Wednesday 12 June 2024

Did you hear the groan? Data Protection concerns strike again

The 1899 and 1908-1915 Dublin Voters Lists remain
available to view. Only the lists from 1938-1964
have been removed.

Two weeks ago, on the fine morning of Tuesday 28 May, the Irish genealogy world woke to learn that five incredibly useful Dublin databases – all previously accessible Dublin City Council's website until unceremoniously taken offline in March – had found a new online home thanks to genealogist John Grenham. (Read my blogpost here.) Oooo. There was much happiness and skipping.

It didn't last. By the end of the day, one of those databases had again been taken offline. It holds the Dublin Voters’ Lists 1938–1957.

Seriously? Names of individuals with their residences back 90-odd years ago? These people had to be 21 to have half a chance of being recorded as a voter, so most of them would have appeared in at least one Irish census.

If there is such concern about database protection, so be it, but surely a partial removal – of those individuals born less than 100 years ago – would suffice.

Latest new and updated record collections for UK genealogy

Please find below a three-week summary of newly-released and updated family history collections for England, Scotland and Wales from the major genealogy databases. (Previous list 24 May blogpost.)

These regular listings are designed to help researchers whose Irish ancestors migrated, temporarily or permanently, to England, Scotland or Wales.

By default, they will also be useful to anyone carrying out research in those three nations, regardless of the origin of their ancestors.

Please note that I don't usually include updates of fewer than 1,000 records.


NEW COLLECTIONS

Figures in parentheses are the numbers of records (or images, if browse-only) in each new collection.

Ancestry

BritishNewspaperArchive (BNA) and FindMyPast (FMP)
  • Hunts County News | Pudsey & Stanningley News | Ellon Times & East Gordon Advertiser |Spilsby Standard

FindMyPast

UPDATED COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

FindMyPast

FreeBMD

TheGenealogist

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Friday 7 June 2024

Bumper edition of Irish Genealogy Matters newsletter published

A new edition of the Irish Genealogy Matters newsletter has been published.

Produced by the Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF), the organisation behind RootsIreland.ie and an island-wide network of 34 genealogy/heritage centres, the publication provides an overview of recent uploads to the RootsIreland database and brings us news of activities from the centres.

Among the latter is news of a Symposium to be held at the Mellon Centre on 20-21 June which will explore how Irish migrants accomplished their journeys across the Atlantic Ocean; a helpful guide to the family history value found in national school records; an article about the Irish origins of Maggie Hinchey 'The Thrush of Suffrage', and a listing of OffalyHistory events (in person and online) until the end of the year.

There's plenty more... It's a bumper 11-page edition. Be sure to check it out.

The newsletter can be downloaded from the RootsIreland blog. Click the image above.

Thursday 6 June 2024

Free access to all* records on FindMyPast this weekend

Marking D-Day's 80th Anniversary, FindMyPast has opened up nearly all* of its database to free access from now until 10am (GMT) on Monday 10 June.

The free access includes billions of historical records, huge numbers of more recent Electoral Registers, plus the entire British Newspaper Archive. The latter holds just under 80million pages of digitised newsprint including a collection of 266 titles from the island of Ireland.

*The only exclusions are the 1921 Census of England & Wales collection and FMP's Tree Search.

Click your preferred 'territory' below

Other than those two no-go areas, you can fill your boots! And you can use your choice of FindMyPast's geographical sites – just click your preference below.

Although you will need to log-in (or register, if you have not done so previously) you will NOT be required to provide payment information. If you don't have a FindMyPast account, all you'll be asked for is your email address, your choice of password and your name. That's it. It's a speedy process, and then you can get stuck into the database straightaway.

If you've not previously had a subscription or haven't had one for some time, this weekend provides you with a great opportunity to find out what FindMyPast can offer your family history research. Don't miss it!

Select your preferred FindMyPast territory:

FindMyPast.ie

FindMyPast.com


FindMyPast.co.uk
FindMyPast.com.au

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June dates for your Irish genealogy research diary

Some dates to note if planning any Irish family history research visits in Dublin this month.

National Archives of Ireland
The NAI's Reading Room in Bishop Street will be closed to the public on Wednesday 12 June for staff training. It's a full day closure, reopening on the Thursday morning at 10am.

Lunchtime tours of the 'Society & State – Ireland Through its Records' exhibiton (Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle) will be held on Wednesdays 12, 19 and 26 June from 1.15pm to 1:45pm. They are free but you need to book.

National Library of Ireland
The NLI's Main, Microfilm and Manuscript Reading Rooms, and the NLI Ticket Office will be open on two Saturdays: 8 and 22 June from 9:30am to 1pm. These are in addition to their regular Monday to Friday openings.

Dr Audrey Whitty, the Director of the NLI, will give a Tour of the Library's Victorian building at 7/8 Kildare Street, Dublin on Thursday 6 June (6pm to 7pm). It is free, but you need to book.

Wednesday 5 June 2024

Another bundle of RC records from Co. Kerrry joins RootsIreland

RootsIreland.ie has added 6,225 baptismal and marriage records for Sneem parish in County Kerry.  They breakdown as follows:

  • Baptisms  – 5,497 records (1813—1899);
  • Marriages –    729 records (1858—1900).

The records link to images of the relevant registers held on the National Library of Ireland's website. Note that these records run later than the images on that site, which stop at 1880/1.

For an up to date list of sources for Kerry and to search these records, go to kerry.rootsireland.ie and login or subscribe as required.

Tuesday 4 June 2024

Father's Day 2024: Save 30% on Ancestry DNA kits (UK & IE only)

Father's Day is approaching (it's on Sunday 16 June) so if you're looking for a rather less obvious gift than socks, booze, or a laugh-a-minute book, why not consider an Ancestry DNA test kit to encourage his natural curiosity about his (and your) heritage?

This year, Ancestry is offering a 30% saving on the regular test kit price to researchers in the UK and in Ireland. 

Find out more by choosing from the options below. 

Be sure to place your order before 11:59pm on Father's Day itself. After that time, the discount disappears.


Ireland: AncestryDNA test kit €64, reduced from €95. Shipping extra.
UK: AncestryDNA test kit £54, reduced from £79. Shipping extra.

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Summer edition of Irish Roots Magazine published

The summer edition of Irish Roots – Ireland's only independent magazine designed to help family historians research and explore their Irish heritage – is now available to purchase.

Published in County Wicklow, each quarterly issue of Irish Roots delivers a wide range of advice, guidance and tips from experienced genealogists, historians, dna experts and columnists, as well as news of recently released record collections, activities by genealogical societies, letters to the editor, selections of new books, events and dates for your diary, readers' experiences and a Q&A.

Among the articles in this edition are:
  • Local resources for tracing County Waterford ancestors
  • Shared genes; the role of siblings in genetic genealogy research
  • Irish naming conventions strategies using Catholic Church records
  • Accessing Irish ancestral records at the National Archives, Kew, UK
  • Discover the history and origins of many surnames from Waterford
  • Helpful ancestral research tips from the IGRS
  • Australian Irish Connections; establishing settlement
  • A review of the latest Irish genealogical record releases
  • And another thing - genealogical observations and commentary by Steven Smyrl

Digital format:
Individual editions: €6 | US$6.48 | £5.09 | CAN$8.86 | NZ$10.58 | AUD$9.77
1-year subscription (4 editions): €19.99 | US$21.63 | £17 | CAN$29.59 | NZ$21.63 | AUD$32.59

Paper format including p&p:
Individual editions: €12 | US$14 | £12
1-year subscription (4 editions) €35 | US$49 | £35 |CAN$54 | AUD$54.

NOTE: Currency figures quoted relate to today's exchange rates.

Monday 3 June 2024

May 2024 updates to ireland Genealogy Projects Archives

During May, volunteers donated records sourced from eight burial grounds across the island, each from a different county. While one of these files includes only basic genealogical information transcribed from the gravestones, the other files have photos of the headstones plus full transcriptions of the inscriptions.

As always, these donations are provided free of charge by researchers for the benefit of other researchers. If you'd like to help this huge online archive continue to grow, please consider donating records or photos or other material useful to Irish family historians. See these two pages of the IGP website: headstones project and submission forms.

   Headstone in Kilbride graveyard, Co Offaly
   Gloria In Excelsis Deo | Erected by MARGARET BRACKEN |
in memory of her Husband |IOHN BRACKEN
    Who Deptd This | Life 10th April 1854 aged 66 years.
   Photo courtesy of the photographer Bernard M Doheny
   and IGPArchives.
  

CARLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Lismaconly Cemetery Part 1, Myshall

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St Mary's RC Graveyard Part 3, Crosserlough (Updated)

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Cemeteries
St Patrick's CoI, Castle Archdale

KERRY Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Murhur Burial Ground Part 1, Newtown Sandes

LIMERICK Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St Michaels Graveyard (CoI), Limerick City

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Castlebar Old Cemetery (Partial)

OFFALY (KINGS), Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilbride aka Killiskea Graveyard

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Rathspick Graveyard, Murntown (Update)

Friday 31 May 2024

Find your Irish ancestors in FindMyPast's newest maritime records

Whether they worked principally at sea or on shore, your Irish ancestors might have just sailed into the FindMyPast database.

More than 313,000 new records across two collections are now available, both sourced from The National Archives (TNA) in Kew, London, and they feature sizeable contingents of Irish-born men.

Among them are some of my extended paternal family, and while I knew from earlier discoveries that they were employed in maritime services, these new records have provided new information about their careers and lives. In one case, a pre-civil registration death-by-drowning register entry was a surprise.

Some details of the new records:

Coastguards 1801-1952: As far as I'm aware, this collection has previously been available only via TNA. It holds 212,426 images and transcripts of men who worked as a coastguard between 1801 to 1952. If your ancestor appears in the records, you'll probably find several entries in the index. Some may provide duplicate information while others may be one-offs showing particular journeys with multiple stops enroute. I'd expected coastguards to have been based principally at one station but these records suggest otherwise, unless some of these voyages had more of a policing purpose. I shall have to investigate.

British Royal Navy & Royal Marines Service And Pension Records, 1704-1939: Some 101,555 transcriptions have been added to this existing wide-ranging collection. The new arrivals comprise series ADM 139, a record-set holding service records dating from 1853 to 1872. Again, one of the records looks very exciting, allowing me (if I can confirm it) to drop back another generation on a close branch of my 4xGGF's brother, born 1786. Busy weekend ahead!

Women's Royal Naval Service Officer Records, 1917–1919: Images of more than 59,000 records have been linked to existing transcripts from the series ADM 318. These records can't be searched by place, so I can't tell if any Irish women are included in the database. Given the dates, I think it unlikely, but I include a link for those who may wish to check it out.


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Thursday 30 May 2024

Registers from 40 Monaghan national schools join RootsIreland

The Irish Family History Foundation's RootsIreland.ie database has grown by more than 20,000 records from County Monaghan. They have been transcribed from the registers of 40 national schools in the county.

The earliest starting date for the registers in this collection is 1865; the latest is 1895. The most recent end date is 1925.

See the full list of schools and register dates here.

National school registers are a valuable source of genealogical information. They contain the vital detaiils of each pupil, along with a summary of their school attendance, the subjects they studied and their examination results over the years. Occasionally they also contain notes from teachers regarding departures from the school, their careers, migration, serious illness or death.

Registers occasionally contain notes on departures from the school, careers after leaving school, emigration, serious illness, or even death.

For the full menu of County Monaghan sources, click the logo above.

Wednesday 29 May 2024

TipperaryStudies digitises more National Schools records

TipperaryStudies, the local history department of Tipperary County Council's Library Service, has been busy scanning and uploaded some new school records to its Digital Collection. They come from four schools, as follows:

Lisnamrock National School
  • Boys' register 1875–1886
  • Boys' register 1876–1901
  • Boys' register 1911–1925
  • Girls' register 1910–1925

Gaile National School
  • Boys' register from 1911–1925
  • Girls' register book for 1900–1925

Ayle National School
  • Boys roll book 1917–1925

Gortagarry National School
  • Girls' register 1880–1925
  • Boys' register 1880–1925
  • Examination roll, April 1899, listing subjects to be examined

These registers were loaned by the schools for digitisation. They have been scanned to a high quality and can now be downloaded, free of charge, in pdf format. Click the image above to browse the newly uploaded files.

Click here for TipperaryStudies' full National Schools Records collection.

Military Service Pensions (1916-23) Collection: 16th release is online

The Military Archives of Ireland has today released its 16th instalment of files from the Military Service Pensions (1916-23) Collection (MSPC). This collection, which consists of tens of thousands of files, is the largest in the Military Archives and is one of the flagship projects of the Decade of Centenaries.

This latest release sees some 2,350 scanned files entering the public domain. They relate to claims lodged by 967 individuals/veterans or their dependents; with their names now added to the database, alongside their detailed archival description, new information on the War of Independence and the Civil War is now available and providing significant insights into post-conflict lives.

The documentation contained in each file varies. For example, the newly released file relating to Daniel Santry from Currahevern in County Cork consists of 53 pages of scanned material relating to an (unsuccessful) appeal against his military pension being reduced for one short period during the Civil War. This is the fourth MSPC file to be released for Daniel.

In total, the number of individuals appearing in the MSPC online database is now 19,196.

For more information about today's release and to download the list of individuals included, see MilitaryArchives.ie.

Tuesday 28 May 2024

Five free Dublin genealogy databases return online

All hail John Grenham, professional genealogist, database creater, author and all-round good egg.

Following the removal of Dublin City Council's 'Heritage Databases' from the dublincity.ie platform, John has today uploaded his own back-up copies (he created them) of five of the most genealogically useful databases to his Irish Ancestors site.

They are:

  • Dublin Voters 1938-1957
  • Dublin Municipal Voters 1899, 1908-1915 
  • Dublin Graveyards Directory 
  • Dublin Cemeteries - burial registers from Clontarf, Drimnagh and Finglas
  • Dublin Freemen to 1774

These databases are now free to search and view at this page: https://www.johngrenham.com/dcla/.

This is a temporary step while DCC overcomes its compliance issues. See John's blogpost – Some of me oul' darlin' databases are back online – for more details.

Latest update from the Irish Registry of Deeds Index Project

Following its most recent update, the main index of the online Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland holds the names of nearly 590,000 individuals recorded in memorials dating back to the early 18th century.

Some 88% of these memorials are linked to images of the original documents, which are available to view free of charge at FamilySearch.

The Townland Index is also free to search, allowing researchers to search for settlements made by people who lived or owned land in a particular townland, or for sales or other transfers of land parcels. This index holds more than 547,000 entries.

The project is volunteer led, and all the Indexes are free to search.

More volunteers are needed. Please consider donating a little of your time to help this important and increasingly useful project as it reveals the secrets of the Registry of Deeds collection to genealogists and other researchers around the world.

Saturday 25 May 2024

Treat yourself to a rare subscription discount from Ancestry UK

Goodness. When did you last see a discount offer for a subscription to Ancestry UK? I certainly can't remember when I did. So if you thinking of taking out a new sub, this may be the opportunity you're been hoping to arrive.

Until 11:59pm BST on Wednesday 29 May, you can take advantage of a 20% discount on a new six-month subscription to Ancestry UK. If you choose the Ireland and UK option, you'll be saving yourself £13 on the regular price of £69.99, with the reduced cost coming in at a rather more tidy £59.99.

If you prefer the 'all records' subscription, the standard price of £99.99 is reduced to £79.99. It includes all records in Ancestry's Ireland and UK collections AND all its international records, too.

Click the image right to learn more. Look out, too, for the current saving on AncestryDNA test kits. Just scroll down the landing page.

More Northern Ireland death and burial records available online

Ancestry has uploaded a new collection of records to its Northern Ireland holding: Londonderry, City Cemetery Burials, 1853-1961.

These 51,000 records typically include some or all of the following: name of the deceased; birth date and place, age, religion; parent's names, spouse's name; death date and place; burial date and place. 

Derry City Cemetery was opened in 1853 and for the following hundred years, until the early 1960s, it was the main burial place for both Protestants and Catholics in the city. 

These transcriptions were created by volunteers and can be searched free of charge on the Derry Tower Museum site at https://towermuseumcollections.com/cemetery-records/.

See right for a sample return from a search on Ancestry.


FindMyPast has updated its Northern Ireland Deaths 1980-2024 collection with a further 28,292 records. This tranche of transcriptions brings the total number in the collection to just under 123,000.

This record-set was created by 'mortality data specialist' MiExact, a company that, until February 2024, was part of Wilmington plc.

Similar collections are held by FindMyPast for other parts of the UK and these have also expanded. The Scotland Deaths, 1855–2024 collection grew by nearly 500,000 transcription spanning 1980–2024, while more than 225,500 Welsh records were added while the England and Wales Deaths, 2007–2024 collection.



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National Archives of Ireland's €37m expansion enters next phase

The project to redevelop the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) entered its next phase earlier this week and will take a little over a year (65 weeks) to complete. The work will see the existing foundations strengthened and a second floor built into the existing structure.

This extra space will increase the capacity of the National Archives by two-thirds and provide for state of the art racking and shelving systems.

The National Archives of Ireland

Space has been tight at the NAI's five-storey premises (formerly the Jacobs biscuit factory) on the corner of Bishop Street and Bride Street in Dublin 8 for some years. Its collections total over 50 million records dating from the 16th century to records relating to the modern Irish state, but despite its substantial footprint – the repository extends back to Peter Street – it has been unable to accept all government files since 2013.

When completed, the expanded and converted repository will enable all backlogs currently held by government departments and bodies to transfer to the National Archives, the collections will be kept in more environmentally secure conditions and will enjoy improved fire protection, and the stronger foundations will allow for future upward expansion of archival storage vaults.

The €37m redevelopment is a significant project under the National Cultural Institutions investment programme as part of Project Ireland 2040.

The project is funded by the Department for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and is being delivered in partnership with the Office of Public Works.

Save 25% on a new subscription to the BritishNewspaperArchive

With its holding of British and Irish titles now totting up to more than 78.3million pages, the British Newspaper Archive is a terrific resource for genealogists researching ancestors from the islands of Ireland and Great Britain.

This weekend's 25% discount is valid across the site's range of monthly, three-monthly and annual subscriptions. Gift subscriptions are included.

To take advantage of the saving, you'll need to sign up for a new subscription before 11:59pm BST on Monday 27 May.

Click the image, right, for more details of the offer.


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Friday 24 May 2024

Three weeks of genealogy updates: England, Scotland and Wales

Please find below a three-week summary of newly-released and updated family history collections for England, Scotland and Wales from the major genealogy databases. (Previous list 1 May blogpost.)

These regular listings are designed to help researchers whose Irish ancestors migrated, temporarily or permanently, to England, Scotland or Wales.

By default, they will also be useful to anyone carrying out research in those three nations, regardless of the origin of their ancestors.

Please note that I don't usually include updates of fewer than 1,000 records.


NEW COLLECTIONS

Figures in parentheses are the numbers of records (or images, if browse-only) in each new collection.

Ancestry

BritishNewspaperArchive (BNA) and FindMyPast (FMP)
  • Peterborough Eve. Telegraph | Newton & Earlestown Guardian | Scottish Sporting Post

FamilySearch

FindMyPast
TheGenealogist

UPDATED COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

FindMyPast

TheGenealogist

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Thursday 16 May 2024

National Archives of Ireland afternoon closure on Tuesday 21 May

The National Archives of Ireland has announced that its Reading Room will be closed to the public on the afternoon of Tuesday 21 May.

However, the NAI's free Genealogy Service, which is managed by members of Accredited Genealogists Ireland, will be available on the ground floor.

RootsIreland adds Catholic marriage records from County Tipperary

RootsIreland.ie has updated its County Tipperary holdings with the addition of 4,028 marriage records from the Roman Catholic parish of Killenaule, 1742-1801 and 1812-1900. This parish is also known as Moyglass.

These records have been transcribed by South Tipperary Genealogy, one of the Irish Family History Foundation's island-wide network of genealogy centres, which is located in the Brú Ború Centre in Cashel.

The records are unusual for their early survival date – 1742 – but unfortunately some ten years of register pages (from January 1802 to January 1812) are missing. Transcribed from locally-held registers, the RootsIreland records continue to 1900. Those recorded up to 1881 have been linked to the National Library of Ireland's register images.

For an up to date list of sources for South Tipperary on RootsIreland, see the online menu. To search these records, go to www.tipperarysouth.rootsireland.ie and login or subscribe as required.

Thursday 9 May 2024

National Library of Ireland: Saturday openings in May

The National Library of Ireland's Main, Microfilm and Manuscripts Reading Rooms, plus the Readers' Ticket Office will be open on the following Saturdays during the month ahead:

– 11 May
– 25 May

These areas of the library are all housed in Dublin's Kildare Street. Saturday opening is from 9:30am to 1pm.

Please note that the Family History Room is not open to the public on Saturdays.

For detailed opening hours across the four NLI sites, see the NLI website.

Wednesday 8 May 2024

FindMyPast adds County Limerick Electoral Registers, 1760-1776

FindMyPast.ie's latest addition is a collection of voters' registers relating to three elections held in the second half of the 18th century. The record-set has been launched as the Limerick City & County Electoral Registers 1760-1776 collection and holds 2,548 transcriptions.

As far as I'm aware, these records, sourced from the National Library of Ireland, have not previously been available online.

The registers record those who voted in the Limerick in the elections of 1761, 1768 and 1776. They note who the individual voted for, their place of residence and the address of the property through which they qualified for a vote.

At this time, County Limerick was entitled to elect two MPs to the Dublin Parliament; entitlement to vote was restricted to adult men who possessed freehold property with a minimum value of £2 per year or were Freemen of Limerick City.

A sample search return from the 1768 election (which took place at St Francis's Abbey, 11-16 July) shows Patrick Fitzgibbon, who lived at Newcastle and held property at Manister-nenagh valued at more than £2pa, voted for "m.o.". Eight years later, now residing in Manister, he voted for Hugh Massy ("hm").

Be sure to read the collection home page before searhing.


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General Register Office of Ireland adjusts opening hours again

The General Register Office of Ireland's Public Search facility in Dublin has changed its opening hours again.

The office, which is located in Werburgh Street, to the west of Dublin Castle, is now open on Tuesdays only, from 9:30am to 4:30pm and will remain open over the lunch period.

It's true this is an improvement on the original post-pandemic timetable, which changed from week to week with little advance notice, required two-hour appointments and had a lunchtime kick out.

Oh, for the days, pre-lockdown, when the walk-in service operated a full five days a week.

The Monday–Friday email service is often extremely efficient, sometimes with turnaround within less than 24 hours. Sadly, such speed can't be relied upon. (In April, I waited for just under three weeks for a birth cert research copy.)

Sunday 5 May 2024

Irish Times Group buys funeral notice platform RIP.ie

The hugely successful free-to-view RIP.ie database has been acquired by the Irish Times Group.

Founded in 2005 by brother and sister team Jay and Dympna Coleman of County Louth, the site has been publishing death announcements and funeral notices (and much more) since July 2006.

Although so recently established, it has become a trusted resource in Ireland and can be useful to genealogists looking to update their family trees. Each notice is placed by the funeral director and typically includes information about the deceased's relatives and sometimes other personal details.

The opportunity for family, friends, colleagues and other acquaintances to upload condolences to the site has become extremely popular since Covid 19 arrived, and can often be another rich source for family history.

The site's sale raised immediate concerts that the platform would be placed behind a paywall. However, in a statement issued yesterday, the Irish Times Group committed to keeping RIP.ie 'free to view' following its acquisition.

Thursday 2 May 2024

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives - April updates: Headstones photos and church records from nine counties across the island

Last month brought another bumper delivery of files to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives from the volunteer team. The additions include headstone photos and transcribed inscriptions from seven burial grounds plus church records from two Ulster congregations, one Presbyterian, the other Methodist.

As always, these files have been contributed by researchers for the benefit of other researchers, and are available on a free-to-access basis. If you have any similar records or photos, please consider donating them to IGPArchives. You can find out how to contribute here.

Headstones to Conway family in Illinaspic
graveyard, Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny. Photo courtesy
of Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives
and the contributor, Emma Bates.
Click for enlarged image.

CARLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Lazerian Cemetery, Kildavin

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Laragh Old Cemetery (Updated)

CLARE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Holy Rosary Graveyard, Doolin, Part 2

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Ballyshannon Methodist Marriages, 1872-1920

KERRY Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Listowel Burial Ground - Partial

KILKENNY Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Killinaspic Pt 2, Mooncoin, Completed

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Sion Mills Presbyterian Marriages 1866-1921

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives
HeadstonesCalvary Cemetery Pt. 2, Bunclody
Memorials St David's Interior, Family of Adoration Convent, Ferns

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Brigid's Graveyard, Annacurra

Wednesday 1 May 2024

Latest genealogy updates for English, Scottish & Welsh collections

Please find below a two-week summary of newly-released and updated family history collections for England, Scotland and Wales from the major genealogy databases. (For previous list, see 11/4 blogpost.)

These regular listings are designed to help researchers whose Irish ancestors migrated, temporarily or permanently, to England, Scotland or Wales.

By default, they will also be useful to anyone carrying out research in those three nations, regardless of the origin of their ancestors.

Please note that I don't usually include updates of fewer than 1,000 records.


NEW COLLECTIONS

Figures in parentheses are the numbers of records (or images, if browse-only) in each new collection.

Ancestry

BritishNewspaperArchive (BNA) and FindMyPast (FMP)
  • Deeside Piper |  Midhurst and Petworth Observer  |  Pontefract & Castleford Express  |  Sleaford Standard  |  Hucknall Dispatch  |  Daventry and District Weekly Express  |  Kirriemuir Herald  |  Glenrothes Gazette

FamilySearch

FindMyPast
MyHeritage

UPDATED COLLECTIONS

Unless otherwise stated, where there is only one figure in parenthesis, it reflects the total number of records in the updated collection. Where there are two figures, the first is the number of records added in the recent update, the second is the revised total number.

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

FreeBMD

TheGenealogist

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Tuesday 30 April 2024

Newly launched: County Armagh: The Irish Revolution, 1912-1923

Published April 2024

The most recent county to be studied in the Four Courts Press The Irish Revolution, 1912–23 series is Armagh.

The 240-page paperback, written by Donal Hall and Eoin Magennis, explains how Armagh's long-standing antipathy between unionism and nationalism intensified during the 'third home rule crisis' of 1912–14 and saw the unionists mobilize both politically and militarily to demand a partitioned Ireland. The IRA was largely forced from the county by 1922 by the dominant Crown Forces and many volunteers were interned on both sides of the new border.

Using both official and private archives, this study offers new perspectives on the continuities, changes and wider social and economic dynamics which shaped County Armagh during this tumultuous decade.

The illustrated paperback has been published this month and is now on sale at a reduced price of €22.45 from Four Courts Press. ISBN: 978-1-80151-080-6.

Click here for the full line-up of titles in this popular series which now covers Counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Kildare, Leitrim, Limerick, Louth, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, Tyrone and Waterford.


Monday 29 April 2024

Any ancestral connections to Borrisokane in Co Tipperary?

Tipperary Studies had added an interesting collection to its digital archives: the Kent Collection. It's a treasure trove of historical documents and photographs that were kindly loaned for digitisation by Roland Dyer, the great grandson of Walter Francis Kent, a prominent merchant and grocer from Borrisocane in the north of County Tipperary in the late C19th and early C20th.

Click for enlarged view of this sample

Born in 1856, Kent completed his apprenticeship with a hardward store in Birr before opening his own shop in Borrisokane. It offered a wide range of goods, including builders’ supplies, farm and garden seeds, coal, soap, cigarettes and groceries.

The shop’s ledgers, which span 1884 to 1932, provide insight into the daily lives of the local community, including farmers, carpenters, blacksmiths and shopkeepers.

Account transactions were recorded in these ledgers, noting the name of customers, their residence and, in many cases, their occupations, and keeping the necessary tally over time. Fascinating to look through, and an absolutely terrific discovery if you can identify an ancestor.

Each of the two ledgers has been digitised into a set of eight downloadable pdfs. Each holds about 100 pages.

The remaining parts of the collection are mostly photographs, including several of Roland, one of his sons, who enlisted in the South Irish Horse in 1915, and other WW1 army memorabilia.

Take a look through the collection, which is free to access on Tipperary Studies' Digital Archive, here and read a well-research article, including the family's genealogy, by Mary Flynn here

Friday 26 April 2024

BNA and FMP add to Irish historical newspaper collection

The Irish collection within the BritishNewspaperArchive and its shared database at sister company FindMyPast has seen some action for the first time since early January.

Making its debut was the Banbridge Chronicle while the Belfast News Letter received a full-year update, as follows:

Some 652 editions of the Banbridge Chronicle are now available to search and view on either site. The 23,996 pages date from 1980 to 1998.

All editions of The Belfast News Letter published in 2002 have joined the online databasers. With only a few gaps, the holding now tots up to 553,298 pages dating from 1828.

With these updates being of relatively recent publication, they probably won't offer too much to genealogists. However, it's good to see that the Irish newspapers collection is still growing, even if at a much slower pace than we once enjoyed.

PRONI publishes second edition of free Ulster & Slavery guide

To mark #DouglassWeek in Belfast, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has updated and republished its Ulster & Slavery: The Story from the Archives, an essential resource for learning more about the region's historical connections to slavery and reflecting on its influence in the present day.

It was first published in 2007 by PRONI to mark the bicentenary of the slave trade's abolition in the UK.

This second edition contains revised text and additional documents including one written by American abolitionist Frederick Douglass. There is also a foreward by Kenneth B Morris Jr, the 3 x great-grandson of Frederick Douglass.

Other revisions include a refreshed list of PRONI sources and artefacts from other institutions telling the story of slavery and the slave trade, 1680s–1890s. There is also an updated Bibliography and Websites page.

Click the image to read or download the ebook free of charge from PRONI's website.

Thursday 25 April 2024

Any connections to WW2 Nurses from Ireland? New resource online

In partnership with the Royal College of Nursing NI, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has today launched a ground-breaking Biographical Dictionary of Nurses from Ireland, which describes the lives of those nurses who served on the home front and in various theatres of war around the globe during WW2.

       Click to view online or download

The 325-page online publication full name The Biographical Dictionary of Nurses from Ireland in Service on the Home Front and on Allied Battle Fronts during the Second World War, 1939-1945, is edited by Seán Graffin and provides a comprehensive (but incomplete*) list of those nurses born on the island of Ireland who served. It is available via PRONI's website and is free to view online or to download.

It is well-illustrated and laid out, with a handy Timeline of the war itself and a good listing or Primary Sources, newspapers & journals, websites and a bibliography. There is also a listing of abbreviations used in the nursing profession.

The partnership project began in 2020 following the commemorations to mark the 75th anniversaries of Victory in Europe (VE) Day and Victory in Japan (VJ) Day, in order to identify those who had served in that war.

As names were gathered, it became evident that many nurses, mostly women, from across Ireland applied to train in British hospitals and when qualified applied to enlist to support the war effort.

* Research is continuing.

Fifteen Dublin City databases taken offline for redevelopment

The popular databases.dublincity.ie site which hosted fifteen free-to-access collections (see list below) was taken offline on 4 March 2024. According to a subsequent tweet, this action was taken by Dublin City Council, which manages the site, as "a precautionary measure due to cyber security concerns". I assumed this was a newly identified technical issue that would be quickly corrected. And then I forgot about it. Apologies.

Unfortunately, it looks as though there is no speedy fix in sight.

The reason the material was removed is that the site needs to be redeveloped to meet the EU's Web Accessibility Directive of 2016.

Web accessibility allows everyone, including people with disabilities, to perceive, understand, navigate and interact with the Internet. So what was that about the cyber security concerns?

DCL&A, Pearse Street, Dublin 2

In an undated statement released on the Council's online news pages, the organisation apologises for the inconvenience and adds: "Until such a time as the site can be redeveloped in accordance with the EU’s Web accessibility Directive, material previously accessed online must be accessed instead via the Dublin City Library & Archive (DCLA) Reading Room, 139-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Where possible, we will add links to digital catalogues and listings as soon as possible. Please contact cityarchives@dublincity.ie to make an appointment to view materials."

The phrase "Until such a time as the site can be redeveloped" sounds ominous, doesn't it?

But so does the increasingly frequently heard 'make an appointment'. Isn't it quite the fashion statement since Covid. Previously open throughout normal office working hours, the DCLA Reading Room is another of those repositories to have switched to appointment-only access. Appointments have to be booked in advance and are usually available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Here's the full list of databases affected:

~ Ancient freemen of Dublin (1461 to 1491, and 1564 to 1774)
~ Cemetery Burial Registers (Clontarf, Drimnagh, and Finglas)
~ Community Memory
~ Dublin City Electoral Lists 1908 to 1915
~ Dublin Directory 1647-1708
~ Dublin Guild Merchant Roll
~ Dublin Graveyards Directory
~ Medieval Manuscripts of Dublin
~ Parish Registers
~ The Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance Log book, Easter 1916
~ The John V O'Connor Papers, 1692-2015
~ The Index to Dublin City Council Minutes 1881-1987
~ The Monica Roberts Collection

Wednesday 24 April 2024

Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors, 1600-1800 - special saving

Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600–1800 is on special offer until the end of this month.

Written by the highly regarded Dr William Roulston and published by the Ulster Historical Foundation, the 640-page paperback is an essential reference book for any genealogist or historian looking for reliable guidance to sources of material from this period.

This is a second edition of the book. It includes a lot of additional material on church records and landed estate papers, as well as new chapters looking at records relating to law and order, emigration, business and occupations, diaries and journals, and clubs and societies.

Among the appendices is a parish-by-parish breakdown of the sources available in the nine counties of Ulster, a listing of surviving pre-1800 church records); a detailed description of around 350 collections of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century landed estate papers; and a listing of more than 500 towns and villages in Ulster with parish locations.

PLEASE NOTE: This book is sold in the UK and Ireland as Researching Ulster Ancestors but is identical in content to the book, Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors. Customers are welcome to purchase either version.

The book is reduced from £19.99 to £12.99.

ISBN 9781909556652