Monday, 20 January 2020

Irish genealogy, history and heritage, 20 Jan – 2 Feb

Monday 20 January: An East Antrim Sketchbook, with Adrian Steele. Host: North of Ireland Family Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Monday 20 January: Family history advice, with Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven. Two sessions: Mornings (10:15-Noon) at Raheny Library, Howth Rd, Raheny, Dublin 5 / Afternoon sessions at Donaghmede Library, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Dublin 13. Free. All welcome. Booking essential at T 087 6491605.

Tuesday 21 January: Ireland’s War of Independence, An Introduction to the IRA’s Guerrilla Campaign 1919-21, with Lorcan Collins. Coincides with NLI exhibition From Turmoil to Truce at its National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar. Host: National Library of Ireland. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. All welcome. No booking required.

Tuesday 21 January: The poor’s money — the work of churches c. 1650 to 1740 in caring for the sick, wounded and those in hardship, with Horace Reid. Lecale & Downe Historical Society, Down County Museum, The Mall, Downpatrick, Co. Down. Admission: Members free; Non-members £2. All welcome. 7:30pm.

Tuesday 21 January: A History of Dublin Port, with Cormac Lowth. Also (short talk) Early Society in South County Dublin, with Brian MacAongusa. Host: Foxrock Local History Club. Venue: Pastoral Centre, Foxrock, Dublin 18. 8pm. All welcome. Admission: €5. Members free.

Wednesday 22 January: Pray for the donor: Money and the Irish Catholic Church, 1850-1921, with Dr Sarah Roddy. SSNCI Annual Lecture. Host: Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 23 January: John McGahern’s Dublin, with Professor Frank Shovlin – the 23rd Annual Sir John T Gilbert Commemorative Lecture. Host and venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. Reception to follow. No Booking Required. Come early to ensure a place. Further information.

Thursday 23 January: The Burning of Cork, with Micheal Lenihan. Host: Duchas Clonakilty Heritage. Venue: The Parish Centre, Clonakilty. Co Cork. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 23 January: Online Resources for Family and Local History, a workshop. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ. Each workshop will start with an orientation tour of PRONI, followed by an introduction to searching online resources. 7pm to 9pm. FULLY BOOKED.

Thursday 23 January: Women, the vote, and Waterford, with Niamh Crowley. Third of the Series XIV Dunhill History Lectures. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite GAA grounds), Dunhill Ecopark, Co Waterford. 8pm. Followed by Q&A and light refreshments. All welcome.

Friday 24 January: Roman Catholic, with Colin Barr. 'Disestablishment 150th anniversary' lunchtime lecture series. Host: Church of Ireland. Venue: Music Room, Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin 8. 1:10pm. All welcome. Free.

Monday 27 January: Impressions of a visitor to Dublin in 1806–7, with Angela Byrne. From accounts of everyday life in Ireland following the 1798 & 1803 rebellions. Venue and host: Blanchardstown Library, The Civic Centre, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15. 6:30-7:30pm. Booking essential: 01 890 5560.

Monday 27 January: All that remained’— The Four Courts Blaze of 1922, a panel discussion with Catriona Crowe, Zoe Reid and Lar Joye. Host: Out of the Ashes Lecture Series. Venue: Edmund Burke Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2. 6:30pm to 8pm. The event is free but registration is essential.

Tuesday 28 January: Freeholders, Electors and Absent Voters, with Ian Montgomery. Host: North of Ireland Family Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: C. S. Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 28 January: Rev. Traill’s Survey of Ballintoy Parish, with Robert Corbett. Host: North of Ireland Family Family History Society, Causeway Branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine, BT52 1HF. 8-10pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 29 January: The causes of crime in mid-Antrim in the nineteenth century, with Dr Elaine Farrell. (+ AGM). Host: Carrickfergus & District Historical Society. Venue: The Dobbs Room, Town Hall, Joymount, Carrickfergus, BT38 7DL. 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 30 January: The Hore family of Dungarvan, with Julian Walton. Part of the Dunhill History Lectures Series XIV. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite GAA grounds), Dunhill Ecopark, Co Waterford. 8pm. Followed by Q&A and light refreshments. All welcome.

Thursday 30 January: DNA talk for beginners, with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family Family History Society, Ballymena Branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre, 1-29 Bridge St, Ballymena BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm. All welcome.

Friday 31 January: Crisis and long-term effects – the 1918 ti 1919 influenza pandemic in Waterford and Ireland, with Dr Ida Milne. Host: Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: St Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick St, Waterford City. 8pm. Members free; non-members €5. All welcome.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: First files for 2020

After a very short winter break, volunteers from Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives have uploaded their first batch of files for 2020. They include headstone photos and transribed inscriptions from four burial grounds in Counties Cavan, Dublin and Mayo, and like all files on the site, they are free to view.

The entrance to Polranny Cemetery, which overlooks
Achill Sound. Photo courtesy of Bernie McCafferty
and Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives
CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Raffoney Cemetery, Virginia
St. Brigids, Ballyconnell

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mount Jerome, Dublin - Part 240

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Polranny Cemetery - Pt 1, Achill Sound


Wednesday, 15 January 2020

NLI.ie offline on Thursday for two 1-hour sessions

The National Library of Ireland has advised that to facilitate essential electrical works tomorrow, 16 January, all of its online services via nli.ie will be unavailable for two one-hour sessions.

The first may affect the early risers: from 6:30am to 7:30am.
The second may catch a few more people: from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

For genealogists, the most obvious loss will be access to the e-catalogue and the Roman Catholic Parish Registers. With regards to the latter, there will be a knock-on effect: if you're searching for RC baptisms and marriages via RootsIreland, Ancestry and FindMyPast, their links to images of the registers won't work.

Hopefully, full access will be available outside the advised offline times.

UPDATE, Thursday 5:50pm: NLI has advised that this evening's offline session needs to be extended. It is expected to last for TWO hours, rather than one.

Back To Our Past Belfast 2020: lecture programmes

There are just over four weeks to go until Back to our Past opens its doors in Belfast!

Belfast: Friday 14 Feb–Saturday 15 Feb
Following publication of the Genetic Genealogy Ireland lecture programme a week or so ago, the (traditional) Genealogy lectures schedule has now been announced. Three sessions are still unconfirmed, but there's enough in the pot to start getting the genealogy juices flowing and planning your time at the show.

The traditional Genealogy presentations have been organised by Martin McDowell, the Education & Development Officer of the North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) and brief details are below.

Friday 14 February
10:30 Family History - Getting Started, with Janet Hancock, PRONI
11:30 Using landed estate records to find 18th & 19th-century ancestors, with Gillian Hunt, UHF
12:30 Tracing your Presbyterian Ancestors, with Valerie Adams, Presbyterian Historical Society
13:30 Enhancing your research using Journals, with Mike McKeag, NIFHS
14:30 Who are the IGRS and what resources do they offer members? with Claire Bradley, IGRS
15:30 New online records at PRONI, with Desmond McCabe, PRONI

Saturday 15 February
10:30 TBC
11:30 How the North of Ireland FHS can help your research, with Andrew Kane, NIFHS
12:30 TBC, with Libraries NI.
13:30 Tracing the Irish in Scotland, with Chris Paton, Genealogist, Scotland’s Greatest Story
14:30 Using online records to trace your family tree, with Stephen Scarth, PRONI
15:30 TBC

Entrance is free, as are all the genetic and traditional genealogy lectures held over the two days.

The conference/exhibition/genealgy-get-together will be held at the International Convention Centre, 2 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3WH. Details of all the lectures, times and tickets can be found on the Back To Our Past website. Click the logo above.



Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Family Tree DNA revises its test kit prices

Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) has revised prices for its DNA tests and, unusually, this has resulted in some significant price drops. While the cost of  its Family Finder autosomal test hasn't changed – it's still US$79 – its y-DNA and mt-DNA testing kits have savings of up to US$200!

https://www.familytreedna.comThe savings to customers come in response to reduced costs following FTDNA's  'systemic improvements to production processes'. The company says it hopes the lower prices will see not only more people being encouraged to test but that they will test at a higher level.

With that in mind, FTDNA has discontinued its 25-marker and 67-marker y-DNA tests.

Here's the new pricing structure:
  • Y-37 $119 (previously $169)
  • Y-111 $249 (previously $359)
  • BigY-700 $449 (previously $649)
  • mtDNA full sequence $159 (previously $199)
  • Family Finder autosomal DNA test $79 (no change)
Y-dna upgrade prices have also fallen.

Shipping costs are additional and are $9.95 in the US and $12.95 to most international destinations.

You'll find more details on the FTDNA website.

Monday, 13 January 2020

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

Monday 13 January: Members Workshop. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. All welcome. Free. 7pm.

Monday 13 January: Hope and History, with Paul McFaddenHost: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. All welcome. Free. 7pm.

Monday 13 January: Online Resources for Family and Local History, a practical workshop with orientiation tour of PRONI, and an introduction to searching online resources. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. 11am to 1pm. Free. All welcome but places are limited and need to be reserved in advance. Details. (12 Jan pm... Still spaces available.)

Tuesday 14 January: The present-day relevance of the Spanish Civil War and its victims, with Dr Chiara Tedaldi. UCD Lifelong Learning Taster Lecture series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Noon. All welcome. Details.

Tuesday 14 January: Townlands, Maps & Directories, with Shane Wilson. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, 17 Cumberland St, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. All welcome. Contribution €3.00.

Tuesday 14 January: Stories from Stones: Researching Graveyards, with Tom Hartley. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT 28 1XP. All welcome. 7:30pm.

Wednesday 15 January: The Limerick Navigation, with Brian J Goggin. Host: Killaloe-Ballina Local History Society. Venue: The Lakeside Hotel, Ballina, Killaloe, Co. Clare. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 15 January: Experiences and contributions of women during the War of Independence, with Dr Mary McAuliffe. Host: Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Holy Rosary Family Centre, La Touche Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow. 8pm. All welcome. Details.

Wednesday 15 January: The Barrow Navigation: a social and economic history, with Niall O Brien. Host: Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Mc Grath Hall, Station Road, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow. Admission is free and all are welcome. 8pm.

Thursday 16 January: Coastal Place names from Dungarvan to Youghal, with Liam Suipéal. Part of the Series XIV Dunhill History Lectures. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite GAA grounds), Dunhill Ecopark, Co Waterford. 8pm. Followed by Q&A and light refreshments. All welcome.

Friday 17 January: Using American records to tear down Irish brick walls, with Kevin Cassidy. Host: Accredited Genealogists Ireland. Venue: National Library of Ireland, 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, 2:30pm. Details.

Friday 17 January: History, with Professor Alan Ford. Disestablishment 150th anniversary lunchtime lecture series. Host: Church of Ireland. Venue: Music Room, Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin 8. 1:10pm. All welcome. Free.

Friday 17 January: A sense of place—tracing the Ulster-Scots, with Professor Wesley Hutchinson. Host: Cullybacky & District Historical Society. Venue: Royal British Legion Hall, Main Street, Cullybacky, Co Antrim. 8pm. All welcome.

Monday 20 January: An East Antrim Sketchbook, with Adrian Steele. Host: North of Ireland Family Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Monday 20 January: Family history advice, with Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven. Two sessions: Mornings (10:15-Noon) at Raheny Library, Howth Rd, Raheny, Dublin 5 / Afternoon sessions at Donaghmede Library, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Dublin 13. Free. All welcome. Booking essential at T 087 6491605.

Tuesday 21 January: Ireland’s War of Independence, An Introduction to the IRA’s Guerrilla Campaign 1919-21, with Lorcan Collins. Coincides with NLI exhibition From Turmoil to Truce at its National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar. Host: National Library of Ireland. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. All welcome. No booking required.

Tuesday 21 January: The poor’s money — the work of churches c. 1650 to 1740 in caring for the sick, wounded and those in hardship, with Horace Reid. Lecale & Downe Historical Society, Down County Museum, The Mall, Downpatrick, Co. Down. Admission: Members free; Non-members £2. All welcome. 7:30pm.

Tuesday 21 January: A History of Dublin Port, with Cormac Lowth. Also (short talk) Early Society in South County Dublin, with Brian MacAongusa. Host: Foxrock Local History Club. Venue: Pastoral Centre, Foxrock, Dublin 18. 8pm. All welcome. Admission: €5. Members free.

Wednesday 22 January: Pray for the donor: Money and the Irish Catholic Church, 1850-1921, with Dr Sarah Roddy. SSNCI Annual Lecture. Host: Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 23 January: John McGahern’s Dublin, with Professor Frank Shovlin – the 23rd Annual Sir John T Gilbert Commemorative Lecture. Host and venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. Reception to follow. No Booking Required. Come early to ensure a place. Further information.

Thursday 23 January: The Burning of Cork, with Micheal Lenihan. Host: Duchas Clonakilty Heritage. Venue: The Parish Centre, Clonakilty. Co Cork. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 23 January: Online Resources for Family and Local History, a workshop. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ. Each workshop will start with an orientation tour of PRONI, followed by an introduction to searching online resources. 7pm to 9pm. FULLY BOOKED.

Thursday 23 January: Women, the vote, and Waterford, with Niamh Crowley. Third of the Series XIV Dunhill History Lectures. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite GAA grounds), Dunhill Ecopark, Co Waterford. 8pm. Followed by Q&A and light refreshments. All welcome.

Friday 24 January: Roman Catholic, with Colin Barr. Disestablishment 150th anniversary lunchtime lecture series. Host: Church of Ireland. Venue: Music Room, Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin 8. 1:10pm. All welcome. Free.



Saturday, 11 January 2020

Three more Irish newspapers now searchable on BNA

The trio of newspapers I mentioned in yesterday's blogpost reached the end of the British Newspaper Archive (BNA) pipe rather sooner than I had expected and are now searchable in both the online BNA database and FindMyPast's Irish Newspaper Collection.

These are they:

Midland Counties Advertiser
This independent weekly title was published in Roscrea, Co Tipperary from 1854–1948, and the BNA holding will eventually hold this span of editions.

So far, only 815 editions have been digitised, the earliest dated January 1928, and the most recent 27 December 1845.

Sligo Independent
This conservative Saturday title was first published in 1855. Between 1921 and 1927 it's masthead described the paper as The Sligo Independent and West of Ireland Telegraph.

As of today, the BNA online collection includes only 115 editions, all from 1925 to 1927, but the planned digitised holding extends back to 1855.

Kilkenny Moderator
Some 1,247 editions of the Kilkenny Moderator are now available for searching. Apart from some editions published in 1825, they all date from the early 20th century. When fully digitised, the BNA's holding will span 1825 to 1925.

In it's last five years of publication, the paper was known just as the Moderator.



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Friday, 10 January 2020

2-month summary of new/updated Canadian collections

Below you'll find my summary of the new and updated Canadian records released by the major genealogy database suppliers in the last two months. For the previous summary, see my 7 November blogpost.

These regular listings of additional sources are designed primarily to help family historians whose Irish ancestors emigrated to Canada, but they may prove useful to Canadian researchers looking for a brief update of what's recently available.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis reflect the number of records uploaded to a new collection, or the total number in a newly topped-up collection.

NEW COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

MyHeritage

OntarioAncestors

UPDATED COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

FamilySearch

Interment.net

*Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM) These records are not searchable in Ancestry's Global database. The individual collection page must be accessed directly and the NSARM T&Cs agreed.



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Genealogy Conference in Armagh City, 8-10 May 2020

https://www.visitarmagh.com/genealogyconferenceArmagh Ancestry, in conjunction with the local council, will host its annual Genealogy Conference on Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May at the Navan Centre & Fort, an ancient ceremonial monument on the edge of Armagh City.

The programme looks good for all levels of experience, with the main genealogy collections covered, and talks on social history, specialist archives and collections, medieval research, migration, surnames and placenames, and much more. There's also a graveyard tour, a Q&A panel and an open mike session.

The cost of the Conference is £20 per day or £50 for all three days and the fee includes tea/coffee during breaks. A special Lunch menu is available each day for only £6.

To book online, click the flyer image above, or for further information contact Armagh Ancestry at researcher@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk or by telephone 00 44 2837529644.

Westmeath and Longford newspaper joins online BNA

The online British Newspaper Archive (BNA) continued to grow at an astonishing pace last year, but it wasn't a great 12-months for the addition of new titles published in Ireland.

Only 12 such titles joined the archive. Shouldn't grumble, especially since so many additional pages and editions were added to the existing Irish holding, but it was noticably lower than in previous years.

2020 is getting off to a good start, however, and the year's first historical Irish paper has landed: The Westmeath Guardian & Longford NewsLetter. All weekly editions published in 1900, 1901, 1903 and 1905 have been uploaded thus far, with the planned holding to span 1835 to 1928.

It should prove a useful addition to the resource bank of Irish genealogists with connections to the two counties.

The paper, along with the rest of the titles in the online BNA, are shared with FindMyPast's Irish Newspaper Collection.

SPOILER ALERT: Another three Irish titles are in the pipe and will be uploaded in the next few days. I'll let you know...


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