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Welcome to the November 2013 Edition of the FFHS Ezine                                                        No 42

Society Spotlight:The Genealogical Society of Ireland

The Poster-family of The Genealogical Society of Ireland

Back to Our Past

Tithe Applotment Books

Ireland Reaching Out

Irish Genealogy Website

Place Names Database of Ireland

This Month’s Giveaway

Irish Roots Magazine

Christmas Special Ezine

The Canadian Letters and Images Project

Remember the Fallen

Trench Maps & Aerial Photographs

Investigating the Aero Girls Mystery

British Library Archives UK Websites

Wales Remembers

What’s in a Name? – Cymru1900wales.org

FamilySearch.org

WDYTYA? LIVE 2014

WDYTYA? Magazine Launches Forum App

London’s Pulse

Updates

Blog

Book Reviews

Diary Dates

Advertise with us

Competition Winners

Society Spotlight

Genealogical Society of Ireland

Genealogical Society of Ireland LogoThe Genealogical Society of Ireland is one of Ireland’s most active genealogical organisations.  The society is entirely run by volunteers, and over 90% of the members are users of online facilities.  The Irish word “Cumann” (society) conveys better the nature of the organisation, since it carries implications of teamwork and friendship. But while websites and social media are a mainstay of the Society, there is also a very active program of monthly lectures, monthly open meetings, courses, and projects involving teamwork. It produces the 'Ireland's Genealogical Gazette' the longest running genealogical monthly newsletter in Ireland, an annual journal, and a selection of occasional books, pamphlets, and guides. The Society has a well-equipped archive and research centre, located on the actual pier which was the point of departure for most emigrants to Britain for almost 200 years. The Society is a very active campaigner on matters genealogical.  A particular campaign at the moment focusses on seeking to obtain public access to the 1926 census, the first census of the newly independent state - at the moment, the only censuses publicly available are those of 1901 and 1911.  There were no censuses in 1916 or 1921 due to the circumstances of the time, and so the 1926 census would be extremely valuable to both genealogists and historians alike. 

Specific interest groups of genealogy-related activities are also catered for.  There is an active project focussing on national and regional DNA.  There is also a vexillology group and a heraldry group. The Society can be found at www.familyhistory.ie and related Twitter and Facebook sites.  As this ezine goes to press, the website is undergoing a makeover which will hopefully be completed by the time you read this. 


The Poster-family of The Genealogical Society of Ireland
William and MArgaret Gleeson The photograph depicted on posters and leaflets of The Genealogical Society of Ireland is of William and Margaret Gleeson of Dorrington near Athlone in Ireland’s midlands.  William’s first wife died in the 1890s, and he married Margaret in Co. Tipperary, where they had 7 children together.  They seized an opportunity to buy the Dorrington farm of a departing landlord in 1921. A progressive farmer, William imported the most advanced machinery and fertilisers.  But in the late 1920s, litigation arose in relation to the 1921 sale of his Tipperary farm and was unsolved when he died in 1932, aged 79.  Margaret died in 1953.  The Gleesons are maternal grandparents of Tom Conlon, Director, Genealogical Society of Ireland.


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Back to Our Past
For the first time the FFHS attended the Back to Our Past show in Dublin.  We had a wonderful time and enjoyed meeting some of our members and those involved with Irish genealogy.  This Ezine highlights some of those who we met at the show and so has an Irish emphasis to it.  Sadly, it was impossible to include them all in the Ezine. As always we would love to hear your comments about the Ezine so do get in touch with us and don’t forget to enter our fantastic, free giveaways!


Tithe Applotment Books
These were compiled between 1823 and 1837 to determine tithes payable to the Church of Ireland and are a vital source for researching Irish ancestors before the famine.  Urban areas are not included because the tithes were levied on agricultural land. Unfortunately, the books provide only the names of heads of family, not other family members.  The database can be searched by surname, forename, county, parish and townland and there is also a browse facility where parishes and townlands can be surveyed.  The website is free to search.


Ireland XOIreland XO Logo
Ireland Reaching Out aims to reach out to and provide a sense of community for all people of Irish descent worldwide.  It also aims to connect the Irish Diaspora to the local Irish communities from where their people originated from in Ireland. The programme enables people of Irish heritage to return to Ireland to see the homes their ancestors once lived in, the land they may have farmed, family gravestones, and possibly, to meet living relatives in Ireland.  There are currently over 500 parishes with volunteers assisting in answering questions and queries on the website.  Ireland XO offers a free service and it is a not for profit organisation.


Irish Genealogy Website
This website has some transcripts of baptism, marriage and burial records for Kerry, Dublin, Cork and Carlow.  The records are a mixture of Church of Ireland and also Roman Catholic entries.  The website is free to use and free to view the transcripts.  The home page of the main website has links to other resources for online Irish genealogy, including: 1901 and 1911 Census; Griffith’s Valuation; Tithe Applotment Books; National Archives of Ireland’s online catalogue and collection of soldier’s wills and more.


Place Names Database of Ireland
Launched in 2008 this website is a public resource for those who are interested in the rich heritage of Irish placenames.  Many of those with Irish ancestry do not know where their ancestors came from but some have clues in census records and this website could possibly help identify where those places are.  You can search on the website for a placename and after searching, you will often see a box titled ‘Similar Names’ at the top of the left column. This is where the search engine gives you a list of names all over the country which are similar to the one you typed in.  The database currently has over 61,000 townland names, over 100,000 English placenames and over 85,000 Irish language placenames.  There is also a large sound archive which consists of more than 1,200 hours of recordings that were made mainly in the 1960s and 1970s. The recordings were made in 24 counties around the country and placenames were collected from more than 4,000 people during that period.  There is also a section for Historical Maps of Ireland on the website which has maps covering the country over different periods.


This Month’s Giveaway

 

The Irish Family and Local History Handbook


Our giveaway this month will appeal to anyone with Irish ancestry.  We have a copy of ‘The Irish Family and Local History Handbook 1 and 2’ to giveaway as one prize.  These have been kindly donated by the publisher, Robert Blatchford, who we met at Back to Our Past.  The Irish Family and Local History Handbook has been created to help people to research their Irish ancestry and will provide essential guidance for the beginner as well as the more experienced researcher.  As well as interesting articles about the history of places and people, there is an extremely, helpful Genealogical Services Directory. To enter this prize draw send an email with 'Irish' in the subject line to competitions@ffhs.org.uk before 13 December 2013. 

The handbook follows the same format as the successful ‘Family and Local History Handbook’ which has been helping people research their UK ancestry over the years.  The latest edition (14) is available from the website where you can also purchase back editions.


Irish Roots Magazine
irish Roots MagazineIrish Roots magazine is dedicated to assisting all those with Irish ancestry with their research and how to overcome the brick walls ever present in Irish genealogy.  It’s packed with lots of interesting, informative and helpful articles, many written by Ireland's leading genealogists.  It could also make a great Christmas present for someone you know (or yourself) with Irish ancestry.   Irish Roots Magazine is offering readers of the Ezine a discount on their annual subscription, instead of €25, readers of the Ezine can take out a subscription for €20.  To take advantage of this offer follow the link and type ‘FFHS offer’ in the payment description box and type ’20’ in the payment box and click on ‘make payment’ to finish and enter payment details as normal.  This offer is valid until 20 December 2013.


Christmas Special EzineChristmas Postcard 1900
After last year’s successful bumper Christmas Ezine, we have decided to do it all again! Don’t forget to look out for our Christmas special in your inboxes early next month.  It will be full of giveaways, special offers and ideas to add to your Christmas list! We met Tony Beardshaw, of My-History at Back to Our Past, who has a wide range of genealogy products available to help with your family history research - see the Christmas Ezine for a review of their ‘Working Chart’, the chance to win a fabulous ‘Flip Pal Scanner' and amazing prizes from Jayne Shrimpton,Creative Crafts Shows and much more!

'I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas, just like the ones I used to know……'


We have added more websites to the WW1 centenary pages of the FFHS website. Here you can find useful websites that may help with researching the First World War and please look at the 'Can you Help' section to see organistions which are requesting information or help.

The Canadian Letters and Images Project
Red PoppyThis project provides an online archive of the Canadian war experience, from any war, as told through the letters and images of Canadians themselves. It began in August 2000, located in the Department of History at Vancouver Island University. The WWI collection contains material relating to Canada from 1914 to 1918 from either the home front or the battlefront. External links in collection descriptions are either to online attestation papers at Library and Archives Canada or casualty and burial information at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Remember the Fallen  
Red PoppyThis website is the result of many years of research into both casualties and those who served and returned, whose names are commemorated primarily on war memorials and rolls of honour in Worcestershire, England with a small number from Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and Shropshire. Search by surname. Not all those listed have additional information available. Help from the public would be welcomed, via email (details on the website). In some cases as well as biographical information there are links to newspaper reports, grave photographs etc.


Trench Maps & Aerial Photographs  (The McMaster University Digital Archive, Canada)
Red PoppyThe McMaster University Digital archive has an online collection of WW1 1914-18 trench maps and aerial photographs. These may enable you to add background information to your family history research.


Investigating the Aero Girls MysteryPamela Synge with Channel 4 news reporter Katie Razzall. By permission of Channel 4 News
Paintings in an archive? We expected art objects to be the preserve of museums and archive collections to be centred upon written documents. As we delved into the Borthwick Institute’s Rowntree’s archive earlier this year, we found 17 portraits of women commissioned for use in Aero chocolate bar advertisements during the 1950s. The Rowntree’s archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute after Nestlé took over the company in the 1980s. Alongside the paintings are guard books containing proofs of print advertisements as well as shelves of documents relating to marketing, sales, correspondence and more. Our guard books provided the scant information about how the paintings were actually used. Read more about this on our blog here.

Research and the recent exhibition at York's Mansion House has led to large numbers of families coming forward and identifying many of the painted Aero Girls. We recently tracked down ‘Aero Girl’ Pamela Synge, 93 year old artist, singer and dancer, who also owns one of the missing Aero portraits. You can view an interview with Pamela on Channel 4 news online here. In the next issue we will be revealing more about the Aero Girls mystery. If you think you can contribute to the project please email Kerstin Doble and Francesca Taylor, project curators or alternatively keep up to date with the Aero Girls story on our blog.

Written by Francesca Taylor & Kerstin Doble, Who Were the Aero Girls? project co-curators.


British Library Archives UK Websites
British Library LogoIf there is one fact most people know about the British Library, it is that, for over 300 years, the Library has collected and preserved a copy of every book, journal and newspaper published in the UK.  Now, after landmark new legislation in April this year, and in partnership with the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, the Bodleian Library in Oxford, Cambridge University Library and the Library of Trinity College Dublin, the British Library has begun archiving a copy of every UK e-book and digital publication, including the entire UK web domain. It expects to capture some 4.8 million websites in the first year alone, adding up to around a billion individual webpages.  To read the full text by Richard Gibby, Legal Deposit Libraries’ Manager at the British Library, go to our website.


Wales Remembers
Red PoppyThe Cymru'n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 website has now gone live and this is the official site for information on how Wales will mark the centenary of the First World War in Wales.  The website will provide information on the latest news, projects, events and signposting services for the programme of commemoration which will take place in Wales from 2014 to 2018.


What’s in a Name? – Cymru1900wales.org
A new website which hopes to harness the power of volunteers has been launched to record the place-names of Wales.  Visitors to cymru1900wales.org are being asked to record the location of all text shown on the old Ordnance Survey Maps from the end of the Victorian period such as the names of towns, villages, woods, farms, rivers, springs and mansions.   The more names recorded by a volunteer the higher their position in the Contributor’s Chart!  Dr. David Parsons, Senior Fellow on the Place-Names of Wales Project at the University of Wales said “We hope to use the power of online volunteers to capture historic forms of place-names, and also to tell us about modern variations or alternatives that are used locally. There is no software that can collect this information automatically, so we really need people to go online, register and help us out.” 


FamilySearch.org
FamilySearch.org is a non-profit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. We believe that family relationships bring joy and meaning to life. Learning about our ancestors can help us understand better who we are and can create a bond that links the past to the present, and stays with us well into the future. FamilySearch has enhanced its website to help more people discover, preserve, and share their priceless family history. New tools make it easier than ever.

  • FamilySearch Family Tree:  Discover what others have found about your ancestors, edit your tree information, add sources, preserve your genealogy for generations to come, and collaborate with others on shared family lines.
  • FamilySearch Photos and Stories: Upload photos, stories, and documents and share with current and future generations.
  • Interactive Fan Chart:  Share the joy of genealogy with family, find gaps in your research, and make plans for next steps.
  • Free, Personal Help:  Get help with FamilySearch or research-specific issues online, on the phone, and in over 4,600 local Family History Centres worldwide.

Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE 2014
Tickets are now on sale for WDYTYA?LIVE 2014.  John Simpson is the first celebrity confirmed to attend and plans to commemorate WW1 in its centenary year will be revealed over the coming weeks.  The Imperial War Museum will be at the show with its new project ‘Lives of the First World War and a new studio will feature talks about the military and social history of the First World War.  Over 80 workshops are run by the Society of Genealogists over the three days of the show offering a full and varied programme of talks for all levels of family historian.

Special Offer:

You can purchase 2 tickets for £26*.  Quote FFHS2426 on www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.co.uk or by calling 0844 873 7330.

*£2.25 transaction fee applies. Offer ends 7 February 2014. Usual on door price £22 each.  Tickets are on sale now.


Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine Launches Forum AppWDYTYA? Magazine Forum App
Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, announces the launch of its WDYTYA Forum App that enables genealogy enthusiasts to use its popular online forum on the go.  Free to download and available now on both iOS and Android devices, WDYTYA Forum gives people instant access to hundreds of fellow genealogists, known affectionately by the magazine as ‘Genies’, who are on hand to assist others with their queries and help solve family history problems from photo identification to elusive ancestors. The app also offers a vibrant meeting place for members to discuss anything from episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? to the latest record release.  WDYTYA Forum is available free on the App Store and Google Play.


London’s Pulse
Researchers can now learn about the ailments of their London ancestors thanks to a new online resource.  London’s Pulse is a new and free website containing over 5,500 detailed reports on the health of London’s citizens.  The reports are from the annual inspections carried out by Medical Officers of Health and each document has been scanned from the original printed material.  The website is part of the Wellcome Library and is supported by JISC.  “London's Pulse opens up a wealth of information about Londoners’ homes and workplaces, food and drink and of course health and illness, and enables researchers and curious readers to search and cross reference the reports with ease.”


Updates
With the approaching centenary of the First World War, The National Archives has launched a dedicated First World War portal, bringing together all of The National Archives' First World War resources in a single place.

Findmypast.co.uk has added over 2 million new records to its collection of Irish petty sessions court records. Also - details of British Royal Navy ships destroyed during the First World War.

Ancestry.co.uk has added the Guinness Archive Index – a collection of employee’s records at the brewery.  Also available are the records of 60,000 British civilians killed during WWII. The records originally compiled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, list almost 60,000 members of the British Commonwealth and Empire who were killed as a result of enemy action whilst going about their everyday lives or while at their posts as members of the Civil Defence Services.

TheGenealogist.co.uk has added more than 58,000 records from militia muster lists and  Roll of Honour (Books).


Blog
Annie Moore, a fifteen year old Irish girl was the first to pass through the immigrant station of Ellis Island on 1 January 1892 so for this edition of the Ezine we have:

Heartbreak & Hope: The Stories of Ellis Island. This blog tells the stories of some of the millions of people who passed through Ellis Island.  Anyone who has an Ellis Island story can submit it for publication. The blog has been launched by Statue Cruises who hope to bring attention to the valuable work of the Ellis Island Foundation.  Ellis Island has recently reopened – almost a year after being hit by since Hurricane Sandy.

I came across this blog in Dick Eastman's newsletter.


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