Thursday, 21 June 2018

More Boston RC records join AmericanAncestors.org

AmericanAncestors.org, the online database of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, has seen significant recent uploads to its Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 collection.

The new additions come from six parishes: St Joseph's, St Augustine's, St Stephen's, St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain), Immaculate Conception (Newburyport), and Holy Family (Rockland). As you'd expect from Roman Catholic records from Boston, they are crammed full of Irish-born men and women and their descendants. The genealogical details in the records varies, with more modern entries generally being more informative.

St Joseph's Parish
This parish is in the West End. It has been serving Roman Catholics for more than 250 years but surviving records date only from 1862. Previously, only baptism records were available in the AmericanAncestors database. While the baptism records can be found in both the searchable collection and the 'image-only' (browse) database, the new additions from marriage and confirmation registers are presently available only in the browsable database. The newly-added registers are:

St. Joseph (Boston) Confirmations, 1895-1900
St. Joseph (Boston) Marriages, 1862-1884
St. Joseph (Boston) Marriages, 1884-1893
St. Joseph (Boston) Marriages, 1893-1899
St. Joseph (Boston) Marriages, 1899-1900

St Augustine's Parish
Located in South Boston, this parish dates to 1819, although its earliest registers date only from 1868. Eight volumes have joined both the searchable and the browse-only database, as follows:

St. Augustine (South Boston) Baptisms, 1868-1883
St. Augustine (South Boston) Baptisms, 1883-1894
St. Augustine (South Boston) Baptisms, 1894-1899
St. Augustine (South Boston) Baptisms, 1899-1900
St. Augustine (South Boston) Confirmations, 1896-1900
St. Augustine (South Boston) First Communions, 1895
St. Augustine (South Boston) Marriages, 1868-1899
St. Augustine (South Boston) Marriages, 1900-1900

St. Stephen's Parish
Twelve volumes of registers from St Stephen's Parish in Boston's North End are now searchable and browsable on Americanancestors. The new volumes include:

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms and Marriages, 1842-1845
St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1846-1853
St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1854-1862
St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1862-1870
St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1870-1877
St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1877-1882
St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1883-1889
St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1889-1900
St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1900
St. Stephen (Boston) Confirmations and First Communions, 1875-1930
St. Stephen (Boston) Marriages, 1846-1872
St. Stephen (Boston) Marriages, 1872-1900

Holy Family (Rockland), Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) and St Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Parishes
These three parishes have delivered 17 volumes and over 3,000 new pages to the browse database. They have not yet joined the searchable database. The images uploaded are of the following registers:

Holy Family (Rockland) Baptisms, 1883-1900
Holy Family (Rockland) Marriages, 1883-1900

Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Baptisms, 1854-1871
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Baptisms, 1872-1882
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Baptisms, 1883-1890
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Baptisms, 1891-1900
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Confirmations, 1882-1900
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) First Communions, 1871-1900
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Marriages, 1852-1871
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Marriages, 1872-1900

St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Index to Baptisms, 1869-1900
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1869-1884 (Vol. 1)
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1885-1893 (Vol. 2)
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1893-1900 (Vol. 3)
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Confirmations, 1869-1900
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) First Communions, 1899-1900
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Marriages, 1869-1900

Indexed and searchable databases in the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 collection (see link above) are available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only.

Non-members can create a free guest account to browse the image-only version of the database. See the how-to video below.




Monday, 18 June 2018

Registry of Deeds Index Project: mid-June update

The latest update from the Registry of Deeds Index Project results in a new total of 274,091 indexed entries available to researchers. These entries have been indexed from 30,371 memorials of deeds.

It's worth noting that the project also now has more than 55,000 townland index entries, all submitted by volunteers.

The project website is free to search.

Irish family history & heritage events, 18 June - 1 July

Monday 18 June: 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 operating as normal. Details.

Thursday 21 June: The sinking of the RMS Leinster in 1918, with Philip Lecane. Host: Leixlip History Group. Venue: Leixlip Community Library, Captain's Hill, Newtown, Leixlip, Co. Kildare. 7:15pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 20 June to Saturday 24 June: Irish Journeys: Famine Legacies and Reconnecting Communities, the 2018 Irish Famine Summer School at Strokestown Park. Speakers include Professor Christine Kinealy (Quinnipiac University), Prof Mike Cronin (Boston University), Prof Maura Murphy (Hofstra University), Prof Mark McGowan (University of Toronto) and Prof Ian Kuijt (University of Notre Dame). Venue: Strokestown Park House, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. Programme and details.

Thursday 21 June: Rebel women of the 20th century - Mother Jones, with Rosemary Feurer: GPO Witness Visitor Centre, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. 5:30pm. All welcome. Free, but need to book ticket.

Thursday 21 June: Hunger, History and Memory: The Great Famines of Ireland and Finland Compared. A symposium and exhibition (the latter runs to late-August). Host and venue: GO11 Moore Institute, University Road, NUI Galway. 1:30pm–4:30pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 21 June: They have rights who dare maintain them – the formation of the Irish Volunteers, with Gerry White. Host: Cork University Press (Atlas of the Irish Revolution). Venue: Waterstones, 69 Patrick Street, Cork City. Free. 7pm. Limited seating.

Saturday 23 June: Three 'Lightning' talks on Old Lucan. Host: Old Lucan Society. Venue:Seminar Room, Lucan Library, Unit 33, Lucan Shopping Centre, Newcastle Rd, Lucan, County Dublin 2pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Saturday 23 June: Irish genealogy advice and help, with the Irish Genealogical Research Society at the York Family History Fair. Venue: The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York, UK. £5 admission. 10am to 4:30pm. Details.

Sunday 24 June: 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 25 June: 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, operating as normal. Details.

Wednesday 27 June: Foyle & East Donegal Family History Festival. Hosts: Monreagh Ulster Scots Heritage Centre. Venue: An Grianan Hotel, Burt, Co Donegal. Lectures (including 1718 Migration conference), performance, workshops and demonstations, live music and dancing. Speakers include Dr William Roulston, John T Mann, Boyd Gray and Belinda Mahaffy. Noon to 9pm. Admission €5. All welcome.

Wednesday 27 June: Frederick Douglass and Ireland – a transatlantic view of poverty and oppression, with Christine Kinealy. Final lecture in the Famine Reflections Series. Host: Coming Home - Art and the Great Hunger exhibition. Venue: President's Room, Dublin Castle. 11am. Details. Sold Out.

Wednesday 27 June:
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 29 June: Cork to Barbados: The story of the unfree Irish, with Jim Murphy telling the history of the enforced transportation of the Irish from Cork to the plantations in Barbados. Host and venue: Independence Museum Kilmurry, Kilmurry, Lissarda, Co. Cork. 8pm. All welcome. Details: email: Kilmurry.historical@gmail.com or telephone: 021 7336932.

Saturday 30 June: How to use the Registry of Deeds to further your Irish family history research, with Malcolm McDonald. Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists. Venue: NZ Society of Genealogists Family Research Centre Level 1, 159 Queens Rd Panmure, Auckland, New Zealand. 10am to Noon. $15, includes tea & coffee. Booking.

Saturday 30 June:
The place of the Big House and Estate in Irish history, a conference. Hosts: South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society and the Irish Workhouse Centre. Venue: Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co Galway. Free. Book early by email: info@irishworkhousecentre.ie.

Sunday 1 July: Irish Ancestry Summer School starts. Host and venue: NUI Galway. A week-long exploration of Ireland's history, society and culture, incorporating family history research and fieldtrips to west of Ireland. Full programme and details.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Yet more free Church of Ireland Gazette editions online

https://bit.ly/2C8yqaS
For the second time this month, the RCB Library has announced the digitisation and free online availability of a further tranche of the Church of Ireland Gazette.

The first June release (see blogpost) saw the free Gazette database extend to cover editions published from 1856 to 1933. The latest instalment adds editions published from 1934 to 1936, so that the free database now spans more than 80 years.

You can search the Church of Ireland Gazette here.

FindMyPast adds to British WW1 Soldiers Medical records collection

FindMyPast has added more than 691,000 to its British Armed Forces collection of First World War Soldiers' Medical Records

This collection may allow you to discover when and where your ancestor was wounded, where they were treated how long they were held at the medical facility for treatment. Images may provide a variety of additional details such as their service history and a description of wound.

In total, there are now 934,000 records in FindMyPast's collection, which is restricted to records dating back at least 100 years.

The records are from the UK National Archives series MH106 - War Office: WW1 Representative Medical Records of Servicemen, which comprises a representative selection of the full collection of medical records gathered during the war; the sample records were used for statistical purposes. They include admissions and discharge records from hospitals, field ambulances, and casualty stations.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Suffrage exhibition launch & conference: PRONI, 2 July

To mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, PRONI will be launching a new exhibition – Voices and Votes: Suffrage and Representation of the People, 1832–1928 – on Monday 2 July at 10am. It explores the journey from reform of the 40-shilling franchise to universal suffrage and recognises some of the people who championed change.

The launch will be followed (10:10am to 1pm) by a half-day conference which will examine the history and context of suffrage and the Representation of the People Act, and its legacy and impact. (10.10am – 1pm).

Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Blvd, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ.

The event is free, and everyone is welcome to attend, but booking is required. For details, see Eventbrite.




Dublin tenement wins RIAI best conservation project

The conservation of a former tenement house at 14 Henrietta Street in Dublin's north inner city has been named Best Conservation/Restoration Project, and has won the Special RIAI* Jury Award at the prestigious annual RIAI Irish Architecture Awards.

14 Henrietta Street, Dublin
Dublin City Council undertook to save and renovate 14 Henrietta Street more than a decade ago, when it was in a seriously derelict state. After painstaking restoration, the building will be officially opened in September as a social history museum telling the story of the Georgian townhouse's shifting fortunes, from aristocratic family home and powerbase to courthouse; from barracks to its final incarnation as a tenement house. In the 1911 census, more than 100 people from 17 families lived in the building and it was not until 1979 that the last occupants left.

The stories of the house and street – the latter now the most intact collection of early- to mid-18th century town houses in Ireland – mirror the story of Dublin and her citizens and how social change impacted on them.

Awarding the RIAI Special Jury Award, the Jury said: “This is a gift to the city of Dublin, made possible by an inspiring client and a highly skilled team of architects and contractor. Architecture and exhibition design merge here in a very unique way, explaining the history of the building by restoring different parts of the building to different periods of its occupancy. Most impressive is the way the architect manages to bring the building up to contemporary technical and regulatory standards in an almost invisible way, making the experience of the building completely immersive. Outstanding.”

While 14 Henrietta Street will officially open in September 2018, advance tours are available on Fridays and Saturdays in July and August, with an opportunity for the visitors to feed back their memories, stories and reflections. Tickets (€9 adult / €6 concession) for the 90-minute tour should be booked in advance at www.14henriettastreet.ie.

*Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Celtic Connections Conference, Boston MA, 10-11 Aug

This year's Celtic Connections Conference, 'Pathways to Our Past', will be held at Boston Marriott Hotel in Massachussetts, USA, on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August.

http://www.celtic-connections.org/
Co-sponsored by The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) and the International Genealogical Society of Ireland (IGSI), the conference presents two days of lectures on Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Scots-Irish family history, DNA and culture. All presentations are by international and US-based experts.

Luncheon, with entertainment, is included on both days of the conference. There's also a full-day coach tour the day before the official start of the conference, a Friday evening banquet and a pub quiz.

You can find full details of the conference, the programme, accommodation options, costs and registration by clicking/tapping the image, above right.


The Chief Butlers of Ireland, a genealogical guide

http://irishacademicpress.ie/product/the-chief-butlers-of-ireland-and-the-house-of-ormond-a-guide-to-the-genealogical-history/
Click for more information
Written by historian, author and genealogist John Kirwan, The Chief Butlers of Ireland and the House of Ormond – An illustrated genealogical guide is a lavish and fascinating account of one of the most powerful families in Irish history: the Butlers.

The lives of the Butlers were defined by incredible wealth, power and splendour. The family held the title of Chief Butler of Ireland and was later awarded the Earldom of Ormond(e) and a number of subsidiary titles.

They were based at Kilkenny Castle for more than five centuries (from 1391 to 1935), and at other seats including Nenagh, Cahir, Roscrea, Kilcash and Thurles.

Published by Irish Academic Press, the 424-page hardback can be ordered from the publisher (€50) and good bookstores. ISBN 9781911024040'

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

NAI's census database corrections: progress update

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/
Most readers of Irish Genealogy News will be aware that well-known genealogist John Grenham MAGI has been wading through the backlog of census correction emails submitted by researchers to the National Archives of Ireland (NAI).

John started the task in late summer last year, and, with the half-way point in sight, took a well deserved break yesterday to bring us up to date on how the project is going.

He tells us on his blog that about 60,000 corrections have been made to the NAI's free census database so far (updates go live monthly) and reminds researchers that these corrections are exclusive to that database.

You can read more about the work John has been performing and his personal observations of the task at johngrenham.com.

Keep taking the tablets, John!

NUI Galway's Irish Ancestry Summer School, 1-6 July

NUI Galway will be hosting an Irish Ancestry Summer School in the first week of July.

The Summer School programme will explore the origins of people and society in Ireland from earliest times to the present. It includes lectures by some of Ireland's leading scholars on ancient DNA studies, prehistoric demographics, early tribal groupings, later medieval clan history, post-medieval lifeways, history and genealogy.

Delegates will also be taught how to research their own Irish family history and will be offered the opportunity of giving a DNA sample to learn more about their origins. The five-day course includes fieldtrips to various sites of archaeological, historical and genealogical importance in the West of Ireland.

Participants will also have access to the James Hardiman Library's collections, including historical newspapers, Irish local studies books and periodicals, maps and 19th century government publications. In addition the library holds over 350 unique archival collections, including landed estate papers, photographic collections and theatre and literary archives.

See the full programme and further details.

http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=537

Monday, 11 June 2018

FamilySearch digitises New York Naturalisation records

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pmuh-jIeOOxwLjvPFAFYxtepcR-NXy97/view?usp=sharing
Click for larger view
Family Search is digitising the New York (Southern District) U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946 collection. The full collection of 2.2million images is now available for browsing, while more than 772,000 images have been indexed for free searching here.

When searching the index, be aware that files for some individuals may extend over a few pages, so be sure to scroll through the images either side of the indexed page to find all associated images.

Naturalisation records for Irish immigrants, especially those who arrived in the 20th-century, often provide a place of origin in Ireland.

The New York Southern district includes Manhattan, Bronx, Westchester and other counties north of Westchester.

Find out more about this collection in FamilySearch's wiki here
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Thanks to ProGenealogist Joe Buggy (author of Finding your Irish Ancestors in New York City) for alerting me to this development.

Save $30 with Fold3's June subscription offer

http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-5329468-10967210
Fold3 – Ancestry's dedicated military records database – has a special offer running this month.

If you sign up for an annual subscription before 11:59pm MDT on 30 June, you'll find the price is reduced from the regular US$79.95 to just $49.95 (approximately €42 / £37 / CAD65 / AUD65).

Fold3 offers access to more than 530million records and holds many exclusive collections. Among them are both the Civil War Service Records and Widows Pensions collections; British Army WW1 Service records, Royal Hospital Pensioner records and WW1 War Diaries; US WW2 Draft Cards, Photos and Records; Austalia WW1 & WW2 Service records, and many more military record sets. Non-military records feature, too, with newspapers, US census and other record sets included.

To find out more, click the image above.

Irish family history and heritage events, 11 - 24 June

Monday 11 June: 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 operating as normal. Details.

Monday 11 June: Researching surnames & the Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS), with Michelle Patient (10am), and Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research (noon), with Maurice Gleeson. Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Papamoa DNA Special Interest Group. Venue: Tohora Room, Papamoa Community Centre, 15 Gravatt Road, Papamoa, New Zealand. No booking required. Contact.

Tuesday 12 June: History and Genealogy – you can’t have one without the other, with Declan F Brady. Host: GSI. Venue: Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland St, Dun Laoghaire. All welcome. 8pm. €3.

Wednesday 13 June: Family history – Searching for your Cork ancestors, one-to-one beginner sessions. Host and venue: Youghal Library, The River Gate Mall, N Main St, Youghal-Lands, Youghal, Co. Cork. Free but booking essential on 021-4546499.

Thursday 14 June: National Library - late opening. All NLI venues in Dublin will be closed until 11am to facilitate staff development meeting.

Saturday 16 June: What's a shrink like me doing in a place like this? (a review of the software and tools that I use in my day to day work), with Irish genealogist Maurice Gleeson. Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Auckland branch Genealogical Computing Group. Venue: St Andrew's Church Hall, corner of Ridge Road and Vincent Street, Howick, New Zealand.

Thursday 14 June: Spanish Flu conference. Event marks the centenary of the onset of the 1918 flu pandemic. Host and venue: The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 2pm to 4pm. Admission is free but booking is essential. Details. Admission is FREE, however, booking is essential.

Thursday 14 June: Tonagh Ladies, Women in World War One, with Sarah Jane Paterson. Host: Western Front Association, Antrim and Down branch. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast BT3 9HQ. 6:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 21 June: Rebel women of the 20th century - Mother Jones, with Rosemary Feurer: GPO Witness Visitor Centre, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. 5:30pm. All welcome. Free, but need to book ticket.

Thursday 21 June: Hunger, History and Memory: The Great Famines of Ireland and Finland Compared. A symposium and exhibition (the latter runs to late-August). Host and venue: GO11 Moore Institute, University Road, NUI Galway. 1:30pm–4:30pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Sunday 24 June: 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.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

20% off Ancestry DNA kits for researchers in IE, UK, CA

A new rash of discounting is on the cards this month with both Father's Day and the World Cup seeming like a good time to find out more about our ethnical heritage and genealogy. Ancestry is the first out of the gates with special offers announced on DNA test kits for family historians in Ireland, the UK and Canada.

Courtesy of my my old foe, the tiresome geo-locator, I can't find any current offers for other territories, although there may well be some.

Just click your preferred flag/currency below before the stated expiry date. Please note that shipping costs are extra to the prices shown below, and you'll find full terms and conditions on the website when you follow the link.

http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-5737308-10819001?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ancestry.co.uk%2Fcs%2Fireland-dnaRegular price €95. Sale price €76, a saving of €19.
Offer ends at 23:59 BST on Sunday 24 June
http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-5737308-12744281Regular price £79. Sale price £63, a saving of £16.
Offer ends at 23:59 BST on Sunday 24 June.
http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-5737308-13331781Regular price CA$129. Sale price CA%99, a saving of CA$30.
Offer ends on Sunday 17 June.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

RootsIreland.ie adds 36,000 records for County Clare

Clare Heritage and Genealogy Centre has uploaded more than 36,000 records to its database at www.clare.rootsireland.ie.

This update includes:

Roman Catholic Marriages in the parishes of Cratloe, Ennis, Feakle, Mountshannon-Whitegate, Parteen and Scariff.

Civil Registrations of Death in the SRD of Ennis from 1864 to 1959

Church of Ireland Baptisms, Marriages and Burials in the parishes of Drumcliff (Ennis), Feakle, Killaloe, Kilrush-Kilkee, Ogonneloe, Tulla, Iniscaltra, Kilnaboy-Kilkeedy, Sixmilebridge, Miltown-Malbay, Kilfenora and Tuamgraney.
Church of Ireland

For details of the years of coverage for these records, see the full menu of Clare Sources at RootsIreland.


FindMyPast adds more Catholic records from Chicago

State Street Chicago, c1907
(Photo NYPL Digital Catalogue. Public Domain)
Nearly 2.4million parish register records from the Archdiocese of Chicago have been added to FindMyPast's Catholic Heritage Archive. They date from the mid-1800s to 1925 and cover the Roman Catholic population of Cook and Lake Counties in north eastern. Illinois.

Details are as follows:

Chicago RC baptisms: 1.2million records revealing the date and location of the baptism, the names of parents and residence. Each search result provides a transcript and image of the original baptism register.

Chicago RC marriages: More than 597,000 records are in this collection. Each search result provides a transcript and image of the original marriage register. Additional details you may find are witnesses’ names, the name of the priest performing the ceremony, and the dates and locations of the couples’ baptisms.

Chicago RC Burials: More than 229,000 burial records are included in this collection. In addition to information about the burial, the burial register may reveal additional details such as cause of death, residence, place of birth, father's name, mother's name and the name of the priest who conducted the service.

Chicago Congregational Records: This collection holds more than 430,000 assorted congregational records. Such records may hold vital biographical details as well as where and when your ancestors worshipped.




Foyle & East Donegal Family History Festival: 27 June

https://mailchi.mp/08f7bb552ea1/foyle-east-donegal-family-history-festival?e=[UNIQID]
The Foyle & East Donegal Family History Festival will be held on Wednesday 27 June at An Grianan Hotel in Burt, Inishowen, County Donegal.

Expert speakers from Northern Ireland, Donegal and the USA will be presenting a series of talks, workshops and demonstrations throughout the day. There will also be Living History and drama performances, and the evening rounds off with live Bluegrass music and dancing.

Admission is just €5 on the door.

For more information about the programme, speakers and talk topics, click/tap the poster image.

The event is being hosted by Monreagh Ulster-Scots Heritage Centre in conjunction with Foyle Family History Centre, and with the support of the Ulster-Scots Agency.


Church of Ireland Gazette: more free editions go online

https://esearch.informa.ie/rcb
Another decade’s worth of editions of the weekly newspaper The Church of Ireland Gazette, from 1924 to 1933, has just been digitized and uploaded online by the Representative Church Body (RCB) Library, where they may be consulted as a freely-searchable resource.

This means that all editions for the 77-year period between March 1856 (when the paper first appeared) and the end of December 1933 are shared for all. You can search them at https://esearch.informa.ie/rcb

The RCB Library holds the only complete hard-copy run of this newspaper, which has been published weekly since 1856 and available as an e-newspaper since 2005. The latest update means the Library is now half-way to complete its digitisation project to make the Gazette a completely searchable resource.

St Mark’s, Ettagh, Co Offaly, in 1912
For its June Archive of the Month slot, the Library has again teamed up with the historian Dr Miriam Moffitt who demonstrates the incredible detail to be uncovered in the pages of the Gazette, and its value for historical research, in a story about the miraculous escape of the congregation in St Mark’s church, Ettagh, County Offaly, when their church was struck by lightning during the Morning Service on Sunday, 21 June 1912. Click the link above to find out more.

The current Church of Ireland Gazette and all editions from 2005 may be viewed via an online subscription on the Gazette website, see: https://gazette.ireland.anglican.org

More digitised church records at PRONI from Autumn

Newly digitised church registers will be searchable
by personal visitors to PRONI later this year
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) will be releasing a second batch of newly digitised church registers this Autumn. As with the first instalment, which was released last year, the records will be a resource for personal visitors to PRONI in Belfast's Titanic Quarter. They will not be available online.

The registers are from the Church of Ireland, Methodist and Congregational Church.

Genealogist Chris Paton has posted details of the individual parishes and their coverage on The Genes blog.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest additions

http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/galway/photos/tombstones/kilcoona/target13.html
Greaney gravestone in Kilcoona graveyard,
Headford, Co Galway.

Photo courtesy Tina Fox and IGPArchives
The following files, photos and transcripts have been donated by researchers and uploaded to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives (IGP-web) in the second half of May. All contributions are received from volunteers and made available free of charge for all Irish family historians.

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kiloughter (CoI) Graveyard, Redhills

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Nessan's Part 13

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Tower Cemetery, Irvinestown (Updated)

GALWAY Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilcoona Graveyard, Kilcoona, Headford

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH - Church Records
Clones Parish Reg., W. Div., Baptisms 1808-1811

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilvine Graveyard

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Togherdoo Methodist Graveyard, Dromore

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Clonegam Church Graveyard
Abbey Graveyard (CoI), Ferrybank, Part 2

Monday, 4 June 2018

Irish genealogy and history events, 4-17 June

Monday 4 June: Public Holiday in Republic of Ireland. All library, archives and repositories closed (but note that National Library of Ireland's exhibitions are open 12-5). Holiday does not apply in Northern Ireland.

Tuesday 5 June: Using your DNA results in practice - focus on autosomal DNA, a 3-hour workshop with Maurice Gleeson. Hosts: New Zealand Society of Genealogists, (Post-) Annual Conference. Venue: Christchurch Boys High School, 71 Straven Rd, Christchurch, New Zealand. 9am to noon. NZ$40. Booking essential.

Wednesday 6 June: The End of Outrage, with Breandán Mac Suibhne, author of 'The End of Outrage: Post-Famine Adjustment in Rural Ireland', a newly published book exploring a small rural community in Donegal and what the local poor did to and for each other. Introduction and Q&A with Dr Sarah Roddy, University of Manchester. Host and venue: Irish World Heritage Centre, Irish Town Way,  Cheetham Hill, Manchester, UK. 7:15pm. Free. Register and details.

Thursday 7 June: Using DNA to solve unknown parentage cases, and Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research, both with Maurice Gleeson. Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists. Venue: ASB Sports Centre, Matairangi Room, 72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand. 1pm to 3:30pm. No booking required. All welcome. $20 on the door. Details.

Friday 8 June and Saturday 9 June: Irish Military Seminar. Host and Venue: Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare. Friday evening: reception, book launch, talks, 5pm to 9pm, free; Saturday: complementary tea/coffee, six talks, lunch at own expense, 8:45-4:30pm, €5. Booking essential via Riverbank Arts Centre Box Office - boxoffice@riverbank.ie or telephone 00353 (0)45 448327.

Friday 8 June and Saturday 9 June: Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society, annual conference 2018. Hosts: Dr Ivar McGrath (UCD) and Dr Jeffrey Cox in partnership with Waterford Treasures and Christ Church Cathedral Waterford. Venues: Waterford City Hall and Christ Church Cathedral and others. Full details

Saturday 9 June: Using DNA to solve unknown parentage cases, and Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research, both with Maurice Gleeson. Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists. Venue: St Andrew's Church Hall, corner of Ridge Road and Vincent Street, Howick, Auckland, New Zealand. 1pm to 3:30pm. No booking required. All welcome. $20 on the door. Details.

Saturday 9 June: Irish family history resources online, with Chris Paton. Host: Family History Discovery Day. Venue: LDS Church 35 Julian Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0RB. 10.20am. Free.

Saturday 9 June: Family history, science and Irishness. Host: Irish Diaspora Foundation, Double Helix History (University of Manchester) and the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society. Venue: Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8, UK. 10:30am to 12:30pm. Free but prior registration advised. Details.

Sunday 10 June: Using DNA to solve unknown parentage cases, and Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research, both with Maurice Gleeson. Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Te Awamutu DNA support group. Venue: St John Ambulance Hall, Palmer St, Te Awamutu, New Zealand.

Monday 11 June: 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 operating as normal. Details.

Monday 11 June: Researching surnames & the Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS), with Michelle Patient (10am), and Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research (noon), with Maurice Gleeson. Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Papamoa DNA Special Interest Group. Venue: Tohora Room, Papamoa Community Centre, 15 Gravatt Road, Papamoa, New Zealand. No booking required. Contact.

Tuesday 12 June: History and Genealogy – you can’t have one without the other, with Declan F Brady. Host: GSI. Venue: Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland St, Dun Laoghaire. All welcome. 8pm. €3.

Wednesday 13 June: Family history – Searching for your Cork ancestors, one-to-one beginner sessions. Host and venue: Youghal Library, The River Gate Mall, N Main St, Youghal-Lands, Youghal, Co. Cork. Free but booking essential on 021-4546499.

Thursday 14 June: National Library - late opening. All NLI venues in Dublin will be closed until 11am to facilitate staff development meeting.

Saturday 16 June: What's a shrink like me doing in a place like this? (a review of the software and tools that I use in my day to day work), with Maurice Gleeson. Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Auckland branch Genealogical Computing Group. Venue: St Andrew's Church Hall, corner of Ridge Road and Vincent Street, Howick, New Zealand. 2pm. Contacts.

Friday, 1 June 2018

FindMyPast adds Co. Mayo National School Records

FindMyPast.ie has uploaded more than 43,000 addition records from County Mayo to its collection of Ireland National School Registers.

The entire collection now contains more than 186,000 records from 24 counties in the Republic of Ireland (counties Carlow and Tipperary are not represented). They span 1860-1922.

For further details of which schools are included in the collection and for the years of coverage, see this list. I suspect it was prepared some time ago but in the absence of any other details of the coverage of the latest upload, it seems to be the best we're going to get for now.

PHSI Library & Archive, Belfast, closed for relocation


The Library and Archive of the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland has closed this week until further notice.

It will re-open in due course following the PHSI's relocation to Assembly Buildings in central Belfast, just a stone's throw from City Hall.

Contact emails and telephone numbers are unchanged at present.


Thursday, 31 May 2018

Irish Military Seminar in Newbridge, Kildare, 8-9 June

An Irish Military Seminar is to be held at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, County Kildare, on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June.

Hosted by Kildare County Council and the Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee, the seminar will explore many aspects of Irish military history, drawing chiefly on events and personnel from within Ireland but also exploring some escapades in South Africa, Flanders and the USA.

Everyone is welcome, but booking is necessary. The Friday evening's activities are free to attend, while the Saturday lecture programme attracts a €5 fee and includes tea/coffee.

The programme is as follows:

Friday
5:00pmThe Glen of Imaal Disaster 1941, with Terence O’Reilly
5:50pmReadings from the Leb, with Martin Malone
6:35pmReception in foyer of Riverbank Arts Centre
7:00pmOpening of the Seminar by Mayor of Co. Kildare, Cllr. Martin Miley
7:15pmBook Launch: Witness to War Crimes, by Colm Doyle
8:00pmWho Fears to Speak of '22? The politics of Commemoration. Panel discussion. 

Saturday
8:45amRegistration - Tea/Coffee
9:20amWelcome
9:30amZulu. The Defence of Rorke’s Drift, with Dan Harvey
10:20amThe Role of Women in the Struggle for Irish Freedom 1918-1923, with Liz Gillis
11:05amTea/Coffee break
11:35amThe forgotten letters of Ireland’s American Civil War dead with Damian Shiels
12:25pmOliver Cromwell and the conquest of Ireland, with Professor Micheál Ó Siochrú
13:10pmLunch - at own expense
14:30pmGranuaile – Grace O’Malley: Ireland's Pirate Queen (1530-1603), with Anne Chambers
15:20pmThe significance of Irish involvement in World War I: A review, with Neil Richardson
16:30pmClose of seminar

Booking is essential.

Plantations in Ulster, 1600-41: new edition launched

The Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF) has published an updated and expanded edition of Planations in Ulster, R J Hunter's meticulous examination of documents relating to Ulster in the early 1600s first published in 1975.

The new edition was launched yesterday at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and is presented in the form of a bound book and includes colour prints and additional documents. It costs only one penny sterling (plus post and packing charges) and is available from the online BooksIreland store.

If the Ulster Plantation and 17th-century Ireland is of interest to your research, you should also check out the UHF's Plantation of Ulster Collection which offers some of the most influential writings on the period and provides comprehensive insights into this period in Irish history. The collection is currently on sale for the special price of £64.99 (RRP £109.08).

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Ancestors from North Kerry? Check out Fr Ferris's Parish Histories

One of the unique selling points of Fr. Ferris's Parish Histories is the fact the local bishop banned the priest from publishing his book. That was back in the 1930s. If my ancestors came from the parishes under scrutiny, I would be unable to resist a peak into this first printing of his work, 85 years later.

Father Ferris spent much of his five-year curacy in the Protestant parish of BallymacElligott and the neighbouring parishes of Ballyseedy, O’Brennan and Nohoval. in North Kerry. He was an avid collector of popular history. His writings document not just the history (political, economic and social) of the area and its cultural and topographical landscape but also comprise a rich genealogical resource.

Many of his parishioners feature in the histories, so researchers may discover where their forbears lived, where they went to school, who their teachers were, who their landlord was, where they were buried, and the occupations and trades they followed. They may also learn how their ancestors were affected by the Famine, whether they were evicted or involved in the Land War, and what life was like for them during the War of Independence and the Civil War.

This is no dry academic chronicle. It is history as lived and recounted by the ordinary people of the parishes and their authentic voices come through clearly and evocatively. It is, in Fr Ferris’s own words, “a history of the people, by the people for the people”. It includes:

  • a substantial genealogical archive of the families of the parish
  • a census of householders in the four parishes in 1932
  • gravestone inscriptions from the cemeteries of the four parishes
  • an account of the Land War of the 1870s/80s (listing landlords and middlemen,evictions,local ‘Moonlighters’,policing,coercion,etc)
  • an account of the War of Independence and the Civil War (Fr Ferris was closely involved in both)
  • a social and cultural archive (e.g. Penal Days, the Famine, hedge schools, hedge schoolmasters, National Schools with lists of teachers, sports and pastimes, industry, holy wells, old cemeteries, Irish language, Protestant/Catholic relations, church history, clergy, duels, faction fights, etc)
  • an archaeological survey of the four parishes
  • a place name and field name inventory
  • a topographical survey of the parishes

In addition, in the Introduction to the book, the Editor, Brendan McCarthy, provides a biographical portrait of Fr Ferris, who was a fascinating individual in his own right.

The book costs €15 and can be purchased from a dedicated website, www.ballymacelligott.com, where you'll also find a list of all the surnames appearing in the book.

ISBN: 978-1-9999070-0-6

Family History, Science & Irishness: Manchester, 9 June

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-history-science-irishness-tickets-44800127387
On Saturday 9 June, the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester, UK will be hosting an event exploring Family History, Science and Irishness.

It's being presented by the Irish Diaspora Foundation in collaboration with Double Helix History (University of Manchester) and the Manchester and Lancaster Family History Society. The event will look at the relationship between heritage and science and will include talks by Debbie Kennett and Jerome de Groot on DNA and family history; workshops on health issues, family history investigation, and the best ways to think about your past using DNA testing.

Although the event is free, it is necessary to register in advance, here.

The event will be held from 10:30am to 12:30pm at the Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Interment registers of two Dublin cemeteries go online

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Fo6kTAIE693q8ZThvsQPrzP8Qq-wW4M5/view?usp=sharing
Click image for larger view of sample
Deansgrange register page(1874-75)
The Interment Registers of Deansgrange and Shanganagh Cemeteries can now be searched and viewed at DiscoverEverAfter.com. Headstone photos and mapped locations are available for some, but certainly not all, of the individual graves.

Both burial grounds are located in South Dublin and are managed by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC), who say the online collection is not yet complete. If you can't find an entry in the register, you are invited to email DLRCC at cemeteries@dlrcoco.ie.

Deansgrange's records date back to 1865. The cemetery, in Blackrock, covers an area of 65 acres and its records hold details of more than 140,000 people. Search its register here.

The first burial in Shanganagh (Shankill) took place in 1984 and there have been nearly 16,500 burials in the Cemetery. Search its register here.

Tipperary Studies's digitisation project: new releases

From the Milton-Damer rental
Tipperary Studies, the online home of Tipperary Libraries’ Local Studies department, has uploaded some newly digitised items that will be of interest to family historians with connections to the county. They are all free to download.

Among them is a rental for the Milton-Damer estate in Roscrea dating from 1787 to 1798. Click the link to download the 104Mb pdf file.

Another potential gem is a Tithe record book for Ardmayle–Ballysheehan dating from 1790 to 1801. The pdf is 29Mb.

In addition, for sports enthusiasts and those with sporting ancestors, there is now a run of 66 county hurling final programmes from 1949 to 2017 available to view.

New South Wales Government Gazette, 1853-1899: another tranche of scans released to World Archives Project for indexing

https://support.ancestry.com/s/article/US-World-Archives-Project-New-South-Wales-Australia-Government-Gazettes-1853-1899-Part-5
For details of this WAP, click image
Ancestry has released another tranche of the New South Wales Government Gazette, 1853-1899 for indexing to its World Archives Project (WAP). They are calling it 'Part 5', but I think someone has miscounted, as there have only been three previous WAP Parts, as far as I'm aware.

This large collection contains gazettes published weekly in New South Wales, Australia. They hold details of Acts of Parliament, land transactions, criminal notices, will and probate notices, Bankruptcies, commercial tenders, military desertions, government appointments, missing people, mining licences, professional listings and much more.

The unindexed, browse-only Gazettes can be viewed on Ancestry here.

Ancestry's World Wide Project sees volunteers create indexes from scanned records. The indexes are then added to Ancestry's database and can be accessed free of charge by all researchers.


Monday, 28 May 2018

Register images from five more RC parishes in Archdiocese of Boston join AmericanAncestors.org

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mu3qePbc71sbH5GKfg-CxqZRnbBRSPvd/view?usp=sharing
Click image for larger view of sample
The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has added five new browseable RC parish register collections to its online archive at American Ancestors.org.

The register images are all from the Archdiocese of Boston, Massachussetts, collection.

Some 4,400 new pages are viewable in this browse-only upload, which includes registers from the following parishes:

Most Precious Blood, Hyde Park, 1870-1900
St Joseph, Salem, 1873-1900
St Mary, Winchester, 1875-1900
St Mary Star of the Sea, Beverly, 1871-1900
St Mary Star of the Sea, E. Boston, 1866-1900

In each parish except St Mary Winchester, registers of births, marriages and confirmations are available to view. Only births and marriages are available for St Mary Winchester.

The database is fully searchable/viewable to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. If you are not a paying member, create a free guest account to browse the images.

Summer issue of Irish Roots magazine published

http://www.irishrootsmedia.com/shop-product//Issue-106-Summer-2018/176
Click image for free sample
The Summer edition of Irish Roots – Ireland's only independent genealogy magazine – has been published.

As always, there's a great mix of genealogy, history and heritage features to entertain and inform family historians with connections to Ireland. Among this issue's goodies are the following articles and columns:
  • Using Irish societies in America in your genealogy research
  • Tracing your ancestors in County Leitrim
  • DNA’s potential to establish the identity of the Tuam babies
  • Discover the Irish Revenue Police, 1832 - 1857
  • Hanna & Me - Micheline Sheehy Skeffington retraces the steps of her Suffragette grandmother
  • Digitising your family tree - The many ways to use Google
  • Famous Hollywood greats with Irish roots
  • What's New? Review (My round-up of recent Irish genealogy record releases and other developments)
  • And Another Thing: Genealogical comment and observations with Steven Smyrl.
  • Your Genealogy Questions Answered, Letters To The Editor, and lots more!

You can discover more about this long-established and respected publication by clicking the image of the front cover, above. There's even a free sample to download!


Irish genealogy and history events, 28 May to 10 June

Monday 28 May: Public holiday in Northern Ireland and GB.

Monday 28 May: The Irish community in west London, a walking tour. Host: Irish Historical Walks in London. Meet outside Petty France entrance to St. James's Park tube station, 55 Broadway, London SW1, UK. 11:45–2:30pm. Free. Collection at end of tour. Details.

Monday 28 May: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures to facilitate redevelopment of premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, incl. Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 28 May: Samuel Clayton, freemason, forger, freeman, with Margaret Smyth. Host: Clondalkin Historical Society, Áras Chrónáin Irish Cultural Centre, Watery Lane, Off Orchard Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 29 May: Practical Workshop – Using family and local history resources online. Host and venue: PRONI, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Free but you need to register.

Tuesday 29 May: The letters of Flo Clancy, Kilrush, 1900-1958, with Paul O'Brien. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare. 8pm–9pm. Free for members; €5 for non-members.

Wednesday 30 May: Book launch: Plantations in Ulster, 1600-41: A Collection of Documents, by R J Hunter. Hosts: The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Six speakers will give short presentations. 2pm-4pm. Free, but need to register.

Wednesday 30 May: The Great Famine in East Clare, with Gerard Madden. Host: Killaloe-Ballina Local History Society. Venue: Wood & Bell Restaurant & Café, Main Street, Killaloe, Co Clare. 7pm–9pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 31 May: The Struggle for Ireland's Soul: Catholics under the Penal Laws, with Professor Ian McBride – the John Coffin Memorial Annual Irish Studies Lecture. Host: IES Irish Studies. Venue: The Chancellor's Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1, UK. 6pm to 8pm. The event will be followed by a wine reception hosted by the Irish Embassy. Free. Need to register. Details.

Thursday 31 May to Saturday 2 June: Southern California Jamboree. Schedule includes three Irish-themed presentations with Donna Moughty (Friday and Saturday mornings). Venue: Los Angeles Marriott, Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California, USA.

Saturday 2 – Monday 4 June: Echoes of the past - annual conference - includes several Irish and DNA-themed lectures. Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists. Venue: Christchurch Boys' High School, 71 Straven Road, Christchurch, New Zealand. Programme and costs.

Monday 4 June: Public Holiday in Republic of Ireland

Tuesday 5 June: Using your DNA results in practice - focus on autosomal DNA, a 3-hour workshop with Maurice Gleeson. Hosts: New Zealand Society of Genealogists, (Post-) Annual Conference. Venue: Christchurch Boys High School, 71 Straven Rd, Christchurch, New Zealand. 9am to noon. NZ$40. Booking essential.

Thursday 7 June: Using DNA to solve unknown parentage cases, and Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research, both with Maurice Gleeson. Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists. Venue: ASB Sports Centre, Matairangi Room, 72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand. 1pm to 3:30pm. No booking required. All welcome. $20 on the door. Details.

Friday 8 June and Saturday 9 June: Irish Military Seminar. Host and Venue: Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare. Friday evening: reception, book launch, talks, 5pm to 9pm, free; Saturday: complementary tea/coffee, six talks, lunch at own expense, 8:45-4:30pm, €5. Booking essential via Riverbank Arts Centre Box Office - boxoffice@riverbank.ie or telephone 00353 (0)45 448327.

Saturday 9 June: Using DNA to solve unknown parentage cases, and Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research, both with Maurice Gleeson. Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists. Venue: St Andrew's Church Hall, corner of Ridge Road and Vincent Street, Howick, Auckland, New Zealand. 1pm to 3:30pm. No booking required. All welcome. $20 on the door. Details.

Saturday 9 June: Irish family history resources online, with Chris Paton. Host: Family History Discovery Day. Venue: LDS Church 35 Julian Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0RB. 10.20am. Free.

Saturday 9 June: Family history, science and Irishness. Host: Irish Diaspora Foundation, Double Helix History (University of Manchester) and the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society. Venue: Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8, UK. 10:30am to 12:30pm. Free but prior registration advised. Details.

Sunday 10 June: Using DNA to solve unknown parentage cases, and Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research, both with Maurice Gleeson. Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Te Awamutu DNA support group. Venue: St John Ambulance Hall, Palmer St, Te Awamutu, New Zealand.


Friday, 25 May 2018

FindMyPast.ie adds index to Our Heroes (WW1) records

FindMyPast has uploaded an index to records held on the Our Heroes website. The latter provides photos and short biographies of 1,640 Irish officers and men in the British Army who were either killed in action or mentioned in despatches for acts of bravery.

The Index on FindMyPast is called Ireland, British Army Officers 1914-1918 and may not include all the records; the blurb says it covers August 1914 – July 1916 and has 1,500+ entries.

Searches return a transcript of details including the officer's birth year, rank, regiment, death date, age at death, burial plot, whether or not they were killed in action and a link to their portrait on the sources website. Some also provide details of the individual's service and next of kin.

The Our Heroes site has been online since 2014 and is free to access. It is a project created by South Dublin Libraries and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltact with the help of the National Library of Ireland.




Clare Library adds RC Marriages for Rath-Killinaboy

http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/genealogy/don_tran/bmd/rc_marriage_records_rath_killinaboy.htmClare County Library's Local Studies department has uploaded transcriptions of the Roman Catholic Marriage Registers for Rath-Killinaboy Parish. They date from 1818 to 1844 and from 1859 to 1880. In total, these registers hold details of 1,135 marriages.

The transcriptions have been created and donated by Sheila Duddy, working from the National Library of Ireland's RC Registers collection. They have been uploaded in spreadsheet format and can be freely viewed by date of marriage, alphabetically by the groom's surname and alphabetically by the bride's maiden surname. The transcriptions include the priest's notes recording impediments to marriage and dispensations.

Additionally, Sheila has created a separate spreadsheet recording 185 Letters of Freedom dating from 1822 to 1838. These letters were issued by a parish priest to allow a male parishioner to marry a woman in another parish. They were accepted as proof the would-be groom was not already married.

The transcriptions can be freely accessed at ClareLibrary.ie.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Book launch: More Maps & Texts - Sources and the Irish Historic Towns Atlas

https://www.ria.ie/more-maps-and-texts-sources-and-irish-historic-towns-atlas
Published by the Royal Irish Academy
Just published by the Royal Irish Academy is More maps and texts: sources and the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, a collection of 19 essays based on a series of annual seminars run by the IHTA project from 2012 to 2014. It is edited by H.B. Clarke and Sarah Gearty.

Its predecessor, Maps and texts: Exploring the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, was published by the Royal Irish Academy in 2013.

The 344-page book is structured into three chronological parts: monastic proto-towns and Viking towns; Anglo-Norman, gaelicised and plantation towns; and Georgian and Victorian towns. An introductory essay deals with a selection of standard sources that have been used by the IHTA. Subjects range from the meaning of placenames, to the art historical perspective, to the impact of canals and railways on towns.

You'll find the full list of essays and the order form here. The book is priced at €30, £29 and US$50. ISBN: 978-1-908997-73-9.

Maurice Gleeson's DNA lecture tour of New Zealand

Maurice Gleeson, the organiser of the annual Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference and Education Ambassador for ISOGG, will be embarking on a tour of New Zealand from next weekend.

The tour begins in Christchurch, where Maurice will be presenting DNA-themed lectures at the New Zealand Society of Genealogists' annual conference, Echoes of Our past, which runs from 2-4 June. See full conference programme or Maurice's website, DNAandFamilyTreeResearch.

The post-conference tour takes in Wellington, Auckland, Te Awamutu and Papamoa.

Dates, venues and lecture topics are below.

Saturday 2 June - Christchurch
New Zealand Genealogical Society, Annual Conference
Christchurch Boys' High School, 71 Straven Road, Christchurch
12.00 - DNA: A Beginner’s Guide to the Three Main Tests
14.00 - Identifying Missing Soldiers of WWI – What Role Does DNA Play?

Sunday 3 June - Christchurch
New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Annual Conference
Christchurch Boys' High School, 71 Straven Road, Christchurch
15.30 - Advanced Surname Project Management using DNA

Monday 4 June
- Christchurch
New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Annual Conference
Christchurch Boys' High School, 71 Straven Road, Christchurch
09.00 - Ireland and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: from Indentured Servants to Slave Masters to Abolitionists

Tuesday 5 June
- Christchurch
New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Annual Conference
Christchurch Boys' High School, 71 Straven Road, Christchurch
09.00 - Using your DNA results in practice - focus on autosomal DNA (3-hour workshop)

Thursday 7 June
- Wellington
NZSG Post-Conference Tour
ASB Sports Centre – Matairangi Room, 72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington
13.00 - Using DNA to solve unknown parentage cases
14.30 - Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research

Saturday 9 June
- Auckland
NZSG Post-Conference Tour
St Andrew's Church Hall, corner of Ridge Road and Vincent Street, Howick
13.00 - Using DNA to solve unknown parentage cases
14.30 - Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research

Sunday 10 June
- Te Awamutu
Te Awamutu DNA support group
13.00 - Using DNA to solve unknown parentage cases
14.30 - Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research

Monday 11 June - Papamoa
NZSG, Papamoa branch
10.00 - Michelle Patient talks on Researching surnames & the Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS)
12.00 - Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research (MG)

Tuesday 12 June - Papamoa
NZSG, Papamoa DNA Special Interest Group
10.00 - Using DNA to solve unknown parentage cases
12.00 - General Q&A

Saturday 16 June
- Auckland
NZSG, Auckland branch Genealogical Computing Group
St Andrew's Church Hall, corner of Ridge Road and Vincent Street, Howick
14.00 - What's a shrink like me doing in a place like this? (a review of the software and tools that I use in my day to day work)