Saturday, December 26, 2009

Dictionary of Irish Biography - 2009

The Dictionary of Irish Biography, a collaborative project between Cambridge University Press and the Royal Irish Academy, is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary yet published for Ireland. It contains 9,014 signed biographical articles which describe and assess the careers of subjects in all fields of endeavour, including politics, law, religion, literature, journalism, architecture, painting, music, the stage, science, medicine, engineering, entertainment and sport.

The nine volumes of the Dictionary of Irish Biography was published in November 2009; the online version is very useful, but requires a subscription. However, the list of names and their death and birthdates is freely accessible online at


http://dib.cambridge.org/
and there is also a biography of the day; one of 9700!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Irish Family History Foundation - New Records

Below is a copy of a recent posting on an Irish forum -

New records added to Irish Genealogical Online Record Search System

The Irish Family History Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of the records of Donegal Ancestry covering the parishes and districts of County Donegal on its Online Research Service (ORS). This adds another 2/3 million more baptismal, birth, death, marriage, census and gravestone records to our online database. The total number of records now searchable online is 15.6 million.

Just go to the following site and login using your existing IFHF login details. http://donegal.brsgenealogy.com

Remember that you can purchase and spend your credit at any of the IFHF online centres.

Please check out our interactive map to see which county genealogy centres have data available online; further counties will be adding their data in the coming months.

If you have any questions please check our FAQ, the list of SOURCES available online for each county and the SAMPLES of the type of records available; if this does not provide an answer, then do not hesitate to contact us. Please note that all queries will be answered in rotation.

Yours sincerely

Irish Family History Foundation

Family History Festival, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim

A Family History Festival, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim
1-2 October, 2010

The Route Back Home 2010 is a family history festival focusing on the genealogy of Ballymoney and district, the region traditionally known as "the Route".

In recent years, Ballymoney Museum has discovered that more and more family historians are arriving in the North Antrim area to study their ancestors. The festival was organised in response to requests from enthusiasts across the world who wanted to come together in Ballymoney and learn more about their ancestors.

For more information go to - http://www.visitballymoney.com/the_route_back_home_2010.aspx

Have a Merry Christmas!



Monday, December 7, 2009

Irish Times Archive

The Irish Times has published a digital archive of every daily newspaper it has printed since 1859 together with every copy of the Weekly Irish Times. It is free to view until 14 December. The link is:


http://www.irishtimes.com/150/

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Maps of Scotland

Free access, high-resolution, zoomable images of over 20,000 maps of Scotland from the 16th-20th century. Many Irish undertook annual seasonal work in Scotland, with many later settling there, these maps might be of assistance with your Irish research.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Aspects of Irish Genealogy & Coleraine Marriage Strays

A great history of marriage in Ireland pre-civil registration, [a case-study from Coleraine and district] and Some Early Coleraine & District Marriage 'Strays' - 1655-1771 are in an article by Robert Forrest. Mr. Forrest is also the author of some Ebooks at http://www.ulsterheritage.com/ebooks.htm which are excellent research aides.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Browne, Braun, Broun, Browning DNA Study

Although this DNA study is not totally Ulster based, there are many Browns originating from Ulster/Ireland. Here is a posting of interest copied from a mailing list............

The Brown DNA Study is a volunteer, non-profit activity whose aims are to  
encourage and support DNA analysis for genealogical research that traces the
"Brown" surname, including variant surnames like Browne, Braun, Broun, and
Browning.


The project now has 605 sets of members' DNA results. Among these members,
406 men have matches that appear potentially useful for genealogy, while
199 others are still awaiting their first matches. Our 406 matched members
fall into 119 "relationship groups." So if you add the latter number to our
202 sets of non-matched results, you'll see that so far we've identified
some 341 biologically distinct Brown family lines. This total implies a huge
diversity of origins for our surname -- something that few may ever have
suspected!


Please note that biological science can't yet use female DNA for reliable
tracing of the Brown surname. But women are very active in our project by
way sponsoring tests by their male relatives. So if you're female, please
consider supporting our research via a DNA test by one of your Brown-surnamed
brothers, fathers, sons, uncles, nephews or male cousins.


Finally, if you'd like info on costs and other details, please contact me
by direct email (off-list) at DNAforBrowns@aol.com.


Best regards,


Jim Brown (James Armistead Brown, Jr.)
Volunteer Project Administrator

Brown/Browne/Braun DNA Study
DNAforBrowns@aol.com or W5DRP@aol.com

Monday, October 26, 2009

Co. Tyrone Website - New Pages

For anyone researching Co. Tyrone, the website has had a large number of new pages added of late with huge numbers of surnames involved.

Take a look -

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cotyroneireland/index.html

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ulster Street Directories

PRONI now has no less than 30 Ulster Street Directories online.

Happy searching,
Jim

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

IFHF Announces Derry Records Databaase

As of today, 7 September, the database of birth, marriage, death and 1901 census records built up by Derry Genealogy Centre since 1982 is accessible online at http://derry.brsgenealogy.com.

The Irish Family History Foundation have released the following statement:


"New records added to Irish Genealogical Online Record Search System

The Irish Family History Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of the records of Derry ~ Londonderry Genealogy covering the parishes and districts of County Derry on its Online Research Service (ORS). This adds another 2/3 million more baptismal, birth, death, marriage, and census records to our online database. The total number of records now searchable online is 16.3 million.

Just go to the following site and login using your existing IFHF login details. http://derry.brsgenealogy.com

Remember that you can purchase and spend your credit at any of the IFHF online centres.

Please check out our interactive map to see which county genealogy centres have data available online.

If you have any questions please check our FAQ, the list of SOURCES available online for each county and the SAMPLES of the type of records available; if this does not provide an answer, then do not hesitate to contact us. Please note that all queries will be answered in rotation.

Yours sincerely

Irish Family History Foundation"

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The WayBackMachine!!

Are you looking for a website that no longer exists? Well, the WaybackMachine has archived billions of websites. I was able to find one of interest to myself.

Good Luck

Co. Tyrone Website

Courtesy of Teena and her wonderful group of volunteers, the Co. Tyrone website contains a goldmine of Tyrone information. There is a large collection of photographs of churches, tombstones, towns and old family pictures.

Thanks, Teena, for your contribution to Tyrone research.

Donegal Genealogy Resources

Need research assistance for Co. Donegal? Well, this site has over 2009 pages of excellent information all free for your use courtesy of Lindel Buckley.

Congratulations, Lindel, for your wonderful contribution to Co. Donegal research

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~donegal/

Raymond's Co. Down Website

Here is a website with just a ton of good information on Co. Down. Some of it is a little difficult to find - but excellent material. Some of the recent additions are: -
Information about the poor persons who were removed to Ireland

Return of all poor persons, removed from Scotland to Ireland 1867/1869

Return of all poor persons removed from England & Wales to Ireland 1867/1869

Return of poor persons, England & Wales since 1st Jan. 1875

Return of poor from Scotland to Ireland, 1875/76/77/78


Happy Hunting,
Jim

Saturday, February 7, 2009

BELFAST STREET DIRECTORIES

Hi folks, the Belfast Street Directories are on line at
http://www.lennonwylie.co.uk/index.htm , a website run by Mary Lennon.

Mary, thanks for your phenomenal efforts!