Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Emigration from Sligo Port - a new film at County Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Centre

The County Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Centre has produced a new film depicted the history of passenger travel and emigration from the port of Sligo.

http://www.sligoroots.com/The video presents Sligo's importance as a point of departure for thousands of men, women and children from the west of Ireland prior to and following the Famine years.

Prior to 1855, most of the emigrants took their passage direct from Sligo to North America, typically to New York; Boston; Quebec; and Saint John, New Brunswick. In the latter half of the 19th century, the majority of emigrants took coastal steamers to Glasgow or Liverpool and crossed the Atlantic from those ports in large purpose built ships.

Personal visitors to the Centre in Sligo's Temple Street (neighbours are the Hawks Well Theatre and Failte Ireland) can view the 15-minute video on request.

All under one roof: new home for Co. Wicklow's Archives, Family History Centre & Local Studies Library

Here's some good news from County Wicklow. A new home has been found on the main street through Wicklow Town that will allow the County's Archive service, Family History Centre, Local Studies library department and main public library to come together under one roof.

The future destination is a modern and spacious building, vacated three years ago by Ulster Bank, on the Upper Mall (see Google Street View below). It was purchased by Wicklow County Council last year and will be renovated and redeveloped to accommodate the specific needs of the new services. The total cost of the project (including acquisition) is estimated to be €3million.

The 1,234m2 granite-clad building has six storeys, two of them below the main street level. The lowest floor will house the new Local Studies area. Above it will be the climate-controlled County Archives, from which is operated the Wicklow Family History Centre, complete with a dedicated Readers' area.

Going up, the next two levels will be home to a children's libary room with more than 4,500 books, and an adult library with more than 10,000 books. Floor 4 will house 25 IT stations, while the top floor, which will feature a mainly glass wall providing great views over the quays, the harbour and the Irish Sea, will be an exhibition space.

Extensive redevelopment works are due to start shortly and it's hoped the new building will be welcoming researchers and the public by the end of 2019.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Mapping Laois, from the 16th- to the 21st-century

New from Wordwell Books
A new book – Mapping Laois: from the 16th to the 21st century – by Arnold Horner should be of interest to Irish family historians with connections to Laois, a Midlands county formerly known as Leix and Laoighis and Queen's County. If those researchers love maps, so much the better!

The earliest surviving map of Laois dates from about 1560, and this is where the book starts. It reviews and provides context for the extraordinarily rich diversity of manuscript and printed maps that record the changing political, economic and social circumstances of an Irish county over nearly five centuries. The flavour of these varied, informative and often colourful maps is captured in over 400 illustrations, among which are reproductions of six early county maps and a unique assemblage of images from the Ordnance Survey ‘fair plans’ of c.1838–40. It also has a detailed index.

After three years of painstaking research, the book has been published with support from Laois County Council and The Heritage Council. It is now available from the publisher, Wordwell Books, for €30. ISBN 978-1-999790.

Irish family history and heritage events, 24 Sep - 7 Oct

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 to Sunday 7 October: Dublin Festival of History. The 6th outing of this popular festival, which is organised by Dublin City Council, sees more than 140 history events presented across the city. A selection is included in the listing below (in each instance, the event either didn't require booking or was not booked out as at 23 September);view the full programme here. Some events require booking; some do not. 

Monday 24 September: Using the National Library, a Research Workshop. 3pm. Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Booking required. To reserve a place, email learning@nli.ie.

Monday 24 September: The Dublin Docker, with Aileen O’Carroll. Host: Dublin Festival of History. Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Free. 1:10pm. No booking required. Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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.

Monday 24 September: Dublin 1918, with Cathy Scuffil. Host: Dublin Festival of History. Venue: Inchicore Library, 34 Emmett Road, Dublin 8. Free. 6:30pm. Booking required: T 01 453 3793 or E inchicorelibrary@dublincity.ie.

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 Holywood Rd, 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.

Tuesday 25 September: Behind the maps workshops: Navigating the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, with Jennifer Moore. Host: Dublin Festival of History. Venue: RIA, 19, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 1pm to 3pm. Booking required. Details.

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.

Wednesday 26 September: Testamentary Records, a Culture Club tour of the records held by the National Archives of Ireland. Host: Dublin’s Culture Connects and the NAI. Venue: National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. 11am. Booking required. Details.

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.

Thursday 27 September: Hanna and her Sisters: The Irish suffrage movement and its Cork and Munster connections, with Dr Finola Doyle-O'Neill. Host: Duchas Clonakilty Heritage. Venue: The Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Co Cork. 8:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 27 September: Black '47 and the Great Famine in Rhode and Edenderry, with Dr Ciaran Reilly. Host: Rhode Parish Historical Group. Venue: Rhode Old School Hall (opposite National School), Rhode, Co Offaly. 8:30pm. Light refreshments served. All welcome. Admission €5.

Thursday 27 September: The Mendicity Institution and Dublin's beggars in the 19th century, with Ciaran McCabe. Host: Dublin Festival of History. Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Free. 1:10pm. No booking required. All welcome on a first come, first served basis.

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.

Saturday 29 September: The hammer and the pen: the first wave Irish feminism, with Catriona Crowe. Host: The 'History at the Castle: Ireland 100 years ago' lecture series. Venue: Swords Castle, Bridge St, Townparks, Swords, Co Dublin. 2pm. Free, but need to book via library.events@fingal.ie.

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.

Monday 1 October: Poems and Stories from the Somme, with Helen Long. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh Branch. Venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co Down. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 1 October to Wednesday 31 October.: A voice of her own? Women’s place after the Great War, a new exhibition. Host and venue: Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, Market Sq, Lisburn, BT28 1AG. The museum uses objects and photos from its collection to explore the place of women in Ireland from 1914-19, examining war work, at home and at the Front, as well as domestic life and politics. Free. All welcome. Monday to Saturday, 9:30am to 5pm.

Tuesday 2 October: The First World War and the Armistice, with Dr Jennifer Wellington. Host: Dublin Festival of History and the NLI. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. All welcome. Booking not required.

Tuesday 2 October: Behind the maps workshops: Navigating the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, with Jennifer Moore. Host: Dublin Festival of History. Venue: RIA, 19, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 1pm to 3pm. Booking required. Details.

Thursday 4 October: Making a history of the home place: History and genealogy in a digital age, with Breandán Mac Suibhne and moderator Frank Shovlin. Host: Dublin Festival of History. Venue: Pearse St Library, 138 - 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Free. 6:30pm. No booking required. Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Friday 5 October: 1918–2018: a century of women’s activism, a History Ireland Hedge School, with Sarah-Anne Buckley, Kitty Holland, Mary McAuliffe and Anne Speed; chaired by Tommy Graham. Host: Dublin Festival of History. Venue: City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2. 6.30pm. Free. No booking required. All welcome on a first come first served basis.

Saturday 6 October: Servants, shop girls and sex workers: a hidden history, with Pamela Cox and Sarah-Anne Buckley. Host: Dublin Festival of History. Venue: Dublin Castle Printworks, Dame Street, Dublin 2. Free. 3pm. No booking required. Seating is allocated on a first come, first served basis. Auditorium doors open twenty minutes prior to event.

Sunday 7 October: The sinking of the RMS Leinster & the war at sea, a History Ireland Hedge School, with Philip Lecane, Michael Kennedy, Jeff Kildea, and Bernadette Whelan. Host and venue: Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 7.30pm.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Baltimore registers debut in FindMyPast's Catholic Heritage Archive, plus more New York records added

FindMyPast has extended its Catholic Heritage Archive with the addition of parish registers from America's oldest archdiocese – Baltimore – now online for the first time, plus more than 1.5million additional baptism and marriage records from New York.

Baltimore Roman Catholic Parish Registers
The latest archidiocese to make its records exclusively available through FindMyPast's collection is Baltimore, which covers Maryland's largest city. Each record includes an indexed transcript revealing vital family history information such as parents' names, event year and ages. Digitised images of the registers may provide additional details such as the names of sponsors/witnesses and others attending the ceremonies, residences, cause of death etc. In total, more than 995,000 Baltimore records are now ready for searching.

Four distinct record sets have been created, as below:
You'll find a list of the parishes and register dates here

New York Roman Catholic Parish Registers
Sizeable upgrades have been made to both the baptisms and marriages record sets as shown below.

New York Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
More than 787,000 Roman Catholic baptism records for New York have been added to the Archive. They cover the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island, as well as the state counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester. These additions brings the total number of entries in this set to nearly 2million entries, dating back to 1785.

New York Roman Catholic Parish Marriages
This record set, which covers more than 200 parishes, has been extended with more than 490,000 additional records.

You'll find a list of the parishes and register dates here.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Maynooth Studies in Local History: 2018 volumes

Six new volumes in the well-respected Maynooth Studies in Local History series have been published by Four Courts Press. They are:
  • The Great Famine in Kinsale, by Catherine Flanagan. Details.
  • Fleeing from famine in Connemara: James Hack Tuke and his assisted emigration scheme in the 1880s, by Gerard Moran. Details.
  • The Parnell split in Westmeath: The bishop and the newspaper editor, by Michael Nolan. Details.
  • Tristernagh Priory, Co. Westmeath: Colonial monasticism in medieval Ireland, by Tadhg O’Keeffe. Details.
  • Thomas Bermingham: Nineteenth-century Irish land agent and ‘Improver’, by Cathal Smith. Details.
  • The Walker Testimonial and symbolic conflict in Derry, by Heather Stanfiel. Details.
Each volume runs to 64 pages, is illustrated and is currently on offer from the publishers at €8.95.

Newly published titles from Four Courts Press

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).

If previous customers felt a little miffed at being excluded, they might like to consider a 10% saving on the company's top-level annual subscriptions. Not as generous, sure, but still worth having if you were thinking of signing up again after a spell away.

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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.