Genealogy News Corral: Dec. 1-5

By Diane Haddad

  • 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 The collection, consisting primarily of baptismal and marriage records, dates as early as the 1700s and covers more than 1,000 parishes.
  • 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.