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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: August updates/1

Below are the photos and other files uploaded to the Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives database in the first two weeks of August:

Aylward Family Headstone
Tramore Holy Cross Graveyard, Co Waterford
Photo courtesy Valerie Ackroyd & IGPArchives
Click image for larger version.
CORK Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Multose (CoI), Kinsale. Plaques

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Donaghmore Presbyterian Graveyard
Lifford, St.Lugadius Graveyard

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mount Jerome Cemetery, Parts 172 - 176

FERMANAGH
Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Galloon CoI Register, Baptisms, 1845-57
Galloon St Mary's RC, Baptisms, 1853-59

GALWAY
Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilmacduagh Monastery Graveyard

MEATH
Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Mary's, Navan (Right Side) (R-Y) - Updated

WATERFORD
Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Tramore, Holy Cross (R.C.) Part 1 & 2

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives
Headstones
Rathmacknee (or Rathmanee) Graveyard
Newspapers
Wexford Independent - Workhouse Entries & Deaths 15 Dec 1858 and 2 July 1862
Wexford Independent - Workhouse Entries 1 & 22nd Jun 1859 & 1 Aug 1860

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Little Bray; St. Peter's Old Cemetery Part 4

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

New: Maynooth Studies in Local History 2017 - 2

Following on from the earlier blogpost – New: Maynooth Studies in Local History 2017 - 1 – please see brief details below of three more of this year's Maynooth Studies in Local History volumes, which have been published by Four Courts Press.

Each paperback has a catalogue price of €9.95 but is on sale via Four Courts Press for €8.95.

http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2017/tenement-dwellers-of-church-st/
The tenement dwellers of Church Street, Dublin, 1911, by Janet Moody.

This publication explores a micro-community of 132 families living in the slums of Church Street, Dublin, using the 1911 census as main primary source. The street became notorious in September 1913 when nos 66 and 67 collapsed.

Focusing on the families living in nos 39–76 in 1911, the census enables these tenement dwellers to emerge from anonymity. The 66-page study reveals horrific child mortality rates, low levels of literacy, over-crowding, subsistence level incomes and much more.

Other records used to gain a glimpse into this world include prison and workhouse registers and newspapers. ISBN: 978-1-84682-645-0. Click image for more information.



http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2017/stradbally-hall-co-laois/
The eighteenth-century landscape of Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois, by Clair Mc Donald.

This 70-page study examines Stradbally Hall’s landscape during the 18th century. It takes the perspectives of four diverse groups within contemporary society – the owners, tenants, cartographers and visitors.

The story begins with the Crosby family, who used the landscape to convey messages of power, rank, authority and taste, and moves on to explores the tenants’ role in the landscape’s emerging shape, form and character. It then examines the role of cartographers who delineated its lands and represented them in map form, and finally looks to the visitors who viewed, commented upon and depicted the estate as a product of enlightened culture and as a place for Queen’s County’s high society. ISBN: 978-1-84682-646-7. Click image for more information.



http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2017/kerry-1600-to-1730/Kerry, 1600–1730: The emergence of a British Atlantic county, by Marc Caball.

Kerry’s coastal location within the north-western corner of the north Atlantic positioned it strategically within a wider sphere of unparalleled discovery, migration and demographic upheaval, trade and commerce, and cultural interchange during the period 1600 to 1730.

Viewed from a British Atlantic perspective, this 64-page study locates early modern Kerry within a transformative context of change. ISBN: 978-1-84682-642-9. Click image for more information.

New: Maynooth Studies in Local History 2017 - 1

This year's Maynooth Studies in Local History volumes have been published by Four Courts Press.

The series, first published in 1995, has built into an impressive library of more than 130 high-quality theses based on original research by MA in Local History students at Maynooth University. Each is a comprehensive (15k-20k word/64-70 page) account of a subject, theme or episode in local history. (Full list of titles and authors.)

Below are brief details of three of the 2017 titles. (Details of the other three are in a separate blogpost – New: Maynooth Studies in Local History 2017 - 2.) Each paperback has a catalogue price of €9.95 but is on sale via Four Courts Press for €8.95.

http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2017/castle-hyde/Castle Hyde – The changing fortunes of an Irish country house, by Terence Dooley.

This book details the rise of Castle Hyde (Co. Cork) as a country residence during the heyday of the Irish landed class, when such properties symbolised social standing and political power. It examines the consequences of the Great Famine on the Hyde family, forcing them to sell the mansion and estate, a sale characterized by skulduggery and intrigue.

Post independence, when hundreds of similar mansions were disappearing from the Irish landscape, Castle Hyde was purchased by an American publishing tycoon but fell into near ruin after his death. It was saved after the dancer Michael Flatley purchased it in 1999. 64pp. ISBN: 978-1-84682-643-6. Click image for more information.


http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2017/the-shawlies/The Shawlies: Cork's women street traders and the 'merchant city', 1901–50, by Susan Marie Martin.

For centuries, working-class Irish women survived as street traders, selling fruit, vegetables and second-hand clothing. In Cork they were known as ‘the Shawlies’ because of the distinctive, traditional black shawls they wore on the streets well into the 20th century.

In 1926, the Irish Free State government introduced the Street Trading Act, insisting it was fair legislation needed to regulate street trading. In practice, it limited the rights of the Shawlies to earn, and facilitated their disappearance from the streets. This 64-page study assembles the first narrative of the lives of the Shawlies, and places it within the story of the larger strategies of governance that came to shape Cork’s urban landscape. ISBN: 978-1-84682-644-3. Click image for more information.


http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2017/culture-politics-and-local-government-in-fingal/Culture, politics and local government in Fingal, 1891–1914, by Declan Brady.

Falling between more momentous events, the period from the death of Parnell to the Home Rule crisis is popularly thought to be somewhat stagnant. Instead, this era was filled by a radical discourse influenced by the cultural and literary revivals and the development of a more informed nationalist identity and objective.

This 56-page study examines the changing composition and conduct of the political elites in Fingal and explores the conditions that preceded and ultimately influenced the Irish revolutionary period. ISBN: 978-1-84682-641-2. Click image for more information.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Free access to MyHeritage's Irish, UK, US & Canadian census collections until 20 August

To celebrate its database passing its 8billion records milestone earlier this month, My Heritage is opening up its collection of one billion census records for seven days.

https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-1000/census-voter-lists
More than 90 record sets are included in the free access period, some of them exclusive to MyHeritage.

While Irish family historians are accustomed to having year-round free access to Ireland's 1901 and 1911 censuses, it's not often there's a chance to delve into the US (1790-1940), Canadian (1825-1911) and England/Wales (1841-1911) collections without charge.

Extracts from the Scotland 1841, 1851, and 1861 censuses are also included, as are censuses from Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

You don't need to register or provide any personal details to get access. Just go to MyHeritage's Census search page and get started.

Irish family history and heritage events, 14-27 August

This week's fortnightly events listing takes us into Heritage Week 19-27 August, when a huge number (2,200+) of interesting lectures, tours and walks are held across Ireland.

http://www.heritageweek.ie/I've not attempted to include details of all the genealogy events taking place that week. Instead, I've noted below the events I've become aware of in a more piecemeal or organic way, which probably means there is some bias towards places connected with my research and my personal interests.

As such, the job of the listing over the next couple of weeks is just to whet your appetite and point you towards the Heritage Week website where you can quickly find the full selection of events for your own locality.

Monday 14 to Monday 21 August: Waterford City and County Archives will be closed. Reopening at High Street, Waterford City on 22 August (10am to 2pm).

Monday 14 August: Landscapes of Death: Goldenbridge and the Garden Cemetery, with Ciarán Wallace. Host and Venue: Richmond Barracks Mess, off Bulfin Rd, Inchicore, Dublin 8. 11am Refreshments will be served in te Mess Cafe after the talk. Weather permitting a short visit to Goldenbridge Cemetery will also take place. Tickets €5 (includes tea/coffee & scone).

Monday 14 August: Closure of Main and Manuscript Reading Rooms of National Library of Ireland. First of the service restrictions resulting from start of four-year redevelopment work at the Kildare Street, Dublin 2 library buildings. See NLI for details.

Tuesday 15 August: Irish Genealogy Hour – hands-on research in the computer classroom with different topic each week. Host and venue: Billings Public Library, 510 North 28th Street, Billings, Montana, USA. Free. All welcome. Noon to 1pm. More information, T: (406) 657-8258.

Tuesday 15 August: 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 more advanced. 8:30pm. Free. No booking. Just turn up.

Saturday 19 August: Genealogy Workshop – how to trace your family history, with Lynn Brady. Host and venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. 2pm-3pm. Free. Booking is essential: email Lynn Brady on lbrady@glasnevintrust.ie or call 0(1) 882 6536.

Saturday 19 August: Old Kilcummin Graveyard - recent genealogical and historical findings. Host: Kilcummin Historical Group. Venue: Old Kilcummin Graveyard, Glebe, Kilcummin, Killarney, Co. Kerry. 3pm to 4:30pm. Free. No booking. Information: kilcumminhistoricalgroup@gmail.com

Monday 21 August: Tour of Mount St Lawrence Cemetery. Venue: Meet at Main entrance of cemetery, Limerick. Free. No booking necessary. 3pm to 4pm. More details: tel: (0)61 407017, email: matthew.potter@limerick.ie.

Monday 21 August: Merchants, marriage and mobility, Woodford 1850s to 1920s, with Monica Hynes. Host: East Galway Family History Society. Venue: Woodford Heritage Centre, Bolag, Woodford, Co. Galway. Free. No booking required. 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Monday 21 August: 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.

Monday 21 August: Family history workshop, with Sinead Holland, Laois County Library Archivist. Host: Laois Libraries. Venue: Rathdowney Library, Mill Street, Rathdowney, Co. Laois. Free. 3pm-5pm. Booking required: Tel 0505 46852 or email cafitzpatrick@laoiscoco.ie

Tuesday 22 August: Genealogical evening, with Dr Paul MacCotter. Host and 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 necessary.

Tuesday 22 August: Irish Genealogy Hour – hands-on research in the computer classroom. Different topic each week. Host and venue: Billings Public Library, 510 North 28th Street, Billings, Montana, USA. Free. All welcome. Noon to 1pm. More information, T: (406) 657-8258.

Tuesday 22 August: Clans and Surnames of East Galway in medieval times, with Dr Joe Mannion. Host: East Galway Family History Society. Venue: Woodford Heritage Centre, Bolag, Woodford, Co. Galway. Free. No booking required. 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Tuesday 22 August: Historical walking tour of the Grand Canal Dock area, with members of Ancestry's ProGenealogists team. Host: Ancestry. Venue: Meet outside Ancestry's offices at 52-55 Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 2. 1pm to 2pm. Free. For more details.

Tuesday 22 August: Cillini of West Cork, with William Casey. Host: Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Venue: Skibbereen Credit Union Conference Room, Main Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork. 8pm. Free. Need to reserve a place on 028 40900.

Tuesday 22 August: Launch of new local history website followed by Thomas Adderley's golden years of flax and linen manufacture in West Cork, with Paddy O'Sullivan. Host: Cork County Library. Venue: Bandon Library, Bandon Shopping Centre, South Main Street, Bandon, Co. Cork. 7pm. All welcome. Free but need to book: t (0)23 884 4830, e bandonlibrary@corkcoco.ie.

Tuesday 22 August: Emigration from the port of Sligo, a presentation by Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Society. Venue: County Sligo Heritage & Genealogy Centre, Aras Reddan, Temple Street, Sligo, Co Sligo. 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Free. For more details, phone 071 9143728.

Wednesday 23 August: The early story of brewing in Cork: history and archaeology, a walking tour, with Caen Harris. Host: Cork Historical & Archaeological Society. Meet at Beamish & Crawford Brewery, South Gate Bridge, Main Street, Cork. 7pm. €3 per person.

Wednesday 23 August: Exploring the Holy Wells of Woodford and Ballinakill, a field trip with Dr Christy Cunniffe. Host: East Galway Family History Society. Venue: Woodford Heritage Centre, Bolag, Woodford, Co. Galway. Free. No booking required. 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Wednesday 23 August: Medieval Riots, Murder and Mayhem, with Finbar Dwyer. Host: Tipperary Local Studies. Venue: Tipperary County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. 7.30pm. Admission is free but places are limited and seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Wednesday 23 August: The online revolution in Irish family history, with John Grenham MAGI. Host and venue: Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford, Co Waterford. 6:15pm to 7:15pm. All welcome. While the event is free, booking is advised by telephone to 0761 10 2975 or email: ecowman@waterfordcouncil.ie.

Wednesday 23 August: Historical walk around Skibbereen Town, with Philip O'Regan. Host: Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Meet at Skibbereen Courthouse. Skibbereen, Co Cork. 6:30pm. Free, but booking essential on 028 40900.

Thursday 24 August: People who made Waterford famous, a miscellany of short talks by members. Host: Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: The Tapestry Room, Granville Hotel, Meagher's Quay, Waterford City. 7pm. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 24 August: Historical walking tour of the Grand Canal Dock area, with members of Ancestry's ProGenealogists team. Host: Ancestry. Venue: Meet outside Ancestry's offices at 52-55 Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 2. 1pm to 2pm. Free. For more details.

Thursday 24 August: Fenians in Skibbereen, with William Casey, marking the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Rising, 1867. Host: Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Venue: Skibbereen Credit Union Conference Room, Main Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork. 8pm. Free. Need to reserve a place on 028 40900.

Thursday 24 August: The Congested District Board in the Sliabh Aughty area (1891-1923) and its work in the Sliabh Aughty area, with Brian Keary. Host: East Galway Family History Society. Venue: Woodford Heritage Centre, Bolag, Woodford, Co. Galway. Free. No booking required. 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Thursday 24 August: The online revolution in Irish family history, with John Grenham MAGI. Host and venue: Dungarvan Library, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. 11:15am-12:15pm. All welcome. While the event is free, booking is advised by telephone to 0761 10 2975 or email: ecowman@waterfordcouncil.ie.

Friday 25 August: Conscription and Recruitment during the First World War, an afternoon conference, with Dr Timothy Bowman, Emmanuel Destenay, Stephen Scarth and Bruno Longmore. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Blvd., Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. 2pm-4pm. Admission is FREE, however booking is essential as spaces are limited. Register for this event at Eventbrite.

Friday 25 August: Sile na Gig - Midwife of the soul, with Aine Brosnan. Host: Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Venue: Skibbereen Credit Union Conference Room, Main Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork. 8pm. Free. Need to reserve a place on 028 40900.

Friday 25 August: The C19th clergy of Clonfert diocese: folklore, perception and reality, with Declan Kelly. Host: East Galway Family History Society. Venue: Woodford Heritage Centre, Bolag, Woodford, Co. Galway. Free. No booking required. 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Saturday 26 August: Introduction to genealogy Workshop, a Heritage Week event. Host: Western Family History Association. Venue: Lackagh Parish Centre, Lackagh, Co Galway. 2pm to 5:30pm. All welcome.

Saturday 26 August: History of the Woodford ironworks, with Dr Paul Rondelez. Host: East Galway Family History Society. Venue: Woodford Heritage Centre, Bolag, Woodford, Co. Galway. Free. No booking required. 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Saturday 26 August: Getting started in genealogy, a workshop. Hosts:Tulla XO and Clare Roots Society. Venue: Upstairs Meeting Room, Tulla Courthouse, Main Street, Tulla, Co. Clare. Free. 10am - 12pm. More information: T - (087) 9771385; E - tulla@irelandxo.com

Sunday 27 August: Family History Day, St. Peter's Exhibition Centre, North Main Street, Cork City, Co Cork. A day of talks and consultations with genealogy experts. Free admission. 11am to 3pm. More information: T: (021) 427 8187, E: info@stpeterscork.ie.





Friday, 11 August 2017

Major online update to CSORP (State Papers), 1823-30

After a five-year wait, a second major update to the online catalogue of the Chief Secretary of Ireland's Office Registered Papers (CSORP) has been launched today by Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The newly-available catalogue entries cover 1823-1830, and join those for 1818-1822 (online since 2012 - see blogpost).

This important resource is one of the most valuable 19th-century collections. The Chief Secretary's Office, located in Dublin Castle, was a key political office for the British administration at the time. As well as the official records, the archives include unofficial correspondence from private individuals and bodies on a wide variety of topics; some topics of national importance but there are also many personal stories and plights concerning employment, health, unfair incarceration/punishment, religious intolerance, neighbour disputes, and so on.

Among the material are many petitions accompanied by long lists of signatures – an untapped resource that I'm sure genealogists will quickly get stuck into.

Launching the update, Minister Humpreys said: “I am very pleased to announce the online publication of this fascinating material by the National Archives. The updated website includes a catalogue containing over 33,500 items, providing a rich insight into Irish political, social, religious and economic life in the early 19th century. The records include petitions, police reports, official memoranda and private correspondence which flowed into and out of the Dublin Castle administration."

The cataloguing of the collection has been undertaken by archivists at the National Archives funded by the Crowley Bequest and the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht.

The online catalogue is available at www.csorp.nationalarchives.ie and the original documents are freely available for public consultation at the Reading Room of the National Archives in Bishop Street, Dublin 8, subject to the normal rules of the National Archives.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Two Irish genealogy conferences for September

Next month will see two major Irish genealogy gatherings taking place, one in County Limerick, the other in County Antrim. Here are the details:

Friday 1 and Saturday 2 September: The Genealogy Event, a family history and DNA conference. Also a pre-conference Beginners' Workshop. Venue: Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel, Adare, Co. Limerick. Booking essential. Flexible ticket purchase options for lectures, workshops and social events.
Details: www.thegenealogyevent.com

Monday 25 to Friday 29 September: Return to the Causeway, a genealogy conference, with lectures, discussions, walking and coach tours to places of historic relevance, research assistance, a conference dinner and more. Aimed primarily at the descendents of Causeway Coast families. Host: Causeway Coast and Glens Branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: The Atlantic Hotel, Portrush, Co Antrim. All-in price includes all admission fees, most meals, coach transport and conference dinner.
Details: Return to the Causeway



1826 Church Census joins Emerald Ancestors database

Only a couple of weeks since its relaunch, Emerald Ancestors has updated its database with another record set.

https://www.emeraldancestors.com/This time it's an 1826 Church Census, and it lists more than 650 names from the congregation of the Newtownhamilton Second Presbyterian Church in the parish of Newtownhamilton, County Armagh.

The areas within the catchment area included Armagh Brague, Ballymoyer, Blackbank, Camley, Dungormany (Dongormally in Tullyvallen), Newtownhamilton and Tullyvallen.

The census lists all members within a household including children, and identifies the family's townland of origin. Occasional annotations on individual members of the congregation are also recorded.

Among the names noted in the census are: Allen, Andrew, Atcheson, Boyse, Bradford, Brown, Buchanan, Campbell (Cambel), Castles, Clugston, Cole, Conn, Crozier, Cully, Deaney, Dobbin, Donaldson, Glenny, Gordon, Graham, Hare, Horner, Ingram, Innis, Johnson, Kennedy (Kenedy), Maxwell, McCann, McCart, McClean, McConnell (McConnel), McIlroy, McRoberts, Melvin, Moore, Morrison, Nickle, Parr, Preston, Scott, Simpson, Sprott, Starret, Strain, Watson, West & Wilson.

Copies of the census extracts are available to members through the site's Look Up facility. They can also be found at PRONI under microfilm reference MIC 1P/443.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Military Service Pensions Collection blog launched

The Military Archives has launched a Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection blog with a view to increasing awareness of this important historical material and highlighting some of the stories unearthed from its 250,000 records.

https://militarypensions.wordpress.com/A regular stream of blogposts will also keep researchers up to date with some of the discoveries still being made in the MSPC collection, which includes applications for pensions, gratuities and allowances lodged by those who participated in the events from 1916 to the end of the Civil War in 1923.

So far, four blogposts have been published. Three of them explore applications by named individuals, while another examines the incidences of reported deafness in the records.

In all cases, copies of original material are included, as are links to additional information.


Monday, 7 August 2017

30% off in Ancestry DNA's Summer Sale: US only

 http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-5737308-13023266
Ancestry.com is offering a 30% discount on its DNA testing kits. The offer is available only to researchers in the USA.

This Summer Sale reduces the cost of the test from US$99 to US$69, with taxes/shipping costs additional.

To take advantage of the offer, click the image and sign up before the promotion ends on Tuesday 15 August. You'll find details about the Ancestry DNA tests and T&Cs on the landing page.

Irish family history & heritage events, 7-20 August

Monday 7 August: Public Holiday in Republic of Ireland. All repositories, archives, libraries etc closed. Free Genealogy Advisory Services at National Archives of Ireland and National Library of Ireland will not be operating.

Tuesday 8 August: Irish Genealogy Hour – hands-on research in the computer classroom. Host and venue: Billings Public Library, 510 North 28th Street, Billings, Montana, USA. Free. All welcome. Noon to 1pm. For more information, T: (406) 657-8258.

Tuesday 8 August: British & Irish newspapers, and Irish Family History Resources Online, two lectures with Chris Paton as part of the Researching Abroad, British Isles & European Ancestors conference taking place 8 and 9 August at Kedron Wavell Services Club, 21 Kittyhawk Drive, Chermside South, Queensland 4032, Australia. 9:00am-4:50pm each day. Day fees apply. Details and registration.

Tuesday 8 August: Genealogical evening, with Dr Paul MacCotter. Host and 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 required.

Wednesday 9 August: The Big Houses of East Belfast, with Roger Dixon. Part of the Eastside Arts Festival 2017. Host: PRONI. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Advance registration necessary.

Thursday 10 August: Irish nurses in the First World War, with Dr Phylomena Badsey. Hosts: Western Front Association and PRONI. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. All welcome. £4 donation requested. 6:30pm to 8:45pm. Details.

Thursday 10 August: Delayed opening at National Library of Ireland. All areas/locations of the National Library in Dublin will remain closed until 11am to facilitate a staff development meeting.

Thursday 10 August: 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 10 August: Waterford's medieval walls, an evening fieldtrip with Ben Murtagh. Host: Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Meet in the Apple Market (opposite Babycare), Waterford City at 7pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €5.

Friday 11 August: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of PRONI, with archival staff. Covers the research areas, the sorting, listing and cataloguing of new materials, the secure stores, the Conservation Suite and the Photography Studio. Host and Venue: Hosts: The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Belfast Titanic Society. Venue: PRONI, 2 Titanic Blvd, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. Free. Two identical two-hour tours: choose 10am or 2pm. Register.

Friday 11 August to Sunday 13 August: The Irish Fair of Minnesota. The largest free Irish fair in the USA takes place this weekend, with entertainment, Celtic Kitchen, a cultural area, vendors. Family history help will be on offer from the Irish Genealogical Society International, and the society will also be presenting a free lecture, Facts and Myths about Irish Research, at 11am on the Sunday. Venue: Harriet Island, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Open Friday, Noon to 7pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 6pm. More details.

Monday 14 to Monday 21 August: Waterford City and County Archives will be closed. Reopening at High Street, Waterford City on 22 August (10am to 2pm).

Monday 14 August: Landscapes of Death: Goldenbridge and the Garden Cemetery, with Ciarán Wallace. Host and Venue: Richmond Barracks Mess, off Bulfin Rd, Inchicore, Dublin 8. 11am Refreshments will be served in te Mess Cafe after the talk. Weather permitting a short visit to Goldenbridge Cemetery will also take place. Tickets €5 (includes tea/coffee & scone).

Monday 14 August: Closure of Main and Manuscript Reading Rooms of National Library of Ireland. First of the service restrictions resulting from start of four-year redevelopment work at the Kildare Street, Dublin, library buildings. See NLI for details.

Tuesday 15 August: Irish Genealogy Hour – hands-on research in the computer classroom with different topic each week. Host and venue: Billings Public Library, 510 North 28th Street, Billings, Montana, USA. Free. All welcome. Noon to 1pm. For more information, T: (406) 657-8258.

Tuesday 15 August: 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 more advanced. 8:30pm. Free. No booking. Just turn up.

Saturday 19 August: Genealogy Workshop – how to trace your family history, with Lynn Brady. Host and venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. 2pm-3pm. Free. Booking is essential: email Lynn Brady on lbrady@glasnevintrust.ie or call 0(1) 882 6536.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Bank Holiday Weekend closures, RoI only

The Republic of Ireland will be taking the last of its summer public holidays on Monday, 7 August.

Here are the changes to standard opening times for the main repositories and institutions used by genealogists:

Dublin City Public Libraries will not open on Saturday 5 August or on Monday 7 August. Normal schedules resume Tuesday 8 August.

The National Archives of Ireland, including its free Genealogy Advisory Service, will be closed to the public on Monday 7 August and will re-open on Tuesday 8 August at 9.15am.

The National Library of Ireland Reading Room will be closed on Monday 7 August and there will be no Genealogy Advisory Service operating on that day. The popular Yeats exhibition and the World War Ireland exhibition at Kildare Street will be open normal hours on Saturday and Sunday and from 12pm to 5pm on Monday. Cafe Joly will be closed on both Saturday 5 August and Monday 7 August. All back to normal (9:30am) on Tuesday 8 August.

The GRO Research Room at Werburgh Street will be closed on Monday 7 August, reopening Tuesday 8 August at 9:00am.

Local branch libraries will be closed on Saturday 5 August and Monday 7 August, returning to regular timetables from Tuesday 8 August.

NOTE: Northern Ireland is open for business as usual on Monday 7 August but note that it'll be enjoying its own Late Summer Bank Holiday on Monday 28 August.

'Buried in Fingal' adds Balbriggan Registers 1929-2013

Part of the opening page of the
Balbriggan New Cemetery Bural Register
The Burial Registers for Balbriggan New Cemetery have been added to the free Buried in Fingal website.

They date from 13 October 1929, when Mary Lee of Drogheda Street, the 80-year-old widow of a Herdsman, was laid to rest and noted in the register's Observations column as 'The first interment in this cemetery', and end on 7 July 2013. They are presented in two pdfs, downloaded in a zip file of 41Mb. The registers can also be searched, by name, address, and by cemetery name.

The Buried in Fingal site was launched in May (see blogpost) and holds details of more than 30 cemeteries.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

John Grenham's review of my Irish Genealogy Guide

https://www.johngrenham.com/blog/2017/08/01/the-bees-knees-and-the-cats-pyjamas/
I'm going to come over all bashful in a minute, but not until after I've pointed you towards a review by well-known professional genealogist John Grenham of my newly published book, the Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide: How To Trace Your Ancestors In Ireland.

Click the thumbnail to visit his blog to find out why he's described the book as "the Bee's Knees and the Cat's Pyjamas, all rolled into one", and why it's now his favourite book on Irish genealogy.





PRONI's Archives Unlocked lunchtime lecture series

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Starting in September, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is to hold a short series of Thursday lunchtime public talks.

These talks will be led by PRONI staff and will centre on archival collections at the Belfast repository and provide insight to using PRONI's sources for family and local history.

Each of the talks will take place at 1pm and will be held at PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast.

Thursday 14 September: Drawn from our land: revealing maps from the collections, with Dr Glynn Kelso

Thursday 21 September: Prison records at PRONI, with Graham Jackson

Thursday 28 September: Sport in the Archives, with Andrew Toland

Thursday 5 October: Capturing the past - photographic collections and digitisation, with Joy Carey and Lorraine Bourke.

Each of the lectures is free to attend and everyone is welcome. However, booking is essential as spaces are limited and these lecture series are often oversubscribed. Register at Eventbrite.

Ballymena Family History & DNA Fair: 2 September

The Ballymena branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) is to hold its first Family History Fair on Saturday 2 September.

A broad selection of genealogical and historical groups, government bodies, specialist genealogists and DNA experts will be exhibiting and offering their expertise at the event, which will be held in the Braid Film Theatre, The Braid Ballymena Town Hall, Museum & Arts Centre, 1–29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, County Antrim.

The NIFHS hopes the event will increase awareness of both the Society's work and the research benefits of DNA testing. The Fair will be sponsored by Family Tree DNA.

The event will run from 11am to 4pm, and more details will be available later this month. For now, just make sure to save the date.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

IGRS launches 1775 Dublin Directory database

The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) has launched another online resource. This time it's a database index to Wilson's Dublin Directory, forming part of the 1775 edition of The Treble Almanac.

As the name suggests, The Treble Almanac is comprised of three separate directories:
  • The first is John Watson Stewart's Almanac, which notes a wide variety of information relating to Ireland, encompassing details about mail and stage coach timetables, establishment lists for the army and navy, schools etc.
  • The second is the English Court Registry, listing royalty, nobility, parliamentarians, military and naval lists, the civil establishment and judiciary lists etc;
  • The third, and by far the most useful to genealogists, is Wilson's Dublin Directory. It includes a very comprehensive list of Dublin's barristers, attorneys, medical practitioners, merchants, pawnbrokers, grocers, shoemakers, tanners, upholsters, auctioneers, brewers, painters, ironmongers, drapers, butchers, bakers, tailors etc. It also includes a list of the capital city's streets, lanes and alleyways.
In the new online database, entries include the first name and surname of the individual, their occupation and street address, and provide a link to a map taken from the Statistical Survey of the County Dublin, (Dublin, 1802). There are just over 3,600 entries available to search.

This edition of the Almanac is dated a year before the American Declaration of Independence in 1776; interestingly, the list of attorneys and barristers notes several who had qualified in Ireland but then migrated to the North American colonies. Among them are barristers Thomas Knox Gordon, who qualified in 1755 and by 1775 was the Chief Justice of North Carolina, and Edward Savage, who qualified in 1760 and subsequently became the Second Justice of North Carolina. There are also references to Canada, eg barrister Jonathan Belcher, who qualified in Michaelmas term 1741 and by 1775 was the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia.

In launching the new resource, Steven Smyrl, the Society's chairman, said: "This is yet another valuable resource being added to the IGRS website. Trade directories allow family historians to quickly identify where in a large town their merchant or tradesman ancestor lived and worked, and thus open up other relevant material such as guild records, parish registers, land deeds and freeman rolls.

"I would like to thank Nick Reddan, the Society's webmaster, for his dedication in compiling this valuable database. Nick is based in Australia, proving that distance is no barrier to assisting the Society through volunteer indexing and transcribing." Everyone can access the free-to-all database, which includes each resident’s surname, occupation and address. However, only members can see first names.

The 1775 Dublin Directory can be searched here.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: a bumper summer package of volunteer-contributed records

Summer makes the job of clambouring around graveyards taking photographs a little more enjoyable, so it's no real surprise that the latest two-week package from the volunteer team at IGP Archives is jam-packed with headstone photos and memorial transcriptions. Eleven burial grounds have been visited, and the number of names referenced in the resulting files tot up to more than 3,000. In addition, there are about 2,800 transcriptions from church registers and workhouse records.

Deaths at St Martin's Orphanage,
St Otteran's / Ballinaneeshagh, Waterford.
Click for larger image.
Photo courtesy IGPArchives / Valerie Ackroyd.
CARLOW Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Photos and inscriptions: Clonegal, St Brigids RC, Old Part

CAVAN Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Photos and inscriptions: St Michael's Graveyard, Potahee

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Photos and inscriptions: Carnone Presbyterian Graveyard

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Photos and inscriptions: Deansgrange Cem., St. Anne's, Pts 3 & 4

LIMERICK Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Photos and inscriptions: St Nicholas Cemetery, Adare

MAYO Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Photos and inscriptions: Mayo Abbey (partial)

MEATH Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Photos and inscriptions: St. Mary's, Navan (Right Side) (R-S)

MONAGHAN
& FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives – Church Records
Photos and inscriptions: Clones Parish Marriages 1817-1820 (E. Division) Updated

WATERFORD
Genealogy Archives – Headstones & Church Records
Photos and inscriptions: Waterford City, Ballybricken, Holy Trinity Without (Pts 1-3)
Photos and inscriptions: Waterford City, Patrick Street Graveyard
Photos and inscriptions: Waterford City, St Otteran's - Pt 6
Transcriptions of Burials at St. Patrick's Churchyard, 1723-1855 (over 2600 names)

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives – Headstones & Newspapers
Photos and inscriptions: All Saints Church (CoI), Killesk, Duncannon
Transcription: Wexford Independent - Workhouse Entries, 27 July 1864

Monday, 31 July 2017

Emerald Ancestors relaunches with new records

https://www.emeraldancestors.com/
Check out the new-look site
After two or three years without any updates, the Emerald Ancestors website has been relaunched with a modern design, a new pricing structure, and plans for the release of new records to its database.

Getting the ball rolling is the upload of transcribed baptismal records for Faughanvale or St Canice’s Parish Church in the village of Eglinton, Co. Londonderry, which forms part of the Church of Ireland Diocese of Derry & Raphoe.

Dating from 1805 to 1885, records from the Baptismal Registers include the child’s name, date of birth and baptism; the father’s name and mother’s forename; and the townload in which the family lived. Occasional annotations in the registers about the family are also included.

Marriage records 1845–1935 for the same church are already included in Emerald Ancestor's marriage collection from 1845 to 1935.

In addition to new records, the refreshed site has a number of free resources available to family historians, as well as a tree builder.

It's good to see the site back!

Ancestry adds RAF Servicemen, 1918-1940 collection

Ancestry has added the UK RAF Airmen records 1918-1940 collection to its database.

More than 616,000 servicemen are included in these records, and nearly 4,000 of them are Irish-born.

The original records, which are held in AIR 79 by The National Archives in Kew, London, have been partially transcribed by Ancestry. Typically, a search delivers name, gender, age, birth date and place, service number and start date, next of kin and relationship to the airman. Sometimes the mother's name is also provided. See examples (right) of the search results for Bernard Trayner (sic) and William Carroll.

For additional details of the serviceman's record, you need to shift over to Fold 3, Ancestry's specialist military database. (A US$30 discount offer expires tonight, by the way.)

So what extra information is held in the full record? Here's the additional details discovered by viewing the images for these two randomly selected servicemen:

Bernard Traynor
Bernard was born in Tullow, not Tollon as the transcription would have it (no such place exists). The transcription of his surname is incorrect, too. His religion was Church of Ireland and he was an insurance agent when he joined the RAF. A physical description is provided but there are no details regarding his service because it lasted no longer than three and a half months; he deserted on 12 January 1919. His brother James was noted as living at 1 McGowen Terrace, Ranelagh, Dublin.

William Carroll
William's birthplace was noted as Kilcormac (again, the transcription is not correct), a town in King's County, now County Offaly. He was a Roman Catholic and a shop assistant when he enlisted for a two-year engagement as a Rigger. His character was good and his trade proficiency fair or satisfactory. He required treatment for a gum condition and spent part of his service in Egypt. A personal description is provided of William, while the address of Peter, his father, is written as Ballinacorry, which is probably Ballynacarrig, a townland about 4km outside Kilcormac. William was discharged in May 1921 with a total service towards a pension of 2 years and 220 days.

Irish Genealogy Essentials course: Belfast, October

Ulster Historical Foundation logo
The Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF) will be repeating its popular Irish Genealogy Essentials: A Family History course in October.

The course delivers a week of intensive learning, with practical demonstrations using relevant websites and other electronic resources, and a day and a half of guided research in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Participants will have full access to the Foundation’s research and newspaper library, electronic resources, and the expertise of its staff and researchers. Course materials are included, and so is morning coffee! It is held in central Belfast.

This taught course is designed for those who are relatively new to Irish family history and wish to get to grips with research techniques, archives and genealogical sources in Ireland. It will also be useful to those with more genealogical experience who wish to learn more about lesser-known sources, many of which are not yet online and are available only in the archives.

Course fees are £399.99 for non-Guild members (£374.99 for Guild members). Delegates need to make their own arrangements for accommodation and lunches during the course.

More information and online booking form.

Irish genealogy & heritage events, 31 July-13 August

Monday 31 July to end of year: Out of the Doctor's Bag. Hosts: RCPI in collaboration with the Retired GPs Group of the Irish College of General Practitioners. Venue: RCPI Heritage Centre, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.  Open 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday. Free. All welcome. No booking required.

Thursday 3 August: An Introduction to Irish Genealogy Online, with PJ Smith, Kathy Robins and Lynne Puckett. Host and venue: Billings Public Library, 510 North 28th Street, Billings, Montana, USA. Free. All welcome. 6:30 pm. For more information, T: (406) 657-8258.

Friday 4 August: Thomas Ashe—martyr, musician, sportsman and Gaeilgóir, a History Ireland Hedge School. Venue: Lispole Community Hall, Garrynadur, Lispole, Co. Kerry. Panel includes Mary McAuliffe, Richard McElligott, Joe Higgins and Micheál Ó Moráin. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Saturday 5 August: Irish Names Through History,  with Jacquie Ziegler.  Host and venue: Billings Public Library, 510 North 28th Street, Billings, Montana, USA. Free. From 2:30 to 4 p.m. All welcome.  For more information, call the library on  (406) 657-8258.

Saturday 5 August: Militaria and Medal Fair. Host: Medal Society of Ireland. Venue: Knox Memorial Hall, Monkstown, Co. Dublin. 1pm-5pm. All welcome. Admission: €4/members €2.

Saturday 5 August: Roger Casement and the Irish in Islington, a historical walking tour. Hosts: Wolfe Tone Society London and London Easter 1916-1924 Centenary Committee. Meet at Tube Station, Caledonian Rd, London N7, then walking to HMP Pentonville prison and other areas of interest around South Islington associated with Irish History. Noon to 2pm, approx. Free. Details.

Monday 7 August: Public Holiday in Republic of Ireland. All repositories, archives, libraries etc closed. Free Genealogy Advisory Services at National Archives of Ireland and National Library of Ireland will not be operating.

Tuesday 8 August: Irish Genealogy Hour – hands-on research in the computer classroom. Host and venue: Billings Public Library, 510 North 28th Street, Billings, Montana, USA. Free. All welcome. Noon to 1pm. For more information, T: (406) 657-8258.

Tuesday 8 August: British & Irish newspapers, and Irish Family History Resources Online, two lectures with Chris Paton as part of the Researching Abroad, British Isles & European Ancestors conference taking place 8 and 9 August at Kedron Wavell Services Club, 21 Kittyhawk Drive, Chermside South, Queensland 4032, Australia. 9:00am-4:50pm each day. Day fees apply. Details and registration.

Tuesday 8 August: Genealogical evening, with Dr Paul MacCotter. Host and 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 required.

Wednesday 9 August: The Big Houses of East Belfast, with Roger Dixon. Part of the Eastside Arts Festival 2017. Host: PRONI. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Advance registration necessary.

Thursday 10 August: Irish nurses in the First World War, with Dr Phylomena Badsey. Hosts: Western Front Association and PRONI. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. All welcome. £4 donation requested. 6:30pm to 8:45pm. Details.

Thursday 10 August: Delayed opening at National Library of Ireland. All areas/locations of the National Library in Dublin will remain closed until 11am to facilitate a staff development meeting.

Thursday 10 August: 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 10 August: Waterford's medieval walls, an evening fieldtrip. Host: Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Meet in the Applemarket, Waterford City at 7pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €5.

Friday 11 August: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of PRONI, with archival staff. Covers the research areas, the sorting, listing and cataloguing of new materials, the secure stores, the Conservation Suite and the Photography Studio. Host and Venue: Hosts: The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Belfast Titanic Society. Venue: PRONI, 2 Titanic Blvd, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. Free. Two identical two-hour tours: choose 10am or 2pm. Register.

Friday 11 August to Sunday 13 August: The Irish Fair of Minnesota. The largest free Irish fair in the USA takes place this weekend, with entertainment, Celtic Kitchen, a cultural area, vendors. Family history help will be on offer from the Irish Genealogical Society International stand. Venue: Harriet Island, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Open Friday, Noon to 7pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 6pm. More details.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

25% discount on DNA kits from Ancestry IE/UK

Ancestry.ie - pay in euros
Ancestry UK is offering a 25% discount on the cost of its DNA testing kits for customers in the UK and Ireland.

This reduces the basic price as follows:

Pay in Euros: Price reduces from €95 to €70. Postage and packing costs are additional.

Pay in Sterling
: Price reduces from £79 to £59. Postage and packing costs are additional.
http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-5737308-10819001?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ancestry.co.uk

The discount will be available until Thursday 3 August

I'm not sure if similar savings apply in Ancestry's other geographical territories. I shall endeavour to find out. Ancestry make this difficult, thanks to their wretched geo locator.




Tuesday, 25 July 2017

New user-guides from Registry of Deeds Index Project

The Registry of Deeds Index Project has been updated with the latest entries submitted by its growing volunteer team. It now holds 247,262 entries from 27,664 memorials of deeds. They're all free to search.

Starting page for the Townland Index for townlands
starting with the letter C in County Cork, 1810-1819.
Additionally, Index Project manager Nick Reddan FIGRS and one of the stalwart volunteers, Roz McCutcheon, have added more guides to finding townlands in the Townland Index.

Follow this Find Townland Letter link and use the drop down menu to select the county and time period you are researching.

The next page allows you to search for a townland using the first letter of its name. Your selection will take you to either the first page or the end page of the appropriate imaged films now available free of charge at FamilySearch.org.

Similar Guides to the Grantor Index Films are also available on the site.

FamilySearch's ongoing upload of images of the Registry of Deeds Indexes has brought renewed vitality to this important volunteer project, and there are now several guides to help researchers become better acquainted with the huge record collection in Dublin, the online Index Project, and the FamilySearch images. The selection can be found here.


The Church of Ireland and the Irish Convention, 1917

On this day, 100 years ago, the Irish Convention opened in Trinity College Dublin. Taking place just over a year since the Easter Rising, the Convention was an attempt by the British Government to keep nationalist and unionist Ireland together as a single political entity; the objective was to bring Irishmen together to resolve the problem of Home Rule and to draft a political settlement satisfactory to a broad spectrum of interests.

The Church of Ireland Gazette's
“The Week” column, 27th July 1917.
It was a vain hope and ended in failure, and it was the last time that all of Ireland participated in political negotiations to find a solution to the Irish question before Partitition in 1921.

The Government invited the two Church of Ireland archbishops of Armagh and Dublin to attend and engage in the discussions. Additionally the Roman Catholic hierarchy was represented by the Archbishop of Cashel and the bishops of Down, Raphoe and Ross, and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland by its Moderator.

Previously hidden aspects of the Church of Ireland’s input and influence on the Irish Convention have been brought to light in a new online exhibition (link below) from the RCB Library – the Church’s record repository and reference library.

The exhibition draws on the rich resources of the weekly Church of Ireland Gazette for insight to what could be considered as the moderate and middle-ground opinion of the period. Editions of the Gazette published between 1890 and 1923 are freely searchable online.

View the new online exhibition, “Good Wishes for the Great Adventure”: The Church of Ireland & the Irish Convention, 1917.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Irish genealogy, heritage & history, 24 July to 6 August

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.

Thursday 3 August: An Introduction to Irish Genealogy Online, with PJ Smith, Kathy Robins and Lynne Puckett. Host and venue: Billings Public Library, 510 North 28th Street, Billings, Montana, USA. Free. All welcome. 6:30 pm. For more information, T: (406) 657-8258.

Friday 4 August: Thomas Ashe—martyr, musician, sportsman and Gaeilgóir, a History Ireland Hedge School. Venue: Lispole Community Hall, Garrynadur, Lispole, Co. Kerry. Panel includes Mary McAuliffe, Richard McElligott, Joe Higgins and Micheál Ó Moráin. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Saturday 5 August: Irish Names Through History,  with Jacquie Ziegler.  Host and venue: Billings Public Library, 510 North 28th Street, Billings, Montana, USA. Free. From 2:30 to 4 p.m. All welcome.  For more information, call the library on  (406) 657-8258.

Saturday 5 August: Militaria and Medal Fair. Host: Medal Society of Ireland. Venue: Knox Memorial Hall, Monkstown, Co. Dublin. 1pm-5pm. All welcome. Admission: €4/members €2.

Saturday 5 August: Roger Casement and the Irish in Islington, a historical walking tour. Hosts: Wolfe Tone Society London and London Easter 1916-1924 Centenary Committee. Meet at Tube Station, Caledonian Rd, London N7, then walking to HMP Pentonville prison and other areas of interest around South Islington associated with Irish History. Noon to 2pm, approx. Free. Details.

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.
http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-5737308-10819001?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ancestry.co.uk%2Fcs%2Ffree-access

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 http://www.nli.ie/en/online-orders.aspx.

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 info@nli.ie.

http://www.nli.ie/en/online-orders.aspx

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.

http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5895&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk%2Ftitles%2Flimerick-chronicleThe 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.

http://irishacademicpress.ie/product/the-civil-war-in-dublin-the-fight-for-the-irish-capital-1922-1924/Written 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

http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5895&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk%2Ftitles%2Fmid-ulster-mail
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


http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5895&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk%2Faccount%2Fsubscribe%3FPromotionCode%3DBNAJULY30The 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 FindMyPast.co.uk. 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 FindMyPast.com. 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.