Tuesday, 31 January 2012


Courtesy of Clara Hoyne....

The Irish Times - Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Paddy and Freddie Reid, who deserted from the Irish Army, were among the almost 5,000 people who joined the Allied armies

STEPHEN COLLINS, Political Editor
A PARDON for thousands of Irish soldiers who deserted from the Defence Forces to fight for the Allies in the second World War is on the way, Minister for Defence Alan Shatter has indicated.
While the Minister awaits formal advice from Attorney General Máire Whelan about how to proceed, he has said he regards the dishonourable discharge of soldiers who left to fight for the Allies as untenable.
Mr Shatter noted that for more than a decade the Irishmen who died fighting for Britain in the second World War had been commemorated in their own country.
"Many who fought in British uniforms during that war returned to Ireland. For too many years, their contribution in preserving European and Irish democracy was ignored.
"Some of those include members of our Defence Forces who left this island during that time to fight for freedom and who were subsequently dishonourably discharged from the Defence Forces," said the Minister.
He said it was now appropriate to revisit the manner in which they were treated while also remembering that those who served in the Defence Forces throughout that time performed a crucial national duty.
"It is untenable that we commemorate those who died whilst continuing to ignore the manner in which our State treated the living, in the period immediately after World War II, who returned to our State having fought for freedom and democracy," said Mr Shatter.
During that war 4,983 people deserted from the Defence Forces to join the Allied armies. Those who returned to Ireland were refused military pensions and were debarred from a range of State employment on the basis of an Emergency Powers Order passed by the Dáil in 1945.
On Monday the Northern Ireland Assembly unanimously backed the campaign for pardons for the servicemen involved.

For the full story, please follow the link below...


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Monday, 30 January 2012

Anglo-Celtic Connections: Rock Star Genealogists Results

Recently, a poll was conducted to choose the Rock Star Genealogists... those who have impressed others enough to be a must hear or must read person of interest.

To quote John D. Reid, who initiated this....

"Genealogists and family historians, professional or casual, 676 in number from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the UK and Ireland, Mexico, Spain and Sweden voted to select "rock star genealogists, women and men who give 'must attend' presentations at genealogy conferences and/or write 'must read' family history articles or publications." In diverse ways they go beyond genealogical competence to leadership and inspiration.

Everyone in the "international" list below is from the US, reflecting the dominance of US residents among voters. Those outside the US should not fret; separate listings of top picks by folks in Australia and New Zealand, Canada, UK and Ireland, and USA will be posted here in the coming days.

The order among the first three was close for most of the week, then switched when a spurt of voting on Friday afternoon pushed the eventual winner to a clear lead. The number of votes received is indicated."


 Congratulations to all concerned... and to all who were nominated, for you are all "Rock Stars.." in your own right.  You have, and are, making a difference, to so many who share your passion for family history and genealogy. You are our inspiration.

AUST. & NZ results are in... Congratulations to Shauna Hicks and Judy Webster who got an equal number of votes, and to all others listed here...

Sunday, 29 January 2012


 This is  one of the London's most beloved landmarks as you've  never seen her before.
 Stripped  down to her underwear, the never before seen pictures of  the Tower Bridge -- one of the world's most recognisable  structures -- have been unveiled after the stash of  hundred-year-old prints were found in a  skip.
  Coinciding with the  125th anniversary of the bridge's  foundation, the 50 sepia photos reveal in incredible  detail the ingenuity behind one of the British capital's  most popular tourist destinations, which was the first  bridge of its kind in the world.  
Never seen before:  The pictures of London's Tower Bridge were  found in a skip and then wrapped up in brown paper and  put in a carrier bag under a  bed.
     The unique  pictures, dating back to 1892, document the construction  the iconic bridge, which at the time was a landmark feat  of engineering nicknamed 'The Wonder  Bridge'.   The discarded pictures, which were  retrieved by a caretaker who was looking after a  building being turned into flats in 2006, have spent the  last five years in a carrier bag underneath his  bed.
     The 59 year-old,  who wishes to remain anonymous, said that after the  occupants of the Westminster office building moved out,  the album and a number of documents were thrown into a  skip outside.  He said: "I took the ledgers to the  Tower Bridge Museum because I thought they might have  some historical value.
  Remarkable  find:   The prints reveal in  incredible detail the ingenuity behind one of the  British capital's most popular tourist attractions and  how it was put together
  A view of the  bridge:  The sturdy steel frame of the  Tower Bridge can be seen, before it was covered with its  distinctive stone-cladding on the orders of architect  John Wolfe-Barry
  They  included records of the materials and used in the  bridge's construction and what they cost.   I  told the man at the museum that I had also found some  photos but he told me they already had plenty of  those.   I didn't know what to do with them so  I wrapped them in some brown paper and put them in a bag  under the bed".
     It wasn't  until earlier this month, when the owner of the photos  mentioned them to his neighbor, City of Westminster tour  guide Peter Berthoud that the significance of the find  fully emerged.   Mr Berthoud, an expert in the  history of London who gives guided tours around famous  landmarks including the Tower Bridge, said that he was  gobsmacked by the haul.
  Stripped  down:  The photographs show how the  bridge was put together over eight years, revealing why  it was nicknamed at the time the 'Wonder  Bridge'
  Landmark:   The Tower Bridge remains one of the British capital's  most iconic structures and a tourist attraction today,  125 years after building  started
  Sepia to silver  screen:  The incomplete Tower Bridge  features in the 2009 film Sherlock  Holmes, where Holmes battles with his  adversary Lord Henry  Blackwood
     Contrary to  popular misconception, the images reveal the bridge is a  sturdy steel frame beneath the instantly recognisable  stone cladding.   Mr Berthoud said: "When my  neighbor gave me a disk with the images on I just  couldn't believe it.   I spent hours going  through my books to see if these pictures were already  around but I couldn't see them anywhere -- they are  unique.   Quite simply London's Tower Bridge  is the world's most iconic bridge and it's the only  bridge over the Thames which has never needed to be  replaced at some point.
  Discovery:   Peter Berthoud was gobsmacked when his neighbor showed  him the haul of photos.   He spent hours going  through books to find something similar, only to  discover they are unique
  Transformation:   The bridge took eight years to build and at the time was  a landmark feat of engineering, combining elements of a  suspension and high level bridge and a  bascule
  It  combines elements of a suspension bridge, a high level  bridge and a bascule which allows it to open for ships  to pass.   Nothing had ever been made like it  before and nothing since.   People are always  surprised when I tell them thet the Tower Bridge is a  steel bridge, as the stone cladding is so recognisable".
     According to the  tour guide, the bridge's original architect, Horace  Jones, wanted to clad the bridge in brick but following  his death he was succeeded as architect by John  Wolfe-Barry, who decreed the bridge should be clad in  stone.
  Development:    Photographs show the progress in the construction  process, from basic structures to something easily  recognisable as the Tower Bridge as we know it  today
  Unique:   Many of the 50 sepia prints are in good condition,  despite dating back to 1892.   Several are  even dated, making it possible to trace the progress in  construction
     Although many of  the century-old pictures are in a state of disrepair,  around 20 are in good condition.   Many of the  12 by 10 snaps are dated and clearly show how the bridge  was put together over a space of eight  years.   Memorable scenes include  turn-of-the-century laborers taking orders from a site  foreman in a bowler hat and a shot if the bridge's  original steam-powered engine room, which could open the  bridge in less than a minute.   In one  poignant picture flags decorate the body of the bridge  and a hand-written pencil note reads:   'Note,  flags denote Mr Hunter's wedding  day'.
     Mr Berthoud  said: "My favorite pictures are of the simple,  humble guys building the bridge, unaware that what they  are making will be so historic.   People are  used to seeing images of the Empire State Building being  built but this is part of British history being created  50 years earlier".  

Saturday, 28 January 2012


Courtesy Larry Brennan

Family Bible

The Clare Champion of the 17th November 1954 tells us the following story:

Two family bibles from Ireland, which are nearly 100 years old, were 
examined in the Practice Court, Melbourne, when deciding who should inherit 
an estate now valued at £34,600.

The estate was left by Mrs. Annabella Sharpe, Benalla, Victoria, when she 
died in 1919, without leaving a will. Ever since the authorities have been 
searching for her next-of-kin.

Mrs. Sharpe was born in Ireland in 1836 and went to Australia when she was 
27. After an investigation of claims to the estate from Ireland, the Curator 
of the estates of deceased persons found that Mr. Harry Payne Thompson of 
Killaloe, Co. Clare, was the first cousin of Mrs. Sharpe and her next of 
kin. A summons for the distribution of the estate was taken out by Mr. 
Thompson, and March 31st was fixed as the last day for the lodgment of 
claims. Before the date a claim was made on behalf of Mrs. Gertrude Julia 
Holiday, Ireland, who said that she was a cousin of Mrs. Sharpe.After 
investigation, a decision was made in favour of Mr. Thompson, and a 
certificate has now been issued to that effect. 

Thursday, 26 January 2012


Courtesy of Mary Mooney..




This morning, at her house, Mallow-street, in an advanced age, Mrs. Brady, relict of Henry Brady, Esq. of Raheen House, county Clare - deeply regretted.

At Pegsboro', to the deep regret of his amiable family and friends, George Bradshaw, Esq. Coroner of the co. Tipperary, formerly Captain of the 5th D Guards.

On the 30th March, at Upper Hartstonge-street, after a short and painful illness, to the inexpressible grief of her family, Lois, the youngest and beloved daughter of Thomas Usher, Esq. aged 11 ½ years.

At his house, on the 30th ultimo, after a few days illness, Mr. John Cleland, Confectioner, Shannon-street, deeply regretted by his family and a large circle of acquaintances. His integrity as a man was conspicuous in every act of a well spent life; while the sincerity of his friendship harmonized with a natural urbanity of manner, and kindliness of feeling, rarely found in such happy communion.

Suddenly, in his carriage, to the deep affliction of his family, John Brown, Esq. Mountjoy-square, formerly, Inspector of Stamps, Limerick.

At his residence, in Shannon-street, Margaret, wife of Patrick Fitzgerald, accountant.

At the Rectory, Castleblakeney, the Rev. Charles M. Doyle, A.B. Incumbent of that parish, and brother to Sir John Milley Doyle.

At the North Strand, Mr. Michael Brandon.

Susannah Henrietta, daughter of I. D. Fawcett, Esq. Ballinasloe.

Mrs. Nolan, of Gort, wife of Thomas Nolan, Esq. M.D. She has left a large family to deplore her loss.

At Nenagh, the only child of Color Sergeant Robert Watts, Depot 6th Regt.

At Carlow, Alexander Harrison, Esq. County Surveyor, of typhus fever, caught in the discharge of his duties.

At Clonoulty, Tipperary, aged 106 years, Mrs. O'Shaughnessy mother of the Rev. Edward O'Shaughnessy, P.P. of Drangan.

Captain M. P. B. Gray, late of Glanmore, county Longford.

Mrs. Margaret Geale, Abbey-street.

Suddenly, Mr. James Lennon, of Armagh.

At New Ross, Mr. George H. Irwin, Primitive Wesleyan Methodist Preacher.

At Castleblakeney, Mr. John Woods, shopkeeper.

At Rathgar, Frances Mary Jane, eldest daughter of the late P. W. C. Lipyeatte, Esq. 24th Regt.

At Portobello Barracks, the lady of Quartermaster Missit, K. D. G.

Suddenly, at Jervis-street, Mr. John Goodman, Professor of Languages.

At Rathgar, Maria, relict of the late William Fitzgerald, Esq. Inspector General of taxes in Ireland.

At Temora, Booterstown, Richard Purdy, Esq.

Fanny, daughter of Mr. George Farrell, of Wentworth-place, Dublin.

Mary Caroline Richardo, daughter of Thomas W. Reeves, Esq. Solicitor, Upper Gloucester-street.

At the residence of her father, Upper Fitzwilliam-street, Margaret, wife of Mr. John Lloyd Blood.

James Shaw Beers, Esq. M. D. of Ballymoney, Antrim.

At Prince Thorpe Convent, Warwickshire, of fever, in her 17th year, Nora Mary, eldest daughter of John Primrose, Esq. of Hillgrove, county Kerry.

At Richmond, Surrey, Mrs. Elizabeth French, widow, of the late George French, Esq. in her 91st year.

At Clifton, Robert Uniacke, Esq. of Woodhouse, county Waterford.

At his seat, Durdans, aged 77 years, Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Bart. Of Normantown-park, Rutland and of Durdans, Surrey.

At Greenlace, Pennicuick, N.N. Geraldine Rosalinda Ellen, daughter of Capt. Bristow.

Major Bennett, late 1st Royals.

At her apartments in Hampton-court Palace, Charlotte Thoroton, daughter of the late Thomas Thoroton, Esq. of Sereveton Hall, Nottinghamshire.

At the residence of her son-in-law, the Rev. Thos England, North Lew Rectory, Devon, Jane, relict of the late Richard Muggeridge, Esq. of Kingston, Surrey.

At Southall, Major W.P. Neale, late of the 16th Lancers.

At Notting-hill-terrace, Catherine, relict of Capt. Sir George Mouat Keith, Bart, Royal Navy.

In Grosvenor-square, Mary, widow of Col. Gore Langton of Newton-park, Somerset.

Captain Dickens, formerly 90th Light Infantry.

At Slough, near Windsor, Lieut. Cumming, 3d West India Regiment.

In Atherton-street, Liverpool, Honor, relict of Cornelius McNamara, formerly of her Majesty's 6th , or Cambrians.

At Burslem, Serheant David Newing, 63d.

At Jersey, Colonial Daniel Falla, late Town Major at Gibraltar.

Mr. Richard Newcomb, proprietor of the Stamford Mercury.

At Leven, in Fifeshire, Surgeon Henry Burrell, R.N.

At Lime Cottage, Lee Kent, Surgeon, John O. Martin, R. N.

At Old Windsor, in his 79th year, Mr. Samuel Bagster, formerly of Paternoster-row, London, publisher and bookseller.

At Brussels, Frances Jane Isabella, daughter of Captain Cross, late 68th Infantry.


At Leben, Bridget, relict of the late Captain John Jackson, and sister of the late Colonel James Hamilton Powell, formerly of the Grange House, county Sligo.

At Scarborough, C. W. of paralysis, Tannant Houston Thompson, Esq. Deputy Commissary General.

At Bytown, Capt. Wm. B. Bradley, late 104th Regt. And father of Mrs. Hynes, of Quebec.

At Montreal, Mr. Wm. Malone a native of Queen's County, Ireland, aged 91 years.

At Quebec, Mr. Fletcher Merrick, ship chandler.

In Montreal, Mr. George H. Mead, of the firm of mead aBrothers & Co.

At Kilworth, Richard Andrews, Esq.

At Lakeview, the Rev Robert Fleming, Minister of the Presbyterian Congregation of Cavan.

At Pau, William, son of Robert Murphy, Esq. of Merrion-square, North, and formerly of the 87th Fusileers.

At George Town, Denerara, the Rev. Patrick O'Dwyer, formerly of Moorfields chapel, London.



At Trafalgar Terrace, Monkstown, on the 5th inst. Susan Powell, relict of the late Rev Frederick Blood, sometime Rector of the union of Kilnaboy and Kilkeedy, county Clare, and daughter of the late John Powell, of Cloverfield, co. Limerick, aged 90 years - deeply regretted by a large circle of friends and relatives. To her to live was Christ, and to die was gain.

At her residence, Portland- row, Summer-hill. Susanna, relict of Caesar Colclough, of Duffrey Hall, county Wexford, Esq. and late Chief Justice of Prince Edward's Island.

At Charlemont-street, at the advanced age of 98 years, Miss Elizabeth Bloomfield, daughter of the late Adam Bloomfield, Esq. formerly of redwood, county Tipperary.

Suddenly, on Thursday night in John-street, Mrs. Herbert, widow of the late Mr. Thomas Herbert, hardware merchant, Charlotte's - quay.

At his residence, Maonfin, near Nenagh, at the advanced age of 93 years, Michael Spain, Esq.

At Roserea, Adam Acres, Esq.

At Augher Castle county, Tyrone, Sir James Richardson Bunbury, Bart, D.L.

At Ballinere, Parsonstown, Mr. Richard Woods.

At his residence, Kingstown, James Dawson, Esq.

At Clonmel, Mr. Thomas Ryan.

At Richmond, Drumcondra, Jane, relict of John M'Guinness, Esq. of Dublin.

In Jervis-street, Mrs. Sarah Dickinson, daughter of the late Samuel Tyndall, Esq.

Mr. William Hodge, of Dublin.

At his residence, South Frederick-street, Mr. John Kavanagh

At Tuam, on the 31st ultimo, in sure and certain hope of a glorious resurrection, Robert Davies, Esq. of Fahy, county Galway, Captain Galway Militia. His many virtues endeared him to a wide circle of relatives and friends, and his loss has left a blank to them not soon to be filled up. His remains were borne to the grave by his sorrowing tenantry.

George Henry, eldest son, of George Henry Belas, Solicitor.

Aged 77 years, Agnes, relict of the late James Todd, Esq. of Ballynaskea, county Down.

Of erysipelas, John Johnston, Esq. of Miltown House, near Belfast, in the 27th year of his age.

At Luillan, Salop, Mercy, wife of Richard Boyle Robinson , Esq. late of Glenville, county Cork, and Killaloane, county Tipperary.

At Dover, Mary, daughter of the late James Dease Esq. of Turbotstown, and of the Lady Teresa Dease, and niece to the late Earl of Fingall.

In London, Edith, daughter of Sir James Emmerson Tennent.

In Torrington-square, Thomas Galloway, Esq. F.R.S. Registrar of the Amicable Life Assurance Office.

At Broughton Hall, county of Stafford, the Rev. Sir Henry Delves Broughton, Bart.

At Walling-wells, Captain T. T. Worsley. At Nadajos he was wounded under one of his ears. He was again wounded at Waterloo under the other ear.

In Hyde Park-place west, Colin Alexander Mackenzie. Esq.

In Old Cavendish-street, Charles Sayer, Esq. aged 75.

At Newington-place Kennington, Lieut. John Lowis Manners, Royal Marines, in the 72nd year if his age.

Catharine Jane, wife of W. H. Plummer, Esq. Fort Lodge, Margate.

The Rev. Thomas Coker Adams, Vicar of Austy, Warwickshire.

At Monkstown, Catherine Emily, only daughter of the late Hon. Judge Johnson.

At Navan Convent, Sister Mary Ignatia Kelly.

In his 87th year, The Rev. Nathaniel George Woodrooffe, A.M. 48 years Vicar of the parish of Somerford Keynes, Wilts.

At Dorking, Thomas Parker, Esq. in the 87th year of his age, a member of the Stock Exchange.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012


Some of you will be aware that there has been a discussion about "  ROCK STAR GENEALOGISTS"  yes, you did read it correctly.

 The article that started it and many of the nominations are here....

 While nominations are now closed, it is time to vote and give some small recognition to those who do so much for so many in whatever way they do it.  There are so many more not listed, so jot down the ones you would have liked to include and save them for the next time. 

You can do the survey here, please take the time to vote... and remember that you can vote for more than one in each section. They are simply in groups for convenience. Please take a minute or two to vote now, so you don't forget.


 Congratulations to all nominated.. you are all Rock Stars in your own right and appreciated more than you realise...




Courtesy of Christina Hunt


The enlistee's names are:
BREW, Richard
COFFEY, Patrick
HEHIR, Mortimer
JONES, Samuel
KELLY, James
KELLY, William
LALLY, Francis
LIDDY, Michael
McCARTY, Daniel
McNAMARA, Thomas
MEANY, Thomas
O'NEAL, Michael
RYAN, Patrick
SCANLON, Stephen
SHEA, Michael

If any of these names is of interest go to:
Click on CLARE and then Military & Constabulary

IGP Archives
If you want a scan, please email me off list and tell me the man's
service number.

Sunday, 22 January 2012


When you set out to research your family, and then find that that leads to helping others research theirs, it suddenly starts to snowball... who can resist adding just a little more, or finding the link to the family you knew the name of, but weren't quite sure whether they were related or not?

 It helps that you know not only the names, but the parish, and the history and the details that others are searching for...what to do then?

If your name is John Mayer, you decide to help others, who may never be able to visit the homeland of their ancestors and before too long, your kind deed has become far greater than you imagined...

Meet John Mayer.. the author of THE FAMILIES OF KILMALEY PARISH A 200 Year review... 

John is a member of Clare Roots Society and as such has contributed a great deal for the benefit of others. Look on the Clare Library site, genealogy, to see his contribution of photographs and inscriptions of the gravestones of Kilmaley cemetery.

John's Irish connection began in Kilmaley Parish and so, on frequent family visits, he decided to explore the history of not only his own family, but that of 200 families within the parish. The result is the massive tome you see in this photo, which encompasses dates and photos ( where possible) of people or gravestones, of details of connections to other families and so much more, much of which has helped me in my own research within Kilmaley Parish. 

 For full details of his book, and where to purchase, you can see my earlier article at 


 John covers families from  FURROOR, KILCLOGHER, KILLANIV, KINTURK and all the towns and villages encompassed within those townlands...

 John's experiences when visiting the land of his mother's family stayed with him... just to quote a little of these..

"As a six year old boy growing up in Chicago, Kilmaley was such a different world to me. In those days my uncle's home was still thatched and I would get water for my grandmother at Sharry's Well. Going to the creamery at Tobin's was a great adventure. Whether I was heading there by horse and cart from John Hehir's in Feighroe, or on a big shiny new tractor from Patsy McMahon's in Lecarrow More, life couldn't get better."

 For details on the book www.lulu.com and search for Kilmaley, or use this tiny URL to go directly.


 Now, if only all Parishes were so fortunate... be sure to let John know where you heard about his book.

From a very satisfied researcher....

Liz Haren  Nov 27, 2011
"Yay! I just got my Kilmaley book!! It is huge!!! And it has my Haren's all over it. I'm thrilled. "

Saturday, 21 January 2012


I thought this was worth presenting just as it is, as so many can benefit from it. Many thanks to S.O.G. UK, for making these freely available.

Go to this link to follow through...

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? LIVE 2011 has finished

Handouts for the presentations and Workshops for 2011 below are free for you to download.

If the one you want isn't there then we haven't been given a copy yet so please look back. Where the files are over 1meg in size the size has been quoted

Friday 25th February

In and Out of the Record Office - An overview of what information can be found in church registers before 1837 by Alec Tritton (4 meg)

Latin: The Next Big Thing in Genealogy - There comes a time when every BMD & C record had been pored over, filleted and wrung dry. Where then? by Bruce Durie

Stuck in London? Resources at the Library of the Society of Genealogists and elsewhere - Founded in 1911 as the Society of Genealogists of London the SG library holds some unique and remarkable resources for anyone researching London Families by Else Churchill (4 meg). There are also some additional notes provided by Else to accompany this presentation.

Using the census records online - All the publicly available census records for the British Isles are now searchable on the web; indeed, some of them are only accessible online - by Peter Christian.

Your Norfolk Ancestors; an insider's guide - How to find and use resources from the well known to the hidden gems by Gill Blanchard.

Preserving Family Treasures - This lecture covers techniques to save your pictures and papers by Maureen Taylor.

My Ancestors came from Essex: where can I find out more about them? - An illustrated exploration with examples of the sources for research by Eric Probert. (2 meg)

Why Pay? The top free websites - No one likes to pay for information unless they have to by John Hanson.

Joining the dots: bringing all your information together - Some suggestions on how to bring together the many different sources of information by Anthony Adolph.

Starting from Scratch A very basic introduction to Family History. Covering how to organise your thoughts, draft out a pedigree and birth brief and possible usage - by Dominic Johnson (2 meg)

Using the Imperial War Museum and UK National Inventory of War Memorials for Family History Research - A look at how the holdings of the Imperial War Museum and using war memorials can further your knowledge and understanding of your relatives' service during the First and Second World Wars by Sarah Paterson and Jane Furlong. The presentation was mainly illustrated so they have provided copies of the leaflets from the IWM they are Army, Merchant Navy, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Prisoner of War.

New Zealand Genealogy OnLine - New Zealand is a small, new, country. Our Founding Parents were able to draw on their knowledge of record keeping in their home countries and so NZ created some excellent sources of genealogical information by Jan Gow

Saturday 26th February

Finding Nonconformist Records Online - This talk will look at websites that contain nonconformist records by Alec Tritton (4 meg)

How Do I Research Before 1837? Sources at the Society of Genealogists and elsewhere - For some getting back before the census years can be a challenge by Else Churchill. (4 meg)

Nottinghamshire Family History - Where Nottinghamshire lies in relation to other counties by Dominic Johnson.

Give Yourself the Who Do You Think You Are? treatment - Readers of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine often write in saying they wish they could have the WDYTYA treatment by Sarah Williams - TO FOLLOW SHORTLY

Beyond the Census and BMDs: fleshing out the skeleton - The first records most family historians search are censuses and birth, marriage & death records by Ian Galbraith. (5 meg)

Understand Your Ancestors Through Their Handwriting - The lecture aims to increase awareness among genealogists of the rich information available about ancestors from their handwriting in wills, marriage certificates and letters by Adam Brand.

Researching Families in British India - Over three million Britons lived in India over the three and a half centuries of British involvement in that country by Peter Bailey.

Making Contact: surnames and pedigrees online - Once you've got back a few generations, one of the most important ways of making progress in your family history is making contact with others who have interests in the same surnames or perhaps even share some of your ancestors by Peter Christian.

Looking at Family Portraits: artworks and photographs, 1780-1920 - This illustrated talk begins by discussing British portraiture and the rising demand for hand-crafted portraits in the late 18th and early 19th centuries by Jayne Shrimpton.

Lesser Known Sources for Family History - An illustrated exploration with examples and case studies of the unusual sources for research into the lives of ancestors by Eric Probert. (4 meg)

Smart Genealogy Solving Genealogical Brick Walls - Everyone hits a brick wall sometimes by Dr Geoff Swinfield.

My Top 10 Websites for Family Historians - My guide to the best websites to kick-start you in family history by John Hanson

Yorkshire family History - resources in Britian's largest county by Roy Stockdill and Jackie Depelle. There are two handouts here - Internet resources and archives

Organizing your family history research As you begin researching your family tree, you will undoubtedly encounter numerous documents and other materials that can easily create a "pile" of treasures for you to sort through by Josh Taylor

Sunday 27th February

Records of Deaths and Burials - All good genealogists learn to kill off their ancestors. Records of death and burial can be tricky to find but often provide the vital clues by Alec Tritton (5 meg)

Treasures of the Society of Genealogists: online and in the library - This talk looks at some of the unique collections and resources held by the Society of Genealogists which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2011 by Else Churchill (2 meg).

Retours: Scottish Land Inheritance - Up until the 1860s it Scotland, it was not possible to leave "real" property in a Testament, and only some Testaments even contained Wills. by Bruce Durie. There is a supplementary presentation on Scottish Wills and Inheritance.

How to Make Google Work Harder for your Family History! - Discover innovative ways to work smarter and find more family history golden nuggets than you thought possible with the power of Google by Lisa Louise Cooke. (1.5 meg)

Irish Records: Beyond the Obvious - After a brief summary of the usual sources, the talk will cover a huge variety of lesser known sources by Rosalind McCutcheon.

The National Wills Index - Wills are probably the most important source of information to the family historian after census records and bmds - and typically provide far more interesting information than either by Ian Galbraith. (5 meg)

Family History in the Thames Valley - This lecture will advise you of the many available resources both online and at local archives by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens. (4 meg)

Are Your Ancestors Frozen in Time? - Keeping up with the latest ways to record and preserve our genealogy is a daunting task by Claire V Brisson-Banks

I'm Stuck! How can I find my lost ancestors? - Everyone hits a brick wall sometimes by Dr Geoff Swinfield.

My Ancestors were in the Parish Registers - well they chould have been! - A look at whats in parish records, where you can expect to find in them and why your ancestor may not be there by John Hanson

Reading the Writing of the Past - You have your register, you have your will but con you read them? by Barbara Harvey. (2 meg)

Caribbean Genealogy - The unique Caribbean Family Dynamic and how it can affect/impede research by Sarah Tomlin. (5 meg).

Moving from Amateur to Professional: making the leap - Many professional genealogists started out by doing their own family history research by Eileen Ó Dúill

Wednesday, 18 January 2012



Patrick Vincent (Vince) Murray
1940 – 2011

Vince Murray presented Ireland Calling on Sydney's 2RDJ-FM.
Vince Murray passed away peacefully at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital on Friday, December 23, 2011. He had suffered a massive stroke in early November and never recovered. He was 71.
Born in Knockcroghery, Co Roscommon, he had a younger sister Mary, who passed away in 2011 after Vince had returned to Sydney following a visit home to see his family. He is survived by one brother, Harry, who lives in Galway.
Vince suffered a very early setback in life when at the age of 16, his mother passed away.
In the early ’60s, a period of high migration from Ireland, Vince hit for England.
He worked in various jobs, from nursing to the reception desk at a major psychiatric hospital. Vince’s management skills were recognized at an early age and he became assistant manager of a rehabilitation hostel for the mentally ill in Essex.
During this period, Vince had a passion for radio and being a broadcaster. He would spend many hours making mock radio programmes.
In 1973, Vince emigrated to Australia, settling down in Sydney.
He worked at Osti’s fashion house before moving on to assistant manager for the NSW Housing Commission. He was quickly promoted to manager of the Waterloo complex in Sydney and was next transferred to the Riverwood office as property manager.
Vince’s passion for radio broadcasting continued and was very much part of his other life away from work. In 1975 he, along with three others, formed radio station 2RDJ-FM.
In the following years, after many submissions to the broadcasting authority and trial broadcasts, 2RDJ-FM acquired a licence to broadcast on community radio. Vince was up and going and soon hit the airwaves.
He was very proud of his Irish heritage and along with the author, founded the programme Ireland Calling. As the producer and presenter, Vince’s passion for Irish culture was paramount to the programme.
He was the voice of the Irish in Sydney for more than 25 years.
Vince continued to present Ireland Calling up to his retirement in 2010. During his years, he served a term as chairman and secretary of the board. In recognition of his service to 2RDJ-FM, Vince was appointed its first patron in 2010.
I would like to thank the Irish-Australian community for the support and compassion they extended to Vince in his final weeks and days. To Fr Tom Deveraux for the sacramental support and to Ken Maurer (Maurer & Bracks funeral directors) for his advice and assistance.
Thanks to the staff at Bankstown-Lidcombe for the care they extended to Vince. His family in Ireland spoke of the comfort they felt in the knowledge that Vince was not journeying alone in his final days and hours.
It was Vince’s wish to be taken back to Ireland and laid to rest with his family in Knockcroghery, Co Roscommon.
* A memorial service to celebrate the life of Vince will be held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Rockdale, at 7pm on January 20, 2012.