Tag Archives: Ancestor Network

Last 5 Reviews for Twentyx20 Lunch-time talks

The following are the last 5 reviews for the Twentyx20 lunch time talks help in the National Library of Ireland for the month of August

16.Brian Donovan

Landlords & Tenants: land and estate records for Irish family history research.

IMG_8395As our scheduled speaker was unable to attend, Eneclann’s own Brian Donovan stepped back into the ring with a talk entitled “Landlords & tenants: Land and estate records for Irish Family History Research.

Brian’s paper gave an overview of the principal land and estate records available for Ireland. In the absence of census records these sources are an essential resource for Irish research. But until recently these sources were poorly understood, difficult to access and interpret. Most researchers are now familiar with Griffith’s Valuation, but still fail to get the full value of the source. Moreover a wealth of data has been recently released online which transforms access and how we can use these records, especially the Landed Estate Court Rentals 1849-85. Moreover, the administration of estates and the authority of the landlord class required more than the maintenance of rentals. It was supported by a judicial system (the magistrates courts) to sustain their position. These archives represent some of the richest resources of information for the population of Ireland in the 19th century.

Brian finished his talk by discussing how the landlord system in Ireland was systematically dismantled as a result of the Land War and through the mechanism of the Land Commission which resulted in a social revolution in Ireland, that has yet to be delivered in Britain.

 

 

__________________________________________________________________

17.Ray Gillespie

Doing Local History

ray talks

It’s difficult to summarise Ray Gillespie’s talk so as to do it justice.  He drew on decades of documentary research, and gave a masterful performance that ranged across 500 years of Irish history, citing sources as diverse as the medieval annals and present-day oral traditions.

In the simplest terms, local history is about examining the story of a person in their community, in a given space and time.

Family history, like local history, is best achieved when we stop looking for individuals, and instead trace people in the context of their family and their wider community.

Ray gave two case-studies, one from the late 19th Century in Donegal, the second from the second quarter of the 1500s.

The first case study is published as a book by Frank Sweeney, The Murder of Connell Boyle, county Donegal, 1898 in the Maynooth Local History Series.  In 1898 the murder of Connell Boyle shocked his community, because it appeared motiveless.  He was a widower, living alone in poverty.  He was not in dispute with his landlord, and was not involved in the land-war or in political agitation.  The community thought they knew ‘who-done-it’ but the code of silence in the face of police enquiries, meant that no-one was ever convicted of his death.

The second case study, also a murder, occurred in 1334.  Magnus Ua Duibhgennain “an eminent historian, was strangled and smothered and concealed in his own house by his own wife and by Brian [Maguire].”  Ray considered the consequences for the murderers, their families and their community.

________________________________________________________

18. Mary McAuliffe

Finding women in the records.

Mary talks

In what was one of the finest talks in the season, Mary McAuliffe showed considerable erudition and humour, when she urged the audience to ‘Cherchez les femmes’.

One of the main problems in finding women in the records, is the lack of a paper trail.  The records that survive, focus on men.  This reflects the problem of women’s’ social, political and legal status down through history.  Women are born with their father’s name, and change their names on marriage, and this can make it difficult to trace women in the historic records.

McAuliffe advised us that women are documented, but that very often it’s all about effective use of the records.  We were treated to a whistle-stop tour of many of the documents we associate with family history: census, church and civil records, land records like Griffith’s Valuation and the Tithe Applotment Books.  She then advised us how to ‘cast our net’ more widely, and find lesser known, and less frequently used sources, including diaries, letters, journals, pension applications, some Union records, amongst others.

She concluded by recommending some of the data-bases in the National Archives, in particular the sadly under-used Directory of Sources for Women’s History in Ireland; and advised us all to read the National Library’s own Research Guide for Women in Irish History, which can be found online at www.nli.ie/en/manuscript-research-guides.aspx

__________________________________________________________________

19. Dan Bradley

Niall of the Nine Hostages and the genetic architecture of Irish surnames.

Paternal lineage is traced through the Y Chromosome, while maternal is traced through Mitochondrial DNA.  Surnames are also passed along the male line, so that all things being equal there should be a correlation between the Y DNA and surnames.

Prof. Bradley cited a case study that focused on the Ui Neill Clan in North West Ireland.  The case study drew on over 800 people, randomly selected, from which the following conclusions were drawn:

  •   Y Chromosome genealogy in Irish surname groups usually have a dominant founder.
  •  YDNA indicates that approximately half of all those with the Ui Neill name, or one of the associated surnames derived from the Ui Neill clan group (O’Donnell, Bradley, etc.), are descended from the founder.
  • In Ireland, even common surnames display a foundation pattern, unlike in Britain.
  • Genetic diversity in Irish subjects, indicates that surnames probably originated earlier in Ireland, than in England.

Q.E.D. Ancient genealogy linkages in Ireland are often true.

In the Q&A session that followed, the Prof. revealed that he’s currently working on ancient DNA.  Early indications point to some exciting results!

Those of you interested in ‘this kind of thang’ will be pleased to hear, that Prof. Dan Bradley has already agreed to return in 2015 to talk about his new research findings.

dans talks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

___________________________________________________

20. Damien Shiels

Uncovering the Irish of the American Civil War.

America is currently commemorating the 150th Anniversary of civil war (1861-1865).  One of the neglected stories in our history, is Irish participation in this conflict.  Official neglect is all the more surprising, considering how Ireland has courted the American connexion.

Between 1861 and 1865 approximately 200,000 Irish fought in the American Civil War: an estimated 180,000 in the Union army; and ca. 20,000 in the Confederate army.

An estimated 20% or 23,600 of the Union Navy were Irish-born.  We don’t yet have comparable figures for the smaller Confederate Navy.

The total number of the Irish that died in this conflict has been estimated at 30,000.

The Irish that fought in the American civil war, were predominantly the ‘Famine Irish’.

In a commanding performance Damian Shiels introduced us to the main sources online to trace the forgotten history of these Irish soldiers.

damian talks

*             *             *             *             *             *

 

This brought to a close the Twentyx20 talks in 2014.

We achieved record audiences this year, consistently higher than in any of the previous years.  A huge thank you to our speakers for their contribution, and also to the audience, many of whom were regulars throughout the month.

“Family history is popular history, but it’s also a discipline that cuts across many branches of learning.  In planning these talks, we wanted to show this multi-faceted aspect of our subject, which draws on archaeology and archives, genealogy and historical geography, genetics, history and professional researchers, writers and bloggers.

Of course the Twentyx20 talks are not simply about family history.  The talks were conceived with the idea that we might bring in a new audience, and persuade them of the enjoyment and simple pleasures that can be found in research.

In 2014 our invited speakers included established names like Patrick Comerford, Else Churchill, Brian Donovan, Jacinta Prunty and Ray Gillespie.  Family history is also a vibrant discipline, and we wanted to showcase emerging new talent like Lorna Moloney, Rhona Murray, Damian Shiels and John Tierney.

Finally, the Twentyx20 talks are a paen to the National Library of Ireland and its’ wonderful staff.  Since 2008 the National Library of Ireland has grown attendance by 85%, despite budgetary cuts of 40% in the same time-frame.  That the Library has continued to draw in a new audience, is a tribute to the dedication and commitment of the public servants that work there.  The Library provides an essential creative space in Dublin City to research, write, think and create plans.”

Cheers,

Fiona

The magic of Culture Night 2014.

culture night 2014 in nli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Culture Night fell on Friday 19th September this year.

A collection of genealogists from Eneclann, Ancestor Network and findmypast Ireland gathered in the National Library of Ireland to provide a free genealogy advisory service to all callers.

Although we’ve operated the genealogy service with our colleagues Francis Carroll and Christina McDonnell throughout the Summer months, there’s something magical about being in the Library after dark.

The evening was further enlivened by live music, poetry readings in the Joly Cafe, face-painting in the entrance hall, and literally thousands of families many with young children wafting around and enjoying what the Library had to offer.

The genealogy service on Culture Night ran from 5 pm to 10pm, with last questions answered by 10.25pm.

A big shout-out to my friends and colleagues that joined in the exuberance – Niall Cullen, Carmel Gilbride, John Hamrock, Hilary McDonagh and Stephen Peirce.

All of us would like to thank the staff of the National Library for including the genealogy service in their Culture Night offering.

Expert Workshops for CPD in Irish family history continue

We continue our series of Expert Workshops for CPD in Irish family history, with a workshop developed by Claire Bradley

clare bradley workshop

Time & Date:
2pm to 3.30pm on Saturday 11th October 2011

Venue:
Trustees Room, National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street.

Description of workshop:
Technology has delivered a ‘digital revolution’ in Irish family history and shaken everything up.
Most discussions focus on the greater number of records online and easier access to them.
What often goes undiscussed, and what Claire Bradley focuses on in this workshop, is the ease of access to information and research online via social media (Twitter, Facebook) and message boards.  It has become standard practise to to review family trees and boards online.
In this workshop, Claire covers the “etiquette” of putting family trees online, and the importance of setting out a method of best practice to avoid falling into error.

 

Claire Bradley began researching her own ancestry at the age of 12. She completed the UCD certificate in genealogy in 2011 and has been working professionally since then. Claire works on the Genealogy Advisory Service in National Library in the summertime and also teaches a beginner genealogy class in Malahide Community School during the academic year.

This is a free ticketed event.
To apply for a ticket, please email workshop@localhost

____________________________________________

Gala up the Hill for Jack and Jill

up-the-hill-logo

Eneclann and Ancestor Network are now raising money for Jack and Jill Childrens Foundation at our Monthly Continuous Professional Development Workshops, We will be holding these workshops every month and hope to raise a little for the foundation each month, a big thank you to all who donated at our last workshop as it is now going to such a great cause.

jack and jill foundation image 2gala up the hill for jack and Jill image 1jack and jill foundation

Twentyx20 talks reviews

The following is a review of the first 10 Twentyx20 talks at the National Library of Ireland this Summer, our very first guest speaker was Eneclann Director Brian Donovan and he was followed by some of the top experts in the world of genealogy. Below you can read a short review on each talk.

IMG_8492

1. Brian Donovan:

              The digital revolution in Irish family history.


Since 2003, over 120 million Irish historic-records have been digitised and published online. Of these, 75 million were digitised by Eneclann and findmypast in projects led by Brian Donovan.  Brian is uniquely placed to provide an overview of the digital revolution in Irish family history.IMG_8395

Online publishing has improved access to the records; democratised research by taking it from the hands of a few professionals; and transformed family history into a popular hobby with a mass audience.

Brian also discussed how Eneclann – a small Irish company, has blazed a trail in placing Irish cultural heritage online, in partnership with the cultural institutions.

“Genealogy is more than just names and dates, it is our family story”.

_______________________________________________

2. Patrick Comerford:

Hatch, match and beyond: finding trails and tails in parish records.

In a delightfully witty and wise talk, Patrick Comerford informed us there’s more to parish records than registers.  Parish records tell us more about our religious identity and social conditions in the past. the records also show that Ireland was a pluralist society before Ne Temere.rev p

Family history has become main-stream because in the modern world, we use it to construct our own personal identity.

For anyone who missed Patrick’s talk on Tuesday, but who would like to hear more of his ideas on family history, see

http://www.patrickcomerford.com/search/label/Family%20History

_______________________________________________

 

3. Brian Mitchell

Shipping records and their usefulness when searching for your ancestors.

Brian Mitchel  blog image

From the 1700s the main ports of embarcation for Irish immigrants were Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry.  Cork only gained importance as a passenger port in the 1800s.

The Province of Ulster saw particularly heavy emigration from the start.  Between 1717 and 1776, 250,000 Irish left to settle in the British colonies in North America.

The government in Ireland and Britain was mainly hostile to emigration because they didn’t want to loose skilled tradesmen and craftsmen.  Despite this, there are no official registers of passengers leaving Irish ports before 1890, except for the lists of emigrants 1803-06, in the Hardwicke Papers, British Library.

Some records do however survive.  Lists of passengers were compiled by the Masters of the passenger ships, and sworn before the Commissioner in the Port of departure.  A duplicate of the oaths was sent to Dublin.  The survival of passenger lists and shipping records to the present day varies enormously.

“There was an imaginary line that stretched from Sligo on the west coast to Dublin on the east coast.  If you lived north of this line you emigrated from Derry, south and you embarked at Queenstown (Cobh).”

_________________________________________

4. Lorna Moloney

The genealogy of Gaelic Clans: sources, records and evidence – 11th to 17th Centuries.

Genealogy defined the political landscape in medieval Ireland, and was propaganda  by and for the ruling families. The earliest genealogies written down, were recorded in the twelfth century but date from centuries earlier.

By comparing genealogies with the contemporary records, it’s possible to document the rise and fall of dynasties and clans over time.Lorna blog image

Lorna discussed some of the main sources for tracing Gaelic families including Duald McFirbise’s Great Book of Irish Genealogies; the Irish Annals; and records of the Dublin government – the Calendar of State Papers Ireland, the Fiants, and the various land surveys taken in the 1650s and 60s, when the Gaelic political system finally ended.

 “Ireland as a colony was forgotten as a kingdom.”

_______________________________________________

5. Aoife O’Connor

Yesterday’s children: discover your ancestors’ childhood.

Aoife O’Connor  gave a thought-provoking talk, on where to find children in the historic records.

Children are civilians too, and the first place to look is in the usual records used for family history: civil records of births and deaths, church records of baptism and burial, and census records.

The National School system in Ireland began in 1837, and the largest collection of school registers is held in the National Archives of Ireland, currently digitising these records with findmypast.ie

In the past, children entered the world of work at an earlier age – some as early as eight or nine years, the majority from the age of 12 or 13.  It’s possible to find records of children in occupational records.aoife's blog image

The National Library of Ireland has photographic collections that show images of childhood in Ireland.  Collections by private and commercial photographers show the middle-classes and the wealthy.  There are some images of childhood in rural Ireland among the photographic collection of the Congested Districts Board.

Records of children also survive for institutions.  Often the first point of contact with any institution, was through the court system.  The Petty Sessions records have many cases in which children are involved, from building an ice-slide and raiding orchards, to the darker side of childhood poverty with instances of children up before the courts for vagrancy or burglary.

She concluded with institutional records of orphanages, reformatory and industrial schools, and prisons.

_______________________________________________

6. Paul McCotter, N.I.I Cork

Researching the history of Irish Surnames and clan-names

paul blog

Speaking from his own notes, without the aid of overheads, Paul McCotter delivered a bravura performance, at what was one of the best attended talks.

It’s generally accepted by most historians that clan names have an early origin in Ireland, but surnames were only ‘laid-down’ from the 10th Century onwards.  Ireland was probably the earliest of all European countries to adopt surnames.  Yet we still don’t have a full picture on how surnames and clan-names developed over time here.

The starting point for most researchers is the work of Edward McLysaght, a former Chief Herald of Ireland.  MacLysaght’s work though authoritative contains errors.  Individual medieval historians – and here Paul gave an honourable mention to Kenneth Nicholls –  will occasionally research how names may evolve over time, but even then it’s usually as an aside to their main research work.

Paul explained the influence of languages spoken in Irish regions in the last millennium, and how they contributed to the evolution of surnames.  Before the conquest, Irish was the main language.  After the Conquest, the political elite families spoke French, but many of the settlers that followed their political leaders to Ireland spoke Welsh, Flemish and an early form of English [Anglo-Saxon?].  Some colonists adopted the practice of Irish patronyms, and later many Irish adopted English versions of their name, to ‘conform to English civility.’  Paul demonstrated serious scholarly credentials, reeling off examples to show how an original name could evolve over centuries, sometimes changing beyond recognition.

_______________________________________________

7. Else Churchill, Society of Genealogists,

The exile of Erin, researching the poor Irish in Victorian London

else blogElsa Churchill demonstrated a deep knowledge of her sources, and an absolute mastery of her subject – finding the Irish poor in London in the 1800s.

Emigration from Ireland to England and Wales probably reached it’s high-point in the first half of the 19th Century, specifically 1815 to 1851.  There were a number of reasons why migration between Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom picked up at this time.  The conclusion of the Napoleanic Wars led to an agricultural depression, just as many ex-servicemen attempted to return to civilian life and work; the progression of the industrial revolution, and large-scale engineering projects, led to a higher demand for Irish labour; a growth in steam-shipping between Ireland and England made travel cheaper and more easy to avail of; changes to the Poor Laws adversely affected the Irish poor, who could be removed from England or Wales to an Irish port; and, the Irish people fled the Famine via communication lines that linked them to England and Wales.

By 1851 the Irish born population of England and Wales was 520,000 or 2.9% of the population.  The Irish settled almost exclusively in cities, where they could find jobs.  The greatest concentration of Irish settlement was in London, followed by Liverpool, and then Manchester/ Salford.

Elsa identified the communication lines that brought the Irish into London, and how these shaped the ‘Irish colonies’ – pockets of Irish settlement in the city and suburbs.

She discussed the historic sources of central government (Parliamentary reports); local government (Poor Law Unions) and of the RC church (parish registers); where they can be found; and what information they hold that can be used to trace Irish families.

“[In the early 1800s] The Irish were severely affected in the transition years from the old to the new Poor Laws.”

______________________________________

8. Audrey Collins, National Archives U.K,

Under-used Irish records in the National Archives in England

Audrey opened her talk with a challenging question – the National Archives of ‘where exactly?’ British identity has changed through the centuries, and very many records of Irish people can be found in TNA. She broadly classified these as specific Irish records series, and general series that contained Irish records, for example Military Service records; other Service records such as the Royal Navy, Airforce and Merchant Navy records; Home Office; Probate; migration records; and Census records.

Specific Irish records series such as the records of the Royal Irish Constabulary, the Reproductive Loan Funds, the Irish Sailors and Soldiers Land Trust, Irish Outrage papers and the Dublin Castle records, ended up in TNA for a variety of reasons but essentially because the  Irish records were part of central government activity.

The TNA has risen to meet it’s public service remit by digitising many records sets and making them available online through digital downloads, and also in collaboration with commercial partners like findmypast and Ancestry.

Audrey’s talk was delivered with a delicious deadpan sense of humour that produced some of the best belly-laughs of the entire season from our regular audience.  A gem

audrey collins blog_______________________________________________

9. Hilary McDonagh, Ancestor Network,

Genealogy and sporting records-from sporting Laurels to Family Trees.

hilary blog

 

Hilary considered the connection between family history and sport.  Almost everyone has ‘done’ sport at some time during their lives, but we don’t often consider sporting records as relevant to research.

Sports-clubs generate records: administrative records including Committee Minute Books; Membership Registers; the club’s Financial records including dues paid, or not, or larger debts around club maintenance or kit; Fixture lists and results/ score-books; programmes and other publications; as well as newspaper cuttings.

Hilary briefly considered some of the challenges in persuading clubs that these records are intrinsically useful, and to either create archives or deposit their records in archival collections.  In the former category, she cited the examples of the G.A.A., the F.A.I. and the I.R.F.U.

In the latter category, she discussed the Dublin City Sports Archive collections in the Gilbert Library, of fairly recent origins.  In a hilarious aside, she recounted her own experience in preparing a commemorative publication and subsequently archiving the records of the ‘Maids of the Mountain’ Hockey Club

Hilary concluded with a call to arms: to the public to recognise the importance of sporting records, the clubs to be more proactive, and the cultural institutions to widen their definition of popular culture.

__________________________________________

10. Jacinta Prunty, N.U.I Maynooth,

Did you come from Dublin dear ? understanding Dublin city through maps

jacinta blog

Development of Dublin city over 1000 years in maps.  Dublin has always been unusually well documented in maps and surveys.  Even the earlier medieval history of the city has been surveyed in retrospect by its’ historians and archaeologists, who have re-created maps and scale models of the city from Viking times and the time of the Conquest.

Jacinta’s basic premise was that maps are a key source with which we can ‘open-up’ the history of people and places at any given time.  Researchers can use maps to understand how a village, town or city developed; how a town may be connected to other places by its’ proximity to the sea or rivers; how villages, towns and cities often develop close to fords/ crossings, which may later become the sites of bridges and harbours.

Maps display change over time: in the early 1600s for example the city of Dublin began to develop beyond the limits of its’ medieval walls; or how the status of a neighbourhood can change over time – for example Henrietta Street build from the 1720s as townhouses for the elite, was by the early 1900s a tenement.

Jacinta directed the audience to explore some of the maps she showed on screen, which are widely available in hard-copy or online.

The Down Survey Maps 1650s http://downsurvey.tcd.ie/down-survey-maps.php

The Ordnance Survey Maps from 1837 http://www.osi.ie/Home.aspx

In hard copy, Irish Historic Towns Atlas series http://www.ria.ie/research/ihta.aspx

Jacinta Prunty is an engaging speaker, who has the lucky knack of making her audience feel smarter just by listening.

“The where always matters in family history.”

 

 

 

 

_______________________________________________

 

Expert Workshops for Continuous Professional Development

The Expert Workshops for Continuous Professional Development, start again this September.

The workshops will take place:

3pm on Thursday 11th Sept, in the Davis Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College with Kay Caball on
Researching The Kerry Girls: Emigration and the Earl Grey Scheme

Kay, has written a number of family and local histories. Her book The Kerry Girls tells us the true sory of 117 Kerry girls sent to Australia in 1849/1850 from Workhouses in Dingle, Kenmare, Killarney and Listowel, under the auspices of the Earl Grey ‘Orphan’ scheme. Having completed the Certificate in Family History & Genealogical methods at the University of Limerick, she used her genealogical experience to trace these long forgotten girls back to their roots in Kerry. She is a member of the Ancestor Network’s Expert Panel.

 Latest Eneclann Newsletter. 1/9/2014 ____________________________________________________________________________________

2pm on Saturday 13th Sept, in the Trustee’s Room, National Library of Ireland, Kildare St with Dr. Gerard Moran on
Emigration From the Workhouses and Family History

Dr. Gerard Moran has been a lecturer in the Dept. of History at NUI Galway and NUI Maynooth, where he established and was it’s director of the MA in Irish History programme. He has published extensively on nineteenth-century Ireland and his research interests include Irish emigration and diaspora, agrarian agitation and social conditions in Ireland. He is the author of Sending Out Ireland’s Poor: Assisted Emigration from Ireland in the Nineteenth Century (Dublin 2004); Sir Robert Gore Booth and his Landed Estates in County Sligo: Land, Famine, Emigration and Politics, 1825-1876 (Dublin 2006); and is joint-editor of Galway: History and Society (Dublin 1996) and the forthcoming Mayo: History and Society.

cc760904 beec 4ffb a1c1 24539c153ae2 Latest Eneclann Newsletter. 1/9/2014

Numbers are strictly limited, and anyone who would like to attend this free workshop should apply for a ticket by writing to

workshop@localhost

Tickets will be assigned on a first come basis.

jack and jill foundation

As part of our monthly “Continuous Professional Development in Irish Family History workshops”, we will be helping to raise money for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation , we will have a little stand set up at our workshops for anyone who would like to donate what they can to such a worthy cause, all proceeds will go to the charity and hopefully make a difference to those who need it. 🙂

Culture night 2014

e725fda9 0f34 4937 878d 861e1e2f3199 Latest Eneclann Newsletter. 1/9/2014

Culture Night comprises of hundreds of events across Ireland and overseas. From nation’s capital to county town, everyone’s getting involved! Arts and cultural organisations open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks & performances for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

Come and meet some of theEneclann,Ancestor Network andfindmypast  team on culture night who will provide a free genealogy advisory service in theNational Library of Irelandon Culture Night, Friday 19th September from 5pm to 10pm.

Fiona Fitzsimons, Hilary McDonagh and John Hamrock will all be there, providing the genealogy advisory service.

Who will you find when you pick up your family tree?

newsletter image1 Latest Eneclann Newsletter. 1/9/2014

 

971f507a 2441 48f9 a934 678d6d774077 Latest Eneclann Newsletter. 1/9/2014 New 2014f949bf0e c999 4d00 9855 6173544bb239 Latest Eneclann Newsletter. 1/9/2014

nli logo

Free geneaolgy advisory service 2014

GAS TALKS 2014

Dublin can be Heaven

Throughout the year, the National Library of Ireland (NLI) offers a genealogical advisory service through its dedicated staff, Francis Carroll and Christina McDonnell.  To cope with summer’s  influx of extra visitors this service is augmented during these busy  months.  Once again this year, Eneclann and Ancestor Network were successful in winning the tender for this service.

Drawing on personnel from both Eneclann and Ancestor Network, our team worked Monday through Saturday at the Library, meeting all comers. We have striven to enhance the welcoming space offered to family historians by the National Library of Ireland. With an increase of over 10% in visitor numbers to Ireland in 2014, it has been a busy summer for all. My own experience in the Library began five years ago and in this time I have observed a change in the demand for this service. With so many records now digitised, often times it has been a matter of guiding visitors through the myriad of records now online.

We have introduced overseas visitors to websites they may not yet have encountered, such as irishgenealogy.ie,www.findmypast, and dublinheritage.ie . For many this was just the impetus they needed to continue their searching long after their departure from our shores.  Frequently, visitors arrive at the Library on the last day of their holiday and are very pleased to know they can continue their searches online. What has not changed over the last five years is the great hunger that exists amongst people to trace their family. The interest in this area continues to grow and we are delighted play our part in this developing field. One of the pleasures of working in the Library is meeting generations of the one family who, drawing on combined skills in the area of oral history with the application of computer know-how, can really make progress in tracing their family history.

It is always a delight to be on hand when a discovery is made and to reconnect people with earlier generations of their family. In addition to our participation in the NLI’s Genealogical Advisory Service, this year has seen the runaway success of the Twentyx20 lunchtime talks during the month of August.  The brainchild of Eneclann’s Research Direct Fiona Fitzsimons, this series of free talks drew on a wide range of speakers. Visitors to the Library have been treated to a cornucopia of experts.

Family history is a very broad church and the range of speakers assembled by Fiona Fitzsimons is testament to this. Throughout all this activity our team has been graciously hosted and welcomed by the NLI’s staff in the handsome setting of the National Library. For this Dubliner, entering the portals of our National Library, to work as part of this team, I know that Dublin can, indeed, be heaven

By, Eneclann research expert,

Carmel Gilbride.

1ee73ce9 b1f4 4ff1 8548 bbcc50baea26 Latest Eneclann Newsletter. 1/9/2014

We hope you are enjoying the Free Genealogy Service inThe National Library of IrelandthatEneclannandAncestor Network continue to provide each day this Summer, With such a wide and Comprehensive range of expertise from our experts all summer we aim to help anyone looking for help and advice in tracing their family history.

The service is free to all visitors of the Library.

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

9.30 a.m. to 12.45 on Saturdays.

 

Latest Eneclann Newsletter, 13th August 2014

Meeting Princess Charlene in the Palace in Monaco

 

Last Winter Tourism Ireland commissioned Eneclann research director Fiona Fitzsimons to research the Irish family history of Princess Charlene of Monaco.

“At the outset, I had no preconceived ideas of what I might find during research”

The Fagan family history.

The Princess’s Irish ancestors were the Fagan family, probably the most successful gentleman-merchants in Dublin in the 1500s and 1600s. The Fagans were wealthy entrepreneurs, who left an indelible mark on the landscape of Dublin city and its’ environs.


The Fagans owned Bulloch Harbour from the 1580s until 1692.
Bulloch Harbour was the deep-sea port for the city of Dublin, and was the source of the Fagan’s immense wealth and influence.

They were involved in the foundation of Trinity College in 1592, and the Phoenix Park in 1662.


The Phoenix Park Dublin. In 1662 Christopher Fagan sold his Manor of Phoenix to the Duke of Ormond, to create a Royal Deer Park.
Photo courtesy Tourism Ireland.

The Fagans fought on the losing side in the Battle of the Boyne, and in 1692 were outlawed and their lands confiscated.  Under the peace terms that ended that War, the Fagans should have been pardoned and given back their lands.  Lord Thomas Coningsby, a corrupt senior government official manipulated the legal system and seized the Fagan’s extensive Dublin estates.

In 1695 the Fagans re-located to Killarney County Kerry, and over generations re-established themselves as merchants, trading out of Cork with the American Colonies and the West Indies.

The last of Princess Charlene’s direct ancestors born in Ireland was Christopher Sullivan Fagan, born in March 1781.  In 1800 at the age of 18 Christopher enlisted as a cadet in the East India Company.

On arrival in India, young Christopher Sullivan Fagan discovered an important family connection that gave him a direct link to the English Governor General.  Christopher’s first cousin, Hyacinth Rolande, was married to Richard Wellesley, Governor General of India 1797-1805.


Hyacinthe Rolande, natural daughter of the Chevalier Fagan. Portrait painted 1791 by Elisabeth le Brun.
Reproduced courtesy of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

Christopher Sullivan Fagan rose to the rank of Major General in the Honorable East India Company Service (H.E.I.C.S.).  One of his daughters was Agnes Cecilia Adelaide Fagan born in Bengal in 1821; married in Calcutta in 1842 to Charles Arthur Nicolson.

These are Princess Charlene’s great x 3 grandparents, and it was their generation that first established a connection to Africa.

———————————————————————-
Meeting a Princess.

From L-R: Prince Albert; Princess Charlene; Finola O’Mahony, head of Europe; Tourism Ireland,Rory Montgomery Irish ambassador to France; and Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann.
Earlier this Summer I was asked if I could travel to Monaco, to present the Princess’s family history.  The meeting was eventually scheduled to take place in the Palace gardens at 6pm on Tuesday 29th July.  Rory Montgomery the Irish ambassador to France, and Finola O’Mahoney of Tourism Ireland would also be there.

A gathering storm on the afternoon of the 29th meant that on our arrival at the Palace, we were shown into a private family sitting room.  It was a lovely room, comfortable and domestic, where I felt at ease.  The surfaces teemed with family photographs, including rather surreally, the late Princess Grace of Monaco.

The princely couple arrived with little or no fanfare and after introductions we sat and I described to them some of the personalities of the Princess’s Irish ancestors, and their exploits across three continents.

In the course of our conversation the couple’s interest rose higher and higher, and they asked very many questions to fix key details.  We talked for over an hour, and towards the end of the interview Princess Charlene asked with obvious delight if Ireland would now claim her as one of our own.

The Irish ambassador answered in the affirmative, presenting the Princess with a Certificate of Irish Heritage.

On the way home, I got a taxi from Dublin Airport and mulled it all over.  It occurred to me that even behind a palace wall, a Princess can be as delighted as a child on Christmas morning, to discover her Irish heritage.

by Fiona Fitzsimons
______________________________________

Click on the link below and have a listen to a short clip of Fiona’s interview on the research of  Princess Charlene.

Radio Riviera News clip

 

 


Lunch time talks in NLI so far.

 

The Twentyx20 Lunch-time talks are proving very popular with numbers of over 50 each day.

What’s great to see this year is that it’s not just the same familiar faces, we’re reaching a fresh audience interested in family history.

On Tuesday the 5th of August,Catherine Murphy T.D. attended. She was enthused to see such a large crowd in the Library to attend the talks.

Reviews

On Friday the 1st of August, Brian Donovan spoke about the digital revolution in Irish family history.  Since 2003, over 120 million historic Irish records have been digitised and published online.  Brian gave an overview of the key collections online for genealogy research. He discussed the trail-blazing “Partnership Model” adopted by findmypast, that ensures the rights of data-owners (of records).
Online publishing has improved access to the records; made research easier; and transformed genealogy from a minority pursuit into a popular hobby with a mass audience.

On Tuesday the 5th of August, in a delightfully witty and wise talk, Patrick Comerford informed us there’s more to parish records than registers. Parish records tell us more about our religious identity and social conditions in the past.  The records
also show that Ireland was a pluralist society beforeNe Temere.Family history has become main-stream because in the modern world, we use it to construct our own personal identity.

For anyone who missed Patrick’s talk last Tuesday, but who would like to hear more of his ideas on family history, See

http://www.patrickcomerford.com/search/label/Family%20History

Reviews for speakers from the 6th of August will be included in our next newsletter.

There are still so many wonderful talks to come, here is a preview of  the week to come (11th to 15th)

Monday 11thPaul McCotter,N.U.I Cork,Researching the history of Irish surnames and clan-names.

Tuesday 12thElse Churchill,Society of Genealogists,The exile of Erin, researching the poor Irish in Victorian London

Wednesday 13thAudrey Collins,National Archives U.K,Under-used Irish records in the National Archives in England

Thursday 14thHilary McDonagh,Ancestor Network,Genealogy and sporting records-from sporting Laurels to Family Trees.

Friday 15thJacinta Prunty,N.U.I Maynooth,Did you come from Dublin dear? Understanding Dublin city through maps.

 

 


Free genealogy advisory service

 

 

The joint consortium ofEneclann andAncestorNetwork continues to provide 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 of 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!

 

 


National Heritage Week.

 

Venue:Dublin City Library and Archive.Address:144 Pearse Street, Dublin, Ireland.

Is Booking Required:No.

Admission Fee:Free.

JoinfindmypastandEneclann for a free family history beginner’s day. On the day you can expect

Free access to records on findmypast.
Demonstrations on how to use the online records.
Genealogy advice.
Short introductory lectures.
Every hour during the event you can attend talks from our experts about all things family history. Here’s how the lectures are scheduled:

Time Topic Lecturer
12pm Where to start when building your family tree Fiona Fitzsimons,
Eneclann
1pm Census, land and birth marriage and death records – the building blocks of Irish family history Brian Donovan, Eneclann
2pm Add some colour to your family tree with military, crime and newspaper records Aoife O’Connor, findmypast
3pm Tracing your ancestors who moved abroad Cliona Weldon, findmypast

 


The Genealogy Event

What better way to celebrate Limerick’s status as 2014 City of Culture, and the start of National Heritage week, than with

The Genealogy Event!
This two day event promises to be a real humdinger!

Information sessions on a broad range of Irish genealogy topics will be given by some of the top experts in the industry. The Eneclann duo, Fiona Fitzsimons and Brian Donovan will also be there 😉

“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.

Introductory and advanced sessions will focus on surname origins, genetics and genealogy, civil, church and military records.

For those who really want to dig deep, there are expert sessions on the Registry of Deeds, and Irish sources for children in care 1840s to 1990s.

The U.S.National Archives (NARA) will also make a rare appearance in Ireland, to introduce the use of U.S. immigration and Naturalization records.

Have a listen below toLyric FM, as they promote the event with an ad.

The Genealogy Event 2014.

 


Research Tip of the week!

I’m constantly surprised by the number of people undertaking genealogical research who have their notes written on the backs of envelopes, scraps of paper etc.  My tip for this week is get yourself a sturdy notebook (ring-bound notebooks eventually disintegrate),  and record all your family history details in there.  When you do come across any information relevant to the family always note the place e.g., NAI (National Archives of Ireland), GRO (General Register Office), date, and all the relevant details. For example if you searched the baptismal register for Mallow, record the exact years you looked at, any relevant baptism to your family, and the positive number of the microfilm in the National Library of Ireland.  I recently spoke to someone who had been searching for 12 years for estate records he had previously seen that related to his family.  He hadn’t written down the manuscript number or where exactly he had seen them. We did eventually find the correct estate records but it’s a salutary lesson!

 

By Helen Moss,

resident research expert,

Eneclann.

Free Lunch-time talks kick off at the National Library of Ireland

free talks brian

The Twentyx20 lunch times talks kick off tomorrow, with our very first expert speaker Brian Donovan, The talk will take place at 1.05pm in the National Library of Ireland and is free to anyone who would like to attend, Brian’s talk will be on “Delivering the digital revolution in Irish Family History”

We hope to see you there. 🙂

http://www.eneclann.ie/2014/05/the-return-of-the-twentyx20-lunch-time-talks/

Expert Workshops

Continuous Professional Development in Irish Family History

We continue the series of expert workshops with Noel Jenkins on

“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.

 

Description

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.