Irish Family History Society

2007 News

1911 Irish Census

6 December 2007

"We are pleased to announce that the 1911 census for Dublin City and County was launched on the internet as a free service on Monday 2nd. December 2007. To access this service go to web site Other counties will be added on an ongoing basis with an expected completion date of December 2008. It is hoped to have the 1901 census available in 2009."

New proprietors of Irish Roots magazine.

29 November 2007

We have received the following notice which we repeat for our readers:

"Maureen and Julie Phibbs are pleased to announce that they are the new proprietors of Irish Roots magazine. Maureen has many years genealogical experience and her daughter Julie hails from a background of TV production and journalism. The magazine will continue to be produced quarterly and Maureen as editor looks forward to receiving contributions of a genealogical and historical nature from all family history societies throughout the Country in order to ensure that societies of this ilk continue to thrive. Maureen can be contacted at and the website is The yearly subscription including postage is 21 euros for Ireland and 23 euros elsewhere."

Heraldic functions of the National Library of Ireland.

30 October 2007

24 October 2007: Statement from J Gerard Danaher, SC, Chairperson of the Board of the National Library of Ireland.

Following public questioning of the legal basis of the National Library of Ireland's heraldic functions, the Board of the National Library suspended the exercise of those functions pending receipt of the advice of the Attorney General on the matter.

That advice is to the effect that, on a proper construction of the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997, the Board can exercise the heraldic powers provided for in the Act although, with minor amendment, the wording of the Act could be made more succinct.

The Board of the Library has formally brought this advice to the attention of the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism and understands that the matter is under his consideration.

However, in light of the advice it has received, the Board is satisfied that it can exercise the heraldic powers conferred on it by the 1997 Act and has, accordingly, lifted its temporary suspension on doing so.

The Board is aware that doubts exist regarding the legal basis of heraldic functions exercised in the State prior to the establishment of the Board. Such issues that may exist or arise in that regard are matters to be addressed by the State, and not by the National Library of Ireland.

New records added to Irish Genealogical Online Record Search System

22 October 2007

We have received the following notice from the Irish Family History Foundation -

As part of the continuing Irish Family History Foundation's Online Research Service (ORS) we are pleased to announce the availability of the records of the Roscommon Heritage Centre. This adds over half a million more baptismal, birth, death and marriage records that can be searched and purchased online.

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

The ORS is a national initiative organized by the Irish Family History Foundation which co-ordinates and represents the county based genealogical centres on the island of Ireland. Over the coming months the records of other centres will become available firstly as individual county databases, and then these will be amalgamated into one Irish records database which will allow searching across all counties and sources.

Remember that you can purchase and spend your credit at any of the IFHF online centres.

The follow sites are currently live:

We hope you find the sites useful, and we will keep you informed as to when more Irish Family History Foundation Centres go online in the coming weeks.

150 years of 'Irish Times' goes online

12 September 2007

Irish Times is expanding their database.

Follow this link to the news article:

Here are a couple of quotes from the announcement:

"Genealogists and those researching their ancestors should also find the site of particular interest.
Birth notices, obituaries, social notices, court reports and inquests give considerable insight.
Written in the language of the time, reports also reflect the social and historical background of daily life."

"The site is accessible through and pricing starts at €10 for a 24-hour pass. The official launch event will
take place in the Mansion House on October 8th."

Public Records Office of Northern Ireland - move announced to new premises.

30 August 2007

On 23 August 2007 Culture Minister Edwin Poots announced that the Titanic Quarter will be the location for a new, state of the art Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

In his announcement the Minister said: "My Department has committed £30 million to the re-location of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) in the hope that everyone from the region and indeed visitors to Northern Ireland can use the resources it holds. The new state of the art facilities will greatly enhance public access, with the new building being prominently located within easy reach of many transport routes.

Given the choice of location it is very appropriate that many of the records held by PRONI including some on the Titanic, will be returning home to where they were originally drawn up and written. The regeneration of the Titanic Quarter, which is a very high profile landmark site in Belfast, will formally put PRONI on the map as a must see tourist attraction for local, national and international visitors."

Trinity Quarter is located beside the new Belfast Metropolitan College and within walking distance of Belfast City Centre.
The timescale for the new record office is to have it open to the public in August 2010.
For the full wording of the Minister's announcement see PRONI's web site

Dublin City Library & Archive, 138/144 Pearse St., Dublin 2.

3 July 2007

New to Holdings.

Newspapers. – The Evening Irish Times January 1902 – October 1921
The Daily Express July 1907 – December 1915

Dublin Electoral Rolls Database.
1937 – 1945
1949 – 1951
1954 – 1957
1962 – 1964
Database prepared by John Grenham Genealogist in residence Dublin City Library & Archive.

National Library of Ireland

12 April 2007

A number of changes have recently taken place at the National Library.

  1. With effect from Monday 16th April 2007 the National Library's premises in Kildare
    Street will open to the public at the earlier time of 9.30am, Monday to Saturday.
  2. The Microfilm Reading room located off the Reading Room is reserved for Newspaper
    microfilm only. Self serve printing facilities are available in the room and print cards
    for €2 or €1 can be got from a dispensing machine or at the Reading Room counter.
    Printouts costs 50c each.
  3. A second Microfilm Room is now available on the first floor level for
    Catholic Parish registers and Manuscripts. Printing of these records is not allowed.
  4. The Catalogue Room is now for Copying only and a limited self service facility is
    planned for books from 1880, which should be available within a few weeks.
  5. The Catalogues have been moved into the Reading Room.
  6. PCs for accessing The Times Newspapers and other sources are now located in the first
    floor Microfilm Room
  7. The Genealogy Advisory Service has now returned to the main building on the first
    floor landing. The Genealogy Service hours are Monday to Friday: 10.00am-12.30pm;
    2pm - 4.45pm.

England & Wales 1911 Census Digitisation – National Archives, Kew, England.

12 April 2007

The following notice was received from the Federation of Family History Societies. The Irish Family History Society is a member of FFHS.


The National Archives is delighted to announce that Scotland Online will partner the UK government's official archive in the forthcoming project to put the 1911 census for England and Wales online.

Scotland Online was established in 1995, and is one of the UK's leading Internet business solutions providers. In 2002, in partnership with the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS), Scotland Online established what is now one of the world's leading genealogy websites ScotlandsPeople

The 1911 census (document references RG14 and RG78) is huge - it currently occupies 2 kilometres of shelving at The National Archives. Comprising over eight million householder schedules and a further 38,000 enumerators' summary books, it details information relating to approximately 35 million people then living in England and Wales.

Once digitised the census will take up an equally large ½ a petabyte of computer memory or, physically, 800 data tapes. The digital scanning alone in preparation for digitisation will create 18 million images - 14 times the number of images created in advance of the 1901 census being launched online in 2002.

From 2009 there will be a phased release of the information in the 1911 census starting with the major conurbations. This will include images and transcription data, but with sensitive data redacted in line with the Information Commissioner's recent ruling. From 3 January 2012 the public will have full access to the entire 1911 census, including the information not accessible in 2009. Researchers anywhere in the world will be able to search across the fields of the census by name, address or The National Archives reference, and download high-resolution digital images.

Maggie Loughran
Administrator, Federation of Family History Societies



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