Irish Family History Society





2012 News

Genealogy Advisory Service, National Archives - Christmas Availability

Traditionally this is a particularly quiet time of year, and you can make the most of this opportunity to consult with the panel of expert genealogists. If you have a particularly difficult family history conundrum, this could be your chance to get the undivided attention of a genealogist, to help you scale that 'brick wall'.  

The Genealogy Advisory Service is available in the National Archives of Ireland reading room on these dates:  

Thursday 27th December,

Friday 28th December

Monday 31st December

Wednesday 2nd January

Thursday 3rd January

Friday 4th January

The Genealogy Service is available to the public from Monday to Friday, from 10.00–13.30 and is located on Floor 5 of the National Archives, adjacent to the Reading Room.

For further detail see NAI website


National Archives Christmas Closure

The Reading Room will be closed from 12.30 on Monday 24 December 2012 until 10.00 on Thursday 27 December. It will be closed on Tuesday 1 January 2013 and will re-open at 10.00 on Wednesday 2 January.


National Library Christmas Closure

The National Library reading rooms will close on Friday 21 December at 4.45pm. Exhibitions on Kildare Street and in Temple Bar will be open as normal on 22 and 23 December, with all services closed from 24-26 December inclusive.  Exhibitions on Kildare Street and in the National Photographic Archive will be open from 9.30/10am - 4.45pm on 27, 28 and 31 December, and from 12pm - 4.45pm on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 December. All buildings will be closed on Tuesday 1 January 2013, with full service resuming on Wednesday 2 January.  


Annual Closure of Military Archives Reading Room.

The reading room will be closed to members of the public from 11th Dec 2012 until 07 Jan 2013 inclusive. The next available appointment after Christmas will be on Tuesday the 8th January 2012. This closure is due to the annual file audit being undertaken prior to the Christmas leave period


New National Archives of Ireland genealogy website

On 8 November last, Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, launched the NAI’s new genealogy website    From this site, you can access the Census records for 1901 and 1911, the Tithe Applotment Books for 1823 to 1837 and the Soldiers’ Wills for 1914 to 1917.

The site will have a large number of other genealogical records added to it over the coming years, including:

1) Calendars of Wills and Administrations (1858– 1922);

2) Nineteenth-century census survivals (1821-1851);

3) Valuation Office House and Field Books (1848–1860);

4) Census Search Forms for the 1841 and 1851 Censuses.

All of these records will be free to access, through searchable databases and linked images of relevant pages.

Soldiers’ Wills

The National Archives collection of the wills of soldiers who died in the First World War (1914-1917) is now available on the new site. This is the first phase of the project carried out by the National Archives to digitise the 9,000 wills of the soldiers who died. Work is continuing and the remainder of the collection will be released online in 2013.

Tithe Applotment Books

Since the launch of the Tithe Applotment Books the National Archives have added the foloowing important notice.

"The Tithe Applotment Books were transcribed and indexed by our partners, the Genealogical Society of Utah, who microfilmed the records many years ago. The National Archives has created an error transcription facility on the site so that our users can report name mistranscriptions, and these will then be amended online as soon as possible. Errors with regard to location of parishes in counties will also be rectified as soon as possible."

1922 Military Census is now available online for browsing.

The 1922 Military census can be accessed on the Military Archives website

The Census collection consists of 10 volumes of Census Returns bound in leather and card and arranged alphabetically by military post.

The Census returns are a valuable source of information on any person serving in the National Army in November 1922 and as such are of particular use to readers working on genealogical queries.

In the past, access to the collection has been limited due to their size and location – unless a researcher knew what post a particular soldier served in, there was no way to search the volumes without reading each individual entry.

The volumes are in excellent condition considering their age, but there is some small deterioration in the leather bindings typical of the wear and tear of regular use. Now that the collection has been digitised, the volumes have been re-housed in made-to-measure acid free boxes and will not be in general use in the reading room.


National Archives to launch Tithe Applotment Books and WW1 Soldiers Wills on Thursday 8th November.


The National Archives are due to launch the Tithe Applotment Books and the first phase of WW1 Soldiers' Wills1914-1917. 1918 will follow next year.

See for further details as they arise.


NAI records on CAIN website

On 25 October last, Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, launched a range of digitised archival documents relating to the conflict in Northern Ireland on the University of Ulster’s CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet) website. The site provides an extensive range of information and source material on the conflict and politics of Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present day – please see and CAIN press release for further details.


Landlord-tenant relations on the duke of Leinster's estate, c.1838-1903: social memory and reality


13 November 2012 at 6.00pm

The Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland celebrates its twentieth anniversary by presenting, in collaboration with the NLI, a lecture by Professor Terence Dooley, NUI Maynooth.

All welcome. Free. No booking required.

See for details.


Military Archives to launch 1922 Military Census on 13 November 2012

The Military Archives have announced that the first phase of the 1922 Military Census will be launched online on 13th November with the remainder to follow in early 2013.

The first phase will see the release of digitised scans of the census forms by location, which will be available to view on a map on   The release will take place on the 90th Anniversary on 13 November 2012 providing a definitive list of Officers, Non Commissioned Officers and soldiers serving at midnight on the night of the 12th November 1922. 

The second phase is scheduled for release in early 2013 which will see the introduction of a text searchable facility by First and Second names, age and location.

For full details see






 Wednesday, 14th November 2012


 National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2


AGM 6:30pm

Lecture 7:30pm
Lecture Speaker: Mike Feerick, Chairman and Founder of 'Ireland Reaching Out':
'Harnessing the Power of Reverse Genealogy'



Irish Lives Remembered - November issue now available online

The November issue of the free digital genealogy magazine is now available online. This months issue includes article on Bram Stoker by Fiona Fitzsimons, Helen Moss and Jennifer  Doyle of Eneclann and an article of particular interest to those with Monaghan roots. 



The Speaker at the Speaker


As part of South Dublin Libraries’ Red Line Book Festival, Dr. Michael Keyes will give a lecture on the life and times of William (Speaker) Conolly in the pub that bears his name.

A rags to riches story of a man who moved from humble beginnings to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in Ireland. Conolly was Speaker of the Irish Parliament. Castletown House, his country seat in Celbridge, is possibly the finest Palladian mansion in Ireland, and he was the man who built the Hellfire Club.

Come along and hear more at 7:00 pm on Wednesday 14th November at The Speaker Conolly, Firhouse.

No booking required.

The full festival programme can be found at


Self Service Newspaper Pilot at NLI

24 October 2012

Preparations are being made for a new pilot project to make popular newspaper titles available on open access to users of National Library Main Reading Room.

This means no more waiting around for your microfilm orders to come to the counter. The Irish Independent newspaper microfilms will now be available in the Microfilm Reading Room (off the Main Reading Room) so you can help yourself to one reel at a time, as you need.

Initially the Irish Independent (1891-June 2011) will be made available. If this pilot proves successful, the NLI intends to make some of their most commonly used newspaper titles available on a self service basis too.

While the NLI make preparations for this project Irish Independent microfilms will be unavailable for a brief temporary period, (Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd of November to be exact) to allow them to move them to their new home in the Reading Room.

In the meantime if you want to access the Irish Independent, you can still do so online using the Irish Newspaper Archive available on all public laptops and PCs in the Main Reading Room and on the Genealogy floor.

See NLI's website for further details.


Irish Family History Foundation's Online Research Service - Census Substitute Records for Co.Derry

23 October 2012

The Irish Family History Foundation's Online Research Service (ORS) have announced the availability of 90,866 new census substitute records from the Derry ~ Londonderry Genealogy Centre for Co. Derry.

This database contains an index to people recorded in seven such sources, dating from 1663 to 1837. The seven sources are:

  • Hearth Money Rolls of 1663
  • Protestant Householders Lists of 1740
  • Religious Census of 1766 - Returns survive for 10 civil parishes in County Derry, namely: Artrea, Ballynascreen, Banagher, Bovevagh, Derryloran, Desertlyn, Desertmartin, Drumachose, Dungiven and Magherafel.
  • Flax Growers Lists of 1796
  • Private Census of 1803 for the civil parish of Faughnavale
  • Early-19th century Tithe Books. Year of compilation, ranging from 1822 to 1837, vary from parish to parish. The Tithe Book for the Deanery of Derry, which includes the parishes of Burt, Inch, Muff and Templemore, doesn't record a year of compilation.
  • 1831 Census. An abstract of the 1831 census returns survive which names all heads of households, 40,000 in total, in County Derry.

By logging directly into the Derry Centre site you can choose a 'Source' from the search screen to narrow your search.

Just go to the following site and login using your existing IFHF login details.

Closure for the media preview – 5-7 December

17 October 2012


The Reading Room of the National Archives will be closed to the public on Wednesday 5, Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December 2012 to facilitate the annual media preview of the archives of Government Departments relating mainly to 1982 which will be opened to the public in January 2013. Only representatives of newspapers and broadcasting companies will be admitted on the days of the preview. Newspapers and broadcasting companies have already been invited to nominate representatives.

The Reading Room will re-open to the public at 10.00 on Monday 10 December.


2 New Titles from Flyleaf Press

Flyleaf Press launched 2 new titles at the recent Back To Our Past Show at the RDS.

Tracing your Sligo Ancestors by James Ryan



Tracing your Westmeath Ancestors by Gretta Connell.


For full details see Flyleaf Press web site

Back To Our Past show

The Irish Family History Society once again took part in the Back To our Past show at the RDS, Ballsbridge. Over the 3 days the IFHS volunteers were kept busy at its stand.

The IFHS also took the opportunity to launch our new Logo. The abstract graphic imagery of the new logo shows 2 people linked together to make up a leaf of a shamrock and each of the three leaves make up the complete shamrock. This shows how the links and ties of family all all add up to represent Irish family history research.



IFHS Banner with new Logo.                                               

The IFHS website will be updated shortly to include new Logo.

Richard Flatman having a quiet moment       Now getting busier

before start of Show

We thank our members and visitors for dropping by to speak with us and also welcome all tho new members who joined the Society at the Show.

Was Dracula Irish?  BBC Radio 4 Monday 8th October 4pm - Patrick McCabe, the Irish novelist, explores the idea that Dracula was, in fact, Irish.


In a new BBC Radio 4 documentary Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann meets with Patrick McCabe to discuss how Stoker imagined Dracula as more Irish than Transylvanian.

Patrick McCabe is one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary writers. His novels have earned him two Booker nominations, for The Butcher Boy (1992) and Breakfast on Pluto, in 1998.

Research by Eneclann has uncovered Bram Stoker’s own extraordinary family history. An article detailing this research can be found on Eneclann's Blog


Irish Lives Remembered

Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy is a Free monthly digital genealogy eMagazine which was launched in June. The magazine can be viewed online or by downloading a pdf file.

The Military Archives -  An Introduction to our Sources for Military History and Recent Initiatives.

Talk Tuesday 9th October 2012 at 7pm. National Library of Ireland, Seminar Room

With Padraic Kennedy, Military Archives, Cathal Brugha Barracks.

All Welcome. Booking not required. No charge

Organised  by Eneclann and Ancestor Network in partnership with the NLI This talk is a re-arranged presentation originally scheduled as part of the very successful August NLI lunchtime lectures.


Irish Family History Foundation - Additional Roscommon Records Now available

27 September 2012

The Irish Family History Foundation's Online Research Service (ORS) have announced the availability of an additional 17,000 Birth and Death records from the Roscommon Heritage & Genealogy Company in Co. Roscommon. See the

Roscommon Sources List for full details.


Federation of Family History Societies announcement

27 September 2012

This is the latest news relating to The National Archives (Kew) Discovery catalogue -

"From this week, Discovery, our new catalogue, will become the primary way to search our collections.
We have now added more browse functionality to Discovery, which means that users can browse our collection by hierarchy or by reference, as requested by many of our users. For a more detailed explanation of using Discovery to browse our collection, read our frequently asked questions. We want to gather feedback on the new browse feature over the next couple of weeks before we decide when we can switch off the old Catalogue. We want to make sure it's as useful as it can be, so please try it out and let us know what you think - you can browse from any page of Discovery, including search results and descriptions. Please send your feedback to
We will be switching off DocumentsOnline this weekend, along with three other features on our website that have now been replaced by Discovery: Your Archives, Equity Pleadings Database and Person Search. We've integrated the digital document delivery service provided by DocumentsOnline into Discovery, making it easier for users to search our records and download digital copies (where available), all in one place. Discovery also features an image viewer, which means that users can see a low-resolution version of a document before paying to download it."


Eneclann awarded Military Service Pension Project tender

14 September 2012

Eneclann were awarded the contract to process and database the records of Veterans awarded The 1916 Medal and The Service (1917-1921) Medal after a competitive tender managed by the Department of Defence.

The tender competition was run as part of the Military Service Pension Project, which commenced in July 2008. The Military Service Pensions Project was set up to gather the records relating to veterans of the 1916-1923 periods and to process and release the collection to the public through the Military Archives on a phased basis leading to Easter 2016. What is at issue is a unique collection of records, files, maps, drawings and diagrams directly relating to the organisations, participants and events that led to the formation of the State.

The files relate in the main to applications by individuals and/or their dependants for the award of pension and gratuities for veterans who served as members of the Irish Volunteers, the Irish Citizen Army, the Irish Republican Army, Cumann na mBan, the National Army/Defence Forces and kindred named organisations on active service or who were casualties or wounded while on duty during the period from 1 April 1916 through to 30 September 1923. There are related Administration files and membership rolls of the IRA, Cumann na mBan and Na Fianna, for example.

The contract awarded to Eneclann includes the processing and databasing of a historical file series numbering in the region of 50,000 files relating to applications for, and the award of, The 1916 Medal and The Service (1917-1921) Medal. In addition, there are roughly 15,000 related special allowance files to be included.

Further to the archival treatment above, a fully searchable online database will be added to the Military Archives’ website. The work is scheduled to be completed over a 30 month period with the release online of the completed database as part of the ongoing work of the Pensions Project leading to the 2016 Centennial.


3 New Titles due October 2012 from Flyleaf Press

Members will be pleased to know that 3 new titles in the excellent Tracing your Ancestors series are due in October 2012.

Tracing your Clare Ancestors by Brian Smith and Gerry Kennedy,

Tracing your Sligo Ancestors by James Ryan and

Tracing your Westmeath Ancestors by Gretta Connell.

For full details see Flyleaf Press web site

Return to the Cradle of Irish Presbyterianism, 16-21 September 2013

If you are interested in finding out more about your Irish ancestors (of any faith) or wish to explore the history of Presbyterianism in the province of Ulster this is the perfect opportunity in which to do so.

See for full details and lecture programme.

Download flyer here


Dublin City Library & Archive - Local History Day 

Saturday 6th October 2012

10.00am - 3.30 p.m.

Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse St., Dublin 2.

Download Brochure here

 9.45:                 Registration

10.00:                Welcome

10.15 -11.00:    Tim Thurson, "Gloria: 1000 years of European sacred music"

11.00 - 11.30:    Tea/coffee

11.30 - 12.15:    Brendan Twomey, "All history is local history" - exploring Ball's History of the county of Dublin

12.15 - 1.00:      Valerie Moffat,  "An 18th Century Gentlewoman's Guide to Marriage"

  1.00 - 2.00:      Lunch (not provided)

 2.00 - 2.45:       Gerry Mullins, "Adolf Mahr, the self-proclaimed "Dublin No. 1 Nazi" and leader of Ireland's Nazi party"

 2.45 - 3.30:       Enda Leaney, "Tea, cakes and science": popular science in Victorian Dublin

ADMISSION FREE - Booking essential at:


Tel: 01 674 4806


Deceasedonline  adds Victorian Charlton Cemetery, London

19th September 2012

All records for the historically important Charlton Cemetery in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, South East London have been added to

Opened in 1855, Charlton Cemetery includes thousands of graves associated with the military and related state institutions as it is located near the Royal Observatory, the site of the Woolwich Arsenal, the Old Royal Naval College, the National Maritime Museum and the Dreadnought's Seamen's Hospital

Graves and memorials for many famous military leaders and historical figures of the British Empire are featured. These include two admirals who served with Nelson; governors of Burma, Malta and Gibraltar; and servicemen who fought in numerous (some obscure) military campaigns including the celebrated Major General Orde Wingate

The data comprise:

  • Compturerised records
  • Grave details indicating those buried in each grave
  • Scans of burial registers
  • Cemetery maps indicating grave locations
  • Some photographs of memorials and headstones


Mona Germaine DOLAN R.I.P.


It is with deep regret that the Irish Family History Society reports the death of Mona Germaine Dolan, a long time member and former Committee Member, which took place on Tuesday 18th September 2012.

The Funeral Mass took place on Friday in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Churchtown, Dublin followed by burial in Baltinglass Cemetery.


Culture NightFriday 21st September 2012

A late night of free cultural events see Communities all over Ireland celebrate culture in all its forms. In Dublin alone 154 participating venues including museums, galleries will make Culture Night memorable and special.

For those interested in tracing your Irish roots the Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse St, Dublin and the National Library, Kildare St., will be providing free genealogical advice during the evening.

Dublin City Library & Archive - Celebrating Family History on Culture Night

Join genealogists Mary Beglan, Joan Sharkey and John Grenham with the Genealogical Society of Ireland and many others for advice and information throughout the evening.

First time researchers are particularly welcome.

From 5pm - 10pm  All welcome and no booking is required.

For further information contact: Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 -144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 674 4999


National Library, Kildare St., Dublin 2

Also at the National Library. Kildare Street visitors can also avail of the free genealogy advice service provided by some of Ireland’s best known genealogists, including Eneclann and

Fiona Fitzsimons and Helen Moss of Eneclann, Aoife O’Connor of and Hilary McDonagh will provide family history advice to everyone who drops into the genealogy room of the NLI. No booking is required, it’s all on a first come first served basis, and the event will be running from 5 to 10pm


General Register Office Research Room - change to maximum number of certificates per day.

1st September 2011

I was pleased to hear some good news on a recent visit to the General Register Office Research Room, Lr. Abbey St., Dublin 1. From Monday 3rd September 2012 those on a General Search (Fee €20) can now avail of 8 copies of certificates. A general search is limited to 3 persons and each person can avail of 8 copies of certificates. There is a limit of 5 years books at the table at any one time. So 2 applicants can now get 16 copies between them and 3 will get 24 copies maximum. For those not on a General Search the limit remains at 5 copies.    


Some of us will know of the frustration when visiting the research room to find it closed to new researchers, because of the high number of visitors, until numbers in the room reduced.  I was also advised by a staff member that while the numbers of researchers using the Research Room remains high they have only had to close twice in the last year, the last time being in March.


Back To Our Past - Family History & Genealogy Event


Running in Tandem with the Over 50's Show 

Industries Hall, RDS, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin.  Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th Oct. 2010.

Friday 12pm – 7pm Sat. & Sun. 11am -7pm


See  for full details of the event along with the details of the Lecture Programme.


Back To Our Past returns to the RDS for a third annual run. Exhibitors range from international genealogical companies to record repositories, and family history societies. Two streams of lectures will run throughout the event. There will be presentations on behalf of / Eneclann and There will also be a varied line-up of well known speakers including John Grenham and Steven Smyrl as well as Elsie Churchill of the Society of Genealogists, and Janis Duffy of TIARA. Mary  Beglan, Editor IFHS, will be speaking on Online Sources for Irish Genealogy, in association with

For the full Lecture programme click here

Exhibitors include, National Archives, Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, Irish Roots Magazine, Findmypast,, Glasnevin Trust, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Gallipoli Association, Society of Genealogists and Ordnance Survey.

This year the talks will not be confined to family history. There will be a broader range of heritage topics including Martello Towers, the Irish Landmark Trust amongst others.

The Irish Family History Society will be at Stand No. 9 and will be promoting the aims and objectives of our Society, and offering assistance to those searching for their roots and selling our various publications.


Saturday 6th April 2013: Clare Genealogy Conference 2013 - "The Gathering of the Scattering"

Anyone who has Irish blood, a link to Ireland or even just a love of our country is invited to join the Clare Roots Society in Clare on Saturday 6th April 2013 for the major Genealogy event of 2013. The full programme, including a wide range of fringe events, can be found in the latest issue of the Conference flyer.


The Irish Family and Local History Handbook 2 -The Genealogical Services

The Irish Family History and Local History Handbook published last year by Robert Blatchford Publishing Ltd., England and launched at the Back To Our Past Show in October 2011 was very well received with excellent reviews. They are now publishing a second edition of the Handbook which will be launched at this year's Back To Our Past show in the RDS in October.

New Advisory Service National Archives and National Library

June 2012

The joint consortium of Eneclann and Ancestor Network have announced that they will provide genealogy services in the National Archives of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland in the coming year, following a competitive tendering process. The consortium has increased the number of genealogy experts delivering the service, to provide a wide and comprehensive range of expertise to anyone looking for help and advice in tracing their family history. Some IFHS members are on the panel providing the service.

John Heueston, Hon. Treasurer R.I.P.

19th May 2012

It is with deep regret that the Irish Family History Society reports the death of John Heueston, a long time member and the current Hon. Treasurer, which took place on Saturday 19 May 2012. John was also a past Chairman of the Society, from 1998 to 2003.

John had been ill for some time but nonetheless continued to carry out his work for the Society. Many of our members will know John as he was the first point of contact with the Society, dealing with all correspondence through email and by post. He was also the familiar face at the table welcoming members to our meetings at Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse St., Dublin. John had represented the Society for many years at the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO) and was Chairman of CIGO for 2006/7.

The Funeral Service will take place in Kill-o-the-Grange Parish Church (C of I) on Friday morning, May 25, at 11am with burial afterwards in Shanganagh Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Cancer Research.



Contact the Irish Family History Society
Post:  17 Aubrey Park, Shankill, Dublin D18 CX64, Ireland.