-the-series digital release.This is the period that includes the Famine; mass-emigration from the countryside; the completion of Ireland's canal network; the growth of railways, trams and factories; the construction of barracks, gaols, workhouses and asylums; and a massive Roman Catholic church building programme as the Penal Laws ended.

MacKiev has been working feverishly on the new release of Family Tree Maker 2017. There have also been hints in the MacKiev status reports that the folks at Ancestry.com also have been burning the midnight oil on their end as well.

The details have not been released but apparently one big show stopper has been getting the Family Tree Maker 2017 software in both the Windows and Macintosh computers to synchronize properly with Ancestry.com’s servers.

The June edition of Irish Roots Magazine arrived in my postbox yesterday morning, and it's another excellent issue with a wide range of features covering traditional family history, genetic/DNA research, Irish history and heritage, news of record releases and other developments in Irish genealogy, and much more.

Regular readers of this blog will know that FamilySearch.org recently began digitising microfilmed material from the Registry of Deeds – one of the last largely untapped major Irish archives for genealogists.

The following is a Plus Edition article, written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

Note #1: The following article describes an incident with Yahoo Mail. However, it could as easily have been on AOL Mail.

A friend of mine had her Yahoo email account hacked a while ago. Her friends and I all knew it had been hacked when we received an email message claiming to be from her that started as, “I know this might be a surprise to you but am sorry to reach out to you in this manner.

A controversial article by a consumer protection attorney and former deputy attorney general of New Jersey has stirred up a hornet’s nest. Joel Winston published an article with the claim that the genealogy website Ancestry.com is “taking DNA ownership rights” from customers and their families. In other words, he says that Ancestry.com claims to own their customers’ personal DNA data.

Strong words, indeed.

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