It’s George Clooney! And other interesting stuff. Here’s the short list of what’s in the July/August editing of Irish Lives Remembered. Tracing your Tyrone ancestors The Irish in Kentucky Military Records in Australian Research George Clooney’s Kilkenny Homestead Click on Irish Lives Remembered to download read.

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From ancestry.com: “WDYTYA Star Contest Have you watched Who Do You Think You Are? and wished you could travel the world to discover more about your own ancestors’ past? Then we have a giveaway for you! We are picking one lucky winner for the ultimate Who Do You Think You Are? experience, which includes a trip to your family’s […]

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A major anniversary taking place in Scotland  this month is the bicentenary of the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s novel, Waverley, arguably the first ever historical novel. The book was first published on 7 July 1814 and sold like hot cakes, but not everyone was happy about it. Here is what a seemingly scunnered ( […]

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The Associated Press has reported that the Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Joel is the sixth top-selling artist of all time with a career spanning 50 years. The Gershwin Prize honors a living artist’s lifetime achievement in music. There’s quite a line-up recipients include Paul Simon, […]

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The Irish Data Protection commissioner has ordered the closing of civil records search because of  fear that it exposes too much information” “The front of the Irish Genealogy website on Monday morning. Photograph: Irish Genealogy/Screenshot The Irish government closed part of its genealogy website on Friday, after the country’s data protection commissioner warned that potentially […]

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Sandy on July 23rd, 2014

Making books in 1947 was quite a process. The following vidio was made by Encyclopedia Britannica Films Inc., in collaboration with Luther H. Evans, PhD of the Library of Congress:

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Sandy on July 22nd, 2014

Alan Stewart says: “Baptism, marriage and burial records for the English county of Staffordshire have been made available online. The UK family history website Findmypast has published online for the first time over 2.8 million parish records in partnership with Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service. This is the final instalment of Findmypast’s 100in100 promise to […]

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FamilySearch has added more than 2 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, England, Germany, Isle of Man, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 148,960 images from the England, Durham, Diocese of Durham Original Wills, 1650–1857, collection; the 91,952 indexed records from the […]

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Sandy on July 18th, 2014

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Sandy on July 17th, 2014

“Disneyland, Walt Disney’s metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy, and futurism, opened on July 17, 1955. The $17 million theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California, and soon brought in staggering profits. Today, Disneyland hosts more than 14 million visitors a year, who spend close to $3 billion. Walt Disney, […]

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As reported in the Huffington Post and The Blaze, archaeologists in Norway were exited when they unearthed what could be an 8000-year-old-Stone Age skull and were stunned to find possible traces of preserved brain matter: “Researchers are not yet sure if it’s human, but an ancient skull found at a Norwegian archaeological dig site is […]

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I’m a few weeks late with this one and have decided to add this information from ancestry.com since so many Puerto Rican family historians have asked for resources. Hope this helps. See below: “PROVO, Utah, June 24, 2014 – Ancestry.com today announced the availability of nearly 5 million Puerto Rico birth, marriage and death records.  […]

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The search for Amelia Earhart is scheduled to continue in the pristine waters of an uninhabited island called Nikumaroro, which lies between Hawaii and Australia (that’s quite a distance). New forensic imaging techniques might possibly solve the longstanding mystery over Earhart’s fate, whose plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937. The flight […]

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Sandy on July 4th, 2014

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AOTUS (Archivist of the United States) has recommended what will likely prove to be a wonderful book about doing research in archives. The Allure of the Archives was written by Arlette Farge, Director of Research in Modern History at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. While combing through two-hundred-year-old judicial records from […]

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Sandy on July 1st, 2014

Happy Canada Day! The autonomous Dominion of Canada, a confederation of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the future provinces of Ontario and Quebec, was officially recognized by Great Britain with the passage of the British North America Act on July 1st, 1867. During the 19th century, colonial dependence gave way to increasing autonomy for a […]

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News from the British National Archives and their partners at findmypast.co.uk: “We are delighted to announce that today our partners at findmypast.co.uk have made one of our First World War airmen’s service record series (AIR 79) available to search and download online. Earlier this month we also made the surviving service records of over 12,000 men from the Household Cavalry (record […]

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