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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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UCC Irish Genealogy Summer School 2014

This Summer from the 29th of June-6th of July, one of the world’s leading universities,The University College Cork, will be holding an Irish genealogy summer school offering a complete course in the latest Irish genealogy research.Have you seen the list of expert speakers covering every topic imaginable, this is one summer school you wont want to miss!

Special offer this St. Patrick’s Day Weekend with Eneclann.

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and to celebrate, this weekend, we are offering all of you a special €10 OFF any Purchase over on Eneclann’s online store.
Have a great weekend everyone agus Bíodh spraoi.St, Patricks day special offer

Offer valid until March 17th 2014

Eneclann’s Newsletter 13/03/2014

Read the latest here in the Eneclann newsletter, where this week we talk about Genealogy Day 2014, The latest downloads available at Eneclann, The battle of Knockdoe and of course our research tip of the week and so much more.

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Dear Eneclann customer,

Genealogy Day 2014!

Eneclann are delighted to be apart of such an exciting event this weekend,where our very own Brian Donovan and Fiona Fitzsimons will be giving their expert advice this Saturday the 15th of March at Genealogy Day 2014 in Limerick City,Read all about the event by clicking on the image below.

Presidential Proclamation



Centuries after America welcomed the first sons and daughters of the Emerald Isle to our shores, Irish heritage continues to enrich our Nation. This month, we reflect on proud traditions handed down through the generations, and we celebrate the many threads of green woven into the red, white, and blue,

Irish Americans have defended our country through times of war, strengthened communities from coast to coast, and poured sweat and blood into building our infrastructure and raising our skyscrapers. Some endured hunger, hardship, and prejudice; many rose to be leaders of government, industry, or culture. Their journey is a testament to the resilience of the Irish character, a people who never stopped dreaming of a brighter future and never stopped striving to make that dream a reality. Today, Americans of all backgrounds can find common ground in the values of faith and perseverance, and we can all draw strength from the unshakable belief that through hard work and sacrifice, we can forge better lives for our families and ourselves.

The American and Irish peoples enjoy a friendship deepened by both shared heritage and shared ideals. On the international stage, we are proud to work in concert toward a freer, more just world. As we honor that enduring connection during Irish-American Heritage Month, let us look forward to many more generations of partnership. May the bond between our peoples only grow in the centuries to come.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2014 as Irish-American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.




Latest Downloads Available at Eneclann

We now have 22  download releases available over on our website.

Here we have P.W. Joyce, A.M. Sullivan, & P.D. Newman, Atlas & Cyclopedia of Ireland. (1905 edition)

Also  just a few of many more now available for download

Thom’s official directory of Ireland, 1910

The Post Office Dublin Directory & Calendar for 1858

Royal Irish Constabulary list & Directory, January 1920

William Carleton, traits & stories of the Irish peasantry, 1853

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

click here to have a look.

The battle of Knockdoe!

Long-term readers of this newsletter may remember that between 2009 and 2011, Eneclann and Rubicon worked on the Irish Battlefields Project.

Historians from Eneclann and archaeologists from Rubicon researched 250 major battles in Ireland between the 8th and 18th Centuries.

Using contemporary sources including maps and drawings we successfully identified 130 of these battlefields across Ireland.

We intend to publish the Irish Battlefields in 2015, and will tell you all about it as it happens.battle of knockdoe  1501 image for blog 2

Right now though, for those who would like to get a taste of what’s to come, check out this blog post by Damian Shiels and John Jeremiah Cronin.

The battle of Knockdoe was one of the greatest battles ever fought on Irish soil, but is now forgotten because of the passage of time.


Research Tip of The Week!

During research we encounter many variants in Christian names.  Sometimes these are obvious, like Annie/Nannie, Catherine/Katie/ Margaret/Peggy.
It is important to be aware of the variants you might encounter, such as:

  •  Bridget /Delia/Bedelia.
  • John/Owen/Hugh/Eugene
  • Elizabeth/Lily/Betty/Bessy/Lizzie
  • Christina/Dina/Diana
  • Jeremiah/Darby
  • Hanora/Nora/
  • Richard/Dick/Ritchie
  • Sheila/Julia/Judy/Julieanne
  • Thaddeus/Timothy

This does not even begin to take into account the deliberate use of a different name in families. The use of alternate names can really throw a researcher off the scent. People often want to honour the family tradition of naming a child for their father, but don’t want the confusion that can ensue by having two individuals of the same name within a household.  Sometimes the second, or as in my own family, the third given name of the child is the one used.  If your searches are coming up negative, you may have to factor in the possibility that the name in use was not in fact the given name.
The big challenge of course is trying to second-guess out our ancestors.


Eneclann Director Brian Donovan delivers a talk to Trinity M.Phil postgraduate students.

For the third year running Eneclann Director Brian Donovan spoke last week at Trinity College Dublin to the M.Phil postgraduate course in Public History & Cultural Heritage. Brian delivered a talk to the students about Eneclann and how we provide access to Irish history to the public, and help them discover their personal and family history  through access to archives online and expert research support.

“There has been a revolution in Irish family history over the last decade with millions of historic records now available through websites like findmypast, What does this transformation mean for the traditional mediums for public access to history, like libraries, archives and universities? What is the role of the private/commercial sector? And how do we foster innovation”? There was a lively discussion chaired by Dr. Ciaran O’Neill, which overran for some time and was enjoyed by all.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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