Wednesday, 22 March 2017

RCB Library updates parish register listing with recent acquisitions
The Representative Church Body Library has updated its free to download List of Church of Ireland Parish Registers.

This is a colour-coded resource for researchers to find out which parish registers survive, and where they are held – by the Library, other archives, local custody etc. It was relaunched last summer following a joint project with the Irish Genealogical Research Society, which saw notes added to identify online availability.

This latest edition of the list incorporates a number of additions to the Library's parish register holding (see below) since last summer.

Parish Union: Blessington (Diocese of Glendalough)

Co. Wexford: Ballymore-Eustace: Marriage register, 1957-2004
Co. Wicklow: Blessington: Marriage register, 1959-2005
Co. Wicklow: Hollywood: Marriage register, 1966-95
Co. Wicklow: Kilbride/Cloughlea: Baptismal register 1878; Marriage register, 1963-2007;

Parish Union:Bunclody (Diocese of Ferns)
Co. Carlow: Barragha: Combined register, 1830-37
Co. Wexford: Bunclody: Combined register, 1810-37
Co. Wexford: Clonegal: Combined registers, 1792-1838, 1831-1993

Parish Union: Kilkenny Diocese of Ossory)
Co. Kilkenny: St Canice: Baptismal register, 1906-2016, Burial register, 1862-2016
Co. Kilkenny: St John: Baptismal register, 1890-2016; Burial register, 1892-2013
Co. Kilkenny: Aghour/Freshford: Baptismal register, 1879-2016; Burial register, 1879-2016
Co. Kilkenny: Ballinamara: Baptismal register, 1879-2012; Burial register, 1879-1924
Co. Wexford: Kilnamanagh: Baptismal register, 1868-2016; Burial register, 1874-2016

Parish Union: Killala (Diocese of Killala)
Co. Mayo: Killala: Marriage register, 1957-2004;
Co. Mayo: Crossmolina: Marriage register, 1957-2005
Co. Mayo: Dunfeeny: Marriage register, 1957-62

Parish Union: Kilmoe Union (Diocese of Cork)
Co. Cork: Killmoe: Baptismal registers, 1880-1995: Marriage registers, 1845-1986: Burial register, 1882-2014; Register of banns, 1976-2002;
Co. Cork: Crookhaven: Marriage registers, 1852-90;
Co. Cork: Schull: Baptismal register, 1880-1962: Marriages, 1845-2005: Burials, 1882-2015;
Co. Cork: Teampol-na-mbocht (The Altar): Baptismal, 1881-2007; Marriages, 1866-2003; Burial register, 1859-2015;

Parish Union: Monkstown (Diocese of Dublin)

Co. Dublin: Monkstown: Baptismal registers 1884-2009; Marriage registers 1900-2007
Co. Dublin: Monkstown – St John: Baptismal registers 1885-1982; Marriage registers 1938-1972

Parish Union: Templemore (Diocese of Cashel)
Co. Tipperary: Glankeen/Borrisoleagh: Marriage register 1848-62; Tithe applotment book, 1831;
Co. Tipperary: Kilfithmone: Marriage register 1846-1952; Vestry minute book, 1790-1890 (incl nine burial entries 1793-1804);
Co. Tipperary: Thurles: Burial register, 1877-2000

Parish Union: Toombe (Diocese of Ferns)
Co. Wexford: Burial register, 1833-2009

Notes of these additions have also made their way to the RCB Library's county-by-county breakdown of the parish registers accessible by personal visitors at the Dublin archive. The upgraded handlist can be downloaded from the Library's Parish Registers page.

The Sligo Journal joins British Newspaper Archive

The Sligo Journal, a conservative, Protestant newspaper sold on subscription in the 19th century, has joined the British Newspaper Archive (BNA).

It joins two other Sligo titles: the Sligo Champion (its arch rival, both politically and in terms of circulation) and the Sligo Observer.

Its contents are fairly typical of the time, a mix of national, regional and local news; clerical, army and judiciary appointments; quarter sessions trials and coroner's inquests; and plenty of 'cures' for chronic health problems.

The BNA plans to hold editions of the bi-weekly paper spanning 1813–1866. The initial upload sees editions available from 1828-1830, 1832 and 1834-1861. As with all other titles in the BNA, The Sligo Journal simulataneously joins FindMyPast's Irish Newspaper Collection.

The BNA now holds 141 Irish titles.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Just published: New Irish Genealogy Records 2011-16

I'm pleased to announce that an updated version of my ebook detailing all the record releases since January 2011 has been published. the record collections released in 2016 has added an extra dozen pages and resulted in a slightly heavier digital weight of 8.4Mb. I've checked all the older links to ensure they remain in good working order, and the ebook follows the same format (record-sets by theme and county) as the last edition.

The end result is an ebook entitled 'New Irish Genealogy Records, 2011–2016'.

It's now on sale at my website, Irish Genealogy Toolkit, for €7.99 / £ 6.99 / US$8.99.

You'll find more details, a sample, and payment and currency options by clicking the cover image.

Irish Ancestors & Irish Lives – a five-day Family History Getaway at the Society of Genealogists in London

The Society of Genealogists is to hold a Family History Getaway Week – Irish Ancestors & Irish Lives in June (5-9 June) at its Central London Library and HQ.

Each day runs from 10:30am to 5pm, and delegates will be able to attend talks and workshops for guidance on how to trace Irish ancestors and to learn about the resources that are available. The course is designed not only to help researchers find their ancestors but also to develop an understanding of how they lived and how the history of Ireland affected their lives.

The sessions will focus on some broad themes: basic church and civil records; 17th century records; 18th and 19th century life in Ireland; and lesser known and new sources.

As part of the programme, researchers can also explore books, documents and records in the SOG Library and catalogue, and have personal consultations with the SOG's Help & Advice Team. Even a daily sandwich lunch is included in the cost, which is £176 for SOG members/£220 for non members.

Download the detailed programme for more information and to view the timetable of individual sessions.

You can book a place on the Family History Getaway Week on the SOG website.

Registry of Deeds images at FamilySearch: a review

The recent release by FamilySearch of hundreds of thousands of images of Registry of Deeds records prompted an in-depth exploration of the new online resource by genealogist and tutor Sean J Murphy.

Having tested the resource by searching for the famous 1757 lease granted to Arthur Guinness for the land where he built his brewery, Sean has written a review of the resource on his facebook page, which you can find at

Monday, 20 March 2017

Irish genealogy and history events, 20 March–2 April

Monday 20 March: Research workshop. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Wednesday 22 March: Right and Correct: Seven Donegal churches of Liam McCormick, with Carole Pollard MRIAI. Host: Ulster Architectural Heritage Society. Venue: The Old Museum Building, 7 College Square North, Belfast. Members £8/Non-Members £10. Includes a glass of wine. Details.

Wednesday 22 March: 1916 Easter Rising and Home Rule, with Pat Murphy. Host: The Historical Association, Nottingham branch. Venue: Bromley House Library, Angel Row, Nottingham, UK. 3pm. To book, email: enquiries@bromleyhouse. Free.

Wednesday 22 March: The history of Dún Laoghaire harbour, 1817 to present, with Cormac Lowth. Host: Dún Laoghaire District Historical Society. Venue: Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin. 8pm. Entrance fee:€3. All welcome.

Wednesday 22 March: A Éire! an deór is an tibhre id’ shúil’: the Irish manuscript collection at the Royal Irish Academy, with Siobhán Fitzpatrick. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Free. All welcome!

Thursday 23 March: The memory and afterlives of the revolutionary generation in Northern Ireland, with Dr Sarah Campbell. History Lecture Series. Host and venue: Tyneside Irish Centre, 41 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, NE1 4SG. 7:30pm to 9pm. Free. Details.

Saturday March 25: Walking tour of an Irish neighborhood. Host: Irish Railroad Workers Museum, 920 Lemmon St, Baltimore, MD 21223, USA. Starts at Mount Clare Station. 10:30am to Noon. Free, but donations welcomed. Details.

Saturday March 25: Royalty, Resurrectionists and the Rotunda, with Maedhbh Murphy. Host: Stoneybatter & Smithfield People's History Project. Venue: The Cobblestone, 77 North King Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7. 4pm–5pm. Free. All welcome.

Saturday March 25: Guided tour of St. Augustine’s church and graveyard, with Hazel Philson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. 10am – 11am. Derry City. All welcome.

Tuesday 28 March: A visit to the Somme and the Ypres Salient, with Alan Hyndman. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast branch. Venue: Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast BT4 1NT. 7:30pm – 9:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 28 March: Vernacular architecture in South West Clare, with Fidelma Mullane. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €5.

Tuesday 28 March: John Hartpole - Constable of Carlow & Villain of Mullaghmast: His life and strange afterlife, with John Kelly. Host: Castledermot Local History Group. Venue: Teach Diarmada, Castledermot, Co Kildare. 8pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €2.

Tuesday 28 March: Adding a story to your family tree, with Mike McKeag. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Causeway Coast & Glens Branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine, Co LondonDerry, BT52 1HF. 8pm – 10pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 29 March: Open genealogy consultation, with Lisa Dougherty. Host and venue: Paul O'Dwyer Library, Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207 USA. 11am-2pm. Free. Book a consultation.

Thursday 30 March: A tour through Ulster’s graveyards, with Dr William Roulston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena Branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm – 9:15pm. All welcome.

Friday 31 March and Saturday 1 April: Irish research lectures at the 2017 FxGS Spring Conference – Finding Elusive Ancestors - Tools and Techniques for the Search. Four lectures exploring search strategies, land and church records and online sources, with Donna Moughty. Venue: The Westin Tysons Corner, 7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia, USA. Lecture details. Registration ($).

Saturday 1 April: The Quakers of Tipperary, with Michael Ahern. Host & venue: Tipperary County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. 10:30am. €5. All welcome. Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday 1 April: Irish records? - They all went up in smoke . . . didn't they? An introductory workshop with Jill Williams FIGRS. Host: Scottish Genealogy Society. Venue: Scottish Genealogy Society Library, 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh,UK EH1 2JL. 10am–Noon. £10 to members/non-members. Booking essential: 0131 220 3677 or

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest uploads

In the first two weeks of March, the following headstone photos and transcriptions of inscriptions were added to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives:

It's definitely worth noting that the upload for Dublin's Mount Jereme Cemetery alone totted up to more than 1,000 headstones.

Headstone to James Delany, and others,
Ballygunner Temple, County Waterford
Photo courtesy Valerie Ackroyd & IGPArchives.
Click for larger image
DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Anne's Section, pt 1
Mt. Jerome Cemetery, Parts 149-155 (Additional)

MAYO Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Old Kilmeena Graveyard, Westport - Part 3

SLIGO Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Sligo Cemetery, Middle Part, Section A (F-K)

TYRONE Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Holy Trinity Church (CoI), Brackaville
St Andrew's Church (CoI), Killyman, Dungannon

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Ballinakill, St. Thomas (CoI)
Ballygunner Temple
Our Lady's R.C. Church, Carbally - Pt 1
Our Lady's R.C. Church, Carbally - Pt 2
St. John's R.C. Church Waterford City

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Macreddin Cemetery

Saturday, 18 March 2017

£10 off AncestryDNA tests (UK and IE) until 26 March has a special offer running for Mother's Day, which is next Sunday (26 March) in the UK and Ireland.

The offer is already live, and will continue until the day itself.

The discount brings the price down from €95 to €80 or £79 to £69, and shipping is payable on top. Shipping costs €20/£20.
Choose which currency you want to pay in by selecting the appropriate image to the right.

Ancestry's landing page has a good FAQ and general introduction to DNA, and the real-life examples should help you ascertain where a test may prove useful to your own genealogical research; it's worth reading if you're hesitating to take the plunge.

Friday, 17 March 2017

10% discount on FindMyPast 12-month World package

FindMyPast is offering a 10% discount on a 12-month World subscription. The special offer runs until Wednesday 22 March.

To take up the offer, just follow one of the links below. It doesn't matter which one you choose, because the World subscription package gives you access to the same huge record collection no matter which of the FindMyPast territories you purchase it through. However, you may have a preference based on the currencies in which payment will have to be made.

Taking the discount into account, the cost of the annual subscription is: €161.55 | US£215.55 | £140.36 | AUS$215.55. In each case, it is charged in one up-front payment and gives you access to eight billion records.

FindMyPast Ireland
10% off 12-month World subscription

FindMyPast USA/Canada
10% off 12-month World subscription
FindMyPast UK
10% off 12-month World subscription

FindMyPast Australia/NZ
10% off 12-month World subscription

If you've been paying attention, you'll be aware that FindMyPast's free access to a selection of its Irish collection comes to a close tonight (just before midnight GMT).

40% discount from Irish Newspaper Archives

Looks like St Patrick's Day has put Dublin-based Irish Newspaper Archive in a sweet mood. Here's a whopping 40% off an annual subscription to the entire archive of more than 60 local, regional and national newspapers, both historical and current. take advantage of the offer, sign up for a 12-month sub and type in the coupon code Patrick40. The discount will reduce the cost from €178 to €106.80.

If you can't quite convince yourself of the need for a full year's membership, there's still a treat for you, albeit somewhat smaller. it's a 10% discount on monthly membership. You'll need to use Coupon code Patrick10 to get it when you sign up .

The two offers run Monday, 20 March, so don't hang about.