Tuesday, 18 September 2018

National Archives of Ireland: October closures

National Archives of Ireland, Dublin
Preparatory work for the major redevelopment of the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) is about to commence. This project, which is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under Project Ireland 2040, will see the development of new purpose built storage facilities at the NAI's premises in Bishop Street, Dublin 8.

The warehouse* which has been used as an interim storage facility must be emptied to facilitate enabling and construction works for the development of new archival storage vaults. This first element of the project will entail the transfer of some 95,000 archival boxes off-site to ensure their continued preservation and to eliminate any risk of damage through being retained in direct proximity to the construction works.

In order to allow staff to carry out preparatory works for the transfer, it will be necessary to close the NAI and its Reading Room to the public from Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October inclusive.

With Monday 29 October being a bank holiday in the Republic of Ireland, the Reading Room's normal opening hours will resume on Tuesday 30 October.

* The warehouse currently holds records which have been digitised and are not required for daily production in the reading room, in addition to various series of records which are closed to public inspection or which have yet to be catalogued.

10% discount for returning FindMyPast customers

Regular readers of Irish Genealogy News will be aware of FindMyPast's current 30% discount on subscriptions taken out by brand-new customers (see blogpost).

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Irish Registry of Deeds Index Project: latest update

Nick Reddan FIGRS, founder and manager of the Registy of Deeds Index Project, has updated the Project's online database with records contributed by volunteers during the last four weeks.

The database how holds some 287,134 index records from 31,634 memorials of deeds.

Additionally, the Townland and Grantor Indexes have been topped up with more than 6,000 volunteer transcriptions from the FamilySearch images collection.

All are free to access.

Monday, 17 September 2018

North of Ireland FH Society launches 11th branch

The North of Ireland Family History Society will be holding the inaugural meeting of the South Tyrone branch tomorrow, Tuesday 18 September, from 7:30pm to 9pm.

This new branch – the Society's 11th – will focus on all aspects of genealogy, from beginner level topics to using DNA to further progress your family history research, and intends to meet at the Killymaddy Centre, 190 Ballygawley Road, Dungannon BT70 1TF (click image for map) on the third Tuesday of each month.

Everyone is welcome to come along, so please share with friends and family from the area.

Clare County Library: latest Local Studies additions

Clare County Library's Local Studies team has prepared and uploaded the following files to the library's website:

Chichester House List of Claims 1700

More than 160 successful claims from County Clare have been abstracted by the team from the list of claims considered by the trustees of Chichester House, Dublin, for the Williamite Confiscations.

The transcription spreadsheet is arranged, as in the List of Claims, with the following details:
  • Individual claim number
  • Name of claimant
  • Extent or nature of the claim
  • Deed on which claim is based
  • Place name of the claimed land(s)
  • County and barony of the claimed lands
  • Name of former Jacobite owner or proprietor.
Brief details of this scheme are included, together with a link to Google Books, where the full document is available to view, free of charge.

1918 Kilrush ITGWU (Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union) Contributions

Details of more than 360 contributions received by the Kilrush Branch of the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union have been transcribed by the Local Studies team from the 19 October 1918 edition of the Clare Champion newspaper.

The surname and amount of contribution are included in each entry. Some additionally have a first name or initial (many are only Mr/Mrs/Miss) and about 65 entries include a street name or townland of residence. A very small number note the occupation of the contributor.

RC Baptism Records (Complete) for Quin and Clooney Parish

In addition to the above items created by the Local Studies team, transcriptions of the Catholic Baptism Registers from Quin and Clooney parish have been donated by researcher Sheila Duddy and added to the website.

The records date from 1816 to 1880 and hold details of more than 8,500 baptisms, nearly all of them revealing all of the following information:
  • Child's first name
  • Father's first name and surname
  • Mother's first name and maiden name
  • Place of residence
  • Names of sponsors.
The resulting spreadsheets are arranged in chronological order, in alphabetical order of father's surname, and in alphabetical order of mother's surname.

Irish family history & heritage events, 17-30 September

A busy fortnight of Irish familiy history events
Monday 17 September: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2. On-going closures to facilitate extensive redevelopment of premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, incl. Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 17 September: All at Sea: PRONI Maritime Records, with Stephen Scarth. 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, but donation appreciated.

Tuesday 18 September: The Mixed Vocations of (Fr.) Gerald O’Donovan (1871–1942), with Dr Chrissie Van Mierlo. Host: University of Nottingham Irish Studies talks series. Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop (down the alley opposite the Tourist Info Centre), 14a Long Row, Nottingham, UK. 7pm – 8:30pm. Admission: £3 including refreshments. Email to confirm attendance: events@fiveleaves.co.uk.

Wednesday 19 September: Newspapers as a source for genealogical research, with Georgina Scally MAGI. Georgina will look at the range of information that can be gleaned from newspapers as well as looking at where to find newspapers on both paid and free databases and in hard-copy format. Host: Accredited Genealogists Ireland and the National Archives of Ireland. Venue: NAI, Bishop Streeet, Dublin 8. 6pm. Free. No need to book.

Wednesday 19 September: Lost Heroes, with Richard Edgar. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh Branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. 7:30pm. All welcome. Donation appreciated.

Wednesday 19 September: The sinking of the Leinster, with Cormac Lowth. Host: Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society. Venue: Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. Entrance Fee: €3.

Friday 21 September: Constructing a Legend: Irish ‘Wild Geese’ in Louis XIV’s Army 1689-1714, with Pádraig Lenihan. Host: The New York Military Affairs Symposium. Venue: South Lounge, 2nd Floor, The Soldiers Sailors Club, 283 Lexington Avenue, New York City, USA (between 36th and 37th Streets). 7pm to 8:45pm. Free. All welcome.

Friday 21 September: National Archives of Ireland - delayed opening. Reading Room will be open to the public from 2pm to 5pm only. NAI, Bishop Street, Dublin 8.

Friday 21 September: Culture is catching
Friday 21 September: Culture Night. This major annual all-island event includes arts, music, history, heritage and science for all ages and encourages more people to visit cultural venues and to experience culture in their local areas. Free, but booking required for some events. Programme.

Friday 21 September to Sunday 23 September: Remembering the Armada, an annual festival commemorating the armada and its shipwrecks of 1588. Friday evening sees the official opening of the Spanish Armada Interpretive and Visitor Centre at the Courthouse, Grange, Co Sligo. Saturday sees four lectures presented. Also: guided walks, music and dance performances. See programme for more details.

Saturday 22 September: Ireland civil registration - Post Famine research using civil records, an Intermediate level genealogy workshop with Miles Davenport. Host and venue: McClelland Library's Norton Room, 1106 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85004, USA. 10:30am–1pm. Fees: Non-Members $20 / Members $15. Need to book.

Saturday 22 September: Researching your Irish ancestors, with Jill Williams FIGRS at the Edinburgh Irish Heritage and Culture Day. Host: The Consulate General of Ireland, Scotland GAA and Conradh na Gaeilge Glasgow. Venue: The Grange Club, Portgower Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH4 1HQ. Noon to 6pm. Details.

Saturday 22 September: Introduction to renealogy research, a special workshop led by Rosemary Sibbett. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh branch. Cost £10. 11am to 3pm. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. To book place or for more information email secnafhs@gmail.com

Monday 24 September: 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 24 September: Using the National Library, a Research Workshop, suitable for anyone looking to embark on a research project or to enhance research skils in navigating the catalogue, accessing the various collections and interpreting the sources. 3pm. Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Places are limited so booking required. To reserve a place email learning@nli.ie or phone 01 6030 259/346.

Tuesday 25 September: The 1718 Migration, with Andrew Kane. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Causeway Coast & Glens branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine, Co Derry. 8pm. All welcome. Free.

Tuesday 25 September: Key sources for the family historian in Northern Ireland, with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast branch. Venue: C S Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Tuesday 25 September: The West Clare photographs in the National Library's Lawrence Collection, with Elizabeth Kirwan. Host:Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. All welcome. Free to members; €5 for non-members.

Wednesday 26 September: 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 26 September: Presbyterianism in Dublin and the south of Ireland: an unfamiliar history, with Linde Lunney. Host: Dublin Festival of History. Venue: Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 1pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 27 September: Michael Collins and Guerrilla War in the War of Independence, with Joseph E A Connell Jr. Host: Bray Cualann Historical Society. Venue: Royal Hotel, Bray, Co Wicklow. 8pm. All welcome. Free for members; €5 for non-members.

Friday 28 September: The Influenza Epidemic in North Wexford, with Dr Ida Milne. Host: North Wexford Historical Society. Venue: Methodist Church Hall, Market Square, Gorey, Co Wexford. 7:30pm. Members free. Non-members €5. All welcome.

Friday 28 September: Conflict and Consensus: soldiers and citizens in Waterford City, 1820-1920, with Dr. Aoife Bhreatnach. Host: Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: St. Patricks Gateway Centre, Patrick Street, Waterford City. 8pm. All welcome. Members free; non-members €5.

Sunday 30 September Free genealogy help session. Host and venue: Library of the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630, USA. From 1pm to 4pm. Free. All welcome.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: mid-Sept update

Move over Florence!

No matter living in the direct path of the hurricane, Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives' Co-ordinator Christina Finn Hunt rushed 'in case we have a power outage' to issue this mid-month's update of the headstone photos and church records she'd uploaded to the free online repository. That's dedication.

Love and regret, a 1796 headstone in Abington
Cemetery, Murroe, Co Limerick. Photo courtesy of
Valerie Ackroyd and IGP Archives.
Click image for enlarged view.
CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Patrick's (R.C.) Graveyard, Drumalee

CLARE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Freagh (Drumminaphonta) Graveyard

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Convoy, St. Ninians (CoI) Graveyard
Frosses, St. Mary's (R.C.) Graveyard (Updated)

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mt Jerome, Dublin - Part 208 & 209
Mt Jerome - Little Angels (Updated)

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Rathfarnham Church Interior Memorials
St Patrick's Cathedral (Plaques/Interior) Pt 2

FERMANAGH Archives - Church Records
Aghadrumsee Burials, Clones Parish 1858-1866
Aghadrumsee Marriages, Clones Parish, 1829-36
Galloon Burial Index (CoI) 1860-1881
Galloon Register, Dio. of Clogher Burials, (CoI) 1860-1881

LIMERICK Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Abington Cemetery - Old Section, Parts 1 & 2, Murroe

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Aughaval Cemetery, Part 2, Westport

MEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Columba's (CoI), Kells

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Parish Registers, Baptisms, 1838-1841

Friday, 14 September 2018

Irish family history courses starting this autumn

September brings the start of a new term of evening classes in all manner of academic, hobbyist and vocational subjects, including family history.

Below are some of the genealogy courses scheduled to begin across the island during the autumn.

Northern Ireland

Irish family history sources, a 10-week genealogy course taught on Tuesday (7-9pm) by the Ulster Historical Foundation, covering census, civil & church records, estate papers, wills, school registers & land & valuation records. Starts 18 September. Venue: Central building, Stranmillis University Collage, Belfast. Part of the college's LifeLong Learning programme. Course fee: £59. Download pdf programme and see page 18.

Irish Genealogy Essentials, a 5-day intensive course run by the Ulster Historical Foundation will be held from 5-9 November.  It is ideal for those relatively new to genealogy but also for those who have already made some progress and wish to move on to lesser-known sources. The programme consists of a week of intensive learning and a day and a half of guided research in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Venue: The Corn Exchange, 31 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG.  Cost: £449.99.  Details.

Newtownabbey, Co Antrim
The North of Ireland Family History Society offers a range of 15 short courses, all starting between now and early December. Venue: Honneyman Room, NIFHS Research Centre, Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT36 7LS. The fee for each course is £7 for 1 session, £12 for 2 sessions and £15 for 3 sessions; each session lasts 2 hours. All courses open to members and non-members. Details.

Republic of Ireland

Dublin City
Introduction to Genealogy, with Sean Murphy. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The 8-week course will be presented on Wednesday afternoons, 2pm to 4:30pm, and will start on 10 October. Full details of the course syllabus (pdf). Course fee: €100. Participants are expected to have experience of using computers and should bring a laptop, tablet or other Internet-connected device to classes. For more information or to book a place on the course, contact Ciara Kerrigan by emailing: ckerrigan@nli.ie.

Dublin City (and online)
Diploma in Family History, with John Grenham MAGI FIGRS. Classroom-based and online, the course runs over 10 weeks, on Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. The next course starts on Thursday 27 September. Venue: City Colleges, Wicklow House, 84-88 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2. The Institute of Commercial Management is the awarding body. Course fee from €845 online/€945 classroom, with instalment plans available. Details.

Malahide, Co Dublin
Irish Genealogy – how to research your family history, with Claire Bradley. This beginner level evening class (7:30-9:30pm) begins with Irish sources such as the census, and birth, death and marriage records, and progresses to parish registers, newspapers, wills, land and military records. No prior knowledge is required but ability to use a computer and the internet is essential. Venue: Malahide Community School. Starts 2 October. Course (no.205) fee €110. Enrolment details.

Cork City
Genealogy: How to trace your family tree, with Tony McCarthy. Hosted by University College Cork's Adult Continuing Education programme. A 10-week evening course held on Tuesdays from 2 October to 4 December. 7-9pm. Venue: Western Gateway Building, Room 304, UCC. The course provides an introduction to the top ten Irish genealogical sources, methodology and historical/social context. Fee €230. Enrol by Monday 18 September. Details.

Ennis, Co Clare
Ancestral connection: DNA and online sources for family history research, an eight-week course with Lorna Moloney. Tuesdays 7-9pm, from 2 October to 20 November. Although an Adult Continuing Education course hosted by University College Cork, the sessions will be held at Woodstock Hotel, Ennis, Co Clare. Course fee: €200. Details.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland's Library & Archives reopens

The Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland's Library and Archive has reopened its doors following relocation to a new home on the Ground Floor of Assembly Buildings, Fisherwick Place in Belfast's city centre.

You'll find opening hours and contact details for the new location – the telephone number has changed – on the PHSI's website.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Ancestry DNA rolls out enhanced ethnicity estimates

Ancestry DNA has announced that it has started the roll out of enhanced ethnicity estimates relating to Europe and Asia from today.

The new 'increased precision' estimates will be delivered through a new algorithm that analyzes longer segments of genetic information to break down the specifics of geographic ethnicity.

The announcement, in a blogpost by the company's Chief Scientific Officer Dr Catherine Bell, provides an example that the new new algo will more clearly define Scandinavia as Norway and Sweden (begging the question: What about Finland and Denmark?), will distinguish between France and Germany, rather than just Western Europe, and will break down Asia East into six regions: Japan; Korea and Northern China; China; Southeast Asia—Dai (Tai); Southeast Asia—Vietnam;  and Philippines.

If you've already taken an Ancestry DNA test, your enhanced results may now be available to view. Mine are.

Read the full blogpost and accompanying short video.