Thursday, 17 April 2014

Exclusive! Countdown to pre-1901 Irish census records

We've waited patiently (or not so patiently, if truth be told) for these releases and now we can start ticking off the days.

The National Archives of Ireland's collections of 19th-century census fragments and census search forms will be uploaded to the NAI's free Genealogy website on Monday 28 April. They will be added to the databases of FindMyPast and FamilySearch at the same time.

The 19th-century census fragments are the surviving parts of the diennial censuses taken 1821 to 1851. The release of these records will, I'm sure, come with background information, but in the meantime, you can take a look at the overview on my website, Irish Genealogy Toolkit. I don't know if the release will include the surviving transcriptions of the 1861 Enniscorthy census and/or the 1871 Drumcondra & Loughbracken census (more about these on Toolkit here).

The Census Search Forms
were the documents completed by those wishing to 'prove' their age to support an application for a state pension, following its introduction in 1908. A search was made of the paper returns for the 1841 and 1851 censuses (which had not been destroyed at this time) to see if the applicant could be identified. Whether 'found' or not, these search forms often hold terrific genealogical information, as information they provided about their parents and siblings was often noted on the form. They're often referred to as Irish pension records, but as the collection becomes more readily available, they will probably become better known by their correct name of Census Search Forms in the future.

Again, I'm sure the NAI's Genealogy site will include explanatory text about the Census Search Forms, but while we're counting down, you might like to read an overview on my website here.

Not long to wait, now. Tick-tock.

FindMyPast Ireland offers one-month's access for €1 Ireland is offering a one-month subscription for just €1.

This offer not only gives you access to all the Irish records held in the database, including those to be added during the course of the subscription, you'll also receive a very handy 10% discount if you renew with a 12-month subscription.

To take up this generous offer, you'll need to be quick. It's available only until tomorrow, 18 April. Just follow the link. The voucher code will have been applied automatically.

British Newspaper Archive drops price to £9.99/month

British Newspaper Archive
At the beginning of the month, the British Newspaper Archive introduced a SpringTime discount on its 30-day subscription.

It would seem it proved highly popular because the BNA has decided to make the discounted price the new permanent price.

So, from today, the price of a one-month subscription reduces from £29.95 to just £9.99.

The subscription allows you to search, view and print articles published in British and Irish newspapers between 1710 and 1954.

Ancestry gives free Easter access to British records
This Easter weekend, is offering free access to its British Military, Census and Probate collections.

The offer starts tomorrow, 18 April, and continues until 23:59 on Easter Monday, 21 April.

To gain access to the records, you'll need to register (only your name and email address required, no credit card details) and will then be sent a user name and password.

The records included in this offer are:

1901 Channel Islands Census
1901 England Census
1901 Isle of Man Census
1901 Scotland Census
1901 Wales Census

1911 Channel Islands Census
1911 Channel Islands Census Summary Books
1911 England Census
1911 England Census Summary Books
1911 Isle of Man Census
1911 Isle of Man Census Summary Books
1911 Wales Census
1911 Wales Census Summary Books Free Index

British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920

England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915
England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1916-2005

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

AncestryIreland adds 34,000 CofI baptismal records

AncestryIreland, the online database of the Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF), has added some 34,000 Church of Ireland baptismal records for counties Antrim and Down. The parishes and years covered in this upload are as follows:

— Aghaderg, Co Down, 1814–1870 (2,692 records)
— Blaris (Lisburn), Cos. Antrim & Down, 1720–1750 and 1763–1819 (11,125 records)
— Christchurch (Belfast), Co Antrim, 1850–1870 (15,426 records)
— Dromore, Co Down, 1784–1816 and 1858–1871 (5,473 records)

The UHF has provided this additional information about the rich details held in these registers:
  • The register for Aghaderg Church of Ireland includes the first name of the mother of the child and sometimes her maiden name. The father’s occupation was recorded between 1839 and 1870. In addition, between the years 1832 and 1838, each child had at least three sponsors!
  • In 1728 the minister for Blaris Church of Ireland recorded some of the occupations of the fathers whose children were being baptised. We can see therefore that in the town of Lisburn at that time there was a shoemaker, saddler, potter, inn-holder, gardener, chandler, whipmaker, blacksmith, hatter, ‘joyner’, and glazier. If the father was a soldier, the name of his Regiment was often recorded in this register, particularly in the 1790s.
  • The register for Christchurch Church of Ireland in Belfast contains the exact street address of the family, the father’s occupation and the mother’s full name including her maiden name; much like the information contained on a civil birth record but these registers date from 14 years before the start of civil registration in 1864. The minister from 1855 to 1859 also recorded the Church where the parents were married, a most useful piece of information, particularly if they had married outside of Belfast or even Ireland. Places of marriage detailed in this register include Glasgow, Edinburgh, Falkirk and Greenock in Scotland; Liverpool, Carlisle, Sefton in Lancashire, Manchester, London and Cornwall in England as well as America and Gibraltar!
  • The register for Dromore Church of Ireland contained the name of the mother, including her maiden name. The father’s occupation was recorded from 1858.

Cork City & County Archives uploads online catalogue

Cork City & County Archives has uploaded a catalogue containing detailed descriptions of the archives and manuscripts available for research in the Reading Room at the Seamus Murphy Building, 33a Great William O'Brien Street, Cork. (Some collections have access restrictions.)

Where an online digital copy of a document is available, there is a link from the description. There are also links to full descriptive lists about each collection in pdf format for download.

The landing page explains that the catalogue is a work in progress.

You can search the catalogue here.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter Rising ceremony arrangements: Sunday 20 April

The Easter Rising of 1916 will be commemorated by a military ceremony at the GPO, O'Connell Street, Dublin on Sunday 20 April.

The solemn ceremony, which will be led by the President, the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, will involve prayers of remembrance, a reading of the Proclamation and the laying of a wreath by the President. The ceremony will conclude with a fly-past by the Air Corps.

Members of the public are invited to attend and should be in position in the public viewing area outside the General Post Office by 11:15am. Large video screens will be erected on either side of the GPO to relay the ceremony to the public.