Lizzie Borden

One of the more fascinating murder stories in the U.S. occurred 125 years ago today.

Lizzie Borden took an axe, And gave her mother forty whacks. And when she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one.

Shortly before noon on August 4, 1892, the body of Andrew Borden, a prosperous businessman, was found in the parlor of his Fall River, Massachusetts, home at 92 Second St.

MyHeritage Acquires Millennia Corp. and its Legacy Family Tree Software Posted by Diane

Israel-based genealogy website MyHeritageannouncedlate yesterday that it has purchased Millennia Corp.,developer of Legacy Family Tree software and the Legacy webinarsprogram.

"The acquisition will introduce MyHeritage users to Legacy’svaluable genealogical webinars, and will also provide Legacy’shundreds of thousands of users with improved resources and access tonew services," say spokespeople Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage andGeoff Rasmussen of Millennia in a joint email.

The Republic of Ireland will be taking the last of its summer public holidays on Monday, 7 August.

Here are the changes to standard opening times for the main repositories and institutions used by genealogists:

Dublin City Public Libraries will not open on Saturday 5 August or on Monday 7 August. Normal schedules resume Tuesday 8 August.

The National Archives of Ireland, including its free Genealogy Advisory Service, will be closed to the public on Monday 7 August and will re-open on Tuesday 8 August at 9.15am.

Genealogists in the United States will want to mark their calendars for October 3, 2017. That will be the date of the first episode of the new season of Finding Your Roots With Henry Gates, Jr.

The 10-part series traces the ancestry of influential people from a variety of backgrounds and careers. The program focuses on the melting pot of cultures that has shaped the history of the United States, especially focusing on the various ethnic groups that live within our country.

Part of the opening page of the Balbriggan New Cemetery Bural RegisterThe Burial Registers for Balbriggan New Cemetery have been added to the free Buried in Fingal website.

They date from 13 October 1929, when Mary Lee of Drogheda Street, the 80-year-old widow of a Herdsman, was laid to rest and noted in the register's Observations column as 'The first interment in this cemetery', and end on 7 July 2013.

Major news in the genealogy software marketplace! MyHeritage has acquired Millennia Corporation, makers of the popular Legacy Family Tree genealogy desktop software and well-attended genealogy webinar platform, Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

The following is a quote from the MyHeritage Blog:

We’re delighted to announce today that we’ve acquired Millennia Corporation, makers of the popular Legacy Family Tree genealogy desktop software and well-attended genealogy webinar platform, Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

The Northamptonshire (England) Record Office reportedly has made drastic reductions in their services, all without any public consultation. My information is all second-hand. However, I am told that the Record Office management announced last week that they are cutting free access to the public search room to three mornings a week. Previously, it was open three days per week.

Free access is now available only on Tuesday-Thursday mornings, 9am-1pm, and on 7 Saturdays in the year.

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