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Wicklow records added to RootsIreland

Posted: 27 May 2020 11:08 AM PDT

From RootsIreland (

We are delighted to announce that Wicklow genealogy centre have added over 34,000 burial records to their database at Most are Church of Ireland but three are Roman Catholic parishes. These records are as follows:

Parish, Years
Aghold Church of Ireland 1700-1900
Ballinaclash Church of Ireland 1842-1902
Ballymore Eustace Church of Ireland 1832-1879
Ballynure Church of Ireland 1888-1899
Baltinglass Roman Catholic 1824-1830
Blessington Church of Ireland 1813-1900
Bray Church of Ireland 1663-1900
Carnew Church of Ireland 1806-1900
Carnew Roman Catholic 1847-1893
Castlemacadam Church of Ireland 1719-1889
Clonmore Church of Ireland 1882-1926
Crosspatrick Church of Ireland 1814-1900
Delgany Church of Ireland 1665-1899
Derrylossary Church of Ireland 1878-1900
Donaghmore Church of Ireland 1720-1898
Dunganstown Church of Ireland 1783-1903
Dunlavin Church of Ireland 1668-1890
Glenealy Church of Ireland 1825-1884
Hacketstown Church of Ireland 1878-1900
Kilbride Church of Ireland 1827-1898
Kilbride-Eneriley Church of Ireland 1852-1898
Kilcommon Church of Ireland 1802-1900
Killiskey Church of Ireland 1824-1877
Kilpipe Church of Ireland 1833-1903
Kiltegan Church of Ireland 1879-1900
Moyne Church of Ireland 1879-1900
Mullinacuffe Church of Ireland 1836-1909
Newcastle Church of Ireland 1659-1898
Powerscourt Church of Ireland 1668-1890
Preban Church of Ireland 1829-1899
Rathdrum Church of Ireland 1702-1899
Rathvilly Church of Ireland 1700-1900
Rathvilly Roman Catholic 1861-1889
Redcross Church of Ireland 1879-1900
Shillelagh Church of Ireland 1835-1889
Stratford Church of Ireland 1804-1898
Tullow Church of Ireland 1700-1900
Wicklow Church of Ireland 1713-1900

RootsIreland adds 40,000+ non-RC Co. Armagh record

A bundle of more than 40,000 register records from Church of Ireland (CoI), Presbyterian and Society of Friends (Quakers), some of them dating back to the 1770s, have been added to the database. So have headstone inscriptions from 16 CoI, Prebyterian, Quaker and Methodist burial grounds, plus about 1,500 inscriptions from three Roman Catholic graveyards.

RootsIreland Uploads 16,000 Westmeath Records

Westmeath Genealogy, the family history centre based at Dún na Sí Heritage Centre near Moate, has added more than 16,000 records to their database at include nearly 700 bmd register entries that were 'missed' in earlier transcription projects; anyone who has previously searched these databases without success would be advised to revisit the collection to see if their ancestors have been 'found'.

Here's a summary of the new additions:
  • Headstone transcriptions from seven burial grounds (nearly 4,000)
  • Baptisms, St Mary’s Athlone RC (249 previously missed)
  • Marriages, Mayne RC, part of Coole parish (249 previously missed)
  • Deaths, Mullingar RC (190 previously missed. 1844-1866)
  • Castlepollard Parish, Baptisms (9,176); Marriages (321); Deaths (2,596)
You'll find a full and detailed list, including the names and location of the seven new graveyards, of Westmeath Genealogy's online sources here.

The Genetic Detective on ABC

ABC is on the case! The network just announced the premiere date for their new TV show, The Genetic Detective.

The documentary series “follows investigative genetic genealogist CeCe Moore as she uses her unique research skills to transform the face of crime solving.”

The Genetic Detective premieres on ABC on May 19th at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Read more info below:

From ABC News comes “THE GENETIC DETECTIVE” debuting TUESDAY, MAY 19 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT). The all-new series follows investigative genetic genealogist CeCe Moore as she uses her unique research skills to transform the face of crime solving. By working with police departments and crime scene DNA, Moore is able to trace the path of a violent criminal’s family tree to reveal their identity and help bring them to justice. “The Genetic Detective” is a co-production with ABC News and XCON Productions. Carrie Cook and Marc Dorian serve as co-executive producers for ABC News. Christine Connor is executive producer and Christopher K. Dillon is co-executive producer for XCon Productions. CeCe Moore is producer.”

Digitization of NYC Naturalization Records

Taken from the Records-Access-Alerts Digest, Vol 87, Issue 5

The US National Archives gave a three-year grant of $872,000 which will pay for the Bronx and Queens (New York City)  County Clerks offices to upload naturalization record online starting in 2022.   They will be freely accessible on line.

Naturalization records in the Bronx and Queens stretch from the late 1700′s through the 1950′s when clerks offices ceased processing naturalization documents. The responsibility shifted to the federal government.  Thus far most of the requests in Queens are for records from the mid-1800′s through the early 1900′s.

To read more see:

More Affiliate Libraries!!

ALL branches in the Manatee County Library system are now Affiliate Libraries to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  This means that within each branch users connected to the library's wifi, whether on a library computer or your own device will have access to 10 million more images than from home.

France Approves Genetic Genealogy Tests

The French Senate adopted an amendment to a bill on 8 January 2020 to authorize genetic genealogy tests in France.  A person's DNA can be tested for genealogical research, to find possible family relationships and to estimate geographical origins.

Monday, 30 September 2019

NIFHS launches Ballycarry DNA Project

The North of Ireland Family History Society ( has launched a new Ballycarry DNA Project.
Ballycarry is an historic County Antrim village with strong Scottish connections and has a number of families that have lived in the district for many generations. We wish to explore the connections between people who are the descendants of whose who lived in Ballycarry in the past to identify if the families living side-by-side were indeed related to each other. This will allow individuals living today to identify that they are related to each other (and others who have taken tests) and to build up a picture of relationships in the past that will explain their connections. In many instances these connections go back beyond paper records and effectively ‘recreate’ a family tree where one no longer exists.

In order to carry out this project we intend to DNA test individuals who can establish their connections to people who lived in the Ballycarry (Parish of Templecorran) in the 1800s. Doing this will help us to explore links between the testers and other people who have already taken a DNA test. By testing people from a specific area it is anticipated that many connections will be identified and confirmed as the tests can give meaningful information back to each person’s 5x great grandparents (usually at least to the mid 1700s).

For further details of the project, and the launch event on Tuesday 8th October 2019, please visit

County Clare Records on RootsIreland

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

RootsIreland adds County Clare records

From RootsIreland (

The Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre have added 74,152 records to their database at These records are as follows:

Roman Catholic baptisms and marriages:
Ballyvaughan (marriages 1862-1900), Broadford (marriages 1840-1883), Carron (baptisms, 1853-1900; marriages 1856-1898), Clonlara (baptisms, 1851-1900; marriages 1851-1900), Flagmount (marriages 1842-1900), Inagh (marriages 1850-1900), Killadysart (baptisms, 1829-1900; marriages 1867-1877), Killimer (baptisms 1859-1900), Kilmaley (marriages 1829-1900), Kilshanny (baptisms, 1869-1900), Liscannor (marriages 1866-1884), O’Callaghans Mills (marriages 1835-1900), Lisdoonvarna (baptisms, 1854-1900; marriages 1854-1899), New Quay (marriages 1848-    1899), Sixmilebridge (marriages 1829-1868), Tubber (baptisms, 1833-1900; marriages 1864-1899).

Civil Births:
Cooleycasey (1894-1920), Crusheen (1885-1920), Ennis (1884-1920), Kilkishen (1896-1920), Scarriff (1886-1920).

Civil Deaths:
Bridgetown (1864-1970), Cooleycasey (1864-1970), Crusheen (1864-1970), Killaloe (1864-1970), Newmarket (1864-1970), Tulla (1864-1970), Ballyvaughan (1864-1970).

Gravestone Inscriptions:
Blakemount Tubber, Kilkeedy, Moore, Corrovorran, Coad, Kiltackey, Friary Abbey Ennis, Killilagh, Kilmoon, Killeny, Doolin.

Clare Journal 1778-1917
Marriages (1779-1917)
Deaths (1778-1917)

Venice Library Genealogy Help

Volunteers are available at the Venice Library Monday thru Thursday.  Researchers can call 861-1347 for library hours or look online here
Friday hours will be added in the near future.
Melanie Odom

All Sarasota County Libraries Are FHL Affiliates!

We are pleased to announce that every branch of the Sarasota County Library has been granted Family History Library Affiliate access!!  While that doesn't provide access to all items with the camera and key icon, but it does grant more access than you would have from home.
Users connected to the wifi system of a Sarasota County library can enjoy this access - whether it's a library computer or your own device.
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT is working on designing a better identification system for their online catalog to denote the level of access per catalog item.

Free parking @ the 2nd Street Garage @ Whole Foods

If travelling westbound on Fruitville Avenue, turn left (going southbound) onto Lemon Avenue.  Go south for 2 blocks and then turn right (going westbound) onto 2nd Street.  Go west on 2nd Street for ½ block and then turn right into the 2nd Street Garage at Whole Foods.  The address is 1400 2nd Street, Sarasota, FL 34236.  Only Whole Foods customers may park on the first floor.  GSS meeting attendees may park on floors 2 – 4.  There is an elevator on the east side of the parking garage building.  Selby Library is the first building immediately west (and across the street) from the parking garage building.

Public Domain Copyright-Free Books Being Scanned!!

This information was derived from Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter 7 Aug 2019.
The New York Public Library recently paid to convert the information in the Catalog of Copyright Entries into a searchable format.  This information identifies copyright registration dates and when/if they were renewed.  Approximately 80% of the books published from 1923-1964 are in the public domain!  The Hathi Trust has already uploaded some of these newly freed books.  There is a website that posts newly discovered books daily.

Selby Library is now a Family History Library Affiliate!!!!!  It finally happened!!  There are four levels of access to records on
open accesss - records you can obtain from any location, including home: 
Affiliate access - access to records within an affiliate location provided you are logged into your FamilySearch account and connected to the affiliate location's wifi (either on one of their computers or your laptop/tablet)
Family History Center access - Access to some records that have the camera and key icon: 
Family History Library access - access to all of their records at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Unfortunately, FamilySearch's catalog doesn't identify which record group has what access.  I wish it did.  I did learn today that New York City vital records cannot be viewed at an affiliate library but can be viewed at a Family History Center.
In addition, there is one additional icon you will find in the FamilySearch catalog, that of a boxed camera, which denotes the images are on a Partner Site (such as Fold3).    
Happy Researching!!

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