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)