Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Dedicated Co Cavan website launches with historical records & data

A freshly re-designed website has launched to provide a 'gateway to the history of each of Cavan's 2,000 townlands'. It's called CavanTownlands.com, and brings together historical data and sources for each individual townland.

The site is hosted by husband and wife team Michael McShane, an enthusiastic family historian, and Catherine Kerr, a data scientist who has used her skills to compile and present the data they have gathered into an easily accessible layout.

"The emphasis of the site has been refocused on each of the 2000 townlands of County Cavan, says Michael. "Every townland is unique and we have created an individual page for each one. The new format is designed to bring together the historical data which we have uniquely researched along with the more generally available data which we have edited and improved on in terms of access and quality."

Data sources include location map and basic townland information along with relevant articles, where available, the 1609 Bodley Plantation Map, the 1652 Commonwealthy Survey; Tithe Applotment Books; the 1836 Name Book for townlands in nine parishes; the 1841 Census of Killeshandra; Griffith's Valuation records, and Logainm, the official database of Irish placenames. Most of these come with supporting articles which provide further background and tips on searching.

In addition, the site offers full access to an extensive (and growing) library of maps and books and articles.

Further development of the site will see more unique sources and articles added, as time allows. Michael says he is constantly seeking further historical information and any contributions including articles, books, photographs, maps etc will be greatly appreciated and all contributors fully credited.

If you have ancestral connections to County Cavan, be sure to check out the site by clicking the image above.

Monday, 12 April 2021

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 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.