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Eneclann News- October 10th 2014

In this week’s newsletter we offer you more from Eneclann and what’s going on in the world of Irish family history. Recent events include radio interviews with Fiona Fitzsimons, and an interview with Paul Manzor, Eneclann’s publications manager on the subject of Digitisation. We look forward to the next Expert Workshop in Family History at the National Library (11 Oct.); and to the Back to our past show in the RDS (17, 18, 19 Oct.) Our research tip this week is by acclaimed genealogist Helen Moss

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The History Show

Last Sunday (5th Oct.) Fiona Fitzsimons was a guest on Myles Dungan’sHistory Show on RTE1. The topic of discussion was on the new release of the Pensions Applications forms for service during the Irish Revolutionary Period 1913-23. “Pension applications usually contain the greatest amount of genealogical information, of all military records.This is because pensions can be claimed by family dependents – widows, aged parents, minor children, and sometimes also dependent siblings” Fiona also emphasised the improved search function of the Pensions Data base, that hugely increases the user’s ability to drill down into the records. In particular, the drop-down menus that allow to search by organisation, eg: Cumann na mBan, Connaught Rangers, etc.Listen here to the interview as Fiona encourages a good browse across the records.

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Back to our past 2014

Back to our past is right around the corner, and of course Eneclann will be exhibiting – at stand 30, 30a, 31 and 31a. Come and meet our team of expert researchers, ready to help you with your family history research. Eneclann’s own Brian Donovan and Fiona Fitzsimons will give talks on Friday and Saturday.  On Sunday our guest speaker will be internationally renowned genealogist, Eileen O’Duill.  We will be joined at our stand by Mary Choppa fromTIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association), to provide an ‘American perspective’ on Irish immigrants to the U.S.Click here for more information.

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Digitisation and Publications at Eneclann

Since 1998 Eneclann has been at the forefront of digital publishing for Irish genealogy and history.  We started with CD-ROMs, before moving to online delivery, and more recently digital downloads.  Now Eneclann’s Publishing Manager, Paul Manzor, has written an  article to give you a better understanding ofwhere we’re at with Digitisation and publications.

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The Expert Workshops in Irish Family History series resumed in September with a double bill on emigration from the Poor Law Unions, by Kay Caball in Trinity College, and Dr. Gerard Moran in the National Library. In October, we continue this Saturday (11 Oct.) with Claire Bradley speaking on ‘Crowd-sourcing’ in the National Library.Read all about the it here.

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Great Great Great Family Tree’s

Tony Hennessy has launched his new websiteGreat Great Great Family Treesand you can check it out on hisfacebook page. If you are looking to get your family tree created and personalised, but don’t know where to start then this is the place for you.

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The Genealogy Radio Show

Our friend and colleague Lorna Moloney has a new radio show“The Genealogy Radio Show” on Community Radio Corca Baisciinn.Each week she looks at a different aspect of Irish family history live.  Listen to a podcast of her recent interview withEneclann’s Fiona Fitzsimons speaking on tracing records of children: ‘Painless facts: do they exist in genealogy?  Find thefull interview here.

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Research tip of the week

Each newsletter we offer you a research tip written by one of our expert researcher’s, in the hope that we can somehow help you along your genealogy path. This week Helen Moss has written a research tip on “researching mid-19th century marriage registers.”

You can read thefull research tip here

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Latest Eneclann Newsletter 25th July 2014

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In this issue:

Celtic Connections Conference 2014.

The Genealogy event Limerick.

Lunch time talks in the National Library.

Free Genealogy advisory service 2014.

Research Tip of  the week.

Carmel Gilbride unlocks the past for passengers



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The Celtic Connections Conference 2014


Eneclann’s very own Brian Donovan heads state side for the Celtic Connections conference this August!

This August the 15th and 16th our very own expert Brian Donovan will be heading to the Celtic Connections Conference in Waltham, Massachusetts to join all the leading experts in genealogy from near and far, Brian will be speaking on the following topics:

Usingfindmypast.com to Trace your Irish Family History.

Murderer, rebels and Drunkards: Your Irish ancestors and the Law.

This two day event will include 20+ lecturers and 26 presentations by well-known experts in their respective fields.

such as:
John Grenham
Eileen Ó Dúill
Sean Ó Dúill
Kyle Betit
 Dwight Radford
Donna Moughty
Bill Budde
and many more!

Go towww.celtic-connections.org now for all you need to know on this great event.

The Genealogy Event Limerick

The countdown is on to The Genealogy Event in Limerick with only 5 weeks to go, If you are planning a trip to Ireland or a trip to Limerick then The Genealogy Event is one not to be missed, It will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of August, The two day event will bring you presentations by the experts in genealogy along with other social events that will help attendees meet one another in relaxed settings.

 Dont forget to look out for our very own Eneclann duo, Fiona Fitzsimons and Brian Donovan who will also be there to give their expert advise 😉

Phone: +353 61 331549



Tickets may be purchased online via thebuy tickets here button or

contacting Event Partner, the Irish Ancestry Research Centre on +353 61 207 114


Lunch Time talks in the National Library

This August at theNational Library of Ireland,Eneclann andAncestor Network will host a feast for family history fans! It’s the return of the Twentyx20 lunch-time talks.Each talk is a short introduction to a key area, source or research method in Irish family history. The Q&A session will give you direct access to the experts.

Free Genealogy advisory service in the National Library of Ireland 2014

The joint consortium ofEneclannandAncestorNetworkare providing a wide and comprehensive range of expertise in The National Library of Ireland all summer to anyone looking for help and advice in tracing their family history,

The service is free to all visitors to the Library.

9.30 a.m. to 4.45 p.m. Monday to Friday,

9.30 a.m. to 12.45 on Saturday.

See you there!

Eneclann helps Unlock the Past for Cruise ship Passengers

This morning in theNational Library of Ireland,
Eneclann research expert Carmel Gilbride, gave a talk on migration to Australia to the cruise ship passengers ofUnlock the Past cruises, Carmel also shared her expert advise and answered questions and queries that the Australian passengers had regarding their Irish Family history, the cruise ship passengers used the library to seek out all the information they wanted through out the morning and with the help of Carmel they hopefully unravelled some mysteries.

Research Tip of the week

It may be that we think we have mined everything we can about our families from the 1901 and 1911 Census. But a few recent searches have had me re evaluate this idea.

It can be so difficult to select the correct family when the name is one that proliferates. It seems, at the outset to be impossible.
But along the way, we may establish a county of birth and that can narrow down our search.

Then we may learn an occupation and this can be really key in selecting the correct record.  But, even at that point, – given the proliferation of labourers in Ireland’s economy of the opening decades of the 20th century – we can be still be faced with a choice.Great care is needed at this point to ensure we do not dismiss records from our search.

We might expect to find, the pairing of say a husband and wife, the parents of children we have found. But, we should be mindful of the fact that one or other parent may have died and remarried. Pay particular attention, in the 1911 Census, to the number of years married.

If the wife indicates that she has been married for ten years, yet there are persons listed as children as the head of household who are older than ten, then you have to dig deeper.

The children {of whatever age} are correctly enumerated as the offspring of the head of household. But these children are not necessarily the children
of his wife.
If you are very fortunate, the second marriage of this head of household may be civilly registered, where his first marriage was not. In this way, you may be able to bring a family back, through following the clues in the census, to an earlier generation.

Carmel Gilbride,
Research Expert,



Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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Latest Eneclann Newsletter: 9th of June 2014

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In this issue:

Eneclann and Ancestor Network make it a hat trick.

Family History research winner.

UCC Genealogy Q&A with Nicola Morris.

Expert workshop with Noel Jenkins.

Research Tip of the week with Carmel Gilbride.



Dear Eneclann customer,

Eneclann and Ancestor Network make it a hat trick!


Free genealogy advisory service in the National Library of Ireland, Summer 2014.

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The joint consortium ofEneclann andAncestor Network are delighted to announce that they will return to theNational Library of Ireland this summer following a competitive tendering process.

Speaking on behalf of the National Library of Ireland, Honora Faul said today:

“We are delighted to welcome back Eneclann & Ancestor Network, to support and enhance our summer genealogy service. It’s an invaluable service for anyone tracing their family history.”

Fiona Fitzsimons,Eneclann:
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“In Summer 2012 and 2013 we saw a significant rise in the numbers that availed of the genealogy service.We hope to welcome a record number of visitors to the library this summer”

Hilary Mc Donagh founder and director ofIrish Ancestry

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“We are delighted to be part of this wonderful role for a third year running. It’s a privilege for us to assist visitors to the Library and to help them trace their family history.

Being part of the Library’s genealogy service allows us to share our expertise, it also means we come face to face with the ordinary Joe or Josephine, and learn what they are most interested in. We love to team up with our friends in Eneclann: both organisations can work together to help the public with all their research needs”

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Tel: +353 (0)87 0505296

Summer hours for the genealogy advisory service in the National Library of Ireland commences Tuesday 2nd June 2014.

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The service is free to all visitors to the Library.

9.30 a.m. to 4.45 p.m. Monday to Friday,

9.30 a.m. to 12.45 on Saturday.

Family History Research Winner!

Last month’s winner of“Ireland of the Welcomes” Magazine competition prize, afamily history research andpublicationspackage worth over €1000 provided byEneclann, was a Mr John Egan from the city of Humble in Texas.

We caught up with John to ask him how he felt about winning this research prize with us, his response was one of great excitement and we are delighted to have such a worthy winner.


How did you feel when you found out you had won the competition from the Ireland of the welcomes magazine?

“I was very happy to find out I had won the services of such a professional team like Eneclann.

One of my cousins has done some research and developed a family tree starting back with the birth of Michael Egan, born 1824 in Marystown so I know there must be so much more to find out.

Winning this was just perfect. It will be wonderful to have an expert update of our family history. I am very excited, but also so curious to see what might be found in the research, it will also be interesting to see if this research will provide me with the sufficient information to obtain an Irish citizenship and passport. I have always really wanted to know my ancestry and now, with confidence, will have it fully documented by the experts at Eneclann”

Nicola Morris and UCC Genealogy School.

Ancestral Connections 2014 is an International Genealogy summer school developed by Lorna Moloney at ACE – University College Cork, it offers a programme of outstanding quality for those interested in tracing their Irish roots.

All aspects of subjects are covered by a series of presentations and ‘hands on’ workshops given by a selection of Ireland’s leading genealogical lecturers and experts.

Eneclann’s very own directors Fiona Fitzsimons & Brian Donovan will also be giving talks at the Summer school

Fiona Fitzsimons: Tuesday 1st July at 2pm-2.35pm:

“Online sources for Irish family history research and how to use them”

Brian Donovan: Tuesday 1st July at 4pm-5pm:

“Usingfindmypast.ie for family history reseacrh: court prison, land records and more”


This week we caught up with Director of  Timeline Research Ltd,Nicola Morris  who will  be giving two talks  atThe UCC Genealogy School.

Nicola Morris will be giving two talks on

Thursday the 3rd of July


11.15pm -12.00pm“Irish Newspapers, a source for Genealogical research”

12.00-12.45pm“Irish Estate papers as a source for Genealogical research”

Have a lookhere at the line up for this amazing summer school

Continuous Professional Development in Irish Family History

We continue the series of expert workshops withNoel Jenkins on the

“Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Records from 1654 to present day”

Venue: The Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) Library and Archive in Stocking Lane, Rathfarnham.

Time: 10a.m to 4p.m.
Date: Tuesday 24th June.

Noel is the most genial of genealogists, and we’re delighted that he has agreed to deliver a workshop on the Quaker records, combined with a behind-the-scenes tour of the library and archive.

Noel has a thorough knowledge of the Religious Society of Friends records, and prepared the archival catalogue in 2012 with the curator Christopher Moriarty.

Noel operates a professional research service, and can be contacted by emailwnoel@eircom.net

Since 2010 he has assisted visitors to the Quaker Archive with their research, and in 2012 and 2013 provided the genealogy advisory service in the National Library and National Archives of Ireland.

Noel was one of the research team behind the hit TV programme, The Genealogy Roadshow broadcast in 2014.


Title: Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Records from 1654 to present day.

The Quakers have been in Ireland since 1654. In this workshop Noel Jenkins provides an introduction to their records and beliefs, and discusses other records that have been generated from these original documents. In particular, those records that document their involvement in and contribution to Irish society. Of particular interest are the records of the Liberty Creche opened in 1830; the Claremount Institute opened in 1824; Cork Penny Dinners; Bloomfield Hospital, and the Quaker schools around Ireland.

The workshop concludes with a tour of the Library and Strong Room including viewing Quaker memorabilia.

There will be 6 computers available to explore the Mega Database, which includes an overview of everything in the building.
We will provide tea and coffee at lunchtime, so people are requested to bring some lunch.

Numbers are strictly limited, and anyone who would like to attend this free workshop should apply for a ticket by writing toworkshop@localhost
Tickets will be assigned on a first come basis.

Research Tip of the Week!


The availability of the Will Calendars on the website of the National Archive canbe very useful to family researchers.
It may be that you have searched online indexes for a death without success.

It may seem obvious that the person you seek would have died in Ireland so why is their death not in the records of the General Register Office?
When searching the Wills Calendars online, follow one of the golden rules
of genealogy by keeping your search as wide as possible.

Take the example of Sir Thomas Wyse, MP of Waterford.
If you input Wyse, Thomas and put in the county, you will not have any success.
However, if you input Wyse, Thomas, leaving the county blank, you will see that Sir Thomas Wyse, MP, late of the Manor of St John of Waterford, in fact died in Greece, while he was serving as a Minister in Her Majesty’s government.

By narrowing down your search at an early stage, you risk losing the very record you seek.

By, Carmel Gilbride


Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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Latest Eneclann Newsletter: 26th of May 2014

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In this issue:


  • World War I & Independent.ie
  • GAS Workshop for June.
  • UCC Genealogy School
  • Derry-Londonderry:Gateway to a New World.
  • Database of over 500 directories.
  • Family Tree designs.
  • Research Tip of the week.



Dear Eneclann customer,

Eneclann talk World War I to Independent.ie

‘Hundreds of thousands of other people in this country have a relative who fought in that “war to end all wars”

As John Meagher fromThe Independent.ie discovers, researchers here atEneclann are hard at work digitising the records of Ireland’s World War I dead. Brian Donovan, Eneclann CEO, talks about how soldiers and civilians of every nationality were slaughtered in their millions.
“They deserve to be remembered”
Independent.ie Interview

‘Virtually every town and village had someone who died in the war’

Read Brians full articles on the Eneclann Blog

Finding records for soldiers and those who were involved in WWI

Continuous Professional Development in Irish Family History

The expert workshops launched in April by Eneclann in partnership with Ancestor Network, are proving very popular. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s some of the feedback we’ve received from those attending:

Phil Stokes, Dublin, attended Jim Ryan’s workshop,

Ghosts of the Estates:

“Great talk, I immediately had information that helped my research”

Michael Rooney, co. Down attended Fiona Fitzsimons’ workshop

Records of Children in Care 1840s to 1990s:

“A comprehensive introduction to records for ‘Lost Children’ …. It explored the challenges that genealogists face when researching in this area as well as offering potential solutions to problems encountered.”

This month our speaker isMaeve Mullin, B.Sc.

with a workshop on
Finding Forgotten Irish WWI Soldiers: a case-study of Glaslough, co. Monaghan.

In this workshop Maeve Mullin uses as a case-study, her own community of Glaslough, county Monaghan, to recover the names and personal histories of locals that fought and died in WWI.

The workshop takes place on two dates:

3pm on Thursday 5th June, in the Emmet Theatre, Arts Block Trinity College, and2pm on Saturday 7th June, in the Trustee’s Room, National Library of Ireland, Kildare St.

Even as the centenary commemorations for WWI begin, historians still can’t agree on the number of Irish war dead. The official figures  are 49,300, but even these have been challenged as being both too low, and too high.

In this workshop Maeve Mullin will guide you through the maze of sources that document the Irish men and women that fought and died in the First World War.

Using individual stories, Maeve demonstrates how even a ‘burnt’ service record, can retain enough evidence to allow researchers to link up to other related records.

“In researching the WWI soldiers from Glaslough I discovered a wealth of records.  The workshop will focus on how this can be achieved for everyone’s home place.

All workshops are free, but as spaces are limited, these are ticketed events.

To apply for a free ticket, please emailworkshop@localhost and indicate whether you want to attend the workshop taking place in Trinity College or the National Library.


Maeve Mullins and The UCC Genealogy School


Ancestral Connections 2014 is an International Genealogy summer school developed by Lorna Moloney at ACE – University College Cork, it offers a programme of outstanding quality for those interested in tracing their Irish roots.
All aspects of subjects are covered by a series of presentations and ‘hands on’ workshops given by a selection of Ireland’s leading genealogical lecturers and experts,

This week we caught up with Maeve Mullins who will also be giving a talk at The UCC Genealogy School.


Maeve Mullins will be giving a talk on-

Friday the 4th of July: 2.45pm -3.45pm

“Valuation office-A precious Gem”

Have a lookhere at the line up for this amazing summer school.

Derry-Londonderry-Gateway to a New World


Derry~Londonderry: Gateway to a New World – The story of emigration from the Foyle by sail and steam has just been published in the US by genealogist and Irish emigration expert Brian Mitchell.

Brian Mitchell recounts the history of departures from the port of Derry-Londonderry from the late 17th century to the year 1939, when the last transatlantic steamer sailed from the port. Derry is ideally situated at head of the River Foyle, twenty-four miles long and only two miles wide at its head, a configuration that provided sailing vessels with a harbor of refuge. During the age of steam, her westerly situation gave her a monetary advantage with coal-burning vessels.

“I would estimate that 6 million Americans can trace their descent to a Scots-Irish ancestor who departed the port of Derry”

published in US on 15 May 2014 by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore,www.genealogical.com

You can purchase Brians book now for just $11here

Database of over 500 Directories

Shane Wilson andJoe Buggy have recently released aDatabase of over 550 links to Historic Directories of Ireland available on free and subscription websites,it also includes directories for purchase on CD or download. Details shown include directory date, titles byEneclann,findmypast andOrigins.net and a direct link to relevant website. Online directories may be available as transcripts, ebooks (pdf, FlipBook etc), images or searchable databases.

To access the database,click here.


The perfect end to your family history research

We have teamed up with Tony Hennessy ofGreat Great Great Family Trees to offer you the perfect finishing touches to your family tree.
AfterEneclann have researched your family tree and created a genealogical report for you or perhaps you have carried out your own genealogical investigations, why not let Tony Hennessy from “Great Great Great Family Trees” turn the findings into a handsome family tree. A simple, functional family tree can provide visual clarity to a densely populated report. A ‘presentation’ type family tree, which is ideal for framing, can be admired, cherished, shared and passed on. It also makes a very thoughtful gift for some one special.

Tell me more about how I get my Family Tree designed by Tony Hennessy

Research Tip of the Week

One of the positive ‘side-effects’ of the digital revolution in family history, is that we expect to find out more about an individual or family than ever before.  Our research-team are frequently asked if it’s ever possible to discover anything about an ancestor’s personality? Like all Irish research, this depends very much on the records that have survived down to the present day.

Anyone lucky enough to have letters or a diary will expect to be able to discern something of the writer’s personality. Even marginal notes in a family bible or scribbled on the back of photos can sometimes communicate your ancestors’ inner thoughts and feelings.

Other sources where you may find flashes of personality include newspaper accounts, particularly where the story covers dramatic events in which an ancestor was an eye-witness, and in the testimony recorded in court records.

Even in the most structured official records, you will occasionally find flashes of personality.

Historically, people have sometimes chosen to settle scores in their last will and testament. The 1775 will of Abraham Hill of Bray county Wicklow, indicates a rather waspish individual.  Hill left his ‘reputed son’ William Hill one British shilling “to show him that he had remembrance that there was such a person.”

Heads of household often make playful remarks in the Census returns. In the 1901 Census of Ireland, Jeremiah Heffernan of Cork recorded the marital status of Madge, his 19 year old daughter, as “on the look-out.”

While the 1911 Census return of the De Valera family may reveal something of their household politics.  Nobody told Sineád, Bean DeValera that she wasn’t joint ‘head of family’ with her husband.  She was joint signatory of the original 1911 Census return, to the obvious horror of the enumerator, who scratched out her name and inserted a ‘correct tick’ beside her husband’s signature.

Sometimes the documents prove that we don’t always see ourselves as others see us. In a recent case that involved the Valuation Office Cancelled Books, I found a comment on the family I was researching, made by the evaluator:

“I never had business to do with such a fighting nasty lot for the hour I was with them could hardly keep them from blood-shedding.  The valuation is as fast [secure] as I could make it”

1884 Valuator Geo. Innes[?],Drumahaire, co. Leitrim, Union of Manorhamilton.

By: Eneclann Research Director, Fiona Fitzsimons.

Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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Latest Eneclann Newsletter: 9th of May 2014

Eneclann Newsletter

In this issue:

Twentyx20 Lunchtime Talks.

Irish Lives Rememebred.

Irish Census Records Covering 1821-1851

UCC Summer School

New Digital Downloads at Eneclann

Military History Archive Records.

Research Tip of the Week.




Dear Eneclann customer,

The Return of The Twentyx20 Lunch Time Talks

This August at the National Library of Ireland, Eneclann and Ancestor Network will host a feast for family history fans! It’s the return of theTwentyx20 lunch-time talks.We have assembled a veritable smorgasbord of experts to unlock the richness of Irish family history.

Each talk is a short introduction to a key area, source or research method in Irish family history.  The Q&A session will give you direct access to the experts, to take the mystery out of family history.

Talks start after 1 p.m. every weekday in August.

Click here to see the full list of our speakers.

For more information and for event updates keep on eye on ourWebsite blog and also ourFacebook page as we will be updating these regularly with all the information you will need to know on all our wonderful speakers or you can email us atmarketing@localhost

Irish Lives remembered.

This monthsIrish Lives Remembered Online Magazine is now out! featuring a three page spread byEneclann Research Expert and Director Fiona Fitzsimons on “The Carlow origins of Carol Ann Duffy, British poet Laureate”, on pages 14&15, Also In this months issue you can read all about The National Archives of Ireland,FindmypastandFamilySearch and the release of pre 1901-Census Records, including many more wonderful articles from the world of Genealogy.

Surviving Irish Census Records Covering 1821-1851 go online for the first time.

New and online for the first time ever inFindmypast’s 100 in 100 campaign, surviving Irish census records.

Listen toEneclann Director Brian Donovan, explain the importance of these new online records, and why he is excited about their publication

Click the image below to head over to ourFacebook page and view all the images from The Launch of the Pre-1901 Online Census records in The National Archives of Ireland where Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Frances McGee, Acting Director of the National Archives of Ireland and our very own Brian Donovan were all there along with many more to launch these exciting new records.

Hilary McDonagh and The Genealogy Summer School.

Ancestral Connections 2014 is an International Genealogy summer school developed by Lorna Moloney at ACE – University College Cork, it offers a programme of outstanding quality for those interested in tracing their Irish roots.

All aspects of subjects are covered by a series of presentations and ‘hands on’ workshops given by a selection of Ireland’s leading genealogical lecturers and experts,

This week we caught up with Hilary McDonagh Director ofIrish Ancestry who will be giving a number of interesting talks at the Summer school and asked him to give us a little idea of what he is all about.

Hilary McDonagh will be giving a talk on-Friday the 4th of July: 2pm-2.45pm:
Sons & Children- Genealogy of Irish Childhood.

Have a lookhereat the line up for this amazing summer school.


Latest Downloads available at Eneclann

We now have 14 new download releases available on our website
14 new download conversions available, for as little as €1.25, including:
  • Several Parish Register Society publications of registers from Dublin city dating from 1619 (parishes of St. Catharine, St. John, St. Marie, St. Luke, St. Werburgh and St. Nicholas Without)
  • Bram Stoker’s first book
  • Topographical books about Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, etc
  • Local and national histories of Irelan
  • Directories.
You can view and purchase all of our 14 latest download releases over on our website

justclick here to have a look and purchase.

Military History Archive Records.

In this Months edition ofHistory Ireland Magazine, Eneclann’s own Fiona Fitzsimons takes a closer look at the records of the Military History Archive. “If you have a rebel in the family, or a Volunteer ancestor active during the Irish Revolutionary period 1913-1923, this is where you look.” These archives have further information for anyone with family in the Defence Forces since the foundation of the State. “History Ireland” is in all good newsagents and selected bookshops and available to buy now.

Research Tip of the week

Let him be. He learnt the lesson of the land” – Bull McCabe.

Irish people’s obsession with land and property, so beautifully encapsulated by John B. Keane’s play The Field and latterly in the film adaptation, is well known. It’s an obsession that any family history researcher would do well to embrace.

When I first came to genealogy I knew my historical research skills would stand me in good stead, but I failed to appreciate the importance geography plays in the pursuit of ones ancestors.

If you’re unfortunate enough to have an ancestor with a name as common as Mary Murphy, it is often geography that will help you select the records relating to your ancestor and avoid the doppelgangers. The majority of the record sources used by family historians have a geographic element to them and using these, as a means of narrowing your searches, is an essential part of research.

Knowing your civil, parish and townland boundaries can make all the difference in identifying the correct record, not to mention saving time by looking in the wrong place. Don’t forget to check both sides of a boundary if you believe your ancestors lived near one. Equally don’t get too focussed on one location either, remember people did move about.

So while the Bull McCabe may have had a different lesson in mind, the lesson for this researcher was that knowing your geography can make you a better historian.

By:Stephen Peirce.

Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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The Genealogy Event 2014

2014 recognizes Limerick as the "City of Culture" and the 3rd weekend in August starts the "National Heritage Week" - what better way to celebrate both than with The Genealogy Event!

2014 recognises Limerick as the “City of Culture” and the 3rd weekend in August starts the “National Heritage Week”  and what better way to celebrate both than with,

The Genealogy Event!

This two day event promises to share with you, information sessions on a broad range of Irish genealogy-related topics from some of the top experts in the industry, including Eneclann’s very own Research Experts Fiona Fitzsimons and Brian Donovan

“The event has been set up to help genealogists and family historians at all levels and bring together people from around the world with Irish roots,” says BBNY Group founder, Bridget Bray.
Sessions will focus on civil and church records, immigration and passenger lists, military records, surname origins, using DNA, and resources available at Ireland’s National Library and National Archives.

In addition to Eneclann, experts from Limerick Genealogy, Roots Ireland, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Irish Ancestry Research Centre (IARC), as well as other organizations, will be on hand to offer guidance and advice.

This two day event will take place in The Strand Hotel Co. Limerick, Buy your ticket today and experience “The Genealogy Event 2014”

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In this issue:

The UCC Irish Genealogy Summer school.

Eneclann Workshop in the NLI

Radio Na Gaeltachta Interview

Latest Downloads available at Eneclann

Research Tip of The Week



Dear Eneclann customer,

Eileen O’ Duill and The UCC Irish Genealogy Summer School


Ancestral Connections 2014 is an International Genealogy summer school developed by Lorna Moloney at ACE – University College Cork, it offers a programme of outstanding quality for those interested in tracing their Irish roots.
All aspects of subjects are covered by a series of presentations and ‘hands on’ workshops given by a selection of Ireland’s leading genealogical lecturers and experts,

We caught up with professional genealogist and director ofheirsireland.com Eileen O’ Duill, who will be giving a number of interesting talks at the Summer school and asked her to give us a little idea of what she is all about.

Eileen’s talks are listed below:

  • Sunday 29th: 6.00pm:Mrs, Fancy Tart is coming to Tea’- Making sense of Family stories.
  • Monday 30th June: 9.30am-10.45am:Introduction to Irish Genealogy: Where do I start ?
  • Monday 30th June: 11.15am -12.45am:Researching in Ireland : Planning is the key to success.
  • Monday 30th June: 2.00pm-3.15pm:Births,Marriages and Deaths-Irish Civil registration-The sad story of The Irish census.
  • Tuesday 1st July:Dublin 30 June: 1922 Did everything blow up?

For more information and a full timetable go to theucc .ie



Raising standards in Irish family history through Continuous Professional Development


Family History is very much a “one-man-band”, and opportunities for Continuous Professional Development are hard to come by.
With this in mind, Eneclann and Ancestor Network have partnered, to create a regular series of expert workshops on key topics.
From April 2014, we will hold monthly workshops in Trinity College Dublin, and the National Library of Ireland.

These are free events, open to all family historians and independent scholars, but attendance is by ticket only.
To apply emailfamilyhistoryworkshop@localhost

The workshops kick off onThursday 10th April, and Saturday 12th April, with Eneclann’s ownFiona Fitzsimons speaking on how to trace records of children raised in care from the 1840s to the 1990s.

On Thursday 24th April 2014, visiting academicDr. Liz Rushen will present a workshop at the NLI on womens’ emigration to Australia in the 1800s.

Dr. Rushen a Research Fellow at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, is the former Executive Director of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

She is the author of fifteen books, three of them co-authored with Perry McIntyreQuarantined (2007)The Merchant’s Women (2008) andFair Game: Australia’s first Immigrant Women (2010).

Her most recent book,Colonial Duchesses: the migration of Irish Women to New South Wales before the great Famine, will be launched in Ireland in April by the Australian Ambassador.

Liz Rushen’s work focuses on the 1830s to the 1850s. They were decades in which decisive changes took place in the demography of the eastern colonies of Australia. Potential emigrants were attracted to the British government’s schemes, but there were long-lasting tensions between the government’s commitment to imperialism and the wishes of influential colonists for self-determination.  The women immigrants were very often caught in the middle.

The closing date to apply for tickets to Dr. Rushen’s workshop is

Friday 18th April.

Throughout the year, regular updates of CPD workshops will be published in the

Eneclann Newsletter,

on ourFacebook page

and viaTwitter

Radio Na Gaeltachta Interview

Have a listen to Cormac ag a Cúig Cruinneog,and his interview with Eneclann spokesperson Fionnuala Holohan,onRaidió na Gaeltachta on Saturday March 29th,as they talk about the “Genealogy Event”in Limerick this August.

Latest Downloads available at Eneclann.

We now have 20 new download releases available on our website

Here are some of the 20 new download releases now available to buy online:

Reports from Commissioners, Irish Education Inquiry, Second Report, Schools of all Denominations, 1826

W.P. O’Brien, The Great Famine in Ireland and a Retrospect of the fifty years 1845-1895 with a sketch of the present condition and future prospects of the Congested Districts, 1896

Pettigrew and Oulton, The Dublin Almanac and General Register of Ireland, 1835

T. George H. Green, Index to the Marriage Licence Bonds of the Diocese of Cloyne 1630-1800, 1899-1900

George Benn, A History of the Town of Belfast from the Earliest Times to the Close of the Eighteenth Century, 1877

Parish Register Society Of Dublin, The Register of the Parish of Saint Peter and Saint Kevin, Dublin, 1669-1791, 1911


You can view and purchase all of our latest download releases over on pur website.

Just click here


Research Tip of the Week!


In Irish family history research, you will sometimes find odd or unusual words and terms cropping up in the documents you use.  Many of these words are ‘loan-words’ which passed from Irish or French, into the vernacular in Ireland in the 1600s, 1700s and 1800s.

These words can cause confusion over what exactly is being said.  This is especially the case when a word has developed exclusively in an Irish context, and its use has changed over time, obscuring its original meaning.

Here are some typical terms that you’re likely to find in common use, particularly in Irish newspapers and legal & court records.

An Irish Jacobite irregular soldier.  The name ‘raparee’ is thought to have been taken from the Irish ‘rapaire’, a type of pike.  By the close of the Williamite wars in the 1690s, the term had become synonymous with the term ‘tory’, meaning bandit.  By the 1700s and 1800s raparee was still used in the province of Ulster to denote criminals.In the late 1800s ‘raparee’ was sometimes used to describe a hard landlord, particularly during the Land War (1880s-90s).

In England and other European countries they had bandits and highwaymen.  In Ireland, we knew them as Tories.

Supporters of the 1798 Rising, their short hair showed their sympathies with the French Revolutionaries.  The term is also used to indicate participants in the Rising who were transported to Australia.  In the 1800s this term is frequently used in newspapers in a derogatory sense to indicate a ‘political rabble’.

Thought to have derived from the Normans, from the word for fighter – guerrier.  It indicated a common soldier.  This term has survived into modern vernacular English in Ireland, where it’s used to indicate a lout or thug.

BY:Fiona Fitzsimons


Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

Eneclann Newsletter 31st March 2014


Marian  Pierre-Louis and The Genealogy Professional podcast.

Marian Pierre-Louis caught up with Eneclann’s resident expert Fiona Fitzsimons.

Listen in here to their conversation, first broadcast on the 17th of March 2014.

The professional Genealogist

Professional broadcaster and family historian, Marian Pierre-Louis, has developed a radio show calledThe Genealogy Professional Podcast.The podcast is a resource for learning best practices and gaining a sense of what a genealogy career is all about. It’s squarely aimed at professionals who would love a place to get ideas on running their business more smoothly. It also provides insights for anyone who has ever thought of transitioning into a career as a genealogy professional. The podcast is released weekly, every Monday, and runs for 30 minutes.


How to trace your Irish Family History back to the 1830s or earlier.

During her interview Fiona told Marian,“It’s possible to trace almost every Irish family back to the 1830s.”The audience were excira and delira, and contacted us in their droves to find out more. Here’s ablog that Fiona prepared to respond more fully to the deluge of questions we received.

 Click on the image below to read the blog.



Time to become an Industry by Brian Donovan.

Eneclann Director Brian Donovan, writes a piece for this monthsIrish Lives RememberedMagazine featuring a call to action to the Irish genealogy  community.

Click on the image below and go to pages7&8of the magazine to read what he has to say.


Genealogy Day 2014.

Eneclann attended the lively Genealogy Day in Limerick on Saturday the 15th of March. It was a well-organised event, with lots of stalls available with copious information on Limerick genealogy and related topics. As a consequence it was constantly busy all day.

There was a great deal of interest in Eneclann’s expert research services, and Eneclann’s Research Director and Limerick native, Fiona Fitzsimons gave free advice for several hours. The event closed with a lecture by Eneclann CEO, Brian Donovan, on online sources for Irish genealogy. There has been a digital revolution in Irish genealogy over the last decade, and Brian discussed the major projects underway, including the main government agencies and commercial services with emphasis on the work offindmypast.


Have a look at all the images from the day here.

Research Tip of the Week

Revisit, Review and Reassess.

Sometimes there’s a tendency when chasing ones ancestors to get a little blinkered. We’re constantly looking for new documents and evidence. Yet, often times the path to the new information we seek is right under our noses. That’s why it’s always important to continually revisit and review what you have to date, then reassess your search strategy. A new piece of information might come from a document you already possess and shed some light on a name that previously meant nothing. All of a sudden the mysterious Susan O’Leary who appears as a witness on a marriage certificate, isn’t so mysterious after all, she’s a married sister. Or perhaps there’s a new source you’ve uncovered that can be used for another branch of the family, previously at a dead-end. Such is the nature of genealogical research, the route from A-to-B is seldom as straightforward as we would like. It may involve a detour through most of the alphabet before we arrive at our desired destination. But sometimes it’s these detours that provide the most interesting stories about our ancestors.

By: Eneclann researcher,
Stephen Peirce.

Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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There are over 100 million records online and It’s now possible to trace almost every Irish family back to the 1830’s.

 “Start from what you know, and work into the unknown”

  • A family tree is a good visual aid and helps to distinguish the generations
  • Gather family documents & photos (Births/ Marriages / Deaths, church records, school certs, memorial cards, telegrams, newspaper cuttings)
  • Talk to your oldest relatives ( get names, dates, occupations, addresses, significant events in your 100423 OpenDay-smallfamily, key events in history)
  • Put some order to the information gathered, keep detailed research notes. ALWAYS note the doc.reference number so you can find it again.


“Civil records of births, marriages and deaths are the building blocks of your family history. These documents are the easiest records to find and to interpret”

  • Irish Civil records start in 1864100212_newsletter_wedding
  • Non-catholic marriages start in April 1845
  • Late registration of vital records are always bound in the year in which the event happened.
  • There are Army registers of Births,Marriages and Deaths of soldiers in service overseas (and family) from 1888.
  • There is an earlier register of BMDs online www.findmypast.co.uk This contains Births from 1761, Deaths and Marriages from 1790.


1901 and 1911 Censuschildren

  • Almost the entire 19th C. census of Ireland was destroyed, but there are some surviving fragments for half a million people between 1821 and 1851.
  • The only full census open to us are 1901 & 1911 which can be accessed on www.census.nationalarchives.ie
  • There is no soundex on this website, so search across all variant spellings, use wild card (*)


“If your ancestors were born, married or died before 1864, you can trace them using church records”

Here is a short guide to what church records survived by denominational church

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Roman Catholic:

In the 1830s Catholic parishes and records were re-organised and it’s possible to trace almost all Irish families back to this time.

  • Catholic registers of baptisms and marriages are held locally by the parish priest.  Only a minority of catholic parishes ever kept burial registers.
  • Most catholic parish registers are microfilmed up to 1880, and are available in the National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin City.  For a full list of parishes by diocese, see http://www.nli.ie/en/parish-register.aspx
  • If you want to trace a church record after 1880, you will have to apply directly to the parish.

Church of Ireland:

aka Anglican Catholic Church, Episcopalian Church

The Church of Ireland was the State church up to 1869, and kept burial registers for the parish.

  • Surviving parish registers usually start much earlier than RC parish registers, often in the 1700s, sometimes earlier.
  • 63% of all historic records of the Church of Ireland were destroyed in 1922.
  • Those parish records that survive are usually held in the local parish or in one of the national cultural institutions. (National Archives of Ireland,Representative Church Body Library,Public Records Office of Northern Ireland)

The most comprehensive list of what records survive, and where they can be accessed, is the Irish Family History Society’s guide to church of Ireland parish registers.

Methodist Church:

  • Between 1747 and 1818 all Methodist records were kept in the Church of Ireland parish registers.
  • Between 1818 and 1874 Wesleyan Methodists kept separate registers, most of which are available in the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland
  • Primitive Methodist records were still maintained in the Church of Ireland registers as before.
  • http://www.irishmethodist.org/genealogy-services


  • Presbyterians have been present in Ireland from the 1600s, but the majority of Presbyterian registers do not start before the 1800s.
  • The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland has collected and microfilmed almost all Presbyterian registers.www.proni.gov.uk/presbyterian_church_index.pdf
  • A small number of records are only available at the Presbyterian Historical Society, and some pre-1900 records are still held by the local congregation.www.presbyterianhistoryireland.com/

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The society of Friends have been present in Ireland since the 1650s, and their records are extensive but provide some coverage for non-quakers.

The archive and library are open to the public every Thursday, except for the Christmas holidays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The archival volunteers are the friendliest and some of the most helpful in Ireland.http://www.quakers-in-ireland.ie/historical-library/


Since 1660 there has been a Jewish community in Ireland, mainly in Dublin.  From 1880 pogroms in Eastern Europe led to further immigration into Ireland by Jewish refugees. Jewish settlement in Ireland never went above 4000, many of whom emigrated in subsequent generations.

To access records, contact the Irish Jewish Museum, 3-4 Walworth Street (off Victoria St.), South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Tel/Fax: +353 1 490 1857.


“There’s nothing certain in life, except death and taxes”

Griffith’s Valuation and the records of the Valuation Office are central to tracing your family history, & to trace living relatives.

  • The records of the Valuation Office are a government survey of all land and property in Ireland for the purposes of setting a property tax.home
  • The Valuation Office records were created from 1830 onwards. These earlier books will be published online in April at www.findmypast.ie
  • The only complete version of Griffith’s Valuation including the original maps, is available on www.irishorigins.ie and www.findmypast.ie
  • the Valuation Office records were regularly updated from the 1850s to the 1980s to ensure that everyone in Ireland paid the correct property tax.  These records can be used as a census substitute and to trace any descendants of your ancestors that remained in Ireland.
  • Valuation Office records for the Republic of Ireland are only available in manuscript in the Valuation Officewww.valoff.ie/Research.htm
  • Valuation Office records for Northern Ireland 1860 to 1933 are available online atwww.proni.gov.uk/index/search_the_archives/val12b.htm

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” In the last decade we’ve had a digital revolution in Irish family history”

There are now over 100 million online Irish records, and it’s possible to trace almost every Irish family back to the 1830s.

New 2014

  • The best website for Irish research is www.findmypast with over 75 million unique Irish records.
  • www.familysearch.org is the key portal site for genealogy online, and it provides access to many of the worldwide genealogical records provided by the Church of Latter Day Saints.


  • Indexes to Irish RC Church records are available online at www.irishroots.ie
  • Church of Ireland records for Dublin and Carlow, and RC church registers for Dublin city, Cork city and county, and Kerry are available on this websitewww.irishgenealogy.ie


  • www.ancestry.com The critical Irish sources on this website are immigration records from Ireland to the major U.S ports ca. 1820s-1940s and U.S. Census returns, both of which can be used For ‘reverse genealogy’.
  • Ancestry recently and controversially put online some Irish RC church records without first securing permission from the church authorities.
  • .www.irishorigins.comON-logo_acorn
  • This website is one of only two that hosts the complete version of Griffith’s Valuation, including the original maps,You will also find English and Welsh records online, so it’s particularly useful for tracing records of Irish immigrants to England in the 19th and 20th Century.

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