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9 November 2014

 

For a copy of the Maeve Mullin's Handout from her talk Finding the Irish in WW1  on Saturday 8th November 2014  click here

 

17 October 2014

 

Irish Family History Society adds online access to our historic journals for members

 

    The Irish Family History Society Journal has been published annually since 1985, shortly after the Society was established.  Many are now out print, particularly those from the early years.  The back issues of the Journal have now been digitised by Eneclann in memory of the late John Heueston.  The first tranche of 10 issues from 1985 to 1994 is now available in the Members’ area on www.ifhs.ie. More will be added in early 2015.

    Mary Beglan, Irish Family History Society’s Chairman said “ I am delighted that these Journals are now available in digitised form for the benefit of our members, and I thank Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann for her kind gift of digitising the  Journals in memory of the late John Heueston, past Chairman and Treasurer.  The broad range of articles dating from 1985 will be of great interest to our members”

    Based in Ireland, the Irish Family History Society was established in 1984 and has a worldwide membership.  The Society holds regular meetings and publishes an annual Journal as well as News Sheets for its members.  Please visit the Society’s website www.ifhs.ie  for more information.

 

Access the digitised Journals in the Members' Area

 

22 September

The City Hall Lunchtime Lectures - October 2014

The City Hall Lunchtime Lectures will return in October and will be held on each of the four Tuesdays in that month, from 1.10 to 1.50 p.m.  The topic will be 'Dublin and the Great War'.  As always, admission is free of charge and booking is not required - however to be sure of a seat, you are advised to come early - doors open at 12.30 p.m.

For brochure download here

 

19 September

FindMyPast add new Irish parish and cemetery records

Compiled by genealogist, author and professor of history, Dr. David R. Elliott, the collection includes a variety of parish registers from County Fermanagh as well as cemetery records for Donegal, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Wicklow.

The Fermanagh parish registers feature transcripts of baptisms, burials and marriages in the county and span the years 1796-1875. You’ll uncover great detail on your Fermanagh ancestors in these records including parents’ names, where they lived and sometimes even occupations.

The collection of cemetery records dates as far back as 1669 and features detailed transcripts as well as exquisite full colour images of gravestones around Ireland so you can see exactly where your relatives are buried. You’ll find over 12,000 cemetery records from Donegal, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Wicklow.

Fermanagh Parish Registers Baptisms 1796-1873

Fermanagh Parish Registers Marriages 1800-1875

Fermanagh Parish Registers Burials 1801-1874

Donegal Cemetery Records 1737-2011

Fermanagh Cemetery Records 1669-2011

Wicklow Cemetery Records 1831-2008

Tyrone Cemetery Records 1698-2011

 

Re-launch of the Irish Archives Resource web portal

The portal has  expanded to include, among others, TCD’s manuscript and archives research department, the National Museum of Ireland Archives, UCC Archives, Derry City Council Heritage and Museum Service, the archives of St Patrick’s College Maynooth, together with a host of religious institutions, private clubs and societies and seven photographic collections in the RTÉ stills archive, including the Cashman Collection. See www.iar.ie

 

Old Dublin Society Autumn 2014 Lecture Programme

James Scannell, Hon. PRO of the Old Dublin Society has kindly sent us details of their Autumn lectures. All talks take place in the Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse St., Dublin 2 at 6.30 and conclude by 8pm. All are welcome and admission is free.

Details of the talks are available here as are details of the Spring 2014 Historical Record. Copies of the Dublin Historical Record can be obtained at a cost of €14.

 

10 September

 

Back To Our Past Shows RDS

The hugely popular Back To Our Past Genealogy and Family/Social History Experience returns to The Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, for the fourth time from Friday 17th until Sunday 19th October 2014. This is undoubtedly the world’s pre-eminent event for anyone interested in tracing their Irish roots. BTOP is the Irish heritage experience, and this time there is a broader historical sweep at the core of the event.

Apart from the numerous exhibitors, there will also be an extensive presentation programme over the three days. There are two strands of presentations running concurrently. They are free to those attending and there is no booking requirement. All presentations can be attended on a first-come-first-served basis. There’s a great choice:  from care of documents and photographs to exploring personal DNA, family historians have plenty to choose from.

Click here for Genealogy Presentations and here for DNA programme.

SPECIAL ADVANCE TICKET OFFER

Tickets at the door for Back To Our Past will cost €10 but if you order on line you can save €3 and obtain your ticket (s) for €7 by booking via the website  www.backtoourpast.com or calling 00353 (01) 496 9028

Back To Our Past is also part of a huge lifestyle event for seniors called The Over 50s Show. Another associated event is The National Coin and Stamp Fair. Admission to Back To Our Past also offers free admission to these events.

 

Sept-Oct issue of Irish Lives Remembered www.irishlivesremembered.com

The September-October issue of Irish Lives Remembered FREE Genealogy e-Magazine is now available to read/download via www.irishlivesremembered.com  

 

10 September

 

Dublin City Library Autumn programme & The Dublin Festival of History

 

So much happening this Autumn courtesy of Dublin City Libraries! Autumn Programme - http://bit.ly/dcpl-autumn14 The Dublin Festival of History, brought to you by Dublin City Council and organised by Dublin City Public Libraries - http://dublinfestivalofhistory.ie/

 

Update July 2014

Having been available for only 2/3 weeks the indexes were withdrawn following concerns by the Data Protection Commisioner.

 

Indexes to the Registers of the General Register Office (GRO) to be launched Thursday 3rd July 2014.

Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht & Joan Burton, T.D. Minister for Social Protection will be launching the GRO Civil Indexes on Thursday 3rd July 2014 at 5.30 p.m. The Indexes will be available on www.irishgenealogy.ie

 

10 June 2014

National Archives. Wood’s “Guide to the records deposited in the PROI” now available online. in the

The "Guide to the records deposited in the Public Record Office of Ireland" by former Assistant Deputy Keeper of the Public Records Herbert Wood is now available to consult on the National Archives of Ireland. Published in 1919, the guide lists the collections lodged in the PROI at that time, many of which were subsequently destroyed in the fire during the civil war in 1922.

Available to download as a PDF.

 

1 June 2014

Free genealogy advisory service in the National Library of Ireland, Summer 2014.

The joint consortium of Eneclann and Ancestor Network have been selected by the National Library of Ireland to enhance its provision of Summer genealogy services, following a competitive tendering process. This will be their third year providing this service alongside the NLI staff. The service is free to all visitors to the Library. Hours are Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m. to 4.45 p.m. and Saturday 9.30 a.m. to 12.45. No appointment is required. See NLI www.nli.ie for further details of service.

Speaking on behalf of the National Library of Ireland, Honora Faul said:

“We are delighted to welcome back Eneclann & Ancestor Network, to support and enhance our Summer genealogy service.  It’s an invaluable service for anyone tracing their family history.”

Fiona Fitzsimons, Eneclann:

“We’re very happy to have been chosen to provide the genealogy advisory service again this summer.  We look forward to working alongside Francis O’Carroll and Christina McDonnell, our professional colleagues from the Library,”

“In Summer 2012 and 2013 we saw a significant rise in the numbers that availed of the genealogy service.  We hope to welcome a record number of visitors to the Library this summer.”

Hilary Mc Donagh of Ancestor Network:  

“We are delighted to be part of this wonderful role for a third year running.  It’s a privilege for us to assist visitors to the Library and to help them trace their family history.  Being part of the Library’s genealogy service allows us to share our expertise, but it means we come face to face with the ordinary Joe or Josephine, and learn what they are most interested in.  We love to team up with our friends in Eneclann: both organisations can work together to help the public with all their research needs”

Speaking on behalf of the National Library of Ireland, Honora Faul said today:

“We are delighted to welcome back Eneclann & Ancestor Network, to support and enhance our Summer genealogy service.  It’s an invaluable service for anyone tracing their family history.”

Fiona Fitzsimons, Eneclann:

“We’re very happy to have been chosen to provide the genealogy advisory service again this summer.  We look forward to working alongside Francis O’Carroll and Christina McDonnell, our professional colleagues from the Library,”

“In Summer 2012 and 2013 we saw a significant rise in the numbers that availed of the genealogy service.  We hope to welcome a record number of visitors to the Library this summer.”

Hilary Mc Donagh founder and director of Irish Ancestry:  

“We are delighted to be part of this wonderful role for a third year running.  It’s a privilege for us to assist visitors to the Library and to help them trace their family history.  Being part of the Library’s genealogy service allows us to share our expertise, but it means we come face to face with the ordinary Joe or Josephine, and learn what they are most interested in.  We love to team up with our friends in Eneclann: both organisations can work together to help the public with all their research needs”

Summer hours for the genealogy advisory service in the National Library of Ireland commences Tuesday 2nd June 2014.

 

9 May 2014

Return of the Twentyx20 lunch-time talks at National Library, Kildare St., Dublin 2 in August.

This August at the National Library of Ireland, Eneclann and Ancestor Network will host a feast for family history fans! It’s the return of the Twentyx20 lunch-time talks.

 

“We have assembled a veritable smorgasbord of experts to unlock the richness of Irish family history” said Fiona Fitzsimons, organiser of the lecture series, and Research Director at Eneclann, “We are delighted to be welcoming back the Twentyx20 Lunch-time talks at the National Library of Ireland this August and hope you will all enjoy some of the exciting topic’s we have lined up for you”

 

Each talk is a short introduction to a key area, source or research method in Irish family history. The Q&A session will give you direct access to the experts, to take the mystery out of family history.

 

Talks start after 1p.m every weekday in August:

 

Friday 1st  Brian Donovan,  Eneclann and findmypast  Digital sources.

 

Tuesday 5th  Rev. Patrick Comerford,  Blogger, Trinity College Dublin, Hatch Match and beyond…finding trails and tales in Parish records

 

Wednesday 6th  Brian Mitchell,  L’ Derry Archives, Shipping records and their usefulness when searching for your ancestors.

 

Thursday 7th   Lorna Moloney,  Merriman Research, The Genealogy of Gaelic clans: sources records and evidence-11th to 17th century.

 

Friday 8th  Aoife O’Connor,  Author, Yesterday’s Children: Discover your ancestor’s childhood.

 

Monday 11th  Paul McCotter,  N.U.I Cork, Researching the history of Irish surnames and clan-names.

 

Tuesday 12th  Else Churchill,  Society of Genealogists, The exile of Erin, researching the poor Irish in Victorian London.

 

Wednesday 13th  Audrey Collins,  National Archives U.K, Under-used Irish records in the National Archives in England.

 

Thursday 14th  Hilary McDonagh,  Ancestor Network, Genealogy and sporting records-from sporting Laurels to Family Trees.

 

Friday 15th  Jacinta Prunty,  N.U.I Maynooth, Did you come from Dublin dear? Understanding Dublin city through maps.

 

Monday 18th  Rhona Murray,  Ancestry.com, Using Ancestry.com to trace your family History.

 

Tuesday 19th  John Mc Tierney,  Eachtra Archaeological Projects, Reading Headstones primary sources carved in stone.

 

Wednesday 20th  Ellen O’Flaherty,  Trinity College Dublin, Using the College Archives for family history research.

 

Thursday 21st   Ian Tester,  British Newspaper Archive, Digitising Irish newspapers: how we bring Ireland’s past stories back to life.

 

Friday 22nd  To be Confirmed,  National Museum, Irish in European armies.

 

Monday 25th  Catriona Crowe,  National Archives Ireland, Census-related records on the National Archives website.

 

Tuesday 26th  Ray Gillespie,  N.U.I. Maynooth, Doing Local History.

 

Wednesday 27th   Mary McAuliffe,  N.U.I. Dublin, Finding women in the records.

 

Thursday 28th  Dan Bradley,  Trinity College Dublin, Niall of the Nine Hostages and the genetic architecture of Irish surnames.

 

Friday 29th  Damien Shiels,  Rubicon Archaeology, Uncovering the Irish of the American Civil War.

 

ROCQUE’S SURVEY OF DUBLIN 1757

The Bibliothéque Nationale de France and partner libraries have digitised many of their manuscripts. Of particular interest is John Roque's Dublin Environs from 1757. It is high resolution and allows for extreme zooming.  www.ecis.ie/public-domain-maps-rocques-survey-of-dublin-1757.

 

2 May 2014

Genealogy Roadshow Series RTE

The second series of the Genealogy Roadshow starts Sunday  11 May 2014. Presented by Derek Mooney and genealogists Turtle Bunbury, John Grenham and Susan Chadwick. Will also be available on RTE Player. www.rte.ie

 

16th April 2014

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, May/June 2014 Lectures -  Belfast: Past, Present, Future

 

Public lectures on the historical development of Belfast. PRONI’s next series of talks is coming up in May/June. For details download Flyer.

 

They also have a talk linked to poorhouse records coming up on 23rd April, one on the River Bann on 30th April. In addition we have three further events in May; one tied to the Irish Language, one on the Plantation of Ulster, and finally a special conference on the Sunningdale Agreement.

 

Anyone is welcome to attend. Admission to all is FREE but we appreciate people booking in advance so that we may gauge numbers.

 

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, BT3 9HQ

+44 (0)28 90 534871

 

 

 

Message from Federation of Family History Societies relating to future censuses and population statistics in England and Wales.

 

This message has been received from Ian Cope, Director of Population and Demography Directorate.

  I thought that you would be interested to know that the National Statistician, Jil Matheson, has today made her recommendation on the way forward for census and population statistics.

In summary the recommendation is:

·        An online census of all households and communal establishments in England and Wales in 2021 as a modern successor to the traditional, paper-based decennial census. ONS recognises that special care would need to be taken to support those who are unable to complete the census online.

This would be combined with:

·        Increased use of administrative data and surveys in order to enhance the statistics from the 2021 Census and improve annual statistics between censuses.

·        Together these would make the best use of all available data to provide the population statistics which England and Wales require and offer a springboard to the greater use of administrative data and annual surveys in the future.

·        Further research is to be carried out over the coming months and years to determine the most appropriate blend of methods and data sources.

You can find the National Statistician’s recommendation here
and the response from the Sir Andrew Dilnot, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority here

The Government will respond in due course.

Discussion with users has played a key role in informing our view of the best way forward. It strongly underlined the value to users of existing census data about small areas, about small populations and as part of the historical record. It also showed that users recognise the potential value of modernising our approach and making use of other sources. We feel the resulting recommendation of a mixed approach provides the best possible solution and a very positive base for the future.

Our summary report of the consultation is also published today.

We look forward to continuing to work with you as we refine the approach over coming months and years.

25th March 2014

 

Ireland’s FREE digital e-Magazine ‘Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-Magazine’ will now be published ‘bi-monthly’ going forward

Ireland’s FREE digital e-Magazine ‘Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-Magazine’ dedicated to helping people trace their Irish Ancestry globally will now be published ‘bi-monthly’ going forward.    The next edition ‘May-June’ issue will available during the first week of May and can be downloaded for FREE at www.irishlivesremembered.com

Publisher Eileen Munnelly quoted ‘we believe that moving over to a bi-monthly publication will allow us to free up more time to enhance the current success of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-magazine.  Our bi-monthly e-Magazine will have a new look and feel to the publication together with more specialist features and supplements of interest to help our 20,000 dedicated readers globally research their Irish ancestry’.

We are proud to have played a huge part in ‘raising the bar’ to promote Irish genealogy/family history businesses and services in both Ireland and overseas and look forward to ‘reaching out’ to new readers and advertisers in the near future.  She also wanted to thank the many genealogical organisations and businesses in Ireland and abroad for supporting Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-Magazine during the past two years and looks forward to working with them on future editions of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-Magazine.

More exciting news will be the launch of a 2nd digital publication in the coming weeks which they believe will complement Irish Lives Remembered and will be of interest to their current strong readership.

 

15th March 2014

March issue of Irish Lives Remembered is now available to download .www.irishlivesremembered.com

The March issue of Irish Lives Remembered FREE Genealogy e-Magazine is now available to read/download via www.irishlivesremembered.com  

 

 

7th March 2014

City Hall Lunch-time lectures at Council Chamber, City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2, April 2014 -  marking the Millennium of the Battle of Clontarf.

 

This year, they are marking the Millennium of the Battle of Clontarf with a series titled: 'Commemorating Clontarf: the Battle and its Legacy.' 

The City Hall Lunch-time lectures which will take place in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2 on each of the five Tuesdays in April 2014, from 1.10-1.50 p.m.  Booking not required, but doors will open at 12.30 p.m. if you'd like to come early to get a good seat. As always, admission is free.

 

29th January 2014

Findmypast releases British in India collection findmypast.co.uk

2.5 million records launched today providing a fascinating glimpse into life on the Indian subcontinent.

Leading family history website findmypast.co.uk has, in partnership with the British Library, today exclusively added 2.5 million records covering over 200 years of history of the British in India, published online for the first time.

These records covering 1698-1947 give real insight into the heart warming and heart breaking stories of British citizens living in India during the tenure of the East India Company and the British Raj.

Debra Chatfield, Brand Manager at findmypast.co.uk said of the release: “The new British in India records at findmypast are a great opportunity to find ancestors that previously were considered missing, as so many of our relatives sought their fortune on the subcontinent. Whether your relatives were clergy, aristocracy, tradespeople, merchants, civil servants or soldiers, the lowest and the landed all have stories to be told with these records.”

These 2.5 million records include:

Baptisms, Marriages & Burials (Catholic, Anglican & Civil registers)

Army officers’ marriage notifications

Records for other locations administered by the India office (Aden, Burma, Kuwait, St Helena)

Civil service records

Pension registers

Probate records & wills

British in India records are available on all findmypast sites and can be searched at http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-united-

 

28th January 2014

 

Now available online: A Valuable Visual History of a Key Period in Irish History.

 

This collection of 179 photographs from the Desmond FitzGerald Papers covers the:

•    Easter Rising, 1916 and War of Independence, 1919-1921

•    Civil War, 1922-1923 (majority)

View the collection in UCD Digital Library at http://digital.ucd.ie/view/ucdlib:30685

This collection of photographs, mainly from the studio of W.D. Hogan, came to UCD Archives in the papers of Desmond FitzGerald.  As Minister for Foreign Affairs, FitzGerald was responsible for the operation of the Free State Publicity Department, directed by Seán Lester; and it is safe to assume most of the photographs in this collection originated from the work of the Department.

While there are small groups of photographs relating to the Easter Rising and the War of Independence – the photographs of Sackville Street/O’Connell Street in the immediate aftermath of the Rising are particularly redolent and atmospheric – the majority of the photographs were taken during the Civil War and are a uniquely valuable visual diary of that most unhappy period of modern Irish history.

Read a feature about this collection by Seamus Helferty of UCD Archives in the latest UCD Library Newsletter at http://www.ucd.ie/library/news_publicity/newsletters/

 

 

 

14th January 2014

January issue of Irish Lives Remembered is now available to download .www.irishlivesremembered.com

The January issue (20th edition) of Irish Lives Remembered FREE Genealogy e-Magazine is now available to read/download via www.irishlivesremembered.com  

 

This month’s issue looks at:

 

Tracing your Irish Ancestors in New Jersey (16 pages) includes:

  • Genealogical Research in the United States by Joe Buggy (new U.S. columnist)
  • Tracing your Irish Ancestry in New Jersey by Joe Buggy
  • Meryl Streep’s Irish family history in,Donegal  by Fiona Fitzsimons in Eneclann
  • New Jersey based author and genealogist Maureen Wlodarczyk delves into her own Irish past witih ‘Immigration Life on the Cobblestones Streets of Jersey City
  • New Jersey Genealogical Resources & Research Resources
  • P.R.O.N.I discusses their catalogue of letters and archives on emigration and highlights the Barbour Thread Mills in Paterson, New Jersey - founded by Thomas Barbour from Lisburn.
  • Mary Flood from I.F.H.F. in Kilkenny showcases resources on tracing the Irish in New Jersey

 

Tracing Your Dublin Ancestors (26 pages) includes:

  • Dublin Tourism showcases what’s on offer in the county
  • Findmypast Ireland provide a glimpse of their Dublin North & South resources
  • Genealogical Resources for Dublin County by Jim Ryan & Brian Smith
  • Roman Catholic Family History Resources by Noelle Dowling, Archdiocese of Dublin
  • Other records of interest in the Dublin Diocesan Archive
  • Dublin through the eyes of a genealogist by Dr. Paul MacCotter
  • Finding your Dún Laoghaire Past by Tom Conlon
  • Overview of the Genealogical Society of Ireland by Michael Merrigan
  • Resources available at An Daonchartlann by Michael Merrigan
  • Fingal Genealogy Centre & Fingal Heritage Network in North Dublin by Bernadette Marks
  • Killester and its families by Margaret Bonar & Elizabeth Craven

 Other features include:

 

  • Findmypast Ireland adds over 88,000 records from the British Military to their database featuring thousands of Irish soldiers.
  • Photo historian Jayne Shrimpton covers a motoring image in Bunmahon, County Waterford
  • Interview with Probate Genealogist, Eileen O’Duill
  • Updated schedule from Ancestral Connections, Names Places and Spaces – Genealogy Summer School at University College Cork. 
  • North of Ireland Family History Society latest news
  • Australian Genealogist, Shauna Hicks takes a look at Finding the Irish in Colonial South Australia

 

9th January 2014

17th annual  Gilbert Lecture Thursday 23rd January 2014 at Dublin City Library & Archive

17th annual Gilbert Lecture: 'Alleys, annals and anecdotes: a new look at Gilbert's History of Dublin' to be given by Séamas Ó Maitiú

The 16th Lecture, Maighréad Ní Mhurchadha, Dublin after dark: glimpses of life in an early modern city will be launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Óisín Quinn.

 

Where: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. http://www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/FindALibrary/Pages/dublin_city_library_and_archive.aspx 

 

Date and time: Thursday 23 January 2014, at 6.00pm

 

There is no booking, but come early to ensure a place. 

 

Ulster Historical Foundation adds over 16,000 Church of Ireland baptismal records. www.ancestryireland.com

 

The records were transcribed by Dr Brian Trainor, former Director of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.  The following Churches have been added:

 

Killinchy 1820-77

Blaris 1661-1720

Magheralin 1783-1870

Bangor 1803-43

Ballywalter 1845-75

Ardkeen 1746-1871

   

Contact the Irish Family History Society
Email:
ifhs@eircom.net
Post: 13 St Assam's Drive, Raheny, Dublin 5, Ireland.