Friday, 21 July 2017

Free access to Ancestry UK's military collection

Ancestry UK has opened up its UK Military Collection this weekend. It's a BIG collection of records, giving researchers access to millions of records covering more than 300 years of military service and conflict. Included are several datasets from Ireland, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, and South Africa.

Among the 100 datasets included in this free access weekend are:

UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920
UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929
UK, Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949
UK, Naval Officer and Rating Service Records, 1802-1919
Web: UK, WWII Medals Issued to Merchant Seamen, 1939-1945
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920

You can view the full list of databases included in the free weekend here.

To take advantage of this four-day free access weekend, you'll need a free registered account with Ancestry UK. If you don't already have one, you'll find it's quick and easy to set up. Start searching for your ancestor on the free access search page and provide your name and email address when prompted. Ancestry will then send you a username and password; once signed in, you'll have access to all the records.

The free access period will end at 11:59pm (BST) on Monday 24 July.

National Library updates Online Order Form

The National Library of Ireland has introduced a new and improved Online Order Form for researchers wanting to order books and other materials in advance.

The old form has been withdrawn with immediate effect, so if you've bookmarked its url, you'll need to update it to the new one, which is

All terms and conditions related to the order and use of research materials remain unchanged.

If you get stuck, Reading Room staff will be able to help you, or you can contact

Limerick Chronicle joins British Newspaper Archive

Yet another Irish title has made its way into the British Newspaper Archive (BNA) this week (three in five days!). This time, it's the turn of the Limerick Chronicle, a paper with a long history that is still being published in the City. newspaper was launched in August 1768 by John Ferrar, a prominent printer based on Quay Lane, and also the man responsible for publishing the very first trade directory outside Dublin only a year later. He edited the twice-weekly paper until 1781 when he sold his business to Andrew Watson.

The British Newspaper Archive's digital holding won't be stretching back that far but will comprise a useful online collection of digitised editions published from 1825 to 1868.

So far, editions published in 1833–1868 are available to search.

The addition of this title means there are now 148 Irish newspapers in the British Newspaper Archive, which is also available on FindMyPast.

(See yesterday's blogpost for details of a 30% discount on a one-month sub to BNA.)

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Book launch: The Civil War in Dublin - The fight for the Irish capital, 1922-1924

A new book - The Civil War in Dublin – The Fight for the Irish Capital 1922-1924 - has been published by Merrion Press, the history imprint of  Irish Academic Press. by John Dorney, historian and editor of The Irish Story website, the book reveals the complete, shocking story of Ireland's capital during and after the shelling of the Four Courts, the latter an event that will forever be lamented by Irish genealogists as it destroyed centuries of records about our ancestors.

As well as the gutting of the Four Courts, the book explores in detail the ten-month guerrilla war that followed – a ruthless and bitter cycle of execution, outrage and revenge.

In its 300 pages, The Civil War in Dublin provides an insight into how the city of Dublin operated under conditions of disorder and bloodshed and, through meticulous detail, brings the chaos of these years to life, revealing unsettling truths about the extreme actions taken by a burgeoning Irish Free State and its anti-Treaty opponents.

The book is available in hardback (€39.99) and paperback(€19.99).

To read a free adapted extract from the book on the author's website, see:
Today in Irish History, 28 June 1922, the First Day of the Irish Civil War

25% discount on subs to Irish Newspaper Archive

The Archive holds more than 6 million pages of newspaper
content from titles North and South of the Irish border
The Dublin-based Irish Newspaper Archive has added a first tranche of editions published by the Derry Journal.

This paper was first published in 1772 as the London Derry Journal and Donegal & Tyrone Advertiser, and is second only to the Belfast NewsLetter as the oldest Irish newspaper still in existence. It started out as a Conservative Protestant title but adopted the Nationalist Catholic cause from 1829. There's more about this paper's history here.

The editions now searchable in the INA database include all those published 1844–1852 and 1914–1924.

To mark the addition of this important title to the Irish Newspaper Archive, a 25% discount is available on all monthly and annual memberships taken out before 24 July. This reduces the cost of these subscriptions from (monthly) €30 to €22.50, and from (yearly) €178 to €133.50.

To take advantage of the discount, click the image or link above and use the promotion/coupon code Derry25 when prompted during the sign-up process.

BNA: another Irish newspaper addition and 30% off
Step forward the Mid-Ulster Mail as the third new Irish title to join the online British Newspaper Archive this month.

This paper, which is now owned by Johnston Press, was first published in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, in 1891 and the BNA's new holding starts from that date. The planned archive will run to 1962. Available so far are editions published in 1891-1892, 1894-1898, and 1900-1909.

This latest addition means there are now 147 Irish titles available to search in the BNA database (and FindMyPast's Irish newspaper collection), 39 of them published in Northern Ireland.

30% discount on BNA subscription British Newspaper Archive is running a discount promotion giving researchers a 30% discount on a one-month subscription. This sub provides access to 700+ British and Irish newspapers, so could be extremely useful to your family history research.

To take advantage of the offer, click the promo image to the right and sign up for the one-month sub. You'll find the discount has been applied, and the cost reduced to £9.07.

The discount will be available until Sunday 23 June, so be sure to sign up before it expires.

(The discount was originally set at 10%. It was updated during the course of the day, and the text and link above have been amended accordingly.)

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

10% discount on selected FindMyPast subscriptions

Findmypast is offering a 10% discount on three of its subscription packages. They all start today, and will run until 11:59pm GMT on Sunday 30 July.

Choose from the following (in each case, if you follow the link provided, the discount code will have been applied):

10% off 12-month Britain subscription
The 12-month Britain package provides access to more than one billion records including census records for England, Scotland and Wales; birth, marriage and death records dating from 1761; parish records dating from the 1500s; passenger records of ships leaving the UK and Ireland for Australia, Canada and the US; key military collections from the early 1600s onwards; and more than 550 titles in the British newspaper collection. The 1939 Register is also included. The discount reduces the price to £107.96.

10% off 12-month World subscription
This discounted 12-month World package is available through The subscription provides access to more than eight billion records including all those mentioned above in the Britain sub; plus Irish census, bmd records, directories, land, prison and court records and about 150 Irish newspaper titles; key US and Canada military collections, the full US federal census 1790-1940, immigration and naturalisation records, a growing collection of bmd records from every state and an extensive newspaper collection; and, from Australia and New Zealand, a collection that includes millions of immigration and naturalisation records, convict records, electoral rolls 1853-1959 and a growing collection of bmds dating from 1788 to 1985. The discount reduces the price to £140.36.

10% off 12-month Premium subscription
This 12-month Premium package is available only through As well as giving access to FindMyPast's online family tree builder, this subscription provides access to more than 8billion billion records including US immigration & travel records, US bmd records; CA births and marriages; US Newspapers; UK parish records; UK & Irish Censuses, including the 1939 Register; nearly 700 British and Irish newspaper titles; and access to FindMyPast's free collections of US census records and Irish Parish Catholic Registers. To purchase this subscription, follow the link and select the 12-month Premium subscription. The discount reduces the price to $215.55.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Irish Independent joins British Newspaper Archive

The online British Newspaper Archive has added historical editions of the Irish Independent to its database.

Initially, the available editions are those published from January to December 1905, 1907 and 1908.

In due course, the BNA intends its online holding to run from 1891 to 1911. Across this period, the publication was also known as the Irish Daily Independent and the Irish Daily Independent and Daily Nation.

The addition of this newspaper means there are now 146 titles in the BNA's Irish collection database, which is shared with FindMyPast.

Irish genealogy and heritage events, 17–30 July

Monday 17 July: Genealogy and family history advice service, 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 18 July: Tracing an Irish military ancestors: an examination of C19th and C20th records documenting the Irish in the British Army, as well as service in Republican forces during the Revolutionary period from 1913 to 1922, with Nicola Morris 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 18 July: Using sources abroad to identify your ancestors’ county of origin, with Mike Bridwell. Host: St. Louis Genealogical Society Irish Special Interest Group. Venue: St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63141, USA. 7pm–8:40pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 18 July: Genealogical evening, with Dr Paul MacCotter. Host & 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 19 July: Galway Centenary Conversations: War and Revolution Roadshow. Host: Galway County Council, NUI Galway, The Moore Institute and others. Venue: Community Centre, Gorteenacra, Athenry, Co. Galway. 8pm. Free. Details. All welcome.

Friday 21 July and Saturday 22 July: Southern Irish Loyalism in Context, an international conference. Host and venue: Maynooth University. Free. Lunch and refreshments provided. See full programme and register here.

Sunday 23 July: Wild Irish Women in History, with Marian Broderick. Part of an Irish Literary Day event. Hosts: London Irish Centre and Books Ireland. Venue: London Irish Centre, 52 Camden Square, London NW1, UK. 2pm. £7. Details and tickets.

Tuesday 25 July: Researching your Church of Ireland ancestors with Sandra Doble 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 25 July: Genealogical evening, with Dr Paul MacCotter. Host & 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 26 July: ‘Poet of the blackbirds’ — the life and death of Francis Ledwidge, a History Ireland Hedge School, with editor Tommy Graham, Michael O’Flanagan, Eunan O’Halpin, Miriam O’Flanagan, Robert Ballagh, Liam O’Meara. Venue: Richmond Barracks gymnasium, Inchicore, Dublin 8. Free. No booking required. 7pm.

Wednesday 26 July: Irish genealogy help session, with Lisa Walsh Dougherty. Host and venue: Paul O'Dwyer Library, Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, New York, USA. 11am to 2pm. Free. No booking required.

Wednesday 26 July: Genealogy for beginners, with Lisa Walsh Dougherty. Host and venue: Pember Library, 33 West Main Street, Granville, NY, USA. 6:30pm.

Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July: The Markievicz-Patridge Centenary Seminar. Host: Irish Labour History Society. Venues in Ballaghaderreen, Gurteen and Sligo. Full details.

Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July: West Cork History Festival. Venue: In the grounds of Rosebank, the former dower house of the Liss Ard estate, Russagh, Castletownshend Road, Skibbereen. Co Cork. Lectures, panel discussions, screening. Programme. Tickets required for individual events. Day and Weekend passes also available.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Latest additions to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives
Headstone to McNulty, O'Malley and Hughes,
Burrishoole Abbey Graveyard, Co. Mayo
Photo courtesy of Bernie McCafferty and IGP Archives
CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Maghera Cemetery, Kells Rd, Virginia (Updated)

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mt Jerome Cem., Pts 167-171

LIMERICK Genealogy Archives - Wills
Wills from The National Archives (Kew, London)

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Burrishoole Abbey, Part 1

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives Church Records
Clones Parish, Baptisms  1764-1767
Clones Parish Marriages 1817-1819 (E. Division)
Clones Parish Marriages 1819-1822 (W. Division)

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Patrick's (RC), Gortin (Updated)

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives
NewspapersWexford Independent - Poorhouse Entries & Deaths, 20 Feb 1867
Headstones – Duncannon, New Cemetery (RC); Duncannon, Old Cemetery (RC)- (separate files)

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Waterford City, St. Otteran's - Pt 5