Tuesday, 24 April 2018

New full member joins Accredited Genealogists Ireland

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) has announced that Kit Smyrl has become a full member of the association.

He has been an Affiliate Member for three years, and a professional genealogist for more than two decades, specialising in probate research in Ireland and the UK.

Kit and his brother, Steven, who is also a Member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland, run Massey and King, one of Ireland's best-known specialist probate research firms.

For more about Kit, see his profile on the AGI website.

Book launch: Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain

Newly published by Four Courts Press is Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain, a collection of essays edited by Terence Dooley, Maeve O'Riordan and Christopher Ridgway

The essays examine the lives of women in country houses in Ireland and Britain from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Drawing from a wide range of archival sources and family papers, the authors present a spectrum of female house owners, residents and caretakers who were far more than bit players in the histories of families and big houses.

See the full list of essay titles and authors.

The 296-page paperback volume is now available from the publisher (€26.95) and other booksellers.

ISBN: 978-1-84682-647-4.

Monday, 23 April 2018

The Irish Citizen joins British Newspaper Archive

Front page of The Irish Citizen newspaper, 1912
The British Newspaper Archive has added The Irish Citizen to its online database.

This feminist publication, with its motto 'For Men and Women equally - The Rights of Citizenship; From Men and Women equally - The Duties of Citizenship', was launched in Dublin in 1912 by Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington and Margaret Cousins, as the newspaper of the Irish Women's Franchise League. It was originally a weekly, but switched to monthly publication in 1916.

Editions (231 of them) from May 1912 to December 1919 are now online at the BNA website.

The paper can also be searched and viewed with some subscriptions as one of the 156-titles in FindMyPast's Irish Newspaper Collection.

ClareCounty Library adds baptism and marriage transcriptions for RC Parish of Clonrush

Clare County Library's Local Studies department has added the following files to its free website:

RC Parish of Clonrush: Marriage Registers, 1846-1880
Some 337 marriages were recorded in the marriage register. They have been transcribed and donated to the library by researcher Sheila Duddy, and can be searched chronologically, alphabetically by the groom's surname or alphabetically by the bride's surname. Be sure to see the transcriber's notes.

RC Parish of Clonrush: Baptisms, 1846-1880
The 1,590 entries recorded in this baptism register have been transcribed and donated by researcher Sheila Duddy. The spreadsheet can be searched in chronological order, alphabetically by the father's surname and alphabetically by the mother's surname.

Irish genealogy and history events, 23 April-6 May

Until 4 May: Irish Traveller Family Trees, an exhibition developed by Tony Hennessy MAGI and the Waterford Traveller Community Development Project. Eight large family trees are on display. Venue: Dungarvan Civic Offices, Davitt's Quay, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Monday to Friday, 9:30am-4pm Free. All welcome.

Monday 23 April: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, incl. Genealogy Advisory Service, operating as normal.

Tuesday 24 April: The Bancroft Library’s Irish American holdings, with Theresa Salazar, curator, Bancroft Library, University of California. Host: NUI Galway. Venue: Room G010 Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway, University Road, Galway. 4pm to 4:45, followed by an informal reception. Details.

Tuesday 24 April: The 1798 Rebellion, John Lyttle. And AGM. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: C. S. Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 24 April: The Casement family, with Patrick Casement. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Causeway Coast and Glens Branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine, Co LondonDerry. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 24 April: Seeking 'the security of greener pastures': Irish Republicans in America during the Interwar Years, with Dr Gavin Wilk. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. All welcome. Members free, non-members €5.

Wednesday 25 April: RAF 100 – Early Operations in Ireland, a one-day conference to mark the centenary of the RAF in Northern Ireland. Host: Imperial War Museum. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 10am to 3:30pm. Free, but you need to register. Details.

Wednesday 25 April: National Library of Ireland's Genealogy Advisory Service (9:30am-5pm) will operate on a self-service basis 2pm–5pm for staff training. Mezzanine Floor, NLI, Kildare St, Dublin 2.

Thursday 26 April: The Role of Women in the Irish Revolution 1916-1923, with Liz Gillis. Host: Mount Merrion Historical Society. Venue: Mount Merrion Community Centre, North Avenue, Mt Merrion, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. Non-members €4.

Thursday 26 April: 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.

Sunday 29 April 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 30 April: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, incl. Genealogy Advisory Service, operating as normal.

Thursday 3 May: Gen. Eoin O'Duffy - from heroics to bathos, with Maurice Manning. Host: Mount Merrion Historical Society. Venue: Community Centre, North Avenue, Mount Merrion, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €4

Saturday 5 May: Irish records. Host: Aberdeen and NES Family History Society, Moray/Banff group. Venue: Activities Room, Elgin Library, Cooper Park, Elgin, Scotland UK, IV30 1HS. 2–4. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 5 May:
Irish Genealogical Research Society's Open Day and AGM. Includes two morning lectures, a light lunch followed by the AGM (all can attend but only IGRS members can vote). Two lectures – The Irish National Folklore Collection Online – an Untapped Resource for Genealogy, with Jill Williams, FIGRS, and The Registry of Deeds and the Progress in the Online Registry of Deeds Project, with Rosalind McCutcheon, Vice-President, FIGRS. Venue: Abbey Conference Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, London SW1, UK. Details.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Ancestry's DNA DAY Sale offers at least 25% saving

Since launching in 2012, Ancestry DNA's database has grown to hold almost 10million DNA customers, easily the world's largest. As such, it statistically offers the greatest chance of matching with the descendants of your extended family.

The company's DNA DAY sale offers at least 25% off the regular price of its DNA test kit, which varies according to the area of residence of the person taking the test. (There may well be additional offers via Ancestry.ca and Australia.com.au, and other countries but I haven't been able to find them due to Ancestry's bloody-minded geo-locator.)

The prices below do not include shipping, which is extra.

Click the flag button to view your local sale offer.

http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-5737308-10819001?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ancestry.co.uk%2FirelandRegular price €99. Sale price €71, a saving of €18.
Offer ends at 23:59 GMT on Thursday 26 April.

http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-5737308-13305008Regular price £79. Sale price £59, a saving of £20.
Offer ends at 23:59 GMT on Thursday 26 April.

Sale price US$59, the lowest price of the year.
Offer ends Thursday 29 April.

Up to 50% off LivingDNA tests for DNA Day 2018

http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-5737308-13006940Living DNA has special offers worth up to 50% off the regular price of its DNA test.

Exactly how much you can save depends on where you live, with the biggest savings being reserved for USA residents.

The expiry date of the DNA DAY Sale is not clear but some local LivingDNA pages say the offer will end at midday (GMT) on Thursday 26 April, so it's probably best to assume that is the final day across all territories.

The savings are as follows:

€55.80 off – a 35% saving.
Price reduced from €159 to €103.20.

http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-5737308-13296649  35% off
£40.80 off – a 35% saving.
Price reduced from £120 to £79.20.

US$79.01 off – Half Price.
Price reduced from US$159 to US$79.99.

C$63.80 off – a 30% saving.
Price reduced from C$199 to C$135.20.

AUS$63.80 off – a 30% saving.
Price reduced from AUS$199 to AUS$135.20.

Up to 30% savings in My Heritage's DNA DAY Sale

My Heritage's DNA DAY sale sees savings on the regular price of the company's autosomal test fall by up to 30%. How much depends where you are resident.

I haven't been able to establish the savings in all territories due to a very irritating geo-locator. The offers in three currencies are below.

If you are resident in other areas, click the DNA DAY SALE image right. You should then be able to find your 'local' sale prices.

All the prices quoted exclude shipping costs and the special offers will expire on Wednesday 25 April.

Save 22%. Sale price €69 (regular price €89)

Save 21%. Sale price £59‎ (standard price £75‎)

Save 30%. Sale price US$69 (standard price $99)

DNA DAY 2018: Offers from Family Tree DNA

Family Tree DNA is celebrating DNA DAY 2018 with up to 40% off its top-selling DNA tests. All the offers will expire on Saturday 28 April.

The headline sale offer is on its Family Finder test, an autosomal test that can be taken by both men and women and explores your lineage and maps your ethnic and geographic backgroud. This is on offer for only US$49, a saving of US$30, which is possibly the lowest price I've seen for this product.

There are also offers on my other types of test, including an mtFull Sequence test, which examines all regions of mtDNA, identifying your maternal haplogroup and migration path. The standard price for this test is US$199; it is on offer for only US$149.

Another offer is available on the Y-37 test, which can be taken only by men. It explores your paternal lineage and follows the ancient migration path of your male ancestors. The standard price of this test is US$169; it is on offer for only US$139.

See the full range of offers.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Ancestry adds New Zealand WW1 Personnel Records

Ancestry has added a collection of more than 380,000 Service Records (1914-1920) for men who served in the New Zealand Defence Forces during World War 1. It holds 3,900 records of men born in Ireland.

Some of the Personnel Files are extensive and contain superb family history information with parents names and birthplaces, occupation, level of education, current address, physical descriptions, marital status (plus name/address of wife) and dependents and brief details of any prior military service. The military service papers are also highly informative with details of transfers, promotions, punishments, medals and honours received, and health status and medical history. Some also hold details of conduct investigations, post-discharge information, or other correspondence.

The indexing of birth-placenames is pretty poor ('Millshut, Cork', 'Wooden Bridge, County Auckland', 'Farmragh, Ireland') and the standard recording of the soldier's mother with married name only is rather frustrating, but there are certainly some great gems to be found in this collection, sourced from Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga.

Search the New Zealand, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920.