Friday 26 August 2022

FindMyPast uploads two new record-sets to its Irish collection

FindMyPast has added two new record-sets to its Irish collection. They are:

Genealogical Society of Ireland Journals
This collection of journals from the Genealogical Society of Ireland includes a wide variety of articles full of genealogical data, local and social history, biographies of well-known and lesser-known individuals, and other topics relating to daily life and heritage in Ireland over the centuries.

The journals, published annually since 1992, have been well indexed by FindMyPast so that you can search by name, place and subject/topic.

Examples I've looked at this morning include: Donnelly Crimes, 1879, London, Ontario | Drumlish Tenants, 1853 | The Stranger's Friend Society 1790 | The Ajax Shipwreck of 1860 | Tracing Property Ownership, Co. Cavan, an example from 1609+ | Mutiny Of The North Tipperary Militia, July 1856.

Be aware the journals (or those pages I've looked at) appear to have been scanned back to front, so that when you are reading a feature and want to continue to the next page, you have to press the 'Previous' button rather than the 'Next' button. This is irritating and could easily have been avoided. I don't know if this is a Firefox issue – it could be, but I think I might have noticed before when searching other collections. Anyway, be aware this may be an issue.

Waterford, Grand Jury Presentments 1808-1899 Image Browse
This browse collection contains Grand Jury query and account books, assize presentments and contract details throughout the 18th century.

The Grand Jury was the main arm of local government in the 18th century, with responsibility for: Roads and bridges | Lunatic asylums | County infirmaries and fever hospitals | Dispensaries | Courthouses | Gaols. Many suppliers to these institutions and buildings are named in the Presentment books, as are staff and maintenance workers.