Friday, 17 February 2012

Ancestry Freebies, etc.

Genealogy giants Ancestry are throwing open much of their North American records for a limited period. Have a look at this little lot for Canada (until 20th Feb); then there's free access to the 1930 US Census (again, until 20th Feb).

Folk may also be interested in learning of Ancestry's broadcasts from the WDYTYA? Live Fair next weekend - check out the announcement here.

Find My Past Ireland have released some death records which may be of interest to those researching in Carlow, Laois, Wicklow and Kilkenny (the Leighlin Administrations, 1700-1857).

Irish researchers should also check out the latest updates to the Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives (thanks to Claire Santry).

Though it's not of much interest to genealogists, TNA has a news announcement and Podcast relating to the most recent MI5 file release.

Wirral Archives Service is making changes to its opening hours. From the beginning of March there will be no Saturday opening - the last one being 25th February.

An interesting story out of Wales now, and an item on the Your Family Tree Magazine blog concerning Denbighshire criminal records.

The MyHeritage blog has featured a couple of interesting posts this week. First up is an intriguing announcement about affordable DNA tests from the company; and the second, a 'RootsTech Review', containing an interview with MyHeritage's top man, Gilad Japhet (including plans for the future).

The Family Recorder blog ponders what we mean by 'London' (boundaries, etc.).

And, finally, the HistoryToday Magazine website has a useful 'History Around the Web' round-up.

Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool
February 21st 1864

Henry Bridge, aged 51, years from Workhouse. This man died in a sitting position and the body was never straightened out, the coffin having consequently to be made at least 2' 6" deep.

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