Tuesday, 17 January 2017

NIFHS launches Spring programme of short courses

The North of Ireland Family History Society has announced its Spring programme of short genealogy courses. All are held at the Society's Research Centre in Newtownabbey (see address below) and are open to members and non-members.

To further details about each course, and to book, see

Saturday   4 February:  Family Finder - DNA – 3 afternoons
Tuesday 20 February:   Photo Restoration for Beginners – 1 evening
Tuesday 21 February:   Using Newspapers for Family History Research – 1 morning
Tuesday 21 February:   Family Finder - DNA – 3 evenings
Tuesday 28 February:   Technology for Genealogy – 1 afternoon
Tuesday 7 March     :    Land Records – 1 morning and afternoon
Wednesday 9 March:    Dublin Archives – 1 afternoon PLUS trip (TBA if there is interest)
Thursday 9 March    :    Starting your Genealogy – Beginner’s Course – 3 afternoons
Tuesday 14 March   :    Emigration to Australia and New Zealand – 1 morning
Tuesday 14 March   :    Family History using PowerPoint – 1 afternoon
Saturday 18 March   :   Using Gedmatch – 1 afternoon
Tuesday 21 March   :    Valuation Records - 1 morning and afternoon
Wednesday 22 March:  Breaking through Brickwalls – 2 afternoons
Saturday 25 March   :   Researching Military Ancestors – 2 afternoons
Tuesday 28 March   :    Family Tree Maker: Basics and Benefits – 1 morning

The NIFHS Research Centre is at Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT36 7LS. There's plenty of free parking on site.

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: first 2017 update

Here we go with the first 2017 updates from Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives. The volunteer team has uploaded the following items in the first two weeks of January:

Stone to Kelly family of Carroward in Kilgefin
Cemetery, Co Roscommon.
Photo courtesy Dave Hall and IGP Archives.
CARLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Carlow Cathedral of the Assumption - Bishops

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Abbey/Friary, Dublin (Updated)

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mt Jerome, Dublin - Part 146-148

KILDARE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Mullins (CoI), Timolin

LAOIS/QUEENS Genealogy Archives - Photos
Seale John - Photos

LONGFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Patrick's (CoI) Graveyard, Granard

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Gloshpatrick Cemetery, Murrisk
Old Kilmeena Graveyard, Westport - Part 1

ROSCOMMON Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilgefin Cemetery

SLIGO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Sligo Cemetery - Middle Pt, Sec. A (A-E)

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Memorial Cards
Memorial Cards (Duggan) - Updated

Monday, 16 January 2017

'From Laois to Kerry' – the plantation of 7 septs (clans)

ISBN 9780992698867
A recently launched book –  From Laois to Kerry – will be of interest to family historians with links to both counties, and especially those with surname connections to Moores, Kellys, Lawlors, Downlings, Dorans, Deevys/Dees and McEvoys.

These are the surnames of the leading septs (clans) of Laois who, under sentence of death if they returned to their home county, were transplanted in the 1600s as tenant farmers to the estate of Patrick Crosbie, who had come to own much of North Kerry.

Written by Michael Christopher Keane, a native of Tarbert in Co Kerry and retired lecturer from University College Cork, From Laois to Kerry is presented in two parts. Part I explores the origins of these Laois septs and their transplantation to Tarbert and its surroundings, and traces the strong surname presence of their descendants in Kerry on a century by century basis down to the present day.

Part II concentrates on the remarkable lives of Patrick Crosbie and his son Sir Pierce Crosbie. The father was a leading figure in Irish history during the plantation period, posing as an English imposter while in reality being a MacCrossan, bards to the O’Moores of Laois. His son was landlord to the septs in Kerry, led regiments in a number of wars and was both Cupholder and Gentleman of the Kings’ Bedchamber to both King James I and Charles I. He lost and then regained his estates and was closely associated with a notorious scandal in which his stepson the Earl of Castlehaven was executed for sexual depravity.

The 130-page softback costs €20 and is available at, or direct from the author – or

Cork City's Local Studies Library closed until 25 Jan.

Cork City's Local Studies Library on Grand Parade will be closed until 10:00am on Wednesday 25 January.

The closure is to facilitate Phase II repairs to the roof (Phase I finished in December). This programme of works will see new roof lights installed, the upgrading of insulation and the fitting of a new ceiling.

Irish genealogy and history events, 16 – 28 January

Monday 16 January: Irish genealogy records, with Jill Williams FIGRS. Host: Scottish Genealogy Society. Venue: Augustine Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, UK. 7pm for 7:30pm lecture. All welcome. No booking. Free to members. Non-members are encouraged to make a small donation.

Monday 16 January: Understanding DNA Genealogy, with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. Free. 7pm. All welcome.

Monday 16 January: Genealogy information sessions, with Margaret Bonar and Elizabeth Craven. Morning and afternoon sessions. Morning venue: Raheny Library, Howth Rd, Dublin 5 from 10:30am to 11:45am. Afternoon venue: Donaghmede library, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Dublin 13 from 2:30pm to 4pm. Free. Bookings to 087 6491605 or

Monday 16 January: Larne’s American Links, with David Hume. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. Free. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 17 January: Researching Early Ulster Ancestors, with Dr William Roulston. Second of four in lecture series. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue. Ballymena Central library, 5 Pat's Brae, Ballymena, BT43 5AX. 10:30am-12:30pm. Booking Essential t: 028 2563 3950 e:

Wednesday 18 January: Carlow Graveyards, with Eoin Lyng. Host: Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Tullow Community School, The Mullawn, Tullow, Co Carlow. 8pm. Details. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 18 January: Show and Tell, with Branch Members. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh Branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, BT66 8TD. Free. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 18 January: The story of Titanic and her importance in history, with Chris Woods. Host: Libraries NI. Venue: Carryduff Library, Church Rd, Carryduff, Co Down, BT8 8DT. Booking advised: T 028 9081 3568, E Free. 7pm. All welcome.

Thursday 19 January: Researching Court Records, with Wesley Geddis. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Down and Ards Branch. Venue: 1st Bangor Presbyterian Church Hall, Main Street, Bangor BT20 4AG. Free. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Thursday 17 January: Tipperary Catholic landed gentry of the 18th Century, with Paddy Ryan. Part of the Tipperary People and Places Lecture series. Host: Tipperary Studies. Venue: Gallery of the Source Library, Thurles, co Tipperary. Details. 7:30pm. Admission free. Tea served. All welcome.

Saturday 21 January: Genealogy in The Clogher Story, with Jack Johnston. Host: Fermanagh Genealogy. Venue: Enniskillen Library, Halls Lane, BT74 7 Enniskillen. Free admission for FG members. Non-members £3. All welcome. 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Tea/coffee at 1:30pm.

Tuesday 24 January: Estate Records for the Family Historian, with Valerie Adams. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Down and Ards Branch. Venue: C S Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. All welcome. 7:30pm. Free.

Tuesday 24 January: Tracking "Bad Bridget": Criminal and Deviant Irish Women in North America, 1838-1918, with Dr Elaine Farrell. The Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland Annual Lecture. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. Free. All welcome. No booking required.

Tuesday 24 January: Researching Early Ulster Ancestors, with Dr William Roulston. Third of four in lecture series. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue. Ballymena Central library, 5 Pat's Brae, Ballymena, BT43 5AX. 10:30am-12:30pm. Booking Essential t: 028 2563 3950 e:

Wednesday 25 January:
Ireland & the UK from 1916 to Brexit, a History Ireland Hedge School. Venue: London Irish Centre. 50-52 Camden Square, London, NW1 9XB, UK. Panel: Tommy Graham, History Ireland editor; Dan Mulhall, Irish ambassador to the UK; Mary Kenny, writer and journalist; Michael Kennedy, RIA's Documents on Irish Foreign Policy; and Martin Mansergh, vice-chair of the Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations. Doors open 7pm. Free tickets.

Wednesday 25 January: Open Genealogy Consultation, with Lisa Dougherty. Host and venue: Paul O'Dwyer Library, Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207 USA. 11am-2pm. Free.

Thursday 26 January: The Rising and its aftermath in Phibsborough and Glasnevin, 1916-17, with Brian Hanley. First of the 'Ireland and the World after the Rising’ Winter Lecture Series 2017. Host: Glasnevin Trust & Trinity College Dublin. Venue: Museum’s Milestone Gallery, Glasnevin Cemetery. Dublin 11. 7pm. Tickets for each lecture are €10 or book the full series of 6 for €50. Details and booking.

Thursday 26 January: Book Launch – The Forgotten Irish: Irish Emigrant Experiences in America, by Damian Sheils. Host and venue: Hodges Figgis, 56-58 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 6pm–7pm. All welcome.

Thursday 26 January: The curious grave of Elizabeth Scrope, with Kieran Groeger. Host: Dunhill History Lecture Series XI, 2017. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opp GAA grounds), Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm. €5. Lecture is followed by Q&A and light refreshments. All welcome. Details of lecture series.

Friday 27 January: The Reading Room of the National Archives will be closed until 2pm.

Saturday 28 January: People on the Move - Evidence for Migration from the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, with Dr Jacinta Prunty. It's the 16th Annual Irish Migration Studies Lecture. Venue: Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Ulster American Folk Park, Castletown, Omagh, Co Tyrone BT78 5QY. 11am to 2pm. Registration and Tea/coffee from 10:30. Admission £12, includes tea, coffee, finger buffet lunch, and lecture. Booking advised – see Details.

Saturday 28 January: Arbour Hill Prison and Cemetery – a history, with Jerry O'Reilly. Host: Stoneybatter & Smithfield People's History Project. Venue: The Cobblestone, 77 North King Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7. 4pm. All welcome. Details.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Records compiled from Maghera School Attendance Books, 1880-1922

Records from the Maghera National School Attendance Books, 1880–1922 are now freely available to search on the Clare Library website. More than 500 entries are included; the oldest and earliest students to school, which was built in 1869, were born in the late 1860s. Some teachers' details have also been gathered.

More than 500 named school children, the oldest and earliest students having been born in the late 1860s.

The records have been compiled by Brian Doyle and Peter Beirne of the Local Studies Centre, Clare County Libraries, and are based on school attendance books deposited at Clare County Archives. For most of the individuals recorded in the collection, the following information is provided: name, age, quarter and year of joining the school, register number and notes/observations, the latter typically highlighting new pupils, transfer within classes, removal to other schools and death.

Donegal's first newspaper title joins BNA database

County Donegal's first newspaper
County Donegal's first newspaper title
What a great start to 2017 at the British Newspaper Archive, with no less than seven new Irish titles added this week alone.

Today, it's the turn of the Ballyshannon Herald. As Co Donegal's first newspaper, it started publication in 1831. The BNA plans to digitise all editions published from that date until 1883.

So far, the database holds 922 editions dating from 1851 to 1863 and 1866 to 1870.

The addition of this paper means there are now 136 Irish newspapers in the British Newspaper Archive's database (34 of them are from Northern Ireland).

Access to this database is also available to FindMyPast subscribers as part of an Ireland or World subscription.