Wednesday, 17 December 2014

TRACING YOUR IRISH ANCESTORS - Ulster Historical Foundation's Conference, September 2015


Ulster Historical Foundation

Telling, since 1956, the story of the people of Ulster

'People will not look forward to posterity, who never looked backward to their ancestors.'
Edmund Burke

We are delighted to advise that the website for the Foundation's next family history conference Tracing your Irish Ancestors is now available ( Running from 6–12 September 2015, Tracing Your Irish Ancestors is aimed at both the dedicated family historian and those who may prefer to spend more time savouring the enchanting landscape and historic sites of their ancestors.
The week will comprise an engaging and entertaining mix of research in the archives with the help of the Foundation's experienced genealogists, talks from acknowledged experts and a variety of tours, all making for a memorable experience. Highlights from the varied programme include visits to Titanic Belfast and the Giant's Causeway, the National Archives in Dublin and the famous Walls of Derry, dinner at Belfast's historic Reform Club and afternoon tea at Barons Court, home to the Duke of Abercorn.
So why not banish those winter blues and lift your spirits by booking a place on Tracing Your Irish Ancestors? You will be very welcome.
If you have any queries, please email:
Ulster Historical Foundation

Saturday, 13 December 2014



First published in 1979, the Clare Association Yearbook contains news of the Association's activities as well as articles on aspects of history, sport, literature, folklore and music which relate to County Clare.

Ms. Ann Norton, former Clare Person of the Year, launched the Clare Association Dublin Year Book 2015 in the Addison Lodge, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin on November 27th, 2014. The Yearbook 2015 is available for purchase from Easons nationwide, from any newsagent in County Clare, or from any committee member.

The contents of the 2015 yearbook include:

Kilrush, a winning journey by Paul Edson- 
‘Invade Scattery’ Festival 2014 by Rita McCarthy- 
70th celebration for Brother Seán - 
A Clare Day at Newlands by Christy Killeen - 
Kelly and Galvin seal Clare’s place in history books by Seamus Hayes - 
Clare FM celebrating twenty five years - 
Killaloe - a magical place by Henry Murdoch - 
The wreck of the S.S. Kelp at Spanish Point by John and Seán Treacy - 
The Set up of Kilrush RNLI Lifeboat Station by Pauline Dunleavy - Pioneer Aviators Forced Landing in Cloneyogan by Colin Hennessy - 
Tom Munnelly by Annette Munnelly - 
Paddy Pádraic Mhichíl Shannon (1914 - 1998) by Eddie Stack - Stories of Old - The Geese in the Bog by Christy Killeen - Dorothea Lange‘s Ireland by Seán Ó Laoire - 
Restoration of the Churchyard, Kilrush by Paul O'Brien and Kay Clancy - 
Weed or Knotweed? by Marie Connole - 
The Dál gCais and the Normans by Brian Spring - 
Retreat at the Redemptorist Fathers by Martin Vaughan - 
Brian Borumha by Br. Seán MacNamara - 
The Abbey of Canon Island (Inisgad) by Michael MacMahon - Tomás and Me...Our Story by Susan Crawford -  
John Clune by Mary Crawford -  
Last Will and Testament by Tristan Conway-Behan and Brian Considine.

Also included are reports on the association's activities during the past year including an account of the annual dinner dance when Davy Fitzgerald and Fr. Harry Bohan were recipients  of the  Clare Person of the Year andl Hall of Fame Awards respectively.

Please find below a selection of back issues  of Clare Association Yearbooks. A pdf copy of each issue can be downloaded by clicking on the image.

 These are large files, so if you have an external drive connected, you might like to save them directly there...











You might also like to visit this page... lots of useful links here...

Friday, 12 December 2014



Killinaboy History & Heritage Group is delighted to announce the launch of their book “Killinaboy & Coad Graveyards” on Wednesday 3rd December,, 2014 at 7.30 pm in Killinaboy National School Hall. This important publication is the result of several years work and dedication to the upkeep and preservation of the two graveyards in the area. All gravestone inscriptions are documented with some dating back 400 years. Most of these are impossible to read by daylight. A brief but comprehensive history of the locality with some up to now unpublished photographs is included in the publication. This book would make an ideal Christmas Gift for loved ones who are living away.

Cost :€10 plus Postage & Packing.. available in Corofin shops. 

I will post a direct contact as soon as I am able to. 

N.B. If you wish to purchase this booklet, then please leave your name and contact in Comments or you can contact me and I will pass on the information. My contact details are in About Me... Thank you.

Thursday, 4 December 2014





We have just unveiled details of our most ambitious digitisation project to date, which will see the NLI’s entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms made freely available online by summer 2015.
The records are considered the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 Census.  Dating from the 1740s to the 1880s, they cover 1,091 parishes throughout Ireland, and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records. 


  • Cork District Probate Registry:
  • testamentary records relating to the years 
  • 1983 (2004/100), 1984 (2005/32), 1985 (2006/5), 1986 (2007/5), 1987 (2008/5), 1988 (2009/5)

  • Dundalk District Probate Registry:
  • testamentary records relating to the years 
  • 1983 (2004/105), 1984 (2005/43), 1985 (2006/7), 1986 (2007/7), 1987 (2008/7)

  • Galway District Probate Registry:
  • testamentary records relating to the years 
  • 1983 (2004/102), 1984 (2005/44), 1985 (2006/8)

  • Kilkenny District Probate Registry:
  •  testamentary records relating to the years 1983 
  • (2004/97), 1984 (2005/45), 1985 (2006/9)

  • Letterkenny (Lifford) District Probate Registry:
  •  testamentary records relating to the years 
  • 1983 (2004/118), 1984 (2005/22), 1985 (2006/6), 1986 (2007/6), 1987 (2008/6), 1988 (2009/6)

  • Limerick District Probate Registry:
  •  testamentary records relating to the years 
  • 1983 (2004/69), 1984 (2005/46), 1985 (2006/10), 1986 (2007/10), 1987 (2008/10), 1988 (2009/10)


This article gives some of the Armies, Regiments and Corps that Clare men and women fought with in World War 1, the battles and events they died in, those who became POWs, those who had shell shock, some brothers who died, those shot at dawn, Clare politicians in WW1, Clare men courtmartialled, and the awards and medals won by Clare men and women. Also enclosed is an alphabetical list of 2,000 Clare men and women who participated in the War, an index of where they come from, a timeline of when and where the 600+ died, and 85 pages of photos of the 251 cemeteries and memorials throughout the world where the Clare War Dead are buried or remembered. This is a work in progress with huge room for expansion over the next few years. Hopefully more people will come forward with information on their grandparents, grand uncles or grand aunts who took part in the Great War, and that this project can be completed by 2018.
Ger Browne
November 2014

For full details, please go to...


Derry Genealogy Centre has compiled seven new databases for Derry city, dating from 1628 through to 1921, which have just been uploaded to RootsIreland (at They are:
  • The earliest census of the city, namely the rent roll of 1628
  • The names of 905 men from Derry and surrounding estates who defended Derry’s walls during the 1641 Rebellion
  • The names of 1,660 supporters of Williamite campaign in Ireland of 1689 to 1691, many of whom fought at the Siege of Derry in 1689
  • The names of 226 citizens of the city, in effect a census of the city at the end of the 17th century, who signed a petition condemning a Jacobite plot to assassinate King William III in 1696
  • The names of 110 leaseholders within the walled city in 1738
  • The names of 191 Derry men and women who were held in the County Jail on Bishop Street, from 1839 to 1856, awaiting transportation to Australia
  • Reconstruction of census for Derry city during ‘the Troubles’ of 1920, extracted from Derry Almanac of 1921, which names 8,367 heads of households against their street address and house number
A further new addition is Derry Placenames Database
Derry Placenames Database is a database of 1,750 placenames as recorded in the 1901 census returns for the city and county of Derry. It includes the names of all townlands, together with street listings for all towns, in County Derry. All placenames are located by District Electoral Division, Parish, Registrar District, Poor law Union and Estate. This will result in more effective use of major Irish record sources such as 1901 and 1911 census returns, church registers, civil registers of births, marriages and deaths, the national indexes to civil birth, marriage and death registers, and estate records. Click here to view the Derry Placenames Database

Tuesday, 2 December 2014


These files were added during November:
ARMAGH, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Mark's, Armagh City

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Blacklion, Thornhill Cemetery
Old Dobally, Dowra Graveyard

DONEGAL, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St Mary's Church Headstones, Cockhill, (Partial)

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Brigids Section, pt 9
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Itas Section, Pt. 3

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin - Part 92

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Births Recorded in Killadeas (CoI) 1880-1941
Marriages Recorded in Killadeas (CoI) 1883-1935
Burials Recorded in Killadeas (CoI) 1888-1951
Lisnaskea, Marriages from Holy Trinity C. Of I.1804-1867
Lisnaskea, Baptisms from Holy Trinity C.of I. 1804-1899

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Vital Records
Assorted Death Certificates - 1869

KILKENNY Genealogy Archives - Miscellaneous
Contributors to fund for Christian Brothers School 1866
Contributors to Anti-Father Robert O'Keefe Supporters Fund 1875

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mohill, St. Mary's Church of Ireland Cemetery

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Headstones (Text File added)
Bushfield Headstone Transcriptions - Part 1

TIPPERARY, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Cloghprior Graveyard

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Memorial Cards
Memorial (Funeral) Card - over 150 added

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Baltyboys Cemetery, Part 4
Askanagap Graveyard - Church & Memorials

Thanks to all our volunteers!!
Ireland Genealogy Projects & IGP Archives