Friday, 19 October 2018 latest on next tranche of uploads

The free site is managed by the Department
of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Some eleven weeks on from my last blogpost about the (slow) progress of the state-managed project to complete or at least update the GRO's civil birth, marriage and death registers collection, I thought it time to check with the powers-that-be that the 'November or thereabouts' upload was still on course.

Apart from anything else, I thought it might make a happy piece of news to kick off this year's Back To Our Past show, which will be opening its doors this morning in Dublin.

Sadly, I have no such news. Here's the official line:' The GRO confirms that it is still working on a further tranche of records but is unable to confirm when it will be in a position to transfer these records to the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for uploading to'

Maybe it's the pessimist in me, but I got the distinct impression that if this project isn't unofficially on hold, it's certainly not got a lot of momentum behind it.

I hope I'm wrong, but I fear we may not be getting any sizeable upload this year.

Halloween discounts on MyHeritage DNA kits
MyHeritage DNA is running a sale in Ireland, the UK and the USA. (I understand it is also running in Canada and Australia but I've not been able to access those sites to obtain details due to the site's irritating geo-locater widget.)

The discounted price of the MyHeritage DNA testing kit is €59 | £59 | US$59, reduced from €75 | £75 | US$75, respectively.

In each case, shipping is free if you order two or more kits.

The sale offer runs until Thursday 1 November and you'll find full terms and conditions on the website.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Researching Ulster Ancestors: 2nd edition published

Published by the Ulster Historical Foundation
A second edition of one of the most respected genealogy guides for the north of Ireland has been published by the Ulster Historical Foundation.

Written by Dr William Roulston, a director of the UHF, Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors – The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800, was first published in 2005. It opens up avenues for research, drawing attention to collections held in archives in Ireland and elsewhere, which can help document your family back to the 1600s.

This new edition is a much expanded (and, obviously, fully updated) version of the original. It runs to more than 600 pages, up from 262, It includes more detailed information on the importance of church and land records and new chapters explore the value of records relating to charitable bodies, fraternal organisations and businesses. There is also a discussion of potential sources of information on emigration.

Extensive appendices include a summary breakdown of the sources available for the 17th and 18th centuries for every parish in the historic nine counties of Ulster (including a listing of surviving pre-1800 church records) and a detailed description of around 350 collections of landed estate papers. A set of parish maps for each county in Ulster has also been included, along with a listing of more than 600 places in the nine counties of Ulster giving the parish location.

While counting numbers, it should also be noted that the book has two titles (yep, it's so good they named it twice!).

In the UK and Ireland, the paperback is called Researching Ulster Ancestors – The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800. ISBN 978-1-909556-66-9.

In the Rest of the World it is called  Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors – The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800. ISBN 978-1-909556-65-2

The content is exactly the same, no matter the title. So is the price: £19.99 (plus P&P).

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, 18:50pm: Full service appears to have resumed.

Drogheda Independent joins British News Archive

The Drogheda Independent has joined the online British Newspaper Archive. 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 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.

Tuesday 23 October: Pandemic: Ireland and the Great Flu 1918, a full-day conference and exhibition. Hosts: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and Trinity College Dublin. Venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. 9:30am to 5:15pm. €10. Booking.

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: The Siege, the 1718 Migration and the Foyle Valley, with Dr William Roulston. Hosts: Siege Museum supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Derry Strabane Council. Venue: The Siege Museum, 13 Society Street, Derry BT48 6PJ. Free. 7pm to 10pm. Need to register.

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 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.