Friday, 27 May 2022

Five-week summary of new and updated US genealogy records

Below is a summary of US family history collections released or updated by the major genealogy databases in the last five weeks. (Previous summary list published 20 April, see blogpost).

My regular summaries are designed to help family historians whose Irish ancestors emigrated, temporarily or permanently, to the United States.

By default, they should also be useful to anyone carrying out research in the US, regardless of the origin of their ancestors.

The figures in parenthesis in the New Collections section are the numbers of records or images in each new record set, if provided by the database.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis in the Updated Collections section reflect the number of records added to the collection in the recent update, if a number has been clearly noted by the supplier, and the revised total. I do not include updates of fewer than 1,000 records.


New Collections


Ancestry

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

MyHeritage


Updated Collections


AmericanAncestors
Ancestry

FamilySearch


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Thursday, 26 May 2022

Summer edition of Irish Roots magazine published

The summer 2022 edition of Ireland's independent quarterly genealogy magazine, Irish Roots, has been published and is now available to purchase in both paper and digital format.

As always, the new issue is full of helpful and interesting family history features, including how-to guides, research assistance, guides to resources, comment and observations from professional genealogists and experts, analysis of historical events our ancestors lived through, and news of record releases and other developments in the world of Irish genealogy.

The summer contents include the following:

  • The Many Local Resources For Tracing Your Co. Wicklow Ancestors
  • Tracing Relatives Of Legendary Irish Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley
  • Connect To Your Ancestors With Ireland Reaching Out Endeavour
  • Clans Of Ireland Engage In Two Major Research Projects
  • What The Past National Schools' Essays Collection Can Teach You
  • Australian Irish Connections - Migrants To Australia From 1788
  • And Another Thing - Genealogical commentary from Steven Smyrl.
  • What's New? Review — The latest Irish genealogy record releases.
  • Your genealogy queries answered by Nicola Morris MAGI

Regular columns and features include Letters to the Editor; Book selections; Reader’s genealogical experiences shared; and News from family history societies.

The magazine is always a great read and is guaranteed to extend your understanding of Ireland, her folklore and history, the diaspora, and the wide range of resources available to help you progress your genealogical research.

Paper and digital subscriptions are available, and you can download a free sample of this edition's content here.

Ancestry updates its Find A Grave index for the UK and Ireland

Ancestry's All UK and Ireland FindAGrave Index was topped up with an additional 450,000 entries in the company's quarterly updates this month. It brings the index to a total of 14,391,869 entries.

Surprisingly, entries from the Republic of Ireland now tot up to nearly a million (957,818), and all counties appear to be represented if my quick scan of results pages is correct.

Northern Ireland accounts for 584,351 indexed entries. All six counties feature, but so, too, do records for headstones in the border counties of Cavan, Donegal, Louth and Monaghan, all of which are in the Republic. There may well be others mis-allocated.

Numbers for the rest of the UK are:

  • England: 10.985,953
  • Scotland: 1,531,916
  • Wales: 397,008


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Wednesday, 25 May 2022

GRO Search Room in Dublin now open three days a week

The GRO Search Room at Werburgh Street, Dublin 8, has added another day of opening to its weekly timetable.

GRO Indexes at the Dublin Search Room 

Researchers can now visit the office without an appointment on the following days and times:

  • Tuesdays 10am–12:30pm 2pm–4.30pm
  • Wednesdays 10am–12:30pm 2pm–4.30pm
  • Thursdays 10am–12:30pm 2pm–4.30pm

On these three days of the week only, those wanting to search the civil registration indexes or obtain 'research copy' versions of birth, marriage and death entries from the registers, will be able to walk-in without any prior arrangement during the hours above, subject to capacity.

The GRO's email service continues to operate via GROResearchRoom@welfare.ie. This service requires that you have sufficient information to identify a specific entry from the index.

(With thanks to Garlinge, via Boards.ie.)

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Military Service (1916-23) Pensions Collection: 12th tranche released

A 12th instalment from the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection (MSPC) has been released on MilitaryArchives.ie.

This upload includes claims lodged by 1,424 individuals/veterans or their dependants and contain new information on Ireland's War of Independence and Civil War.

Of these claims, more than 1,099 were lodged by women applicants.

Other statistics from this release show 74 claimants with an address in Northern Ireland, 44 with an address in England, 79 with an address in the USA, 3 in Scotland, 1 in Canada, 3 in Australia.

Of those from Ireland, 206 resided in Cork, 88 in Dublin, 149 in Kerry, 94 in Tipperary, 80 in Mayo, 67 in Clare, 55 in Donegal, 15 in Offaly, 39 in Galway, 27 in Wexford and 27 in Leitrim.

More than 3,450 files have been fully digitised in this batch, making a total of more than 111,680 files now fully catalogued and searchable online (only). They are not available off-line at the Military Archives in Dublin.

A pdf list of names, addresses and catalogue file numbers can be downloaded via the link above.

Monday, 23 May 2022

RootsIreland has added Co Monaghan census substitute records

Nearly 13,000 new records have been added to the County Monaghan database at RootsIreland.ie. They have been transcribed by the Monaghan Genealogy team based at St Macartan's College on the outskirts of Monaghan Town, and make an unusual set.

They are from seven Poor Lists, which note individuals in receipt of charity in the county in the first half of the 19th century. They are:

  • Poor List Ellis Bequest (1803) 100 records 
  • Poor List Currin (1811-52) 2,208 records
  • Poor List Mrs Leslie's (1822-36) 2,269 records
  • Poor List Ematris (1830-50) 2,828 records
  • Poor List Trough Relief Fund (1846) 343 records
  • Poor List Trough Relief Fund (1847) 3,576 records
  • Poor List Clontibret (1847-64) 1,522 records

For an up-to-date list of sources for County Monaghan click the logo above. To explore the new records, go to rootsireland.ie/monaghan and login or subscribe.


Past Lives: Spotlight on History of Family - free online event

The Department of History at the University of Limerick (UL) will be hosting a free online event tomorrow (Tuesday 24 May) entitled Past Lives: Spotlight on History of Family, and it's likely to be of interest to Irish genealogists and historians.

Part of the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival, the event will be introduced by Dr Rachel Murphy, lecturer on UL's MA History of Family programme, and will allow participants to find out more about the history of family and some of the topics researched by graduates of the course.

She will be joined by three graduates who will present findings from their MA research:

  • Noreen Bracken: The Coroners of County Clare, 1822 to 1922
  • Tara O’Brien: Youth agency and Identity in Rural Ireland, 1950-1970
  • Brid O’Sullivan: The Townland of Knocknagarhoon, Co. Clare: A Study of Population, Households, Family, People and Migration

There will be time for questions at the end of the session.

The event will be held from 4pm to 5pm Irish Time (for those in other time zones click here to see what time this is for you).

If you would like to attend, register here. A link to the live event will be sent to you. If you have any queries or issues registering, please contact rachela.murphy@ul.ie.

Irish genealogy, history and heritage events, 23 May to 4 June

Monday 23 May: A reception to mark the publication of Irish Archives Vol 27: Innovation, the ISA at 50, edited by Susan Hood and Elizabeth McEvoy, and to be launched by Aideen Ireland, President of ARA. An in-person event hosted by the Irish Society of Archives at the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served. Need to register.

Monday 23 May: The Treaty 1921, the National Archives of Ireland's exhibition is now on tour and will be at County Hall, Carricklawn, Wexford Town, County Wexford until 10 June. Free. In-person event. All welcome. Details.

Monday 23 May: Arctic Ireland : The Great Frost and Forgotten Famine of 1740/41, with Professor David Dickson. An in-person event hosted by the Lurgan Townscape Heritage Scheme. Venue: Brownlow House, Windsor Avenue, Lurgan BT67 9BJ. Free. 7:30pm. Details and booking.

Tuesday 24 May: Past Lives: Spotlight on History of Family, a free online event hosted by the University of Limerick's department of history and part of the Limerick Lifetime Learning Festival. 4pm to 5pm. Three recent graduates of the MA History of Family course present findings from their MA research. All welcome. Need to register for link.

Tuesday 24 May: The Wide Streets Commission, a free online presentation with architectural historian Dr John Montague. First of a series of webinars related to the Dublin Transcription Project. Hosts: Dublin City Library and Archive. 2pm to 3:30pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register.

Tuesday 24 May: Leaving Hearth and Home, an online talk with Natalie Bodle discussing the reasons why so many Ulster-Scots emigrate to North America in the C18th. Follows AGM. Hosted by the Belfast Branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society. AGM 6:30 / talk at c7pm. All welcome. Non-members may email Belfast@nifhs.org for zoom link.

Tuesday 24 May Researching ancestors in Northern Ireland, an online talk with Vincent Brogan MAGI. Part of DCC's Culture Club 'Ask the Genealogist' series. Free. 11am. Need to book.

Tuesday 24 May: Emigration from the Causeway Coast & Glens area, with Dr Paddy Fitzgerald. An online event hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society's Causeway Coast and Glens Branch. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome. Non-members should e-mail the branch secretary at causeway@nifhs.org to request the zoom link.

Wednesday 25 May: Fragmented Pasts: Re/building fragmented archives, an online event with three presentations. Hosted by the Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick. 2pm to 4pm. Free. Need to register.

Thursday 26 May: The National Library of Ireland: History & Heritage, with Katie Foley. An online event providing an introduction to the National Library’s early history and architectural heritage, with a festive twist! 1pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book.

Thursday 26 May: Unlocking the Past – Preserving the Future, a conservation discussion with leading conservators involved in the Beyond 2022 project. An online event hosted bythe Beyond 2022 Project supported by the Trinity Long Room Hub. 7pm to 8:15pm. Free. All welcome. Registration essential.

Thursday 26 May: From Slieve Gallion Brae to the shore of Lough Neave: The place names of mid-Ulster, with Dr Brian Ó Doibhlin delivering the Ulster Place-Name Society's annual Deirdre Flanagan Memorial Lecture. An in-person event. Venue: Queen's University Belfast, BT7 1NN in the Peter Froggatt Centre/0G/007. 7:30pm. Free. Details and registration. Postponed to 2nd June.

Friday 27 May: Front Page News, a lunchtime online event with Ruth Concannon. Hosted by the National Library of Ireland, this talk takes a light-hearted look at social change as seen in the RTÉ Guide for May 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992 and 2002. 1pm. Free. Need to book.

Tuesday 31 May: The Long Land War: Ireland's contribution to the global politics of land, with Jo Guldi. An online event hosted by the National Library of Ireland. 7pm. Free. All welcome but booking required.

Thursday 2 June: Yeats and Theatre: a virtual Exhibition Tour, a free online event hosted by the National Library of Ireland. 1pm. All welcome. Need to register so that zoom link can be sent to you. Free.

Thursday 2 June: Book launch: Unsettled Territory: The 5th battalion in North Meath, 1917-1921, by Frank Cogan. An in-person event hosted by Meath County Library and Meath Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: County Library, Railway Street, Navan, County Meath. 7:30pm. All welcome. 

Thursday 2 June: From Slieve Gallion Brae to the shore of Lough Neave: The place names of mid-Ulster, with Dr Brian Ó Doibhlin delivering the Ulster Place-Name Society's annual Deirdre Flanagan Memorial Lecture. An in-person event. Venue: Queen's University Belfast, BT7 1NN in the Peter Froggatt Centre/0G/007. 7pm. Free. Details and registration.

Saturday 4 June: The World Turned Upside Down: Lord Edward Fitzgerald, the British Army, and the battle for Irish Freedom, with Stella Tillyard at Castletown House. An in-person event. All welcome. €10. Tickets. Part of the 6th Irish Military Seminar organised by Kildare County Council. Full programme of lectures in venues across the county including Castletown House, Celbridge, Naas and Newbridge Libraries and Newbridge Town Hall, from 4 to 11 June.

Saturday 4 June: Goldenbridge Cemetery Tour, an in-person event. Meet at Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Dublin 8. Noon to 1:15pm. Need to book. Tickets €10 / €8.


Friday, 20 May 2022

One-week summary of English, Scottish & Welsh genealogy updates

Below is a summary of newly released and updated family history record collections for England, Scotland and Wales from the major genealogy databases over the last week (for previous summary, see 13 May blogpost).

My regular summary of releases and updates relating to British collections is designed to help family historians whose Irish ancestors migrated, temporarily or permanently, to England, Scotland or Wales.

By default, it will also be useful to anyone carrying out research in those three nations, regardless of the origin of their ancestors.

The figures in parenthesis in the New Collections section are the numbers of records/images in the new record set.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis in the Updated Collections section reflect the number of records added to the collection in the recent update. In some instances, the supplier has not made this figure available. Where two figures are given, the first is the number of additions, the second is the new total.

Please note that I don't usually include updates of fewer than 1,000 records.


NEW COLLECTIONS


Ancestry
BritishNewspaperArchives, shared with FindMyPast (new total 52,861,748)
  • New titles in main collection ($£€)

FindMyPast


UPDATED COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

MyHeritage

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Thursday, 19 May 2022

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland: Digest of Statistics 2020/21

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has released its annual Digest of Statistics for 2020/2021 (April to March). As you'd expect, the Covid-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the operation of the Belfast repository, with access to physical collections restricted and staff adapting to new ways of working while continuing to deliver archival services. The majority of PRONI staff were not working on site on a full-time basis, in line with social distancing measures.

To download the 19-page pdf of the Digest, click the image right.

Here are some of the main statistics:

PRONI main catalogue: 2,724 new items were added.

PRONI e-catalogue: 15,161 new items published. The searchable database now holds more than 1.5million item descriptions and received 1,692,456 searches during the year.

PRONI online archives: The most popular online collection – Will calendars – received 2,313,448 searches. The second most popular, Valuation Revision Books, was searched 1,158,319 times. Figures for other collections were Name Search (543,126), Street Directories (519,173), Ulster Covenant (204,815) and Freeholders (127,467).

Visitors (in-person): In the five years to April 2020, annual visitor numbers had averaged some 4,200, with the highest number - 4,797 - in the 12 months before the first Lockdown. With the doors closed to the public for much of 2020/2021 year, only 536 visitors were able to use of the Search and Reading rooms. It was not possible to facilitate the registration of new visitors for most of 2020/21; just nine new visitors were registered. There were 2,757 documents requested and produced. While the tightest restrictions were operating, all orders for records were placed by staff in advance, to facilitate quarantining of the records.

Virtual events: 47 virtual events were held in 2020/2021 and attracted 4,888 members of the public.

Online presence: PRONI's website received 9.2 million page views. The repository has 5,803 followers on Facebook; 1,170 followers on Instagram; and 2,350 followers on Twitter. During the 12-month period, 20 additional talks were joined PRONI’s YouTube channel. The most popular videos for the year were: ‘Leisureworld’ (6,745 views); ‘Irish Language & Culture, History of the Irish Language’ (4,482 views); and ‘The Hidden History of Protestants the Irish Language’ (3,973 views).

PRONI Image Gallery: Some 219 photos from the archives were added to the photo-sharing website Flickr during the year, making a total of 3,463 photos publicly available to view. The Flickr collection received 1,801,320 searches. The collection D4069, which contains photographs taken by various Rural District Councils between 1959 and 1964 for the production of official guides and publications, was also added to PRONI's image archives.