Tuesday, 18 February 2020

New member for Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI)

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) is pleased to welcome its latest member, Des Murtagh.

Des Murtagh MAGI
Des is a native of Dublin and now lives in Co. Kildare, and he's had an interest in family history for most of his life.

His former career was in education. He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership as well as diplomas and degrees in other areas of education and theology. Over the past twenty years he became more involved in genealogy and in 2014 he completed the diploma course
in Independent College, Dublin, which was delivered by AGI Members.

Des renewed his association with AGI in September 2017, when he was accepted as an Affiliate. He is the ninth Affiliate to gain credentials, successfully making the transition to the status of Member.

He is the fourth person to complete the Independent College diploma and progress to Affiliate and then Member status with AGI.

Des is self-employed as a genealogist, working under the business name Murtagh Genealogy Services. He conducts research throughout Ireland and his areas of particular interest are Counties
Cork, Dublin and Meath.

Ulster Historical Foundation's online charity auction

The Ulster Historical Foundation is holding a "Things Money CAN Buy" online charity auction.

It includes a number of exclusive, exciting and entertaining 'lots' to suit all interests, not just genealogists and historians, and all sizes of wallets.

Each of these auction ‘lots’ have either been generously gifted by other parties for the purpose of this auction or will be fulfilled by the Foundation itself.

All proceeds from this auction will go towards supporting the work of Ulster Historical Foundation and some 'lots' will have a set reserve (the value of which depends on the item).

Established in 1956, the Foundation aims to encourage an interest in the history of the province of Ulster; promote a positive image of Northern Ireland overseas; strengthen cross-community links through the understanding of Northern Ireland’s history; broaden access to historical documents and records for Irish genealogy; and to inspire pride in Irish and Scots-Irish heritage.

The Foundation is registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC100280 and does not receive any funding from government.

Any contribution, large or small, really does make a difference and your support of this auction is appreciated greatly.

So give the link above a click or tap to find out more about the auction which will end this Friday (21 February). The winning bids will need to be paid and prizes supplied within 7 days via the secure online payment system.




More material uploaded to Clare Local Studies website

Researchers with connections to County Clare are fortunate to have a wonderful Local Studies team based at The Manse in Harmony Row, next door to the de Valera Library in Ennis, the county town.

It's a dedicated Local Studies Centre (LSC), open to the public free of charge, and also houses a collection of Irish interest material. Much of the material in the Centre has been digitised and published online by the library's ICT & Information Services Department, based in Library Headquarters. Members of the LSC team also transcribe original materials, and many independent researchers make donations of their own transcriptions, projects, and other material.

The list below covers most of the additions and donations made available online over the last six months. Click the link to find out more, and find out who donated the material:

New & updated British genealogy collections: summary

Below is a summary of new and updated family history record collections for England, Scotland and Wales released by major genealogy databases in the last three weeks. (The previous listing was on 24 January, see 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


FamilySearch

FindMyPast


BritishNewspaperArchive and FindMyPast's British Newspaper Colletion


TheGenealogist

UPDATED COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

DeceasedOnline

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

Society of Genealogists
     SoG Data online additions include:
  • Surrey Congregational History in the religion section 
  • Kelly’s Directory of Lincolnshire1889 in the Directories
  • Guide to the Island of Jerseyin the Directories section
  • Middlesex Deeds and other documents in the Land records
  • Ipswich Poll Book 1823 in the poll books section
  • Northamptonshire Notes and Queriesin the periodicals section.


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Monday, 17 February 2020

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: early Feb updates

Stone to Thomas Kiernan, born c1730.
Died 92 years old in 1821.
Ballyconnell, Co Cavan.
It's a small but well-formed bundle of records that's been uploaded to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives in the first half of February.

It contains the following files:

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ballyconnell, Tomregan Parish Church (CoI) (UPDATE)

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Aughnasheelin, St. Mary's (R.C.) Cemetery (200+ stones added to existing file)

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Vital Records
McGuirk Deaths in Civil Registration - 1864-1949

All the files have been contributed by volunteers and are free to search and view.

Irish genealogy and history events, 17 Feb-1 March

Monday 17 February: Beginners Guide to Tracing Your Family Tree, with genealogist Bernie Norris. Host and venue: Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park, Lake Road, Moate, Co Westmeath. Advance registration is required, due to limited space. Telephone 090 6481183 to book a place. Workshop Fee: €10 per person. 7pm to 8:30pm.

Monday 17 February: Finding Ogle, the absconding Master of Portumna Workhouse, with David Broderick. Host: Birr Historical Society. Venue: County Arms Hotel, Birr, Co. Offaly. 8pm to 9pm. All are welcome, non members €5.

Monday 17 February: From UVF to 36th (Ulster) Division, with Carol Walker. 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.

Tuesday 18 February: Conservation work to Skellig Michael, with Fergus McCormick and Edward Bourke. Host: Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Ireland. Venue: The Custom House, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1. 6:30pm. Tickets: non-SPAB members: € 10+ booking fee; SPAB Members / Student / Unwaged: €5 + booking fee. All welcome. Bookings.

Tuesday 18 February: The Forgotten Gardens of Dunboe, with Mike Jones. Host: Coleraine Historical Society. Venue: The Sandel Centre, Knocklynn Road, Coleraine BT52 1WT. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 18 February: Women in the Irish Revolution, with Sinead McCoole. Host: Foxrock Local History Group. Venue: Foxrock Pastoral Centre (at rear of Foxrock Church), Foxrock, Co Dublin. €5 for non-members. All welcome. Refreshments served after talks.

Wednesday 19 February: Sir Robert Hart, with David Weir. 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.

Wednesday 19 February: The Sights, Sounds and Smells: Experiencing Daily Life at some Carlow Castles, with Dr Karen Dempsey. Host: Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Talbot Hotel, Portlaoise Road, Carlow Town. 8pm. Admission free and all are welcome.

Wednesday 19 February: Some aspects of surnames and personal names in Wicklow as found in 16th-century fiants, with Dr Conchubhar O Crualaoich. Host: West Wicklow Historical Society. Venue: Lalor Centre (near St Joseph's Church), Baltinglass, Co Wicklow. 8pm. All welcome. Admission €5.

Thursday 20 February: Delayed opening at NAI. The archives will not open to the public until 10:45am (usual time is 10am). National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin 8.

Thursday 20 February: Investigations at Gallows Hill, Dungarvan, a community archaeology project, with Christina Knight O’Connor and Eddie Cantwell. Host: Part of the Dunhill History Lecture Series XIV. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite the GAA grounds), Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm. Followed by a Q&A and light refreshments.

Friday 21 February: Online Resources for Family and Local History, a two-hour workshop. Orientation tour of PRONI, followed by an introduction to searching online resources. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter Belfast, BT3 9HQ. 11am to 1pm. Free. Fully booked.

Saturday 22 February: Inspired language – cursing, swearing and blessing in early modern Waterford and Kilkenny, with Dr Clodagh Tait. Host: Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: St Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick St, Waterford City. 8pm. Members free; non-members €5. All welcome.

Sunday 23 February: Dublin City Book Fair - Antiquarian, rare, secondhand & out-of-print books, prints, coins, postcards...  Venue: Stillorgan Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. 11am to 5pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 25 February: Treating shellshock and severed limbs: WWI veterans at Leopardstown & Blackrock hospitals, with Dr Eoin Kinsella. Host and venue: National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Free. No booking required. All welcome. 6pm.

Tuesday 25 February: A Beginner’s guide to using DNA in Family History, with NIFHS Martin McDowell. Host and venue: Ballymena Central library, 5 Pat's Brae, Ballymena, BT43 5AX. 11am. Free. Phone 028 2544 2428 or email ballymena.heritage@librariesni.org.uk to book.

Tuesday 25 February: Music, Temperance and Bands: Limerick and Kilrush, 1830-1890, with Dr Derek Mulcahy. Host: The Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. All welcome. Members, free. Non-members €5 on the door.

Tuesday 25 February: Protestant and Irish post-Independence - Tango or Tangent? with Dr Ida Milne and Ian d'Alton. Kilkenny Home Rule Club, John's Quay, Kilkenny. 8:30pm. Admission €5. Refreshments served. All are welcome.

Wednesday 26 February: The foundation of St Micheal's Hospital, Dún Laoghaire, with Tom Conlon. Host: Old Dublin Society. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 27 February: "Hall and Tent" - Entertaining West Cork 1920-1970, with Carmel Flahavan. Host: Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage. Venue: The Parish Centre, Western Road, Clonakilty, Co Cork. 8pm. All welcome.

Friday, 14 February 2020

FindMyPast is all loved up: 40% discount on annual subs

Who wants flowers and chocolates when you could have a 40% discount on any 12-month subscription to FindMyPast? Yes, FindMyPast is sharing the love of Valentine's Day with new and rejoining customers who want to dig deep for their ancestors from Britain and Ireland (B&I).

Each of the FindMyPast websites has its own discount offer, depending on its particular portfolio of subscription packages, but they all mount up to the same thing: savings of 40%.

To take advantage of the discount, click one of the links below and view the 12-months subscription available and their discounted prices. Be sure to make your selection and place your order before 11:59pm (GMT) on Sunday 23 February.



FindMyPast Ireland
PRO subscription - €7.20pm (from €12) billed as single payment of €86.40
PLUS subscription - €9.60pm (from €16) billed as single payment of €115.20.



FindMyPast USA/Canada
Essential B&I - US$6.45pm (from $10.75) billed as single payment of US$77.40
Ultimate B&I - US$8.95pm (from £14.92) billed as single payment of US$107.40.



FindMyPast UK
STARTER - £3.60pm (from £6pm) billed as single payment of £43.20
PRO - £6 (from £10pm) billed as single payment of £72
PLUS - £7.80pm (from £13pm) billed as single payment of £93.60.


FindMyPast Australia/NZ 
STARTER - AU$6.60pm (from $11) billed as single payment of AU$79.20
PRO - AU$11.40pm (from $19) billed as single payment of AU$136.80
PLUS - AU$15pm (from S25) billed as single payment of AU$180.


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NAI catalogues 1834's papers from CSORP collection

The National Archives of Ireland quietly released some 5520 items last month from the Chief Secretaries Office Registered Papers (CSORP) collection for the year 1834.

So far, these files are searchable only through the NAI's main online catalogue rather than the dedicated CSORP database, which spans 1818-1833. See list of CSORP additions here.

The Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers (CSORP) consist of official government material relating to all aspects of the administration of Ireland, alongside unofficial correspondence from private individuals and organisations across Ireland. The papers cover a wide variety of topics – from matters of national importance to local issues or personal plights.

The registered papers are much more than the ‘official’ records of government - they offer a unique window into Irish society in the nineteenth century.

I've spent a happy hour browsing through some of the files. Here are some examples from the new descriptive lists:

  • A file of fifteen documents (23 pages) concerning the care of a child born out of wedlock to a sub-constable Henry Keys. The child's grandfather, James Crook, Cosbystown, Co. Fermanagh, complains to the Lord Lieutenant that his daughter Anne was ‘Deluded’ by Keys and has given birth to a child; he calls on Keys to augment her fortune and insists he take his child into his own care, as his daughter Anne is intent on emigration. Keys replies, stating his intention to pay Anne Crook the sum of £3 for the maintenance of her child for one year, after which he will take full responsibility provided she give the infant up. CSO/RP/1834/159
  • Letter from John Furlong, Kilmore, County Wexford, to Edward John Littleton, Chief Secretary, seeking to stimulate the benevolence of government on behalf of the crew of the vessels that went to the aid of passengers on board the ‘Water Witch’ steam ship, which was wrecked on the 19th of December [1833]. Also a printed certificate from Capt John Stacey, commander of the ‘Water Witch’, applauding the heroic dedication of the boat owners who acted ‘regardless of their own danger’. Also damp press copy reply from Littleton, Dublin Castle. CSO/RP/1834/151
  • Letter from church wardens, parish of Anna [Annagh], Belturbet, Co. Cavan, to the Chief Secretary regarding the case of an abandoned infant and seeking legal guidance on whether the parish should accept the maintenance of the child; they explain the child was left for the care of James Rogers, a man who admits having intimate relations with the mother (who has since absconded from the neighbourhood) but who objects to taking responsibility on grounds she had other admirers, and the identity of the father is hard to establish.
  • Draft copy letter from the Chief Secretary at Dublin Castle, to M McEnally, Inspector of Anatomy, Dublin, concerning the issue of human remains used in dissection being obtained by illegal means; asking for vigilance and requesting that an immediate report be made to those in authority. CSO/RP/1834/188
  • A file of seven items (12 pages) concerning the case of Mary Kelly, a seller of articles, who was wounded during a serious disturbance between two factions at the fair of Callan in Co. Kilkenny. She was inadvertently hit by a gunshot fired by one of the constables in attendance. CSO/RP/1834/198
  • A file of three items (7 pages) concerning the case of Edward Shea, sub-constable of Mallow, Co. Cork who is accused of being intoxicated whilst on duty. Includes letter from the Chief Constable of Doneraile, reporting on the apprehension of several men charged with attacking the Rector of the parish of Kilshannig; also reporting on the intoxication of Edward Shea, sub-constable of Mallow, who was in a much weakened state on the night of the apprehension; adding that sub-constable has never been guilty of any past misdemeanour and is otherwise ‘excellent’. CSO/RP/1834/223

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Recent new and updated Canadian genealogy collections

Below you'll find my summary of the new and updated Canadian records released by the major genealogy database suppliers during the last five weeks. For the previous summary, see my 10 January 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 researchers looking for a brief update of what's recently available for 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

British Newspaper Archive


FindMyPast
    Frederick’s Prince Edward Island Directory – McMillian's Agricultural and Nautical Almanac – McMullan’s Almanac – Teare’s Directory & Hand Book Of The Province of Prince Edward Island – The Prince Edward Island Almanac


UPDATED COLLECTIONS

Ancestry


FamilySearch


FindMyPast

Interment
  • Cemetery records added: Quebec, Canada (Brome, Compton, Drummond, Megantic, Richmond, Shefford, Sherbrooke, and Wolfe counties)

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MyHeritage adds colour to photos of your ancestors

MyHeritage has launched MyHeritage In Color, a clever widget that turns black & white or sepia pictures into colour pictures. See below to view a Before and After shot of my maternal great great grandmother, Sophia, who stood for a portait at the Lawrence Studio in Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street), date unknown.

I'm pleased the widget kept the colours muted, and it's certainly fascinating to see a picture I've known as sepia all my life transformed with a more lifelike image of a moment in Sophia's life. I just knew that dress would be grey or black, though!

Here's what MyHeritage has to say about their new colourisation tool, which is now a 'freemium' feature on the website ie, you can colour several photos for free, after which continued use of the feature requires you to have a subscription.

'MyHeritage In Color™ produces lifelike colorized photos with exceptional attention to detail. The technology was trained using millions of photos and has developed an understanding of our world and its colors. The results are more realistic and of superior quality to those generated by other automatic colorization tools currently available.

'The black and white photos remain intact and are not changed by the colorization process, which produces new photos alongside the original ones.

'The photo colorization technology was licensed by MyHeritage from DeOldify, created by software engineers Jason Antic and Dana Kelley. The technology is based on Self-Attention Generative Adversarial Networks (SAGAN), introduced in May 2018. An early version of the DeOldify technology was contributed by Antic to the public domain in November 2018. Antic and Kelley updated it in May 2019. Since then, Antic and Kelley have continued to improve and fine-tune the technology commercially. Their latest version produces colorized photos of unprecedented quality and is currently available only on MyHeritage.'

See MyHeritage's detailed blogpost about the new tool and how to get the best from it.

And here's Sophia:

QUB uploads digitised late-medieval maps of Ulster

Inishowen: a section of cartographer Richard Bartlett's
1602 A Generalle Description of Vlster
The Special Collection's team at Queen's University Belfast (QUB) has shared its newest digital addition: Maps of the Escheated Counties of Ireland, 1609.

Researchers can now freely view this atlas online (it was first published in 1861) of 31 facsimiles of maps of Ireland dating from 1594 to 1609. It contains maps of Ulster by Richard Bartlett (the royal cartographer beheaded by the people of Donegal who did not want their lands 'discovered'), the Bodley maps, and John Thomas's map of the 1594 siege of Enniskillen Castle, famous for its grisly images of the severed heads of Gaelic defenders stuck on stakes.

A post has been published today, along with a selection of the maps, on the Special Collections blog (read it here), while the full atlas can be viewed in the QUB's Digital Library.


First 2020 edition of Irish Genealogy Matters published

http://www.rootsireland.ie/2020/02/new-issue-of-irish-genealogy-matters-newsletter-published-2/
The Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF), the umbrella organisation responsible for the island's largest network of county heritage and genealogy centres, has published a new edition of its Irish Genealogy Matters newsletter.

It provides an impressive round-up of 2019's additions to its RootsIreland.ie database. These included records for Counties Laois, Offaly, Clare, East Galway, Waterford, Armagh, Cork and Wexford, and they totted up to 200,000 additions. Already this year some 30,000 County Kilkenny records have been uploaded.

The newsletter brings news from some of the genealogy and heritage centres of activities, events and visitors during the old year, as well as details of conferences and clan gatherings that have been organised for 2020.

To download a copy of the publication, click the front cover image.

Monday, 10 February 2020

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 10-23 Feb.

Monday 10 February: Breaking Down Brick Walls, with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey branch.Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. All welcome. Free. 7pm.

Tuesday 11 February: Irish Internal Migration 1600- 2019, Dr Patrick Fitzgerald. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT 28 1XP. All welcome. 7:30pm.

Tuesday 11 February: Researching your Clan history using DNA and documentary records, with Dr Maurice Gleeson. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: DFEI, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoighaire. All welcome. Contribution €5.

Thursday 13 February: The history of Milltown Cemetery, with Tom Hartley. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Blvd, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ at 1.00pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book via eventbrite.

Thursday 13 February: Charles Newport Bolton (1816-1884) – artist, genealogist and historian of Waterford Harbour, with Julian Walton. Part of the Dunhill History Lecture Series XIV. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite the GAA grounds), Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm. Followed by a Q&A and light refreshments.

Thursday 13 February: Accredited Genealogists Ireland Open Day, for those interested in gaining professional credentials. Host: AGI. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast from 3:15pm. Those attending are invited to stay on for a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) session on Report Writing, which will be attended by Members and Affiliates. Booking not essential but would be appreciated to facilitate organisation of the event. Please email info@accreditedgenealogists.ie. Details.

Friday 14 and Saturday 15 February. Back to our Past and Genetic Genealogy Ireland. Venue: ICC Waterfront, 2 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3WH. 10am to 5pm. Two lecture streams: traditional genealogy and genetic genealogy, exhibition hall with vendors and family history societies and organisations, and all things genealogy. Free. Tickets and lecture schedules at backtoourpast.ie.

Monday 17 February: Beginners Guide to Tracing Your Family Tree, with genealogist Bernie Norris. Host and venue: Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park, Lake Road, Moate, Co Westmeath. Advance registration is required, due to limited space. Telephone 090 6481183 to book a place. Workshop Fee: €10 per person. 7pm to 8:30pm.

Monday 17 February: Finding Ogle, the absconding Master of Portumna Workhouse, with David Broderick. Host: Birr Historical Society. Venue: County Arms Hotel, Birr, Co. Offaly. 8pm to 9pm. All are welcome, non members €5.

Monday 17 February: From UVF to 36th (Ulster) Division, with Carol Walker. 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.

Tuesday 18 February: Conservation work to Skellig Michael, with Fergus McCormick and Edward Bourke. Host: Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Ireland. Venue: The Custom House, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1. 6:30pm. Tickets: non-SPAB members: € 10+ booking fee; SPAB Members / Student / Unwaged: €5 + booking fee. All welcome. Bookings.

Tuesday 18 February: The Forgotten Gardens of Dunboe, with Mike Jones. Host: Coleraine Historical Society. Venue: The Sandel Centre, Knocklynn Road, Coleraine BT52 1WT. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 18 February: Women in the Irish Revolution, with Sinead McCoole. Host: Foxrock Local History Group. Venue: Foxrock Pastoral Centre (at rear of Foxrock Church), Foxrock, Co Dublin. €5 for non-members. All welcome. Refreshments served after talks.

Wednesday 19 February: Sir Robert Hart, with David Weir. 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.

Thursday 20 February: Delayed opening at NAI. The archives will not open to the public until 10:45am (usual time is 10am). National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin 8.

Thursday 20 February: Investigations at Gallows Hill, Dungarvan, a community archaeology project, with Christina Knight O’Connor and Eddie Cantwell. Host: Part of the Dunhill History Lecture Series XIV. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite the GAA grounds), Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm. Followed by a Q&A and light refreshments.

Friday 21 February: Online Resources for Family and Local History, a two-hour workshop. Orientation tour of PRONI, followed by an introduction to searching online resources. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter Belfast, BT3 9HQ. 11am to 1pm. Free. Fully booked.

Saturday 22 February: Inspired language – cursing, swearing and blessing in early modern Waterford and Kilkenny, with Dr Clodagh Tait. Host: Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: St Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick St, Waterford City. 8pm. Members free; non-members €5. All welcome.

Friday, 7 February 2020

Latest releases and updates to US genealogy databases

Below is a summary of US family history collections that have been either newly released or updated by the major genealogy databases during the last four weeks. (The last listing was published on 8 January, 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 1,500 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

MyHeritage

UPDATED COLLECTIONS


AmericanAncestors
  • Massachusetts: (Image-Only) R. Catholic Archdiocese Boston Records, 1789-1920
  • Totals of 25 volumes imaged, giving 7,000 new pages to browse from the parishes of St. Anthony of Padua, Cambridge; Holy Trinity, Boston; Our Lady of Pompeii,  Boston’s South End; Our Lady of Ostrobrama, Boston’s West End; Our Lady of Victories, Boston; St. Cecilia, Boston’s Back Bay; St. Francis de Sales, Charlestown; St. Gabriel, Brighton.

Ancestry

FamilySearch

Interment
  • Headstone and other burial information. Total upload of 190,000+ records covering 44 cemeteries across 13 states: Connecticut (Hartford County), Florida (Broward County), Illinois (DeKalb County), Iowa (Boone & Polk counties), Minnesota (Washington County), North Carolina (Mecklenburg County), Ohio (Cuyahoga, Miami, and Tuscarawas counties), Pennsylvania (Bucks & Dauphin counties); South Dakota: Riverside and St Pauls RC in Belle Forche (Butte County); Texas (Harris County), Washington (Clark County) and Terrell (Kaufman County), Wisconsin (Columbia & Manitowoc counties), and Wyoming (Johnson County).
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Thursday, 6 February 2020

National Heritage Awards for Ireland's 'heritage heroes'

The dedication of individuals and community groups across Ireland to the preservation and promotion of Ireland’s heritage was recognised today at the National Heritage Awards 2019. Hosted by the Heritage Council, the special event took place at the Royal Irish Academy and was presented by RTÉ broadcaster, Anne Cassin.

The National Heritage Week Awards highlight Ireland’s ‘heritage heroes’, and showcase the most engaging and innovative National Heritage Week events.

https://www.heritageweek.ie/Last year's Heritage Week theme was Pastimes | Past Times, with projects and events reflecting how the use of free time has evolved as part of Ireland’s culture and heritage.

These were the award-winning projects:

The Heritage Hero Award: The Egan Family from Birr, Co Offaly. The Egan family are responsible for the survival of an extraordinarily rare, intact furnished farmhouse, near Birr, Co Offaly. They hold tours during Heritage Week every year to showcase the cottage with its wonderful fixtures and fittings. Bread was baked in the family tradition during the Heritage Week tours. Visitors to the cottage commented on the generosity and heart-warming hospitality of the Egan family and their appreciation for their traditional farmhouse as they shared family memories passed on from one generation to the next.

The Hidden Heritage Award:
‘Look-Out Post 76: An hut ar ghualainn an chnoic’ at Bloody Foreland, Co Donegal, organised by Vincent Breslin. This project explored the built and cultural heritage associated with Look-Out Post 76, which was constructed and occupied during ‘The Emergency’ (1939-1945). The event was narrated in Irish and shared previously undocumented stories from the families of men who had served in LOP (Look-Out Post) 76, alongside stories gathered from the local community. The event gave a unique insight into the role that the LOPs and the Marine Coastwatching Service played in defending Ireland’s coastline during this period in history. It featured a commemorative ceremony, where families of men who had served in the Coastwatcher’s service during this period were presented with certificates; and a small exhibition.

The Heritage Communities Award: ‘Rosses Radio: ‘Stories, Music and Traditions of Donegal’ in the Rosses, Co Donegal, organised by Rosses Radio. This project comprised two full days of heritage and pastimes-themed radio programming, bringing together heritage groups across the Rosses in west Donegal, and broadcast to Donegal Diaspora worldwide. The programming featured live interviews with local people engaged in heritage projects, new documentaries, features on local National Heritage Week events, and the history of the Donegal music scene, and sports.

The Cool for Kids Award: ‘Clara Bog Visitor Centre (NPWS); ‘Wildlife Detective for Kids’ at the Clara Bog Visitor Centre, Co Offaly, organised by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. This dedicated children’s event involved a group field exercise during which participants were invited to help solve a simulated ‘wildlife crime’. Each member of the group was allocated a role in investigating a mock unlawful hunting incident on Clara Bog Nature Reserve and was presented with a series of clues to help solve the crime. The event focused on promoting knowledge and respect for wildlife conservation, the importance of protecting Irish species and habitats, the Wildlife Act and the role of Wildlife Rangers at Clara Bog.

Le Chéile san Eoraip Award:
‘Myshall Muintir na Tìre - St Columbanus and the idea of Europe’ in Co Carlow, organised by Myshall Muintir am Tire, Carlow County Museum and the Myshall Community Centre. This lecture event and pop-up exhibition explored the influence of St. Columbanus, the Patron Saint of Europe, and native of Myshall, Co. Carlow; and the start of what became the European Union. The pop-up exhibition included photographic displays of intercultural visits between members of Myshall Friends of Columbanus, and Friends of Columbanus Francaise and Italy, with a focus on the Columban Way, which stretches from Myshall to Bangor, through England, France, Switzerland, and on to Bobbio in Italy.

Virginia Teehan, CEO of the Heritage Council, also announced that the theme of Heritage Week 2020 (15-23 August) will be 'Learning from our heritage', which will focus on heritage and education.

National Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days – a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which more than 40 countries participate each year.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Fórsa calls for more investment in the National Archives

Fórsa, the largest union voice in the Irish civil and public service, has called for more recruitment to the National Archives of Ireland (NAI), where the number of staff is now 25% below the recommended level.

In the union's Civil Service News Bulletin published today, Assistant General Secretary Seán Carabini said that when a new government is formed (after this weekend's election), the union will press it to properly fund the National Archive service and review the legislation governing the maintenance and publication of State records.

“A properly resourced national archive is an important part of any democracy as it allows us to examine and learn from the records of state," he said. "As we commemorate the events that led to the establishment of our state 100 years ago, it’s imperative that we put resources into building an archive able to house, maintain and display the next hundred years of our story.”

His comments follow the publication last December of a report by the union’s Archivists’ Branch, which described a service creaking under the pressure of staff and skills shortages, expanded responsibilities, new technologies, space constraints, and legislative shortcomings.

The repository lags behind comparable state archive bodies in Denmark, Scotland and Northern Ireland in terms of the employment of qualified archivists and other relevant specialists.

Fórsa, which represents more than 80,000 members, believes a properly-resourced National Archive would bring about cost savings as well as service improvements, including making more records available. These include some 70 pallets of currently-uncatalogued 19th-century material on land transfers following the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland.

Mr Carabini called on the next government to also give priority to an overhaul of archive and record-management legislation to require public service bodies established since 1986 to maintain and transfer records to the NAI.

It also wants better physical infrastructure to store electronic records, and improved staffing and procedures across Government departments and offices to ensure that records are properly managed.

Accredited Genealogists Ireland to hold Open Days in Belfast, Dublin and Cork

If you've a serious notion to become a professional genealogist, or have already started out on that route and would like to work towards gaining highly-sought after credentials in your chosen profession, you'll be interested in attending an Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) Open Day.

https://www.accreditedgenealogists.ieEstablished in 1986, AGI provides credentials to professional genealogists resident and practising in Ireland (whether in the Republic or Northern Ireland), based on the recommendations of an independent Board of Assessors.

Only those passed by the Board of Assessors become Members and are entitled to use the initials MAGI. There is also an Affiliate programme for those working towards accreditation and membership. Affiliates are given a mentor and access to AGI's CPD sessions, and the number of places in the programme is limited.

The organisation has organised three Open Day events over the next few months for people who may wish to know what's involved in applying for Affiliate status or Membership of AGI.

The first event will be at PRONI in Belfast on Thursday 13 February, commencing at 3:15pm. Those attending are invited to stay on for a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) session on Report Writing, which will be attended by Members and Affiliates. The event is on the afternoon/evening preceding BACK TO OUR PAST BELFAST, at which AGI will have a stand, as usual.

The format of the Open Day/CPD session will be replicated at events in Dublin (in March) and Cork (in April). The Open Day in Dublin will be at Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, on Tuesday 24 March. The Cork event will be at Cork City and County Archives (Seamus Murphy Building, 32 Great William O'Brien Street, Blackpool) on Wednesday 22 April.

There is no need to book for any of the Open Days, but it would help to know numbers, so please email info@accreditedgenealogists.ie if you wish to attend, indicating which of the three events you are interested in.

To find out more about AGI, click the organisation's logo above.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Digging for Emmet: Ghostly Images From Dublin’s Past

The RCB Library's Archive of the Month for February tells how a baffling puzzle relating to a collection of old glass images came to be solved.

Lantern image from St Peter's Dublin in 1903,
from the collection rescued by Colin O'Riordan
and donated to the RCBL.
Colin O'Riordan, a photographer for Independent New and Media, had rescued the 13 slides many years ago. They showed a church and a cemetery, and Colin set out to identify their location. He focused on the side windows of the church and compared these with vintage images of Dublin churches, determining that the church in question was St Peter's, which was formerly positioned on Aungier Street.

Having donated the collection to the RCB Library's permanent safe-keeping, the slides were subsequently digitised by the Irish Architectural Archive. They were dated to 1889 at the earliest due to the presence of an advertisement for Bovril on a building wall overlooking the cemetery; the Bovril Company was founded in this year.

With 1889 as a starting point, the library began to research any leads from parish and other resources in its holdings. A recurring theme during this research was the excavation of the graveyard of St Peter's around the time of Robert Emmet's anniversary in 1903. As revealed by the vestry minute books, the Select Vestry of St Peter's Church met on Thursday 19 March 1903 to discuss a letter from Dr Thomas Addis Emmet 'requesting permission to open the ground covering the Emmett (sic) vault in the Church Yard'.

Dr Emmet (1826-1919) was the grandson of Thomas Addis Emmet, a member of the United Irishmen who had been arrested in 1798 and was the elder brother of Robert Emmet.

Newspaper reports from the time – written by Dr Emmet himself – confirmed that an excavation of the graveyward of St Peter's occurred on 6 July 1903. Other photographic evidence held by the National Library of Ireland allowed the RCB Library to identify many of the people in the glass slides.

You can find out more about the images and view all of them in the Archive of the Month.


Monday, 3 February 2020

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: end of Jan updates

Headstones often provide more detail than just
names and dates. In this example, the son of the
family, John Muckian, died on the SS Dundalk,
when it was torpedoed by a German submarine
in Irish waters in 1918. Photo Tom McCaffrey
& Dundalk Northend and Friends Facebook group.
Courtesy of IGPA. Click photo for enlarged view.
The files below have been added to the Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives in the second half of January.

As always, they have been collected, submitted and uploaded by volunteers, and all researchers may use them for Irish family history research.

This upload comprises just a handful shy of 1,000 headstone photos and transcribed inscriptions from Counties Dublin, Leitrim, Louth and Mayo.


DUBLIN
Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mount Jerome, Dublin - Pts. 241-244


LEITRIM
Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ballinamore (CoI), Outeragh Parish (updated)


LOUTH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Patrick Cemetery Pt. 2, Dundalk.


MAYO
Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Polranny Cemetery Pt. 2, Achill Sound (A-K Surnames)

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 3-16 Feb.

Monday 3 February: The L’Derry & Lough Swilly Railway, with Richard Lyons. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. All welcome. Free. 7pm.

Monday 3 February: 18th-Century Sources for Family History Research, with William Roulston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh branch. Venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co Down, BT30 9QF. Free. All welcome. 8pm.

Monday 3 February: Michael Collins, a film screening, introduced by Dr Patrick Murphy and with Q&A discussion after screening. Host: Nottingham Irish Studies Group. Venue: The Nottingham Irish Centre, 2-4 Wilford Street, Nottingham, UK, NG2 1AA. 7:30pm to 10pm. Details.

Monday 3 February: A history of Lemon's Pure Sweets, with Cormac Moore. Host: Mondays at the Mess Series. Venue: Richmond Barracks (off Bulfin Rd, corner of Emmet Road (R810), behind St Michael’s Church), Inchicore, Dublin 8. 11am. All welcome. Tickets €5 which includes tea/coffee & scone can be booked through Ticketsolve.

Tuesday 4 February: DNA and Taking It Further, with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Tyrone Branch. Venue: Omagh Library, 1 Spillars Place, Irishtown Rd, Omagh BT78 1HL. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 5 February: Fake News and Irish Freedom – the media, censorship, and propaganda 1919-1923, with Ian Kenneally. Host: Kildare Local History Group. Venue: Áras Bhríde (Parish Centre), Bride Street, Kildare Town. Refreshments served from 7:30pm; talk begins at 8pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 6 February: Visualising the past: Waterford County Museum’s photographic archive, with William Fraher. Part of the Dunhill History Lecture Series XIV. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite the GAA grounds), Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm. Followed by a Q&A and light refreshments.

Saturday 8 February: Intermediate Irish Records, with Jill Williams FIGRS. Host: Scottish Genealogy Society. Venue: SGS Family History Centre, 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL, Scotland. 10am-noon. Fee: £10. Booking essential. One space remaining on 27 Jan.

Monday 10 February: Breaking Down Brick Walls, with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. All welcome. Free. 7pm.

Tuesday 11 February: Irish Internal Migration 1600- 2019, Dr Patrick Fitzgerald. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT 28 1XP. All welcome. 7:30pm.

Tuesday 11 February: Researching your Clan history using DNA and documentary records, with Dr Maurice Gleeson. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: DFEI, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoighaire. All welcome. Contribution €5.

Thursday 13 February: The history of Milltown Cemetery, with Tom Hartley. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Blvd, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ at 1.00pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book via eventbrite.

Thursday 13 February: Charles Newport Bolton (1816-1884) – artist, genealogist and historian of Waterford Harbour, with Julian Walton. Part of the Dunhill History Lecture Series XIV. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite the GAA grounds), Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm. Followed by a Q&A and light refreshments.

Thursday 13 February: Accredited Genealogists Ireland Open Day, for those interested in gaining professional credentials. Host: AGI. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast from 3:15pm. Those attending are invited to stay on for a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) session on Report Writing, which will be attended by Members and Affiliates. Booking not essential but would be appreciated to facilitate organisation of the event. Please email info@accreditedgenealogists.ie. Details.

Friday 14 and Saturday 15 February. Back to our Past and Genetic Genealogy Ireland. Venue: ICC Waterfront, 2 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3WH. 10am to 5pm. Two lecture streams: traditional genealogy and genetic genealogy, exhibition hall with vendors and family history societies and organisations, and all things genealogy. Free. Tickets and lecture schedules at backtoourpast.ie.