Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Book launch: Atlas of the Irish Revolution

Just like its sister title Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, Cork University Press's newly published Atlas of the Irish Revolution is a whopper! dimensions are 299x237 (12"x10" to my generation); it has 994 pages, 364 maps, more than 700 illustrations and 20 tables; and weighs in at a hefty 5kg.

It is also huge in scholarship. Edited by John Crowley, Donal O Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Borgonovo, the Atlas of the Irish Revolution brings together existing and ongoing new research into the revolutionary era in a broad ranging and inclusive manner. It includes contributions from leading scholars across a range of disciplines and explores the period from many diverse viewpoints and places it in its international context.

Beautifully presented and produced, this book makes the history it tells accessible to all.

Read Professor Diarmaid Ferriter's review in the Irish Times for more information.

The book is available from Kenny's, Amazon, Cork University Press, Easons and other good booksellers. Typical price €59.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Up to 40% off Irish Newspaper Archives subscriptions

The Dublin-based Irish Newspaper Archives has had a website refresh and a re-brand. Gotta love the green!

To celebrate the new look, which is better in tune with the company's Irish origins and the heritage of the newspapers in its database, the family-run firm is offering a couple of discounts on its subscription packages, as follows:

1 Month subscription:
30% discount – coupon code Web30

12-month subscription:
40% discount – coupon code Web40

Subscriptions can be purchased in Euros, US$ and GP£.

In addition to the new appearance and presentation, detailed information about the origins (founders, circulation, political/religious orientation) of each newspaper is being added to the site. It's not yet there for every title, but it will be steadily added as this project progresses.

See the full list of titles in the Irish Newspaper Archives.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Church records digitised for onsite research at PRONI

Partial page from St Colman's Derry 1642 registers
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has digitised the registers from fifteen Church of Ireland and Methodists churches. Approximately 150 volumes have been digitised. The earliest dates from 1642 to 1703 and records the baptisms, marriages and burials performed at St Colman's, Derry Cathedral.

These digitised records are not online via the PRONI site. Previously, some of these registers were available on microfilm in the Search Room. Access to the digital copies will be a huge improvement for visiting researchers who until now, have had to scan worn and sometimes damaged film.

This development comes as a result of an ongoing project to digitise church records that are still in the custody of local churches. The digitisation is undertaken in-house by PRONI’s experienced reprographics technicians but the project is only possible because of the co-operation of churches who agree to deposit their records with the Archive on a temporary basis and agree to make them publically available in a controlled manner.

Noted below are the churches for which digitised records are now available to view onsite at PRONI.

Church of Ireland
St Columb’s Cathedral (CR1/113), Londonderry
Derryloran parish (CR1/114), Co. Tyrone
St. Anne’s Cathedral (CR1/115), Belfast
Drumcree parish (CR1/116), Co. Armagh
St. Andrew’s parish (CR1/117), Hope Street
St Mary Magdalene parish (CR1/118), Donegall Pass, Belfast
Dromore Catherdral (CR1/119), Dromore, Co. Down
St. Luke’s (CR1/120), Mullaghglass, Co. Armagh
St. George’s parish (CR1/121), High Street, Belfast
St Patrick’s parish (CR1/122), Ballymacarret, Belfast, Co. Down


Ballymacarett Methodist Church/Newtownards Road Methodist Church/East Belfast Mission (CR6/18), Belfast
Hyde Park Methodist Church (CR6/19), Mallusk, Co. Antrim
Ligoniel Methodist Church (CR6/20), Belfast
Frederick Street Methodist Church (CR6/21), Belfast
Salem Methodist New Connexion Church (CR6/22), York Street, Belfast

Launch event: To mark the successful digitisation of these church records, and to highlight the church records held by PRONI, a formal launch has been organised for next Friday, 22 September. Both Dr Susan Hood, Librarian and Archivist at the Representative Church Body, Dublin and Rev Robin Roddie, Archivist at the Methodist Historical Society will both speak at the event. It's a free event, to be held 12:30pm to 1:30pm, at PRONI in Belfast's Titanic Boulevard, and you need to register.

Irish genealogy & history events, 18-30 September

Monday 18 September: 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 building. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operating as normal. Details.

Monday 18 September: Landed Estate Papers, with Gillian Hunt. 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.

Monday 18 September: Genealogy and family history advice, 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.

Tuesday 19 September: Charles Doyle, an 1870s Irish Victorian cad, bounder, conman and convict, with Dr Michael Kennedy. 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 19 September: Irish Genealogy Hour – hands-on research in the computer classroom, with different topic each week. Host and venue: Billings Public Library, 510 North 28th Street, Billings, Montana, USA. Free. All welcome. Noon to 1pm. For more information, T: (406) 657-8258.

Tuesday 19 September: The Stone Corridor: Cork City's Ogham Collection, with Dr Nora White. Signs and Symbols in Urban Cork lecture series. Host: City Library, Grand Parade, Cork City. 7pm. Free. All welcome. No booking required.

Wednesday 20 September: The early story of brewing in Cork: history and archaeology, with Caen Harris. Talk will be followed by a short guided tour. Host: Department of Archaeology, UCC. Venue: Cork City Library, Grand Parade, Cork City. No booking required. Free. All welcome. 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

Wednesday 20 September: Magheralin in pictures old & new, with Aaron McCormick. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh Branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 8TD. Free. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Thursday 21 September: Prison records (mid_C19th to late C20th) at PRONI, with Graham Jackson. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Part of the 'PRONI’s archives unlocked' Thursday lunchtime public talks. 1pm. Free. Need to book as spaces are limited. Details and registration.

Thursday 21 September: Art of Remembrance: The Irish Famine and the 1916 Rising, with Richard Kearney and Sheila Gallagher. Host: Boston College Center for Irish Programs. Venue: Boston College, Connolly House, 300 Hammond Street, 300 Hammond St, Chestnut Hill, Boston, MA, USA. Free, but need to register. All welcome. 5:30-7:30pm.

Thursday 21 September: Suffer little children – Life in the workhouse during the Great Famine, with Dr Gerard Moran. Host: Uld Tuam Society. Venue: Tuam Library, High Street, Tuam, Co Galway. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Friday 22 September: Culture Night. An annual extravaganza that sees cultural institutions and venues opening their doors and gates for an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture. Extensive programme of free special events, tours, exhibitions, entertainment... Programme.

Friday 22 September: Launch of digitised church records at PRONI. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Dr Susan Hood, Librarian and Archivist at the Representative Church Body, Dublin and Rev Robin Roddie, Archivist of the Methodist Historical Society will speak at the free event. All welcome. Booking advised. 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Light refreshments included.

Saturday 23 September: 19th-century Irish genealogy research: What's available and how to find it, a level II – Intermediate workshop with Miles Davenport. Host and Venue: Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library (Norton Room), 1106 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. 10:20am to 1pm. Costs: Library/ICC members $15; non-members $20. Need to register by 16 September. Details.

Saturday 23 September: The Great Irish Famine, an afternoon of lectures. Host: Tipperary Heritage Office and Tipperary Studies. Venue: Tipperary Studies, The Source, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Lecturers include Dr Martin Mansergh, Dr Ciarán Reilly, and Dr Thomas Mc Grath. 2pm–5pm. Details.

Saturday 23 September: Names, Townlands and Emigration, with Brian Mitchell MAGI and Seoirse Ó Dochartaigh. An afternoon of talks, plus refreshments and musical interval. Host and venue: Monreagh Ulster Scots Heritage Centre, Carrigans, Co Donegal. All welcome. 2pm -5pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 25 September to Friday 29 September: Return to the Causeway: A journey into the past, a week-long conference. Host: Causeway Coast and Glens Branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: Atlantic Hotel, Portrush, Co Antrim. Details. Day tickets available.

Monday 25 September: 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.

Tuesday 26 September: Sir Charles Coote, Earl of ellamont (1738-1800), politician, soldier and philanderer, with John Coleman. Host and venue: Cootehill Library, Bridge Street, Drumaveil North, Cootehill, Co Cavan. 7pm. Free but booking required by phone to 049 5559873.

Tuesday 26 September: Irish Genealogy Hour – hands-on research in the computer classroom, with different topic each week. Host and venue: Billings Public Library, 510 North 28th Street, Billings, Montana, USA. Free. All welcome. Noon to 1pm. For more information, T: (406) 657-8258.

Tuesday 26 September: The Penal Times: The Catholic Church in Eighteenth-Century Ireland, with Professor Ian McBride. Host: Boston College. Venue: Devlin Hall, Room 101, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Boston, MA 02467, USA. 5:00-7:00 pm. Free, but need to register in advance.

Tuesday 26 September: The grand old man of the Australian Parliament: The Hon. John Meagher (1836-1920), MLC, KCSG, with Paul O'Brien. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. All welcome. Members free/non-members €5.

Wednesday 27 September: Open Irish genealogy session, with Lisa Dougherty. Host and venue: Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, New York, USA. Free. 11am to 2pm. No need to book.

Thursday 28 September: Irish genealogy: Resources and research methods. Host and Venue: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classrooms, New York State Library, 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave), New York, NY, USA. Noon to 1:30pm. Basic computer skills and some research experience required. Free. No need to book.

Thursday 28 September: A Forgotten Irish Cultural Moment: The 1899 Ballinrobe Controversy, with Professor Brian Ó Conchubhair. The 2017 Dalsimer Lecture. Host: Center for Irish Programs. Venue: Devlin Hall, Room 101, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Boston, MA 02467, USA. 5pm to 7:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 28 September: Sport in the Archives, with Andrew Toland. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Part of the 'PRONI’s archives unlocked' Thursday lunchtime public talks. 1pm. Free. Need to book as spaces are limited. Details and registration.

Friday 29 September: The Reading Room of the National Archives of Ireland, in Bishop Street, Dublin 8, will be closed until 2pm.

Friday 29 September to 14 October: Dublin Festival of History, organised by Dublin City Council. Full programme online at Free admission to all events.

Friday 29 September: Waterford district lunatic asylum, 1834-1922, with Tony Gyves. Host: Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: St Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick Street, Waterford City. 8pm. Members free / Non-members €5. All welcome.

Saturday 30 September: The National Famine Commemoration 2017 will take place at the Famine Warhouse 1848, Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary. Details to follow.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Ireland Genealogy Project Archives: mid-Sept. update

Below, please find a summary of the files added to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives in the first two weeks of September. All the files and photos were submitted by volunteers and are free to access.

Newtowncashel, Longford
CORK Genealogy Archives - Wills
Wills from National Archives - Kew England

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Land
Rent Rolls from the Manor of Ballyshannon 1689-1774 (Assorted dates)

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Nessan's Part 11
Inchicore, Golden Bridge Cemetery, A-C, Pt. 1

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church
Marriages from Springfield Methodist Circuit 1879-1928

KILDARE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilshanroe Cemetery, Enfield

KILKENNY Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Freshford, St. Lachtain's - Old

LONGFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Newtownforbes New Cemetery RC
Newtowncashel RC Graveyard (Additional)

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church
Clones Parish Registers, Burials 1817-1818 (W. Division)

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Rock of Cashel (Additional)

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Urney Cemetery, Part 1 (A-G)

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Newspapers
Work House Admissions & Deaths, 7 Nov 1866 & 20 Apr 1859

Friday, 15 September 2017

Seminar to explore C18-20th life in Henrietta St, Dublin

A Henrietta Street tenement house
A seminar – Henrietta Street and Hentown - from Georgian buildings to tenement – will take place at King's Inns, Dublin 1 on Wednesday 11 October (9:30am to 5pm).

The hosts are Dublin City Council and the Tenement Museum Dublin, and the seminar is an opportunity to present some of the historical research generated as part of the development of the Museum, which opened this summer at no 14 Henrietta Street.

The research sets out to answer some key questions that this unique street prompts. It examines the architecture of the 15 individual houses and explores the street's first residents who moved into them back in the mid-18th century, It also explores the reasons these houses became home to more than 800 people by 1911; what tenement life was like during the mid-20th century; and what happened to the tenants after they left the street.

Tickets need to be booked for this free event, which is part of the Dublin Festival of History programme.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

From cream crackers to the 1916 Rising: an exhibition

A new exhibition – From cream crackers to the 1916 Rising – has been opened by Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Mícheál Mac Donncha, at Dublin City Library & Archive in Pearse Street.

It explores the history of the Jacob's biscuit factory and its impact on Ireland and on the lives of many thousands of workers throughout the 20th century.

Dublin City Library holds 330 boxes of archival material from W&R Jacob and Company, representing more than 150 years of biscuit making in the capital, and including items such as biscuit labels and packaging, advertisements, employee welfare booklets and other business and marketing ephemera.

In a series of illustrated panels and displays, the exhibition tells the story of the factory, its workers, the products it produced and its role in Irish life.

Thousands of Dubliners have an ancestral connection to Jacob’s, while generations of families across the island and abroad have enjoyed their selection of products.

The free exhibition has been developed by Dublin City Archives and funded by Dublin City Council Decade of Commemorations programme. It will run until 28 October.

Free Guided tours are available at 10:30am and 11:30am on Tuesdays for the duration, and a talk – From Bishop Street to Buenos Aires: Jacob’s Biscuit Factory, Dublin – will be presented by curator Wendy Williams at 1:10pm on Thursday 5 October (all welcome, no booking required).

Conservation opportunities at the National Archives

The National Archives of Ireland has issued a Request for Tenders (RFT) for a Project Conservator to work on 19th-century maps from the Valuation Office.

Image from @NARIreland on Twitter
The successful applicant will work on the Valuation Office OL 11 Map Conservation Project, which started in 2013. The project collection contains approximately 11,000 Ordnance Survey six-inch survey maps dating from the mid-1830s to 1874. These printed maps have been overlaid with data by the Valuation Office in their work of valuing to create the original cadastral maps of Ireland. So far, nearly 5,200 maps have been conserved.

Carried out under the supervision of the Head of Conservation, the project conservator will undertake a range of conservation activities including
  • Surface cleaning
  • Consolidation techniques
  • Identification of inks and pigments
  • Humidification and flattening of large items
The RFT deadline is Friday 22 September (noon). More details at eTenders.

In addition, the National Archives is offering an Internship in Paper Conservation (pdf 142kb) for a recent conservation graduate. The internship will be carried out under the supervision of the Head of Conservation and the project conservator.

FindMyPast updates site's BMD subcategories

Across its territories, FindMyPast has made a couple of small but significant website updates.

The Birth, Marriage and Death (BMD) categories have been split between civil and parish record types ie civil deaths and burials; parish baptisms etc. See the partial screenshot, right, to view the nine record types now available in the Life Events/Birth, Marriage, Death category on

In addition, multiple subcategories can now be selected within the search form.

In making these changes, the database provider says it is responding to subscribers' requests and to allow researchers to control the number of results they see in each search.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Military specialist database Fold3 offers $30 discount

Fold3, Ancestry's dedicated military records sister site is offering a $30 discount on new 12-month subscriptions purchased before the end of the month.
Offer ends 30 September
The site holds more than 487million records, many of them in military collections you won't find elsewhere online. Most come from the US and UK National Archives, and contain not only images of original military documents but also stories, photos and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military.

Among the gems awaiting researchers with Irish-born ancestors are the US Civil War Service records and Widows Pensions collection; World War II draft cards, photos and records; and the British Army WW1 Service Records, War Diaries and ROyal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner records.

In addition to Military records, the site provides access to city directories, newspapers, naturalisation records, and the 1860–1930 US Censuses.

The current offer reduces the annual subscription from US$79.95 to US$49.95 and is available only to new Fold3 subscribers (ie not to renewing subscribers). It will end on 30 September at 11:59pm MDT.