Thursday, 27 August 2015

Irish specialist Four Courts Press: 20% off books

Four Courts Press, the Dublin-based specialist publisher of Irish history, art and literature, is offering a 20% discount on all purchases made via its website until the end of September.

The company publishes around 50 books each year and currently has some 500 in print. All have gone through a rigorous peer-reviewed process; the Four Courts Press Editorial Panel consists of more than 20 academics of international standing.

To reflect the range of topics in the portfolio, I've made a short selection of some recent or reprinted titles that Irish family historians might like for their bookshelves (there are plenty more, believe me!):
  • Sending out Ireland's poor – Assisted emigration to North America in the nineteenth-century, by Gerard Moran
  • Medieval Ireland – Territorial, political and economic divisions, by Paul MacCotter
  • The Templars, the witch and the wild Irish – Vengeance and heresy in medieval Ireland, by Maeve Brigid Callan
  • The Irish Country House – Its past, present and future, edited by Terence Dooley & Christopher Ridgway (new in paperback)
  • Ireland and the Crimean War, by David Murphy
  • Philanthropy in nineteenth-century Ireland, edited by Laurence M. Geary & Oonagh Walsh
  • Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine, by Ciarán Reilly

To take advantage of the discount offer, enter the code SEPTSALE2015 in the "add coupon" box and click "apply" when checking out. Bingo, 20% off.

Don't miss this offer. Promos as good as this don't come around often.

Genetic Genealogy Ireland at BTOP: lecture line-up

Ireland's only major annual genealogy get-together, Back To Our Past, is now just six weeks away and the provisional line-up of DNA lectures has been revealed today.

The DNA lecture stream forms Genetic Genealogy Ireland (GGI), a conference as much for DNA enthusiasts as for beginners, that has come to form an integral part of BTOP. Twenty lectures will be presented on the half-hour over the three days of the show, and the line-up features several internationally recognised DNA experts. The theme for this year's GGI is 'Who are the Irish?'.

While BTOP has a daily admission price of €10 (€5 if booked by 1 September, see Advance Ticket offer), the lectures themselves are free to attend once you are inside the Hall.

A traditional genealogy lecture programme will also run during BTOP. Details have yet to be announced.

BTOP details:

Friday 9 October Noon to 6:30pm
Saturday 10 October 11am to 6:30pm
Sunday 11 October 11am to 6:30pm.
(GGI lectures start each day 30minutes after doors open; the last GGI lecture on each day starts at 5:30pm.)

Serpentine Hall, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Free access to Ancestry's Irish/UK records this weekend

http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-5737308-10819001-1408706803000?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsearch.ancestry.co.uk%2Fsearch%2Fgroup%2Fuk_irish_records
To coincide with the Late Summer Bank Holiday in Northern Ireland, England and Wales, Ancestry is to open up its entire collection of Irish and UK records this weekend.

In addition to free access to its one-billion-records collection, Ancestry will be giving family historians a first chance to try out its latest features called LifeStory, Facts View and Gallery.

You can see the list of record sets included in the collection by clicking the above link.

The free access will start on Friday 28 August and continue until 11:59pm GMT on Monday 31 August.

To view the records you will need to register on the site with your name and email address. Ancestry will then send you a username and password. On expiry of the free period you will need a paid membership to continue viewing the records.

Update on Limerick Museum's Local History Resources

A little follow up to last month's blogpost regarding the excellent collection of resources and finding aids available at Limerick Museum's Local History Resources section of the Limerick.ie website...

Acting Museum Curator Brian Hodkinson has been in touch with Irish Genealogy News to recommend that researchers should use the online catalogue in addition to the site's Research Aids for Places and People. There's good reason, as his example shows: "We recently received a set of papers from an estate office, and some of the documents covered counties Clare and Tipperary. While the Limerick names in them will be extracted in due course to appear in our 'Estates List of County Limerick' database, those relating to Tipp and Clare will not. However, if you type Clonbrick [Co Clare] into our catalogue you should find a small group of names that were included in one of the documents relating to living conditions."

The catalogue was also recently updated with details from a rental, possibly from Stafford O'Brien's estate (Brian isn't certain), which lists tenants in Owneybeg barony in Co. Limerick (95 names) as well as in locations near Tipperary Town (150 names).

Brian advises that he has now completed his (pdf) list of Bengal officers from counties Limerick and Clare. Most of the entries include place of origin in Ireland and details of marriages and children of men who joined the East India Company between 1758 and 1834; their career/life details may continue up to the 1860s. Could be very useful for some researchers!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Another trio of Irish newspapers joins online BNA

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It's been a busy month for historical Irish newspapers at the British Newspaper Archive. Eight titles joined the database earlier in the month, and now along comes another three, as follows:

The Evening Freeman: A first tranche of editons in the digital archive includes all those published 1851-57, 1860-61 and Jan 1868 to June 1871. BNA plans to eventually offer the full span of 1837 to 1871.

Downpatrick Recorder: Only the weekly editions published in 1851 have been added so far. Eventually, the database will hold editions dating from 1836 to 1874.

Kilkenny Journal, and Leinster Commercial and Literary Advertiser: The BNA plans to add editions spanning from 1831 to 1872. For now, the online holding for this twice-weekly paper includes those published 1835-38, 1856, and 1860-63.

These titles should make their way into the FindMyPast Irish newspaper collection in due course.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Irish genealogy & history events, 24 August to 6 Sept

Daily Heritage Week events from 24 August

All week: Exhibition of the McMahon Archival Collection, consisting of primary source historical documents dating from 1611 to 1959. Venue: Clare County Museum, Arthur's Row, O'Connell Square, Ennis, Co Clare. Free. Mon-Sat August, 9:30am to 5:30pm (closed for lunch, 1-2pm)

All week: Moments in Time: Archives of Cork from 1915, an exhibition of unique historical records from the Cork City and County Archives collection, dating from 1915, including a diary recording the visit of PH Pearse to Cork on 23 Aug 1915. Host and venue: Cork City and County Archives, Seamus Murphy Building, 32 Great William O'Brien St, Cork. Free. No booking. Mon-Fri. 10am to 5:30pm.

All week: Registry of Deeds Archive. Tour. Venue: Registry of Deeds, Henrietta St, Dublin 1. Need to book. Free. Mon-Fri 11am-4pm. Email: registryofdeeds@prai.ie or tel: 01 8716518.

Monday 24 August – Sunday 30 August

Monday 24 August: Genealogy - Family History 1 to 1 Sessions for tracing Cork roots. Consultations for all levels of researcher. Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. 9:30am to 4:30pm. Free but booking essential: email: reference.library@corkcoco.ie

Monday 24 August: Family History and Genealogy Advice Service. Drop in sessions with Margaret and Betty. Venue and host: Raheny Library, Howth Road, Dublin 5. 10:15am to Noon. No booking required. Free.

Tuesday 25 August: Accessing and researching records from the Military Archives, with Cmdt Padraic Kennedy. Host: Military Archives. Venue: Rathmines Library, 157 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6. Free. 1pm. No booking required.

Tuesday 25 August: Valuation records: Of Much Genealogical Value, with Aiden Feerick MAGI. Hosts: Accredited Genealogists Ireland and National Archives of Ireland. Venue: Reading Room, National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. 5:15pm. Free, but you need to reserve a place: bookings@nationalarchives.ie. All welcome.

Tuesday 25 August: Family History and Genealogy Advice Service. Drop in sessions with Margaret and Betty. Venue and host: Donaghmede Library, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Dublin 13. 2:30 to 3:30pm. No booking required. Free.

Tuesday 25 August: Genealogy Open Day and presentation on the Schools Folklore Collection from 1937 to 1939. Venue and host: County Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Centre, Aras Reddan, Temple St, Sligo. No booking required. Free. 11am–1pm, and 2pm–4pm. More information.

Tuesday 25 August: Genealogy - Family History 1 to 1 Sessions for tracing Cork roots. Consultations for all levels of researcher. Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. 9:30am to 4:30pm. Free but booking essential: email: reference.library@corkcoco.ie

Tuesday 25 August: Discover Your Family History, with FindMyPast. Venue and host: Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive, 138 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 11am to 4pm. No booking required. Free.

Tuesday 25 August: It's off to work we go: mapping Ireland's industrial past, with Rob Goodbody. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1-2pm. Free. No booking. All welcome.

Tuesday 25 August: Bring out your lace, an exhibition/show and tell/advice event. Host: Limerick Museum & Archive. Venue: City Hall, Merchant's Quay, Limerick. 11am to 1pm. Free. No booking required.

Tuesday 25 August: Family History Made Easy, with John Nangle. Host and venue: Gorey Library, Gorey Civic Centre, The Avenue, Gorey, Co. Wexford. 7pm to 8:30pm. Free. Booking required: Email: goreylib@wexfordcoco.ie, telephone: 053 9421481.

Tuesday 25 August: A beginners guide to genealogy, with Paul Brent. Host: Waterford Libraries. Venue: Tramore Library, Market Street, Tramore, Co. Waterford. 2:30pm to 4pm. Free but need to book by email to maxinekeoghan@eircom.net or telephone to 051 381479.

Wednesday 26 August: Official launch of Dublin City Council's database collection of family, local and social history records. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse St, Dublin 2. Speakers include John Grenham, Dr Mary Clark and Ellen Murphy. 5:30pm. All welcome. Free and no booking required.

Wednesday 26 August: The Bureau of Military History Collection: a multi-faceted resource for Ireland's 20th century revolutionary history, with Hugh Beckett. Host: Military Archives. Venue: Rathmines Library, 157 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6. Free. 1pm. No booking required.

Wednesday 26 August: Pledged as a Rebel – exploring County Clare's Cumann na mBan's role in the Irish War of Independence, with Dr Tomás McConmara. Host: Kilkee Civic Trust. Venue: Kilkee Bay Hotel, Kilrush Rd, Kilkee, Co. Clare. No booking required. 8pm–9:30pm. Free.

Wednesday 26 August: Tracing your Ancestors in West Galway, Venue: St. Joseph’s Community Centre, Ashe Road, Galway. No booking required. Free. 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Wednesday 26 August: Law and Order in Dublin 1916, with Sgt Paul Maher providing an insight on what it was like to police Dublin at the time of The Rising. Venue: Walkinstown Library, Percy French Rd, Dublin 12. No booking. Free. 6:30–8pm.

Wednesday 26 August: Weavers and Quakers at Baltyboys, near Blessington, a talk on the weaving industry of the Baltyboys area which was established by the local Quaker community in the late 1600s. The industry survived until the early 1800s. Host: Lakeside Heritage Group. Venue: Blessington Lakes Golf Club, Baltyboys, Co Wicklow. Cost: €3 - Voluntary. No booking required. 8pm to 9pm.

Wednesday 26 August: Genealogy - Family History 1 to 1 Sessions for tracing Cork roots. Consultations for all levels of researcher. Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. 9:30am to Noon. Free but booking essential: email: reference.library@corkcoco.ie

Wednesday 26 August: Why Can't I Find My Ancestors? A presentation using sources such as parish registers, civil records and census returns to highlight why we hit a brick wall when carrying out family history research. Venue and host: Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Free, but booking required. Email: reference.library@corkcoco.ie or telephone 021-4546499.

Wednesday 26 August: Is there a doctor in your house? Family History Records in RCPI, with Harriet Wheelock. Venue and host: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Address: 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1pm to 2pm. Free but booking required; telephone 01 6698817.

Wednesday 26 August: An introduction to starting your own family tree – one to one sessions (30 minutes). Host: Kilkenny County Library. Venue: Local Studies' department, Loughboy Library, Loughboy Shopping Centre, Waterford Road, Kilkenny. Need to book by email to loughboy@kilkennylibrary.ie or telephone 056 7794176. Free. 9:30am to 1pm.

Thursday 27 August: Old families in Ballincollig c1901, with Dermot O'Donovan. Host: Ballincollig Heritage Festival. Venue: Oriel House Hotel, Main St, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. Free. No booking required. 8–10pm.

Thursday 27 August: The Dingle Girls: Emigration & the Earl Grey Scheme, with Kay Caball. Host: Dingle Historical Society. Venue: Dingle Benners Hotel, Main St, Dingle, Co. Kerry. No booking required. Free. 8pm to 9:30pm.

Thursday 27 August: Genealogy - Family History 1 to 1 Sessions for tracing Cork roots. Consultations for all levels of researcher. Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. 9:30am to 4:30pm. Free but booking essential: email: reference.library@corkcoco.ie

Thursday 27 August: Archives to be explored in the National Irish Visual Arts Library, with Eve Parnell. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1-2pm. Free. No booking. All welcome.

Thursday 27 August: Introduction to the Irish Newspaper Archive. 30-minute sessions. Venue and Host: Kilkenny County Library, John’s Quay, Kilkenny. Need to book – Email: citylibrary@kilkennylibrary.ie, Telephone: 056 7794174. Free. 10:30am to 12:30pm.

Thursday 27 August: A beginners guide to genealogy, with Paul Brent. Host: Waterford Libraries. Venue: Tramore Library, Market Street, Tramore, Co. Waterford. 2:30pm to 4pm. Free but need to book by email to maxinekeoghan@eircom.net or telephone to 051 381479.

Thursday 27 August: Irish Newspaper Archive tutorial. Venue: Portlaoise Library, Dunamaise House, Lyster Square, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Free. Need to book, by email to scarroll@laoiscoco.ie or telephone 057-8622333. 6pm to 7:15pm.

Thursday 27 August: Online Sources for Local History/Genealogical Research, includes an introduction to using Irish Newspaper Archive and RootsIreland. Host: Kilkenny County Library. Venue: Ferrybank Library, Ferrybank Shopping Centre, Ferrybank, Waterford, Co Kilkenny. Free. Booking required by email to ferrybank@kilkennylibrary.ie or telephone 051 897200. 11am to 1pm.

Thursday 27 August: Global Limerick DNA & our Genetic Ancestry, with Dr Catherine Swift presenting a project linking Limerick families and their history across the globe. Venue: Tara Building, Mary Immaculate College, S Circular Rd, Limerick. No booking required. 7:30pm to 9pm. Free.

Thursday 27 August: Sources of the Military Archives, with Capt Claire Mortimer. Host: Military Archives. Venue: Rathmines Library, 157 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6. Free. 1pm. No booking required.

Friday 28 August: Military Genealogy: Tracing your World War 1 Ancestors, with Gordon Power. Venue and host: Ferrybank Library, Belmont Road, Waterford, Co Kilkenny. Booking required. Telephone 051 897200. Free. 11am to 1pm.

Friday 28 August: Genealogy - Family History 1 to 1 Sessions for tracing Cork roots. Consultations for all levels of researcher. Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. 9:30am to 4:30pm. Free but booking essential: email: reference.library@corkcoco.ie

Friday 28 August: Tracing Your Family History, with Tony Hennessy MAGI. Host: Waterford City & County Libraries. Venue: Dungarvan Library, Davitts Quay, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. 10:30am to Noon. Admission free. Booking required: Email: dungarvanlibrary@waterfordcouncil.ie or telephone: 058 41231.

Saturday 29 August: Cork Genealogy Day. Venue and host: Triskel Christchurch, Tobin Street, Cork City. 11am to 4pm. No booking. Free. More details.

Saturday 29 August: Walking Tour of Glasnevin Cemetery. Venue: Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. 3:30pm to 5pm. Free, but booking essential. Email: booking@glasnevintrust.ie. Telephone: 01 8826550.

Saturday 29 August: Digging up the past of Dublin Dockers, with the Dublin Docklands Preservation Society. Starts Noon. Venue: CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, IFSC, Dublin 1. Details. Free.

Sunday 30 August: Historic Rossmacowen Cilleenach (cillini), with William Casey. Host: Beara Historical Society. Venue: Rossmacowen Church, near Curryglass, Co Cork. Free. No booking, 3–5pm. Telephone: 027 70027.

Sunday 30 August: Tour of Bully's Acre, Dublin's oldest cemetery, with Paul O'Brien. Venue: Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. 2pm. Free. Limited spaces so you need to book by email to paulf.obrien@opw.ie or telephone to 087 1169347.

Monday 31 August to Sunday 6 September

Tuesday 1 September: Registration & Research tips for new members. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Omagh Branch. Venue: Omagh Library, Spillars Place, Omagh, Co Tyrone, BT78 1HL. 7:15pm.

Tuesday 1 September: The Tudor Conquest of Ireland: Untold stories, with David Edwards. Genealogy at Lunchtime series of lectures. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1–2pm. Free. No booking. All welcome.

Wednesday 2 September: Describing the Ards in 1683: the William Montgomery manuscript revisited, with Ian Montgomery. Part of the Up Down series of lectures. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but need to book your place by email to proni@dcalni.gov.uk or telephone to 028 90534800.

Wednesday 2 September: Reinterpreting the Revolution: A Centenary Discussion on the Easter 1916 Rising. Hosted by J P O'Malley, the panel will include prominent historians Diarmaid Ferriter, Maurice Walsh and R F Foster. Venue: London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB. Doors open 7pm. Price: £8/6 concession. Tickets and details.

Thursday 3 September: Northern Ireland in the 1950s - a Look Back in Time, with Dr Peter Smyth. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast BT4 1NT. 7:30pm.

Thursday 3 September: The Irish in European warfare in the 17th Century – military origins of diaspora, with Padraig Lenihan. Genealogy at Lunchtime series of lectures. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1–2pm. Free. No booking. All welcome.

Saturday 5 September: Charlie: the Hedge School. Venue: Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Panel: Martin Mansergh, Brian Hanley, Donal Fallon, Colm Keena. 3pm. Sold Out.

Sunday 6 September: 1916–2016: what are we commemorating? A History Ireland Hedge School, chaired by editor Tommy Graham. Venue: Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Panel: Martin Mansergh, Jason Burke, Roisin Higgins, Conor McNamara. 3pm. Sold Out.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Was your Limerick ancestor a Fenian marcher in 1867?

If you have ancestors from Limerick you might like to check if they appear in a list of men who took part in a Commemorative March through the City on 8 December 1867. The parade was held in honour of the “Manchester Martyrs” – William Philip Allen, Michael Larkin, and Michael O’Brien – who had been hanged two weeks earlier for trying to rescue two Fenians en route to Manchester City Gaol.

Hard-working historian Sharon Slater, who runs the terrific blog LimerickLife.ie, has compiled an online list of the 430 marchers identified by police. As she explains, this number represented less than 15% of the total who took part in the parade that day.

The list includes full name and occupation, and an address if the man (they are all men) lived outside the City.