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  • Catholic parish registers in Ireland from 1740′s on now published online:

http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/genealogy/Genealogical-treasure-trove-as-Catholic-parish-register-published-online.html

  • Chicago May: The Irish queen of crooks:

http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/Chicago-May-The-Irish-queen-of-crooks.html

  • Celebration of Irish who built the world’s major cities comes to New York and Chicago (VIDEO):

http://www.irishcentral.com/culture/community/Celebration-of-Irish-who-built-the-worlds-major-cities-comes-to-New-York-and-Chicago-VIDEO.html

  • Rare 1880s photo captures Achill women breaking stones:

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/rare-1880s-photo-captures-achill-women-breaking-stones-1.2273031

  • A century of Irish history goes online in posters, pamphlets and diaries:

http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/A-century-of-Irish-history-goes-online-in-posters-pamphlets-and-diaries-PHOTOS.html

  • Release of listing of 2,558 veterans of Easter Week 1916 with recognised military service. The list of names and addresses can be downloaded:

http://www.militaryarchives.ie/collections/online-collections/military-service-pensions-collection/news-and-updates/single-view/article/release-of-listing-of-2558-veterans-of-easter-week-1916-with-recognised-military-service?cHash=6d7ae63c1ea12f65a8f5b9422a246d03

  • The best medieval statue in Ireland is 8ft tall and in a ruined church in Kilkenny:

http://www.thejournal.ie/heritage-ireland-kilkenny-2153658-Jun2015/?utm_source=shortlink

Research Tip of the Week

He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother…and he holds the key to unlocking my family history!

Okay, so the latter part of that might not quite be true to The Hollies version, but it can be true of tracing one’s ancestors. I’ve spoken before in tips about the importance of lateral thinking when conducting genealogical research.

We often get people who’ve come to us, indicating that they’ve hit a brick wall with research. In some instances, they really do appear to have exhausted all the options with regard to their direct ancestors. “Oh she was born before 1864, and no parish records survive, so we can’t figure out her parents’ names” they’ll say. To which we’ll reply “and what about her younger brother born in 1866, what did his birth certificate indicate?”. “Oh…” they’ll say“…we hadn’t thought of that”. It happens to us all, we get blinkered by our direct lineage.

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This doesn’t just apply to birth, marriage and death (BMD) record sets either. Passenger lists are a classic example whereby a siblings’ record can yield information just as useful as if it were that of the individual themselves. For example, it is well documented that much of the migration to the U.S. post Famine is in the form of ‘chain-migration’, often with siblings or cousins following one after the other.

Lateral research can be time-consuming, you may go through several siblings’ records before striking gold with new information, but where successful the rewards make the effort worthwhile.

By, Expert Researcher,

Stephen Peirce.Stephen 3

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  • Irish civil records to be published online, on the Irish Genealogy website.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/genealogy-website-restores-access-to-records-1.2167965

  • Plans are afoot to create a new Irish Diaspora Centre in Dublin, as a visitor attraction

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/companies/former-coca-cola-chief-in-dublin-to-oversee-plans-for-epic-ireland-at-chq-1.2155120

  • An Irish American’s epic fight to ‘get even’ with Alzheimer’s

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/An-Irish-Americans-epic-fight-to-get-even-with-Alzheimers.html

  • Brian Mitchell writes about a branch of his family tree, and the final voyage of the Lusitania, in the Londonderry Sentinel.

On 7th May 1915  RMS Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-Boat, 11 miles off Cobh and inside the German-declared ‘zone of war,’ with loss of 1,195 lives, including those of 123 American citizens.
http://www.londonderrysentinel.co.uk/news/local-news/final-voyage-of-the-ill-fated-lusitania-1-6702508

2,400 Scotch American clansmen returned to Glasgow, via Derry!

They stopped off briefly in Derry, which was then a transatlantic hub, to disembark 500 American tourists!!

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The Anchor Line, from 1866 right through to 1939, operated its ‘American Express Passenger Service’ from Derry to New York. Their liners called at Moville, in the deeper waters of Lough Foyle, some 18 miles downstream from Londonderry, to pick up emigrants who were ferried from Derry in paddle tenders.

In those days Derry (like Shannon and Dublin today) was the hub of a transatlantic tourist trade.

For example, on Thursday 26 July 1928, Anchor Liners Transylvania and Caledonia arrived from New York and Boston within one hour of each other in Lough Foyle, bringing 2,400 Scottish Clansmen from America, destined for Glasgow, and a further party of 500 American tourists who disembarked to begin their holiday ‘to see the scenic beauties of the Emerald Isle.’

The Anchor Line’s tender Seamore ‘left Londonderry for Moville early in the day with a large party of officials, cinema, and Pressmen to meet the liners’ and ‘welcomed the clansmen in true Scottish style to accompaniment of pipes.’ One of the returning Clansmen was a brother of Sir Harry Lauder.

British Pathé video (duration 1 minute 7 seconds, no sound), dated 30 July 1928, survives of the returning ‘Scotch American clansmen’ on board the Caledonia, berthed in Glasgow, with title ‘“To dear old Scotland with my Ain Folk!” – Rousing reception at welcome home to 2,400 Scotch American Clansmen’ at http://www.britishpathe.com/video/to-dear-old-scotland-with-my-ain-folk/query/CROWDS.

The Role of Romance in Family History

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Births and marriages are the stock in trade of genealogists. We spend our days in dusty archives, extracting information from these documents, seeking to learn more about our ancestors. On this Valentines weekend, it seems like a good time to press the pause button, and reflect on the human stories behind the documents.

In times past marriage was the cornerstone of family life. We can only imagine how much hope was invested in these marriages. With our historian’s hat, we know that pairings didn’t always begin in romance. Marriages of the wealthier in Irish society were often strategic alliances. For a strong farmer, his daughter’s choice of husband was a matter of careful vetting. A family’s land based wealth could not pass to an incapable, unreliable son-in-law.

By contrast, the poor had greater opportunity to marry for love. The more cynical amongst us might say these couples spent a lifetime repenting at their leisure.

For the team here at Eneclann, family and its history is our daily work. In some instances we certainly see the absence of romantic love. We uncover difficult stories of couples creating an unhappy family life. For some of the clients we work with, excavating family history is a sad affair, and certainly not the narrative of wine and roses.

Can we ever tell if our ancestor’s marriages were a love match? How can we get beyond the documents and ‘read ‘the story as correctly as we can. On this Valentine’s weekend, I like to remember what is known about my grandparent’s short marriage. My father’s mother – Margaret – was an ‘absent’ presence in our family history. Within weeks of giving birth to my father, Margaret died. Little concrete was known about her, and in fact for many years my family research project was labelled “Margaret Lost.” It seemed important to document anything I could find about her.

The search for my grandparent’s marriage certificate was one of my first forays to the General Register Office. I was surprised to learn from the marriage certificate that, although from the same village, they had not married in their parish church. It seems Margaret was in service and married in the church near her workplace. Wanting to make sure I had the correct record, I showed my father his parents’ marriage-certificate. To my surprise, he was overcome with emotion.

The church where my grandparents married, was, it seems, the same church that my grandfather brought his own son to, each and every Sunday of my father‘s childhood. As a young child, my father could not understand why his father chose to worship in this church some miles distant from their village home. Learning that his father had married in this church made a great deal of sense to my father. We realized that each Sunday, my grandfather was, in fact, making a pilgrimage back to church where he had married Margaret. Together with the fact that he never remarried makes me think that grandfather and Margaret’s union was indeed a love match. Oh, and the fact that Margaret did not bring a big farm to the family!

From our vantage point today, we hope that our ancestors were love matches. However, we know that in the past many marriages were based on the need for security and companionship. It’s probably true to say that many of our ancestors entered into marriage, hoping to build love on these foundations.

By Eneclann Research Expert,

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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.

 

 

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17.Ray Gillespie

Doing Local History

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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.

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18. Mary McAuliffe

Finding women in the records.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

Latest Eneclann Newsletter

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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Free Family History Research Day

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Eneclann andFindmypast celebrated National Heritage Week by holding a “Free Family History For Beginners Day” at Dublin City Library and Archive on the 26th of August, the turnout from the general public on the day was great, and it was wonderful to see so many new faces all eagerly awaiting some expert advice on how to get started on their family history research. Our expert reseacrhers managed to help so many attendees on the day, have a look at some images from the day below.

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Pictured: Eneclann director, Brian Donovan helping attendees to trace their family history.

 

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The team at Eneclann and findmypast met with the general public throughout the day to help them search for information and give them uselful tip’s on how to get started on their family history reseach.

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Eneclann Research expert Stephen Peirce, pictured helping out a lady on her mission to research her family history.

 

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Here we see Eneclann research expert Carmel Gilbride as she works her research magic on these two attendees.

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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.
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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.

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

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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.

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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:

TimeTopicLecturer
12pmWhere to start when building your family treeFiona Fitzsimons,
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1pmCensus, land and birth marriage and death records – the building blocks of Irish family historyBrian Donovan, Eneclann
2pmAdd some colour to your family tree with military, crime and newspaper recordsAoife O’Connor, findmypast
3pmTracing your ancestors who moved abroadCliona 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.

National Heritage Week 2014

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Join Eneclann and findmypast this National Heritage week for some free family history advice on the 26th of August.

We will be entertaining you on the day, with

Expert help and advice from our team of genealogists here at Eneclann.
Demonstrations on how to access Findmypast’s millions of family history records.
Hourly lectures on family history topics.

You can also attend talks every hour during the day from the experts about all things family history related and let them help you build your family tree.

Have a look at the lectures that will take place throughout the day

TimeTopicLecturer
12pmWhere to start when building your family treeFiona Fitzsimons,
Eneclann
1pmCensus, land and birth marriage and death records – the building blocks of Irish family historyBrian Donovan, Eneclann
2pmAdd some colour to your family tree with military, crime and newspaper recordsAoife O’Connor, findmypast
3pmTracing your ancestors who moved abroadCliona Weldon, findmypast

Starting at 11am and ending at 4pm on Tuesday 26th August in Dublin City Library and Archives, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

This day is the perfect opportunity for all of you who want to get going on building your family tree but just don’t know where to start. We cant wait to share our expert advice to you all and get you started.

And as an extra added bonus on the day findmypast will also have some exclusive event offers for all you newcomers to the world of family history!

see you there ;)

Latest Eneclann Newsletter 25th July 2014

Eneclann Newsletter
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


 

 

The Latest Eneclann Newsletter………

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

Email:info@bbnygroup.com

Web:www.thegenealogyevent.com

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,

 

 


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Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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