Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Book launch: More Maps & Texts - Sources and the Irish Historic Towns Atlas

https://www.ria.ie/more-maps-and-texts-sources-and-irish-historic-towns-atlas
Published by the Royal Irish Academy
Just published by the Royal Irish Academy is More maps and texts: sources and the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, a collection of 19 essays based on a series of annual seminars run by the IHTA project from 2012 to 2014. It is edited by H.B. Clarke and Sarah Gearty.

Its predecessor, Maps and texts: Exploring the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, was published by the Royal Irish Academy in 2013.

The 344-page book is structured into three chronological parts: monastic proto-towns and Viking towns; Anglo-Norman, gaelicised and plantation towns; and Georgian and Victorian towns. An introductory essay deals with a selection of standard sources that have been used by the IHTA. Subjects range from the meaning of placenames, to the art historical perspective, to the impact of canals and railways on towns.

You'll find the full list of essays and the order form here. The book is priced at €30, £29 and US$50. ISBN: 978-1-908997-73-9.

Maurice Gleeson's DNA lecture tour of New Zealand

Maurice Gleeson, the organiser of the annual Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference and Education Ambassador for ISOGG, will be embarking on a tour of New Zealand from next weekend.

The tour begins in Christchurch, where Maurice will be presenting DNA-themed lectures at the New Zealand Society of Genealogists' annual conference, Echoes of Our past, which runs from 2-4 June. See full conference programme or Maurice's website, DNAandFamilyTreeResearch.

The post-conference tour takes in Wellington, Auckland, Te Awamutu and Papamoa.

Dates, venues and lecture topics are below.

Saturday 2 June - Christchurch
New Zealand Genealogical Society, Annual Conference
Christchurch Boys' High School, 71 Straven Road, Christchurch
12.00 - DNA: A Beginner’s Guide to the Three Main Tests
14.00 - Identifying Missing Soldiers of WWI – What Role Does DNA Play?

Sunday 3 June - Christchurch
New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Annual Conference
Christchurch Boys' High School, 71 Straven Road, Christchurch
15.30 - Advanced Surname Project Management using DNA

Monday 4 June
- Christchurch
New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Annual Conference
Christchurch Boys' High School, 71 Straven Road, Christchurch
09.00 - Ireland and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: from Indentured Servants to Slave Masters to Abolitionists

Tuesday 5 June
- Christchurch
New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Annual Conference
Christchurch Boys' High School, 71 Straven Road, Christchurch
09.00 - Using your DNA results in practice - focus on autosomal DNA (3-hour workshop)

Thursday 7 June
- Wellington
NZSG Post-Conference Tour
ASB Sports Centre – Matairangi Room, 72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington
13.00 - Using DNA to solve unknown parentage cases
14.30 - Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research

Saturday 9 June
- Auckland
NZSG Post-Conference Tour
St Andrew's Church Hall, corner of Ridge Road and Vincent Street, Howick
13.00 - Using DNA to solve unknown parentage cases
14.30 - Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research

Sunday 10 June
- Te Awamutu
Te Awamutu DNA support group
13.00 - Using DNA to solve unknown parentage cases
14.30 - Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research

Monday 11 June - Papamoa
NZSG, Papamoa branch
10.00 - Michelle Patient talks on Researching surnames & the Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS)
12.00 - Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research (MG)

Tuesday 12 June - Papamoa
NZSG, Papamoa DNA Special Interest Group
10.00 - Using DNA to solve unknown parentage cases
12.00 - General Q&A

Saturday 16 June
- Auckland
NZSG, Auckland branch Genealogical Computing Group
St Andrew's Church Hall, corner of Ridge Road and Vincent Street, Howick
14.00 - What's a shrink like me doing in a place like this? (a review of the software and tools that I use in my day to day work)

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.
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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.