Tuesday, 28 July 2015

FamilySearch adds transcripts of 1871 E&W census

Family Search has added transcripts of the 1871 England and Wales Census to its database. It's not quite complete yet, but with more than 81% of the total now available, it's worth checking out.

In 1871, there were 605,282 Irish-born individuals living in England and Wales (a further 207,820 were in Scotland). The largest concentrations were found in London (91,100), Liverpool (76,700) and Manchester (34,000). The numbers make clear why this is an important collection for Irish family historians to search for 'missing' ancestors, whether they subsequently returned to Ireland, settled in the UK or emigrated, typically from Liverpool, for the United States.

While images are not provided by FamilySearch (there's a link to FindMyPast to view them with a subscription), the FamilySearch transcriptions contain all the information provided on the census forms for each individual: name, age, marital status, relationship to head of household, occupation and place of birth, as well as listing name, age and place of birth for all other occupants of the household.

The majority of the census records do not say where in Ireland the individual was born, but for some lucky researchers, the name of the county is recorded.

Note: All stats from The Irish In Britain 1800–1914, by Donald M MacRaild; 'Studies in Irish Economic and Social History' series.

History Ireland Hedge Schools: two more podcasts

History Ireland Magazine has uploaded free recordings of its two most recent Hedge Schools:

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa: his life and after-life. The Hedge School was held at the National School, Reenacreena, West Cork a couple of weekends back. On the panel were Judith Campbell, Conor McNamara, Shane Kenna.

Wellington, Waterloo and Ireland. This Hedge School took place at the History Festival of Ireland, Borris House, County Carlow early last month. On the panel were Patrick Geoghegan, Jane Wellesley, Lar Joye, Hugh Gough.

Both Hedge Schools were chaired by Tommy Graham, editor of the magazine.

New book: Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland

256-page illustrated hardback
Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland has been published by Four Courts Press.

Edited by Terry Barry, professor of medieval history at Trinity College Dublin, and Vicky McAlister, who lectures in Southeast Missouri State University, the 256-page hardback contains a selection of some of the most inspirational papers presented at the first three Space and Settlement conferences held annually in Trinity College Dublin.

The contents include papers on Medieval rural settlement; Viking Waterford; Leinster ringworks; Viking Age hoards: trade and exchange; Mapping urban space and settlement; Castlemore deserted medieval village; Reconstructing battlefield landscapes; The tower houses of County Down, stylistic similarity, functional difference; Decline of tower houses; and Deer parks.

Each contribution represents the ‘new frontier’ of research in this growing field of academic endeavour, which broadly embraces the disciplines
of history, geography and archaeology.

The illustrated book is available via Four Courts Press and other book retailers.
ISBN: 978-1-84682-500-2. Catalogue Price: €55.00.

(The 7th annual Space and Settlement conference will be held in late May 2016. Details.)

Monday, 27 July 2015

New Irish family history courses at UCD

As reported on Irish Genealogy News last month, University College Dublin (UCD) is discontinuing its popular three-year Certificate in Genealogy/Family History course (see blogpost).

Instead, new Lifelong Learning courses have been introduced, as follows:

Topics in Genealogy/Family History: Advanced topics of interest to more experienced genealogists. This 10-week course will be held on Wednesday evenings (7–9pm) starting 30 September. €190.

Introduction to Genealogy/Family History: Basic family history course, to be held on Thursday evenings (7–9pm) starting 1 October. €190.

Genealogy/Family History of the 1916 leaders: Using genealogical and historical methodologies, the course will study prominent participants in terms of their family backgrounds. This 10-week course will be held on Wednesday evenings (7–9pm) starting 13 January 2016. €190.

Each of these courses will be led by Sean J Murphy.

More details of each course can be found on pages 64 and 65 of UCD's newly published 'Opening Worlds' Adult Education programme 2015-16 booklet (pdf 900kb).

Booking/registration won't start until Monday 10 August.

August bank holiday opening/closing arrangements

The Republic of Ireland will be taking the last of its summer public holidays next Monday, 3 August.

Here are the changes to standard opening times for the main repositories and institutions used by genealogists:

Dublin City Public Libraries will not open on Saturday 1 August or on Monday 3 August. Normal schedules resume Tuesday 4 August.

The National Archives of Ireland will be closed to the public on Monday 3 August and will re-open on Tuesday 4 August at 9.15am.

The National Library of Ireland Reading Room will be closed on Monday 3 August and there will be no Genealogy Advisory Service operating on that day. However, the Yeats exhibition and the World War Ireland exhibition at Kildare Street will be open 12pm to 5pm. Cafe Joly will be closed on both Saturday 1 August and Monday 3 August. All back to normal (9:30am) on Tuesday 4 August.

The GRO Research Room at Werburgh Street will be closed on Monday 3 August, reopening Tuesday 4 August at 9:00am.

Local branch libraries will be closed on Saturday 1 August and Monday 3 August, reopening for normal hours on Tuesday 4 August.

NOTE: Northern Ireland is open for business as usual on Monday 3 August but mark your diaries with a note that it'll be enjoying its own Late Summer Bank Holiday on Monday 31 August.

British Newspaper Archive increases subscription price

The British Newspaper Archive has advised that its monthly subscription cost will be increasing from £9.95 to £12.95 with effect from Wednesday 5 August.

The official announcement says: 'In the years since the British Newspaper Archive started, we've digitised over 11 million pages of newspapers from all over the UK and Ireland, dating back to the 1700s. Over the next year we'll be adding another 2 million.' It adds that the cost rise will ensure the company maintains this growth for years to come.

An annual subscription to the entire BNA database remains at £79.95.

At the last count, there are 74 Irish titles in the BNA database. Access to these newspapers is also available via a FindMyPast Ireland subscription (currently €9.95 monthly or €99.50 annually).

If you want the British newspapers as well as the Irish titles and the entire global FindMyPast family history collection, you'll need a FindMyPast World subscription, as follows:

FindMyPast.ie World subscription currently €14.95 per month*
FindMyPast.co.uk World subscription currently £12.95 per month*
FindMyPast.com World subscription currently US$19.95 per month*
FindMyPast.com.au World subscription currently Aus$19.95 per month*

*Annual World subscriptions are also available.

Irish family history & heritage events, 27 Jul–8 Aug

Wednesday 29 July: An examination of the impact of WW1 at a local level in Co Clare, with Morgan Roughan. Part of the Stand up and fight Summer lecture series. Venue: City Hall, Limerick. 6:30pm. Refreshments provided. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 29 July to Saturday 1 August: Spirit of Mother Jones Festival & Summer School. Cultural event including a series of history/heritage lectures. See full programme. Shandon, Cork. Enquiries: +353 (0)86 3196063, www.motherjonescork.com.

Thursday 30 July: Nobody's Children: The treatment for shell-shocked Great War veterans in the Irish Free State, with Michael Robinson. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1:05pm. Free. No booking required. All welcome.

Thursday 30 July: Guided tour of St Patrick's Gateway graveyard, with Julian Walton. Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. Meet at St Patrick's church, Chapel Lane, Waterford. 7pm.

Friday 30 July: Lecture and launch of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa: Unrepentent Fenian by Dr Shane Kenna. Host: Merrion Press. Venue: Milestone Gallery, Glasnevin Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. Details.

Friday 31 July: The Irish Brigade in the American Civil War, documentary screening. Part of the Ballymote Heritage Weekend. Venue: The Art  Deco Theatre and Cinema, Ballymote, Co Sligo. Free. 2pm.

Friday 31 July: Secrets of the Bog Bodies, with Dr Eamonn P Kelly.  Official opening and lecture of the Ballymote Heritage Weekend. Venue: The Teagasc Centre, Tubbercurry Road, Ballymote, Co Sligo. 8:30pm. €10.

Saturday 1 August:
Unveiling of two bronze plaques on O'Donovan Rossa Bridge, Dublin. Speaker: Dr Shane Kenna. Host: The National Graves Association. Free. 3pm, on the bridge. All welcome.

Saturday 1 August:
Centenary of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa – Wreath laying ceremony and re-enactment of Pearse's speech at Rossa's graveside. Venue: Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. 4.30 pm. Followed at 5:30pm in Glasnevin Museum by launch of new print of the O'Donovan Rossa Funeral Scene by artist Robert Ballagh.

Saturday 1 August to Sunday 2 August: Re-enactment of Battle of Vinegar Hill. Living history events as part of the Rocking Food Festival. Venue: Enniscorthy Town, Co Wexford. Details.

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.

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.