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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

British Newspaper Archive sub: 30% discount available

https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5895&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk%2Faccount%2Fsubscribe%3FPromotionCode%3DBNASAVE30
The British Newspaper Archive is offering a 30% discount on a 12-month subscription.

With some 150+ titles from across the island of Ireland, and a vast number of papers published in Great Britain, the British Newspaper Archive offers access to millions of historical newspaper pages. With the discount, you'd have one yearunlimited access to this huge database for just £55.97 for the year.

To take advantage of the discount, click the image. You'll find the promotion code is already entered when you arrive at the subscription page.

The discount expires at 11:59pm on Sunday 28 January.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: first 2018 update

Burrishoole Abbey, Mayo. Click for larger image.
Photo courtesy of Bernie McCafferty & IGP Archives
The files below have been added to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives.

They have been submitted by volunteers and are free to view by all Irish family historians.

CLARE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Clooney Graveyard

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Drumkeerin Presbyterian Graveyard

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Stranorlar Famine Graveyard
Stranorlar Parish Church (CoI) Graveyard - Part 2

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange, St. Anne's Section Pts 9 & 10

LONGFORD Genealogy Archives - Wills
Edgeworth, William Jan 20, 1827 - Will (names sister Maria)

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Parish Registers, Burials 1815-1816 (E. Div.)

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Burrishoole Abbey, Part 3

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Dunmore East, Lost at Sea Plaques

WESTMEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Street, St. James (CoI) Graveyard

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Newspapers
Workhouse Entries - Assorted Dates (Updated)

Monday, 15 January 2018

5-day Irish Genealogy Essentials courses: 2018 dates

Ulster Historical Foundation is based at
the Corn Exhange Building in central Belfast
The Ulster Historical Foundation will run its intensive Irish Genealogy Essentials course on the following dates this year:
  • 5 February to 9 February
  • 30 April to 4 May
  • 13 to 19 June
The course is delivered by the Ulster Historical Foundation’s experienced staff and includes a week of intensive learning with practical demonstrations using relevant websites and other electronic resources, and one and a half days of guided research in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI).

It is ideal for those who are relatively new to Irish family history and wish to get to grips with research techniques, archives and genealogical sources in Ireland, but will also benefit those with more experience in genealogy who will learn about lesser-known sources, many of them not online and available only in archives.

Participants have full access to the UHF's research and newspaper library and electronic resources, and the expertise of its staff, and receive an orientation tour at PRONI.

The classroom-based elements of the course are held in the Corn Exchange Building, 31 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG. For full details see UHF's website.

Irish genealogy and history events, 15-28 January

Monday 15 Jan: 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 and Genealogy Service operating as normal. Details.

Monday 15 Jan: The Clontarf Atlas (Irish Historic Towns Atlas series from RIA), with Professor Colm Lennon. Host: Clontarf Historical Society. Venue: Resource Centre, St John the Baptist Church, Clontarf Road, Dublin 3. Plus AGM. Members free / non-members €5. All welcome. 7:30pm.

Monday 15 Jan: Newspapers, books and eBay for genealogy, with Michael McKeag. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. Lecture cancelled due to weather warnings.

Monday 15 Jan: Queen Victoria’s Gene, with Jenning Cumming. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne branch. Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. Free. 7:30pm.

Monday 15 Jan: The Rise & Fall of Lord Dunkellin (1827-1867), with John Joe Conwell. Host: Birr Historical Society. Venue: County Arms Hotel, Birr, Co Offaly. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 16 January: The Quakers of County Tipperary, 1655–1924, with Dr Michael Ahern. Host: Tipperary People & Places Lecture Series. Venue: Tipperary Studies, The Source, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7:30pm. Admission free. All welcome. Details.

Tuesday 16 January: Disturbing Remains: Death in the Great Famine, with Dr Breandán Mac Suibhne. Host: Irish Historical Society. Venue: Centre for Irish Programmes, Boston College, 43 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. Free. 7.00pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 16 January: From 2RN to RTÉ, with Harry Bradshaw, and (short talk) The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918, with Pádraig Laffan. Host: Foxrock Local History Club. Venue: Foxrock Pastoral Centre (at rear of Foxrock Church), Dublin 18. 8pm. All welcome. Members free/non-members €5.

Wednesday 17 January: The Tavener Family, with Tom Mason. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS.

Wednesday 17 January: Tudor Marshals of Leinster, with Diarmuid Wheeler. Host: Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society. Venue: Leighlinbridge Parish Centre, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow. Admission is free and all welcome. 8pm. 

Wednesday 17 January: The Corless Family, with Anna Bruzzi. Also AGM. Host: Western Family History Association. Venue: Parish Centre, Lackagh, Co Galway. 8pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 17 January: Philip Barron, Man of Mystery, with Áine Uí Fhoghlú. Host: Waterford County Museum. Venue: Clubhouse, Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, Davitt's Quay, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. 8pm. All welcome. €5 admission. Details.

Thursday 18 January: London's Derrie: The background to the building and financing of the early Londonderry plantation, with Professor James Stevens Curl. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: The Corn Exchange Building, 31 Gordon Street, Belfast BT1 2LG. 12:15pm to 2pm. Free to Guild members. £5 to non-members. Need to register. Details.

Thursday 18 January: From war to wine, from shipping to sport: Irish-French links over 300 years, with Kieran Walsh. Host: Dunhill History Lectures, Series XII, 2018. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite GAA grounds), Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm. Admission €5, includes light refreshments. All welcome.

Thursday 18 January: Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington (1877–1946)– suffragette and nationalist, wife of martyred radical activist Francis and co-founder of Irish women's Franchise League, with Dr. Margaret Ward. First of the Rebel Irish Women lecture series. Host and venue: GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. Free. 5:40pm sharp. Booking is essential to guarantee your space.

Saturday 20 January: Investigating Offaly's casualties of the Great War, with Stephen Callaghn. Host: Western Front Association. Venue: Museum of Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Benburb's Street, Dublin 7. 2:30pm. All welcome. €3.

Saturday 20 January: Moving into Intermediate Research, with Audrey Leonard. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Celtic Junction Arts Center, Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Avenue, St Paul, MN 55104, USA. 10:30am to Noon. Cost: $15 for members/$20 for non-member. Register here.

Monday 22 Jan: 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 23 January: The Tanner's Tale, with Paul Duffy. 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 23 January: Using Newspaper Archives, with Mike McKeag. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: C. S. Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. All welcome. 7:30pm. Free.

Tuesday 23 January: What might St Finbarr's monastery have looked like? with Tomas O Carragain. Part of the 'Cork: Origins of a City' public talks series. Host and venue: St Peter's Cork, North Main Street, Cork City. 5pm. All welcome.

Thursday 25 January: ’My ancestor was sent to Gaol – Horray!” The Petty Sessions Court and prison records as genealogical sources, with Tony Hennessy MAGI. Host: Dunhill History Lectures, Series XII, 2018. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite GAA grounds), Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm. Admission €5, includes light refreshments. All welcome.

Thursday 25 January: Shops and shopkeepers in Clonakilty, 1870–1920, with Carmel Flahavan. Host: Duchas Clonakilty Heritage. Venue: The Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Co Cork. 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 25 January: Family connections using DNA, with Martin McDowell. 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. Free. All welcome.

Friday, 12 January 2018

NLI RC Registers will be offline from 9am Monday 15th

https://registers.nli.ie/
It's good to receive advance warning of sites being offline, and all the more so when the site is as important to Irish genealogists as the NLI's Roman Catholic Parish Registers images database.

The National Library of Ireland has advised that the database will be offline from 9am on Monday 15 January. This is to facilitate essential maintenance to the site (there were problems with access earlier this week, so the two are probably connected).

It is expected that the database will be back online during Monday afternoon.

UPDATE, 15 January, 8pm: Looks like things didn't quite work out as anticipated. This evening, the entire nli.ie site is offline. There doesn't seem to have been any official comment about this, so I can't provide any further information at present.

UPDATE, 15 January, 9:30pm: Registers site is back up and running.

New book explores the lives of Bandon gentry

A new book from historian and genealogist Catherine FitzMaurice – The Sealy, Cornwall and Allin Families of County Cork: Merchants and Bandon Gentry – will be of interest to researchers with ancestral connections to the town of Bandon or to these named families.

These three families arrived in Bandon as English Protestant settlers and are not thought to have arrived in the first influx. Their descendants became influential merchants and made significant contributions to the economic boom of the 1700s and prospered well into the 1800s. They built up significant landholdings as a result of their business activities and, in the early 1800s, through marriages.

Like many prominent Protestant families in County Cork, they were all faced with considerable challenges from the mid-1800s, and this book provides an insight into the life – the highs and the lows – of the gentry in the area throughout this period.

The 234-page book is split into three parts, each concentrating on one of the named families, and appendices follow each section with details of interest to researchers of the particular family.

Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (ISBN-10: 1543295452 / ISBN-13: 978-1543295450), the book can be ordered via Amazon €12.91. All proceeds will be donated to the Allin Institute Restoration project, which seeks to repair and restore a community building bequeathed to the community by James Allin in 1867.

Catherine FitzMaurice has undertaken detailed research into Bandon family history over the past ten years and is the author of Bandon County Cork: A Social History of North Main Street and Kilbrogan Hill and The Tresilian Family of County Cork: Landowners and Bandon Merchants.





Galway Genetic Genealogy Conference, Saturday 5 May

My Heritage rolls out improved DNA Matching service

MyHeritage has announced major updates and improvements to its DNA Matching Service.

Anyone who has taken a MyHeritage DNA test, and anyone who uploaded DNA data from another testing service, will now receive even more accurate DNA Matches; more plentiful matches (about 10 times more); fewer false positives; more specific and more accurate relationship estimates; and indications on lower confidence DNA Matches to help focus research efforts.

Matches are updated daily, and users are notified by a weekly email about the best new matches ie those sharing the largest amount of DNA.

The company also also added an initial release of a long-awaited chromosome browser.

These developments are explained in an in-depth blogpost from MyHeritage.

AmericanAncestors adds parish registers, 1869-1900, for Irish RC community in Marlborough, MA

https://catholicrecords.americanancestors.org/
The New England Historic Genealogical Society's website, AmericanAncestors.org, has updated its searchable database of parish records from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.

In this update, ten new volumes covering 1854 to 1900 from the Immaculate Conception in Marlborough, Massachusetts have been added.

This church largely served Marlborough's community of immigrant Irish Roman Catholics, although there may be some French Canadian Catholics included in the earlier records.

The ten new volumes are linked below. I was able to view images with my free Guest Account.

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1854-1861

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1861-1869

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1861-1869 Index

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1869-1896

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1875-1886

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1897-1900

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms and Marriages, 1854-1869

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Confirmations, 1897-1900

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Marriages, 1854-1869

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Marriages, 1869-1896

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Cork Genealogical Society Conference, 24 March 2018

Cork Genealogical Society (CGS) will hold its bi-annual Family History Conference on Saturday 24 March at the Silverspring's Clayton Hotel in Tivoli, Cork, which is less than 3km from the city centre.

The event's theme is Bridging the Past & Future, and four well-known Irish genealogists have been lined up to present talks, as below:

  • Where are we? And how did we get here? An overview of online research resources, with John Grenham MAGI.
  • Tracing your Irish roots and finding family using DNA, with genetic genealogist Margaret Jordan MAGI.  
  • The Chief Secretary's Office Registered Papers (CSORP), with Nicola Morris MAGI.
  • Cork's School Collection in the National Folklore Collection, with Jill Williams FIGRS

Tea/coffee refreshments and a light lunch are included in the conference cost of €25pp. You can purchase your ticket via the Society's website using PayPal. Click the CGS logo above and scroll down..

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

NLI's RC parish registers collection offline due to fault

The National Library of Ireland has confirmed that its Roman Catholic Parish Registers collection is currently offline due to a technical problem. This may or may not be the same problem that was causing intermittent loss of access earlier in the week, which seemed to have been corrected.

The techies are working on it and hope to restore access soon.

I'll update here, as and when.

Update, 7pm: Site is back up and running, but it carries a message saying: 'Please note: that due to maintenance a small number of registers are currently unavailable.

Update, 12 January: See advance warning of site being offline on Monday 15 January.

Registry of Deeds Index Project: first update of 2018

Nick Reddan FIGRS, founder and manager of the Registry of Deeds Index Project, has uploaded the first update of the year to the free, online, volunteer-led database. It now holds 262,178 entries from 29,134 memorials of deeds.

He has also provided Irish Genealogy News with a review of recent developments to the site.

"Now at a new url, the site has a different look and feel, and search facilities have been expanded making the data more accessible," he says. "In addition, the secondary index transcriptions have many more entries — the townland index transcriptions number nearly 45,000 and the grantor index just over 17,000 — making them ever more valuable resources. It’s worth noting that even inexperienced transcribers will find it easy to add to these online resources.

"This past year has seen other important changes, too, starting with FamilySearch.org uploading some of the microfilms of the grantors and townland indexes for public access. The numbers of films available has grown to the extent that almost all are now available instantly. Since mid-December it is necessary to have a FamilySearch account in order to view films online but this is not a big issue as the accounts are free. (If you previosuly ordered physical microfilms using FamilySearch.org you can continue to use the same account.)

"To take advantage of the instant availability of the images through FamilySearch, many Index entries now link directly to the digital image. At the very least, there will be a link to the beginning of the relevant film.

"The Index Project site also holds many useful guides; they have been created with direct links to the virtual films they describe.

From every page of the Index Project site
you can link to FamilySearch's virtual
microfilms by typing the volume number
(and image number) you want to view.
"Another development is the inclusion of a link to FamilySearch's Registry of Deeds virtual microfilms catalogue at the bottom of every page on the Index Project site; if you know the number of the memorial volume you are interested to view, simply enter it (and the page number, if known), and click enter. Alternatively, you can use this link – https://irishdeedsindex.net/search/link_get.php?my_vol=1 – and change the volume number accordingly ie vol=200.

"To continue growing this useful online resource, which is free to all researchers, please consider contributing some index entries to the project.
You can enter them using the form at https://irishdeedsindex.net/search/make_abstract.php."

Many thanks to Nick for his useful update on this important site.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Irish genealogy and history events, 8-21 January

Monday 8 January: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, incl. Genealogy Advisory Service operating as normal.

Monday 8 January: Practical workshop, presented by branch members. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. 7–9pm.

Monday 8 January: My experience with familly history, with George Busby. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh Branch.Venue: Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co Down, BT30 9QF 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 8 January: Celebrating Irish nurses and Irish women in nursing in the UK; part of the Illuminate Herstory Light Festival – Ireland’s annual new global light festival. Host: Irish Diaspora Foundation and Irish World Heritage Centre. Venue: Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE, UK. 6:30pm–8pm. Free but need to register. Find out more.

Tuesday 9 January: Pre-1800s records, with Dr William Roulston. 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 9 January: Newspapers, with Georgina Scally MAGI. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland St, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. €3.

Wednesday 10 January: Land Wars in Ireland 1876-1909, an 8-week course starts with Brian Casey. Host: UCC Lifelong Learning. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Fee: €195. 10:30am to 1pm on Wednesdays. Details.

Wednesday 10 January: Using family and local history resources online, a practical workshop. Host and venue: Public Reocrd Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Free. Booking is full, but you can join the waiting list in case there's a cancellation.

Thursday 11 January: Opening delayed until 11am at National Library of Ireland's sites in Dublin to facilitate a staff meeting.

Thursday 11 January: Despicable jackals, gallant submariners, and Waterford in the WW1 U-boat campaign, with Julian Walton. Host: Dunhill History Lectures, Series XII, 2018. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite GAA grounds), Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm. Admission €5, includes light refreshments. All welcome.

Saturday 13 January: The Stewart, Mountjoy and Blessington Family Connections, with Frank Collins. Host: NIFHS Tyrone Branch. Venue: Seminar Room, First Floor, Omagh Library, Dublin Road, Omagh, BT78 1HL. 10am to noon. All welcome.

Saturday 13 January: Tour of the Jacob's Factory exhibition. Host and venue: Dublin City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2. Exhibition developed by Dublin City Archives. Free. 1pm to 1:45pm. Need to register.

Monday 15 Jan: 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 15 Jan: The Clontarf Atlas (Irish Historic Towns Atlas series from RIA), with Professor Colm Lennon. Host: Clontarf Historical Society Venue: Resource Centre, St John the Baptist Church, Clontarf Road, Dublin 3. Plus AGM. All welcome. Members free / non-members €5. 7:30pm.

Monday 15 Jan: Newspapers, books and eBay for genealogy, with Michael McKeag. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. Cancelled due to bad weather.

Monday 15 Jan: Queen Victoria’s Gene, with Jenning Cumming. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne branch. Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. Free. 7:30pm.

Monday 15 Jan: The Rise & Fall of Lord Dunkellin (1827-1867), with John Joe Conwell. Host: Birr Historical Society. Venue: County Arms Hotel, Birr, Co Offaly. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 16 January: The Quakers of County Tipperary, 1655–1924, with Dr Michael Ahern. Host: Tipperary People & Places Lecture Series. Venue: Tipperary Studies, The Source, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7:30pm. Admission free. Tea served. All welcome. Details.

Tuesday 16 January: Disturbing Remains: Death in the Great Famine, with Dr Breandán Mac Suibhne. Host: Irish Historical Society. Venue: Centre for Irish Programmes, Boston College, 43 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. Free. 7.00pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 16 January: From 2RN to RTÉ, with Harry Bradshaw, and (short talk) The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918, with Pádraig Laffan. Host: Foxrock Local History Club. Venue: Foxrock Pastoral Centre (at rear of Foxrock Church), Dublin 18. 8pm. All welcome. Members free/non-members €5.

Wednesday 17 January: The Tavener Family, with Tom Mason. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS.

Wednesday 17 January: Tudor Marshals of Leinster, with Diarmuid Wheeler. Host: Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society. Venue: Leighlinbridge Parish Centre, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow. Admission is free and all welcome. 8pm. 

Wednesday 17 January: The Corless Family, with Anna Bruzzi. Also AGM. Host: Western Family History Association. Venue: Parish Centre, Lackagh, Co Galway. 8pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 17 January: Philip Barron, Man of Mystery, with Áine Uí Fhoghlú. Venue: Clubhouse, Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, Davitt's Quay, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. 8pm. All welcome. €5 admission. Details.

Thursday 18 January: London's Derrie: The background to the building and financing of the early Londonderry plantation, with Professor James Stevens Curl. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: The Corn Exchange Building, 31 Gordon Street, Belfast BT1 2LG. 12:15pm to 2pm. Free to Guild members. £5 to non-members. Need to register. Details.

Thursday 18 January: From war to wine, from shipping to sport: Irish-French links over 300 years, with Kieran Walsh. Host: Dunhill History Lectures, Series XII, 2018. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite GAA grounds), Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm. Admission €5, includes light refreshments. All welcome.

Thursday 18 January: Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington (1877–1946)– suffragette and nationalist, wife of martyred radical activist Francis and co-founder of Irish women's Franchise League, with Dr. Margaret Ward. First of the Rebel Irish Women lecture series. Host and venue: GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. Free. 5:40pm sharp. Booking is essential to guarantee your space.

Saturday 20 January: Investigating Offaly's casualties of the Great War, with Stephen Callaghn. Host: Western Front Association. Venue: Museum of Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Benburb's Street, Dublin 7. 2:30pm. All welcome. €3.


Thursday, 4 January 2018

NEHGS opens up AmericanAncestors.org for free search

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is opening up its online database of more than 1.4million records for free until Wednesday 10 January.

https://www.americanancestors.org/Free-BillionThe website – AmericanAncestors.org – contains some of the most important online databases for researching American ancestry, with records covering 18 countries, including Ireland and Britain. Among them are census, tax and voter lists; court, land and probate records; journals and periodicals; military records; genealogies, biographies, heraldry, and local histories; immigration records; and vital records. Many databases include original content created by the experts and scholars at NEHGS, and all are open for eight days of free research to anyone who registers as a Guest Member.

Guest Membership is free, and easy to set up, with no financial questions. Just click the image above, follow the link to the registration page and get started.


New course explores Ireland's Land Wars, 1876-1909

A new course from UCD Adult Education – The Land Wars in Ireland 1876–1909 – will be starting on Wednesday 10 January at the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Led by Dr Brian Casey, the eight-week course explores the background and various stages of the Land Wars from 1876 to 1909. In addition, it examines the role that local activists as well as people like Michael Davitt and Charles Stewart Parnell played in the mobilization of the countryside to demand peasant proprietorship and the end of landlordism in Ireland.

Each session will be held on Wednesdays, from 10:30am to 1pm. The course fee is €195.

You can find out more about the course at the NLI website. Bookings should be made through UCD Adult Education (01 716 7123).

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: last 2017 update

There's just no stopping the volunteers at Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives. Despite the festive holiday, they still managed to upload the following files to the free website during the last two weeks of 2017.

Headstone to Mordacai Jones* in St James
Walled graveyard, Athboy, Co. Meath.
Photo by Kev Murray.
Transcribed by Valerie Ackroyd.
Click for larger image.
CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Killeshandra (CoI) Graveyard

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Saggart Cemetery, Dublin County, Part 2 (partial)

MEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St James Walled - Text file added
St James Old - Text file added

SLIGO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Sligo Cemetery: New Pt, Section A4 (Surnames M)

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Newspaper
Workhouse Entries - Assorted Dates (Updated)

* While transcribing the headstones photos for St. James Walled Cemetery, Athboy, Co Meath, volunteer Valerie Ackroyd discovered a murder story connected to Mordecai Jones.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

C19th editions join online Church of Ireland Gazette

What a great start to the new Irish family history year!

https://esearch.informa.ie/Exe/ZyNET.exe?ZyAction=ZyActionr&Client=7094%5FRCB%20Library%20Archive&User=ANONYMOUS&Password=ANONYMOUS
The Church of Ireland's record repository, Representative Church Body Library (RCBL), has announced that all 19th-century editions of the Church of Ireland Gazette have been added to the online archive of the weekly newspaper.

This upload means a full archive of editions published from 1856 to 1923 is now freely accessible.

The RCBL holds the only complete hard-copy run of this newspaper, and through incremental digitization has gradually endeavoured to share its rich content with a wider audience.

Last April it confirmed funding had been allocated for the older copies to be digitised in time for the 150-year anniversary (in 2019) of the Church of Ireland's dis-establishment as the island's state church.

Now all editions for the 70-year period between March 1856, when the paper first appeared, up to and including the end of the Revolutionary period in December 1923 are shared for all.

The has been managed by the RCB Library in collaboration with the Editor and Board of The Church of Ireland Gazette.

Genealogists don't need to have Church of Ireland ancestors to find the Gazette valuable to their research. As well as exploring the major national and international issues of the day, the paper also carried localised church and social news, which would have been of relevance to all local communities whatever their beliefs.

To mark this significant enhancement of the newspaper's online database, this January's RCBL Archive of the Month provides insight to the relationship between the Church's laity and clergy, as revealed through Gazette articles.

Irish genealogy and history events, 2-14 January

Few societies/institutions have confirmed their 2018 events yet. I'll update the list below as I receive details.

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

Sunday 7 January: Irish research: Female Connections – the best roads to research success, with Kevin Cassidy. Host: Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society. Venue: Walt Branch Library, 6701 S 14th St, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. 2pm–4pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Monday 8 January: 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 8 January: Practical workshop, presented by branch members. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. 7–9pm.

Monday 8 January: My experience with familly history, with George Busby. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh Branch.Venue: Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co Down, BT30 9QF 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 8 January: Celebrating Irish nurses and Irish women in nursing in the UK; part of the Illuminate Herstory Light Festival – Ireland’s annual new global light festival. Host: Irish Diaspora Foundation and Irish World Heritage Centre. Venue: Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE, UK. 6:30pm–8pm. Free but need to register. Find out more.

Tuesday 9 January: Pre-1800s records, with Dr William Roulston. 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 9 January: Newspapers, with Georgina Scally MAGI. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland St, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. €3.

Wednesday 10 January: Land Wars in Ireland 1876-1909, an 8-week course with Brian Casey. Host: UCC Lifelong Learning. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Fee: €195. 10:30am to 1pm on Wednesdays. Details.

Wednesday 10 January: Using family and local history resources online, a practical workshop. Host and venue: Public Reocrd Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Free. Booking is full, but you can join the waiting list in case there's a cancellation.

Thursday 11 January: Despicable jackals, gallant submariners, and Waterford in the WW1 U-boat campaign, with Julian Walton. Host: Dunhill History Lectures, Series XII, 2018. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite GAA grounds), Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm. Admission €5, includes light refreshments. All welcome.

Saturday 13 January: The Stewart, Mountjoy and Blessington Family Connections, with Frank Collins. Host: NIFHS Tyrone Branch. Venue: Seminar Room, First Floor, Omagh Library, Dublin Road, Omagh, BT78 1HL. 10am to noon. All welcome.