Friday, 3 July 2015

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest updates

During the last two weeks of June, Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives (IGP-web) added the following records, photos and transcriptions to their ever-growing free online archive.

IRELAND* Genealogy Archives
Cemeteries:    Funerals By J. & C. Nichols, Ltd, Dublin 1919-23 (updated)
                      Funerals by Assorted Accounts, 1919-1928 (updated)
Newspapers:  Tipperary Vindicator 2nd May 1865 - Obits Various Locations

ARMAGH Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Tynan Church of Ireland Cemetery (partial)

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Deansgrange Cem. Headstones, North Section Part 7
Mt Jerome Cemetery Headstones - Part 105

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives
Headstones   : Carrick on Shannon, St. Mary's Graveyard (partial)
Cemeteries    : Diffreen (R.C.) Cemetery Extracts
                     :Glencar Church of Ireland Cem. Extracts

LONGFORD Genealogy Archives – Headstones
St. Munis, Forgney (CoI) Headstones (partial)

MEATH Genealogy Archives – Headstones
St. Mary's Graveyard, Galtrim Parish

ROSCOMMON Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Drumlion Cemetery, Crohan, Part 1 & 2

WESTMEATH Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Church of St. Livinius, Killulagh (partial)

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Askanagap Graveyard Headstones (additional)

*IRELAND covers multiple counties and general files.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Questions, questions, questions

The Genealogical Society of Ireland (GSI) prides itself on its campaigning spirit. You can see this on its website's home page, where 'Campaigning' heads up a list of other roles the Society cherishes.

But the campaign-veterans at the GSI may have become a bit too enthusiastic.

On page 2 of the June 2015 issue of the Genealogical Society of Ireland's Ireland's Genealogical Gazette (incorporating Genie Gazette), the newsletter writer asks that its 'friends at AGI' (meaning Accredited Genealogists Ireland) publicly clarify something it (AGI) has already clarified to the ever-inquisitive Genealogical Society of Ireland: namely that it (AGI) is not incorporated – ie it is not a limited company. In case anyone does not know, AGI is an association of (mainly) self-employed professional genealogists.

Now you have to ask (at least, I did), why is the Genealogical Society of Ireland asking this through its newsletter?

Whatever the reason, it seems to have cast some doubt on the legitimacy of AGI. I saw a forum post along those lines within days of the Gazette being published. It read: '...[Genealogical Society of Ireland] questions their [AGI’s] name... Is the AGI a good organisation to be associated with?’

I have been quietly asked by two other people in the past month whether or not AGI is legit?

Reluctantly, AGI has put a statement on its website: it is an unincorporated entity.

I'll spell this out: As Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) is an unincorporated entity, it is clearly not the incorporated (limited) company named elsewhere in the newsletter story.

The subject of corporate status is dull and I'm sorry to inflict it on readers of Irish Genealogy News but this story is here for a reason. It looks like another example of bullying.

The Genealogical Society of Ireland's newsletter has been published since 1996, so you can imagine it has a good sized readership. Its Facebook page has 5,488 followers/friends/likes and its Twitter account 1269 followers.

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI)’s Facebook page has 825 followers/friends and it has no Twitter account, no blog and no newsletter.

Given its much stronger voice, is this a fair way for the Genealogical Society of Ireland to pose questions?

Levelling up the balance somewhat, I'd like to ask the Genealogical Society of Ireland's Board why it is happy to send off letters and throw out questions to other parties but doesn't like to respond to them itself?

Sean J Murphy's Open Letter to the Genealogical Society of Ireland is still awaiting a reply after more than 12 months.

I am sure the Genealogical Society of Ireland's members would like an explanation for how the GSI Board came to reward its Board member John Hamrock with the position of Chairman after he had been censured by the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) for plagiarism. How many of the Board knew about this? When were they told? How many were aware of the Open Letter's publication just one month after their new chairman took up his position? If not then, when did they become aware of it?

And having now become aware of it, when are they going to clarify their position on plagiarism publicly?

Tracing Irish Ancestors with Family Tree magazine
Click for the July/August issue's contents
The July/August issue of US-based Family Tree Magazine has just been published and carries my guide to the 12 top websites for tracing Irish ancestors.

It was a pleasure to work with the editor, Diane Haddad, and I'm delighted with the attractive presentation of the seven-page spread and the strap banner on the cover.

Choosing the 12 websites was harder than I'd expected, not least because I had to keep in mind the US perspective, but also because I really had only 11 spots available. One website had a guaranteed place in the line up, even though it doesn't yet exist: the National Library of Ireland's RC parish registers site, to be launched next Wednesday!

Researching the feature was also a very useful exercise for me, personally, because I had to revisit some of the sites whose records I've mined over and over in my own research and thought I'd exhausted.

Revisiting proved beyond doubt that websites are being continually updated, whether with new collections or partial record sets or with improved search mechanisms; nothing seems to stand still. I was surprised and delighted to find quite a few records for my family among collections I know I've searched before.

PRONI to host Crime & Society lecture series

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) will be hosting a five-part lecture series on Crime and Society throughout the month of October. I wouldn't ordinarily publish details of a lecture series so far in advance, but PRONI's lectures often book up way in advance, so I'll make an exception.

Each lecture will be presented at 1pm, as follows:

Thursday 1 October : 19th-Century prison records, with Chris Colvin

Thursday 8 October
: The women's suffrage campaign, with Margaret Ward

Thursday 15 October: Female political imprisonment during the Irish Civil War, with Laura McAtackney

Thursday 22 October: DeLoran: Back to the failure, with Graham Brownlow

Thursday 29 October: NIGRA & decriminalisation, with Jeff Dudgeon & Richard Kennedy

All lectures at PRONI are free but you have to reserve your place by email to or telephone (+44) 028 90 534800.

School registers for Kilkishen, Co Clare transcribed

The School Registers of Kilkishen National School in Co Clare have been transcribed and made available, free, on the County Clare Library Local Studies site.

Dating from 1899 to 1925, the boys' register comprises 249 records. For the girls, they date from 1901 to 1922 and comprise 224 records.

The details recorded in the register include full name and either date of birth or age last birthday, townland, occupation of parent, name of previous school, if relevant, and date of entrance to the school.

All the children are recorded as Roman Catholics.

The transcription work was carried out by Mona O'Connor.

Book launch: 'Conspirators, a photographic history of Ireland's revolutionary underground'
Conspirators: a photographic history of Ireland’s revolutionary underground, by Dr Shane Kenna, was launched earlier this week at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum.

Through pictures, the book tells the story of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB), one of the most important revolutionary organisations within Irish history and one that had a profound influence on the emergence of Ireland as we understand it today.

Formed in the 1850s, the IRB was a key factor in the emergence of cultural and political organisations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and played an active role in the Irish revolution of 1916–21. It was a crucial group in the negotiations of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 and the emergence of the Irish Free State.

Published by Mercier Press, the book is the result of a collaboration between Glasnevin Trust and the National Library of Ireland. It is on sale for €13.50.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Major update to (free) Church of Ireland registers list

As promised a year ago, the RCB Library in Dublin has updated its list of Church of Ireland parish registers with the addition of registers held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI).

The listing, which was gifted to the genealogical community last year, now accounts for all the original and copy registers in the RCB Library, the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) and PRONI as well as those held in local custody. After many years being a partial listing, it can now considered to be definitive as far as all original collections are concerned.

Running to 98 pages, the list has been through many versions over the years, and had become unwieldy. Additionally, it was proving to be confusing for researchers because rather than use parish names, many inner-city churches in Dublin and the other major cities were grouped together under the name of the saint to whom they were dedicated (e.g. St Anne; St George, St Peter etc.).

In an extensive project, all of the data in the original list has now been reviewed by Dr Susan Hood of the RCB Library who has overseen its evolution as a digital record, and one that is purely alphabetical arranged by parish name (parishes within the main cities are also listed alphabetically under the name of each city).

Furthermore, the list has been colour-coded, making it easier to quickly determine:
  • the registers that have been transferred to the RCB Library
  • the small number of collections available in NAI
  • the relatively-small number of originals in PRONI
  • the materials that were destroyed
  • the collections that continue to be held in local custody.
The new colour-code for originals in PRONI is a light purple, making it possible for researchers to see at a glance what collections are available in this format at the principal repository for Church of Ireland records in Northern Ireland.

Additionally, microfilm copies of many collections of parish registers throughout the nine counties comprising Ulster are also available in PRONI; for a comprehensive list, consult PRONI's website.

The electronic list will continue to be maintained, amended and updated on a regular basis by the RCB Library and permanently available on the Church of Ireland website.

Speaking from the RBC Library in Dublin, Dr Susan Hood thanked Ms Lorraine Bourke of PRONI for her co-operation with the project, and commented that “completion of the project represented a further positive collaboration between the Representative Church Body Library” and the national repository for archives in Northern Ireland.

View or download the Table of Church of Ireland parish registers throughout Ireland (baptisms, marriages, burials & copies).