Thursday, 13 December 2018

Co. Derry is the 7th book in The Irish Revolution series

The launch of Derry: The Irish Revolution, 1912-23 by Adrian Grant last week marks the arrival of the seventh in a series of books written by a new generation of historians exploring the experience of the Irish Revolution at a county level while addressing key developments and issues in the period.

http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/browse/history/the-irish-revolution-series/Each volume takes 1912 as its starting point, opening with an overview of the social, economic and political milieu, and the local experience of the War of Independence is treated in detail. Responses to the Truce of 1921, the Anglo-Irish Treaty, and partition are also considered. Each volume will close with an acute examination of the Irish civil war and its local impact.

Sligo was the first county examined in the series. There followed simailar treatments for Counties Waterford, Tyrone, Mayo, Limerick, Monaghan, and now Derry. The County Louth book will be published in Spring 2019.

The series publisher is Four Courts Press and each 192-page illustrated paperback is curently reduced from €19.95 to €17.95. For details of each book, click/tap the image above.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Up to 40% off test kits from Family Tree DNA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Holiday Sale ends on Monday 31 December.



Latest news from Registry of Deeds Index Project

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

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

Click the image to search the indexes.

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



Clare Library adds 1797 letter to its online collection

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

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

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

Six 2019 dates for PRONI's practical workshops

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

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

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

Register here.

New AGI President and Fellow elected

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

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

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

You can find more details by following the links above.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Latest news and developments from PRONI

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

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

You can read it on The Genes Blog, here.

15% off new 12-month FindMyPast subscriptions

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

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

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

New packages for FindMyPast Ireland and Aust/NZ

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

The features of the new packages are summarised as follows:

FindMyPast Ireland


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

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

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

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

FindMyPast Australia/NZ


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

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

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

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

Monday, 10 December 2018

Irish genealogy & history events, 10-31 December

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay calm. IrishGenealogy.ie has a temporary problem

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

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

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

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

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


Saturday, 8 December 2018

20% off Ancestry gift subs in US, Canada & Aus/NZ

https://prf.hn/click/camref:1100l4pTC/destination:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ancestry.co.uk%2Fcs%2Fgift-selection
Ancestry is offering a 20% discount on its Gift Subscriptions this Christmas to researchers in Canada, AustraliaNZ and the USA. For Ancestry UK/Ireland, see earlier blogpost.

Gift subscriptions are available across the range of Ancestry packages, and the only obvious difference to a regular sub is that gift subscriptions are non-renewing.

After you've purchased a gift membership Ancestry sends you an order confirmation email with details you can share with your recipient.

On the start date you've chosen, Ancestry sends an email to your recipient telling them how to access the gift membership. (Prior to the start date, you are welcome to notify the recipient that an email will be arriving with their access code, and that their subscription starts the date it arrives.)

The savings are as follows (all prices in local currency):

Ancestry USA
US Discovery Subscription - access to records from 50 states
6-month package normally $99; sale price $79
12-month package normally $189; sale price $124
World Explorer Subscription - access to all US and International records
6-month package normally $149; sale price $119
12-month package normally $299; sale price $239

Ancestry Canada
Canada Discovery Plus Subscription - access to Canadian and key global records
6-month package normally $84.99; sale price $64.99
12-month package normally $179.88; sale price $139.99
World Deluxe Subscription - access to all Canadian, US and International records
6-month package normally $129.99; sale price $99.99
12-month package normally $299.40; sale price $238.99

Ancestry Australia/New Zealand.)
UK Heritage Plus Subscription - access to Austalian/NZ, UK and Irish records
6-month package normally $139.99; sale price $109.99
12-month package normally $249.99; sale price $199.99
Worldwide Subscription - access to all Australian/NZ and International records
6-month package normally $169.99; sale price $134.99
12-month package normally $299.99; sale price $239.99

Ancestry UK introduces gift subscriptions with 20% off

https://prf.hn/click/camref:1100l4pTC/destination:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ancestry.co.uk%2Fcs%2Fgift-selection
Click image to find out more and place your order
Ancestry has introduced Ancestry Gift Subscriptions to the UK & Ireland for the first time, and there's a 20% discount to celebrate. (There are similar offers available in USA, Canada and Australia/NZ, here.)

Gift subscriptions are available on Premium (all UK & Ireland records) and Worldwide (all international records) packages, and the only obvious difference to a regular sub is that gift subscriptions are non-renewing.

After you've purchased a gift membership Ancestry sends you an order confirmation email with details you can share with your recipient.

On the start date you've chosen Ancestry sends an email to your recipient telling them how to access the gift membership. (Prior to the start date, you are welcome to notify the recipient that an email will be arriving with their access code, and that their subscription starts the date it arrives.)

The savings are as follows:

PREMIUM Subscription – access to all UK & Ireland records
6-month UK Premium normally £69.99 now just £55.99
12-month UK Premium normally £119.99 now just £95.99

WORLDWIDE Subscription – access to all UK, Ireland and International records
6-month Worldwide normally £99.99 now just £79.99
12-month Worldwide normally £179.99 now just £139.99

Both of these sales will continue until 11:59pm GMT on 25 December.






My Heritage DNA: discount and free ethnicity reports

MyHeritage DNA is offering discounts on its testing kits. You'll find the current deals for the UK/Ireland and USA below (I can't access the sites for other territories).

But while advising these offers, I also want to remind researchers that another saving is still available to those who've had an autosomal DNA test with a company other than MyHeritage. If you upload your raw DNA data to the MyHeritage site before 16 December, you'll receive a free ethnicity report (a breakdown showing the percentage of DNA you get from various regions around the globe) and cousin matches, and you'll continue to have full access to the site's DNA features for free in the future.

Hundreds of thousands have taken advantage of this offer since My Heritage started offering DNA tests last summer; its database now holds the data of nearly two million people.

When this current offer expires, you'll still be able to upload your DNA data for free, but you won't get a report or any cousin matches without a charge.

I've taken up the offer, by downloading my raw dna data from Ancestry and uploading it to MyHeritage. It was easy to do... much easier than I'd expected, so don't be put off for fear of the process being complicated. It really isn't. Start here. It's also very quick. The ethnicity reports and cousin matches arrived within just a few days.

MyHeritage DNA test kit Christmas sale

UK and Ireland – MyHeritage DNA test kit reduced from £75 to £59. Shipping is free for two or more kits. Offer ends Sunday 16 December.
USA – MyHeritage DNA reduced from US$79 to US$49.
Offer ends Sunday 16 December.


Friday, 7 December 2018

Irish Roots magazine Gift Packs now on sale

https://www.irishrootsmedia.com/shop-product/print-issues/gift-packs-4-issues/180http://
Irish Roots, Ireland's only independent genealogy magazine, has a great gift idea for the genealogist in your life (or treat yourself... you deserve it).

It's a Gift Pack of four recent issues of the quarterly magazine, bringing you advice on traditional family history research and genetic genealogy; guidance on finding resources for specific areas of Ireland, and on themed collections in the USA and Australia; details of newly released or enhanced record-sets; news and comment from Irish genealogy and local history groups; as well as Q&As and news of developments relating to Irish genealogy.

In other words, it's a useful and informative read for Irish genealogists of all levels of experience. It's also a truly thoughtful Christmas pressie that shows how much you care.

Prices start from just €25 (within Ireland). Outside of Ireland, prices are UK £25; USA $30; Canada $38; Australia $40. On the order page, you can click switch currency to find your preferred local currency price.

The prices quoted here include worldwide postage and packing costs.


FindMyPast DNA: savings and pre-Christmas deliveries

FindMyPast has Christmas savings to encourage you to make a present of the past with a FindMyPast DNA test kit, the only DNA test designed for Irish and British family history research.

For most researchers, the discount will be available until 11:59pm GMT on Monday 17 December, and that comes with pre-Christmas delivery.

Unfortunately, if you're in Australia/New Zealand you'll have to place your order sharpish; the offer ends today.

Ireland – FindMyPast DNA test kit reduced from €89 to €79.
Offer ends at 11:59pm GMT on Monday 17 December.
UK – FindMyPast DNA test kit reduced from £79 to £69.
Offer ends 11:59pm GMT on Monday 17 December.
USA – FindMyPast DNA reduced from US$89 to US$79.
Offer ends 11:59pm GMT on Monday 17 December.
Canada – FindMyPast DNA reduced from CA$99 to CA$89.
Offer ends 11:59pm GMT on Monday 17 December.
Australia/New Zealand – FindMyPast DNA reduced from AUS$/NZ$129 to AUS$/NZ$119. Offer expires 11:59pm AEDT on Friday 7 December.

PRONI: Changes to hours and services in December

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has a number of changes to its opening hours and service operations during December and early January.

PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast
Preservation week
PRONI's annual Preservation Week will be held Monday 10 to Friday 14 December inclusive.

During this time, PRONI's Preservation & Collections Management staff get an opportunity to dedicate some time to the vital work that goes on behind the scenes. The knock-on effect means a reduced service to researchers.

Document ordering and production will be suspended throughout the week, but the Search Room and self-service microfilm facilities will be available as normal.

Late Night Thursdays
PRONI is usually open on Thursday evenings until 8:45pm, but for the rest of December and 3 January, the doors will close at 4:45pm. Late-night openings resume on 10 January 2019.

Christmas/New Year closures
PRONI will be closed from Monday 24 December to Wednesday 26 December inclusive and again on Tuesday 1 January 2019. Normal hours will operate on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December and from Wednesday 2 January.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

NEHGS: Latest additions to MA Catholic registers

The New England Historical Genealogical Society's database at AmericanAncestors.org has continued to expand its online collection of Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston registers, 1789-1900.

Indexed database
Click image to find out more about the project
The latest parish volumes to be fully imaged, indexed and available to search are:
  • St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) – Baptisms & Marriages, 1852-1900; Confirmations, 1855-1891; Marriages, 1857-1900. The parish index holds 76,696 names.
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (Lawrence) – Births, Marriages, and Confirmations, 1887-1900. The parish index holds more than 1,300 new names.to search.
To search and view the indexed database, you need to be a member (Individual-level and above) of the NEHGS.

Unindexed Image-only database
Images of the volumes for the following parishes have been uploaded to the Browse database:
  • Our Lady of the Assumption (East Boston) – Baptisms, Confirmations and Marriages
  • St Augustine (Andover) – Baptisms, Confirmations, First Communions & Marriages
  • St Paul (Cambridge) – Baptisms, Confirmations and Marriages
  • St Francis de Sales (Roxbury) – Baptisms, Confirmations and Marriages
  • St Edward the Confessor (Medfield) – Baptisms
  • Sacred Heart (Middleborough) – Baptisms, First Communions, and Confirmations
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury) – Baptisms, Confirmations and Marriages
  • Our Lady of Czestochowa (South Boston) – Baptisms and Marriages
  • Sacred Heart (Lowell) – Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths
  • St. Joachim (Rockport) – Baptisms and Marriages
  • St. Mary of the Annunciation (Melrose) – Baptisms, Confirmations and Marriages
  • St. Stephen (Framingham) – Baptisms, Confirmations and Marriages
  • Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (South Boston) – Baptisms and Marriages
You don't need a subscription to view these images, only a Guest Account. To find out how to navigate the collection to find the records you want, watch this short how-to video.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference lectures online

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHnW2NAfPIA2KUipZ_PlUlw/videosThe remainder of the recordings of lectures presented at the 2018 Genetic Genealogy Ireland (GGI) conference have now been uploaded to the GGI video channel on YouTube. (A first instalment of videos was uploaded last month – see blogpost.)

As always, the GGI lecture programme covered a wide range of topics from beginner level subjects to presentations of the latest research and technological developments. For the first time, the 2018 conference also explored ethical issues relating to the use of dna tests in public and social applications to to privacy and data protection.

The newly uploaded lectures are as follows:

  • DNA, Privacy and Data Protection, a panel discussion
  • GDPR, Privacy and Data Protection, with James Irvine 
  • WATO – the latest tool for your atDNA, with Andrew Millard
  • Raising the Dead, with Martin McDowell
  • Finding Missing Persons with DNA, with Debbie Kennett
  • Developments in O'Neill Clan genealogy, with the O'Neill Project Team
  • Running successful Local DNA Projects in Ireland, a panel discussion
  • The North East Galway DNA Project, with Martin Curley
  • Unusual Use of 3rd-Party Tools, with Cathal McEgunn
  • DNA Testing for Genealogy – the basics, with Donna Rutherford
  • Y-SNP Testing: best current tools & a glimpse into the future, with John Cleary
  • Untangling a Tumbleweed Branch of the Y-DNA Tree, with John Brazil

To view the full selection of available videos from the 2018 lectures, and those from each of the GGI conferences held over the previous five years, see the GGI YouTube channel. You'll find an extraordinary library of more than 100 lectures, with topics of appeal to researchers of all levels of experience.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Hurling recognised by UNESCO as Irish Living Heritage

Hurling has been recognised by UNESCO as a key element of Ireland's living heritage and has been added to the organisation's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

My grandad, from Cahir,  would have
agreed with the sentiment.
The sport of Hurling (and Camogie, a form of hurling played by women) is a field game played by two teams. It dates back 2,000 years and features strongly in Irish mythology, most notably in the epic saga of Cú Chulainn.

Announcing the inscription last week, Josepha Madigan, TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, said: “I am delighted that Hurling has achieved international recognition by UNESCO. Hurling is a key element of Irish culture. For centuries, hurling has been an important part of the Irish identity, with men and women passing on this living tradition to each rising generation. I am grateful to the Camogie Association and the GAA for their work with my Department to achieve this UNESCO recognition.”

Intangible cultural heritage, or living heritage, refers to customs, traditions, crafts, games, and practices that are part of people’s lives and identities both individually and as part of wider communities, and that are passed on from generation to generation.

Uachtarán CLG John Horan said: “The UNESCO award... reaffirms the fact that Hurling is more than just a sport. It is a national treasure; an ancient tradition that connects us to our Celtic past and a part of our DNA. At a time of unprecedented popularity for the Game here, we owe a debt of gratitude to the generations of people who preserved, protected and promoted the game at school, club and county levels so that it would survive and thrive for our benefit. All of us involved in the Association are charged with ensuring that the promotional work we undertake preserves Hurling for future generations.”

Find out more about Hurling in the short video below, from GAA Learning in 2014.

New Member for Accredited Genealogists Ireland

Clare Doyle of Tuam, Co Galway is the newest member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI). She has been an Affiliate of AGI for almost two years.

As well as being a professional genealogist, Clare is a qualified archivist and holds an MA in Local History. She runs her own practice as Wild Atlantic Family Research.

Congratulations to Clare.

New family history show launches today on Channel 4

A new family history focused show will be launching on Channel 4 today.

It's called My Family Secrets Revealed and it will be using traditional family history research and DNA testing to solve family history mysteries. According to its promotional blurb, people from across Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England came to My Family Secrets Revealed’s team of genealogists in the hope of proving, disproving or finally solving mysteries, questions or rumours that have circulated through their families for years.

From learning life-changing details about evasive ancestors, and finding mysterious traces of DNA from regions never expected, to searching for family connections to George Clooney and Elton John, every story on the show taps into our human curiosity about what came before us and who our ancestors were.

The new-format show is the brain child of the Big Mountain team who brought The Genealogy Roadshow to Ireland a few years back. Ancestry is a partner and co-funder. My Family Secrets Revealed will be hosted by Sian Williams and features some of Britain’s respected historians and genealogists.

The programme will air daily at 1:05pm on Channel 4.

See Ancestry Blog for more information.

List of Church of Ireland Parish Registers revised

The colour-coded List of Church of Ireland Parish Registers has been updated and revised.

All 1,131 parish handlists are now linked to the list, allowing researchers to find out more about the history of the parish of their ancestors, the survival or otherwise of its registers, and other miscellaneous information about the local congregation.

New materials transferred to the Representative Church Body Library during 2018 is also accounted for in the revised List.

You can download the List free of charge from the RCB Library here.

A sample from the List

Irish genealogy and history events, 3-16 December

Monday 3 December: Delayed (11am) opening in all NLI sites, plus NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Delayed opening due to staff development meeting. On-going Monday closures are facilitating extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 3 to Friday 7 December, inclusive: Annual Media Preview of archives of Government Departments. The Reading Room of the National Archives of Ireland will be closed to the public. Only members of the press will be given access. Bishops Street, Dublin 8.

Monday 3 December: Christmas Social. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society, Ireland Branch. Venue: Café en Seine, 40 Dawson St, Dublin 2. All welcome to drop in for some genealogy chat. From 6pm.

Tuesday 4 December: Art, artifacts and old buildings in Dublin and Wicklow, with Peter Pearson. Host: Kilmacanogue History Society. Venue: Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Co Wicklow. 8pm. Members €3 / Non-members €4. All welcome.

Tuesday 4 December: A demon in human shape – Murder in Famine Ireland, with Dr Ciaran Reilly. Host: South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: Irish Workhouse Centre, St Brigids Rd, Portumna, Co Galway. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 4 December: From ballots to bullets — Ireland 1918-1919, a History Ireland Hedge School. Host: History Ireland magazine and NLI, in conjunction with exhibition in the National Photgraphic Archive, Temple Bar. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Editor Tommy Graham talks to Liz Gillis, Brian Hanley and Niamh Puirséil. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 5 December: Reflections on 1798: Battlefields, Graves and Books, with Dr Gavin Hughes. Host and venue: Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB. 6pm. £5. Tickets and details.

Friday 7 December: National Library's Main Reading Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Closure to facilitate the annual final of the Poetry Aloud competition. All other National Library services, including the Manuscripts Reading Room, will be open as normal.

Friday 7 December: ‘Home for Christmas’: John Francis O’Reilly and John Kenny, the last German agents to ‘drop in’, with Anthony Kinsella. Host: Military History Society of Ireland. Venue: Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Non-members very welcome. 8pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: end Nov. update

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Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives has been updated with the latest volunteer donations, as below:

CLARE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilmacreehy (Old) Cemetery (near Liscannor)
The Hill Graveyard, Ogonnelloe

CORK Genealogy Archives - Census
Kingwilliamstown Crown Estate Census, 24 Sep 1834

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ardara, Church of the Holy Family (R.C.) Graveyard (Additional)

LIMERICK Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Mary's Cathedral, Limerick City - Plaques

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Aughaval Part 5, Westport

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Parish Registers, Burials in Magheraveely, 1822-1829
Clones Parish Registers, Clones Burials 1851-1900

OFFALY/KINGS Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Baptisms from Parish of Balliboy & Killoughy (R.C.) 1821

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Fethard Parish Baptisms - 1810

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Butlerstown Cemetery R.C. (A-C) & (D-G)