Friday, 27 January 2023

New /updated record sets for English, Scottish & Welsh genealogy

Below is a summary of newly released and updated family history record collections for England, Scotland and Wales from the major genealogy databases. (Previous summary, 13 January.)

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.


BritishNewspaperArchive (63,316,235 pages, all shared with FindMyPast)
  • New titles in main collection ($£€)








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Thursday, 26 January 2023

RCB Library launches new Reading Room arrangements for visitors

As it is no longer possible to facilitate drop-in visitors* and researchers without an appointment, the Church of Ireland's RCB Library and Archive in Dublin 14 has introduced new, flexible arrangements for those wishing to view manuscripts or parish register materials in its Reading Room.

Researchers must reserve a Reading Desk in advance of their visit. These reservations are available only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and visitors should be aware that the repository closes for lunch from 12:45 to 1:30pm.

Those who know the materials they wish to consult will be able to order (with full catalogue details) up to five items in advance and these will ready for you on your arrival.

You'll find details and the online system for booking a Reading Desk here. You need to create a user account to make bookings.

Booking slots for Reading Desks will be released at noon on the last Friday of the previous month.

*Excepting those borrowing or returning books, who do not need to make a researvation.

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

January update to Irish Registry of Deeds index Project

The free Registry of Deeds Index Project has passed two milestones with its latest upload. The main Index has grown to 530,671 entries and these have been gleaned from 55,012 memorials.

The Project is entirely managed by volunteers; with images of the memorials now freely accessible at, indexing this priceless collection no longer requires visits to the Registry in Dublin. If you would like to be part of the volunteer team – you index at your own pace, as and when you have the time – you'll find plenty of advice on the Project's Home Page (click the counter image right).

To give you an idea of what's involved, you might like to view this month's featured memorial (see bottom right of double page spread) and the newly indexed entries it has yielded.

Monday, 23 January 2023

Dublin City Library & Archive extends Reading Room opening hours

The Reading Room of the Dublin City Library and Archive in Pearse Street is extending its opening hours from today. It will now be open to researchers with a DCLA Research card* by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am until 4:30pm.

          The DCLA's Reading Room, 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

It will no longer close for lunch.

To order materials in advance, email Dublinstudies or cityarchives (Details of the collection here.)

Additionally, the Library's quiet study area is open from Monday to Thursday 10am–8pm and on Fridays and Saturdays 10am–5pm. Researchers don't need a library or research card to access this space.

Irish genealogy, history and heritage events, 23 Jan. to 5 Feb.

Tuesday 24 January: The Irish and the American Civil War: People, Stories and Voices, with Dr Damian Shiels. An online Tuatha Talk hosted by Alberta Heritage. 19:30 – 20:45 GMT. Free. All welcome. Need to book.

Tuesday 24 January: The Ballykinlar Hut Project, with Mike King. An online evemt hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society's Belfast Branch. 7:30pm–9pm GMT. Free. All welcome. Details.

Wednesday 25 January: Dungarvan before the Vikings! an in-person event with Dave Pollock. Host: Waterford County Museum Society. Venue: Waterford County Museum, Friary Street, Dungarvan. 7.30pm. All welcome. Fee €5.

Wednesday 25 January: West Cork Railways, Birth, Beauty and Betrayal, with Chris Larkin. An in-person event hosted by Skibbereen & District Historical Society. Venue: O’Donovan Rossa GAA Pavilion, Skibbereen. 8pm. All welcome. Small fee for non-members. Details.

Wednesday 25 January: Hitler's Hangman, the life of Reinhard Heydrich, with Peter Charleton. An in-person event hosted by Westmeath Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: The Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. 8pm. All welcome. Details.

Wednesday 25 January: Between Two Hells - The Irish Civil War Centenary, with Professor Diarmaid Ferriter. An in-person event. Hosted by the Historical Association at the Tyneside Irish Centre, 43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG, UK. All welcome but need to book at Eventbrite. 7pm to 10pm.

Thursday 26 January Researching Farming Ancestors in County Antrim, with Dr William Roulston. A hybrid meeting hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society's Ballymena branch. 7:15pm–8:45pm GMT. In-person at Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co Antrim. Details.

Thursday 26 January: The museums of Waterford City, with Eamonn McEneaney. An in-person event. Part of Julian Walton's Winter Lecture Series. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre, Dunhill Enterprise Park, Ballyphilip. Dunhill, Co Waterford. 7:30pm. Light refreshments served. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 26 January Holocaust Memorial Day 2023, with Eve Kugler telling her story as a child survivor. An in-person event hosted on-site by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 11am. Free and all welcome. Booking essential.

Saturday 28 January: 'Dirty Shirts' – The Royal Munster Fusiliers in 1914, with John Ware. An in-person event hosted by Cork Public Museum, Fitzgerald Park, Mardyke, Cork. Part of the museum's 2023 lecture series. Starts at 1pm. Free but need to book by email (museum @ or phone 021-4270679).

Saturday 28 January: Yeats Anniversary Poetry Readings, with musical interludes. Introduced by Niall MacMonagle. An in-person event. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 3:30pm–4:15pm. Fully booked.

Monday 30 January: The Grand Canal in Offaly in the 20th century: the end of the line and new horizons, with James Scully. A hybrid meeting. Venue: Offaly History, Bury Quay, Tullamore. 8pm. Non members wishing to attend online should email All welcome. Admission: Members €2; Non-members €5.

Tuesday 31 January: History of PRONI & PRO Dublin, with Stephen Scarth. A hybrid event hosted by hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society's Causeway C&G Branch. Venue: Sandel Centre, Knocklynn Road, Coleraine. 8pm GMT. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 2 February: Fion├ín Lynch – Rebel Kerryman to Circuit Court Judge, with Tim Lynch and his daughter Lasara. An in-person event hosted by Mount Merrion Historical Society. Venue: Fitzwilliam Rooms, The Community Centre, North Avenue, Mount Merrion, Dublin. 8pm. Admission: Members Free / Non-Members €4 / Students €2.

Thursday 2 February: The meanderings and machinations of a Meath man: The life, travels and works of Robert Wood, 1717-1772, with Rachel Finnegan. An in-person event. Part of Julian Walton's Winter Lecture Series. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre, Dunhill Enterprise Park, Ballyphilip. Dunhill, Co Waterford. 7:30pm. Light refreshments served. All welcome. Free.

Friday, 20 January 2023

FMP uploads 200,000 death records from Northern Ireland & Britain

FindMyPast (FMP) has added 200,000 death records, mostly recent, for Northern Ireland, England Scotland and Wales. They are as follows:

  • Northern Ireland Deaths, 1998-2021: Some 2,052 transcribed records have been added to this collection, which now offers more than 94,000 records to search. They all give date of birth, age at death, place of residence and postcode of the deceased.
  • England & Wales Deaths 2007-2021: The lion's share of the new records (184,062) are from England and Wales and date from November 2020 to November 2021. The upload brings the total number of records in this collection to 3,461,272. Details given include place of residence, postcode, and full birthday.
  • Scotland Modern and Civil Deaths and Burials, 1855-2021: This big collection has been expanded with an additional 13,886 death records and now holds 3,396,724 records. Each record transcription typically provide details of residence, postcode district and precise birth date of the deceased.

National Library of Ireland's Saturday openings, January-February

The National Library of Ireland has announced the dates for its Saturday openings over the next five weeks. They are:

  • Saturday 21 January
  • Saturday 11 February
  • Saturday 25 February

Saturday openings allow researchers with a Reader's Ticket to visit the Main Reading Room and the Manuscripts Reading Room in Kildare Street between 9:30am to 1pm. The Reader's Ticket Office is open during the same hours.

Wednesday, 18 January 2023

Researching emigrant ancestors to UK, US, CA, AUS: online course

The Ulster Historical Foundation has organised a free online genealogy course that will focus on ancestors who emigrated from Lurgan and Armagh. Although this is a very specific focus, it is likely to be of value to any researcher whose Irish ancestors sailed the seas to settle abroad.

The comprehensive 5-session course will help family historians identify the archives and genealogical sources required to research ancestors who emigrated to America, Canada, Australia and Britain, and will provide the necessary information and skills to further explore their genealogical story.

Each weekly onnline session will be live (Wednesdays at 7:30pm to 9pm GMT) and presented by genealogists who live in the country they are discussing. Each session will be interactive and provide opportunities for delegates to ask questions.

The course schedule as follows: 

  • Wed. 25 January 2023:   Researching Emigrants to Britain by Chris Paton 
  • Wed. 1 February 2023:   Researching Emigrants to the United States by Dave Miller
  • Wed. 8 February 2023:   Researching Emigrants to Canada by Melanie McLennan
  • Wed. 15 February 2023: Researching Emigrants to Australia by Dr Perry McIntyre
  • Wed. 22 February 2023: Sources for researching emigrant ancestors by Fintan Mullen and Gillian Hunt 

Booking is now open here.

This course is funded by the Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council and the Lottery Players via the National Lottery Heritage Fund, through the Lurgan Townscape Heritage Scheme.



Tuesday, 17 January 2023

TheGenealogist adds two record sets to its growing Irish collection

Two Irish record sets have been uploaded in the last week to, a predominently British database with a small but growing number of Irish collections accessible via the site's Diamond subscription. (Search catalogue here.)

The new sets are:

  • County Kildare Roman Catholic Parish Registers: these 371,400 records include 323,923 baptisms, 46,914 marriages and 563 burials. No further information has been provided.
  • Tithe Defaulters: Dating from 1831, this record set originates from a 1,061 page document listing 29,027 individuals who refused to pay the tithe - a tax levied on all occupiers of agricultural land (regardless of their religion) to support the Church of Ireland and its clergy. As the majority of Ireland's population was Roman Catholic, the tithe was hugely unpopular and many refused to pay. The list notes each defaulter's name, address and the sum due. Some additionally provide details of the defaulter's landholding and occupation.

The Genealogist has published a good article giving more historical background on the hated tithe in Ireland and details of some of those whose names appear in the Defaulters' list. Read it here.

Census of Ireland 2027: Any burning questions or suggestions?

The Central Statistics Office of Ireland's Public Consultation on the next Census (due in 2027) will end in just a few days.

If you have any suggestions for new questions or wish to propose changes to the phrasing of some of the questios used in last year's census, you'll need to submit them by Noon, on this Friday, 20 January. Submissions can be made online or in writing.

You'll find more details here, along with links to the Census 2022 form.