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Friday, 17 November 2017

FindMyPast adds miscellaneous military collections

FindMyPast has added a number of military collections sourced from The National Archives (UK). You can see the full list and details here.

The two listed below are the most likely to be of interest to those with Irish-born ancestors who served in the British Army. You'll need either a UK or World subscription to view the records*.

British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers' Medical Records
The collection holds more than 212,000 names and includes details of when, where and how individual servicemen were wounded, and where they were treated. The search page lists the medical facilities and hospitals represented in this record set.

British Armed Forces, First World War Widows' Pension Forms
Transcripts provide the following details about the serviceman and his family: service number, regiment, cause and date of death, spouse's name, marriage year and children's names, while images may provide further information about attestation and service. This collection of just under 9,000 records represents less than 2% of the original set; the rest were destroyed.


*This strikes me as unfair when the records cover an era when Ireland was still part of Britain. The records are every bit as Irish as they are Scottish or Welsh or English.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Explore Your Archive 2017, 16-26 November

The Archives and Records Association, Ireland (ARAI) has launched Explore Your Archive 2017.

http://www.exploreyourarchive.org/?region=republic-of-irelandThe week-long campaign, which runs from Saturday, 18 November to Sunday, 26 November 2017, celebrates the role of archives in preserving Irish history and aims to highlight the unique potential of archives to tell exciting stories, surprise people and bring communities together.

Run jointly with the Archives and Records Association in the UK, the campaign seeks to encourage people to engage with the items held in archives around the country and discover what life in Ireland was like in days gone by. Participating organisations, both north and south of the border, will open their vaults to display collections of stories, films, photos and other rare artefacts throughout the campaign.

Felix Meehan, Outreach Officer, Archives and Records Association, Ireland, said: “This year marks the fifth Explore Your Archive week and it is fantastic to have more than 30 organisations from across Ireland offering a lively programme of activities for visitors to explore. We invite people to visit participating archives in person but also virtually, with many participating organisations hosting online exhibitions of digitised collections that can be easily accessed from home."

Events taking place during Explore Your Archive 2017 include:
  • The National Archives of Ireland will host a free seminar to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Rising. Expert speakers will discuss the challenge of interpreting the historical record of the Fenians. 10am–1:30pm, Saturday, 25 November.
  • UCD Archives is hosting an online exhibition entitled ‘The finest of men’. The exhibition will feature documents concerning those imprisoned in Irish and British jails following the 1916 Rising until the general amnesty of June 1917.
  • Dublin City Library & Archive will host a conversation with artist Gavin Murphy on his research into the architectural and performance history of the now defunct Eblana theatre. To celebrate Explore Your Archive week, Gavin Murphy will donate a copy of his Eblana Theatre Productions Database to the Irish Theatre Archive for public access. 11am–12pm, Saturday, 18 November.
  • The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland is hosting a number of workshops (all now fully booked) and talks.
  • NUI Maynooth Archive will host an exhibition showcasing the correspondence of Sir Edward Baker Littlehales (1764-1825), Private Secretary to Lord Cornwallis (Lord Lieutenant of Ireland) 1798-1801 and Under-Secretary at the Military Department, Dublin, 1801-1819. 20–27 November.
  • Tipperary Studies will hold drop-in sessions about the processing of the Murphy Ballinamona (Cashel) Negative Collection which was donated to Tipperary Studies in 2016. Pat Bracken of Tipperary County Council Library Service will show how the negatives were presented and the work which was undertaken to scan the negatives and convert them to online images. 3pm–4:30pm, Monday 20 November.
For more about the Explore Your Archive 2017 campaign, see the ExploreYourArchive website. For details of events, see Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland.

This year’s campaign will also see participating organisations take part in a colourful and creative social media campaign with different themes and prompts for each day of the week. Organisations will be delving into their collections and sharing some unique items with their online audiences. The campaign can be followed on Twitter: @archivesireland, #ExploreArchives; and on Facebook: facebook.com/ARAIreland.

Irish civil bmd records: latest on the recent upload

https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/civil-search.jsp
Late yesterday afternoon I spoke to the managers of IrishGenealogy.ie. It seems Monday's upload of additional GRO records was released to the public in error; a test site was supposed to be doing the rounds within the GRO, allowing any errors in function or delivery to be sorted out before it went live. Instead, it just went live.

Unfortunately, the test site had quite a few problems: an 'old style' index remains on the site, causing duplications; registration districts had gone awol in older index entries resulting in nil returns when searching by registration district; many of the new-release of records were not available, and where they were, they often were flying solo, ie without the image of the register entry.

These problems are now being resolved and it is hoped all will be ironed out by the end of the day. At that point, the records on the site should be:

  • Birth records - index plus image of birth register page: 1864 to 1916
  • Marriage records - Index only: 1845/1864 to 1869; index plus image of marriage register page: 1870 to 1941
  • Death records - Index only: 1864 to 1877; index plus image of death register page: 1878 to 1966
This morning I can see the matter of the N/R registration districts appears to have been resolved. The older death records are also being uploaded but not all of them yet have images attached, and the duplicated index remains. So there's still some work to do but it's clearly in hand.

Once this upload is completed, we will inevitably start pining for the remaining parts of the collection (marriage register images 1845-1869 and death register images 1864 to 1877) to be fully available. I'm told these will be along in mid-2018.

I've also been asked to pass on that errors submitted via the feedback page of IrishGenealogy.ie have been actioned in this latest upload. The cut-off was July this year. So, if you submitted details of an error prior to the end of July, you should find it corrected; if it is not, please resubmit giving date of your original feedback submission.

If you sent such details from August onwards, it will be actioned as part of the 2018 upload.

I'll update on this page later today, or tomorrow, as necessary.


The duplication of the new and old indexes still needs to be corrected,
but at least the registration districts have been restored.

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: new files added

Mary Eliza White of Fethard, Co Wexford,
died and buried in Waterford, 1897.
Photo courtesy of Steve Rogers and IGP Archives
Click for larger image.
Below are the files added to Ireland Genealogy Project Archives (IGP-web) in the first two weeks of November. They have all been submitted and uploaded by volunteers and are available to the public to view without charge:

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Drung Old Cemetery (Updated)
Laragh (CoI) New Graveyard

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Alt Upper, Presbyterian Church Graveyard

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mt Jerome, Dublin - Part 181

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Gortletteragh Cem., Cloone (Additional)

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Registers, Burials 1811-1814 (E. Division)

MONAGHAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Corlea Presbyterian Graveyard

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Fivemiletown Cemetery (Additional)

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Johns Hill, Waterford City

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Newspapers
Work House Admissions & Deaths, 3 Feb 1864 , 6 Apr 1869

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

NLI secures funding for 'Towards a Republic' project

The National Library of Ireland has secured funding for its Towards a Republic project, which will see the digitisation of some of the personal papers of the signatories of The Treaty in preparation for the centenary of the foundation of the State.

The funding is part of the Government's €2million handout to a new cultural Digitisation Scheme; it will be shared among a number of digitisation projects planned by National Cultural Institutions and cultural heritage organisations.

Towards a Republic
is the National Library’s next major cataloguing and digitisation project, marking the second phase of the Decade of Commemorations from 1917 to 1923.

The digitised papers will be made released online on a phased basis between 2018 and 2023. These rich archives will allow everyone to explore key moments such as suffrage, 1918 Elections, the First and subsequent Dáils, the Peace Conference, the Anglo-Irish War, the Treaty negotiations, and the Civil War.

Personal papers of John Devoy, Arthur Griffith, Rosamond Jacob, Annie O’Farrelly, John Redmond and the Sheehy Skeffingtons, amongst many others, provide complex insights into the events and personalities that shaped the later revolutionary period and Civil War. They go beyond the experience and perspectives of the individuals themselves through their correspondence and interaction with diverse and opposing figures and organisations.

Announcing the funding, Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, said: "I know that there is a large public appetite for these materials, which will reveal the social, cultural and political context of the period.

“The importance of digitisation was really underlined during the 2016 centenary year, when a number of our national cultural institutions made a wealth of material available online for the first time. The new scheme will help our cultural institutions, together with a number of other cultural heritage bodies, to build on this work and digitise their rich and varied collections for the benefit of the public.”

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

20% discount on Ancestry.com's Thanksgiving gifts

http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-5737308-10470501?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ancestry.com%2Fcs%2Fgifts
Expires 23 November
This Thanksgiving, Ancestry.com is offering a 20% saving on new membership subscriptions and DNA tests purchased as gifts. (Yes, you can purchase them for yourself as a gift... go on, you know you're worth it!)

Subscriptions: The discount is available only on 6-month and 12-month gift memberships (non-recurring). It is for new subscribers only and not for renewal of currect subscriptions. You select the date you want the subscription to start and provide only an email address of the recipient. Ancestry then contacts the recipient by email on the start date.

The discount reduces the cost of a subscription as follows:
US Discovery package:  12 months – pay $149, save $40, or, 6 months – pay $79, save $99.
World Explorer package: 12 months – pay $239, save $60, or, 6 months – pay $119, save $30.

DNA test kits: The discount reduces the price of a kit to US$79. Shipping costs are extra. You provide the name and address of your recipient (must be in USA) and the testing kit is sent to them, with full instructions of how to take the saliva test and where to send the kit once they've taken the necessary action. Six to eight weeks after the laboratory receives the dna sample, your recipient will receive his or her ethnicity estimate and details of the matches made in the huge Ancestry DNA database.

The discount will expire on Thursday 23 November at 11:59pm.

More than 8,000 Irish seamen recorded in the registers of the Dreadnought Seamen's Hospital in Greenwich

I found the time over the weekend to rummage around in the Dreadnought Seamen's Hospital Admissions and Discharges, 1826-1930, collection, released online last week by Ancestry. 

The Dreadnought was originally a hulk moored in the Thames at Greenwich as a hospital for seamen. It was run by the Seamen's Hospital Society, and  I wanted to look through the register collection because this was where one of my grandmother's sisters, Hester, trained as a nurse and died of cardiac arrest in 1926, just 26 years old, during an operation to remove her appendix.

Sure enough I found Hester in the registers. There were three entries over an 18-month period. The details tallied with information gleaned from a newspaper report of the inquest into her death, so didn't really tell me anything new except that the first time she sought medical help for the lower abdominal pain she was experiencing, she was diagnosed with dyspepsia. This was 18 months prior to her death.

In addition to the medical details, her home address in Bagenalstown, Co Carlow was noted only in that first entry, but all three entries recorded her religion, occupation, age, and the name of her doctor.

Where there was a surprise, however, was the number of Irishmen in the registers. Of the 221,114 entries in the collection, more than 8,400 relate to Irish-born seamen. The level of identifying personal information varies over the 100+ that the registers cover, but if you have seafaring ancestors, you may be lucky enough to place an ancestor in these records.

The image above provides a sample of the information in the index; the registers themselves fill in the colour: how long the seaman had been at sea either in the navy or the merchant service, rank, height, name of the last ship they served on and the port it sailed from, the nature of their medical complaint, and how and when they were treated.

Update, 15 November: The Ancestry Blog carries useful background into the Seafarers' Hospital and its records, here.

Galway 1917: Social Conditions & Political Change, conference

http://www.discoverloughrea.com/galway-1917-conference-social-conditions-and-political-change/
Click for booking details and full schedule
Organised by Loughrea Memorial Group in partnership with Galway County Council, a day conference – Galway 1917: Social Conditions & Political Change – will be held at the Loughrea Hotel & Spa on Thursday 16 November.

Six lectures, briefly noted below, will be presented during the day. An exhibition relating to the Connaught Rangers who were killed in 1917 in France and Flanders will be on display, and there will be a number of books for sale relating to the social and political change in Ireland during this period.

Tickets cost €10 and include tea/coffee and a light lunch.

The lectures:

 A state of desolation – poverty and living conditions in Co. Galway in the decade before independence, with Conor McNamara

'No local industry shall be disturbed' – life and work in Galway in 1917, with John Cunningham

 Sources in Galway County Council Archives – reflecting social conditions and political change in 1917, with Patria McWalter

Irish policemen and the First World War, with Jim Herlihy

A typical Irish parish in the Great War, with Ger O’Meara 

What it says in the papers – local news in Co. Galway over the course of 1917, with Steve Dolan



Monday, 13 November 2017

IrishGenealogy.ie adds more free historical birth, marriage and death records

Over the last couple of hours, IrishGenealogy.ie has been uploading another instalment of civil registration records, complete with images of birth, marriage and (possibly) death registers.

https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/civil-search.jspThe upload is taking its time, and I can't say exactly what its final make-up will be, but so far I can confirm that the 1916 births (the rolling year from 100 years ago) are available, and the index + register image of marriages from 1869/1870 to 1881 seem to be going live in steady fashion (the 1882-1940 records were already fully online). For my own family, I can see register images of marriages in Cork, Tipperary and Wicklow for those dates.

I'm getting mixed results for death records, with either no results appearing if I narrow down my search, or loads of results with no images for pre 1890. Possibly the death records will go live later. For deaths, the 1891 to 1965 index + register images are already online, so it's the pre-1891 and the 1966 updates we're hoping for.

I'm sorry I haven't got time to do an indepth analysis right now. I'm in a hospital with my mother this afternoon, so this will have to wait until I have more time, which may be a day or so. (She gets priority!)

In the meantime, I'm sure you can all go hunting for yourself! Have fun!

Update, 16 November: See blogpost.

Irish Newspaper Archives revises subscription prices

Irish Newspaper Archives, the family-run, Dublin-based online newspaper database, has reduced the cost of its monthly and annual subscription packages.

This is not a special, short-term discounted price; it's a revision of standard prices going forward.

The new tariff is as follows:
  • Monthly subscription now €29.
  • Annual subscription now €149.00
It's worth noting that the revised cost of the annual package equates to a monthly fee of €12.41.

If you take out a subscription before 17 November you can take advantage of a 20% discount, too. See yesterday's blogpost about a new addition to the database, which now holds 75 historical newspaper titles.

Subscriptions can be paid in your preferred currency:   Euros  |  US Dollar  |  GB Pound

New landing page for Ancestry's global Catholic records

http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-5737308-10470501?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ancestry.com%2Fcs%2Fcatholic
Ancestry has created a dedicated landing and search page for its Catholic record collections from around the globe.

You can search the entire collection and then, on the results page, filter your search to specific record sets (if you want to).

Researchers can still access each of the individual collections from the Card Catalogue, should they prefer.

Irish genealogy and history events, 13-26 November

Monday 13 November: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service operating as normal. Details.

Monday 13 November: Queen Victoria’s Gene, with Jenny Cummings. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. Free. 7pm. All welcome.

Monday 13 November: Sexuality in 18th-century Ireland:  Matchmaking, abductions, patterns, wake games and Merriman – a hidden Ireland revealed, with Dr David Fleming. Host: Venue: Scariff Public Library, Mountshannon Road, Scariff, Co. Clare. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 14 November: Emigration to Australia and New Zealand, a workshop with Michael McKeag. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Research Centre, Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim. 2-4pm. All welcome. £7 – payable at the session. Need to book. See details.

Tuesday 14 November: IrishGenealogy.ie – a national treasure, with Tadhg O'Shea. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland (GSI). Venue: Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. €3 donation. All welcome.

Tuesday 14 November:
Education records, with Valerie Adams. North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: The Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 14 November: The Advantages of Y-DNA, with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Research Centre, Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim. 7-9pm. All welcome. £7 – payable at the session. Need to book. See details.

Tuesday 14 November: The Sheriff's Tale, with Brian Coleman. 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 14 November: The characters & history of Shankill graveyard, with Jim Conway. Host: Craigavon Historical Society. Venue: Craigavon Civic Centre, 66 Lakeview Rd, Craigavon, Co Armagh BT64 1A. 7:45pm to 9pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 15 November: Making sense of the censuses, Tony Hennessy MAGI. Host and venue: Medieval Museum in Waterford's Viking Triangle, The Mall, Waterford City. All welcome. 1:15pm to 2pm. €5 admission on the door. No booking required.

Wednesday 15 November: How to break down brick walls, with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. 7:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Wednesday 15 November: Cattle plague in Ireland: An early medieval game-changer, with Patrick O’Reilly. Host: Carlow Historical Society. Venue: Tullow Community School, Templeowen, Tullow, Co. Carlow. 8pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 16 November: Galway 2017: Social conditions and political change, a conference. Hosts: Galway County Council Heritage dept; Loughrea Memorial Group. Venue: Loughrea Hotel & Spa, 7 Athenry Rd, St. Laurencesfields, Loughrea, Co. Galway. 9:30am to 5pm. Tickets €10 includes tea/coffee and lunch. Programme and booking details.

Friday 17 November: Atlas of the Irish Revolution - West Cork examined, with Donal Ó Drisceoil. Host: Michael Collins House. Venue: Clonakilty Parish Centre, Western Rd, Maulnaskehy, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Friday 17 November: Irish Parish records, with Rhona Murray, and Combining DNA & Traditional Research Methods, with Eamon Healy. Hosts: Liverpool & South West Lancashire Family History Society, Liverpool Central Library and Ancestry UK. Venue: Central Library, 4th Floor Meeting Room, William Brown St., Liverpool 3, UK. 2pm–5pm. Tickets £5.90, includes refreshments. Tickets.

Saturday 18 November: Genealogy workshop, with Lynn Brady. Host and venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Rd, Dublin 11. Tickets €5. 2pm. All welcome. SOLD OUT.

Saturday 18 November: Researching Irish ancestors on the Internet, with Ann Eccles. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St Paul, MN, USA. $15 for IGSI members, $20 for non-members. 10:30am. Details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Waterford News & Star joins Irish Newspaper Archives

Dublin-based Irish Newspaper Archives has added the Waterford News & Star to its database.

Editions published 1848-1979 have joined the
Irish Newspaper Archives database. More recent
editions will follow in the new year.
The editions now available online span 1848 to 1979, providing researchers with 169 years of insight into events in Waterford and its neighbouring counties (Tipperary, Kilkenny, Wexford and Cork) and national happenings.

Editions published from 1980 to 1999 will join the database in mid-January.

The paper, founded by Cornelius P Redmond, first appeared on 22 September 1848 (you can download a free pdf copy of page of the launch edition here). It was the first journal published in Waterford and positioned itself as a paper for all people.

To mark the upload of historical editions of this important regional paper, which is still published in Waterford, the Irish Newspaper Archives is offering a 20% discount on its monthly and annual subscription rates.

To take advantage of the 20% saving, which will expire on 17 November, visit the Subscribe page for your preferred currency –  US$   |  Euro  |  GB£  – choose the monthly or annual subscription, and use the Coupon Code WFNS20 at checkout.






Saturday, 11 November 2017

50% off Ancestry.com subscriptions: for one day only

To mark Veterans' Day, Ancestry.com is offering 50% discounts on its subscriptions, as follows:

Offer has expired
U.S. Discovery
Gives access to 15billion records from 50 states.
Normally $19.99 for one month or $99 for 6 months.  Today only, $9.99 for a month or $49 for 6 months.

World Explorer
Access to all US, UK, Irish and international records – 20 billion records.
Normally $34.99 a month or $149 for 6 months. Today only, $17.49 for a month or $74 for 6 months.

All Access
Provides access to all the very best on Ancestry, Fold3, Newspapers.com Basic, and more.
Standard prices are $44.99 for one-month and $199 for 6 months. Today only, $22.49 for a month or $99 for 6 months.

I'm not entirely clear whether this discount offer is aimed at new subscribers or existing/upgrading subscribers (I've seen messages saying both, depending on whether I'm signed in or not). It's probably both, which would mean you'd get a refund for the outstanding portion of any existing subscription. At this size of discount, it's worth checking out the terms and conditions that would apply in your case.

Do it quickly, though. Half price discounts from Ancestry are as rare as hens' teeth, and you don't have long to take action: the offer ends tonight at 11:59pm ET / 4:59am Dublin-London.

This offer has now expired.


Friday, 10 November 2017

Free access to Ancestry UK military records 10-13 Nov

http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-5737308-10819001?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsearch.ancestry.co.uk%2Fsearch%2Fgroup%2Fuk_military_collections
Includes 84 record collections and 18 'web' indexes
Ancestry is opening up its 'UK' Military Records collection for a long weekend of free access.

Don't be put off by the UK in the name of the collection. Included are Irish, Canadian and Australian record sets. You can see the full list of 84 record collections and 18 'web' collections (the latter being indexes which link to third party databases) here, and there's a sample of some of the most useful ones below.

To take advantage of the free access you need a registered account. This is free and easy to set up with just your name and an email address. Ancestry then sends you a password, and off you go!

The free access period will expire on Monday 13 November at 11:59pm (UK & Irish time).

Some of the collections available free this weekend:

ANZAC Memorial, 1914-1918
British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
Canada, British Army and Canadian Militia Muster Rolls and Pay Lists, 1795-1850
Ireland, Royal Hospital Kilmainham Pensioner Discharge Documents, 1724-1924
Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary Pensions, 1873-1925
British Army Muster Books and Pay Lists, 1812-1817
Casualties of the Boer War, 1899-1902
UK, Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949
UK, Military Deserters, 1812-1927
Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Admissions and Discharges, 1715-1925
Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939
UK, Shipping and Seamen WWI and WWII Rolls of Honour, 1914-1945
UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920
UK, WWI War Diaries (France, Belgium and Germany), 1914-1920
UK, WWI War Diaries (Gallipoli and Dardanelles), 1914-1916
UK, WWII Civil Defence Gallantry Awards, 1940-1949
Web: Ireland, Military Service Pension Index, 1916-1923
Web: Ireland, National Army Census, 1922 Free
Web: Ireland, Wills of Irish Soldiers Who Died in the British Army, 1897-1922 Free

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Finding Aid created for St Patrick's Cathedral records

To mark the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift,the RCB Library Archive of the Month for November highlights some aspects of the Muniments of St Patrick's Cathedral collection which relate to Swift's tenure as Dean of St Patrick's from 1713 until his death in 1745.

Jonathan Swift, dean of St Patrick's Cathedral,
Dublin, 1713-1745, was born in the city's
St Werburgh parish on 30 November 1667.
The collection (RCB Library C2/) was transferred to the library in 1995 and has been organised into nine distinct groups of records: Volumes; Deeds; Maps; Plans & Drawings; Loose Papers; Photographs; Printed Materials, Seals and Music.

As part of the Archive of the Month exhibition, an extensive hand-list or finding aid to the collection has been published online for free download by researchers who may wish to consult its rich and varied materials.

The Volumes group – comprising more than 300 items – is the most likely to reward family historians. It includes the Register of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials (RCBL C2.1.15) which contains baptisms 1677–1868, marriages 1708–1840, burials 1687–1869 and intermittent confirmations from the 18th and 19th centuries. This register has been published with an index and is available for purchase here.

Beyond the registers are Board Minute Books dating from 1872, Account books from the early C18th, Attendance Books of the choir (clergy, choristers and organists) 1856-1976, Preacher Books 1805-1878 and Registers of Vestrymen 1870-1980, and much more, including a good number of miscellaneous one-off documents, letters, memorials and accounts.

MyHeritage adds enhanced NYC immigration records

MyHeritage has indexed the names and addresses
of immigrants' families 'back home' as well as those
of the relatives/family they were joining in the USA.
These details from the passenger manifests have not
been indexed before.
MyHeritage has added the Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957 collection to its database.

Holding more than 94 million records, this collection contains details of immigrants arriving at the port of New York between 1820 and 1957. While the Ellis Island database (1892-1957) is best known, the 'Other' of the new collection's title refers to two earlier immigrant processing stations in the city: Castle Garden (1855-1890) and the Barge Office (1890-1892).

Early passenger lists were single-page manifests and recorded minimal information about passengers,but  forms were standardised over time and additional questions added. Depending on the year of immigration, information recorded about a passenger may include name, age, gender, occupation, dates, destination, physical descriptions, and information regarding place of origin, e.g. native country, citizenship status, race, nationality or birthplace.

From 1897, immigration officials began asking passengers for the name and address of the relative/friend whom they are joining in the USA, and in 1907 they began asking for the name and address of their closest relative or friend in their home country.

The responses to these questions were filled in on the passenger manifests, but they have now been indexed by MyHeritage for the very first time, yielding an additional 26.6 million names in this collection. In addition, many of the passenger manifests span two pages, and a common omission for genealogists has been to locate the first page and miss the existence of the second. MyHeritage has solved this problem by stitching the double pages into single document images, ensuring that users do not miss information.

The new collection can be found under the Research tab on the MyHeritage.com Startup page. Searching the Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists collection is free but a subscription is required to view records and scanned images.

MilitaryArchives.ie launches Oral History Project

http://www.militaryarchives.ie/en/home/
The restyled MilitaryArchives.ie website
From a freshly redesigned website (see right), MilitaryArchives.ie has launched a new project which aims to collect first hand testimonies of men and women who have worked for Ireland's Defence Forces.

The Military Archives Oral History Project was established in 2015 with the aim of digitally recording memory, oral history and tradition associated with the Defence Forces since its inception. Over the last two years, more than 120 interviews and 164 hours of testimony have been gathered and some of these are now available on the website to illustrate the type of material the project will hold.

So far, 16 interviews have been recorded and digitised, and samples have been extracted and filed according to their content under three subject headings:
  • Joining the Defence Forces
  • The Emergency (WW2)
  • Overseas.
Some 38 interviews, most of them between one-and-a-half and four minutes long, are available.

For more information, she the introductory video below or click the link above.


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Bumper US delivery from Ancestry is full of Irish

During the course of the last week, Ancestry has added a number of new databases that will be of interest to Irish family historians.

First up is the Boston, Massachusetts, Catholic Sacramental Records, 1789-1900 Index.

The records are being digitised by the NEHGS
This is an index to the records collected by the Boston Archdiocese which historically included the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The index includes records of Marriage, Baptism, Confirmation, Birth, Burial, Death, Eucharist, Church Admission, Ordination, Intention, and Reconciliation. While no images are currently available on Ancestry, a link from each index entry takes the researcher to the image on American Ancestors, the website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS); a subscription ($34.95, or $29.95 in an exclusive offer for Ancestry.com members) is required to view it.

With Massachusetts having been such an important destination for so many Irish emigrants over the years, the American Ancestors' collection will undoubtedly become an essential database for Irish genealogists. It is still very much a work in progress while the NEHGS digitises the 937 volumes of registers, which are estimated to hold about 10million names. The first upload to the Ancestry index comprises 415,182 records, a good first instalment. And to set out its Irish credentials, a quick sample of names shows there are 1,556 Donovan entries, 1,495 Quinns and 2,441 McCarthys.

Search the Boston, Massachusetts, Catholic Sacramental Records, 1789-1900 database.

Identifying details are pretty good. The baptism index typically include the child's name, date and place of birth, date and place of baptism and the names of both parents. Marriage index details include name of spouse, date and place of marriage.

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New Jersey State Censuses, 1855, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1905 & 1915

Six new collections from the New Jersey State Archive have been added, complete with images. The later two are likely to be the most useful for Irish researchers as they hold the largest numbers of Ireland-born individuals, and both the indexing and survival rate of the original returns are more complete.

New Jersey State Census 1855 – 76,013 records*.
New Jersey State Census 1865 – 220,568 entries*. Surviving records cover only 13 counties.
New Jersey State Census 1875 – 18,660 entries, Sussex County only. 603 were born in Ireland.
New Jersey State Census 1885 – 1,286,556 entries*. Surviving records cover only 13 counties.
New Jersey State Census 1905 – 2,185,283 individuals recorded, of which 87,224 Irish-born.
New Jersey State Census 1915 – 2,845,576 entries, of which 75,619 are Ireland-born

* Index does not specify birthplace.

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Brooklyn Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Employment records

Cornelius O'Sullivan in 1942,
from the Brooklyn Bethlehem Steel Shipyard files
This is a wonderful collection. It's a shame there are only 28,000 individuals recorded, and even more of a shame only 120 of them are noted as having been born in Ireland. However, if you're one of the very lucky ones to find an ancestor in this material, you may well find some treasure.

To give you an idea of the detail this employer recorded, here is notes from the service card of 52-year-old Cornelius O'Sullivan, who went to work for the Brooklyn company in Brooklyn in 1942. Born 7 Oct 1889 in Kerry, Ireland, both of Cornelius's parents were born in Ireland. He's now married to Louise and has three children, one of them under the age of 16. He lives at 541 West 144th Street, NYC. He had immigrated in September 1908 and his naturalisation papers are referenced. He's a machinist with 18 months experience. His last employer was Sullivan Dry Dock Company. There is also a reference suggesting he has worked with the coastguard service. He is 5' 5" tall, with grey hair and blue eyes and weighs 138lb. A head and shoulders photograph is attached to the service card.

He appears to have worked regularly for the Shipyard until the week before Christmas 1946 when he went on strike for six months. For the next 18 months he seems to have been unable to get more work from the company - the service file records 'Lack of Work' as the reason.

Search the Brooklyn Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Employment Records.

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Free weekend access to FindMyPast military records

See links below
FindMyPast UK and FindMyPast USA are offering free access to military records from today until midnight on Sunday 12 November.

You need a registered account (free and simple to set up with no financial questions or commitments) to view the records.

Whether using the UK or USA site, you'll get free access  to transcriptions and images of original documents from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada and Australia/NewZealand. Among the military records you can access are the following:
  • British Army Service Records
  • Medal Rolls & Honours
  • British Red Cross Register of Overseas Volunteers, 1914-1918
  • British WW1 ships lost at sea, 1914-1919
  • Royal Navy Officers 1899-1919
  • Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, WW1 & WW2
  • British Army Casualty Lists, 1939-1945
  • Napoleonic War Records, 1775-1817
  • British Army Lists, 1839-1846
  • Commenwealth War Graves Commission
  • US WW1 Draft Registration Cards
  • US WW1 Army Enlistments 1798-1914
  • US WW2 Army Enlistments
  • Prisoners of War, 1715-1945


FindMyPast UK Free access to military records


FindMyPast US Free access to military records





Monday, 6 November 2017

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 6 to 19 Nov

Monday 6 November: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operating as normal. Details.

Tuesday 7 November: Understanding heraldry, with Michael McKeag. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Research Centre, C4, Valley Business Park, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim. 11am–1pm and 2pm–4pm (lunch, not provided, 1–2pm). £12. Plus optional informal walk round Queen’s University to spot memorials and armorials. All welcome. Need to book. Details.

Wednesday 8 November: From Meath of the Pastures to Smithfield - a story of a cattle market and a family who lived there, with Mary O'Connell. Host: Old Dublin Society. Venue: Conference Room, Dublin City Library & Archive; 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Starts at 6pm. No booking; seating allocated on first come basis. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 8 November: Tracing your Family Tree: How to Start, Where to Start, with Tony Hennessy MAGI. Host and venue: Medieval Museum in Waterford's Viking Triangle, The Mall, Waterford City. All welcome. 1:15pm to 2pm. €5 admission on the door. No booking required.

Thursday 9 November: Dublin's great wars: Parallel stories from 1912-23, with Prof Richard Grayson. 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 9 November: 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 9 November: Female connections are the best road to research success, 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 10 November: Ireland and the Russian Revolution, with Maurice Casey. Host: Cahir Historical Society. Venue: Cahir House Hotel, The Square, Townparks, Cahir, Co Tipperary. €3 Members / €5 guests. 8pm. No booking required. All welcome.

Friday 10 November: Following the Footsteps of the Cork Fenians, with John Mulcahy marking the 150th Anniversary of the Rising. Host: Carrigtwohill & District Historical Society. Venue: St David’s Centre, the old Graveyard, Chapel Lane, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork. All welcome. 8pm. €5 at the door.

Saturday 11 November: 17th- and 18th-century research sources, with William Roulston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Tyrone branch. Venue: Seminar Room, First Floor, Omagh Library, Dublin Road, Omagh, BT78 1HL. 10am to noon.

Saturday 11 November: Four brothers from Cork (topic: early Irish immigration), with Roz McCutcheon FIGRS. An interactive live presentation from the Irish Genealogical Research Society. Host: New England Historic Genealogical Society, Irish Study Group. Venue: NEHGS Museum, 99–101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116, USA. Open to the public. 9:30am to Noon. Free. No registration necessary. Contact Mary Ellen Grogan at megrogan@ix.netcom.com for more information.

Saturday 11 November: Irish historical walking tour of The City of London, exploring inside the walls of the City of London to meet the Irish people who lived and worked there over the last 300 years Host: London Easter 1916-1924 Centenary Committee. Venue: Meet at Holborn tube station (London WC2B 6AA) at Noon. No charge, but donations accepted. Details.

Saturday 11 November: Irish Family History Society's Winter Meeting with two talks in the morning (at 10:15, Quakers of Baltboys, Co Wicklow, with John Hussey, and at 11:15, Culture, politics and local government in Fingal, 1891-1914, with Declan Brady) and two in the afternoon (at 2pm, Jacobs Biscuit Company and its archive, with Douglas Appleyard, and at 3pm, A Nobel scientist who lived in Dublin: Erwin Schrodinger (1887-1961), with Niall McDevitt. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138 Pearse St, Dublin 2. Registration at 10am. Free. All welcome.

Monday 13 November: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service operating as normal. Details.

Monday 13 November: Queen Victoria’s Gene, with Jenny Cummings. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. Free. 7pm. All welcome.

Monday 13 November: Sexuality in 18th-century Ireland:  Matchmaking, abductions, patterns, wake games and Merriman – a hidden Ireland revealed, with Dr David Fleming. Host: Venue: Scariff Public Library, Mountshannon Road, Scariff, Co. Clare. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 14 November: Emigration to Australia and New Zealand, a workshop with Michael McKeag. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Research Centre, Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim. 2-4pm. All welcome. £7 – payable at the session. Need to book. See details.

Tuesday 14 November: IrishGenealogy.ie – a national treasure, with Tadhg O'Shea. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland (GSI). Venue: Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. €3 donation. All welcome.

Tuesday 14 November:
Education records, with Valerie Adams. North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: The Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 14 November: The Advantages of Y-DNA, with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Research Centre, Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim. 7-9pm. All welcome. £7 – payable at the session. Need to book. See details.

Tuesday 14 November: The Sheriff's Tale, with Brian Coleman. 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 14 November: The characters & history of Shankill graveyard, with Jim Conway. Host: Craigavon Historical Society. Venue: Craigavon Civic Centre, 66 Lakeview Rd, Craigavon, Co Armagh BT64 1A. 7:45pm to 9pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 15 November: Making sense of the censuses, Tony Hennessy MAGI. Host and venue: Medieval Museum in Waterford's Viking Triangle, The Mall, Waterford City. All welcome. 1:15pm to 2pm. €5 admission on the door. No booking required.

Wednesday 15 November: How to break down brick walls, with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. 7:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Wednesday 15 November: Cattle plague in Ireland: An early medieval game-changer, with Patrick O’Reilly. Host: Carlow Historical Society. Venue: Tullow Community School, Templeowen, Tullow, Co. Carlow. 8pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Friday 17 November: Atlas of the Irish Revolution - West Cork examined, with Donal Ó Drisceoil. Host: Michael Collins House. Venue: Clonakilty Parish Centre, Western Rd, Maulnaskehy, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Friday 17 November: Irish Parish records, with Rhona Murray, and Combining DNA & Traditional Research Methods, with Eamon Healy. Hosts: Liverpool & South West Lancashire Family History Society, Liverpool Central Library and Ancestry UK. Venue: Central Library, 4th Floor Meeting Room, William Brown St., Liverpool 3, UK. 2pm–5pm. Tickets £5.90, includes refreshments. Tickets.

Saturday 18 November: Genealogy workshop, with Lynn Brady. Host and venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Rd, Dublin 11. Tickets €5. 2pm. All welcome. SOLD OUT.

Saturday 18 November: Researching Irish ancestors on the Internet, with Ann Eccles. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St Paul, MN, USA. $15 for IGSI members, $20 for non-members. 10:30am. Details.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Ancestry adds three Canadian collections

Ancestry has added three Canadian record sets to its database, and they are full of Irish names. The collections are:

Ontario, Canada, Roman Catholic Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1760-1923

Click for enlarged view of partial 1857 burial
register for St Paul, Toronto.
This collection includes Roman Catholic church records from 1760-1923 from a number of parishes across Ontario. It includes records (some in English, others in French, but some names in Latin) of baptisms, marriages, and burials.

Other records, such as family lists, communions, and confirmations may appear, but do not have associated indices. Detailed transcriptions provide various elements recorded in the registers and link to images on FamilySearch.

Canada, Census Mortality Schedule, 1871

This is an index-only record set with entries gathered from mortality schedules for the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec from 1871. The records vary but typically each entry includes most of the following: name, age, marital status and religion of the deceased, the month and place of death and the year and place of birth.

Mortality schedules are registers of deaths recorded at national level, usually corresponding with a census. This collection covers deaths which occurred during the 12 months prior to the 1871 census enumeration. The original records are held by Library and Archives of Canada, Ontario.

Ontario, Canada, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1989

This collection includes records of several Toronto cemeteries, including: York General Burying Ground (also called Potter’s Field) 1826-1855; Necropolis Cemetery, 1849-1989; Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 1876-1988; and Prospect Cemetery, 1890-1985.

Indexed records are available up to and including 1935, but there are volumes of image-only indexes available via the browse option that may contain years through 1989. All the images are provided via Family Search.

Something extra for those with Canadian connections
The 1921 Census of Canada, previously online only via Ancestry, is newly available (free) at the Library and Archives Canada website.

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest updates

The photos and items added to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives in the second half of October are below. They are all free to access.

Fine stonemasonry for the Skerrit headstone,
in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Parish of
Meevagh, Carrigart, Co. Donegal.
Photo courtesy IGPArchives and Angela Gallagher,
CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kill New Graveyard

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Holy Trinity Church Graveyard, Carrigart

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Anne's Section, Pt. 7
Mt. Jerome Cemetery, Pts 179 & 180 (w/ vaults & input from Cem. Office)

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Magheracross Parish Churchyard, Ballinamallard

GALWAY Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Rahoon Cemetery

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Carrigallen R.C. Graveyard

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH - Church Records
Clones Parish Burial Registers, 1819-1821 (W. Div.)

ROSCOMMON Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ballinlough Graveyard (CoI)
Elphin Cathedral

SLIGO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Court Abbey - Section C
Kilmorgan Burial Ground

WESTMEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Moate, St. Mary's (CoI)

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Newspapers
Workhouse Entries & Deaths 31 Aug 1867 & Feb 1862

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Greenane, Main Cemetery, Part 2

Thursday, 2 November 2017

IrishGenealogy.ie appears offline, but isn't

The state-managed IrishGenealogy.ie website appears to be having some issues today.

If you try to enter via the home page or any of the text-based pages, you get a big fat blank screen.

Both the civil registration records and the church records databases are functioning normally, however. You just need to use the direct-to-database links to reach them. They are:

Civil Registration Records

Church Records

I'll update here when the site sorts itself out.

Update: 3:45PM: The text pages have been reunited with the site. All appears back to normal.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

TNA in London to remove self-service printing facilities

The National Archives (TNA) in Kew, London, will cease to provide self-service printing facilities or camera stations to visiting researchers from 11 December.

Researchers intending to view original documents are welcome to bring in their own camera, phone or other device to take images, provided such devices don't illuminate or physically touch a document. Digitial documents can be downloaded onsite and emailed without charge.

For those that require high-quality paper copies of original records, the TNA's record copying service will be available at standard advertised rates.

Researchers will be able to obtain a refund after 11 December of any unused funds remaining on their copying card or reader's ticket.

This decision has been made in response to a significant decrease in the demand for copying services over the past four years as researchers increasingly bring their own digital equipment.

Looking a bit further forward, the TNA has also announced that it is to change its document ordering times with effect from 1 January 2018. From that date, ordering times will be 9:30am to 4pm. Details.

Tony Hennessy appointed Resident Genealogist at Waterford's Medieval Museum

Tony Hennessy MAGI has been appointed Resident Genealogist at the Medieval Museum in Waterford's Viking Triangle. His arrival is being marked by a series of six lunchtime genealogy talks which start today (see below).

Tony Hennessy MAGI outside his new office
In his new role, Tony will be based at the Museum on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

As well as presenting his free lecture series, he will be available for one to one consultations (€30 for half an hour; €50 for an hour) and he'll be responding to the general genealogical queries that land on the desks of the local Council and Waterford Central Library.

He will also be involved in the development of public presentations of genealogy at the Museum; there are already plans for a visual heraldic display and a photographic display, both designed to encourage engagement with locals and visiting tourists.

Tony will also be happy to discuss commissions for genealogical research and for specialist family tree chart projects. He usually creates these attractive display charts for regular families in Ireland, the UK and the USA, but his work has also been presented to the mayors of Boston and Chicago and, more recently, US politician Bernie Sanders. You can find out more about these services and view examples of his charts at WaterfordOrigins.com.

The lunchtime lecture series will get underway today at the Medieval Museum (The Mall, Waterford City) at 1:15pm. There's a €5 admission fee for each 45-minute talk, and there's no need to book. You can just turn up. Here is the schedule of topics:

Wednesday 1 Nov.  Welcome to the Golden Age of Irish Genealogy

Wednesday 8 Nov.  Tracing your Family Tree: How to Start, Where to Start

Wednesday 15 Nov.  Making Sense of the Censuses

Wednesday 22 Nov.  Birth, Baptism, Marriage & Death

Wednesday 29 Nov.  Land Records - Walk in your Ancestor's Footsteps

Wednesday 6 Dec.  How to draw a Family Tree without using up four rolls of wallpaper