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The first King’s Daughters—or filles du roi—arrived in New France in 1663, and 800 more would follow over the next decade. Given their numbers, they were not literally the king’s daughters of course.

They were poor and usually of common birth, but their passage and dowry were indeed paid by King Louis XIV for the purpose of empire building: These women were to marry male colonists and have many children, thus strengthening France’s hold on North America.

Just like its sister title Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, Cork University Press's newly published Atlas of the Irish Revolution is a whopper!

Its dimensions are 299x237 (12"x10" to my generation); it has 994 pages, 364 maps, more than 700 illustrations and 20 tables; and weighs in at a hefty 5kg.

It is also huge in scholarship. Edited by John Crowley, Donal O Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Borgonovo, the Atlas of the Irish Revolution brings together existing and ongoing new research into the revolutionary era in a broad ranging and inclusive manner.

RootsTech, the lagest genealogy conference held each year in North America, probably the largest in the world, is now accepting reservations for next February’s event. Here is the announcement:

SALT LAKE CITY (19 September 2017)–FamilySearch International has announced that registration to RootsTech 2018 is now open. RootsTech is a popular 4-day annual family history and technology conference where individuals and families are inspired to discover, preserve, and share their family roots, heritage, and stories.

Atavus, Inc. has just announced an improvement to the company’s product, rootstrust is now interoperable with Evernote®. This should interest many genealogists as rootstrust is now interoperable with Evernote® now works with Evernote, a very popular product amongst genealogists.

The following announcement was written by Atavus, Inc.:

Atavus, Inc. announces that its multiplatform genealogy program, rootstrust, now supports interoperability with Evernote. In the latest version of rootstrust, users can optionally use Evernote as a primary or secondary repository for imported files and website links.

Here is another attempt to lock up records for many year, records that legally are in the public domain. The following announcement was written by the New York City Department of Health:

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is proposing a schedule of when the Board of Health can make birth and death records available and transfer then to the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS).

The Dublin-based Irish Newspaper Archives has had a website refresh and a re-brand. Gotta love the green!

To celebrate the new look, which is better in tune with the company's Irish origins and the heritage of the newspapers in its database, the family-run firm is offering a couple of discounts on its subscription packages, as follows:

1 Month subscription: 30% discount – coupon code Web30

Have you ever wondered what everyday items used to like years ago? Some things we use every day are so common that it’s hard to imagine what they looked like when they were first invented. Take sunglasses for example, which are used to block the sun and protect our eyes from harmful UV rays. Tinted lenses were first experimented with in the mid-18th century.

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