Friday, 27 February 2015

Free access to Irish Newspaper Archive: today only

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Irish Newspaper Archive is offering an impromptu day of free access to its entire database. It's on today and only today.

To take advantage of the offer, login using the username Freebie and the password Freebie.

Free Q&A with RootsIreland on Facebook today

RootsIreland will be the experts in the chair for the first Ireland Family History 'Expert Session' of 2015. It will take place TODAY, from 1pm–5pm (GMT)

The Expert Session is hosted on Ireland Family History's Facebook page. If you need professional help with a specific Irish genealogy question (note the word 'specfic'), the RootsIreland team will aim to provide an answer and/or suggest appropriate direction for your research. As well as being specific, questions need to be concise and you have to post them to the Ireland Family History Facebook page within the four-hour time slot. (See Expert Session rules.)

I'm told the RootsIreland team will have specialists on hand from the IFHF network of heritage centres in Antrim/Down, Cavan, Kildare, Limerick, Mayo, Limerick and Wicklow, so there's excellent regional knowledge available.

Get your questions ready!


Thursday, 26 February 2015

Coming soon: Co Tipperary's mid-C19th Rate Books

If you have Tipperary ancestors, you'll be pleased to learn that some terrific new records are going to become available in the not too distant future.

Tipperary Studies, the local study reference library and archive of Tipperary Libraries, has embarked on a project to digitise its collection of material and make it freely accessible online.

"It's early days," Mary Guinan Darmody told Irish Genealogy News, "But we're hoping to start uploading some material to the website in the near future." A taster of the new material, a Lackagh Rate Book dating from 1850/1, is already online here, and it's great quality.

The move follows last June's local government reorganisation that merged the councils of North and South Tipperary. The Tipperary Studies team had set out on a fundraising campaign to buy the €24,000 scanner they needed to start their schedule of digitisation; the campaign went remarkably well, and the equipment was installed just before Christmas. Losing no time, the team has been kept busy not only carrying out their normal duties but also scanning some of the material they've identified as suitable for online viewing.

"More than 40 Rate Books have already been scanned and are ready for upload," says Mary. "We're also planning to make add relevant parts of the Books of Survey and Distribution, which date from the 1680s, an autograph book from one of the War of Independence Interment Camps and a Visitors Book from the Rock of Cashel, which dates from the 1860s."

There is currently no certain timetable for the uploading of the material – this isn't in the hands of the Tipperary Studies team – but Mary believes the Rate Books should appear very soon.

I'm rubbling my hands in anticipation!

Spring 2015 edition of Irish Roots magazine published

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The Spring edition of Irish Roots Magazine has been published and delivers another crop of very helpful features for Irish family historians around the globe.

The second part of the Back To Basics series 'All you need to know to trace your Irish ancestors' should help to guide beginner and intermediate researchers, while another series – Locating Living Descendants – is sure to be a big hit with all those of us (and we are many!) who want to make contact with our lost cousins.

Sean Murphy concludes his 'Surnames of the Four Provinces' series by turning the spotlight on Ulster, and there's an expert round-up of sources available for tracing ancestors from County Kildare. The history of the Huguenots in Ireland is explored, you can find out about the burial place of St Patrick, and, from my own keyboard, you can enjoy a round-up of all the latest records and Irish genealogy developments from the last three months.

Heading overseas, this issue's Australian Connections feature looks at Bushrangers, while US Occupational sources are explored for those with Irish-American ancestors.

Add in general genealogy news and comment features, Letters to the Editor, Readers Experiences, and the always helpful Your Genealogy Questions Answered, and you have another fine issue of the magazine to read, learn from, and enjoy.

Print copies of the magazine are available in the shops or by post (click front cover image for details). Alternatively, Irish Roots is also available as a digital copy.


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Tracing Your Donegal Ancestors: new edition

A third addition of Tracing Your Donegal Ancestors has been published by Flyleaf Press. The book, by Helen Meehan and Godfrey Duffy, sets out the records available for Donegal, where they can be accessed, and how they can be used to best effect in tracing families from this county – a notorious blackspot for genealogists.

It covers civil registration, census and census substitutes, directories, newspapers, land and estate records, wills and gravestone inscriptions, as well as church, education and emigration records. It also has details of surname and family histories and an extensive bibliography.

The first edition of the book was published in 1995; the second in 2008. This 2015 edition has been fully updated and has 161 pages with black and white illustrations.

Price: €13. Inclusive prices with Post and Packing: £14.50/UK; $22/USA; CAD$23; AUD$23; NZ$30.

See Flyleaf Press for order form.



Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Taking the pulse: the NAI's hospital records project

An update on the National Archives of Ireland's Survey of Hospital Records project was recently published in The Medical Independent, a newspaper and website principally aimed at doctors and other healthcare professionals.

The project, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust, aims to record the type, date range and quantity of pre-1970 records, as well as their overall condition and storage arrangements.

The feature gives us a bit of insight into the type of records we may one day be able to access. However, it points out that such hospital records currently have no legal protection, 'and it is often only through the good offices of interested hospital staff that material has been preserved'.

That's rather alarming!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Irish genealogy and history events, 23 Feb – 7 March

Monday 23 February: Civil Registration in Ireland, with Steven Smyrl MAPGI. First of the Lunchtime Genealogy Talks presented as part of the Aontas Adult Learner's Festival. Host: The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI.ie). Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Starts at 1:05pm. Free. No booking is necessary and all are welcome.

Monday 23 February: Palmerstown House and the Earls of Mayo, with Brian McCabe. Host: Clondalkin History Society. Venue: Arás Chronáin Irish Cultural Centre, Watery Lane, Clondalkin, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 24 February: Irish Census records, with Helen Kelly MAPGI. Second of the Lunchtime Genealogy Talks presented as part of the Aontas Adult Learner's Festival. Host: The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI.ie). Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Starts at 1:05pm. Free. No booking is necessary and all are welcome.

Tuesday 24 February: Local and Family History Morning, at Dún na Sí, Amenity & Heritage Centre, Moate, Co Westmeath. 10:30am to 12:30pm. Tel: 090 64 81183. €8, includes refreshments.

Tuesday 24 February: The language of hunger: retrieving the lost voices of the Great Irish Famine, with Dr Ciarán Reilly. Host: South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Irish Workhouse Centre, St. Brigid's Road, Portumna, Co. Galway. 8:30pm. As usual, all are welcome.

Wednesday 25 February: Cumann na mBan in Leitrim, with Cormac O Suilleabhain. Venue: Ballinamore County Library, Main Street, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim. 8pm. Free admission. All welcome.

Wednesday 25 February: Using Church records, with Rosaleen Underwood MAPGI. Third of the Lunchtime Genealogy Talks presented as part of the Aontas Adult Learner's Festival. Host: The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI.ie). Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Starts at 1:05pm. Free. No booking is necessary and all are welcome.

Wednesday 25 February: Tracing your 20th-Century Military Ancestors, with Nicola Morris MAPGI. Evening lecture presented as part of the Aontas Adult Learner's Festival. Host: The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI.ie). Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Starts at 6:30pm. Free. No booking is necessary and all are welcome.

Wednesday 25 February: Open Genealogy Consulatation, with Lisa Dougherty. Host: Irish American Heritage Museum. Venue: 370 Broadway, Albany, New York 12207, USA. No booking necessary. Consultations on a first come, first served basis between 11:00 - 2pm (EDT). Free.

Thursday 26 February: Post-Plantation migration to/from Ulster, with Paddy Fitzgerald. Host: Strabane History Society. Venue: Room 5, Strabane Library, 1 Railway Street, Strabane, co Tyrone BT82 8EF. 7:30pm.

Thursday 26 February: Researching WWI Servicemen’s Graves in the Ballymena & Antrim Area, with Nigel Henderson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena Branch. Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 26 February: Launch of Limerick through the looking glass: the Ludlow Collection Exhibition. The collection comprises photos of Limerick people and scenes from the turn of the 19th/20th century. Host: Limerick Museum & Archives. Venue: the Glazed Street, City Hall, Limerick. 6:30pm. Free.

Thursday 26 February: Land records, with Joan Sharkey MAPGI. Fourth of the Lunchtime Genealogy Talks presented as part of the Aontas Adult Learner's Festival. Host: The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI.ie). Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Starts at 1:05pm. Free. No booking is necessary and all are welcome.

Thursday 26 February: Fairies, Legends and Landscape... the folklore of Ireland, with Dr Jennifer Butler. Host: Ballygarvan & District Local History Society. Venue: Park Hotel by Radisson, Cork Airport, Cork. 8pm. €5 for non-members.

Thursday 26 February: Tour of the Conservation Studios. National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin. Admission free but booking essential. 2:30pm–4pm.

Friday 27 February: Using the Internet for genealogical research, with John Grenham MAPGI. Host: The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI.ie). Last of the Lunchtime Genealogy Talks presented as part of the Aontas Adult Learner's Festival. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Starts at 1:05pm. Free. No booking is necessary and all are welcome. This lecture will be followed by an Open Forum discussion with a panel of professional genealogists.

Friday 27 February: Preserving the Peace: Women in Policing, with Garda Commissioner, Nóirín O’Sullivan. Venue: National Museum of Ireland, Country Life, Turlough, Castlebar, co Mayo. Booking required. 7pm-8pm. Free.

Saturday, 28 February: Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City, with Joe Buggy. Host: New York Irish History Roundtable. Venue: Glucksman Ireland House, New York University, One Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003. 2pm. Free to NYIHR members and NYU affiliates, otherwise $10 donation. Details.

Monday 2 March: The men who built the Olympic Class ships, with Alison Murphy. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh Branch. Venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co Down, BT30 9QF. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 3 March: Presentation of family history research carried out during the year by individual members. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Omagh Branch. Venue: Omagh Library, Dublin Road, Omagh, Co Tyrone BT78 1HL. 7:15pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 5 March: Belfast, Co Down – Fact or Fiction? and Making more sense of the Census. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: Holywood Arches Library, Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 5 March: The Genealogy of the Anglo-Norman Lynches who Settled in Galway, with Paul B McNulty. Venue: Lynch Theatre, O’Brien Centre for Science, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4. 7:30pm. Free, but reserve your place by email.

Thursday 5 March:
The story of Blarney Castle Gardens, with Adam Whitbourn. Host: Blarney & District Historical Society. Venue: Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney, Co Cork. 8pm. Everone welcome.

Saturday 7 March: Paradise Lost – the demise and dispersal of the Irish Country House Interior, with Kerry Mullaly. Venue: Tipperary County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. 10am to Noon, with refreshments provided. €5 per session. Bookings: julia.walsh@tipperarycoco.ie or 076 106 5564.

Saturdays 7 March and 14 March: Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors, with Donna Moughty. Host: Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. Two lectures, one at 11am, the other at 1pm (USA/EST) on each day. Cost:  From US$69.99. Details of lectures and registration.

Saturday, 7 March:
Finding Your Irish Townland of Origin: Research in the U.S. and Ireland, with Joe Buggy. Host: Sachem Public Library. Venue: Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook, NY 11741, USA. 1-3pm, free to all. For more details, email AnneMarie.Tognella@sachemlibrary.org.