Friday, 22 July 2016

New book explores the experience of death in Ireland
A new book – Grave Matters, Death and dying in Dublin, 1500 to the present – has been published by Four Courts Press. As its title suggests, it explores the experience of death, burial and commemoration in Dublin since the sixteenth century, and uses death as a way of understanding social conditions during the last five hundred years. It is edited by historians Lisa Marie Griffith and Ciarán Wallace.

Its contributions consider the role of the public funeral in establishing political hierarchies, the fate of the city’s Catholics during the era of the penal laws and the survival of the death penalty to 1990. They also explore the meanings of humble headstones, elaborate memorials and post-mortem photography. From Sir Francis Agard’s elite funeral in 1577, through the panicky burials during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1919, to the presentation of cemeteries as cultural tourism today, this collection of essays offers a fascinating analysis of life – and death – in Dublin.

You can see the full line-up of essay topics on the Four Courts Press's website where the well-illustrated 268-page book is on sale for €22.45.

Genealogy at Lunchtime: National Library of Ireland

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has announced its summer programme of free Genealogy at Lunchtime lectures which runs from 26 July to 8 September. Each lecture starts at 1pm and is presented in the NLI's seminar room in Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Tuesday 26 July: Mná - 25 years of searching - lessons & leads, with Sinead McCool.

Thursday 28 July: The lonely sea and sky - the rescue of 168 German sailors in December 1943 by the MV Kerlogue, a tiny ship from Wexford, with Dermot Bolger

Tuesday 2 August: Territory, maps and genealogy, with Paul McCotter MAGI.

Thursday 4 August: Explorations in Irish genealogy, with Fiona Fitzsimons

Tuesday 9 August: History of Deaf Culture in Ireland, with Liam Breen / Cormac Leonard (interpreter)

Thursday 11 August: "The selkie's skin": How Irish oral traditions preserve family and local history, with Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill.

Tuesday 15 August: Wilde's women: how Oscar Wilde was shaped by the women he knew, with Eleanor Fitzsimons

Thursday 18 August: The Forgotten Irish: Revealing the voices of Irish 19th-century emigrants, with Damien Shiels.

Tuesday 23 August: Irish American Identity - how do we sustain the people-to-people links between Ireland and the United States? with Kevin F. O'Malley,

Thursday 25 August: Children's records in 19th-century Ireland, with Aoife O'Connor.

Tuesday 30 August: Stories from the parish registers, with Clodagh Tait.

Thursday 1 September Ogham Stones: Our earliest genealogical sources, with Nora White.

Tuesday 6 September: Ten free websites for US genealogical research, with Joe Buggy.

Thursday 8 September: Adventures in DNA: Who were the first Irish?, with Professor Dan Bradley.

All are welcome to attend. There's no booking requirement, but arriving early is recommended to ensure you get a seat.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Mid-July update from Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives (IGP-web)
St Michael's Old Graveyard, Fintona, Co Tyrone.
Photo courtesy of Brigid Wilson.
Click picture for larger view of image.
Here's the list of early-July additions to the free Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives website. It comes with a request to all researchers who might be wandering around graveyards this summer to consider shaing your headstone photos with the project.

You don't need to photograph the entire burial site! Any individual headstone photo may be helpful to another genealogist researching the family memorialised.

There's full details of how to do so here, and I can tell you from personal experience that the process is very straightforward.

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Vital Records
Death certs 1869 (Updated)

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ballintubber Abbey & Cemetery
Murrisk Friary Graveyard

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Michael's Old Graveyard, Fintona

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Portlaw Cem. (CoI) (Corrections and additions)

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Certificate & diploma genealogy courses: Autumn 2016

The Irish Ancestry Research Centre (IARC) in Limerick has opened enrolment for the following two courses:

The Certificate in History of Family & Genealogical Methods is managed by IARC and held at the University of Limerick (UL). The course is held on campus on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm but there is also an online programme available.

It runs across the Autumn and Spring semesters and offers options of progression to MA History of Family and to the Diploma in University College Cork.

Full details of the modules and assessment of the course can be downloaded here.

IARC's Diploma in Genealogy is accredited by University College Cork (UCC) and is offered in conjunction with its Centre for Adult Continuing Education. It is a traditional course offered on-campus at UCC, specifically designed to suit the active-retired, part-time employed and unemployed adult learner and offers participants the opportunity to engage in an interdisciplinary study of the past while developing genealogical research skills.

It is a two year programme at NFQ level 7 requiring a three-hour weekly class commitment. You can download full details here.

Further information on both these courses is available from Dr David J. Butler – E:, or from IARC – E: T: +353 61 207114.

IGRS Early Irish Marriage Index updated

Following quickly on the heels of a recent update to its Early Irish Deaths Index (see blogpost), the Irish Genealogical Research Society has added several thousand records to its Early Irish Marriage Index.

It now holds more than 80,000 marriage records, and names some 177,000 individuals. Free to members and non-members alike, it can be searched here.

All the records in the Society's Early Irish indexes pre-date 1864 and the full introduction of the civil registration system, and the entries are noted from obscure and underused sources. The three indexes are managed by Roz McCutcheon FIGRS and continue to grow thanks to the work of IGRS volunteers.

The Early Irish Births Index will be updated next month.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

PRONI lecture series to explore County Armagh

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has announced a series of Wednesday lunchtime lectures, exploring the history of County Armagh. Here's the programme:

7 September  : The work of the Armagh Coroner, 1888-1889, with Dr Desmond McCabe

14 September: Knocknamuckly: the story of an Armagh townland, with Prof Raymond Gillespie

21 September: The making of the Newry Canal, 1728 to 1740, with Geraldine Foley

28 September: Iron Age Votive deposits in the River Blackwater, with Dr Greer Ramsey

5 October       : The Architecture of South Armagh, with Dr Kevin Mulligan

12 October     : Steelboys, Oakboys and Bad Boys: the troubled County of Armagh, 1750–1800,
                        with Dr Eoin Magennis

Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast
Time: 1pm
Cost: Free

Book launch: Limerick in Old Photographs

If you've ancestors from Limerick City or its hinterland, Sharon Slater's Limerick in Old Photographs is a must-buy book to complement your Irish family history research.

Ireland's third most populous city has a long and vibrant history and has witnessed huge changes in the last two centuries. These changes have been captured in this collection of archive images by historian Sharon Slater, who runs the excellent Limerick's Life blog. Through the 128 pages of the book, she shows how the city has grown, recalling shops and industries, streets and buildings, societies and clubs, and a lost way of life.

Published by The History Press, Limerick in Old Photographs is already on the shelves in Limerick's bookshops, and is available for order from Amazon.

ISBN: 9781845888985