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May 5, 2015

This episode focuses on death records.

The news includes:

MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet has been involved with research about a fascinating story from World War II. A Jewish tailor named Savas escaped the Nazis when they invaded Corfu, along with his three daughters and another girl, and fled to the island of Erikoussa. The entire island of Erikoussa joined forces, at the risk of death, to provide refuge and to protect the secret of their identity from the Nazis. Descendents of Savas have been located, and a fascinating video of a news story aired in Israel is available for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Oijpqpx2gY.

MyHeritage has just made its Instant DiscoveriesTM available for all members at their site.

The Association of Professional Genealogists has announced membership discounts for younger and retiring genealogists.

Catholic Church Registers have been digitized and will be made available at the National Library of Ireland website on 8 July 2015. Genealogist Donna Moughty, an expert on Irish genealogical research, clarified what will be included and the fact that there will be no indexes available at that site.

Ancestry.com will relaunch their website with a number of new features, including LifeStory and Historical Insights, and enhancements to the Facts View and Media Gallery.

Findmypast has released many new records, including the ANZAC Prisoners of War collection, new records for Australia and the United Kingdom, new additions to the British Newspapers collection, new images for PERSI, and a substantial collection of Quaker birth, marriage, and burial records spanning the years 1578 to 1841.

The FamilySearch Historical Book Collection online has reached a milestone of 200,000 digital books available through its website.

Drew recaps the almost 30,000,000 records added by FamilySearch to its website in the last month.

Drew and George have an in-depth discussion about death-related records. Of special interest is Drew's discussion of the International Classification of Diseases that can be found at the Wolfbane site at http://www.wolfbane.com/icd.