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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



8th April 2014

Conference on the history and archaeology of the North Cork region to be held in Fermoy on the first weekend in May- 2nd - 4th May 2014

The conference will be held in the Fermoy Community and Youth Centre. The Centre is located in the heart of Fermoy, on the south bank of the Blackwater about 200 metres upriver from the bridge, past the Grand Hotel.

The conference fee is €30 per person. This includes reception, tea/coffee and all presentations. Delegates have the option of booking Saturday lunch at the Grand Hotel, Fermoy, for €12.95. There are several other options in the town. The conference dinner will take place on Saturday May 3rd in the Grand Hotel, Fermoy at 8 pm. Dinner will cost €35 per person. The Sunday Field Trip will cost €10 per person

An online booking facility is available at Alternatively, and for further information, contact:Eamonn Cotter at

For Brochure and full details click here.


Railways and Industry in Ireland One-day Conference, Louth County Museum Dundalk Saturday 10th May 2014

This conference will be of particular interest to historians, industrial archaeologists and railway enthusiasts.

The Conference Fee: €40 / £35 Sterling which includes refreshments and light lunch.

For Brochure and full details click here


Bi-Centenary of George Willoughbt Hemana 1814 - 1885. Lecture and reception on Monday 14th April 2014 at 7.30 pm at Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4. Speaker: Dr Ron Cox, TCD.

Hosted by the Heritage Society, in association with the Irish Railway Record Society, the lecture has been arranged to mark the bicentenary of one of Ireland’s most influential railway engineering consultants.

In particular, as Chief Engineer of the Midland Great Western Railway, Hemans was responsible, with contractor Willia Dargan, for the main line between Dublin and Galway, including the crossing of the R.Shannon at Athlone.

Hemans later set up an engineering consultancy in London and became involved with a number of railway and other projects in the UK and abroad.


31st March 2014

The Irish Workhouse Past & Present  National Conference Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th May, 2014 Portumna, Co. Galway.

The conference is organised by the Irish Workhouse Centre, which is located in the former Portumna workhouse. This is a community, non-for-profit initiative. They have been restoring the buildings for a number of years and the centre is now open to the public.

For Brochure and full details click here.


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

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

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



7th March 2014

A Family History Day at Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, on Saturday 29 March 2014.

A Family History Day is to be held at Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, on Saturday 29 March 2014. There will be no booking, but seating is limited, so please come in good time.

Admission is free.

For full details and Brochure click here.


Nelson and Company,  the Moving Statues of Dublin Attached an illustrated presentation by Maeve L’estrange  Central Library, Ilac Centre, Dublin on 31st March 2014.


Admission is free.

For full details and Brochure click here.


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.

For Brochure click here.


29th January 2014

Findmypast releases British in India collection

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

Leading family history website 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 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


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

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


Irish Society for Archives Lecture 4th February 2014 at Dublin City Library & Archive, Dublin.

Time: 6.30 p.m.

The 'Dublins' in War and at Peace: The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive'

by Dr. Mary Clark, Dublin City Archivist

All Welcome

For Brochure click here


County Kildare Society Archaeological  PRESENTS A ONE-DAY SEMINAR: “They Called it ‘The Great War’”


Saturday 8th March 2014 Hotel Keadeen, Newbridge

Chair: Professor Raymond Gillespie

Speakers: Professor John Horne, Tom Burke MBE, Fionnuala Walsh, Frank Taaffe, James Durney

Fee: €15 towards light lunch and refreshments is requested at time of booking.

For Details and Booking form click here


14th January 2014

January issue of Irish Lives Remembered is now available to download

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


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. 


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


There is no booking, but come early to ensure a place.  For Brochure click here


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


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
Post: 13 St Assam's Drive, Raheny, Dublin 5, Ireland.