Ancestry.com have announced the scrapping of their 'Expert Connect' service, through which family historians could hire the services of professional genealogists. If this is something you have an interest in, then you may wish to check out commentaries on the topic at Anglo-Celtic Connections and Scottish GENES, with some useful advice to be found on the latter.
Professional genealogists and record agents themselves may be interested in this blog entry on Carolyn McNicholl's site relating to her experiences in applying for certification by the US-based Board of Certification of Genealogists.
ON THIS DAY
Robert Boyle, Irish chemist, in Lismore (Co.Waterford), in 1627;
Virginia Woolf, English writer, in London, 1882;
and, of course, Robert Burns, Scottish poet, in Alloway (Ayrshire), in 1759.
Al Capone, in 1947, aged 48. He died of a heart attack following a bout of pneumonia, which itself had followed a stroke ... which, in turn, had come on the back of neurosyphilis.
1971: General Idi Amin seizes power in Uganda whilst the country's president, Milton Obote, is abroad attending a Commonwealth Conference.