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More Irish RC parish registers in March!

Findmypast has confirmed that it is to release a collection of 10 million records from Irish Roman Catholic parish registers in March. This is the much-rumoured news that's been anticipated since last July when the National Library of Ireland uploaded unindexed images of the registers to its website at The new indexed collection will consist of records from some 3,500 baptism and marriage registers covering all 32 historical counties of the island. They will link to the images. The official press release says the records span from 1671 to 1900 but researchers should be aware that, other than a small number of exceptions, most start in the early 1800s and, as far as I'm aware, nearly all cut off at 1880–1882. The new collection will be available through FindMyPast Ireland and World subscriptions. 

Free US Marriages on FindMyPast!

Findmypast has launched 33 million records for free from now until 15 February.  The records include marriage date, bride and groom names, birthplace, birth date, age, residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names. These records have been described by the Foundation for U.S. Genealogical Research as being “second only to the U.S. census as the most valuable resource for US genealogical research”.

When this project is complete, it will have covered 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010 and contain at least 100 million records and more than 450 million names from 2,800 counties across America. More than 60 per cent of these marriage records have never before been published online. When complete, this collection will only be found in its entirety exclusively on Findmypast.

Happy Searching!


New 'Long Lost Family' Series on TLC

TLC is introducing a new show beginning Sunday, March 6, at 10/9c.

Adoptees and parents who have placed children up for adoption will be reunited together.  The hosts are Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner.  They are both adoptees who have embarked on their own journeys to discover their biological families. Each episode follows the hosts as they investigate the stories of two individuals or families who have longed to resolve their lifelong searches.  Public records and DNA technology are used to solve the puzzles!


RootsTech 2016 - Free Videos!

If you missed any of the RootsTech 2016 live streaming videos, they will be posted on their website,   Currently the videos from Wednesday and Thursday are posted.  Check back for Friday and Saturday sessions.  

GSS's January Monthly Meeting

Kathleen Callanan presenting "DNA and Genetic Genealogy"
Our monthly meeting was held this past Saturday at Selby Library.  We had over one hundred members and guests in attendance.  Kathleen Callanan presented "DNA and Genetic Genealogy."  Over one-third of our members have taken DNA tests and are excited to locate new relatives.

Genetics Study Traces Irish Ancestry

Genetics study traces Irish ancestry to the Middle East

Ireland's early population may originate from the Middle East and Eurasia.  Read more at

February 9
Polish SIG

February 11
New England SIG

February 13
Pinellas Genealogy Society Annual Seminar
This all-day event features Ann Staley, CG, CGL, the primary speaker, as well as three breakout speakers. Ann’s four presentations will deal with (1) piecing together the everyday lives of your ancestors (2) how to attack research brick walls ...

February 13
Gene Jones & Bill Schustik: Florida From Succession to Surrender
Stories and songs as they relate to Florida’s history during the Civil War and its impact on Floridians then and now. Troubadour Bill Schustik and author Gene Jones promise to entertain you.

February 16
Genealogy By The Bay
Dr. John Philip Colletta will present the following topics:      U.S. Passenger Arrival Records 1820 – 1930s: Sources and Strategies      Understanding Archives: What they are and how to use them       Is there any body there? ...

February 17
Germanic SIG

February 20
We will be meeting in Salons B & C.