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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.


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@localhost and indicate whether you want to attend the workshop taking place in Trinity College or the National Library.

Presidential Proclamation: IRISH-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2014

O Bama Shamrock-post-photo



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

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

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

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

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


Eneclann welcomes arrival of new DC Thomson Family History CEO

Annelies van den Belt (Picture: The Guardian)

Annelies van den Belt (Picture: The Guardian)

Renowned Irish family history company Eneclann has welcomed the arrival of a new CEO at DC Thomson Family History, the Scottish company with whom it runs findmypast.ie as a joint venture.

On her appointment as new CEO, Annelies van den Belt quickly set about realigning the company’s focus by renaming the firm from brightsolid to DC Thomson Family History and declaring that it would focus its efforts on its hugely successful digital family history ventures findmypast and Genes Reunited.

Eneclann, the family history company which helped the Obamas and Tom Cruise to discover so much about their family links to Ireland, operates a successful joint venture with DC Thomson Family History to run the findmypast.ie website from its offices at Aungier St, Dublin.

findmypast.ie currently has more than 75,000 users around the world, and on top of millions of records recently made more than a century of Irish newspapers, ranging from before the Famine until after the War of Independence and Civil War, available online for the first time.

Brian Donovan, CEO of Eneclann, said, “We welcome the arrival of Annelies and we’re delighted to be working with her and the rest of her team in developing what she has called the ‘centre of excellence in Dublin’ and overseas.

“The Irish company which is jointly owned by Eneclann and DC Thomson Family History will now be known as DC Thomson Family History Ireland.

findmypast.ie is a great example of a successful joint venture. We are an Irish company offering great opportunities for the growth of family history, both as a tourist resource and an exciting hobby for anyone interested in compiling their family tree.”

Come along for a Culture Night Genealogy Special…

logo[1]If you’re around Dublin for Culture Night this Friday – as we know several thousand culturally aware folk will be – we’d love if you could join us for a special Culture Night Genealogy Special.

For the past two summers Eneclann has led the free Genealogical Advisory Service (GAS) at the National Library of Ireland, in which two assistant librarians, Christina McDonnell and Francis Carroll, and one specialist genealogist selected from an 18-strong panel put together by Eneclann and Ancestry Network have assisted Library visitors interested in genealogy.

The Genealogy Advisory Service has been available Monday to Saturday from June to September, but to mark the annual phenomenon that has become Culture Night we’ll be on hand for a special five-hour genealogy session from 5pm to 10pm this Friday (September 20th).

The Genealogy Room is situated in the NLI on the first landing on the stair that leads to the main Reading Room. We look forward to welcoming you on the night.

Find out more about Culture Night 2013 here.

RTE confirm plan to launch special diaspora TV station

RTE TV | RTE IrelandIrish national broadcaster RTE has announced plans to launch a new television channel aimed at the estimated 80 million people with an Irish family history.

Proposals to establish “RTE Ireland” was part of a five-year plan announced by the broadcaster this week.

The new station, which has no confirmed launch date, will be made available worldwide through the RTE.ie web platform.

According to The Irish Times:

The proposed RTÉ Ireland service, a revival of a pre-recession idea, will combine content from RTÉ One and RTÉ Two in a bid to target the 80 million-strong Irish diaspora. It will serve UK-based viewers via satellite and cable and will be made available globally through RTÉ.ie. RTÉ also hopes to launch new “low-cost” IPTV (television over the internet) services.

Read the full news item from The Irish Times here