The Central Statistics Office has released its preliminary findings from last year's census. It paints a picture of the modern Republic of Ireland and shows the population has grown since 2011 by 3.8% to 4.76million.

Central Statistics Office (cso.ie) infographic. Click for larger view.The current rate of population growth is the slowest for more than two decades. However, the population of Dublin grew by 5.8%, Cork by 4.6%, and Galway by 4.2% in the last five years, and only counties Mayo and Donegal showed any decrease in overall numbers.

If your surname is Bodden or Bawden then it might be time to dig out the family tree – as you could be in line for a free holiday.

The Cayman Islands have launched an appeal to try and trace the descendants of their Cornish founding fathers, with the aim of flying them to the beach paradise to meet their distant relatives.

Eric Bush, Cayman Islands Representative to the UK, has asked anyone to get in touch who thinks they may be the descendants of a man named either Bodden or Bawden who left Cornwall in 1654 as part of Oliver Cromwell’s army to fight in the Anglo-Spanish war.

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Project to publish parish records from six counties in next six monthsWiltshire first county available online from April 6, 2017, includes records of the first woman mauled by a tiger in England and the celebrated architect Sir Christopher Wren

Birmingham, April 6, 2017: Leading family history website, Findmypast, announced today the launch of their Six Counties in Six Months project which will see the online publication of vital parish records from six counties across England over the next six months.

On this Sunday’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? at 10/9c on TLC, Motown legend and icon Smokey Robinson dives into his late mother’s family history. He searches for answers behind the mystery of why his grandfather disappeared from his children’s lives, and finds a man tangled in a swirl of controversy. Then Smokey uncovers the story of his great-grandfather, and comes face to face with horrific history he knew was inevitable.

Two of Ireland's essential genealogy websites – IrishGenealogy.ie and Genealogy.NationalArchives.ie – have been having problems all morning. They have a common server, so when one is down, there's a good likelihood the other is, too. Fortunately, these kinds of shared downtimes are usually sorted out pretty quickly, but this one has been going on since at least 7.30am, when I received my first notification of a problem, so I thought I'd do a quickie blogpost to confirm the state of play.

The following announcement was released by TheGenealogist at the beginning of the Who Do You Think You Are? Live! conference in Birmingham, England:

TheGenealogist has just announced three important releases to coincide with the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show covering Britain and British India.

Over 2.5 Million people in the latest release of Parish records!

Augmenting the substantial Parish Records that are already available on TheGenealogist comes the release of more than 2.5 million people for two major counties:

6 Records to Trace Ancestors Who Served in World War I Posted by Diane

The United States declared war on Germany 100 years ago this month,on April 6, 1917, joining the side of the Allies in the Great War. See all the countries caught up in the conflict in our timeline ofWorld War I war declarations.

More than 650,000 from Canada and Newfoundland and about 4 millionfrom the United States served in the military.

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