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Monday, 22 May 2017

Irish genealogy & history events, 22 May - 4 June

Tuesday 23 May: Milltown Cemetery, with Tom Hartley, and Dabbling with Facebook, with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: C. S. Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 23 May: Family History Day at Ballyclare Town Hall. With local genealogical and historical societies, DNA testing, PRONI, exhibitions of maps and photos, guidance and research advice. All free. Venue: Town Hall, The Square, Ballyclare, Co Antrim, BT39 9BB. 10am to 4pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 23 May: Exploring Your Irish & Scots-Irish Ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: The Wanaka Genealogy Group. Venue: Presbyterian Community Church Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka, New Zealand. 1pm–5pm. $20. All welcome. Details and booking.

Wednesday 24 May: The Gore-Booth Sisters in Manchester: Suffrage, Socialism and Sobriety, with Dr Sonja Tiernan. Host and venue: Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Cheetham Hill, Manchester UK, M8 0RY. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 25 May: Forger, freemason, freeman: the story of Samuel Clayton, Dubliner, with Margaret Smith. Host: Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society. Venue: Rathmines Town Hall, Rathmines, Dublin 6. 8pm. Members free; Visitors €3.

Thursday 25 May: Irish family history day, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Society of Australian Genealogists. Venue: Glover Cottages, 124 Kent Street (next door to Richmond Villa, 120 Kent St), Sydney, Australia. 10am–4pm. Morning and afternoon tea provided; bring your own lunch. Bookings essential: $55 members, $70 non-members. Details.

Thursday 25 May: From Antichrist to ARCIC: Protestant attitudes to Catholicism, 1517-2017, with Prof Alan Ford. The Beckett Lecture. Host: Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 6:30pm. Free tickets. Booking

Friday 26 May: 'Squinting George': the Curraghmore of George, first Marquess of Waterford (1736-1800), with Julian Walton. Host: Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick Street, Waterford City. 8pm. Small charge for non-members. All welcome.

Friday 26 May to Sunday 28 May: The Homecoming of the Daniel McCarthy Glas Archive and the Mac Carthy Cultural and Historical Weekend. Hosts: School of History, UCC; Cork City and County Archives; Dunmanway Historical Association. Venue: The Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway, Co Cork. For details, email info@dunmanwayhistoricalassociation.com.

Saturday 27 May: Tracing your Irish ancestors - a day seminar with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Genealogy Sunshine Coast. Venue: Genealogy Sunshine Coast Resource Centre, Petrie Park Road, Nambour, QLD 4560, Australia. 8am–3:30pm. $40, includes morning and afternoon tea; Lunch available for $5pp. Details. Booking advised.

Saturday 27 May: Our Wicklow Heritage: Community Archaeology, including illustrated presentations, a screening, workshop and optional field trip to Glendalough. Host: Wicklow County Council Heritage Department. Venue: Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh, Co Wicklow. 10am–4pm. Free. All welcome. Advance booking essential. Details.

Sunday 28 May: Irish Family History, seminar with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: The Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS). Venue: State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Perth, Australia. 1pm–7pm. $40 members of WAGS or Affiliated Societies, $50 non-members. Details. FULLY BOOKED.

Tuesday 30 May: Irish family history seminar, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies. Venue: Willis Room, Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 9:30am-4:30pm. Bookings is essential $45. For more details, tel (03) 9877 3789. SOLD OUT.

Tuesday 30 May: Domestic service in Kilrush, Co. Clare from 1881 to 1951, with Lisa O’Sullivan. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare. 8pm–9pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 30 May to 9 June: Messines Memorial exhibition, an art installation entitled ‘Assembly - Memorial Chairs’ by artist Val Carman. During the course of this battle, the 16th (Irish) division fought side by side with the 36th (Ulster) division. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Exhibition free during normal opening hours until 1pm Friday 9th. 

Wednesday 31 May: Irish Family History Day, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Genealogical Society of Victoria, Irish Ancestry Group. Venue: 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Includes Scots-Irish research, landed estate records, census substitutes, church records, using Registry of Deeds, Poor Law records. 9:30am-4:30pm Bookings is essential $45. Refreshments provided but bring your own lunch. Details. SOLD OUT.

Wednesday 31 May: The Great Parchment Book, with Philippa Smith. Host: London Metropolitan Archives. Venue: Heritage Gallery at Guildhall Art Gallery, London EC2, UK. Talk marks London History Day. 10:30am. Free and all welcome, but need to book.

Thursday 1 June and Friday 2 June: Women and Irishness, conference. Host: Women on Ireland Research. Venue: Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford City, County Waterford. €50 for one day; €75 for two days. Programme and registration.

Thursday 1 June: The island of Ireland and the Great War in Flanders, with Piet Chielens. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 7pm. Free but need to book.

Friday 2 June: The British Army in 1917: how serious were the morale problems? with Dr Tom Thorpe. First of the Battle of Messines lunchtime lecture series, co-hosted by PRONI and the Antrim and Down Branch of the Western Front Association. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast BT3 9HQ. 12:30-1:30pm. Free. All welcome. Booking advised.

Saturday 3 June : Irish family history, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Part of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists's 50th Anniversary Conference. Venue: Alexandra Park, Greenlane West, Auckland New Zealand. 9am–6pm. Day rate: $92 (or full conference $230). Details.

Sunday 4 June: Irish family history, an evening lecture with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Loyal Orange Institution of New Zealand. Venue: Sudima Hotel, 18 Airport Drive, Airport Oaks, Auckland, New Zealand. 7pm–9pm. More details.

Friday, 19 May 2017

RootsIreland adds 32,000 East Galway records

RootsIreland.ie has uploaded an interesting and useful mix of 32,000 records to its East Galway Family History Society (Woodford Heritage Centre) database.

http://galwayeast.rootsireland.ie/generic.php?filename=centres/galwayeast/sources.tplThe new records include transcriptions from marriage registers, a parish census, headstone inscriptions, directories and census substitutes. The areas covered are as follows:

Non Catholic Marriages 1845-1955: This collection includes the parishes of Ardrahan, Athenry, Eyrecourt, Gort, Kilcolgan, Killinane, Kilconickney, Kinvara, Loughrea, Portumna, Tynagh and Woodford.

1889 Woodford Parish Census: This joins the parish census for 1897, which was already in the database. Together they make 4200 records.

Graveyard Inscriptions: Included are 26 burial grounds in Ahascragh, Aughrim, Beagh, Clontuskert, Craughwell, Kilbeacanty, Kilclooney, Killascobe, Killimordaly, Kilmacduagh, Mountbellew, Moylough, Mullagh and Woodford.

Census substitutes:
  • Christmas Donations – Beagh and Gort parishes, 1856
  • Registry of Freeholds 1829, Co. Galway.
  • Slater’s and Pigot’s Directories, Co. Galway 1824, 1846, 1856, 1870, 1881 and 1894 

Tithe Applotment Books: This collection holds more than 12,700 transcriptions from the 1827 tithe applotment books for  the parishes of Abbeygormican, Ahascragh, Augheart, Aughrim, Ballinakill, Ballymacward, Beagh, Boyounagh, Bullaun, Clonbern, Clonfert, Clonrush, Clontuskert, Donamon, Donanaghta, Duniry, Fahy, Fohanagh, Grange, Inishcaltra, Isertkelly, Kilbeacanty, Kilbegnet, Kilchreest, Kilcloony, Kilconnell, Kilconickny, Kilcroan, Kileeneen, Kilgerrill,Kilkerrin, Killaan, Killallaghtan, Killeenadeema, Killeroran, Killian, Killimorbologue, Killimordaly, Killinan, , Killogilleen, Killoscobe, Killosolan, Killora, Kilmacduagh, Kilmalinogue, Kilquain, Kilreekill, Kiltartan, Kilteskil, Kilthomas, Kiltormer, Kiltullagh, Leitrim, Lickerrig, Lickmolassy, Loughrea, Meelick, Moylough and Templetogher.

See RootsIreland's full menu of online sources for East Galway here.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

IGRS Genealogy Open Day, Dublin, Saturday 20 May

The Ireland Branch of the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) will be holding its annual Genealogy Open Day this Saturday, 20 May, in the Conference Room of Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

The event is free to attend and everyone – IGRS members and non-members – is welcome. There's a great line-up, with three lectures and three short talks (the latter aimed mainly at beginners), as you'll see from the programme below:

10:00am   Registration
10:20am   Welcome
10:30am   Tracing Ancestors in the Irish Police, with Jim Herlihy
11:20am   Finding the Irish in Scotland, with Ruth Mathewson
12:00pm   Lunch at own expense
13:45pm   How German immigrants brought savoury delight to Dublin, with Karl-Heinz Wuestner
14:45pm   Three short talks:
                Demonstration of new features on the IGRS website, with Claire Bradley
                DNA testing, with Aileen Wynne
                Church records, with Rosaleen Underwood
16:00pm   Close

No booking is necessary.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Buried in Fingal: a new database for North Co Dublin

Fingal County Council has released a new interactive guide called Buried in Fingal.

http://buried.fingal.ie/The free database includes searchable details of more than 65,000 people interred between 1905 and 2005 in 33 of the burial grounds in the council's care in North County Dublin. The site is searchable by name and graveyard. Search returns provide date of interment, area of last residence, and precise grave plot identifiers plus, in most cases, a link to a clear image of the register entry. The oldest burial record dates to 1877 and the most recent to 2013.

Additionally, the online guide includes an overview of the history, notable burials and epitaphs of each graveyard, location maps, photographs and, where they exist, historical plot maps and drawings.

Interment registers per specific graveyard can also be downloaded in pdf format.

Brief location details are provided of some 22 private cemeteries in Fingal.

The Council's Burial Grounds team and Local Studies & Archives service have worked together to create the new guide. The project began as a conservation exercise to digitise the hand-drawn maps and sketches of the graveyards, many of which were in poor condition. It then expanded to include the digitisation of all the burial registers as back up copies. From there, the scans were indexed, and an online database and website created.

It has taken several years to bring the evolving project to fruition, and it's been worth the wait. The resulting guide is of a high standard, well-designed and full of information – a blueprint for other councils or church parishes to follow, I hope.




Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Pennsylvania resources free at AmericanAncestors

https://www.americanancestors.org/PennsylvaniaThe New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has opened up its substantial Pennsylvania resources on AmericanAncestors.org until Tuesday 23 May.

Pennsylvania – one of the original thirteen colonies – was one of the two most popular destinations (the other being Delaware) for early (18th century) groups of Presbyterian Irish-Scots emigrants. By 1790, it was the most populous state in the country, and Philadelphia was the largest and busiest port in North America. With its prominence as an important immigration destination from many points in Europe and beyond, the state is a significant point of consideration for many Americans who are researching family history.

The free access offer features several databases of Pennsylvanian records and a free webinar with NEHGS genealogist Ann Lawthers on research methods specific to this state. The webinar includes a description of Pennsylvania settlement patterns and how those patterns and changing county borders influenced the surviving genealogical resources. Special attention is given to early German, Scots-Irish, Welsh, Quaker, and Mennonite immigration.

You'll need to register as a Guest at AmericanAncestors.org/Pennsylvania to gain access to the databases, webinar and other valuable resources. It's free and a quick and straightforward process.

Irish Presbyterian title joins British News Archive

The British Newspaper Archive has added the Monitor and Missionary Chronicle of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ireland to its database.

Twenty editions of the monthly publication, each of about 24 to 26 pages, are available; with only one gap (October 1854), they date from August 1853 to April 1855. It's a very focused newspaper, so may be of interest to those who had Presbyterian ancestors in Ireland, but don't expect general news.

This addition brings the BNA's holding of historical papers published in Northern Ireland to 37, and for the entire island to 143. This same holding is available as the Irish Newspaper Collection as part of a FindMyPast World or Ireland subscription.

Military Archives Reading Room: reopens on 1 June

The Reading Room of the Military Archives at Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines, Dublin 6, is currently closed and will re-open for appointments on Thursday 1 June.

The closure, which started last month, is to facilitate the re-homing of additional collections into the storage areas and to complete a number of outstanding projects left over from the restoration and rebuilding works carried out in early 2016.

While the doors are currently closed to researchers, contact may be made by telephone (00353 (0)1 8046457), email (militaryarchives@defenceforces.ie) or post. Queries are being answered as normal.

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest updates

Volunteers at Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives have uploaded the following files to the free IGP-web database during the first half of May. Included are the final tranche of headstones from Sligo Cemetery's middle section (well done Kev Murray!), and some, but not all, plaques from the interior of St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork.

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Sligo Town Cemetery.
Photo courtesy of Kev Murray and IGP Archives.
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CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mullaghboy Cemetery (R.C.)

CORK Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork City (Plaques)

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Marriages: Church Hill Wesleyan Methodist 1879-1934

KILKENNY Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Instioge Cemetery

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Elmhall Cemetery, Belcarra, Part 2

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Parish Registers, Marriages 1806-1808
Clones Parish Registers, Marriages 1808-1812
Clones Parish Registers, Baptisms, 1733

SLIGO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Sligo Cemetery - Middle Pt, Section A (Q-W)

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Friary Graveyard, Carrickbeg (Updated)
St. Molleran's Graveyard, Carrickbeg

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Cathage's Parish Church, Lismore

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Newspapers
Poorhouse Entries and Deaths, 20 Feb 1867

Monday, 15 May 2017

Ancestry ProGenealogists vacancy in Dublin/London

Ancestry's Dublin office overlooks the Liffey
A vacancy has been announced for a Genealogist Researcher to further extend the Ancestry ProGenealogists' team. The position could be based at either the Dublin (Sir John Rogersons Quay) or London (Hammersmith) office, depending on the successful applicant.

As the job description and person specification sets out, Ancestry is looking for a graduate genealogist with at least eight years' experience of research across a range of Irish/British/European regions.

Irish genealogy and history events, 15 - 28 May

Monday 15 May to Friday 19 May: Clans and Surnames - genealogy and dna talks and consultations, fieldtrips and tours. Venue: Great National Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Day bookings still available. Details.

Tuesday 16 May: Revolution and the Burning of Irish Country houses, with particular reference to Kilboy, with Professor Terence Dooley. Host: Dunkerrin Parish History Society. Venue: Obama Plaza, J23/M7, Moneygall, Co Offaly. 8pm. All welcome – tickets €5; members free.

Thursday 18 May: Mapping towns through time, with Professor Roger J P Kain, Part of the IHTA Seminar 2017. Host and venue: Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. All welcome. Free to attend but advance registration required. Details.

Thursday 18 May: Book launch: County Louth and the Irish Revolution, 1912-1923, by Donal Hall and Martin Maguire. Host: Irish Academic Press. Venue: Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol, Carrickmacross Road, Dundalk, Co Louth. 7pm. Free. Booking to info@iap.ie or (0)45 432 497.

Thursday 18 May Tracing your Irish ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Irish Interest Group, Lower North Island. Venue: Loaves & Fishes Hall @ Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, 45 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand (entrance Hill St). Two two-hour sessions, each with two Irish genealogy topics. Choose from 1pm–3pm, and 6pm–8pm. $20 per session. Advance booking required: email jenmartin@paradise.net.nz.

Saturday 20 May: Irish Genealogical Research Society – Dublin Open Day, Dublin City Library & Archive 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Three lectures: Tracing ancestors in the Irish Police, with Jim Herlihy, Finding the Irish in Scotland, with Ruth Mathewson, and How German immigrants brought savoury delight to Dublin, with Karl-Heinz Wuestner, plus three 'Lightening Talks': DNA testing, Church records, and Introducing the upgraded IrishAncestors.ie website. 10am to 4pm. Lunch at own expense. Free. Details.

Saturday 20 May: Introduction to Irish Genealogy, with Bridget Bray. Host and venue: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st. Street, New York, NY 10019, USA. 3pm to 5pm. $38 for IAC members/students/seniors and $47 for all others. All welcome. Tickets.

Saturday 20 May: 19th Medieval Dublin Symposium. Host: Friends of Medieval Dublin. Venue: Robert Emmett Theatre (Room 2037), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Free. No booking required. 9:30am–4:50pm. All welcome.

Saturday 20 May: Rathfarnham – Touched by Faith, Surrounded by History, a walk and talk. Host: Rathfarnham Historical Society. Venue: Meet at the Moravian Graveyard, Whitechurch Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 at 11:30 am (sharp). Duration approx 1hr 15 mins. All are welcome. Fee €4.00.

Sunday 21 May: Tracing your Irish Ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Dunedin Branch. Venue: Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin Public Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin, New Zealand. 10am to 5pm. £20. Refreshments included, but bring your own lunch. Contact Robyn Thorburn, 03 473 8503.

Tuesday 23 May: Milltown Cemetery, with Tom Hartley, and Dabbling with Facebook, with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: C. S. Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 23 May: Exploring Your Irish & Scots-Irish Ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: The Wanaka Genealogy Group. Venue: Presbyterian Community Church Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka, New Zealand. 1pm–5pm. $20. All welcome. Details and booking.

Wednesday 24 May: The Gore-Booth Sisters in Manchester: Suffrage, Socialism and Sobriety, with Dr Sonja Tiernan. Host and venue: Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Cheetham Hill, Manchester UK, M8 0RY. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 25 May: Forger, freemason, freeman: the story of Samuel Clayton, Dubliner, with Margaret Smith. Host: Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society. Venue: Rathmines Town Hall, Rathmines, Dublin 6. 8pm. Members free; Visitors €3.

Thursday 25 May: Irish family history day, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Society of Australian Genealogists. Venue: Glover Cottages, 124 Kent Street (next door to Richmond Villa, 120 Kent St), Sydney, Australia. 10am–4pm. Morning and afternoon tea provided; bring your own lunch. Bookings essential: $55 members, $70 non-members. Details.

Thursday 25 May: From Antichrist to ARCIC: Protestant attitudes to Catholicism, 1517-2017, with Prof Alan Ford. The Beckett Lecture. Host: Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 6:30pm. Free tickets. Booking

Friday 26 May: 'Squinting George': the Curraghmore of George, first Marquess of Waterford (1736-1800), with Julian Walton. Host: Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick Street, Waterford City. 8pm. Small charge for non-members. All welcome.

Friday 26 May to Sunday 28 May: The Homecoming of the Daniel McCarthy Glas Archive and the Mac Carthy Cultural and Historical Weekend. Hosts: School of History, UCC; Cork City and County Archives; Dunmanway Historical Association. Venue: The Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway, Co Cork. For details email info@dunmanwayhistoricalassociation.com.

Saturday 27 May:
Tracing your Irish ancestors - a day seminar with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Genealogy Sunshine Coast. Venue: Genealogy Sunshine Coast Resource Centre, Petrie Park Road, Nambour, QLD 4560, Australia. 8am–3:30pm. $40, includes morning and afternoon tea; Lunch available for $5pp. Details. Booking advised.

Saturday 27 May: Our Wicklow Heritage: Community Archaeology, including illustrated presentations, a screening, workshop and optional field trip to Glendalough. Host: Wicklow County Council Heritage Department. Venue: Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh, Co Wicklow. 10am–4pm. Free. All welcome. Advance booking essential. Details.

Sunday 28 May: Irish Family History, seminar with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: The Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS). Venue: State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Perth, Australia. 1pm–7pm. $40 members of WAGS or Affiliated Societies, $50 non-members. Details. FULLY BOOKED.