Tuesday, 4 August 2015

PRONI lecture series explores the people of Co Down

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has announced details of a new lecture series: Up Down; Stories that make a county.

Between August and October, the lunchtime talks will bring new insights into the events and works that shaped the people of County Down, so they sound perfect for anyone with ancestors from the area.

Each talk will start at 1pm and will be presented at PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast.

Although free to attend, you need to reserve your place by email to proni@dcalni.gov.uk or by telephone: (+44) 028 90 534800.

Further details are in the lecture series brochure. Click image (right) to download pdf.

Here's the line-up:

Wednesday 26 August
Pure water for a thirsty Belfast: the need for a reservoir in Silent Valley, with Philip Donald

Wednesday 2 September
Describing the Ards in 1683: the William Montgomery manuscript revisited, with Ian Montgomery

Wednesday 9 September
Building the Silent Valley Dam, 1923 to 1933: Setting the Record Straight, with Philip Donald

Wednesday 16 September

‘A favourite watering place’: the development of Bangor as a Victorian Seaside Resort, with Sandra Millsopp

Wednesday 23 September
Another time: photographs of the Stewart family, marquesses of Londonderry, with Lorraine Bourke

Wednesday 30 September
The rising of 1798 in County Down, with Allan Blackstock

Wednesday 7 October
Nendrum Mill, Strangford Lough (619 AD): the oldest excavated tidal mill in the world, with Tom McErlean

Wednesday 14 October
The Family Plot: Historic Graveyards of County Down, with William Roulston

Wednesday 21 October

‘The tune we played was the Protestant Boys’: songs and the battle of Dolly’s Brae, 1849, with John Moulden

Monday, 3 August 2015

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: end-July update

Below are the records, transcriptions and photos uploaded to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives in the second half of July. Submitted by volunteers, the resources are free to access.

IRELAND, Countrywide – Cemeteries/Funerals
J. & C. Nichols Ltd, 1919-1928 (Updated)

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cem. Headstones, St. Patrick's Section, pt 23
Mount Jerome Headstones. Parts 107 & 108

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives
Headstones – Ardess, St Mary Ardess Church Cem. (updated)
Church Records – Maguiresbridge Church of Ireland, Births 1841-1899 (Pts 1 & 2)and
Maguiresbridge Church of Ireland, Burials 1842-1895

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Corry Graveyard (partial)

SLIGO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Court Abbey Headstones - Section A
Drumcliffe Cem. Headstones - Part 1
Kilmacshalgan Cem. (Sections D & E)
Templeronan New Graveyard
Tubbercurry, St. George (CoI) (partial)

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Newspapers
Return of Inquests 12 Sep 1849

WESTMEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Church of the Assumption, Delvin - Interior

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Askanagap Graveyard - Church & Memorials

Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme gets underway

The first official commemoration of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme took place on Saturday with President Michael D. Higgins leading a ceremony to mark the funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa 100 years ago in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD was also in attendance and said: 'Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa was an iconic figure in Irish history. Even one hundred years after his death, his name is synonymous with the Fenians and with Irish Nationalism. The liberation of his country became his life’s ambition.

'His funeral remains one of the pivotal moments in Irish history and was an occasion that would be hugely instrumental in shaping the future of our nation.'

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa was born in Rosscarbery, Co Cork in 1831. In 1858, he was among the first to join the Irish Revolutionary Brotherhood when it was founded in 1858, and from 1853 to 1865 he was the business manager of the newspaper The Irish People.

Rossa was arrested in November 1865 and tried for high treason. He was found guilty and sentenced to penal servitude for the term of his natural life. However, he was released after six years of imprisonment on the understanding that he would leave Ireland. Along with four other exiles, he left for the United States where he edited the United Irishman. He died in Staten Island, New York on 29 June 1915.

His funeral at Glasnevin Cemetery on 1 August 1915 was stage managed for maximum effect and Pádraig Pearse’s oration at the graveside was considered deliberately provocative. It included the lines: 'the fools, the fools, the fools! — They have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.'

As Pearse finished the crowd stood in silence for some moments before breaking into applause and cheers. Then, in a further act of defiance, the firing party stood forward and fired three volleys over the grave, followed by the Last Post.

Many would later see those volleys as the first shots of the 1916 Rising.

The commemoration was hosted by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD, who said: 'Over the coming year, we will hold more than 40 State events as we commemorate the events of 1916, consider our achievements over the last 100 years, and look ambitiously to the future.

'The funeral of O’Donovan Rossa was a milestone in Irish history and its impact on the mood and motivations of those in attendance cannot be underestimated. Ireland 2016 is a wide programme of events which will be underpinned by appropriate and respectful commemorations to reflect on the events 100 years ago which led to the foundation of this State.'

(Document of the Month at the Military Archives is a reprint of Rossa's first speech in early 1858.)

See video from Irish Times.

Irish family history and heritage events, 3–16 August

Monday 3 August: Sligo and Home Rule, 1886-1812, with Dr Padraig Deignan. Part of the Ballymote Heritage Weekend. Venue: The Teagasc Centre, Tubbercurry Road, Ballymote, Co Sligo. 8:30pm. €10.

Tuesday 4 August: The Irish DNA Atlas, with Gianpiero Cavalleri. Genealogy at Lunchtime lecture series at the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1–2pm. Free. No booking required.

Wednesday 5 August and Thursday 6 August: Cavan and the American Civil War, a two-day event hosted by Cavan Librairies. Venue: Johnston Central Library, Farnham Centre, Farnham Street, Cavan. For details, telephone Johnston Central Library on +353 (0)49 4378500.

Thursday 6 August: The Fighting Irish, a story in words and music about Irish people who have fought in American armies in the Civil War, with Myles Dungan and Matthew Gilsenan. Venue: Town Hall, Cavan. 8pm.

Thursday 6 August: Secrets of the Bog bodies, with Dr Eamonn P Kelly. Genealogy at Lunchtime lecture series at the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1–2pm. Booking is not required. All welcome. Admission is free.

Saturday 8 August: Genealogy Jumpstart for the Reluctant Irish. Host and Venue: Irish Railroad Workers Museum, 920 Lemmon Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21223, USA. 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EDT. $10. Register.

Tuesday 11 August: Researching Your Civil War Ancestors, with Dennis Northcott. Hosts: St Louis Genealogical Society and St Louis County Library. Venue: Auditorium, St Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 N Lindbergh Blvd, St Louis, Missouri 63132, USA. Doors will open at 6:30 and the meeting will start promptly at 7 pm. Free and open to the public. Details.

Tuesday 11 August: Family history and genealogy sessions, with Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven. Donaghmede Library, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Grange Road, Dublin 13. All are welcome and admission is free. 2:30pm to 4pm. Booking is essential, tel: 085 1444883.

Tuesday 11 August: DNA Today, with Margaret Jordan MAGI. Third of the 'Your Ancestors and the Nation’s Archives' lecture series presented by Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) and the National Archives of Ireland. Venue: Reading Room, National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. 5:15pm. Free but need to book by email: bookings@nationalarchives.ie. Everyone welcome.

Tuesday 11 August: Irish Surnames, a family heirloom, with Paul MacCotter MAGI. Genealogy at Lunchtime series of lectures. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1–2pm. Free. No booking. All welcome.

Thursday 13 August: Heraldry: obscure mediaeval mumbo-jumbo, or valid genealogical technique? with Bruce Durie. Genealogy at Lunchtime series of lectures. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1–2pm. Free. No booking. All welcome.

Thursday 13 August: In the Eyes of Ireland: Eye Diseases of our Saints, Scholars, Sinners and Soldiers, with Dr Tim Horgan. Host: Dingle Historical Society. Venue: Dingle Benners Hotel, Main Street, Dingle, Co Kerry. 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 13 August: 1204–29: The construction of Dublin Castle, with Con Manning. Milestones of Medieval Dublin monthly lunchtime lectures series hosted by the Friends of Medieval Dublin. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. 1:05pm–1:45pm. Admission free. NO booking is necessary.

Friday 14 August: Finding your Irish ancestors, a beginner level talk. Part of the National Family History Month series at New South Wales Public Library, Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia 10:30am to 11:30am. Free, but booking is essential. Details.

Saturday 15 August: Love and marriage since the Famine, a History Ireland Hedge School. Host and Venue: Merriman Summer School, Glór Theatre, Ennis, Co. Clare. On the panel: Willie Smyth, Sandra McAvoy, Linda Connolly, Tom Inglis. 8:30pm.

Friday, 31 July 2015

WDYTYA? returns to TV screens everywhere!

Whether you're in the UK, the USA or Australia, you should be able to find a new series of Who Do You Think You Are? on a TV screen near you in August.

In the UK, a ten-episode series gets underway on Thursday 13 August at 9pm on BBC One. The ancestries examined are those of Paul Hollywood, Jane Seymour, Derek Jacobi, Jerry Hall, Gareth Malone, Anne Reid, Frank Gardner, Anita Rani, Mark Gatiss and Frances de la Tour.

In the USA, a short series of just five episodes started last Sunday with Ginnifer Goodwin. It continues this weekend (2 August) with J K Rowling in an episode first broadcast in the UK in 2011. Episodes exploring the family history of Alfre Woodard, Tom Bergeron and Bryan Cranston will follow on Sunday evenings throughout August at 9pm ET.

In Australia, a new eight-part series begins on at 7:30pm on Tuesday 4 August on SBS with Geoffrey Rush, Toni Collette, Dawn Fraser, David Wenham, Luke Nguyen, Ray Martin, Peter Rowsthorn and Greig Pickhaver. One of the stories will uncover details of 'an Irish rebel'. See the promo video below:

Summer lunchtime genealogy lectures at the NLI

The National Library of Ireland has announced its line-up of Genealogy at Lunchtime lectures for this summer. The lectures start next week and will be held at 1–2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout August and September.

Tuesday 4 August
The Irish DNA Atlas, with Dr Gianpiero Cavalleri

Thursday 6 August
Secrets of the Bog Bodies, with Dr Eamonn P Kelly

Tuesday 11 August
Irish Surnames, a family heirloom, with Paul MacCotter MAGI

Thursday 13 August
Heraldry: obscure mediaeval mumbo-jumbo, or valid genealogical technique? with Bruce Durie

Tuesday 18 August
Using maps for thinking about history, with Kevin Whelan

Thursday 20 August
Social geography – Was there a Protestant exodus from the south of Ireland? with Andy Bielenberg

Tuesday 25 August
It's off to work we go: mapping Ireland's industrial past, with Rob Goodbody

Thursday 27 August
Archives to be explored in the National Irish Visual Arts Library, with Eve Parnell

Tuesday 1 September
The Tudor Conquest of Ireland: Untold stories, with David Edwards

Thursday 3 September
The Irish in European warfare in the 17th Century – military origins of diaspora, with Padraig Lenihan

Tuesday 8 September
The House on Bunion Hill: an Irish census project, with Ray Gillespie

Thursday 10 September
Getting started in local history, with Séamus Ó Maitiú

Tuesday 15 September
Dating and understanding family photos, with Jayne Shrimpton

Thursday 17 September
Children's literature and the spread of the English language in 19th-centure Ireland, with Charles Benson

Tuesday 22 September
Sport and the everyday in Ireland, with Paul Rouse

Thursday 24 September
Family history and its role in Irish culture. Speaker to be confirmed.

All the lectures will be presented at the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. They are free to attend, open to all, and booking is not necessary.

FindMyPast releases records of Dublin's Military School

http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=2114&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Fsearch.findmypast.co.uk%2Fresults%2Fworld-records%2Fireland-royal-hibernian-military-school-staff-and-pupils-1847-193FindMyPast has added some 9,898 records from the Royal Hibernian Military School in Dublin.

The Royal Hibernian Military School admissions 1847-1932 collection relates to the school opened in 1769 by the Hibernian Society to educate orphaned children of British Army personnel in Ireland.

The term 'orphan' could include children who had lost one or both parents, or indeed none; if both parents were posted overseas, a child might be offered a place at the Royal Hibernian Military School (RHMS).

The collection also includes a staff list for the year 1864.

Stored in London, many of the school’s records were destroyed during the London blitz in 1940. Those that survive are now in The National Archives and have been transcribed by Peter Goble.

They include information that goes beyond the details typically found in admission registers, but sometimes, rather infuriatingly, omitting detail that could better identify the individual, as you'll see from some of the examples below:

Henry Byrne, born 11 October 1839, was admitted to the RHMS on 7 May 1850 aged 11. He was 4ft 8inches tall, weighed 3st 10lb and had a chest size of 24inches. His unnamed father was in the Hussars 7th regiment. His occupation is stated as Tailor, presumably the trade in which young Henry was being trained.

Patrick Gannon, born 6 February 1840, was admitted to the RHMS when he was aged 10years 4months. Although not recorded specifically, the admission can be readilty calculated to around June 1850. He was 3ft 10inches tall, weighed 3st 10lb and had a chest size of 24inches. His unnamed father was in the Hampshire South Regiment (37th & 67th Foot).

Bridget Murphy was a protestant who worked as a Laundry Servant at the RHMS in 1864. She's recorded as a resident of the School, which presumably means she lived in; her wages were £6 6shillings and her allowances were £19 18shillings. She resigned. No further information is provided.