Tuesday, 19 November 2019

25% off FindMyPast IRELAND's 1- and 12-month subs

FindMyPast.ie is offering researchers a 25% discount on all its 1-month and 12-month subscription packages. The savings can be enjoyed by both lapsed and new customers.

Here are the options:

Starter package - Irish and British BMDs and Census records
  • 1-month: €9.95 reduced to €7,46
  • 12-months: €84 reduced to €63.

Plus package – As Starter package above, plus British and Irish parish, military and travel records, plus 1939 Register
  • 1-month: €14.95 down to €11.21
  • 12-months: €144 reduced to €108

Pro package – As Plus package, plus all worldwide records and British & Irish newspaper collections
  • 1-month: €18.95 reduced to €14.21
  • 12-months: €192 reduced to £144

In each case, the cost is billed in a single payment. The savings are available until midnight GMT Saturday 23 November.

To take advantage of the discounts, click/tap the image or link above.

You shouldn't need it, but if you find the discount isn't automatically displayed and applied, the voucher/promo code for this offer is FW25ALLIE.


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Monday, 18 November 2019

25% savings on FindMyPast USA subscription range

FindMyPast USA/Canada is offering researchers a 25% discount on its 1-month and 12-month subscription packages.

Here are the options:

Essential British & Irish
– Access to Irish, British and USA BMDs and census records, plus British and Irish migration and parish records, plus access to FindMyPast's family tree builder.
  • 1 month: $14.95 reduced to $11.21
  • 12 months: $129 reduced to $96.75
Ultimate British & Irish – Access to all records in the Essential package above, plus British and Irish newspaper collections, British military records, UK and Irish wills/ probate and institutional records, plus exclusive content and masterclasses.
  • 1 month: $19.95 reduced to $14.96
  • 12 months: $179.04 reduced to $134.25

In each case, the cost is billed in a single payment. The savings are available until Saturday 23 November, but I haven't received confirmation of the time of day.

To take advantage of the savings, click/tap the image or link above.


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30% discount on FindMyPast UK's 3- and 12-month subs

FindMyPast UK is offering researchers a 30% discount on all its 3-month and 12-month subscription packages.

Here are the options:

Starter package &ndash Irish and British BMDs and Census records, plus build a tree
  • 3-months: £23.85 reduced to £16.70
  • 12-months: £72 reduced to £50.40.

Plus package – As Starter package, plus British and Irish parish, military and travel records, plus 1939 Register
  • 3-months: £35.85 reduced to £25.10
  • 12-months: £120 reduced to £84.

Pro package – As Plus package, plus all worldwide records and British and Irish newspaper collections
  • 3-months: £44.85 reduced to £31.40
  • 12-months: £156 reduced to £109.20.

In each case, the cost is billed in a single payment. The savings are available until Saturday 23 November, probably midnight GMT, but I'm not sure.

To take advantage of the discounts, click/tap the image or link above.



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Irish genealogy and history events, 18-30 November

Monday 18 November: A Bard's Road to an Earl's Abode, with James Heenan. Origin of the harp and Turlough O'Carolan's journey to his patron's home at Portumna Castle. Host: Birr Historical Society. Venue: County Arms Hotel, Birr, Co. Offaly. 8pm. All welcome. Non members €5.

Monday 18 November: The National Library of Ireland (all areas) will open at 11am. This includes the Genealogy Advisory Service and Reading Rooms.

Monday 18 November: Ernie O'Malley and his Clew Bay Folklore Collection, with Cormac O'Malley. A Folklore Society of Ireland lecture. Host: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. Free. All welcome and booking not required.

Monday 18 November: Family history advice, with Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven. Two sessions: Mornings (10:15-Noon) at Raheny Library, Howth Rd, Raheny, Dublin 5 / Afternoon sessions at Donaghmede Library, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Dublin 13. Free. All welcome. Booking essential at T 087 6491605.

Monday 18 November: Larne Naval Base in the Great War, with Guy Warner. Host: NIFHS, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Tuesday 19 November“You may want a priest yet”: the portrayal of the Catholic Priest in Irish Folklore, with Professor Salvador Ryan. Host and venue: Tipperary Studies, The Source, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 20 November: Using Local Records, with Joy Smith. Host: NIFGS, North Armagh Branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. Free. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 20 November: Bishop James Doyle (JKL) and Daniel O’Connell, with Dr Thomas McGrath. Host: Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society. Venue: Carlow College, St Patrick’s, Carlow Town. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 20 November: The story of the Dunmore Road and its Big Houses, with Joe Falvey. Host: Barony of Gautier Historical Society. Venue: Woodlands Hotel, Dunmore Road, Waterford. 8pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €5.

Thursday 21 NovemberClerical Families in 19th Century Ulster, with Dr Janice Holmes. Host: Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland. Venue: McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church, 83 Castlereagh Rd, Belfast BT5 5FE. 8pm. Details.

Thursday 21 November: Linenopolis: the health and welfare of mill workers, a talk by David Huddleston examining workhouse, asylum, school and mill records to reveal the health and welfare of mill workers during the late C19th. Host and venue: The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but you need to register. All welcome.

Saturday 23 November: Irish records? They all went up in smoke... didn't they? a workshop for beginners with Jill Williams, FIGRS. Host: Scottish Genealogy Society, 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL, Scotland. 10am to Noon, in the Society's Library. Price: £10. Booking.

Saturday 23 November: The Irish Land Agent and the Great Famine: Management practices and challenges, with Dr Ciaran Reilly. Host and venue: Newry and Mourne Museum, Bagenal's Castle, Castle Street, Newry, Co Down BT34 2BY. £3. Noon. All welcome.

Monday 25 November: Getting Started, an introductory workshop for those interested in local and family history. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Fully Booked.

Tuesday 26 November: Online Resources workshop, an introduction to using online records for family and local history research. Each workshop will start with an orientation tour of PRONI. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Fully Booked.

Tuesday 26 November: Talking about DNA, with Martin McDowell. Host: NIFHS, Belfast Branch. Venue: CS Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. Free. All welcome. 7:30pm.

Tuesday 26 November: Six Degrees of Separation, with Dr Linde Lunney. Host: NIFHS, Causeway Branch. Venue: Upper Main Hall, The Sandel Centre, Knocklynn Road, Coleraine, BT52 1WT. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 26 NovemberHistorical Emigration from Newtownstewart and District, with Dr Patrick Fitzgerald and Clare Lawler Kilgallen. Host: Dennett Interchange. Venue: Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Ulster-American Folk Park, 2 Mellon Road, Castletown, Omagh, Co Tyrone, BT78 5QY. 7:30pm. All welcome. Free. See full details and Registration/RSVP (not obligatory) at eventbrite.

Tuesday 26 November: An inconvenient truth? Sexual violence and the Irish Revolution, a History Ireland Hedge School, chaired by editor Tommy Graham. In the panel will be Linda Connolly, Lindsey Earner, Tom Clonan and Brian Hanley. 7pm. Free.  Booking recommended.

Wednesday 27 November: Using WikiTree, with Anne Johnston of the NIFHS. An Explore Your Archive week event. Host: PRONI. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but need to register.

Wednesday 27 November: "From the Cradle to the Grave": The Work of the Sanitary Officer, with Joanne Rothwell, County Archivist. Venue: Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, Davitts Quay, Dungarvon, Co Waterford. 8pm. Admission: €5. No booking necessary. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 28 November: Researching Your WW1 Ancestors, with Alan Rosborough. Host: NIFHS, Ballymena Branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co Antrim BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 28 November: A Beginner’s Guide to Using DNA for Family History​, with Martin McDowell of the NIFHS. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1–2pm. Free, but need to register.

Thursday 28 November: The Military Service (1916-1923) Service Collection, with Michael Keane. Venue: The People's Museum of Limerick, 2 Pery Square, Limerick City, Limerick. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 28 November: The penal laws and Catholic children in the eighteenth century, with Dr Eoin Kinsella. Host and Venue: Royal Society of Antiquities, Helen Roe Theatre, Society House, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 28 November: Exploring Land, Mapping & Property Records in Ireland, a seminar, chaired by Tom Quinlan (NAI). Host: Property Registration Authority of Ireland. Venue: Registry of Deeds Archive Services, Henrietta Street, Dublin 1. 2:30pm–4pm. Free. Need to register.

Friday 29 November: Launch of new suite of online records. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Free, with lunch included. 11am to 3pm. Need to register.

Friday 29 November: Red hand on the Suir – the Irish Transport and General Workers Union in Waterford in the early C20th, with Francis Devine. Host: Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: St Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick St, Waterford City. 8pm. Members free; non-members €5. All welcome.

Friday, 15 November 2019

US genealogy collections: new & updated, 1-15 Nov

Below you'll find my summary of the new and updated United States records released by the major family history database suppliers in the first half of this month.

The previous listing was published on Thursday 31 October (see blogpost.)

These regular summaries of recent releases are designed primarily to help family historians whose ancestors and extended family emigrated from Ireland to North America. But they will be of use to any genealogists researching in the USA.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis reflect the number of records uploaded to a new collection.


NEW COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

FamilySearch

FindMyPast


MyHeritage

Reclaim the Records


UPDATED COLLECTIONS


AmericanAncestors

Ancestry


FamilySearch

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Irish Registry of Deeds Index Project continues to grow

Australia-based Nick Reddan has advised that he updated the volunteer-managed Irish Registry of Deeds Index Project earlier this week.

The main database – a name index for the memorial of deeds transcription books held at the RoD in Dublin – now holds 329275 entries. These names have been extracted from 35,744 memorials of deeds.

In addition, Nick has updated the databases holding the Townland and Grantor Indexes. The former now holds 68,355 entries; the latter 32,357.

All information on the site is provided free.

If you can spare some time to contribute transcriptions to this worthwhile volunteer project, check out the How To Help section towards the foot of the Home Page.


Irish Family History Society: Dublin lectures, 16 Nov

The Irish Family History Society will be hosting a day of lectures tomorrow, Saturday 16 November, in the Conference Room of the Dublin City Library & Archives, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

Attendance is free and everyone – members and non-members – is welcome to attend.

Here's the schedule:

10:00am –  Registration
10:30am –  Tracing your Revolutionary History in Findmypast and beyond, with Dan Purcell
11:30am –  Ireland’s New Towns around 1800, with Rob Goodbody

12:30pm Lunch break

2:00pm –  Gilbert’s Calendar of Ancient Records of Dublin... What is in it?, with Peter F Byrne
3:00pm –  General Sean MacMahon: A life less ordinary, with Sean MacMahon
4:00pm –  Chairperson’s closing remarks

British record collections, new & updated in early Nov

Below you'll find my summary of the new and updated British records released by the major genealogy database suppliers in the first half of November. (The previous listing was on 31 October. See blogpost).

My regular listing of new and updated British collections is designed to help family historians whose Irish ancestors emigrated, temporarily or permanently, to England, Scotland or Wales.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis reflect the number of records uploaded to a new collection or the new total of records in an updated collection.

NEW COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

FindMyPast

GRO UK
  • Death Indexes Online indexes for deaths registered between 1984–2019 can now be searched on the GRO site. Armed with the index reference, an order can be placed for a hard copy.

MyHeritage




UPDATED COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

BritishNewspaperArchives

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

TheGenealogist


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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

AskAboutIreland.ie: technical problems continue

It was clear from the number of reports I was seeing on online forums and, indeed, receiving in my Inbox, that access and delivery issues with the frequently flaky AskAboutIreland.ie site have escalated over the last few weeks, so I took a dip into it this morning to see for myself.

Wouldn't you know it... It was working perfectly, and I spent a happy half an hour or more nosing into the Griffith's Valuation section, cruising around the historical maps for the Clonakilty to Skibbereen area – including some that may be additions since I last checked out my paternal ancestors – and exploring the details for one or two O'Driscoll households who I keep hoping will one day reveal themselves to be the family of my Great Grandmother, Ellen. The time wasn't wasted. I have a lead to follow up.

But enough of my genealogy fun. A couple of hours later, I saw more complaints on Twitter and when I tried to retrace my steps to the GV maps, I couldn't even get the door open. Just a 'this site can't be reached' notice.

I've spoken to the team that manages the site and it appears the techies are aware of the ongoing problems. It seems they are trying to implement a major upgrade project to the site (to areas other than the Griffiths Valuation collection) but it's causing knock-on problems. Possibly this will mean the upgrade will have to be applied site-wide. At present, there's no time scale for a stable solution.

If I hear any more, I'll let you know.

Official written response, 14 November 2019:

The www.askaboutireland.ie website was developed in 2009 to provide online access to educational, local history, environmental and genealogical content of the Irish public library service. The site is widely used by an audience ranging across primary school children, local historians, environmentalists, tourists, the Diaspora and the general public.

Since its creation, the site has been regularly updated and developed and it is now undergoing a review in order to assess the site performance and existing underlying functionality.

Due to the considerable size of the website, this process will take some time. Users may experience issues in use of the site during this time, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Following the review, any recommendations arising will be implemented as quickly as possible.


Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Free access to AmericanAncestors' database for 7 days

AmericanAncestors.org, the website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, has opened up its database to offer free access to more than 1.4 billion records.

Given it's primary area of focus – the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and the neighbouring state of New York, where so many Irish emigrants arrived and settled – this is an important collection for Irish family history researchers, whether their family is still in Ireland or long settled in the USA.

One of the most useful for tracking down extended family members, in my experience from the European side of the Atlantic, is the Massachusetts RC Archidiocese of Boston's records, 1789-1900. (I just checked the indexed database was included in the free access but only the browse version appeared in the list; however, the indexed version is included...  here's the direct link: MA-RC).

But there's a lot more besides. US Census records, wills, church records, tax lists, burial registers, immigration and naturalization records and so on.

The database isn't limited to the northeastern United States, either. It holds record sets for California, Iowa, West Virginia and other states, as well as a good many from England, Scotland, Wales, Sweden, Costa Rica, Australia... you get the picture.

Free access is now open and will be available for a full seven days until 11:59pm EDT on Tuesday 19 November (5am GMT on 20th).

You'll need a free guest account to explore the database.

Click the image for the home page, and enjoy yourselves!

Monday, 11 November 2019

Speed upgrade for Irish Newspaper Archives in January

Some more* good news from Irish Newspaper Archives (INA).

Via Twitter, the INA team has confirmed its plans for the next few months. First up, there's more content coming. No details yet. Perhaps more significantly, at this point in time, the family-owned business has started a new project that will speed up searching and browsing the online archive.

The slowness of browsing the site is often mentioned by regular users... it's usually the only criticism... so INA is now engaged in replacing, upgrading and duplicating its servers. All drives with be replaced with SSD fast drives. These technical developments will increase resources and help to share load.

These improvements should be live in January 2020 and will then be reviewed to see if any further upgrading work is still needed to deliver a slicker browsing experience.

* See last week's addition of new content and launch of Radical Newspapers Archive, here.

Irish genealogy and history events, 11-24 November

Monday 11 November: Ireland and Europe, 1918–1920: Versailles Peace Treaty and Partition, with Dr Elaine Callinan and Dr Ida Milne. Host and venue: Carlow College, Cobden Hall, Carlow. 1:45pm. Free and all welcome.

Monday 11 November: Votes for Women: the Suffrage Movement in Ulster, with Myrtle Hill. Host: NIFHS, Newtownabbey branch. Venue: Glengormley High School, Ballyclare Rd, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. Free. 7pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 12 November: Griffiths Valuation and its place in Irish Genealogy, with Michael Walsh MAGI. Host and venue: National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Free. 6pm. No booking required. All welcome. Details.

Tuesday 12 November: A Dander Down Railway Street, with Elizabeth Scott. Host: NIFHS, Lisburn branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 12 November: The 19th Century Valuation of Ireland, with Frances McGee. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: DFEi, Cumberland St, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. €3.

Tuesday 12 November: The Forgotten Landlord: Francis Rawdon Hastings, 2nd Earl of Moira, with Henry Wilson. Host and venue: Irish linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, Market Square, Lisburn BT28 1AG. Free, but places must be booked in advance. 7pm to 9pm. Details.

Tuesday 12 November: The Goodwin Family of Hell's Kitchen, New York City: A case study tracking an Irish-American family, with Kevin Cassidy. Host: Pottawattamie County Genealogy Society. Venue: 622 4th Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA. 6pm. Free. All welcome. Main doors lock shortly after 6pm.

Wednesday 13 November: Getting Started workshop for those interested in local and family history. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Free. FULLY BOOKED.

Thursday 14 November: Using Land Records, with Andrew Kane. Host and venue: North of Ireland Family History Society Research Centre, C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 7LS. Fee: £8, payable at the session. 7pm–9pm. Details.

Friday 15 November: Connections and coincidences in emigration, with Dr Linde Lunney. Hosts: Ulster Historical Foundation and PRONI. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. 1-2pm. Free, but need to book. All welcome.

Saturday 16 November: Finding Overseas Ancestors, with Lois Abromatis Mackin. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, MN, USA. 10:30am to Noon. All welcome. Non members fee: $20. Details and pre-registration.

Saturday 16 November: War of Independence seminar. Host: Federation of Local History Societies. Venue: Harbour Hotel, New Docks, Galway City. 10:30am to 4pm. Fee €20. Need to reserve your place but you can pay on the door. Details.

Sunday 17 November: The Life and Times of Napper Tandy, with Brendan Matthews. Host: Meath Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: GAA Hall, Stamullen. Co Meath. 3pm. Free but donations accepted. Details.

Monday 18 November: The National Library of Ireland (all areas) will open at 11am. This includes the Genealogy Advisory Service and Reading Rooms.

Monday 18 November: Family history advice, with Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven. Two sessions: Mornings (10:15-Noon) at Raheny Library, Howth Rd, Raheny, Dublin 5 / Afternoon sessions at Donaghmede Library, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Dublin 13. Free. All welcome. Booking essential at T 087 6491605.

Monday 18 November: Larne Naval Base in the Great War, with Guy Warner. Host: NIFHS, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Tuesday 19 November: “You may want a priest yet”: the portrayal of the Catholic Priest in Irish Folklore, with Professor Salvador Ryan. Host and venue: Tipperary Studies, The Source, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 20 November: Using Local Records, with Joy Smith. Host: NIFGS, North Armagh Branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. Free. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 20 November: Bishop James Doyle (JKL) and Daniel O’Connell, with Dr Thomas McGrath. Host: Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society. Venue: Carlow College, St Patrick’s, Carlow Town. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 21 November: Clerical Families in 19th Century Ulster, with Dr Janice Holmes. Host: Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland. Venue: McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church, 83 Castlereagh Rd, Belfast BT5 5FE. 8pm. Details.

Thursday 21 November: Linenopolis: the health and welfare of mill workers, a talk by David Huddleston examining workhouse, asylum, school and mill records to reveal the health and welfare of mill workers during the late C19th. Host and venue: The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but you need to register. All welcome.

Saturday 23 November: Irish records? They all went up in smoke... didn't they? a workshop for beginners with Jill Williams, FIGRS. Host: Scottish Genealogy Society, 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL, Scotland. 10am to Noon, in the Society's Library. Price: £10. Booking.

Saturday 23 November: The Irish Land Agent and the Great Famine: Management practices and challenges, with Dr Ciaran Reilly. Host and venue: Newry and Mourne Museum, Bagenal's Castle, Castle Street, Newry, Co Down BT34 2BY. £3. Noon. All welcome.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Free access to all* FindMyPast databases this weekend

To mark the centenary of the very first Armistice Day, FindMyPast is opening up its UK and Irish, USA, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand, and World records to free access.

*There are just a handful of records (newspapers, PERSI, UK Electoral Registers and Companies House Directors) excluded from this free weekend promotion, but everything else in the FindMyPast database will be free to search and explore.

This includes more than 85 million military records covering the Armed Forces of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Researchers will be able to search for their ancestors in a variety of documents ranging from service records and pensions to medal rolls, POW records, casualty lists and more.

In addition, all other records – censuses, births, marriages and deaths, wills, schools, social history, travel and migration and employment records – will be free.

The door to the free access will open on Friday, 8 November at midday GMT. You'll need to have a registered account (free). If you don't already have one, just sign up and log in.

Take your pick to explore on on any of the FindMyPast territories. It doesn't matter which you choose because currency options cease to be an issue over a free weekend.



FindMyPast Ireland

FindMyPast USA/Canada 
FindMyPast UK 
FindMyPast Australia/NZ 

The Free Access promotion will expire on Monday 11 November at Noon (GMT).

9 days of free access to Ancestry's US military records

Starting tomorrow (Friday 8 November) at 7pm EST and running for nine full days, Ancestry.com will offer free access to the world’s largest US military records collection.

The collection holds 260 million US military records, including draft cards, soldier pension indexes and much more, and covers all 50 states and nearly 400 years of American history. Check out the full list of the featured record sets here.

You'll need to have a registered account with Ancestry. If you don't already have one, it's easy (and free) to set one up, just click on Sign In and follow the links to register.

The free access period will run until 11:59pm EST on Sunday 17 November.

NOTE: It's live!


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3-month summary of new & updated Canadian records

Below you'll find my summary of the new and updated Canadian records released by the major genealogy database suppliers in the last three months.

These regular listings of additional sources are designed primarily to help family historians whose Irish ancestors emigrated to Canada, but they may prove useful to Canadian researchers looking for a brief update of what's newly available.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis reflect the number of records uploaded to a new collection, or the total number in a newly topped up collection.

NEW COLLECTIONS


MyHeritage


UPDATED COLLECTIONS


FamilySearch

Ancestry

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec


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Sites surveyed by HistoricGraves join HeritageMaps

Choose the Archaeology menu, find Burial Grounds
and then click on HistoricGravesand and pinpoint
the surveyed graveyard
Newly established on the free HeritageMaps.ie viewer is HistoricGraves.ie. Check out the Layer List to the left of the map, open the Archaeology menu and scroll down to open the Burial Grounds layer.

All the burial grounds surveyed by the HistoricGraves team in partnership with more than 500 community groups have been mapped, allowing researchers to find graveyards that have been accurately recorded, view photos of headstones, read their inscriptions, and listen or view other stories about the local area and its characters. And all free.




Free access to Ancestry's UK & Irish Wartime Records

Ancestry UK is opening up its 'Wartime Records' collections for free access from now until 11:59pm GMT on Monday 11 November.

You can see the UK & Irish WW1 and WWII Wartime Records Collection here. Included are not just the obvious record sets related to military service, but also some church and civil bmd records, school records, Poor Law records, criminal registers and Police Gazette, orphanage registers and newspaper announcements.

To view the records you need to have a registered account with Ancestry.co.uk. If you don't already have one, provide your name and email address when prompted. You'll then be sent a username and password to access the records. It's an efficient, quick and free process.

After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry.co.uk paid membership.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Up to 40% discounts on FamilyTreeDNA products

Family Tree DNA is offering researchers some hefty savings across its range this month.

Brief details of the savings on the most popular products are below, but if you're looking to upgrade existing y-DNA tests or simply want to jump in with an advanced y-DNA test, click the image, right, to find out more.

Family Finder - autosomal test: Save $20. The kit is reduced from $79 to $59.

Y-37 - a 37 marker Y-DNA test for men only (Paternal line): Save $70. The kit is reduced from $169 to $99.

mtDNA - Mitochondrial test (Maternal line) - Save £60. The test is reduced from $199 to $139

The discounts will expire on Thursday 28 November.

All Family Tree DNA purchases are made in US dollars.

More Limerick, Offaly and Wexford records coming soon to RootsIreland

The Irish Family History Foundation, the umbrella organisation that manages RootsIreland.ie on behalf of the island's network of genealogy and heritage centres, has published its Autumn edition of Irish Genealogy Matters.

The newsletter looks at some of the activities of individual centres, provides information about lesser-known historical figures from the regions, and includes research tips. It also provides a run-down of the records added to the county databases since the beginning of 2019 (around 220,000) and gives readers a good hint as to what the next instalments will contain.

In the pipe are more records for Limerick, Offaly and Wexford. They're expected 'shortly'.

To download the newsletter, click on the image, right.

UK researchers: save 25% on an AncestryDNA gift

AncestryDNA has a 25% discount (a saving of £20) on test kits bought as gifts.

It's pretty straightforward. You place your order online, create an Ancestry account to track your order, and have the kit sent to either your UK address or the UK home of the recipient.

When they open the box, they'll find clear instructions on how to take the test, open their free account and activate the kit online.

The reduced price of the test kit is £59, down from £79, and shipping is extra (£9.99 for first kit; £4.99 for each additional kit).

To take advantage of the offer, place your order before 23:59 GMT on Sunday 24 November.


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Tuesday, 5 November 2019

RootsIreland uploads big bundle of Co Clare records

RootsIreland.ie has added more than 74,000 records – a mixture of Roman Catholic baptisms and marriages, civil records of births and deaths, gravestone inscriptions from 12 burial sites, and marriage and death newspaper announcements – to the Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre's database.

Roman Catholic baptisms and marriages:

Ballyvaughan (marriages 1862-1900), Broadford (marriages 1840-1883), Carron (baptisms, 1853-1900; marriages 1856-1898), Clonlara (baptisms, 1851-1900; marriages 1851-1900), Flagmount (marriages 1842-1900), Inagh (marriages 1850-1900), Killadysart (baptisms, 1829-1900; marriages 1867-1877), Killimer (baptisms 1859-1900), Kilmaley (marriages 1829-1900), Kilshanny (baptisms, 1869-1900), Liscannor (marriages 1866-1884), O’Callaghans Mills (marriages 1835-1900), Lisdoonvarna (baptisms, 1854-1900; marriages 1854-1899), New Quay (marriages 1848-1899), Sixmilebridge (marriages 1829-1868), Tubber (baptisms, 1833-1900; marriages 1864-1899).

Civil Births:

Cooleycasey (1894-1920), Crusheen (1885-1920), Ennis (1884-1920), Kilkishen (1896-1920), Scarriff (1886-1920).

Civil Deaths:

Bridgetown (1864-1970), Cooleycasey (1864-1970), Crusheen (1864-1970), Killaloe (1864-1970), Newmarket (1864-1970), Tulla (1864-1970), Ballyvaughan (1864-1970).

Gravestone Inscriptions:

Blakemount Tubber, Kilkeedy, Moore, Corrovorran, Coad, Kiltackey, Friary Abbey Ennis, Killilagh, Kilmoon, Killeny, Doolin.

Clare Journal 

Marriages (1779-1917) and Deaths (1778-1917).


Click the link above to see the full menu of County Clare resources held at RootsIreland.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Irish genealogy and history events, 4-17 November

Monday 4 November: Surviving the 17th Century? The Kennedys of Mt Kennedy, with Therese Hicks. Host and Venue: Royal Society of Antiquities, Helen Roe Theatre, Society House, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 4 November: The Secrets in Dublin’s Place Names, with Cathy Scuffil. Host and venue: Ballyroan Library, 54 Orchardstown Ave, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. 6:30pm. Free. All welcome. Booking advised.

Monday 4 November: St Columb's College First 100 Years, with Sean McMahon. Host: NIFHS, Foyle Branch. Venue: Derry Central Library, 35 Foyle St, Londonderry BT48 6AL. 7-9pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Monday 4 November: As True as I’m Standing Here, with Dr Anne McVeigh. Host: NIFHS, Killyleagh Branch. Venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, BT30 9QF. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 5 November: Understanding Heraldry, with Mike McKeag, a workshop. Host and venue: North of Ireland Family History Society Research Centre, C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 7LS. 11am to 1pm. £8, payable at the session. 11am–1pm. Details.

Wednesday 6 November: Flying the Flag for Ireland: John Burke and the War of Independence, with Joe O Muircheartaigh. Host: Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries Lecture Series. Venue: Ennistymon Public Library, 10 Main St, Ennistymon, Co. Clare. 6:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 7 November: The Treaty of Limerick, 1691, with Jane Ohlmeyer, Clare Jackson and Thomas O'Connor. Host: In Our Time programme, presented by Melvyn Bragg. 'Venue': BBC Radio 4, UK. Free. Broadcast 9am. Also available as podcast after broadcast. Details.

Thursday 7 November: Archival medievalisms, ancient records and Ireland's search for a usable past: reflections on the C19th from the Beyond 2022 Project, with Dr Peter Crooks. Host: Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. Venue: Seminar Room, PRONI, Belfast. 7pm. All welcome.

Thursday 7 November:The cult of relics in medieval Ireland: Power, Patronage and Devotion, with Dr Niamh Wycherley. The St Willibrord Biennial Lecture. Host: Carlow County Museum and St Laserians' Cathedral. Venue: St Laserian's Cathedral, Old Leighlin, Co Carlow. Free admission. All welcome. 7pm.

Thursday 7 November: The Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection, with Michael Keane. Host: Part of the Decade of Commemorations conference. Venue: Lough Rea Hotel and Spa, Athenry Rd, Loughrea, Co Galway. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 9 November: The National Library's History & Heritage: a guided tour. Host and venue: NLI, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. Cancelled.

Saturday 9 November: Irish family history research, free help and guidance, with the Mayo Genealogy Group. Host and venue: National Museum of Ireland, Country Life, Turlough, Co Mayo.  11:30am - 1pm. All welcome. No booking required.

Saturday 9 November: Finding an Irish Immigrant's place of origin, with Tom Rice CG. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Library and Research Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, MN, USA. 10:30am to Noon. All welcome. Non members fee: $20. Details and pre-registration.

Monday 11 November: Ireland and Europe, 1918–1920: Versailles Peace Treaty and Partition, with Dr Elaine Callinan and Dr Ida Milne. Host and venue: Carlow College, Cobden Hall, Carlow. 1:45pm. Free and all welcome.

Monday 11 November: Votes for Women: the Suffrage Movement in Ulster, with Myrtle Hill. Host: NIFHS, Newtownabbey branch. Venue: Glengormley High School, Ballyclare Rd, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. Free. 7pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 12 November: Griffiths Valuation and its place in Irish Genealogy, with Michael Walsh MAGI. Host and venue: National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Free. 6pm. No booking required. All welcome. Details.

Tuesday 12 November: A Dander Down Railway Street, with Elizabeth Scott. Host: NIFHS, Lisburn branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 12 November: The 19th Century Valuation of Ireland, with Frances McGee. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: DFEi, Cumberland St, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. €3.

Tuesday 12 November: The Forgotten Landlord: Francis Rawdon Hastings, 2nd Earl of Moira, with Henry Wilson. Host and venue: Irish linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, Market Square, Lisburn BT28 1AG. Free, but places must be booked in advance. 7pm to 9pm. Details.

Tuesday 12 November: The Goodwin Family of Hell's Kitchen, New York City: A case study tracking an Irish-American family, with Kevin Cassidy. Host: Pottawattamie County Genealogy Society. Venue: 622 4th Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA. 6pm. Free. All welcome. Main doors lock shortly after 6pm.

Wednesday 13 November: Getting Started workshop for those interested in local and family history. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Free. FULLY BOOKED.

Thursday 14 November: Using Land Records, with Andrew Kane. Host and venue: North of Ireland Family History Society Research Centre, C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 7LS. Fee: £8, payable at the session. 7pm–9pm. Details.

Friday 15 November: Connections and coincidences in emigration, with Dr Linde Lunney. Hosts: Ulster Historical Foundation and PRONI. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. 1-2pm. Free, but need to book. All welcome.

Saturday 16 November: Finding Overseas Ancestors, with Lois Abromatis Mackin. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, MN, USA. 10:30am to Noon. All welcome. Non members fee: $20. Details and pre-registration.

Saturday 16 November: War of Independence seminar. Host: Federation of Local History Societies. Venue: Harbour Hotel, New Docks, Galway City. 10:30am to 4pm. Fee €20. Need to reserve your place but you can pay on the door. Details.

Sunday 17 November: The Life and Times of Napper Tandy, with Brendan Matthews. Host: Meath Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: GAA Hall, Stamullen. Co Meath. 3pm. Free but donations accepted. Details.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Irish Newspaper Archives launches specialist archive, adds more content, and offers discounts of up to 35%

From the Irish Newspaper Archives
The Dublin-based Irish Newspaper Archives has launched a new product – a special collection of Irish political and radical publications that offer a voice to the marginalised Left in Ireland during the early 20th century.

It's called the Radical Newspaper Archive, and it holds an extraordinary collection of more than 115 Irish radical and political newspapers, journals, pamphlets and bulletins.

Spanning one of the most important periods of Irish history, these somewhat obscure titles provide an insight into a myriad of opinions on Irish life. Covering events such as Home Rule, the redistribution of land, the 1913 Lock Out, the 1916 Rising and its aftermath, the War of Independence, the fractious Civil War, the rise of Fascism in Ireland and the Economic War of the 1930s, and more, The Radical Newspaper Archive sheds important new light on all of these critical moments.

The fully searchable archive consists of more than 11,000 editions with a total count of 102,755 pages. It also has its own dedicated online presence and pricing plans via the link above.

Meanwhile, the parent Irish Newspaper Archive has been updated with the following new content:

(Cork) Evening Echo: editions published 1960–1968 (this holding now runs 1896–1968)
Kilkenny People: editions published in 2005 (this holding now runs 1895–current)
Nationalist & Munster Advertiser: editions published in 2005 (this holding now runs 1889–current)

And to round off the news from the family-run business, there are some discounts to be had. The Gold Membership attracts a 35% discount; the Silver Membership 30%, and the new Radical Membership 10%. With a nod to Halloween just gone, the coupon codes have a Spooky theme, and the discounts will expire on Sunday 10 November. Click below to find out more.


Friday, 1 November 2019

A busy fortnight for Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives

In the second half of October, the team of volunteers at Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives had to make an emergency change of servers after its existing one hit capacity. It has also uploaded the materials below, full of headstone photos, text files of inscriptions, and other transcribed records; and hit a new total of 150,000 headstones + transcriptions in its IGP Headstone database.

Memorial to William Jubilee Maxwell, Dunluce
C of I churchyard, Co Antrim.  Click to enlarge.
Photo courtesy IGPArchives and Valerie Ackroyd.
A busy fortnight!

Here are the new additions:

ISLAND-WIDE Genealogy Archives – Emigration
Peter Robinson immigration scheme 1825 Pt8–end

ANTRIM Genealogy Archives – Headstones
St. John the Baptist Graveyard (CoI), Dunluce

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Donegal Abbey Part 4 (End)

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Kill Abbey Graveyard (Part)
Mt Jerome, Dublin - Part 238

MEATH Genealogy Archives – Headstones
St. James New Cem., Pt 3 (Text File)

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives – Land
Estates belonging to Endowed School of Clonmel

RCB Library explores a little map with a big story

November's Archive of the Month from the RCB Library will be of particular interest to family historians with Protestant ancestors from Sandymount in Dublin.

During the course of this year, the RCB Library has received numerous invaluable additional items for its already substantial collection for St John the Evangelist, Sandymount. Of particular interest was a letter and accompanying map outlining the designation of parochial district boundaries, dated 6 November 1867.

The map of Sandymount [P306.15].
Click for enlarged view.
St John the Evangelist, Sandymount, is something of a rarity as it was one of the few within the Church of Ireland that participated in the Catholic Revival movement, which later became known as the Tractarian Movement.

Although the Tractarian Movement would have a significant contribution to the Church of England, reemphasizing as it did the Patristic and Catholic nature of that Church, the political atmosphere in Ireland during the 19th century meant that its influence was not as great.

But St John's was different: it was St John’s is a trustee church, which meant that it was an ‘estate church’ with an independent liturgy, and one that was financed independently.

Another unique aspect of St John’s is the existence of the Community of St John the Evangelist, the first religious order of Anglican nuns in Ireland. (The RCB Library has an extensive archival repository for the Community – see hand-list).

The church building itself was originally designed as a chapel-of-ease for the parish of Donnybrook and construction began in the 1840s on lands donated by Sidney Herbert (1810-1861); it opened for church service on Palm Sunday, 24 March 1850. By 1867, the need was felt to determine St John's parochial boundaries, hence the production of the map.

It is interesting to note that the purpose of the map and the accompanying letter appears not simply to outline the parochial district, but also to remind the ‘incumbent or curate’ of his duties, namely that of ‘the tithes of baptism, confirmation and the Churching of women and the Holy sacraments of the Lord’s Supper shall be solemnized or performed in the said church called the church of Saint John the Evangelist, Sandymount’.

A detailed hand-list for St John the Evangelist, Sandymount, can be viewed here.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Ancestry DNA: Early Bird Gift Offer for AU researchers

Family historians based in Australia/New Zealand are being offered rare discounts on Ancestry DNA test kits and Ancestry.com.au subscriptions.

The Early Bird offer, which runs to 11:59pm (AEDT) on Monday 25 November, sees the standard price inclusive of taxes reduced from AU$128 to AU$108, with shipping extra. To take advantage of the saving, click the 'Buy Now' button, right.

Just when you thought the generosity was sure to end there, along comes another saving! It's on Gift Membership, so if someone you know and love would be thrilled to receive an Ancestry.com.au subscription package, you can make a worthwhile saving of 20% on whichever package suits you and the recipient best. Find out more here. This Gift offer will expire at 12pm on Christmas Day.


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New & updated British genealogy collections 16-31 Oct

Below you'll find my summary of the new and updated British records released by the major genealogy database suppliers since the middle of the month. (The previous listing was on 15 October. See blogpost)

My regular listing of new and updated British collections is designed to help family historians whose Irish ancestors emigrated, temporarily or permanently, to England, Scotland or Wales.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis reflect the number of records uploaded to a new collection.


NEW COLLECTIONS


FamilySearch

BritishNewspaperArchive (shared with FindMyPast Newspaper Collection)

FindMyPast

Ancestry

UPDATED COLLECTIONS


TheGenealogist

FindMyPast

Family Search

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