Friday, 14 May 2021

English, Scottish & Welsh genealogy updates: this week's summary

Below is a summary of new and updated family history record collections for England, Scotland and Wales released by the major genealogy databases over the last week (for the previous summary, see 7 May blogpost).

This 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.


NEW COLLECTIONS

BritishNewspaperArchive (shared with some FindMyPast subscriptions)


FindMyPast

UPDATED COLLECTIONS

Ancestry


DeceasedOnline
FamilySearch



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Thursday, 13 May 2021

Irish Ancestors, Irish Lives: explore their world in this online course

An interesting Irish genealogy and history course, hosted by the Society of Genealogists, will be held online on Wednesday evenings over six weeks starting on 2 June. Each weekly session will run from 6pm to 8pm (GMT+1).

Called Irish Ancestors, Irish Lives, the course is as much about helping researchers to understand the daily lives, social issues and concerns of their Irish ancestors as it is about finding and successfully exploiting relevant historical and genealogical records, both common and lesser-known sources.

It will be presented by Jill Williams and Roz McCutcheon, both of them Fellows of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, and both experienced and popular speakers at the SOG and elsewhere.

Their workshops and courses nearly are nearly always fully booked, so if this sounds just like the type of course you've been looking for to help you understand the lives of your forbears, and how to progress your research, I'd suggest you book quickly.

The cost of the six-week course is £112.50, discounted to £90 for SOG members. You'll find out more about the course, including the topics to be presented at each session, on the SOG site.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

RootsIreland will be offline from 5pm for scheduled maintenance

The Irish Family History Foundation has advised that its RootsIreland.ie database, which holds more than 24million records, most of them from church registers (several denominations) and civil records, will be offline from 5pm this evening due to scheduled maintenance.

Five hours has been allocated for the maintenance tasks to be carried out, so the database should be back up and running by 10pm (Irish/GMT+1), but it could be earlier. 

 

FindMyPast offers 20% savings on most subscription packages

FindMyPast is offering a 20% discount on most of its subscription packages. Such savings don't come along as often as they used to - this is the first, I believe, for six months - so if you were casually thinking of getting stuck into your genealogy research, or returning to it after a break, this might be the time to get your decision cap on.

While the saving doesn't amount to much on a one-month package, it certainly is worth having if you were thinking of taking out an annual subscription. If you're a brand-new or returning customer, be sure to take advantage of the offer before 10am (GMT+1) on Saturday 15 May.

Choose from the flags below to claim the discount from the site most appropriate to your research needs.

You'll find all the details about what's included in each package on the landing page.



FindMyPast Ireland – 20% off 1-month Starter and Pro (not Plus) subs and 12-Month Starter, Plus and Pro packages.


FindMyPast USA/Canada – 20% off 1- or 12-Month subscriptions to Essential and Ultimate packages.


FindMyPast UK – 20% off 3- and 12-Month subscriptions to Starter, Plus and Pro packages


FindMyPast Australia/NZ – 20% off 1-month Starter or Pro (not Plus) subs, and 12-Month Starter, Plus and Pro packages.


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Monday, 10 May 2021

Limerick Archives launches Sean Wall Family Archive and exhibition

A new online exhibition and digital archive highlighting Limerick’s role in the War of Independence has been launched by Limerick City and County Council Archives Service. The exhibition is based on the Sean Wall Family Archive, a valuable collection of material relating to Limerick East Brigade leader Sean Wall and his extended family.

The material has been held by the family since he was shot dead while on active duty in May 1921 and was donated last year to the Council for preservation as part of the Decade of Centenaries commemoration.

It is now fully listed and digitised, and several resources – essays, interview videos and more – have been created; details here.

Sean Wall led the East Limerick Brigade, one of the first Flying Columns during the War of Independence. Throughout his tenure as Chairman of Limerick County Council, he was on the run from British authorities, and proved an effective manager and organiser and fundraised thousands of pounds for the Dáil Loan Scheme.

His brother, Fr. Tom Wall, was also an influential figure in nationalist and republican circles in Limerick, having founded the first Irish Volunteer branch in Limerick, while another brother, Bill Wall, was another IRA activist and took part in key engagements with the East Limerick brigade.

The virtual exhibition will mark the centenary of Sean Wall’s death, but a public exhibition about him is planned when public health restrictions allow.

Irish genealogy and history events, 10 May to 23 May

Monday 10 May: Many libraries, archives and similar research centres begin to reopen in the Republic of Ireland, subject to safety restrictions.

Wednesday 12 May: Ireland 1900 - 1925: Crisis, War and Revolution, launch of a new resource exploring some of the most significant events in Ireland’s modern history, from the introduction of the Third Home Rule Bill to the First World War, Easter Rising, partition of Ireland and the creation of two new states. 2pm to 3:15pm. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Speakers: Janet Hancock, Deputy Head of Public Services, PRONI; Dr Timothy Bowman, Reader in Military History, University of Kent; Jim McBride, secretary of HTANI. Zoom event, free. Need to book

Wednesday 12 May: Ireland in Flanders: Men from the island of Ireland during the First World, with Piet Chielens, director of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. All welcome. Free. 8pm. Need to register.

Thursday 13 May: From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence, an online tour. Host: National Library of Ireland Photographic Archive. 11am. Free. All welcome. Need to book.

Thursday 13 May: Recovering the Voices of West Cork in the American Civil War, with Dr Damien Shiels. Host: Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage. An online lecture, starting at 8:30pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register. Details.

Thursday 13 May: Online book launch: Shadows from the Trenches - Veterans of the Great War and the Irish Revolution by Emmanuel Destenay. In conversation with Professor William Murphy. Host: UCD Press. 7pm. All welcome. Need to register.

Friday 14 May: From Speed to the OS: Surveying the Streets through the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, with Sarah Gearty. Host: Carti Cymru 2021 symposium (12-14 May), National Library of Wales. Free but need tickets. 1pm. Online.

Saturday 15 May: Emigrants and Exiles, the East Galway Story, a day conference. A range of speakers composed of descendants and academics will gather virtually across the diaspora to share their stories and the stories of their communities. Host: Trasna na Tíre. On Zoom. 11am (Irish/GMT+1). Free. Download programme pdf. Registration.

Saturday 15 May: House History Show, an online day conference, 10am to 4:30pm (plus series of weekly lectures for four following weeks). Organised by Family Tree magazine (UK). £45. Details.

Saturday 15 May: Padraic Colum Gathering 2021, an online festival hosted by Longford Libraries. Four lectures and more, from 10am to 4pm, will be presented online via Microsoft Teams. Free. All welcome. To view programme and joining arrangements, see Library.

Sunday 16 May: Pat Walsh; The Life and Legacy of an Irish Revolutionary, an online documentary. Host: Pat Walsh Memorial, Dunamaggin, Co Kilkenny. 3pm. Details.

Sunday 16 May: National Famine Commemoration, Republic of Ireland. The ceremony, led by President Michael D. Higgins, takes place in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin at 12pm on Sunday 16 May and includes military honours and a wreath laying ceremony in remembrance of all those who suffered or perished during the Famine. Due to current health restrictions, the event will not be open to the public, but will be broadcast on RTÉ News and the DTCAGSM's YouTube channel.

Tuesday 18 May: Revolutionary Daughters: Nora and Ina Connolly, with Liz Gillis. Host: Áras Uí Chonghaile | James Connolly Visitor Centre, Virtual Spring Programme. 7pm. Free. All welcome. View on Facebook or YouTube.

Tuesday 18 May:: 'UNTOLD' Donegal Women - War of Independence & Irish Civil War, with Caroline Carr. Host: Donegal County Museum. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome. Talk will be via GoToMeeting. Book by email to museum@donegalcoco.ie or telephone 0749 124613.

Wednesday 19 May:: Elections and Propaganda in Ireland and Carlow 1917-1921: Votes, Violence and Victory, with Dr Elaine Callinan. Host: Carlow Historical and Archeological Society. 8pm. Free. On Zoom and Facebook. Details and links.

Thursday 20 May: Sources for house histories, with Nicola Morris MAGI and NAI archivist Natalie Milne. Host: National Archives of Ireland. Online. Free. 6pm. Need to register.

Friday, 7 May 2021

New Irish title for BritishNewspaperArchive.com: The Ballina Herald

The Ballina Herald and Mayo and Sligo Advertiser has joined the online BritishNewspaperArchive (BNA). This database is shared with some FindMyPast subscriptions.

The paper was founded in 1844 as a weekly and carried local news and advertisements, as well as some national and international news. It continued publication until 1962 when it was merged with The Western People, a title still dominent in the region.

When fully digitised, the BNA's holding of the paper will span 1891 to 1927.

Click the image for information about the editions now available to search.

With this addition to the BNA/FindMyPast databases, the collection holds 211 Irish titles.



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English, Scottish & Welsh genealogy: 2-week summary of updates

Below is a summary of new and updated family history record collections for England, Scotland and Wales released by the major genealogy databases over the last week (for the previous summary, see 25 April blogpost).

This 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.


NEW COLLECTIONS

BritishNewspaperArchive (shared with some FindMyPast subscriptions)


FindMyPast
  • Middlesex Poor Law Records (Parishes of Chelsea, St Luke; Ealing, St Mary; Feltham, St Dunstan; Fulham, All Saints; Hammersmith, St Paul; New Brentford, St Laurence; Shepperton, St Nicholas; Staines, St Mary; Stanwell, St Mary; Uxbridge, St Margaret. (16,058 records)

UPDATED COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

National Library of Scotland

Scottish Indexes

The Genealogist


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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

New website for Cork Archives as it prepares to re-open on 11 May

Cork Archives has unveiled a new-look website. It was time. The old one was much in need of a re-fresh, at least, but this facelift is more than just a redesign.

The navigation has been reorganised and simplied, and users will find it much easier to find the sections they are interested in viewing and then digging deep into them. The online catalogue seems to be functioning a lot more smoothly and quickly than I remember, too, which is always welcome.

Coinciding with the launch of the revamped site, the Archives has confirmed that the building will reopen for research appointments on Tuesday 11 May. A smaller number of people will be allowed into the building at any one time, so there will be a restricted number of reader appointmens on offer than previously. They will be available Tuesday to Friday only, from 10:30am–12:30pm and from 2pm–4pm.

Researchers are advised to book their space well in advance.

Click the image to visit the new site.


May-June edition of History Ireland magazine published

The latest edition of History Ireland magazine is now available in the shops and online.

As always, its features and columns cover a wide span of Irish history. In this issue, topics include: The Carthusians in Ireland, The Templars and the mysterious Holy Rood of Ballinrobe; Ireland and the ‘£20 million swindle’; The ‘poor scholar’ in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century writing; Pantomime; The burning of the Custom House, 25 May 1921; Arguements for the parliament of Southern Ireland, 1921; The Beyond 2022 project to recreate a digital Public Record Office of Ireland; and a look at when neutral Ireland's emergency services went to war in the early 1940s.

In addition, the regular columns and opinion pieces explore Ireland's architectural heritage, artefacts, museums, and tv and book reviews, as well as letters from readers, and the latest news of interest to historians.

To check out this edition and find out more about subscriptions (postal or digital), click the image, right.