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Monday, 16 October 2017

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives passes milestone

Please see below a summary of the files added to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives (IGP Archives) in the first two weeks of this month. 

The volunteer team noted that in the course of these uploads, more than 120,000 gravestone images – an impressive milestone – are now available to view via the IGP Headstone Project.

ARMAGH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ballymacnab Old Graveyard - McKee & McParlan

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Donaghmore, St. Patrick's (CoI)
Meenglass(CoI) Diocese of Raphoe


DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Anne's Section, Pt. 6
Golden Bridge Cemetery, Part 2 (D-G)
Mount Jerome, Dublin - Part 178

LIMERICK Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mungret Graveyard

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Urney Cemetery, Parts - Completed

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Otteran's, Waterford City, Part 8

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Greenane Main Cemetery, Part 2

Accredited Genealogists Ireland admits new Affiliates

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) has announced that two more genealogists have recently been admitted as Affiliates of the association. The Affiliate category was introduced by AGI as a stepping stone towards an application for accreditation from genealogists in the early stage of their transition to professional status.

The two new Affiliates are  Séamus O’Donoghue, who is based in his native Co. Clare, and Des Murtagh, originally from Dublin and now resident in Co. Kildare.

AGI's two new affiliates: Séamus O’Donoghue (left) and Des Murtagh (right)

AGI has limited places in the Affiliate programme, partly because each Affiliate is matched with a mentor from within the body of accredited Members.  To date there have been fifteen Affiliates and six of them have progressed through the accreditation process to becoming Members (MAGIs). See the AGI website for more information about the Affiliate programme.





Irish genealogy and heritage events, 16-29 October

Monday 16 October: 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 16 October: 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 16 October: The History of the Kelly Family from 1820 (Kelly Coal Boats), with Kelly Wilson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 17 October: The frustrated return of WW1 Irish ex-servicemen, with Dr Emmanuel Destenay. Host: National Archives of Ireland's 2017 Lecture Programme. Venue: Reading Room, National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Free. All welcome. 6pm. No booking required.

Tuesday 17 October: The Irish Boundary Commission of 1925, with Declan Ryan. Also: Viking influences around us, with Brian Mac Aongusa. Host: Foxrock Local History Club. Venue: Foxrock Pastoral Centre (rear of Foxrock Church), Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. Admission €5 / Members free.

Tuesday 17 October: Rathnadrinna Fort: Excavation of a multi-period hilltop in Cashel, with Richard O'Brien. 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 studies@tipperarycoco.ie.

Wednesday 18 October: Reformation 500, a History Ireland Hedge School, with Editor Tommy Graham. On the panel for the roundtable discussion will be Adrian Empey, John McCafferty, Alison Forrestal, Gesa Thiessen. Host and venue: St Werburgh’s Church, Werburgh Street, Dublin. 7pm. Free.

Wednesday 18 October: Carlow lunatic asylum, from 1832, with Dr Catherine Cox. Host: Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society. Venue: Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Road, Carlow. 8pm. All welcome. Free. Details.

Thursday 19 October to 29 October: Liverpool Irish Festival, film screenings, theatrical performances, music sessions, talks, tours and debates. Venues: Various across Liverpool, UK. See the full programme.

Friday 20 October to Sunday 22 October: Back To Our Past, Ireland's largest genealogy shin-dig with exhibitors, free family history advice, DNA help, discounts, free lectures and much more. Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017 conference runs alongside it. Venue: Shelbourne Hall, RDS Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. 11am to 6pm daily. Normal admission €10 per day. Advance admission (online) €5 per person per day. See Irish Genealogy News' preview.

Friday 20 October: Medieval nunneries in Ireland, with Dr Tracy Collins. Host: Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Parnell Room, Granville Hotel, Meagher's Quay, Waterford City. 8pm. Members free / Non-members €5. All welcome.

Saturday 21 October: Unique aspects of Irish research, with Tom Rice. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Celtic Junction Arts Center,  836 Prior Ave, North St Paul, MN, USA. 10:30 am to 12 noon. $15 for IGSI members, $20 for non-members. Details.

Monday 23 October: 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.

Wednesday 25 October: The October Revolution in Russia: The Impact of Communism in Ireland conference. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. 10am – 4pm. Free, but need to book ticket. The exhibition, Women in the Russian Revolution will be on display at PRONI on the day of the Conference.

Wednesday 25 October: Pre-Famine Dublin: a calamity waiting to happen? with Vincent Ruddy. Host: The Old Dublin Society. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 26 October: Researching around Adoption and using DNA Resources, with Séan T Traynor. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society Ballymena Branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm. All welcome.

Ireland on lock down for forecast storm on Monday

(Midday Monday forecast) Image from Met Eireann
Due to the forecast of extreme weather across Ireland as ex-hurricane Ophelia passes rather too close for comfort, most if not all public institutions will be closed on Monday.

Provided the power stays on, it'll be a day for online research!

Keep safe everyone.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Participants sought for survey of Ireland's holy wells

A nationwide crowd-sourcing survey project has been launched to identify and document Ireland's holy wells, and the associated traditions/beliefs associated with them held by our ancestors. County by county across both the Republic and Northern Ireland, it will record those holy well sites that remain in active use and also those nearly lost to living memory.

The project is being managed by its creator, Dr Celeste Ray, Professor of Anthropology at the University of the South in Swanee, Tennessee, USA. She has been researching Irish holy wells since 2000.

Project participants will find suggested research questions and instructions on the Ireland's Holy Wells project website. Any data submitted will be appreciated and you do not have to answer every question to be a contributor.

It's hoped local researchers will capture accounts of the prayer 'rounds' unique to each well, plus details of the patron saint, associated flora and fauna, and cures; audio clips of the pronunciation of well names and townland locations; video clips of interviews, pattern days, or demonstrations of the rounds; and photographs of the sites, votive offerings and associated stations.

Items are already starting to be added to the website, which is worth browsing. So far, the only counties with entries are Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Offaly and Tipperary.

The information gathered from the survey will produce a permenant open-access archive of known holy wells and the beliefs attached to them. The database of geographical and archaeological data, oral recordings, videos of the sites and demonstrations of the traditions, written memories and stories etc – will be donated to the National Folklore Collection.

St Patrick's Well, Gortmore, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary is one of the largest holy wells in Ireland.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

GRO England & Wales launches second phase of pilot scheme for pdf birth & death certificates

The General Register Office for England and Wales (GRO-EW) has today launched another phase of its PDF Certificates Pilot scheme. As its name implies, the service offers researchers a chance to purchase a pdf format image of a historical civil registration certificate (births and deaths only); the cost is £6, rather than the regular £9.25 for a watermarked paper version.

Paper certificates (above) cost £9.25 each. 
PDF versions are £6.
This extension of the scheme, which was first trialled from November 2016 to April 2017, will run for a minimum of three months. The GRO-EW hope this will help them to better understand the level of demand for such a service. It will also mean, for me and probably many others who missed the earlier phase, the opportunity to get ourselves in gear and purchase certificates for those of our Irish ancestors who crossed the Irish Sea and settled in England or Wales.

The years covered by the pilot are 1837–1916 for births, and 1837–1957 for deaths.

Applications must be made via the GRO-EW online service and must include a GRO-EW index reference. You can do a free search for the index reference on that site. Alternatively you could find the reference on the freeBMD website.

Unlike the first phase process, pdfs ordered under the extended scheme will not be sent as an email attachment to the researcher. Instead, the researcher will receive an email advising that the pdf image is ready to view and download from his/her account page. PDFs will remain available to view for three months from the date of the order, and no reminders will be issued prior to deletion.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

New book explores the working lives of Dublin dockers

http://irishacademicpress.ie/product/the-dublin-docker-the-working-lives-of-dublins-deep-sea-port/
If you have ancestral connections to Dublin's dockyards, you might want to check out a new book from Irish Academic Press: The Dublin Docker: Working Lives of Dublin’s Deep-Sea Port, by Aileen O'Carroll and Don Bennett.

The 285-page paperback explores the working lives of the capital's dockers from the mid-19th-century to the 1970s.

Lavishly illustrated with photos of the port, the dockyards and the men who worked there, the book tells the social history of the Dublin quaysides and how the dockers lives were impacted by events, especially the Dublin Lockout, WW1, the Easter Rising and the War of Independence.

Priced from €24.99 | ISBN 9781911024729

Extensive church records for Co. Armagh are in the pipe

Armagh Ancestry, the Irish Family History Foundation's designated research centre for genealogical research in County Armagh, has reached an important milestone in a two-year project to upload another significant chunk of church records to its sizeable database on RootsIreland.ie.

The records have been transcribed from  the following sources:
  • Church of Ireland (CofI) baptism, marriage and burial registers,
  • Presbyterian baptism and marriage registers,
  • Quaker marriage and burial registers, and
  • Methodist baptism registers.
In some instances, the additional transcripts 'top-up' a specific parish's collection. For example, the records already searchable on the database for Milltown CofI collection currently consists of marriages from 1845 to 1921; the new tranche of records will include baptism 1840-1864, burials 1845 to 1889, and slightly earlier marriages from 1840-1845. In other cases, records are about to be uploaded for parishes that were not previously represented in the database (for example, baptism records for the Bannfoot Methodist congregation and Montiaghs CofI).

The project team has recently imputted these records but they have yet to be fully validated. The validation process will take some time to complete, and only then will they all be available to search at RootsIreland.ie.

You can see a full breakdown of Armagh Ancestry's existing collection at RootsIreland here.

A summary of the soon-to-be validated additions can be found here.

If you think one of your ancestors may be discovered among these records and you just can't wait for the online database to be updated, you can ask Armagh Ancestry to make a manual search. You'll need to name your ancestor and pay a £10 fee for the service. Contact Armagh.Ancestry@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 9-22 October

Monday 9 October: 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 9 October: The Irish Linen Industry, with Brian Mackay. Host: Carryduff Historical Society. Venue: Committee Room, Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Hillsborough Road, Carryduff, Co Down. 8pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members £2.

Monday 9 October: Carnmoney Graveyard, with Nigel Henderson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. 7pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 October: Irish Family History Group, monthly meeting. Host and venue: The Core Library, Theatre Square, Homer Road, Solihull, UK, B91 3RG. 10am to Noon. All welcome, for genealogy help and support.

Tuesday 10 October: DMP casualties during the War of Independence – Part Three, with James Scanlon. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland (GSI). Venue: Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. €3 donation. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 October: Family history: A beginner's guide to DNA, with Martin McDowell. Host and venue: Belfast Central Library, Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1EA. Free. 2pm–3pm. Booking advised; T: 028 9050 9150. All welcome. 

Wednesday 11 October: Irish Family History Advice Sessions, with Archivists. Host and venue: Glasgow City Archives, Level 5, Mitchell Library, Granville Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN, Scotland. Bookable one-to-one slots. Book in person at Granville St. reception or phone 0141 287 2999.

Thursday 12 October: The Plantation families of North-West Ulster, with Brian Mitchell MAGI. Host and venue: Ballymena Central Library, 5 Pat's Brae, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT43 5AX. Free. 12:30pm. All welcome. Details: T- 028 2563 3950; E- ballymena.library@librariesni.org.uk​.

Thursday 12 October: 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 12 October: How to get ready to search Irish records, with Kevin Cassidy. Host: Greater Omaha Genealogical Society – Irish Interest Group. Venue: LDS Omaha Stake Center, 14680 California Street, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. 7pm. Free, but advance registration required by email to Rita Henry (rhenry416@cox.net).

Friday 13 October: Tour of the Newspaper Library and how to use it for genealogy research. Host and venue: Belfast Central Library, Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1EA. Free. 2:30–3:30pm. Booking advised; T: 028 9050 9150. All welcome.

Saturday 14 October: Places and jurisdictions in Ireland, with Tom Rice. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Minnesota Genealogical Library, 1185 Concord St North, South St Paul, MN 55075, USA. Members $15/ Non-members $20. 10:30 to Noon. Register.

Saturday 14 October: Towns of the Ulster Plantation, a one-day conference. Hosts: Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne (Breifne Historical Society) and Cavan Genealogy. Venue: Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan. 10am to 4pm. To book, contact the Library on +353 (0)49 436 1094. Fee: €10. Booking essential. Full programme.

Saturday 14 October: Derry – the pathway to another life, with Brian Mitchell MAGI. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Tyrone Branch. Venue: Seminar Room, First Floor, Omagh Library, Dublin Road, Omagh, BT78 1HL. 10am. All welcome.

Saturday 14 October: Social life in Mayo at the turn of the century, a day of talks highlighting life in the county in the early 1900s. Host: Mayo Genealogy Group. Venue: National Museum of Ireland, Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo. 11am - 3pm. Free. but booking essential. Details..

Sunday 15 October: Irish Historical walk from Kings Cross to Soho. Hosts: London Easter 1916-1924 Centenary Committee and Irish Historical walks in London. Meeting at German Gymnasium, 1 King's Blvd, London, N1C 4BU. Taking in Irish ghettos (Bloomsbury, Soho, Somerstown), links to Fenian rising of 1867, and Easter Rising, and places with connections to famous Irish people. 12pm to 3pm. Details.

Monday 16 October: 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 16 October: 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 16 October: The History of the Kelly Family from 1820 (Kelly Coal Boats), with Kelly Wilson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 17 October: The frustrated return of WW1 Irish ex-servicemen, with Dr Emmanuel Destenay. Host: National Archives of Ireland's 2017 Lecture Programme. Venue: Reading Room, National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Free. All welcome. 6pm. No booking required.

Tuesday 17 October: Rathnadrinna Fort: Excavation of a multi-period hilltop in Cashel, with Richard O'Brien. 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 studies@tipperarycoco.ie.

Wednesday 18 October: Reformation 500, a History Ireland Hedge School, with Editor Tommy Graham. On the panel for the roundtable discussion will be Adrian Empey, John McCafferty, Alison Forrestal, Gesa Thiessen. Host and venue: St Werburgh’s Church, Werburgh Street, Dublin. 7pm. Free.

Wednesday 18 October: Carlow lunatic asylum, from 1832, with Dr Catherine Cox. Host: Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society. Venue: Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Road, Carlow. 8pm. All welcome. Free. Details.

Thursday 19 October to 29 October: Liverpool Irish Festival, film screenings, theatrical performances, music sessions, talks, tours and debates. Venues: Various across Liverpool, UK. See the full programme.

Friday 20 October to Sunday 22 October: Back To Our Past, Ireland's largest genealogy shin-dig with exhibitors, free family history advice, DNA help, discounts, free lectures and much more. Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017 conference runs alongside it. Venue: Shelbourne Hall, RDS Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. 11am to 6pm daily. Normal admission €10 per day. Advance admission (online) €5 per person per day. See Irish Genealogy News' preview.

Friday 20 October: Medieval nunneries in Ireland, with Dr Tracy Collins. Host: Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Parnell Room, Granville Hotel, Meagher's Quay, Waterford City. 8pm. Members free / Non-members €5. All welcome.

Saturday 21 October: Unique aspects of Irish research, with Tom Rice. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Celtic Junction Arts Center,  836 Prior Ave, North St Paul, MN, USA. 10:30 am to 12 noon. $15 for IGSI members, $20 for non-members. Details.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Back To Our Past & Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017

Two weeks today, at 11am on Friday 20 October, the doors to the RDS's Shelbourne Hall will open to both the Back to Our Past show and Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017.

Half price tickets are available for advance purchase
As you may have already seen in the local press, Ancestry is once again the sponsor of Back To Our Past, and also of the 50 Plus Expo which is held in the adjoining hall over the same three days (20-22 October). They'll have a big stand and visitors will be invited to seek out their ancestors in Ancestry's vast database under the guidance of a friendly member of Ancestry's team.

Other exhibitors include Family Tree DNA, Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum; PRONI; the island's four largest genealogical societies – Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS), North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS), Genealogical Society of Ireland (GSI), and the Irish Family History Society (IFHS); Accredited Genealogists Ireland; Irish Roots Magazine, the Irish Manuscript Commission, Clans and Surnames Genealogy School and Irish Genealogy Solutions.

I don't think there is yet a definitive list of exhibitors but I understand that the Irish Whiskey Museum, Titanic Belfast and Epic Ireland will be attending, and there will, as usual, be some costumed military types strutting around ready to give guidance on finding Irish military ancestors.

Making debut appearances at the show will be My Heritage and Living DNA.

I'm told that neither the National Library of Ireland nor FindMyPast Ireland will be appearing at this year's show.

A programme of traditional genealogy and heritage talks will be held throughout the day on each day of Back To Our Past. They are free and they start on the hour from Noon. The final one starts at 4pm.

GGI lectures will be video'd and uploaded to the GGI video
channel on You Tube in the weeks after the conference.
See goo.gl/1VeJJn.
The Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017 conference (GGI) will once again be taking place as a distinct element of Back To Our Past. Organiser Maurice Gleeson has again put together an exciting programme of free lectures featuring many acclaimed Genetic Genealogists from around the world.

While the conference allows for these experts to share their most recent research, the lecture programme also caters for family historians who are new to dna testing. Whether you're a complete beginner or you have a little experience but want some help understanding your results, you'll find suitable lectures are included in the programme.

Like the traditional genealogy lecture programme mentioned above, most of the GGI lectures start on the hour. However, there is one earlier lecture, which starts at 11:15am each day, and one later lecture, starting at 5pm. 

The GGI is sponsored by Family Tree DNA, who usually offer discounts to those who take a test at the show. There may also be some free tests for those with certain ancestral surnames or other criteria.

See the Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017 lecture programme.