Monday 17 June 2024

30% savings on 3- and 12-month Premium subs to FindMyPast

FindMyPast is offering a 30% discount offer on new quarterly and annual Premium subscriptions.

Premium is the sub that gives you access to all areas of the database, including the Irish and British historical newspaper collections, which will hit the 80-million-page milestone this week, the 1921 Census of England and Wales (it's not available anywhere else online), and everything held in the huge FindMyPast database.

The discount will expire at 11:59pm (Dublin/London time) on Sunday 23 June.

Select your preferred FindMyPast 'territory' below. The links will take you to the 12-month subscription offer. Just click the '3 months' button on that page to switch offer.

FindMyPast.ie
Annual Premium: 30% off – Access everything for 12 months – €165.19
Quarterly Premium: 30% off – Access everything for 3 months – €48.99


FindMyPast.co.uk
Annual Premium – 30% off – Access everything for 12 months – £139.99
Quarterly Premium – 30% off – Access everything for 3 months – £41.99


FindMyPast.com
Annual Premium – 30% off – Access everything for 12 months – $209.99
Quarterly Premium – 30% off – Access everything for 3 months – $62.99


FindMyPast.com.au
Annual Premium – 30% off – Access everything for 12 months – $258.99
Quarterly Premium – 30% off – Access everything for 3 months – $76.99


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Thursday 13 June 2024

Irish Railway Employment Records make online debut on Ancestry

If you have ancestors who worked for the Irish railways (or even a tram or bus company), your genealogy research may be about to get a little easier thanks to a partnership between the Irish Railway Records Society (IRRS) and Ancestry.

Some 306,000 personnel records, previously held in the IRRS HQ just behind Dublin's Heuston Station, have been digitised and indexed, making a search of the once un-catalogued archive of registers a breeze.

The collection is called the Ireland Railway Employment Records, 1870-1940.

The records have been indexed in several fields. You can search by your ancestor's names, the stations or depots where he or she worked or was based, or by occupation (stationmaster, telephonist, clerk, driver, porter, bus driver etc) or by employment start and end dates, or a mixture of these. Note that the records are not exclusively from the railway companies; a small proportion include personnel working on the tramways and bus network.

Not all of the original registers survive or are held in the IRRS archive. The transport companies who feature in the collection are:

  • Cavan, Leitrim and Roscommon Light Railway
  • Corus Iompair Eireann
  • Cork, Blackrock & Passage Railway
  • County Donegal Railways Joint Committee
  • Dublin & South Eastern Railway
  • Dublin United Tramways Companies
  • Great Northern Railway (Ireland)
  • Great Southern & Western Railways
  • Great Southern Great Southern Railways & Cora Iompair Eireann
  • Irish Omnibus Company
  • Midland Great Western Railway
  • Midland Great Western Railway and Cavan and Leitrim Railway
  • Waterford & Limerick Railway

Be sure to read through the description of this collection before you start searching.

As of now, this collection has not appeared in Ancestry's catalogue. During the afternoon, I've been merrily playing with the records, downloading images and checking up on my maternal grandad's colleagues when he was working as a Relief Officer in the 1930s. I've noticed a few search result links have returned 404 messages, so it may be that some of the records are still bedding down or something....  I dare say it'll quickly settle down.

In addition to this now digitised resource, the IRRS holds manuscripts, photographs, films, drawings, maps and memorabilia of Irish railways and the public are welcome to contact the society to learn more.


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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)