Friday, 23 August 2019

Additional 1.3m Irish burial/obituary records online

Both Ancestry and FindMyPast have updated some of their Irish cemetery, obituary and funeral records collections recently, and I hadn't noticed. To atone for my sins, here's a round up:

FindMyPast – Billion Graves Cemetery Index
More than 2,000 additions were uploaded to the Index last month. The new total of entries for Ireland is 136,435.

Ancestry – UK/Ireland, Obituary Index, 2004-2018
Following the upload of some 3.2million records from hundreds of cemetery and funeral homes, this index now holds 4,855,799 entries. About 51,000 of these entries suggest family connections to Ireland, either because the deceased was buried on the island or the death was reported in an Irish paper.

Ancestry – Scotland/Northern Ireland, Death Index, 1989-2017
This index, now with 526,913 entries, claims to hold about 45% of all deaths that occurred in the stated time period. Some 77,633 entries relate to deaths of individuals with a last place of residence in Northern Ireland.

Ancestry – UK/Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
Nore than 1.3million new records have been added in two tranches since May, making an updated total of 6.3million in the collection. As far as I can tell, just under one million relate to Ireland.

Ancestry – Global, Find A Grave Index: Burials at Sea/Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
In two recent instalments, more than 5million additional records have added to the index, which now holds a total of 13.3million entries. The proportion noting Ireland is tiny, but at 145,695 still worth checking.



Thursday, 22 August 2019

Registry of Deeds Index Project: latest database update

https://irishdeedsindex.net/index.phpNick Reddan FIGRS, manager of the Registry of Deeds Index Project, has made two updates to the free online database this month so far, with the latest showing that the main index now holds 322,947 records extracted from 35,108 memorials of deeds.

In addition, the Townland and Grantor indexes have been topped up and now stand at 68,292 and 31,233 entries respectively.

All the contributors to the Index Project are volunteers who donate their time to transcribe or identify memorials (most do this online via the free FamilySeartch.org collection of images), for the benefit of all Irish family historians.

Find out more on the Project website by clicking the image above.



Monday, 19 August 2019

Irish genealogy, history and heritage, 19 Aug - 1 Sept

Monday 19 August: Delayed opening at National Library of Ireland. All services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, will be closed until 11am to facilitate a staff meeting. Main Reading Room and Manuscript Room remain closed all day to facilitate the Library's continuing redevelopment of the premises. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
National Heritage Week runs 17–25 August inclusive.
About 2,000 events are scheduled. In this list is a
random sample that may be of interest to family historians.
There are plenty more, so click the image above to search
using keywords such as genealogy, history, archives etc.

Monday 19 August: Launch of The Workhouses of County Tipperary booklet and lecture. Hosts: Irish Workhouse Centre and Nenagh Library. Venue: Nenagh Library, O'Rahilly St, Nenagh North, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. 3pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 20 August: Past & Present – Digital Collections at the NLI, with Maria Ryan. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Free. All welcome. 1pm. Booking not required.

Tuesday 20 August: Eighteenth Century Ballinasloe, lecture, with Steve Dolan, and launch of limited edition booklet on C18th newspaper reports of the town (€5, all proceeds to charity). Host: Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna. Venue: Ballinasloe Library, Society St, Townparks, Ballinasloe, Co Galway. 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Free admission. More information 0909759200.

Tuesday 20 August: Placenames of County Leitrim, Mary Bohan and Seán O Suilleabháin. Host and venue: Ballinamore Library, Main Street, Cannaboe, Ballinamore. 7:30pm - 8:30pm. Free admission. No booking required. All welcome.

Wednesday 21 August: Murder and mayhem in medieval Cork, with Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel. Leo Swan Memorial Lecture. Host: Rathmichael Historical Society. Venue: Rathmichael School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, Co Dublin. Admission €5. 8pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 21 August: Starvation and Survival – Inishowen Workhouse during the Great Famine, with Niamh Brennan. Host: West Inishowen History and Heritage Society and County Donegal Archives. Venue: Tullyarvan Mill, Buncrana, Co Donegal. 7:30pm. Admission free. All welcome.

Wednesday 21 August: Genealogy & Archives Day, with free talks by experienced genealogists and archivists. Host and venue: Cork City and County Archives, 32 Great William O'Brien Street, Blackpool, Cork City. 11am–2pm. All welcome. (Fully booked.)

Thursday 22 August: Food in Ancient Ireland - Insights from Archaeology, with Dr Meriel McClatchie. Host: National Museum f Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 6–7pm. Free, but booking essential. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 22 August: Strawboys, mummers and mischief — Irish folk customs and their revival, with Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc. Host and venue: The White Country Inn, Banteer, Co Cork. Free. 7:30pm–9pm. All welcome.

Thursday 22 August: Eureka! Exploring discoveries at the Registry of Deeds, a seminar. Host: PRA_Ireland. Venue: Registry of Deeds, Henrietta Street, Dublin 1. 6pm–7:30pm. Free but booking essential. Details.

Thursday 22 August: Tour of Ireland's largest military cemetery, including WWI, ANZAC and 1916 and RMS Leinster graves/memorials. Host: OPW Phoenix Park. Venue: Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7. 11am–12:15pm. Free. All welcome. No booking required.

Thursday 22 August: Limerick: city of sieges and a broken treaty, with Liam Irwin. Host: Rathmichael Historical Society. Venue: Rathmichael School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, Co Dublin. No booking required. €5 admission. 8pm.

Saturday 24 August: Local and Family History Conference. Venue: Hannon's Hotel, Athlone Rd, Acres, Roscommon. 9:30am-4:30pm. Admission €5. Need to book. Details and booking.

Saturday 24 August, Sunday 25 August (and Saturday 31 August): Summer School, with lectures on the history, folklore and culture of the region. Host and venue: Irish Famine Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co Galway. 10am–1pm each day. Details.

Saturday 24 August: Landed Estates Seminar, with the James Hardiman Library team, NUIG. Host: National University of Ireland, Galway. Venue: O'Donoghue Building, NUI Galway, University Road, Galway. 10am to 1:30pm. All welcome. Free, but need to register.

Monday 26 August: Bank holiday in Northern Ireland. All branch libraries, and most repositories and businesses closed for the day. This public holiday does not apply in the Republic of Ireland, where it's business as usual.

Monday 26 August: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day to facilitate the Library's continuing redevelopment of the premises. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal.

Monday 26 August: MT-DNA, a two-hour workshop with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Reseach Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 2pm. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Tuesday 27 August: Ethnicity estimages, a two-hour workshop with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Reseach Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 2pm. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Wednesday 28 August: Using My Heritage DNA, a tw-hour workshop with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Reseach Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 11am. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Wednesday 28 August: AutoClusters, a two-hour workshop with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Reseach Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 2pm. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Wednesday 28 August: Irish Family History Assistance. Host: Genealogical Society of Victoria. Venue: GSV Library, Level 6, 85 Queen St., Melbourne 3000, Australia. Experienced helpers in the library to offer advice on your Irish research. 10am to 4pm. Free for members. $20 non-members. Bookable one-hour appointments with a research consultant. Details.

Thursday 29 August: Transatlantic Connections, with Turtle Bunbury. Host: South Dublin Libraries. Venue: Ballyroan Library, Orchardstown Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. Free, but need to book via Eventbrite. 6:30pm – 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 29 August: ThruLines – a new tool on Ancestry, a two-hour workshop with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Reseach Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 2pm. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Friday 30 August:
Theory of Family Relativity, a two-hour workshop with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Reseach Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 2pm. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Saturday 31 August:
Irish Workhouse Centre Summer School. Host and venue: Irish Workhouse Centre, St Bridget's Road, Portumna, Co Galway. 10am to 1pm. Day's topic: Medieval County Galway. Lectures: The de Burgos, with Aron Donnolly; Medieval Legacy, with Martin Curley; and Post-Medieval Ballinasloe, with Declan Kelly. Email for details: info@irishworkhousecentre.ie



Sunday, 18 August 2019

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Friday, 16 August 2019

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: August additions

 Stone to Darby Tool c1687-1750 and daughter
Honora Tool c1724-1750 in Aghowle Old
Graveyard, Nr Shillelagh, Co Wicklow. Photo
courtesy Colum O'Rourke and IGP Archives
Photos and inscriptions from headstones in five graveyards are among the files added to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives by volunteers in the first two weeks of August.

They are provided free of charge to all researchers (but please respect copyright restrictions).

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Old Abbey, Donegal, Part 3

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ballyholla, Cemetery, Ballinchalla
Crossboyne Old Graveyard, Claremorris
Kilmovee, St. Patrick's (partial)

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Land
Abstracts of the Deeds Inrolled in Chancery -1835

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Aghowle Old Graveyard

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Latest Canadian genealogy releases and updates

To aid Irish family historians whose ancestors emigrated to Canada, the listing below provides a summary of recent genealogical database updates of Canadian records.

The collections were either released by the database supplier for the first time during July/early August or received some kind of update/top-up during this period.

Where provided by the supplier, I've noted the size of the update/new collection.


New collections


My Heritage

Quebec Marriage Returns 1926–1997
New to the My Heritage database, this collection holds just under 8 million records. They contain information similar to that found on a traditional marriage license eg names and dates of birth of the bride and groom, date and place of the marriage, and other information that changed over the span of years the collection covers. These may include occupations, residence before and after the wedding, religion, citizenship, ethnic heritage and mother tongue.


Updated collections


Ancestry

Canada, Obituary Collection, 1898-2018 More than 7 million new obituaries from hundreds of newspapers were added in early July.

Nova Scotia, Canada, Land Petitions, 1765-1800 Following its recent update, this database now holds an 11,354-entries index of details extracted from petitions made for grants of land in Nova Scotia.

Canada, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current Following the May and early-August upload of more than 1 million additional records, this database now holds just under 6 million records.

The Genealogist

War Memorial Records
These fully searchable records are transcribed from images of the tributes put up to honour the war dead from various conflicts including the Boer War, the First World War and World War II. This latest release covers war memorials from many parts of the UK, as well as some monuments in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. More than 568,000 individuals are indexed in the collection.

FindMyPast

Billion Graves Cemetery Index – Canada
More than 214,000 additional records joined the Index during July.

FamilySearch

Nova Scotia Births, 1864-1877
More than 35,000 additions have been uploaded to this existing collection of searchable transcriptions and images.

Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918
A big update to this index-and-image collection was uploaded in July, adding more than 128,000 indexed records.



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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Ancestry ProGenealogists seek Associate Genealogist with advanced Irish research skills

Ancestry ProGenealogists is seeking another Associate Genealogist to join its Irish research team in either Dublin or Salt Lake City.

Ancestry's modern Dublin office is on Sir
John Rogerson's Quay
Associate Genealogists work with Research Managers to research, document, and prepare client sessions, and the vacant position will focus predominantly on research in Ireland, the US, and immigration to the US from Ireland.

Suitable candidates will have 2–5 years professional genealogical research experience; advanced knowledge of Irish research, methodological approaches and understanding of Irish records; and be proficient in U.S. and/or Canadian research.

You can learn more about the role on Ancestry's Careers page via the links above.

https://www.progenealogists.com/

Latest family history releases & updates: United States

To aid Irish family historians whose ancestors emigrated to the United States, either direct or via Canada, the listing below notes recent US record collection releases and updates by the major genealogical database providers.

The collections were either released by the database supplier for the first time during July/early August or received some kind of update/top-up during this period.

Where the supplier has provided the information, I've noted the size of the update/new collection.


New Collections


FindMyPast

British Officers Serving In Early America, 1614-1787
This collection consists of six C19th publications that record names and details of British Army Officers serving in America prior to and during the Revolutionary War.

Pennsylvania Immigrants, 1727-1776
The snappy title of this 1856 publication tells you pretty much everything: A Collection of Upwards Of Thirty Thousand Names Of German, Swiss, Dutch, French And Other Immigrants In Pennsylvania From 1727 To 1776: With A Statement Of The Names Of Ships, Whence They Sailed, And The Date Of Their Arrival At Philadelphia, Chronology. Some entries carry historical and biographical notes.

Pennsylvania, Oath of Allegiance
Names of male immigrants required to take an oath of allegiance to the British Crown and the Province of Pennsylvania as well as immigration lists between 1786 and 1808. Lists of foreigners arriving post-1786 include names of wives and children. An index to surnames begins on image number 675.

Ancestry

Web: Wayne County Indiana Marriage Records, 1811-1903 (47,282 records)
WEB: Idaho, Reconstructed State Census, 1890 Census & Voter Lists (nearly 36,000 records)
WEB: Connecticut Marriage Records, 1897-1968 (just under 2 million entries)
WEB: Connecticut Death Records, 1897-1968 (More than 1.3 million entries)

My Heritage

Baltimore, Maryland Passenger Lists, 1891-1943 (1,626,159 records)
Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger lists 1900-1953 (more than 1.7million records).


FamilySearch

Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1994 (95,590 records)
Minnesota Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1872-1962 (88,691 records)
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901–1903 (93,590 records)
California, Oakland, Mountain View Cemetery Records, 1857-1973 (129,172 records)
Hawaii, Grantor and Grantee Index, 1845-1909 (198,815 records)
Oregon, Multnomah County, Voting Registration Records, 1908-1958 (988,549 records)
Oregon, Multnomah County, Poor Farm Admissions Records, 1900-1962 (18,060 records)


Updated Collections


FindMyPast

United States, Passenger and Crew Lists
Containing more than 100 million records, this new and improved national collection brings together all FindMyPast's existing US passenger lists and adds approaching 3 million new records covering Boston, Baltimore, Texas and South Carolina. They span 165 years of travel (1800-1965).

Billion Graves Cemetery indexes
The latest update to the United States collection adds more than 2.6million records.

Ancestry.com

Maine, Federal Naturalization Records, 1787-1991 A top of 29,001 images and 24,493 records brings collection total to 172,270 entries.

U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930-Current The collection contains more than 178 million obituaries from hundreds of newspapers. It is regularly topped up with entries of recent date.

U.S., Cemetery and Funeral Home Collection, 1847-Current Nearly 44,000 new records added from hundreds of cemetery and funeral homes. Collection now totals more than 53.5 million entries.

FamilySearch

Records were added to the following existing collections during July:
United States Census, 1870
Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
Alabama, Confederate Pension Applications, ca. 1880-1930's
Alaska, State Archives (Juneau), Military Service Discharge Records, 1898-1934 
Arkansas Confederate Soldier Home, 1890-1963 
California, Northern U.S. District Court Naturalization Index, 1852-1989
Colorado Naturalization Records, 1876-1990
Georgia, Church Vital Records, 1828-1991 
Hawaii, Passport Records, 1874-1898
Hawaii, Naturalization Records, 1838-1991 
Michigan, Civil War Centennial Observance Commission, Burial Records
Minnesota Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1872-1962 
Missouri, Jackson County Voter Registration Records, 1928-1956
Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999
New Mexico Naturalization Records, 1882-1983
Oregon, Multnomah County, Voting Registration Records, 1908-1958
Oregon, Multnomah County, Poor Farm Admissions Records, 1900-1962
Pennsylvania, Huntingdon County, Delayed Birth Records, 1800-1935 
Utah Naturalization Records, 1906-1930
Virginia Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929
Wisconsin, Milwaukee Petitions for Naturalization, 1848-1991
Wisconsin Index to Naturalization Petitions, 1848-1990


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IGRS Early Irish BMD Indexes continues to grow

The Irish Genealogical Research Society has added another tranche of data to its exclusive Early Irish Birth, Death and Marriage database.

The biggest recipient of the update was the Early Irish Marriage Index which now holds details of 100,518 weddings and just a smidge under 223,000 individual names.

More than 2,700 records were also added to the Early Irish Births and Deaths Indexes.

In total, the Society's Early Irish BMD databases now hold 163,569 records and the names of nearly 400,000 individuals.

Volunteers have contributed all of these records. They cover the period 1660 to 1863 and represent many years of diligent transcription from a very wide range of original and unusual sources, very few of which are or ever will be found online. Sources include newspapers and journals, land deeds, court bills, army records and old age pension applications. Published works such as biographies and peerages as well as private papers have also been consulted.

You can learn more about the Indexes, and this most recent update, on the Society's website, IrishAncestors.ie.

The Early Irish Marriage Index is free to access, while the birth and death indexes allow free name-searches to non-members. Members, of course, have full access to all the society's online records and guides.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Latest family history releases & updates: Australia/NZ

To aid Irish family historians whose ancestors emigrated to Australia and New Zealand, the listing below a summary of recent genealogical database updates of records relating to those two countries. The collections were either released by the database supplier for the first time during July/early August or received some kind of update/top-up during this period.

Where provided by the supplier, I've noted the size of the update/new collection.


FindMyPast

Australia Graves Cemetery Index
More than 323,000 additions to the collection.

New Zealand Billion Graves Cemetery Index
More than 71,000 new entries to the index.


My Heritage

Australia Electoral Rolls, 1893–1949
This new collection provides information on 16,970,884 electors in Australia who were registered to vote on Commonwealth electoral rolls in this time frame in each of the six states of Australia.


Ancestry

Australia and New Zealand, Obituary Index, 2004–Current
An update (probably new records but not confirmed or quantified) sees the new total of entries in the index rise to 1,617,716.

Australia and New Zealand, Find A Grave Index, 1800s–Current
With an additional 159,962 entries added to the Index in early August (following a whopping 1,388,625-entries upload in May), the database now holds 5,151,146 records.


Family Search

Australia Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005
Just under 2,000 indexed records were added to an existing collection in which the majority of cemeteries are in Queensland, but there are also some in New South Wales, Norfolk Island, Tasmania, and Western Australia.

South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940 Some 21,817 additional records joined the collection, which includes a record of births and deaths aboard incoming ships 1849-1867 and 1873-1885.



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