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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Two completed World Archives Projects for Ireland join the Ancestry database

Two of Ancestry's World Archives Projects (WAPs) of Irish collections have joined its main database. This means these newly indexed collections can now be searched by researchers, whether or not they have an active subscription. While you can search the index and view all the indexed records that match your query, you will need a subscription to view the images.

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Ireland, School Masters and Mistresses, 1826

You may remember me blogging about the launch of this WAP back in November. It covers just one year, 1826, and includes data extracted from the Irish Education Inquiry's second Commissiners' report into the state of education across the island.

The names of 13,265 School Masters and Mistresses employed in schools in that year have been indexed, along with the location of the school in which they were employed, the parish and the county. The entire island is covered.

See the image right (click for larger view) to understand the data collected for the index.

Ireland, Poor Law Union Removals From England, 1859-1860

This is a small collection of just under 2,000 records. The WAP volunteers have indexed details of the Irish-born individuals living in England who were unable to prove they were 'legally settled' in their new parish. Usually, this meant being able to show evidence of being settled -- typically employment or marriage to a parishoner. The idea was to prevent people of no means becoming a burden on the parish chest. Failure to meet the required criteria could lead to forcible removal. If they could not fulfil the required criteria, they could be removed by force and sent back to their original parish of legal settlement in Ireland.

The image below shows part of a page in which removals from Gloucester were recorded. It records the date of removal, the name of the individual or head of household, and the port to which they were returned. The middle columns show (left) the numbers of adults in the party, and (right) the number of children. For example, on 26 July 1859, Bridget Patterson and her four children were returned to the port of Cork.

The free index-only record for Bridget would tell you the date, the removal place and the port of return. The full record, ie the image of the page, would additionally show that Bridget was given no financial assistance to facilitate her onward travel from the port. Some were. Some were not.

UPDATE, 25 May: Ancestry UK has just published a detailed blogpost about the Poor Law Union Removals from England collection (here). Well worth reading.