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
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.

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 -

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: