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Research Tip of The Week!

The search for a birth certificate online.

I have recently been researching a family that lived on Inishbofin, not the island off the Galway coast but a smaller one off the coast of Donegal. I had located the family in the 1901 and 1911 Census and was now interested in finding a birth certificate for one member of the family. I knew the person of interest was born in ca. 1877 and I know his parents’ names. I could find two civil birth registrations in 1877 for the same name registered in Dunfanaghy district on the Findmypast website, so which one is correct?  There is sometimes a way to narrow down options when you have more than one certificate to call up at the General Register Office. The FamilySearch website under its record section ‘Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881’ details many civil births registered after 1864 giving not only the volume and page number and location of birth but also the parents’ names.  When I used this facility I was able to eliminate one of the entries I had found on Findmypast as the parents’ names were incorrect. So that’s four euro saved!

By, Expert Researcher

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Research Tip of The Week !

Research confirms just how important the extended family network is in Irish life.

In a recent case I used a cluster of marriage records (church and civil).  A close examination of the names of the recorded witnesses – the best man and the brides-maid – opened up the research. At first the witnesses appeared to be unrelated to the bride and groom.  A closer examination proved that the male-witness, who I assumed was best-man for the groom, was in fact the bride’s ‘about-to-be’ stepfather.

I was fortunate in this case to have an unusual stand out name which allowed me to develop a most interesting line of enquiry for this family history. It makes me wonder how many actual family links we may be missing, not realizing that the Kelly or Murphy is in fact an in-law or cousin.

We might expect to see this phenomenon in a rural setting where families living in close knit communities would act as witnesses to each other’s marriages. I have also seen this in my own urban family history.

When Irish genealogy first launched the Dublin parish registers online, I searched for my own Wyse family members.  Among my many discoveries, I found my great aunt Mary Wyse acting as witness to a marriage in the Pro-Cathedral in 1896.

Married 16 Aug. 1896, in the Pro-Cathedral Dublin,

Bernard Breslin, of 4 Northern Ireland (Terrace?),  TO Mary Delaney of 70 Marlboro St.

The groom was the son of Michael Breslin & Julia Coffey, the bride was the daughter of Michael Delaney & Ellen Johnston.

Witnesses William Beechin and Mary Wise.

Initially I thought that great-aunt Mary must have acted as brides-maid for a friend. Further research proved Mary Wise was in fact a witness for the groom, her cousin!  This meant that the information on the groom and his parents was highly pertinent to my own family history and allowed me to bring this branch of my family back to an earlier generation. I had known little or nothing of this family up to this point.

The fact that witnesses often prove to be family members has been replicated in a number of cases I have worked on for clients recently.

Witnesses to a marriage should never be ignored!

 By Eneclann Research Expert, Carmel Gilbride

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18th of January 2015, Latest Eneclann Newsletter.

Welcome back and happy 2015. In the latest Eneclann newsletter we let you in on some exciting new events coming up this year for Eneclann. We have the latest edition of Irish Lives Remembered featuring part 2 of the story of Princess Charlene of Monaco’s Irish roots, and an intriguing royal link to QE2!  We bring you the real truth behind George Clooney’s Irish Roots, and our readers’ “favourite bit” – the Research tip of the week. We have the first news of events in 2015, where you can meet the Eneclann experts at home and abroad; And, if you still want more, we have an article on “Workhouses and Direct Provision”, published in The Journal. Enjoy :)

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george clooneyEneclann feature’s in today’s,Sunday Independent with an article on Hollywood star George Clooney and his Irish Roots, The article gathers information from research discovered by Eneclann’s very own Expert researcher Fiona Fitzsimons, You can also read the full story on his Kilkenny homestead in,Irish Lives Remembered, Read all you,need to know here.

 

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Fiona’s trip to Saltlake City

Earlier this month Fiona visited Salt Lake City, Utah for work. She was there to attend a board meeting of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and stayed on for the APG’s annual Professional Management Conference. Read how Fiona got on here.

 

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Teaching Irish Family History in Salt Lake City

The British Institute has invited Eneclann’s own Fiona Fitzsimons to teach the Irish Track in its’ prestigious course, next September in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the recent edition of British Connections magazine, Fiona wrote about what she hoped to impart to all those signing up to her course. “My main goal will be to help my students to “navigate” the tumult of Irish history” Read the full article .

 

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Irish Lives Remembered

The January/February edition of ,Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-Magazine is now out, There’s some fabulous feature articles in this latest issue, but we’re most interested in the story of Princess Charlene of Monaco’s Irish roots.  Princess Charlene has an intriguing connection to the English Queen Elizabeth II.  Go to page 26 and,read this wonderful story.

 

 

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RootsTech 2015

Eneclann are heading to,RootsTech 2015 conference, The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) will also hold its 2015 National Conference in conjunction with,RootsTech  in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 12-14, 2015,Read all about it here.

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Probate Genealogy.

Eneclann and,Heirsireland, Ireland’s two leading probate genealogy firms, have combined to provide a comprehensive genealogical service to the Irish legal profession. With over 60 years combined experience on legal, title and probate research, which includes: Completing research, Identifying rightful heirs, Preparing required documentation and more,Read about The Irish Probate Genealogy Partners services here.

 

 

 

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Eneclann’s own Fiona Fitzsimons recently published an article in the online magazine The Journal, in which she compared the hated workhouse system in the 19th Century and the current system of Direct Provision in today’s Ireland.  The article developed out of the Expert Workshop series held last year.  Fiona drew on the research of Dr. Gerard Moran, who gave the September workshop in the National Library (2014),Read the full story here,and tell us what do you think ?

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Irish Genealogy Summer School

 

The UCC Genealogy Summer School is back in 2015.  The School will include some of the leading experts working in their field, and will include over 42 lectures, field-trips, and other optional visits,Read all about it here.

 

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The Genealogy Radio Show.

Tune in to the most recent episode of Lorna Moloney’s “The Genealogy Radio Show”, broadcast on Community Radio Corca Baiscinn. Listen here to Episode 16: ‘Nicholas Rynne – Michael McTeigue, Champion of the world from Kilnamona.

 

 

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Research Tip of the week

This week our research-tip is written by Carmel Gilbride, who ponders on the use of,‘negative findings’ in research.

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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 along your genealogy path. This week Fiona Fitzsimons has written a research tip on.

Tenants on Crown estates in Ireland

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Between 1848 and 1851 over 1100 tenants on Crown estates in Ireland availed of assisted emigration schemes to resettle in North America. In some instances more than 95% of all tenants emigrated from Crown estates in Kingwilliamstown in the parish of Nohaval Daly Co. Cork; Irvilloughter parish of Ahascragh, and Boughill parish of Taghboy Co. Galway; Castlemaine otherwise ‘Constables Acres’ in the parish of Kiltallagh Co. Kerry; Kilconcouse in the parish of Kinitty Co. Offaly; and Ballykilcline parish of Kilglass Co. Roscommon;
All emigrants are listed by the family groups in which they travelled. There are also some additional detail including full names; ages; relationship to head of household i.e. wife/ daughter/ son/ brother / ‘in-law’; dates of departure and arrival in port.

Catherine Donnellan 55 years of Irvilloughter, widow of Patrick labourer, occupied a cabin and rood, “very poor”; sailed for New York on board the Sea Bird, accompanied by her sons Thomas 30, John 26: Pat 20; and daughters Catherine 33 and Bridget 17; and her “orphan grand-child” Thomas Dooley 1 year, of Irvilloughter.
The late Eilis Eillis, a scholar among genealogists, published a list of all crown tenants that availed of the scheme in Analecta Hibernica 1960.

 

Latest Newsletter 5/11/2014

Eneclann News – November 5th 2014

In this week’s newsletter we offer you more from Eneclann and all that is going on in the world of Irish family history. Recent events include the October Expert Workshop for CPD,  We have the last 5 reviews from our Twentyx20 lunch-time talks in the National Library. Our research tip this week is by Fiona Fitzsimons and we share with you all the happenings including how the Back to our Past show at the RDS went . Enjoy :)

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Back To Our Past 2014

 

We had the pleasure of exhibiting at Back To our Past 2014 in the RDS recently,Eneclann would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended the event, old customers and new. You canread all about how we got on at the event here.

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Chapelizod Dereliction Exhibition

The upcoming exhibition “Chapelizod Dereliction” is the culmination of a nine-month community arts project led by Irish artist Debbie Chapman. The project was funded by Dublin City Council, the Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Partnership and our heritage researchers here at Eneclann, You can find all the details on thisamazing exhibition here.

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LAW 2014

Irish Probate Genealogy Partners will be exhibiting at stand 6 on the 11th and 12th of November as part of Ireland and the UK’s largest legal service roadshow“LAW”, LAW Dublin will be held at the Gresham Hotel, Dublin and promises to be the largest legal exhibition and conference to be held in the Republic of Ireland.For more information in the eventclick here

 

 

 

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Expert Workshops

 

In October the Expert Workshop took place on 11th October in the National Library of Ireland.Claire Bradley spoke on the topic:Crowdsourcing your Irish ancestry, how to use social media and message boards for genealogy.Read all abouthow the workshop went here

 

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Last 5 Twentyx20 Reviews

We have the last 5 reviews of our Twentyx20 Lunch time talks at the National Library of Ireland that were held in August, We attracted a record audience throughout the month, with our most entertaining line-up yet,Read all about it 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 help along your genealogy path. This week Fiona Fitzsimons has written a research tip on British Armed Forces Army Records.Have a read of theresearch tip here.

 

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Latest Eneclann Newsletter: 9th of June 2014

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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.

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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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Latest Eneclann Newsletter: 26th of May 2014

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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.

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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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Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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