Monday, 15 October 2018

National Library of Ireland will be offline on 17 October

The National Library of Ireland has advised that all its online services will be unavailable from 11am on Wedneday 17 October while essential maintenance is carried out.

For family history researchers, the greatest negative of this downtime will be lack of access to the Library's Catalogue and free Roman Catholic Registers database. Regarding the latter, FindMyPast's and Ancestry's indexes and links to the latter will also be impacted, with transcriptions available but no images.

Online services are expected to be functioning again during the afternoon.

Drogheda Independent joins British News Archive

The Drogheda Independent has joined the online British Newspaper Archive.

https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5895&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Fttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.britishnewspaperarchive.co.ukSome 72 editions from selected editions published 1915, 1916 and 1922, and all editions published in 1990-1995 have joined the database so far, but the holding will eventually span 1890 to 2005.

The British Newspaper Archive can be accessed via its dedicated site (click image), but is also available in its entirety as part of a FindMyPast Pro/Ultimate or World subscription (see current discount offer).

Its Irish collection includes 159 titles from Ireland; five of them target Drogheda specifically:  Drogheda Argus & Leinster Journal, Drogheda Conservative Journal, The Drogheda Independent, Drogheda Journal (Meath & Louth Advertiser) and Drogheda News Letter, making it an excellent archive for those with family connections from the county.

Irish family history and heritage events, 15-27 October

Monday 15 October: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Dublin 2. On-going all-day Monday closures are facilitating extensive redevelopment of the main Kildare Street premises; all other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 15 October: Diary of a WW1 Nurse, with Jenny Cumming. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. No need to book. All welcome.

Monday 15 October: The Heathen's Tale, with Annie Humphrey. Host: More Tales of Medieval Dublin lecture series. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. Admission free. All welcome. 1:05pm - 1:50pm.

Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October Researching your Irish and Scots-Irish family history, with Gillian Hunt and Fintan Mullan at the 2018 British Institute. Host: International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. Venue: Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Cost: $495. Details.

Tuesday 16 October: An introduction to family history research, a workshop. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, South Tyrone Branch. Venue: Killymaddy Centre, 190 Ballygawley Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone BT70 1TF. Free. 8pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 17 October: The Taverner Family, with Tom Mason. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh Branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. Free. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 17 October: John Redmond – The forgotten patriot, with former Taoiseach John Bruton. Host: Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: Greville Armsn, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. 8pm. All welcome. Free.

Wednesday 17 October: Book launch: Michael Collins – The Man and the Revolution, by Anne Dolan and William Murphy. Guest speaker: Fintan O'Toole. Host: Collins Press. Venue: GPO Witness History, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. All welcome. 6:30pm-7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 17 October: “We always vote Redmond in this house” - The Redmonds and Waterford, a political dynasty, 1891-1952, with Dr Pat McCarthy. Host: Waterford County Museum. Venue: Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, Quay St, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 8pm. Entry fee €5. All welcome.

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October: Back To Our Past family history fair and Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference. Organised by SLP and ISOGG respectively. Venue: Industries Hall, RDS, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Free admission for pre-booked tickets. All welcome. Lectures, societies, database providers, DNA test kits, publishers and suppliers and more, all under one roof. Details.

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October: Maritime Heritage, a weekend of lectures from lighthouse keepers, sailors, historians and maritime archaeologists. Host: Maritime Heritage Weekend. Venue: Harry's Bar, Rosses Point, Sligo. Tickets for each evening/afternoon are €10 or weekend tickets are €25 and will be available at the door or from Harry’s Bar. Details.

Sunday 21 OctoberFrom Ulster to New England: Researching your Scots-Irish ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Hosts: New England Historical Genealogical Society and New Hampshire Historical Society. Venue: Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. Cost: $125. Details.

Monday 22 October: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Dublin 2. On-going all-day Monday closures are facilitating extensive redevelopment of the main Kildare Street premises; all other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 22 October: Was Bonaparte in the GPO? Reflections on the legend of Napoleon in Irish history 1796-1916, with Professor Thomas Bartlett. Host and venue: Princess Grace Irish Library, 9 rue Princesse Marie-de-Lorraine, 98000 Monaco. 7:30pm–10pm. Reservations via pglib@monaco.mc are essential. Entry €10 per person payable at the door.

Monday 22 October: The sinking of the RMS Leinster in October 1918, with Mario Corrigan. Host: Kill Local History Group. Venue: Parish Office, Kill, Co. Kildare. 8:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 24 October: DNA applications to Irish genealogy, with Maurice Gleeson. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society, Ireland Branch Autumn Lecture. Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2. 6:45pm. All welcome. Members free; non-members €5.

Wednesday 24 October: 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.

Thursday 25 October: Total war? Ireland in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, 1793-1815, with Professor Tom Bartlett. Hosts: PRONI and the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ. Free. 7pm–9:30pm. Need to register.

Friday 26 October: Using Family and Local History Resources Online, a Positive Aging Month 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

Saturday 27 October: Irish Special Interest Group meeting, with Jean Roth. Host and venue: Seattle Genealogical Society, 6200 Sand Point Way NE. Seattle, WA, USA. Free. 10:15am to 12:15pm. All welcome.

Sunday 28 October 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.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Registry of Deeds: more temporary access restrictions

Dublin's Registry of Deeds has advised that essential maintenance work will again require the Transcribing Room Vault to be closed to the public from Monday 15 October to Tuesday 30 October.

The Vault contains transcripts of Memorials of Deeds from 1896 to 1910. It was closed for several weeks during the summer.

Researchers should find no other access restrictions at Henrietta Street during this new period of closure, but probably best to keep your eye on the prai.ie news pages, if you're planning to visit later this month.

Wexford People joins British Newspaper Archive

https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5895&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Fttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk
The Wexford People has joined the British Newspaper Archive.

When first launched in 1853, the publication was known simply as The People. It became The Wexford People in 1994 and continues as a weekly tabloid serving Wexford Town and County Wexford.

Editions uploaded so far span the years 1856 to 1896, with gaps, and the digital archive plans to eventually include all years to 2005.

The British Newspaper Archive can be accessed via its dedicated site (click image), but is also available in its entirety as part of a FindMyPast Pro/Ultimate or World subscription (see current discount offer). It includes 158 titles from Ireland; four of them target Wexford specifically: Wexford Conservative, Wexford Constitution, Wexford Independent and Wexford People, making it a great archive for those with family connections from the county.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

New book: Foyle Maritime Memories

http://www.colourpointbooks.co.uk/more_details.php?id=1985
Foyle Maritime Memories; Photographs from the Bigger and McDonald Collection 1927-1939 is a new book from family and local historian Brian Mitchell MAGI.

Brian is well-known as the manager of the Derry Genealogy Centre and author of several books including the indispensable A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland. For his latest publication he has turned his attention to an archive of photographs, now in the care of Libraries NI, taken by the Derry Standard newspaper prior to WW2.

He has researched a selection of these photos to explore Derry and Lough Foyle’s maritime history, particularly the themes of emigration, transatlantic tourism and the activities of the Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners. Images include the activity on the quays, loading and unloading of ships, tug-tenders plying between Derry and Moville, transatlantic liners, the Scotch Boat and emigrants and passengers on board the tenders, liners and cross-channel steamers.

The 120-page paperback also captures the arrival of General Balbo and his ‘Italian Transatlantic Air Armada’ of 24 seaplanes on the Foyle in July 1933 on their way to Chicago’s World Fair and, in the year before, another transatlantic story that captured the world's imagination: the arrival in May 1923 of Amelia Earhart, the first women to fly the Atlantic solo, at Robert Gallagher’s farm at Ballyarnet.

Priced at £9.99, the book is available from the publisher Colourpoint Books of Newtownabbey. ISBN 9781780731759.


Tuesday, 9 October 2018

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Dublin Port Archive launched online and free

The Dublin Port Company has launched a dedicated online repository containing employee registers, photographs, drawings, maps and charts, and videos at DublinPortArchive.com.

With records dating back to 1707, the physical archive is still being catalogued so the website, which is free to search and view and already holds items that anyone with family connections to the port will enjoy exploring, is a work-in-progress.

The Name Book - Click for larger view
Probably of most immediate interest to family historians is the Name Book. This covers the period from 1906 to 1914 and lists every manual worker employed by the Dublin Port and Docks Board. (Note: this book doesn't include Dockers; they were employed by stevedoring companies, not by the Board.) It contains information on the dates employees started and finished work with Dublin Port, their occupation and any noteworthy events or occupation changes that occurred during their time of employment at the Port. For example, you'll see 'Striker' written in red ink against some of the names.

An introduction to the Name Book says that a pdf of an image from the register page can be downloaded for each search result. I haven't found this to be the case; clicking on 'View' seems to be futile, and although I've tried to contact the Archive since yesterday's launch, I haven't been able to speak to anyone about the problem.

However, I've found that it's possible to browse images of the register pages via the Gallery section of the site instead. As names are recorded in a 'soft' alphabetical order, it doesn't take long to locate the entries you've found in the name search.

The Gallery also holds general research material, including videos, and maps. I particularly enjoyed the Nicknames video, where ex-employees were filmed laughing and jokeing as they recalled some of the nicknames – some kind, some not so kind – conferred on most of their fellow workers at the port. A collection of historical maps dating back to the early 18th century features the Dublin coast from Dun Laoghaire to Skerries and along the river course and into its estuary, while the 1926 Yearbook provides a detailed history of the dock, the development of its many quays, its chief exporters (think Guinness and Jacob's Biscuits) and shipping lines, and the distance to destination ports around the world. It's full of photos and drawings.

(Thanks to eagle-eyed genealogist Claire Bradley for spotting news of the release.)

Monday, 8 October 2018

Credentials for Genealogists: Proof of the Professional

Gorry Research has announced the publication of Credentials for Genealogists: Proof of the Professional. Written by Wicklow-based professional genealogist Paul Gorry MAGI, who has 40 years' experience of client research, the new book (his fifth) is intended as a resource for both accrediting bodies and those seeking professional credentials.

Virtual Launch, 10-11 October
In its 253-pages, Paul unapologetically advocates for credentials for professional genealogists. He highlights the work of the various accrediting bodies worldwide, which have long provided such credentials, and notes that relevant credentials are not open to every genealogist, largely due to linguistic or geographical restrictions, but he concludes that currently the majority of practitioners do not have accreditation and fail to recognise it as a necessity. His view is that credentials are essential for the sake of genealogy as a profession, for the integrity of the conscientious practitioner, and for safeguarding clients’ interests.

It's clear from the book's theme that this publication will of considerable interest (and some controvsery) to genealogists, whether they are existing professionals, would-be professionals, happy hobbyists, and even potential clients, and I shall be back in a few days with a review when I finished my reading.

In the meantime, I thought you'd like to know that the book will be receiving a 'Virtual Launch' this week on Facebook when Paul will be celebrating the book's release and chatting about its subject.

Virtual Launch details, Wednesday 10 October:
From 10am to 11am (Irish time), primarily for Australasians enjoying their evening
From 7pm to 8pm (Irish time), primarily for fellow Europeans

Virtual Launch details, Thursday 11 October:
From 2am to 3am (Irish time), primarily for North Americans

He'll be coming and going all day in between these hours, and you can dip in whenever you like, wherever you are. It's free and should be good fun. (I hope to see you there.)

Credentials for Genealogists (ISBN 978-1-9164480) can be purchased online for €16.00 (plus p&p) from Blessington Books. It will also be available at the Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) stand at Ireland’s annual family history fair, BACK TO OUR PAST, at the RDS, Dublin, Ireland, (19-21 October).

Free tickets to BTOP and Genetic Genealogy Ireland

There's less than a fortnight to go until Back To Our Past (BTOP), incorporating the Genetic Genealogy Ireland (GGI) conference, opens at the RDS in Dublin 4.

It's the ninth outing of BTOP, Ireland's largest annual history fair. As usual, the show has attracted most* of the major Irish genealogical organisations from online database suppliers, societies and publishers, to dna test providers, course organisers and national repositories. As well as giving researchers of all levels the opportunity to ask questions, explore database collections and take advantage of show discounts on society memberships, database subscriptions, books, magazines and other products, free consultations will be available on the Accredited Genealogists Ireland stand.

Lectures on a wide selection of mainly traditional Irish family history themes will be presented on the hour from noon: five on both Friday and Saturday and three on Sunday.

The Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference is the largest of its kind on this side of the Atlantic and will once again present a schedule of talks by international dna experts. Sponsored by Family Tree DNA, the conference is held in a dedicated room above the main exhibition hall and features six talks each day, on the half hour from 11.30am. You can find out more here.

Free admission tickets can be booked in advance. Once you're inside the Hall, the exhibition can be explored at your leisure and lectures are free to attend on a first come, first served basis.

BTOP and GGI will be held in the Industries Hall, RDS (Anglesey Road entrance), Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October. Doors open at 11am each morning and close at 6pm.

* As last year, FindMyPast is not expected to attend.

RCB Library marks centenary of The Leinster tragedy

To mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Leinster, a Royal Mail steamer ship torpedoed and sunk just one month before the end of the First World War, the Representative Church Body (RCB) Library's October Archive of the Month features an online exhibition entitled The Leinster Tragedy: Human Interest Stories brought to life by the Church of Ireland Gazetteand Other Sources.


The Leinster had departed from Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire) on Thursday, 10 October 1918 to make the crossing from County Dublin to Holyhead in Wales. About an hour later, when still within sight of the shore, she was fatally struck twice. There were 803 persons on board – 75 crew and 728 passengers, the later made up of 22 postal sorters, 200 civilians and 506 military personnel. Some 564 persons perished, the greatest ever loss of life in the Irish Sea.

Eye-witnesses recalled the explosion following the second hit and, within a very short time, the ship went down. Some persons were killed by the blast, some later died from their injuries, some died from drowning, and some were rescued. Dublin's hospitals and morgue were soon full to bursting point with relatives frantically seeking to identify their loved ones.

The online exhibition focuses on the tragedy from a Church of Ireland perspective. Many casualties had strong connections with the Church of Ireland and the impact of the episode was felt in parishes the length and breadth of the country. However, the community voiced many different opinions about how to respond to the atrocity, as demonstrated in the Gazette's editorials and articles.

See “The Leinster Tragedy” exhibition here.

Irish genealogy and history events, 8-21 October

Monday 8 October: a) NLI - all areas closed until 11am. b)Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Dublin 2. a)The delayed opening is due to a staff development meeting. b) On-going all-day Monday closures of these Rooms is to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the main Kildare Street premises; all other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, will operate as normal from 11am. Details.

Monday 8 October: My Great-Migration Ancestors (1620-1640) – A family history story of Michigan, Al Capone, Chicago, Germany, Romania, Puritans, Tipperary, and the Siege of Derry, with Margie Bernard. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Derry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. All welcome.

Monday 8 October: Griffiths Valuation, with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. Free. 7pm. All welcome.

Monday 8 October: The murder of the Coleen Ban, with Tom Donovan. Host: Limerick Historical Society. Venue: Room 203, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Everybody is welcome. 8pm.

Tuesday 9 October: The 1718 Migration, with Dr Linde Lunney. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn BT28 1XP. 7:30pm–9:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 9 October: Irish Records they all went up in smoke - or did they? with Jill Williams FIGRS of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. Host and venue: Fife Family History Society, Volunteer House, 69 Crossgate, Cupar, Fife, Scotland KY15 5AS. 7:30pm. Admission free. Details.

Tuesday 9 October: Dublin Dockers and the Liffey Ferry, with Aileen O'Carroll and Declan Bryne. Host: Dublin Port Company. Venue: The Council Chamber, City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2. 1:10pm to 1:50pm. Free. Seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 12:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 10 October: In search of the cure: Irish folk medicine – past and present, with Dr Bairbre Ni Fhloinn. Host: The Folklore of Ireland Society. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. No booking required. All welcome.

Wednesday 10 October: Irish Research – now is the time, with Jill Williams FIGRS of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. Host: Central Scotland Family History Society. Venue: Smith Museum and Art Gallery, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, Scotland. 7:30pm. Details.

Thursday 11 October: The London Irish during WW1, with Dr Stephen Sandford. Host: Western Front Association, Antrim and Down branch. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast BT3 9HQ. 6:30pm. All welcome. £4 donation requested.

Thursday 11 October: Starting your Irish family history, with Irene O'Brien. Host and venue: The Mitchell Library, North St, Glasgow, Scotland, G3 7DN. 6-7pm. Free but booking required: T 0141 287 2999.

Friday 12 October: Using Family and Local History Resources Online, a Positive Aging Month 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

Friday 12 October: Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine, with Declan O'Rourke. Host and venue: London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London, NW1 9XB UK. 8:30pm. £20. Booking required.

Friday 12 October: The IRA Intelligence War, with Dr John Borgonovo. Hosts: Michael Collins House. Venue: Parish Centre, Western Road, Clonakilty, Co Cork. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Friday 12 October to Sunday 14 October: Warp and Weft of Heritage Weekend, with film, theatre, field trips and talks on the archaeology, history, folklore and heritage of the Ardara area and further afield. Host: Donegal GAP Heritage and History Group. Various venues in Ardara, Glenties and Rosbeg, County Donegal. Details.

Saturday 13 October: Irish genealogy workshop, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Hosts: Fountaindale Public Library and Plainfield Public Library. Venue: Meeting Room A, Fountaindale Public Library, Bolingbrook, IL 60440, USA. 9:30am to 5pm. Free, but need to register.

Saturday 13 October: 'Where Do I Find It?', a one-day Irish Ancestry conference. Host: Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society. Venue: Oswaldtwistle Civic Centre (opposite The Straits), 155 Union Rd, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, UK. 9:15am to 4pm. Fee: £20 including buffet lunch/ £14 conference only. Free refreshments available all day. Booking. All welcome.

Saturday 13 October: The Genealogy Event (New York), a mainly Irish family history day conference. with Hennessey presentation and cocktails reception. Host: The Genealogy Event. Venue: Pier A, 22 Battery Place, New York City, USA. 9:30am to 7pm. Includes refreshments, Hennessey (cognac) presentation and cocktails. Lunch optional. Fee: $44.06 – $81.20. Tickets

Saturday 13 October: The life and legacy of Thomas Francis Meagher - three lectures at 10am, 10:40am and Noon. Host and venue: Medieval Museum, Waterford City. Free, but you need to reserve a ticket.

Saturday 13 October: Pillars of God: Church power and influence in medieval Ireland, full day conference. Host: Ferns Heritage Project. Venue: St. Edan's Cathedral, Ferns, Co. Wexford. Fee €35 includes lunch and, on Sunday, musical concert. Details.

Monday 15 October: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Dublin 2. On-going all-day Monday closures is to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the main Kildare Street premises; all other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 15 October: Diary of a WW1 Nurse, with Jenny Cumming. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. No need to book. All welcome.

Monday 15 October: The Heathen's Tale, with Annie Humphrey. 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.

Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October Researching your Irish and Scots-Irish family history, with Gillian Hunt and Fintan Mullan at the 2018 British Institute. Host: International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. Venue: Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Cost: $495. Details.

Tuesday 16 October: An introduction to family history research, a workshop. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, South Tyrone Branch. Venue: Killymaddy Centre, 190 Ballygawley Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone BT70 1TF. Free. 8pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 17 October: The Taverner Family, with Tom Mason. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh Branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. Free. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 17 October: John Redmond – The forgotten patriot, with former Taoiseach John Bruton. Host: Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: Greville Armsn, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. 8pm. All welcome. Free.

Wednesday 17 October: Book launch: Michael Collins – The Man and the Revolution, by Anne Dolan and William Murphy. Guest speaker: Fintan O'Toole. Host: Collins Press. Venue: GPO Witness History, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. All welcome. 6:30pm-7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 17 October: “We always vote Redmond in this house” - The Redmonds and Waterford, a political dynasty, 1891-1952, with Dr Pat McCarthy. Host: Waterford County Museum. Venue: Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, Quay St, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 8pm. Entry fee €5. All welcome.

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October: Back To Our Past family history fair and Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference. Organised by SLP and ISOGG respectively. Venue: Industries Hall, RDS, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Free admission for pre-booked tickets. All welcome. Lectures, societies, database providers, DNA test kits, publishers and suppliers and more, all under one roof. Details.

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October: Maritime Heritage, a weekend of lectures from lighthouse keepers, sailors, historians and maritime archaeologists. Host: Maritime Heritage Weekend. Venue: Harry's Bar, Rosses Point, Sligo. Tickets for each evening/afternoon are €10 or weekend tickets are €25 and will be available at the door or from Harry’s Bar. Details.

Sunday 21 OctoberFrom Ulster to New England: Researching your Scots-Irish ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Hosts: New England Historical Genealogical Society and New Hampshire Historical Society. Venue: Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. Cost: $125. Details.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Derry City Cemetery Burial Records - latest news

If you have family connections to Derry, you're in for a treat! The burial registers of Derry City Cemetery have been transcribed by a community group of more than 40 volunteers and the resulting database will be going online next month.
The registers also  reveal the location of the grave within
the large cemetery site, allowing family historians to
discover who is buried in the same plot as their ancestor -
information that may often extend the family tree further.

In terms of the genealogical information they provide, these registers are far superior to civil death records and church burial records. Indeed, Derry City Cemetery's registers provide more useful family history detail than most death, burial or cemetery records. Along with the usual name, residence, age, date of death, and occupation, Derry City's registers note the deceased's place of birth and the names of both parents.

The new database holds 36,000 records dating from 1853, when the cemetery opened, to 1916. It will be free to search and view the transcription, and each entry will provide a link to RootsIreland.ie so that researchers can follow up any discoveries via that database's collection of records from the area. The database is expected to be ready for researchers to start exploring sometime in November. (Obviously, Irish Genealogy News will let you know when this happens and provide details of its online home address.)

Now.... The reason I'm bringing such early news of this exciting development is because the Derry City Burial Records project has been shortlisted for the Heritage Angels Awards 2018 in the Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording category.

The Heritage Angel Awards celebrate the efforts of people
who go to extraordinary lengths to protect, save, record
and share their local heritage
Back in 2016, the Derry Tower Museum Archive team called on members of the public to help preserve and record the City Cemetery's valuable burial registers. Following dedicated training, the volunteers were able to complete the work, using their unique local knowledge of surnames and street names to turn seemingly illegible 150 year-old handwriting into a powerful genealogical tool. See the video below for more information.

Now shortlisted for this year's Heritage Angels Award for Northern Ireland, the project gives all  Irish family historians the opportunity to say a huge thank you to the volunteers who have worked for two years to make this important record collection accessible online.

Even if, like me, you don't have any connections to Derry, why not give the project a minute of your time to thank them for giving up hours of theirs? Think of it as a kind of proxy vote for all the volunteer projects from which the genealogical community benefits.

Here's the link to the Heritage Angels public vote. Only your email address, and the name of your preferred project, is requested. Public voting ends on 19 October.


Thursday, 4 October 2018

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest updates

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives was updated with the following files in the second half of September. All the photos and transcriptions were donated by generous volunteers to the free website.

This headstone to a US Army WW2 veteran is on
Holy Island, Co Clare. Photo courtesy of IGP
Archives and Valerie Ackroyd. Click for larger image.
CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Columbas (CoI) Drumlane (Updated)

CLARE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Inis Cealtra (Holy Island), Lough Derg

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Convoy New R.C. Cemetery
Convoy, Reformed Presbyterian Church Graveyard
Kilclooney, St. Conals Graveyard

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Brigids, Pt. 15

LIMERICK Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Limerick City, St. Mary's Cathedral (CoI) Pt 1

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Aughaval Cemetery, Part 3
Leigue Cemetery, Ballina - partial (Updated)
Murrisk Abbey Part 2

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Parish Registers, Baptisms, 1842-1845

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

HeritageMaps.ie adds Irish Historical Towns Atlas dataset

While I've previously blogged about the value of Ordnance Survey Ireland's GeoHive site for historical mapping data, I don't seem to have mentioned the Heritage Council's HeritageMaps.ie, which may also be useful to family historians.

Irish Historic Towns Atlas locations are identified
on HeritageMaps.ie and provide
download links to the IHTA digital editions
My attention was drawn to HeritageMaps this week because the towns featured in the Royal Irish Academy's Irish Historic Towns Atlas* range have been identified on the site. They are not only marked on the maps; data from the IHTA digital editions – a selection of texts and maps, bibliography, topographical information – is presented and can be directly downloaded.

The Heritage Maps viewer is a web-based spatial data viewer which focuses on the built, cultural and natural heritage around Ireland and off shore. It allows the researcher to view a wide range of data sets in map form, many of which have not been accessible to the public before. You can also create customised maps, identify disused railway lines, Sheela-na-Gigs and protected monuments, locate local museums, archives and burial grounds, and study local flora and fauna. It has many uses, both recreational and research-based.

*The Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) is part of a wider European scheme which records the topographical development of a selection of towns both large and small. Each town is published separately as a fascicle or folder and includes a series of maps complemented by a detailed text section.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 1-14 October

Monday 1 October: 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.

Continuing to Sunday 7 October: Dublin Festival of History. The 6th outing of this popular festival, organised by Dublin City Council. View the full programme here. Some events are now sold out, but there are still spaces at others. Some events require booking; some do not. 

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. 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.

Tuesday 2 October:
The Famine and Workhouses in County Wicklow, with Eva Ó Cathaoir and Brian Donnelly. Host: Kilmacanogue History Society. Venue: Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany, Co. Wicklow. All welcome. 8pm. Entry €4 (€3 for members).

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, Haigh Terrace, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 7:30pm.

Monday 8 October: a) NLI - all areas closed until 11am. b)Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Dublin 2. a)The delayed opening is due to a staff development meeting. b) On-going all-day Monday closures of these Rooms is to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the main Kildare Street premises; all other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, will operate as normal from 11am. Details.

Monday 8 October: Griffiths Valuation, with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. Free. 7pm. All welcome.

Monday 8 October: The murder of the Coleen Ban, with Tom Donovan. Host: Limerick Historical Society. Venue: Room 203, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Everybody is welcome. 8pm.

Tuesday 9 October: The 1718 Migration, with Dr Linde Lunney. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn BT28 1XP. 7:30pm–9:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 10 October:
In search of the cure: Irish folk medicine – past and present, with Dr Bairbre Ni Fhloinn. Host: The Folklore of Ireland Society. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. No booking required. All welcome.

Thursday 11 October: The London Irish during WW1, with Dr Stephen Sandford. Host: Western Front Association, Antrim and Down branch. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast BT3 9HQ. 6:30pm. All welcome. £4 donation requested.

Thursday 11 October: Starting your Irish family history, with Irene O'Brien. Host and venue: The Mitchell Library, North St, Glasgow, G3 7DN. 6-7pm. Free but booking required: T 0141 287 2999.

Friday 12 October: Using Family and Local History Resources Online, a Positive Aging Month 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

Friday 12 October: Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine, with Declan O'Rourke. Host and venue: London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London, NW1 9XB UK. 8:30pm. £20. Booking required.

Saturday 13 October: Irish genealogy workshop, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Hosts: Fountaindale Public Library and Plainfield Public Library. Venue: Meeting Room A, Fountaindale Public Library, Bolingbrook, IL 60440, USA. 9:30am to 5pm. Free, but need to register.

Saturday 13 October: 'Where Do I Find It?', a one-day Irish Ancestry conference. Host: Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society. Venue: Oswaldtwistle Civic Centre (opposite The Straits), 155 Union Rd, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, UK. 9:15am to 4pm. Fee: £20 including buffet lunch/ £14 conference only. Free refreshments available all day. Booking. All welcome.

Saturday 13 October: The Genealogy Event (New York), a mainly Irish family history day conference. with Hennessey presentation and cocktails reception. Host: The Genealogy Event. Venue: Pier A, 22 Battery Place, New York City, USA. 9:30am to 7pm. Includes refreshments, Hennessey (cognac) presentation and cocktails. Lunch optional. Fee: $44.06 – $81.20. Tickets

Saturday 13 October: The life and legacy of Thomas Francis Meagher - three lectures at 10am, 10:40am and Noon. Host and venue: Medieval Museum, Waterford City. Free, but you need to reserve a ticket.

Saturday 13 October:
Pillars of God: Church power and influence in medieval Ireland, full day conference. Host: Ferns Heritage Project. Venue: St. Edan's Cathedral, Ferns, Co. Wexford. Fee €35 includes lunch and, on Sunday, musical concert. Details.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Irish Census: progress report on corrections project

Genealogist John Grenham MAGI has kindly provided Irish Genealogy News with a progress report on the National Archives of Ireland's project to scrutinise researcher-submitted corrections to its online census database.

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/He has now cleared 64% – more than 65,000 emails – of the backlog that's accumulated since the census returns went live on the NAI's Genealogy website.

It's a huge figure, but it doesn't accurately reflect the number of corrections made. As John explains: "Because many of the emails suggest corrections to more than one record (and often more than one correction to the same record), I've checked 162,224 suggestions. They break down as follows: 44% accurate, 37% duplicate, 18% inaccurate and 1% other."

Since John's been slogging through the backlog, he's come across many delightful and weird mistranscriptions. His recent favourite if that for Joseph Coldfarb of Derry. "He was Joseph Coldfart for seven years, until just yesterday. Sometimes I feel a pang of regret at the wonderful names I'm correcting."

More than 71,000 corrections are now live. It's important to remember that while other online databases offer access to the Irish Census, John's corrections are being applied exclusively to the National Archives' transcript.

John is hopeful the project will be completed in early summer next year.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

'MyRecords' lock-out for lapsed FindMyPast customers

Along with many other ex-subscribers to FindMyPast, I've just received an email reminder about a change of conditions for those FindMyPast customers who don't hold a current sub.

As of this coming Sunday, 30 September, all previously viewed records in the section of the website called 'My records' will cease to be accessible to me. They won't be removed, however. They'll still be in the 'My records' digital store cupboard, as it were, but I won't have a key to open it unless I subsequently take out a new subscription or buy PayAsYouGo credits.

There's nothing controversial about this – Ancestry has a similar arrangment for its Shoebox facility – but it's not been an issue with FindMyPast before.

Going forward, holders of an active FindMypast sub will be able to view a record in their MyRecords store only if their current package includes access to that record's collection. For example, if I took out a new 'Ireland' package, I would be able to access any Irish census images or transcriptions I'd looked at some years ago, but I wouldn't be able to access any Roman Catholic baptism records from Philadelphia that I may also have previously reviewed; this is because the US records are not included in the Ireland subscription... I'd need a World sub for that.

Some of FindMyPast's subscribers may have to spend time printing or downloading digital copies of their 'My Records' haul before Sunday. For me, it's not an issue (thankfully) as I've always worked on a save-as-you-go basis when I find records of my family, and I would recommend any current subscribers adopt this approach for their future research sessions so they don't get caught locked out of the store cupboard should they decide to let their subscription lapse sometime down the road.

UPDATE, 27 September  For clarity: FindMyPast doesn't have a filter on 'My Records' to help you sift between the records you find useful to your research and those you find to be unrelated to your research.  'My Records' holds all records you've viewed, not just the ones you wanted to keep! This is why saving/downloading/printing pertinent records as-you-go is such a good habit to adopt.

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 depicting 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

https://wordwellbooks.com/Laois?search=Mapping
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 archdiocese 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. They date 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.

http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/browse/new-titles/
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.

Both discounts will run until Sunday 23 September.

To take advantage of the 10% saving, follow the most appropriate link below:


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Irish Registry of Deeds Index Project: latest update

Nick Reddan FIGRS, founder and manager of the Registry 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

https://www.nifhs.org/
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.