Thursday, 20 November 2014

TIGS transcribes NY burial records with place of origin

A unique and valuable new resource has resulted from a project managed by Troy Irish Genealogy Society (TIGS): transcriptions of 12,731 records from the recently rediscovered interment book for St John's Cemetery in Albany, NY.

Just under one third (3,895) of the records relate to Irish-born individuals and, remarkably, all but 500 entries identify the county from which they originate.

This collection, which contains records from 1841 to the late 1880s, could throw open the research doors to many Americans descended from Irish immigrants who fled the famine.

Here's a breakdown of the Irish identified in the interment records with their home county in Ireland:

Antrim
10
Kerry
76
Queens
114
Armagh
35
Kildare
38
Roscommon
159
Carlow
80
Kilkenny
195
Sligo
47
Cavan
307
Kings
114
Tipperary
458
Clare
62
Leitrim
28
Tyrone
91
Cork
376
Limerick
160
Waterford
83
Derry
22
Londonderry
5
Westmeath
138
Donegal
28
Longford
143
Wexford
131
Down
39
Louth
93
Wicklow
43
Dublin
52
Mayo
36
Ireland-No
County 500
Fermangh
30
Meath
116
Galway
39
Monaghan
47
TOTAL
IRISH 3,895

The records, along with further details of the cemetery and how the book was rediscovered, are freely searchable on the Troy Irish Genealogy Society website. Take a look, too, at their other transcription projects, while you're at it.

Hearty congratulations to the Society and its members for making these priceless records available.

(Thanks to the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI) for letting me know about this brand-new collection.)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

RootsIreland adds more North Tipperary records

Baptism and marriage records for the Roman Catholic parish of Loughmore-Castleiney have been added to the RootsIreland.ie database.

This parish's baptims registers range from 1798-1899, while the marriage register spans 1798-1897. There are no gaps across the timeline.

The records were computerised by the North Tipperary Genealogy Centre, The Governor's House, Kickham Street, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

Ireland's 1st military history title – Reveille – launches

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A new magazine launches today to commemorate Ireland's military past.

Reveille magazine is a 64-page quarterly publication that intends to tell the story through the eyes of Ireland’s military veterans, Ireland’s military heritage, and living historians dedicated to preserving Ireland’s military past.

Each issue will showcase Ireland’s military heritage sites such as battlefields where Ireland’s men and women fought and died and museums where Ireland’s military story is preserved as far back as the Iron Age. Bringing alive Ireland’s military heritage are the various branches of the serving military and preservation groups who together magnificently restore and bring back to life the aircraft, weapons and vehicles that Ireland’s soldiers used or came up against over the centuries.

In the run up to today's launch, Reveille's team has been publishing samples of the first issue's articles. These can be found on the magazine's facebook page. Take a look. With a neat presentation, they seem to convey a lot of useful information that will help family historians to understand more of their ancestors' lives in the armed forces.

The official launch will be announced today at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin, at Noon, by Brigadier General Paul Pakenham (Retd) of the Military Heritage Ireland Trust Ltd.

Initially the magazine will be available only by subscription (to subscribe, click image) but it may become available via newsagents and booksellers in the future.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Irish News Archive cuts prices and adds Irish Examiner

http://www.irishnewspaperarchives.comThe Irish Newspaper Archive (INA) has, as expected (see last month's blogpost), dramatically reduced its monthly and annual subscription fees. It has also uploaded all editions of the Irish Examiner (previously the Cork Examiner) from 1841 to 1949.

The new subscription costs are confirmed as:

One Day : €10 (no change)
One Month : €30 (down from €60)
One Year : €178 (down from €350)

Weekly- and 48-hour-access options have been discontinued.

A subscription allows unlimited access to all the publications held in the database. You can see the full list of titles here. No doubt the Irish Examiner will be added to the list shortly.

The launch of 108 years' worth of Irish Examiner editions marks the completion of Stage One of the project to digitise the newspaper's entire archive. Stage Two will see the editions published since 1950 brought online and, on a rolling basis, all editions to be published in the future.



FIBIS to host day workshop on British in India

The Families in British India Society (FIBIS) is to host a day-long workshop investigating the long period of British involvement in India on Saturday 6 December.

It is estimated that by the early 19th century almost half the soldiers in the East India Company Army were from Ireland, so Indian research is clearly a very relevant area of research for Irish genealogists.

The day will include a visit to the photographic exhibition "People of India" accompanied by its creator, Jason Scott Tilley, as well as a lecture and workshops covering topics of general interest and hints on progressing your own research. Participants can enjoy swapping stories over coffee and lunch, and take advantage of time to “ask the expert” to help solve their Indian research queries.

Lunch is not included but there's a cafe at the venue and you might like to join other delegates at an optional meal at an Indian restaurant in the evening.

Although the workshop is free, booking through the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum is essential.

Venue: Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP.
Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm.

More PRONI lecture recordings available via YouTube

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has added recordings of some of its recent lectures to its YouTube channel.

This latest upload includes videos of a workshop and two series of talks:

Irish Language and Culture – These four talks explore Irish language and culture, including shared traditions, identities and heritage. They were presented in collaboration with Foras na Gaeilge,

The Road to War – Hosted by PRONI in conjunction with National Museums Northern Ireland, this joint lecture series explores the impact and legacy of WW1 in Ireland and marked the anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict.

By Air, Sea and Land: Transport & Mobility Through the Archives – This workshop brought practitioners and volunteers together to encourage dialogue and learning about business archives, and to enhance understanding of current and future events and initiatives.

All PRONI's videos can be accessed via this menu of recordings and themes. As you can see from the list, PRONI's YouTube channel is growing into a substantial and very useful collection of recorded lectures.

More new Irish titles join BNA database

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As promised by the British Newspaper Archive, yet more new titles have been added to the database's quickly growing Irish collection. With the number of editions available in brackets, the newest titles are:
  • Catholic Telegraph – 1862 (34)
  • Clonmel Herald – 1830 (101)
  • Drogheda Conservative Journal – 1837–46 (445)
  • Dublin Packet & Correspondent – 1850 (144)
  • Dublin Weekly Register – 1839 (50)
  • Roscommon Messanger – May–Dec 1848 (31)
  • Tipperary Free Press – (202)
  • Waterford Mail – 1834, 1838, 1841 (1223)
In addition, many extra editions have been uploaded for some of the titles already available online. The collection of Newry Examiner and Louth Advertiser has grown to nearly three times its previous size with 1,440 editions now searchable, while the Northern Whig has more than doubled to 5,059 editions. The Limerick Reporter holding has jumped from 617 editions to 1,107 and the Limerick Evening Post from just 17 to 452.

Smaller-sized top-ups have joined the collections for the Belfast Mercantile Register & Weekly Advertiser, the Galway Vindicator & Connaught Advertiser, and the Irish Racing Book.

The entire collection is now available to subscribers of British Newspaper Archive and to those with a World or Ireland package from FindMyPast.