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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: December update

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives (IGP-web) has added the files below to its free online database. This will probably be the final upload of 2017.

http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/cavan/photos/tombstones/tullyhaw/target8.html
Phillips/Donohoe family headstone in
St. Patrick's Graveyard, Corran, Co Cavan.
Photo courtesy David Hall and IGPArchives.
CAVAN Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Bellasis Presbyterian Church Graveyard, Drumgora
St. Bartholomew's (CoI) Graveyard, Billis Parish
St. Patrick's Church Graveyard, Corran
St. Brides Church Graveyard (CoI), Mount Nugent

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Mt Jerome, Dublin - Part 182-183

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives
Church Records
Galloon Register, Baptisms 1860-1873 (PDF)
Galoon Register, Baptism Index 1860-1873
Headstones
Lisbellaw Parish Church (CoI) Graveyard

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Farnaught Cemetery (Corrected)

MAYO Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Toomore Cemetery

SLIGO Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Sligo Cemetery, New Pt, Section A3 (Surnames H-L)

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives – Newspapers
Workhouse Entries - Assorted

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Johns Hill Cemetery, Waterford City (Completed)

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

20% off Ancestry DNA tests in Ireland & UK for Xmas

The Christmas Sale has started at Ancestry with DNA testing kits attracting a 20% discount from Ancestry UK and Ancestry IE. Shipping is extra.

In both cases, the offer will end at 11.59pm GMT on Christmas Eve, Sunday 23 December.

To take advantage of the Christmas Sale discount, just follow the flags below, as appropriate for place of residency:


http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-5737308-10819001?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ancestry.co.uk%2Fireland
Ancestry IE: DNA tests €76. Regular price €95.

http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-5737308-13174986

Ancestry UK: DNA tests £63. Regular price £71.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Free access to FMP's British & Irish Roots collection

https://search.findmypast.ie/search-world-Records/british-and-irish-roots-collection
FindMyPast has created a new British and Irish Roots collection which allows researchers to search a wide variety of records spanning more than 400 years of migration between the British Isles and North America, all in one place.

It holds some 98 million records.

Please note that this is not a brand-new resource. Instead, it is a specifically packaged collection that draws from a wide range of FindMyPast's existing records and gathers together those that list origin or place of birth in Ireland or Britain.

Millions of passenger lists, census records, naturalization applications and draft registrations, as well as birth, marriage, and death records spanning more than 400 years (1573 to 1990) of migration between the geographical British Isles and North America can now be explored in one unified search, enabling North American family historians to trace the migration of ancestors from the Old World to the New through one simple search.

Assuming the record survives, reasearchers should be able to find records of
  • Anyone leaving the UK or Ireland and emigrating to the US, Canada or the Caribbean
  • Anyone emigrating from Canada or the Caribbean to the US (this covers the large number of British and Irish immigrants who stopped temporarily in Canada and/or the Caribbean)
  • Anyone listed on any US or Canadian record with British or Irish origins, birthplace or parents
For example, if a US Military record mentions that a soldier was born in Wales, or if a US census return states that a household member was born in Athlone, Ireland, those records will be searchable through British and Irish Roots.

To launch the new resource, FindMyPast is opening up the British & Irish Roots collection with free access. This period of free access has not been defined, so free access may be removed at any time.


Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2018 Belfast programme

With the publication of the Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2018 Belfast programme, it seems the countdown to Back To Our Past Belfast (Friday and Saturday 16–17 February 2018) has begun.

The Titanic Centre is to be the venue for the first Back To Our Past and the first Genetic Genealogy Ireland (GGI) conference outside Dublin. While we may have to wait to discover details of any traditional genealogy and local history lectures being held as part of the Back To Our Past exhibition and fair, GGI2018 Belfast is already organised. As always, the presentations will be delivered by well-known and highly-respected genetic genealogists, and the topics cover the full gambit from absolute beginner level to the academic and expert level.

You'll find the full lecture programme and speaker bios on the GGI website.

Irish News Archives: New editions and a 25% discount

https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/subscribe
The Dublin-based Irish Newspaper Archives has added some new, mostly relatively recent, content to its online holding for three of its newspaper titles (see below).

To mark this upload there's a 25% discount on offer for researchers taking out either a monthly or annual subscription to the full database.

With the discount, the cost of the Monthly sub (regular price £$€29.00)  is reduced to £$€21.75.
With the discount, the cost of the Yearly sub (regular price £$€149) is reduced to £$€111.75.

To take advantage of the discount, see the website's subscription page and use the coupon code New002. The saving will be applied at the checkout. This discount will expire on 17 December.

Now, about the new uploads... Editions from the dates shown have been added to the database for each of the following newspapers:

Belfast Newsletter : 1939–1949
The Drogheda Independent : 1884–1891 and 1905
The Dundalk Democrat : 2000–2001

Unique study delivers first genetic map of the people of Ireland

A unique research project, led by the Genealogical Society of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), has created the first genetic map of the people of Ireland. The findings have been published in a paper – The Irish DNA Atlas; Revealing Fine-Scale Population Structure and History within Ireland – in the journal Scientific Reports.

Click to visit RSCI for larger image and more details
The landmark study provides the first fine-scale genetic map of the island of Ireland, revealing patterns of genetic similarity, so far in ten distinct clusters, roughly aligned with the ancient Provinces as well as with major historical events including the invasions of the Norse Vikings and the Ulster Plantations.

Population geneticists and genealogists collected DNA samples from 196 Irish people, each of whom had four generations of ancestry originating from a common geographical area of the island ie all four grandparents were born within around 30km of one another.

Analyses of the DNA, and comparison with thousands of further samples from Britain and Europe, have revealed geographic clusters within Ireland: so far seven of ‘Gaelic’ Irish ancestry, and three of shared British-Irish ancestry.

These findings add to the knowledge base required to improve the diagnosis of diseases where genes play a strong role, particularly for populations of Irish ancestry.

For more information, see the RCSI's press release, or go straight to the paper published in Scientific Report.

Irish genealogy and history events, 11-31 December

Monday 11 to Friday 15 December: Preservation Week at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Belfast. Document ordering and production is suspended throughout the week to facilitate essential preservation work. Researchers will still have access to church records and search services via the Search Room.

Monday 11 December: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, incl. Genealogy Advisory Service, operating as normal. Details.

Tuesday 12 December: The Skull's Tale, with René Gapert. Host: More Tales of Medieval Dublin lecture series. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. 1:05–1:55pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 12 December: Research Centre of the North of Ireland Family History Society closed. Normal Tuesday afternoon openings (2–8pm) will resume on 9 January 2018. Newtownabbey, Co Antrim. Details.

Thursday 14 December: Public tour of WWIreland Exhibition, Exploring the Irish Experience at home and abroad. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, 2/3 Kildare Street (next door to main building), Dublin 2. Free. 2pm. No booking required.

Thursday 14 December: Follow your family through their chain migration, with Kevin Cassidy. Host: Greater Omaha Genealogical Society – Irish Interest Group. Venue: LDS Omaha Stake Center, 14680 California Street, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, in the classrooms located on the west end of the building. 7pm. Free, but advance registration required by email to Rita Henry (rhenry416@cox.net).

Thursday 14 December: The Goodbodys and Perrys of Obelisk Park, Stillorgan, with Rob Goodbody. Host: Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society. Venue: Glenalbyn Sports Club, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Admission €3 for non-members. All welcome.

Monday 18 December: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service operating as normal. Details.

Monday 18 December: 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 19 December: Michael Doheny of Fethard, Tipperary's first Fenian, with Dr Willie Nolan. Host: Tipperary People & Places Lecture Series. Venue: Tipperary Studies, The Source, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7:30pm. Admission free. Tea served. All welcome. More details studies@tipperarycoco.ie.

Tuesday 19 December: Research Centre of the North of Ireland Family History Society closed. Normal Tuesday afternoon openings (2–8pm) will resume on 9 January 2018. Newtownabbey, Co Antrim. Details.

Tuesday 19 December: It’s the way we say it! with Kathleen Morrison, and Christmas Party. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: C S Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. From 7:30pm. For details, email belfast@nifhs.org.

This page will be updated with any additional events I hear of, and with a link to a blogpost (yet to be published) summarising Christmas closures at the major repositories.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

RCB Library: Half-days and closures in December

The Representative Church Body Library has advised that it will close at 1pm on the next two Fridays: 8 December and 15 December.

It will also close at 1pm the following Friday, 22 December, marking the start of the Library's festive break, and will remain closed until Tuesday 2 January 2018, when the doors will open at the normal time of 9:30am.

Winter issue of Irish Roots magazine published

The Winter edition of Irish Roots magazine has been published. In addition to its strong news coverage, which includes the latest happenings from Ireland's family history societies and a What's New? Review from yours truly setting out all recent record releases, this edition has a strikingly strong mix of features. Whether you're a beginner, or a more experienced researcher, I'm sure you'd find plenty to learn and enjoy.

For details of all the feature stories and other sections of the magazine, including those aimed at US and Australian researchers, you should visit the Irish Roots website  (there's a free sample ready to download!), but below is a brief taster of a few of the articles.

http://www.irishrootsmedia.com/shop-product//Issue-104--Winter-2017/174From Laois to Kerry tells the story of the seven septs of Laois – the Moores, Kellys, Dowlings, Lawlors, Dorans, Deevys or Dees and McEvoys – who were forced to leave their lands in Laois and to relocate en masse to County Kerry in the 16th century. Substantial numbers of their descendants still reside in or around the North Kerry parishes to which their distant ancesters were transplanted.

This issue's county research feature looks at tracing your ancestors in Cavan, and explains the different groups of records most family historians with Cavan connections will encounter in their search.

In a real-life case study combining traditional genealogy research methods with DNA testing, a family mystery is finally unravelled to explain the disappearance of the researcher's great grandfather's brother.

An indepth explanation of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sets out the genealogical value of this test, which, though limited, can be a useful tool in certain circumstances. This type of DNA is passed from a mother to her children. Their daughters pass it on to their offspring, but their sons do not, so mtDNA tests follow the maternal line only.

A perfectly seasonal feature, Christmas in the Irish Cottage focuses on the mid-19th century to mid-20th century and looks at decorations and preparations for the festive holidays, and then explores the traditions associated with the principal days: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, St Stephens, New Year and Little Christmas.

Irish Roots is available in both print and digital format, and copies can purchased on subscription or as on-off buys. With Christmas in mind, be sure to check out the publisher's Gift Pack and Gift Subscription options.

Shane Wilson adds more useful tools and content

Telephone Subscribers of Ireland 1900-1901
Genealogist Shane Wilson, whose website swilson.info contains a cornacopia of research tools and widgets, maps and location aids, and many searchable databases (including the widely used Townlands and Directories databases, has added some more useful tools and data in the last few weeks.

He's updated his Census Image Browse tool, which allows you to move through the 1901 and 1911 census returns as if using microfilm, and in the process find the returns of incorrectly identified townlands. He's also created a new BMD Browse Tool to allow you to move easily through GRO register books when searching for civil registrations via IrishGenealogy.ie. (The links I've given you here link to Shane's respective blogposts and a clear explanation of how to use each tool properly.)

Another recent addition is a scanned booklet of Telephone Subscribers of Ireland 1900-1901. It covers Dublin City and several towns in Leinster (Drogheda, Dundalk, Naas, Mullingar, Wicklow, New Ross, Wexford, Enniscorthy, Kilkenny); plus Belfast, Newry, Strabane and Londonderry in Ulster; and Cork, Limerick, Tralee, Galway, Clonmel, Waterford, Sligo and Clonmel in the south and west of the island.

Everything on Shane's site is free to use, access and view. If it isn't there already, be sure to include it in your Bookmarks or Favourites folder.



Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Chris Paton reports from PRONI Stakeholder meeting

PRONI, Belfast
Genealogist Chris Paton attended the quarterly stakeholder meeting at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in Belfast last Friday.

You can read his report on his GENES blog. It includes details of current Cataloguing, an update on PRONI's recent digitisation of church records project, plans to commemorate the People's Representation Act 1918 and to update PRONI's Acquisitions Policy, and the development of a new strategic vision document.

Irish Historic Towns Atlas: new Dublin suburbs series

The Royal Irish Academy, publisher of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA), has announced that it is producing a Dublin suburbs series of atlases in collaboration with Dublin City Council. The first five suburbs to be completed in this scheme will be Clontarf by Colm Lennon, Rathmines by Seamus Ó Maitiú, Drumcondra by Ruth McManus, Inchicore/Kilmainham by Frank Cullen and Ringsend/Sandymount by Jacinta Prunty.

https://www.ria.ie/news/publications-membership-irish-historic-towns-atlas/new-atlas-publication-clontarf-colm-lennon
The first of the new series, Clontarf, by Colm
Lennon, will be published this month.
This series will be published in a new format but will complement the atlas series, enabling them to be compared to other towns atlases already published.

In the 152-page Clontarf atlas, which will be launched this evening, there are numerous historic and modern maps, illustrations and photographs as well as an accompanying essay and individual histories of topographic sites in Clontarf from earliest times up to c1970.

Clontarf has, of course, long been associated with the famous battle between the High King of Ireland, Brian Boru and the King of Leinster, Máel Móra mac Murchada in 1014. It had a considerable history before that battle due to its proximity to Dublin City, and in more recent centuries, developed into a prosperous suburb with grand villas and wide streets.

You can find out more about the Clontarf atlas, view a video from the author, and order a copy of the book (€30 / £28 / $40) at www.ria.ie. The publication will also be on sale in local bookshops.

ISBN: 978-1-908997-72-2

Ancestry delivers package of 16 Canadian collections

Christmas has arrived early for family historians in Canada as Ancestry uploads a bumper package of 16 Canadian collections holding more than two million records.

They join more than 25 record sets added to the CA database in January.

Here's the list of new collections. Click the links to visit the landing page and find out the details of each collection:

Alberta
Alberta, Canada, Births Index, 1870-1896    (6,667 records)
Alberta, Canada, Marriages Index,1898-1942  (384,033 records)
Alberta, Canada, Deaths Index, 1870-1966   (567,480 records)

New Brunswick
New Brunswick, Canada, Births and Late Registrations, 1810-1906   (475,211 records)
New Brunswick, Canada, Marriages, 1789-1950  (1,335,265 records)
New Brunswick, Canada, Deaths, 1888-1938 (377,372 records}

Newfoundland
Newfoundland, Canada, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1757-1901    (539,158 records)
Newfoundland, Canada, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1850-1949   (667,480 records)
Newfoundland, Church Records, 1793-1899 (232,261 records)
Newfoundland, Canada, Census, 1921    (218,865 records)
Newfoundland, Canada, Census, 1935 (296,231 records)
Newfoundland, Canada, Census, 1945   (328,362 records)

Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia, Canada, Antigonish Catholic Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1823-1905  (273,570 records)

Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island, Canada, Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, 1780-1983 ( 320,239 records)
Prince Edward Island, Canada, Marriage Registers, 1832-1888   (40,524 records)
Prince Edward Island, Canada, Death Card Index, 1810-1913 (16,686 records)

Online petition calls for early release of 1926 Census

The Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO), has launched an online petition calling on the Government of Ireland to honour the commitment given in the 2011 Programme for Government to release the 1926 Census of Ireland.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/16dUup8vmREcRa5bLWn_UpLS9fNqcidEf/view?usp=sharing
Sample of 1926 Census: click to view larger image
The date has two historical associations for Ireland. It was on 6 December 1921 that the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed and exactly one year later the Irish Free State was established.

Ireland has a sad history with regard to the preservation of census returns. After a series of administrative blunders and the subsequent fire in the Public Records Office during the Civil War in 1922, only fragments of the 19th-century census returns now survive.

The period between 1911 and 1926 was one of great change in Ireland: the Great War, Easter Rising, War of Independence, Partition and then the Civil War. All this upheaval led to significant internal migration and overseas emigration.

There is clear precedent for early release of Irish census returns; both the 1901 and 1911 census returns were released in 1961 – only 50 years after the 1911 returns had been compiled. In addition, in 2015 the UK National Archives successfully released the 1939 National Register for England and Wales after only 77 years had elapsed, but safeguarding the personal data of those still living by redaction.

The 1926 census returns are currently stored in the National Archives in Dublin, but will require cataloguing and conservation work before they can be digitised in preparation for making them available online. Given that this work will take time, CIGO is calling on the Government to commit to releasing the 1926 census in 2022, as part of the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the State. This could be done by supporting the recently published Seanad ‘1926 Census’ private members bill, with any lingering questions about confidentiality being easily addressed by redaction.

Speaking at the launch of the petition, CIGO Chairman Colm Cochrane said: “We hope with the launch of an online petition calling for the release of the 1926 Census that genealogists and historians will rally to the call; that they will not only support it, but share it, too, on social media, and lobby politicians.”

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, is the Minister with responsibility for the Central Statistics Office, which oversees the census. He can be contacted on leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie

Josepha Madigan, TD, is the newly-appointed Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, with responsibility for the National Archives. She can be contacted on josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie

Monday, 4 December 2017

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest update

No matter the cold snap in Ireland, Thanksgiving, Black Friday or any of the other usual and seasonal distractions, the volunteers of Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives just keep slogging away transcribing records and photographing headstones and uploading them for the benefit of other family historians. Below are the files added in the last two weeks of November:

http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/roscommon/photos/tombstones/bumlin/target14.html
Healy family history stone in Bumlin Cemetery,
Strokestown, Co Roscommon.
Photo courtesy Dave Hall and IGPArchives.
CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ballyjamesduff CoI Graveyard

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Raymoghy CoI Graveyard, Manorcunningham;
Stranorlar CoI Graveyard, Pt 1 (Updated)

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St Anne's, Pt 8;
Golden Bridge Cemetery, Part 3 (H-L)

MONAGHAN/FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives Church Records
Clones Registers, Marriages 1826-1829

ROSCOMMON GenealogyArchives- Headstones
Bumlin Cemetery, Strokestown

SLIGO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Sligo Cemetery - New Part, Section A (Surnames D-G)

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Johns Hill, Waterford City (Pts 2 & 3)

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Newspapers
Workhouse Entries for 17 Apr 1861, 31 Dec 1862 & 9 Apr 1862

Irish genealogy and history events, 4-17 December

Monday 4 December to Friday 8 December: National Archives of Ireland's Reading Room closed to the public during the annual Media Preview week which allows journalists and broadcasters to preview government archives due for release in early 2018. Details. Reading Room will reopen on Monday 11 December.

Monday 4 December: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are facilitating extensive redevelopment of the premises. Other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service operating as normal. Details.

Monday 4 December: The Meltin' Pot Dive – a personal story of the discovery of the B17 Flying Fortress in the Foyle, with Danny Keenan. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. All welcome. Free. 7pm.

Monday 4 December: Christmas Night – Historical superstitions, with Hugh Burns. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim BT40 1DZ. All welcome. 7:30pm. Free.

Monday 4 December: Wrecks on the Northern Coast – a history and personal story of diving on these wrecks, with Danny Keenan. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. All welcome. Free.

Tuesday 5 December: A bridge across time? The historian and oral history in Ireland, with Dr Maura Cronin. Host: Oral History Network Ireland. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. Free, but booking required. Details.

Wednesday 6 December: How to draw a family tree without using up four rolls of wallpaper, with Tony Hennessy MAGI. Host and venue: Medieval Museum in Waterford's Viking Triangle, The Mall, Waterford City. All welcome. 1:15pm to 2pm. €5 admission on the door. No booking required.

Wednesday 6 December: Using Early-Modern records - a workshop. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 10:30am to 1pm.  Free. Need to register.

Wednesday 6 December: Fr Michael Crotty and the Birr Schism, with Brian Kennedy. Host: Birr Historical Society. Venue: County Arms Hotel, Birr, Co Offaly. 8pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 6 December: Unlocking PRONI's prison records, with Graham Jackson. Host: PRONI. Venue: Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB. Free. 1pm. All welcome. Booking recommended. Details.

Thursday 7 December: Flights of Fancy, Offaly follies and their demesnes, with Rachel McKenna. Lecture and book launch. Host and venue: Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Details. 8pm–10pm. All welcome. Members €2 non members €5.

Saturday 9 December: The Life and times of the Archdales, with Peter Archdale. Host: NIFHS Tyrone Branch. Venue: Seminar Room, First Floor, Omagh Library, Dublin Road, Omagh, BT78 1HL. 10am to noon. All welcome.

Sunday 10 December: How to get ready to search Irish records, with Kevin Cassidy. Host: Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society. Venue: Walt Branch Library, 6701 S 14th St, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, 2pm–4pm. All welcome.

Monday 11 to Friday 15 December: Preservation Week at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Document ordering and production will be suspended throughout this week to facilitate essential preservation work. Researchers will still have access to church records and search services via the Search Room.

Monday 11 December: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service operating as normal. Details.

Tuesday 12 December: The Skull's Tale, with René Gapert. Host: More Tales of Medieval Dublin lecture series. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. 1:05–1:55pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 14 December: Public tour of WWIreland Exhibition, Exploring the Irish Experience at home and abroad. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, 2/3 Kildare Street (next door to main building), Dublin 2. Free. 2pm. No booking required.

Thursday 14 December: Follow your family through their chain migration, with Kevin Cassidy. Host: Greater Omaha Genealogical Society – Irish Interest Group. Venue: LDS Omaha Stake Center, 14680 California Street, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, in the classrooms located on the west end of the building. 7pm. Free, but advance registration required by email to Rita Henry (rhenry416@cox.net).

Thursday 14 December: The Goodbodys and Perrys of Obelisk Park, Stillorgan, with Rob Goodbody. Host: Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society. Venue: Glenalbyn Sports Club, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Admission €3 for non-members. All welcome.


Friday, 1 December 2017

December discounts and deals from Ancestry DNA

No sooner are the Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers done and dusted than along come the December deals, with all eyes firmly set on Christmas gifts and 'essentials'.

Ancestry DNA has laid out its December deals with discounts available for residents of North America, the UK and Ireland. (I have no idea if there is an offer for family historians in Australia and New Zealand because I can't circumvent Ancestry's irritating geo-locator to reach the antipodean site.)

The discounts on offer vary according to location, as below. Click the relevant flag:

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/ireland http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-5737308-10819001?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ancestry.co.uk%2Fireland
Ancestry DNA testing kits are discounted from €95 to €85 for residents of Ireland. Price excludes shipping costs. Offer ends 11:59pm GMT on 16 December.


http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-5737308-13164178Ancestry DNA testing kits are discounted for UK residents from £79 to £71. Price excludes shipping costs. Offer ends 11:59 GMT on 16 December.


http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-5737308-13162513Canadian residents can order Ancestry DNA kits for the discount price of CAD$99, excluding shipping costs. Offer will expire on 24 December at 9pm ET.


http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-5737308-13158684
For USA residents, Ancestry DNA kits are reduced from $99 to $69, excluding taxes & shipping. The offer will expire on 14 December.

Smithfield's Street Stories Festival, 1-3 December

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Pw_K8Y0tNC7y3qpb3fGHCPcyFWpDxPwY/view?usp=sharing
Click for larger image
The Street Stories Festival 2017, organised by the Stoneybatter & Smithfield People's History Project, gets underway this evening at 7:30pm at the Capuchin Day Centre, Bow Street, Dublin 7. Liz Gillis will give a talk on Kathleen Clarke: Guardian of the Flame. She will also launch the Project's latest publication: The The Women of 1916: They Didn't Go Away, and a map of revolutionary Stoneybatter and Smithfield. Details.

Four talks will be presented tomorrow afternoon (Noon–5pm) at The Cobblestone bar on Smithfield Square (click image for topic titles, speakers and times), and the evening fundraising event – Dublin in the Rare Auld Rhymes – features a great line-up of musicians, singers and story-tellers. Details.

On Sunday, at the civilised hour of 2pm, there's a walking tour of Revolutionary Smithfield and Stoneybatter with Alan MacSimon and Terry Crosbie; meet at 2pm outside the Cobblestone bar.


Thursday, 30 November 2017

PRONI: Changes to hours and services in December

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) will see a number of changes to its regular hours and services in December.

Preservation Week, 11–15 December
Document ordering and production will be suspended throughout this week to facilitate essential preservation work. Researchers will still have access to church records and search services via the Search Room.

No late night Thursday from 14 December 2017 to 4 January 2018
Exactly as described. This year's last late-night Thursday will be on 7 December, when doors will close at 8:45pm. On December 14, 21, 28 and January 4, the doors will close at 4:45, the same as all other days. The late-night opening resumes on 11 January 2018.

Christmas/New Year closures
PRONI will be closed on 25-27 December inclusive, open normal hours on 28-29 December, and closed on 1-2 January. Open 3-5 January from 9am to 4:45pm, and returning to normal hours from Monday 8 January.


National Archives: Reading Room closures in December

The Reading Room of the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) will be closed to the public during the annual Media Preview of government department archives which are to be opened in the New Year.

Only journalist and broadcasters will be admitted.

The NAI's free Genealogy Advisory Service will not operate during the closure. It will resume on Monday 11 December.

Later in the month, the NAI will break with recent tradition by not opening between Christmas and New Year. Instead, the offices will be closed right across the festive season, from 12:30pm on Friday 22 December 2017 until it re-opens at 9:15am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Book launch: The Wreck of the Annie Jane

http://www.acairbooks.com/categories/non-fiction-titles/all-non-fiction/the-wreck-of-the-annie-jane.aspx
The Wreck of the Annie Jane, by Allan F Murray, has been published by Acair. The 232-page paperback tells the story of the ship Annie Jane, which set sail from Liverpool in late 1853 heading for Quebec with 450 people on board, most of them Irish emigrants fleeing poverty. They didn't make it. The ship was wrecked in a storm and driven onto the rocks of Vatersay, a small island in the Outer Hebrides. Some 350 passengers and crew lost their lives.

Regular readers of Irish Genealogy News may remember a 2015 blogpost in which Allan asked for family history research assistance to explore the lives and extended families of those who died and survived.

This new book is the product of his research, which included the discovery of two surviving eye-witness accounts of the tragedy, and records for posterity the names of those who perished and survived one of the worst shipwrecks off these islands.

It is on sale for £12.95 via Acair and Amazon.

ISBN: 9780861524129

From the Medieval to the Modern: new exhibition and workshop at PRONI

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland will launch a new exhibition today. Developed in conjunction with Libraries NI, From the Medieval to the Modern: Reformation, Transformation and Continuity marks the 500th anniversary of Reformation.

This exhibition comprises archives and fine books, dating from the medieval period through to the late 19th century. It centres on the documents themselves, each offering their own distinct perspectives, enabling exploration of the reformation period and its legacy.

The exhibition will be on display at PRONI (2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast) until 15 December and will then tour libraries across Northern Ireland. Follow PRONI's facebook page to be kept up to date on the location of the exhibition in the months ahead.

Today's launch will be held at 1pm to 2pm and everyone is welcome to attend.

You may also be interested in a workshop - Using early modern records - to be held at PRONI on Wednesday 6 December (10:30am to 1:00pm). It will introduce the essential skills needed to use early modern records and participants will have the opportunity to handle original documents and receive advice on interpreting the handwriting used and uncovering who authorised their creation. There will also be a demonstration on using a digital archive relating to State Papers (1509-1714), which is available at PRONI. Advance registration is necessary.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

FindMyPast UK introduces new subscription packages

FindMyPast UK (not its other 'territories') has announced new subscription packages for renewals and new subs.

For the last few years researchers have had to make a choice firstly between the World package or the Local package, and secondly on the length of the subscription: either one-month or annual.

The monthly or annual options remain, but the big change is the offer of three packages, as you can see below (click the image for a better view).

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t92KqfEbsH04629QU3_YZMLsmHpHDYIC/view?usp=sharing
Click to view full details and to compare each package

The new subscription options are:

Starter package
For beginners, the Starter package offers the simplicity of starting with essential census and BMD (birth, marriages and death) records, and includes Findmypast’s family tree hinting system. All new subscribers will receive a free Getting Started guide.
Monthly/annual prices: £8.95/£72.

Plus package
Designed for those wanting to take their research to the next level, the Plus package sees the 1939 Register available in a monthly subscription for the first time. Beyond the 1939 Register, all parish, military, education, institutions and social history records as well as all electoral registers, directories, and travel and migration records are included. ALL Irish records except Irish newspapers will also be accessible.
Monthly/annual prices: £12.95/£120.

Pro package
The Pro package contains everything the serious or professional genealogist needs, with access to the largest online collection of British & Irish newspapers and all of Findmypast’s global record sets and advanced resources such as PERSI. Pro subscribers will also receive priority customer support, exclusive Webinars and advanced education aimed at experienced genealogists.
Monthly/annual prices: £15.95/£156.

This latest move means that two of FindMyPast's 'territories' – UK and USA – now have their own subscription models. Whether FindMyPast Ireland and Australia/NewZealand will design bespoke models remains to be seen. Note: the new subs are available only to to UK-based researchers.

UPDATE: Findmypast say that existing subscribers will not automatically be moved to any of these new packages.  As subs come up for renewal, researchers will have the opportunity to take up one of the new options, but if they would prefer to keep the type of access they already have, they will be able to do so.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Irish genealogy and history events, 27 Nov - 10 Dec

Monday 27 November: NLI Reading Room & Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures to facilitate redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, incl. Genealogy Advisory Service operating as normal. Details.

Tuesday 28 November: Belfast in the Twentieth Century, decade by decade, an illustrated talk with Norman Weatherall. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: C. S. Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. Free. All welcome. 7:30pm.

Tuesday 28 November: Using newspaper libraries for genealogical purposes. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Causeway Branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine, Co Derry. Free. All welcome. 8pm.

Wednesday 29 November: Land records - Walk in your ancestor's footsteps, with Tony Hennessy MAGI. Host and venue: Medieval Museum in Waterford's Viking Triangle, The Mall, Waterford City. All welcome. 1:15pm to 2pm. €5 admission on the door. No booking required.

Wednesday 29 November: Pierhead to Pierhead: Killaloe to Liverpool in the Age of Steam, with Brian J. Goggin. Host: Killaloe Ballina Local History Society. Venue: Killaloe Public Library, The Lock House, Killaloe, Co. Clare. 7 pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 30 November: Researching Court Records, with Wesley Geddis. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena Branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co Antrim. BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 30 November: The origins of Presbyterianism in the Walled City and Foyle Valley, with Dr William Roulston. Host: Friends of the Derry Walls. Venue: First Derry Presbyterian Church, 6 Upper Magazine St, Londonderry BT48 6HY. All welcome. 7-10pm. Need to register.

Saturday 2 December: Irish Study Group meeting. Host and venue: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116, USA. 9:30am–12pm. Non-members are welcome, and attendees are invited to stay and use the library resources afterwards. No registration necessary.

Monday 4 December to Friday 8 December: National Archives of Ireland's Reading Room closed to the public during the annual Media Preview week which allows journalists and broadcasters to preview government archives due for release in early 2018. Details. Reading Room will reopen on Monday 11 December.

Monday 4 December: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service operating as normal. Details.

Monday 4 December: The Meltin' Pot Dive – a personal story of the discovery of the B17 Flying Fortress in the Foyle, with Danny Keenan. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. All welcome. Free. 7pm.

Monday 4 December: Christmas Night – Historical superstitions, with Hugh Burns. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim BT40 1DZ. All welcome. 7:30pm. Free.

Wednesday 6 December: How to draw a family tree without using up four rolls of wallpaper, with Tony Hennessy MAGI. Host and venue: Medieval Museum in Waterford's Viking Triangle, The Mall, Waterford City. All welcome. 1:15pm to 2pm. €5 admission on the door. No booking required.

Wednesday 6 December:  Using Early-Modern records - a workshop. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 10:30am to 1pm.  Free. Need to register.

Thursday 7 December: Flights of Fancy, Offaly follies and their demesnes, with Rachel McKenna. Lecture and book launch. Host and venue: Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Details. 8pm–10pm. All welcome. Members €2 non members €5.

Saturday 9 December: The Life and times of the Archdales, with Peter Archdale. Host: NIFHS Tyrone Branch. Venue: Seminar Room, First Floor, Omagh Library, Dublin Road, Omagh, BT78 1HL. 10am to noon. All welcome.

Sunday 10 December: How to get ready to search Irish records, with Kevin Cassidy. Host: Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society. Venue: Walt Branch Library, 6701 S 14th St, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, 2pm–4pm. All welcome.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Half price book offers from Family Tree Magazine - including my own Irish Genealogy Guide

https://www.familytreemagazine.com/store/
It's that time of year when genealogists should be keeping their beady eyes open for the best special offers, discounts and deals on subscriptions, dna tests, books and all manner of products that we need and covet to facilitate and enjoy our hobby or profession.

So I feel duty bound to tell you that my book The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Ireland, which was published at the end of May, is on special offer (half price, no less) along with a number of other best sellers from the publishers of the USA's Family Tree Magazine.

To see the full selection of books and products on special offer, click the image above.

Alternatively, if you just want to buy the Irish Genealogy Guide (the 50% reduction brings the price down to just $13.50 plus shipping ($4.95 for USA), you can find out more on its dedicated sales page, or in the blogpost I published just after the book's launch.

For reviews, see Amazon.com.


50% discounts on Ancestry.com subscriptions, plus AncestryDNA test kits at cheapest price this year: $59

Ancestry.com has set out its Black Friday / Cyber Monday stall with some BIG discounts on both its membership subscriptions and Ancestry DNA test kits.

The membership discounts are available via the 'gift purchase' route, and there is absolutely nothing to stop you buying them for yourself. Everyone should buy themselves a gift every now and again, after all.

So, here's the breakdown of the offers this long weekend:

US Discovery – Access to all US records (50% off) – Gift
12-month subscription reduced from $189 to $94 (save $95)
6-month subscription reduced from $99 to $49 (save $50)

World Explorer – Access all US and international records – Gift
12-month subscription reduced from $299 to $149 (save $150)
6-month subscription reduced from $149 to $74 (save 75)

These membership offers are available for new subscribers only and are not for renewal of current subscriptions.

Ancestry DNA test kit
Now at its cheapest price of the year – just $59 – the price tag includes taxes. Shipping is extra and is only to US addresses.

All these offers end on Monday 27 November at 11:59pm ET.


Save 40% on new Fold3 annual Premium subscription

Fold3, Ancestry's specialist military database, has a Black Friday / Cyber Monday special offer for new Fold3 subscribers taking out an annual Premium membership package.

The 40% discount reduces the price from US$79.95 to US$47.95.

Fold 3's collections are not exclusively US-based. Not by any means. Here's a list of just some of the record sets in the database.

  • Revolutionary War Service & Pension Records
  • Civil War Widows Pensions
  • orld War II Draft Cards
  • Australia WWI & WII Service Records
  • British Army WWI Service Records
  • UK Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Soldier Service Records
  • UK Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Admission and Discharge Records

It isn't only military, either. It also holds Naturalisation records, City Directories, 1860 and 1930 US Censuses, Newspapers and much more.

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Ancestry.ca offers DNA tests at lowest price of the year

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Offering a saving of CAD$50, Ancestry.ca is promoting its lowest price of the year to Canadian residents buying an Ancestry DNA test kit.

Reduced from the standard price of CAD$129 to CAD$79, the price you pay includes taxes. Shipping costs are extra.

The discount will end at 11:59pm on Monday 27 November.

RootsIreland: one-third off cost of annual subscriptions

RootsIreland.ie is offering a hefty one-third discount on 12-month subscriptions to its database of more than 20million records.

https://www.rootsireland.ieThe website contains data from more than 30 heritage centres across the island (excluded are southwest Cork, including Cork City, Kerry, and Dublin City) and is one of the main resources for accessing Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist and other church records of baptisms, marriages and deaths. For many areas, the Catholic records extend by some decades those available on other websites, and the same can be said of the database's civil records collection.

Not for nothing does renowned genealogist John Grenham refer to RootsIreland (here) as 'the one essential commercial genealogy site for Irish research'.

You can check what records are available for each county using this handy widget.

RootsIreland doesn't make many offers, and even when it does, they are rarely of this size of discount, so don't miss this opportunity.

The 12-month subscription usually costs €225 / GB£185 / US$255. With the one-third discount, the cost is reduced to €150 / GB£123 / US$170. The offer runs until 11:59pm GMT on Thursday 7 December.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

FindMyPast's Black Friday deals - up to 75% off

FindMyPast.ie, FindMyPast.com and FindMyPast.com.au each has a couple of Black Friday discounts on offer to the World/Premium package, which includes full access to FindMyPast's database of 8billion records from Ireland, the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

All offers will expire on Monday 27 November.

Please note these savings are not available via FindMyPast UK.


75% off a one-month World/Premium subscription

Pay just one quarter of the standard price for a whole month of access.

The subscription will automatically renew at the standard price at the end of the month; if you don't want the subscription to continue, just go to Your Account and change the settings (it's easy to do).

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FindMyPast.ie – One-month World sub reduced from €14.95 to just €3.74.

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FindMyPast.com – One-month World sub reduced from US$19.95 to just US$4.99.


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FindMyPast.com.au – One-month World sub reduced from AUS$19.95 to AUS$4.99.



10% off a 12-month World/Premium subscription

Grab a worthwhile discount to enjoy a whole year of access to FindMypast's entire database.

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FindMyPast.ie – 12-month World sub reduced from €179.52 to €161.55.

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FindMyPast.com – 12-month Premium sub reduced from US$239.52 to US$$215.55.


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FindMyPast.com.au – 12-month World sub down from AUS$239.52 to AUS$215.55.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Ancestry DNA (UK & IE only): lowest price this year

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Don't miss this offer!

Ancestry DNA is offering a 'Black Friday / Cyber Monday' deal on its DNA test kits. The cost: just £49 / €59 plus shipping – that's the lowest price this year.

This offer is available only on orders sent to addresses in Ireland (pay in Euros) and the UK (pay in Sterling), and runs until 11:59pm GMT on Monday 27 November.

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Black Friday: up to 40% discount at Irish News Archive

The Black Friday deals will end at
11:59pm GMT on Sunday 26 November
Fast on the heels of a permanent reduction in its subscription costs (see blogpost), the Dublin-based Irish Newspaper Archives has come up with Black Friday discounts of up to 40% to lower those prices even further.

With the discount, a monthly subscription to the database's holdings of 78 Irish newspaper titles is reduced by 30% to €$£20.30, while the annual subscription drops by a whopping 40% to just €$£89.40.

To take advantage of this very special offer, head over to Irish Newspaper Archives to view the full list of publications in the database and the years available, and then choose which of the two packages will suit your research best. The offer will end on Sunday 26 November.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Three volunteers sought by PRONI for six-month roles

PRONI's state-of-the-art offices are in
Belfast's Titanic Quarter
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has developed a Volunteer policy and is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to carry out three distinct roles. One will assist with Absent Voters' Lists; another will be allocated to PRONI's Digital Library Library, and the third will assist with the Young & Mackenzie architectural collection.

Each volunteer will be given appropriate training and will be assigned a mentor.

The PRONI Volunteer Policy, together with the three volunteer role descriptions and application forms are available on the PRONI website here.

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Friday 8th December 2017. It is expected that potential volunteers will be invited to a volunteer selection meeting with PRONI staff during the week commencing 8 January 2018.

First 15,000 user-submitted census corrections are live

Validation of the user-submitted
corrections started in September
As regular readers of Irish Genealogy News will be aware, genealogist John Grenham started working back in September on a vast backlog of corrections to the 1901 and 1911 census, all submitted by researchers.

The National Archives of Ireland has announced that the first 15,000 corrections are now live. These relate to emails submitted between 25 October 2016 and 11 September 2017.

In his Irish Roots blog today, John makes some observations about the original transcribers and the recent submitters*, and says he'll be making monthly instalments of corrections going forward.

*The East Galway crowd he speaks of sound like the kind of people who ring you up to make sure you received their email. Jeez.

Registry of Deeds Index Project: latest update

A weekend update to the Registry of Deeds Index Project shows the database now holds 257,261 index entries from 28,665 memorials of deeds, all submitted by volunteers.

All entries are freely accessible via:

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 20 Nov-3 Dec

Monday 20 November: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service operating as normal. Details.

Monday 20 November: Getting the most from your DNA results, with Paddy Waldon. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society. Venue: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. 6:45pm. Free. All welcome. No booking required.

Monday 20 November: The Dail Eireann Courts of County Offaly, 1920-1922, with Steven Egan. Host: Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society. Venue: Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co Offaly. 8pm to 10pm. All welcome. €2 Members / €5 Non-members. Includes tea/coffee. Details.

Monday 20 November: Genealogy and family history advice service, with Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven. Host and venue: Donaghmede Library, Shopping Centre, Grange Road, Dublin 13, or Raheny Library, if preferred. All welcome but you need to book by phone: 087 6491605. Free.

Monday 20 November: Guided tour of St. Columb’s Cathedral, with Ian Bartlett. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 20 November: What's in a name? with Kathleen Morrison. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 21 November: Sacred and Profane: Church art and architecture in Cork City, with Dr Ann Wilson. Signs and Symbols in Urban Cork lecture series. Host: City Library, Grand Parade, Cork City. 7pm. Free. All welcome. No booking required.

Tuesday 21 November: Poverty and the poor in pre-Famine Tipperary, with Dr Laurence Geary. Host: Tipperary People & Places Lecture Series. Venue: Tipperary Studies, The Source, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7:30pm. Admission free. Tea served. All welcome. More details studies@tipperarycoco.ie.

Wednesday 22 November: The Registered Papers of the Chief Secretery of Ireland, their use in history and genealogy, and the updated online catalogue (1818-1830, with Vera Moynes. Host and venue: National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Free. 6pm. CANCELLED - will be rescheduled for 2018.

Wednesday 22 November: Birth, Baptism, Marriage & Death, with Tony Hennessy MAGI. Host and venue: Medieval Museum in Waterford's Viking Triangle, The Mall, Waterford City. All welcome. 1:15pm to 2pm. €5 admission on the door. No booking required.

Wednesday 22 November: Cork City and County Archives, with Brian McGee. Host: Bishopstown Historical Society. Venue: Bishopstown Library, Sarsfield Road, Wilton, Cork City. All welcome. 11:30am–12:30pm.

Friday 24 November: The sinkings of the Waterford steamers Coningbeg and Formby and the Great War off the Irish coast, with Dr Edward Bourke. Host: Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: St Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick Street, Waterford City. 8pm. Members free / Non-members €5. All welcome.

Saturday 25 November: Coffin ships, orphan boys and the Lazaretto Point Lighthouse, with Luke McCusker. Host and venue: Irish Railroad Workers Museum, 918-920 Lemmon St, Baltimore, Maryland 21223, USA. 11:30–12:30 EST. All welcome. Free. Details.

Saturday 25 November: Genealogy workshop, with Lynn Brady. Host and venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Rd, Dublin 11. Tickets €5. 2pm. All welcome. SOLD OUT

Saturday 25 November: Archives of the Fenian Rising - 150 years on, a half-day seminar with panel discussion chaired by Tim Pat Coogan. Host and venue: National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Presented as part of the Explore Your Archive campaign. 10am to 1pm. All welcome. Free, but reserving a place is essential.

Saturday 25 November: Local history day. Host: DCL&A. Venue: Conference Room, Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Talks include: The 1867 Bray Head Train Derailment, with James Scannell; The Rebel Liberties, with Liz Gillis; Tom Ashe, with Frank Whearity; The Civil War in Dublin, with John Dorney; and The history of Keogh Square, with Liam O'Meara. Host and venue: Dublin City Library & Archive. 9.45am to 2.15pm. Tea/coffee will be served. Free. All welcome. No booking required.

Monday 27 November: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service operating as normal. Details.

Tuesday 28 November: Belfast in the Twentieth Century, decade by decade, an illustrated talk with Norman Weatherall. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: C. S. Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. Free. All welcome. 7:30pm.

Tuesday 28 November: Using newspaper libraries for genealogical purposes. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Causeway Branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine, Co Derry. Free. All welcome. 8pm.

Wednesday 29 November: Land records - Walk in your ancestor's footsteps, with Tony Hennessy MAGI. Host and venue: Medieval Museum in Waterford's Viking Triangle, The Mall, Waterford City. All welcome. 1:15pm to 2pm. €5 admission on the door. No booking required.

Wednesday 29 November: Pierhead to Pierhead: Killaloe to Liverpool in the Age of Steam, with Brian J. Goggin. Host: Killaloe Ballina Local History Society. Venue: Killaloe Public Library, The Lock House, Killaloe, Co. Clare. 7 pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 30 November: Researching Court Records, with Wesley Geddis. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena Branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co Antrim. BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 30 November: The origins of Presbyterianism in the Walled City and Foyle Valley, with Dr William Roulston. Host: Friends of the Derry Walls. Venue: First Derry Presbyterian Church, 6 Upper Magazine St, Londonderry BT48 6HY. All welcome. 7-10pm. Need to register.

Saturday 2 December: Irish Study Group meeting. Host and venue: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116, USA. 9:30am–12pm. Non-members are welcome, and attendees are invited to stay and use the library resources afterwards. No registration necessary.