Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Northern Ireland FHS: online classes programme for Autumn 2021

The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) has a new programme of online classes starting at the tail end of this month. Most of them cost £10 each. Typically, the one-hour talk is followed by a Q&A session of around 30 minutes.

Here's an overview of the programme:

  • Friday 29 October – Raising The Dead, with Martin McDowell. 7pm-8pm BST.
  • Monday 1 November - Life in Ulster in the 1830s, with Mike McKeag. 2pm-3pm GMT
  • Tuesday 16 November - Using WikiTree, with Anne Johnston. 2pm-3pm GMT
  • Thursday 18 November – Google Basics for Family History Research*, with Anne Johnston. 7pm-8pm GMT
  • Thursday 2 December – Advanced Google Tools for Family History Research*, with Anne Johnston. 7pm-8pm GMT
  • Saturday 4 December – Family Tree Maker: Basics and Benefits, with Imelda McVeigh. 2pm-3pm GMT 
  • Tuesday 7 December – PRONI Online Records, with Andrew Kane. 7pm-8pm GMT

*Save £5 when booking both classes with Anne Johnston.

For full details of each class, and to book, see nifhs.org.

Friday, 15 October 2021

Save US$125 on AncestryDNA's Family Pack (US researchers only)

Ancestry DNA is running an Early Gifting promotion to US-based researchers only (last week's offer to Irish and British researchers has now expired).

It's a promotion for AncestryDNA's Family Pack. When you order two Ancestry DNA kits, you get a third kit free. You'll also get free shipping and a free Traits update for all three kits. Not bad, eh!

In monetary terms, it means a saving of a whopping US£125! The standard price for the items and features of the Family Pack would be $376.

The Early Gifting price is just $198. Click the image to find out more.

The offer is now live and will expire at 11:59pm EST on Friday 29 October.


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Ancestry adds Irish Emigration Lists, 1833-1839

Ancestry has added an index of pre-Famine emigrants from County Antrim and County LondonDerry in 1833-1839. The records were originally compiled from notebooks ('memoirs') created by surveyors working on the Ordnance Survey of Ireland.

Click image to search on Ancestry.co.uk

These field officers gathered topographical, historical, economic and social information about the places they were visiting in the course of their work, but only those for the counties of Antrim and LondonDerry included details of emigrants such as name, age, name of parish, town and county, religion, occupation, destination and year of departure, plus the names of family members.

Ancestry's description of the collection is good, so be sure to read it before searching.

Importantly, it points out that many of those NOT departing for North America may have been travelling to Glasgow or Liverpool either for seasonal work or as a stepping stone to a transatlantic crossing once the fare had been earned in Britain.

As far as I'm aware, this is the first time these 3,421 records have been made available on a major online database.

The new collection offers both a searchable index, and a browse facility of the 127-page book published back in 1989 by the Genealogical Publishing Company of Baltimore, which was brought together by Brian Mitchell MAGI. Brian's introduction to the book should also be read.

Click here to search the records on Ancestry.com.


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New and updated British genealogy collections: 12-day summary

Below is a summary of new and updated family history record collections for England, Scotland and Wales released by the major genealogy databases over the last 12 days (see previous summary, 3 October).

My regular summary of releases and updates 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 thihttps://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/titles/croydon-timess figure available. Where two figures are given, the first is the number of additions, the second is the new total.

Please note that I don't usually include updates of fewer than 1,000 records.

New Collections


BritishNewspaperArchive €$£ collections, shared with FindMyPast (total 45,478,812 pages)
  • New titles in main collection ($£€)

FindMyPast

Updated collections


FamilySearch

FindMyPast

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Connacht & Munster Landed Estates Database is offline due to hack

If you've been wondering (and I know some of you have from my twitter feed and email inbox) why it's been impossible to reach the Connacht and Munster Landed Estates Database for the past fortnight, I now have the answer for you.

On 30 September, a cyber attack was attempted on NUI Galway's IT systems. Access between the campus internet and the wider internet has been disabled while the university's IT, cyber security and data protection specialists monitor and investigate the attack. No data breaches appear to have occurred as a result of the hack

Disabling these systems is obviously impacting all users, especially students and staff. So far, a few workarounds and temporary wifi hotspots have been provided for them, but I think genealogists and historians will appreciate that the landedestates database, which is hosted on the university's site, is not going to be a top priority when students are missing classes and cannot access course materials.

I'm told that techies are now working to restore some of the university's online services and resources. Realistically, it's unlikely we'll see the Landed Estates Database searchable for a couple of weeks.

For those researchers unfamiliar with this extremely useful and free database, the Connacht and Munster Landed Estates Database provides a comprehensive and integrated resource guide to landed estates and historic houses in Connacht and Munster, c. 1700-1914. It holds information, photographs and details of documentary sources, and helps you discover where (or if) landowning families deposited their papers, some of which contain lists and accounts noting tenants and contractors on their estates, and much more of interest.

When the Database is back and running, I'll add the access link to this post.

Monday, 11 October 2021

Back To Our Past show to return to Dublin in 2022

Well, I certainly wasn't expecting this today, nor even, if I'm honest, anytime this year, but the Back To Our Past (BTOP) team has announced that the popular genealogy show will return to the RDS in Dublin 4 in 2022.

The dates are Friday 22nd to Sunday 24 April.

As yet there are no further details available (the lecture programme on the website relates to 2020's virtual BTOP) and I suspect the schedule of talks won't be confirmed for some months yet.

Even so, it's good to see Ireland's very own family history show back in the diary.

Irish genealogy, history and heritage events, 11 - 31 October 2021

While online talks continue to be offered by most organisations and event hosts, a few in-person events are beginning to re-appear in my listings. In the list below, you'll find all in-person events clearly indicated and the location highlighted in bold.

Until 6 November: The Art Of Negotiation: John Lavery's Anglo Irish Treaty Portraits, an exhibition, with talks and tours (all in-person) throughout the month. Embassy of Ireland, 17 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HR. Free tickets.

Tuesday 12 October: The Significance of the Irish Townland as an Analytical Tool for the genealogist and local historian, with the founder of CavanTownlands.com, Michael McShane. Host: The Genealogical Society of Ireland. 8pm, on zoom. All welcome. For details, email Membership@familyhistory.ie

Tuesday 12 to Saturday 23 October: The Treaty, 1921: Records from the Archives, an in-person exhibition. Hosts: Irish Embassy in London, National Archives of Ireland, British Academy and Royal Irish Academy. Venue: British Academy, Carlton House Terrace, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH. Free but booking essential. Timed admission slots available throughout the day.

Tuesday 12 October: More than two sides to every border story, with Dr Darach MacDonald. Host: Heritage from Home Series / LibrariesNI. A free online lecture starting at 12:30pm. Booking essential.

Tuesday 12 October: A fight to the finish: The 1920 Hunger Strike of Michael Fitzgerald, an online lecture with Gerard Shannon. Host: Áras Uí Chonghaile / James Connolly Visitor Centre. Zoom. 8pm. YouTube or Facebook. No need to book.

Wednesday 13 October: The Boer War and its Legacy, with Dr Spencer Jones. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Free. Online. 8pm to 9pm. Need to book.

Thursday 14 October: The 1798 rebellion in Offaly, with Dr Ciaran Reilly. Host: Offaly Libraries History Lecture Series 2021. Online via Offaly Libraries’ Facebook and YOUTUBE channels. Free to view. 7:30pm.

Monday 18 October: In the shadow of Glenarm Castle, an online talk with Jacky Wilson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Free. 7:30pm to 9pm. All welcome. Send email to Larne@nifhs.org for zoom link.

Tuesday 19 October From Dungannon to Dungannon : A Scots/Irish Journey, a talk by John Palmer. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, South Tyrone branch. 8pm to 9:30pm. Free. All welcome. Email southtyrone@nifhs.org for zoom link.

Tuesday 19 October: Northern Protestants On Shifting Ground, with Susan McKay. Host: Heritage from Home Series / LibrariesNI. A free online lecture starting at 12:30pm. Booking essential.

Wednesday 20 October: Getting Started Workshop - Using Online Resources, an online workshop from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Free. 12:30-1:30pm. Need to book.

Wednesday 20 October: A Peaceable and Orderly County? – Police-Public Relations in Carlow during the War of Independence, with Adam Kane. An in-person event. Host: Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Rd, Carlow Town. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 20 October: Goldenbridge Cemetery Tour, an in-person event with limited numbers. Host and meeting place: Richmond Barracks, off Bulfin Rd, Inchicore Dublin 8 at 10:30am. Must be booked in advance. €8 adults / €6 concessions.

Wednesday 20 October: The Great Northern Railway, Louth and the Revolution, with Dr Peter Rigney. Host: Louth Library Service. An online lecture starting at 7:30pm. Free. All welcome. Register here.

Thursday 21 October: Curses, Witches, and Fairies: The Uses and Abuses of Magic in Modern British and Irish History, with Dr Thomas Waters. Host: The Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 7pm to 8om. Free. Online. Need to book. Details

Thursday 21 October Famine Emigration, with Dr Ciaran Reilly. Host: Clare Roots Society. An online lecture. 8pm. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 21 October: From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence, an online tour of the National Library of Ireland's exhibition. Free. 11am. Need to register.

Saturday 23 October: A Changing Ireland 1918 - 1923, with Dr Myrtle Hill, Gabriel Doherty and Padraig Yeates. An online lecture and discussion via zoom from 11am to 1:30pm. Hosts: Federation for Ulster Local Studies and Federation of Local History Societies. Register by email to padraiglaffan@gmail.com.

Saturday 23 October: Scotland Road, the former heartland of Liverpool’s Irish community, a two-hour walk with historian Greg Quiery. Host: Liverpool Irish Festival. From the city's Central Library on William Brown Street, Liverpool, to St Andrew's church. 10am to Noon. £10/£7 conc (+ Eventbrite fees), Need to book. Numbers of participants will be limited.

Sunday 24 October: A live recording of the Irish History Podcast, with Fin Dwyer talking locals about their Irish family history and the long history of links between Merseyside and Ireland. Host: Liverpool Irish Festival. In-person event at Grand Central Hall, 35 Renshaw Street, Liverpool, L1 2SF, 2pm to 4pm. Booking essential. Fee: £7/£5conc + booking fees. All welcome. Details.

Monday 25 October: Bank holiday in the Republic of Ireland. All libraries, archives and similar repositories will be closed, returning to normal opening hours on Tuesday 26th.

Tuesday 26 October: Raising revenue for the Holy Land: The Knights Templar and Agriculture in Medieval Tipperary, with Dr Margaret Murphy. Host: Tipperary Library Services 'Tipperary People and Places Lecture Series XV'. Free. In-person at Tipperary Studies, The Source, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7pm. No need to book. Details.

Tuesday 26 October: Tracing Relatives from the Belfast Shipyards, an online lecture with Maureen McKinney. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Causeway C&G Branch Branch. 7:30pm to 9pm. All welcome. Free. email Causeway@nifhs.org for zoom link.

Tuesday 26 October: Shadows from the Trenches – Veterans of the Great War and the Irish Revolution, 1918-1923, an online lecture with Dr Emmanuel Destenay. Host: National Library of Ireland. 6pm. Free. Need to register.

Tuesday 26 October: Northern Irish Land Registry, an online lecture with Des McCabe. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. 7:30pm to 9pm. All welcome. Free. email Belfast@nifhs.org for zoom link.

Thursday 28 October: A History of Fraternities in Ulster – Orange Order, Freemasons, Hibernians, etc, with David Hume. A free online talk hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena Branch. 7pm-9pm. Email to request link: Ballymena@nifhs.org. Details.

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

AncestryDNA test kits: 25% discount for Irish and UK researchers

The offer below has now expired.

AncestryDNA test kits are on offer for the next week for Irish and UK researchers.

With a 25% discount available, Ancestry is calling it an Early Gifting Holiday Sale, but don't worry, you don't have to give the kit as a gift; you can buy it for yourself.

Nor do you need to be focussing on that major winter festival when reindeers with red noses fly about in the dark sky at the tail end of the year. You can make a choice between your DNA test kit arriving dressed in its regular branding or a more busy and colourful 'festive' theme if you want to hang on to it until you-know-when.

The sale is now live and it will run until 11:59pm on Tuesday 12 October.

Choice your flag below. You'll then be able to select your preferred packaging and place your order.



Ireland: AncestryDNA test kit €69 + shipping, reduced from €95+
UK: AncestryDNA test kit £59 + shipping, reduced from £79+

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Tipperary Studies releases 1930s Munster Glass Plate Images

Tipperary Libraries' Local Studies department has released online a wonderful collection of photographs from a recently-acquired set of 399 glass plate negatives.

   Click to find out more about this new
collection at TipperaryStudies.ie

The images have been dated to the 1930s by window advertising posters and newspaper headline boards that appear in many of the photos, which are mainly of shops, houses and workplaces. One or more people poses outside each location, presumably the residents, shopkeepers and staff, but no index or guide to the images or details of where they were taken is available.

Staff knowledge and research into contemporary trade directories and other guides have enabled the Library team to identify 83 of the shops and businesses, and help is now sought from family and local historians to pin down the remaining 316!

Among the towns and villages recognised so far are Cashel, Thurles and Tipperary in County Tipperary; Cork City and Charleville from County Cork, Listowel from County Kerry, and Limerick City and Killmallock in County Limerick, so if you have connections to these counties, why not set aside some time to go through the Munster Glass Plate Images collection and see if you can assist with the Library's project. Even if you can't, you'll enjoy the time; the images are large and you can zoom in to view details.

You can find out more by clicking the image above, and start browsing the images here (click on each photo for enlarged view.

There's also an interesting 'Then and Now' feature here, showing some of the 1930s images from Thurles next to a photograph of the building as it is in 2021.

 

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: six-county haul in last update

September brought a good mix of files with goodies from three of the island's four provinces. Only Munster failed to feature.

Among the volunteer-donated haul were Presbyterian, Methodist and Church of Ireland records, and headstone photos with transcribed inscriptions from four burial grounds. Details below:

The remains of an old cross at Old Galloon
Graveyard, Upper Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh.
Photo courtesy of the photographer and IGPArchives.
Click for larger image
.

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Pettigo Town Methodist Marriages 1872-1921

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange, St. Kevin's Section, Part 1

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives – Headstones
Old Galloon Graveyard

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives – Church Records, A-H
Castle Archdale (CoI) Marriages, 1845-1921
Derrybrusk (CoI) Marriages 1870-1921
Enniskillen Town Methodist Marriages 1872- 1932

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records, I-U
Irvinestown Methodist Marriages, 1847-1920
Maguiresbridge (CoI) Marriages, 1872-1921
Pettigo Town Methodist Marriages 1872-1921

MONAGHAN Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Presbyterian Marriages 1859-1943
Clones Town Methodist Marriages 1872-1932
Newbliss (CoI) Marriages, 1880-1938

ROSCOMMON Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilbarry Graveyard, Tarmonbarry

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St Brigid's RC Graveyard, Annacurra, West Section, Part 1

Monday, 4 October 2021

New and updated USA genealogy collections: two-week summary

Below is a summary of US family history collections that have been released or updated by the major genealogy databases in the last fortnight. (The previous summary list was published on 17 September, 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, if provided by the database.

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. I do not include updates of fewer than 1,000 records.

NEW COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

UPDATED COLLECTIONS


AmericanAncestors
  • Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920
    66 register volumes/12,400 pages added to browse collection. Parishes:
    St George, Norwood   |   Immaculate Conception, Revere   |   St Joachim, Rockport   |   Immaculate Conception, Salem   |   St Anne, Salem   |   St Mary, Salem   |   Our Lady of Sorrows, Sharon   |   St Anthony of Padua, Shirley   |   St Ann, Somerville   |   St Benedict, Somerville   |   St Catherine of Genoa, Somerville   |   St Lawrence, Brookline   |   St John the Evangelist, Cambridge   |   St Mary of the Annunciation, Cambridge   |   St Patrick, Cambridge   |   St Clement, Somerville   |   Patronage of St Joseph, Somerville   |   St John the Evangelist, Swampscott   |   St Charles Borromeo, Waltham
  • Massachusetts: Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920
    22 register volumes/24,200 records and over 94,000 searchable names. Parishes:
    Immaculate Conception, Weymouth   |   Our Lady of Lourdes, Jamaica Plain   |   St Charles Borromeo, Waltham   |   St Charles Borromeo, Woburn   |   St Francis Xavier, Weymouth   |   St John the Evangelist, Swampscott.

Ancestry

FamilySearch

FindMyPast
  • United States Marriages
    5.7million records added from 4 states: California 1850-1945  |  Indiana 1811-2007  |  Iowa 1809-1992  |  Massachusetts 1841-1915.

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Saturday, 2 October 2021

National Archives of Ireland's websites have technical problems

Both the National Archives of Ireland's main website and its Genealogy platform are experiencing technical problems. The snags are resulting in access refusal to the Front door/Home pages, which can't currently be reached.

This has happened at least a couple of times before and the techies have been pretty quick at sorting it out, but as this is a Saturday, the problems may remain until Monday.

While I can't do anything that will help you explore the main site, I can offer some access to the Genealogy site.

Below are the direct links to the most essential databases.

Click on them and you'll find yourself on the 'home' page of the database and can then freely search for records:

There may be a couple of other databases on the site; as I can't remember what they are, I'm fairly confident they aren't of major importance. I think most Irish family historians will be happy enough with the collections listed above for a couple of days.

I can't guarantee that access to the databases will hold up until the maintenance crew sort out the site's problems. But they are working at 5:30pm on Saturday 2 October.

Monday 4 October, 10am. From the NAI on Twitter:


Tuesday 5 October, 8:30am. Both sites appear to be functioning well this morning, although I will check again in a few hours.

Tuesday 5 October, 13:30am. All seems well with the two sites. I hereby declare the crisis over.

English, Scottish and Welsh genealogy updates: 1-week summary

Below is a summary of new and updated family history record collections for England, Scotland and Wales released by the major genealogy databases over the last week (see previous summary, 24 September).

My regular summary of releases and updates 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 thihttps://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/titles/croydon-timess figure available. Where two figures are given, the first is the number of additions, the second is the new total.

Please note that I don't usually include updates of fewer than 1,000 records.


NEW COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

BritishNewspaperArchive €$£ collections, shared with FindMyPast (total 45,184,062 pages)

FamilySearch

National Library of Scotland


UPDATED COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

DeceasedOnline

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

The Genealogist


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Thursday, 30 September 2021

And another upload for RootsIreland's County Kerry collection

Here we go for another upload - the fifth since May – to RootsIreland.ie's County Kerry database.

This time, it's a batch of nearly 3,000 Roman Catholic marriage records from two parishes, as follows:

  • Allihies* Parish, 1823-1872 (1594 records)
  • Kilgarvan Parish, 1818-1895 (1304 records)

* Please note that Allihies Parish is located on the Atlantic tip of the Beara Peninsula and is in County Cork. However, like all RC parishes on the Peninsula, it is within the boundaries of the Diocese of Kerry, so these records are correctly, if confusingly, held in the County Kerry database.

With this upload, there are now 346,000 records in the Kerry database.

To view an up-to-date list of Kerry sources, click the logo above right. Or to search the records go to kerry.rootsireland.ie and login or subscribe as required.


Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Irish History from Plantation to Partition: Free online lecture series

    Petty's map of Ireland, 1695

Armagh Robinson Library, in collaboration with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, has organised a six-week lecture series that will explore Irish history from the Plantation of Ulster to Partition.

The free lectures will be delivered by Zoom on Wednesday evenings (7.30pm-8.30pm) from 13 October to 17 November.

Here's the programme:

  • Wednesday 13 October: The establishment of Ulster's Plantation Towns, with Dr Brendan Scott (Historian-in-Residence, Cavan CoCo)
  • Wednesday 20 October: From the 1641 Rising to the Restoration, with Dr Robert Armstrong (TCD)
  • Wednesday 27 October: The Williamite-Jacobite War, with Professor David Hayton (QUB)
  • Wednesday 3 November: Revolutionary Ulster, 1776-1801, with Dr Andrew Holmes (QUB)
  • Wednesday 10 November: The Great Famine and 19th-century politics pre-1870, with Professor Peter Gray (QUB)
  • Wednesday 17 November: Home Rule and the Road to Partition, with Dr Eamon Phoenix

You can book online here for the full series or for individual lectures. If you prefer, you can reserve your place by email to admin@armgahrobinsonlibrary.co.uk or call 028 3752 3142.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Irish genealogy and history events, 28 September to 16 October

Continuing to 10 October: Dublin Festival of History 2021 presents some 100 free events, both online and in-person. Host: Dublin City Council. More tickets have already had to be made available, such was the response to some events, so don't delay in booking your tickets. See http://dublinfestivalofhistory.ie

Tuesday 28 September: Tracing your Irish Family online, with Chris Paton. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. An online lecture. All welcome to join the zoom meeting. 7:30pm. Email belfast@nifhs.org by 6pm for details and links.

Wednesday 29 September: From Townhouse to Tenement, with Dr Tim Murtagh and Ciarán Wallace. Part of the 14 Henrietta Street Teatime Talks series. Zoom. Free. Need to register.

Friday 1 October: Aspects of life and death in the Workhouse, with Clare Doyle MAGI. A First Friday Talk from the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna. Online at 8pm. Fee €5 via paypal. To book.

Wednesday 6 October: The Path to Partition, 1900–1922, with Dr Eamon Phoenix. Host: Heritage from Home Series / LibrariesNI. A free online lecture starting at 12:30pm. Booking essential.

Thursday 7 October: Rathmines Through Time and Space: From Medieval Rath to Flatland, with Seamas O Maitiu. Hosted by the Irish Historic Towns Atlas/Royal Irish Academy as part of Dublin Festival of History. Zoom lecture. Free. 7pm to 8:30pm. Need to book.

Thursday 7 October to 6 November: The Art Of Negotiation: John Lavery's Anglo Irish Treaty Portraits, an exhibition, with talks and tours throughout the month. Embassy of Ireland, 17 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HR. Free tickets.

Tuesday 12 October: The Significance of the Irish Townland as an Analytical Tool for the genealogist and local historian, with the founder of CavanTownlands.com, Michael McShane. Host: The Genealogical Society of Ireland. 8pm, on zoom. All welcome. For details, email Membership@familyhistory.ie

Tuesday 12 to Saturday 23 October: The Treaty, 1921: Records from the Archives, an in-person exhibition. Hosts: Irish Embassy in London, National Archives of Ireland, British Academy and Royal Irish Academy. Venue: British Academy, Carlton House Terrace, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH. Free but booking essential. Timed admission slots available throughout the day.

Tuesday 12 October: More than two sides to every border story, with Dr Darach MacDonald. Host: Heritage from Home Series / LibrariesNI. A free online lecture starting at 12:30pm. Booking essential.

Tuesday 12 October: A fight to the finish: The 1920 Hunger Strike of Michael Fitzgerald, an online lecture with Gerard Shannon. Host: Áras Uí Chonghaile | James Connolly Visitor Centre. Zoom. 8pm. YouTube or Facebook. No need to book.

Wednesday 13 October: The Boer War and its Legacy, with Dr Spencer Jones. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Free. Online. 8pm to 9pm. Need to book.

Thursday 14 October: The 1798 rebellion in Offaly, with Dr Ciaran Reilly. Host: Offaly Libraries History Lecture Series 2021. Online via Offaly Libraries’ Facebook and YOUTUBE channels. Free to view. 7:30pm.

 

Monday, 27 September 2021

A small addition to RootsIreland.ie's Kerry database of RC records

RootsIreland.ie, the database created by the Irish Family History Foundation's island-wide network of genealogy centres, has received another update, this time with more records from County Kerry.

This update is small – just 2,300 baptism records for the parish of Knocknagoshel dating from 1867–1907 – but as welcome as any others. It also pushes the number of Kerry records added to the database in the last four months to an impressive 340,300. All have been Catholic records.

To view an up-to-date list of Kerry sources, click the logo right. Or to search the records go to kerry.rootsireland.ie and login or subscribe as required.


Friday, 24 September 2021

New and updated British genealogy collections: 10-day summary

Below is a summary of new and updated family history record collections for England, Scotland and Wales released by the major genealogy databases over the last 10 days (see previous summary, 13 September).

My regular summary of releases and updates 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 thihttps://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/titles/croydon-timess figure available. Where two figures are given, the first is the number of additions, the second is the new total.

Please note that I don't usually include updates of fewer than 1,000 records.


NEW COLLECTIONS


BritishNewspaperArchive (and shared with sister company FindMyPast)
  • New titles in main collection ($£€) – (now more than 45m pages in holding)

FamilySearch

ScottishIndexes

UPDATED COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

FreeBMD

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Thursday, 23 September 2021

Next in the Irish Historic Towns Atlas's Suburb Series is Rathmines

The next publication from the Royal Irish Academy's Irish Historic Towns Atlas desk will be the second in the Dublin Suburb Series and will explore the vibrant neighbourhood of Rathmines.

Click cover image to order your copy

Written by lecturer, writer and editor Séamas Ó Máitiú, the 152-page paperback will be officially published next month. It presents a number of historic maps showing how the topography changed from medieval ráth to early modern castle, and from 19th-century village to wealthy residential suburb, local government administrative centre and 20th-century flatland. A gazetteer of over 1,000 sites and accompanying essay provides the detailed topographical history of Rathmines from earliest times up to c1970.

The Dublin Suburb Series was launched in 2017 with the arrival of Clontarf by Colm Lennon. The series is published by the RIA in association with Dublin City Council, and three more studies of the capital's suburbs are already planned. They will give the in-depth 'historical atlas' treatment to Drumcondra, Kilmainham/Inchicore and Ringsend/Irishtown.

To coincide with the launch of the paperback, Dr Séamas Ó Máitiú will be presenting a free online lecture – Rathmines Through Time and Space: From Medieval Rath to Flatland – on Thursday 7 October as part of the Dublin Festival of History. Find out more and book your ticket here.


Wednesday, 22 September 2021

BritishNewspaperArchive races past the 45-million-pages marker

The online BritishNewspaperArchive (BNA), a partnership between the British Library and BrightSolid (the owner of FindMyPast), has been adding historical newspaper titles to its database at an ferocious rate recently.

The online BritishNewspaperArchive, a partnership between the British Library and Brightsolid (the owner of FindMypast), has been adding historical newspaper titles to its database at an ferocious rate recently. To be precise, its total page count as of this morning (45,063,642) has increased by more than a million in seven weeks and, while still uploading additions to its existing titles, has seen 76 titles make their debut in the last 30 days alone.

Sadly, none of the new titles is an Irish paper, but some of the recently updated page count does include additions to the existing holding of 213 newspapers published in Ireland, so it's not as if we've been completely overlooked!

The full collection (British, Irish and colonial), is available to search on both the BNA site and, depending on subscription package, at FindMyPast's.


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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

FamilySearch's digitisation project completes nearly 30 years early!

FamilySearch has announced the completion of its ambitious project to digitise its entire microfilm library.

The work of digitising the organisation's 2.4million rolls of microfilm – a collection that started to grow some 83 years ago – began in 1998. It was expected to take up to 50 years to complete. To the great benefit of people all over the world, it has taken 'just' 23 years.

The Utah-based organisation has issued a statement today about this impressive achievement, and provides some interesting history and facts and figures about the project. You can read it here.

Monday, 20 September 2021

RootsIreland.ie adds 20,000 more records for County Armagh

Armagh Ancestry, the Irish Family History Foundation's Genealogy Centre for County Armagh, has announced the addition of more than 20,000 records to its database on RootsIreland.ie.

The new records include:
  • Kilmore Church of Ireland – additional baptisms
  • Portadown – Church of Ireland baptisms
  • Kilmore – Church of Ireland deaths
  • Gravestone inscriptions
  • Various corrections and additions made to existing Armagh record sets

For a list of collections held by Armagh Ancestry, go to the RootsIreland's Online Sources for Armagh.

To search the records, click the logo above and login or subscribe as necessary.

PRONI reinstates on-demand document ordering for visiting researchers

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has relaxed some of its strictest covid-related regulations for researchers. This move will see the building open to the public between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday, and appointment-only access to the Research and Search Rooms operating between these hours.

Appointments are allocated with a staggered arrival time between 10am and 11;20am on the day of the visit, and the appointment lasts all day.

One research appointment per week is the maximum any individual researchers can request, and appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bookings open every Monday at 1pm, and appointment slots are made available three weeks in advance.

From today, PRONI is returning to its on-demand (onsite) document ordering service. Researchers booking an appointment are no longer required to submit references for the material they want to consult;; they will be able to order an unlimited number of records onsite during their visit (up to five items at a time).

PRONI's website has been updated this morning with all the necessary information for visitors, along with a link to the booking system. You can read it here.

National Library of Ireland extends Reading Rooms' opening hours

The National Library of Ireland has extended the regular opening hours of its Reading Rooms.

While this will undoubtedly be good news for those family historians, and others, with a backlog of research, it doesn't see a full return to 'pre-Covid normal'. Most particularly, there is no late-night opening on Thursdays, and, in line with government advice, the maximum number of visitors allowed into the Reading Rooms at any one time will increase, but remain somewhat reduced. Spaces, as always, will be subject to availability.

From today, the new Reading Room hours will be 9:30 to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Researchers will still need to book their place at least one day in advance via the online ordering system. Appointment slots are offered with four weeks's availability on a rolling basis, and new dates are added every day.

The availability of some offsite material from the Published Collections is also being restored from today; these items are clearly indicated in the catalogue and items must be ordered five working days in advance.

Notwithstanding the above, please note that the Main Reading Room will close early (at 4pm) this Thursday, 23 September.

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 16 September - 3 October

There are some big event programmes starting over the next few days, so it seemed like a good time to get back into the habit of posting events listings. Trouble is, there are so many at this time of year. As a compromise, I'm going to stick with online events that Irish family and local historians can enjoy no matter where they live, even if they might have to tune in an unholy time of morning or night in some cases. Most of the events below are free.

Thursday 16 September: Ireland Genealogy Projects (IGP): a free and underused online resource, with Aileen Wynne. Host Clare Roots Society. 8pm on zoom. Details.

Friday 17 September: Culture Night: The island's annual culture extravaganza sees hundreds of free events, tours and behind-the-scenes screenings across all 32 counties. These are spread across more than 40 categories of Irish culture. The Culture Night website is easy to search, by location and category and whether on- or off-line. I've listed below a few that caught my eye, but be sure to check out the site itself. You're bound to find something of interest.

Friday 17 September: Registry of Deeds Event: Lending & Borrowing in a World without Banks, with Dr Brendan Twomey. A Culture Night event from the Registry of Deeds Archive Services/Property Registration Authority of Ireland. 6pm to 7pm, IST. Free. Online. Need to book.

Friday 17 September: Dublin in the Archives: Digital Collections Exploring the City and County. This event will show how Dublin's digital collections can be used together to give us a multi-dimensional view of Dublin’s past and present. It will be chaired by Deputy City Librarian at Dublin City Libraries and Archives, Brendan Teeling. Speakers include Emma Clarke, Karen De Lacey, Joe Lee and Dr James Louis Smith. 4pm - 6pm. free. Need to register.

Friday 17 September: Leitrim Local Studies, an online session demonstrating the breadth of material available to those wanting to learn more about the history, archaeology, genealogy, literature, culture and heritage of the county. Host: Leitrim Library Service. 7:30pm to 9pm. Free. Need to book by email or phone 071 964 5582.

Friday 17 September: In Other News: Behind The Newspaper Headlines 1916-1923, an illustrated talk with Pat Lonergan. Host: Kildare County Council Decade of Commemorations programme. Online. No booking required. Details. Go to YouTube at 7:30pm.

Friday 17 September: How to create your family tree, with Tony Hennessy MAGI. Host: National Archives of Ireland. On Zoom, 6pm to 7:30pm. Free, but need to book.

Sunday 19 to Sunday 26 September: BIFHSGO Conference – Irish Lines and Female Finds: Exploring Irish records, female ancestors and genetic genealogy. Host: The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa. Daily events over eight days. Check out the full programme and register https://bifhsgo2021.ca/.

Monday 20 September to 10 October: Dublin Festival of History 2021 presents a programme of 100+ free events, both online and in-person. Host: Dublin City Council. More tickets have already had to be made available, such was the response to some events, so don't delay in booking your tickets. See http://dublinfestivalofhistory.ie

Tuesday 21 September: The Down Survey of the 1650s and the transformation of Ireland, with Micheál Ó Siochrú. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Live on Zoom at 7pm – 8:15pm. Free. Details and registration.

Wednesday 22 September:Getting Started Workshop - Using Online Resources, an online workshop. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Free. 12:30 - 13:30 BST. Need to book.

Wednesday 22 September:Teaching the Nation’s Past: Irish history in Secondary Schools, 1922-69, with Dr. Colm MacGearailt. A Louth County Council Decade of Centenaries lecture, moderated by Historian in Residence, Dr. Thomas Tormey. 8pm on Facebook. Free. Aimed at teachers and students. Need to register.

Thursday 23 September: Bring me into the spotlight of a London conference: Michael Collins from Truce to Treaty, an online lecture with Dr Anne Dolan and Dr William Murphy, moderated by David McCullagh. Joint hosts: National Archives of Ireland and National Library of Ireland. Part of the Dublin History Festival. 8pm. Book your free ticket.

Saturday 25 September: Finding "The Hollow" - The McDonalds and Doyles in St. Marys, Ontario, a webinar with David Trudeau. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. 10:30am to Noon (CDT). Free. All welcome. Details and link. No need to register.

Saturday 25 September: The Connaught Rangers, Through Time and History, an afternoon conference. 1pm to 5pm. See Galway Bea facebook page.

Wednesday 29 September: From Townhouse to Tenement, with Dr Tim Murtagh and Ciarán Wallace. Part of the 14 Henrietta Street Teatime Talks series. Zoom. Free. Need to register.

Friday 1 October: Aspects of life and death in the Workhouse, with Clare Doyle MAGI. A First Friday Talk from the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna. Online at 8pm. Fee €5 via paypal. Need to book.

RCB Library to re-open on appointment-only basis from next week

The RCB Library, which holds the Church of Ireland archive, is to re-open to the public with a new online booking system from next Tuesday, 21 September. Initially, the Library will be open only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but it is expected that additional days and appointment slots will be made available in October.

Click to view short video
Unscheduled or drop-in visitors will not be able to view archives and manuscripts, nor to spend time reading from the printed collections. However, there is no need to make an appointment just to borrow or return books.

Booking for a given week will open at 9am on the Friday of the previous week. So the first appointments, for next Tuesday and Wednesday, will be available to book from tomorrow, Friday 17 September.

Researchers will be a able to reserve either a morning slot (10am to 12:30pm) or an afternoon slot (2pm to 4:30pm). Up to five items may be ordered in advance and will be ready for viewing on arrival.

You can find out more about the re-opening and the new desk reservation system here, or click the image to view a short explanatory video.

Four-week summary of new and updated USA genealogy collections

Below is a summary of US family history collections that have been released or updated by the major genealogy databases in the last four weeks. (The previous summary list was published on 18 August, 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, if provided by the database.

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. I do not include updates of fewer than 1,000 records.


NEW COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

FamilySearch

Fold3

MyHeritage


UPDATED COLLECTIONS


AmericanAncestors
  • Massachusetts: (Image-Only) RC Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920
    39 parishes: St Ann, Gloucester | Sacred Hearth, Groton | Sacred Hearts, Haverhill | St James, Haverhill | St Joseph, Haverhill | St Michael the Archangel, Haverhill | St Rita, Haverhill | St John the Evangelist, Hopkinton | Sacred Heart, Ipswich | St Andrew, Billerica | Our Lady of Grace, Chelsea | Immaculate Conception, Newburyport | St Louis de Gonzague, Newburyport | St Michael, North Andover | St Catherine of Siena, Norwood | Our Lady of Lourdes, Revere | St. John the Evangelist, Canton | Our Lady of the Assumption, Chelsea | St Rose of Lima, Chelsea | St Stanislaus, Chelsea | St Stephen, Framingham | St John the Evangelist, Winthrop | Immaculate Conception, Everett | St Mary of the Assumption, Dracut | Sacred Hearts, Malden | Our Lady Star of the Sea, Marblehead | St Ann, Marlborough | St Joseph, Medford | St Mary of the Annunciation, Melrose | Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Methuen | St Monica, Methuen | St Louis de France, Lowell | St Margaret of Scotland, Lowell | St Michael, Lowell | St Patrick, Lowell | St Peter, Lowell | St Michael, Lynn | Sacred Heart, Natick | St Patrick, Natick | and St Joseph, Everett.
  • Massachusetts: RC Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 (219,900 names)
    Our Lady of Ostrobrama, Brockton | St Michael the Archangel, Haverhill | St Ann. Gloucester | St Joseph, Haverhill | Immaculate Conception, Salem | Our Lady of Sorrows, Sharon | St. Michael, Lowell | St Michael, North Andover | St Clement, Somerville | and St Joachim, Rockport.

Ancestry

FamilySearch
  • The database has updated 19 collections in the course of the last month, adding around a million records in the process. You can find out more at the Historical Record Collections page here, and then clicking on the blue 'last updated' column header.

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