Thursday, 21 August 2014

New book: Resting in Larne's Green Land

Members of Larne Family History Society (part of the North of Ireland Family History Society) have compiled a new publication that will be of interest to those with ancestral connections to this area of County Antrim.

The book, Resting in Larne's Green Land, contains details of gravestone inscriptions and interments from 1904 to 2012 in the Old Section of Greenland Cemetery, Larne. It is a comprehensive 320-page book which has the names set out in alphabetical order. It also includes a plan of the cemetery and a series of photos of some of the more interesting gravestones.

It will be for sale shortly via the North of Ireland Family History Society's website at a cost of £15.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

FindMyPast releases C19th Australian passenger lists

FindMyPast have added two new collections that could be of interest to those with Irish roots. They are:
The Inward collection comprises some 2.1million records. Those up to 1871 include separate lists for 'Assisted' passengers or migrants travelling on a sponsorship scheme. 'Unassisted' travellers were those who had paid their own fare or were privately sponsored.

The information included varies but most include name, age, nationality, native place (sometimes place of origin, sometimes last residence), date and port of arrival, ship name, and departure port.

The Outward collection includes 1.7million records and holds similar detail as the Inward records.

These two record sets are now part of FindMyPast's Australian & New Zealand collection, and also join the World Collection.

Tonight: WW1 through the sources at PRONI

Two archivists – Dr Ann McVeigh and Ian Montgomery – from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland will be at Carrickfergus Museum and Civic Centre this evening, delving into PRONI's unique archive of photographs and documents.

The presentations, which will incorporate film footage as well as photographs, will appeal not only to those interested in family history research, but for all those who have an interest in WW1. Dr Ann McVeigh's talk will look at the active role played by women during the First World War, at home in the munitions factories and abroad, in diverse roles from nurses to lorry drivers.

Refreshments will be served, so the Museum needs to know if you intend to come. Please call 028 9335 8049 or email

Monday 25 August: bank holiday in Northern Ireland

It's a bank holiday in Northern Ireland this coming Monday, 25 August.

All departments of the General Register Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI) and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) will be closed on that day, reopening at their standard time on Tuesday 26 August.

The Linen Hall Library will be open for normal hours on Saturday 23 August, closed Monday 25 August, reopening Tuesday 26 August.

Similarly, all Northern Ireland public lending libraries will open on Saturday, as usual, close on Monday 26 August and reopen on Tuesday 26 August.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Ancestors from Kilnaughtin/Tarbert, Co Kerry?

If you have ancestors from the north County Kerry town of Tarbert, you'll be keen to obtain a copy of 200 years of change, a 254-page book newly published by Tarbert Historical & Heritage Society.

The book commemorates two centuries of Kilnaughtin Parish Church (St Brendan's, Church of Ireland) and includes a full list of baptisms from 1793 to 1914 as well as other details that will be of much interest to those with local connections, whatever their ancestors' religion.

You can find out more on Kay Cabell's blog, My Kerry Ancestors, which reproduces part of a note from Dr Declan Downey explaining shy many non-Protestants can be found within the registers, and provides details of where/how the book may be purchased.

(Many thanks to Kay for letting me know about the book's launch.)

The Northern Whig joins British Newspaper Archive

I've just spotted that The Northern Whig has joined the line-up of titles now available online at British Newspaper Archive.So far, some 930-odd issues are available, covering January 1868 to December 1870.
The Liberal Protestant newspaper was founded in 1824 in Belfast, changed its name to the Northern Whig and Belfast Post in June 1919 and ceased publication in 1963.

This seems a good opportunity to remind you that the British Newspaper Archive is offering a month's full access to its database for just £1. You need to sign up by 24 August. See the full details in last week's blogpost.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: mid-Aug update

Beautiful Irish lettering cut into headstone at Inagh.
Image courtesy Michael O'Loughlin
In the first two weeks of August, Ireland Genealogy Projects (IGP-web) have uploaded the following files to their free-to-access Archives:

CLARE Genealogy Archives
Headstones – Inagh Graveyard (partial)

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives
Church Records – Dispensation requests, St Eunan's Letterkenny, 1854

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives
Headstones – Deansgrange Cem., St. Brigids Section, pt 8, Dublin

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives
Headstones – Castle Archdale; St. Patrick's (CoI) (partial)

LAOIS/QUEENS Genealogy Archives
Military & Constabulary – Irish Constabulary - 1849

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives
Military & Constabulary  – Irish Constabulary - 1849
Headstones – Drumshanbo (R.C.) Cemetery (partial)

OFFALY (KINGS) Genealogy Archives
Military & Constabulary  – Irish Constabulary - 1849

ROSCOMMON Genealogy Archives
Headstones – Dysart Graveyard near Ballyforan (partial)
Military & Constabulary  – Irish Constabulary - 1849

SLIGO Genealogy Archives
Headstones  – Ballymote; Church Of The Immaculate Conception (partial)

TYRONE Genealogy Archives
Headstones – Kilskeery Parish Church (CoI) *updated
Aughnagar, St Patrick’s RC Chapel, Kileeshil Parish (partial)

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives
Headstones – Newcastle Roll of Honour 1914-1918