A new study has found that Neanderthals living in Spain around 49,000 years ago, including one nicknamed 'Sid', were treating dental infections and stomach bugs with poplar plants containing painkillers and antibiotics.

Scientists studying the hardened plaque on the teeth from the fossilised remains of a series of Neanderthals found it contained genetic material from an antibiotic producing mould.

It is time to knock down a widely-circulated misconception that the number of Irish Americans in the United States is going down.

This has become a prominent canard, usually peddled by those who have little time for Irish America, to begin with.

This thesis that Irish America is fading is relatively simple to disprove.

Below is a bar graph showing the results from the US Census Bureau from 2000 and 2014.

In September 2015, over 2.5 million images of Irish births, deaths and marriage records from the General Register Office (GRO), were released online for the first time.

The images, available on www.irishgenealogy.ie, date back as far as 1864. Among the records are the birth, marriage and death register for Tom Crean, the Antarctic explorer. Crean’s grandson Brendan O’Brien joined the Irish Government Ministers Heather Humphreys and Leo Varadkar at the release launech event the National Library.

“Start Here,” by Sunny Jane Morton in Family Tree Magazine’s January-February issue, starts off the new year with the 25 websites that she says are a must to use.

I will mention here first the ones I was not familiar with. About.com contains a lot of how-to articles, many for beginners. The Genealogical Learning Center at genealogy.com is recommended and contains research materials.

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