The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced capital funding of €400,000 to Marsh’s Library to ensure the protection of its unique and irreplaceable collection of 25,000 books.

Marsh's Library, Dublin. Photo courtesy Tourism Ireland.The grant aid will go towards measures including damp proofing and the provision of a misting fire-prevention system.

While this isn't a genealogy library, it is one of my favourite places in Dublin to visit, so I'm delighted to hear of this funding.

The University of Strathclyde's well-regarded Genealogy - Researching your Family Tree online course is to be held again from 3 July. Hosted by The Open University's Future Learn, the course is free, and requires a commitment from participants of four hours study a week over a six-week period.

It is considered suitable for beginners but will also be of help to more experienced genealogists who want to learn new searching, analytical and communication techniques.

Precious Irish manuscripts from the Dark Ages have been conserved by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) following a three-year programme. The rarely seen manuscripts from early Christianity have been repaired, analysed and digitised and will be on public display, on a rotational basis, at the Book of Kells Exhibition at TCD.

The manuscripts are the Codex Usserianius Primus, the Garland of Howth, the Book of Dimma, and the Book of Mulling.

How many videotapes do you own? Are any of them videos made at family reunions or videos of your children or grandchildren as they grew? Would you like to preserve them for a few more years? If so, you need to take action NOW!

Research suggests that videotapes aren’t going to live beyond 15 to 20 years. Some call this the “magnetic media crisis.” The problem is that many people don’t realize their tapes are degrading.

A newsletter reader asked a question that I think many people are asking. I replied to him in email but thought I would also share may answer here in the newsletter in case others have the same question.

My correspondent wrote:

I am relatively new to genealogy technology. Are there tips you can provide to ensure the security of personal information? Would building a family tree in software only [in] my computer be more secure than syncing it to a webpage (like MyHeritage)? Is it a good idea to not include details (name, date and place of birth) for all living relatives and maybe back a generation or two? Thanks.

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, 5 June 2017–FamilySearch has published its June 2017 list of historic record collections available for indexing (see table below). If you have not contributed as a volunteer online indexer yet, these new projects might provide the perfect opportunity! This month’s indexing projects might also hold “that record” you need to break down another family history brick wall.

The Reading Room of the Military Archives reopens today to researchers with appointments.

It's been closed for the past six weeks to facilitate the arrival of new collections to storage and to finish other projects left over from last year's restoration and rebuild works to the archive buildings.

Reading Room appointments are offered from 10am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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