Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Latest from NEHGS on MA Catholic Registers project

AmericanAncestors.org, the online database of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, has continued to add to its Massachusetts: Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 collections, as follows:

Indexed collection has seen the addition of six baptism and marriage register volumes from St Patrick, Lowell, the town's earliest parish.

Many of the records found in these volumes were not recorded in Massachusetts’ civil records, making them an important source of information for researchers (see more details here). This update adds 50,405 new records and 200,389 new names to the database.

This collection is available to Individual-level (and above) NEHGS members only.

Browse collection has been updated with images from 43 registers volumes from nine parishes:

  • Immaculate Conception, Everett
  • Immaculate Conception, Malden,
  • Immaculate Conception, Stoughton
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cambridge
  • St. Charles Borromeo, Woburn
  • St. James, Salem
  • St. John the Baptist, East Boston
  • St. Mary, Quincy
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Bridgewater
If you have questions about navigating this database, watch the NEHGS how-to video.

If you're not an NEHGS member, you can access the browseable collection free of charge with a free Guest account. This is easy to set up via the Sign Up button.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Registry of Deeds Index Project: latest additions

Thanks to the continuing efforts of volunteers, there are now 281,771 index entries from 31,146 memorials of deeds ready for searching in the main Registry of Deeds Index Project database.

Additionaly, there are now 19,117 Grantors’ Index transcriptions available to search on the website.

These include all the A’s from 1708 to 1729.

The Grantors’ Indexes are not necessarily difficult to transcribe (click image below for enlarged view of sample page from 1862 register). Can you spare some time to help the project move on? Find out more here.

Sample page from 1862 Grantors' Index – click for exlarged view

Irish genealogy and history events: 20 Aug - 2 Sep

This week's fortnightly listing of Irish genealogy and history events covers the bulk of Heritage Week (18-26 August), Ireland's annual celebration of built, natural and cultural heritage and the nation's most popular cultural event. 2018 will see more than 2,000 events taking place.

I've listed below some of the more obvious famiy history events, but the Heritage Week website is heavily loaded with details of wonderful and interesting tours, lectures, performances and exhibitions designed to explore the times and lives of our ancestors. Since gathering events for my listing, I'm sure others will have been notified to the website, so be sure to check what's on in your area of interest at HeritageWeek.ie.

As happens every year, the period after the heritage extravaganza is pretty quiet. I'll update with any additional events I hear of  for the end of August.

Monday 20 August 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 20 to Friday 24 August: Living Folklore: a daily archive tour. Host and venue: National Folklore Collection UCD, Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. 11am to 12pm. Free, but booking required - email bealoideas@ucd.ie.

Tuesday 21 August: Sligo Heritage Video collection. Host and venue: County Sligo Heritage & Genealogy Society, County Sligo Heritage & Genealogy Centre, Aras Reddan, Temple St, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo, Co. Sligo. 10am to 12:30pm. Visitors will be able to choose from a selection of short videos & presentations on topics including Emigration from Sligo Port and the Schools Folklore Collection. Free. Booking required - tel: 0719143728 or email community@sligoroots.com.

Tuesday 21 August: Family history research. Host and venue: Genealogical Society of Ireland, Loughlinstown Leisure Centre, Loughlinstown Drive, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin. Volunteer members of the GSI will advise and assist visitors on researching their family history. 10am to 5pm. Free. More info - T: 0872486878, E: eddie_gahan_snr@hotmail.com.

Tuesday 21 August: Genealogy Clinic. Free 30-minute one-to-one consultation with guidance on specific research problems. Host and venue: Mountmellick Library, O'Moore St, Townparks, Mountmellick, Co. Laois. 10am to 1pm. Need to book: T - 0578644572.

Tuesday 21 August: Genealogy, an introductory workshop. Host: Ballybofey, Stranorlar & District Historical Society. Venue: Ballybofey Library, Steeple View, Navenny Street, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal. 6pm-8pm. Admission Free. Details.

Tuesday 21 August: Beginner's Family History one-to-one sessions. Host and venue: Cork County Library, Library Building, Carrigrohane Road, Cork City. 9:30am - 4pm. Admission free but booking required; T: 021 4285640

Tuesday 21 August: Family Connections, with Larry McNutt. Discover the connection and relationships of families in Buncrana and elsewhere. Host: West Inishowen History & Heritage Society, Venue: The Plaza, Buncrana, Co. Donegal. Admission Free. 7:30pm to 8:30pm. Further Information T- 087 9227 038, E- westinishowenhistory@gmail.com.

Tuesday 21 August: Online family research sources. Host and venue: Kilkenny County Library, Loughboy Library, Loughboy Shopping Centre, Waterford Rd, Gallowshill, Kilkenny. 11:30am to 1pm. Admission Free. Details: T - 0567794176, E - loughboy@kilkennylibrary.ie.

Wednesday 22 August: Beginner's Family History one-to-one sessions. Host and venue: Cork County Library, Library Building, Carrigrohane Road, Cork City. 9:30am - 4pm. Admission free but booking required; T: 021 4285640

Wednesday 22 August: Irish Assistance in the Library. Host and venue: Genealogical Society of Victoria, Level 6, 85 Queen St, Melbourne 3000, Australia. 10am to 4pm. Free for members. $20 non-members. One-hour consultations can be booked. Details.

Wednesday 22 August: Genealogy Clinic. Free 30-minute one-to-one consultation with guidance on specific research problems. Host and venue: Portlaoise Library, Dunamaise House, Lyster Square, Kylekiproe, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. 10am to 1pm. Need to book: T - 0578622333, E - scarroll@laoiscoco.ie.

Wednesday 22 August: So, You're Scots-Irish? with Rebecca Kichta Miller. Host: Cranberry Genealogy Club. Venue: Cranberry Public Library, 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA, USA. 6:30pm–8pm. Free.

Wednesday 22 August: Family history research. Host and venue: Genealogical Society of Ireland, Loughlinstown Leisure Centre, Loughlinstown Drive, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin. Volunteer members of the GSI will advise and assist visitors on researching their family history. 10am to 5pm. Free. More info - T: 0872486878, E: eddie_gahan_snr@hotmail.com.

Wednesday 22 August: From Tralee to Rhodesia, the story of Dr. Georgina Revington, the first Tralee woman to graduate with a Bachelor in Medicine from Trinity College, Dublin in 1912. She went on to become medical officer for Lurgan Workhouse in Armagh and then worked in Rhodesia at the Kalene Missionary Hospital. Host and venue: Kerry County Museum, Ashe Memorial Hall, Denny St, Tralee, Co Kerry. 1pm to 1:45pm. Admission free. Info: tel - 0667127777, email - education@kerrymuseum.ie.

Thursday 23 August: Beginner's Family History one-to-one sessions. Host and venue: Cork County Library, Library Building, Carrigrohane Road, Cork City. 9:30am - 4pm. Admission free but booking required; T: 021 4285640.

Thursday 23 August: Researching your family history, a talk on tracing your Irish ancestry, particularly in Limerick, using online resources. Get expert advice and guidance from professional genealogists. Hosts: Limerick Archives & Limerick Genealogy. Venue: City Hall, Merchant's Quay, Limerick, Co Limerick. 10am - 11am. Free. Details: tel - 061556535, email - archives@limerick.ie.

Friday 24 August: Who do you think you are? Host and venue: Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co. Galway. Genealogists and historians will be on-hand to give advice on the resources available and give tips on growing your family tree. 12pm to 5pm. Admission free. Further Information, tel: 09097 59200, email: info@irishworkhousecentre.ie.

Friday 24 August: Genealogy Clinic. Free 30-minute one-to-one consultation with guidance on specific research problems. Host and venue: Abbeyleix Library, Market Square, Knocknamoe, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois. 10am to 1pm. Need to book: T - 0578730020.

Friday 24 August: Family History Curiosities, an illustrated talk on the strange and interesting discoveries made during Irish family history research. Host and venue: Mallow Library, Thomas Davis St., Mallow, Co. Cork. 2pm to 3pm. Admission Free. Booking necessary. Tel: 022 21821, Email: mallow.library@corkcoco.ie

Friday 24 August: Creating your family history, and re-launch of the Ballinacree Historical Society website. Host: Ballinacree Historical Society. Venue: Ballinacree Community Centre, Ballinacree, Co. Meath. Free. 8:30pm - 10:30pm. Details.

Saturday 25 August: Family history research. Host and venue: Genealogical Society of Ireland, Loughlinstown Leisure Centre, Loughlinstown Drive, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin. Volunteer members of the GSI will advise and assist visitors on researching their family history. 10am to 5pm. Free. More info - T: 0872486878, E: eddie_gahan_snr@hotmail.com.

Saturday 25 August: Researching your Irish family history, a talk and exhibition. Host and venue: Midleton Library, 81 Main St, Midleton, Co. Cork. All welcome. Free. No need to book. 12pm to 1pm.

Sunday 26 August: 19th Annual Great Irish Famine Commemoration Gathering at Hyde Park Barracks, Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia. Host: Great Irish Famine Commemoration Memorial. 2pm to 4pm. Tickets: $5–$35. Details and booking.

Sunday 26 August: Free genealogy help session. Host and venue: Library of the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Avenue, Chicago, USA. From 1pm to 4pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 27 August: Bank holiday in Northern Ireland. All libraries and archives are closed to the public. (This holiday does not apply to the Republic of Ireland.)

Tuesday 28 August: Family History Research Centre and Library open. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim. (Free parking.) Hours: 2pm to 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 30 August: Using family and local history resources online, a two-hour workshop. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. The workshop starts with an orientation tour of PRONI, followed by an introduction to searching resources online. 11am to 1pm. Free but registration required.

Thursday 30 August to Saturday 1 September: The Genealogy Event. Host: Irish Central. Venue: Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel, Adare, Co Limerick. Two-day genealogy and DNA conference with optional social events and bookable one-to-one consultations. Tickets, programme and details.

Saturday 1 September: Irish historical walking tour of the City of London. Hosted by Irish Historical Walks in London. Meet outside Holborn Tube Station, London WC2B 6AA from 12:45pm. Tour starts 1pm and ends 3pm. The tour explores historical, politican and social themes inside the walls of the City and the Irish people who lived and worked there over the last 300 years. Free, but donations accepted. Details.

Sunday 2 September: Irish and Jewish communities in East London, a walking tour looking at the vibrant immigrant communities from the Irish in the C17th, to the Jewish in the 1860s. Host: Wolfe Tone Society London. Venue: Meet outside Whitechapel Gallery, beside Aldgate East tube station, London E1, UK at 11:45pm. Walk, Noon to 2pm. We will meet outside Whitechapel gallery, beside Aldgate east tube station at 11:45. Tour is free, and there's a collection for the guide at the end. Details. https://www.facebook.com/events/695807484104641/

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: mid-Aug. update

Bolger headstone in Sacred Heart graveyard,
Arles, Co Laois. Photo courtesy
IGP Archives/William Muldowney/Michael Brennan
It may be the middle of the summer holidays but for some of the volunteers contributing to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives, this time of year brings the opportunity to dust off the camera and notebook and head off for a day's graft photographing headstones and noting their inscriptions.

Thanks to them, we have another batch of files ready and waiting for researchers to search at their leisure.

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Felims (R.C.) Graveyard, Ballinagh

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Abbey/Friary, Donegal Town (Part 1)

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mount Jerome, Dublin - Part 206

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cem., St. Nessan's Part 14

LAOIS Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Arles, Sacred Heart Graveyard, Parts 1 & 2

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Parish Registers, Baptisms, 1799-1804

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Cemetery Records
Churchtown Old Cemetery, Rosslare (Updated)

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

This weekend: West Cork History Festival

The West Cork History Festival gets underway in Skibbereen tomorrow with Thursday's and Friday's field and walking trips sold out. However, there are still tickets available for Friday evening and the weekend, with a full and varied programme of lectures, screenings, readings and concerts scheduled.

International, national and local themes are included in the line-up. Among the topics are the events of 1918; Carson and Redmond; Women’s Suffrage; the great Flu epidemic of 1918-1919; Gothic art; Protestants in West Cork 1920-25; Cillini (children's burial grounds); what people ate in 16th-century Ireland; pirates and treasure of the West Cork coast; and many more.

You can book tickets in advance, or buy on the gate.

All events take place in marquees, so you'll be undercover if the forecast dry and overcast weather turns more unsettled.

The venue – Rosebank, Russagh, Castletownshend Road, Skibbereen, County Cork – is about a kilometre south of the town centre and there's plenty of free parking (signed) at the neighbouring Liss Ard Estate.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

30% off all British Newspaper Archives' subscriptions

The British Newspaper Archive is offering a 30% discount on any subscriptions taken out on or by Saturday 25 August.

https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5895&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk%2Faccount%2FsubscribeSubscriptions give you unlimited access to more than 27million pages of British and Irish newspapers dating back to the 1700s. The Irish collection alone holds 157 titles (43 of them from Northern Ireland), including national, regional and local papers.

To take advantage of the offer, click the 30% OFF button. Make your choice of subscription – a one-month sub, a three-month or an annual – and quote AUG18 in the promotion code box. With the discount, the subscription prices are reduced to £9.07, £18.15 or £56.04 respectively.

Registers of Shillelagh and Rathdrum workhouses go online

Click for enlarged view of this partial page sample
The Admissions and Discharges Registers of both Shillelagh Union Workhouse and Rathdrum Union Workhouse have been digitised and made available to researchers in a series of free pdf downloads from Wicklow.ie, the online home of the Wicklow County Archives and Wicklow Family History Centre.

Both collections dates from 1842 to the 1910s (with some missing volumes for Shillelagh) and are presented in 70-odd pdfs (each c26Mb-45Mb). An alphabetical index of names is found at the start of each book and the double-page spread of entries have headings as follows:

  • Number and Name of pauper
  • Single/Married/Widow/er/Child of
  • Trade/Calling
  • Disabled and nature of disability
  • Observations on condition upon admission
  • Date admitted or when born in the workhouse
  • Date of death or discharge

As you'd expect, reading the registers that cover the Famine years can be pretty harrowing. Here are just a few typical entries under the Heading 'Observations on condition upon admission' in 1846: Destitute and hungry; Left at the gate by mother; No means of support; Dirty and ragged; Dirty and ragged and dying; Destitute and cold; Ill of fever; Admitted in a dying state.

The Shillelagh and Rathdrum registers join other free-to-access digitised collections on the website (all accessible via the Wicklow.ie link above).

Archivist and Genealogist Catherine Wright told Irish Genealogy News that the archive next in line for digitisation is the Bray Town Commissioners and Urban District Council collection.

Ancestral flax or linen workers? Pop into Linenopolis

Linenopolis, a new “pop-up” exhibition centre and store, has opened in the heart of Belfast’s historic Linen Quarter. Dedicated to linen, it provides an insight to the industry's social, economic and cultural history and is a showcase for the best in contemporary linen brands. It's part of the first Linen Biennale NI.

Linen plays a central role in the story of Belfast. It brought huge wealth and employment, drove rapid population growth, and directly contributed to Queen Victoria awarding Belfast ‘city status’ in 1888.

By the second half of the 19th century, Belfast boasted the largest linen industry in the world; and many of the beautiful red brick buildings in the Linen Quarter – now being comprehensively regenerated – were built to house the offices and warehouses of the industry.

Recalling the heyday of linen in Belfast, Linenopolis includes story boards, images and artefacts that highlight this heritage, and these are accompanied by moret han two dozen linen designers and artists including Katie Larmour, Mourne Textiles, Flax Fox, 31 Chapel Lane and Placed Ireland displaying their artisan wares.

Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Deirdre Hargey officially opened the temporary attraction at the weekend. She said: “I’m so proud to see Linenopolis opening here in Belfast’s Linen Quarter. It’s the first store and visitor experience of its kind on the island of Ireland, and the fact that it’s here in Belfast, the historic home of the industry, is significant and illustrates the appetite for further opportunities in this area.

“Although this pop-up store will only be here for a short time, linen itself has a great future – as the 33 linen entrepreneurs here demonstrate. It’s wonderful to see linen featuring as an important part of Belfast’s story and our thriving creative industries once more.”

Linenopolis is located on Bedford Street, opposite the Grand Central Hotel, and will be open seven days a week until the end of September.

For more information about the Linen Biennale festival, see the programme or go to www.linenbiennalenorthernireland.com

Monday, 13 August 2018

AncestryDNA - 25% off for Ireland/UK residents

Ancestry DNA's Summer Sale has spread to the eastern side of the Atlantic, losing a little generosity along the way (see USA sale blogpost).

Even so, a 25% discount isn't to be sniffed at, so if you were planning to treat yourself or your genie pal with a testing kit, now may be the right time to do so.

Click one of the flags below to order your kit and see the terms and conditions. Note that the price quoted excludes shipping costs.

The offers will expire at 23:59pm on Tuesday 21 August.

Ancestry DNA test. Ireland residents. Standard price €95. Sale price €71.

Ancestry DNA test. UK residents. Standard price £79. Sale price £59.

New military records join FindMyPast

FindMyPast has added the following British / Irish military records to its database:

Irish Officers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
Originally published in 1916 as Our Heroes, this book covered the period August 1914 to July 1916. It contains photographs, with biographical notes, of more than 1,000 officers of Irish regiments and Irish officers of British regiments who had fallen in action, or who had been mentioned for Distinguished Conduct. Also included in this volume is a brief history of the chief events of the Great War (to July 1916) in which Irish regiments were engaged.

Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards
More than 58,000 records have been added to FindMyPast's existing collection of 6.2million records, which includes details of awards across various branches of the military. The collection holds names from the British Army, Royal Marines, Royal Navy, and Merchant Navy and records from both world wars as well as the Peninsular War, Indian Mutiny, Waterloo, and many more conflicts. The new additions cover recipients of the Military Cross, Distinguished Flying Medal, and Distinguished Conduct Medal, Distinguished Service Order and Commando Gallantry awards. See the landing page for details of all 19 medal types covered.

Three other military collections joined the FindMyPast database last week, but as the source of the material of each is not adequately described, I'm not going to bother to describe them. I don't think they would be top collections for Irish ancestors, anyway. (Just as well.)