Thursday, 17 January 2019

Latest updates to Massachusetts/Boston RC collection on AmericanAncestors.org

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

The additions uploaded between early December and yesterday are detailed below.


Indexed database

The latest parish volumes to be fully imaged, indexed and available to search have added more than 146,000 records and over 528,400 names to the database. The parishes and the dates of the indexed registers are:
  • St Mary of Boston – Baptisms and Marriages, 1836 to 1900; First Communions and Confirmations, 1866-1900.
  • Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) – Baptisms, Marriages and Confirmations, 1892-1900
  • St Augustine (Lawrence) – Baptisms, 1879-1886
  • Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) – Baptisms and Marriages, 1844-1900; Confirmations 1851-1882 & Marriages 1851-1900
  • Immaculate Conception (Malden) – Baptisms, 1859-1897; Marriages, 1861-1900
To search and view the indexed database, you need to be a member (Individual-level and above) of the NEHGS.


Unindexed Image-only database

Images of the volumes for the following parishes have been uploaded to the Browse database:
  • All Saints (Roxbury) Baptisms and Marriages, 1896-1900
  • St Bridget (Abington) Baptisms, 1864-1900, Marriages 1864-1900; Confirmations, 1870-1900; Confirmations & Financial records, 1857=1883
  • St Michael (Lowell) Baptisms, Marriages and Confirmations, 1884-1900
  • St John the Baptist (Peabody) Baptisms, 1874-1900; Marriages, 1875-1900
  • St Peter (Plymouth) Baptisms and Marriages, 1873-1900; First Communions and Confirmations (names only, dates unknown)
  • St Philip (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1895-1900; Marriages 1895-1900; Confirmations, 1896-1900
  • St Joseph (Waltham) Baptisms, 1894-1900; Marriages and Deaths, 1895-1900; First Communion & Confirmations 1895-1900
You don't need a subscription to view these images, only a Guest Account. To find out how to navigate the collection to find the records you want, watch this short how-to video.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Five more 2019 dates for PRONI's free two-hour 'Online Family & Local History Resources' Workshops

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) in Belfast has scheduled five more dates in early 2019 to present its Online Family and Local History Resources Workshop.

Each two-hour workshop will start with an orientation tour of PRONI, followed by an introduction to searching online resources. Both daytime and evening workshops are available.

These sessions tend to be very popular, and available spaces are usually booked out some time in advance, so don't delay if you want to attend on one of these dates shown below.

  • Thursday 31 January at 6pm
  • Monday 11 February at 11am
  • Thursday 28 February at 6pm
  • Friday 8 March at 11am
  • Monday 8 April at 11am

Register here.

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: Early Jan update

http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/mayo/photos/tombstones/bekan2/target116.html
Memorial stone to Catherine Murray in Bekan
Cemetery, Co Mayo. Click for larger view. Photo
courtesy of Dympna Beckett Joyce and IGPArchives
In the first two weeks of 2019, the volunteer team at Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives has uploaded the following files to its free online database:

ANTRIM Genealogy Archives - Wills
Wills from National Archives, London (Updated)

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Michael's, Potahee, Arvagh (Updated)
St. Patrick's RC, Corlough (Updated)

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Aughaval Cemetery, Part 6
Bekan Village, Bekan Cemetery Part 2 (K-W)

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

MyHeritage adds exclusive collection of historical Massachusetts newspapers

https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=16098&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.myheritage.com%2Fresearch%2Fcollection-10704%2Fmassachusetts-newspapers-1704-1974In the countdown to the Christmas break I didn't get time to check out an announcement from MyHeritage about a new collection of newspapers, but I made a note and finally got round to exploring the records over the past weekend.

I'm glad I did. The new collection has rich pickings potential for Irish family historians on both sides of the Atlantic.

The collection is a new and exclusive compendium of historical Massachusetts newspapers. Spanning 1704–1974, it holds 239 titles published in various cities in the state, and its database holds an impressive total of 6,072,877 searchable pages.

It's been created with a particular emphasis on papers from Boston and surrounding locales, making it fertile ground for hunting down ancestors from Ireland, and has been produced by MyHeritage in partnership with the Boston Public Library.

Having made a search for the surname Santry (for my one-name study), I was almost overwhelmed with the number of results. My goodness, the Santrys loved sport! But rather more importantly I also found many reports and announcements relating to marriages, births and deaths, the marketing efforts of an unexpected chiropodist, court cases, a bankruptcy, trade union meetings and society events. A real pot of gold! It's going to take me some time to transcribe/copy all my findings!

Monday, 14 January 2019

40% discount on offer for Fold 3's 12th anniversary

http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-5737308-10967210
Fold 3, the military specialist sister site of Ancestry, invites you to join in its 12th anniversary celebrations with a generous 40% discount.

The database provides access to more than 537 million records from numerous military forces. These records, which typically are sourced from the US National Archives, the National Archives of the UK and similar institutions, include the stories, photos, and personal documents of men and women who served in conflicts around the world.

The discount offer will end at 11:59pm MST on Thursday 31 January.

http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-5737308-10967210

Ancestry DNA now detects 90+ genetic Irish regions

https://prf.hn/click/camref:1100l4pTC/destination:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ancestry.co.uk%2Fdna%2FAncestry has confirmed via its blog that more than 90 distinct genetic regions in Ireland can now be identified in its DNA testing analysis process. Just 13 were detectable only 18 months ago.

The blogpost, by Kristen Hyde, says 92 distinct regions of Ireland are now offered. "We now have the capability to break the Irish population down by province, county and in some cases, parish!" she writes.

All researchers who have tested with the company should have seen their Ethnicity Estimates updated recently to reflect the improved detection of regional markers.

You can read the blogpost here.

Petition demands identity rights for Irish adoptees

A petition has been launched to demand identity rights for adoptees in Ireland.

Click/tap to sign the petition
Created by Maree Ryan-O'Brien of Tullamore, Co Offaly, herself an adoptee, the petition aims to help more than 150,000 Irish adoptees gain the right to access their birth certificates, health and heritage information and adoption files. There is currently no legislation allowing automatic access, despite such equality and identity rights being available to other citizens.

I'm sure most Irish family historians will sympathise with Maree's view that old values and secrecy from another era have no place in a modern society (see her opinion piece in the Irish Times).

As of this morning, the petition, which is addressed to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, has more than 3,200 signatures, and is pushing on towards the 4,000 milestone. Why not give it a helping hand?


The Irish Revolution documentary to air in February

See final paragraph below
Starting at 9:30pm on 4 February, RTÉ One will broadcast the first episode of The Irish Revolution, a three-part documentary based on the best-selling Atlas of the Irish Revolution published by Cork University Press in 2017.

The documentary, produced with the University College Cork team behind the book, is narrated by the actor and one-time UCC law student Cillian Murphy.

The TV programme will focus on the events of the first Dáil in 1919, the War of Independence and the subsequent Irish Civil War and will include some never before broadcast archive footage. It will also feature new 3D-CGI mapping as part of the many dramatic visuals and rare images which help provide a new understanding of events in Ireland a century ago. More than 20 academics make contributions in the documentary.

The second and third parts of the programme will be shown on Mondays 11 and 18 February, again at 9:30pm.

A preview screening of an episode from the documentary will take place at a special event at Cork Opera House on Tuesday 29 January. President Michael M Higgins will be attending. Following the screening, a Q&A session will be held with a panel of specialists. This will be moderated by the historian Dr John Bowman and will be recorded for broadcast on RTÉ Radio One on St Patrick’s Day. The special event will start at 7.45pm. Tickets €5, with all proceeds going to the Cork Penny Dinners charity.

Registry of Deeds Index Project passes major milestone

The Register of Deeds Index Project has achieved a huge milestone as it sailed past the 300,000 entries marker last week.

Some 300,419 index records from 32,939 memorials of deeds are now held in the free-to-access main database, every one of them transcribed and donated by a volunteer – a researcher who is fully aware of the potential value of the material to other Irish family historians and willing to give up a few minutes of their time to submit the data online.

Why not make a New Year resolution to contribute to the project during 2019? You'll find more information about how the project and its volunteeer team works by clicking the link above.



Another Wexford title joins British Newspaper Archive

https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5895&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk%2Ftitles%2Fgorey-guardianThe Gorey Guardian has joined the online British Newspaper Archive. Covering the County Wexford town and its surrounding area, the tabloid paper is published on Wednesdays. It is part of the Independent News and Media group.

An incomplete run of 527 editions dating from 1994 to 2002 is now available to search and view, with editions up to and including 2006 (which will complete the planned holding)  likely to upload to the BNA database in the next few days.

The BNA's holding of this newspaper and all other historical Irish newspapers in its collection is shared with FindMyPast customers holding Pro/Ultimate subscriptions.





Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 14-27 Jan

Monday 14 January: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed 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, will open at 11am due to a staff meeting but otherwise operate as normal. Details.

Monday 14 January: The history of the water supply in Derry, with Paul Strawbridge. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, LondonDerry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. All welcome.

Monday 14 January: Quirky PRONI stories, with Ann McVeigh. Host: NIFHS, Newtownabbey branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 15 January: Soloheadbeg Ambush; A centenary perspective, with Dr Des Marnane. Host and venue: Tipperary Studies, The Gallery, The Source Library, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7:30pm. Free. Tea served. All welcome.

Wednesday 16 January: Using DNA to explore your family history, with Martin McDowell and Anne Johnston. Host: NIFHS, North Armagh branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 16 January: The Powers of St Brigid's Well Brewery, with Des Power. Host and venue: Waterford County Museum, Friary Street, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. 8pm. All welcome. Admission €5.

Wednesday 16 January: Deserted schoolhouses of Ireland, with E. O'Flaithbertaigh. Host: West of Ireland archaeological and historical society. Venue: Harbour Hotel, New Dock Street, Galway City. 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 17 January: From Ballots to Bullets, Ireland 1918-1919, a guided tour of the exhibition. Host: National Library of Ireland. Venue: National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Free. 2pm. All welcome. Booking not required.

Thursday 17 January: Viking Dublin uncovered, with John Kirby. Host: Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Holy Rosary Centre, La Touche Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow. 8pm.

Thursday 17 January: Digging into Griffith's Valuation, a workship with Terri O'Connell. Host and venue: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Ave., Chicago, IL 60630, USA. 7pm–9pm. Fee: $20. Need to register.

Saturday 19 January: Using John Grenham's Irish family history resources, with Barbara Scanlon. Host and venue: Lower Level, Meeting Room 2-3, W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S 15th St, Omaha, Nebraska, NE 68111, USA. 2pm–3pm. Free. All welcome. To register, email rhenry416@cox.net. Postponed.

Monday 21 January: 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, will operate as normal.

Monday 21 January: Education records, with Valerie Adams. Host: NIFHS, Larne branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. Free. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Monday 21 January: A.W.N. Pugin and the Gothic Revival in Ireland, with Patrick Comerford. Host: Thomond Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Room T.1.19, Tara Building, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Free. All welcome. 8pm.

Tuesday 22 January: The 1st Dáil and the War of Independence, with Hugh O'Brien. Host and venue: Cootehill Library, Bridge St, Drumaveil North, Cootehill, Co. Cavan. Free but need to book by phone: 049 5559873. 7pm.

Tuesday 22 January: The great Liberties whiskey fire of 1875, with Les Fallon. Host: Tallaght Historical Society. Venue: County Library, The Square, Tallaght, Co Dublin 24. Free. All welcome. 7pm.

Tuesday 22 January: The men who built the Titanic, with Allison Murphy. Host: NIFHS, Belfast Branch. Venue: C. S. Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7.30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 22 January: The building of Bullock Harbour, with Elizabeth Shotton. Hosts: Dublin Port Company & Bullock Harbour Preservation Association. Host: Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, Castle Street, Dalkey, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. Admission is free but places should be booked with the Heritage Centre at info@dalkeycastle.com. Details.

Tuesday 22 January: 'The staunchest priest who ever lived in Ireland': the story of Fr Michael O’Flanagan, with Manus O’Riordan. Host: Howth Peninsula Heritage Society. Venue: Howth Angling Centre, West Pier, Howth, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. Non-members €5.

Wednesday 23 January: Starting Your Irish Family History, with Dr Irene O'Brien. Host: City Archives. Venue: Moir Dyer Room, Mitchell Library. 6pm to 7pm. Free but places are limited. Moir Dyer Room, Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, Scotland G3 7DN. Book in person at the Granville Street reception or phone 0141 287 2999.

Wednesday 23 January: Reflecting on the History of Irish Childhood and Youth, a panel discussion followed by the launch of 'Constructions of the Irish Child in the Independence Period, 1910-1940'. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Free. 6.30pm-8.30pm. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 24 January: 1918 – The year England lost Ireland, with Pat McCarthy. Host: The Julian Walton Winter Lecture Series. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite GAA Grounds), Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm. Lecture followed by Q&A and light refreshments. Fee €5. All welcome.

Friday 25 January: Practical Workshop - Get started: advice on searching for records at PRONI. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Free, but booking essential. Early booking recommended as these workshops are usually snapped up quickly. Register.

Friday 25 January: Bad Bridget - Women and Crime, Past and Present, a workshop. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Blvd, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ. 10am to 4pm. Free, but need to register.

Friday 25 January: All areas of the RCB Library closed. To facilitate essential maintenance work, the Library in Churchtown, Dublin 14, will be closed all day.

Friday 25 January: Bananas on the Breadboard: Stories from the Markets of Dublin, screening of documentary followed by Q&A with the director Joe Lee. Host: Dublin History Research Network. Venue: Dublin Civic Trust, 18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7. 6:30pm to 8pm. Free, but need to register in advance. See also following day's conference.

Saturday 26 January: Buying and selling: Dublin's markets 1500 to the present, a conference. Host: Dublin History Research Network. Venue: The Wood Quay Venue, Dublin 8. 9:30pm to 5pm. Details and tickets. Tickets €10.

Saturday 26 January: Objects on the move: everyday life in Gaelic Ulster, 1200–1600 AD, with Peter McElhinney; the 18th Annual Irish Migration Studies Lecture. Host and venue: The Mellon Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, Co. Tyrone. Fee £12 (£10 concessions), includes morning coffee and finger buffet lunch. 11am to 2pm. Booking is advisable. More information.

Saturday 26 January: 1919 – birth of a counter state, a conference exploring the beginnings of the Irish War of Independence and the establishment of the structures of a counter state with the foundation of the first Dáil Éireann in January 1919. Host: School of History and Geography, Dublin City University. Venue: E218, St Patrick's Campus, DCU, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. 9:30am to 4:30pm. Free. All welcome. Register.

Friday, 11 January 2019

IrishGenealogy.ie: latest on overdue BMD updates

IrishGenealogy.ie, the state-managed free database holding an incomplete collection of civil birth, marriage and death records, has advised that it expects to upload marriage register images for 1864 to 1869 inclusive in 'early 2019'.

Additionally, two outstanding 'rolling' years of index and register images will be uploaded for births (1917–1918 inclusive), marriages ((1942–1943 inclusive) and deaths (1967–1968) to bring the online collections in line with the 100-75-50-year 'rule'.

The managers of the site confirm that the General Register Office will continue to work on uploading the marriage register images for 1845–1863, death register images for 1864–1877 and user-submitted corrections to the online collections. No date is confirmed for this final release, but further details will be provided with the 'early 2019' release.

You can view the official news item here.

Note:
The website's civil records cover the entire island up to and including 1921. From 1922, it does not hold BMD records registered in the six counties of Northern Ireland.

National Library of Ireland requests feedback on service changes

Over the last 18 months, the National Library of Ireland (NLI) has made significant changes to some of its services to researchers. The most striking has been the all-day Monday closure of its Reading Rooms, which was introduced to facilitate extensive redevelopment work on the physical fabric of the Library.

I'm not sure of the official reason given for subsequently (January 2018) introducing 24-hour advance bookings to the Manuscripts Reading Room, but I've heard loud grumbles from professional genealogists and historians about the inconvenience of this step and its disruption to research sessions.

In my experience, there is always a danger these kinds of restrictions, labelled as 'temporary' when introduced for distinct and understandable reasons, become permanent. Not for the benefit of the customer or user, of course, but for the convenience of the provider. For convenience, read cost-saving.

The reinstatement of the original opening hours and service levels is now up for review.

The NLI is looking for user feedback on the impact of the 'temporary' service changes via an online survey. It doesn't take long to complete (5 minutes), and I would urge NLI-users to spare that small amount of time to record your views. You are not required to provide your name or email address. You'll find the survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NLIEnglish. All submissions need to be received by 21 January.






Bray People joins online British Newspaper Archive

The online British Newspaper Archive has added the Bray People to its database.

So far, the May 1988 to December 1993 editions are available to search and view, with editions published up to 2005 awaiting upload.

Bray People is still in circulation and covers the Wicklow seaside town and the North Wicklow area.

The addition of this newspaper means researchers can now search more than 160 historical Irish newspapers in the BNA database, which is shared with FindMyPast (Pro or Ultimate subscriptions required).

FindMyPast transcribes Boston Pilot's Missing Friends ads

A fully indexed transcription of the Boston Pilot Newspaper Information Wanted Ads collection is now available on FindMyPast.

From October 1831 to October 1921 the Boston Pilot newspaper printed a column with advertisements from people looking for lost friends and relatives who had emigrated from Ireland to the United States. These adverts contained details of the missing emigrant's life, typically including the county and parish of their birth, when they left Ireland and the likely or confirmed port of arrival in North America. In addition, some adverts included the person's occupation and other personal information.

The people who placed ads were usually anxious wives, siblings and parents remaining in Ireland, or family members and friends who had themselves emigrated and wanted to reconnect with the earlier arrivals.

More than 40,000 of these adverts were transcribed and published in the multi-volume Searching for Missing Friends: Irish immigrant Advertisements Place in The Boston Pilot 1831–1920, edited by Ruth-Ann Harris, Donald M Jacobs, and B Emer O'Keefe and published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 1989, and this is the source of the FindMyPast index which can be searched on multiple fields. Some of FindMyPast's transcription detail is poor, however, and researchers may need to crosscheck the NEHGS's database, where a full transcription of the adverts' texts can be viewed (free with a guest account), in order to decipher some of the FindMyPast transcriptions and correctly gather the story told in the advert.

See below an image from the NEHGS database. Click it to see FindMyPast's transcription and ask yourself if you'd have been able to work out the 'story' told in the advert from the transcript alone?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vSDclMgJ1-c16pRN538CIFLmcrbGCPIF/view?usp=sharing





Wednesday, 9 January 2019

FindMyPast trials new OCR method for newspapers

In the late afternoon of 21 December - a day when many, if not most of us, cleared our desks for the Christmas and New Year break ‐ FindMyPast issued a press release announcing the trial of a 'revolutionary' new method for searching OCR (optical character recognition) text. Why they chose such a date and time to issue it, I've no idea, but it comes as no surprise that the news made so little splash.

https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=2114&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fsearch.findmypast.co.uk%2Fsearch-world-Records%2Fessex-newsman
Click image for The Essex Newsman collection
Nearly three weeks late, then, here is the news:

FindMyPast's has tested a new method of extracting first and last names from printed text identified by OCR on part of its holding of The Essex Newsman, a paper first published in Chelmsford in 1870. The company says that 1.2million names published in editions dating from 31 October 1881 to 6 November 1943 can now be searched with greater accuracy and efficiency than under the standard OCR method.

Researchers who keep a family tree on FindMyPast will also start to receive hints against The Essex Newsman articles containing names that match those in their stored tree.

While this first iteration of the new technology is focused on accurately identifying names, Findmypast plans to extract other details such as locations, events and relationships in 2019. This is expected to further improve the search experience and increase the number of hints generated by the collection.

The Essex Newsman is already available to search in FindMyPast's regular British Newspaper (BNA) Collection, but the editions subjected to the new search method are available in the general A–Z list of the database's holding as a distinct record set (see image).




Ulster Historical Foundation's January 2019 Book Sale

The Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF) is holding its annual Book Sale and has a great number of bargains on offer.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RmVhwRgfnlJu4pm7TMdj0tP42eZPlqyP/view?usp=sharing
Click to download general pricelist
Stock of some of the titles included in the sale are down to the last few copies, so you'll need to place your order quickly. To view the list of books and their discounted prices, click the image, right, to download a pricelist. Just click on the link of any of the titles that interest you to learn more about it.

In addition to the general list, there are also selected volumes from the Ordnance Survey Memoirs series available at half price. This excellent resource does not, sadly, cover the entire island, but if there is a book covering the area where your ancestors lived, you really should have a copy on your bookshelf. Each OS Memoir provides copious background information on the character and habits of the people who lived in Ireland during the early part of the nineteenth century.

Other sale items worth checking out are the Presbyterians in Ireland collection (a bundle of three books) and the R J Hunter collection (a bundle of four books).

For the UHF's Sale and regular priced books, see BooksIreland.com.

The Sale will end on 1 February.


Monday, 7 January 2019

RCB Library restricts access to facilitate digitisation

One of last year's most exciting Irish family history announcements came from the Representative Church Body (RCB) Library with news of its intention to digitise its collection of Church of Ireland parish registers (see blogpost for details).

Work on this huge project is now ready to get underway, and to allow it to make steady progress, the RCBLibrary will restrict access to its Archives and Manuscripts Collections to four days a week from February. Normal access will continue on Monday to Thursday, 9:30 to 5pm (closed 1-2pm), but will not be available on Fridays. This will allow the Library to consolidate limited staff time and focus on the digitisation process.

Access to the Printed Collection for ordinands, clergy and Library Members is not affected by this change, with the Printed Collections being available five days per week, and Library services for books remain unchanged.


Irish News Archive: New Year saving of up to 30%

https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/subscribe
Discounts expire on 14 January
The Irish News Archive – the Dublin-based, family-owned database of historical local, regional and national papers from across the island of Ireland – has a couple of discounts on offer to start the New Year rolling.

The monthly subscription is reduced by 15% to € / £ / US$ 24.65 when you quote the coupon/promotion code NEW15.

The annual membership is reduced by 30% to € / £ / US$ 104.30 when you quote the coupon/promotion code NEW30.

Click the image to take up the offer and quote the relevant code on the checkout page. The discounts will expire on Monday 14 January.

You can view a list of the archive's existing titles here.

Among the titles slated to join the Irish News Archive in the coming year are The Evening Press, The Sunday Press, The Belfast Telegraph, The Belfast Newsletter 1950+, The Nationalist & Munster Advertiser, Tipperary Star, and The Cork Evening Echo. The company's work in sourcing and filing gaps in the existing archive continues and will result in the upload during 2019 of editions published by the Limerick Leader 1970–79 and Limerick Chronicle 1766+.

Irish family history and heritage events, 7-20 January

Monday 7 January: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are facilitating extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 7 January: Practical Workshop - Get started: advice on searching for records at PRONI. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Free, but booking essential. Still some seats available. Register.

Monday 7 January: Plantation of Ulster, with Mike McKeag. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh branch. Venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co Down. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Tueday 8 January: The Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers (CSORP), with Nicola Morris MAGI. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 9pm. All welcome. €3.

Tuesday 8 January: Recording Your Family History, with branch members. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn branch. Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT 28 1XP. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 10 January: From Rubble and Ruin: Locating Famine Immigrant Families in Land & Tax Records, an ISBGFH webinar with Donna Moughty. Host: ISBGFH. Venue: Online. The webinar is free at time of airing (7pm–8pm EST) and open to all, but the recording will subsequently available only to members. Confirmation of registration does not guarantee space at the live webinar. To ensure a place, log on early. Register.

Thursday 10 January: The Exile's Tale, with Barry Lewis. Host: More Tales of Medieval Dublin lecture series. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. Admission free. All welcome. 1:05 - 1:50pm.

Friday 11 January: Online family and local history resources, workshop. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Each workshop will start with an orientation tour of PRONI, followed by an introduction to searching online resources, and will help improve IT skills. Free, but you need to book.

Saturday 12 January: Family History: a beginner’s guide to DNA, with Martin McDowell, North of Ireland Family History Society. Host and venue: Downpatrick Library, 79 Market St, Downpatrick BT30 6LZ. 1:30pm. Free, but booking is essential.

Monday 14 January: 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, will open at 11am due to a staff meeting but otherwise operate as normal. Details.

Monday 14 January: The History of the water supply in Derry, with Paul Strawbridge. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, LondonDerry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. All welcome.

Monday 14 January: Quirky PRONI stories, with Ann McVeigh. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 15 January: Soloheadbeg Ambush; A centenary perspective, with Dr Des Marnane. Host and venue: Tipperary Studies, The Gallery, The Source Library, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7:30pm. Free. Tea served. All welcome.

Wednesday 16 January: Using DNA to explore your family history, with Martin McDowell and Anne Johnston. 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. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 17 January: From Ballots to Bullets, Ireland 1918-1919, a guided tour of the exhibition. Host: National Library of Ireland. Venue: National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Free. 2pm. All welcome. Booking not required.

Thursday 17 January: Viking Dublin uncovered, with John Kirby. Host: Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Holy Rosary Centre, La Touche Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow. 8pm.

Saturday 19 January: Using John Grenham's Irish genealogy resources, with Barbara Scanlon. Host and venue: Lower Level, Meeting Room 2-3, W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S 15th St, Omaha, Nebraska, NE 68111, USA. 2pm–3pm. Free. All welcome. To register, email rhenry416@cox.net.







Thursday, 3 January 2019

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest update sees headstone photo collection pass new milestone


Memorial in Convoy, Co Donegal, to Neal and
Eileen McNamee who perished on the Titanic.
Photo courtesy of Ireland Genealogy Projects
Archives and Malcolm Houston
The last update of 2018 by Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives sees new volunteer contributions of photos and transcription to the group's headstone collection from burial grounds in counties Donegal, Dublin, Meath and Waterford. It brings the IGP-Archives total headstone count to more than 140,000 – an impressive milestone to pass as we look towards 2019.

Here are the new files, all added in the second half of December:

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Mary's Old (R.C.) Cemetery, Convoy - (Pts. 1-3) Completed!

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mount Jerome, Dublin - Part 211

MEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones Transcriptions.
St Cuthbert's Cem., Boyerstown, Navan

WATERFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

A New Year’s gift: The Church of Ireland Registers of Strokestown (Bumlin) Parish, 1811-1969

The Representative Church Body (RCB) Library kicks off 2019 with a gift to family and local historians, especially those with an interest in the Longford/Roscommon region.

Annotation on the first page of the earliest Bumlin
combined register reveals its provenance thanks to the
purchase of a new registry book by the rector, the Revd
Edward Mahon, in 1811. RCB Library P737.1.1.
Click image to view this and other documents
in the January Archive of the Month
Its January Archive of the Month presents the transcribed content of the parish registers of the former union of Bumlin, Kiltrustan and Lissonuffy in Co. Roscommon, together with the memorial inscriptions on the monuments in the surrounding churchyard adjacent to the parish church of St John the Baptist, covering the period 1811-1969.

The parish of Bumlin centred on the landlord-planned town of Strokestown, where for over 300 years the Mahon (later Pakenham Mahon) family had their big house, which survives and today is the location of the Irish Famine Museum.

Work on the parish registers, which are located at the RCB Library (the Church of Ireland’s principal record repository), has again been carried out by local historian Alan Moran whose transcript of the Bumlin vestry minute book for the years 1811 to 1870 was featured in the Archive of the Month for May 2018.

Collectively this work means that Strokestown is one of the first Church of Ireland parishes to have all of its principal historic records transcribed and available online.

In accordance with best practice for online publication, the transcripts comprise baptisms and marriages 1811-1919, and burials and memorial inscriptions 1811-1969, and are fully indexed and searchable. The transcribed data is part of the Anglican Record Project, a long-running series of mainly Church of Ireland parish record transcriptions, initiated by Mark Williams and permanently available on the RCB Library website at www.ireland.anglican.org/about/rcb-library/anglican-record-project.

Alan worked under the tutelage of Mark Williams on the Bumlin registers and memorials inscriptions, and Mark’s input is specifically acknowledged. Their joint labour has made accessible for the first time a vast amount of ancestral and local history data that was hitherto relatively inaccessible.

The permissions of the Director of the National Archives, with whom the reproduction rights of parish registers reside on behalf of the state to 1871, as well as the Representative Church Body, are acknowledged by the Project.