Monday, 19 March 2018

Irish genealogy and history events, 19 March - 2 April

Monday 19 March: Public Holiday for St Patrick's Day, across the island.

Tuesday 20 March: Horse racing in County Tipperary, with Dr Pat Bracken. 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 20 March: Researching your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors, with Gillian Hunt and Fintan Mullan of the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii, the Friends’ of St Patrick and the Hawaii State Public Library System. Venue: Von Holt Room, St Andrew’s Cathedral, 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu, HI, USA. 9am to 4pm. Details (click on Celtic Calendar).

Wednesday 21 March: The Acheson family, with Rev John Faris. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. 7:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Wednesday 21 March: Researching a Killaloe Family's History, a case study, with Roz McCutcheon FIGRS. Host: Killaloe-Ballina Local History Society. Venue: Wood and Bell Cafe, Main St, Shantraud, Killaloe, Co. Clare. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 21 March: Old Lanes & Streets of Carlow, with Dan Carbery/Paul Lyons and Pat O'Neill. Host: Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Rd, Graigue, Carlow Town. 8pm.

Wednesday 21 March: Ulstermen at St Quentin, with Nigel Henderson. Last of the Memories and memorialisation series of talks. Host and venue: PRONI, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ. Free. 1-2pm. All welcome. Need to register.

Thursday 22 March:  The 1718 Emigration from East Londonderry to New England, with Alison McCaughan. The talk is at 8pm, following the AGM, which starts at 7:15. Host: Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland. Venue: 267 Antrim Rd, Glengormley, Newtownabbey BT36 7QN.
The talk is at 8pm, following the AGM, which starts at 7:15. All welcome.

Thursday 22 March: Researching around adoption and using DNA resources, with Seán 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.

Thursday 22 March: Local and Family History seminar. Four illustrated talks: The rise and fall of the Timy family; The life and times of Thomas Walsh, 1916'er & trade unionist; Cork Surnames; Terence MacSwiney. Part of the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. Host and venue: Cork City & County Archives, 32 Great William O'Brien Street, Cork. 11am to 4pm. Free. Booking essential; email Cancelled.

Friday 23 March: The Reading Room of the National Archives of Ireland will be closed until 2pm.

Friday 23 March: Surveying Heritage: A landscape archaeology of the Ordnance Survey in Ireland, with Keith Lilley. Part of the National Monuments and Buildings Record NI lecture series. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm–2pm. Free. No booking required.

Friday 23 March: The Great Famine in Edenderry through the eyes of Dr Richard Grattan of Drummin House, Carbury, with Ciaran Reilly. Host: Edenderry Historical Society. Venue: The Parish Centre, Edenderry, Co Offaly. 8pm. All welcome.

Saturday 24 March: Bridging the Past & Future – Family History Conference. Host: Cork Genealogical Society. Venue: Silverspring's Clayton Hotel, Cork. Cost for conference and light lunch: €25pp. All welcome. Details. Registration 9am.

Saturday 24 March: Enniskillen Workhouse, with Dr Desmond McCabe. Host: Fermanagh Genealogy Centre. Venue: Enniskillen Library, Halls Lane, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. 1:30pm refreshments, followed by short members' meeting. Talk starts 2:15pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members £4/£3.

Saturday 24 March: Finding Ship Records for Irish Ancestors, with Mary Wickersham. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave N, St Paul, WN, USA. 10:30am. IGSI members $15. Non-members $20. Details and registration.

Saturday 24 March: Genealogy workshop, with Lynn Brady. Host and venue: Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. 2pm. €10. Booking essential. Details.

Sunday 25 March: Free genealogy help session. Host and venue: Library of the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630, USA. From 1pm to 4pm. Free. All welcome. Last Sunday of the month.

Monday 26 March: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.

Tuesday 27 March: The pageantry of popular nationalism: Lady Day celebrations in Ulster, 1872-1914, with Kyle Hughes. Host: Modern Irish History Seminar Series 2018 - Religion and Identity, University of Edinburgh. Venue: The Old Medical School – Room G.13, William Robertson Wing, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, UK. All welcome. 6pm.

Tuesday 27 March: The sinking of the RMS Leinster: The County Clare connections, with Philip Lecane. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8–9pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €5.

Tuesday 27 March: Landed Estate Papers, with Dr William Roulston. Host: Nort of Ireland Family History Society, Coleraine Branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine, Co Londonderry. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 27 March: Relief and the Public Work Schemes in Tullyvin/Drung, Co Cavan during the Great Famine, with Dr Ciaran Reilly. Host: Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne. Venue: Cootehill Library, Bridge Street, Drumaveil North, Cootehill, Co. Cavan. 7pm. Booking essential. Tel: 049 5559873.

Wednesday 28 March: Practical Workshop – Using family and local history resources online. Host and venue: PRONI, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Free but you need to register.

Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April: Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Sunday. In Republic of Ireland, National Library, National Archives, and all local archives and libraries are closed across the Easter weekend. Exception - NLI Exhibitions open on Monday 2nd April only. In Northern Ireland, PRONI in Belfast will be open on Good Friday, but closed Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd April.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: Latest additions
Beautiful lettering on this modern stone
in Mount Jerome Cemetery.
Photo courtesy Yvonne Russell & IGP Archives.
The following files have been uploaded to the online database of Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives (IGP-web) in the first half of March.

All have been donated by volunteers, and are free to search and view.

ARMAGH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Killylea, St. Marks (CoI) Graveyard
Knappagh Presbyterian Graveyard

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Laragh Old Cemetery

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Golden Bridge Cemetery, Pt. 5 (P-Y)
Mt. Jerome Cemetery, Parts 189 & 190

LOUTH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Peter's Drogheda. Part 1 & 2 (text files added)

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Burrishoole Abbey, Part 4

MONAGHAN & Fermanagh Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Assorted Baptisms in the Parish of Clones

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Newspapers
Assorted Work House entries & deaths

Friday, 16 March 2018

Free access to Ancestry's Irish Heritage Collection celebrate St Patrick's Day, has opened up its Irish Heritage Collection for free access until Monday night.

The collection holds some 80million records, including the newly updated Boston Archdiocese Catholic Sacramental Records collection which dates from 1789 to 1900. 

You can see a full listing of the record sets included in the Irish Heritage Collection here.

Access to the records in the featured collection will be free until 11:59pm ET on Monday 19 March.

To start your search, click the image. If you don't already have an account, you'll need to register for one. It's a quick and easy process, and you don't have to provide more detail than your name and email address.

Ancestry updates Index to Boston Archdiocese RC Sacramental Records

The records are being digitised by the NEHGS
Ancestry has updated its relatively new Boston, Massachusetts, Catholic Sacramental Records, 1789-1900 Index.

The Index, which joined Ancestry in November, links to images of RC records from the Boston Archdiocese (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) held on, the website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS).

When first uploaded, the Index had more than 415,000 records. This month's update sees the database grow by 85% to 771,876 records. Definitely worth another search to see if your Irish ancestors have showed up!

AncestryDNA sale for US-based researchers: $30 off

Researchers in the USA can take advantage of a St Patrick's Day discount from AncestryDNA.

If you order a DNA testing kit before close of Monday 19 March, you'll make a saving of US$30 on the standard price of US$99. The offer price of US$69 excludes taxes and shipping.

To place your order, click the image.

AncestryDNA: 20% off for St Patrick's Day - Ireland only

AncestryDNA is offering a 20% discount (Ireland only) on its DNA testing kit.

The offer reduces the cost from the standard price of €95 to €76, excluding postage and packaging costs.

The discount will expire on Monday 19 March.

To take advantage of the offer, click the image.

FindMyPast unveils new records for St Patrick's Day

Marking St Patrick's Day, FindMyPast has added new record sets to its Irish collection and topped up existing ones. They are:
Click to view enlarged image of sample
Irish Tontines Annuitants 1766-1789
This new collection holds more than 153,000 annuity statements, accounts of deaths, death certificates, and marriage certificates relating to the subscribers and nominees of the Irish Tontine (an investment plan in which subscribers paid a sum into the fund and subsequently receive an annuity from it... the shares increased as subscribers died, and the last survivor enjoyed the whole income). See the landing page for more information about these recrods.

Ireland, American Fenian Brotherhood 1864-1897
Holding more than 125,000 records taken from correspondence between members of the British Foreign Office, this collection notes the activities of the American Fenian Brotherhood as it increased its efforts to liberate Ireland from British rule during the second half of the C19th. The records include newspaper cuttings, letters, telegrams, lists of prisoners, and a number of photographs. This collection is also available to browse.

Church Of Ireland Histories & Reference Guides
Two publications, both presented as PDFs, have been added to create this collection. They are:
  • The National Churches: The Church of Ireland by Thomas Olden, MA, a member of the Royal Irish Academy and Vicar of Ballyclough. Published in 1892, this history of the Church of Ireland begins in Pre-Christian Ireland and continues through to the Act of Disestablishment in 1869. It includes a map of Church of Ireland dioceses.
  • Some Worthies of the Irish Church was published in 1900 and is a collection of lectures delivered in the Divinity School of the University of Dublin by the late George Thomas Stokes, DD, an Irish ecclesiastical historian.
Armagh Records & Registers
This newly created collection comprises just one publication so far. Published in 1819, it is an authoritative teext on the history of Armagh and goes by the not-so-snappy title of Historical Memoirs of the City of Armagh for a Period of 1,373 Years Comprising a Considerable Portion of the General History of Ireland; A Refutation of the Opinions of Dr. Ledwich, Respecting the Non-Existence of St. Patrick; And an Appendix, on the Learning, Antiquities and Religion of the Irish Nation. It includes biographical accounts of both Protestant and Roman Catholic archbishops, a narrative of important events, an account of the establishment of Presbyterian congregations, and the history of various customs and manners.

Antrim Histories & Reference Guides
Another debut collection. This one holds A History of the Town of Belfast from the Earlier Times to the Close of the Eighteenth Century, by George Benn, and holds historical maps and illustration of the city and a chapter on noted inhabitants mentioned in C17th records.

Dublin Registers & Records
This existing collection has been topped up with more than 2,000 new records. The collection holds 22 Irish titles (all presented as PDF images), including parish records (baptisms, marriages, and burials) from the Church of Ireland, census indexes, school registers, monumental inscriptions and printed histories. They date from the 1600s to 1800.

Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary History & Directories
New records have been added to this existing collection which contains an assortment of pay records, lists, directories, commendation records, treasury books, Constabulary Code books and training manuals.

AncestryDNA sale for Canadian researchers: $30 off
Canadian residents can take advantage of a St Patrick's Day sale from Ancestry DNA by purchasing a test kit for $99 CAD (plus p&p). That's a saving of $30 on the regular price of $129CAD.

The offer will end at 11:59pm ET on Sunday 18 March.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

FamilyTreeDNA: savings on Family Finder and bundles
Family Tree DNA has a St Patrick's Day offer on its autosomal 'Family Finder' test.

The US$20 discount brings the price down from US$79 to US$59 (excluding p&p).

There are even bigger savings of between $48 and $73 to be had on Y-DNA & mtDNA Bundles.

Discounts will expire at 11:59 pm PST on Sunday 18 March.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Petition to release 1926 Census receives 5,350 signatures

A Petition calling on the Irish Government to release the 1926 Census has received more than 5,350 signatures as of this morning. Launched in December by the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO) in December (see blogpost), it broke through the 5,000 milestone at the weekend.
Sample of 1926 Census: click to view larger image
The 1926 census returns are currently stored in the National Archives in Dublin, but will require cataloguing and conservation work before they can be digitised in preparation for making them available online. Given that this work will take time, CIGO is calling on the Government to commit to releasing the 1926 census in 2022 as part of the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the State. This could be done by supporting the recently published Seanad ‘1926 Census’ private members bill, with any lingering questions about confidentiality being easily addressed by redaction.

Speaking at the launch of the petition, CIGO Chairman Colm Cochrane said: “We hope with the launch of an online petition calling for the release of the 1926 Census that genealogists and historians will rally to the call; that they will not only support it, but share it, too, on social media, and lobby politicians.”

It seems they have been doing exactly that, but if YOU haven't yet done your bit, you know what to do! You can sign the Petition here.

UPDATE, Noon 16 March: And today, it's the 6,000 signatures milestone that's been passed. Keep going everyone. Sign and share!