Monday, 6 July 2020

2-week update of new British genealogy collections

Below is a summary of new and updated family history record collections for England, Scotland and Wales released by major genealogy databases since 22 June (see last blogpost).

This regular summary of releases relating to British collections is designed to help family historians whose Irish ancestors migrated, temporarily or permanently, to England, Scotland or Wales. By default, it will also be useful to anyone carrying out research in those three nations, regardless of the origin of their ancestors.

The figures in parenthesis in the New Collections section are the numbers of records/images in the new record set.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis in the Updated Collections section reflect the number of records added to the collection in the recent update. In some instances, the supplier has not made this figure available. Updates of fewer than 1,000 records have not been included.


NEW COLLECTIONS

British Newspaper Archive (All titles shared with FindMyPast's Britiah Newspaper Collection)

FindMyPast

FamilySearch


UPDATED COLLECTIONS

Ancestry

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

The Genealogist

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Clonmel Chronicle joins BritishNewspaperArchive.com

https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5895&awinaffid=123532&clickref=&ued=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk%2Ftitles%2Fclonmel-chronicle
Here comes the third Irish addition to the BritishNewspaperArchive.com in the last seven days! It's the Clonmel Chronicle, an important regional paper for those with ancestors from counties Tipperary, Waterford, Kilkenny and even Limerick. It was published twice a week.

The planned holding will span 1848 to 1896.

So far, some 4,903 editions of the paper have been digitised and made available via the BNA database and FindMyPast's Irish Newspapers Collection. As far as I can tell, the holding is complete except for 1881. Whether the editions for that year are missing or will be added later, I don't know.

Friday, 3 July 2020

4-week summary of new/updated US genealogy records

Below is a summary of US family history collections that have been either newly released or updated by the major genealogy databases.  (The last summary list was published on 3 June, see blogpost).

My regular summaries are designed to help family historians whose Irish ancestors emigrated, temporarily or permanently, to the United States. By default, they should also be useful to anyone carrying out research in the US, regardless of the origin of their ancestors.

The figures in parenthesis in the New Collections section are the numbers of records/images in each new record set. Please note that I have omitted updates of fewer than 1,000 records to any one record-set.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis in the Updated Collections section reflect the number of records added to the collection in the recent update, if a number has been clearly noted by the supplier.

NEW COLLECTIONS

Ancestry

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

UPDATED COLLECTIONS

AmericanAncestors
       St Joseph, Lynn and St John the Baptist, Quincy (330,000)
       Stoneham (21,700)
       Blessed Sacrament, Walpole (27,500)
       St Casimir, Brockton; St. Brigid, Lexington; Our Lady of Czestochowa, S.Boston (66,000)
       St Matthew in Dorchester (37,600)
       St Joseph, Salem (279,800)
       St Bridget, Framingham and St Anthony of Padua, Cohasset(15,100)

Ancestry

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

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Thursday, 2 July 2020

Kilkenny Moderator joins BritishNewspaperArchive

https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/titles/kilkenny-moderator
The online British Newspaper Archive has certainly cranked up its digitisation programme after the Lockdown, with several new titles joining the database this week.

As reported on Monday, the Lisburn Standard was one of them, and today there's another: The Kilkenny Moderator, a mainly Protestant and Unionist newspaper that ceased publication just before the establishment of the Irish Free State.

The anticipated holding for this title will run from 1825 to 1924. So far, 760 editions have been digitised, adding 3,054 to the BNA's Irish collection.

The BNA shares its collection with FindMyPast, its sister company.


Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: late June updates

Headstone to Annie Richardson Smith in the Friends'
Burial Ground, Newtown Lower, Waterford.
Photo courtesy IGPArchives and Andrew Bernos.
The files below have been added to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives in the last two weeks of June.

As you can see, it's headstones all the way in this update to the free database, with six burial grounds in counties Dublin, Mayo, Meath and Waterford being recorded by the IGPArchives team of volunteers.

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mt. Jerome Cem., Parts 255 - 257

MAYO
Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Leigue Cem., Ballina (additional)

MEATH
Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Bohermeen, St. Ultans -Left Side (T)
Cannistown (Ardsallagh) Navan (T)

MEATH
Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St Loman's, Trim Pt 5 Me-P (T)

WATERFORD Gen. Archives - Headstones
Friends Burial Ground (partial), Newtown.


Back to our Past event plans to go virtual this autumn

Back To Our Past (BTOP), Ireland's only national family history show, is going virtual for this year's autumn outing.

Normally held over two or three days at the RHS complex in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 in October, the 2020 event will be a purely digital affair, with online presentations, podcasts and Q&As running for seven days from Monday 14 September to Sunday 20 September.

The organisers are putting together a programme of talks on genealogy (traditional and genetic) aimed at all researchers exploring their Irish ancestry. So far, there's no word on whether these talks will be newly and specifically recorded for the event or if they are recordings from presentations delivered at previous outings of BTOP.

Thus far, I've not had any response to my request for details, but when/if I do receive more information, I'll let you know.

http://backtoourpast.ie

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Summary of new & updated Canadian genealogy records

Happy Canada Day!

Below you'll find my summary of the new and updated Canadian records released by the major genealogy database suppliers over the last seven weeks. For the previous summary, see my 19 May blogpost.

These regular listings of additional sources are designed primarily to help family historians whose Irish ancestors emigrated to Canada, but you don't have to have heritage from Ireland!

They may prove useful to any researcher looking for a brief update of what's been recently made available for tracing ancestors in Canada.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis reflect the number of records uploaded to a new collection, or the total number in a newly topped-up collection (if provided by the database owner).

NEW COLLECTIONS

FindMyPast

UPDATED COLLECTIONS

Ancestry

FamilySearch 

FindMyPast

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Summer saving on 1-year subscription to RootsIreland

RootsIreland.ie is offering a 20% discount on its 12-month subscription. The saving is available to both new and current subscribers.

http://www.rootsireland.ieResearchers who already have a sub should login, click on My Account and Start a New Subscription; the special deal subscription will begin once the current sub ends.

New subscribers should register for a free account and then select Subscribe.

RootsIreland holds the most complete and most accurate set of Roman Catholic church records online and its database continues to grow.

It covers the entire island, and, in 2019, added more than 200,000 new records from Laois, Offaly, East Galway, Wexford, Armagh, Cork, Kilkenny, Clare and Waterford.

That figure has already been doubled in the first six months of 2020, with nearly 500,000 records uploaded from Kerry, Cork, Armagh, Kilkenny, North Mayo, North Dublin, Westmeath and Wicklow.

And there are plenty more in the pipe for this year.

The Summer Saving will be available until 11:59pm Irish Time on 14 July.

Irish-themed online talks from Society of Genealogists

The Society of Genealogists (SoG) in London is hosting some Irish-themed online lectures in the next couple of months. Anyone can attend, but you have to book in advance. Irish workshops at the SoG are always over-subscribed, and the one-hour online talks are proving no different, even though the numbers who can 'attend' are several times higher than when physical attendance is required.

So the message is: if you want to book your place for one of these online talks, do so immediately. You probably won't be able to get a space if you leave it to later.

Saturday 4 July: Using Free Websites to Research your Irish Ancestry, with tutors Rosalind McCutcheon FIGRS and Jill Williams FIGRS. 11am to noon. Fully booked.

Saturday 4 July: Finding Irish Probate Records - Online, in Record Offices and at the SoG Library, with Else Churchill. 4pm to 5pm. £10. A few places still available as of this morning.

Thursday 9 July: Using Free Websites to Research your Irish Ancestry, with tutors Rosalind McCutcheon FIGRS and Jill Williams FIGRS. 4pm to 5pm. £10. A few places still available as of this morning.

Saturday 8 August: 1169 and all That: Ireland's Tumultuous History, with tutors Rosalind McCutcheon FIGRS and Jill Williams FIGRS. 4pm to 5pm. £10. More than 70 spaces still available.

Thursday 13 August:
1169 and all That: Ireland's Tumultuous History, with tutors Rosalind McCutcheon FIGRS and Jill Williams FIGRS. 2pm to 3pm. £10. More than 70 spaces still available.

Talks take place on Zoom, which is free and easy to use. See each talk's details for information.

The SoG advises that events at the Library are likely to resume in due course, but online talks are expected to continue to be offered even after the premises reopen.

Pandemic in Ireland One Hundred Years Ago

The RCB Library has commissioned the historian and writer Dr Ida Milne to produce a timely analysis piece on the influenza of 1918-1919 as viewed through the lens of the Church of Ireland Gazette for July’s Archive of the Month.

Dr Milne is an expert on the impact of infectious diseases on Irish society over the course of the 20th century and her book Stacking the Coffins, Influenza, war and revolution in Ireland 1918-1919 (Manchester University Press, 2018) is widely acclaimed, as is her recently co-edited (with Dr Ian d’Alton) collection of essays exploring identity, Protestant and Irish: The minority's search for place in independent Ireland (Cork University Press, 2019). She has been in great demand in recent months as a commentator on the parallels and contrasts between the current Covid-19 pandemic situation and what Ireland experienced during the 15-month period between spring 1918 and early summer 1919 in the flu pandemic widely known as the ‘Spanish flu’, another unusually deadly pandemic caused by the H1N1 virus.

In this illustrated online presentation, Dr Milne explores how the influenza was reported just over 100 years ago by the Church of Ireland Gazette. In the early summer of 1918, the editorials of the Gazette appeared far more concerned with matters political and military than religious.  But in the background, behind the machinations of politics and the lumbering war, a darker force was beginning to emerge: the most extensive influenza pandemic in the modern world.

Elsewhere in the newspaper, medical realities were beginning to dawn. On 12 July 1918 one columnist made the following stark observation: ‘Belfast has paid a heavy toll in the recent influenza epidemic. In the Registrar General’s return for the seven days ending 19th ult. no less than 341 deaths are recorded. In other words, the death-rate reached the abnormal rate of 45.2 per 1,000 per annum.’

 (12 July 1918) Early reporting on the influenza outbreak from the Church of Ireland Gazette

 Written and read by both lay and clerical members of the Church of Ireland, and others, the Gazette (published since 1856) provides the longest–running commentary on Church of Ireland affairs, and is recognised as a valuable primary source for understanding the complexities and nuance of Church of Ireland and indeed wider Protestant identity, as well as the Church’s contribution to political and cultural life throughout the island. The RCB Library is undertaking a sustained project to digitize the paper, and all editions up to and including 1949 are freely searchable online at informa.

Later in 2020 the Library will be digitizing the remaining decades from 1950 up to 2003 (when the Gazette became available in a digital format), and make a contribution to reconciliation by presenting each decade in the context of an online exhibition. This project is funded by the Irish Government’s Reconciliation Fund through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Defence.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Lisburn Standard joins BritishNewspaperArchive.com

The Lisburn Standard has joined the online British Newspaper Archive, with (so far) some 3,781 pages published in 1878 and 1884–1959.

This weekly paper was published in the Antrim town, and circulated in its wider neighbourhood, carrying local and district news and articles of general interest.

Also uploaded in recent days have been sizeable updates to the holdings of four newspapers from the Republic of Ireland: Midland Counties Advertiser, Westmeath Guardian & Longford Newsletter, Sligo Independent, and the Meath Herald & Cavan Advertiser.

The British Newspaper Archive shares its holding with sister company FindMyPast. All the latest additions to the holding are now available in FindMyPast's Irish Newspaper Collection.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Irish research facilities begin to reopen from 29 June

Many repositories, archives and other research facilities have spent the last week or so dusting their shelves and rearranging the furniture in preparation for opening their doors to researchers for the first time since the lockdown started. In this phase of the relaxation, caution seems to be the by-word, and most, but not all, facilities seem to be opting for an appointment-only system.

Here's a brief round-up that will give a flavour:

National Library of Ireland
From Monday 29 June, the NLI will open on an appointments basis from 10am–4pm, Monday to Friday. Appointments will be available for the following services of main interest to history and genealogy researchers:
• Reading Services for registered Readers in the Main Reading Room
• Reading Services for registered Readers in the Manuscripts Reading Room
Readers will be required to order the material they wish to access when making their booking.
The NLI cafe will also be open, 9:30am–4pm.
Detailed booking and visiting information here.

National Archives of Ireland
The NAI will also re-open to the public on Monday and will operate a limited, appointment-only system. As yet, there's no confirmation on how this system can be accessed, nor on how many researchers can be accommodated at one time in the Reading Room, but I'll bring details when they're made public later this week.*

Tipperary Studies
The local and family history department of the county's library services will also be appointment-only and will operate to slightly restricted hours of 10am–1pm and 2pm–5pm, Monday to Friday. You can book by email: studies@tipperarycoco.ie or phone: 0761 066123.

Dublin City Libraries will open six libraries (Cabra, Coolock, and Raheny, Pearse Street, Pembroke (Ballsbridge) and Rathmines) for browsing books and borrowing from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday. No bookings, but you may need to queue if the number of visitors goes beyond a safe threshold. There will not, initially, be any seating for reading or studying, which I guess rules out the Dublin City Library & Archive in Pearse Street opening just yet.

RCB Library & Archive: Still closed and no reopening details available yet.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
No word yet as to when and how PRONI will reopen in Belfast. Again, I'll advise when details are announced.


*UPDATE Saturday 27 June: The NAI has not yet announced details of its appointment system. The website says the repository is operating a limited public service via e-mail only: query@nationalarchives.ie. I don't think this is intended for the new appointment system. Let's hope there is news about this as soon as they reopen on Monday.

*UPDATE Monday 29 June: The NAI's booking system is now ready and waiting along with information about what to expect when visiting.

Monday, 22 June 2020

2-week summary of updated British genealogy records

Below is a summary of new and updated family history record collections for England, Scotland and Wales released by major genealogy databases since 9 June (see last blogpost).

This regular summary of releases relating to British collections is designed to help family historians whose Irish ancestors migrated, temporarily or permanently, to England, Scotland or Wales. By default, it will also be useful to anyone carrying out research in those three nations, regardless of the origin of their ancestors.

The figures in parenthesis in the New Collections section are the numbers of records/images in the new record set.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis in the Updated Collections section reflect the number of records added to the collection in the recent update. In some instances, the supplier has not made this figure available. Updates of fewer than 1,000 records have not been included.


NEW COLLECTIONS

British Newspaper Archive

FamilySearch

UPDATED COLLECTIONS

Ancestry

Family Search

FindMyPast

Scottish Indexes

The Genealogist
  • International Headstone Collection Records from 71 new cemeteries in England and Wales uploaded: Bucks, Cheshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Flintshire, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Merionethshire, Merseyside, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

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Friday, 19 June 2020

RootsIreland.ie uploads 67,000 North Mayo records

A lovely bundle of more than 67,000 records from North Mayo Family Heritage Centre has been added to RootsIreland.ie's Mayo database.

https://www.rootsireland.ie/mayo-genealogy/It includes gravestone inscriptions from 88 burial grounds: 63 Roman Catholic, 19 Church of Ireland, four Presbyterian and two Methodist.

In addition, the upload includes six sets of Roman Catholic burial registers and six sets of Church of Ireland burial registers, plus Tithe Applotment Books for 26 parishes.

Dates for the burial registers and Tithe Applotment Books are below, or you can view the entire menu of sources in the Mayo database here.

The RootsIreland Mayo database is shared by the North and South Mayo Heritage Centres. The centres themselves are based in Crossmolina and Ballinrobe. For more about the two centres, click the logo above.

Roman Catholic Burial Registers
Ardagh: 1919-1970
Ballycastle: 1918-31
Crossmolina: 1918-70
Kilcommon Erris: 1922-32
Kilfian: 1918-70
Kilmoremoy/Ballina: 1907-21

Church of Ireland Burial Registers
Binghamstown: 1802-23
Ballysakeary: 1882-92
Crossmolina: 1769-1900
Killala: 1758-1920
Kilmoremoy: 1770-1920
Mullafarry: 1849-53

Tithe Applotment Books: 1810-38
Achill
Addergoole
Ardagh
Attymas
Ballynahaglish
Ballysakerry
Bohola
Burrishoole
Crossmolina
Doonfeeny
Kilbelfad
Kilbride
Kilcommon
Kilconduff
Kilfian
Kilgarvan
Killala
Killasser
Kilmore erris
Lackem
Meelick
Moygownagh
Rathreagh
Templemore
Templemurry
Toomore

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: early June updates

The files noted below, all donated by volunteers, have been uploaded to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives in the first half of the month.

Arnold family, Kilbarrack graveyard, Sutton.
Photo courtesy of Eadaoin Breslin and
IGP Archives. Click image for full view.
With Covid-19 restrictions on movement now being relaxed in Ireland, it would be wonderful to have some more Ireland-based researchers out and about photographing memorial stones in burial grounds not too far from their homes.

It's a win-win activity. Other family historians benefit from your time and efforts, while you get some healthy exercise and. if you can dodge the showers over the next week, some essential vitamin-D!

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mount Jerome Little Angels, Part 2

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilbarrack Graveyard, Sutton (Updated)

LIMERICK Genealogy Archives - Miscellaneous
Return of Outrages in Co Limerick, 1845-1846

MEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ballymaglassan Church Cem., Batterstown (T)
Immaculate Conception RC, Ashbourne (T)
St James New Cem., Athboy Pt 2 (T completed)
St Loman's, Trim, Part 4, L-Mc (T)

(T = Transcription)


Wednesday, 17 June 2020

IrishGenealogy.ie has technical problems

The state-managed IrishGenealogy.ie, which holds indexes and (most) register images of Ireland's historical civil birth, marriage and death records, plus a variety of church records for Dublin City, County Kerry, Southwest Cork and County Carlow, is having some technical problems.

From what I can see, it's the static pages of the site that are not working, and the Home page of the site – https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/ – is responding with a 503 Internal error. However, the databases appear to be functioning fine. I'm able to reach both the civil records and the church records at the following links:

Civil Registration Records
Church Records

Update, 19 June: All working fine again.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

€25m Bloomsday gift for cultural institutions and arts

The Irish government has today announced €25 million in extra supports to help the Arts and Culture sector recover from the Covid19 Emergency.

https://www.chg.gov.ie/A total of €20 million will be allocated to the Arts Council, bringing its allocation this year to €100 million.  A further €5 million will be available for other measures, including securing the future of key cultural and museum spaces and facilities throughout Ireland, and the production of high-quality digital art and online performances. Among those to benefit will be local and regional museums, which are often of great educational value to their local communities but also to visitors to Ireland looking to understand the social and working lives of their Irish ancestors.

Speaking today, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, said: “Over the last few months we have had many days of sorrow and suffering. In times like this we see the true value of culture to society – the books, the films, the songs, the plays – all the different forms of culture that entertain as well as enlighten.

"The pandemic hasn’t been easy for our artists and cultural institutions, and I know their livelihoods have been hit hard. So today, on Bloomsday, we are announcing an additional €25m to help our arts and culture sector across our country, and show our thanks and our commitment to our artists and cultural institutions at this time."

The programme will be administered by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


Monday, 15 June 2020

GRO Research Room in Dublin reopens with restrictions

The General Register Office Research Room in Werburgh Street, Dublin, has reopened to the public, but don't go popping along there at your convenience for the foreseeable future.

Following Government guidance, the Search Room has opened on an appointment basis only, and to say that restrictions are in place is to understate the limitation of the regime. Only one appointment is available in the mornings, and one other in the afternoon. The lucky researcher who scores the appointment will be facilitated with their research while ensuring physical distancing and a safe environment for both themselves and staff.

To book an appointment, email GROResearchRoom@welfare.ie. A member of staff will contact you.

While the appointment service is in operation, GRO staff are also offering an e-mail service via the above email account. You will need to provide sufficient information to allow staff to identify a specific entry from the index. The e-mail address is the same as that above.

For more information , see the updated GRO page at gov.ie.

Friday, 12 June 2020

MyHeritage launches second photo enhancement tool

MyHeritage has launched Photo Enhancer, a tool that copies old photos and brings blurry faces into sharp focus.

The company press release says: "Perhaps you have old photos that look grainy or blurred, or photos of large family gatherings with many faces that are too small to recognize clearly. The MyHeritage Photo Enhancer aims to solve these age-old problems and produces phenomenal results that let you see your ancestors more clearly than ever before."

https://www.myheritage.com/photo-enhancer
The technology behind this new feature, which enhances photos by increasing their resolution, has been licensed by MyHeritage and integrated into their platform. It complements the recently introduced MyHeritage In Color.

I've used both to improve a battered 85-year-old photo, below, which shows my mam and uncle eating apples one hot summer's day in the early 1930s. In a couple of areas the colouriser hasn't worked, but overall the picture is much improved.

Obviously, no photographs are damaged in the colourising or focussing processes. The original photos remain intact and are not changed by the enhancement process, which creates separate versions alongside the originals.

MyHeritage says their enhancement technology is particularly useful for historical photos where the faces are often small and blurry, but works equally well on new colour photos. On photos in which multiple people appear, enhanced faces can be viewed one-by-one.

The feature works best on photos in which multiple people appear, and enhanced faces can be viewed one-by-one. The original photos remain intact and are not changed by the enhancement technology, which creates separate versions alongside the originals.

I'm not sure yet how these tools handle wrinkles. If it brings them into sharp focus it may not be so welcome, but if it 'removes signs of visible ageing', as some cosmetic companies claim to do, it's a certain winner!

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Book launch: A Further Shore - A memoir of Irish Roots and American Promise

That Further Shore - A Memoir of Irish Roots and American Promise, by John D Feerick, has been published by Fordham University Press.

The 456-page hardback is the memoir of a respected constitutional scholar, dedicated public servant, political reformer, and facilitator of peace in the land of his ancestors

456-pages with 25 illustrations
Beginning with Feerick’s ancestry and early-life experiences, including a detailed genealogical description of Feerick’s Irish ancestors in County Mayo and his quest to identify them and their relationship with one another, the book then presents an evocative survey of the now vanished world of a working-class Irish Catholic neighbourhood in the South Bronx.

Feerick’s account of how he financed his education from elementary school through law school is a moving tribute to the immigrant work ethic that he inherited from his parents and shared with many young Americans of his generation.

The book then traces Feerick’s career as a lawyer and how he gave up a lucrative partnership in a prestigious New York City law firm at an early age to accept the office of dean of the Fordham School of Law at a fraction of his previous income because he felt it was time to give back something to the world.

John Feerick has consistently shown his commitment to the law as a vocation as well as a profession by his efforts to protect the rights of the poor, to enable minorities to achieve their rightful place in American society, and to combat political corruption.

The book is now available from Fordham University Press/ Barnes and Noble/ and Foyles, and other good booksellers. ISBN: 978-0-8232-8735-2. US$34.95 | UK£27.99.

Westmeath Genealogy completes lockdown project

Westmeath Genealogy, the Irish Family History Foundation's genealogy centre at the Dún na Sí Heritage Park near Moate, has continued working on its 'lockdown project', adding additional data to its online marriage records for the Roman Catholic parish of Clara & Horseleap, which straddles the county's border with Offaly.

https://www.rootsireland.ie/westmeath-genealogy/As reported her on IrishGenealogyNews at the time, two batches of additional data were uploaded to RootsIreland's Westmeath database in April. And now the final instalment has joined them.

The project involved adding the names of witnesses and the precise date of each marriage to the transcriptions already available via the site (these details were not included as part of the original transcription of the local registers).

Any annotations by the priest to individual entries have also been transcribed.

The fully detailed transcriptions of marriage records from this parish now span from November 1821 to April 1882

See the full menu of records from Westmeath Genealogy on RootsIreland here.

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

New & updated British genealogy records 28 May-9 Jun

Below is a summary of new and updated family history record collections for England, Scotland and Wales released by major genealogy databases since 28 May (see last blogpost).

This regular summary of releases relating to British collections is designed to help family historians whose Irish ancestors migrated, temporarily or permanently, to England, Scotland or Wales. By default, it will also be useful to anyone carrying out research in those three nations, regardless of the origin of their ancestors.

The figures in parenthesis in the New Collections section are the numbers of records/images in the new record set.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis in the Updated Collections section reflect the number of records added to the collection in the recent update. In some instances, the supplier has not made this figure available. Updates of fewer than 1,000 records have not been included.


NEW COLLECTIONS

British Newspaper Archive and also in FindMyPast Pro sub package

FamilySearch


FindMyPast

The Genealogist

UPDATED COLLECTIONS

Ancestry

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

FreeBMD

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Monday, 8 June 2020

MyHeritage offers 30% saving in Father's Day DNA Sale

MyHeritage is first out of the blocks for Father's Day 2020 with an attractive saving of more than 30% on the company's autosomal DNA test.

The discount reduces the cost of the kit from the regular price of US$79 / £79 to US$49 / £49. And when you buy two or more of them, the shipping costs are thrown in for free.

Father's Day is some way off yet - it falls on Sunday 21 June - so rather than scratch your head trying to come up with something novel for your dad, get your order in early for a gift you can be confident he'll enjoy for years.

There may be offers from MyHeritage DNA in other geographical areas. The USA and the UK & Ireland are the only two I know of, so far. So if you're based elsewhere, click the image to see if your local MyHeritage 'territory' has a similar offer.


Summer edition of Irish Roots Magazine published

The Summer edition of Irish Roots, Ireland's longest established and independent genealogy magazine has arrived. As always, it's full of reviews, comment, tips and news about Irish family history resources, and articles to help you better understand the available records and develop successful strategies to use in your ancestral research.

The main feature articles are:
Click for more details
  • Helpful ways to analyse your DNA results using the online cM tool
  • Tracing your County Laois ancestors.
  • Useful sources to help date your old family photographs
  • Tracing Irish Ancestry: A personal view from Brian Mitchell MAGI
  • The mysterious world of early handwriting, 1500-1700
  • Raising Holy Hell: The genealogical sources that uncovered the story behind a roadside cross
  • What's New? A review of recent updates and releases of Irish family history records
  • Reader Jim Waldron shares his genealogical resarch journey
  • And Another Thing: Genealogical comment and observations with Steven Smyrl FIGRS MAGI
  •  Q & A: Nicola Morris MAGI answers readers research queries
There are also letters to the editor; a Books Ireland selection; Irish Australian connections, loads of news and plenty more.

If you're new to Irish genealogy and Irish Roots, check out a free sample of the magazine here.

The publication is available in digital and printed format, and you can either buy individual issues or treat yourself to a subscription of one or two years. You'll find all the details by clicking on the magazine cover above.

Friday, 5 June 2020

PRONI's 'Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times' programme seeks a third group of participants

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) had such an exceptional response to its online programme/experiment called 'Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times' that it has opened up a third group of participants.

It was fully booked within hours of its launch in mid-April and two groups of participants have gone on to complete it. 

It is run by PRONI's Making the Future team, and aims to help you discover more about your history and the people in your life. It is designed to encourage conversations and help you to document how we have experienced the extraordinary times we are living through, and offers six fun activities including letter writing, family history, scrapbooking, cooking and music.

A newly-formed third group will start the programme on Monday morning, 8 June, when the first of three scheduled live meet-ups online will be held.

All participants much be based in Northern Ireland or border counties.

You can find out more and register at Eventbrite (there are still places available as of this morning) or seek more information from Laura Aguiar at l.aguiar@nervecentre.org.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

MyHeritage: A free-to-access collection every day in June

MyHeritage has come up with a novel way of allowing researchers a free, quick dip into specific historical record collections in its subscription-based database.

https://www.myheritage.com/research
Each day this month, MyHeritage will open one of its historical record collections to the public. Some of them are exclusive to MyHeritage. On a couple of days, there will be two or three related collections. In total, 2,043,456,361 records will be made accessible for free.

The day-long window for each collection will cover all time zones, so as long as you visit the collection on the correct day, you should be able to search and view that day's free records to your heart’s content.

I'm not going to list all of the included collections in this post (you'll find them on MyHeritage's blogpost here if you want on to check them out).

Instead, I'm noting below only those I consider of most relevance to family historians with Irish connections. The exclusive collections are in bold type.

Since the promotion started on Monday, the free collections have been Scandinavian records. But starting from tomorrow, we have:

Friday 5 June: U.S. City Directories United States
Saturday 6 June: U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007
Sunday 7 June: Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, 1836-1922
Monday 8 June: Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
Tuesday 9 June: 1940 United States Federal Census United States
Wednesday 10 June: Massachusetts Newspapers, 1704-1974
Thursday 11 June: Historical Books: Index of Authors/People Mentioned, 1811-2003
Friday 12 June: Compilation of Published Sources
Saturday 13 June: Canada Newspapers, 1752-2007
Sunday 14 June: 1921 Canada Census
Sunday 21 June: England & Wales, Death Index, 1837-2005
Sunday 21 June: England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1837-2005
Monday 22 June: 1939 Register of England & Wales
Wednesday 24 June: Australia Electoral Rolls, 1893-1949

Access to these collections on the specified days will be completely free, but free registration to MyHeritage (it's a quick and simple process) will be required for non-MyHeritage users.

NOTE: I got my days of the week muddled when I first published this post. I've now corrected them. Apologies for any confusion caused.

'Our Wicklow Heritage' website continues to expand

If RootsIreland.ie's big bundle of newly transcribed records from County Wicklow got you worked up into a lather last week – it had that effect on me – you'll be interested in these two additional items of news from genealogist Catherine Wright, Wicklow County Council's archivist and manager of the Wicklow Family History Centre.

https://wicklowheritage.org/First up is Our Wicklow Heritage, an online initiative to share and promote the collections and activities of Wicklow County Council's heritage office, archives and library services. Since its launch five or so years ago, it has not only proved popular, it's also grown enormously. It now includes five more community based heritage recording groups. They are:
  • Delgany Heritage Village
  • Donard Imaal History
  • Glendalough Heritage Forum
  • Glens of Lead
  • The Medieval Bray Project
The topics covered are wide, from the mining heritage of the county to natural heritage and biodiversity, from historical events and personalities to folklore and customs. There are online copies of journals produced by some of the local historical societies, heritage maps, book reviews, genealogy guides & links, and much more. For anyone with County Wicklow connections, I wholeheartedly recommend bookmarking the site and dipping in regularly. You might like to contribute to it, too!

You'll also want to listen to a History Ireland Hedge School podcast that's being made available from Saturday 6 June to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Henry Grattan. The leader of the Independent Irish Parliament of 1783-1800 lived near Enniskerry, Co Wicklow for most of his life and the Hedge School panel of historians will explore his often misunderstood legacy.

The Hedge School is presented by Wicklow County Archives, Bray Cualann Historical Society and History Ireland magazine. Find out more here.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Summary of recent new and updated US collections

Below is a summary of US family history collections that have been either newly released or updated by the major genealogy databases since the middle of May. (The last summary list was published on 17 May, see blogpost).

My regular summaries are designed to help family historians whose Irish ancestors emigrated, temporarily or permanently, to the United States. By default, they should also be useful to anyone carrying out research in the US, regardless of the origin of their ancestors.

The figures in parenthesis in the New Collections section are the numbers of records/images in each new record set. Please note that I have omitted updates of fewer than 1,000 records to any one record-set.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis in the Updated Collections section reflect the number of records added to the collection in the recent update, if a number has been clearly noted by the supplier.


NEW COLLECTIONS

Ancestry

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

Newspapers.com


UPDATED COLLECTIONS

AmericanAncestors
  • Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920  New volumes from the parishes of Immaculate Conception in Lowell, St. Brigid in Maynard, Immaculate Conception in Weymouth, Sacred Heart in Natick, St. Anne in Lawrence, St. John the Evangelist in Wellesley, St. Lawrence in Brookline,  St. Bernard in Concord and St. Catherine of Siena in Norwood, and the Boston Harbor Island Mission.

Ancestry

FamilySearch

FindMyPast


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