The new app imbue, is being developed thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, should appeal to a lot of genealogists out there. Wednesday, September 20th, the app was launched and it will ble demonstrated in 2018 at RootsTech. 

imbue (always spelled with a lower-case "i") is a mobile app for tagging family treasures. The app will also save your voice & your memories for future generations.

Ancestry has updated its collection of Church of England record sets for London. I don't usually draw attention to updates, particularly if they don't concern records that originate in Ireland, but I'm making an exception for this collection because it's very large (53million records) and covers a city that many Irish people have made their home down the years.

Being Protestant records, I was surprised to find so many of my Santry family appearing in the collection.

FindMyPast has added a free index to the Dublin Electoral Rolls. It contains 427,000 entries recording eligible voters in the City of Dublin from 1908 to 1915.

At this time, eligibility for a vote at local elections was restricted to men over the age of 21 and women over the age of 30 who resided or owned property in the city; eligibility for a vote at parliamentary elections was restricted only to ratepayers and freemen.

The U.S. Constitution requires a census of all residents every ten years. However, the effort for the 2020 Census is in turmoil. (See http://bit.ly/2uAbHl7 and http://bit.ly/2xiqlCb for two of my recent articles describing the chaos.) In the last two or three collections of census data, the time required to plan the census, hire the right people, and to train them required 3 or 4 years of advance planning.

The following is an announcement from the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago (AAGHSC):

Come and Celebrate the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago’s (AAGHSC) 35th Annual Family History Conference, Unique Issues Researching African American Genealogy, with keynote speaker and professional genealogist LaDonna Garner, M.A., R.V.T. Additional speakers include Karen Burnett, Stephanie Byrd, Janis Minor Forte, Paul D. Holmes, Evelyn Nabors, Saundra Shelley, and Cheryl Varner.

Here is an interesting twist: Irish descendants in the U.S. are sending DNA kits to find out more about their roots in the Co. Galway Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking district).

The Maine Gaeltacht Project, linked with the Emigration and Diaspora Centre Project in Carna, Co. Galway, is funding DNA testing for Galway locals in an attempt to link members with their Irish families. The Maine Irish found that groups of Irish immigrants from the same townland or county would cluster together when they arrived in the US.

When I started writing a blog that is mostly concerned with genealogy, I never expected to also be writing about Irish whiskey. However, strange things do happen. In this case, there is a genealogy lesson to be learned for all of us: Only 0.3% of people have one ethnicity in their DNA, showing our world is a true blend.

The following announcement was written by the folks at Tullamore D.E.W.

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