Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest files

Aughaval Cemetery, Westport, Co. Mayo.
Photo courtesy of Bernie McCafferty and
IGPArchives. Click for enlarged image.
The following files of headstone transcriptions and photos, and church records were added to the online Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives in the first half of October.

They were all submitted by volunteers and are free to search and view.

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Cooneen Parish Church (no gravestones)

LIMERICK Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Limerick City, St. Mary's Cathedral (CoI) Pt 2

LONGFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Lanesborough, St. John's (CoI) Graveyard (Rt. Side)

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Aughaval Cemetery, Part 4

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Parish Registers, Baptisms, 1846-1850
Clones Parish Registers, Baptisms, 1851-1856

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Fethard Marriages, Dio. of Cashel & Emly, 1814-1819

Monday, 15 October 2018

National Library of Ireland will be offline on 17 October

The National Library of Ireland has advised that all its online services will be unavailable from 11am on Wedneday 17 October while essential maintenance is carried out.

For family history researchers, the greatest negative of this downtime will be lack of access to the Library's Catalogue and free Roman Catholic Registers database. Regarding the latter, FindMyPast's and Ancestry's indexes and links to the latter will also be impacted, with transcriptions available but no images.

Online services are expected to be functioning again during the afternoon.

UPDATE, 17 October, 4:45pm: NLI has announced that full service has resumed, but there appear to still be some problems. The registers site is not showing any images, for example.

Drogheda Independent joins British News Archive

The Drogheda Independent has joined the online British Newspaper Archive.

https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5895&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Fttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.britishnewspaperarchive.co.ukSome 72 editions from selected editions published 1915, 1916 and 1922, and all editions published in 1990-1995 have joined the database so far, but the holding will eventually span 1890 to 2005.

The British Newspaper Archive can be accessed via its dedicated site (click image), but is also available in its entirety as part of a FindMyPast Pro/Ultimate or World subscription (see current discount offer).

Its Irish collection includes 159 titles from Ireland; five of them target Drogheda specifically:  Drogheda Argus & Leinster Journal, Drogheda Conservative Journal, The Drogheda Independent, Drogheda Journal (Meath & Louth Advertiser) and Drogheda News Letter, making it an excellent archive for those with family connections from the county.

Irish family history and heritage events, 15-27 October

Monday 15 October: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Dublin 2. On-going all-day Monday closures are facilitating extensive redevelopment of the main Kildare Street premises; all other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 15 October: Diary of a WW1 Nurse, with Jenny Cumming. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. No need to book. All welcome.

Monday 15 October: The Heathen's Tale, with Annie Humphrey. Host: More Tales of Medieval Dublin lecture series. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. Admission free. All welcome. 1:05pm - 1:50pm.

Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October Researching your Irish and Scots-Irish family history, with Gillian Hunt and Fintan Mullan at the 2018 British Institute. Host: International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. Venue: Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Cost: $495. Details.

Tuesday 16 October: An introduction to family history research, a workshop. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, South Tyrone Branch. Venue: Killymaddy Centre, 190 Ballygawley Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone BT70 1TF. Free. 8pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 17 October: The Taverner 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. Free. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 17 October: John Redmond – The forgotten patriot, with former Taoiseach John Bruton. Host: Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: Greville Armsn, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. 8pm. All welcome. Free.

Wednesday 17 October: Book launch: Michael Collins – The Man and the Revolution, by Anne Dolan and William Murphy. Guest speaker: Fintan O'Toole. Host: Collins Press. Venue: GPO Witness History, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. All welcome. 6:30pm-7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 17 October: “We always vote Redmond in this house” - The Redmonds and Waterford, a political dynasty, 1891-1952, with Dr Pat McCarthy. Host: Waterford County Museum. Venue: Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, Quay St, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 8pm. Entry fee €5. All welcome.

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October: Back To Our Past family history fair and Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference. Organised by SLP and ISOGG respectively. Venue: Industries Hall, RDS, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Free admission for pre-booked tickets. All welcome. Lectures, societies, database providers, DNA test kits, publishers and suppliers and more, all under one roof. Details.

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October: Maritime Heritage, a weekend of lectures from lighthouse keepers, sailors, historians and maritime archaeologists. Host: Maritime Heritage Weekend. Venue: Harry's Bar, Rosses Point, Sligo. Tickets for each evening/afternoon are €10 or weekend tickets are €25 and will be available at the door or from Harry’s Bar. Details.

Sunday 21 OctoberFrom Ulster to New England: Researching your Scots-Irish ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Hosts: New England Historical Genealogical Society and New Hampshire Historical Society. Venue: Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. Cost: $125. Details.

Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October: National Archives of Ireland's Reading Room closed to facilitate building works. Venue: Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Reopens Tuesday 30th. Details

Monday 22 October: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Dublin 2. On-going all-day Monday closures are facilitating extensive redevelopment of the main Kildare Street premises; all other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 22 October: Was Bonaparte in the GPO? Reflections on the legend of Napoleon in Irish history 1796-1916, with Professor Thomas Bartlett. Host and venue: Princess Grace Irish Library, 9 rue Princesse Marie-de-Lorraine, 98000 Monaco. 7:30pm–10pm. Reservations via pglib@monaco.mc are essential. Entry €10 per person payable at the door.

Monday 22 October: The sinking of the RMS Leinster in October 1918, with Mario Corrigan. Host: Kill Local History Group. Venue: Parish Office, Kill, Co. Kildare. 8:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 24 October: DNA applications to Irish genealogy, with Maurice Gleeson. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society, Ireland Branch Autumn Lecture. Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2. 6:45pm. All welcome. Members free; non-members €5.

Wednesday 24 October: Irish family history assistance in the Library. Host: Genealogical Society of Victoria. Venue: GSV Library, Level 6, 85 Queen Street, Melbourne, Australia. Free for members. $20 non-members. 10am to 4pm. Consultations: One-hour appointments with a research consultant also available. See details.

Thursday 25 October: Total war? Ireland in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, 1793-1815, with Professor Tom Bartlett. Hosts: PRONI and the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ. Free. 7pm–9:30pm. Need to register.

Friday 26 October: Using Family and Local History Resources Online, a Positive Aging Month practical workshop that starts with an orientation tour of PRONI and is followed by an introduction to searching resources online. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Free, but space is limited so booking is essential. Details

Saturday 27 October: Irish Special Interest Group meeting, with Jean Roth. Host and venue: Seattle Genealogical Society, 6200 Sand Point Way NE. Seattle, WA, USA. Free. 10:15am to 12:15pm. All welcome.

Sunday 28 October Free genealogy help session. Host and venue: Library of the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630, USA. From 1pm to 4pm. Free. All welcome.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Registry of Deeds: more temporary access restrictions

Dublin's Registry of Deeds has advised that essential maintenance work will again require the Transcribing Room Vault to be closed to the public from Monday 15 October to Tuesday 30 October.

The Vault contains transcripts of Memorials of Deeds from 1896 to 1910. It was closed for several weeks during the summer.

Researchers should find no other access restrictions at Henrietta Street during this new period of closure, but probably best to keep your eye on the prai.ie news pages, if you're planning to visit later this month.

Wexford People joins British Newspaper Archive

The Wexford People has joined the British Newspaper Archive.

When first launched in 1853, the publication was known simply as The People. It became The Wexford People in 1994 and continues as a weekly tabloid serving Wexford Town and County Wexford.

Editions uploaded so far span the years 1856 to 1896, with gaps, and the digital archive plans to eventually include all years to 2005.

The British Newspaper Archive can be accessed via its dedicated site (click image), but is also available in its entirety as part of a FindMyPast Pro/Ultimate or World subscription (see current discount offer). It includes 158 titles from Ireland; four of them target Wexford specifically: Wexford Conservative, Wexford Constitution, Wexford Independent and Wexford People, making it a great archive for those with family connections from the county.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

New book: Foyle Maritime Memories

Foyle Maritime Memories; Photographs from the Bigger and McDonald Collection 1927-1939 is a new book from family and local historian Brian Mitchell MAGI.

Brian is well-known as the manager of the Derry Genealogy Centre and author of several books including the indispensable A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland. For his latest publication he has turned his attention to an archive of photographs, now in the care of Libraries NI, taken by the Derry Standard newspaper prior to WW2.

He has researched a selection of these photos to explore Derry and Lough Foyle’s maritime history, particularly the themes of emigration, transatlantic tourism and the activities of the Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners. Images include the activity on the quays, loading and unloading of ships, tug-tenders plying between Derry and Moville, transatlantic liners, the Scotch Boat and emigrants and passengers on board the tenders, liners and cross-channel steamers.

The 120-page paperback also captures the arrival of General Balbo and his ‘Italian Transatlantic Air Armada’ of 24 seaplanes on the Foyle in July 1933 on their way to Chicago’s World Fair and, in the year before, another transatlantic story that captured the world's imagination: the arrival in May 1923 of Amelia Earhart, the first women to fly the Atlantic solo, at Robert Gallagher’s farm at Ballyarnet.

Priced at £9.99, the book is available from the publisher Colourpoint Books of Newtownabbey. ISBN 9781780731759.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

15% off FindMyPast annual Ultimate/Pro/World subs

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Unlike most of the company's money-saving offers, this one is open to both new and returning customers, so make sure to grab it before it expires on Tuesday 16 October.

Click on the flag or links below to the FindMyPast territory that is the most appropriate to you, and then check out the descriptions of the packages on offer and the Terms and Conditions.

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Dublin Port Archive launched online and free

The Dublin Port Company has launched a dedicated online repository containing employee registers, photographs, drawings, maps and charts, and videos at DublinPortArchive.com.

With records dating back to 1707, the physical archive is still being catalogued so the website, which is free to search and view and already holds items that anyone with family connections to the port will enjoy exploring, is a work-in-progress.

The Name Book - Click for larger view
Probably of most immediate interest to family historians is the Name Book. This covers the period from 1906 to 1914 and lists every manual worker employed by the Dublin Port and Docks Board. (Note: this book doesn't include Dockers; they were employed by stevedoring companies, not by the Board.) It contains information on the dates employees started and finished work with Dublin Port, their occupation and any noteworthy events or occupation changes that occurred during their time of employment at the Port. For example, you'll see 'Striker' written in red ink against some of the names.

An introduction to the Name Book says that a pdf of an image from the register page can be downloaded for each search result. I haven't found this to be the case; clicking on 'View' seems to be futile, and although I've tried to contact the Archive since yesterday's launch, I haven't been able to speak to anyone about the problem.

However, I've found that it's possible to browse images of the register pages via the Gallery section of the site instead. As names are recorded in a 'soft' alphabetical order, it doesn't take long to locate the entries you've found in the name search.

The Gallery also holds general research material, including videos, and maps. I particularly enjoyed the Nicknames video, where ex-employees were filmed laughing and jokeing as they recalled some of the nicknames – some kind, some not so kind – conferred on most of their fellow workers at the port. A collection of historical maps dating back to the early 18th century features the Dublin coast from Dun Laoghaire to Skerries and along the river course and into its estuary, while the 1926 Yearbook provides a detailed history of the dock, the development of its many quays, its chief exporters (think Guinness and Jacob's Biscuits) and shipping lines, and the distance to destination ports around the world. It's full of photos and drawings.

(Thanks to eagle-eyed genealogist Claire Bradley for spotting news of the release.)

Monday, 8 October 2018

Credentials for Genealogists: Proof of the Professional

Gorry Research has announced the publication of Credentials for Genealogists: Proof of the Professional. Written by Wicklow-based professional genealogist Paul Gorry MAGI, who has 40 years' experience of client research, the new book (his fifth) is intended as a resource for both accrediting bodies and those seeking professional credentials.

Virtual Launch, 10-11 October
In its 253-pages, Paul unapologetically advocates for credentials for professional genealogists. He highlights the work of the various accrediting bodies worldwide, which have long provided such credentials, and notes that relevant credentials are not open to every genealogist, largely due to linguistic or geographical restrictions, but he concludes that currently the majority of practitioners do not have accreditation and fail to recognise it as a necessity. His view is that credentials are essential for the sake of genealogy as a profession, for the integrity of the conscientious practitioner, and for safeguarding clients’ interests.

It's clear from the book's theme that this publication will of considerable interest (and some controvsery) to genealogists, whether they are existing professionals, would-be professionals, happy hobbyists, and even potential clients, and I shall be back in a few days with a review when I finished my reading.

In the meantime, I thought you'd like to know that the book will be receiving a 'Virtual Launch' this week on Facebook when Paul will be celebrating the book's release and chatting about its subject.

Virtual Launch details, Wednesday 10 October:
From 10am to 11am (Irish time), primarily for Australasians enjoying their evening
From 7pm to 8pm (Irish time), primarily for fellow Europeans

Virtual Launch details, Thursday 11 October:
From 2am to 3am (Irish time), primarily for North Americans

He'll be coming and going all day in between these hours, and you can dip in whenever you like, wherever you are. It's free and should be good fun. (I hope to see you there.)

Credentials for Genealogists (ISBN 978-1-9164480) can be purchased online for €16.00 (plus p&p) from Blessington Books. It will also be available at the Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) stand at Ireland’s annual family history fair, BACK TO OUR PAST, at the RDS, Dublin, Ireland, (19-21 October).