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We Have a New Website!

GSS is proud to announce we have established a new website, GSSFL.ORG.  We will no longer be updating this site.  
Please visit our new site.  If you have any questions, please contact us at

New South Tipperary Records on

From RootsIreland (

We are pleased to announce that South Tipperary Genealogy, located in the Bru Boru Centre, has added over 20,000 Roman Catholic baptisms for the parish of Killenaule to its database at These baptismal records span two periods: 1742-1802 and 1814-1900, with a twelve-year gap between both sets of records.  

RootsIreland adds 10,500 more Co. Kilkenny records has added an interesting mix of more than 10,500 records from County Kilkenny to its database. This upload includes the following records:


  • Callan RC Parish, deaths, 1900-1940 (1610 records)
  • Dunamaggin RC Parish, deaths, 1900-1972 (709 records)
  • Windgap RC Parish, deaths, 1908-1971 (1234 records)
  • Parochial census, Paulstown, c.1861 (2501 records)
  • Parochial census Gorebridge, c.1872 (1311 records)
  • Pigot’s Directory, City of Kilkenny, 1824 (450 records)
  • Slater’s Directory, City of Kilkenny, 1846 (746 records)
  • Killamery tombstone inscriptions (187 records)
  • Tullahought tombstone inscriptions (439 records)
  • Windgap tombstone inscriptions (1355 records)

Brooklyn Newsstand

Brooklyn Newsstand is a collection of digitized Brooklyn newspapers made possible through a partnership between Brooklyn Public Library and  The titles represent various Brooklyn neighborhoods and each newspaper, provides a wide variety of coverage and includes information on politics, business, education, church events, sports, entertainment, and community happenings. Some papers provide coverage of international events while others are exclusively devoted to events in Brooklyn. Since no two titles are identical in scope the individual descriptions should be consulted to discover the precise contents of each paper.

Brooklyn Newsstand | Full Content (2,402,000 digitized pages) contains over 30 additional newspapers, each listed below with date ranges and description. We've made arrangements with our partner, to provide free access to all Brooklyn titles during our closure. In branch and in library wifi use only, will go back into effect when we reopen.

Related Resources:

Brooklyn High School Newspapers: digitized news publications from Brooklyn high schools. School news receives the most attention in the papers, but community events, as well as matters of national and international interest, are reported on as well. The bulk of the papers in the collection span the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. Many famous Brooklynites appear in the pages of these publications, such as Bobby Fischer (Erasmus Hall High School), Janet Yellen (Fort Hamilton High School), and Bernie Sanders (James Madison High School). 

Local Newspapers on microfilm: Numerous neighborhood newspapers covering the years 1835-1999. These newspapers contain local news in specific neighborhoods as well as borough, city, and national news. This collection includes additional years from titles that have been digitized as well as non-digitized newspaper titles.

Digital Collections: For digitized photographs from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and related Brooklyn digital content.

Brooklyn Collection: For all your Brooklyn research needs


Newspaper titles and descriptions:


Using Brooklyn Newsstand is typically a subscription-based database, but through our partnership anyone searching the database via the Brooklyn Newsstand website will have free access to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper and Brooklyn Life, and free onsite access for the Newspaper titles listed above.  If you want to use some of the advanced features you may be prompted to register with  This registration is still free, although it will require you to provide an email address.  You do not need to hold a Brooklyn Public Library card to register with  As you use Brooklyn Newsstand, you should be aware of the various features offered for saving, clipping, and sharing newspaper content.

Print/Save -- you can click this link to either print or save any page of the newspaper you're viewing. You will be prompted to choose to print/save the entire page or a portion. 

Share -- this allows you to share the page you're looking at with others. You do not need to create an account with to share, although you may be prompted to sign in with whatever social media login you choose.

Clip -- by clipping a portion of the page, you are saving it on the site. This is useful if you're doing in-depth research and want to organize your work. To make clippings, you'll need to create a free account with You will not be charged to use the site, although you may choose to subscribe to if you want access to papers outside of Brooklyn Public Library newspaper collections. You should know that unless you edit your Account settings to keep your clippings to yourself, they will be visible to other users on the site. You can edit these by clicking on the drop-down arrow next to your name, once you're signed in.

Irish death records 1871-1877 Now Online

Ministers Martin and Humphreys Announce Release of More Historic Records Online

Additional images taken from the Registers of Death for the years 1871 to 1877 are now available to view on the website, In total, images for 671,599 Death entries have been added to the website meaning over 15.5 million register records are now available to the public to view and research online on the website.

The records now available online include:

    Birth register records – 1864 to 1919
    Marriage register records – 1845 to 1944
    Death register records – 1871 to 1969

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, T.D., welcomed this latest release:

"This release of death register data by the Civil Registration Service is part of an ongoing partnership between my Department and the Department of Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands. The aim is to make all of these historic records freely and easily accessible to all members of the public both at home and throughout our Diaspora".

Ms Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Social Protection said:

“I welcome the addition of these further years of Civil Death register entries. I had the pleasure four years ago of making most of these records available on the website, when I was Minister for the Arts, and it is wonderful to see that the Civil Registration Service of my Department has now nearly made all of these records available to be searched freely online”.



RootsTech 2021

Introducing RootsTech Connect: A Free Online Conference Experience

In short, this will be a modified version of the popular RootsTech conferences of the past few years. Now called RootsTech Connect, the ONLINE conference will be  held on  25-27 February 2021.
Quoting the announcement:
For the first time ever, the world’s largest family celebration event will be entirely virtual and completely free. Get ready to celebrate shared connections with people from around the world. Connect with friends, your family, your past, and your heritage and homelands—all from the comfort of your home and in your browser.
To register and read more about it go to:

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:

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.

Sarasota & Manatee Cty Libraries FHL Affiliates!

We are pleased to announce that every branch of the Sarasota County & Manatee County Libraries have 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.
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.
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.

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!!

Instructions to register for Fort Myers Programs

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Open Free Accounts to Upload Your Family Tree

Did you know you can upload your family tree gedcom files for FREE to:
Each site will provide you with hints on members of your tree, free of charge!

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