Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Up to 40% off test kits from Family Tree DNA

https://www.familytreedna.com/
Just like most other DNA test suppliers, Family Tree DNA had a number of excellent offers over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday long weekend. Fortunately for those who may have missed them, some of the deals are continuing all the way past Christmas and right up to and including New Year's Eve.

There's up to 40% off, depending which product you choose.

The three most popular test kits have the most attractive deals:

Y-DNA (Paternal ancestry - men only): Reduced from US$169 to US$99 plus shipping

Family Finder
(Familyl ancestry - autosomal (atDNA) - men and women): Reduced from US$79 to US$49 plus shipping

Mt-DNA (Female ancestry - mitochondrial - men and women): Reduced from US$199 to US$139 plus shipping

In addition, some of the company's range of more advanced testing have strong discounts available. You can find details on the products page.

The Holiday Sale ends on Monday 31 December.



Latest news from Registry of Deeds Index Project

https://irishdeedsindex.net/search/search.phpThe latest update from Nick Reddan FIGRS, founder and manager of the Registry of Deeds Index Project, shows the free database holds 296,156 indexed entries in its main index, all extracted from 32,516 memorials of deeds.

Additionally, the Grantors' Index has grown to a total of 25,192 entries and the Townlands' Index to 65,617 entries.

Click the image to search the indexes.

All contributions are donated by volunteers. See the website if you'd like to contribute.



Clare Library adds 1797 letter to its online collection

Clare County Library's Local Studies Department has uploaded a transcription of a late 18th-century letter addressed to Maurice O’Connor, Provost of the Borough of Ennis.

The letter, and the names of its 58 signatories, all inhabitants of the town, was published in The Clare Journal in 1797.

Both the text of the letter and the names of the signatories can be viewed free of charge in the Library's online genealogy collection, here.

Six 2019 dates for PRONI's practical workshops

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has announced six dates in 2019 for its practical workshops where family historians and other researchers can learn essential skills to kick start their search at PRONI.

Workhops include advice on searching for records, a practical demonstration of using the Public Search Room, and an opportunity to handle original documents in the Reading Room.

These two-hour sessions are held from 11am to 1pm, and they are free. They're also very popular, and available spaces are usually booked out some time in advance, so don't delay if you want to attend on one of these dates shown to the right.

Register here.

New AGI President and Fellow elected

Joan Sharkey (l), President of Accredited Genealogists
Ireland, is congratulated on her election by
Immediate Past President Maire Mac Conghail (r).
Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) held its Annual General Meeting (its 31st AGM) last week and has announced some changes of personnel among officers and members of the organisation's Council, including the election of Joan Sharkey MAGI as President.

Joan is seen in the photo right, being congratulated by Máire Mac Conghail, Immediate Past President.

Additionally, genealogist David McElroy was elected to the Fellowship of the Association, recognising his decades-long contribution to the pursuit and study of Irish genealogy.

You can find more details by following the links above.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Latest news and developments from PRONI

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) held its quarterly Stakeholder Forum meeting in Belfast last week.

Professional genealogist Chris Paton attended and has written a thorough report of developments at PRONI – accessions, digitisation and cataloguing – and the repository's planned projects and lecture series for 2019.

You can read it on The Genes Blog, here.

15% off new 12-month FindMyPast subscriptions

FindMyPast is offering a 15% discount to new customers on 12-month subscriptions taken out between now and Tuesday 1 January. Perfect for those that get the genealogy 'bug' after family get-togethers during the festive season or who make New Year resolutions to get their act together and start tracking down their ancestors.

To take advantage of the offer, which runs until close of play (GMT) on New Year's Day, click the most appropriate flag below. You should then see the range of subscriptions available, and those with a 15% discount are clearly marked with a tick. In each case, the full cost of the annual package, due in one payment, is shown.

Ireland – 15% off new 12-month Starter, Plus and Pro subscriptions
UK – 15% off new 12-month Starter, Plus and Pro subscriptions
USA – 15% new 12-month subs on Ultimate British & Irish packages
Australia/New Zealand – 15% off new 12-month Starter, Plus and Pro subscriptions

New packages for FindMyPast Ireland and Aust/NZ

FindMyPast has extended its Starter, Plus and Pro subscriptions, introduced to the UK site last November, to its Ireland and Australia/NZ sites. This means the old 'local' packages of 'Ireland' and 'Australia/NZ' and the old 'World' sub are no longer available to new customers.

The features of the new packages are summarised as follows:

FindMyPast Ireland


Starter
'All the records you need to get started'.
Irish & British civil births, marriages, deaths & censuses.
€9.95 for monthly sub or €84 for 12-month sub.

Plus
'The essential subscription with exclusive records'.
Irish and British parish, military, crime and travel records and the 1939 England & Wales Register.
€14.95 for monthly sub or €144 for 12-month sub.

Pro
'VIP access to all areas of Findmypast'.
Exclusive newspaper archive plus all global records from North America, Australia and New Zealand.
€18.95 for monthly sub or €192 for 12-month sub.

Euro prices quoted above are standard prices. (See 15% discount offer valid to 1 January 2019.)

FindMyPast Australia/NZ


Starter
'All the records you need to get started'.
Create your family tree. All Australian and New Zealand records, plus British and Irish civil births, marriages, deaths and censuses.
AUD$16.95 for monthly sub or AUD$132 for 12-month sub

Plus
'The essential subscription with exclusive records'.
British and Irish parish, military, crime and travel records, and the 1939 Register for England & Wales.
AUD$23.95 for a monthly sub or AUD$228 for 12-month sub

Pro
'VIP access to all areas of Findmypast'.
Entire global record collection including exclusive newspaper archive.
$29.95pm for monthly sub or AUS$300 for 12-month sub

AUD prices above are standard prices. (See 15% discount offer valid to 1 January 2019.)

Monday, 10 December 2018

Irish genealogy & history events, 10-31 December

Monday 10 to Friday 14 December: Preservation Week at PRONI. The Public Record Office of NI is holding its annual behind-the-scenes event. Document ordering and production will be suspended throughout the week, but the Search Room and self-service microfilm facilities will be available as normal. No 'late-night Thursday'.

Monday 10 December: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are facilitating extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 10 December: The Widow's Tale, with Dawn Klos. Host: More Tales of Medieval Dublin lecture series. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. Admission free. All welcome. 1:05 - 1:50pm.

Tuesday 11 December: Genealogy as a contribution to Local History, with Billy Saunderson. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8.00pm. All welcome. €3.

Wednesday 12 December: A taste of Galway's past, a celebration of the county's rich food heritage. Lectures, short films, food demonstrations, vintage farm machinery, craft making and more. Free. Host: Galway County Council Heritage Office, Irish Workhouse Centre and other local groups. Venue: Claregalway Castle, Claregalway, Co Galway. 11am to 4pm.

Thursday 13 December: Using Family and Local History Resources Online, a practical workshop that starts with an orientation tour of PRONI and is followed by an introduction to searching resources online. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Free, but space is limited so booking is essential. Details

Thursday 13 December: The history of Capard House in Slieve Bloom, with Ciarán Reilly. Host. Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Lecture followed by Christmas refreshments. 8pm.

Friday 14 December: Early closing at the Representative Church Body Library (RCBL) in Churchtown, Dublin.  Library and Archive will close at Noon.

Monday 17 December: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are facilitating extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Tuesday 18 December: The Death Census of 1847, with Dr Brian Gurrin. Host: Tipperary Studies People and Places Lecture Series. Venue: Tipperary Studies, The Source, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7.30pm. All welcome. Tea is served. Free.

Wednesday 19 December: Using Family and Local History Resources Online, a practical workshop that starts with an orientation tour of PRONI and is followed by an introduction to searching resources online. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Free, but space is limited so booking is essential. Details

Thursday 20 December: No late-night opening at Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in Belfast. Doors close 4:45pm.

Friday 21 December: Early closing at the RCBLibrary in Churchtown, Dublin. The library and archive will close at 1pm.

Monday 24 December to end of festive period: National Archives of Ireland and Representative Church Body Library closed until 2 January. National Library closed (except exhibitions, which are open 27-31 December) until Wednesday 2 January. PRONI closed until 26 December inclusive, and Tuesday 1 January; open 27 and 28 December; reopens Wednesday 2 January.

Stay calm. IrishGenealogy.ie has a temporary problem

IrishGenealogy.ie is offline this morning. Before you go getting all excited and start reserving your research hours for an imminent upload of records, I can tell you that the temporary disappearance of the site is due to a technical fault.

The techies are now working on it, and hopefully the site will be up and running later today.

As to the long-awaited upload, a seasonal gift to researchers is not in the offing.

UPDATE: 10:50 – The National Archives of Ireland's Genealogy site is now wobbly and the home site of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is also offline. The servers were supposed to have been tweaked so this domino effect wouldn't occur again. Hey ho.

UPDATE: 11:55
– All three sites appear to be working again.