Wednesday 29 November 2023

Two-week listing of English, Scottish & Welsh genealogy releases

Below is an overview of newly-released and updated genealogy collections for England, Scotland and Wales from the major family history database providers. (For previous list, see 14 November blogpost.)

My regular summary of releases and updates relating to British collections is designed to help researchers 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 parentheses in the New Collections section are the numbers of records (or images, if browse-only) in the new record set.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parentheses 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 so the figure is the new total. 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 and some FindMyPast subscriptions

FamilySearch

General Register Office (GRO) UK

MyHeritage


UPDATED COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

FindMyPast

FreeBMD

ScottishIndexes


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Monday 27 November 2023

New edition (Q4) of Irish Roots magazine published

The final 2023 edition of Irish Roots, Ireland's only independent genealogy magazine, has been published. As always it includes helpful guidance and tips on researching Irish family connections by both traditional means and dna testing, details of specialist archives and localised resources in the island of Ireland and beyond, articles focussing on historical events and times our ancestors may have lived through, news of recent record releases and genealogy society activities, as well as comment, observations, answers to research queries, and a whole lot more.

Here are some of this issue's main features:

  • Researching Catholic Convent Archives
  • Using Autosomal DNA to break through brick walls
  • Co. Louth@ local family history resources
  • Remembering Sean Foster; the first child fatality of the 1916 Easter Rising
  • Adopt A Monument
  • In search of my Irish ancestor
  • Genealogy Tips from the IGRS
  • What’s New? The latest record releases
  • Surnames of County Louth
  • Tracing my Coffey Ancestors from Wisconsin to Westmeath
  • Irish Australian threads among the gold

Irish Roots is published quarterly and is available in digital format as single edition downloads or via one- or two-year subscriptions, and in printed format by annual subscription only. Click this edition's cover image above to find out more and get reading and learning more about Irish genealogy, history and heritage.

Friday 24 November 2023

FindMyPast adds three Church of Ireland parish register collections

FindMyPast added three Church of Ireland record-sets to its database a few weeks ago. For some reason, I missed them at the time. Apologies. Here are the details.

Each of the trio include transcriptions from the registers of six churches (see below), all in Dublin City, and were originally published by the Parish Register Society. They are:

Church of Ireland Baptisms, Dublin City. This record set consists of 23,914 images and transcriptions spanning 1619–1865. The entries provide the child's gender, the parents' names and the father's address.

Sample from a 1789-1790 marriage register

Church of Ireland Marriages, Dublin City. Details from the 23,101 images and transcriptions within this collection include the names and occupations of both spouses, their marriage date, the groom's residence, and the parish in which they were married. They span 1619–1800.

Church of Ireland Burials, Dublin City These 44,175 images and transcriptions span 1618–1800. Because the CoI was responsible for all of the City's official graveyards at the time, these registers record those of all denominations who were buried in the city in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

The records were transcribed from registers of the following churches:

  • St. Catherine, Dublin, 1636-1715
  • St. John the Evangelist Dublin, 1619-1699
  • St. Michan, Dublin, 1636 – 1700
  • St. Nicholas Without, Dublin, 1694-1739
  • St. Patrick, Dublin, 1677-1800
  • Saint Peter and Saint Kevin, Dublin, 1669-1791

While up to 80% of the city's residents would have been Church of Ireland in the late 17th century, by the 1760s that number had fallen to 40% following a huge influx of Catholics in search of work.

Thursday 23 November 2023

Military Archives releases 15th instalment from MSPC Project

The Military Archives has today published its 15th release of records from the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection (MSPC). It is the second release this year (for details of the June release, see blogpost).

The 2,200 new files relate to claims lodged by 863 individuals/veterans or their dependents. They contain new information on the War of Independence and the Civil War and provide significant insights into post-conflict lives. They include:

  • 381 applications lodged under the Military Service Pensions Act, 1934.
  • 257 applications for service pensions under the Military Service Pensions Act, 1924 (National Army applicants).
  • 10 claims for wounds lodged by women.
  • 155 claims for dependency (74 of them lodged by mothers in respect of deceased sons).
  • 1 successful application lodged by a 1916 veteran.
  • 570 applicants were successful in their claim for both War of Independence and Civil War service.

This release brings the number of individuals included in the MSPC online database to 18,235.

Taking into account all the MSPC file series, about 121,900 files have now been catalogued and approximately 80,200 are now fully digitised.

You can download a pdf list of the individuals (involved in this 15th release) who lodged claims.

Highlights of this latest release can be found on the Military Archives blog here.


Irish Distillers archives to be released on Digital Repository Ireland

Historical documents from the Irish Distillers Archive are to be digitised and released with free access in the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI). This is the first such DRI partnership with an Irish commercial company.

Irish Distillers produces some of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Its Archive is based in Midleton, County Cork, and is home to extensive records documenting the history and heritage of the company, including records dating back to the 18th century created by John Jameson & Son, John Power & Son and the Cork Distilleries Company before the companies merged to form Irish Distillers in 1966.

Preserved in the archive are items such as minute books documenting the workings of the historic distilleries and the companies that ran them, handwritten ledgers containing financial records, some dating from the late 1700s, as well as more modern commercial records, historic mashbills and labels from all over the world which show the global reach of Irish whiskey over 100 years ago.

Preserving these important records for the long-term will offer researchers and the public alike a unique insight into social and industrial heritage, food and drinks history, as well as design culture. I would expect that, as with the Guinness and Jameson archives (both of which have some of their archives available online), there will be a considerable amount of genealogical detail and stories to be discovered within the material.

Work has already begun on identifying suitable archives from the collection at Midleton. Once digitised, the selected materials will be uploaded to the Repository over the next 18 months.

Wednesday 22 November 2023

New book examines County Fermanagh in the Revolutionary years

Four Courts Press has published its 16th title in its popular Irish Revolution series. This time it is the turn of County Fermanagh, which in 1912 had an even population split between two hostile communities, making it one of the few counties in which a true political and later military contest between unionism and nationalism took place.

Written by Dr Daniel Purcell, thi 224-page illustrated paperback is the first in-depth examination of the Irish Revolution in Fermanagh and its political, economic and social context. It reveals how political tensions initially played out on the political trail and at local government level rather than in militant action. The initial radicalization of the Ulster unionist movement in the county and the response from nationalists are assessed, as are various legal and illegal electoral strategies deployed by both sides to secure local political dominance.

The First World War saw strong recruitment in Fermanagh as both communities, particularly unionists, answered the call of their political leaders to enlist. Although the county appeared calm and seemed to have been spared the violence witnessed in other counties after 1916, in reality tensions were running high as both communities strove to avoid direct provocation of the other.

The Government of Ireland Act (1920), which divided Ireland into two jurisdictions, placed Fermanagh in the new state of Northern Ireland and ushered in a more militant phase. In the aftermath of the establishment of the border, the key events of the revolutionary period in the county included the sack of Roslea, the IRA’s ‘invasion’ of Belleek and the formation of the Ulster Special Constabulary.

During 1920–3 unionists in Fermanagh vigorously defended what they held, while nationalists proved surprisingly willing to accept their situation in the misplaced hope that the Boundary Commission would resolve the border issue.

Title: Fermanagh – The Irish Revolution 1912-23
Catalogue Price: €24.95. Currently reduced to €22.45.
ISBN: 978-1-84682-977-2
Publication date: December 2023. 224pp; ills.

RootsIreland extends its north-east County Cork RC collections

RootsIreland has made a significant update to its database of Roman Catholic baptism and marriage records for parishes in north-east County Cork. The 4,778 records have been sourced and transcribed by the Mallow Heritage Centre and added to parish collections already featuring in the database.

Here is the breakdown, with the years added for each parish:

Parish Baptisms Marriages
Ballyclough
1923
1948
Ballyhea
1923
1948
Banteer
1923
1948
Blarney
1923
1948
Buttevant
1905

Carrigtwohill
1923
1948
Castlemanger
1923
1948
Conna

1948
Castletownroche
1923
1937
Charleville
1907
1948
Doneraile

1948
Fermoy

1948
Kildorrery

1948
Killavullen

1948
Mallow
1923
1948
Meelin
1923
1948
Milford
1923
1948
Newmarket
1923

To access these records, click the Mallow Heritage Centre logo above and login or subscribe as required. Or view the full north-east Cork menu of records held on RootsIreland.

Mallow Heritage Centre holds the records for the Diocese of Cloyne. These include 46 of the 120 parishes in County Cork. Mallow Heritage Centre provides a genealogy Research Service as well as the online service.

PRONI celebrates centenary on library tour of Northern Ireland

As part of its centenary celebrations, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is making a tour of libraries across Northern Ireland.

The idea is to display and discuss historical documents specific to the region at each stop and help locals delve into the history of their area, uncover details of their family tree, and answer questions about records held in PRONI's vast archive.

The first event took place yesterday at Derry Central Library and there was a wide range of material for visitors to explore. The documents included:

  • A letter from Seamus Heaney to fellow renowned poet John Hewitt in September 1966 following the publication of Heaney’s poem Death of a Naturalist.
  • A passenger book of shipping agent J & J Cooke listing the names of those leaving Foyle Port for Philadelphia, Qu├ębec and St. John, New Brunswick between March 1858 and July 1867.
  • A register from Coleraine National School dating back to the late-1800s, noting the names of the male and female pupils who attended between 1872 and 1899.
  • A register from St Eugene’s Convent (formerly St Columb’s Convent) National School, noting the names of the girls who attended the school between 1892 and 1903.
  • A highly decorated map depicting the siege of Londonderry in 1689 (digital viewing only).
  • Footage from the UTV Archive depicting the North West, including 1960s footage of Foyle Street, a 1965 news clip on a four mile long motorcade in support of a university in the city and a piece on Derry’s selection as City of Culture in 2013.

The second tour event will be on Thursday 14 December (10am–4pm) at Enniskillen Library, with further visits, including to Lurgan Library, planned for the New Year. Keep an eye on PRONI's website or check dates on LibrariesNI

Monday 20 November 2023

Half price subscriptions on offer from IrishNewspaperArchive.com

The Dublin-based Irish Newspaper Archive has a whopping Black Friday discount on offer. All subscriptions, monthly and annual, Gold and Silver, they're all eligible for a 50% saving if you order before the expiry date: Monday 27 November.

Even Gift subscriptions attract the same level of discount. As well as making a great Christmas Gift for the researcher in your life, existing subscribers can also take advantage of this Gift Voucher arrangement; they can redeem their voucher code when their existing sub ends.

Just click the image right, decide whether you need a Silver or Gold membership, and then choose the period you want your membership to run. You don't need any discount codes.

IrishNewspaperArchive.com now hosts more than 12million pages from 252 Irish publications. 

Newly added content includes the Connaught Journal 1793 - 1828; Celtic Times, 1887; Rights of the Irishmen, 1792; The Press 1797 - 1798; Sligo Weekender 2005 - 2008; Belfast Newsletter 2006; Andersonstown News, 1972 - 2000; Post, 1955 and 1958-1959; Evening Echo, 2001-2002; Evening Telegraph, 1916 - 1919; and digitisation work will be starting soon on the Irish News from 1891 to current.

Wednesday 15 November 2023

Latest update from the Irish Registry of Deeds Index Project

The volunteer-led Irish Registry of Deeds Index has been updated. The main Index now stands at 571,225 entries from 58,984 memorials of deeds, while both the Townland and Grantee indexes have also seen worthwhile additions.

The volunteer team is always looking for new contributors. Transcribing the material can now be done online (unlike the 'old days' when you had to attend the Registry of Deeds in Dublin). Images of the Memorial Books and the Townland and Grantee Books are online at the free FamilySearch website and the submission of material to the Index project is made online. Of the memorials already indexed, more than 87% are now linked to the FamilySearch images.

Nick Reddan, the founder and manager of the Project, has recently published a new page (here) showing the proportion of index entries with direct links by volume and cumulatively.

One-off donations of entries to the index are always welcome, but if you want to become a regular submitter, you'll be joining a really worthwhile project that is providing genealogical information that is unlikely to be released in a searchable manner any time soon. The Project is completely free to users.

Find out more at irishdeedsindex.net/.

PRONI publishes enhanced guide to the Ulster textile industries

Click image for download link of guide
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has released a new publication – The Ulster Textile Industry: a Catalogue of Business Records in PRONI – which is based on a guide created in 1978.

This much enhanced edition includes details of the many sources on textiles produced since then and includes archives from some 430 businesses working in the Linen, Cotton and Woollen industries in the North of Ireland.

It runs to 124 pages and is free to download.

The Guide's Introduction advises researchers to refer to the PRONI ecatalogue before using any of the records, as it will almost always provide a fuller description of the documents held by the Belfast-based repository. It also gives sub-numbers for ordering particular items from large collections.

Tuesday 14 November 2023

Three-week summary: English, Scottish & Welsh genealogy updates

Below is an overview of newly-released and updated genealogy collections for England, Scotland and Wales from the major family history database providers. (For previous list, see 24 October blogpost.)

My regular summary of releases and updates relating to British collections is designed to help researchers 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 parentheses in the New Collections section are the numbers of records (or images, if browse-only) in the new record set.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parentheses 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 so the figure is the new total. 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 / FindMyPast

FindMyPast

MyHeritage

TheGenealogist


NEW COLLECTIONS



Ancestry

FindMyPast

FreeBMD Index

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Irish holdings grow as BritishNewspaperArchive passes milestone

The British Library's online newspaper collection database – BritishNewspaperArchive.com – has passed the 72million-page milestone following the addition of two newly digitised titles, both from Northern Ireland. They are:

Carrick Times and East Antrim Times Nearly 4,500 pages of news dating from 1987 to 1999 are now available to search for this new title.

The Ulster Star. Published in Lisburn, this weekly title reported local news from the town (now a city), which lies on the River Lagan. Some 95,000 pages dating from 1957-1987 and 1989-1999 can now be searched.

As well as the new titles, the database has been updated with additional years of coverage for six more titles, all covering Northern Ireland: The Larne Times (1985–1999, with gaps); Lurgan Mail (1988, 1990–1991); Mid-Ulster Mail (1991–1993, 1995 and 1999); Derry Journal (1975–1977, 1989); Portadown News (1956–1982); and The Belfast Newsletter (1991, 1993–1994).

The BritishNewspaperArchives database is available via its dedicated site (use link above) and is also shared with Pro, Premium and Ultimate subscribers to FindMyPast.


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Thursday 9 November 2023

Free access to ALL* FindMyPast records until Monday 13 November

Marking Remembrance weekend, FindMyPast is opening up its databases to free access. *The only exclusions are the 1921 Census of England & Wales and the Tree Search collections; only subscribers will be able to access these.

The free access is now live and will run until 10am GMT on Monday 13 November. Researchers will be able to explore the military and war-time experiences of their ancestors, as well as records about their peace time lives, through a wide range of record collections including census, birth, marriage and death, migration, church, school and occupational records.

FindMyPast's Newspaper Collection, with its nearly 72million pages of digitised newsprint sourced from the British Library, is included in this free access period.

You'll need to register with FindMyPast to gain free access. It's a quick and easy process, and no financial details are required.

Select from the flags below for the most appropriate FindMyPast 'territory' for your research:



FindMyPast Ireland

FindMyPast USA/Canada 
FindMyPast UK 
FindMyPast Australia/NZ 

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Captcha fault is denying access to IrishGenealogy.ie databases

The state-managed IrishGenealogy.ie, which provides free online access to civil registration records and some church register collections, has a technical problem which is currently preventing entry into its databases. The Captcha – a real pain in the proverbial at the best of times – appears to have got itself stuck.

Reaching the appropriate techies is not an easy task because they do their work incognito: no contact links, emails or phone numbers are provided to allow malfunctions to be reported, and even when a contact is made with a real live individual, frequent staff changes means that individual may not be in-situ next time a problem arises.

All very frustrating, especially for professional genealogists who depend on round-the-clock access to these essential databases.

Anyway, I have attempted to reach the right officials and will update this blogpost if I hear anything or when the site is up and running again.

UPDATE, 10 November 2023. The following notice has been published on the site's home page:


UPDATE, 13 November 2023. Access has been restored. The Captcha has changed its appearance, but at least it's working.

Wednesday 1 November 2023

October updates to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives

Below you'll find a summary of the files and photos added to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives last month. As usual, they have all been donated by researchers with the intention and hope that they'll help other family historians. If you have or can gather any suitable material to share, please see the IGP submission forms.

Headstone to Mary Dunlea and family at Holy Rosary RC
cemetery in Midleton, County Cork. Photo reproduced courtesy
of the photographer, Angela Gallagher, and IGPArchives.
Click for larger view of image.

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Our Lady of Lourdes RC, Ballyconnell (additional).
Holy Family, Pt 1, Loch Gowna

CORK Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Holy Rosary RC, Midleton, Pt 16. Completed.

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Donaghmore COI Marriages - 1845-1921

KILDARE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Confey, Sections Y-Z & Angels Plots

KILKENNY Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Christus Rex Cemetery, Mooncoin, Pt 1

LEITRIM, DONEGAL, SLIGO Church Records
Rossinver (Kinlough) CoI Marriages 1845-1921

LONGFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Mary RC graveyard, Carra

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Church Records
1st Donaghedy Presbyterian Marriages 1845-1921.
2nd Donaghedy (Sandville) Presb. Marriages 1845-1921