Wednesday, 20 August 2014

FindMyPast releases C19th Australian passenger lists

FindMyPast have added two new collections that could be of interest to those with Irish roots. They are:
The Inward collection comprises some 2.1million records. Those up to 1871 include separate lists for 'Assisted' passengers or migrants travelling on a sponsorship scheme. 'Unassisted' travellers were those who had paid their own fare or were privately sponsored.

The information included varies but most include name, age, nationality, native place (sometimes place of origin, sometimes last residence), date and port of arrival, ship name, and departure port.

The Outward collection includes 1.7million records and holds similar detail as the Inward records.

These two record sets are now part of FindMyPast's Australian & New Zealand collection, and also join the World Collection.


Tonight: WW1 through the sources at PRONI

Two archivists – Dr Ann McVeigh and Ian Montgomery – from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland will be at Carrickfergus Museum and Civic Centre this evening, delving into PRONI's unique archive of photographs and documents.

The presentations, which will incorporate film footage as well as photographs, will appeal not only to those interested in family history research, but for all those who have an interest in WW1. Dr Ann McVeigh's talk will look at the active role played by women during the First World War, at home in the munitions factories and abroad, in diverse roles from nurses to lorry drivers.

Refreshments will be served, so the Museum needs to know if you intend to come. Please call 028 9335 8049 or email visitorinfo@carrickfergus.org.

Monday 25 August: bank holiday in Northern Ireland

It's a bank holiday in Northern Ireland this coming Monday, 25 August.

All departments of the General Register Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI) and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) will be closed on that day, reopening at their standard time on Tuesday 26 August.

The Linen Hall Library will be open for normal hours on Saturday 23 August, closed Monday 25 August, reopening Tuesday 26 August.

Similarly, all Northern Ireland public lending libraries will open on Saturday, as usual, close on Monday 26 August and reopen on Tuesday 26 August.



Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Ancestors from Kilnaughtin/Tarbert, Co Kerry?

If you have ancestors from the north County Kerry town of Tarbert, you'll be keen to obtain a copy of 200 years of change, a 254-page book newly published by Tarbert Historical & Heritage Society.

The book commemorates two centuries of Kilnaughtin Parish Church (St Brendan's, Church of Ireland) and includes a full list of baptisms from 1793 to 1914 as well as other details that will be of much interest to those with local connections, whatever their ancestors' religion.

You can find out more on Kay Cabell's blog, My Kerry Ancestors, which reproduces part of a note from Dr Declan Downey explaining shy many non-Protestants can be found within the registers, and provides details of where/how the book may be purchased.

(Many thanks to Kay for letting me know about the book's launch.)



The Northern Whig joins British Newspaper Archive

I've just spotted that The Northern Whig has joined the line-up of titles now available online at British Newspaper Archive.So far, some 930-odd issues are available, covering January 1868 to December 1870.

http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5895&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk%2Faccount%2Fsubscribe
The Liberal Protestant newspaper was founded in 1824 in Belfast, changed its name to the Northern Whig and Belfast Post in June 1919 and ceased publication in 1963.

This seems a good opportunity to remind you that the British Newspaper Archive is offering a month's full access to its database for just £1. You need to sign up by 24 August. See the full details in last week's blogpost.




Monday, 18 August 2014

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: mid-Aug update

Beautiful Irish lettering cut into headstone at Inagh.
Image courtesy Michael O'Loughlin
In the first two weeks of August, Ireland Genealogy Projects (IGP-web) have uploaded the following files to their free-to-access Archives:

CLARE Genealogy Archives
Headstones – Inagh Graveyard (partial)

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives
Church Records – Dispensation requests, St Eunan's Letterkenny, 1854

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives
Headstones – Deansgrange Cem., St. Brigids Section, pt 8, Dublin

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives
Headstones – Castle Archdale; St. Patrick's (CoI) (partial)

LAOIS/QUEENS Genealogy Archives
Military & Constabulary – Irish Constabulary - 1849

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives
Military & Constabulary  – Irish Constabulary - 1849
Headstones – Drumshanbo (R.C.) Cemetery (partial)

OFFALY (KINGS) Genealogy Archives
Military & Constabulary  – Irish Constabulary - 1849

ROSCOMMON Genealogy Archives
Headstones – Dysart Graveyard near Ballyforan (partial)
Military & Constabulary  – Irish Constabulary - 1849

SLIGO Genealogy Archives
Headstones  – Ballymote; Church Of The Immaculate Conception (partial)

TYRONE Genealogy Archives
Headstones – Kilskeery Parish Church (CoI) *updated
Aughnagar, St Patrick’s RC Chapel, Kileeshil Parish (partial)

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives
Headstones – Newcastle Roll of Honour 1914-1918

Irish genealogy and history events, 18-31 August

With Heritage Week kicking off this coming weekend, there are tons of brilliant history, genealogy and heritage events taking place across Ireland. You can search online for events in your area at heritageweek.ie or pick up a copy of the full listing at Failte Ireland tourist offices, libraries, OPW sites, heritage centres, CNCI members, NPWS sites, heritage and county council offices, An Oige hostels, museums, Bus Eireann stations and some hotels.

My blogpost last week listed the genealogy events specifically organised for Heritage Week. The list below includes a mix of event types that I've either been notified of or that I discovered some time before the Heritage Week list was published. Some will have been organised for Heritage Week. Some will not. The list is by no means definitive.

Monday 18 August: Using Ancestry.com to trace your family History, with Rhona Murray. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No booking. 1:05pm.

Monday 18 August: Controlling the Carlow corridor during the Middle Ages, with Linda Doran. Host: Rathmichael Historical Society. Venue: Rathmichael NS, Shankill, Dublin. €4. 8:00pm.

Monday 18 August: Excavations at Trim Castle, with Alan Hayden. Host: Rathmichael Historical Society. Venue: Rathmichael NS, Shankill, Dublin. €4. 8:00pm.

Tuesday 19 August: Reading Headstones primary sources carved in stone, with John Tierney. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No booking. 1:05pm.

Wednesday 20 August: Book launch: Resting in Larne's Green Lane, Gravestone inscriptions and interments in the Old Section, Larne (Greenland) Cemetery, compiled by Larne FHS, part of the North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: Centrepoint (behind the library), Larne. 8pm. Light refreshments provided.

Wednesday 20 August: Using the College Archives for family history research, with Ellen O'Flaherty. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No booking. 1:05pm.

Thursday 21 August to 6 September: Wicklow's War: the First World War in County Wicklow. A free public exhibition will be on display in Greystones Library, Mill Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow. The National Library of Ireland's exhibition "Gallant Sons", concerning Irish men who fought in WW1 will also be on show. Opening hours.

Thursday 21 August: Digitising Irish newspapers: how we bring Ireland’s past stories back to life, with Ian Tester. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No booking. 1:05pm.

Thursday 21 August: How to research your Erris ancestor, a workshop. Venue: Gaol Siar, Main Street, Belmullet, Co Mayo. (Above Carey's.) €35. 11am to 2pm. Need to book. Tel: Barbara on 087 216 9625 or email eolas@gaolsiar.com.

Friday 22 August: Irish in European armies, with Lar Joye. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No booking. 1:05pm.

Friday 22 to Saturday 23 August: The Genealogy Event, Strand Hotel, Limerick. Two-day conference and Irish genealogy get-together. Programme and tickets.

Friday 22 to Saturday 23 August: O'Meachair/Maher/Meagher clan gathering. Exhibition, conference, social and genealogy ( one-to-one sessions on Saturday from 2pm to 5pm; no booking). Barony of Ikerrin (northeast County Tipperary). Need to register. Programme and details.

Saturday 23 August: St Paul's Graveyard Trail, with Brian White. Host: Bray Cualann Historical Society. Venue: St Paul's Church, Main Street, Bray, Co Wicklow. 3pm.

Saturday 23 August: Hedge School re-enactment. Host: Ballon Improvement Group. Venue: Sli na Sceach, The Forge, Kilbride, Co Carlow. 2–4pm. Free. Details: Maire George, 087 242 4934.

Saturday 23 August: North of Ireland Family History Society Open Day. Venue: Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey. Co Antrim. Find out more about their fabulous resource centre and meet a friendly, knowledgeable bunch of people. From 10.30am to 4.30pm. See NIFHS website for more details.

Monday 25 August: Limerick and The Great War, with Dr Tadgh Moloney. First of the Limerick and the Great War Lecture Series. Venue: The Hunt Museum, Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick City. Free. 1pm. Phone: +353 61 312833 Email: education@huntmuseum.com

Monday 25 August: Census-related records on the National Archives website, with Catriona Crowe. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No booking. 1:05pm.

Monday 25 August: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland opens its historical home to the public during Heritage Week. Guided tours at 11.30am, 1.15pm, 3.00pm and 5.30pm. Tours will take approximately 40 minutes. Places are limited, so book online to guarantee your place. Venue: RCPI, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Monday 25 August: Dungarvan Historic Town Atlas, with John Martin. Hosts: Museum Society and County Heritage office. The town atlas is a project of the Royal Irish Academy, which was first launched in 1981. A number of towns and cities have already been published. John Martin has been commissioned to research Dungarvan. Venue: Town Hall Theatre, Dungarvan. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 26 August: World War One in County Wicklow, with John Goodman, looking at a number of Wicklow men and their frontline experiences, and how the war directly affected life in the county. Venue: Greystones Library, Mill Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow. 7pm. Free. Details: 01-2873548.

Tuesday 26 August: Doing Local History, with Ray Gillespie. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No booking. 1:05pm.

Tuesday 26 August: The Shamrock Fund of WW1, with Brian White. Host: Bray Cualann Historical Society. Venue: Bray Library, Eglinton Road, Bray, Co Wicklow. 7pm.

Tuesday 26 to Friday 28 August: Timeline – World War 1, an audiovisual perspective of the events leading up to, during and after the Great War. Also memorabilia, exhibitions, poetry readings. Not suitable for children. Free. Main Hall, City Hall, Terence McSwiney Quay, Cork City.

Tuesday 26 August: Medieval female monasticism in Co Tipperary, with Tracy Collins. Cashel Summer Lecture Series. Venue: Cashel Library, Friar St, Cashel, Co Tipperary. 7:30pm. Free.

Wednesday 27 August: An Irish Family Goes to War, with Dr Deirdre McMahon. Second of the Limerick and the Great War Lecture Series. Venue: The Hunt Museum, Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick City. Free. 1pm. Phone: +353 61 312833 Email: education@huntmuseum.com

Wednesday 27 August: The map-making of the OS: challenges on every front, with Dr Jacinta Prunt. First of the Mapping City, Town and Country lecture series. Venue: Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 1-2pm. Free. All welcome. No need to book.

Wednesday 27 August: Finding women in the records, with Mary McAuliffe. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No booking. 1:05pm.

Thursday 28 August: Niall of the Nine Hostages and the genetic architecture of Irish surnames, with Dan Bradley. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No booking. 1pm.

Thursday 28 August: Introduction to Genealogy Online. Venue and host: Portlaoise Library, Lyster Square, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. 2–3pm. Free but booking required by email to library@laoiscoco.ie or telephone: 057 8622333.

Thursday 28 August: Genealogy seminar, with Sinead Holland. Host: Loais Libraries. Venue: Abbeyleix Library, Main Square, Abbeyleix, Co Laois. 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Free, but booking required. Tel: (0)57 873 0020.

Thursday 28 August: West Cork men and the Great War, with William Casey. Host: Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Venue: Skibbereen Credit Union Conference Room. 8pm. Free but booking essential due to limited space. Call the Heritage Centre on 028 40900.

Thursday 28 August: Workshop - Sources for military personnel in India. Venue: British Library, Euston Road, London, UK. Free. 2pm. Booking required by email.

Friday 29 August: The First World War, 1914-1918: Ireland within the wider European context, with Dr Jerome ann de Wiel. Third of the Limerick and the Great War Lecture Series. Venue: The Hunt Museum, Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick City. Free. 1pm. Phone: +353 61 312833 Email: education@huntmuseum.com.

Friday 29 August: Tulla Weekend of the Welcomes/Ireland Reaching Out, with Sr deLourdes Fahy. Plus music and light refreshments. Venue: Tulla Courthouse, Tulla, Co Clare. 7:30pm. All welcome. Email for details to tulla@irelandxo.com.

Friday 29 August: Uncovering the Irish of the American Civil War, with Damien Shiels. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No booking. 1:05pm.

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August: The fourth Tudor & Stuart Ireland conference. Venue: National University of Ireland, Maynooth, County Kildare. Details.

Friday 29 August & Saturday 30 August: WDYTYA?Live Scotland. Part of Homecoming Scotland. Exhibition and workshop programme. NIFHS and APGI will be attending. Venue: SEEC, Glasgow.

Saturday 30 August: WW1: a Great War of a good war? History Ireland Hedge School. Venue: Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois. 3pm. Sold Out.

Saturday 30 August: Researching Your Family History, with Waterford Council Archivist Joanne Rothwell. Venue: Ballymacarbry Community Centre Ballymacarbry, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. 2:30pm. More info: info@ballymacarbry.com & 052 6185483

Sunday 31 August: Guided tour of Old Cobh Cemetery, with Jack Gilmartin. Venue: Old Cobh Cemetery, Cobh, Co Cork. Free. No booking. Meet at the main gate of the cemetery at 2:30pm.

Sunday 31 August: The war to end all wars, 1914-1918, a day of lectures hosted by the Maritime Institute of Ireland and the Heritage Council. Venue: Dun Laoghaire Club, Eblana Lodge, Eblana Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 11:30am to 8pm. Donations requested; recommended €5 per lecture/€20 for the day. Details.