Saturday, 18 February 2017

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest additions

The following files were added to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives in the first two weeks of February:

Unusual inscription font for this headstone to the
Barry/Power family of Leperstown. In Killea graveyard,
Dunmore East, County Waterford.
Photo courtesy Valerie Ackroyd and IGPArchives.
Click image for enlarged view.
CARLOW Genealogy Archives - Land
Leases For Co. Carlow - "The History And Antiquities of County Carlow"

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Killybegs (RC) Graveyard
Kilmonaster Old Graveyard

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cem., St. Mogue's Section, Pt. 2

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Killegar (CoI) Graveyard

LONGFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Granard, New (RC) Cemetery

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Old Kilmeena Graveyard  Pt 2, Westport

MONAGHAN Genealogy Archives - Church
Baptisms, Clones Parish Registers 1682-1688

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Patrick's Graveyard, Dunamanagh

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Holy Cross (RC) Graveyard, Killea

FindMyPast: 10% discount on annual Britain sub is offering a 10% discount on 12-month Britain subscriptions.

The discount is available only for the Britain sub. This doesn't include specificially Irish collections, although many of the British military record-sets are crammed with Irish men, but it will still be of interest to the many family historians whose Irish ancestors settled in England, Scotland and Wales. 

Use this link – 10% off 12-month Britain Subscription – to take up the offer; the discount code will be automatically applied.

The offer expires at 23:59 (UK) on Tuesday 21 February.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Ancestry's Irish & UK collection is free this weekend
Just some of the one billion Irish & UK records free
this weekend. Click image to scroll through full list.
Ancestry UK is offering free access to its Irish and UK collection this weekend.

It's a very broad collection consisting of about one billion records. Click the image, right, to scroll through the various collections that are free of charge for the next few days.

To take advantage of the free access weekend you'll need a registered account. If you don't already have one, it's a quick process and you don't have to provide any personal details beyond name and email. No financial details are requested.

Once you're set up with a free account, the collection of listed records will available free until 11:59pm on Monday 20 February.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Irish Historic Town Atlases released online, free, for Early Modern, Gaelic and Plantation towns
The latest release in the online Irish Historic Town Atlas (IHTA) series is for towns founded as new Plantation towns or as redeveloped Gaelic/medieval towns. These early modern, Gaelic and Plantation towns include Bandon, Belfast, LondonDerry, Longford and Ennis (the Belfast book extendsd to 1840).

The IHTA research project is run by the Royal Irish Academy and aims to examine the topographical development of a selection of Irish towns both large and small during key periods in their history.

In each volume, clues to the town's past religious life, defence and security, local and national government, industry, trade, transport, education and leisure habits are explored within the accompanying maps. Dense and accurate, these atlases reveal fascinating details about the physical environment and communities our ancestors lived in.

Included with each online atlas are:
  • The cover, general abbreviations, introduction and select bibliography
  • Word searchable essay, text maps and topographical gazetteer
  • Map 1 (Cmid-19th, 1:50,000), Map 2 (Cmid-19th, 1:2500), Map 3 (modern C20th, 1:5000), growth maps, historical compilation maps and legend sheet.
With this latest release of titles is the chapter on Early modern, Gaelic and Plantation towns from Reading the maps: a guide to the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (Dublin, 2011) to help the reader contextualise the town type, see different samples from different towns and case studies.

The library of online atlases now looks like this:

Towns of Early Modern, Gaelic & Plantation: Bandon, Belfast, LondonDerry, Longford and Ennis
Towns of Viking origin: Dublin, Limerick
Towns of Monastic Origins: Kildare, Kells, Downpatrick, Armagh and Tuam
Towns of Anglo-Norman origin: Athlone, Carlingford, Carrickfergus, Fethard, Kilkenny, Mullingar, Sligo and Trim

The IHTA volumes in this latest release are no. 3 Bandon by Patrick O'Flanagn (1988); no. 12 Belfast, part I, to 1840 by Raymond Gillespie and Stephen A. Royle (2003); no. 15 Derry~Londonderry by Avril Thomas (2005); no. 22 Longford by Sarah Gearty, Martin Morris and Fergus O'Ferrall (2010); and no. 25 Ennis by Brian Ó Dálaigh (2012).

Monday, 13 February 2017

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 13–26 Feb

Monday 13 February: Book Sale at Cork County Library HQ, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. 10am-5pm. All welcome.

Monday 13 February: 1916 What Happened Next - Compensation Claims, with Cathy Scuffil. Host: Clontarf Historical Society. Venue: Resource Centre, St. John the Baptist Church, Seafield Road. Clontarf, Dublin 3. 8pm.

Monday 13 February: Smuggled Goods and Illicit Commerce in West Cork and the Bantry area in the 17th Century, with Dr Connie Kelleher. Host: Bantry Historical Society. Venue: Christian Fellowship Church, Tower Street, Bantry, Co. Cork. All welcome. 8pm.

Monday 13 February: Old Carnmoney, with Wesley Bonar. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. 7pm. All welcome.

Monday 13 February: A History of Irish Presbyterianism & the resources of the Presbyterian Historical Society, with Valerie Adams. Host: Carryduff Historical Society. Venue: Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Hillsborough Road, Carryduff, Co Down. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 14 February: Defence Forces: Developments at the Military Archives in 2017, with Capt. Daniel Ayiotis. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland (GSI). Venue: DFEi, Cumberland St, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. A donation of €3 is requested.

Tuesday 14 February: Stories of Belfast Poor House, with Louise Cavana. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: The Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 15 February: Fairs and livestock markets, with Jimmy Walsh. Host: Carlow History and Archaeological Society. Venue: Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow. 8pm. All welcome. Free.

Wednesday 15 February: Patrick Pearse: Reality and Myth, with Dr Roisin Higgins. Host and venue: Tyneside Irish Centre, 41 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK NE1 4SG. 7:30pm - 9pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 16 February: Aquila Non Captat Museas: a voyage of discovery of the William Graves & Sons Shipping Company papers at WIT Libraries, with Kieran Cronin. Host: Dunhill History Lecture Series XI, 2017. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre, Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm. €5. Lecture is followed by Q&A and light refreshments. All welcome.

Thursday 16 February: 19th-century agrarian violence in the Slievemargy area of County Laois, with Terry Dunne. Host: Laois Heritage Society. Venue: Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co Laois. Members free; non-members €3. All welcome. 8pm.

Thursday 16 February: Ireland and the Russian revolution, 1917-23, with Conor Kostick. Part 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. Details and booking.

Friday 17 – Saturday 18 February: The Royal Munster Fusiliers and the Kerry Connection, an exhibiton. Hosts: The Royal Munster Fusiliers Association, the Great War Society, and the Cork. Venue: Tralee Library, Moyderwell, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Friday at 2pm-5:30; Saturday 10am to 5:30pm. Researchers are attending on Saturday to assist the public locate information on WW1 ancestors. Free.

Sunday 19 October: On Opposite Sides: Constance & Casimir Markievicz in 1917, with Patrick Quigley. Host and venue: Irish Polish Society, 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin. 4:30pm-6:30pm. Free. All welcome. Reserve your seat.

Monday 20 February: Genealogy information sessions, with Margaret Bonar and Elizabeth Craven. 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 20 February: Ordinary women in extraordinary times: Cork women in the revolutionary years, with Anne Twomey. Host: Muskerry Local History Society. Venue: Rugby Club, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €3. 8pm.

Monday 20 February: Fermanagh and the Boer War, WW1 and the Dublin Rising, with Seamus MacAddaidh. Host: Old Lisnaskea Past & Present. Venue: Castle Park Leisure Centre, Lishnaskea, Co Fermanagh. 8pm to 9:30pm. All welcome. £4 on the door.

Monday 20 February: On the Brink, with Brian McKay. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 21 February: Last letters home: revealing Irish-American correspondence, culture & community in American Civil War pension files, with Damian Shiels. Part of the Modern Irish History - Culture, Place and Identity seminar series. Host: University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics and Archaeology. Venue: Room G13, Old Medical School, William Robertson Wing, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, UK. 6pm. No booking required. All welcome.

Tuesday 21 February: Medieval Cloyne, with Paul MacCotter MAGI; lecture marking the 40th Anniversary of Cloyne Literary & Historical Society. Venue: St Colman's Cathedral, Cloyne, Co. Cork. 7:30pm. After lecture at Harty's Restaurant for light buffet. Lecture free. Harty's €5 charge at the door.

Tuesday 21 February: Traditional hamlets in Ireland, with Dr Barry O’Reilly. Host: Tipperary Libraries. Venue: Tipperary Studies, The Source, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Lecture starts 7:30pm. All welcome. Free. Tea, coffee and refreshments serves before lecture. Enquiries +353 (0)504 29278.

Wednesday 22 February: Francis Smyth & Sons, umbrella manufacturers, with Gregory Young. The Old Dublin Society. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive Conference Room, 138–144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 22 February: 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. Book a consultation.

23 February: The Hales brothers and the Irish Revolution, 1916-23, with Liz Gillis. Part 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 €10. Details and booking.

Thursday 23 February: 'The past is another country': the boycott at Fethard-on-sea, 1957, with Eugene Broderick. 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.

Thursday 23 February: 1798 ‘Faithful to the Last’, with John Craig Lyttle. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena Branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ 7:15pm. All welcome.

Saturday 25 February: Family history book sale. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Surplus maps as well as books of interest to family and local historians will be available at reduced prices. Venue: NIFHS Library and Research Centre, Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, BT36 7LS. 11am to 2pm. Free parking. All welcome.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Call for nautical-themed artefacts for Cork exhibition
St Peters Cork is on North Main Street, Cork.
It is open, free of charge, every day except Monday.
Good cafe and secret garden, too!
St Peters Cork, a cultural and community facility in one of Cork's oldest buildings, is planning a new exhibition exploring the maritime history of the City. It will explore the important roles that both Cork Harbour and the River Lee have played in shaping the character of the Republic of Ireland's second city.

A feature wall of the exhibition will be dedicated to the People of Cork, and the organisers are looking for help from people with connections to Cork or to its nautical history. They've put out a call for donations of items that tie in with the theme.

"Whether it’s a letter from a sailor to his sweetheart, an old map or photograph, an advertisement for one of the Merchant Princes, a menu from the Titanic or Lusitania, a telegram, a ticket or a straight-up maritime oddity … if it connects Cork and the sea we would love to hear from you."

The clock is ticking down, so please get in touch with the team if you have suitable documents or artefacts: or (021) 427 8187.

British Newspaper Archive offers 20% discount

The offer runs until 15 February
The offer runs until 15 February
The British Newspaper Archive is offering a 20% discount on an annual subscription to its database. The online archive holds a total of 727 newspapers (136 of them Irish) and regularly adds titles.

In recent weeks, as well as breaking through the 18million-pages milestone, the BNA has made a number of user-friendly improvements. These include the updating of the 'My Research' tool, which now goes under the name of 'Saved', where you can organise and save your viewed articles into bookmarked folders, resume previous searches, and download your research at your own convenience.

In addition, a new featured called 'In Pictures' means you can search for pictures in newspapers, and you can now find all the Irish titles listed on one page.

The current discount, which expires on Wednesday 15 February is for annual subscriptions only. To take advantage of the offer, go to the BNA subscription page. Make sure the reduced price is showing, and then sign up.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

FindMyPast launches Catholic Heritage Archive
FindMyPast has launched the Catholic Heritage Archive, a collection consisting mainly of baptism, marriage and burial records. The intention is to create a collection of some 100 million records from the sacramental registers of Ireland, England, Scotland and the US.

Ireland's RC registers up to 1880/81, which were added to FindMyPast last year, automatically gained a place within this new collection.

They are joined by 3million records from the Registers for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the USA and the Archdioceses of Birmingham and Westminster in England.

These will be followed in due course by records from two more American Archdioceses: New York and Baltimore.

The announcment goes on to say that many of the records are free to access ie you don't need a subscription. Trouble is, there's no explanation of which records are free and which are not. Nor can I find a list of the records or collections or parishes included in this Catholic Heritage Archive. I've searched the A-Z and got a big fat zilch. Let's hope they improve the detail going forward because this lack of clarity/transparency is becoming a real issue with FindMyPast.

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FindMyPast Australia/NZ adds transcriptions of Rathganan RC baptism and marriage registers, 1803-1890s has added transcripts of the registers of the Roman Catholic parish of Rathangan, Co Wexford, as follows:

Baptisms: 1803 – 1892
Marriages: 1803 – 1806 and 1813 – 1890

The registers have been transcribed via Wexford Genealogy and the resulting records of pre-1881 baptisms and marriages link to images, where available, on the National Library of Ireland's RC Registers collection.

It should be noted, however, that the NLI's image collection does not include post-1881 baptisms or post-1880 marriages; these new transcriptions on RootsIreland are, as far as I'm aware, the only online records of the post 1880/1 events.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

British Newspaper Archive reaches 18million pages

Seven Irish titles were added last month alone
The online British Newspaper Archive (BNA) has reached another important milestone having clocked up a new total of more than 18 million pages (18,025,021, to be precise) in its online archive. That's two million pages added in just over two months, which is a pretty impressive rate of digitisation.

There are now 721 titles in the archive; 102 of them were published in the Republic of Ireland, 34 of them in Northern Ireland. As well as being available for search and view on the dedicated BNA site via subscription, the Irish titles are included in FindMyPast's Ireland subscription.

The entire collection is accessible via FindMyPast's World subscription.