Thursday, 17 October 2019

LivingDNA ( has completely revamped its online platform from today, and also launched new product ranges.

The following are the press releases for the new products:


Popular Direct-To-Consumer DNA Service Fills Gap Left By Others In Affordability and Privacy

Somerset, UK, October 17 -- Living DNA, the global direct-to-consumer genealogy DNA service that does not sell or share customers’ DNA or data with third parties, today announced their entry into the health sector. In addition to the new Living DNA Wellbeing kit for $129, a $49 Starter DNA Kit is also available designed for the billion people who could benefit from DNA testing but are unsure of which part of testing they want.

The Starter Kit is a taster experience including a high-level global view of your ancestry, the ability to find DNA matches with people across the world, wellbeing reports focused on supporting your diet and exercise and the analysis of over 700,000 areas of your DNA code. Once you’ve taken your test you can select deeper insights and reports.

Living DNA has also overhauled its customer results platform and introduced a new Wellbeing Kit experience for users, aiming to cut down 80% of illness and disease that is lifestyle-related. Unlike
other firms that focus on health conditions, Living DNA is first exploring areas of your life influenced by your DNA where a customer can make changes which can lead to a greater quality of life.

David Nicholson, co-founder advises “Before we launched Living DNA, we always felt and understood that the power DNA offers people an opportunity to enjoy a greater quality in their lives. This comes not only from enriching relationships with your family but also understanding the way your body responds to different diets and exercises. By looking at the whole picture, it's possible to move from the era of post cause treatment to true preventative medicine.”

Co-Founder Hannah Nicholson shares that, “We are the people’s DNA company in terms of privacy and affordability. We see it as our responsibility to make sure everyone has access to information in a way that can truly transform their lives. Each of us has the power to take charge of our wellbeing with simple changes that could save healthcare systems around the world billions of dollars, cut waiting lists for critical care and spark GDP increases.”

The firm is building on its foundation as one of the leading companies that provides ancestry testing services worldwide with a mission of making sure each customer is in charge of their own DNA, and
never doing anything with a customer’s DNA information that they have not requested.


Company Overall

Living DNA’s range of easy to use DNA testing kits makes DNA testing accessible, private and secure to everyone across the world, from a simple mouth swab. Through our advanced ancestry reports, we help you unravel stories about your past, designed to enrich your family life and help you celebrate a shared past together. Our range of wellbeing reports shines a light on areas of nutrition and fitness to help improve your overall quality of life today and for the future.

The reports are not only simple to understand but often include actionable steps you can take in your life provided by relevant experts. No matter which Living DNA kit you choose, your privacy and security is our top concern and we only ever do what you ask us to do with your DNA.

Our starter kit costs just $49 USD giving you a taster into the ancestry and wellbeing experience with the full ancestry at $99, the full wellbeing test at $129 and a bundle including both the wellness and ancestry kits at $179. Existing Living DNA customers will be able to upgrade their accounts in mid-november 2019 to purchase the full Wellbeing experience for a reduced rate of $49 (normally $69) until December 31st 2019.

Starter Kit - $49/£49

The Living DNA starter kit, covering ancestry and wellbeing, is the best value DNA kit available. It’s perfectly designed for people who’ve heard about DNA testing but are unsure about which type of test to take. It gives you a taster experience of what is possible through a simple mouth swab. You can see:

● Your global ancestry breakdown across continents
● The ability to find people around the world who you share DNA with
● A nutrition report determining if your genetics indicate that you are prone to Vitamin D deficiency
● The type of exercise your muscles respond to best

The test includes a broad analysis of your DNA but if you want to explore a deeper or wider range of reports, a simple one-click process will unlock the next step in your DNA adventure.

Upgrades - Starter kit customers can upgrade to the ancestry experience for $49 and the wellbeing experience for $69.

Ancestry Kit - $99/£99

Living DNA’s ancestry experience is the most advanced in the industry, working to determine not only the countries where your ancestry is from, but where possible, sub-regions within those countries. The result is a DNA kit with the greatest number of DNA-based regions and sub-regions compared to any other in the industry. You will:

● Experience your ancestry at different points through history
● Uncover people who genetically match with you and are part of your ‘extended family’
● Learn about areas of the world where people live today who share your DNA
● Receive your recent ancestry report showing the countries and, where available, subregions your ancestors are from over the past 1000 years
● Delve into your extended ancestry exploring the migration paths your ancestors took out of Africa 80,000 years ago through today

This complete view of your ancestry is delivered through an intuitive interactive online platform as well as an optional hardcover personalized coffee table book for $69.00.

Ancestry kit customers will be able to upgrade to the full wellbeing experience for $69.

Wellbeing Kit - $129/£129

Living DNA’s wellbeing experience is designed to cast a light on your unique genetics that play a part in your quality of life. Discover how through understanding your body, it may be possible to improve the quality of your life by making adjustments to your diet and exercise.

Living DNA provides you with reports that indicate how your body responds to lifestyle-related analysis such as:

● How your body responds to different vitamins
● How your body breaks down foods to which your body may be sensitive to such as gluten or lactose
● How your body responds to different types of fitness.
● How we can help you understand what type of exercise best supports your body, for instance, DNA can indicate if you are better suited to running and sprinting or weight and circuit training.

Using a simple mouth swab, your DNA is analysed on the unique Living DNA system that allows us to provide a range of advanced reports focused around your goals. From weight management, vitality and digestion to strength and stamina, you will discover how genetically, your body breaks down different vitamins, food types and the exercise program that can support you. Understand the role genetics plays with your lifestyle choices and how you can optimise your wellbeing.

Customers who order at launch will also receive a complimentary 180-day updates package worth $39 that provides new reports as we release them.

Upgrades - Wellbeing kit customers can upgrade to the ancestry experience for $49.
Wellbeing + Ancestry kit- $179/£179

For our most complete experience, the combined wellbeing and ancestry DNA kit brings all the benefits of the two detailed products together at an incredible price. The combined DNA kit will enable you to understand the full depths of your ancestry, bringing family stories to life and unlocking goal-orientated wellbeing reports that help you to live a greater quality of life.

(With thanks to David Nicholson at LivingDNA)


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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Military Archives releases The Collins Papers Online

From Ireland's Military Archives (

The Collins Papers Online Release

In response to the ongoing Decade of Centenaries and increased public interest in accessing archives which chart the revolutionary period, the Military Archives is pleased to announce the online release of The Collins Papers. Over 6,000 documents dating from 1918 to early 1922, taking in the War of Independence years (1919 – 1921) and tumultuous post Truce and Treaty period are held in The Collins Papers.

The collection contains communications (despatches) mainly between I.R.A. Brigade and Battalion Officers and predominately those holding appointments in I.R.A. General Headquarters including Michael Collins, Richard Mulcahy, Cathal Brugha and Gearoid O’Sullivan. The chief creator and man behind most of the paperwork held in this collection was General Michael Collins. The collection, which has been in the custody of the Military Archives for decades, was named ‘The Collins Papers’ to signify that connection.

The paperwork links to Michael Collins’ successive G.H.Q. appointments post the third Convention of the Irish Volunteers (19th November 1917) including the periods when he was Director of Organisation, Adjutant General and Director of Intelligence. Much of the later intelligence material (post Truce and Treaty period) held in the collection can be attributed to Collins’ intelligence deputies, Frank Thornton and Liam Tobin. The collection also contains a number of files linked to Collins' ministerial position in the Department of Finance and as Teachta Dála (TD) for Armagh (1921-1922) in Dáil Eireann.

The release of these papers online marks the final stage in a very long journey which took these papers from their point of creation to eventual preservation in the Military Archives. The advent of the Collins Papers online presents new opportunities to a global audience to analyse the years preceding and encompassing the War of Independence and the post Truce and Treaty period, using the records created by I.R.A. leaders and General Headquarters staff.

More details on the collection, its archival history and contents can be found by visiting the Collection Page, which also includes a customised search tool to assist users in the navigation of the catalogue and the associated digitised collection files.

* The original announcement is at

(With thanks to Claire Santry via Irish Genealogy News)


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FamilySearch adds indexed Shropshire parish records

More releases from FamilySearch (, with the number of new or added indexed records in brackets:

England, Shropshire Parish Registers, 1538-1918 (775,855)
France Deaths and Burials, 1546-1960 (341,046)
France, Marriages, 1546-1924 (1,209,615)
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (22,902)
Alabama, Church Records, 1831-1994 (11,048)
Delaware, Church Records, 1707-1939 (75,282)
Hawaii, Tax Assessment Rolls, 1847-1903 (48,133)
Illinois, Church Records, 1837-1995 (28,599)
Kansas State Census, 1905 (30,672)
Louisiana, Parish Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905 (132,854)
Maryland, Church Records, 1668-1995 (88,574)
Massachusetts, Church Records, 1630-1943 (6,606)
Minnesota, Church Records, 1798-1991 (4,977)
New Hampshire, Church Records, 1771-1905 (404)
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (106,989)
Ohio, Clermont County Tax Records, 1816-1900 (116,184)
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (1,017,722)

Further details and direct links at


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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

FamilySearch adds Sussex parish register records

Amongst the latest additions to the FamilySearch website ( are 1,223,484 indexed records added to the England Sussex Parish Registers 1538-1910 collection at, as sourced from West Sussex County Record Office, Chichester.

In addition, the following collections have been added or updated this week:
  • Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889
  • United States Freedmen's Bureau Records of Freedmen's Complaints 1865- 1872
  • Utah Tremonton and Garland Obituaries 1959-2013
  • New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists 1906-1942
  • District of Columbia Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records 1863-1872
  • Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953
  • Peru Cusco Civil Registration 1889-1997
  • United States Freedmen's Bureau Ration Records1865-1872
  • Illinois DeKalb County Land Records 1838-1927
  • United States Freedmen's Bureau Records of the Superintendent of Education and of the Division of Education 1865-1872
  • Norway Probate Index Cards 1640-1903
  • England Sussex Parish Registers 1538-1910
  • Czech Republic Church Books 1552-1963
  • Peru La Libertad Civil Registration 1903-1998
  • New Hampshire Vital and Town Records Index 1656-1938
  • Arizona County Marriages 1871-1964
  • Portugal Porto Catholic Church Records 1535-1949
  • Michigan Obituaries 1820-2006
  • New Jersey, State Census, 1855
  • Minnesota Clay County School Census Records 1909-1962
  • United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps 1798-1937

For further details, visit


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Irish Times Revolution Files supplement

Today's Irish Times has a The Revolution Files supplement, documenting stories from throughout the Irish revolutionary period and across the whiole island.

The sources for the material include the Military Services Pension Collection and other materials from the Defence Forces, as held by Ireland's Military Archives (

To read the content visit


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Monday, 14 October 2019

New Angus Antiquarian Burial Grounds website

A new website lisitng burials from Angus (Forfarshire) in Scotland, is now online.

Darren Eyers' Angus Antiquarian, Burial Grounds platform is available at and carries records transcriptions and photos for the following sites:

New Howff, Dundee
Logie, Dundee
Old Mains, Dundee
St Andrews, church
St Peter's, Dundee.
St Aidans, Broughty Ferry
St Peter's, Invergowrie

Further details are available on the website.


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Saturday, 12 October 2019

North Buckinghamshire Lloyd George Domesday Survey records online

From TheGenealogist (

North Buckinghamshire Lloyd George Domesday records added to TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer™

TheGenealogist has just released the North Buckinghamshire maps and field books into its property ownership and occupancy record set, The Lloyd George Domesday Survey. This unique online resource allows researchers to discover where an ancestor lived in the 1910-1915 period from various London districts and now, for the first time, North Buckinghamshire.

These records make use of TheGenealogist’s powerful new Map Explorer™ to access the maps and residential data, giving those who want to discover where their ancestors lived in the period before the First World War some powerful new features to use. The Lloyd George Domesday Survey records are sourced from The National Archives and are being digitised by TheGenealogist so that it is possible to precisely locate where an ancestor lived on large scale, hand annotated maps. These plans include plots for the exact properties and are married to various georeferenced historic map overlays and modern base maps on the Map Explorer™ which allows the researcher to thoroughly investigate the area in which an ancestor lived.

This release includes the following places: Addington, Akeley, Ashendon and Dorton, Aston Abbotts and Wingrave, Aston Clinton, Aston Sandford, Astwoo, Aylesbury, Barton Hartshorn, Beachampton, Biddlesden, Bierton, Bletchley, Boarstall, Bow Brickhill, Bradwell, Broughton, Buckingham, Calverton, Castlethorpe, Charndon, Chearsley and Long Crendon, Cheddington, Chicheley, Clifton Reynes, Cold Brayfield, Creslow and Whitchurch, Cublington, Cuddington, Dinton, Stone and Hartwell, Drayton Beauchamp, Drayton Parslow and Mursley, Dunton and Hoggeston, East Claydon, Edgcott and Marsh Gibbon, Edlesborough, Emberton, Fenny Stratford, Fleet Marston and Quarrendon, Foscott, Gayhurst, Grandborough, Hogshaw and North Marston, Great and Little Brickhill, Great Horwood, Great Linford, Grendon Underwood, Haddenham, Halton and Wendover, Hanslope, Hardwick and Weedon, Haversham, Hillesden, Ickford, Ivinghoe, Kingsey, Kingswood and Ludgershall, Lillingstone, Linslade and Soulbury, Loughton, Luffield Abbey and Stowe, Marsworth and Pitstone, Mentmore, Milton Keynes, Nash, Newport Pagnell, Newton Longville, Olney, Oving and Pitchcott, Padbury, Quainton, Radclive, Ravenstone, Shalstone, Shenley Brook End, Simpson, Steeple Claydon, Stewkley, Stoke Hammond, Stoke Mandeville, Studley, Swanbourne and Winslow, Thornborough, Tingewick, Turweston, Upper and Lower Winchendon, Waddesdon, Walton, Water Eaton, Wavendon, Weston Turville, Wing, Wolverton, Woolstone and Woughton, Wotton Underwood.

TheGenealogist’s Lloyd George Domesday records link individual properties to extremely detailed maps used in 1910-1915
  • Fully searchable by name, county, parish and street
  • The maps will zoom down to show the individual properties as they were in the 1910s
  • The transparency slider reveals a modern street map underlay
  • Change the base map displayed to more clearly understand what the area looks like today

Read our article on finding Bletchley Park in these records:

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)


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FindmyPast adds English and Welsh death and probate records

The following records have been added to FindmyPast (

Greater London Burial Index
Were your ancestors buried in Greater London? Over 45,000 new records covering 10 parishes across the region have been added to the index and are now available to search. The records in this collection date all the way back to 1399 and will reveal the date and location of your ancestor's burial as well as their occupation, address, denomination and age at death.

Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions
A further 3,400 records from the parishes of Harefield St Mary the Virgin and Sunbury St Mary have been added to the collection. Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions spans the years 1485 to 2014 and includes transcripts for each entry. Transcripts may include your ancestor's age at death, death year, burial location and inscription. Inscriptions can reveal the names of relatives as well as other biographical details.

Dorset Memorial Inscriptions
Over 13,000 additional records from 35 burial sites across Dorset are now available to search.Each record contains a transcript of an original inscription taken from gravestones, tombs, monuments and even stained glass windows. The information contained in each record may vary considerably depending on a number of factors such as weathering or the type of memorial.

England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1960-2019
Find a probate record from 1960 to 2019 with the England & Wales government probate index containing more than 14 million records. You can now search the government probate index on Findmypast. The index will give you a person’s death date, probate date, residence, next of kin and more.

British & Irish Newspaper Update
This week we have added 182,823 brand new pages including six brand new London titles to our collection. This week's new additions span the first half of the nineteenth century and include the world’s first ever evening newspaper, the Star (London). Our most recent update also includes the Statesman (London) and the Express (London). The Statesman (London) was a daily title owned by Robert Wardell, but the newspaper went out of print in 1824 when Wardell sailed to Australia to found the country’s first ever independent newspaper, The Australian. Also now available to search is the Express (London), printed by William Anselm Jones in the mid-1800s, the British Press, a daily newspaper published in London in the early 1800s, and the Press (London), a Saturday paper from the mid-1800s.

Further details and links at


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Thursday, 10 October 2019

Genealogy Online partners with Patronomia for on demand family history books

From Patronomia (


Paris, October 10, 2019 – PATRONOMIA and GENEALOGY ONLINE announced on Thursday their partnership and offer now an innovative service for creating and printing on-demand family history books.

This service will be presented from October 24 to 26 in London at the international genealogy conference RootsTech, where both PATRONOMIA and GENEALOGY ONLINE will have an exhibition stand.

Anyone who traced back his or her ancestors may combine both text and photos in an easy-to-read book, and have it printed in several copies in order to deal them around to family members.

Family histories are automatically written down in any of the languages handled by PATRONOMIA, and family trees are clearly laid out.

The Dutch portal GENEALOGY ONLINE becomes thus PATRONOMIA's third partner, after FamilySearch in America in February 2018 and Geneanet in France in December 2018.

Thanks to this new application, everyone can create in a few minutes a personalized book of any family’s history in different languages: from now on in French, English, Dutch, Spanish and Italian, and later in Finnish, German, Norwegian, Portuguese and Swedish.

The technology used by PATRONOMIA makes it possible to automate the whole writing of the book and thus guarantee low prices. The user can flip through his book on the screen and do as many tests and changes as necessary before giving his “ready for press” order and paying online.

Books are printed in France within 3 to 5 days and shipped internationally by Jouve Print.

PATRONOMIA, since 2012, has been creating innovative web apps for family and probate genealogy. PATRONOMIA is a French company based in Paris, La Défense.

GENEALOGY ONLINE offers a multilingual service that enables family history researchers to easily publish their genealogical data online. GENEALOGY ONLINEis a product of the innovative Dutch company Coret Genealogy.

RootsTech is the world’s largest family history conference held annually in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over 30,000 people from 43 countries were reported to have attended the 2019 RootsTech. For the first time ever, RootsTech will also expand to Europe, 24-26 October 2019 at the ExCeL Convention Centre, London, UK.

About Jouve Print
A global player in the graphic chain, Jouveis able to support the full lifecycle of printed products, from conception through delivery. They combine state-of-the-art technologies and innovative processes to enhance the value of your books in the marketplace. The team also helps you to respond more effectively to dynamic business and technical requirements, improving your competitiveness in an ever-changing market.

(With thanks to Bob Coret)


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Tuesday, 8 October 2019

NIFHS hosts Finding Your American Cousins talk

From the North of Ireland Family History Society:

US Genealogist to Give a Talk on “Finding Your American Cousins”

The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) is starting its 40th anniversary celebrations and is inviting people to a special talk on Sunday 20th October: “Finding Your American Cousins”.

Past generations of your family left here and went to America. What happened to them? Where did they go? If you can “jump the pond” with your research, you may be able to fill in gaps in your family tree and connect with cousins who have precious family photos and stories to share with you.

Donna Moughty, a visiting professional genealogist from America, will talk about what records are available for the time and place where your relatives settled. She will focus on online records and will outline strategies for how to use them effectively. She also asks the question: should I do a DNA test?

Your American cousins may be looking for you. Attend this talk to learn how to find them and connect with them.

Booking is not required for this event which starts at 2.30 on Sunday afternoon, 20th October. Admission £5. Venue: Castle Upton Suite, Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick, County Antrim.

This talk is part of a special year-long programme of events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of NIFHS. The society has its roots in a family history group formed in Bangor in 1979 and now has eleven branches across Northern Ireland and over 1000 members both locally and around the world. The society has many facilities and projects to help family historians, including a library and research centre in Newtownabbey that is also used for family history and DNA classes.

Further details at

(With thanks to Maeve Rogan)


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