Friday, 2 October 2015

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest updates

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives (IGP-web) have added the following files and photos during the last two weeks of September:

ARMAGH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Patrick's Cathedral (R.C.) Part 1 & Part 2

CLARE Genealogy Archives - Church
Asst. Baptisms (R.C.) 1814-1877) and Asst. Marriages (R.C) 1817-1871

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Grangegorman Military Cem. WWI (updated)
Mt. Jerome Cem. - Parts 111-114

GALWAY Genealogy Archives - Miscellaneous
Meeting of Catholic Inhabitants of Galway - 1792

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Corrawallen, St. Columba's (CoI)

MEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Finians (R.C) Cem., Navan

Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Mary's CoI Crossmolina (updated)

ROSCOMMON Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Assylinn New Cemetery, Upper Side, Pt 3

SLIGO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilmacshalgan Old Graveyard adds Limerick stories and a new text search
The National Folklore Collection's free website,, has had a couple of important updates.

Firstly, it has added manuscripts written by pupils at schools in County Limerick.

Part of the Schools Collection, the new material comprises stories collected from 145 Limerick schools under a project run across the 26 counties of the Irish Free State in 1937–39. The pupils collected stories – topics included folk legends, weather lore, local history, proverbs, pastimes, trades and crafts – from their local communities, and recorded the names of their informants, often grandparents or older members of their family or neighbours.

The digitisation project now has stories online from 11 counties: Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kerry, Leitrim, Limerick, Mayo, Sligo, Tipperary, and Waterford.

The team are currently working on adding County Kilkenny's collection.

A second update has seen the introduction of a 'text search' facility. This allows you to search for stories including a particular name or word. So, if you want to find out about hens, mermaids, thatch, St Patrick... the text search will return a list of stories, including many that have been transcribed from Gaeilge.

NAI catalogue: more Post-Truce Compensation files

The National Archives of Ireland (NAI) has added more Post-Truce (Damage to Property (Compensation) Act 1923) files to its online catalogue, as follows:

  • County Kilkenny (FIN/COMP/2/10) – 380 files
  • County Laois (FIN/COMP/2/12) – 369 files
  • County Meath (FIN/COMP/2/17) – 272 files
  • County Tipperary (FIN/COMP/2/22) – 1,264 files
  • County Westmeath (FIN/COMP/2/24) – 354 files

The files deal with claims for compensation for loss of or damage to property that occurred as a result of military action between July 1921 and March 1923, under the Damage to Property (Compensation) Act, 1923.

They record the claimant's name and address and a brief explanation of the incident that led to the loss of their property, which is also briefly described.

While unlikely to help your research in a genealogical sense, these files can add to your understanding of your family's experiences, and those of their neighbours, in the early 1920s.

This collection consists of about 20,000 files and listing work has been made possible through specific funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Seven counties from this collection remain uncatalogued: Cavan, Dublin (Dublin City is already catalogued), Kildare, Offaly, Galway, Wexford and Waterford, and work will continue to add them to the catalogue in due course.

PRONI workshops aimed at beginner family historians Northern Ireland's Get Online Week (Go On NI), the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) will be offering free practical workshops to help people learn some IT skills, get a hands-on introduction to searching archives on the internet, and enjoy a guided tour of PRONI's research areas. The sessions are aimed primarily at those wanting to explore their family history.

Each workshop will last for 2 hours, beginning at 10.00am and 1.30pm on Monday 12 October , Tuesday 13 October , Wednesday 14 October and Friday 16 October.

Places are limited, so you need to book by email to or by telephone 02890823239 to secure a place.

PRONI is a 10-15 minute walk from Titanic Quarter Railway Station and can be reached via Metro 26 from Belfast City Centre.

Migration records free at Ancestry this weekend
Ancestry is having another free weekend!

This time it's aimed at Migration Records, so you get free access to collections such as passenger records, naturalisation records, border crossing records, crew lists, settler and convict lists etc. See the full list of featured collections here.

Free access will run from now until 11:59pm (Dublin/London time) on Monday 4 October.

You'll need to be registered with Ancestry to gain the free access. If you're not already registered, follow the link and do submit your name and email address.

Ancestry will then send you a user-name and password. Full terms and conditions are on the site.

Sad ending for ex-slave George Ellis Bernard Freeman

The story told in the RCB Library's Archive of the Month (see yesterday's blogpost) about the young African boy rescued from slavery and baptised in Ireland seems to have touched many researchers.

One of them, 'Dave H', responded to RCBL's request for additional information about George Ellis Bernard Freeman and, having carried out some research, sent his findings to Irish Genealogy News. I've passed them on to the Archivist at RCBL.

Sadly, George's life was all too short. Within only a few months of his baptism in 1855, he died in England and was buried in an unmarked grave in Clifton churchyard, Bristol. This was recorded as a 'Brief Memoir of George Ellis Bernard Freeman' in a book published in 1857 called The Church Missionary Juvenile Instructor (pgs 231-3). You can read the memoir free of charge on Google Books.

Many thanks to Dave H.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

More baptism transcriptions online for Kilmaley, Clare

Transcriptions of Roman Catholic baptism records for Kilmaley Parish in County Clare now extend from 1828 to 1869 on County Clare Library's Local Studies website. The latest additions span 1865 to 1869 (484 records) and were donated by John Mayer.

All are free to view.