The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist has extended its UK Parish Records collection with a new and exclusive release of 650,000 parish records for Nottinghamshire. These records can be used to find your ancestors’ baptisms, marriages and burials in these fully searchable records that cover parishes from this important East Midland county of England. With records that reach back to 1633, this release includes the records of 56 parishes, including:

Next month will see two major Irish genealogy gatherings taking place, one in County Limerick, the other in County Antrim. Here are the details:

Friday 1 and Saturday 2 September:The Genealogy Event, a family history and DNA conference. Also a pre-conference Beginners' Workshop. Venue: Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel, Adare, Co. Limerick. Booking essential. Flexible ticket purchase options for lectures, workshops and social events. Details: www.thegenealogyevent.com

Only a couple of weeks since its relaunch, Emerald Ancestors has updated its database with another record set.

This time it's an 1826 Church Census, and it lists more than 650 names from the congregation of the Newtownhamilton Second Presbyterian Church in the parish of Newtownhamilton, County Armagh.

The areas within the catchment area included Armagh Brague, Ballymoyer, Blackbank, Camley, Dungormany (Dongormally in Tullyvallen), Newtownhamilton and Tullyvallen.

The following announcement was written by the folks at FreeCEN:

Did you know- FreeCEN gives free access to census records for England, Scotland & Wales? And we’re launching our new website…

FreeCEN offers a free-to-search online database of the 19th century UK censuses. Transcribed entirely by volunteers, we have more than 32 million individuals available on our website that anyone can search without having to create an account.

The Military Archives has launched a Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection blog with a view to increasing awareness of this important historical material and highlighting some of the stories unearthed from its 250,000 records.

A regular stream of blogposts will also keep researchers up to date with some of the discoveries still being made in the MSPC collection, which includes applications for pensions, gratuities and allowances lodged by those who participated in the events from 1916 to the end of the Civil War in 1923.

2 Tricks to Find Free Old Photos at LOC.gov (Also: Ancestors' Silly Cat Photos) Posted by Diane

Sometimes you just need a cheerful cat photo. So because today is NationalHappiness Happens Day, and because at least one place saysit’s InternationalCat Day (other sources give that honor to Oct, 29), here aresome cute vintage cat photos I came across in the Library of Congress onlinecollection of digitized photos, maps and more.

The United States Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania was the flagship Indian boarding school in the United States from 1879 through 1918. According to Wikipedia, “Founded in 1879 by Captain Richard Henry Pratt under authority of the US federal government, Carlisle was the first federally funded off-reservation Indian boarding school. It was founded on the principle that Native Americans were the equals of European-Americans, and that Native American children immersed in mainstream Euro-American culture would learn skills to advance in society.

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