Monday 8 January:NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, incl. Genealogy Advisory Service operating as normal.

Monday 8 January:Practical workshop, presented by branch members. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP.

Your grandmother had one. So did your mother. I’ll bet you also have one. At the back of a high closet shelf, in the basement, in the attic, you have some kind of a container. It may be an old metal box that held cookies a lifetime ago, an old shoebox or hatbox, a modern plastic container with a snap-on lid, or even a handy-dandy sealed plastic bag stuck in a drawer.

The following announcement was written by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith:

Aha! Seminars, Inc., welcomes Legacy Tree Genealogists as a new sponsor of The Genealogy Guys Podcast and the Genealogy Connection podcast, effective immediately.

“We are very excited to welcome Legacy Tree Genealogists as a sponsor of both of our podcasts,” says George G. Morgan, president of Aha! Seminars, Inc. “They bring their outstanding proficiencies and value in professional client research to our global audience.

President Abraham Lincoln is known for his many groundbreaking political moves that changed the face of America. As the 16th President of the United States, he is remembered for abolishing slavery, leading the Union to victory in the Civil War, and issuing other transformational policies. He is also known for one more thing — his iconic beard. His distinguished look appears on the US $5 bill, and many people can easily identify him by his picture.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is opening up its online database of more than 1.4million records for free until Wednesday 10 January.

The website – AmericanAncestors.org – contains some of the most important online databases for researching American ancestry, with records covering 18 countries, including Ireland and Britain. Among them are census, tax and voter lists; court, land and probate records; journals and periodicals; military records; genealogies, biographies, heraldry, and local histories; immigration records; and vital records.

Do you have a mystery in your family that you are itching to solve? Maybe you found a war medal tucked away in an old box and you don’t know who it belonged to. Or perhaps you found a mysterious locket with initials you don’t recognize. Many people run into brick walls in their genealogy research. When you come across these family mysteries, you will probably be left with burning questions and no one to turn to for answers.

Ancestry.com is offering savings of up to 50% on two of its six-month subscription packages.

The US Discovery saving is 50%, while the World Explorer package (probably the most useful for those with ancestors on both sides of the Atlantic) attracts a 30% discount.

Both offers are available only to new/lapsed subscribers. US Discovery package – 50% Off – This subscription allows you to explore all US content and collections ie bmds, census, occupational records, and much more.

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