Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Genetic Genealogy Ireland talks: some videos online

Recordings of lectures presented at this year’s Genetic Genealogy Ireland (GGI) conference, held last month in Dublin, are now starting to be uploaded to You Tube.

Videos of the following lectures can be viewed free of charge:

DNA for Beginners with Debbie Kennett
If you’re thinking of taking a DNA test, wondering how DNA might help progress your family history research, or just received your test results and don’t know where to start, this beginners’s talk aims to answer your questions.

Introducing DNA Painter, with Katherine Borges
The DNA Painter website is a user-friendly website packed with tools to help you analyse your DNA matches (no matter which company you have tested with). This lecture reviews the tools available and how they can help you in practice, including the DNA Painter itself, the Shared cM tool, and the WATO tool.

Ethical issues & the social application of DNA, a panel discussion
The Golden State Killer case sent ethical ripples throughout our entire genealogy community, and out into wider society. Since then, at least eleven further serial killer cases have been “solved”. Is society safer? Has privacy been invaded? This panel discussion explores some of the issues raised by the use of genetic genealogy techniques and databases to catch a killer.

Using DNA to identify offenders and victims of violent crime, with Barbara Rae Venter
An exploration into the use of autosomal DNA testing in solving cases of “unknown parentage”, from adoptees to the unknown victims of violent crime, to violent offenders. Some of the issues raised by the use of public databases such as GEDmatch in solving such cases is also discussed.

How DNA can help at Tuam - Options for DNA testing, with Maurice Gleeson.
Almost 800 children died at the Tuam Mother’s & Babies Home between 1925 and 1961. Many of them may be buried in a pit discovered on the old site of the home. This talk reviews how DNA can help identify the skeletal remains found in the pit, and explores some of the ethical issues raised.

I’ll post again when the next handful of recordings have been uploaded.

Monday, 12 November 2018

RootsIreland adds County Sligo records to database

http://www.sligo.rootsireland.ie/
Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Society, the Irish Family History Foundation's centre for County Sligo, has added more than 6,400 civil birth records to the RootsIreland.ie database. They are all from the Ballymote Dispensary District (Sligo PLU), and date from 1864 to 1918.

In many of these records, additional information to that included in the child's baptismal entry may be found.

See the full menu of Co. Sligo sources on RootsIreland.ie.

FindMyPast: 50% discounts on selection of subs

With the weekend of free access to FindMyPast's entire collection now finished, along comes a round of half price discount offers from each of the company's 'territories'.

Top billing has to go to FindMyPast UK, where you could take up a half-price deal for three months on your choice of Starter, Plus or Pro packages. (You take out a one-month UK sub and when three months have elapsed, your subscription will renew at the standard rate unless you have switched off 'Auto Renew' in the My Account section of the website.)

To take advantage of these discounts, click on your preferred offer below and purchase your subscription before 11:59pm (GMT) on Monday 19 November.

FindMyPast UK
50% off a three-month Starter, Plus or Pro subscription
FindMyPast Ireland
50% off a one-month Ireland or World subscription
FindMyPast USA/Canada
50% off a one-month Ultimate British & Irish subscription
FindMyPast Australia/NZ
50% off a one-month Australia/NewZealand or World subscription

Irish genealogy and history events, 12-25 November

Monday 12 November: Delayed (11am) opening in all NLI sites, plus NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Delayed opening due to staff development meeting. On-going Monday closures are facilitating extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 12 November: The Priest's Tale, with Caoimhe Whelan. Host: More Tales of Medieval Dublin lecture series. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. Admission free. All welcome. 1:05 - 1:50pm.

Monday 12 November: The Dungannon Gold Rush, with Aidan Fee. Host: Donaghmore Historical Society. Venue: Donaghmore Heritage Centre, 15 Pomeroy Rd, Dungannon, Co Tyrone BT70 3HG. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 13 November: Church of Ireland Records – more than just registers, with Derek Nielson. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. €3.

Tuesday 13 November: Interpreting your DNA results, with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn BT28 1XP. 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 13 November: Three Dublin families in WW1, with David Power. Host: Tallaght Historical Society. Venue: County Library, Library Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. 7pm. All welcome.

Thursday 15 November: Irish Records? They all went up in smoke... didn't they?, with Jill Williams FIGRS of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. Host and venue: Ayrshire Family History Society, Troon Portland Church Hall, South Beach, Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland. 7:30pm. Admission free. Details.

Friday 16 November: The Spanish Flu: A Global Pandemic – a conference. Hosts: Ulster Museum in partnership with Living Legacies. Venue: Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5AB. Free but need to book ticket. 11am to 4pm.

Friday 16 November: The Great War and Clare, with Joe Power. Host: Part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme. Venue: Ennistimon Library, 10 Main St, Ennistimon, Co. Clare. Free. All welcome. 6.30pm.

Saturday 17 November: Intermediate Irish records, with Jill Williams FIGRS of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. Host: Scottish Genealogy Society. Venue: Family History Centre, SGS Library, 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2JL. 10am to Noon. To book, T 0131 220 3677 or book online.

Saturday 17 November: The Great Hunger reassessed: a History Ireland Hedge School. Hosts: Dublin Book Festival. Venue: Dublin Port HQ, Alexander Road, East Wall, Dublin 3. Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland magazine will chair the discussion with John Gibney, Patricia Byrne and Peter Gray. 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Free. Need to book.

Saturday 17 November: Getting Started with Irish Genealogy Research, an introductory level workshop, with Miles Davenport. Host: McClelland Irish Library. Venue: McClelland Library's Norton Room, 1106 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85004, USA. 10:30am-12:30pm. Fee: $15 for Library/ICC members and $20 for non-members. Sold Out.

Saturday 17 November: Archives across Ireland and the UK will open their doors to host a diverse range of events and activities for ‘Explore Your Archive’, a week-long programme running to Sunday 25 November. See exploreyourarchive.org/

Monday 19 November: Irish Internal Migration 1600-2018, a Neglected Aspect, with Patrick Fitzpatrick. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne. BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. No need to book. All welcome.

Monday 19 November: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are facilitating extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Tuesday 20 November: Researching Military Ancestors, with Alan Rosborough. First of two sessions (2nd on 27 November). Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Research Centre, Unit C4, 67, Valley Business Centre, Church Rd, Newtownabbey, Antrim BT36 7LS. 7pm – 9pm. Booking required. Cost for both sessions £12, payable at the first. Details.

Tuesday 20 November: Family history workshop evening. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, South Tyrone Branch. Venue: Killymaddy Centre, 190 Ballygawley Road, Dungannon BT70 1TF. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 21 November: How the past can save the future: using evidence to prevent history repeating itself, with David McCullagh. Host National Archives of Ireland (NAI)/Archives and Records Association’s Explore Your Archive campaign. Venue: Reading Room, NAI, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. 6pm on Wednesday 21 November next. Free, but you need to book.

Wednesday 21 November: The First Crossing - the Royal Flying Corps in Ireland, 1913, with Guy Warner. Host and venue: Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB. 1pm. Free, but need to book.

Thursday 22 November: The Disappearance of George Matthews, with John Larkin, QC. Host: Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland. Venue: Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, 4 Chlorine Gardens, Belfast BT9 5DJ. 8pm. Details.

Thursday 22 November: 1918 and the Vote, a conference to mark the launch of new PRONI resources relating to Suffrage and the 1918 election. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 2pm to 4.30pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Friday 23 November: An introduction to digitised church records at PRONI, with Joy Carey and Liam O’Reilly. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. All welcome. 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Free. Details.

Saturday 24 November: Cleenish Island research project, with Marion Maxwell. Host: Fermanagh Genealogy. Venue: Enniskillen Library, Halls Lane, Enniskillen BT74 7DR. 1:30pm. Members free. Non-members £5. All welcome.

Saturday 24 November: Irish Records they all went up in smoke - didn't they? with Jill Williams of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. Host and venue: Borders Family History Society, St. Peter’s Church Hall, Parsonage Road, Galashiels, Scotland TD1 3HS. Admission Free, donations welcome. Doors Open 2pm for meeting 2:30pm. All welcome. Details.

Friday, 9 November 2018

A Free Access Weekend Extravaganza!

This weekend, Armistice Day, Remembrance Sunday, Veterans Day (whatever you prefer to call it) marks the centenary of the end of World War One, and the major database suppliers have opened up part or all of their collections for exploration by family historians.

FindMyPast

To my mind, the best offer is from FindMyPast, which is opening up its entire collection of more than 9 billion Irish, UK, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and US records and all historical newspapers for three days. It's not often, these days, we get an across the board freebie like this, so whether or not you're looking primarily for military records, it'll be worth dipping in this vast online repository. You need only to have a registered account, and you don't need to provide any more than name and email address to get one of those.

The offer runs until Noon (GMT) on Monday 12 November. Choose a flag below to access the FindMyPast 'territory' of your choice. The free access will be the same, whichever one you select.

*UK Electoral Registers & Companies House Directors 2002-2018 is the only record-set excluded from this free access promotion.


*UK Electoral Registers & Companies House Directors 2002-2018 is the only record-set excluded from this free access promotion.

Ancestry UK

Ancestry UK is offering free access to a collection holding millions of wartime records, both military and civilian. Access will be free until 11:59pm on Monday 12 November.

You can find details of the record sets in the free access collection here.

You'll need a registered account with Ancestry.co.uk. If you don't already have one, it's a simple enough process. After searching for your ancestor, you'll be prompted to fill in the registration form with your name and email address; you'll be quickly sent a user name and password, and will then be able to log in and get on with your search (until the free access period ends, obviously).

Ancestry USA

Ancestry.com has more than 250 million US Military records in its free weekend collection – you can check out the free record sets here. They include draft cards, service records, POW lists and casualty lists for all arms of the military.

This free access offer will run until Tuesday 12 November.

You'll need a registered account with Ancestry.com. If you don't already have one, it's a simple enough process. Use the link above and start your search on the landing page. When you find a search result of interest, click on the record and you'll be prompted to fill in the registration form with your name and email address; you'll be quickly sent a user name and password, and will then be able to log in and get on with your search (until the free access period ends, obviously).

Ancestry Canada

Until 23:59pm ET on Sunday 10 November, Ancestry.ca is opening up its Canadian Military Records for free access (you'll need a registered account). You'll be able to explore the entire collection, which includes records from the British Army service, World War I, and the South African War. You'll find a listing of all the record sets included in the collection here.


American Ancestors

The database of the New England Historical Genealogical Society holds more than 1.4 billion names, and it's records are open to search, free of charge, until 11.59pm EST Tuesday 13 November.

ALL the records are free during this period, not just military records. Among the hundreds of collections that may be of interest to those with Irish connections, are the parish registers of the Archdiocese of Massachusetts which date from 1789-1900. A browse version of this huge and growing collection is always available to non-members, but the searchable version is free during this exceptional access period.

You'll need a free guest account to gain free access to everything in the AmericanAncestors.org database, and you'll find a help video on the landing page.


My Heritage

All 47 million military records in the My Heritage database are free to search this weekend. The collection is global and mixed, with draft cards, service records, and medal cards among them.

The records are available to search here and there doesn't appear to be any requirement to register or have a guest account. I was able to dive straight in and start viewing records, and I have not used the site for real before.

The free access will run until Monday 12 November. I don't know what time it expires.



Enjoy yourselves!!

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

1918 and the Vote, PRONI conference + new resources

The ballot in 1918
To mark the centenary of the 1918 General Election, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has organised an afternoon conference – 1918 and the Vote – on Thursday 22 November.

In addition to the lectures detailed below, the event will see the launch of new PRONI resources relating to Suffrage and the 1918 Election.

Held at PRONI's HQ in Belfast's Titanic Boulevard, the conference will run from 2pm–4:30pm.

There's no admission charge, but you need to reserve your place here.

Lecture topics and presenters will include:

  • The impact of the 1918 election in Ireland, with Professor John Coakley
  • Women and the Vote, with Dr Myrtle Hill
  • Suffrage and Creative Responses, with Niall Kerr
  • Voices from the Archives, with Dr Glynn Kelso
  • The Absent Voters lists of 1918, with Ian Montgomery

Monday, 5 November 2018

Another Irish title for British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive (BNA) has added the New Ross Standard to its online holding.

This weekly paper, which is still circulating in the town of New Ross and surrounding areas of County Wexford and across the border into Kilkenny, was first published in 1885.

So far, 1,110 editions published from August 1889 to December 1910 have made their way to the online archive and are fully searchable, but the BNA's holding for this paper is planned to span 1885 to 2005 when its digitisation is completed.

The holding is shared with sister company FindMyPast and joins its Irish Newspaper Collection.

With this addition to the BNA, there are 160 Irish titles in the online collection.

NIFHS announce extra DNA class to meet demand

The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) runs a series of classes each spring and autumn to help family historians of all levels.

The DNA classes have been particularly popular and have booked up very quickly, so the society has arranged an extra beginners’ class, which will start this month.

It is aimed at helping people who have received their autosomal DNA results from Family Tree DNA, or those who have transferred in their results from other companies such as Ancestry, MyHeritage and 23andMe.

This three-session course will show researchers how to use the tools on the FTDNA website to further their family history and discover what steps can be taken to confirm relationships with cousins.

Martin McDowell will lead the classes, which will be held on three consecutive Mondays, 7pm to 9pm, from 19 November. The course costs £15, payable at the first session. To book, email education@nifhs.org. See below for location details.


A recent course being presented by Martin McDowell at the NIFHS Resource Centre in Newtownabbey

There are still a few places on other courses/workshops starting soon, so if you want to grab a spot, book quickly. The courses are:

From Family Tree to Family History: Developing your family tree into a readable story. 3-week course held on Tuesdays from 6 November.

Sharing Your Family History. Using PowerPoint to create a “talking book” to share with your family. One classs, on Tuesday 13 November, 7pm.

All classes take place at the NIFHS Library and Resource Centre, at Valley Business Centre in Newtownabbey, just north of Belfast. There's plenty of free parking on site. For more details, see www.nifhs.org/resources/courses/



Irish genealogy and history events, 5-18 November

Monday 5 November: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are facilitating extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 5 November: Workshop Evening. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, LondonDerry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 5 November: 1798 Rebellion, with Dr David Hume. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh Branch. Venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co Down. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 5 November: Using the National Library, a Research Workshop. Venue and Host: NLI, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 3pm. To reserve a place, email learning@nli.ie.

Tuesday 6 November: We Here Who Are About to Die: a lecture on the Great War, with Joe O'Muircheartaigh. Host: Part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme. Venue: De Valera Public Library, Harmony Row, Ennis, Co Clare. Free of charge. All welcome.

Wednesday 7 November: The Great War and Clare, with Joe Power. Host: Part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme. Venue: Kilrush Library, O'Gorman Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare. Free. All welcome. 6.30pm.

Thursday 8 November: Exiles of '98, a half-day conference to marks the recent publication by the Ulster Historical Foundation of 'Exiles of ’98: Ulster Presbyterians and the United States', by Peter Gilmore, Trevor Parkhill and William Roulston. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 2-4:30pm. Free, but need to book.

Thursday 8 November: The history of the linen industry in the Mountshannon region, with Noel Murphy. Host: South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Irish Workhouse Centre, St. Bridget's Road, Portumna, Co. Galway. 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 8 November: November 1918: Back where we started, a talk on WW1 with Michael Desmond. Host: Ardmayle Historical Society. Venue: Ardmayle Church, Castlemoyle North, Ardmayle, Co. Tipperary. All welcome. Refreshments provided. 8pm.

Friday 9 November: Hidden in the landscape, with Dr James O'Neill. Hosts: This land of ire: the archaeology and landscape of Tyrone's Rebellion, a lecture series organised by Historic Environment Division. Venue: The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Details.

Saturday 10 November: Family History lecture day. Host: Irish Family History Society. Venue: Dublin City Library and Archives, 144 Pearse St, Dublin 2. 10am to 4:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 10 November: The 1918 general election – political earthquake or ‘same old, same old’? History Ireland Hedge School. Host: History Ireland magazine. Venue: Allingham Festival, Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal. 6pm. Free. Editor Tommy Graham, with Brian Hanley, Brian Walker, Pauric Travers and Margaret O’Callaghan. Free. All welcome.

Monday 12 November: Delayed (11am) opening in all NLI sites, plus NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Delayed opening due to staff development meeting. On-going Monday closures are facilitating extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 12 November: The Priest's Tale, with Caoimhe Whelan. Host: More Tales of Medieval Dublin lecture series. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. Admission free. All welcome. 1:05 - 1:50pm.

Monday 12 November: The Dungannon Gold Rush, with Aidan Fee. Host: Donaghmore Historical Society. Venue: Donaghmore Heritage Centre, 15 Pomeroy Rd, Dungannon, Co Tyrone BT70 3HG. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 13 November: Church of Ireland Records – more than just registers, with Derek Nielson. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. €3.

Tuesday 13 November: Interpreting your DNA results, with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn BT28 1XP. 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 13 November: Three Dublin families in WW1, with David Power. Host: Tallaght Historical Society. Venue: County Library, Library Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. 7pm. All welcome.

Thursday 15 November: Irish Records? They all went up in smoke... didn't they?, with Jill Williams FIGRS of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. Host and venue: Ayrshire Family History Society, Troon Portland Church Hall, South Beach, Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland. 7:30pm. Admission free. Details.

Friday 16 November: The Spanish Flu: A Global Pandemic – a conference. Hosts: Ulster Museum in partnership with Living Legacies. Venue: Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5AB. Free but need to book ticket. 11am to 4pm.

Friday 16 November: The Great War and Clare, with Joe Power. Host: Part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme. Venue: Ennistimon Library, 10 Main St, Ennistimon, Co. Clare. Free. All welcome. 6.30pm.

Saturday 17 November: Intermediate Irish records, with Jill Williams FIGRS of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. Host: Scottish Genealogy Society. Venue: Family History Centre, SGS Library, 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2JL. 10am to Noon. To book, T 0131 220 3677 or book online.

Saturday 17 November: The Great Hunger reassessed: a History Ireland Hedge School. Hosts: Dublin Book Festival. Venue: Dublin Port HQ, Alexander Road, East Wall, Dublin 3. Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland magazine will chair the discussion with John Gibney, Patricia Byrne and Peter Gray. 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Free. Need to book.

Saturday 17 November: Getting Started with Irish Genealogy Research, an introductory level workshop, with Miles Davenport. Host: McClelland Irish Library. Venue: McClelland Library's Norton Room, 1106 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85004, USA. 10:30am-12:30pm. Fee: $15 for Library/ICC members and $20 for non-members. Sold Out.

Saturday 17 November: Archives across Ireland and the UK will open their doors to host a diverse range of events and activities for ‘Explore Your Archive’, a week-long programme running to Sunday 25 November. See exploreyourarchive.org/

Friday, 2 November 2018

FindMyPast adds medieval pedigrees, headstone inscriptions and a 1931 trade directory

FindMyPast has uploaded the following records to its Irish collection:

O'Hart's Irish Pedigrees
Published in two volumes in 1915, O'Hart's Irish Pedigrees covers the twelth to the sixteenth centuries. Each record is available in a PDF format and will reveal biographical details such as birth dates, death dates, marriage dates, spouse's names, children's names, occupations and more.

Ireland 1931 Trade Directory
This directory covers all counties of the Republic of Ireland. Transcriptions of entries allow you to discover a combination of information such as first name (sometimes abbreviated), surname, business name, occupation and address.

Gravestone Records, Ireland
This collection of records has been sourced from Dr Jane Lyons, who has been collecting headstone inscriptions for decades. It holds details of more than 57,000 individuals and covers hundreds of graveyards across the island. The largest concentrations are in County Laois (more than one-third of the total), followed by Kilkenny, Tipperary, Wexford, Wicklow and Fermanagh. All counties (except Sligo?) are represented.