Monday, 14 June 2021

New and updated British genealogy collections in last 7 days

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 (for the previous summary, see 7 June 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

Ancestry


BritishNewspaperArchive (now at 43m pages, all shared with some FindMyPast subscriptions)

 

UPDATED COLLECTIONS


Ancestry
FamilySearch
FindMyPast
FreeBMD


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Irish family history and heritage events from 14 June to 27 June

Tuesday 15 June: The Land War and evictions on the Vandeleur Estate in 1888, with Ed O'Shaughnessy, whose great grandfather witnessed the events and handed down extensive family archives, photos and memories. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. An online talk via Zoom at 8pm. Details and instructions for joining the meeting here.

Wednesday 16 June: Using Online Resources, a Getting Started workshop. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 12:30 to 13:30. Free. Online. Need to register.

Friday 18 June: Species of Domestic Spaces: House and Home in Eighteenth-Century Ireland, a day-conference from University College Dublin's Humanities Institute. Free online lectures. 9am–3:30pm. Booking.

Friday 18 June: The Military Archives Oral History Collection, with Noelle Grothier, archivist. Free, online Military Seminar 2021 hosted by Kildare Library Services. 7:30pm to 8:30pm. Need to book.

Saturday 19 June: Virtual 2021 DNA Discovery Day, with the Genealogical Society of Queensland. 9am–4:30pm. Tickets: $2.00–$75. Lectures include: Maximising Messages, with Michelle Patient; Ask the Wife! A DNA Analysis Strategy, with Diahan Southard; How Healthy is your DNA, with Dr. David Fairbairn; A Case Study in Clustering, with Greg Carlill; DNA: Another Genealogical Tool, with Helen Smith; BigY & Using BigY results in Family History, with James M. Irvine. Lectures followed by Live Q&A. Details and booking.

Saturday 19 June: Military Seminar 2021, hosted by Kildare Libraries Services. Three lectures: Strongbow and the Normans, with Dr Conor Kostick at 10am; Rows and Ructions: military-civilian violence in Irish garrison towns, with Dr Aoife Bhreathnach at 11am; Guerilla Warfare During The War of Independence, with Lorcan Collins at Noon. Need to book. Free, online seminar.

Saturday 19 June: The Family History Show, Online, organised by Discover Your Ancestors (UK) magazine. Free talks. Speak to 100+ family history societies and genealogical suppliers by text, audio, video chat or email from the comfort of your own home. Submit questions to Ask the Experts panel before the show. 10am to 4:30pm. £6/£8. Details.

Saturday 19 June: The Vikings and Cork: Raiding, Trading and the Development of the Town, an online conference. Host: Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. To be held online from 10am to 4:15pm. Register and view full programme here.

Saturday 19 June: The Family History Show. Online day event with seven lectures (available to view for 72 hours), exhibitors hall, ask the experts and more. Advance tickets £6. On the day tickets £8. Mainly UK focused but with some generic themes and exhibitors relevant to Irish research. Details.

Tuesday 22 June The Marianna O’Gallagher Memorial Session: Strokestown Famine Orphans in Quebec. Part of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies Annual Meeting. 10am–11:30am EDT. Dr. Mark McGowan will be joining Caroilin Callery and Dr. Jason King to discuss a recent short film entitled “Strokestown Famine Orphans in Quebec and New York.” Need to register. (The film may be viewed prior to the session on YouTube.)

Thursday 24 June: Children during The War of Independence, with Liz Gillis. Host: Donegal County Library Service. Free online lecture. All welcome. Register here.

Thursday 24 and Friday 25 June: Dwelling(s) in Nineteenth-Century Ireland, a two-day virtual conference hosted by the Society for Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland (SSNCI) and University College Cork. Programme and details. All welcome, but registration is required.

Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June: The Genealogy Show 2021. Organised in the UK, the event includes speakers from around the world and includes talks on many 'international' topics, ie Irish, German, Jamaican, Dutch and Australian family history research, as well as how-to advice on techniques, DNA results, using archives or specific software, occupations and, of course, research guidance on English, Scottish and Welsh record collections. Talks are broadcast every 40 minutes around the clock for 48 hours and then become available on demand for 30 days, so you can watch lectures in your own time zone and at your convenience. Tickets £20-£30. Website.


Friday, 11 June 2021

Big savings for Father's Day on Ancestry DNA test kits (and more)

Ancestry DNA is the world's largest consumer DNA network       
With Father's Day approaching on both sides of the Atlantic (and probably further afield, too, family historians in Ireland, the UK and USA can take advantage of big savings on Ancestry DNA test kits if they place their orders in the next week or so.

(As far as I'm aware, there are currently no discounts for researchers living in other countries. To them, I'd suggest they check their local 'territory' early next week, just in case savings become available nearer the day itself.)

The following discounts and offers are now live:

  • Ireland residents: The offer reduces the price of a test kit from €95 to €69, a saving of €26. Shipping is extra.
  • UK residents: The offer reduces the price of a test kit from £79 to £59, a saving of £20. Shipping is extra.
  • USA residents:
    Offer 1: The offer reduces the price of a test kit from $99 to $59 plus tax and shipping, giving you a saving of $40.
    Offer 2: For just $1 more than Offer 1, this option will give the recipient not only the test kit, but also a 3-month World Explorer Membership. Offer 2 costs just $60 (the standard price for the kit and membership would be $178!!) plus tax and shipping.

All these offers will expire at 11:59pm, Sunday 20 June (EST in the USA / GMT+1 in Ireland and UK).



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New and updated USA genealogy collections - 3-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 three weeks. (The previous summary list was published on 20 May, see blogpost).

My regular summaries are designed to help family historians whose Irish ancestors emigrated, temporarily or permanently, to the United States.

By default, they should also be useful to anyone carrying out research in the US, regardless of the origin of their ancestors.

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

MyHeritage

UPDATED COLLECTIONS


AmericanAncestors

Ancestry

FamilySearch
  • Some 27 state or smaller collections + 5 USA-wide collections have been updated. Follow this link, then click the (bold blue) 'Last Updated' option twice for listing of recent updates.

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MyHeritage

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Thursday, 10 June 2021

Summer edition of Irish Roots magazine is now available

The Summer Issue of Irish Roots magazine is now available. As always, the independently produced quarterly publication is full of articles designed to help family historians make progress in their research, as well as bringing an interesting selection of other features exploring Irish history, the life stories of readers' ancestors, educational opportunities, new book releases and plenty of comment and recent news from around the Irish genealogy community. 

      Click image for details of paper and digital subscriptions,
     one-off purchases, and a sample of the summer edition.

Here's a quick run-though of this edition's main articles:

  • Five commonly asked Irish genealogy research questions - answered
  • Local resources for research in County Cork.
  • Why the future for Irish ancestral research is positive
  • Studying 'The History Of Family' - What it entails
  • Five strategies for using DNA to get back to the 1700s
  • Tipperary People Of Great Note: book launch
  • A reader's tribute to his ancestor: Captain Frank Hurley
  • Using 19th-century Colonial Australian Musters
  • What's New? Review - The latest record releases

In addition, there's the Letters page, a round-up of recently published books, news and observations of developments in genealogy generally and Irish genealogy in particular, and the ever-enlightening 'Your Genealogy Queries Answered' by Nicola Morris MAGI.

It's an enjoyable and informative read for Irish genealogists of all levels. It's also great value and available in both digital and paper format as one-off purchases and one- or two-year subscription packages. Click the cover image above to find out more.

Accredited Genealogists Ireland welcomes new Affiliate

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI), the island-wide representative and accrediting body for professional Irish genealogists, has welcomed another Affiliate: Eilish Feeley. You can read a short bio with information about Eilish's qualifications, special areas of genealogical interest, and contact details on AGI's website.

She is the 18th person to be accepted as an AGI Affiliate since the group's Affiliate Programme was introduced some twelve years ago.

AGI Affiliates are reputable genealogists, in the early stages of their transition to professional research, who have not yet applied for accreditation. They are, however, bound by AGI’s Code of Practice.

Congratulations, Eilish.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Overnight maintenance to RootsIreland.ie's network infrastructure

RootsIreland.ie has advised that scheduled maintenance will be carried out on its network infrastructure tonight from midnight to 4am, Irish time (GMT+1).

For most researchers on this side of the Atlantic, the dead-of-night timing is unlikely to present problems, but those based elsewhere may be less fortunate. You can check your equivalent time here.

If you are trying to use the site during the maintenance period, you may experience several brief spells (up to minutes each) when connection fails.

Monday, 7 June 2021

Irish genealogy, DNA and history events (online): 7-20 June

Monday 7 June: Bank holiday Republic of Ireland. Business as usual in Northern Ireland

Tuesday 8 June: The Military Archives Pensions Collections, with Michael Keane, civilian archivest at Military Archives. Host: Kildare Military Seminar 2021. Live online presentation at 7:30pm. Free. Need to register.

Wednesday 9 June Ground-breaking developments in treatment of wounded on the Western Front, with Tom Scotland. Hosts: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Western Antrim & Down Branch of the Western Front Association. Free, but need to register. 8pm to 9pm.

Wednesday 9 June: Mapping the Irish Revolution 1912-1923, a Lifelong Learning Course from the National Library of Ireland in partnership with UCC's School of History. A four-week programme (Wednesday afternoons 2pm to 4pm) providing an overview of the Irish Revolutionary period. Free, online course over Zoom. Details and Booking.

Thursday 10 June Representing the Last Moments of Irish Revolutionaries in Museums, with Dr Siobhán Doyle from the National Museum of Ireland. Host: Kildare Military Seminar 2021. Live online presentation at 7:30pm. Free. Need to register.

Friday 11 June: The Diaspora and the Irish Revolution, 1916-1923, a one-day conference. Host: Carlow College. Online. Free. Download full programme. Need to register. Full programme here.

Wednesday 16 June: Using Online Resources, a Getting Started workshop. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 12:30 to 13:30. Free. Online. Need to register.

Friday 18 June: Species of Domestic Spaces: House and Home in Eighteenth-Century Ireland, a day-conference from University College Dublin's Humanities Institute. Free online lectures. 9am to 3:30pm. Need to book.

Friday 18 June: The Military Archives Oral History Collection, with Noelle Grothier, archivist. Free, online Military Seminar 2021 hosted by Kildare Library Services. 7:30pm to 8:30pm. Need to book.

Saturday 19 June: Virtual 2021 DNA Discovery Day, with the Genealogical Society of Queensland. 9am–4:30pm. Tickets: $2.00–$75. Lectures include: Maximising Messages, with Michelle Patient; Ask the Wife! A DNA Analysis Strategy, with Diahan Southard; How Healthy is your DNA, with Dr. David Fairbairn; A Case Study in Clustering, with Greg Carlill; DNA: Another Genealogical Tool, with Helen Smith; BigY & Using BigY results in Family History, with James M. Irvine. All lectures are followed by Live Q&A. Details and booking.

Saturday 19 June: Military Seminar 2021, hosted by Kildare Libraries Services. Three lectures: Strongbow and the Normans, with Dr Conor Kostick at 10am; Rows and Ructions: military-civilian violence in Irish garrison towns, with Dr Aoife Bhreathnach at 11am; Guerilla Warfare During The War of Independence, with Lorcan Collins at Noon. Need to book. Free, online seminar.

Saturday 19 June: The Family History Show, Online, organised by Discover Your Ancestors (UK) magazine. Free talks. Speak to 100+ family history societies and genealogical suppliers by text, audio, video chat or email from the comfort of your own home. Submit questions to Ask the Experts panel before the show. 10am to 4:30pm. £6/£8. Details.

Saturday 19 June: The Vikings and Cork: Raiding, Trading and the Development of the Town, an online conference. Host: Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. To be held online from 10am to 4:15pm. Register and view full programme here.

Saturday 19 June: The Family History Show. Online day event with seven lectures (available to view for 72 hours), exhibitors hall, ask the experts and more. Advance tickets £6. On the day tickets £8. Mainly UK focused but with some generic themes and exhibitors relevant to Irish research. Details.

New English, Scottish & Welsh genealogy records: latest 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 week (for the previous summary, see 28 May 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

Ancestry


BritishNewspaperArchive (shared with some FindMyPast subscriptions)

 

UPDATED COLLECTIONS

FamilySearch


FindMyPast

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Friday, 4 June 2021

Cork Archives releases more free-to-view digitised burial registers

Click for enlarged view of register page
Cork City and County Archives has released more cemetery burial registers.

This batch gives free access to the following records:

  • Rathcooney 1941-61
  • Rathcooney 1896-1941
  • Curraghkippane 1896-1962

The registers have been digitised and are viewable, free of charge, from the Archives' Online Digital Collections page of CorkArchives.ie.

Directory of Local History resources published by DLR Libraries

Attention all researchers with ancestral connections to the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown region. DLR Libraries have launched a new Directory of Local Studies Articles and Book Chapters in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

Click to download pdf of the Directory
It may not have the snappiest title, but the new directory lists articles, chapters of books, and websites published on topics, people and historical events relating to the district. It has been compiled by Nigel Curtin, former Local Studies Librarian at the main branch library and cultural centre, dlr LexIcon, in the coastal town of Dún Laoghaire.

It is based primarily on material available in DLR Libraries' Local Studies Collection. It does not represent an exhaustive listing but should be considered as a snapshot of material identified by the Local Studies Librarian from 2014-2021.

Its purpose is to assist the researcher in identifying topics of interest from the wide-ranging resources in the Collection. And there are certainly plenty of them; at a very loose count, the list includes brief details of 1,100 articles published in journals, 160-odd chapters published in books, some 250 website resources, and more than 30 miscellaneous manuscripts, films, reports, and archival material.

Nigel Curtin has also recently produced a leaflet called Starter for Ten: Top Ten Local History Books which provides suggestions for a general introduction to the history of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Several include links to the online version of the book.


* Historically, the area was in County Dublin but in 1994 it became a county in its own right.

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: a busy May for updates

It's wonderful to see this good-sized update from Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives; it shows some kind of normality is starting to return on both sides of the Atlantic now that Covid Lockdown restrictions have been eased. Long may it continue!
Here lieth t(he) | body of PATR(ICK) | BYRNE deceasd |
May ye 10 1735 age(d) | 62 years
Castletimon Cemetery, Wicklow. Photo courtesy
IGP Archives, Joyce Tunstead and Adele Spencer.
Click image for larger view.

CLARE Genealogy Archives - Miscellaneous
Assorted Evictions in Union of Kilrush

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilbarrack Graveyard 1b

LAOIS Genealogy Archives - Land
Queens County Deed Extract - 1713 (Names)

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Farnaught, St. Mary's Graveyard (CoI)

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Cullaun Graveyard near Timoney (PDF)

TIPPERARY genealogy Archives - Church Records
Fethard RC Parish Baptisms (Dio. Cashel & Emly) 1818

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Miscellenous
Census, 1823 (History of Enniscorthy)
Transplanted to Connaught in 1652 (History of Enniscorthy)

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Castletimon Cemetery Part 2
Redford Catholic Cemetery, Greystones, Part 7

Wexford County Archives releases Grand Jury Presentments

Wexford County Archives has released the first instalment of its project to digitise its Grand Jury Presentments collection.

Now available here, free to download in (large) pdf format, are the following: 

  • Presentments from the Summer Assizes of 1817 to the Spring Assizes of 1823
  • Famine era Presentments spanning 1847-1850
  • Presentments for 1859. 

There are many more years of Grand Jury records in the Wexford collection, and these will be digitised as the Archives' digitisation project continues. 

Digitising Grand Jury Presentments seems to have been flavour of the Lockdown months in Ireland; several county archives are currently engaged in such projects to make these resources more accessible.

If you're not familiar with the work carried out by the Grand Juries and the types of records they produced, this may be the prompt for investing some time to understand this old local administrative system and finding out how useful the Presentments may or may not be to your Irish family history research. To help in that endeavour, I'd recommend these two resources: 

A recording of the People, Place and Power - the Grand Jury System in Ireland conference held a couple of weeks ago. View it here

A preliminary listing of Grand Jury collections held around the country can be viewed here.

An informative booklet, launched at the above conference, from the Beyond 2022 team. It can be viewed on screen as a flip book or downloaded as a pdf. Click the image below.