Monday, 21 May 2018

Ancestry adds Victoria bmd indexes & asylum records

Ancestry.com.au has added indexes to the Victoria Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The landing page for each of the links below provides a detailed overview of the records and what information they hold.

Victoria Births Index, 1837-1917
– 3,714,952 records.

Victoria, Death Index, 1836-1988 – 4,996,943 records.

Victoria Marriage Index, 1837-1950 – 2,090,239 records

Another recent addition for the state of Victoria is the Victoria Asylum Records, 1853-1940. This collection comes from the Public Record Office Victoria and holds 49,040 records.

Irish genealogy and history events, 21 May - 4 June

Monday 21 May: 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 21 May: Larne Main Street circa 1950, with Liam Kelly. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 730pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 22 May: Belfast’s original poorhouse, with Louise Canavan. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Belfast Branch. Venue: C. S. Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT, 730pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 22 May: Using Valuation records to knock down brick walls, with Anne Johnston. Host: NIFHS, Causeway Coast and Glens branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine, Co Londonderry. 8pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 23 May: Irish research assistance and consultations. Host and venue: Genealogical Society of Victoria, Level 6, 85 Queen St., Melbourne 3000, Australia. 10am to 4pm. Free for members / $20 non-members. Details.

Thursday 24 May: The Penal Times: The Catholic Church in 18th-century Ireland, with Professor Ian McBride; the J.C. Beckett Memorial lecture. Host: Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 7–8pm. Free, but you need to register.

Thursday 24 May: Rebel women of the 20th century - Maud Gonne MacBride, with Donal Fallon. Host and venue: GPO Witness Visitor Centre, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. 5:30pm. All welcome. Free, but need to book ticket. 

Saturday 26 May: Exploring the Great War, exhibition, research facility and talks, with the Cork Branch of the Western Front Association. Venue: Mallow Library, Thomas Davis St, Mallow, Co. Cork. 10am to 4:30pm. Talks: Slaughter at the Somme (12:15pm), The US Army in the Great War (2pm), and The uniform and equipment of a British 'Tommy' (3:15pm). Admission free. All welcome.

Sunday 27 May: The Irish and Jewish communities of London's East End, a walking tour. Host: Wolfe Tone Society London. Meeting venue: Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1, UK. 11:45 to 2pm. Free; collection at end of tour. Details.

Sunday 27 May: 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.

Monday 28 May: Public holiday in Northern Ireland and GB.

Monday 28 May: The Irish community in west London, a walking tour. Host: Irish Historical Walks in London. Meet outside Petty France entrance to St. James's Park tube station, 55 Broadway, London SW1, UK. 11:45–2:30pm. Free. Collection at end of tour. Details.

Monday 28 May: 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, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 28 May: Samuel Clayton, freemason, forger, freeman, with Margaret Smyth. Host: Clondalkin Historical Society, Áras Chrónáin Irish Cultural Centre, Watery Lane, Off Orchard Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 29 May: Practical Workshop – Using family and local history resources online. Host and venue: PRONI, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Free but you need to register.

Tuesday 29 May: The letters of Flo Clancy, Kilrush, 1900-1958, with Paul O'Brien. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare. 8pm–9pm. Free for members; €5 for non-members.

Wednesday 30 May: Book launch: Plantations in Ulster, 1600-41: A Collection of Documents, by R J Hunter. Hosts: The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Six speakers will give short presentations. 2pm-4pm. Free, but need to register.

Wednesday 30 May: The Great Famine in East Clare, with Gerard Madden. Host: Killaloe-Ballina Local History Society. Venue: Wood & Bell Restaurant & Café, Main Street, Killaloe, Co Clare. 7pm–9pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 31 May: The Struggle for Ireland's Soul: Catholics under the Penal Laws, with Professor Ian McBride – the John Coffin Memorial Annual Irish Studies Lecture. Host: IES Irish Studies. Venue: The Chancellor's Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1, UK. 6pm to 8pm. The event will be followed by a wine reception hosted by the Irish Embassy. Free. Need to register. Details.

Thursday 31 May to Saturday 2 June: Southern California Jamboree. Schedule includes three Irish-themed presentations with Donna Moughty (Friday and Saturday mornings). Venue: Los Angeles Marriott, Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California, USA.

Saturday 2 – Monday 4 June: Echoes of the past - annual conference - includes several Irish and DNA-themed lectures. Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists. Venue: Christchurch Boys' High School, 71 Straven Road, Christchurch, New Zealand. Programme and costs.

Monday 4 June: Public Holiday in Republic of Ireland

Friday, 18 May 2018

20% off Ancestry DNA for researchers in IE, UK & CA

http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-5737308-12744281Ancestry DNA is offering a 20% discount on its DNA tests to researchers in Ireland, the UK and Canada. (There may also be offers in the US and Australia, but I've not been able to confirm them.)

The offer runs until Monday, 21 May, so it's a quickie. Act quickly if you want to take advanatage of the offer.

Click the flag buttons below to choose the offer for your region. Note that all offers include taxes but not shipping:

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Offer ends at 23:59 BST on Monday 21 May
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Offer ends at 23:59 BST on Monday 21 May.
http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-5737308-13331783Regular price CA$129. Sale price CA%99, a saving of CA$30.
Offer ends at 23:59 BST on Monday 21 May.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: mid-May update

Headstone memorial in Abbey Graveyard, Ferrybank,
to Frederick Christian, Comptroller of Waterford's
Custom House, who died May 1687, and his son, Minard,
who died August 1714. Photo courtesy of
Steve Rogers and Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives.
The team of volunteers at Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives has donated and uploaded the files below in the first two weeks of May.

In total, the number of headstone photos added to the site during the fortnight came to more than 1,030. They, like all material held on IGP-Archives, are free to view, along with text files of inscriptions for each batch of photos.

Here are the new files:

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Paul's (CoI) Graveyard, Ballymachugh

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Peter's, Pt. 2
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Brigid's, Pt. 14

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Islandeady Graveyard, Part 1 & 2

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Burrishoole Abbey, Part 5 (Completed)

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Parish Registers, E. Div., Baptisms 1811-1815

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Abbey Graveyard (CoI), Ferrybank, Part 1


Burrishoole Abbey, Co Mayo. Photo courtesy of Bernie McCafferty and Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives
Burrishoole Abbey, County Mayo.
Photo courtesy Bernie McCafferty and Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives.

IGRS Genealogy Open Day, Dublin, Saturday 19 May

The Irish Genealogical Research Society Ireland Branch will be holding its Genealogy Open Day on Saturday 19 May.

As usual, this popular annual event will be held at Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, and everyone is welcome to attend. The day is free, and there is no need to book.

Three main lectures will be presented, followed by two 'lightning' (short) talks, as follows:

10amRegistration
10:20Chairman's Welcome
10:30300th anniversary of 1718 migration from Ulster to New England, with Linde Lunney
11:20Where Historical Geography meets Genealogy, with Brian Hollinshead
NoonLunch (at own expense)
13:45Glasnevin Cemetery resources for the family historian, with Lynn Brady
14:45Two 'Lightening' talks:
Genealogy novels: Are they any good / Should you be reading them? with Claire Bradley
Organising Genealogy: How do you do it? with Aileen Wynne
16:00Close

See the programme and other details of the IGRS Ireland Branch at IrishAncestors.ie.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

AmericanAncestors adds more RC Boston registers

AmericanAncestors.org
AmericanAncestors.org, the online database of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), has added a further ten volumes to its database of Roman Catholic records from the Archdiocese of  Boston, Massachusetts.

The new records are from St Mary's in Lynn and they date from 1789 to 1900. The upload adds more than 39,000 records to the collection and 148,000 names.

The new volumes are as follows:

St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms 1872-1893, Part 1
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms 1872-1893, Part 2
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms 1893-1897
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms 1897-1900
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms and Marriages 1837-1841
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms and Marriages 1851-1861
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms and Marriages 1862-1872
St. Mary (Lynn) First Communions and Confirmations 1881-1900
St. Mary (Lynn) Marriages 1872-1893
St. Mary (Lynn) Marriages 1893-1900

The database is fully searchable/viewable to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only.

If you are not a paying member, create a free guest account to browse the images. Then search the index, note the register and page numbers of the entries you want to search and then browse. I've just done this for an entry that interested me. It's a little laborious, but it works.


Irish lectures at QFHS Roots 2018 conference, Montreal

There are three Irish themed lectures taking place in Montreal this weekend as part of the Quebec Family History Society's Roots 2018 conference.

Two of the lectures will be presented by Tom Quinlan, Keeper, National Archives of Ireland (NAI): What's new at the NAI? (Saturday 19 May) and Researching convict ancestors at the NAI (Sunday 20 May). The third is with historian Steven L Cameron: Pre-Famine Irish in rural Quebec (Saturday 19 May).

Roots 2018 will be held at McGill University in Montreal and you need to register. You can find the full lecture programme plus details of Ancestry Friday, the Gala Dinner, costs and accommodation from that link, or download the brochure here.

Missing elements of FMP's civil indexes identified

There are also SRDs missing from the marriages Index
Readers of Irish Genealogy News will remember that in early March, while broadly welcoming FindMyPast's newly uploaded civil registers indexes, I was critical of the inadequate descriptions provided by FindMyPast Ireland for what appeared to be incomplete record sets.

Two months on, the descriptions have not been improved (and the supposedly pre-1845 marriages  have not been corrected, either), so genealogist John Grenham has taken the time and trouble to identify what is missing from both the FindMyPast birth and marriage indexes. He found that no entries are included in the birth index for a whopping 26% of Ireland's Superintendent Registrar Districts (SRDs), and no entries are included in the marriage index for four SRDs.

By any standards, these are seriously incomplete indexes and should be highlighted as such. Let's hope FindMyPast action this without delay.

See John's blogpost – FindMyPast's unmarked elephant traps – for the full list of the missing SRDs.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Irish genealogy and history events, 14-27 May

Monday 14 May: Famine and migration, with Dr Paddy Fitzgerald. 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 14 May: 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, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 14 May: History of Watt’s Distillery, with Roy McCullough. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Derry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 15 May: A guide to tracing your Limerick ancestors, with John Grenham MAGI. Host and venue: Granary Library, The Granary, Michael St, Limerick. Free. All welcome. 8pm. Details.

Wednesday 16 May: A Letter from America , with Dr Ian Hunter. 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.

Wednesday 16 May: 1918 tenements and Compo Claims, with Donal Fallon and Cathy Scuffil. Part of the Dublin in 1918 lecture series.  Hosts: Dublin City Public Libraries, Dublin Historians and Near fm 90.3. Venue: Raheny Library, Howth Rd, Raheny, Dublin 5. 6:30pm. Free.

Thursday 17 May: Printed in Bray. The history of the printing industry in Bray & County Wicklow. Hosts: Bray Cualann Historical Society. Venue: Royal Hotel, Main Street, Bray, Co Wicklow. 8pm. Admission €5, members free. All welcome.

Thursday 17 May: Urban modernity and the historic city c1700 to c1840, with Professor Roey Sweet. Hosts: Royal Irish Academy and British Embassy Dublin. Venue: The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register. Details.

Friday 18 May: Irish Historic Towns Atlas Seminar 2018: Modernising Townscapes. Host and venue: The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Free. All welcome. Need to register. Details.

Saturday 19 May: Irish records – Now is the time, a workshop with Jill Williams of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. Host: Aberdeen and NES Family History Society. Venue: Unitarian Church Centre, 43A Skene Terrace, Aberdeen, UK, AB10 1RN. 2:30pm–4:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Saturday 19 May: IGRS Genealogy Open Day. Three lectures and two 'lightning talks'. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 10am to 4pm. Three lectures and two 'lightning talks'. Free. All welcome. No need to register. Details.

Saturday 19 May: 20th Medieval Dublin Symposium. Host: The Friends of Medieval Dublin. Venue: J.M. Synge Theatre (Room 2039), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Details. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 19 May: Managing your matches - a step-by-step approach to interpreting your DNA matches, with Maurice Gleeson (at 9am) and Marrying DNA and Irish Family Tree Research, with Maurice Gleeson (at 11am). Host: Queensland Family History Society. Venue: Queensland Baptist Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne, Queensland, Australia. Cost: $25.00 members (QFHS and GSQ) and $40.00 non-members (includes morning tea). Booking essential.

Monday 21 May: 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 21 May: Larne Main Street circa 1950, with Liam Kelly. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 730pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 22 May: Belfast’s original poorhouse, with Louise Canavan. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Belfast Branch. Venue: C. S. Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT, 730pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 22 May: Using Valuation records to knock down brick walls, with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Causeway Coast and Glens branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine, Co Londonderry. 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 24 May: The Penal Times: The Catholic Church in 18th-century Ireland, with Professor Ian McBride; the J.C. Beckett Memorial lecture. Host: Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 7–8pm. Free, but you need to register.

Thursday 24 May: Rebel women of the 20th century - Maud Gonne MacBride, with Donal Fallon. Host and venue: GPO Witness Visitor Centre, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. 5:30pm. All welcome. Free, but need to book ticket. 

Saturday 26 May: Exploring the Great War, exhibition, research facility and talks, with the Cork Branch of the Western Front Association. Venue: Mallow Library, Thomas Davis St, Mallow, Co. Cork. 10am to 4:30pm. Talks: Slaughter at the Somme (12:15pm), The US Army in the Great War (2pm), and The uniform and equipment of a British 'Tommy' (3:15pm). Admission free. All welcome.

Sunday 27 May: The Irish and Jewish communities of London's East End, a walking tour. Host: Wolfe Tone Society London. Meeting venue: Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1, UK. 11:45 to 2pm. Free; collection at end of tour. Details.

Sunday 27 May: 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.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

UCC launches The Great Irish Famine Online

As part of today's National Famine Commemoration at University College Cork, The Great Irish Famine Online has been launched.

This ground-breaking project allows users to access interactive maps containing detailed information on the impact of the Famine on each of 3,000 civil parishes and 1,600 towns across the island. You can analyse statistics that chart changes in the social, political and economic landscape of Ireland pre- and post-Famine. The statistics are taken from the 1841 and 1851 census.

Screenshot of the 1841 map of families employed in agriculture.
The civil parish of Kilkerranmore in County Cork is highlighted
I've just been playing with it. I'm finding it a bit slow, which I'm accustomed to with a rural broadband connection but this was particularly sluggish, and, rather more irritatingly, the site doesn't allow me any scroll control ie I can't get down to the bottom of the page on some pages. I'm using a PC. I suspect the site has been designed for responsive devices. That aside, the information is well presented, with a slider over the maps so you can slide between the 1841 data and the 1851 data.

I checked out my father's parish of Kilkerranmore in County Cork, to see just how agricultural the area was in the first half of the 19th century. The 1841 map showed that 391 (87%) of the 452 families in the parish were employed in agriculture. In 1851, the percentage was slightly lower – 84% – but the population had fallen dramatically: there were only 274 families still living there, a loss of 39% over the decade.

The Great Irish Famine Online is a collaboration between staff at UCC’s Geography Department and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. It is free to access. It can be found via the National Famine Commemoration website at http://www.irishfamine.ie/irish-famine-map. On the landing page, click on The Great Irish Famine Map Online link.

Alternatively, go straight to this link.

The famine online project was born out of the 728-page Atlas of The Great Irish Famine, which was published by Cork University Press in 2012. Edited by John Crowley, William J Smyth and Mike Murphy, this huge tome is beautifully presented, with hundreds of illustrations, charts and maps to aid understanding and deep research.