Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Backlog of Irish census corrections finally cleared

All Hail John Grenham!

As most Irish family historians will be aware, professional genealogist John Grenham MAGI  has been slogging through a huge backlog of researcher-submitted census corrections for the past 18 months. He has now completed the project and all the verified suggestions have been uploaded to the National Archives of Ireland's Genealogy website.

Incredibly, he seems to have retained his sanity and sense of humour. See his blogpost announcing the completion of the project.

Well done, John.

Church of Ireland to mark 150th anniversary of its disestablishment

This year marks 150 years since the Irish Church Act was passed, and set in train the end of the Establishment of the Church of Ireland (as the state church). The Act came into force 17 months later on 1 January 1871.

One of the displays in a small exhibition at the RCB Library
marking 150 years since the Church of Ireland
ceased to be Ireland's state church.
The Church of Ireland is planning an official programme of events across the island starting in November 2019 with a commemoriative National Service at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin and ending in Autumn 2020 in St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast.

Other projected events include a colloquium in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, architectural walking tours incorporating the key sites in Dublin during Heritage Week 2019 and 2020, and a symposium at the Royal Irish Academy.

There will also be a small exhibition within the Representative Church Body Library and a small exhibition that will travel to the Cathedrals across the Church of Ireland. Also in planning is a cultural exchange in 2020 between the Church of Ireland and the Church of Wales, when the latter will be commemorating the centenary of their own Disestablishment from the Church of England.

A new area of the Church's website has been dedicated to the 150th anniversary at https://www.ireland.anglican.org/about/welcome-to-disestablishment-150

Monday, 25 March 2019

Strabane Chronicle joins British Newspaper Archive

https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5895&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk%2FThe British Newspaper Archive (BNA) has added The Strabane Chronicle and Tyrone and Donegal Advertiser to its online holding. So far, the editions ready for searching are those published in 1912. In due course, the BNA plans for editions spanning 1899 to 1915 to be available.

The addition of this weekly paper (which is still published on Thursdays in Strabane) means there are now 46 historical newspapers from Northern Ireland in the online BNA. They are shared with FindMyPast's top-level subscription packages.

Irish genealogy and history events, 25 March to 7 April

Monday 25 March: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day to facilitate the Library's continuing redevelopment of the premises. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All other services/exhibitions/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, will be closed until 11am to facilitate a staff meeting.

Monday 25 March: Ancestors, Ireland and Emigration: Irish and Scots-Irish Genealogy, a day seminar with Gillian Hunt and Fintan Mullan. Hosts: Ulster Historical Foundation, Tourism Ireland and The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Venue: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 36 West 44th Street, 7th Floor, New York, USA. 10am–4pm. Fee. Details.

Monday 25 March: Introduction to using DNA for genealogy. Host: Ballybofey, Stranorlar & District Historic Society. Venue: Henderson Hall, Glebe, Stranorlar, Co Donegal. All welcome. 8pm.

Monday 25 March: German travel writers in the Irish midlands from 1750 to today, with Dr Joachim Fischer. Host: Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society. Venue: Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Puttaghan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. 8pm. All welcome. Refreshments available after lecture.

Tuesday 26 March: Distant Ireland - Migrations to the New World, with Gillian Hunt and Fintan Mullan. Hosts: American Irish Historical Society and Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: American Irish Historical Society, 991 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028, USA. 10:30am-1:30pm. Fee. Details

Tuesday 26 March: Breaking through “brick walls”, with Martin McDowell. Host: NIFHS, Belfast Branch. Venue: C S Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 26 March: The Guardian: Peter Johnstone Freyer and the creation of modern prostate surgery, 1895-1921, with Kieran Fitzpatrick. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. Free to members. €5 for non-members, payable on the door. All welcome.

Tuesday 26 March: Irish Newspaper Archives, with Andrew Martin. Host: NIFHS, Causeway Branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine BT52 1HF. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine BT52 1HF. 8pm. All welcome. Free.

Tuesday 26 March: 1919 and the War of Independence, with Noreen Higgins McHugh. Host: Ardmayle Historical Society. Venue: St John the Baptist, Castlemoyle North, Ardmayle, Co. Tipperary. 7:30pm. All welcome. Refreshments will be available.

Wednesday 27 March: English Records for Irish Research, with Michael Gandy FSG. Host: Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA. 2-3pm. £8. Details.

Wednesday 27 March: Uncovering the ordinary experience of extraordinary times: Ireland 1917 - 1927, with Dr Richard McElligott Part of the Social History and the Irish Revolution public lecture series. Hosts: Glasnevin Museum and Trinity College Dublin's School of History & Humanities. Venue: Milestone Gallery, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. 7pm to 8:30pm. Tickets should be booked in advance. €6.

Thursday 28 March: Researching your Irish ancestors, a full-day seminar with David Rencher and Dr Perry McIntyre. Host: Unlock the Past. Venue: Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Road, West Ryde, NSW 2114, Australia (16km NW of Sydney CPD.) 9am-5pm. Booking by 22 March: $79 (includes light lunch, morning tea, and prize draw). On the day: $90. Details.

Thursday 28 March: The Politics of Revolution in County Tipperary 1913-1923, with Seán Hogan. Host:South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Irish Workhouse Centre, St Brigid's Road, Portumna, Co Galway. 8pm. All welcome.

Monday 1 April: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day to facilitate the Library's continuing redevelopment of the premises. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All other services/exhibitions/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, will be closed until 11am to facilitate a staff meeting.

Monday 1 April: DNA Project Update and Introduction to the NIFHS Research Centre, with Martin McDowell and Kathleen Morrison. Host: NIFHS, Killyleagh Branch. Venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Downpatrick BT30 9QF. Free. 8pm. All welcome.

Monday 1 April: Dunnalong through the ages, with Dr William Roulston. Host: NIFHS, Foyle Branch. Venue: Lecture Room, Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. All welcome. Free.

Monday 1 April: From one War to another: Dublin 1916-1919, with Bernard Kelly. Host: Mondays Talks at the Mess series. Venue: Richmond Barracks, off Bulfin Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8. All welcome. 11am. Tickets €5 which includes tea/coffee & scone. Booking.

Wednesday 3 April: All at sea: maritime records in PRONI, with Stephen Scarth. Part of PRONI's Wreck and Rescue lecture series. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book. Details.

Friday 5 April: Treasure: The Tale of a Twisted Torc, with Dr Greer Ramsey. Host and venue: National Museum Ireland - Archaeolog, Kildare Room, Ground Floor, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Admission free. Places are limited. To book, phone 01-6486 332 or email educationarch@museum.ie.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Armagh Ancestry Genealogy Conference, 17-19 May

Armagh Ancestry, the Irish Family History Foundation's dedicated member for County Armagh, is to hold a weekend genealogy conference in May. Its theme is 'Emigration – voluntary or forced.'

Subject topics and speakers include the following:

  • Emigration records - a case study from the port of Derry, with Brian Mitchell MAGI
  • National Archives of Ireland sources for researching a convict ancestor, with Tom Quinlan
  • Armagh/Irish family history resources, with Feargal O'Donnell
  • Researching 18th-century ancestors in Ulster, with Dr William Roulston
  • Church, civil and census records, with Feargal O'Donnell
  • Genealogy sources in Armagh County Museum and Banbridge Genealogy, with Sean Bardon and Jason Diamond
  • Using the RootsIreland.ie database, with Dr Brendan Scott
  • The 1922 fire at the Four Courts, what was lost and what survived, with Feargal O'Donnell
  • History from headstones, including optional local graveyard tour
The conference will be held at the Navan Centre and Fort, 81 Killylea Road, Armagh BT60 4LD. It will open on the Friday evening (17 May) with a Mayoral Welcome and reception.

A limited amount of free individual consultations are available on the Saturday and Sunday for those attending. They must be booked in advance.

The cost of the Conference is £20 per day or £30 GBP for Saturday and Sunday (Friday is free). The admission fee includes tea/coffee during breaks. A special £5 lunch menu is available each day and must be pre-booked.

See more information and booking here.

New design for National Archives of Ireland's website

The new look home page of www.nationalarchives.ie
The National Archives of Ireland has redesigned its main website with a fully refreshed look and new navigation.

It was, admittedly, rather desperately needed! It was a site that made me feel claustrophobic, so obviously was it stacked to the rafters and allowing no breathing space for a half line of extra text. Even its home page had text extending over and out through the supposed edge of the designed page.

So the fresh colour scheme and 'airiness' of the new design brings a sigh of relief from me. And the signposting to the various parts of the site is much clearer and obvious. While I don't think I'll ever be a great pal of the catalogue, no matter its appearance, I'm glad to see the online exhibitions and the NAI's dedicated websites – the Decade of Centenaries, the Anglo-Irish Treat 1921, the Chief Secretary's Office Registered Papers, 1918-1932 – and, of course, the Genealogy website being so much more prominently featured.

Take a look around.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Ancestry DNA offers 25% saving for Mothers' Day

With Mothers' Day just around the corner in Ireland and the UK, Ancestry is offering a 25% discount on its autosomal DNA testing kit.

To take advantage of the offer, select the appropriate flag for your preferred currency below and place your order by 11:59pm on Wednesday 27 March.

https://prf.hn/click/camref:1100l4pTC/destination:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ancestry.co.uk%2Fcs%2Fireland-dnaIrish Residents: Discount reduces price of kit from €95 to €71. Shipping extra.
 UK Resident: Discount reduces price of test kit from £79 to £59. Shipping extra.

The National Archives, Kew: changes to Reading Rooms

The National Archives (TNA) in Kew, London, has advised that some work will be carried out in its Reading Rooms next week. Both the Research and Enquiries areas may be affected, but services to visitors should run as normal. Any disruption to researchers is likely to be minimal.

Repurposing of the space follows the closure of the London Family History Centre at TNA. While the Centre will have gone, the TNA has become a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, allowing researchers with a free FamilySearch account to access all digitised records on the FamilySearch database. They will be able to do this by using the PCs in the reading rooms.

The remodelling of the areas should be completed by Friday 29 March.

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest uploads

McGinn family headstone,Kilnavart churchyard,
Ballyconnell, Co Cavan. Photo courtesy
Dave Hall and IGPArchives
During the first half of March, the volunteers at Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives uploaded the following files of headstone (photo and inscrioption text) and church records to the free to view website.

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Killaduff Cemetery, Drumod (Additional)
Kilnavart, St. Patrick's Church Graveyard, Ballyconnell

CLARE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Coad Graveyard, Kilnaboy Parish

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mount Jerome, Dublin - Parts 212 & 213

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Fenagh Abbey (R.C.) Graveyard (Additional)

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Moyna Cemetery (Kilmeena) (Near Newport) Pt 1

ROSCOMMON Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Patrick's (R.C.) Elphin (partial)

Monday, 18 March 2019

The Portadown News joins British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive (BNA) has added The Portadown News to its online holding. So far, the editions ready for searching span 1859-1921. The addition of later editions, up to 1956, will follow in due course.

https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5895&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk%2FThis paper has tweaked its title with some regularity, having been launched as The Portadown Weekly News and County Armagh Advertiser and quickly changed to The Portadown News, and County Armagh Advertiser and subsequently (1872-1890) to the The Portadown & Lurgan News, and County Armagh Advertiser. In 1891 it became The Portadown News.

Just to throw in some muddle during 1888-1903, it was also known as The Portadown & Lurgan News, and Tenant Farmers' Gazette.

It is the second paper from the area for researchers with local ancestors to explore. The Portadown Times is already in the archive.

The addition of this title means there are now 45 historical newspapers from Northern Ireland in the online BNA. They are shared with FindMyPast's top-level subscription packages.