Friday, 20 July 2018

Flash Sales on Ancestry DNA test kits this weekend

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Fancy grabbing a discount on that Ancestry DNA test kit you've been promising yourself?

You're in luck if you're resident in Ireland, Canada, the UK or Australia/NewZealand as these Ancestry 'territories' are holding flash sales this weekend. How much you can save depends on where you live.

See the details and prices below, noting when the discount expires, and remember that shipping/postage & packing costs are additional to the prices quoted.


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Ireland Ancestry DNA test kits reduced to €76. Regular price €99. Expires 11:59pm on Tuesday 24 July.



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Ancestry DNA test kits reduced by 20% to £63. Regular price £79. Discount expires at 11:59pm on Tuesday 24 July.



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Save 25% on Ancestry DNA test kits. Discount expires at 11:59pm AEST on Sunday 22 July.



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Save $30CAD on Ancestry DNA test kits. Offer expires at 9pm PST on Sunday 22 July

New book: The Archives of the Valuation of Ireland, 1830–65

http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2018/the-archives-of-the-valuation-of-ireland/
All Maynooth Research Guides for Irish Local
History are published by Four Courts Press
The latest publication in the highly-regarded Maynooth Research Guides for Irish Local History series is the Archives of the Valuation of Ireland, 1830-1865, by Frances McGee.

The author worked as an archivist in the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) for forty years and was its Acting Director at the time of her retirement in 2014. She has now written an extensive and thorough guide to assist researchers understand one of the NAI's more complex collections.

Between 1830 and 1864, every piece of property in Ireland was valued, from houses on tiny plots of land to the great landed estates. The work of valuation created a large volume of archives that recorded the occupiers of land and houses as well as details of the location, extent and quality of their property.

The Valuation archives date from a period when few sources cover the whole country and are a rich resource for research ranging from family history to socio-economic study.

Published by Four Courts Press, the 240-page colour-illustrated paperback is now on sale for €17.95 from the publisher, and from other booksellers. ISBN: 978-1-84682-136-3.


Irish Times Archive + full online news access: 50% off

https://www.irishtimes.com/digital-subscriptions/abroad-sale?cur=ie
There's also 50% off the Premium option
Ireland's 'newspaper of record', The Irish Times has a special offer for overseas readers. It gives 50% off the price of either the Standard or Premium digital subscription package for a period of three months. Thereafter, you can either cancel the subscription or pay the regular price.

Both packages provide full access to the IrishTimes.com website (non-subscribers get access to only a handful of articles a week), to subscriber-only articles, special offers and the paper's Crossword Club. The Premium subscription additionally brings you The ePaper, a digital copy of the print edition.

Importantly for Irish family historians, both these packages give full access to the Irish Times Archive, which includes all editions published since the paper first appeared in 1859.

The regular price of the Standard package is £10, €12, US$12. The discount reduces the cost to £5, €6, US$6.

The regular price of the Premium package is £12, €16, US$18. With the discount, the cost is £6, €8, US$9.

To find out more about the discount and the content of both packages, click the image.

You'll find the full terms and conditions here.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

New book: Children and the Great Hunger in Ireland

New from Cork University Press is Children and the Great Hunger in Ireland, which explores the impact of The Famine on children and young adults, one of the most vulnerable groups in terms of disease and mortality in any sustained period of food hunger.

Published by Cork University Press
Published by Cork University Press
The 328-page paperback is edited by Christine Kinealy, Jason King and Gerard Moran. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the subject and includes research contributions from leading scholars on both sides of the Atlantic.

The early chapters demonstrate how government relief, most notably the Poor Law, failed to make special provision or protection for children, treating them as being just as ‘undeserving’ of assistance as adults. A consequence of this approach was exceptionally high child mortality, as the chapter, based on a study of the skeletons in the Kilkenny workhouse grave, shows. Other chapters focus on emigration, the loss of language, the maintaining of an Irish (Catholic) identity, folk memories, children’s literature, and writing a Famine curriculum.

In keeping with its multi-disciplinary approach, Children and the Great Hunger opens and concludes with reflections by award-winning Irish authors, Marita Conlon-McKenna and Michael Collins.

ISBN 9780990468691. Price €25.00 / £21.95.

FindMyPast and Living DNA announce partnership

Family history database provider FindMyPast has announced a new partnership with DNA test supplier Living DNA.

https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=2114&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Ffindmypast.co.uk%2Fancestry-dna-testing%2Living DNA tests, which claim to provide twice the detail of other ancestry tests with an ability to identify DNA from 80 world regions (including 21 in Britain and Ireland) are now available to purchase at FindMyPast.co.uk costing £99; FindMyPast.com costing US$99. (The kits don't currently appear to be on sale via FindMyPast.ie or FindMyPast.com.au.)

Co-branded kits will be launched when the new integrated FindMyPast and Living DNA service is introduced later in the year.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

FamilySearch adds C19th Irish & British Family Notices

Family Search has uploaded a collection of  'Family Notices' of births, marriages and deaths reported in a selection of 19th-century publications in the online British Newspaper Archive (BNA). The index to the Notices holds some 5.9million entries.

Click for enlarged view
Click for enlarged view
As far as I can tell, more than 103,000 records relate to people connected with Ireland in some way. The Irish newspaper titles appear to be from Belfast, Cork and Sligo.

Images of the Family Notices can be accessed online only by LDS members or at an LDS Family History Center. Those researchers who are not LDS Members or able to visit an FHC may find the indexed data provides them with good information, even if it doesn't provide source details. See the sample to the right.

The Family Notices record-set joins a sister collection of 1.8million 'Obituaries' printed in newspaper titles held in the BNA.

It joined Family Search in March, and a quick search of the index suggests about 7,000 of the records relate to people with Irish connections. This seems a surprisingly small proportion, so don't take it as certain.

The two collections have been imaged and digitised in a collaborative project with FindMyPast.

FindMyPast removes its new indexes to GRO registers

Both indexes have been removed from FindMyPast
Regular readers of Irish Genealogy News will remember that, back in early March, FindMyPast released their 'enhanced' indexes to the General Register Office's births and marriages registers on IrishGenealogy.ie.

As my original blogpost relates, the collections were launched with limited information about the records they contained, and it was soon clear to most people who used them, that the indexes were not complete. It was Genealogist John Grenham who spent time to work through the indexes in May to find that the records of 58 registration districts were missing - see his blogpost FindMyPast’s unmarked elephant traps.

Around the middle of June I noticed the two indexes had quietly been removed from FindMyPast. I had rather a lot on at the time and I'm sorry to say that I completely forgot to update this blog about it. In fact, it went right out of my head until last weekend. Apologies.

Let's hope that when the indexes return they will be complete, and with a researcher-friendly explanation of their contents.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Glasnevin Trust's online records shop hit by tech issue

Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin
If you've recently been trying to access online burial records for Glasnevin Cemetery or any of the burial grounds managed by Glasnevin Trust, you may have run into a problem when purchasing credits.

The Trust's online shop is currently unable to process genealogy credit purchases from brand-new customers; it's sign-up form is unavailable.

Existing customers using their registered username and password are not affected by the issue and can purchase credits in the regular way.

The tech team is working on the problem and hopes to resolve it soon.

(Thanks to John Brennan for notifying me of the issue.)

UPDATE, 17 July: It seems the problem may be affecting all customers, even those who are already registered customers.

UPDATE, 21 July: The online shop is still unable to process enquiries and sales.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: mid-July update

Please see below the files and photos contributed to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives by volunteers in the first half of July. All are free to view.
Holy Trinity Church of Ireland churchyard,
Dromore,Co Tyrone. Photo courtesy of Robyn
Ritchie and IGPArchives. Click for larger view.

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Aghadrumsee; Baptisms & Births, Clones Parish, 1836-1843 & 1844-1853

MEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Churchtown Cemetery, Dunderry (transcription added)

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Islandeady Graveyard Part 4 (set complete)

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Borrisoleigh, Glenkeen Graveyard (PDF)

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Photo
Photo of LADLEY family from Clonmel

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Holy Trinity (CoI) Graveyard, Dromore.

Irish family history and heritage events, 16-29 July

Monday 16 July: 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 16 July: Delayed opening at the National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. The Reading Room will not open until 11:30am.

Wednesday 18 July: 'Boy with a Squirrel’ – The lives and the genealogy behind the painting, with Bob Frewen. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society Ireland Branch. Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2. 6:45pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €5. Details

Wednesday 18 July: The Vikings in Kerry: The Archaeology of Cloghermore Cave, with Francesca Callaghan. Hill of Tara Summer lecture series. Host and venue: Hill of Tara Visitor Centre (St Patrick's church), Dunsany, Navan, Co. Meath. 8pm. Free. Seating limited so arrive in good time.

Thursday 19 July: Mother Jones (1837-1930), Cork-born American labour activist, with Dr Rosemary Feurer. Part of the Rebel Women of the 20th Century lecture series. Host and venue: GPO Witness Visitor Centre, GPO, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. Free. 5:45pm. All welcome but advance booking essential.

Friday 20 July: Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, exhibition opens. The exhibition, which features a collection from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, USA, will run to 13 October. Venue: Uillin: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co Cork. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4:45pm. Details.

Saturday 21 July: Field Marshall Haig, with Gerry White. Host: Western Front Association (Dublin Branch). Venue: NMI Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Arran Quay, Dublin 7. 2:30pm. Admission €3 on the door. All welcome.

Saturday 21 July: The O’Neill regiments, with Pádraig Lenihan, followed by Inconsequential happenstance—Aughrim’s strategic contexts, with Mike McNally. Host: Aughrim 1691 Remembered. Venue: Aughrim Visitors Centre, Aughrim village, Ballinasloe, Co Galway. All welcome. Admission €10.

Saturday 21 July: Nostalgia, Memory and Debris: the social and historical significance of Ireland's abandoned schoolhouses, with Enda O'Flaherty. Host and Venue: NMI Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Free. 2pm. Booking required 084 9031751 or educationtph@museum.ie.

Saturday 21 July: The local women who became American 'War Brides' in WW1, with Damian Shiels. Host and venue: Midleton Library, Main Street,
Midleton, Co. Cork. 12:15pm. Lecture accompanies launch of Damian's exhibition of War Bride portraits in the Library. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 25 July: Irish family history assistance in the Library. Host: Genealogical Society of Victoria. Venue: GSV Library, Level 6, 85 Queen Street, Melbourne, Australia. Free for members. $20 non-members. 10am to 4pm. Consultations: One-hour appointments with a research consultant also available. See details.

Wednesday 25 July: Early Irish crosses, with Peter Harbison. Host: Hill of Tara Lecture Series/OPW. Venue: Hill of Tara Visitor Centre, St Patrick's Church, Dunsany, Navan, Co. Meath. All welcome. 8pm. Free. Limited seating so arrive in good time.

Thursday 26 July: Using family and local history resources online, a two-hour workshop. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. The workshop starts with an orientation tour of PRONI, followed by an introduction to searching resources online. 11am to 1pm. Free but registration required. These events usually book up very quickly.

Thursday 26 July: The Great Famine, a historical walking tour of Skibereen, with Philip O'Regan. Host: Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Meet at the Courthouse in North Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork, at 1830 and finish at Skibbereen Heritage Centre at 2000. The talk is free of charge but places are limited so booking is essential. Tel: 028 40900. Details.

Thursday 26 July: Skibbereen's Soup Kitchen, a new exhibition. Venue: Exterior of the Steam Mill Building in Ilen Street, Skibbereen, County Cork. Formal launch by the Mayor of Cork, Patrick Gerard Murphy. All welcome to the launch. Sample 'Soyer's Soup'. No booking required. 8pm. Free.


Friday, 13 July 2018

Registry of Deeds to partially reopen on 16 July

Public access to the Registry of Deeds in Dublin has been severely restricted over the past three weeks due to essential maintenance work being carried out on the building. It was expected to fully re-open on Monday 16 July.

There's some good news and some not so good news.

While the Transcribing Room, which contains transcripts from 1708-1832 will reopen on Monday, the Transcribing Room Vault, which contains transcripts from 1896 to 1910, will remain closed until further notice.

The Genealogy Event, Adare, Co Limerick, 31 Aug-1 Sept

IrishCentral.com, an online magazine aimed at Irish-Americans, has acquired The Genealogy Event, an annual 2-day Irish family history and DNA conference held in Adare in County Limerick. It will be held on Friday 31 August and Saturday 1 September.

Presentations include researching religious ancestors, Irish placenames, photo history, an overview on DNA, the Ordnance Survey of Ireland, emigration records, visiting key research repositories in Ireland, using Roots Ireland, researching common surnames, and researching across Irish government bodies.

The Friday will offer a level one DNA bootcamp ideally suited to those that have just received their DNA results and are ready to learn how to use them; Saturday sees a level two DNA bootcamp suited to those seeking advanced research techniques and result analytics.

One-to-one consultations will also be available.

The conference was founded and run by BBNY Group and has been held each summer since 2014. Under its new management, this year’s event returns to the Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. As previously, special events are held on the eve of the conference and on the Friday and Saturday evenings, providing opportunities for delegates to connect with other researchers in a more relaxed, social atmosphere.

Sponsors include Ireland of the Welcomes and The Irish Family History Foundation. The latter organisation, which manages a network of heritage centres across the island, will have three representatives presenting talks.

You can download the 2018 conference and social programme from TheGenealogyEvent.com, while tickets for the special events, conference days + lunch, DNA bootcamps, and consultations can be purchased at EventBrite.

Heatwave reveals Late Neolithic henge in County Meath

The entrance to the passage and chamber at
nearby Newgrange, which was built 3,200 years
ago by Stone Age farmers and is aligned with
the sun at the Winter Solstice.
After several weeks of rare heatwave, Ireland's nearly scorched landscape has revealed the outline of a c2,500BC henge close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Newgrange in County Meath.

It was discovered by a drone taking aerial images of fields in the Boyne Valley and has been described as 'a very significant find' by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

It was also a timely find; with the weather expected to see a more typical summer mix in the next week, all visual evidence of the discovery will soon be lost.

Learn more about the discovery, and view the drone footage, in this news report from RTÉ, Ireland's national public service broadcaster.


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Access to AmericanAncestors free until 17 July

AmericanAncestors.org, the database of the New England Historical Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is opening up all its online databases for seven days.

https://www.americanancestors.org/index.aspxMore than 1.4billion names are held in the database, which includes many important collections for tracing Irish emigrants to the USA, and their descendants. Among them are the Massachusetts, Archdiocese of Boston RC registers, 1789-1900, which is growing at one heck of a pace while NEHGS volunteers index the volumes, parish by parish; censuses; bmd announcements in local newspapers; probate and vital records; immigration records and much more.

The free access runs until close of play on Tuesday 17 July.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Hidden heritage of Belfast's first municipal cemetery to be revealed

The hidden heritage of Belfast’s first municipal cemetery is to be opened up with the help of a £1.68m National Lottery grant.

Announcing the award, Paul Mullan, the Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Northern Ireland, said: “Belfast City Cemetery is a place of immense heritage value. It was the city’s first municipal cemetery, it is the final resting place of many influential figures from the city’s past and it is one of the largest green spaces in west Belfast.

“We often think of cemeteries as places for the dead, but our parks and cemeteries provide vital connections to our history, our community and our natural heritage and are also very much for the living. Thanks to National Lottery players this grant will support vital restorations right across this extraordinary cemetery; saving monuments at risk and maximising its potential as a green space for people to visit, use and enjoy.”

Belfast City Cemetery was opened in 1869 and contains a wealth of historic features, monuments and memorials in the Greek and Roman styles that were fashionable during the Victorian era. The graves and tombs of many prominent Industrial figures and pioneers of education and social justice can be found there, including Sir Edward Harland, co-founder of the Harland and Wolff shipbuilding company; Margaret Byers, educational campaigner and founder of Victoria College, and Sir William Whitla, physician and former Pro-Vice Chancellor of Queen's University.

But it also has areas of lesser-known but significant heritage that remain unmarked. These include the Jewish cemetery with its separate walls and entrances which dates from 1871; the Poor Ground where around 63,000 people are buried in unmarked graves, and the hidden underground wall which was designed to separate Catholic and Protestant graves.

The new project will see the restoration of important historic features such as the Central Steps and Victorian fountains. New signage and interpretation will be installed to raise awareness of this hidden heritage and a dedicated programme of live events, tours and workshops will be used to attract more visitors.

Transatlantic Lives: The Irish Experience in Colonial America - now available to pre-order

The Ulster Historical Foundation is to publish a new book – Transatlantic Lives: The Irish Experience in Colonial America – in September.

Edited by Linde Lunney, James Quinn and Dr William Roulston, it features sixty biographical essays from the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography and details the careers of a selection of Irish emigrants to North America in the colonial period (including the British territories that would later become Canada).

The individuals chosen are a representative sample of some of the more notable figures among these emigrants. Colonial administrators, soldiers and clergymen predominate. Among clergymen, Presbyterians (of various hues) are the most numerous, but space has also been found for Methodists, Quakers, Anglicans and Catholics, all of whom made their contribution to shaping the religious culture of the colonies.

The selection, however, also includes educators, doctors, writers, artists, printers, merchants and even a (female) pirate to give some sense of the diversity of such emigrants, and their varying contributions to the economic and cultural development of the colonies. Most of these stayed in the colonies, but a sufficient number returned to Ireland, providing some evidence for the contention that emigration to the colonies was not always an irrevocable decision.

Pre-publication orders are now being taken by the publishers via BooksIreland. Pre-ordering brings a saving of £2 from the regular price of £11.99.

ISBN: 978-1-909556-64-5

Monday, 9 July 2018

Dublin Journal, 1811-1825, joins Irish News Archive

The Irish Newspaper Archive (INA) has added The Dublin Journal to its database. The editions uploaded are from 1811-1825, with some gaps. As far as I'm aware, this paper isn't available online elsewhere.

The paper was founded by George Faulkner, a prominent bookseller and publisher, in 1726. For a time, it was one of the capital's leading periodicals.

If you want to check out INA's brand-new title and don't already have a subscription, you'll be pleased to know there's currently a 40% discount offer running. Use the coupon code USA40, and don't delay – the offer runs out tonight.

Registry of Deeds Index Project - July progress update

The latest report from the manager of the Registry of Deeds Index Project shows that volunteers have now submitted 275,071 index entries from 30,461 memorials of deed.

Additionally, the townland index now holds 57,622 transcriptions and the grantors' index 18,277 transcriptions. The search page of the grantors' index has also been changed.

If you've been using the free Registry of Deeds images collection on FamilySearch in your research, please be sure to submit index details to the Project. It's the only way it can grow!!

Irish genealogy and history events, 9-22 July

Monday 9 July: 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, will open today at 11am to facilitate an early staff development meeting. Details.

Tuesday 10 July: Unlocking Roman Catholic records outside Ireland with Brian Donovan. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire. 8pm. Donation €3. 8pm.

Thursday 12 July and Friday 13 July: Battle of the Boyne Bank Holidays in Northern Ireland.

Saturday 14 July
: Irish family history research help, a drop-in session with the Mayo Genealogy Group. Venue: Museum of Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Free. 11:30am.

Saturday 14 July: Slaves or Indentured Servants - Ethnic Cleansing After Cromwell, with Séamus Culbert. Host and venue: Ormond Castle, Castle Park, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary. 11:30am. All welcome, but booking essential. Tel 051-640787.

Monday 16 July: 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 16 July: Delayed opening at the National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. The Reading Room will not open until 11:30am.

Wednesday 18 July: 'Boy with a Squirrel’ – The lives and the genealogy behind the painting, with Bob Frewen. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society Ireland Branch. Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2. 6:45pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €5. Details

Wednesday 18 July: The Vikings in Kerry: The Archaeology of Cloghermore Cave, with Francesca Callaghan. Hill of Tara Summer lecture series. Host and venue: Hill of Tara Visitor Centre (St Patrick's church), Dunsany, Navan, Co. Meath. 8pm. Free. Seating limited so arrive in good time.

Thursday 19 July: Mother Jones (1837-1930), Cork-born American labour activist, with Dr Rosemary Feurer. Part of the Rebel Women of the 20th Century lecture series. Host and venue: GPO Witness Visitor Centre, GPO, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. Free. 5:45pm. All welcome but advance booking essential.

Saturday 21 July: Field Marshall Haig, with Gerry White. Host: Western Front Association (Dublin Branch). Venue: NMI Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Arran Quay, Dublin 7. 2:30pm. Admission €3 on the door. All welcome.

Saturday 21 July: The O’Neill regiments, with Pádraig Lenihan, followed by Inconsequential happenstance—Aughrim’s strategic contexts, with Mike McNally. Host: Aughrim 1691 Remembered. Venue: Aughrim Visitors Centre, Aughrim village, Ballinasloe, Co Galway. All welcome. Admission €10.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Four days free access to Ancestry's Irish & UK records

Free access this weekend to Ancestry's Irish & UK records
4 days of free access to Ancestry's Irish & UK records
Ancestry UK is offering four full days of free access to its entire collection of UK and Irish records, including the recently-uploaded 1939 Register (which could be useful for those with Irish family who had migrated, temporarily or permanently, to England or Wales before the start of WW2).

You can check out the full menu of included record sets on Ancestry's unfortunately named UK Records page.

The free access weekend is now live and will continue until 23:59 GMT on Monday 9 July.

Although you don't need a subscription to view the records, you do need a registered account. If you don't already have one, it's quick and easy and free to set one up with just your name and email. No financial or other personal details are requested. You'll then be sent a user name and password to gain access to the collection.

Click the image above to start searching.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

50%, 30% and 10% discounts on FindMyPast subs

FindMyPast has a new batch of subscription discounts on offer.

They are different per 'FindMyPast territory', product and subscription term, and entitlement depends on your status as either a new customer or an existing customer. The only thing that applies to all the discounts is that they will expire at 11:59pm GMT Sunday 15 July.

I've set them out below, according to 'territory'. You'll find detailed T&Cs on the landing page of each link.

FindMyPast.ie
New subscribers only: 30% discount on 12-month World subscription, reduces price from €179.50 to €125.65
Existing customers: 10% discount on 12-month World subscription, reduces price from €179.50 to €161.55


FindMyPast.co.uk
New subscribers only: 30% discount on 12-month PRO subscription, reduces price from £156 to £109.20.
Existing customers: 10% discount on 12-month PRO subscription, reduces price from £156 to £140.40.


FindMyPast.com.au
New subscribers only: 50% discount on 12-month World subscription, reduces price from AUS$239.50 to AUS$167.65.
Existing customers: 10% discount on 12-month World subscription, reduces price from AUS$239.50 to AUS$215.55.


FindMyPast.com
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RootsIreland adds County Waterford church records

RootsIreland.ie has added more than 12,000 Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland records to its Waterford Heritage Centre database.

The Church of Ireland records (11,772 of them) are transcriptions from marriage registers, while 1,126 Roman Catholic records are transcriptions from the Baptism registers of Tramore / Carbally parish. The earliest of the RC records is from the year 1798.

You can view a full list of Waterford Heritage Centre online records here. Do bear in mind that a good many parishes in Waterford straddle the border with County Tipperary.

(RootsIreland currently has a 20% discount option available on its 12-month subscription. Click the Subscribe button, top right, when you're on the site for details of the offer.)

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

New Cultural and Heritage Centre opens in Dublin

The entrance to the new centre is on Westmoreland St.
Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has today opened the new Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre at Parliament Buildings, College Green, Dublin.

The Bank of Ireland has made the space available for the new centre for a ten-year period, during which time the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will manage and animate it.

The official opening of the Centre also saw the launch by the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins of the centre's first exhibition: Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again. It is dedicated to the life and works of the late, great Séamus Heaney, a Nobel prize winner for Literature.

Listen, Now, Again is being managed and curated by the National Library of Ireland (see video below). Opening hours are 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday and admission is free. Find out more here.

The new Cultural and Heritage Centre will be open to the public from this Friday (6th July) and can be accessed by the public via the Gandon-designed entrance on Westmoreland Street. This will be the first time these doors have been opened to the public for a decade.




4th of July: 40% off from Irish Newspaper Archives

Offer expires Monday 9 July
Offer expires Monday 9 July
The Dublin-based Irish Newspaper Archives is marking America's Independence Day with a 40% discount on both its 30-day and 12-month subscription packages.

The online database holds 65 local, regional and national newspapers, with the earliest dating from 1738. The holding for many of the titles runs to recent or current times. You can see a full list of the titles and the span of years held for each one here.

The discount reduces the cost of the 30-day sub from €£$29 to €£$17.40 and the annual sub from €£$149 to €£$89.40.

To take advantage of the offer, which will expire on Monday 9 July, visit the INA Subscribe page and enter the coupon code USA40 when prompted; you will then see the discounted price.

Save 40% on Ancestry.com subscriptions on 4th of July

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For one day only – that day being Independence Day, 4th of July – Ancestry.com is offering a 40% discount on its one-month and six-month membership subscriptions.

You'll have to be quick, as the offer expires tonight at 11:59pm ET.

The discount is available to new subscribers only and cannot be used for the renewal of current subs. It can be applied to your choice of the US Discovery, World Explorer or All Access packages. See below for the regular and discounted prices.

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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Independence Day - 50% off The Irish Genealogy Guide

Just a few of the publications available in
the sale, which runs to Saturday 6 July
The publishers of the US-based Family Tree magazine and The Family Tree series of genealogy guides – my own Irish Genealogy Guide included – is celebrating Independence Day with a generous (and rare) half price sale of its vast library of books, dvds, cheat sheets, webinars and other resources.

This is serious bargain time, so click the image, right, to visit the shop.

You'll find my Guide, published last year and still very much up to date, among the best-sellers (blush!) and reduced from its regular price of US$26.99 to a mere US$13.50. Fantastic value, especially for the target Irish-American researcher who's struggling to work back to Ireland from their immigrant ancestor. It's full of tips and advice to ease what can be a challenging journey.

The sale will run for four days (it expires 6 July), and you don't need a coupon code because each of the products in the store is marked up with the discounted price.

DNA Specialist Blaine Bettinger launches DNA Central

 https://dna-central.com/Blaine Bettinger, author of the best-selling The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy and The Genetic Genealogist blog has launched DNA-Central.com.

Currently in Beta, the website is designed to help the millions of family historians now taking DNA tests to understand and use their results. It plans to become a comprehensive and always up-to-date one-stop shop for genealogists, and access to its educational articles, newsletters, videos and monthly webinars will be via an annual (US$99) or monthly (US$9.99) subscription.

The launch sees the publication of an exclusive collection of online courses designed to help researchers interpret their test results. See the box below for the current titles and list of those in the pipe.

You can find out more about the site and the full range of resources it will offer by clicking the image above, or reading an in-depth overview in Blaine's weekend blogpost: DNA Central is live!

4th edition of Derry - A City Invincible - published

The 4th edition of Derry – A City Invincible has been published. Written by Brian Mitchell MAGI, Genealogist for Derry City and Strabane District Council, the 100-page paperback outlines the history of Derry from its geological formation to the present day, and also explores its ambitions for the future.

This book is available in Museum and Visitor Centre gift shops in Derry and provides visitors to the city with local history context and an idea of what Derry was like when an ancestor lived here and/or departed from its quays for a new life.

It is not, unfortunately, readily available outside the city, although you may be lucky enough to hunt down used earlier editions online.

NEHGS uploads more Massachusetts RC records

The New England Historical Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has uploaded more Roman Catholic baptism, marriage and confirmation registers to its Archdiocese of Boston collections on AmericanAncesters.org.

From St Catherine of Siena, Charlestown, five new volumes of registers have added more than 7,000 new records and 26,000 new names to the searchable database at Massachusetts RC Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900. The first mass at St Catherine's was held in December 1887 and the indexed registers span 1888-1900. These records can be accessed only by Individual-level and above NEHGS members.

Meanwhile, six register volumes from St Patrick, Lowell, have joined the free, browse database – Massachusetts: (Image-Only) RC Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 – adding more than 1,900 images. Irish immigrants were attracted to came Lowell's industrial jobs, and worshipped together as early as 1822, although a church was not built until 1831. The records span 1836-1900. You need a free Guest account to explore this database.



Free access to My Heritage's US Newspaper collection

https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-8000/newspapers
To mark American Independence Day on 4 July, My Heritage is opening up its US Newspapers collection by giving free access to all researchers for six days.

The free access starts today and will expire on Sunday 8 July.

All 23million newspaper records are included and no subscription will be needed to search and view them. The US Newspaper collection currently holds newspapers from thirteen states: Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia.

Monday, 2 July 2018

June update to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1djxdctKXUUa5K18X1OnOM2AJA0Ku9uDF/view?usp=sharing
The O'Shea family headstone in
Ballybacon RC, Ardfinnan, Co. Tipperary.
Photo courtesy of Breda Nolan and IGPA.
It seems the volunteer team of Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives (IGP-web) has been using June's warm weather as the perfect excuse for trips to burial grounds to photograph and transcribe headstones!

If you want to help further expand IGP Archives' Headstone Project, why not sign up as a volunteer, don your sunhat and head off for a visit to a local historical graveyard.

Here are the photos and transcriptions uploaded to the IGP website during June:

CARLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Laserian Graveyard, Old Leighlin (partial)
Loughduff (R.C.) Cemetery (partial)

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Brigid's Church - Old Graveyard, Kiloughter, Redhills

DUBLIN
Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mt. Jerome Cemetery, Parts 199-200

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Aghadrumsee; Baptisms, Clones Parish, 1825-1836 (updated)

LAOIS Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Killeshin (CoI) Graveyard, Graigue
Killeen, St. Abban (RC) Graveyard

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Islandeady - (Old Section), Part 3
Kilkinure Graveyard, Kiltimagh

MEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Navan, Athlumney Old Graveyard, A-L, (Indexed)

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Parish Registers, W. Div., Baptisms 1812-1815
Clones Parish Registers, E. Div., Burials 1822-1824

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ballybacon R.C. Church Graveyard, Ardfinnan (partial)

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Dromore Presbyterian Church Graveyard

WESTMEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Coole, St. Nicholas (CoI) Graveyard, Mayne Parish (Indexed)

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilquade Cemetery (New) Pt. 4

Cartoons discovered in Galway City's parish registers

One of the Caddy cartoons in the Galway
parish register (RCB Library P.519.01.1)
The RCB Library's Archive of the Month feature for July explores some unexpected gems discovered in the sacramental register of St Nicholas Collegiate Church, the parish church for Galway City.

They are hand-drawn sketches, or cartoons, with the surname Caddy noted several times. Who drew the images is uncertain. So, too, the name(s) of the person(s) depicted.

The RCB Library, the Church of Ireland's repository in Dublin, is asking for genealogists and local historians to get in contact if they have any information about the pictures.

For more about the Caddy cartoons see the RCB Library's online archive feature here


20% off annual subscriptions to RootsIreland

RootsIreland.ie is offering a 20% discount on its annual subscriptions.

The database, run by the Irish Family History Foundation and its island-wide network of heritage centres, has the largest multi-denominational holding of transcribed Irish church records. It also holds civil records of birth, marriage and death for about half of the historical 32 counties, as well as miscellaneous land, census and burial ground records.

You'll find a county-by-county summary of its resources here.

The discount reduces the cost of the 12-month subscription from €225 to €180 / from £198 to £158 / from US$262 to US$209.

All researchers, whether or not they have a current subscription, can take up the discounted offer. New customers should register for an account and then click the Subscribe button to make their purchase. Existing subscription holders can also take advantage of the offer by clicking MyAccount / My Subscription / Start a New Subscription and purchasing a discounted subscription; it'll be activated when your current sub runs out.

The 20% offer will expire on 11:59pm (Irish Summer Time) on Sunday 15 July and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Evening Herald joins British Newspaper Archive

https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5895&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk%2F
The online British Newspaper Archive (BNA) has started to upload editions of the Evening Herald.

This daily nationalist title launched in December 1891 and was published as a broadsheet until 1982 when it became a tabloid. Its name was changed to The Herald in 2013 and the paper is now published in Dublin as a Monday to Saturday morning newspaper by Independent News and Media.

Initially, only the 301 editions published in 1998 are available to search on the DNA database. This will expand ultimately to span 1891 to 2009.

The newspaper is also now searchable through FindMyPast's Irish Newspapers collection.


Irish genealogy and history events, 2-15 July

Monday 2 July: 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 2 July: Voices and Votes: Suffrage and Representation of the People, 1832 – 1928, exhibition launch event with Dr Margaret Ward, Niall Kerr, and Dr Glynn Kelso. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 10am to 1pm. Free but you need to book.

Friday 6 July: How to start your family tree, with Olive Coleman. Hosts: Cork Genealogical Society and Kilmurry Independence Museum. Venue: Independence Museum Lissardagh, Kilmurry, Co. Cork. 8pm. Admission: €5 (free to members). All welcome.

Monday 9 July: 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, will open today at 11am to facilitate an early staff development meeting. Details.

Tuesday 10 July: Unlocking Roman Catholic records outside Ireland with Brian Donovan. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire. 8pm. Donation €3. 8pm.

Thursday 12 July and Friday 13 July: Battle of the Boyne Bank Holidays in Northern Ireland.

Saturday 14 July
: Irish family history research help, a drop-in session with the Mayo Genealogy Group. Venue: Museum of Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Free. 11:30am.

Saturday 14 July: Slaves or Indentured Servants - Ethnic Cleansing After Cromwell, with Séamus Culbert. Host and venue: Ormond Castle, Castle Park, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary. 11:30am. All welcome, but booking essential. Tel 051-640787.