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George Clooney’s Kilkenny Connections

Using newly available records on www.findmypast.ie renowned genealogist Fiona Fitzsimons discovered Clooney’s Irish ancestors didn’t jump, but were pushed.

Clooney’s Irish ancestors were small farmers from Windgap, co. Kilkenny. In the 1850s local farmers competed for land.
This sometimes tipped-over into violence. New evidence proves that in 1852 Nicholas Clooney (George’s great x 2 grandfather) was violently assaulted. Months later he was harrased through the court system.

“In 1852 Nicholas Clooney suffered a real injustice. He decided shortly after to leave Ireland and settle in Kentucky. The rest is history.” Says Fiona.

Research showed that Nicholas’s widowed mother (George Clooney’s great x3 grandmother) remained behind in Ireland.
“Now through a family connection and for the first time, we have photographs of the old Clooney house and farm taken in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. The photos show a way of life now vanished. It’s closer in time, and probably also in terms of experience, to the life of the immigrant Clooneys.”

Read the full story here from Irish Lives remembered

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Latest Eneclann Newsletter: 1st of July 2014

Eneclann Newsletter

In this issue:

UCC Genealogy Q&A with Stuart Rosenblatt

The Genealogy Event 2014

Expert workshop with Dr. Gerard Corcoran

Chapelizod dereliction project with Debbie Chapman

Latest downloads at Eneclann

Kindred Lines by Fiona Fitzsimons

Research Tip of the week


Dear Eneclann customer,

Stuart Rosenblatt and the UCC Genealogy School

Ancestral Connections 2014 is an International Genealogy summer school developed by Lorna Moloney at ACE – University College Cork, it offers a programme of outstanding quality for those interested in tracing their Irish roots. All aspects of subjects are covered by a series of presentations and ‘hands on’ workshops given by a selection of Ireland’s leading genealogical lecturers and experts.Eneclann’s very own directors Fiona Fitzsimons & Brian Donovan will also be giving talks at the Summer school.

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Brian Donovan: Tuesday 1st July at >

2pm: ‘Usingfindmypast.ie

 for family history research: court prison land records and more’

Fiona Fitzsimons: Tuesday 1st July at >

3pm: ‘Online sources for Irish family history research and how to use them’

4pm:  ‘Tracing records of children in care 1840s to 1990s.’

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This week we caught up with Stuart Rosenblatt of theIrish Jewish Genealogical societywho will  be giving a talk atThe UCC Genealogy School .


Stuarts’ talk will be on:

Hidden Irish Jewish Records.

   Thursday the 3rd of July at 2pm-2.45pm.


The Genealogy Event 2014

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


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

“The event has been set up to help genealogists and family historians at all levels and bring together people from around the world with Irish roots,” says BBNY Group founder, Bridget Bray.

Sessions will focus on civil and church records, immigration and passenger lists, military records, surname origins, using DNA, and resources available at Ireland’s National Library and National Archives.

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

The Genealogy event has added a new conference session in partnership with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
It’s of particular interest to anyone engaged in ‘reverse genealogy’ and trying to trace the descendants of ancestral relatives that left Ireland and settled overseas.
Dorothy Dougherty, Programme director of the National Archives in New York City will be speaking about U.S. naturalisation records, Irish Famine records, and other key sources held by NARA.

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

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Expert workshops continue in Irish family history

In association withTrinity College DublinandThe National Library of Ireland

Our speaker for the month of July will be Dr. Gerard Corcoran, Irish representative for theInternational Society of Genetic Genealogy.

Gerard has been involved in genetic genealogy for many years and has agreed to give two workshops on differing aspects of this fascinating subject.

 

The workshops will take place next week (beginning 30th June).

3pm on Thursday 3rd July, in Room 4050A on level 4, in the Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin, and

2pm on Saturday 5th July, in the Trustee’s Room, National Library of Ireland, Kildare St.

Genetic genealogy provides a glimmer of hope for our diaspora who are unsure of where in Ireland their ancestors came from.

Description:

Trinity workshop:
Using genetic genealogy to break down the brick walls of traditional genealogy.

National Library workshop.

Connecting the Irish Diaspora using Genetic Genealogy

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

Anyone who would like to attend this free workshop should apply for a ticket by writing toworkshop@eneclann.ie
Tickets will be assigned on a first come basis.

Please let us know whether you will be at the Trinity College or the NLI event

Thanks, and hope to see you all there.


Chapelizod artist, Debbie Chapman

 

CHAPELIZOD DERELICTION

 

Debbie Chapman is a Chapelizod artist, and is running a project that will be exploring the issue of dereliction in Chapelizod, and the fact that so many buildings have been left empty and derelict, even while there’s a housing crisis.

 

Eneclann is providing historical research on who’s lived in the village of Chapelizod in the last 150 years.This is a Community Based Arts Project responding to the large number of derelict buildings in Chapelizod Village, Dublin and it’s environs. Debbie will be drawing on the real stories of past lives as the inspiration for her art.Recently, Dublin council bought a derelict site with ruined houses from the early 1700s, to redevelop.
The council has put a hoarding up outside these houses, and Debbie Chapman has been asked to design and paint the hoarding.

The purpose of this project is to explore the impact of decline and deterioration of historic buildings at the centre of Chapelizod’s village and through shared artistic practice create a strong sense of place within the current community.

The intended outputs of the project are to create artistic interventions instilled with community consciousness and deliver a series of community arts events, which will have a positive impact on local people, affected by the decline in their immediate environment.

Large wooden cut-outs with painted images from the past will be attached to the hoarding.

The project will culminate in a collaborative Visual Arts Exhibition to be held in the village accompanied by a Project Book and a Public Art Installation in Sept/Oct 2014.

The project, is led by artist Debbie Chapman, and is funded by Dublin City Council, Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Partnership and Eneclann.

We will provide you with regular updates over the summer, to track the project’s progress which we will feature in our newsletters and also on ourwebsite blog.


Latest downloads available at Eneclann

We now have 11 new download releases available on our website.

History Ireland Magazine, “Kindred Lines”

Check out Fiona Fitzsimons’ column, Kindred Lines in the July/August 2014 edition ofHistory Ireland.

This month Fiona writes about what records survive to trace your ancestors involved in WWI

“Irish involvement in the First World War is contentious, and historians cannot agree on either the numbers of Irish engaged in the conflict, or the number of Irish war dead. Official estimates are 210,000 mobilised and 49,300 dead, but these figures are open to challenge.

 


Research Tip of the Week!

Most researchers tracing an Irish WWI ancestor will start with the Army Service Records, the largest of all the British Services.
Less than half of all service records actually survive, because of archival destruction during the London Blitz in 1940/41.

From the original 6 ½ million+ service records, only 3 million now survive.
There are however several other sources that can help you bridge this gap in the British Army Service records.

Everyone who served overseas was entitled to the British and Victory (Campaign) medals. A lesser number of people also received awards for gallantry or distinguished service.

The National Archives U.K. has over 5 million records for British Army Medal index cards 1914-1920.

The medal cards include the recipient’s name, service number, rank and unit and are available online athttp://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/medal-index-cards-ww1.htm

In addition to the traditional British Armed Services the medal cards include women’s services, the Indian Army, and some civilians.

By Eneclann Research Expert, Fiona Fitzsimons,

 

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Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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Latest Eneclann Newsletter: 9th of June 2014

Eneclann Newsletter
In this issue:

Eneclann and Ancestor Network make it a hat trick.

Family History research winner.

UCC Genealogy Q&A with Nicola Morris.

Expert workshop with Noel Jenkins.

Research Tip of the week with Carmel Gilbride.


 

 

Dear Eneclann customer,

Eneclann and Ancestor Network make it a hat trick!

 

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

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

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

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

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

Hilary Mc Donagh founder and director ofIrish Ancestry

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

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

www.ancestornetwork.ie
1 Hyde Park Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)87 0505296

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

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The service is free to all visitors to the Library.

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

9.30 a.m. to 12.45 on Saturday.


Family History Research Winner!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


Nicola Morris and UCC Genealogy School.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nicola Morris will be giving two talks on

Thursday the 3rd of July

 

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

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


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


Continuous Professional Development in Irish Family History

We continue the series of expert workshops withNoel Jenkins on the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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@eneclann.ie
Tickets will be assigned on a first come basis.


Research Tip of the Week!

 

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

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

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

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

By, Carmel Gilbride

 


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Finding Forgotten Irish WWI Soldiers

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

Phil Stokes, Dublin, attended Jim Ryan’s workshop,
Ghosts of the Estates:
“Great talk, I immediately had information that helped my research”

Michael Rooney, co. Down attended Fiona Fitzsimons’ workshop
Records of Children in Care 1840s to 1990s:
A comprehensive introduction to records for ‘Lost Children’ …. It explored the challenges that genealogists face when researching in this area as well as offering potential solutions to problems encountered.”

This month our speaker isMaeve Mullin, B.Sc.

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

The workshop takes place on two dates:

  • 3pm on Thursday 5th June, in the Emmet Theatre, Arts Block Trinity College.
  • 2pm on Saturday 7th June, in the Trustee’s Room, National Library of Ireland, Kildare St.

Description:

Even as the centenary commemorations for WWI begin, historians still can’t agree on the number of Irish war dead. The official figures  are 49,300, but even these have been challenged as being both too low, and too high.
In this workshop Maeve Mullin will guide you through the maze of sources that document the Irish men and women that fought and died in the First World War.

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

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

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

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

Latest Eneclann Newsletter: 26th of May 2014

Eneclann Newsletter
In this issue:

 

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

 

 

Dear Eneclann customer,

Eneclann talk World War I to Independent.ie

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

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

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

Read Brians full articles on the Eneclann Blog

Finding records for soldiers and those who were involved in WWI


Continuous Professional Development in Irish Family History

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

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

Ghosts of the Estates:

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

Michael Rooney, co. Down attended Fiona Fitzsimons’ workshop

Records of Children in Care 1840s to 1990s:

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

This month our speaker isMaeve Mullin, B.Sc.

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

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

The workshop takes place on two dates:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Maeve Mullins and The UCC Genealogy School

 

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

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

 

Maeve Mullins will be giving a talk on-

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

“Valuation office-A precious Gem”

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


Derry-Londonderry-Gateway to a New World

 

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

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

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

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

You can purchase Brians book now for just $11here


Database of over 500 Directories

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

To access the database,click here.

 


The perfect end to your family history research

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

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


Research Tip of the Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Eneclann Research Director, Fiona Fitzsimons.

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The Perfect End To Your Family Tree Research

We have teamed up with Tony Hennessy of Great Great Great Family Trees to offer you the perfect finishing touches to your family tree.

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

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Great Great Great Family Trees is run by Tony Hennessy, a professional genealogist. Tony creates bespoke family trees of every shape and size that, as well as fulfilling all the fundamental requirements of a family tree, are a visual treat and a joy to view. Just as every family is unique, Tony’s family trees are made-to-measure and therefore reflect that uniqueness. They may include for instance just two generations i.e. two parents and their children presented on an A4 sheet or they may include several hundred names on a chart stretching out to 3m / 10 ft or beyond.

A1 Tony Hennessy tree's

 

variables to be considered when designing your family tree

  • Type of Tree i.e. ancestor, descendant, hourglass, ancestor Plus etc.
  • No. of generations to include / No. of people to include / size of chart
  • Genealogical information to include i.e. occupations, residences, significant achievements, stories, acreage of land held in Griffiths/TAB, description of house from census etc.
  • Background – texture, photograph, map etc.
  • Photographs – portraits, family groups, buildings, scenery / village, items of interest e.g. medals, maps, heirlooms etc.
  • Quotation from poem or book.
  • Heraldic imagery where appropriate.

Budget costs for your tree

The following ‘ready reckoner’ allows a potential customer to calculate budget costs:

  • €8 per name for 1st 50 names
  • €6.50 per name for 2nd 50 names
  • €5 per name for additional names
  • €8 per photograph.
  • + Printing cost   + P&P

Printing costs

  • A3 with text:  €10 per print
  • A3 with text and photograph(s): €20 per print
  • A1 budget printing: €25 per print
  • A1 deluxe printing (on card with colourfast photo quality printing): €75 per print
  • Other sizes & costs available on request

Types of Family Tree:

There are 4 main types of family tree and each may have many variations in size, style, number of generations and inclusions amounting to an almost infinite number of possibilities.

1The descendent Tree

The Descendant Tree chart usually has the principal person or couple on the top of the chart with their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren etc. (and their spouses) fanning out generation by generation below. A simple descendant tree may show just two generations i.e. a couple and their children whereas a five-generation tree where each descendant has six children quickly grows to over two thousand descendants!

2. The Ancestor Tree

The Ancestor Tree chart has the principal person at the bottom and his/her direct ancestors only i.e. parents, grandparents, great-grandparents etc. spreading out from there. We each have sixteen great great grandparents (whether we can name them or not). The siblings of the principal person – who obviously share the same ancestors – are sometimes included in an ancestor tree.

3.The Hour Glass Tree

The hourglass tree is simply a combination of types 1 and 2 above.  It has the principal person or couple in the middle with their respective ancestors above and their shared descendants below.

4. The Ancestor Plus Tree

The Ancestor Plus Tree includes not only the direct ancestors of the principal person or couple but also the siblings of each ancestor.  This tree can be quite complex to construct but given that it includes all branches of the family the finished chart is guaranteed to be impressive.  Colour coding of generations maintains visual clarity.

A special present for a special occasion

Are you looking for a thoughtful present for a special person? Perhaps it’s Granny’s 80th birthday or Mum and Dad’s 40th wedding anniversary? A three or four generation Descendant Tree to include all the children and grandchildren – and with photos too – would be a unique and meaningful gift. And all the information needed i.e. Dates of birth etc. should already be known within the family – so no need for research online or in the archives.

Contact Tony at Great Great Great Family Trees

If that’s all a bit too much information to take in why not just drop Tony a line atwaterfordorigins@gmail.com to start the conversation and let him help with some of the decisions as it is what he does best and would love to hear from you.

Great Great Great Family Trees can be explored further on.www.waterfordorigins.com

A note to the Professional Genealogist

Family trees can be created to enhance a genealogical report where they can provide clarity and readability at a glance. They usually are A4 in height and can if required extend to c.3ft / 1 metre and are supplied folded. A full family genealogical report may be supplemented with four descendant trees (one for each branch) and one ancestor tree.

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

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As John Meagher from TheIndependent.ie discovers, researchers here atEneclann are hard at work digitising the records of Ireland’s war dead so that they shall never be forgotten, Brian Donovan Eneclann Researcher and Director gives us his take on World War 1 and how “We owe it to these men who died in this war to ensure that their contribution isn’t written out of history” Read the full article here.

Brian Donovan of geanology and research company Eneclann

JOHN MEAGHER – PUBLISHED 10 MAY 2014 02:30 AM

The offices of Eneclann are to be found in a non-descript building on busy Aungier Street inDublin‘s south inner city. Thousands walk by every day and have no idea that it is here that vitally important work to commemorate the Irish men who died in World War I is being conducted.

The genealogy and history research company has been digitising the records of all 49,000 from this island who perished in one of the most savage wars the world has ever seen.

The exhaustive project is being carried out alongside tech giantGoogle and the Belgian World War 1 museum, In Flanders’ Fields, which was named after the famous war poem from Canadian lieutenant colonelJohn McCrae.

Brian Donovan, the historian who established Eneclann with his wife Fiona Fitzsimons in 1998, says the painstaking work has brought home to him the enormous scale of the carnage.

“In one month alone, July 1916, more Irish – some 4,669 people – were killed than during the 40-odd history of the Troubles,” he says. “That is not to diminish the horrors of The Troubles, but it gives a sense of the enormous numbers of Irish men who lost their lives. Could you imagine that number of Irish people dying in a single month in 2014? There would be uproar.”

Spend even a short time with theTrinity College history graduate and one gets the sense of a man who is anxious that Ireland’s war dead be given their due once and for all.

“For too long, their contribution was forgotten about in this country, or swept under the carpet, because it did not fit with the republican narrative,” he says. “And yet, there wasn’t a single family in the aftermath of the war that hadn’t lost a son or knew someone who lost a son.

“Those who did survive returned to an Ireland that was either uninterested in their experience or simply not able to understand just what they had been through. Some faced open hostility due to a perceived notion that they had been unpatriotic. It is only in more recent times that their bravery has finally been acknowledged.”

Brian Donovan’s grandfather was one of an estimated 200,000 Irish men who fought in World War I. “His name was Rickard Donoghue and he survived the conflict. He was a submarine officer and I often think about the cramped, dangerous conditions he would have had to work in. Submarines were so new and crude back then.

“He died in 1952 when he was 54 years old. Like so many Irish men, he was very young in the First World War. You had to grow up quickly back then – it wasn’t uncommon to be a commander on a submarine by the age of 18.”

The tragedy of war is heightened by the fact that it’s predominately slugged out between young men on both sides of the conflict, and World War I was no different. Boys as young as 14 were permitted to join the British army.

“When you analyse the ages of the Irish who died, you’ll see that most were in their 20s but almost one in five were teenagers,” he says. “The youngest Irish soldier to perish was just 15. He was Lance Corporal Charles Brown, who was from my neck of the woods – Ferns in Co Wexford.”

For most of the Irish, the war was fought on land – with many experiencing the attritional nightmare of the trenches in France andBelgium. It is no surprise that the month mentioned by Donovan – July 1916 – coincides with the Somme, still one of the most savage battles in history. And it’s likely that most of those 4,669 Irish soldiers died in the trenches there.

Eneclann – which is an ancient Irish word concerning the price of one’s reputation – used as its source material the eight volumes of a 1923 book, ‘Ireland’s Memorial Records’, which collected the names of all the Irish who were killed in World War 1 and numbers around 3,000 pages.

Commissioned by Field-Marshall Sir John French, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1919-1922) and honoured by the British as the First Earl of Ypres, the leather-bound volumes were lavishly illustrated by Harry Clarke, who is best known as Ireland’s most significant stained glass artist.

Today, copies are housed in the small book rooms at the National War Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge inDublin and can be viewed by appointment through theOffice of Public Works. The digitisation project from Eneclann, Google and the In Flanders Museum will ensure that the resource can be accessed by all online.

Incidentally, the War Memorial Gardens had been allowed to fall into ruin for much of the 20th century, but have subsequently been beautifully restored. The location was a pivotal stop during the visit ofQueen Elizabeth here in 2011. Its changing fortunes, Donovan believes, has been something of a microcosm about how old perceptions of Irish involvement in the war have faded or been revised.

A newfound appreciation of the Irish contribution to the war effort arrived as late as 2006, with events to mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme taking place throughout Ireland. “1916 is obviously a very significant year in Irish history,” Donovan says, “but not just for the events in Dublin that Easter.”

Over the years, Donovan has encountered several erroneous statements concerning World War I passed off as fact – chief among them, the notion that most Irish soldiers were unionists from the northern part of the country. “It used to be said that most of those who died were from what’s nowNorthern Ireland, but that wasn’t the case at all,” he says. “Every single county in Ireland had a significant number of casualties, with places like Cork (2,244 dead) particularly hard hit.”

The data that Eneclann has gathered makes a mockery out of the suggestion that World War I affected northern counties more than southern ones. For example, 1,050 Tipperary men perished in the war, and roughly the same number – 1,059 – were from Tyrone.

To put the scale of those figures into context, the 1911 Census shows that there were 152,000 people residing in Tipperary – and, to extrapolate from that, one in every 76 men from the county were killed on foreign fields between 1914 and 1918.

County Dublin, with 4,918 dead, had the highest number of fatalities after Antrim (which accounts forBelfast – then almost as populous as Dublin city) but even a county as sparsely populated as Leitrim had its own significant death toll too (250).

“Virtually every town and village in Ireland had someone who died,” Donovan says. “Its reach was immense. We owe it to these men to ensure that their contribution isn’t written out of history.

“There will be many significant centenary events commemorated in Ireland this decade – and the 1910s was a remarkably momentous time – but it’s essential that those Irish people who fought, and died, in the Great War are not forgotten.”

It is hoped that the project will be fully digitised by the end of 2014.

 Irish Independent Supplement

Latest Eneclann Newsletter: 9th of May 2014

Eneclann Newsletter

In this issue:

Twentyx20 Lunchtime Talks.

Irish Lives Rememebred.

Irish Census Records Covering 1821-1851

UCC Summer School

New Digital Downloads at Eneclann

Military History Archive Records.

Research Tip of the Week.

 


 

 

Dear Eneclann customer,

The Return of The Twentyx20 Lunch Time Talks

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

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

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

Click here to see the full list of our speakers.

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


Irish Lives remembered.

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


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

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

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

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


Hilary McDonagh and The Genealogy Summer School.

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

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

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

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

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

 


Latest Downloads available at Eneclann

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

justclick here to have a look and purchase.


Military History Archive Records.

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


Research Tip of the week

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

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

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

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

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

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

By:Stephen Peirce.


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Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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Irish Lives Remembered Online Magazine

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

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29th of April, latest Eneclann Newsletter

Eneclann Newsletter

In this issue:

UCC Summer School.

The Genealogy Event.

Eneclann welcome Dr Liz Rushen to the nli

Tony Hennessey, Family Tree designs

GAS talk with Dr Jim Ryan

Research Tip of the week.


 

 

Dear Eneclann customer, this week we bring you

Sean O’ Duill and the UCC Genealogy School.

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

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

This week we caught up with Lecturer Sean O’ Duill who will be giving a number of interesting talks at the Summer school and asked him to give us a little idea of what he is all about.

Seans Talks are on:

Monday 30th of June, 3.15-4.45pm:Matchmakers & Marriage Customs in 19th century Ireland.

 Monday 30th of June, 5.00-6.00pm:Death and Burial Customs.For more information and a full timetable go to the

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The Genealogy Event

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

The Genealogy Event

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

“The event has been set up to help genealogists and family historians at all levels and bring together people from around the world with Irish roots,” says BBNY Group founder, Bridget Bray.

Sessions will focus on civil and church records, immigration and passenger lists, military records, surname origins, using DNA, and resources available at Ireland’s National Library and National Archives.

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

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

buy tickets here The Genealogy Event 2014

For more information on

The Genealogy Event
visit them onFacebook Or theirWebsite.


Eneclann welcome Dr Liz Rushen to their workshop

In our last newsletter, we announced the collaboration between Eneclann and Ancestor Network, to create a regular series of expert workshops.

The free monthly workshops are for an audience of professional genealogists and independent scholars.  The workshops are held in city-centre venues, in Trinity College Dublin and the National Library of Ireland.

This month, we were delighted to welcome author Elizabeth Rushen on Thursday 24th April to the NLI, Kildare St.  The workshop took place, the day after the launch of Dr. Liz Rushen’s latest book, Colonial Duchesses, by the Australian ambassador, Doctor Ruth Adler.

Liz Rushen has written extensively on female migration to Australia in the pre Famine period.  In her latest work, Colonial Duchesses, the focus is primarily, but not exclusively, on the voyages of the Duchess of Northumberland, from Cork and Dublin, to Australia in the 1830s.

A ‘bounty-system’ was set up to encourage migration of young Irish and English women to Australia.  By the 1820s and 30s, over 70% of the population in Australia was male, and in this instance the bounty-system was used to try and redress the demographic imbalance in the colony. Irish women between the ages of 18 and 30 and of good health were offered free passage to emigrate to this far flung colony.  The proposition did not include an automatic offer of employment in the colony.

Liz Rushen’s work is testament to the enormous courage these women displayed in choosing to take up the offer to leave hearth and home for a life so very far away and also to the contribution they subsequently made to Australian life.

Over 4,000 women took up the offer and Dr. Rushen’s research attempted to follow the lives of these Irish women in the colonies. Her passion for her topic – her girls – was tangible, and this together with the focus she brought to the lives of these women illuminated the family history at the core of Irish Australian emigration.

Dr. Liz Rushen’s micro-history approach makes a significant contribution to our knowledge of Irish Australian emigration in the pre Famine period and will be of benefit to professional genealogists working on Irish-Australian case-studies.

Carmel Gilbride MA
Research Manager, Eneclann.

The workshops are ticketed free events, and anyone who would like to attend should apply by email to familyhistoryworkshop@eneclann.ie


Tony Hennessey and his Family Tree designs

Are you looking for a thoughtful present for a special person?  A three or four generation Descendant Tree to include all the children and grandchildren – and with photos too – would be a unique and meaningful gift or maybe you just want to have your special family tree all to yourself,

According to Tony Hennessy of Great Great Great Family Trees “There are many different types of family trees and many variations in size, style, number of generations and inclusions amounting to an almost infinite number of possibilities”  Tony specialises in drawing family tree charts and has a great way of capturing your family tree and brining it to life visually,

Take thesesimple steps and get your Family Tree drawn up today.


Gas Workshops

In our last newsletter, we broke the news that Eneclann and Ancestor Network had set up a series of monthly workshops to provide Continuous Professional Development for professional genealogists, independent scholars and engaged amateurs.
The next workshop will be a GAS talk with Dr. Jim Ryan, talking about landed estate records in a paper entitled Ghosts of the Estates.
The workshop will take place at 5pm on Thursday May 8th in the Emmet Theatre Trinity College Dublin, and at 2pm on Saturday May 10th in the Trustees Room in the National Library of Ireland Kildare St.

The events are free and open to the public, but they are ticketed events so anyone who wants to attend should contact us at familyhistoryworkshop@eneclann.ie

 


Research Tip of The week

By comparison with other (lucky) jurisdictions, Irish death certificates at the GRO do not record a great deal of information.Other jurisdictions may record the name of the deceased parents and so forth. Nonetheless, death certificates may add to our knowledge.
The hope always is that the informant on the death may be a hitherto unknown family member, perhaps supplying the married name of a daughter.  Sometimes the address might place the family at a location hitherto unknown.  Of course the cause of death may be of interest to our searches, depending on the nature of our enquiry.

It goes without saying that the age of the deceased is an important piece of information. Although the given age has to be treated with a degree of caution, it can act as a rough guide to the year of birth of the deceased.  In that way we can sometimes bring our family back in to an earlier century.
You might think that the marital status of the deceased should not contain too many surprises.  After all there are only three options here, married, widowed or single.

We have seen instances where the marital status was recorded incorrectly as single where we had incontrovertible evidence to the contrary. So caution is the watchword here.

We have also seen where the marital status was indicated as ‘married ‘suggesting that the known spouse survived.    When the believed spouse could not be found in either the death or census records we had to consider that the deceased had been widowed and had remarried.  Finding the second marriage of the deceased in civil registration brought us back to an earlier generation where the first (church) marriage record had not. So, obtaining a death certificate may contribute to our knowledge in unexpected ways.

By: Carmel Gilbride

 


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Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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