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The Bram Stoker Festival

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This week From 24th – 27th October 2014, Dublin City will celebrate the life, work and legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel ‘Dracula’, by holding the Bram Stoker Festival.
To celebrate this event Eneclann would like to share with you once again our Research on Bram Stoker’s family tree which offers insights into how he created the vampire Count Dracula, and also Bram Stoker Duties Clerks Petty Sessions which is available to download on our website, just click into the links listed below and join in on the fun to honour his memory and achievements and to encourage a spirit of enquiry and curiosity about the creator of one of literature’s most famous characters.

http://www.eneclann.ie/exhibitions/bram-stoker/

http://www.eneclann.ie/acatalog/Bram_Stoker_Duties_Clerks_Petty_Sessions.html

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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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Research Tip of the Week.

This week’s research tip is written by Research Expert Helen Moss

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We often come across people researching their ancestors who are disappointed with the lack of details in mid-19th century marriage registers.  In Roman Catholic marriage registers the name of the bride and groom, their witnesses and sometimes a townland were the only details recorded.  But there is one other record in the right hand column that often also appears and is frequently ignored.  It’s the fee paid by the couple to the priest for the marriage and when the figures are compared to others fees in the register they can frequently be a good indicator of the economic standing of the couple.  So if your ancestors’ fee was waived and an entry of ’0 – 0 – 0′ recorded it can tell you that times were difficult for them at that time.

 

 

Back To Our Past 2014

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Brian Boru, Oliver Cromwell and Napoleon Bonaparte all feature in the titles of the Presentations at the 5th annual Back To Our Past [BTOP] event at the RDS, Dublin, on the weekend of 17-19 October 2014.  As usual, over the three days of BTOP there will be two concurrent strands of free talks on a range of Irish heritage topics.  Oral tradition, graveyards, school records and newspapers feature as sources, while there are several lectures on emigration. Online research, London record repositories and tracing ancestors in British India all feature.

Among the speakers will be familiar faces such as Else Churchill, Brian Donovan, Fiona Fitzsimons, and John Grenham.  Also lecturing at BTOP for the first time are the Detroit genealogist Richard M. Doherty, a frequent visitor to Kerry and Patrick Fitzgerald of the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies.  In addition there will be the usual presentations on behalf of the genealogical companies Ancestry.com, Eneclann and Findmypast.

The Presentations are organised by the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland [APGI] on behalf of BTOP.

The Presentations provide a focus for BTOP, but it is a heritage experience with much more happening.  Exhibitors representing Irish and overseas genealogical societies, data providers, record repositories, heritage magazines and heritage sites will be on hand to give advice and engage with individual enquirers. This is a chance for family, military and local history buffs to put questions to the likes of the General Register Office of Northern Ireland, the National Archives, Eneclann, FamilyTreeDNA, Findmypast, TIARA, Ancestry and Irish Roots Magazine, or to join a society.  As usual, Eric Knowles of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will be on hand to advise on heirlooms, while visitors may wander through the Over 50s Show in the main RDS Hall and into the neighbouring Coin & Stamp Fair.

BTOP also contains a ‘show within a show’ run by the International Society of Genetic Genealogists [ISOGG] and sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA.  It consists of a stream of lectures on genetic genealogy running throughout the weekend.

Back To Our Past runs from 11 am until 7pm daily.  Tickets are €10 at the door, but can you can get a €3 reduction by booking online at <www.backtoourpast.com>.  where full details of the presentation programme are posted.

 

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Eneclann will be exhibiting at stand 30, 30a, 31 and 31a, with a team of our expert researchers ready to help you with all your family history research, Eneclann will also be giving three talks throughout the weekend, you can also sign up to our newsletter over the weekend and be in with a chance of winning some very exciting stuff (more details to come)

We will be joined at our stand with our lovely friendsTIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association) who will be more than happy to help you with all you need to know about your American roots.

Have a look at the Eneclann Timetable for talks at Back to our Past 2014.

Don’t forget to also pop over to our partners at findmypast who will be there all weekend to help you with your family history research needs.

Back To Our Past runs from 11 am until 7pm daily.  Tickets are €10 at the door, but can you can get a €3 reduction by booking online at <www.backtoourpast.com>.

See you there!

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Reviews for the next 5 Twentyx20 lunch-time talks

The following are the next 5 review’s of the Twentyx20 talks that were held at the National Library of Ireland for the month of August.

11. Rhona Murray

 Using Ancestry.com to trace your family History

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12. John Mc Tierney

Reading Headstones primary sources carved in stone.

John runs an archaeology company who have developed an expertise in graveyards, surveying and recording tens of thousands of headstones from hundreds of cemeteries around Ireland and Britain. His team has also developed an exciting and rigorous approach to the whole process of recording the information in cemeteries. This is precisely because they are archaeologists rather than family historians. As a consequence they are as interested in the location of the grave, the material remains, its position within a cemetery and proximity to others. This is rich information that adds context and detail to the words carved onto the stone.

What is even more remarkable about the work of John’s team is that they are educators and facilitators working with local community groups to enable them to carry out the work under their expert supervision. The end result is then published online at www.historicgraves.com.

John is passionate about this project “it is about action – not sitting on the internet … Historic Graves are family names pinned onto the landscape – representing hundreds of years of continuity and change.”.

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13. Ellen O’Flaherty

Using the College Archives for family history research.

The archives at Trinity College are not well known to family historians, but they contain a great wealth of information. Ellen provided a tour of the key holdings. Naturally, these include copious student records. The entrance registers provide names of students, ages, name of farther, address and fathers occupation (and the images are available free online). But there are lot more student records, like examination records, scholarships, removals, church attendance and fines dispensed to staff and students alike. Ellen recounted some funny examples of food fights in the commons.The archive also has the records of college clubs and societies dating back to the 17th century. The University was a big employer in Dublin city too and the financial records are very useful for tracking staff. Ellen finished her fascinating talk by touching on the biggest collection for Irish genealogy at the Trinity Archives, their estate records. It is not generally well known that TCD was one of the biggest landowners in Ireland, having received land in various plantations and other land confiscations a different dates from its founding in 1592 to the 1700s. As a consequence they have rentals and other estate papers relating to almost every county in the country.

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14. Ian Tester

Digitising Irish newspapers: how we bring Ireland’s past stories back to life.

Ian gave an entertaining and informative guide through the British Newspaper Archive, the joint venture between the British Library and DC Thomson Family History (the owners of findmypast.com). This extraordinary project is digitising millions of newspaper pages from across Britain and Ireland. To date they have scanned 8.7 million pages from 266 different newspapers. So far they have published Irish newspaper titles, with 25 more in current production, and hundreds more after that. The value of newspapers for research is often poorly understood. Local and national newspapers covered an extensive range of subject matter. Ian gave us a glimpse of what he had uncovered on his own family, including wedding details, funerals, accidents and general gossip. He had plenty of advice about how to use newspapers for genealogical research, and was keen to impress that  “local stories are no just covered in local newspapers”.

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15. Lar Joye

No hope, except in arms: the Irish in European armies 1600 to 1945.

Lar Joye gave an absolute tour-de-force presentation, in a talk entitled “No hope except in arms: the Irish in European armies 1600 to 1945.”
Between 1600 and 1945 Irishmen joined the armed services of many European countries.
They served in countries around the world, in most of the major conflicts, and created the reputation of ‘the fighting Irish.’
Lar Joye gave a fascinating insight into the Irish regiments in French service 1685-1871; Spanish service 1709-1939; Italian service 1702-1862; and the Austrian service 1689-1956.
He further discussed the major wars in which they fought in Europe and America.
A few of these gained fame: Peter Lacy 1678-1751, became Field Marshal of the Russian Army.
Count Arthur Dillon 1750-94, led his regiment against the British during the American Revolutionary War, but was executed in 1794 by guillotine.
Myles Keogh was a veteran of the Papal Army and the U.S. Civil War.
The speaker rounded up his talk, with a brief discussion of the sources for the Irish in European armies.

The National Library of Ireland’s own Sources data-base lists and describes some of the original records relating to Irish soldiers in European armies held in archives in England, France, Spain, and Austria.

http://sources.nli.ie/

The audience’s only critique was that Lar Joye didn’t have longer to speak about a subject that he clearly has the mastery of.

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Back to our Past 2014

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Back to our past 2014 is here again, 17th, 18th and 19th October 2014 Industries Hall, RDS Dublin, Ireland

Friday: 11am – 7pm

Sat & Sun: 11am – 7pm

Eneclann will be exhibiting at stand 30, 30a, 31 and 31a, with a team of our expert researchers ready to help you with all your family history research, Eneclann will also be giving three talks throughout the weekend,

Eneclann Timetable for talks at Back to our Past 2014.

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  For further details:  phone 00 353 1 496 9028,

or go towww.backtoourpast.com

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Are Smart Cities Making Us Dumb ?

Friday the 26th, at 6pm as part of Discover Research,

The Innovation Academy

 will host Innovation Café,

there will be a moderated discussion panel with academics such as our very own Brian Donovan director of Eneclann.

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The topic under discussion is “Are Smart Cities Making Us Dumb?” all are welcome,

find out more by clicking the link below

http://www.innovationacademy.ie/are-smart-cities-making-us-dumb-innovation-cafe-discussion

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The magic of Culture Night 2014.

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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.

Research Tip of the Week 26/9/2014

This weeks Research Tip is written by Enecann Research Expert, Fiona Fitzsimons

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As co-ordinator of the Twentyx20 genealogy talks in the NLI this summer, I had the enjoyable task of attending all the lunch-time talks, and meeting each of the speakers.  One of the talks that really stood out for me, was by Damian Shiels who spoke on the Irish in the American Civil War.

The Irish that fought in the American Civil War were mainly the Famine Irish that settled in the United States between ca. 1845 and 1861.

IT’s possible to trace these men using online records.

The Compiled Military Service Records (C.M.S.R.) are soldiers’ service records, collated from contemporary documents, more than a generation after the war ended,.  These are essentially abstracts of evidence taken from original documents including enlistment, muster and pay-rolls; death notices, hospital and prison registers; descriptive accounts/ service narratives.  These records survive for soldiers of the Union and the Confederate Army, for each regiment in which they served.

Records of Union soldiers were compiled from 1886; records of the Confederate soldiers from 1903. There are more than double the number of records, than there were soldiers, so scrutinise all matching records for a typo in a name, or a change of regiment.

An index to the Compiled Military Service Records is available free online.  It provides a basic index – name, rank, unit and State – by which you may identify individual service records on microfilm

https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1910717

The [Civil War] Soldiers and Sailors (CWSS) data-base is currently under construction.  On completion this will be a portal-site for the history of the American Civil War, and will include records of battles and military units, burial records in the National Cemeteries, Prisoners and Medals of Honour.

http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm

I shuddered when I read NARA’s archival description of the Compiled Military Service Records. “The abstracts were so carefully prepared that it is rarely necessary to consult the original muster rolls and other records from which they were made.” One of the few constants in any field of human endeavour, be it stamp-collecting or maths-physics, is the possibility of h human error.  Where you can’t find a soldier examine the printed lists of both armies, edited by Janet B. Hewett

  •  The Roster of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865, 33 vols.
  • The Roster of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865, 16 vols.

 

The best guide to this fascinating subject is Damian Shiels’ book The Irish in the American Civil War, published in 2013 by History Press.]

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Win a Spot Prize

Q. What ‘s a collective noun for a bunch of genealogists?

A frustration of genealogists, a brick-wall of family historians, an obsession of researchers

The best answer wins a spot prize from Eneclann,

Email your answer to marketing@eneclann.ie

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

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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@eneclann.ie

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Gala up the Hill for Jack and Jill

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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.

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