Friday, 13 September 2019

RCB Library extends its collection of books in Irish

The opening of ‘Cúinne Caird’, a collection of Irish books and related materials of the late Bishop Donald Caird (1925-2017), will take place in the RCB Library tomorrow, Saturday 14 September, at Noon.

This printed collection was part of a larger collection of related archival and photographic materials and was presented to the Library by his widow, Nancy. A special corner of the Library has been created and the books will be exhibited in his memory in a cabinet commissioned from Shane Duffly.

"As the Library did not have many books in Irish in its collections, it was decided to keep the collection together in a dedicated section," says Robert Gallagher, Library Administrator. "I began the project by organising the books in order of the date they were published and each book was recorded on our digital catalogue."

Bishop Donald Caird was a long-time member of the RCB Library. He often visited throughout his career and subsequently during his retirement. He was a member of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise (the Irish Guild of the Church) since 1943. In 2010, he was awarded the Ghradam an Phiarsaigh prize, which is central to the ‘Cúinne Caird’.

This event has been organised by the RCB Library and Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise.

FindMyPast adds Irish Boundary Commission Records

FindMyPast has digitised the Irish Boundary Commission, 1924-1925 collection held by the National Archives (UK). This Commission was set up to determine the boundary between the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland*.

This sample page (click for enlarged image) shows the
preference for titles and initials over first names
While copies of the records are quite freely available online, I think this the first time they've been indexed, opening up their content to a wider audience.

More than 47,000 records, made up of minutes, papers and reports, correspondence, and records of oral and written evidence, are held in the collection and can now be searched by place and name. The index offers searches for eight of the nine Ulster counties – Antrim, Armagh, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, LondonDerry, Monaghan and Tyrone – plus Dublin.

Among the highlights of the collection is a numerical census giving names of heads of household in Castlederg, Clogher and Dungannon Unions and Omagh Urban District.

When searching the online collection, FindMyPast advises that formal documentation of the period tended to use titles and/or initials rather than first names. 'For example, if your search is unsuccessful for William Smith, try Mr Smith or Lord Smith. Alternatively, if your search is unsuccessful for Mary Smith and she was married to John Smith, try Mrs John Smith or alternatively Mrs Smith. If needed, you can narrow your results by including additional search criteria such as a year, location name or county.'

* The Commission was intended to research, take evidence and subsequently recommend any alterations needed to the border. Its final report was never published, so the border remained as originally created. You can read a detailed feature about the Commission and its aftermath, published in History Ireland magazine, here.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Autumn 2019 Family History courses in Ireland

It's Autumn – time to tackle a new skill – and there's a good number of family history courses due to start across Ireland. Not all of them start in September, and, while they may have similar sounding titles, there's a lot of variation in how they cover the topic, so be sure to read the online details to ensure the course is what you are expecting.

If a course starts next week, would-be participants should contact the provider to enrol without delay.


BELFAST

City Centre
Irish Genealogy Essentials, a five-day course running 4 November to 8 November inclusive, run by the Ulster Historical Foundation, The Corn Exchange, 31 Gordon Street, Belfast. Classroom based sessions covers main and lesser known sources. The course includes assisted research at PRONI and a one-to-one consultation to help move your research forward. Course fee: £449.99. Details.


COUNTY CORK

Cork City
An introduction to family history. Are you interested in tracing your family history, but don’t know where to start? This course, held on Mondays at Ashton School, Blackrock Road, Cork City, will provide you with the practical know-how to find your family records. Basic Internet knowledge required. Tutor: Karen O’Riordan BA. Starts 23 September. 8-week course. 7.00–9.00pm. Fee: €95. Brochure.

Midleton
Research your Family History, a 6-week course starting on 1 October, will be held at St Colmans College, Midleton, Co Cork. Classes will take place on Tuesdays, 7.30-9.30pm. Course fee €80. Details of the class and enrolment here (catalogued under Empowerment, for some reason).


COUNTY DUBLIN

City Centre
Diploma In Family History. This 10-week course is tutored by John Grenham MAGI FIGRS at City Colleges, Wicklow House, 84-88 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2. Both classroom based (fee from €995) and online (from €895) are available. 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Course starts Thursday 26 September. Syllabus and details.

Crumlin
Genealogy and Family History. This 10-week introductory course will run on Mondays, 7:30pm to 9pm, at Crumlin College, Crumlin Road, Dublin 12. It will start on 16 September and the fee is €120. Download the brochure for details of the class and enrolment.

Liberties
Genealogy, a 5-week course, will be held at Liberties College, Bull Alley Street, Dublin 8 on Wednesdays from 23 October to 27 November inclusive. 7pm–9pm. Fee: €40. The course is for those who want to discover their ancestry and connect with past generations of their family. It will show delegates how to find surviving relatives with whom they may have lost contact (or, indeed, never met) due to a variety of circumstances such as generational emigration or adoption. Details.

Malahide
Irish genealogy - How to research your family history, with Claire Bradley. This beginner class at Malahide Community School covers census; birth, death and marriage certificates; parish registers; newspapers; wills; land records; military records and DNA testing. No prior knowledge is required but ability to use a computer and the internet is essential. Tuesday evenings, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, from 17 September. Fee €110. Details and enrolment.


LIMERICK

City Centre
Tracing your family history is a 10-week course suitable for anyone wishing to develop a broad array of historical research skills. Designed for those with any level of interest in history, the programme each week will include detailed instructions into the tools and sources that are available to conduct personal, family and community based history research and projects. Held at Limerick College of Further Education, Mulgrave St, Limerick City on Tuesdays, 7pm to 9:30pm. Fee:€130. Details.

University of Limerick Campus

The University's Certificate in History of Family & Genealogical Methods is now closed for 2019-20 enrolment.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

New/updated USA genealogy records since mid-August

Are you researching ancestors from Ireland who emigrated and settled in the United States? If so, you need to keep up with all the genealogical releases by the major database suppliers. This can be difficult when, as in this last four or five weeks, nearly 50 new collections were uploaded online and millions of records were added to at least 26 existing record-sets.

To help you keep up with the steady stream of record releases – any of which could, potentially, hold vital ancestral details or family history colour – here's a brief round-up of the latest new USA collections and updates.

The figures in parenthesis reflect the number of records in the collection, or, where stated, the total number of records following the recent update.

NEW COLLECTIONS

Ancestry
Salem & Beverly, Massachusetts, Crew Lists & Shipping Articles, 1797-1934 (215,124)
Massachusetts, Boston, Crew Lists, 1811-1921 Immigration & Emigration (335,821)
U.N. Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Records, 1943-1947 (1,070)
U.S., Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1884-1937 (118,532)
New York, State Employment Cards & Peddlers' Licenses, 1840-1966 (709,382)
Wisconsin, Employment Records, 1903-1988 (47,717)

Family Search
Alabama, WW2 Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (268,697 records + 766,663 images)
Alaska, WW2 Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (22,410)
California, Los Angeles, Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Index, 1877-1989 (4,445)
Colorado, WW2 Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (283,562)
Connecticut, WW2 Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (478,703)
Delaware, WW2 Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945 (74,179)
District of Columbia, WW2 Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (245,072)
Florida, WW2 Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (536,621)
Hawaii, Births and Baptisms, 1843-1909 (31,568)
Hawaii, WW2 Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (138,956)
Idaho, WW2 Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (138,954)
Maine, Kennebec County, Togus National Cemetery Records (4,428)
Maryland, WW2 Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945 532,405 542,647
Minnesota, WW2 Draft Registration Cards,1940-1947 693,535 694,725
Missouri, WW2 Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 952,820 958,644
Nebraska, WW2 Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945310,174 297,841
Nevada, WW2 Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (35,949)
New Mexico, WW2 Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945 (140,702)
New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956 (4,749,222)
North Carolina, Church Records, 1700-1970 (70,086)
Ohio, WWI Index and Return Cards, 1916-1920 (100,468)
Oklahoma, WW2 Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (604,280)
Pennsylvania, Allegheny, Pittsburgh, Naturalization Index, 1906-1990 (116,726)
South Carolina, Charleston County, Charleston, Birth Registers, 1901-1926 (13,419)
South Carolina, Colleton County Marriage Licenses, 1911-1951 (22,417)
Utah, WW2 Draft Registration Cards,1940-1947 (144,519)
Utah, Cemetery Abstracts (125,183)
Virgin Islands, WW2 Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945 (5,625)
Virginia, WW2 Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (762,434)
West Virginia, WW2 Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (521,022)
Wyoming, WW2 Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (66,012)

MyHeritage
Pennsylvania Death Index, 1906-1964 (6,562,484)


UPDATES

FindMyPast
Cincinnati Baptisms  (183,000)
Cincinnati Marriages  (183,000)
Cincinnati Burials  (update numbers unknown, total now 296,596)
Cincinnati Congregational  (1,200)
Maryland wills and probate records PDF collection/nearly 4,000 pages.
Maryland Prerogative Court and County records, Index (107,000)

Ancestry
US School Yearbooks, 1900-1999  (updated total 320,708,311)
Montana, State Deaths, 1907-2016  (2,369,196)
New Hampshire, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1832-1945 (updated total 78,420)
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-2017  (4,990,815).
US Find A Grave index  (1,277,168)

FamilySearch
Arizona, WW2 Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945  (141,121)
Arkansas, Sevier County, Birth Records, 1914-1923  (22)
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994  (8,839)
Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001 (912)
Pennsylvania, Eastern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1795-1931  (179,267)
United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968  (104,071)
Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929  (18,918)
Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998  (1,773)
Iowa, Monroe County, Card Index of BMDs from Newspaper Clippings, 1898-2015  (1,706)
Iowa, Old Age Tax Assistance Records, 1934-1958  (84,429)
Missouri, Jackson County Voter Registration Records, 1928-1956  (97,491)
Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949  (1,438)
New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936  (4,074)

AmericanAncestors
Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston,1789-1920 database (searchable):  Joining the collection were parish registers for Sts. Peter and Paul in South Boston, St. Mary of the Annunciation in Melrose, Sacred Heart  in East Boston, St. Bridget in Abington, Sacred Heart in Newton,  both St Peter and St Gregory in Dorchester, and each of the following parishes in Roxbury: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St Patrick, and St. Philip, St. Francis de Sales.
Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston,1789-1920 database (Image only):  Added to the browse collection were more than 2,300 new page images from the registers of Lady of Good Voyage in Gloucester and St. Joseph in Lynn.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Irish genealogy, history & culture events, 9-22 Sept

Monday 9 September: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day to facilitate the Library's continuing redevelopment of the premises. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All other services/exhibitions/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal.

Monday 9 September: Making Sense of the Census, with Roddy Hegarty. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Glengormley High School, Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim BT36 5HP. 7pm–9pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Tuesday 10 September: Some things never change! 40 years of family history research, with branch members. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP. All welcome. Details.

Tuesday 10 September: Researching WWI military and naval records of Irish soldiers and sailors, with Gerard White. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland St., Dún Laoghaire, Dublin. All welcome. 8pm. Admission €3.

Wednesday 11 September: Unequal treatment of IRA widows reflected in the social hierarchy of the Free State, with Padraig Yeates. Host: The Old Dublin Society. Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. All welcome. Free. 8pm.

Saturday 14 September: Two workshops: Tracing your Irish Ancestry - for Beginners and Refreshers (10:30am–1pm), and Moving on with your research, for intermediates (2pm–5pm), with Jill Williams FIGRS and Roz McCutcheon FIGRS. Host and venue: Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Gosport Road, London EC1. Workshop fee: £20. Details. Both workshops fully booked.

Saturday 14 September: The War of Independence in Co Clare: reassessment of David Fitzpatrick’s Politics and Irish Life 1913-1921: provincial experience of war and revolution, a History Ireland Hedge School. Host: Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week. Venue: Temple Gate Hotel, The Square, Ennis, Co Clare. 2pm–3.15pm. Roundtable discussion with History Ireland editor Tommy Graham (chair), Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc, Eve Morrison, Cécile Gordon and Tomás Mac Con Mara. Free, but capacity limited. For more information, tel (065) 6899082.

Saturday 14 September: Magic: Using Griffiths Valuation and Google Earth to Locate Irish Origins and Locations, with Fern Wilcox. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Library and Research Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Rd., Mendota Heights, MN, USA. $20. 10:30–noon. Details.

Saturday 14 September: Walking Tour of a Nineteenth Century Irish Neighborhood. Host: Irish Railroad Workers Museum. Meet Hollins Roundhouse Neighborhood, 900 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223, USA. 11am to 12:30pm. Free but need to book.

Sunday 15 September: T E Lawrence – his career and Irish connections, with Dr David Murphy. Host: Meath Archaelogical and Historical Society. Venue: St John's Church, Main St, Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath. 3pm. All welcome. Voluntary contribution appreciated. Details.

Monday 16 September: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day to facilitate the Library's continuing redevelopment of the premises. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All other services – exhibitions, cafe, Genealogy Advisory Service – will have a delayed start - 11am - but otherwise operate as normal.

Monday 16 September to Friday 4 October: The Limerick Soviet: the General Strike of 1919, an exhibition. A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event. Venue: Sean Lemass Public Library, Town Centre, Shannon, Co. Clare. Free exhibition during library opening hours. Details.

Monday 16 September: A Call to Militancy? with Whitehead Suffragette Society. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome. Further details.

Tuesday 17 September: Guerrilla War in Clare, with Dr. Joe Power. A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event. Venue: DeValera Public Library, Harmony Row, Ennis, Co Clare. 6:30pm. Free. All welcome. Phone (065) 6846353 for more information.

Wednesday 18 September: "By heavens, Joe, but there are great men in Ireland still": Commandant Joseph Barrett (1888-1971), with Dr Paul O'Brien. A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event. Venue: Kilrush Public Library, O Gorman Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare. 6:30pm. Free lecture. All welcome. More information, Tel (065) 9051504.

Wednesday 18 September: Old Portadown, with Mary Hunter. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. 7:30pm. All welcome. Further details.

Wednesday 18 September: Gender and Democracy: The Local Government (Ireland) Act, 1898, with Dr Leeann Lane. Host: Tipperary County Archives. Venue: Clonmel Library, Emmet St, Burgagery-Lands East, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. 7pm. All are welcome and admission is free.

Wednesday 18 September: Louisa Marchioness of Waterford (1818 -1891): a bicentenary assessment and fresh discoveries, with Julian Walton. Host: Waterford County Museum, Dungarvan. Venue: Dungarvan Sailing Club, Quay St, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. 8pm. All welcome. Admission €5.

Thursday 19 September: The Barrett Family 1888-1971, with Dr Paul O'Brien. Host: Clare Roots Society. Venue: Maguire Suite, Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co Clare. 8pm. All welcome.

Friday 20 September: Culture Night returns to towns and cities across the island of Ireland, with 4000+ FREE late-night cultural events taking place in 1600+ venues. Search events.

Friday 20 September: Irish family history, a free workshop with Lynn Brady. Host: Glasnevin Trust. Venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. 7pm. Free. Fully booked.

Saturday 21 September: Genealogy Tips and Tricks, with Marie Scalisi; Finding Irish Place of Origin in U.S. Records, with Kathleen McGee; and Ask the Expert one-to-one consultations. All free, and with light refreshments. Host: Irish Family History Forum. Venue: Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714, USA. 10am to 12:30pm. All welcome. Details.

Saturday 21 September: Irish Genealogy 101 – Let’s Start at the Beginning, with Tom Rice CG. Host: Irish Genealogical Research International. Venue: Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, MN 55120, USA. Need to register. Fee $20. 11:30am to 1pm. Details.

Saturday 21 September: The Goodwin Family of Hell's Kitchen – a case study tracking an Irish-American family from the 19th century to the present, with Kevin Cassidy. Host: WISE Family History Society. Venue: Gates Room, Central Denver Public Library, 10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, Colorado, USA. Free. 2:30pm–4pm, following the CGS CIG program.

Friday, 6 September 2019

New/updated British genealogy records since mid-Aug

Online database suppliers providing genealogical records for England, Scotland and Wales have had a busy four weeks, uploading both new and updated British family history records.

NEW COLLECTIONS

Ancestry
North Lanarkshire, Scotland, Electoral Registers, 1847-1969. This index holds 714,769 entries.

Scotland, North Lanarkshire, Poor Law Applications and Registers, 1849-1917, With 230,468 entries, this collection of applications and general registers covers institutions in Bothwell, Cambasnethan, Dalziel, New Monkland and Shotts. See also this useful blogpost from Ancestry which provides additional information about the record-set.

Pembrokeshire, Wales, Electoral Registers, 1740-1978. The collection holds 1,045,222 indexed entries from every fifth year during the period. No registers were produced during the war years 1916, 1917 and 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943 and 1944.

Bristol, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1935. These 1,045,461 records are from parishes in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset. See the browse options for coverage by parish and date.

Bristol, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1918. These 1,847,025 records are from parishes in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset. See the browse options for coverage by parish and date.

Bristol, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1994. These 284,422 records are from parishes in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset. See the browse options for coverage by parish and date.

Bristol, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 This collection of 1,915,478 records are from parishes acrss Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset. See the browse options for coverage by parish and date.


Family Search
England, Huntingdonshire Parish Registers, 1538-1983. Contains 126,104 transcriptions of baptismal, marriage, and burial records from the Church of England in the county of Huntingdonshire. Images available to view only at Family History Centers and affiliate Libraries.

England, Cambridge Parish Registers, 1538-1983. Contains 162,917 transcriptions of baptismal, marriage, and burial records from the Church of England in the county of Cambridgeshire. Images available to view only at Family History Centers and affiliate Libraries.


FindMyPast
Scotland, Court & Criminal Database. This collection holds more than 28,000 Crown Office Precognitions and High Court Trial Papers from 1801–1917, the Fife Kalendar of Convicts, and index to many of the Courts in Fife from 1708 to 1909, as well as the High Court Records. Results include transcript plus image of the original document.

Church Of Scotland Ministers 1560-1949. The 8-volume collection holds more than 4,700 entries.

Isle Of Man Roll Of Honour WW1. Published in 1934 by the War Pensions Committee, this roll holds the transcribed details of 1,900 Manx casualties.

Yorkshire School Logs. Both pupils and teachers are included in these 137,000 transcripts from school rolls from 63 schools in the county's West Riding. They date from 1862 and 1959.


British Newspaper Archives (and shared with FindMyPast)
All but the first two in the list were published in Scotland.
The Daily Citizen, Manchester
Holmes’ Brewing Trade Gazette, published in Leeds
Alloa Journal
Clyde Bill of Entry and Shipping List, 1874–1914, Glasgow
ForFar Herald
Dalkeith Advertiser
https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/titles/daily-review-edinburgh
Forres News and Advertiser
Northern Scot and Moray, Nairn Express
Devon Valley Tribune
Renfrewshire Independent
Hawick Express
Coatbridge Express
Banffshire Advertiser
Leven Mail
Ayrshire Post
Wishaw Press
Irvine Herald
North British Agriculturalist, Edinburgh
Montrose Standard
Erskdale and Liddesdale
Galloway News and Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser


UPDATED COLLECTIONS

Ancestry
England & Wales, Civil Divorce Records, 1858-1918. Just under 91,000 records, including images have been added. All date 1917-1918.


FindMyPast
Britain, Knights of the Realm and Commonwealth. The index has been updated with an additional 14,000+ records

Scottish Catholic baptisms. More than 236,000 records from 146 parishes have been added.

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Marriages. Topped up with 129,000 records.

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Burials. An additional 16,000 burial records.

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records Some 114,000 records have been added, topping up this large collection of 456,022 congregational records covering all eight Scottish Catholic dioceses. The collection includes registers of confirmations and communion recipients, as well as parish lists, seat rentals, and lists of people who converted to Catholicism.

Scotland, Newspaper Birth Notices. More than 121,000 records (transcriptions and images) added.

Scotland, Newspaper Death Reports & Obituaries. More than half a million reports and obits added in transcription and image format.

Scotland, Newspaper Marriage & Anniversary Notices. More than 201,000 entries added, with transcriptions and images.

Lancashire Wills & Probate 1457-1858 More than 26,000 new records have been added to this index.


FamilySearch
England, Herefordshire Bishop’s Transcripts, 1583-1898. Just over 2,000 records added.

England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1963 Nearly 49,000 extra records.


The Genealogist
Map Explorer now includes the Charles Booth Poverty Maps of London, 1898-1899




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Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest free updates

The team at Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives uploaded the following files in the second half of August. As always, the team is made up exclusively of volunteers and all the files are provided to researchers free of charge.

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Nessan's Part 15
Mount Jerome Cemetery, Pt 233 & 234

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Aghadrumsee Burials, Diocese of Clogher, Clones Parish 1866-1890

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Land and church records
Abstracts of the Deeds Inrolled in Chancery 1836-1839 (end)
Thurles Parish Marriages (R.C.) 1844-1845

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Land
Abstracts of the Deeds Inrolled in Chancery 1836-1839 (end)

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilquiggan (New) Cemetery
Springfield Cemetery, Bray
St. Brigid's R.C. Graveyard - East section, Annacurra

Autumn edition of Irish Roots magazine published

https://www.irishrootsmedia.com/shop-product/print-issues/issue-111-autumn-issue/183The autumn edition of Irish Roots magazine, Ireland's only independent family history title, has been published.

In this issue, you'll find the following features:-
  • Dating Family Photographs From 1840s to the 1860s
  • Tracing Your County Longford Ancestors
  • Using Rentals As A Family History Resource
  • Discover The Irish Immigrants Who Invaded Canada
  • DNA Testing - How To Optimise Your Anonymity and Privacy
  • Duchas Project - A Window Into The Customs And Folkore Of Ireland
  • How A Tiny Scrap Of Newspaper Sparked A Reader's Interest In Her Family History
  • Australian Irish Connections: The Victorian Exploring Expedition And Robert O'Hara Burke
In addition to these features there's also a Review and round-up (written by Yours Truly) of new record releases and other developments over the last three months; Genealogical comment and observations from Steven Smyrl FIGRS MAGI; Readers' genealogy questions answered by Nicola Morris MAGI; Letters to the Editor, and much more.

Irish Roots is published four times a year in both paper copy format and digital copy. You can purchase single copies or make savings by purchasing a one-year or two-year subscription. Find out more, and download a free sample of the new issue, by clicking the cover image.

Irish News Archive extends Cork Evening Echo holding and offers subscription savings

The Dublin-based and family-owned Irish Newspaper Archive (INA) has extended its holding of the Cork Evening Echo in its database.

https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/subscribe
This important regional paper, which was published in Cork City and distributed throughout Munster, carried BMD announcements; local, national and world news; sport; markets; parliament; law sessions and intelligence, and was aimed at conservative Catholic nationalists. It was re-branded earlier this year as The Echo, and has shifted to morning publication.

The first tranche of the holding, carrying editions published 1896 to 1948, was uploaded in June, and a second installment has now been added with editions from 1949 to 1959 inclusive now available to search.

Despite extensive searches for original copies in local libraries, the managers of the database have been unable to unearth copies for the following periods: 1900-1903 (no Cork Exhibition coverage); April 1914-1918 (no 1916 coverage); 1923-1925 and 1928-1929.

More recent editions, right up to current, will join the database later this month.

In the meantime, the Irish Newspaper Archive's team has announced a discount on its monthly and annual subscription packages.

The discount gives a saving of 20% discount on a monthly subscription (use code CEE20), reducing the price to €£$23.20, and a generous 30% saving on the 12-month package (use code CEE30), reducing the price to €£$104.30. Click the Subscribe button above and type in the code when prompted.

The discount will expire on 14 September.

UPDATE, 8 September:
In addition to the upload described above, Irish Newspaper Archives has updated another regional paper – the Limerick Leader – with editions from 1971–1981 joining the holding.

Monday, 2 September 2019

RootsIreland offers a 25% discount on 12-month subs

RootsIreland.ie is offering a generous 25% discount on its 12-month subscription package.

This subscription gives you access to a combined database from the 34 genealogy centres across Ireland run by the Irish Family History Foundation. It holds more than 23 million records and is growing continually (200,000 in 2018 and 130,000 in 2019 so far) and is widely recognised as having the most complete and most accurate set of Roman Catholic church records online.

To take advantage of the discount, go to RootsIreland.ie, log in, and purchase your new subscription. (If you already have a subscription, click My Account, My subscription and Start a New subscription... the special deal sub will begin when your current subscription expires.)

The offer will expire at 11:59pm Irish time on Tuesday 17 September.

Find out more about the database and the reasons why you should consider a subscription here.


2019 List of Church of Ireland parish registers published

The RCB Library has revised and updated its List of Parish Registers – an essential and free aid for any Irish family historian (download here)

It includes accessions from 23 parish unions made in 2018 and up to the end of August 2019, resulting in detailed lists for a total of 1,159 parishes across the island.

While there were some baptism, marriage and burial registers included in the January 2018 to August 2019 intake, the bulk of the additions to the collection features vestry, minute and preacher's books, ledgers, photographs, Sunday School registers, and other miscellaneous items. Details of the latest revision have been published as September's Archive of the Month, here.



Irish genealogy and history events, 2-15 September

Monday 2 September: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day to facilitate the Library's continuing redevelopment of the premises. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All other services/exhibitions/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal.

Monday 2 September: Undimmed by the shadow of Rome? Ireland in a European world (100 BC–AD 500), with Alexandra Guglielmi. Host and venue: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2. 7:30pm. All welcome. No booking required.

Monday 2 September and Tuesday 3 September: RCB Library closed for staff training. Reopening on Wednesday 4 September at 9:30am.

Wednesday 4 September: Reading Room closed until 1:30pm, National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Closure to facilitate a staff meeting. Normal service resumes from 1:30pm.

Thursday 5 September: The Irish War of Independence, 1919-1921, with Liz Gillis. Host and venue: Clondalkin Library, Monastery Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. 7pm. Free. All welcome. Booking advised.

Monday 9 September: Making Sense of the Census, with Roddy Hegarty. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Glengormley High School, Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim BT36 5HP. 7pm–9pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Tuesday 10 September: Some things never change! 40 years of family history research, with branch members. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP. All welcome. Details.

Tuesday 10 September: Researching WWI military and naval records of Irish soldiers and sailors, with Gerard White. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland St., Dún Laoghaire, Dublin. All welcome. 8pm. Admission €3.

Saturday 14 September: Two workshops: Tracing your Irish Ancestry - for Beginners and Refreshers (10:30am–1pm), and Moving on with your research, for intermediates (2pm–5pm), with Jill Williams FIGRS and Roz McCutcheon FIGRS. Host and venue: Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Gosport Road, London EC1. Workshop fee: £20. Details. Both workshops fully booked.

Saturday 14 September: The War of Independence in Co Clare: reassessment of David Fitzpatrick’s Politics and Irish Life 1913-1921: provincial experience of war and revolution, a History Ireland Hedge School. Host: Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week. Venue: Temple Gate Hotel, The Square, Ennis, Co Clare. 2pm–3.15pm. Roundtable discussion with History Ireland editor Tommy Graham (chair), Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc, Eve Morrison, Cécile Gordon and Tomás Mac Con Mara. Free, but capacity limited. Fr more information, tel (065) 6899082.

Saturday 14 September: Magic: Using Griffiths Valuation and Google Earth to Locate Irish Origins and Locations, with Fern Wilcox. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Library and Research Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Rd., Mendota Heights, MN, USA. $20. 10:30–noon. Details.

Saturday 14 September: Walking Tour of a Nineteenth Century Irish Neighborhood. Host: Irish Railroad Workers Museum. Meet Hollins Roundhouse Neighborhood, 900 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223, USA. 11am to 12:30pm. Free but need to book.

Sunday 15 September: T E Lawrence – his career and Irish connections, with Dr David Murphy. Host: Meath Archaelogical and Historical Society. Venue: St John's Church, Main St, Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath. 3pm. All welcome. Voluntary contribution appreciated. Details.

Friday, 30 August 2019

RCB Library closures in first week of September

I've had no prior warning of this, so possibly other researchers have also not been advised...

The RCB Library in Churchtown, Dublin 14 will be closed on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 September. This is to facilitate staff training. The Library will reopen on Wednesday 3 September at 9:30am.

These closures are in addition to the on-going Friday closures of the Library's Archives and Manuscript Collection.

MyHeritage's USA & CAN censuses free this weekend

With this year marking the 125th and 127th anniversaries of Labor Day in the United States and Canada respectively, MyHeritage is giving family historians the opportunity to learn more about their ancestors' trades, professions and day-to-day work activities in North America.

Starting today and continuing until close of play on Monday 2 September, MyHeritage is opening up its US and Canadian census collections; together, these hold some 740 million records.

The US census collection is made up of 54 datasets – 18 federal census collections and 36 state or country census collections – while the Canadian record sets include eight national census collections and 10 focussed on specific provinces.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

2019 release of Maynooth Studies in Local History series

Five titles have been published by Four Courts Press in the 2019 release of the well-reqarded Maynooth Studies in Local History series. Each of the 64-page booklets has been priced at €8.95, plus postage, and can be ordered direct from the publisher's website by clicking on the image below. Brief descriptions follow.

John Ferrall: Master of Sligo Workhouse, 1852–66, by Fergus O'Ferrall
This case study provides the first account to focus on the career and work of a master of an Irish workhouse. It explores the role of a master in respect of issues such as management, governance and the provision for the poor in post-Famine Ireland during the fourteen-year period when John Ferrall served as Master of Sligo Workhouse.
ISBN: 978-1-84682-803-4

Rathcoole and the United Irish Rebellions, 1798–1803, by Kerron Ó Luain
The story of the United Irish rebellions in a hitherto quiet corner of south-west County Dublin is a story of personal resentments fuelled by the spread of radical republican ideology, followed by a violent attempt at altering the social and political status quo. This book focuses on Rathcoole society between the years 1798 and 1803 and argues that, rather than agrarian or sectarian tensions, it was primarily United Irish politicization and organization that led to the outbreak of rebellion in the locality.
ISBN: 978-1-84682-804-1

Landholding in the new English settlement of Hacketstown, Co. Carlow, 1635–1875, by Oliver Whelan
The new Protestant settlement of Clonmore, centred around Hacketstown, proved resilient to the 1641 rebellion and attracted investment, including by Dublin bureaucrats and landed and military figures. Entrepreneurial Catholics turned to trade in response to the penal laws. Unusually, in the period 1852–74 most leaseholders, including Catholics, achieved security of tenure, subject to fixed rents.

Waterford port and harbour, c.1815–42: Shaping the port, by Mary Breen
The management and development of Waterford port and harbour during a formative period in Irish history are explored in this book. Particular attention is paid to the relationships and interactions between Waterford Corporation, the body granted control of the port and harbour under successive royal charters; Waterford Chamber of Commerce, the chartered body representing merchants and traders; and Waterford Harbour Commissioners, the statutory port authority established in 1816.
ISBN: 978-1-84682-800-3

The Kirwan murder case, 1852, by Suzanne Leeson
This book relates the story of the controversial trial, conviction and imprisonment of William Burke Kirwan, a Dublin artist, for the murder of his wife, Sarah, in 1852. His trial and the extensive and divisive social commentary it provoked provide a glimpse of the Irish Protestant middle class in the mid-nineteenth century, allowing an examination of many of the attitudes and values to which they subscribed.
ISBN: 978-1-84682-801-0

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Last few spaces for NLI's Autumn Genealogy Course

Sean Murphy MA will once again be presenting his introductory course on Irish Family History research at the National Library of Ireland this Autumn.

The course will take place as the NLI's Kildare St., Dublin 2 premises on Wednesday afternoons over eight weeks starting on 11 September. Download the Introduction to Genealogy syllabus, here.

The course fee is €100 and class size is limited to a maximum of 30 individuals. Participants are expected to have experience of using computers. To find out more information or to book a place on the course, contact Brid by emailing: booking@nli.ie.

Booking has been open for a week or so and there are already only a small number of places remaining. All places are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so be quick to book if you want to attend.

Monday, 26 August 2019

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 26 Aug-1 Sept

Monday 26 August: Bank holiday in Northern Ireland. All branch libraries, and most repositories and businesses closed for the day. This public holiday does not apply in the Republic of Ireland, where it's business as usual.

Monday 26 August: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day to facilitate the Library's continuing redevelopment of the premises. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All other services/exhibitions/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal.

Monday 26 August: MT-DNA, a two-hour workshop with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Research Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 2pm. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Tuesday 27 August: Ethnicity estimages, a two-hour workshop with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Research Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 2pm. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Wednesday 28 August: Using My Heritage DNA, a tw-hour workshop with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Research Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 11am. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Wednesday 28 August: AutoClusters, a two-hour workshop with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Research Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 2pm. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Wednesday 28 August: Irish Family History Assistance. Host: Genealogical Society of Victoria. Venue: GSV Library, Level 6, 85 Queen St., Melbourne 3000, Australia. Experienced helpers in the library to offer advice on your Irish research. 10am to 4pm. Free for members. $20 non-members. Bookable one-hour appointments with a research consultant. Details.

Thursday 29 August: Transatlantic Connections, with Turtle Bunbury. Host: South Dublin Libraries. Venue: Ballyroan Library, Orchardstown Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. Free, but need to book via Eventbrite. 6:30pm – 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 29 August: ThruLines – a new tool on Ancestry, a two-hour workshop with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Research Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 2pm. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Friday 30 August: Theory of Family Relativity, a two-hour workshop with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Research Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 2pm. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Saturday 31 August: Irish Workhouse Centre Summer School. Host and venue: Irish Workhouse Centre, St Bridget's Road, Portumna, Co Galway. 10am to 1pm. Day's topic: Medieval County Galway. Lectures: The de Burgos, with Aron Donnolly; Medieval Legacy, with Martin Curley; and Post-Medieval Ballinasloe, with Declan Kelly. Email for details: info@irishworkhousecentre.ie

Monday 2 September: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day to facilitate the Library's continuing redevelopment of the premises. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All other services/exhibitions/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal.

Monday 2 September: Undimmed by the shadow of Rome? Ireland in a European world (100 BC–AD 500), with Alexandra Guglielmi. Host and venue: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2. 7:30pm. All welcome. No booking required.

Monday 2 September and Tuesday 3 September: RCB Library closed for staff training. Reopening on Wednesday 4 September at 9:30am.

Wednesday 4 September: Reading Room closed until 1:30pm, National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Closure to facilitate a staff meeting. Normal service resumes from 1:30pm.

Thursday 5 September: The Irish War of Independence, 1919-1921, with Liz Gillis. Host and venue: Clondalkin Library, Monastery Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. 7pm. Free. All welcome. Booking advised.


Sunday, 25 August 2019

Free weekend access to Ancestry's Irish & UK collection

Free access runs to Monday 26 August
I'm a bit late to the party with this one (apologies, I've only just seen the tweet): AncestryUK is offering free access to all its Irish and UK records this weekend.

The free access includes the full and wide range of Ancestry's Irish and UK collection: Parish, Civil BMDs, Census, Court, Military, Occupation, Migration and travel, Poor Law records, plus Directories, photographs, maps, census substitutes and miscellaneous record sets. You can see the detailed and impressive list here.

You'll need a registered account to take advantage of the free access. If you don't already have one, the process is very straightforward and fast, and you don't have to provide any more than your name and address.

The free access will run until 23:59 GMT on Monday 26 August.

MyHeritage DNA test kits: Flash Sale!

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My Heritage is having a Flash DNA Sale. It'll expire tomorrow, so you'll need to act quickly.

I've been notified only of discounts in Ireland/UK and the USA. There may well be similar offers in other jurisdictions. Either way, click the image to reach your 'local' MyHeritage territory to find if the sale is running where you live.

To find out more and place your order, click the image, right.

The price of the DNA test kit for researchers in Ireland and the UK is reduced from £75 to £59 each, and if you order two or more kits, you won't even have to pay for shipping.


For researchers based in the USA, the price of the DNA test kit is reduced from $79 to $59, and if you order two or more kits, shipping is free.


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Friday, 23 August 2019

Additional 1.2m Irish burial/obituary records online

Both Ancestry and FindMyPast have updated some of their Irish cemetery, obituary and funeral records collections recently, and I hadn't noticed. To atone for my sins, here's a round up:

FindMyPast – Billion Graves Cemetery Index
More than 2,000 additions were uploaded to the Index last month. The new total of entries for Ireland is 136,435.

Ancestry – UK/Ireland, Obituary Index, 2004-2018
Following the upload of some 3.2million records from hundreds of cemetery and funeral homes, this index now holds 4,855,799 entries. About 51,000 of these entries suggest family connections to Ireland, either because the deceased was buried on the island or the death was reported in an Irish paper.

Ancestry – Scotland/Northern Ireland, Death Index, 1989-2017
This index, now with 526,913 entries, claims to hold about 45% of all deaths that occurred in the stated time period. Some 77,633 entries relate to deaths of individuals with a last place of residence in Northern Ireland.

Ancestry – UK/Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
Nore than 1.3million new records have been added in two tranches since May, making an updated total of 6.3million in the collection. As far as I can tell, just under one million relate to Ireland.

Ancestry – Global, Find A Grave Index: Burials at Sea/Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
In two recent instalments, more than 5million additional records have added to the index, which now holds a total of 13.3million entries. The proportion noting Ireland is tiny, but at 145,695 still worth checking.



Thursday, 22 August 2019

Registry of Deeds Index Project: latest database update

https://irishdeedsindex.net/index.phpNick Reddan FIGRS, manager of the Registry of Deeds Index Project, has made two updates to the free online database this month so far, with the latest showing that the main index now holds 322,947 records extracted from 35,108 memorials of deeds.

In addition, the Townland and Grantor indexes have been topped up and now stand at 68,292 and 31,233 entries respectively.

All the contributors to the Index Project are volunteers who donate their time to transcribe or identify memorials (most do this online via the free FamilySeartch.org collection of images), for the benefit of all Irish family historians.

Find out more on the Project website by clicking the image above.



Monday, 19 August 2019

Irish genealogy, history and heritage, 19 Aug - 1 Sept

Monday 19 August: Delayed opening at National Library of Ireland. All services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, will be closed until 11am to facilitate a staff meeting. Main Reading Room and Manuscript Room remain closed all day to facilitate the Library's continuing redevelopment of the premises. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
National Heritage Week runs 17–25 August inclusive.
About 2,000 events are scheduled. In this list is a
random sample that may be of interest to family historians.
There are plenty more, so click the image above to search
using keywords such as genealogy, history, archives etc.

Monday 19 August: Launch of The Workhouses of County Tipperary booklet and lecture. Hosts: Irish Workhouse Centre and Nenagh Library. Venue: Nenagh Library, O'Rahilly St, Nenagh North, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. 3pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 20 August: Past & Present – Digital Collections at the NLI, with Maria Ryan. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Free. All welcome. 1pm. Booking not required.

Tuesday 20 August: Eighteenth Century Ballinasloe, lecture, with Steve Dolan, and launch of limited edition booklet on C18th newspaper reports of the town (€5, all proceeds to charity). Host: Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna. Venue: Ballinasloe Library, Society St, Townparks, Ballinasloe, Co Galway. 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Free admission. More information 0909759200.

Tuesday 20 August: Placenames of County Leitrim, Mary Bohan and Seán O Suilleabháin. Host and venue: Ballinamore Library, Main Street, Cannaboe, Ballinamore. 7:30pm - 8:30pm. Free admission. No booking required. All welcome.

Wednesday 21 August: Murder and mayhem in medieval Cork, with Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel. Leo Swan Memorial Lecture. Host: Rathmichael Historical Society. Venue: Rathmichael School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, Co Dublin. Admission €5. 8pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 21 August: Starvation and Survival – Inishowen Workhouse during the Great Famine, with Niamh Brennan. Host: West Inishowen History and Heritage Society and County Donegal Archives. Venue: Tullyarvan Mill, Buncrana, Co Donegal. 7:30pm. Admission free. All welcome.

Wednesday 21 August: Genealogy & Archives Day, with free talks by experienced genealogists and archivists. Host and venue: Cork City and County Archives, 32 Great William O'Brien Street, Blackpool, Cork City. 11am–2pm. All welcome. (Fully booked.)

Thursday 22 August: Food in Ancient Ireland - Insights from Archaeology, with Dr Meriel McClatchie. Host: National Museum f Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 6–7pm. Free, but booking essential. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 22 August: Strawboys, mummers and mischief — Irish folk customs and their revival, with Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc. Host and venue: The White Country Inn, Banteer, Co Cork. Free. 7:30pm–9pm. All welcome.

Thursday 22 August: Eureka! Exploring discoveries at the Registry of Deeds, a seminar. Host: PRA_Ireland. Venue: Registry of Deeds, Henrietta Street, Dublin 1. 6pm–7:30pm. Free but booking essential. Details.

Thursday 22 August: Tour of Ireland's largest military cemetery, including WWI, ANZAC and 1916 and RMS Leinster graves/memorials. Host: OPW Phoenix Park. Venue: Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7. 11am–12:15pm. Free. All welcome. No booking required.

Thursday 22 August: Limerick: city of sieges and a broken treaty, with Liam Irwin. Host: Rathmichael Historical Society. Venue: Rathmichael School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, Co Dublin. No booking required. €5 admission. 8pm.

Saturday 24 August: Local and Family History Conference. Venue: Hannon's Hotel, Athlone Rd, Acres, Roscommon. 9:30am-4:30pm. Admission €5. Need to book. Details and booking.

Saturday 24 August, Sunday 25 August (and Saturday 31 August): Summer School, with lectures on the history, folklore and culture of the region. Host and venue: Irish Famine Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co Galway. 10am–1pm each day. Details.

Saturday 24 August: Landed Estates Seminar, with the James Hardiman Library team, NUIG. Host: National University of Ireland, Galway. Venue: O'Donoghue Building, NUI Galway, University Road, Galway. 10am to 1:30pm. All welcome. Free, but need to register.

Monday 26 August: Bank holiday in Northern Ireland. All branch libraries, and most repositories and businesses closed for the day. This public holiday does not apply in the Republic of Ireland, where it's business as usual.

Monday 26 August: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day to facilitate the Library's continuing redevelopment of the premises. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal.

Monday 26 August: MT-DNA, a two-hour workshop with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Reseach Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 2pm. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Tuesday 27 August: Ethnicity estimages, a two-hour workshop with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Reseach Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 2pm. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Wednesday 28 August: Using My Heritage DNA, a tw-hour workshop with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Reseach Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 11am. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Wednesday 28 August: AutoClusters, a two-hour workshop with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Reseach Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 2pm. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Wednesday 28 August: Irish Family History Assistance. Host: Genealogical Society of Victoria. Venue: GSV Library, Level 6, 85 Queen St., Melbourne 3000, Australia. Experienced helpers in the library to offer advice on your Irish research. 10am to 4pm. Free for members. $20 non-members. Bookable one-hour appointments with a research consultant. Details.

Thursday 29 August: Transatlantic Connections, with Turtle Bunbury. Host: South Dublin Libraries. Venue: Ballyroan Library, Orchardstown Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. Free, but need to book via Eventbrite. 6:30pm – 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 29 August: ThruLines – a new tool on Ancestry, a two-hour workshop with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Reseach Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 2pm. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Friday 30 August:
Theory of Family Relativity, a two-hour workshop with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Reseach Centre, Newtownabbey (15 minutes from Belfast), Co Antrim. 2pm. Cost £5 for members and non-members. Need to book by email. See details.

Saturday 31 August:
Irish Workhouse Centre Summer School. Host and venue: Irish Workhouse Centre, St Bridget's Road, Portumna, Co Galway. 10am to 1pm. Day's topic: Medieval County Galway. Lectures: The de Burgos, with Aron Donnolly; Medieval Legacy, with Martin Curley; and Post-Medieval Ballinasloe, with Declan Kelly. Email for details: info@irishworkhousecentre.ie



Sunday, 18 August 2019

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Friday, 16 August 2019

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: August additions

 Stone to Darby Tool c1687-1750 and daughter
Honora Tool c1724-1750 in Aghowle Old
Graveyard, Nr Shillelagh, Co Wicklow. Photo
courtesy Colum O'Rourke and IGP Archives
Photos and inscriptions from headstones in five graveyards are among the files added to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives by volunteers in the first two weeks of August.

They are provided free of charge to all researchers (but please respect copyright restrictions).

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Old Abbey, Donegal, Part 3

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ballyholla, Cemetery, Ballinchalla
Crossboyne Old Graveyard, Claremorris
Kilmovee, St. Patrick's (partial)

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Land
Abstracts of the Deeds Inrolled in Chancery -1835

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Aghowle Old Graveyard