Monday, 16 July 2018

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: mid-July update

Please see below the files and photos contributed to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives by volunteers in the first half of July. All are free to view.
Holy Trinity Church of Ireland churchyard,
Dromore,Co Tyrone. Photo courtesy of Robyn
Ritchie and IGPArchives. Click for larger view.

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Aghadrumsee; Baptisms & Births, Clones Parish, 1836-1843 & 1844-1853

MEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Churchtown Cemetery, Dunderry (transcription added)

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Islandeady Graveyard Part 4 (set complete)

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Borrisoleigh, Glenkeen Graveyard (PDF)

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Photo
Photo of LADLEY family from Clonmel

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Holy Trinity (CoI) Graveyard, Dromore.

Irish family history and heritage events, 16-29 July

Monday 16 July: 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 16 July: Delayed opening at the National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. The Reading Room will not open until 11:30am.

Wednesday 18 July: 'Boy with a Squirrel’ – The lives and the genealogy behind the painting, with Bob Frewen. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society Ireland Branch. Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2. 6:45pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €5. Details

Wednesday 18 July: The Vikings in Kerry: The Archaeology of Cloghermore Cave, with Francesca Callaghan. Hill of Tara Summer lecture series. Host and venue: Hill of Tara Visitor Centre (St Patrick's church), Dunsany, Navan, Co. Meath. 8pm. Free. Seating limited so arrive in good time.

Thursday 19 July: Mother Jones (1837-1930), Cork-born American labour activist, with Dr Rosemary Feurer. Part of the Rebel Women of the 20th Century lecture series. Host and venue: GPO Witness Visitor Centre, GPO, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. Free. 5:45pm. All welcome but advance booking essential.

Saturday 21 July: Field Marshall Haig, with Gerry White. Host: Western Front Association (Dublin Branch). Venue: NMI Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Arran Quay, Dublin 7. 2:30pm. Admission €3 on the door. All welcome.

Saturday 21 July: The O’Neill regiments, with Pádraig Lenihan, followed by Inconsequential happenstance—Aughrim’s strategic contexts, with Mike McNally. Host: Aughrim 1691 Remembered. Venue: Aughrim Visitors Centre, Aughrim village, Ballinasloe, Co Galway. All welcome. Admission €10.

Wednesday 25 July: Irish family history assistance in the Library. Host: Genealogical Society of Victoria. Venue: GSV Library, Level 6, 85 Queen Street, Melbourne, Australia. Free for members. $20 non-members. 10am to 4pm. Consultations: One-hour appointments with a research consultant also available. See details.

Wednesday 25 July: Early Irish crosses, with Peter Harbison. Host: Hill of Tara Lecture Series/OPW. Venue: Hill of Tara Visitor Centre, St Patrick's Church, Dunsany, Navan, Co. Meath. All welcome. 8pm. Free. Limited seating so arrive in good time.

Thursday 26 July: The Great Famine, a historical walking tour of Skibereen, with Philip O'Regan. Host: Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Meet at the Courthouse in North Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork, at 1830 and finish at Skibbereen Heritage Centre at 2000. The talk is free of charge but places are limited so booking is essential. Tel: 028 40900. Details.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Registry of Deeds to partially reopen on 16 July

Public access to the Registry of Deeds in Dublin has been severely restricted over the past three weeks due to essential maintenance work being carried out on the building. It was expected to fully re-open on Monday 16 July.

There's some good news and some not so good news.

While the Transcribing Room, which contains transcripts from 1708-1832 will reopen on Monday, the Transcribing Room Vault, which contains transcripts from 1896 to 1910, will remain closed until further notice.

The Genealogy Event, Adare, Co Limerick, 31 Aug-1 Sept, an online magazine aimed at Irish-Americans, has acquired The Genealogy Event, an annual 2-day Irish family history and DNA conference held in Adare in County Limerick. It will be held on Friday 31 August and Saturday 1 September.

Presentations include researching religious ancestors, Irish placenames, photo history, an overview on DNA, the Ordnance Survey of Ireland, emigration records, visiting key research repositories in Ireland, using Roots Ireland, researching common surnames, and researching across Irish government bodies.

The Friday will offer a level one DNA bootcamp ideally suited to those that have just received their DNA results and are ready to learn how to use them; Saturday sees a level two DNA bootcamp suited to those seeking advanced research techniques and result analytics.

One-to-one consultations will also be available.

The conference was founded and run by BBNY Group and has been held each summer since 2014. Under its new management, this year’s event returns to the Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. As previously, special events are held on the eve of the conference and on the Friday and Saturday evenings, providing opportunities for delegates to connect with other researchers in a more relaxed, social atmosphere.

Sponsors include Ireland of the Welcomes and The Irish Family History Foundation. The latter organisation, which manages a network of heritage centres across the island, will have three representatives presenting talks.

You can download the 2018 conference and social programme from, while tickets for the special events, conference days + lunch, DNA bootcamps, and consultations can be purchased at EventBrite.

Heatwave reveals Late Neolithic henge in County Meath

The entrance to the passage and chamber at
nearby Newgrange, which was built 3,200 years
ago by Stone Age farmers and is aligned with
the sun at the Winter Solstice.
After several weeks of rare heatwave, Ireland's nearly scorched landscape has revealed the outline of a c2,500BC henge close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Newgrange in County Meath.

It was discovered by a drone taking aerial images of fields in the Boyne Valley and has been described as 'a very significant find' by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

It was also a timely find; with the weather expected to see a more typical summer mix in the next week, all visual evidence of the discovery will soon be lost.

Learn more about the discovery, and view the drone footage, in this news report from RTÉ, Ireland's national public service broadcaster.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Access to AmericanAncestors free until 17 July, the database of the New England Historical Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is opening up all its online databases for seven days. than 1.4billion names are held in the database, which includes many important collections for tracing Irish emigrants to the USA, and their descendants. Among them are the Massachusetts, Archdiocese of Boston RC registers, 1789-1900, which is growing at one heck of a pace while NEHGS volunteers index the volumes, parish by parish; censuses; bmd announcements in local newspapers; probate and vital records; immigration records and much more.

The free access runs until close of play on Tuesday 17 July.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Hidden heritage of Belfast's first municipal cemetery to be revealed

The hidden heritage of Belfast’s first municipal cemetery is to be opened up with the help of a £1.68m National Lottery grant.

Announcing the award, Paul Mullan, the Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Northern Ireland, said: “Belfast City Cemetery is a place of immense heritage value. It was the city’s first municipal cemetery, it is the final resting place of many influential figures from the city’s past and it is one of the largest green spaces in west Belfast.

“We often think of cemeteries as places for the dead, but our parks and cemeteries provide vital connections to our history, our community and our natural heritage and are also very much for the living. Thanks to National Lottery players this grant will support vital restorations right across this extraordinary cemetery; saving monuments at risk and maximising its potential as a green space for people to visit, use and enjoy.”

Belfast City Cemetery was opened in 1869 and contains a wealth of historic features, monuments and memorials in the Greek and Roman styles that were fashionable during the Victorian era. The graves and tombs of many prominent Industrial figures and pioneers of education and social justice can be found there, including Sir Edward Harland, co-founder of the Harland and Wolff shipbuilding company; Margaret Byers, educational campaigner and founder of Victoria College, and Sir William Whitla, physician and former Pro-Vice Chancellor of Queen's University.

But it also has areas of lesser-known but significant heritage that remain unmarked. These include the Jewish cemetery with its separate walls and entrances which dates from 1871; the Poor Ground where around 63,000 people are buried in unmarked graves, and the hidden underground wall which was designed to separate Catholic and Protestant graves.

The new project will see the restoration of important historic features such as the Central Steps and Victorian fountains. New signage and interpretation will be installed to raise awareness of this hidden heritage and a dedicated programme of live events, tours and workshops will be used to attract more visitors.

Transatlantic Lives: The Irish Experience in Colonial America - now available to pre-order

The Ulster Historical Foundation is to publish a new book – Transatlantic Lives: The Irish Experience in Colonial America – in September.

Edited by Linde Lunney, James Quinn and Dr William Roulston, it features sixty biographical essays from the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography and details the careers of a selection of Irish emigrants to North America in the colonial period (including the British territories that would later become Canada).

The individuals chosen are a representative sample of some of the more notable figures among these emigrants. Colonial administrators, soldiers and clergymen predominate. Among clergymen, Presbyterians (of various hues) are the most numerous, but space has also been found for Methodists, Quakers, Anglicans and Catholics, all of whom made their contribution to shaping the religious culture of the colonies.

The selection, however, also includes educators, doctors, writers, artists, printers, merchants and even a (female) pirate to give some sense of the diversity of such emigrants, and their varying contributions to the economic and cultural development of the colonies. Most of these stayed in the colonies, but a sufficient number returned to Ireland, providing some evidence for the contention that emigration to the colonies was not always an irrevocable decision.

Pre-publication orders are now being taken by the publishers via BooksIreland. Pre-ordering brings a saving of £2 from the regular price of £11.99.

ISBN: 978-1-909556-64-5

Monday, 9 July 2018

Dublin Journal, 1811-1825, joins Irish News Archive

The Irish Newspaper Archive (INA) has added The Dublin Journal to its database. The editions uploaded are from 1811-1825, with some gaps. As far as I'm aware, this paper isn't available online elsewhere.

The paper was founded by George Faulkner, a prominent bookseller and publisher, in 1726. For a time, it was one of the capital's leading periodicals.

If you want to check out INA's brand-new title and don't already have a subscription, you'll be pleased to know there's currently a 40% discount offer running. Use the coupon code USA40, and don't delay – the offer runs out tonight.

Registry of Deeds Index Project - July progress update

The latest report from the manager of the Registry of Deeds Index Project shows that volunteers have now submitted 275,071 index entries from 30,461 memorials of deed.

Additionally, the townland index now holds 57,622 transcriptions and the grantors' index 18,277 transcriptions. The search page of the grantors' index has also been changed.

If you've been using the free Registry of Deeds images collection on FamilySearch in your research, please be sure to submit index details to the Project. It's the only way it can grow!!