Saturday, 16 June 2018





first posted this way back in 2013.. 
and so many responses overflowed my inbox 
as well as the comments on here 
and those on individual blogs/pages, etc. 

This time, I am adding a couple of items 
and changing just a couple of questions.

Working with family historians/genealogists daily, 
I see the same questions being asked on a regular basis. 
I often wonder what has led this or that person 
to researching their ancestry.

 No prizes for answering the questions below... 
but it could be of interest to all of us who help others 
on a regular basis.

You may answer on your own blog, 
in the comments section below or on my Facebook 
page which will have a link to this blog. 
Answer as many or as few as you like. 

 Please let me know if you answer on your own blog, 
so I can keep a list for others to follow... no time limit... 


1. What is the most important detail you want to find about your  ancestors?

2. Do you buy certificates? Have you taken advantage of the added information available now to be able to get a lot of information for


3.  What online sites, free or paid, do you visit most often and how have they helped you?

4. What has been your 'best' find?

5. Who is your favourite ancestor and why?

6. What are you looking for on a regular basis? 

7. Do you belong to any genealogy group, or family history society?

8. Do you belong to any Facebook or other social media genealogy groups? Would you join if there was one available?

9. Do you help others, in any way.. offering advice, transcribing, helping at functions, encouraging by leaving comments on blogs, sharing a good post/blog/information...any way at all..?

10. What is your personal reason for being involved with genealogy/family history?

11. Do you attend conferences, seminars, presentations?

  •  what do you like about them...
  •  what don't you like..
  •  what would you like to add/change...

12. How much have you progressed in the last five years... 

  • re discoveries
  • new avenues you've explored
  • inspired others to be interested
  • had more or less time for family history
  • most important, spent time with your family and or friends,  old and young.. after all, they are each part of living history.   

Saturday, 2 June 2018


We have added a lot of headstones and some Baptisms this month.

CAVAN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kiloughter (CoI) Graveyard, Redhills
St. Paul's (CoI) Graveyard, Ballymachugh

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Peters Section, Pt. 2
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Brigids Section, Pt. 14
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Nessan's Part 13

FERMANAGH, Tower Cemetery, Irvinestown (Updated)
Genealogy Archives - Headstones

GALWAY, Kilcoona Graveyard, Kilcoona, Headford
Genealogy Archives - Headstones

MAYO, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilvine Graveyard

MAYO, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Islandeady Graveyard, Part 1 & 2

MAYO, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Burrishoole Abbey, Part 5 (Completed)

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Parish Reg., W. Div., Baptisms 1808-1811
Clones Parish Registers, E. Div., Baptisms 1811-1815

TIPPERARY, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ballysheehan, (near Burncourt) Graveyard

TYRONE, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Togherdoo Methodist Graveyard, Dromore

WATERFORD, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Abbey Graveyard CoI, Ferrybank, Part 1
Clonegam Church Graveyard
Abbey Graveyard (CoI), Ferrybank, Part 2




 The unveiling of Rowan Gillespie's 11ft tall bronze sculpture of Stillorgan born artist Sir William Orpen will take place on Sat 15th Sept 2018 - 5.30pm at The Talbot Hotel Stillorgan (Ex Stillorgan Park).
Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones (a big fan and collector of Orpen's work) will do the unveiling which will be followed by a WW1 & early 1900's themed concert in the hotel with various artists (young and old) performing in German, French, Irish & English including some Francis Ledwidge poetry readings by a well-known Irish actor (complete poster to follow asap).
All are welcome to the unveiling which will be in front of the hotel. However, if you would like to attend the drinks reception and concert, you may book tickets (€25) by phoning your credit card details to Karen Dalton 01 2957708 during office hours (all proceeds go to the Stillorgan Chamber of Commerce Orpen Sculpture Fund).
The event will be attended by several Ambassadors and is an occasion for an Orpen reunion with many of his descendants meeting for the first time.

On Sunday 16th at 2pm, I will give my one hour AV/Talk 'The Life & Times of William Orpen' and there will be an exhibition of some originals and some reproductions of work by William Orpen, again at The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.

More details will follow, hope to see you all at 'The Orpen Weekend'.

Best wishes,
Dominic Lee
00353 (0)872600755

on behalf of The Stillorgan Chamber of Commerce.

You will find previous related articles via the link below.

Saturday, 12 May 2018



Pontville is a small rural community 28 kilometres north of Hobart, 
in the south-east of Tasmania, Australia. 
At the 2006 census, Pontville had a population of 2,166.
This looks to be a lovely town, filled with history.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018


CAVAN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Drumlumman Graveyard
Kilbride Cemetery, Mount Nugent

DONEGAL, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Conwal Parish Church (CoI), Letterkenny

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mount Jerome, Dublin - Parts 194-198

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Brigids Section, Pt. 13

FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Galloon Register, Baptisms & Burials 1845-1881

LOUTH, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Drogheda Part 3 (text file added)

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Baptisms updated

TYRONE, Genealogy Archives - Wills
Irish Wills in England

WICKLOW, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilquade Cemetery (New) Pt. 3 (B-K)

Thanks to our great volunteers!


Thursday, 26 April 2018



New Records Online for Limerick
We are pleased to announce that Limerick Genealogy has added over 59,000 records to its database at including the following records;
  • Tithe Applotment Books for all of Limerick, 1824-1835 – 27347 records
  • Marriage and dispensation records from Croom Roman Catholic parish, 1770-1779, 1783-1794 & 1807-1810 – 1704 records
  • Baptismal and marriage records from Fedamore Roman Catholic parish, 1806-1807 – 94 records
  • Death/burial records for Shanagolden Roman Catholic parish 1832-1849 – 4 records
  • Death/burial records for Knockainy Roman Catholic parish 1819-1821 – 53 records
  • Marriage records for Kilcolman and Coolcappa parish 1891-1900 – 65 records
  • Death records for the County Limerick Infirmary in the Registrar's District of Limerick No. 2, 1912-1948 – 799 records
  • Non-Catholic civil marriage records for the Church of Ireland parishes of Cappamore 1860-1910, Kildimo 1850-1881, Kilmallock 1846-1933, Mungret 1845-1872 and St. John's 1845-1941 – 586 records
  • A head of households census for St. Patrick's Roman Catholic parish (civil parishes of Kilmurry, Derrygalvin and St. Patrick's, 1830 & Kilmurry, 1835) – 847 records
  • Census search forms 1841 & 1851 for Old Age Pension applications - 1908-1922 – 1433 records
  • Head of households census for Athea Roman Catholic parish, 1857 – 199 records
  • A database of Limerick people listed in various documents and published sources, 1799-1867 – 8285 records 

A view from Kilcolman and Coolcappa parish. Limerick Genealogy has added new church marriage records for the parish to RootsIreland.
In addition to the above, where available, Limerick Genealogy has extended civil birth and non-Catholic baptismal records up to 1916, non-Catholic church and civil marriages up to 1918 and death/burial records up to 1918. Updates and corrections to the database have also been made.
The full list of available sources for Limerick Genealogy can be viewed here. If you have any questions about these sources or researching your family history in Limerick, please contact Limerick Genealogy
Yours Sincerely
Brought to you by the Irish Family History Foundation

Wednesday, 25 April 2018


Image courtesy of Pixabay

For quite some time now, there has been an ongoing project by the Irish Studies unit at UNSW,  to research and collate the details of all Irish born enlistments in the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) in the First World War. While the collection is already huge, it is still an active project, made possible by a grant from the Irish government's research program.

You can read more about it here....

A few facts to date... there are 12,504 items/names listed
Awards and recommendations..558
Embarkation roll records.. 4,902
Red Cross File .. 317
Roll of Honour Record.. 904
Service Record.. 5,823

18 Birthplace towns are listed... plus unknown..
19 birthplace counties... plus unknown

30 Females
5,793 Males 

and the lists go on... including enlistment town, enlistment state, religion, fate, NAA series (National Archives Australia code numbers) and awards.. including from France and Belgium.....

 Far too many items to list here, so rather than repost too much of the material, I've selected a few records from various counties. Once you search through the records for yourself, you are more than welcome to contact the project and have your own family added to the project if they aren't listed but you feel they should be.

 All these records are easily accessed and you can define them by using filters.They are FREE to download.

HINT to save a lot of work. 

* Once you have found a record you are interested in, take note of the Bar Code, then go to SODA

* Look across the black bar at the top to Barcode Retrieval..

* Type the barcode in there and you will have the record you are after, with an option to download the whole file as a .pdf

So much easier than downloading page by page.....

I selected the 5th down in Co Clare... which happens to be for HICKEY Michael George   Barcode 5457321.. this has 74 pages.. click on the printer symbol and you should get the option to save as .pdf

Many of you will be familiar with these records, bear with me, for those who aren't... 

Details on first page include full name, Company enlisted in, Date of enlistment/joining,
Address, Next of Kin,  ager, occupation, marital state...

In this case, I wonder if the next of kin, listed as Mrs. Simpson, Sydney, is a sister .. something to follow up perhaps.

On to Tipperary... 5th down is John Joe Cotter... Barcode 3428086.. back to SODA...

a smaller record, just 24 pages... Note Joe lists his father as his next of kin (NOK) and gives his address as Tipperary. John was 24 years and 4 months and occupation warder... always good to see the actual signatures on these records. 

 If we move into Page 4, we get a physical description... 5ft 7 3/4 inches height, weight 145 lbs,  fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair... however, even though that wouldn't make him stand out in a crowd, perhaps the birthmark on his stomach might.

Moving on to page 15, you can see his medical report, including a dental chart. Do be aware that not all records will have exactly the same information, it varies from person to person. You might even be lucky enough to get a photo in some files.

 On to page 20 and you can see that Joe has been to France and was admitted to hospital...with mumps. You'll be pleased to know that he recovered, enough to go AWOL in England and was docked 6 days pay!  It doesn't end there, I'll leave you to explore page 21...

On to the females, I chose a fairly common name, KELLY Alicia Mary .. place of birth just listed as Ireland.  NOK  M.Kelly
Alicia is listed as SERN sister.. Senior Enrolled Registered Nurse
Page 4 shows she has been awarded the Military Medal, as well as the other awards.. note her name is now Mrs Chipper.

Page 6 gives you some more details of her service...

Noted that she has served in Egypt, I wondered if she was one of the sisters mentioned in the ANZAC Girls...I just happened to be reading this book. There she is, on pages 222-224... it says that she is called 'Rachel' rather than Alice, and that she was fom Perth, Australia. 
"Two weeks after the Battle of Passchendale began, Sister Alicia "Rachel"Kelly, from Perth, was on duty at No. 3 Australian Casualty Clearing Station at Brandhoek#. It had eight operating tables going night and day."
#Brandhoek is a small hamlet in Belgium situated between Ieper, Vlamertinge and Poperinge just off the N308/N38. Wikipedia

 Though the area was under fire, Sister Kelly refused to leave her patients even though the other nurses were ordered to evacuate. She couldn't leave her boys alone... 

"The Chaplain said Rachel did not know that 'she had been perfectly heroic... She was only troubled that she couldn't obey the order to seek shelter, because her poor boys looked so frightened, and all the orderlies had run out of the ward.' "

 To protect her patients, she covered their heads with enamel washbasins to protect them from flying shrapnel then stood in the middle of the ward cheering them along... a Medal well deserved. 

So much history and all at your fingertips... good luck in your search.

Our pride in our ANZACS, wherever they came from, remains as deep as always.. spare a moment today for all who served in all our forces, our civilian organisations, and all who kept the home fires burning.

Image courtesy of Pixabay

ANZAC GIRLS.. Peter Rees
The Extraordinary Story of our World War1 nurses.
Published by Allen & Unwin

Footnote: Sister Alicia Kelly Chipper passed away in 1942

Thursday, 12 April 2018


Old Ground Hotel
8 pm Thursday 19th April

 How THE ESB brought electricity to everyone,
presented by 
Brian McMahon
Manager of ESB Archives

The talk will be on how ESB brought electricity to everyone, everywhere in Ireland through the pioneering Shannon Scheme
of the 1920s/30s and later in the 1940s to 1960s 
with the Rural Electrification Scheme. 
It will feature Ennis and its surrounding areas.

The talk will be accompanied by a selection of stunning photographs and video clips.

Brian McMahon is manager at ESB Archives, Dublin 
and has worked with ESB for 39 years.

John Bradley, PRO


Membership Fee of €20 for 2017/2018 is now overdue
you can pay on the night of the Clare Roots Talk to Treasurer Dolores at the door
pay on-line thru the 'Donate Button' on the Home Page of the Clare Roots Society website.

Larry Parks
Clare Roots Society

Sunday, 1 April 2018


From Christina...

Happy Easter! I hope everyone enjoys the hint of Spring :)

ARMAGH, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Killylea, St. Marks (CoI) Graveyard
Knappagh Presbyterian Graveyard

CAVAN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Laragh Old Cemetery
Ballintemple Graveyard (CoI)
Killaduff Cemetery (Partial) near Drumod

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Golden Bridge Cemetery, Pt. 5 (P-Y)

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Brigids Section, Pt. 12

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mt. Jerome Cemetery, Parts 189 & 193

LEITRIM, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Creevelea Presby. Graveyard, Drumduffy
Drumsna, St. Ann's (CoI), Annaduff Parish (text file added)

LOUTH, Drogheda; Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Peter's Parish Cem. Part 1 & 2 (text files added)

MAYO, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Burrishoole Abbey, Part 4

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Assorted Baptisms in the Parish of Clones

WEXFORD, Genealogy Archives - Newspapers
Assorted Work House entries & deaths (completed)


Tuesday, 6 March 2018


'The Workhouses of County Clare' - a talk by Steve Dolan
The workhouse system, as organised in Ireland, proved ill-equipped to deal with the demands put upon it. This lecture will focus on those demands for the eight workhouses in County Clare, the differing challenges faced, and the workhouses ultimate fall from use.
The lecture takes place on Tuesday 13th March, in the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, at 8.00 pm. Lectures are free to members, €5 for non-members.
NOTE: The AGM takes place at 7.00 pm in advance of the lecture. Hope you can join us - new committee members are much needed and would be very welcome. 
Enquiries to Tel 087 2262259






Saturday 24th March 2018 
Clayton Silverspring's Hotel Cork

a day-long conference which includes a light lunch will certainly shed a lot of light to guide you in your search for information on your Irish roots.

Trace your Irish ancestry using methods that will be explored at this absorbing conference.

How did we get here? This is just one of the many questions to be discussed 
at Bridging the Past & Future.

Hear from experts in the field who will fill you in on technological advances in DNA that may help you find your family.
There are so many resources available to you that you may not be aware of.

*John Grenham* MAGI "Where are we? And how did we get here? An overview of online research resources"

*Nicola Morris * MAGI, will talk to you about outrage reports, police 
files, intelligence reports, prisoner escapees, nominations for roles in the civil services... there are lists of suspected members of proscribed organisations, files relating to murder etc that are just waiting for you to go through to get you that valuable step closer in learning more about your ancestry.

*Margaret Jordan
MAGI  Genetic Genealogist "Tracing Your Irish Roots and Finding Family using DNA"

*Jill Williams*  The Schools Collection from the Irish Folklore Commission, a wonderful collection from the 1930s. It runs to over a quarter of a 
million pages and is a chronically underused resource.
*Tony Mc Carthy MC.*

Full details at.
Registered Charity Number. {20163549}



The final talk of the season will take place
13 March at the Malbay at 8pm. 
by local historian 
Clancy's of the Miltown Land League





Clare Roots Society Meeting
Old Ground Hotel (McGuire Room)
8 pm, 15th March 2018

Topic:    Broadford Parish, Co. Clare from 1800-1850
'Estate Houses of the area and the lives of ordinary people'
By Pat O'Brien

Pat O'Brien is a local historian who has been studying the history of his native parish of Broadford for many years. Pat studied in NUI Galway and Mary Immaculate Training College qualifying as a teacher for both primary and secondary levels. He is currently working for his wife Caroline in her bookshop in Limerick City. Pat received a Masters in Local History from the University of Limerick and has written articles and lectured on various aspects of local history, including to the UL Masters of Local History course. He is currently working on a book on Broadford Parish during the most eventful period 1800 to 1850 when Broadford had a population of over 8000 people. 

Advanced Notice of April 2018 Meeting

Clare Roots Society Meeting
Old Ground Hotel
8 pm Thursday 19th April

 How THE ESB brought electricity to everyone,
Presented By Brian McMahon
Manager of ESB Archives

The talk will be on how ESB brought electricity to everyone, everywhere in Ireland through the pioneering Shannon Scheme of the 1920s/30s and later in the 1940s to 1960s with the Rural Electrification Scheme. It will feature Ennis and its surrounding areas.
The talk will be accompanied by a selection of stunning photographs and video clips.
Brian McMahon is manager at ESB Archives, Dublin and has worked with ESB for 39 years.

Larry Parks
Clare Roots Society