Monday, 12 April 2021

Four-week summary of new/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 8 March, 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


AmericanAncestors

Ancestry

FamilySearch

UPDATED COLLECTIONS


AmericanAncestors
  • Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920
    More than 400,00 names added for these parishes:
  • St. John the Evangelist of Newton
    Our Lady of Victories/Notre Dame des Victoires
    St. Angela’s Mattapan
    Blessed Sacrament, St. Thomas Aquinas and All Saints, all in Roxbury
    St. Adalbert Hyde Park
    Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and St. Vincent de Paul, both in South Boston
    St. Lazarus, East Boston
    Sacred Heart and St Joseph, both in Amesbury
    St. Agnes, and St James, both in Arlington
    St. Mary, Ayer
    Blessed Sacrament, and St. Thomas Aquinas, both in Jamaica Plain.

Ancestry
FamilySearch
    Some 67 US collections have been updated in the last month. Rather than create an excrutiatingly long blogpost, I'll simply direct you to the FamilySearch.org update page. On the right hand side of the landing page, beneath 'Historical Record Collections', click the blue 'Last Updated' column title twice. You'll now see the most recently updated collection at the top of the list. (You need to be signed in to reach this page.)

FindMyPast



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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Latest update from Irish Registry of Deeds Project Index

The volunteer-led Irish Registry of Deeds Index Project has received another update and now holds 411,670 entries transribed from 43,634 memorials.

In addition, both the Grantors and the Townlands Indexes have been updated.

The Indexes are all free to search and view. The site has become much easier to explore in recent years, and with images of microfilmed copies of the manuscript archive now also available to view via FamilySearch.org, this vast collection is starting to reveal many family history secrets and discoveries. If you haven't checked the site for a while, I think you'd find it worth making time to do so.

A new virtual Irish genealogy, history & DNA conference

A new Irish genealogy, DNA and history conference, featuring many well-known experts, will be held online on the weekend of 30 April to 2 May.  It's called Sleuthability.

It will be hosted by BBNY Group, who many will remember as the founder and organiser of The Genealogy Event, an annual learning experience presented in Limerick from 2014 to 2018. 

Sleuthability will present talks on a variety of Irish family history research topics, including some aimed at Irish-American researchers. You can find the programme and details of the speakers on the conference website - click the logo, right.

The three-day conference provides a number of ticket options, so that attendees can view the talks on schedule and/or on demand. Tickets prices range from US$5 for one talk to US$3 for a weekend pass. Each talk is pre-recorded and up to 30 minutes in length, with Q&A sessions that follow the scheduled broadcast through live chat and video connections. 

For more details, click the logo, above right.

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

England, Wales & Scotland: 2-week summary of genealogy updates

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 two weeks (for the previous summary, see 22 March blogpost).

This 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 this 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 some FindMyPast subscriptions)

FindMyPast
TheGenealogist

UPDATED COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

TheGenealogist



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Friday, 2 April 2021

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: March additions

Headstone to James McColough, who died in 1793,
buried in Christ the Redeemer graveyard in Dromore,
Co Down. Photo courtesy of Graham McColough and
IGPArchives. Click for enlarged view.

Below, please find a summary of the new files donated, transcribed and uploaded by volunteers to the free Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives during March.

CLARE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Inagh Old Graveyard Pt 1 (B-H)

DOWN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Cathedral Church of Christ the Redeemer graveyard, Dromore

GALWAY Genealogy Archives - Land
Encumbered Estates: Carrowmanagh, Carrownrooaun, Cartron, Derreen, Finish Island, Garra, Kilgill, Moyne Demesne Lands 1855

SLIGO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Easkey Abbey Graveyard (T)
St. Anne's (CoI) graveyard, Easkey (T)
St. Paul's (CoI) graveyard, Coolooney (T)

Free access to Ancestry database this Easter weekend

Ancestry UK has opened up its database of 27 billion Irish, British and international records for the Easter weekend. Access is FREE.

If you don't already have a registered account with Ancestry UK, you'll need to create one. This requires you to provide your name and an email address; you don't need to submit financial details.

Once done, you can dive in, check out the various collections and start searching for your ancestors.

The free access will end at 11:59pm on Monday 5 April.

Start your search here.

To view the entire collection catalogue, click the image, right. 

To view only the Irish and British collection catalogue, click here.



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FindMyPast updates recent Northern Ireland deaths collection

FindMyPast has created a distinct record-set – Northern Ireland Deaths 1998-2020 – for its collection of recent Northern Ireland deaths, and uploaded an additional 5,000 records to it. The additions bring to 92,600 the total of records in the collection.

FindMyPast Fridays deliver new records each week
They have been sourced from Wilmington Millennium, a Yorkshire-based company that gathers names and other personal data of deceased individuals and uses it to help insurance, security and other businesses to prevent identity fraud and similar scams. The collected data comes from a variety of non-GRONI sources so the information in each record varies, but it will usually provide full name, birth and death dates, death location and a postcode of residence for each deceased person.

A similar collection of non-GRO records covering England and Wales Deaths, 2007-2020 has also been created in FindMyPast's database. Some 353,000 recent death records have been added to it, bringing the collection total to 3,274,094 records.


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Thursday, 1 April 2021

PRONI adds more genealogy/history talks to YouTube

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has uploaded to its YouTube channel a selection of video recordings of talks, workshops and demonstrations that were presented online since Autumn 2020. Brief details and a link to each recording are below.

Getting Started Workshop — Using Online Resources. These workshops were always over-subscribed when they were held in-person before the pandemic closed PRONI's doors to the public. 48 mins.

British army recruitment in Ulster,1903 1918, with Dr Timothy Bowman. Hosts: PRONI and the Antrim & Down branch of the Western Front Association. 55 mins.

Sexuality & Social Control in the Presbyterian Archive circa 1717-1830, with Dr Leanne Calvert. Who wouldn't want to know about misbehaving ministers and promiscuous Presbyterians. 62 mins.

The Chairman & The Commander: J. Bruce Ismay and Captain ‘E. J.’ Smith, with Mark Chirnside. A talk focusing on two of the key personalities in the Titanic story.

Key Sources for Genealogy - Street Directories, a demonstration of this database in PRONI's ecatalogue. 8 mins

Key Sources for Genealogy - Title Deeds and the PRONI Land Registry Archive, a practical demonstration of searching for land registry records at PRONI. 18 mins.

Conservation Studio - Behind the Scenes, with Sarah Graham, PRONI's Head of Conservation. An overview of the work of the conservators. 9 mins. 

Exploring Victorian Belfast: People, Place & History, an afternoon conference exploring how and why Belfast developed into an industrial city of exceptional and unique importance during the 19th century. 100 mins. Four talks: 

  • Seeing Belfast as a Victorian City, with Sean Connolly
  • Surviving the industrial city: women, welfare and the workhouse in Victorian Belfast, with Olwen Purdue
  • Civic Investment in the Victorian Past, with Robert Heslip
  • Middle-class life in Ireland’s bourgeois capital, with Alice Johnson.


30% savings on 6-month subscriptions to Ancestry.ca

It's become relatively rare for Ancestry to offer discounts on its subscriptions, so look sharp and take advantage of this offer if a half-year subscription to Ancestry.ca is likely to prove useful to your family history research.

The 30% saving is available only on 6-month subscriptions to the Canadian and International packages, as follows:

Canada Discovery Plus
Package includes all Canadian records plus worldwide census and BMD records.
The discount reduces the cost from $84.99 to just $59.50 (Canadian dollars).

World Deluxe
Package includes access to 'everything on Ancestry' ie 20 billion records from more than 80 countries.
The discount reduces the cost from $129.99 to just $90.99 (Canadian dollars).

The discount will expire on Wednesday 7 April.


 

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Irish genealogy, history and heritage events in April

Thursday 1 April: WWI: Exploring the Irish Experience, a virtual exhibition tour. Host: National Library of Ireland. Free, but need to register. 11am.

Saturday 3 April: Centenary of the Burning of the Custom House, Conference 2021, with Liz Gillis and Mícheál Ó Doibhilín. The conference will be held online in a series of weekly talks to commemorate the event on 25 May 1921. They are free, and there's no need to register, on Facebook at 8pm every Saturday up to and including 22 May. Just join the live stream. Details.

Tuesday 6 April: The Great Pandemic: The 1918-19 Flu in Dublin, with Dr Ida Milne. Part of the Death and Disease in Dublin series from Dublin City Library and Archive. 1-2pm. Online. Free, but need to register.

Tuesday 6 April: The Life of Liam Mellows: Lost Soul of Irish Republican Socialism, with Conor McNamara. Host: Áras Uí Chonghaile/James Connolly Visitor Centre. 8pm. Free. All welcome. Lecture will stream on Facebook. Details.

Thursday 8 April: Yeats: the Life and Works of William Butler Yeats, a virtual exhibition tour. Host: National Library of Ireland. Free but need to book here. Online. 11am.

Saturday 10 April Gaining credentials as a professional Irish genealogist, a webinar. Host: Accredited Genealogists Ireland. A free event for those already working professionally in the industry, and for those who aspire to doing so. 10:30am. Details.

Saturday 10 April The Really Useful Family History Show, an online conference hosted by the Family History Federation. More than 35 talks throughout the day, plus 'exhibition hall', and expert panel. Day ticket £10. Details.

Tuesday 13 April: From Family Tree to Family History, an online class with Mike McKeag explaining how to develop your existing family tree into a readable family history. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. 2pm – 3pm. Zoom. £10 fee. Book here. All welcome.

Tuesday 13 April: The History of Psychiatric Hospitals in Dublin, with Professor Brendan Kelly. Part of the Death and Disease in Dublin series from Dublin City Library and Archive. 1pm. Free but need to register here.

Wednesday 14 April: Mullingar in 1921, with historian Ruth Illingworth. Host: Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society. War of Independence Lecture Series. 8pm-9pm. Free. Zoom details.

Thursday 15 April: From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence, a virtual online exhibition tour. Host: National Library of Ireland Photographic Archive. Free but need to book. 11am.

Thursday 15 April: Partition as Paradigm: Power & Legitimacy in the Making of the New Irelands, with Dr Robert Lynch. Hosts: Ulster Society of Irish Historical Studies (USIHS) and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 7pm. Free. Book ticket.

Thursday 15 April: The Registry of Deeds and its records, with Sean J Murphy. Host: Clare Roots Society. 8pm. Zoom. Members and non-members welcome. Go to society's website for zoom link.

Thursday 15 April: Blitz 80: The morning after the night before: Emma Duffin's tour of Blitzed Belfast, April 1941, with Trevor Parkhill. Hosts: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland War Memorial (NIWM). Online presentation. 2pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register at Eventbrite.

Saturday, 17 April: The Church of Ireland Historical Society Spring Conference. Online at 11am. Conference open to all. COIHS Members free. Fee of €10/£10 for non-members. Details.

Saturday, 17 April: The story of the Dublin Port Archive, with Lar Joye, exploring the archive, collection and future plans. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society, Ireland Branch. Zoom open at 2:15pm. Lecture starts 2:30pm. Open to members and non-members. Free. Details.

Monday 19 April: The 1641 rebellion, confederate wars, and the Cromwellian conquest – a perspective from "King's County, with Dr Eamon Darcy. Host: Offaly Heritage. 7:30pm. Email info@offalyhistory.com (subject/ref: Zoom Darcy 1641) for Zoom link.

Tuesday 20 April: Soldiers and Sex Workers: Venereal Disease in early 20th Century Ireland. Part of the Death and Disease in Dublin series from Dublin City Library and Archive. 1pm. Free but need to register here.

Wednesday 21 April: The Plight of the Big House, with JAK Dean. Host: Ulster Architectural Heritage. Online lecture, 7-8pm. All welcome. Fee £7.50 Members; £10 non-members. Details.

Wednesday 21 April: Cures and treatments of Spanish Influenza in Ireland, with Dr Patricia Marsh. World Immunization Week. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Online presentation. 2pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register at Details.

Wednesday 21 April: The Fate of the Landlord Class in County Westmeath, with Dr Ian Kenneally. Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society's online lecture series on the War of Independence. 8pm-9pm. Free. Details.

Thursday 22 April: Yeats and the Theatre, a themed exhibition tour introducing Yeats as a playwright and theatre maker Host: National Library of Ireland. Free but need to book. 11am.

Thursday 22 April: Blitz 80: Putting the pieces together: exploring the Blitz through archive images, film and first-hand accounts, with Ann Donnelly, Janet Hancock and Jenny Haslett. Hosts: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland War Memorial (NIWM). Online presentation. 2pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register. Details.

Tuesday 27 April: Crisis in a Colonial Capital: The Black Death in Dublin, with Dr Simon Egan. Part of the Death and Disease in Dublin series from Dublin City Library and Archive. 1pm. Free but need to register here.

Tuesday 27 April Habitually, rankly immoral: state censorship in Ireland after 1930, with Dr A Bhreatnach'. Host: National Archives of Ireland. Online. 7pm. Free. More details will be posted to the NAI's home page in due course.

Thursday 29 April: Yeats: the Life and Works of William Butler Yeats, a virtual exhibition tour. Host: National Library of Ireland. Free but need to book here. Online. 11am.

Thursday 29 April: Blitz 80: Faces of the Blitz, with Alan Freeburn. Hosts: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland War Memorial (NIWM). Online presentation. 2pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register. Details.

Friday 30 April to 2 May: SleuthAbility, a virtual Irish genealogy, DNA and History conference, hosted by BBNY Group. Two days of recorded presentations, some aimed at Irish-Americans, each followed by live Q&A. See programme, schedules, speakers and ticket options here.


Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Take five*: Recent news in brief for Irish genealogists

It's been a tough month for me, one way or another, and I've been getting behind with posting news. To catch up, and give myself a bit of breathing space, I've come up with a condensing formula where I'll give you the nuts and bolts of five news stories and send you off to find out more for yourselves.

Normal service should resume shortly.


National Archives of Ireland publishes new 5-year strategy

Last week, the National Archives of Ireland launched a new strategy to set the direction for our organisation over the next 5 years.

The new strategy, set out in its document Shaping Our Future in the Information Age, identifies the priorities that will guide its work over this period. They include a new state-of-the-art archive repository, a digital transformation programme, a new framework for records management across government, a commemorations and outreach programme, and building the capacity of the National Archives as a fit for purpose, dynamic and innovative organisation.

Publication of the document (click image to download) came just days before the last tranche of archive material was transported off-site from the NAI's long-time warehouse behind Bishop Street. (The NAI's new archive repository, meeting international standards for the storage of archives, will be unveiled in 2022.)


The online British Newspaper Archive hits another milestone

The BritishNewspaperArchive.co.uk has raced through another milestone, after its overnight upload took the total number of historical newspaper pages in the database to more than 42million.

After a particularly busy March, when no less than nine new Irish titles joined the line-up, the archive holds some 210 Irish newspapers.

Some 152 of these titles were published in places now in RoI, and 58 published in counties now in Northern Ireland.

The entire database is available at the dedicated BNA site and as part of certain FindMyPast subscription packages. It is known as the Irish Newspaper Collection in the latter.


The Dictionery of Irish Biography is now free to explore

The online Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB), a project of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), has moved to an open access model, making it free to search, view and explore.

First published in 2009, the DIB now holds almost 11,000 biographies spanning 1,500 years of Irish history. The RIA describes it as telling ‘the island’s life story through the biographies, at home and overseas, of prominent men and women born in Ireland, north and south, and the noteworthy Irish careers of those born outside Ireland.

Researchers can browse by name for individuals and contributors, or search by keywords, such as placenames, and use filters such as religions and field of recognition/career.

The dedicated site is at https://dib.ie.


2nd edition of Credentials for Genealogists published

A new edition of Credentials for Genealogists: Proof of the Professional, by Paul Gorry FIGRS, MAGI, has been published.

The 244-page paperback, by a highly-respected Member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland, was first published in 2018, and sparked much debate among those working (or aspiring to do so) in the genealogy industry into the topics of standards, experience, qualifications, and credentials for professional genealogists.

The book also explores the availability (or otherwise) of such credentials around the world.

While previously available to purchase only through an independent bookshop in Ireland, the new edition is now available for purchase through Amazon, as follows:

Amazon UK | Amazon.com | Amazon Australia |
Amazon Canada

 


The treasures of Trinity College Dublin's iconic Library are to go virtual
 

Virtual Trinity Library is opening up the unique and distinct collections of the Library of Trinity College Dublin, catalysing research and safeguarding the Library's treasures for generations to come. 

This ambitious, multi-year initiative aims to catalogue, conserve, digitise and research these unique collections of national importance making them accessible to a global audience, from schoolchildren to scholars.

The ambitious digitisation project is centred on the Library of Trinity College's most prized collections across nine representative categories. The nine themes are:

  • Dublin for Children's Literature: Trinity's Collections of Children's Literature
  • Europe's Diverse Heritage: From Ussher's Library to the Fagel Library
  • Global Culture: Papyrus and Objects
  • Ireland's Creative Legacy: Performance, Creative Arts and Architecture Archives
  • Ireland's Experiments & Great Discoveries: Mathematical, Scientific & Map Collections
  • Ireland's Literary Heritage: Literary Archives
  • Ireland's Medieval History: Medieval Manuscripts
  • Ireland's Religious & Political Evolution: Religious, Legal, Political & Military Collections
  • Trinity's Scholarly Contribution to the World: Trinity Icons

Click on the image above to view the website and introdutory video.


* I hear the drums.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

RootsIreland adds more parish records for County Cork

The Mallow Heritage Centre has added more than 3,300 RC parish records to its database on RootsIreland.ie.

For an up to date list of all the Cork North East records in the RootsIreland database, click the Mallow Heritage Centre logo, right.

Additions are as follows:

  • Castlemagner Baptisms: Additions 1900-1920. Record-set now spans 1832-1920
  • Ballyclough Marriages: Additions 1923-1941. Record-set now spans 1805-1941
  • Ballyhea Marriages: Additions 1923-1941. Record-set now spans 1811-1941
  • Doneraile Marriages: Additions 1923-1941, Record-set now spans 1815-1941
  • Fermoy Marriages: Additions 1923-1941. Record-set now spans 1828-1941
  • Kildorrery Marriages: Additions 1923-1941. Record set now spans 1803-1941
  • Mallow Marriages: Additions 1923-1941. Record-set now spans 1758-1941
  • Meelin Marriages: Additions 1923-1941. Record-set now spans 1867-1941
  • Milford Marriages: Additions 1923-1941. Record-set now spans 1823-1941
  • Newmarket Marriages: Additions 1923-1941. Record-set now spans 1822-1941
  • Cloyne Marriages: Additions 1930. Record-set now spans 1791-1930

Don't forget the St Patrick's Day discount of 25% off 6-month and annual subscriptions runs until 31 March.

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Spring edition of Irish Roots magazine published

The Spring edition of Irish Roots, Ireland's only independent family history magazine, has been published and is now available in both print and digital formats

It brings, as always, a compelling mix of informative articles on genealogical and historical themes, comments and observations from industry groups and professionals, news of the latest developments and releases in Irish genealogy, and much more of interest to guide and assist researchers of Irish heritage.

The contents of this edition include:

  • Researching your Scots-Irish ancestors
  • How comprehensive are Irish civil records?
  • Discover the O Callaghan family of Co. Cork
  • Irish Australian Connections
  • Motherhood and ambiguous grief in WW1
  • The (new) Catholic Archives - An exciting endeavour
  • Using DNA to find Irish cousins left behind
  • What's New? The latest Irish record releases
  • A new resource for clergy relatives in Clonfert, East Galway
  • And Another Thing: genealogical comment and observations with Steven Smyrl
  • Nicola Morris answers your research queries
  • Letters to the Editor, Books Ireland selection, and much more.

For more information about buying single copies or taking out a one- or two-year subscription to Irish Roots magazine, click the cover image above. You'll also find a free 4-page sample of the new edition.

Monday, 22 March 2021

England, Scotland & Wales genealogy: 3-week update

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 three weeks (for the previous summary, see 2 March blogpost).

This 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 this 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 some FindMyPast subscriptions)

Scotland's People

FindMyPast

UPDATED COLLECTIONS

Ancestry


FamilySearch

FindMyPast

FreeBMD

TheGenealogist



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Glasnevin burials database is up and running again

Hurrah! After six months offline, the Glasnevin Burial Records database is accessible again, allowing Irish family historians to seek out death and burial details for ancestors laid to rest in five Dublin cemeteries: Glasnevin (the nation's necropolis, which opened in 1832), Dardistown, Goldenbridge, Newlands Cross and Palmerstown.

Glasnevin Trust has been officially rebranded as Dublin Cemeteries Trust, so there's a new name, logo and identity on the equally new website: https://www.dctrust.ie/.

Under the Genealogy tab, you can learn about the archive and how to search and view records.

As previously, the database can be searched for free by name and approximate dates (+/- 10 years), but to view details of individual search results you need to set up an account and purchase credits.

I gave it a test run yesterday and the purchase system is working just fine, but I understand from the Genealogy forum of Boards.ie (a busy and helpful forum that I recommend to all Irish researchers) that the transfer of any previously purchased records to the new site hasn't yet taken place. This should happen this week.

Play gently. Remember it's new.

Friday, 19 March 2021

Irish Newspaper Archives offers 40% saving

The Dublin-based IrishNewsArchives is offering a very generous St Patrick's discount.

It means you can buy a monthly or annual Silver Membership with a huge 40% saving. The Silver package gives you full access to all the 'regular' newspaper titles in the online collection. It does not include the 'Radical' papers.

To take advantage of the offer, click the image, right, to reach the subscribe page. Scroll down to find a listing of all the titles. Then sign up for the Silver package using the promotion code PatSilver40. 

Word of advice: select the silver package first, then enter the promo code. 

The discount will be available until 11:59pm on Sunday 28 March.

FindMyPast adds new collections for Clare and Dublin

FindMyPast Friday marks St Patrick's Day with two updates to its Irish collection.

The first sees the Clare Poor Law Unions Board of Guardians Minute Books join the Workhouses and Poor Law collection.

The Books are from the Corofin (1850-1922), Ennis (1849-1877 with many gaps, and 1883-1922), Ennistymon (1839 - 1924), and Kilrush (1848-1923) Poor Law Unions. Some 382,577 records have been extracted from them, naming inmates, staff and suppliers.

The collection description is worth reading, especially if you haven't previously delved into Board of Guardians Minute Books.

Already in the Workhouses and Poor Law collection are similar records for counties Donegal, Dublin, Galway and Waterford, while Workhouse Admission and Discharge Registers are also there for Donegal, Dublin and Sligo. In total the collection holds more than 3.8million entries.

The other update to the Irish collection sees the Dublin, Guiness Brewery Employees join FindMyPast.

The Guinness Archive is based in Dublin. It preserves historical records of the Brewery from 1759 to the present day. Part of that collection includes personnel records of previous employees going back to the 1880s. While this record set is an index, it provides some good detail about each employee. This includes personal information, as well as an overview of the department in which the individual worked. Some 8,697 people are recorded.

Sample transcription

Although we all think of Guinness being a Dublin-based institution, you may well find ancestors from other parts of the island in them. This is because as the company grew, its distribution requirements spread across the island, and then to the UK.

By the 1890s, the Guinness Company has established trade stores in Ballinasloe (1864), Galway (1868), Limerick (1879), Cork (1891), Belfast (1893), Carlow (1895), Longford (1908), Carrick-on-Shannon (1921), Sligo and Waterford.

They were also set up in the UK cities of Glasgow, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester, so don't rule out this record set for ancestors living outside the Irish capital just because its main base was (and is) in Dublin.

If you discover an ancestor in this index, you can contact the Archive in Dublin to find out what additional records they might hold. Some of their files provide outstanding material.

The index can also be viewed at the Guinness website, where it is free.

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Tower Museum Derry saves audio visual collection

The Tower Museum in Derry has received a grant from the UK's Covid-19 Archives Fund to enable it to work on a unique, but 'at risk' audio visual collection.

The project is a partnership with the well-known Derry cameraman Vinny Cunningham of Northern Broadcast and the Museum of Free Derry. The collection will be catalogued, digitised and made available to researchers through a variety of engagement opportunities.

Bernadette Walsh, the Tower Museum Archivist, said the grant will allow the project team to focus on a collection whose historical integrity and uniqueness lies in its completeness.

"It contains mainly analogue material covering subjects as varied as protests, civil unrest, music and sporting events. It can help to tell the story of the region through visual histories.

"Vinny’s knowledge of the collection and commitment to making the collection available was integral to the development of the grant application. Much of the material, in particular the interviews and oral histories, have never been seen publicly."

The Tower Museum is one of 25 organisations to have been awarded grants of up to $50,000 by the Fund, which is administered by The National Archives in Kew, London. The Covid-19 Archives Fund provides support for short-notice work to secure vulnerable analogue and born-digital records across the United Kingdom. It is intended for the benefit of archives at risk that might otherwise be dispersed or lost without intervention. It particularly focuses on records not protected by legislation (such as charity and private records). The Tower Museum is the only archive outside Great Britain to have received one of its grants.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

New Irish Genealogy Resources 2021 ebook published

Happy St Patrick's Day to one and all! 

In the absence of any parties, parades or the normal fun and nonsense associated with Ireland's annual day in the limelight, I've marked the date by publishing a new edition of my popular New Irish Genealogy Resources ebook. Like all the previous editions, this 130-page booklet aims to provide you with links to most if not all the Irish genealogy records released since 2011. 

That's when researching Irish heritage had started to became a real possibility for the thousands of people around the world who wanted to discover their ancestors. Indexed collections started to pour out of archives, commercial databases, and other repositories. It was hard to keep up with them all for several years, and still is, even though the pace has slowed.

So, if you think such a handy aide memoire to the many hundreds of collections we can now readily access from our own homes (and a good few that we still can't) would help your research, find out more by clicking on the front cover image above.

Monday, 15 March 2021

What a week! Another two Irish news titles join BNA

All this week, the online British Newspaper Archive blog will be celebrating St Patrick's Day with theme-specific news sourced from their huge holding of nearly 42million pages of historical Irish and British titles.

In addition, two more titles have joined the line-up, ending a 7-day update spree that has seen nine new papers take their places in the archive (see 9 March blogpost and 11 March blogpost).

The latest papers and their planned holdings are as follows:

  • Evening News (Dublin): First published in January 1859 as a three-times-a-week newspaper, this independent title aimed to attract a Catholic audience across the island. The holding, when complete, will span 1859 to 1864.
  • Bassetts Chronicle: Published by George W Bassett in Limerick, this paper started life as the twice-weekly Southern Chronicle. Its circulation was mainly across Limerick and Tipperary. It adopted the name of its founder in 1875 when it became a daily paper, but became a weekly in 1885. The BNA holding will run 1863–1885.

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Thursday, 11 March 2021

Four more Irish titles join British Newspaper Archive

It's only a matter of two days since the BritishNewspaperArchive.com (BNA) turned its digitisation machines back to Irish titles and uploaded three more publications (see blogpost), and along come another four today! And there are still more approaching the better end of the upload pipe.

Today's quartet of new titles are:

Online BNA collections are automatically shared with FindMyPast's Irish Newspaper Collection (PRO package).



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Wednesday, 10 March 2021

FamilyTreeDNA offers 25% saving on Family Finder test

To mark St Patrick's Day, Family Tree DNA is offering a 25% saving on its autosomal dna test, Family Finder.

The discount reduces the cost of the kit from US$79 to US$59, plus shipping.

FTDA has added a further 60* 'populations' to the company's myOrigins mapping tool, which gathers detail of population clusters in your dna to determine an ethnic and geographic breakdown of where your ancestors came from.

The discount will expire at close of play on the big day itself: Wednesday 17 March. Click the image, right, to find out more and save yourself $20.

As far as I can see, it's only Family Finder (not the Y-dna or mt-DNA products attracting the discount at the present time.

Ancestry uploads seven new Irish collections

1724 sample from the Exchequer Court of Equity Bill Books
You can always tell when St Patrick's Day is approaching!

Ancestry has uploaded seven Irish record-sets to its database, adding more than five million records to its Irish collection. I've listed them below, together with a figure of the number of indexed entries in each record set. 

Unfortunately, I'm tied up today, so I don't have time to briefly describe each set, but five of the seven should be recognised as they are already online on the National Archives of Ireland's free Genealogy website, or other commercial databases.

As far as I'm aware, the first two record sets in the list are making their online debut.

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Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Three more Irish titles join BritishNewspaperArchive

It's been a long time since an Irish title was added to the online British Newspaper Archive (BNA), and inevitably, when one came along, three arrived at the same time.

The new additions, which are now available to search at both the dedicated BNA website and (if you have the right subscription) in the Irish Newspaper Collection at FindMyPast, are as follows:

Bankrupt & Insolvent Calendar, 1846-1866. Published in Dublin, this weekly paper proudly stated on its masthead that it was "read by Bankers, Insurance Companies, Merchants, Manufacturers, Members of the Legal Profession, and Capitalists generally in Ireland, England and Scotland and thus presents a valuable opportunity for advertising."

Ulster Football and Cycling News, 1889–96. This paper was published in Belfast on Fridays with 16 pages. In addition to reports of sporting events, it carried adverts for hotels, drinks, tobacco, pain relief ointments and medication, leisure entertainments and events, and sports outfitters. It also published future race and match fixtures.

Belfast Weekly Telegraph, 1872-1929. A more traditional title than the two mentioned above, the Belfast Weekly Telegraph was published in Arthur Street, Belfast, and carried national and international news as it affected the northern counties, as well as local news.



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Monday, 8 March 2021

Ancestry DNA: St Patrick's Day Sale for US researchers

USA-based researchers can take advantage of a St. Patrick’s Day discount on Ancestry DNA's testing kit. This is the most popular autosomal dna test available in the consumer market, and can be taken by both men and women.

It's a saliva test... no blood!

The discount brings a reduction in price from US$99 to $59, plus tax and shipping. To order, click the Buy Now button above.

The St. Patrick’s Day Sale will end at 11:59pm EST on Wednesday 17 March.



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New & updated US genealogy records: 4-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 four weeks. (The previous summary list was published on 10 February, 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


AmericanAncestors

Ancestry

FindMyPast

MyHeritage


UPDATED COLLECTIONS


AmericanAncestors
  • Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 (426,500+ names added) from parishes:
    Gate of Heaven in South Boston
    St. Leonard of Port Maurice in Boston
    St. Gregory in Dorchester
    Our Lady of the Assumption in East Boston
    Sacred Heart in East Boston
    St. Bernard in Newton
    St. Andrew the Apostle (Forest Hills)
    St. Joseph, East Boston
    St. Mary Star of the Sea, East Boston

Ancestry

FamilySearch
  • Some 72 US collections have been updated in the last month. Rather than create an excrutiatingly long blogpost, I'll simply direct you to the FamilySearch.org update page. On the right hand side of the landing page, beneath 'Historical Record Collections', click the blue 'Last Updated' column title twice. You'll now see the most recently updated collection at the top of the list. (You need to be signed in to reach this page.)

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