Tuesday, 14 August 2018

30% off all British Newspaper Archives' subscriptions

The British Newspaper Archive is offering a 30% discount on any subscriptions taken out on or by Saturday 25 August.

https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5895&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk%2Faccount%2FsubscribeSubscriptions give you unlimited access to more than 27million pages of British and Irish newspapers dating back to the 1700s. The Irish collection alone holds 157 titles (43 of them from Northern Ireland), including national, regional and local papers.

To take advantage of the offer, click the 30% OFF button. Make your choice of subscription – a one-month sub, a three-month or an annual – and quote AUG18 in the promotion code box. With the discount, the subscription prices are reduced to £9.07, £18.15 or £56.04 respectively.

Registers of Shillelagh and Rathdrum workhouses go online

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cQj_M0zQI1gFWEUhixMlGunHJwdUbosB/view?usp=sharing
Click for enlarged view of this partial page sample
The Admissions and Discharges Registers of both Shillelagh Union Workhouse and Rathdrum Union Workhouse have been digitised and made available to researchers in a series of free pdf downloads from Wicklow.ie, the online home of the Wicklow County Archives and Wicklow Family History Centre.

Both collections dates from 1842 to the 1910s (with some missing volumes for Shillelagh) and are presented in 70-odd pdfs (each c26Mb-45Mb). An alphabetical index of names is found at the start of each book and the double-page spread of entries have headings as follows:

  • Number and Name of pauper
  • Single/Married/Widow/er/Child of
  • Trade/Calling
  • Disabled and nature of disability
  • Observations on condition upon admission
  • Date admitted or when born in the workhouse
  • Date of death or discharge

As you'd expect, reading the registers that cover the Famine years can be pretty harrowing. Here are just a few typical entries under the Heading 'Observations on condition upon admission' in 1846: Destitute and hungry; Left at the gate by mother; No means of support; Dirty and ragged; Dirty and ragged and dying; Destitute and cold; Ill of fever; Admitted in a dying state.

The Shillelagh and Rathdrum registers join other free-to-access digitised collections on the website (all accessible via the Wicklow.ie link above).

Archivist and Genealogist Catherine Wright told Irish Genealogy News that the archive next in line for digitisation is the Bray Town Commissioners and Urban District Council collection.


Ancestral flax or linen workers? Pop into Linenopolis

Linenopolis, a new “pop-up” exhibition centre and store, has opened in the heart of Belfast’s historic Linen Quarter. Dedicated to linen, it provides an insight to the industry's social, economic and cultural history and is a showcase for the best in contemporary linen brands. It's part of the first Linen Biennale NI.

Linen plays a central role in the story of Belfast. It brought huge wealth and employment, drove rapid population growth, and directly contributed to Queen Victoria awarding Belfast ‘city status’ in 1888.

By the second half of the 19th century, Belfast boasted the largest linen industry in the world; and many of the beautiful red brick buildings in the Linen Quarter – now being comprehensively regenerated – were built to house the offices and warehouses of the industry.

Recalling the heyday of linen in Belfast, Linenopolis includes story boards, images and artefacts that highlight this heritage, and these are accompanied by moret han two dozen linen designers and artists including Katie Larmour, Mourne Textiles, Flax Fox, 31 Chapel Lane and Placed Ireland displaying their artisan wares.

Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Deirdre Hargey officially opened the temporary attraction at the weekend. She said: “I’m so proud to see Linenopolis opening here in Belfast’s Linen Quarter. It’s the first store and visitor experience of its kind on the island of Ireland, and the fact that it’s here in Belfast, the historic home of the industry, is significant and illustrates the appetite for further opportunities in this area.

“Although this pop-up store will only be here for a short time, linen itself has a great future – as the 33 linen entrepreneurs here demonstrate. It’s wonderful to see linen featuring as an important part of Belfast’s story and our thriving creative industries once more.”

Linenopolis is located on Bedford Street, opposite the Grand Central Hotel, and will be open seven days a week until the end of September.

For more information about the Linen Biennale festival, see the programme or go to www.linenbiennalenorthernireland.com

Monday, 13 August 2018

AncestryDNA - 25% off for Ireland/UK residents

Ancestry DNA's Summer Sale has spread to the eastern side of the Atlantic, losing a little generosity along the way (see USA sale blogpost).

Even so, a 25% discount isn't to be sniffed at, so if you were planning to treat yourself or your genie pal with a testing kit, now may be the right time to do so.

Click one of the flags below to order your kit and see the terms and conditions. Note that the price quoted excludes shipping costs.

The offers will expire at 23:59pm on Tuesday 21 August.

http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-5737308-10819001?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ancestry.co.uk%2Fcs%2Fireland-dna
Ancestry DNA test. Ireland residents. Standard price €95. Sale price €71.



Ancestry DNA test. UK residents. Standard price £79. Sale price £59.

New military records join FindMyPast

FindMyPast has added the following British / Irish military records to its database:

Irish Officers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
Originally published in 1916 as Our Heroes, this book covered the period August 1914 to July 1916. It contains photographs, with biographical notes, of more than 1,000 officers of Irish regiments and Irish officers of British regiments who had fallen in action, or who had been mentioned for Distinguished Conduct. Also included in this volume is a brief history of the chief events of the Great War (to July 1916) in which Irish regiments were engaged.

Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards
More than 58,000 records have been added to FindMyPast's existing collection of 6.2million records, which includes details of awards across various branches of the military. The collection holds names from the British Army, Royal Marines, Royal Navy, and Merchant Navy and records from both world wars as well as the Peninsular War, Indian Mutiny, Waterloo, and many more conflicts. The new additions cover recipients of the Military Cross, Distinguished Flying Medal, and Distinguished Conduct Medal, Distinguished Service Order and Commando Gallantry awards. See the landing page for details of all 19 medal types covered.

Three other military collections joined the FindMyPast database last week, but as the source of the material of each is not adequately described, I'm not going to bother to describe them. I don't think they would be top collections for Irish ancestors, anyway. (Just as well.)

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 13-26 Aug

This week's two-week listing of Irish genealogy and history events runs into Heritage Week (18-16 August), Ireland's annual celebration of built, natural and cultural heritage and the nation's most popular cultural event. 2018 will see more than 2,000 events taking place.

I've listed below some of the more obvious famiy history events, but the Heritage Week website is heavily loaded with details of wonderful and interesting tours, lectures, performances and exhibitions designed to explore the times and lives of our ancestors. Since gathering events for my listing, I'm sure others will have been notified to the website, so be sure to check what's on in your area of interest at HeritageWeek.ie.

Monday 13 August: 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, will open at 11am (late opening is to facilitate a staff development meeting) and operate as normal from that time. Details.

Monday 13 August: The Military Service Pensions Collection: Dependants of the War of Independence and Civil War casualties, with Robert McEvoy. Host and venue: Richmond Barracks, off Bulfin Rd, Inchicore, Dublin 8. ‏11am. Tickets €5, includes tea/coffee & scone. Book or purchase at the door.

Tuesday 14 August to Saturday 18 August: Scots-Ulster Reunion & Conference, 5 days of tours, lectures, music, culture, and celebration. Host: Maine Ulster Scots Project. Venue: Bowdoin College, 255 Maine St, Brunswick, ME 04011, USADetails.

Thursday 16 August to Sunday 19 August: West Cork History Festival - lectures, performances, screenings (field trips all sold out). Venue: Rosebank, Russagh, Castletownshend Road, Skibbereen, Co. Cork (Rosebank is the the former dower house of the Liss Ard estate, less than a mile outside the town). All presentations/performances are in marquees. Programme and tickets.

Saturday 18 August: Máire Ní Murchú, the bean feasta/wisewoman of Beara, with Niamh Ní Lochlainn. Host: Bere Island Project Group. Venue: Bere Island Heritage & Information Centre, Ballinakilla, Bere Island, Co Cork.  2.30pm. Details.

Saturday 18 August: Sharing family history stories, with Penny Bristol-Jones, Eilish Feeley and Marie Gillooly. Host and venue: Roscommon County Library, Abbey Street, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon. 10am to 12:30pm. Free. Details: T 0906 637272.

Saturday 18 August: Genealogy workshop, with resident genealogist Lynn Brady. Host and Venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Rd, Botanic, Dublin 11. 2pm to 3:30pm. Free but booking required at booking@glasnevintrust.ie. Details.

Saturday 18 August: Family History workshop. Host: Western Family History Association. Venue: Lackagh Parish Centre, Turloughmore, Co. Galway. 3pm to 6pm. Free. Details.

Saturday 18 August: Family history research. Host and venue: Genealogical Society of Ireland, Loughlinstown Leisure Centre, Loughlinstown Drive, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin. Volunteer members of the GSI will advise and assist visitors on researching their family history. 10am to 5pm. Free. More info - T: 0872486878, E: eddie_gahan_snr@hotmail.com.

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August: Carving a Future from the Past, a weekend of Colgan heritage events including guided walk, genealogy workshop, Bliain na Gaeilge Get Writing, history of the alcohol factory, traditional music workshop, exhibition of schools' projects, and launch of ColganHeritage.com. Host and venue: Colgan Community & Resource Centre, Chapel Street, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal. Saturday 9:30am - 9:30pm. Sunday 10:30am - 10:30pm. Details.

Sunday 19 August: Family Genealogy Day. Learn how to research or consult a genealogist. Host and venue: Belderrig Community Centre, Belderrig, Ballina, Co. Mayo. 3pm to 5pm. Free. Everyone welcome, although not suitable for under 12s.

Monday 20 to Friday 24 August: Living Folklore: a daily archive tour. Host and venue: National Folklore Collection UCD, Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. 11am to 12pm. Free, but booking required - email bealoideas@ucd.ie.

Tuesday 21 August: Sligo Heritage Video collection. Host and venue: County Sligo Heritage & Genealogy Society, County Sligo Heritage & Genealogy Centre, Aras Reddan, Temple St, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo, Co. Sligo. 10am to 12:30pm. Visitors will be able to choose from a selection of short videos & presentations on topics including Emigration from Sligo Port and the Schools Folklore Collection. Free. Booking required - tel: 0719143728 or email community@sligoroots.com.

Tuesday 21 August: Family history research. Host and venue: Genealogical Society of Ireland, Loughlinstown Leisure Centre, Loughlinstown Drive, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin. Volunteer members of the GSI will advise and assist visitors on researching their family history. 10am to 5pm. Free. More info - T: 0872486878, E: eddie_gahan_snr@hotmail.com.

Tuesday 21 August: Genealogy Clinic. Free 30-minute one-to-one consultation with guidance on specific research problems. Host and venue: Mountmellick Library, O'Moore St, Townparks, Mountmellick, Co. Laois. 10am to 1pm. Need to book: T - 0578644572.

Tuesday 21 August: Genealogy, an introductory workshop. Host: Ballybofey, Stranorlar & District Historical Society. Venue: Ballybofey Library, Steeple View, Navenny Street, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal. 6pm-8pm. Admission Free. Details.

Tuesday 21 August: Beginner's Family History one-to-one sessions. Host and venue: Cork County Library, Library Building, Carrigrohane Road, Cork City. 9:30am - 4pm. Admission free but booking required; T: 021 4285640

Tuesday 21 August: Family Connections, with Larry McNutt. Discover the connection and relationships of families in Buncrana and elsewhere. Host: West Inishowen History & Heritage Society, Venue: The Plaza, Buncrana, Co. Donegal. Admission Free. 7:30pm to 8:30pm. Further Information T- 087 9227 038, E- westinishowenhistory@gmail.com.

Tuesday 21 August: Online family research sources. Host and venue: Kilkenny County Library, Loughboy Library, Loughboy Shopping Centre, Waterford Rd, Gallowshill, Kilkenny. 11:30am to 1pm. Admission Free. Details: T - 0567794176, E - loughboy@kilkennylibrary.ie.

Wednesday 22 August: Beginner's Family History one-to-one sessions. Host and venue: Cork County Library, Library Building, Carrigrohane Road, Cork City. 9:30am - 4pm. Admission free but booking required; T: 021 4285640

Wednesday 22 August: Irish Assistance in the Library. Host and venue: Genealogical Society of Victoria, Level 6, 85 Queen St, Melbourne 3000, Australia. 10am to 4pm. Free for members. $20 non-members. One-hour consultations can be booked. Details.

Wednesday 22 August: Genealogy Clinic. Free 30-minute one-to-one consultation with guidance on specific research problems. Host and venue: Portlaoise Library, Dunamaise House, Lyster Square, Kylekiproe, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. 10am to 1pm. Need to book: T - 0578622333, E - scarroll@laoiscoco.ie.

Wednesday 22 August: Family history research. Host and venue: Genealogical Society of Ireland, Loughlinstown Leisure Centre, Loughlinstown Drive, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin. Volunteer members of the GSI will advise and assist visitors on researching their family history. 10am to 5pm. Free. More info - T: 0872486878, E: eddie_gahan_snr@hotmail.com.

Wednesday 22 August: From Tralee to Rhodesia, the story of Dr. Georgina Revington, the first Tralee woman to graduate with a Bachelor in Medicine from Trinity College, Dublin in 1912. She went on to become medical officer for Lurgan Workhouse in Armagh and then worked in Rhodesia at the Kalene Missionary Hospital. Host and venue: Kerry County Museum, Ashe Memorial Hall, Denny St, Tralee, Co Kerry. 1pm to 1:45pm. Admission free. Info: tel - 0667127777, email - education@kerrymuseum.ie.

Thursday 23 August: Beginner's Family History one-to-one sessions. Host and venue: Cork County Library, Library Building, Carrigrohane Road, Cork City. 9:30am - 4pm. Admission free but booking required; T: 021 4285640.

Thursday 23 August: Researching your family history, a talk on tracing your Irish ancestry, particularly in Limerick, using online resources. Get expert advice and guidance from professional genealogists. Hosts: Limerick Archives & Limerick Genealogy. Venue: City Hall, Merchant's Quay, Limerick, Co Limerick. 10am - 11am. Free. Details: tel - 061556535, email - archives@limerick.ie.

Friday 24 August: Who do you think you are? Host and venue: Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co. Galway. Genealogists and historians will be on-hand to give advice on the resources available and give tips on growing your family tree. 12pm to 5pm. Admission free. Further Information, tel: 09097 59200, email: info@irishworkhousecentre.ie.

Friday 24 August: Genealogy Clinic. Free 30-minute one-to-one consultation with guidance on specific research problems. Host and venue: Abbeyleix Library, Market Square, Knocknamoe, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois. 10am to 1pm. Need to book: T - 0578730020.

Friday 24 August: Family History Curiosities, an illustrated talk on the strange and interesting discoveries made during Irish family history research. Host and venue: Mallow Library, Thomas Davis St., Mallow, Co. Cork. 2pm to 3pm. Admission Free. Booking necessary. Tel: 022 21821, Email: mallow.library@corkcoco.ie

Friday 24 August: Creating your family history, and re-launch of the Ballinacree Historical Society website. Host: Ballinacree Historical Society. Venue: Ballinacree Community Centre, Ballinacree, Co. Meath. Free. 8:30pm - 10:30pm. Details.

Saturday 25 August: Family history research. Host and venue: Genealogical Society of Ireland, Loughlinstown Leisure Centre, Loughlinstown Drive, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin. Volunteer members of the GSI will advise and assist visitors on researching their family history. 10am to 5pm. Free. More info - T: 0872486878, E: eddie_gahan_snr@hotmail.com.

Saturday 25 August: Researching your Irish family history, a talk and exhibition. Host and venue: Midleton Library, 81 Main St, Midleton, Co. Cork. All welcome. Free. No need to book. 12pm to 1pm.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Ancestry DNA Summer Sale: 40% off in USA

http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-5737308-13419724
AncestryDNA's Summer Sale brings a whopping 40% discount on the company's dna test.

As far as I can tell, this sale offer can be taken up only by residents of the USA. (I'll update this blogpost if I find a summer offer being made available in other Ancestry territories. See below.)

The sale price of US$59 (down from $99) excludes taxes and shipping.

To take advantage of the discount offer, order your kit before 11:59pm on Monday 20 August.

UPDATE
, 13 August: 25% discount offer for researchers in Ireland and UK.

MyHeritage DNA Summer Sale

https://www.myheritage.com/dna
MyHeritageDNA is running a sale in Ireland, the UK and the USA. (There may be offers in other parts of the world, too, but I can't find access details of them as I can't by-pass the geo locators, grrrr!)

The price of the MyHeritage DNA testing kit is €69 | £69 | US$69, reduced from €75 | £75 | US$75, respectively.

In each case, shipping is free if you order two or more kits.

The sale offer runs until Monday 20 August.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Irish Genealogy Matters newsletter: new issue out now

http://www.rootsireland.ie/2018/08/irish-genealogy-matters-newsletter-no-2/The Irish Family History Foundation, the organisation which manages the network of heritage centres across the island and runs the RootsIreland.ie database, has published the second edition of its newsletter, Irish Genealogy Matters.

The 5-page newsletter aims to keep Irish family historians up-to-date with the latest developments on RootsIreland and provide news from its IFHF-member centres.

In this issue, as well as summarising recent additions to the database (all of which were noted on IrishGenealogyNews), the newsletter brings news and details of events from the Sligo, East Galway, North Mayo, North Dublin, Cavan, Kilkenny, Limerick Heritage Centres and the Ulster Historical Foundation (Antrim and Down).

It also tells us that the following records will be joining the website soon:
  • Civil records from Co. Sligo
  • Baptism, marriage and burial records from Camolin parish, Co. Wexford
  • Graveyard inscriptions from Dublin
  • Baptism, marriage, death, workhouse records and more from Co. Offaly

Click the image above to visit RootsIreland and download your copy of Irish Genealogy Matters.

Living DNA offers 10% discount throughout August

Living DNA is offering all family historians a 10% discount on the company's widely-acclaimed DNA test if they order the kit during the month of August.

It seems that, even before this month's offer, the test supplier has recently reduced the regular price of its kits; only a few months ago the standard prices were €159 | US$159 | £120 | A$ & NZ$199.

This across the board price reduction may have something to do with the recent announcement of a partnership between LivingDNA and FindMyPast (see blogpost), which will gear up later in the year. Prices of the kit bought through FindMyPast.co.uk and FindMyPast.com also reflect the recent drop in prices and this month's discount.

To purchase at the discounted price, order your kit by selecting your preferred currency/flag below on or by 31 August:

http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-5737308-12899160
€10 off. Price reduced from €99 to €89.


http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-5737308-12758007
£10 off. Price reduced from £99 to £89.


http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-5737308-13006940
US$10 off. Price reduced from US$99 to US$89.


http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-5737308-12755175
CA$16 off. Price reduced from C$159 to C$143.


http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-5737308-12755174
10% off. Price reduced from A$/NZ$149 to A$/NZ$134.10.