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Karen Clare reports on the latest genealogy news. Send us your stories by emailing them to or post to our Facebook page at


DNA for hire

DNA testers will soon be able to sell or ‘rent’ their DNA to scientists trying to find cures for different diseases, it has been reported. US-based genealogy blogger Dick Eastman – who pens Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter at – wrote: ‘Bio-brokers want to collect everything from someone’s 23andMe and gene data to fully sequenced genomes. The data would be sold or rented to biomedical institutes, universities and pharmaceutical companies, generating money for consumers who share their genetic secrets.’

One reader has posted a comment underneath the blog highlighting the work of UK Biobank at which invites volunteers to donate health information for

Bletchley to highlight D-Day role

World War II code-breaking centre Bletchley Park is set to open an audio-visual exhibition in spring 2019 to mark the 75th anniversary of the

D-Day landings.

The ‘D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion’ exhibition will be located in the newly restored Teleprinter Building at the historic site in Milton Keynes, in association with BT. It will present the vital role Bletchley Park played in

Countdown to Secret Lives

Time is running out to get your tickets to the exciting Secret Lives Conference, taking place from 31 August to 2 September 2018. Limited places are now available at the event, focused on the theme ‘Hidden Voices of our Ancestors’, in Hinckley, Leicestershire. Organised by the Society of Genealogists, University of Strathclyde, The Halsted Trust and the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives, it is sponsored by Family Tree

Military genealogy site milestone

Forces War Records’ new WW1 Casualty Records collection has reached more than one million individuals’ records, transcribed and available to search by name.

The collection at is compiled from the Daily War office Casualty Lists and the War office Weekly Casualty List by His Majesty’s Stationery office and is accessible via subscription.


Ancestors from all walks of life appear in the criminal registers

Subscription site TheGenealogist has added to its Criminal Records collections with the release of the Metropolitan Police Criminal Records office: Habitual Criminals Registers and the Habitual Drunkards Registers.

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