Monday, 21 May 2018

Ancestry adds Victoria bmd indexes & asylum records

Ancestry.com.au has added indexes to the Victoria Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The landing page for each of the links below provides a detailed overview of the records and what information they hold.

Victoria Births Index, 1837-1917
– 3,714,952 records.

Victoria, Death Index, 1836-1988 – 4,996,943 records.

Victoria Marriage Index, 1837-1950 – 2,090,239 records

Another recent addition for the state of Victoria is the Victoria Asylum Records, 1853-1940. This collection comes from the Public Record Office Victoria and holds 49,040 records.

Irish genealogy and history events, 21 May - 4 June

Monday 21 May: 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 21 May: Larne Main Street circa 1950, with Liam Kelly. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 730pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 22 May: Belfast’s original poorhouse, with Louise Canavan. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Belfast Branch. Venue: C. S. Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT, 730pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 22 May: Using Valuation records to knock down brick walls, with Anne Johnston. Host: NIFHS, Causeway Coast and Glens branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine, Co Londonderry. 8pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 23 May: Irish research assistance and consultations. Host and venue: Genealogical Society of Victoria, Level 6, 85 Queen St., Melbourne 3000, Australia. 10am to 4pm. Free for members / $20 non-members. Details.

Thursday 24 May: The Penal Times: The Catholic Church in 18th-century Ireland, with Professor Ian McBride; the J.C. Beckett Memorial lecture. Host: Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 7–8pm. Free, but you need to register.

Thursday 24 May: Rebel women of the 20th century - Maud Gonne MacBride, with Donal Fallon. Host and venue: GPO Witness Visitor Centre, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. 5:30pm. All welcome. Free, but need to book ticket. 

Saturday 26 May: Exploring the Great War, exhibition, research facility and talks, with the Cork Branch of the Western Front Association. Venue: Mallow Library, Thomas Davis St, Mallow, Co. Cork. 10am to 4:30pm. Talks: Slaughter at the Somme (12:15pm), The US Army in the Great War (2pm), and The uniform and equipment of a British 'Tommy' (3:15pm). Admission free. All welcome.

Sunday 27 May: The Irish and Jewish communities of London's East End, a walking tour. Host: Wolfe Tone Society London. Meeting venue: Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1, UK. 11:45 to 2pm. Free; collection at end of tour. Details.

Sunday 27 May: 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 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 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 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 Street, 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

Friday, 18 May 2018

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: mid-May update

Headstone memorial in Abbey Graveyard, Ferrybank,
to Frederick Christian, Comptroller of Waterford's
Custom House, who died May 1687, and his son, Minard,
who died August 1714. Photo courtesy of
Steve Rogers and Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives.
The team of volunteers at Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives has donated and uploaded the files below in the first two weeks of May.

In total, the number of headstone photos added to the site during the fortnight came to more than 1,030. They, like all material held on IGP-Archives, are free to view, along with text files of inscriptions for each batch of photos.

Here are the new files:

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Paul's (CoI) Graveyard, Ballymachugh

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Peter's, Pt. 2
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Brigid's, Pt. 14

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Islandeady Graveyard, Part 1 & 2

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Burrishoole Abbey, Part 5 (Completed)

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Parish Registers, E. Div., Baptisms 1811-1815

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Abbey Graveyard (CoI), Ferrybank, Part 1


Burrishoole Abbey, Co Mayo. Photo courtesy of Bernie McCafferty and Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives
Burrishoole Abbey, County Mayo.
Photo courtesy Bernie McCafferty and Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives.

IGRS Genealogy Open Day, Dublin, Saturday 19 May

The Irish Genealogical Research Society Ireland Branch will be holding its Genealogy Open Day on Saturday 19 May.

As usual, this popular annual event will be held at Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, and everyone is welcome to attend. The day is free, and there is no need to book.

Three main lectures will be presented, followed by two 'lightning' (short) talks, as follows:

10amRegistration
10:20Chairman's Welcome
10:30300th anniversary of 1718 migration from Ulster to New England, with Linde Lunney
11:20Where Historical Geography meets Genealogy, with Brian Hollinshead
NoonLunch (at own expense)
13:45Glasnevin Cemetery resources for the family historian, with Lynn Brady
14:45Two 'Lightening' talks:
Genealogy novels: Are they any good / Should you be reading them? with Claire Bradley
Organising Genealogy: How do you do it? with Aileen Wynne
16:00Close

See the programme and other details of the IGRS Ireland Branch at IrishAncestors.ie.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

AmericanAncestors adds more RC Boston registers

AmericanAncestors.org
AmericanAncestors.org, the online database of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), has added a further ten volumes to its database of Roman Catholic records from the Archdiocese of  Boston, Massachusetts.

The new records are from St Mary's in Lynn and they date from 1789 to 1900. The upload adds more than 39,000 records to the collection and 148,000 names.

The new volumes are as follows:

St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms 1872-1893, Part 1
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms 1872-1893, Part 2
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms 1893-1897
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms 1897-1900
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms and Marriages 1837-1841
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms and Marriages 1851-1861
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms and Marriages 1862-1872
St. Mary (Lynn) First Communions and Confirmations 1881-1900
St. Mary (Lynn) Marriages 1872-1893
St. Mary (Lynn) Marriages 1893-1900

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. Then search the index, note the register and page numbers of the entries you want to search and then browse. I've just done this for an entry that interested me. It's a little laborious, but it works.


Irish lectures at QFHS Roots 2018 conference, Montreal

There are three Irish themed lectures taking place in Montreal this weekend as part of the Quebec Family History Society's Roots 2018 conference.

Two of the lectures will be presented by Tom Quinlan, Keeper, National Archives of Ireland (NAI): What's new at the NAI? (Saturday 19 May) and Researching convict ancestors at the NAI (Sunday 20 May). The third is with historian Steven L Cameron: Pre-Famine Irish in rural Quebec (Saturday 19 May).

Roots 2018 will be held at McGill University in Montreal and you need to register. You can find the full lecture programme plus details of Ancestry Friday, the Gala Dinner, costs and accommodation from that link, or download the brochure here.

Missing elements of FMP's civil indexes identified

There are also SRDs missing from the marriages Index
Readers of Irish Genealogy News will remember that in early March, while broadly welcoming FindMyPast's newly uploaded civil registers indexes, I was critical of the inadequate descriptions provided by FindMyPast Ireland for what appeared to be incomplete record sets.

Two months on, the descriptions have not been improved (and the supposedly pre-1845 marriages  have not been corrected, either), so genealogist John Grenham has taken the time and trouble to identify what is missing from both the FindMyPast birth and marriage indexes. He found that no entries are included in the birth index for a whopping 26% of Ireland's Superintendent Registrar Districts (SRDs), and no entries are included in the marriage index for four SRDs.

By any standards, these are seriously incomplete indexes and should be highlighted as such. Let's hope FindMyPast action this without delay.

See John's blogpost – FindMyPast's unmarked elephant traps – for the full list of the missing SRDs.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Irish genealogy and history events, 14-27 May

Monday 14 May: Famine and migration, with Dr Paddy Fitzgerald. 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 14 May: 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 14 May: History of Watt’s Distillery, with Roy McCullough. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Derry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 15 May: A guide to tracing your Limerick ancestors, with John Grenham MAGI. Host and venue: Granary Library, The Granary, Michael St, Limerick. Free. All welcome. 8pm. Details.

Wednesday 16 May: A Letter from America , with Dr Ian Hunter. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 16 May: 1918 tenements and Compo Claims, with Donal Fallon and Cathy Scuffil. Part of the Dublin in 1918 lecture series.  Hosts: Dublin City Public Libraries, Dublin Historians and Near fm 90.3. Venue: Raheny Library, Howth Rd, Raheny, Dublin 5. 6:30pm. Free.

Thursday 17 May: Printed in Bray. The history of the printing industry in Bray & County Wicklow. Hosts: Bray Cualann Historical Society. Venue: Royal Hotel, Main Street, Bray, Co Wicklow. 8pm. Admission €5, members free. All welcome.

Thursday 17 May: Urban modernity and the historic city c1700 to c1840, with Professor Roey Sweet. Hosts: Royal Irish Academy and British Embassy Dublin. Venue: The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register. Details.

Friday 18 May: Irish Historic Towns Atlas Seminar 2018: Modernising Townscapes. Host and venue: The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Free. All welcome. Need to register. Details.

Saturday 19 May: Irish records – Now is the time, a workshop with Jill Williams of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. Host: Aberdeen and NES Family History Society. Venue: Unitarian Church Centre, 43A Skene Terrace, Aberdeen, UK, AB10 1RN. 2:30pm–4:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Saturday 19 May: IGRS Genealogy Open Day. Three lectures and two 'lightning talks'. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 10am to 4pm. Three lectures and two 'lightning talks'. Free. All welcome. No need to register. Details.

Saturday 19 May: 20th Medieval Dublin Symposium. Host: The Friends of Medieval Dublin. Venue: J.M. Synge Theatre (Room 2039), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Details. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 19 May: Managing your matches - a step-by-step approach to interpreting your DNA matches, with Maurice Gleeson (at 9am) and Marrying DNA and Irish Family Tree Research, with Maurice Gleeson (at 11am). Host: Queensland Family History Society. Venue: Queensland Baptist Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne, Queensland, Australia. Cost: $25.00 members (QFHS and GSQ) and $40.00 non-members (includes morning tea). Booking essential.

Monday 21 May: 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 21 May: Larne Main Street circa 1950, with Liam Kelly. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 730pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 22 May: Belfast’s original poorhouse, with Louise Canavan. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Belfast Branch. Venue: C. S. Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT, 730pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 22 May: Using Valuation records to knock down brick walls, with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Causeway Coast and Glens branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine, Co Londonderry. 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 24 May: The Penal Times: The Catholic Church in 18th-century Ireland, with Professor Ian McBride; the J.C. Beckett Memorial lecture. Host: Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 7–8pm. Free, but you need to register.

Thursday 24 May: Rebel women of the 20th century - Maud Gonne MacBride, with Donal Fallon. Host and venue: GPO Witness Visitor Centre, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. 5:30pm. All welcome. Free, but need to book ticket. 

Saturday 26 May: Exploring the Great War, exhibition, research facility and talks, with the Cork Branch of the Western Front Association. Venue: Mallow Library, Thomas Davis St, Mallow, Co. Cork. 10am to 4:30pm. Talks: Slaughter at the Somme (12:15pm), The US Army in the Great War (2pm), and The uniform and equipment of a British 'Tommy' (3:15pm). Admission free. All welcome.

Sunday 27 May: The Irish and Jewish communities of London's East End, a walking tour. Host: Wolfe Tone Society London. Meeting venue: Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1, UK. 11:45 to 2pm. Free; collection at end of tour. Details.

Sunday 27 May: 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.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

UCC launches The Great Irish Famine Online

As part of today's National Famine Commemoration at University College Cork, The Great Irish Famine Online has been launched.

This ground-breaking project allows users to access interactive maps containing detailed information on the impact of the Famine on each of 3,000 civil parishes and 1,600 towns across the island. You can analyse statistics that chart changes in the social, political and economic landscape of Ireland pre- and post-Famine. The statistics are taken from the 1841 and 1851 census.

Screenshot of the 1841 map of families employed in agriculture.
The civil parish of Kilkerranmore in County Cork is highlighted
I've just been playing with it. I'm finding it a bit slow, which I'm accustomed to with a rural broadband connection but this was particularly sluggish, and, rather more irritatingly, the site doesn't allow me any scroll control ie I can't get down to the bottom of the page on some pages. I'm using a PC. I suspect the site has been designed for responsive devices. That aside, the information is well presented, with a slider over the maps so you can slide between the 1841 data and the 1851 data.

I checked out my father's parish of Kilkerranmore in County Cork, to see just how agricultural the area was in the first half of the 19th century. The 1841 map showed that 391 (87%) of the 452 families in the parish were employed in agriculture. In 1851, the percentage was slightly lower – 84% – but the population had fallen dramatically: there were only 274 families still living there, a loss of 39% over the decade.

The Great Irish Famine Online is a collaboration between staff at UCC’s Geography Department and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. It is free to access. It can be found via the National Famine Commemoration website at http://www.irishfamine.ie/irish-famine-map. On the landing page, click on The Great Irish Famine Map Online link.

Alternatively, go straight to this link.

The famine online project was born out of the 728-page Atlas of The Great Irish Famine, which was published by Cork University Press in 2012. Edited by John Crowley, William J Smyth and Mike Murphy, this huge tome is beautifully presented, with hundreds of illustrations, charts and maps to aid understanding and deep research.

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Friday, 11 May 2018

Free access: Ancestry releases 1939 National Register

Click for larger view of sample
The 1939 National Register of England and Wales is now available on Ancestry. To launch the collection, it can be searched and viewed free of charge until Sunday, 13 May.

The National Register was compiled on 29 September 1939, just after war had been declared, and is the only complete online record of the population of England and Wales after 1911. It contains the names of more than 45 million people, arranged by address, along with their date of birth and their occupation. Any official voluntary war work is also noted. Some images have been redacted to protect the privacy of those who may still be alive.

It was previously online only via FindMyPast, but Ancestry has now created a fresh index to the images. Unlike Findmypast's version, this index includes information from Column 5 of the original form, which identifies those who were resident in hospitals, asylums or prisons with the letters O, V, S, P and I, standing for Officer, Visitor, Servant, Patient or Inmate.

You can learn more about the 1939 Register, and find out about the off-line 1939 Register for Northern Ireland (and Scotland), at my website, Irish-Genealogy-News.com

Recreated Famine mud hut opens to the public in Cork

An Bothán, the recreated Famine mud hut, is
open to visit in UCC's main quadrangle from 12 May
University College Cork (UCC), the venue for tomorrow's National Famine Commemoration ceremony, has created An Bothán, a replica mud cabin home typical of the early 1800s.

Such a structure would have been identified in the 1841 census as a '4th class dwelling', 'a single room cabin built of organic material', and reflects the dreadful and common conditions in which as many as two million people were living prior to the Famine. Most of the misery of the Famine occurred in mud cabins like this.

In 1841 the proportion of 4th-class houses across Ireland averaged 17% (in some small towns the proportion was nearly 30%). By 1851, the figure was below 5% (8.4% in small towns); the houses, along with their previous occupants, had all but disappeared during the Famine.

Located on the north side of the clock tower of the main quadrangle, An Bothán will be open to the public from tomorrow and during the summer.

Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions: 2018 release

Click the image to download the names and addresses of those included in the latest release of files
Click the image to download a list names/addresses
of individuals included in the latest release (1.2Mb)
This year's release of records from the Military Service Pensions Collection (MSPC) is now available to explore on MilitaryArchives.ie.

The released files relate to claims lodged by 1,442 individuals or their dependants. They include 603 female participants; 262 individuals who served in the National Forces during the Civil War; 82 individuals who died in the period 1919-1921; 3 members of the National Forces who died in the Civil War; and files relating to veterans of both the War of Independence and Civil War.

You can search the collection and view/download an individual's service history and claim file here. Do bear in mind that some of the files contain multiple documents.

The MSPC is one of the largest collections relating to the Revolutionary period, providing an unparalleled picture of activities of the Irish Volunteers, the Irish Citizen Army, National Army and anti-Treaty groups from the Easter Rising of 1916 to the end of hostilities in 1923. It holds between 270,000 and 300,000 application files and supporting documentation.

There's a detailed guide to the MSPC here (13Mb pdf)

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

More County Clare RC baptism registers transcribed

New transcriptions of baptisms recorded in the Doora/Kilraghtis parish registers can now be viewed, free of charge, in the genealogy section of Clare County Library's website.

This Roman Catholic parish comprised three civil parishes: Doora, Kilragthis and Templemaley, and the baptism register holds 4,956 records dating from 1821 to 1881. They have been transcribed and donated by Sheila Duddy who notes that only the records in the first half or so of the register state the residence (usually the townland) and parish of the parents.

The records have been arranged in chronological order, in alphabetical order of the father's surname, and in alphabetical order of the mother's maiden surname. In each case, there are two files: 1821-1862 and 1862-1881.

Monday, 7 May 2018

IrishGenealogy.ie appears to have been hacked

The state-managed IrishGenealogy.ie appears to have been hacked. If you try to reach the site, you'll receive a message saying you've been reported, and blocked, for suspicious activity.

As it's a public holiday in Ireland today, it may not be until Tuesday that the techies start to correct the problem.

UPDATE, 21:45: I was out of wifi contact for most of yesterday and today, so I wasn't able to do much more than confirm the problem earlier. Having returned to base camp, John Grenham has come to the rescue to advise that it's only the home pages that seem to be playing up. If you use this link: https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/civil-search.jsp, you'll find you can get access to the records with no problem. Many thanks, John.

UPDATE, 8 May, 11:05: The site seems to be functioning normally again.

Irish genealogy and history events, 7 - 20 May, 2018

Monday 7 May: Public Holiday in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Tuesday 8 May: Five Dynasties of Montalto, with Horace Reid. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: The Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 8 May: DNA and Irish genealogy: Where to now? with Maurice Gleeson. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: DFEi, Cumberland St, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. €3.

Tuesday 8 May: Sheela-na Gigs – Medieval Exhibitionist figures, with Gary Dempsey. Host: Co Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Percy French Hotel, Strokestown, Co Roscommon. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 8 May:  Famine in Cork City, with Pat Gunne. A National Famine Commemoration Event. Host: Cork Libraries. Venue: City  Library, 61 Grand Parade, Cork City. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 8 May: The history of Dungarvan, and the Grattan Square Heritage Plaques, with Willie Whelan. Host: SGC Cinema Dungarvan. Venue: SGC Dungarvan, High Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. 5pm–7pm. All welcome. Details.

Tuesday 8 May: Glendalough: the ancient church, with Frank Tracy. Host: Tallaght Historical Society. Venue: County Library, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. 7pm. Free. 

Thursday 10 May: Women in WW1, with Sarah Jane Paterson and the Tonagh Ladies. Host: Western Front Association, Antrim and Down branch. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast BT3 9HQ. 6:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 10 May: 100 years of Irish women’s history, with Dr. Emma Bidwell. Host and venue: Skibbereen Library, 10 North St, Marsh, Skibbereen, Co. Cork. Free. 11am. All welcome. Booking essential: tel 028 22400 to reserve your place.

Thursday 10 May: Famine sites in Skibbereen Town, a guided walk with Philip O'Regan. A National Famine Commemoration event. Host: Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Meet at the Courthouse in North Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork, at 6:30pm. Walk finishes at Skibbereen Heritage Centre c.8pm. Free. All welcome. Booking essential: tel 028 40900.

Friday 11 May: Mapping the Great Irish Famine, with Mike Murphy. The National Famine Commemoration 2018 Public Lecture. Introduction by Professor WJ Smyth. Venue: Where: Aula Maxima, University College Cork, Cork. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Friday 11 - Sunday 13 May: Historic Settlement: Dungarvan and West Waterford, annual conference. Host: Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement. Venue: Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. For full details and to register see irishsettlement.ie/

Saturday 12 May: National Famine Commemoration 2018. Official ceremony at University College Cork. Organisers University College Cork in collaboration with Cork City Council.

Saturday 12 May: Genealogy workshop, with Lynn Brady. (Extra date to meet demand) Host and venue: Glasnevin cemetery, Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. 2pm. Tickets €10 each; includes the workshop and a genealogy pack which contains research rules, an explanation of the Glasnevin Records, and a €10 genealogy voucher to start your search of the Glasnevin database. Booking essential.

Monday 14 May: Famine and Migration, with Dr Paddy Fitzgerald. 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 14 May: 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 14 May: Famine and Migration, with Paddy Fitzgerald. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Derry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 15 May: A guide to tracing your Limerick ancestors, with John Grenham MAGI. Host and venue: Granary Library, The Granary, Michael St, Limerick. Free. All welcome. 8pm. Details.

Wednesday 16 May: To the White House and back with a President Alive and Dead, with Dr Ian Hunter. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. 7:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Wednesday 16 May: 1918 tenements and Compo Claims, with Donal Fallon and Cathy Scuffil. Part of the Dublin in 1918 lecture series.  Hosts: Dublin City Public Libraries, Dublin Historians and Near fm 90.3. Venue: Raheny Library, Howth Rd, Raheny, Dublin 5. 6:30pm. Free.

Thursday 17 May: Printed in Bray. The history of the printing industry in Bray & County Wicklow. Hosts: Bray Cualann Historical Society. Venue: Royal Hotel, Main Street, Bray, Co Wicklow. 8pm. Admission €5, members free. All welcome.

Thursday 17 May: Urban modernity and the historic city c1700 to c1840, with Professor Roey Sweet. Hosts: Royal Irish Academy and British Embassy Dublin. Venue: The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register. Details.

Friday 18 May: Irish Historic Towns Atlas Seminar 2018: Modernising Townscapes. Host and venue: Venue: The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Free. All welcome. Need to register. Details.

Saturday 19 May: Irish records – Now is the time, a workshop with Jill Williams of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. Host: Aberdeen and NES Family History Society. Venue: Unitarian Church Centre, 43A Skene Terrace, Aberdeen, UK, AB10 1RN. 2:30pm–4:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Saturday 19 May: IGRS Genealogy Open Day. Three lectures and two 'lightning talks'. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 10am to 4pm. Three lectures and two 'lightning talks'. Free. All welcome. No need to register.

Saturday 19 May: 20th Medieval Dublin Symposium. Host: The Friends of Medieval Dublin. Venue: J.M. Synge Theatre (Room 2039), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Details. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 19 May: Managing your Matches - a step-by-step approach to interpreting your DNA matches, with Maurice Gleeson (at 9am) and Marrying DNA and Irish Family Tree Research, with Maurice Gleeson (at 11am). Host: Queensland Family History Society. Venue: Queensland Baptist Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne, Queensland, Australia. Cost: $25.00 members (QFHS and GSQ) and $40.00 non-members (includes morning tea). Booking essential.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Save up to US$90 on Ancestry.com subscriptions

Ancestry.com is offering family historians a 30% discount on gift memberships/subscriptions to its US Discovery and World Explorer packages. Savings of up to US$90 are available, as follows:

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While the offer is promoted as being for Mother's Day, there are no rules about who can receive the gift; it could be either of your parents, a sibling, your best friend, or even a treat for yourself.

The offer will expire at 11:59pm ET on Sunday 13 May.

$30 CAD saving on Ancestry DNA kits for Mother's Day

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Canadian researchers can take advantage of a CAD$30 saving on an Ancestry DNA test kit this Mother's Day.

The offer, which includes taxes reduces the cost of a kit from CAD$129 to CAD$99. Shipping is extra.

Click the image to find out more before the offer ends on Tuesday 8 May at 11:59pm ET.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest updates

http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/cavan/photos/tombstones/mt-nugent-old/target14.html
Cavan's Mount Nugent burial ground (KIlbride
parish) has many early 18th-century memorials to
Lynchs. This one above is to James Lynch, who
died in 1735, and Paul Lynch (date unknown).
Photo courtesy of Dave Hall and Ireland
Genealogy Projects Archives.
Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives is on the lookout for more headstone photographers willing to donate their pix to one of the very best volunteer-based online projects. Summer's on its way (arriving this weekend, so the meteo folks say), so what could be better than strolling around a leafy country churchyard or quiet edge-of-town cemetery with your camera?

You don't even have to type up the headstone inscriptions; if your photos are clear enough, IGP-web volunteers will do that for you (although you're more than welcome to submit your transcriptions with your picture album).

You'll find information about contributing photos, some tips for taking photographs, and a contact email on the IGP Archives website here.

Below are the files – a mix of headstone photos and genealogical records – contributed by volunteers
in the second half of April:

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Drumlumman Graveyard
Kilbride Cemetery, Mount Nugent

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Conwal Parish Church (CoI), Letterkenny

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mount Jerome, Dublin - Parts 196-198

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Galloon Register, Baptisms & Burials 1845-1881
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/fermanagh/church.htm

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Parish Reg., E. Div., 1815-1820 Baptisms
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/monaghan/clones.htm

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Wills
Irish Wills in England

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilquade Cemetery (New) Pt. 3 (B-K)


Thursday, 3 May 2018

Ancestry updates search fields for US Federal Censuses


Ancestry's 1860 and 1870 US Federal Census collection can now be searched by occupation. Previously, trade and occupations were searchable only in the 1880 US Federal Census database.

As far as I can tell, this update to the search fields occurred in early January, but I haven't seen it mentioned by anyone. Maybe I missed it. But it seems worth highlighting to Irish family historians as this extra searchable field could be handy for a researcher trying to identify an ancestor with a common Irish name. I won't be alone in having been grateful 'my' John Doyle was a Master Coachbuilder, or 'my' Patrick Tierney was a butcher! Anything that narrows down the number of individuals needing to be researched is likely to be helpful.

Just for the heck of it, some results from the 1860 US Federal Census: The number of Ireland-born architects was 57; shoemakers 6,567 (plus 369 bootmakers), miners 12,300 and teachers 1,919.

(With thanks to John Rogers for alerting me to the update.)

National Archives of Ireland's websites suffer technical glitch

Both the National Archives of Ireland's main website and its Genealogy website are experiencing technical problems and cannot currently be reached.

The NAI has tweeted that it is aware of the problem and is trying to solve it as quickly as possible.

When this has happened in the past, the IrishGenealogy.ie website (civil and church records) has tended to share the glitch, but that doesn't seem to be the case on this occasion. It seems fine right now, anyway.

I'll update here when I know the NAI's sites are working again.

UPDATE, 15:30: The two sites are up and running again.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Half price: FindMyPast's Ultimate British & Irish sub

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FindMyPast.com is offering a one-month subscription to its Ultimate British and Irish package at half price.

The package provides access to all FindMyPast's records, including exclusive collections such as the England and Wales 1939 Register and an unrivalled collection of British and Irish historical newspapers.

The regular price of a month's subscription to the Ultimate British & Irish collection costs US$19.95. With the 50% discount, it's just US$9.98.

To take advantage of the offer, you'll need to sign up before 11:59pm GMT on Tuesday 8 May, when the discount expires. Just click the Subscribe Now button above to find out more about the subscription package.

You should note that, after the initial offer period, your subscription will be automatically renewed at the normal price unless you un-tick the ‘auto-renew my subscription’ box in the 'My Account' section of the site.

10% off FindMyPast's 12-month World/Pro package

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FindMyPast Ireland, UK and Australia are offering a 10% discount on their 12-month World or Pro subscription packages. Although these packages have different names, the content is the same: access to more than 2 billion records from Ireland, the UK, Canada and the US, Australia and New Zealand. Included are the 1939 Register of England and Wales, and US, British and Irish newspaper collections.

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You can see details of the saving for each FindMyPast territory/site below. To take advantage of the offer, click the appropriate flag and sign up before 11:59pm GMT on Tuesday 8 May, when the discount offer will expire.

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Single payment of €161.55 (normally €179.52)




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FindMyPast Australia - 10% off 12-month World subscription.
Single payment of AUS$215.55 (normally AUS$239.52)


Be sure to note that at the end of the initial 12-month period, your subscription will be automatically renewed at the normal price unless you un-tick the ‘auto-renew my subscription’ box in the 'My Account' section of the FindMyPast site.


1718: Penal Laws, Poverty & Migration, conference

https://www.facebook.com/UlsterHistoricalFoundation/photos/a.467986143105.248517.247393338105/10155504887173106/?type=3&theater
A free conference – 1718 - Penal Laws, Poverty and Migration – will be held on Saturday 12 May in Garvagh, County Londonderry.

Jointly hosted by Garvagh Museum and the Ulster Historical Foundation, the conference will start at 9:45am and finish at about 1pm.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

Everyone is welcome to attend and no booking is required.

The venue is the Garvagh & District Development Association Community Building, 85 Main Street, Garvagh, BT51 5AB.

The following lectures will be presented:

Migration in the generation before 1718, with Dr Patrick Fitzgerald

Economy and society in early 18th-century Ulster, with Dr William Roulston

The situation for Presbyterians in the early 18th century, with Alison McCaughan

Getting to know some of the 1718 people, with Dr Linde Lunney

Sources for studying families in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, with Brian Mitchell MAGI

For more information, see Garvagh Museum on Facebook or email 1718garvaghmuseum@gmail.com.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

My Heritage DNA's Mother's Day sale - US, Ireland & UK

My Heritage DNA has a Mother's Day discount on its autosomal DNA test. It's valid in North America, where Mother's Day is held on Sunday 13 May, and Ireland/UK (where it's celebrated in March, but who's checking), paying in US dollars or Sterling respectively.

https://www.myheritage.com/dnaThe offer for North American residents is a $10 discount, reducing the price from $69 to $59.

The offer for Ireland and UK residents is a £16 discount, reducing the price from £75 to £59.

Shipping costs are extra.

The North American offer ends on Monday 14 May. I haven't seen an end date for the IE/UK offer. Presumably it's the same.




Big Mother's Day savings from Family Tree DNA

https://www.familytreedna.com/
Mother's Day will be celebrated on Sunday 13 May in both United States and Canada In North America, so Family Tree DNA has some discounted offers to help you spoil your Mam / Mom / Mum (and extend your research at the same time!).

Save US$20 on Family Finder and discover your ethnic origins. The regular price for this test is US$79. The discount brings the price down to US$59.

Or, celebrate your maternal heritage with an Mt-DNA full sequence test and a big US$50 saving. The regular price is US$199; the Mother's Day Sale price is US$149.

Or, buy both tests and save US$70.

Both special offers will expire on Monday 14 May.

Famine & emigration conference, Portumna, 5 May

https://www.facebook.com/kierantuohysculptor/photos/pcb.1895631960550566/1895625527217876/?type=3&theaterThe Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna is holding a conference – Far and Away: The Great Hunger and the Emigrant Experience – this coming Saturday (5 May).

Sponsored by Waterways Ireland, the conference will also explore the part played by Ireland's waterways in the Famine and emigration of so many Irish people.

The programme will run as follows:

9:30Registration, tea/coffee and biscuits
9:45Special welcome, with Dolores O'Shea
10:00Escape on the water: Portumna's Maritime Superhighway, with Donal Boland
10:40Ireland and Australia: the career of Captain Arthur Edward Kennedy, with Dr Ciaran O Murchadha
11:20Tea/coffee
11:40The ship 'Palatine' – Mountbellow girls sent to Austalia, with Paula Kennedy
12:20One Woman's Story: Mary-Ann Taylor, with William Marwick
13:00Snack lunch, visit Dark Shadows exhibition, and tours of the Workhouse
14:00The Irish in C19th Australia, with Aron Donnelly
15:00Tea/coffee
15:30Path across the ocean: Songs/poems of the Great Hunger and the exiled Irish, with Johnny Johnson

The conference is free to attend with donations to the workhouse museum.

To see the full brochure, click the image.




Strokestown Church of Ireland vestry book transcribed (registers to follow)

The RCB Library's Archive of the Month for May is a presentation on the vestry minute book of the Parish of Bumlin, which covers Strokestown and two smaller related civil parishes: Kiltrustan and Lissonuffy.

It has been transcribed by local historian and Roscommon native, Alan Moran, who worked through the entire minute book for the period 1811 to 1870. His transcription is now available in full as part of the online archive presentation.

The value of Church of Ireland vestry minute books as a resource for social, economic, religious, and legal history at local parish level is clearly demonstrated in this transcription. Of particular interest to genealogists will be the details supplied in a list of donations made into a local charity's funds in the years 1833 to 1837; the vestry book gives the names and circumstances of the persons assisted – widows, sick, lame, blind, orphans, foundlings – providing a poignant glimpse of the rural poor shortly prior to the Famine.

Speaking of his work, Alan Moran says: “I did not know what to expect when I first looked into the Strokestown vestry book, but was immediately taken by the interest and variety of its contents, and its reflection of local and national circumstances in the decades before the Famine. There was a lot of data on the parish accounts, occupation of land, and relief of the poor, which could be useful to researchers, so I decided to undertake a full transcription to make that data more accessible, as well as to get a better understanding of the functions of the vestry myself.”

Family historians with connections to County Roscommon will also be interested to learn that Alan Moran carried out his work on the vestry minute book at the Library while preparing a transcription of the Strokestown (Bumlin) Church of Ireland parish registers. These registers (births, marriages and burials) all date from 1811. Alan's transcription will be released in a forthcoming RCBL Archive of the Month.

Download a listing by county of all vestry records available in the RCB Library.