Waterford City and County Archives Services, which operate from High Street Waterford and Dungarvan Library respectively, will be closed from Monday 11 April to Monday 10 May inclusive.

Normal opening hours (City Archive, Tuesdays 10am to 2pm only) and (County Archive, Fridays 1pm to 5pm only) will resume on Tuesday 11 May.

The Service holds the records of local authorities in Waterford City and County, past and present, plus private collections relating to the City and County Waterford.

S&L Promotions, the organisers of the Back To Our Past (BTOP) fair which has been running in Dublin for each of the last seven years, have confirmed that the event will be returning to the RDS in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, once again this October.

In addition, BTOP is to head north for the first time. It will be held in the Titanic Suite of the Titanic Belfast attraction on Friday 16 February and Saturday 17 February.

In the United States, the most popular family surname is Smith. As per the 2010 census, about 0.8 percent of Americans have it. In Vietnam, the most popular surname name is Nguyen. The estimate for how many people answer to it? Somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of the country’s population.

You think tracing the Smith family is difficult? Try tracing the Nguyen family!

An article by Dan Nosowitz in the Atlas Obscura web site states:

Once again, I am taking a “little trip.” If you have been reading this newsletter for some time, you already know that I travel often. However, this trip may not be so little.

By the time you read these words, I should be on board IcelandAir someplace over the Atlantic or possibly may have already landed in Reykjavík, Iceland. I plan to spend a few days there as a tourist.

This is a guest post by Legacy Tree Genealogists. They provide full-service genealogical research for clients worldwide, helping them discover their roots and personal history through records, narratives, and DNA. Based near the world’s largest family history library in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, Legacy Tree has developed a network of professional researchers and archives around the globe.

For years people have told me that there are bugs in Ancestry’s search. It was returning something it shouldn’t. But each time they sent me an example, I found the search system was working as intended. It was displaying results that partially mismatched because other parts matched so strongly. There was a distinct possibility it really was the person you were looking for, albeit you might have provided a little bit of incorrect information, or the record itself contained a little bit of erroneous information.

I must admit I never heard of this company before until I received the following announcement:

Cellular Research Institute has recently introduced CRI Genetics, the organization’s Genetics division dedicated to helping individuals find out key information pertaining to their ancestry. Led by seasoned researcher Alexei Fedorov, CRI Genetics is now offering the most advanced DNA testing kit on the market.

March 25th, 2017 – Cellular Research Institute, a team of researchers dedicated to providing accurate information about research, medicine, and the environment, has recently introduced their Genetics division.

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