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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Introduction to Irish Family History course at NLI

National Library of Ireland,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Sean Murphy’s Introduction to Family History course will be running again at the National Library of Ireland (NLI) this Autumn.

The eight-week course will be held 2pm to 4:30pm on Wednesdays starting on 11 October, with the last session on 28 November.

You can download the full course syllabus here.

While the course content is suitable for genealogy beginners, participants need to be familiar with using computers. Places on the course are limited to 30, and the course fee is €100. Booking opens on Monday 28 October.

For more information about the course, or (from 28 October) to book a place, contact Ciara Kerrigan by emailing ckerrigan@nli.ie.


Leitrim Advertiser joins British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive has added The Leitrim Advertiser to its online database.

This title, published in Mohill, Co Leitrim, was also known as The Leitrim and Longford Advertiser in the late 1860s. The BNA plans to add editions under both titles from 1845-1916.

So far, 1409 editions from 1886, 1890-1899, and 1901-1916 are available for searching on both the British Newspaper Archive and its sister site FindMyPast (Irish Newspaper Collection).


Monday, 21 August 2017

Up to 40% discounts from Irish Newspaper Archive

To mark Ireland's fantastically popular Heritage Week, the Dublin-based Irish Newspaper Archives (INA) has announced some excellent discounts on its subscription packages.

Each of the packages provides full access to INA's online database, which holds more than six million pages published by 58 historical newspapers across the 32 counties of the island.

The fully digitised content starts in 1738 and continues to the current day.

The current discount range from 10% for the one-day offer to a whopping 40% for the annual subscription.

Whichever offer suits you best, you'll need to use the appropriate discount/promotion code.
For payment in Euros, click the image below.
For payment in US$, click here.
For payment in GB£, click here.
In all cases, the discounts will run until Wednesday 30 August.


https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/subscribe?cur=EUR


Irish genealogy & heritage events, 21 August to 2 Sept

This week's fortnightly events listing covers Heritage Week (19-27 August), when more than 2,200 interesting lectures, tours and walks and other events are held across Ireland.

The online programme – click the logo below – filters the events by places and topics, and generally does this job fairly well. Be aware, however, that the filter relies on how organisers 'tagged' or described their event; some events have been filtered only for 'genealogy' and some only for 'family history', while others show up for both terms.

http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/events?where=&when=&type=&order=&q=genealogyIn my listing below, I haven't made any attempt to replicate the full official Heritage Week programme. Instead, I've included more than 25 events that I become aware of in a more piecemeal or organic way, which probably means there is some bias towards places connected with my research and my personal interests. There are also a couple taking place in the USA.

As is usual, the week after Heritage Week is rather light on happenings in the Republic. I'll update the list if I'm notified of any more events that week.

Monday 21 August: Tour of Mount St Lawrence Cemetery. Venue: Meet at Main entrance of cemetery, Limerick. Free. No booking necessary. 3pm to 4pm. More details: tel: (0)61 407017, email: matthew.potter@limerick.ie.

Monday 21 August: Merchants, marriage and mobility, Woodford 1850s to 1920s, with Monica Hynes. Host: East Galway Family History Society. Venue: Woodford Heritage Centre, Bolag, Woodford, Co. Galway. Free. No booking required. 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Monday 21 August: Genealogy and family history advice service, with Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven. Host: Donaghmede Library, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Grange Road, Dublin 13 or Raheny Library, if preferred. All welcome but you need to book by phone: 087 6491605. Free.

Monday 21 August: Family history workshop, with Sinead Holland, Laois County Library Archivist. Host: Laois Libraries. Venue: Rathdowney Library, Mill Street, Rathdowney, Co. Laois. Free. 3pm-5pm. Booking required: Tel 0505 46852 or email cafitzpatrick@laoiscoco.ie

Tuesday 22 August: Genealogical evening, with Dr Paul MacCotter. Host and venue: Franciscan Well Brewery pub, North Mall, Cork City. Introduction to Irish genealogy for beginners; family history and surname origins advice for the more advanced. 8:30pm. Free. No booking necessary.

Tuesday 22 August: Irish Genealogy Hour – hands-on research in the computer classroom. Different topic each week. Host and venue: Billings Public Library, 510 North 28th Street, Billings, Montana, USA. Free. All welcome. Noon to 1pm. More information, T: (406) 657-8258.

Tuesday 22 August: Clans and Surnames of East Galway in medieval times, with Dr Joe Mannion. Host: East Galway Family History Society. Venue: Woodford Heritage Centre, Bolag, Woodford, Co. Galway. Free. No booking required. 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Tuesday 22 August: Historical walking tour of the Grand Canal Dock area, with members of Ancestry's ProGenealogists team. Host: Ancestry. Venue: Meet outside Ancestry's offices at 52-55 Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 2. 1pm to 2pm. Free. For more details.

Tuesday 22 August: Cillini of West Cork, with William Casey. Host: Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Venue: Skibbereen Credit Union Conference Room, Main Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork. 8pm. Free. Need to reserve a place on 028 40900.

Tuesday 22 August: Launch of new local history website followed by Thomas Adderley's golden years of flax and linen manufacture in West Cork, with Paddy O'Sullivan. Host: Cork County Library. Venue: Bandon Library, Bandon Shopping Centre, South Main Street, Bandon, Co. Cork. 7pm. All welcome. Free but need to book: t (0)23 884 4830, e bandonlibrary@corkcoco.ie.

Tuesday 22 August: Emigration from the port of Sligo, a presentation by Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Society. Venue: County Sligo Heritage & Genealogy Centre, Aras Reddan, Temple Street, Sligo, Co Sligo. 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Free. For more details, phone 071 9143728.

Wednesday 23 August: The early story of brewing in Cork: history and archaeology, a walking tour, with Caen Harris. Host: Cork Historical & Archaeological Society. Meet at Beamish & Crawford Brewery, South Gate Bridge, Main Street, Cork. 7pm. €3 per person.

Wednesday 23 August: Exploring the Holy Wells of Woodford and Ballinakill, a field trip with Dr Christy Cunniffe. Host: East Galway Family History Society. Venue: Woodford Heritage Centre, Bolag, Woodford, Co. Galway. Free. No booking required. 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Wednesday 23 August: Medieval Riots, Murder and Mayhem, with Finbar Dwyer. Host: Tipperary Local Studies. Venue: Tipperary County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. 7.30pm. Admission is free but places are limited and seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Wednesday 23 August: The online revolution in Irish family history, with John Grenham MAGI. Host and venue: Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford, Co Waterford. 6:15pm to 7:15pm. All welcome. While the event is free, booking is advised by telephone to 0761 10 2975 or email: ecowman@waterfordcouncil.ie.

Wednesday 23 August: Historical walk around Skibbereen Town, with Philip O'Regan. Host: Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Meet at Skibbereen Courthouse. Skibbereen, Co Cork. 6:30pm. Free, but booking essential on 028 40900.

Wednesday 23 August: Family History Curiosities, with Karen O'Riordan. Host: Local Studies, Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road, Cork City. 1:30pm to 2:30pm. All welcome. Free, but booking required – tel (0)23 4285640 or email localstudieslibrary@corkcoco.ie.

Thursday 24 August: People who made Waterford famous, a miscellany of short talks by members. Host: Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: The Tapestry Room, Granville Hotel, Meagher's Quay, Waterford City. 7pm. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 24 August: Historical walking tour of the Grand Canal Dock area, with members of Ancestry's ProGenealogists team. Host: Ancestry. Venue: Meet outside Ancestry's offices at 52-55 Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 2. 1pm to 2pm. Free. For more details.

Thursday 24 August: Fenians in Skibbereen, with William Casey, marking the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Rising, 1867. Host: Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Venue: Skibbereen Credit Union Conference Room, Main Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork. 8pm. Free. Need to reserve a place on 028 40900.

Thursday 24 August: The Congested District Board in the Sliabh Aughty area (1891-1923) and its work in the Sliabh Aughty area, with Brian Keary. Host: East Galway Family History Society. Venue: Woodford Heritage Centre, Bolag, Woodford, Co. Galway. Free. No booking required. 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Thursday 24 August: The online revolution in Irish family history, with John Grenham MAGI. Host and venue: Dungarvan Library, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. 11:15am-12:15pm. All welcome. While the event is free, booking is advised by telephone to 0761 10 2975 or email: ecowman@waterfordcouncil.ie.

Friday 25 August: Conscription and Recruitment during the First World War, an afternoon conference, with Dr Timothy Bowman, Emmanuel Destenay, Stephen Scarth and Bruno Longmore. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Blvd., Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. 2pm-4pm. Admission is FREE, however booking is essential as spaces are limited. Register for this event at Eventbrite.

Friday 25 August: Sile na Gig - Midwife of the soul, with Aine Brosnan. Host: Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Venue: Skibbereen Credit Union Conference Room, Main Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork. 8pm. Free. Need to reserve a place on 028 40900.

Friday 25 August: The C19th clergy of Clonfert diocese: folklore, perception and reality, with Declan Kelly. Host: East Galway Family History Society. Venue: Woodford Heritage Centre, Bolag, Woodford, Co. Galway. Free. No booking required. 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Saturday 26 August: Introduction to genealogy Workshop, a Heritage Week event. Host: Western Family History Association. Venue: Lackagh Parish Centre, Lackagh, Co Galway. 2pm to 5:30pm. All welcome.

Saturday 26 August: History of the Woodford ironworks, with Dr Paul Rondelez. Host: East Galway Family History Society. Venue: Woodford Heritage Centre, Bolag, Woodford, Co. Galway. Free. No booking required. 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Saturday 26 August: Getting started in genealogy, a workshop. Hosts:Tulla XO and Clare Roots Society. Venue: Upstairs Meeting Room, Tulla Courthouse, Main Street, Tulla, Co. Clare. Free. 10am - 12pm. More information: T - (087) 9771385; E - tulla@irelandxo.com

Sunday 27 August: Family History Day, St. Peter's Exhibition Centre, North Main Street, Cork City, Co Cork. A day of talks and consultations with genealogy experts. Free admission. 11am to 3pm. More information: T: (021) 427 8187, E: info@stpeterscork.ie.

Monday 28 August: Late Summer Bank Holiday in Northern Ireland only. All libraries and repositories closed. Regular opening hours resume from Tuesday 29th. (Normal hours in Republic.)

Tuesday 29 August: Irish Genealogy Hour – hands-on research in the computer classroom, with different topic each week. Host & venue: Billings Public Library, 510 North 28th St, Billings, Montana, USA. Free. All welcome. Noon to 1pm. For more information, T: (406) 657-8258.

Wednesday 30 August: Open Genealogy Session, with Lisa Dougherty. Host: Irish American Heritage Museum. Venue: Paul O'Dwyer Library, Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, New York, USA. Free admission. 11am to 2pm.

Friday 1 September: Women and the Irish Revolution 1917-23: Feminism, Violence, Nationalism, a day conference. Host: Maynooth University. Venue: The Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 9am to 6pm. Full programme and details. Fully booked, but waiting list registration still possible.

Saturday 2 September: Family History & DNA Fair. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena Branch. Venue: Braid Film Theatre, The Braid Ballymena Town Hall, Museum & Arts Centre, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co Antrim. 11am to 4pm. Free.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Cork County Libraries launches local studies site

The Local Studies Department of Cork County Libraries has launched a new online presence in which to house its growing collection of digital resources.

List of Bandonbridge Catholic electors 1884
Click for larger image on CorkLocalStudies.ie
This new site – corklocalstudies.ie – will be officially launched next week in Bandon Library (see below for details). By pure coincidence, a good quantity of the new resources originate from that town, which is known as the Gateway to West Cork.

Since it is also very much the very much the home territory of my paternal ancestors, I've spent a couple of happy hours rooting around the new site and can confirm it has some real goodies. How about lists of Electors from 1884? An 1879 voting poll ledger for the Town Improvement Act, showing who voted for, and who voted against? Or the Bandon Town Council Minute Books from 1838 to 2004?

Moving further afield in the county, there is a collection of 19th-century town maps of Mallow, Passage West, Queenstown (Cobh) and Youghal; these maps are at a scale of ten feet to one mile, showing in great detail the layout of the town in the second half of the 1870s. There are also several collections of photographs and postcards, a number of historical town guides, some rebel pamplets from the Revolutionary Era, two collections to delight railway enthusiasts, and one for those with an interest or connection to the theatre.

In addition, thirteen 'exhibitions' are available for viewing. These cover various aspects of County Cork history and were created by the Local Studies Library team to highlight the collections and resources on offer in the Local Studies library. Topics have varied widely, and include Ford &bdash; the Cork Connection; The Battle of the Somme – the Irish Connection; Cork County Hall – from inception to completion; and Seán O'Ríordáin (1916-1977).

I recommend all researchers dip in to explore this new site. There are more than 2,200 items in this digital library, and there will be more to come, as resources allow.

The official launch of the new local history site will take place on Tuesday 22 August at 7pm in Bandon Library, on the corner of Market Street and South Main Street. After the formalities, Paddy O'Sullivan will present a talk on Thomas Adderley's golden years of flax and linen manufacture in West Cork. Everyone is welcome, but you need to book by telephone to (0)23 884 4830 or by email to bandonlibrary@corkcoco.ie.

FindMyPast adds Index to Will Calendars, 1858-1920

FindMyPast has added an index to Ireland's Calendars Of Wills & Administrations 1858-1920.

There are just over one million names in these calendars, with each entry providing a summary of the probate information include the date of death, address and occupation of the deceased, the value of the estate, the names of beneficiaries and sometimes limited additional details.

The Index on FindMyPast can be freely searched (you need only a free registered account). The search results provide a link from the indexed entries link to the National Archives of Ireland's Genealogy website where images of the Calendars can be downloaded free of charge. Below is an example of a couple of entries in the 1886 Calendar.


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: August updates/1

Below are the photos and other files uploaded to the Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives database in the first two weeks of August:

Aylward Family Headstone
Tramore Holy Cross Graveyard, Co Waterford
Photo courtesy Valerie Ackroyd & IGPArchives
Click image for larger version.
CORK Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Multose (CoI), Kinsale. Plaques

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Donaghmore Presbyterian Graveyard
Lifford, St.Lugadius Graveyard

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mount Jerome Cemetery, Parts 172 - 176

FERMANAGH
Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Galloon CoI Register, Baptisms, 1845-57
Galloon St Mary's RC, Baptisms, 1853-59

GALWAY
Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilmacduagh Monastery Graveyard

MEATH
Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Mary's, Navan (Right Side) (R-Y) - Updated

WATERFORD
Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Tramore, Holy Cross (R.C.) Part 1 & 2

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives
Headstones
Rathmacknee (or Rathmanee) Graveyard
Newspapers
Wexford Independent - Workhouse Entries & Deaths 15 Dec 1858 and 2 July 1862
Wexford Independent - Workhouse Entries 1 & 22nd Jun 1859 & 1 Aug 1860

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Little Bray; St. Peter's Old Cemetery Part 4

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

New: Maynooth Studies in Local History 2017 - 2

Following on from the earlier blogpost – New: Maynooth Studies in Local History 2017 - 1 – please see brief details below of three more of this year's Maynooth Studies in Local History volumes, which have been published by Four Courts Press.

Each paperback has a catalogue price of €9.95 but is on sale via Four Courts Press for €8.95.

http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2017/tenement-dwellers-of-church-st/
The tenement dwellers of Church Street, Dublin, 1911, by Janet Moody.

This publication explores a micro-community of 132 families living in the slums of Church Street, Dublin, using the 1911 census as main primary source. The street became notorious in September 1913 when nos 66 and 67 collapsed.

Focusing on the families living in nos 39–76 in 1911, the census enables these tenement dwellers to emerge from anonymity. The 66-page study reveals horrific child mortality rates, low levels of literacy, over-crowding, subsistence level incomes and much more.

Other records used to gain a glimpse into this world include prison and workhouse registers and newspapers. ISBN: 978-1-84682-645-0. Click image for more information.



http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2017/stradbally-hall-co-laois/
The eighteenth-century landscape of Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois, by Clair Mc Donald.

This 70-page study examines Stradbally Hall’s landscape during the 18th century. It takes the perspectives of four diverse groups within contemporary society – the owners, tenants, cartographers and visitors.

The story begins with the Crosby family, who used the landscape to convey messages of power, rank, authority and taste, and moves on to explores the tenants’ role in the landscape’s emerging shape, form and character. It then examines the role of cartographers who delineated its lands and represented them in map form, and finally looks to the visitors who viewed, commented upon and depicted the estate as a product of enlightened culture and as a place for Queen’s County’s high society. ISBN: 978-1-84682-646-7. Click image for more information.



http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2017/kerry-1600-to-1730/Kerry, 1600–1730: The emergence of a British Atlantic county, by Marc Caball.

Kerry’s coastal location within the north-western corner of the north Atlantic positioned it strategically within a wider sphere of unparalleled discovery, migration and demographic upheaval, trade and commerce, and cultural interchange during the period 1600 to 1730.

Viewed from a British Atlantic perspective, this 64-page study locates early modern Kerry within a transformative context of change. ISBN: 978-1-84682-642-9. Click image for more information.

New: Maynooth Studies in Local History 2017 - 1

This year's Maynooth Studies in Local History volumes have been published by Four Courts Press.

The series, first published in 1995, has built into an impressive library of more than 130 high-quality theses based on original research by MA in Local History students at Maynooth University. Each is a comprehensive (15k-20k word/64-70 page) account of a subject, theme or episode in local history. (Full list of titles and authors.)

Below are brief details of three of the 2017 titles. (Details of the other three are in a separate blogpost – New: Maynooth Studies in Local History 2017 - 2.) Each paperback has a catalogue price of €9.95 but is on sale via Four Courts Press for €8.95.

http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2017/castle-hyde/Castle Hyde – The changing fortunes of an Irish country house, by Terence Dooley.

This book details the rise of Castle Hyde (Co. Cork) as a country residence during the heyday of the Irish landed class, when such properties symbolised social standing and political power. It examines the consequences of the Great Famine on the Hyde family, forcing them to sell the mansion and estate, a sale characterized by skulduggery and intrigue.

Post independence, when hundreds of similar mansions were disappearing from the Irish landscape, Castle Hyde was purchased by an American publishing tycoon but fell into near ruin after his death. It was saved after the dancer Michael Flatley purchased it in 1999. 64pp. ISBN: 978-1-84682-643-6. Click image for more information.


http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2017/the-shawlies/The Shawlies: Cork's women street traders and the 'merchant city', 1901–50, by Susan Marie Martin.

For centuries, working-class Irish women survived as street traders, selling fruit, vegetables and second-hand clothing. In Cork they were known as ‘the Shawlies’ because of the distinctive, traditional black shawls they wore on the streets well into the 20th century.

In 1926, the Irish Free State government introduced the Street Trading Act, insisting it was fair legislation needed to regulate street trading. In practice, it limited the rights of the Shawlies to earn, and facilitated their disappearance from the streets. This 64-page study assembles the first narrative of the lives of the Shawlies, and places it within the story of the larger strategies of governance that came to shape Cork’s urban landscape. ISBN: 978-1-84682-644-3. Click image for more information.


http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2017/culture-politics-and-local-government-in-fingal/Culture, politics and local government in Fingal, 1891–1914, by Declan Brady.

Falling between more momentous events, the period from the death of Parnell to the Home Rule crisis is popularly thought to be somewhat stagnant. Instead, this era was filled by a radical discourse influenced by the cultural and literary revivals and the development of a more informed nationalist identity and objective.

This 56-page study examines the changing composition and conduct of the political elites in Fingal and explores the conditions that preceded and ultimately influenced the Irish revolutionary period. ISBN: 978-1-84682-641-2. Click image for more information.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Free access to MyHeritage's Irish, UK, US & Canadian census collections until 20 August

To celebrate its database passing its 8billion records milestone earlier this month, My Heritage is opening up its collection of one billion census records for seven days.

https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-1000/census-voter-lists
More than 90 record sets are included in the free access period, some of them exclusive to MyHeritage.

While Irish family historians are accustomed to having year-round free access to Ireland's 1901 and 1911 censuses, it's not often there's a chance to delve into the US (1790-1940), Canadian (1825-1911) and England/Wales (1841-1911) collections without charge.

Extracts from the Scotland 1841, 1851, and 1861 censuses are also included, as are censuses from Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

You don't need to register or provide any personal details to get access. Just go to MyHeritage's Census search page and get started.