Tuesday 13 June 2023

Summer issue of Irish Genealogy Matters published

The latest edition of Irish Genealogy Matters has been published and is free to download (click the image below) from the RootsIreland.ie website. It brings plenty of news from around the Irish Family History Foundation's network of genealogy & heritage centres, most of whom transcribe and upload local records to the RootsIreland database.

So far this year, some 60,000 new records have been added.

The visits of US President Joe Biden and rock legend Bruce Springsteen (to the North Mayo Heritage Centre and the Kildare Genealogy centre respectively) are reported, as is the news of Limerick Genealogy's 20km relocation to a home in the riverside village of Croom.

Some events, organised by the individual centres or in partnership with an organisation, have also been confirmed for later this year.

They include the Ulster Historical Foundation's Tracing your Irish Ancestors programme (6-13 September); Cavan Calling, the four-day global homecoming festival for the county's diaspora (26-30 July); and a two-day conference, In anxious expectation, by Cavan Genealogy and the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, which explores migration and hunting for elusive ancestors (26-27 July).

There is also an informative article about foundlings and orphans, developed from Armagh Ancestry's computerization project with Genealogy Ireland, and featuring one Robinson Crusoe, a child baptised in Seagoe Church of Ireland church near Portadown on 11 May 1820.