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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Free ebook explores the revolutionary sites of Rebel County Cork

A new and free book – Heritage Centenary Sites of Rebel County Cork – has been published by Cork County Council.

http://corkcc-cms.cms-migrate.firmstep.com/sites/cork-cms/files/2017-04/Heritage%20Centenary%20Sites%20.pdfResearched by Rubicon Heritage, and with contributions from numerous individuals and archivists across Cork, the principal editor is Damian Shiels; many historians and genealogists will recognise Damian as the author of The Forgotten Irish – Irish Emigrant Experiences in America and The Irish in the American Civil War, not to mention his award winning blog, IrishAmericanCivilWar.com.

As its name suggests, the new 242-page book covers the sites in County Cork connected to the revolutionary period. It is heavily illustrated and has ten chapters, and sets out the story of the county's history of conflict and rebellion prior to 1916, its involvement in the Rising, the county at war from 1918 to 1921, and the division of the county during the Civil War.

The book features thirty heritage sites across the county, each one telling its own story of involvement in the Revolutionary Era.

There is also guidance for readers wanting to explore their own family's experiences during the Revolutionary era.

The book was published in hard copy at the end of last year and is available to purchase in bookshops and heritage centres across County Cork (€10). It has now been made available as a free ebook (pdf) can be downloaded here.

Irish Newspaper Archive: New content and 25% off

The Dublin-based Irish Newspaper Archive has extended its content for three of its most popular titles, as follows:

Evening Herald: 1950-1999; colour pdf 2005-17
Belfast Newsletter: 1900-1938; colour pdf 2013-17
Donegal Democrat: 1919-1998; colour pdf 2016-17

To mark the upload of these extra editions, the archive is offering a 25% discount from its monthly and annual subscriptions.

To take advantage of the discount, sign up for a new subscription and use the promotion code New001.

The Irish Newspaper Archive has a handy map of the island where you can check the publications available, county by county.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Latest updates to Registry of Deeds Index Project

The Registry of Deeds Index Project database has been updated and now boasts 243,717 index entries taken from 27,306 memorials of deeds. They are free to search.

In addition, there are now 39,476 townland index entries and 16,740 grantor index entries.

Founder and co-ordinator of the index project Nick Reddan FIGRS advises that he has updated his guide to townland films and it now includes a facillity to search by county.

The Registry of Deeds Index Project is free to search. It is a crowd-sourced project, managed by researchers for researchers, and is always looking for more volunteers to help make more of the Registry of Deeds archive accessible to Irish genealogists.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

How to preserve Belfast City Cemetery's heritage?

Belfast City Council is seeking views on how best to preserve the heritage of City Cemetery.

The burial ground is the final resting place for many of Belfast’s key historical figures including Sir Edward Harland, Thomas Gallaher, William Pirrie, Daniel Joseph Jaffe, Sam Thompson, Rinty Monaghan and Margaret Byers, and could soon be protected and made more accessible thanks to funding raised by the Heritage Lottery Fund's Parks for People grant programme.

The project, which is currently in the development phase, will enable the council to restore key heritage assets, develop a community and education centre, improve visitor amenities, increase understanding of the site’s heritage, uncover hidden assets such as the ‘underground wall’ and even enhance City Cemetery’s biodiversity.

A series of public consultation events are going to be held this week. The feedback gathered will help develop the second stage of the application process.

Tuesday 27 June : Cultúrlann, 11am-1pm
Tuesday 27 June: Whiterock Library, 2pm-4pm
Wednesday 28 June: Kennedy Centre, 10am-4pm
Wednesday 28 June: Belfast Met Whiterock Road, 12:30pm-2pm
Thursday 29 June: Whiterock Community Centre, 12noon-2pm
Thursday 29 June: Whiterock Leisure Centre, 2pm-5pm
Friday 30 June: City Cemetery, 2pm-4pm

One of the oldest public cemeteries in Belfast, and the city’s first municipal burial ground when it opened in 1869, the City Cemetery is also the site of the Jewish burial ground, the poor ground and the mortuary chapel wall.

As well as housing many fine examples of Victorian, Edwardian and Gothic revival architecture, the City Cemetery provides an important insight into the history of Belfast. Approximately 225,153 people have been buried in the graveyard, including politicians, businessmen, inventors, industrialists, paupers and prostitutes.

For those not able to attend the consultation sessions, an online survey can be completed. The deadline is Monday, 17 July.

Discounts on FindMyPast's World/Premium collection

Following on from the very popular long weekend of free access to FindMyPast's Irish and British collections, which has now ended, FindMyPast has two special offers on their subscriptions.

The first is a 10% discount on the annual World/Premium sub. This subscription obviously includes not only the huge Irish and British collections (including the England and Wales 1939 Register), but also the substantial and growing US & Canada and Australia & New Zealand collections. In total, the World/Premium collection holds 8 billion records.

To take advantage of the discount, check out the terms and conditions via one of the following links and sign-up for the World/Premium sub before 23.59 BST on Sunday 2 July.


FindMyPast.co.uk
10% off 12-month World subscription. Normal price £156. After discount £140.36.



FindMyPast.com
10% off 12-month Premium subscription. Normal price US$239.52. After discount US$215.55



FindMyPast.com.au
10% off 12-month World subscription. Normal price AUS$239.52. After discount AUS$215.55




The second offer is for a £1/$1 one-month World/Premium sub. This package gives you access to 8 billion records from Ireland, UK (but not the 1939 Register), USA & Canada, and Australia & New Zealand.

To take advantage of the discount, check out the terms and conditions via one of the following links and sign-up for the World/Premium sub before 23.59 BST on Sunday 2 July. Do note that at the end of the first month, your subscription will continue on a monthly basis at the regular rate; if you don't want the subscription to continue, you need to uncheck the auto-renew option on the 'Your Account' page.

FindMyPast.co.uk
£1 for the first month's World subscription (that's a 92% discount!).



FindMyPast.com
£1 for the first month's Premium subscription (that's a 95% discount!).



FindMyPast.com.au
£1 for the first month's World's subscription (that's a 95% discount!).


Please note, FindMyPast Ireland is not taking part in either of these promotions but this doesn't mean the Irish collection is excluded. Just to be clear: FindMyPast's entire Irish collection is automatically included in the World/Premium collection no matter which FindMyPast territory you purchase from.


Monday, 26 June 2017

New FamilySearch civil reg collection holds enhanced detail

A limited rendition of Ireland's civil bmd index has joined Family Search over the weekend. It's the Ireland Civil Registration 1845-1913 collection and it holds births 1864-1913, marriages 1845-1870, and deaths 1864-1870.

Its record count is 389,073 indexed items – way short of the 7.4million civil events registered during the stated years. It also has 30,389 images available to browse for those viewing at LDS Family History Centers (FHCs).

On checking the collection on my desktop pc this morning, I wasn't sure it offered non-FHC researchers anything other than an always welcome additional (partial) index of the civil registration records. However, on closer examination, it does.

While we await the upload of GRO's pre-1882 marriage and pre-1891 death register images to IrishGenealogy.ie, this collection is worth checking out, especially for pre-1870 marriages. It holds 32,997 marriage records for this period (irishgenealogy.ie has 790,000+) and they provide more information than we're accustomed to from an index. Here's an example: the 1851 marriage of James Adair.

On IrishGenealogy.ie, a search for this marriage would give you this result:


A search on FamilySearch's Ireland Civil Registration Indexes 1845-1958 would provide the same information, while searches on Ancestry and FindMyPast would provide the probable or possible name(s) of the spouse.

On FamilySearch's new index, however, this is the result you'd receive:


Not only is the spouse's name confirmed, but the names of James' father and the bride's father are also given. Usually you won't get that level of detail without sight of the marriage certificate.

Since the wait for IrishGenealogy.ie to add the missing images seems to be going on and on (despite assurances at the turn of the year that they would be uploaded 'soon'), researchers should take a dip into this index if the dates match the events they seek. It will be a fruitful and lucky dip for some, if not most.

UPDATE, 27 June: Thanks to Steven Smyrl MAGI for getting to the source of this 'new' collection. It seems these civil records have been extracted from existing mixed-source collections already available on FamilySearch: Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881, Ireland Marriages, 1619-1898, and Ireland Deaths, 1864-1870. So they're not new or enhanced records. They're what the pr/marketing bods call 'repurposed' – similar or partial product, different packaging.

Irish genealogy and history events, 25 June to 9 July

From Monday 26 June: Lisburn 1918–1923, exhibition launch. Venue: Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, Market Square, Lisburn, BT28 1AG. Monday to Saturdays, 9:30am to 5pm. Free. Details.

Monday 26 June: Remembering the 'Forgotten Irish' - Unveiling of plaque commemorating hundreds of thousands of Irish who came to London after WW2 and helped to rebuild a city and country devastated by war and conflict. Host: London Irish Centre. Venue: London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB. Official unveiling by Ambassador Dan Mulhall. 2pm to 3pm. Free. All welcome. No need to book.

Tuesday 27 June: My ancestors were sent to jail – Hurrah! with Tony Hennessey MAGI. 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 27 June: The fisherfolk of Kilrush: A study of traditional fishing methods in Kilrush, with Caroline Wilson. Host: Kilrush & District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Kilrush, Co Clare. Lecture at 8pm, following AGM.

Tuesday 27 June: Genealogical evening, with Dr Paul MacCotter. Host and venue: Franciscan Well Brewery pub, North Mall, Cork City. Introduction to Irish genealogy for beginners; family history and surname origins advice for the more advanced. 8:30pm. Free. No booking. Just turn up.

Tuesday 27 June: The Conscription Crisis, 1917-1918: anatomy of a psychological partition, with Dr Emmanuel Destenay. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Wednesday 28 June: Galway Centenary Conversations: War and Revolution Roadshow. Host: Galway County Council, NUI Galway, The Moore Institute and others. Venue: Station House, Clifden, Co Galway. 8pm. Free. Details. All welcome.

Wednesday 28 June: The opening battle of the Civil War, with Liz Gillis. Host and venue: Witness Gallery, GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. Lecture at 5.30pm. Tickets €10, and include optional self-guided of the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre at 4.45pm. Limited spaces need to be booked.

Monday 3 July
: Research Workshop: Using the National Library. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The workshop is suitable for anyone looking to embark on a research project or to enhance research skills in navigating the catalogue, accessing the various collections and interpreting the sources. 2pm. Places are limited; booking required. To reserve a place email learning@nli.ie or telephone 01 6030 259.

Tuesday 4 July: Irish emigration records – an illustrated discussion of sources for researching an ancestor's migration from Ireland, with Brian Mitchell MAGI. 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 4 July: Genealogical evening, with Dr Paul MacCotter. Host and venue: Franciscan Well Brewery pub, North Mall, Cork City. Introduction to Irish genealogy for beginners; family history and surname origins advice for the more advanced. 8:30pm. Free. No booking. Just turn up.

Wednesday 5 July: Galway Centenary Conversations: War and Revolution Roadshow. Host: Galway County Council, NUI Galway, The Moore Institute and others. Venue: Portumna Workhouse, St Brigids Rd, Portumna, Co Galway. 8pm. Free. Details. All welcome.

Saturday 8 July: Getting the most out of FamilySearch.org, with Tom Rice. Host: Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI). Venue: Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) Library, 1185 N. Concord, South St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Starts at 10:30am. Cost is $15 for IGSI members and $20 for non-members. Register.

Saturday 8 July: Landed Estates Conference: The place of the Big House in Irish history. Host and venue: Irish Workhouse Centre, St. Bridget's Road, Portumna, Co. Galway. 9:30am to 3.30pm. Details. Fully booked.

Sunday 9 July:Guided Tour of Clonoghill Cemetery, with Brian Kennedy and Jimmy Shortt. Host: Birr Historical Society. Venue: Meet at main gate to the Old Clonoghill Cemetery, Birr, Co Offaly. Free. All welcome. 3pm–4:30pm.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

PRONI workshops for local and family historians

PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast.
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has announced four two-hour workshops aimed at people who are interested in local and family history and need to improve their IT skills. Each session will start with an orientation tour of PRONI, followed by a hands-on introduction to searching resources online.

The workshops run from 11am to 1pm and will be held on the following dates:

Thursday 29 June
Thursday 20 July
Thursday 17 August
Thursday 31 August

Admission is free, but advance booking is advised. You can register via eventbrite.

Free access to FindMyPast's Irish and British records

FindMyPast is offering a long weekend of free access to its Irish and British collections. While the free access provides access to very nearly all the records in these vast databases, there are a few exceptions; the following collections are not included in the free access:
  • Irish and British newspapers and periodicals
  • UK Electoral Registers (2002-2013)
  • UK Companies House Directors (2002-2013)
  • 1939 Register.
You'll need a free registered account with FindMyPast.co.uk, FindMyPast.com or FindMyPast.com.au. (There is no free access via FindMyPast.ie.)

If you don't already have an account, you'll find it's quick and easy to set one up. Only your name and an email address are required and no financial details are requested. Just follow one of the links below, and click on the LOG IN button on the top right.

Enjoy yourselves!


FindMyPast.co.uk
Free access 9am BST, Thurs 22 June to 11:59pm BST Mon 26 June.



FindMyPast.com
Free access from 4am EDT Friday 23 June to 6:59pm EDT Monday 26 June.



FindMyPast.com.au
Free access from 6pm AEST Thursday 22 June to 8:59am AEST Tuesday 27 June.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest additions

A bit later than usual (my fault), here's the list of the records and photos added to the free Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives database in the first two weeks of this month:

http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/longford/photos/tombstones/st-emer-rc-left/images/77_maceoin_sean_alice.jpg
From St Emer's Graveyard, Ballinalee,
Co Longford. Photo courtesy of Dave Hall
and IGPArchives. Click to enlarge.
DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mount Jerome, Dublin - Part 159-166 (1200 images)

LONGFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Emer's Graveyard, Ballinalee, Left Side

MEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Mary's (Right Side) Navan (M & Mc)

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Parish Marriages 1812-1818 (Updated)
Clones Parish Baptisms, 1759-1763
Clones Parish, Marriages 1811-1816 (Updated)

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ferrybank Graveyard (R.C), Part 1 & Part 2
Waterford City, St. Otteran's - Pt 3 & Pt 4

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives -
Headstones – Ballyhack Cemetery - near River Barrow
Newspapers – Wexford Independent, Poorhouse Entries, 16 Nov 1859