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Ancestry DNA is offering a 20% discount on its DNA tests to researchers in Ireland, the UK and Canada. (There may also be offers in the US and Australia, but I've not been able to confirm them.)

The offer runs until Monday, 21 May, so it's a quickie. Act quickly if you want to take advanatage of the offer.

Click the flag buttons below to choose the offer for your region.

Headstone memorial in Abbey Graveyard, Ferrybank, to Frederick Christian, Comptroller of Waterford's Custom House, who died May 1687, and his son, Minard, who died August 1714. Photo courtesy of Steve Rogers and Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives.The team of volunteers at Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives has donated and uploaded the files below in the first two weeks of May.

In total, the number of headstone photos added to the site during the fortnight came to more than 1,030.

The Irish Genealogical Research Society Ireland Branch will be holding its Genealogy Open Day on Saturday 19 May.

As usual, this popular annual event will be held at Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, and everyone is welcome to attend. The day is free, and there is no need to book.

Three main lectures will be presented, followed by two 'lightning' (short) talks, as follows:

AmericanAncestors.orgAmericanAncestors.org, the online database of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), has added a further ten volumes to its database of Roman Catholic records from the Archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts.

The new records are from St Mary's in Lynn and they date from 1789 to 1900. The upload adds more than 39,000 records to the collection and 148,000 names.

The new volumes are as follows:

There are three Irish themed lectures taking place in Montreal this weekend as part of the Quebec Family History Society's Roots 2018 conference.

Two of the lectures will be presented by Tom Quinlan, Keeper, National Archives of Ireland (NAI): What's new at the NAI? (Saturday 19 May) and Researching convict ancestors at the NAI (Sunday 20 May). The third is with historian Steven L Cameron: Pre-Famine Irish in rural Quebec (Saturday 19 May).

There are also SRDs missing from the marriages IndexReaders of Irish Genealogy News will remember that in early March, while broadly welcoming FindMyPast's newly uploaded civil registers indexes, I was critical of the inadequate descriptions provided by FindMyPast Ireland for what appeared to be incomplete record sets.

Two months on, the descriptions have not been improved (and the supposedly pre-1845 marriages have not been corrected, either), so genealogist John Grenham has taken the time and trouble to identify what is missing from both the FindMyPast birth and marriage indexes.

Monday 14 May:Famine and Migration, with Dr Paddy Fitzgerald. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. Free. 7pm. All welcome.

Monday 14 May: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal.

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