Monday, 18 December 2017

Blip at NAI's pre-1901 census fragments database

There's been a problem accessing the pre-1901 census fragments at the National Archives of Ireland's Genealogy database at this morning.

The National Archives has been notified and are working on putting it right.

In the meantime, if you need to gain access, try the version (it's free but you need a registered account), which is working fine.

UPDATE, 16:40: Problem sorted! Full access restored.

West Cork Graveyards Database adds burial registers

Abbeystowry graveyard is one of the sites included
in the free database.
Managed by staff and volunteers at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, the West Cork Graveyards database has added newly digitised burial registers for the graveyards at Brade, Schull and Allihies. This is the first time these records have been made available online.

Another new addition is the Skibbereen Funeral Register, which has more than 2,000 transcribed entries.

This latest update of the database means there are now 17 burial registers online. They are for Abbeymahon, Abbeystrowry, Allihies, Ardagh, Ballymoney, Ballynacallagh (Dursey), Brade, Castlehaven, Durrus, Fanlobbus, Kilcaskan, Kilbarry, Kilmacabea, Milltown (Rathbarry), Schull, Tullagh and Whiddy Island.

The line-up of surveyed burial grounds is unchanged. The database holds the results for Abbeymahon, Aughadown Upper and Lower, Caheragh, Chapel Lane, Creagh '1810' and Old, Drimoleague, Drinagh, and three graveyards at Kilcoe: C19th RC, Old, and Church of Ireland.

The West Cork Graveyards database is free to access.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: December update

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives (IGP-web) has added the files below to its free online database. This will probably be the final upload of 2017.
Phillips/Donohoe family headstone in
St. Patrick's Graveyard, Corran, Co Cavan.
Photo courtesy David Hall and IGPArchives.
CAVAN Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Bellasis Presbyterian Church Graveyard, Drumgora
St. Bartholomew's (CoI) Graveyard, Billis Parish
St. Patrick's Church Graveyard, Corran
St. Brides Church Graveyard (CoI), Mount Nugent

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Mt Jerome, Dublin - Part 182-183

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives
Church Records
Galloon Register, Baptisms 1860-1873 (PDF)
Galoon Register, Baptism Index 1860-1873
Lisbellaw Parish Church (CoI) Graveyard

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Farnaught Cemetery (Corrected)

MAYO Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Toomore Cemetery

SLIGO Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Sligo Cemetery, New Pt, Section A3 (Surnames H-L)

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives – Newspapers
Workhouse Entries - Assorted

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Johns Hill Cemetery, Waterford City (Completed)

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

20% off Ancestry DNA tests in Ireland & UK for Xmas

The Christmas Sale has started at Ancestry with DNA testing kits attracting a 20% discount from Ancestry UK and Ancestry IE. Shipping is extra.

In both cases, the offer will end at 11.59pm GMT on Christmas Eve, Sunday 23 December.

To take advantage of the Christmas Sale discount, just follow the flags below, as appropriate for place of residency:
Ancestry IE: DNA tests €76. Regular price €95.

Ancestry UK: DNA tests £63. Regular price £71.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Free access to FMP's British & Irish Roots collection
FindMyPast has created a new British and Irish Roots collection which allows researchers to search a wide variety of records spanning more than 400 years of migration between the British Isles and North America, all in one place.

It holds some 98 million records.

Please note that this is not a brand-new resource. Instead, it is a specifically packaged collection that draws from a wide range of FindMyPast's existing records and gathers together those that list origin or place of birth in Ireland or Britain.

Millions of passenger lists, census records, naturalization applications and draft registrations, as well as birth, marriage, and death records spanning more than 400 years (1573 to 1990) of migration between the geographical British Isles and North America can now be explored in one unified search, enabling North American family historians to trace the migration of ancestors from the Old World to the New through one simple search.

Assuming the record survives, reasearchers should be able to find records of
  • Anyone leaving the UK or Ireland and emigrating to the US, Canada or the Caribbean
  • Anyone emigrating from Canada or the Caribbean to the US (this covers the large number of British and Irish immigrants who stopped temporarily in Canada and/or the Caribbean)
  • Anyone listed on any US or Canadian record with British or Irish origins, birthplace or parents
For example, if a US Military record mentions that a soldier was born in Wales, or if a US census return states that a household member was born in Athlone, Ireland, those records will be searchable through British and Irish Roots.

To launch the new resource, FindMyPast is opening up the British & Irish Roots collection with free access. This period of free access has not been defined, so free access may be removed at any time.

Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2018 Belfast programme

With the publication of the Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2018 Belfast programme, it seems the countdown to Back To Our Past Belfast (Friday and Saturday 16–17 February 2018) has begun.

The Titanic Centre is to be the venue for the first Back To Our Past and the first Genetic Genealogy Ireland (GGI) conference outside Dublin. While we may have to wait to discover details of any traditional genealogy and local history lectures being held as part of the Back To Our Past exhibition and fair, GGI2018 Belfast is already organised. As always, the presentations will be delivered by well-known and highly-respected genetic genealogists, and the topics cover the full gambit from absolute beginner level to the academic and expert level.

You'll find the full lecture programme and speaker bios on the GGI website.

Irish News Archives: New editions and a 25% discount
The Dublin-based Irish Newspaper Archives has added some new, mostly relatively recent, content to its online holding for three of its newspaper titles (see below).

To mark this upload there's a 25% discount on offer for researchers taking out either a monthly or annual subscription to the full database.

With the discount, the cost of the Monthly sub (regular price £$€29.00)  is reduced to £$€21.75.
With the discount, the cost of the Yearly sub (regular price £$€149) is reduced to £$€111.75.

To take advantage of the discount, see the website's subscription page and use the coupon code New002. The saving will be applied at the checkout. This discount will expire on 17 December.

Now, about the new uploads... Editions from the dates shown have been added to the database for each of the following newspapers:

Belfast Newsletter : 1939–1949
The Drogheda Independent : 1884–1891 and 1905
The Dundalk Democrat : 2000–2001

Unique study delivers first genetic map of the people of Ireland

A unique research project, led by the Genealogical Society of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), has created the first genetic map of the people of Ireland. The findings have been published in a paper – The Irish DNA Atlas; Revealing Fine-Scale Population Structure and History within Ireland – in the journal Scientific Reports.

Click to visit RSCI for larger image and more details
The landmark study provides the first fine-scale genetic map of the island of Ireland, revealing patterns of genetic similarity, so far in ten distinct clusters, roughly aligned with the ancient Provinces as well as with major historical events including the invasions of the Norse Vikings and the Ulster Plantations.

Population geneticists and genealogists collected DNA samples from 196 Irish people, each of whom had four generations of ancestry originating from a common geographical area of the island ie all four grandparents were born within around 30km of one another.

Analyses of the DNA, and comparison with thousands of further samples from Britain and Europe, have revealed geographic clusters within Ireland: so far seven of ‘Gaelic’ Irish ancestry, and three of shared British-Irish ancestry.

These findings add to the knowledge base required to improve the diagnosis of diseases where genes play a strong role, particularly for populations of Irish ancestry.

For more information, see the RCSI's press release, or go straight to the paper published in Scientific Report.

Irish genealogy and history events, 11-31 December

Monday 11 to Friday 15 December: Preservation Week at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Belfast. Document ordering and production is suspended throughout the week to facilitate essential preservation work. Researchers will still have access to church records and search services via the Search Room.

Monday 11 December: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, incl. Genealogy Advisory Service, operating as normal. Details.

Tuesday 12 December: The Skull's Tale, with RenĂ© Gapert. Host: More Tales of Medieval Dublin lecture series. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. 1:05–1:55pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 12 December: Research Centre of the North of Ireland Family History Society closed. Normal Tuesday afternoon openings (2–8pm) will resume on 9 January 2018. Newtownabbey, Co Antrim. Details.

Thursday 14 December: Public tour of WWIreland Exhibition, Exploring the Irish Experience at home and abroad. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, 2/3 Kildare Street (next door to main building), Dublin 2. Free. 2pm. No booking required.

Thursday 14 December: Follow your family through their chain migration, with Kevin Cassidy. Host: Greater Omaha Genealogical Society – Irish Interest Group. Venue: LDS Omaha Stake Center, 14680 California Street, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, in the classrooms located on the west end of the building. 7pm. Free, but advance registration required by email to Rita Henry (

Thursday 14 December: The Goodbodys and Perrys of Obelisk Park, Stillorgan, with Rob Goodbody. Host: Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society. Venue: Glenalbyn Sports Club, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Admission €3 for non-members. All welcome.

Monday 18 December: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service operating as normal. Details.

Monday 18 December: 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.

Tuesday 19 December: Michael Doheny of Fethard, Tipperary's first Fenian, with Dr Willie Nolan. Host: Tipperary People & Places Lecture Series. Venue: Tipperary Studies, The Source, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7:30pm. Admission free. Tea served. All welcome. More details

Tuesday 19 December: Research Centre of the North of Ireland Family History Society closed. Normal Tuesday afternoon openings (2–8pm) will resume on 9 January 2018. Newtownabbey, Co Antrim. Details.

Tuesday 19 December: It’s the way we say it! with Kathleen Morrison, and Christmas Party. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: C S Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. From 7:30pm. For details, email

This page will be updated with any additional events I hear of, and with a link to a blogpost (yet to be published) summarising Christmas closures at the major repositories.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

RCB Library: Half-days and closures in December

The Representative Church Body Library has advised that it will close at 1pm on the next two Fridays: 8 December and 15 December.

It will also close at 1pm the following Friday, 22 December, marking the start of the Library's festive break, and will remain closed until Tuesday 2 January 2018, when the doors will open at the normal time of 9:30am.