Monday 31 July 2023

NIFHS's DNA Summer School programme, 19-25 August

The North of Ireland Family History Society is running its popular DNA Summer School from 19 to 25 August. Expert guest speakers are lined up to present some of the sessions and delegates will have access to a video recording of their classes for 28 days.

There are ten 90-minute classes to choose from, each one costing £10, and if you sign up for all of them, there's a generous discount of £20 available.

The classes are as follows (all UK times):

Monday 21 August:
Autosomal DNA Action Plan, with Martin McDowell at 2pm.
Using Geographical Information, with Anne Johnston at 7pm.

Tuesday 22 August:
Mitochondrial DNA Action Plan, with Martin McDowell at 2pm.
Case Studies, with Martin McDowell and Anne Johnston.

Wednesday 23 August:
Y-DNA Action Plan, with Martin McDowell at 2pm.
Big Y and Discover, with with Janine Cloud at 7pm.

Thursday 24 August:
DNA Painter, with Jonny Perl at 2pm.
Misconceptions about DNA, with Anne Johnston at 7pm.

Friday 25 August:
Walking the Segments Back, with Jim Bartlett at 2pm.
Looking Forward, with Martin McDowell at 7pm.

For more information about the DNA Summer School, a description of each class, and to book, click the logo above.

Galway Observer joins BritishNewspaperArchive's Irish collection

New to the BritishNewspaperArchive database (and also joining FindMyPast's Irish newspaper collection) is The Galway Observer.

Some 2,993 editions published 1882-1884; 1889-1911; and 1928-1963 are now available to view. The online holding for this influential title will eventually expand to span 1882–1966

The database holdings of the following five Irish papers have been expanded in the last week to include editions published in the year shown below

  • Tyrone Courier (1880)
  • Wexford Constitution (1883)
  • Bassett's Chronicle (1885)
  • Kerry Evening Star (1902-1913) 
  • Ulster Echo (1892-1896)

As of this morning, both databases hold more than 69million pages of historical newspapers (British and Irish combined).

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Thursday 20 July 2023

The Waterford Citizen joins BritishNewspaperArchive

The (BNA) has added The Waterford Citizen to its online archive. So far, only editions published in 1871 are 1885 to search and view but the holding will grow to span 1859–1896. During this period, it was distributed under several different names, as follows:

1859–62 The Citizen & Waterford Commercial Record
1862–76 The Waterford Citizen & Commercial Record
1876–76 The Waterford Citizen & Bi-Weekly Advertiser
1876–96 The Waterford Citizen, County News & Bi-Weekly Advertiser

This paper, and the other 254 Irish titles already in the archive, can be searched and viewed by researchers with a BNA subscription or a FindMyPast subscription to one of its PRO/Premium/Ultimate packages. County Waterford is one of the best represented in the Irish collection with eight titles available to search.

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Tuesday 18 July 2023 database expands into ROI's three Ulster counties;s Map of Baronies & House – Click image to access

Some wonderful news just in from the Irish Landed Estates project. Although long-known as a database of landed estates and historic houses in Connacht and Munster (c1700–1914), the free to access has extended its geographical reach into the Republic of Ireland's three Ulster counties: Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan.

To facilitate this development, the University of Galway's Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies received €11,000 grant aid from the Heritage Council's 2022 Heritage Stewardship fund specifically to enable the creation and addition of data entries for landed estates in the three counties.

While there is still some tweaking and entry correction work to be carried out by the team, and the revised description of the database without mention of Connacht and Munster is not yet uniform across the site, researchers can now explore the additional data via the map.

Enjoy yourselves (but please don't break it!)

Monday 17 July 2023

New & updated genealogy collections for England, Scotland & Wales

Below is a four-week summary of newly released and updated family history record collections for England, Scotland and Wales from the major genealogy databases. (Previous summary, 16 June.)

My 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.



BritishNewspaperArchive (and shared with FindMyPast)

  • Seven new Titles: Alfreton Journal | Dunstable Gazette | Loughborough Herald & North Leicestershire Gazette | Yarmouth Gazette and North Norfolk Constitutionalist | Sidmouth Observer | North Devon Advertiser | Southern Weekly News










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IrishGenealogyNews pulls a sickie

Apologies for the absence of blogposts on over the last few weeks. I've been unwell. Nothing too serious, but enough for me to down tools and heed instructions to rest and recover.

Given how rough I was feeling, the 'rest' part was easy enough. The 'recovery' part of the process hasn't really kicked in yet. I am marginally improved, which is a good sign, even if I'm not yet operating at anywhere near normal energy levels. So I'm going to start trying to catch up with all the stories that I haven't reported during this malaise.

Over the next few days, you'll see mainly short blogposts – more like signposts or notifications to further information on specific releases or new developments – which should mean the blog will be up to date again in a week or so.

Thanks for your continued support of IrishGenealogyNews.

Monday 3 July 2023

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: June's updates

June's delivery of donated materials to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives includes transcribed headstones from six burial grounds across five counties, and a collection of marriage register records from two Church of Ireland and one Presbyterian congregations in County Fermanagh. As always, these have been gathered by volunteers – researchers like you and me – and are made available free of charge.

The team is always looking for more volunteers, whether they enjoy days out in the fresh air taking photos of headstones, or prefer to be indoors transcribing registers or other materials that may help others identify their ancestors.

There's no pressure on IGPA volunteers; each does as much or as little as suits their own circumstances and their access to genealogical sources. If helping this important free archive continue to thrive is something that matters to you, why not check out the site to find out more.

St David's Church and graveyard, Mulrankin, Bridgetown,
Co Wexford. Photo courtesy Michelle Meadows-Rousseau
and IGPArchives. Click image for enlarged view.

Here are brief details of each donated package uploaded during the last month:

CORK Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Holy Rosary Cemetery (R.C.) Midleton - Pts 11 & 12

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Finner Marriages Coi, 1847-1921 (v.2)
Inishmacsaint - Benmore CoI Marriages - 1845-1921
Lisbellaw Presbyterian Marriages, 1846-1921

KILKENNY Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Brendan's R.C., Stoneyford

KILDARE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Confey Graveyard, Leixlip (Section R)

LIMERICK Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilfergus Graveyard, Glin - Pt. 3 (H-Mo)

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Paul's Graveyard, Balloughton
St David's CoI Graveyard, Mulrankin, Bridgetown

Save 20% on 12-month subscriptions to is offering a 20% saving on twelve-month subscriptions to its database. The site, which is managed by the not-for-profit Irish Family History Foundation, holds more than 23 million records and is widely regarded as the most essential and reliable database available to Irish genealogists.

Its collection is gathered from the IFHF's island-wide network of 34 local genealogy and heritage centres, and is best-known for its records from a variety of religious denominations including Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist and many others. Some county databases also include civil bmd records, gravestone inscriptions, census substitutes, and other local sources, and additions are uploaded regularly. Already this year, sizeable uploads have been added to the databases for South Tipperary and East Galway, and counties Cork, Kerry, Monaghan, Limerick and Mayo.

To take advantage of this special offer, click the image, above right. To view the menu of sources for each county, use the Online Sources widget.

The offer expires at 11:59pm IST on Friday 14 July 2023.