Friday, 22 November 2019

My winter 'catch-up' selection of Irish history podcasts

In the hope of getting some downtime in the next month or so, I've curated my very own Irish history 'box set' of podcasts I haven't got round to listening to yet, despite their being on my To Do list week after week!

I'm sharing it here on Irish Genealogy News in case it's of interest as a ready-made listing of treats for the ears of other researchers.

In no particular order:

The Treaty of Limerick
BBC's In Our Time programme, broadcast 7 November. 53m.
Chaired by Melvyn Bragg, the discussion panel features Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair of the Irish Research Council and Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin; Clare Jackson, from the History Faculty at the University of Cambridge and Senior Tutor of Trinity Hall; and Thomas O'Connor, Professor of History at Maynooth University.
Listen to the Treaty of Limerick here.

The Great Irish Famine
BBC's In Our Time programme, broadcast 4 April. 57m.
Chaired by Melvyn Bragg, the discussion panel features Cormac O'Grada, Professor Emeritus in the School of Economics at University College Dublin; Niamh Gallagher, Lecturer in Modern British and Irish History at the University of Cambridge; and Enda Delaney, Professor of Modern History at the University of Edinburgh.
Listen to The Great Irish Famine here.

Jack the Ripper & Irish Connections
Irish History Podcast (IHP) series, recorded 2 September. 31m.
IHP creater Fin Dwyer interviews the historian Hallie Rubenhold, whose latest book is The Five – The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper.
Listen to Jack the Ripper & Irish Connections here.

The Mater Hospital: Where History is Made
Irish History Podcast (IHP) series, recorded 21 October. 50m.
IHP creater Fin Dwyer explores the history of the hospital, which opened its doors in 1861, and interviews its archivist, Helen Madden, and Professor Ronan Cahill of the Mater Hospital and University College Dublin.
Listen to The Mater Hospital: Where History is Made here

Testimony, the story of the Military Archives
RTÉ Radio One's The History Show, broadcast 10 November. 50m.
Author and presenter Myles Dungan visits the Military Archives at Cathal Brugha in Rathmines to explore the collections it holds, what they tell us about the Anglo-Irish War, and how they are being preserved and archived.
Listen to Testimony here.

A Story of Irish Whiskey: How three families saved it from extinction
A five-part series from Irish Distillers. Launched May. 15-20m each.
Narrated and dramatised accounts of the three main Irish whiskey families
– the Jamesons, Powers and Murphys – exploring the drink's meteroric rise in the 1800s through its fall in the aftermath of revolution and wars in the 20th century to, finally, its 21st century renaissance.
Listen to the Story of Irish Whiskey here

The irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS)
Raidió Corca Baiscinn's The Genealogy Show, broadcast 25 October. 22m.
Radio presenter and genealogist Lorna Moloney interviews Claire Bradley, Chair of the Irish Genealogical Research Society's Ireland Branch about the history and current work of the group and the many benefits available to its members.
Listen to The Genealogy Show - IGRS - here

A century on – how do we view the War of Independence?
A History Ireland magazine Hedge School, recorded 19 September. 1hr 13m.
History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, chaired this Hedge School, geared towards 15-18 year old students, with a panel made up of Donal Fallon, co-editor of the blog Come Here To Me; Liz Gillis, historian and author of 25 May: The Burning of the Customs House 1921; Martin Mansergh from the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations; Mary McAuliffe, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, UCD; and Kevin Manning.
Listen to A century on, how do we view the War of Independence? here.

Scotland and the Global Irish Revolution
A History Ireland magazine Hedge School, recorded at Edinburgh University, 15 May. 32m.
To what extent did revolutionary developments abroad shape what happened within Ireland during the revolutionary period 1919–23? And in what ways did events within Ireland impact beyond Irish shores? History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, was joined for a lively discussion by Darragh Gannon, Fearghal McGarry (both Queen’s University, Belfast); Niall Whelehan (Strathclyde); and Kirsty Lusk (Glasgow).
Listen to Scotland and the Global Irish Revolution here.

The Decade of Centenaries/Protestant and Irish
West Cork History Festival. Recorded 11 August. 13m.
Dr Ida Milne and Ian d’Alton reflect on the Decade of Centenaries as well as their co-edited book, Protestant and Irish: The minority’s search for place in independent Ireland.
Listen to Decade of Centenaries/Protestant and Irish here.

25% saving on RootsIreland.ie's 12-month subscription

RootsIreland.ieis offering a 25% discount on its 12-month subscription package. The saving is available to both new and existing* customers.

The database, created by the Irish Family History Foundation's network of 34 local genealogy centres, is widely considered the most complete and accurate set of Roman Catholic and other church records online. In total, it holds more than 23 million records, made up mainly of church and civil bmd collections, and is continually growing. During the course of this year, the databases have grown by almost 220,000 records, with additions to the online holdings for Counties Clare, Laois, Offaly, East Galway, Wexford, Armagh, Derry and Waterford.

To view details of the online sources of each local centre, use this handy widget.

By taking out a subscription with RootsIreland, family historians help the local centres continue to provide a world-class service and fund further transcription projects.

The offer will run until 11:59pm Irish Time on Monday 9 December.

*To obtain this offer, login use your existing RootsIreland login details. If you currently have a subscription, click My Account, My Subscription and Start a New Subscription. The special deal subscription will then begin once your current subscription runs out.



Thursday, 21 November 2019

Dark Days of the War of Independence: photo exhibition

The National Photographic Archive's new exhibition, ‘From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence’, has opened in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Burning of Cork 13.12.1920 W.D. Hogan / courtesy NLI
It draws on the National Library of Ireland's extensive collection of photographs and newspapers, and explores the key aspects of a dramatic, brutal and extreme period of Irish history, in which Irish republicans fought to win Ireland’s freedom from centuries of British rule.

In telling the story of Ireland’s pursuit of independence, the exhibition highlights the increasing normalisation of violence at the time; the impact felt across the country and at all levels of society; and the personal experiences of both individuals and families.

Dublin’s Custom House engulfed in flames, Cork’s Patrick Street reduced to rubble, families ejected from their homes by British forces, and the immediate aftermath of outbreaks of violence and bloodshed are among the scenes displayed.

The ground floor exhibition space is rendered in a stark black and white colour scheme, reflecting the subject matter and title of the exhibition, as visitors are taken on the journey from conflict and turmoil to resolution and truce. Multimedia elements include a large display showing a selection of archival Pathé newsreels, putting visitors in the place of cinema-goers of the era; while an interactive screen offers an opportunity to get hands-on with history and browse other ephemera from the period, including theatre programmes.

Speaking at the launch, Director of the NLI, Dr Sandra Collins, said: “The War of Independence was a challenging time in our history. The Irish Free State was born in violence and involved difficult choices. It is important to the National Library to be part of the national conversation about these dark and complex times."

The exhibition is free to visit and is open seven days a week: Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and 12noon to 5pm on Sundays. It will run until May 2020 and a programme of events has been organised to complement the photographic exhibition, comprising panel discussions, events and tours. Free guided tours will take place on the third Thursday of every month: 28 November (1pm), 16 January, 20 February, 19 March, and 16 April.

See the short video below for more information.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Save 30% on BritishNewspaperArchive subscriptions

The BritishNewspaperArchive has a 30% discount promotion running across its subscription package range until Saturday 23 November.

A subscription gives you unlimited access to some 175 Irish newspaper titles – split 125/50 between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland respectively – as well as the entire British collection which has had a significant number of Scottish titles added during the year.

In total, the online archive has 35 million pages of newspapers dating from the 1700s available to search.

The discount reduces each subscription package as follows:
  • 12-months subscription reduced from £80 to £56
  • 3 months subscription reduced from £26 to £18
  • 1-month subscription reduced from £12.95 to £9.07
To take advantage of the discount before it expires, click the image. You shouldn't need it, but in case you do, the promotion code is RFA2019ACQ.

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Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest updates

Headstone in Balmoral Cemetery, Belfast. Eaby Dixon
lost two daughters and his wife in the 1870s.
Photo courtesy of Valerie Ackroyd and IGPArchives.
It was headstones all the way for the team at Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives (IGP-web) in the first half of November.

Photos and text files have been uploaded for six burial grounds from four counties. As always, they are free to view by family historians.

ANTRIM Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Balmoral Cemetery, Belfast - Part 1
Dunluce Presbyterian Graveyard

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mount Jerome, Dublin - Part 239

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Aughagower Graveyard, Part 1
Sisters of Mercy Convent Graveyard, Westport

MEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St James New Cemetery, RC, Athboy Pt 1
(text file added to photos file)


Tuesday, 19 November 2019

25% off FindMyPast IRELAND's 1- and 12-month subs

FindMyPast.ie is offering researchers a 25% discount on all its 1-month and 12-month subscription packages. The savings can be enjoyed by both lapsed and new customers.

Here are the options:

Starter package - Irish and British BMDs and Census records
  • 1-month: €9.95 reduced to €7,46
  • 12-months: €84 reduced to €63.

Plus package – As Starter package above, plus British and Irish parish, military and travel records, plus 1939 Register
  • 1-month: €14.95 down to €11.21
  • 12-months: €144 reduced to €108

Pro package – As Plus package, plus all worldwide records and British & Irish newspaper collections
  • 1-month: €18.95 reduced to €14.21
  • 12-months: €192 reduced to £144

In each case, the cost is billed in a single payment. The savings are available until midnight GMT Saturday 23 November.

To take advantage of the discounts, click/tap the image or link above.

You shouldn't need it, but if you find the discount isn't automatically displayed and applied, the voucher/promo code for this offer is FW25ALLIE.


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Monday, 18 November 2019

25% savings on FindMyPast USA subscription range

FindMyPast USA/Canada is offering researchers a 25% discount on its 1-month and 12-month subscription packages.

Here are the options:

Essential British & Irish
– Access to Irish, British and USA BMDs and census records, plus British and Irish migration and parish records, plus access to FindMyPast's family tree builder.
  • 1 month: $14.95 reduced to $11.21
  • 12 months: $129 reduced to $96.75
Ultimate British & Irish – Access to all records in the Essential package above, plus British and Irish newspaper collections, British military records, UK and Irish wills/ probate and institutional records, plus exclusive content and masterclasses.
  • 1 month: $19.95 reduced to $14.96
  • 12 months: $179.04 reduced to $134.25

In each case, the cost is billed in a single payment. The savings are available until Saturday 23 November, but I haven't received confirmation of the time of day.

To take advantage of the savings, click/tap the image or link above.


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30% discount on FindMyPast UK's 3- and 12-month subs

FindMyPast UK is offering researchers a 30% discount on all its 3-month and 12-month subscription packages.

Here are the options:

Starter package &ndash Irish and British BMDs and Census records, plus build a tree
  • 3-months: £23.85 reduced to £16.70
  • 12-months: £72 reduced to £50.40.

Plus package – As Starter package, plus British and Irish parish, military and travel records, plus 1939 Register
  • 3-months: £35.85 reduced to £25.10
  • 12-months: £120 reduced to £84.

Pro package – As Plus package, plus all worldwide records and British and Irish newspaper collections
  • 3-months: £44.85 reduced to £31.40
  • 12-months: £156 reduced to £109.20.

In each case, the cost is billed in a single payment. The savings are available until Saturday 23 November, probably midnight GMT, but I'm not sure.

To take advantage of the discounts, click/tap the image or link above.



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Irish genealogy and history events, 18-30 November

Monday 18 November: A Bard's Road to an Earl's Abode, with James Heenan. Origin of the harp and Turlough O'Carolan's journey to his patron's home at Portumna Castle. Host: Birr Historical Society. Venue: County Arms Hotel, Birr, Co. Offaly. 8pm. All welcome. Non members €5.

Monday 18 November: The National Library of Ireland (all areas) will open at 11am. This includes the Genealogy Advisory Service and Reading Rooms.

Monday 18 November: Ernie O'Malley and his Clew Bay Folklore Collection, with Cormac O'Malley. A Folklore Society of Ireland lecture. Host: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. Free. All welcome and booking not required.

Monday 18 November: 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.

Monday 18 November: Larne Naval Base in the Great War, with Guy Warner. Host: NIFHS, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Tuesday 19 November“You may want a priest yet”: the portrayal of the Catholic Priest in Irish Folklore, with Professor Salvador Ryan. Host and venue: Tipperary Studies, The Source, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 20 November: Using Local Records, with Joy Smith. Host: NIFGS, North Armagh Branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. Free. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 20 November: Bishop James Doyle (JKL) and Daniel O’Connell, with Dr Thomas McGrath. Host: Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society. Venue: Carlow College, St Patrick’s, Carlow Town. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 20 November: The story of the Dunmore Road and its Big Houses, with Joe Falvey. Host: Barony of Gautier Historical Society. Venue: Woodlands Hotel, Dunmore Road, Waterford. 8pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €5.

Thursday 21 NovemberClerical Families in 19th Century Ulster, with Dr Janice Holmes. Host: Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland. Venue: McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church, 83 Castlereagh Rd, Belfast BT5 5FE. 8pm. Details.

Thursday 21 November: Linenopolis: the health and welfare of mill workers, a talk by David Huddleston examining workhouse, asylum, school and mill records to reveal the health and welfare of mill workers during the late C19th. Host and venue: The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but you need to register. All welcome.

Saturday 23 November: Irish records? They all went up in smoke... didn't they? a workshop for beginners with Jill Williams, FIGRS. Host: Scottish Genealogy Society, 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL, Scotland. 10am to Noon, in the Society's Library. Price: £10. Booking.

Saturday 23 November: The Irish Land Agent and the Great Famine: Management practices and challenges, with Dr Ciaran Reilly. Host and venue: Newry and Mourne Museum, Bagenal's Castle, Castle Street, Newry, Co Down BT34 2BY. £3. Noon. All welcome.

Monday 25 November: Getting Started, an introductory workshop for those interested in local and family history. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Fully Booked.

Tuesday 26 November: Online Resources workshop, an introduction to using online records for family and local history research. Each workshop will start with an orientation tour of PRONI. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Fully Booked.

Tuesday 26 November: Talking about DNA, with Martin McDowell. Host: NIFHS, Belfast Branch. Venue: CS Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. Free. All welcome. 7:30pm.

Tuesday 26 November: Six Degrees of Separation, with Dr Linde Lunney. Host: NIFHS, Causeway Branch. Venue: Upper Main Hall, The Sandel Centre, Knocklynn Road, Coleraine, BT52 1WT. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 26 NovemberHistorical Emigration from Newtownstewart and District, with Dr Patrick Fitzgerald and Clare Lawler Kilgallen. Host: Dennett Interchange. Venue: Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Ulster-American Folk Park, 2 Mellon Road, Castletown, Omagh, Co Tyrone, BT78 5QY. 7:30pm. All welcome. Free. See full details and Registration/RSVP (not obligatory) at eventbrite.

Tuesday 26 November: An inconvenient truth? Sexual violence and the Irish Revolution, a History Ireland Hedge School, chaired by editor Tommy Graham. In the panel will be Linda Connolly, Lindsey Earner, Tom Clonan and Brian Hanley. 7pm. Free.  Booking recommended.

Wednesday 27 November: Using WikiTree, with Anne Johnston of the NIFHS. An Explore Your Archive week event. Host: PRONI. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but need to register.

Wednesday 27 November: "From the Cradle to the Grave": The Work of the Sanitary Officer, with Joanne Rothwell, County Archivist. Venue: Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, Davitts Quay, Dungarvon, Co Waterford. 8pm. Admission: €5. No booking necessary. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 28 November: Researching Your WW1 Ancestors, with Alan Rosborough. Host: NIFHS, Ballymena Branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co Antrim BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 28 November: A Beginner’s Guide to Using DNA for Family History​, with Martin McDowell of the NIFHS. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1–2pm. Free, but need to register.

Thursday 28 November: The Military Service (1916-1923) Service Collection, with Michael Keane. Venue: The People's Museum of Limerick, 2 Pery Square, Limerick City, Limerick. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 28 November: The penal laws and Catholic children in the eighteenth century, with Dr Eoin Kinsella. Host and Venue: Royal Society of Antiquities, Helen Roe Theatre, Society House, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 28 November: Exploring Land, Mapping & Property Records in Ireland, a seminar, chaired by Tom Quinlan (NAI). Host: Property Registration Authority of Ireland. Venue: Registry of Deeds Archive Services, Henrietta Street, Dublin 1. 2:30pm–4pm. Free. Need to register.

Friday 29 November: Launch of new suite of online records. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Free, with lunch included. 11am to 3pm. Need to register.

Friday 29 November: Red hand on the Suir – the Irish Transport and General Workers Union in Waterford in the early C20th, with Francis Devine. 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 29 November: Exploring Archive & Genealogy Collections, an afternoon of short talks (Tracing your ancestors at 12pm and Understanding Archive Collections) and an opportunity to browse the collections and talk to the genealogist and archivist. Venue: Central Library, Foyle Street, Derry. Hosts: Derry City and Strabane District Council. Free. Details. Part of the Explore Your Archives campaign.

Friday, 15 November 2019

US genealogy collections: new & updated, 1-15 Nov

Below you'll find my summary of the new and updated United States records released by the major family history database suppliers in the first half of this month.

The previous listing was published on Thursday 31 October (see blogpost.)

These regular summaries of recent releases are designed primarily to help family historians whose ancestors and extended family emigrated from Ireland to North America. But they will be of use to any genealogists researching in the USA.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis reflect the number of records uploaded to a new collection.


NEW COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

FamilySearch

FindMyPast


MyHeritage

Reclaim the Records


UPDATED COLLECTIONS


AmericanAncestors

Ancestry


FamilySearch

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