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- Great news for Irish genealogists: Starting in summer 2015, the National Library of Ireland plans to post its Irish Catholic Church records online for free, according to IrishCentral.com. The collection, consisting primarily of baptismal and marriage records, dates as early as the 1700s and covers more than 1,000 parishes.
- Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Societys 37th annual family history conference,May 13-16, 2015, in St. Charles, Mo. This is just west of St. Louis and not far from the National Archives’ National Personnel Records Center (home to many surviving 20th-century military records, as well as many civilian personnel files).
- The British Newspaper Archive subscription website marked its third birthday Nov. 29 with fun facts about its collections, which have more than doubled its size since the 2011 launch. Did you know the first man to wear a top hat, in 1797, was arrested because several women fainted at the sight? Check it out here.
- As part of its initiative with BillionGraves to digitize cemeteries worldwide, MyHeritage collaborated with several genealogy organizations and 120 volunteers to digitize 150,000 gravestones in Israel’s largest cemetery, Holon. Read about the project on the MyHeritage blog.