FindMyPast has created a new British and Irish Roots collection which allows researchers to search a wide variety of records spanning more than 400 years of migration between the British Isles and North America, all in one place.

It holds some 98 million records.

Please note that this is not a brand-new resource. Instead, it is a specifically packaged collection that draws from a wide range of FindMyPast's existing records and gathers together those that list origin or place of birth in Ireland or Britain.

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The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Vast new collection has been specially curated by Findmypast’s in-house expertsThe new British and Irish Roots collection allows researchers to search a wide variety of records spanning more than 400 years of migration between the British Isles and North America, all in one placeAll 95 million records within this unique resource are now available to search and will be free of charge for a limited period

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The Virginia Newspaper Project has announced digitized copies of Richmond Whig and Commercial Journal, a daily published by John Hampden Pleasants and Josiah Abbot from 1831-1832, are now available on Virginia Chronicle web site.

Thanks to a partnership with the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, which generously shared its collection with the Library of Virginia, the digitized issues on Virginia Chronicle represent a nearly complete run of Richmond Whig and Commercial Journal.

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FindMyPast has created a new British and Irish Roots collection which allows researchers to search a wide variety of records spanning more than 400 years of migration between the British Isles and North America, all in one place.

It holds some 98 million records.

Please note that this is not a brand-new resource. Instead, it is a collection specially created by FindMyPast that draws from a wide range of its existing record sets and gathers together records that list origin or place of birth in Ireland or Britain.

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With the publication of the Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2018 Belfast programme, it seems the countdown to Back To Our Past Belfast (Friday and Saturday 16–17 February 2018) has begun.

The Titanic Centre is to be the venue for the first Back To Our Past and the first Genetic Genealogy Ireland (GGI) conference outside Dublin. While we may have to wait to discover details of any traditional genealogy and local history lectures being held as part of the Back To Our Past exhibition and fair, GGI2018 Belfast is already organised.

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A unique research project, led by the Genealogical Society of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), has created the first genetic map of the people of Ireland. The findings have been published in a paper – The Irish DNA Atlas; Revealing Fine-Scale Population Structure and History within Ireland – in the journal Scientific Reports.

Click to visit RSCI for larger image and more detailsThe landmark study provides the first fine-scale genetic map of the island of Ireland, revealing patterns of genetic similarity, so far in ten distinct clusters, roughly aligned with the ancient Provinces as well as with major historical events including the invasions of the Norse Vikings and the Ulster Plantations.

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Monday 11 to Friday 15 December:Preservation Week at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Document ordering and production will be suspended throughout this week to facilitate essential preservation work. Researchers will still have access to church records and search services via the Search Room.

Monday 11 December: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.

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Researchers led by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Genealogical Society of Ireland have published “The Irish DNA Atlas; Revealing Fine-Scale Population Structure and History within Ireland” in the journal Scientific Reports.

The landmark study provides the first fine-scale genetic map of the island of Ireland, revealing patterns of genetic similarity, so far in ten distinct clusters, roughly aligned with the ancient provinces as well as with major historical events including the invasions of the Norse Vikings and the Ulster Plantations.

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Så var då äntligen Lotta Lundgren och Erik Haag tillbaka med en ny tv-serie, denna gång i tre delar som handlar om svenskarna som utvandrade under 1800-talet. Faktum är, att vi som gillar historia (och släktforskning) börjar bli bortskämda i tv. Ändå kan man utläsa från diskussioner på internet att det är något som saknas. 

På vanligt manér serverar Lotta och Erik oss en portion av Sveriges historia, denna gång om den stora utvandringen som skedde på 1800-talet till Nord Amerika.

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ArkivDigital har fått tillgång till ett par flyttkartonger med kungörelser från Malmöhus län. Dessa är nu avfotograferade och finns tillgängliga för att läsa om du har ett abonnemang på ArkivDigital.

I början av året skrev vi ett blogginlägg om motsvarande från Skaraborgs län. Se tidigare inlägg.

För att hitta dessa skriver du Kungörelser i Ny arkivsökning.

Länskungörelser, Malmöhus län I (M) 1765-1798 (1765-1798) Bild 150 (AID: v884446.b150, NAD: ) Länk

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At MyHeritage, we constantly discover new ways for our users to explore their origins and learn more about who they are. Our Science Team, led by world-renowned genetics pioneer Dr. Yaniv Erlich, recently released surveys — a cutting-edge research project to help us investigate how genetics affects various aspects of our lives, with the cooperation of the MyHeritage community.
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The Representative Church Body Library has advised that it will close at 1pm on the next two Fridays: 8 December and 15 December.

It will also close at 1pm the following Friday, 22 December, marking the start of the Library's festive break, and will remain closed until Tuesday 2 January 2018, when the doors will open at the normal time of 9:30am.

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Som jag skrev om i förra inlägget så har jag fått en match på mitt Family Tree Dna. Det är en kvinna i Wisconsin i USA som har en och samma ana som jag har. Det ligger dock ganska långt tillbaka i tiden och många generationer sedan. Närmare bestämd 10 för mig och 12 för henne. Jag har dock inte lyckats hitta någon annan koppling mellan oss.

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Som barn var vi förväntansfulla långt innan julafton, och redan någon månad innan kände man av stämningen, allt var lite hemligare, allt var lite godare, allt var lite mysigare och alla var lite gladare. Mer och mer för varje dag. Mest väntade vi på julklapparna. Skulle jag få den där dockan? Kom mamma ihåg den där klänningen som jag hade pekat på?

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A newsletter reader wrote to me recently, asking:

“I am in the process of backing up my family/genealogy records. There is a lot of information available about commercial services transfer of information. However, I am not seeing much about transfer of audiotapes to more stable backup. Have you written any articles or know of sources to help me evaluate commercial services for audiotapes?”

My answer is:

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This is a guest post by Jessica Taylor, president of Legacy Tree Genealogists, the recommended research partner of MyHeritage. Jessica gave a phenomenal talk during our One-Day Genealogy Seminar – “Google for Genealogy: Search Tricks to Tease Out Information.” Watch her webinar here: Google for Genealogy: Search Tricks to Tease Out Information.
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The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

In Search of a Fair Wind The Sea Letters of Georgia Townsend Yates, 1891-1892 By Georgia Townsend Yates and Clint Cargile. Zea Mays Publ., Sycamore, Ill. 2017. 229 pages.

I find memoirs to be extraordinarily engaging, even when the central topic is of no great interest to me.

Being pulled into someone else’s life, reading the private thoughts, feelings, perspective, reactions to family, fears, insecurities, being privy to someone who has had a life different from mine, and shares it so unpretentiously, feels like a privilege.

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Säger man piga och dräng, så går nog mångas tankar direkt till Lina och Alfred i Katthult, som till synes levde ett gott och trivsamt liv i den lilla idyllen hos husbonden Anton. Men att ha tjänst hos en husbonde förr kunde vara nog så hårt och kämpigt med långa arbetsdagar och slitsamma arbetsuppgifter.

”Genom historien och mycket långt fram i tiden utgjorde hushållet grunden för människors försörjning.

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Meghan Markle is African American, Dutch, English and Irish, and her Irish roots have a compelling story to go with them.

Her great-great-great-grandmother Mary Smith emigrated to London from Ireland and married a British soldier named Thomas Bird sometime in the mid-1800s.

Her Irish family apparently disowned her, likely because she married a  member of the imperial army.

Experts say she may well have worked in Windsor Castle for the Royal family as there is an M.

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Else Skranefjell skriver roman om ekteparet Ferdinand August Charisius (1738-1806) og kona Elisabeth (1757-1791).

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