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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Book launch - Dublin: A New Illustrated History

https://www.collinspress.ie/dublin-a-new-illustrated-history.html
A new book telling the story of Dublin has been published by Collins Press.

Dublin: A New Illustrated History. The story of the capital from origins to the present, by historian and walking tour guide John Gibney, is a 348-page hardback featuring full colour photographs and a multitude of tales to explain how the city developed. The author tells his story of the capital’s social, political, cultural and architectural past through anecdotes about personalities, goings-on, buildings, literature and song over the centuries.

Unlike other histories, this sweeping portrait starts with the prehistoric settlements from which the city’s two names, Dublin and Baile Átha Cliath, are drawn, charting its growth through the Vikings and Normans, the Georgian, Victorian and Revolutionary eras, into the new millennium.

Each chapter brings a different period to life with lavish artworks, maps, artefacts and photos. The absorbing episodes and characters that fill these pages guarantee that this book is no mere local history. Rather, it is an illuminating chronicle of the Irish nation’s nerve centre and will captivate everyone interested in the ebb and flow of Irish life.

Via the publisher's website, the book is on sale for €29.99, which includes free shipping in Ireland. Its ISBN is 9781848893306.

The official launch of the book will be held this evening, from 6:30pm, at Hodges Figgis in Dawson Street, Dublin 2. The guest speaker will be Frank McDonald, author, journalist and former Environment Editor of the Irish Times. John Gibney published this tweet earlier today: 'If near @Hodges_Figgis tonight...all welcome!'

MilitaryArchives.ie prepares to release more MSPC files

http://www.militaryarchives.ie/collections/online-collections/military-service-pensions-collection
MilitaryArchives.ie has announced some details of its imminent online release from the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection. These files relate to claims lodged by the participants of the revolutionary period or by their dependents and have already yielded significant new information for period.  .

This will be the fourth instalment from the collection and includes the files of 1,576 individuals. In total, this instalment includes 290,000 scanned pages in 4,730 files. These files relate to claims lodged by the participants of the revolutionary period or by their dependents and contain a wealth of new and unique information for the period.

The release includes:
  • 300 women participants
  • 343 IRA Civil War casualties
  • 66 individuals executed during the Civil War.
  • 352 claims lodged by dependants of deceased participants
  • 5 veterans of Easter Week
  • 510 applications for service (either pre-Truce or War of Independence and Civil War (IRA and National Army)
The names and residences of the 1,576 individuals have been published in a downloadable list (PDF 1.3Mb). The release will be on Tuesday 24 October.

See details about the various record sets within the MSPC that are already online here.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Rockstar Genealogists 2017 poll: voting ends Saturday

Rockstar Genealogists 2017 poll is now open for your votes.

Run by blogger John D Reid of Anglo-Celtic-Connections, the Rockstar awards were introduced as a way of helping the organisers of lecture programmes to know who is popular internationally and in different regions.

John says:"Rockstar genealogists are those who give 'must attend' presentations at family history conferences or as webinars, who when you see a new family history article or publication by that person, makes it a must buy. If you hang on their every word on a blog, podcast or newsgroup, or follow avidly on Facebook or Twitter they are likely Rockstar candidates. For clarity, it's about communication and influence not who's the best researcher."

Voting requires access through a Google account. This stops people voting multiple times. If you don't already have an account, you can sign up for free here.

You can  select as many or as few of the nominated genealogists as you wish, but you can submit only once.

All votes need to have been submitted by 2pm (EDT-USA/Canada) / 7pm Dublin/London.




Monday, 16 October 2017

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives passes milestone

Please see below a summary of the files added to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives (IGP Archives) in the first two weeks of this month. 

The volunteer team noted that in the course of these uploads, more than 120,000 gravestone images – an impressive milestone – are now available to view via the IGP Headstone Project.

ARMAGH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ballymacnab Old Graveyard - McKee & McParlan

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Donaghmore, St. Patrick's (CoI)
Meenglass(CoI) Diocese of Raphoe


DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Anne's Section, Pt. 6
Golden Bridge Cemetery, Part 2 (D-G)
Mount Jerome, Dublin - Part 178

LIMERICK Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mungret Graveyard

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Urney Cemetery, Parts - Completed

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Otteran's, Waterford City, Part 8

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Greenane Main Cemetery, Part 2

Accredited Genealogists Ireland admits new Affiliates

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) has announced that two more genealogists have recently been admitted as Affiliates of the association. The Affiliate category was introduced by AGI as a stepping stone towards an application for accreditation from genealogists in the early stage of their transition to professional status.

The two new Affiliates are  Séamus O’Donoghue, who is based in his native Co. Clare, and Des Murtagh, originally from Dublin and now resident in Co. Kildare.

AGI's two new affiliates: Séamus O’Donoghue (left) and Des Murtagh (right)

AGI has limited places in the Affiliate programme, partly because each Affiliate is matched with a mentor from within the body of accredited Members.  To date there have been fifteen Affiliates and six of them have progressed through the accreditation process to becoming Members (MAGIs). See the AGI website for more information about the Affiliate programme.





Irish genealogy and heritage events, 16-29 October

Monday 16 October: 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 16 October: 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 16 October: The History of the Kelly Family from 1820 (Kelly Coal Boats), with Kelly Wilson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 17 October: The frustrated return of WW1 Irish ex-servicemen, with Dr Emmanuel Destenay. 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 17 October: The Irish Boundary Commission of 1925, with Declan Ryan. Also: Viking influences around us, with Brian Mac Aongusa. Host: Foxrock Local History Club. Venue: Foxrock Pastoral Centre (rear of Foxrock Church), Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. Admission €5 / Members free.

Tuesday 17 October: Rathnadrinna Fort: Excavation of a multi-period hilltop in Cashel, with Richard O'Brien. 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 18 October: Reformation 500, a History Ireland Hedge School, with Editor Tommy Graham. On the panel for the roundtable discussion will be Adrian Empey, John McCafferty, Alison Forrestal, Gesa Thiessen. Host and venue: St Werburgh’s Church, Werburgh Street, Dublin. 7pm. Free.

Wednesday 18 October: Carlow lunatic asylum, from 1832, with Dr Catherine Cox. Host: Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society. Venue: Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Road, Carlow. 8pm. All welcome. Free. Details.

Thursday 19 October to 29 October: Liverpool Irish Festival, film screenings, theatrical performances, music sessions, talks, tours and debates. Venues: Various across Liverpool, UK. See the full programme.

Friday 20 October to Sunday 22 October: Back To Our Past, Ireland's largest genealogy shin-dig with exhibitors, free family history advice, DNA help, discounts, free lectures and much more. Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017 conference runs alongside it. Venue: Shelbourne Hall, RDS Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. 11am to 6pm daily. Normal admission €10 per day. Advance admission (online) €5 per person per day. See Irish Genealogy News' preview.

Friday 20 October: Following the footsteps of the Cork Fenians – 150th Anniversary of the Rising, with John Mulcahy. Host: Carrigtwohill & District Historical Society. Venue: St David's Centre (in old graveyard), Chapel Lane, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork. 8pm. Admission: €5 on door.

Friday 20 October: Medieval nunneries in Ireland, with Dr Tracy Collins. Host: Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Parnell Room, Granville Hotel, Meagher's Quay, Waterford City. 8pm. Members free / Non-members €5. All welcome.

Saturday 21 October: Unique aspects of Irish research, with Tom Rice. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Celtic Junction Arts Center,  836 Prior Ave, North St Paul, MN, USA. 10:30 am to 12 noon. $15 for IGSI members, $20 for non-members. Details.

Monday 23 October: 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 23 October: Protest and resistance during the Great Famine, with Dr. John Cunningham. Host: Moate Museum and Historical Society. Venue: Grand Hotel, Main Street, Moate, Co Westmeath. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 25 October: The October Revolution in Russia: The Impact of Communism in Ireland conference. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. 10am – 4pm. Free, but need to book ticket. The exhibition, Women in the Russian Revolution will be on display at PRONI on the day of the Conference.

Wednesday 25 October: Pre-Famine Dublin: a calamity waiting to happen? with Vincent Ruddy. Host: The Old Dublin Society. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 26 October: Researching around Adoption and using DNA Resources, with Séan T Traynor. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society Ballymena Branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm. All welcome.

Ireland on lock down for forecast storm on Monday

(Midday Monday forecast) Image from Met Eireann
Due to the forecast of extreme weather across Ireland as ex-hurricane Ophelia passes rather too close for comfort, most if not all public institutions will be closed on Monday.

Provided the power stays on, it'll be a day for online research!

Keep safe everyone.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Participants sought for survey of Ireland's holy wells

A nationwide crowd-sourcing survey project has been launched to identify and document Ireland's holy wells, and the associated traditions/beliefs associated with them held by our ancestors. County by county across both the Republic and Northern Ireland, it will record those holy well sites that remain in active use and also those nearly lost to living memory.

The project is being managed by its creator, Dr Celeste Ray, Professor of Anthropology at the University of the South in Swanee, Tennessee, USA. She has been researching Irish holy wells since 2000.

Project participants will find suggested research questions and instructions on the Ireland's Holy Wells project website. Any data submitted will be appreciated and you do not have to answer every question to be a contributor.

It's hoped local researchers will capture accounts of the prayer 'rounds' unique to each well, plus details of the patron saint, associated flora and fauna, and cures; audio clips of the pronunciation of well names and townland locations; video clips of interviews, pattern days, or demonstrations of the rounds; and photographs of the sites, votive offerings and associated stations.

Items are already starting to be added to the website, which is worth browsing. So far, the only counties with entries are Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Offaly and Tipperary.

The information gathered from the survey will produce a permenant open-access archive of known holy wells and the beliefs attached to them. The database of geographical and archaeological data, oral recordings, videos of the sites and demonstrations of the traditions, written memories and stories etc – will be donated to the National Folklore Collection.

St Patrick's Well, Gortmore, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary is one of the largest holy wells in Ireland.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

GRO England & Wales launches second phase of pilot scheme for pdf birth & death certificates

The General Register Office for England and Wales (GRO-EW) has today launched another phase of its PDF Certificates Pilot scheme. As its name implies, the service offers researchers a chance to purchase a pdf format image of a historical civil registration certificate (births and deaths only); the cost is £6, rather than the regular £9.25 for a watermarked paper version.

Paper certificates (above) cost £9.25 each. 
PDF versions are £6.
This extension of the scheme, which was first trialled from November 2016 to April 2017, will run for a minimum of three months. The GRO-EW hope this will help them to better understand the level of demand for such a service. It will also mean, for me and probably many others who missed the earlier phase, the opportunity to get ourselves in gear and purchase certificates for those of our Irish ancestors who crossed the Irish Sea and settled in England or Wales.

The years covered by the pilot are 1837–1916 for births, and 1837–1957 for deaths.

Applications must be made via the GRO-EW online service and must include a GRO-EW index reference. You can do a free search for the index reference on that site. Alternatively you could find the reference on the freeBMD website.

Unlike the first phase process, pdfs ordered under the extended scheme will not be sent as an email attachment to the researcher. Instead, the researcher will receive an email advising that the pdf image is ready to view and download from his/her account page. PDFs will remain available to view for three months from the date of the order, and no reminders will be issued prior to deletion.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

New book explores the working lives of Dublin dockers

http://irishacademicpress.ie/product/the-dublin-docker-the-working-lives-of-dublins-deep-sea-port/
If you have ancestral connections to Dublin's dockyards, you might want to check out a new book from Irish Academic Press: The Dublin Docker: Working Lives of Dublin’s Deep-Sea Port, by Aileen O'Carroll and Don Bennett.

The 285-page paperback explores the working lives of the capital's dockers from the mid-19th-century to the 1970s.

Lavishly illustrated with photos of the port, the dockyards and the men who worked there, the book tells the social history of the Dublin quaysides and how the dockers lives were impacted by events, especially the Dublin Lockout, WW1, the Easter Rising and the War of Independence.

Priced from €24.99 | ISBN 9781911024729

Extensive church records for Co. Armagh are in the pipe

Armagh Ancestry, the Irish Family History Foundation's designated research centre for genealogical research in County Armagh, has reached an important milestone in a two-year project to upload another significant chunk of church records to its sizeable database on RootsIreland.ie.

The records have been transcribed from  the following sources:
  • Church of Ireland (CofI) baptism, marriage and burial registers,
  • Presbyterian baptism and marriage registers,
  • Quaker marriage and burial registers, and
  • Methodist baptism registers.
In some instances, the additional transcripts 'top-up' a specific parish's collection. For example, the records already searchable on the database for Milltown CofI collection currently consists of marriages from 1845 to 1921; the new tranche of records will include baptism 1840-1864, burials 1845 to 1889, and slightly earlier marriages from 1840-1845. In other cases, records are about to be uploaded for parishes that were not previously represented in the database (for example, baptism records for the Bannfoot Methodist congregation and Montiaghs CofI).

The project team has recently imputted these records but they have yet to be fully validated. The validation process will take some time to complete, and only then will they all be available to search at RootsIreland.ie.

You can see a full breakdown of Armagh Ancestry's existing collection at RootsIreland here.

A summary of the soon-to-be validated additions can be found here.

If you think one of your ancestors may be discovered among these records and you just can't wait for the online database to be updated, you can ask Armagh Ancestry to make a manual search. You'll need to name your ancestor and pay a £10 fee for the service. Contact Armagh.Ancestry@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 9-22 October

Monday 9 October: 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 9 October: The Irish Linen Industry, with Brian Mackay. Host: Carryduff Historical Society. Venue: Committee Room, Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Hillsborough Road, Carryduff, Co Down. 8pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members £2.

Monday 9 October: Carnmoney Graveyard, with Nigel Henderson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. 7pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 October: Irish Family History Group, monthly meeting. Host and venue: The Core Library, Theatre Square, Homer Road, Solihull, UK, B91 3RG. 10am to Noon. All welcome, for genealogy help and support.

Tuesday 10 October: DMP casualties during the War of Independence – Part Three, with James Scanlon. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland (GSI). Venue: Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. €3 donation. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 October: Family history: A beginner's guide to DNA, with Martin McDowell. Host and venue: Belfast Central Library, Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1EA. Free. 2pm–3pm. Booking advised; T: 028 9050 9150. All welcome. 

Wednesday 11 October: Irish Family History Advice Sessions, with Archivists. Host and venue: Glasgow City Archives, Level 5, Mitchell Library, Granville Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN, Scotland. Bookable one-to-one slots. Book in person at Granville St. reception or phone 0141 287 2999.

Thursday 12 October: The Plantation families of North-West Ulster, with Brian Mitchell MAGI. Host and venue: Ballymena Central Library, 5 Pat's Brae, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT43 5AX. Free. 12:30pm. All welcome. Details: T- 028 2563 3950; E- ballymena.library@librariesni.org.uk​.

Thursday 12 October: 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 12 October: How to get ready to search Irish records, with Kevin Cassidy. Host: Greater Omaha Genealogical Society – Irish Interest Group. Venue: LDS Omaha Stake Center, 14680 California Street, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. 7pm. Free, but advance registration required by email to Rita Henry (rhenry416@cox.net).

Friday 13 October: Tour of the Newspaper Library and how to use it for genealogy research. Host and venue: Belfast Central Library, Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1EA. Free. 2:30–3:30pm. Booking advised; T: 028 9050 9150. All welcome.

Saturday 14 October: Places and jurisdictions in Ireland, with Tom Rice. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Minnesota Genealogical Library, 1185 Concord St North, South St Paul, MN 55075, USA. Members $15/ Non-members $20. 10:30 to Noon. Register.

Saturday 14 October: Towns of the Ulster Plantation, a one-day conference. Hosts: Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne (Breifne Historical Society) and Cavan Genealogy. Venue: Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan. 10am to 4pm. To book, contact the Library on +353 (0)49 436 1094. Fee: €10. Booking essential. Full programme.

Saturday 14 October: Derry – the pathway to another life, with Brian Mitchell MAGI. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Tyrone Branch. Venue: Seminar Room, First Floor, Omagh Library, Dublin Road, Omagh, BT78 1HL. 10am. All welcome.

Saturday 14 October: Social life in Mayo at the turn of the century, a day of talks highlighting life in the county in the early 1900s. Host: Mayo Genealogy Group. Venue: National Museum of Ireland, Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo. 11am - 3pm. Free. but booking essential. Details..

Sunday 15 October: Irish Historical walk from Kings Cross to Soho. Hosts: London Easter 1916-1924 Centenary Committee and Irish Historical walks in London. Meeting at German Gymnasium, 1 King's Blvd, London, N1C 4BU. Taking in Irish ghettos (Bloomsbury, Soho, Somerstown), links to Fenian rising of 1867, and Easter Rising, and places with connections to famous Irish people. 12pm to 3pm. Details.

Monday 16 October: 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 16 October: 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 16 October: The History of the Kelly Family from 1820 (Kelly Coal Boats), with Kelly Wilson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 17 October: The frustrated return of WW1 Irish ex-servicemen, with Dr Emmanuel Destenay. 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 17 October: Rathnadrinna Fort: Excavation of a multi-period hilltop in Cashel, with Richard O'Brien. 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 18 October: Reformation 500, a History Ireland Hedge School, with Editor Tommy Graham. On the panel for the roundtable discussion will be Adrian Empey, John McCafferty, Alison Forrestal, Gesa Thiessen. Host and venue: St Werburgh’s Church, Werburgh Street, Dublin. 7pm. Free.

Wednesday 18 October: Carlow lunatic asylum, from 1832, with Dr Catherine Cox. Host: Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society. Venue: Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Road, Carlow. 8pm. All welcome. Free. Details.

Thursday 19 October to 29 October: Liverpool Irish Festival, film screenings, theatrical performances, music sessions, talks, tours and debates. Venues: Various across Liverpool, UK. See the full programme.

Friday 20 October to Sunday 22 October: Back To Our Past, Ireland's largest genealogy shin-dig with exhibitors, free family history advice, DNA help, discounts, free lectures and much more. Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017 conference runs alongside it. Venue: Shelbourne Hall, RDS Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. 11am to 6pm daily. Normal admission €10 per day. Advance admission (online) €5 per person per day. See Irish Genealogy News' preview.

Friday 20 October: Medieval nunneries in Ireland, with Dr Tracy Collins. Host: Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Parnell Room, Granville Hotel, Meagher's Quay, Waterford City. 8pm. Members free / Non-members €5. All welcome.

Saturday 21 October: Unique aspects of Irish research, with Tom Rice. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Celtic Junction Arts Center,  836 Prior Ave, North St Paul, MN, USA. 10:30 am to 12 noon. $15 for IGSI members, $20 for non-members. Details.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Back To Our Past & Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017

Two weeks today, at 11am on Friday 20 October, the doors to the RDS's Shelbourne Hall will open to both the Back to Our Past show and Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017.

Half price tickets are available for advance purchase
As you may have already seen in the local press, Ancestry is once again the sponsor of Back To Our Past, and also of the 50 Plus Expo which is held in the adjoining hall over the same three days (20-22 October). They'll have a big stand and visitors will be invited to seek out their ancestors in Ancestry's vast database under the guidance of a friendly member of Ancestry's team.

Other exhibitors include Family Tree DNA, Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum; PRONI; the island's four largest genealogical societies – Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS), North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS), Genealogical Society of Ireland (GSI), and the Irish Family History Society (IFHS); Accredited Genealogists Ireland; Irish Roots Magazine, the Irish Manuscript Commission, Clans and Surnames Genealogy School and Irish Genealogy Solutions.

I don't think there is yet a definitive list of exhibitors but I understand that the Irish Whiskey Museum, Titanic Belfast and Epic Ireland will be attending, and there will, as usual, be some costumed military types strutting around ready to give guidance on finding Irish military ancestors.

Making debut appearances at the show will be My Heritage and Living DNA.

I'm told that neither the National Library of Ireland nor FindMyPast Ireland will be appearing at this year's show.

A programme of traditional genealogy and heritage talks will be held throughout the day on each day of Back To Our Past. They are free and they start on the hour from Noon. The final one starts at 4pm.

GGI lectures will be video'd and uploaded to the GGI video
channel on You Tube in the weeks after the conference.
See goo.gl/1VeJJn.
The Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017 conference (GGI) will once again be taking place as a distinct element of Back To Our Past. Organiser Maurice Gleeson has again put together an exciting programme of free lectures featuring many acclaimed Genetic Genealogists from around the world.

While the conference allows for these experts to share their most recent research, the lecture programme also caters for family historians who are new to dna testing. Whether you're a complete beginner or you have a little experience but want some help understanding your results, you'll find suitable lectures are included in the programme.

Like the traditional genealogy lecture programme mentioned above, most of the GGI lectures start on the hour. However, there is one earlier lecture, which starts at 11:15am each day, and one later lecture, starting at 5pm. 

The GGI is sponsored by Family Tree DNA, who usually offer discounts to those who take a test at the show. There may also be some free tests for those with certain ancestral surnames or other criteria.

See the Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017 lecture programme.

Irish Newspaper Archive offers 30% discount

Dublin's Irish Newspaper Archive is offering a 30% discount on its monthly membership.

To take advantage of the promotion, follow the following steps:

  1. Choose your preferred currency:    Euros  |  US Dollar  |  GB Pound
  2. Select the Monthly Membership option
  3. Enter your details, and register if you do not already have an account.
  4. Use the code IREOCT30 at checkout to apply the discount.

This offer will expire on Monday 9 October.

https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Emerald Ancestors adds Ballymena Presbyterian baptisms

Baptism records from the Ballymena Second or High Kirk Presbyterian Church in Thomas Street, Ballymena, Co. Antrim have been added to the EmeraldAncestors.com database.

https://www.emeraldancestors.com/northern-ireland-ancestor-search
Click to search these records
They cover 1813–1880 inclusive and the details provided for each record include the infant's name and date of birth, the name and surname of the father, the mother's first name and maiden name, their townland or street where the family lived, together with the date of baptism. In some case, annotations provide additional information.

The database already holds transcripts from the marriage register for the same church from 1845 to 1921.

This church, originally on High Street, was designated as Ballymena Second Presbyterian Church, Kirkinriola Parish following the formation of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1840.


Enjoy a 31% saving with a new 3-month subscription to the online British Newspaper Archive

http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5895&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk%2Faccount%2Fsubscribe
The British Newspaper Archive has introduced a three-month subscription offer to its huge online database. Previously, only 1-month or 12-month options were available.

The 3-month subscription costs £25.90, representing a 31% saving on the monthly package.

The British Newspaper Archive holds historical papers dating back to the 18th-century, although its core archive dates from the 1800s. Some 22million pages are online, with more being added almost daily. They span England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, with the Irish collection currently made up of 150 publications (41 published in Northern Ireland and 109 from the Republic).

In addition to the new 3-month package, the BNA has today launched a Yorkshire and London local history campaign, which may be of interest to those whose Irish ancestors emigrated and settled in those regions. You can sample these archives with three free page views by following the links.

National Library of Ireland: Annual Review 2016

Last week the National Library of Ireland published its Annual Review of 2016. It was a busy year for the institution, which, in addition to its traditional role of collecting and conserving material, launched an ambitious five-year strategy, digitally archived more than 880 Irish websites, saw 170,000 visitors attend its five exhibitions and some 35,000 more made their way to 455 tours, talks, workshops and performances.

The Review (3.6Mb pdf) can be downloaded from NLI.ie.

I took the opportunity of the latest review to compare figures with those of the last four years, in particular looking at the number of visitors taking advantage of the Library's online and offline facilities and services. Overall, the number of visitors through the Library's doors has fallen slightly. The graph, right, makes this fall appear dramatic. In fact, the drop was less than 4%.

A genuinely dramatic reduction in numbers was witnessed in the Family History Room. From roughly 60,000 visits in each of 2013 and 2014, the number fell by 59% to less than 25,000 in 2016.

If there weren't a very good reason for this fall, there would be concern, but the simple explanation is that the National Library released images of its Roman Catholic registers collection in summer 2015. Previously, family historians had to attend the Library for the dubious pleasure of whirring through microfilmed copies of these images; now they could do this research from their own homes. The subsequent indexing and linking to the images by Ancestry, FindMyPast and RootsIreland made the task even easier. For many researchers, there is now no need for regular visits to Kildare Street.

The Library is to be congratulated for its success in making up for the loss of visiting family historians; the numbers attending tours, lectures and workshops more than doubled between 2015 and 2016.

While the numbers attending Library premises overall is steady, the Library's online presence has grown hugely. It is particulary strong on the two main social media outlets of Twitter and Facebook, where it has enormous followings, but its level of interaction with online visitors via its main website (excluding the RC Registers 'channel') and Flickr (for its photo collections), is also impressive.

Launching the Annual Review, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD said: “The Annual Review 2016 highlights the remarkable achievements of the Library last year. Nearly a quarter of a million visitors walked through the doors of the Library over the course of the year, and more than 22 million interacted with the Library online. This astounding figure demonstrates the need for libraries to provide access to information in new and innovative ways, and, through its ambitious digitisation and web archiving programme, the National Library has claimed a leadership role in the digital arena."

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Cork Archives uploads St Finbarr's burial registers

Cork City and County Archives has uploaded a full transcription of the 1867–1890 burial register for St.Finbarr's municipal cemetery in Cork City.

St Finbarr's Cemetery
Photo from Google.
The register spans 5 December 1867 to 10 June 1896 and holds records of about 5,700 burials. As if often the case with interment records, more detail about the deceased is provided in these registers than in his/her death certificate.

Particularly useful for genealogists is the attempt to include information about the deceased's place of birth. This isn't always supplied, and even when it is, it may only provide a pointer, but better a pointer than nothing. Two examples: Mary Skuze, who died in April 1885 at 14 Duncan Street, Cork, was born in Dunmanway, in the southwest of the county, and John Geraghty, who died May 1894 at 17 Summerhill, St Luke's, Cork, was born in County Roscommon.

Other information transcribed from the register is the location of grave, date of death, date of interment, religion, occupation, last place of residence, and marital status. This is the only St Finbarr's burial register currently held by the Archives, but it is hoped that additional registers (currently held by the cemetery) will be made available for digitisation in the future.

If you locate an ancestor in this register, you might like to check out the HistoricGraves.com; an ongoing project by a local team is working on photographing and transcribing headstones in this cemetery.

Monday, 2 October 2017

FindMyPast extends search filter options to counties

Further to my recent blogpost about FindMyPast adding more subcategories to help you filter results when searching Births, Marriages and Deaths collections, another refinement has been applied. This time, it's geographical searches that have been targetted. It's now possible to filter your search by county. There are two ways of doing this:

https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5947&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=https://search.findmypast.ie/historical-records?page=1&region=ireland&subcountry=carlow&subcountryfieldname=county&searchedrecordsetname=
  1. You can search the A–Z of record sets in Ireland for collections that cover your chosen county.

    Click image to the right to see the 'A-Z of record sets in Ireland' page filtered to County Carlow. You can see all the collections that include records for County Carlow, and the number of individual records held in the database for each record set.

    (You can also search by counties in the collections for England, Scotland and Wales, and by province in the Canada collection.)
  2. You can restrict your search in individual record sets to entries from one or multiple counties. The example below shows I've selected counties Carlow and Dublin as the area of enquiry for a search in the Ireland Dog Licences collection.

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Latest additions to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives has advised that its team of volunteers has uploaded the following files in the second half of September. All are freely available st IGP-web.com/IGPArchives.

Headstone in Lisonuffy churchyard,
nr Strokestown, Co Roscommon,
to Anne Tighe nee King, who died 1827, and
her teenage son, Pat, who predeceased her.
Photo courtesy Dave Hall and IGP Archives
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DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Nessan's Pt. 12
Mount Jerome - Part 177

KILKENNY Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Freshford, St. Lachtain's - New - Part 1 - 3

LONGFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ballymacormack Cemetery (R.C.) (Updated)

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Burrishoole Abbey, Part 2

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH - Church Records
Clones Parish Marriages 1817-1825, E. Div (Additional)

ROSCOMMON Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Lisonuffy/Lissonuffy Graveyard (South of Strokestown)

SLIGO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Sligo Cem. - New Part, Section A (Surnames A-C)

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Bestius Graveyard, Termonamongan Parish

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Newspaper reports
Work House Admissions & Deaths, (Assorted Dates)

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilmacanogue Old Cemetery (Updated)

Irish family history and heritage events, 2-15 October

Until 14 October: Dublin Festival of History 2017. 62 free events – talks, walks, screenings, panel discussions and seminars – still to be enjoyed at libraries, Dublin Castle, and many other venues across Dublin City. See programme for full details.

Monday 2 October: 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 2 October: A beginner’s guide to DNA, with Michael McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh Branch. Venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co. Down, BT30 9QF. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 3 October: The Miller's Tale, with Áine Foley. 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 3 October: Ireland, Egypt and India: 1919 an anti-imperialist turning point, with Dr Kate O'Malley. 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 3 October: 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.

Wednesday 4 October: The Black Death in Dublin, with Finbar Dwyer. Host: Rathmichael Historical Society. Venue: Rathmichael National School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. Fee: €4.

Wednesday 4 October: Online resources for family history, with Stephen Scarth. Host and venue: Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB. 1pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book.

Thursday 5 October: Capturing the past – photographic collections and digitisation at PRONI, with Joy Carey and Lorraine Bourke. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Part of the 'PRONI’s archives unlocked' Thursday lunchtime public talks. 1pm. Free. Need to book as spaces are limited. Details and registration.

Friday 6 October: How to start researching your family history, with Ann Robinson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch, and LibrariesNI. Venue: Carryduff Library, Church Rd, Carryduff, Co Down, BT8 8DT.  11am. Ring/email library staff for details: (44) 028 9081 3568; carryduff.library@librariesni.org.uk.

Saturday 7 October Launch of new database: An Index of Catholics and their Friends in England 1680–1840, with Rory G Higgins FSC and William Shannon PhD. Host: Catholic Family History Society. Venue: The Conference Rooms, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1, UK. Tickets £20 to include lunch, refreshments and a disc of the database. 10am-4pm. Details.

Saturday 7 October: Open Day and Book Sale, at the North of Ireland Family History Society's Library & Research Centre in Newtownabbey. Free genealogy and dna advice, pick up a bargain, learn more about the Society's busy programme of branch meetings, lectures and short courses, browse the library and map collection.11am to 4pm. All welcome. Venue: NIFHS Library & Research Centre, Valley Business Centre, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim BT36 7LS. Free parking.

Monday 9 October: 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 9 October: The Irish Linen Industry, with Brian Mackay. Host: Carryduff Historical Society. Venue: Committee Room, Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Hillsborough Road, Carryduff, Co Down. 8pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members £2.

Monday 9 October: Carnmoney Graveyard, with Nigel Henderson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. 7pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 October: Irish Family History Group, monthly meeting. Host and venue: The Core Library, Theatre Square, Homer Road, Solihull, UK, B91 3RG. 10am to Noon. All welcome, for genealogy help and support.

Tuesday 10 October: DMP casualties during the War of Independence – Part Three, with James Scanlon. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland (GSI). Venue: Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. €3 donation. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 October: Family history: A beginner's guide to DNA, with Martin McDowell. Host and venue: Belfast Central Library, Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1EA. Free. 2pm–3pm. Booking advised; T: 028 9050 9150. All welcome. 

Wednesday 11 October: Irish Family History Advice Sessions, with Archivists. Host and venue: Glasgow City Archives, Level 5, Mitchell Library, Granville Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN, Scotland. Bookable one-to-one slots. Book in person at the Granville Street reception or phone 0141 287 2999.

Thursday 12 October: The Plantation families of North-West Ulster, with Brian Mitchell MAGI. Host and venue: Ballymena Central Library, 5 Pat's Brae, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT43 5AX. Free. 12:30pm. All welcome. Details: T - 028 2563 3950; E - ballymena.library@librariesni.org.uk​.

Thursday 12 October: 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 12 October: How to get ready to search Irish records, with Kevin Cassidy. Host: Greater Omaha Genealogical Society – Irish Interest Group. Venue: LDS Omaha Stake Center, 14680 California Street, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. 7pm. Free, but advance registration required by email to Rita Henry (rhenry416@cox.net).

Friday 13 October: Tour of the Newspaper Library and how to use it for genealogy research. Host and venue: Belfast Central Library, Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1EA. Free. 2:30–3:30pm. Booking advised; T: 028 9050 9150. All welcome.

Saturday 14 October: Places and jurisdictions in Ireland, with Tom Rice. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Minnesota Genealogical Library, 1185 Concord St North, South St Paul, MN 55075, USA. Members $15/ Non-members $20. 10:30 to Noon. Register.

Saturday 14 October: Towns of the Ulster Plantation, a one-day conference. Hosts: Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne (Breifne Historical Society) and Cavan Genealogy. Venue: Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan. 10am to 4pm. To book, contact the Library on +353 (0)49 436 1094. Fee: €10. Booking essential. Full programme.

Saturday 14 October: Derry – the pathway to another life, with Brian Mitchell MAGI. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Tyrone Branch. Venue: Seminar Room, First Floor, Omagh Library, Dublin Road, Omagh, BT78 1HL. 10am. All welcome.

Sunday 15 October: Irish Historical walk from Kings Cross to Soho. Hosts: London Easter 1916-1924 Centenary Committee and Irish Historical walks in London. Meeting at German Gymnasium, 1 King's Blvd, London, N1C 4BU. Taking in Irish ghettos (Bloomsbury, Soho, Somerstown), links to Fenian rising of 1867, and Easter Rising, and places with connections to famous Irish people. 12pm to 3pm. Details.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

The Carrickfergus Advertiser joins online BNA

The online British Newspaper Archive has added The Carrickfergus Advertiser to its database.

The digital archive plans to add editions published in the following years:

1884–91 The Carrickfergus Advertiser and County Gazette.
1891–1912 The Carrickfergus Advertiser and East Antrim Gazette.

So far, the editions available to search span 1884–1895 and 1897–1899.

The title has also joined FindMyPast's Irish Newspaper Collection.

Friday, 29 September 2017

10% discount on FindMyPast's 12-month subscriptions

FindMyPast is offering a 10% discount on most of its 12-month Local and World packages.  To take advantage of the savings, use the links below. The discount code will be automatically applied at the checkout.

The discounts will expire on Sunday 8 October.


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Workhouse, Famine & Emigration conference, 7 Oct

On Saturday 7 October, the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna, Co Galway will be hosting a Workhouse, Famine, and Emigration conference. The programme for the day is below:

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9:30 am     Registration

9:45am     Welcome and Introduction, by Pierce Joyce. The conference is being chaired by Dr Christy Cunniffe who will share some of his own knowledge of 'relics int eh landscape' from this period.

10:10am    Exporting the 'permanent deadweight': emigration from the workhouse during The Famine, with Dr Gerard Moran.

11am         Tea/Coffee break

11:20am    Scariff Union Workhouse: fraught with fever, with Gerard Maddan.

12:10am    Counterprodutive: The Reproductive Loan Funds, with Steve Dolan.

1pm           Snack lunch

1:30pm      Tours of the Workhouse

2:30pm      Take care of the Emigrant Girls, with Dolores O'Shea.

3:20pm      Slow starvation: Why the workhouse system failed during the Great Famine, with Dr Christine Kinealy.

The conference is free and a light lunch will be provided; in lieu of a fee, attendees are requested to donate towards the development of a museum at the Irish Workhouse Centre.

Places are limited, so you need to book in advance by emailing info@irishworkhousecentre.ie or phoning 086 4070851.

Venue: Irish Workhouse Centre - Portumna, St. Bridget's Road, Portumna, Co. Galway.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Ancestry's ProGenealogists team in Dublin is to expand

Ancestry's ProGenealogists team in Dublin is to expand with the addition of a new Associate Genealogist role. The team, which was established in the summer of 2015, has grown to six people, and will become seven when this latest vacancy is filled.

The Associate Genealogist works with Research Managers to research, document, and prepare client sessions. The role involves gathering materials, clerical work, records dissemination and support, while allowing the Research Managers to focus on the Research project and analysis. This position will focus predominantly on Ireland, and Irish/US immigration records.

Clearly this is a professional position, demanding a degree level qualification in genealogy, history or a related field, plus at least two years' experience as a professional genealogist.

You can find a fuller job description and person specification on this recruitment page.

Autumn-term heritage/history courses at the NLI

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) is again partnering with UCD Adult Eductation to present a new series of one-term Irish heritage/history courses. Each course last eight weeks and the weekly sessions run for two-and-a-half hours.

Twentieth-Century Irish Writing
This course will be held on Tuesdays from 10am to 12:30pm. It starts on Tuesday 3 October and runs to 28 November. The tutor will be Dr Alan Graham.

From Bad News to Fake News: media and conflict 1850-2017

Presented by Dr Myles Dungan, this course will be held on Wednesdays from 10:30am to 1pm. It starts on Wednesday 4 October and runs to 29 November.

Latin America and the Irish Diaspora
Dr Edward Collins will be the tutor for this course which will be held on Thursdays, 2pm to 4:30pm, from Thursday 12 October to 14 December.

The fee for each course is €195.

You can find out more about the content of each course and the tutor at the NLI website's Lifelong Learning page.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

New look Duchas.ie relaunched with 10,000 photos

https://www.duchas.ie/enDuchas.ie, the website of the National Folklore Collection (NFC), has been relaunched. It still offers full access to the 250,459 stories of the popular School's Collection, of course, but now also sports not only a fresh design but also a digitised version of the NFC's Photographic Collection.

Just under 10,000 images are included in this photo collection, which spans the full spectrum of folk custom and tradition encompassing the following themes:
  • Settlement and Dwelling
  • Livelihood and Household Support
  • Communications and Trade
  • The Community
  • Human Life
  • Nature
  • Folk-Medicine
  • Time
  • Principles and Rules of Popular Belief and Practice
  • Mythological Tradition
  • Historical Tradition
  • Religious Tradition
  • Popular Oral Literature
  • Sports and Pastimes.
A large number of the photographs date from the early 20th century. Although it’s fair to say that there is a particular emphasis on country life, towns and cities were not neglected. The majority of urban photographs relate to Dublin and especially to the folklore collection initiative which took place at the start of the 1980s. It contains an interesting record of the people, places and various aspects of life in the capital city.

Showcasing the work of folklore collectors, many of whom were themselves talented photographers, the collection also contains images donated by NFC staff members and other stakeholders over the years. More images will be released in due course.

The Dúchas project is the result of a partnership, beginning in 2012, between the National Folklore Collection in UCD, one of the largest folklore collections in the world, UCD Digital Library and Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge. The objective of the project is to digitize the National Folklore Collection and make it available to the public online.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

John Grenham starts work on the NAI's Irish census corrections backlog

John Grenham MAGI FIGRS
Regular readers of Irish Genealogy News will remember my blogpost about the National Archives of Ireland 's project to (finally) tackle the backlog of corrections submitted by email by researchers who had identified errors, mainly of transcription, in the online 1901/1911 Irish census collections.

The tender for the project, which will last for about a year, was issued in June and yesterday the well-known genealogist John Grenham MAGI announced on his blog that he is the lucky chap now up to his elbows in these emails and making appropriate amendments to the database.

There are thought to be about  20,000 of these emails to work through. As far as I’m aware, amendments will be updated to the live site on a regular basis but I’m not sure how often that will be.

You can read John's initial observations about the project here.

When did electricity transform your ancestors' lives?

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ESB Archives has provided a free curio of information to add to your research into the daily lives of your more recent ancestors and family: an interactive map where you can discover when electricity reached more than 1,300 villages, towns and parishes across the Republic of Ireland.

Connection to Ireland's electricity network transformed our families' lives, but the rollout took nearly 50 years. The Electricity Supply Board was established in 1927, a time when only 45,000 homes had an electrical supply (usually from local authorities and private suppliers), and it was 1978 before the most rural communities were reached.

You can find out more about the creation of the map and ESB's ongoing project to digitise its archive collection at ESB.ie.

ESB Archives is based in Parnell Avenue, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 12 and is open by appointment.

Monday, 25 September 2017

IGRS updates its exclusive Early Irish BMD Indexes

The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) has added a further 5,000 records to its exclusive Early Irish Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes. This brings the total number of names in the collection to just under 260,000.

Originating from lesser used and obscure sources of Irish births, marriages and deaths, the indexes now comprise a total of 24,500 births (noting 47,800 names), 83,600 marriages (186,800 names) and 16,800 deaths (24,500 names).

This particular update draws from a range of material: surviving 19th century census records; marriage licence indexes; pre-1922 abstracts from exchequer and chancery court records; memorial inscriptions; biographical notices from newspapers; a large number of long forgotten published works on particular families and places; and memorials from Ireland's Registry of Deeds.

One of the rare books from which data is drawn is the Memoirs of the Fultons of Lisburn, which was published in 1903 and includes references not only to folk called Fulton, but many other associated families from the area.

Early BMD Index Project coordinator Roz McCutcheon says the book provides great detail, allowing long dead people to be easily identified. "Take Richard Fulton of Lisburn, as an example" she says. "We can conclude he was dead by April 1823, having outlived his wife, Elizabeth, whose maiden surname was Shanks, and who had died before him in July 1812 aged 60, and thus born about 1752."

"This particular update also draws heavily from Registry of Deeds memorials, access to which is now much easier since FamilySearch uploaded images of the old 1950s microfilms at the beginning of this year. Contrary to popular belief, the memorials make reference to all sorts of types and classes of people. A deed of 1808 allowed us to flesh out an entry in the death index to a widowed shopkeeper called Jane Rooney, noting her address as South Great George's, Dublin and her maiden surname as Kirk. It also linked her to her married sister, Matilda McDonnell."

The Society says there will be a further update of BMD data to the indexes before the end of the year.

You can search the databases here:

IGRS Early Irish Marriages Index - Free to all
IGRS Early Births Index - Name search only for non-members
IGRS Early Deaths Index - Name search only for non-members

Irish genealogy and history events, 25 Sept to 7 Oct

Monday 25 September to Friday 29 September: Return to the Causeway: A journey into the past, a week-long conference. Host: Causeway Coast and Glens Branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: Atlantic Hotel, Portrush, Co Antrim. Details. Day tickets available.

Monday 25 September: 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 26 September: Sir Charles Coote, Earl of ellamont (1738-1800), politician, soldier and philanderer, with John Coleman. Host and venue: Cootehill Library, Bridge Street, Drumaveil North, Cootehill, Co Cavan. 7pm. Free but booking required by phone to 049 5559873.

Tuesday 26 September: 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 26 September: The Penal Times: The Catholic Church in Eighteenth-Century Ireland, with Professor Ian McBride. Host: Boston College. Venue: Devlin Hall, Room 101, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Boston, MA 02467, USA. 5:00-7:00 pm. Free, but need to register in advance.

Tuesday 26 September: The grand old man of the Australian Parliament: The Hon. John Meagher (1836-1920), MLC, KCSG, with Paul O'Brien. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. All welcome. Members free/non-members €5.

Wednesday 27 September: Open Irish genealogy session, with Lisa Dougherty. Host and venue: Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, New York, USA. Free. 11am to 2pm. No need to book.

Thursday 28 September: Irish genealogy: Resources and research methods. Host and Venue: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classrooms, New York State Library, 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave), New York, NY, USA. Noon to 1:30pm. Basic computer skills and some research experience required. Free. No need to book.

Thursday 28 September: A Forgotten Irish Cultural Moment: The 1899 Ballinrobe Controversy, with Professor Brian Ó Conchubhair. The 2017 Dalsimer Lecture. Host: Center for Irish Programs. Venue: Devlin Hall, Room 101, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Boston, MA 02467, USA. 5pm to 7:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 28 September: Sport in the Archives, with Andrew Toland. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Part of the 'PRONI’s archives unlocked' Thursday lunchtime public talks. 1pm. Free. Need to book as spaces are limited. Details and registration.

Friday 29 September: The Reading Room of the National Archives of Ireland, in Bishop Street, Dublin 8, will be closed until 2pm.

Friday 29 September to 14 October: Dublin Festival of History, organised by Dublin City Council. Full programme online at dublinfestivalofhistory.ie. Free admission to all events.

Friday 29 September: Waterford district lunatic asylum, 1834-1922, with Tony Gyves. Host: Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: St Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick Street, Waterford City. 8pm. Members free / Non-members €5. All welcome.

Saturday 30 September: The National Famine Commemoration 2017 will take place at the Famine Warhouse 1848, Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary. Details.

Saturday 30 September: Irish Culture and Heritage Day, including Starting out in Irish family history talks, with Jill Williams FIGRS (at 1:30 and then again at repeat at 4pm).  Venue: The Grange Club, Portgower Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH4 1HQ. Noon to 6pm. Admission free. All welcome to attend talk but numbers restricted, so first-come, first-served.

Monday 2 October: 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 2 October: A beginner’s guide to DNA, with Michael McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh Branch. Venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co. Down, BT30 9QF. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 3 October: Ireland, Egypt and India: 1919 an anti-imperialist turning point, with Dr Kate O'Malley. 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 3 October September: 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.

Wednesday 4 October: The Black Death in Dublin, with Finbar Dwyer. Host: Rathmichael Historical Society. Venue: Rathmichael National School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. Fee: €4.

Thursday 5 October: Capturing the past – photographic collections and digitisation at PRONI, with Joy Carey and Lorraine Bourke. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Part of the 'PRONI’s archives unlocked' Thursday lunchtime public talks. 1pm. Free. Need to book as spaces are limited. Details and registration.

Friday 6 October: How to start researching your family history, with Ann Robinson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch, and LibrariesNI. Venue: Carryduff Library, Church Rd, Carryduff, Co Down, BT8 8DT.  11am. Ring/email library staff for details: (44) 028 9081 3568; carryduff.library@librariesni.org.uk.

Saturday 7 October Launch of new database: An Index of Catholics and their Friends in England 1680–1840, with Rory G Higgins FSC and William Shannon PhD. Host: Catholic Family History Society. Venue: The Conference Rooms, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1, UK. Tickets £20 to include lunch, refreshments and a disc of the database. 10am-4pm. Details.


Friday, 22 September 2017

Ancestry updates London church records collection

Ancestry has updated its collection of Church of England record sets for London. I don't usually draw attention to updates, particularly if they don't concern records that originate in Ireland, but I'm making an exception for this collection because it's very large (53million records) and covers a city that many Irish people have made their home down the years.

Being Protestant records, I was surprised to find so many of my Santry family appearing in the collection.

My family, and all the Santry branches I've studied for my One-Name Study, not only comes exclusively from County Cork, its members have been unrelentingly Roman Catholic up to fairly recent times, yet there's a good 170 entries for this rare surname across the collection. The earliest is a marriage from 1757, and it's a new one to me.

I don't know in what way this collection has been updated, but it seems worthwhile mentioning it, if only to encourage family historians with Irish RC ancestors in London not to overlook it in their searches.

These are the individual record sets:

Church of England Deaths and Burials, London, 1813-2003 (2,724,094 entries)

Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, London, 1538-1812 (16,960,587 entries)

Church of England Confirmation Records, London, 1838-1921 (49,139 entries)

Church of England Births and Baptisms, London, 1813-1914 (21,020,251 entries)

Church of England Marriages and Banns, London, 1754-1930 (13,027,528 entries)

The collection is sourced from the London Metropolitan Archives.