Saturday, 30 November 2013



Many people have found a great way to research their family history and interact not just one on one, but with many people at the same time.

Social Media is the catch all name given to sites like Facebook, Twitter, and many others.
It is certainly not just for the young, rather the young at heart who have taken over a great proportion of daily posts on Facebook, with the formation of many genealogical groups.
They have the advantage of being able to draw on the knowledge of many people at once... and by their very being, become not just a research tool, but a community of willing helpers. 

One such group is the 


which is not much more than a year old, 
but is having such great success with the sharing of knowledge 
and the willingness of the members to help each other,
that we are getting ready to welcome our 
1,000th member!

To celebrate, we would like to announce a great incentive. 
Thanks to the generosity of


we would like to make the following offer...

offers some wonderful designs to enhance your written family history, 
making it a great way to create your very own family heirlooms in a creative and economical fashion.

You can find full details re these images, pages and all that is offered via the link above.

Our 1,000th member of the


will receive the great package above
(see image) as well as a very personal poem 
to become the lead in to enhance all the hard work you have done.

To join the 


click on the link above.
If you have already clicked Like on 

you will receive an extra bonus of five free tags.

Will you be the 1,00th member or will it be a friend if you are already a member?

Best of luck...

Monday, 18 November 2013


Recently, I posted the following questions...  at

I was gratified that so many took the time to respond. As promised, here is a selection of the responses... If these inspire you to add your own responses, it is never too late...

1. What is the most important detail you want to find about your  ancestors?

2. Do you buy certificates?

3.  Do you belong to a paid subscription site, if so, which one/s?

4. What has been your 'best' find?

5. Who is your favourite ancestor and why?

6. What are you looking for on a regular basis? 

7. Do you belong to any genealogy group, or family history society?

8. Do you belong to any Facebook or other social media genealogy groups? Would you join if there was one available?

9. Have you ever volunteered to transcribe, index etc.? Would you be interested in doing so? 

10. What is your personal reason for being involved with genealogy/family history?


I won't repeat all the answers that you can find in Comments on the original post, however I will select various answers from all who posted responses on their own blogs...

 Those who blogged answers were...

 Helen Smith

Julie Goucher

Catherine Crout-Habel

Jill Ball


Alona Tester

Kim Aubrey

Pauleen Cass

If I have missed anybody, please let me know. You can still participate at any time... perhaps you didn't see this first time round.

There were some anonymous responses, which is fine. If you would like to add your name or any further comments, please do so in the comments or reply options.

1. What is the most important detail you want to find about your  ancestors?

Learning more about ancestral lives was the most common answer, in various forms... but also understanding the history of the times they lived in.

2. Do you buy certificates?

The most common answer was simply 'yes'. Note the various answers where some hints were given such as getting marriage certificates from parish registers and using transcription agents.

3.  Do you belong to a paid subscription site, if so, which one/s?

The well known sites such as Ancestry and Find My Past were mentioned, as also were sites such as My Heritage, The Genealogist and and Origins... 

4. What has been your 'best' find?

Most common answer was 'everything'...

Alona had two, they made me smile at her obvious delight, so I am reposting them here in full...

"I can say that there’s two ‘best finds’ that REALLY stand out. One was the obituaries for  my 4x great grandma Charlotte Trewartha (nee Phillips) and her husband Samuel Trewartha in a small town newspaper in New Jersey. You can find details of these obits in a post I did earlier.
And the other was receiving a parcel from the Helsinki Archives which was packed with information on my great grandpa Otto Winter. Including his school reports, a sketch of the house he grew up in, and copy of a diary entry from a ships log saying when he jumped ship in England. I was floored by what was included.

And both of these ‘finds’ had me happy dancing for weeks." 

Enjoy the dance with her...

Pauleen said..

The latest snippet of discovery? But if we're talking about pivotal finds, then the church record of my George Kunkel and MaryO'Brien.

I posted about why it was so important here

Or perhaps actually finding Mary O’Brien from County Clare.

5. Who is your favourite ancestor and why?

Julie Goucher thinks along my lines... to quote..." It does not matter if they had done remarkable things or were basic and down to earth people, they all have their place."

Helen Smith nominated George Howard Busby as a 'colourful 

character'... follow Helen's link to see why.

Jill Ball made me smile and made me curious by her response.

"Elizabeth Phipps, the convict. I would love to know which of her partners is my direct ancestor."  I have one or two like that as well.

6. What are you looking for on a regular basis?

Scott Sue responded in part "Easy to answer - the birth certificate of my maternal grandmother. Alice Danson, nee English, who died when I was a baby. .  Her marriage certificate and death certificate confirm her birth year as 1884..." go to her blog to read the rest.

7. Do you belong to any genealogy group, or family history society?

Most people said they did belong to at least one organisation, but not all. The most common answer was their local Family History Group, which makes a lot of sense as they have resources often not found elsewhere.

8. Do you belong to any Facebook or other social media genealogy groups? Would you join if there was one available?

Mixed responses here again...some hesitate to be involved via social media, others embrace it fully. It's a matter of personal choice. From personal experience, I have found the Facebook groups to be very popular and helpful... I would say that as an admin for the Co Clare group, but the amount of local knowledge that can be found is incredible. I love nothing more than to read comments such as " my granny's best friend was your granny" or similar.  

9. Have you ever volunteered to transcribe, index etc.? Would you be interested in doing so?

Where would we be without volunteers... surprisingly, people often say they don't volunteer, they just correct articles on Trove or similar. That is a great service... and is definitely in the realms of volunteering. Then again, if ever you feel the need or desire to transcribe, I can always point you in the right direction, one that suits you.

10. What is your personal reason for being involved with genealogy/family history?

Catherine wrote in detail, but I empathise with the beginning of answer...  "For me it’s about knowing who you are, where you come from and what the forces are that shaped you."

Kim Aubrey said it slightly differently...  "A never ending quest to discover my roots and to learn just what makes my DNA tick."

Thursday, 14 November 2013


Clare Roots Society is marking the end of Ennis Town Council link with Waterpark House with the publication of a booklet on the building and its people. In April 1989 the Urban Council moved its administrative headquarters from No. 1 Bindon Street to Waterpark House, Drumbiggle.  In choosing Waterpark House as the location for the new Town Hall, the Urban Council was strongly influenced by the desire to conserve one of the town’s fine vernacular buildings and to provide tangible evidence of the Council’s strong commitment to the renewal and conservation of the town’s historic core area. 

The house construction dates back to 1819 with the families of Dulhunty, Pilkington, O’Brien, Russell, Lane, Connellan, Hardwood and Moody associated with the house. The first recorded residents of Waterpark house were the Dulhunty family where in September 1819 Mary Dulhunty was born to Montrose Dulhunty & Mary O’ Donnell. The last resident of the house was Lily Moody who died at Cahercalla Hospital on the 31st December 1993. Lily lived prior to her hospitalisation all her life at Waterpark. 

The Booklet will include details on the Waterpark Riots, which took place in 1855 when at Waterpark gate more than 100 persons assembled, who were shouting; yelling and crying ‘souper’. This was as a result of the denouncement of Scriptural teachers by the Ennis priests, which was considered so violent as to endanger the lives of Protestant missionaries who stayed at Waterpark at the hands of an Ennis mob.

As part of the research the final publication will also include details on the Butter Market building which is now part of the Civic Building associated with Waterpark. The Plot of ground where the Butter Market is situated was purchased in 1860. The owners the Macbeth Family used the building as a weigh house & butter market along with the yards for tolls, customs, fares & markets. The Butter market closed in 1945. In 1920 a Company of British Infantry used the yard as a Transport Park. Ennis Badminton Club & The Boxing Club used this building between 1933 and 1950 while in the ownership of Ennis Urban District Council. The building was also owned by the building firms of Garvey Solan & Co. Ltd. & Ryan Brothers. It was refurbished for the Town Council offices in 2001. 

The booklet is being edited by Larry Brennan in collaboration with Declan Barron (Newpark House, Ennis) & Katrina Pilkington Vincent (Australia). Katrina is the great great granddaughter of Thomas Pilkington one of the previous owners of the house.

The Society is appealing to those who may have any information, memorabilia, photos, letters or contact details to make contact with or Larry Brennan at or (087) 2308100 

Waterpark 1968:  Miss Moody with Nan Pilkington from Australia & Norah Pilkington of Dublin, both grand-daughters of Thomas Pilkington.  Photo taken in 1968 when Nan Pilkington travelled to Ireland for a visit.

Waterpark: c1904 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013


Simon O'Callaghan inspecting his Ancestors Grave in a New York Cemetery

Jackie Kennedy's Clare Ancestors
Clare Roots Society's November Lecture
Genealogist Jim O'Callaghan, 
while researching his own Curry/Corry West Clare family roots in a New York cemetery, 
relates how he discovered by accident, 
the grave of Jackie Kennedy's Co. Clare born great grandparents. 
The families were 
the Curry's from the Shandrum, Mullagh district and the Merritts from the Kilnamona area.
Previously, even the JFK First Ladies Library in Boston stated that 
Jackie Kennedy's four maternal great grandparents hailed from Co.Cork.
Jim also discovered that a baby called Thomas Merritt, who died aged one , and was a great uncle of Jackie Kennedy's,
 is buried in the family grave of Jim's Curry ancestors in New York, thus confirming a link between his Curry's and Jackie Kennedy.
 Jim O'Callaghan worked for many years in the education department of the National Gallery. 
He completed an U.C.D. in 2006 on the famous watercolour artist Flora Mitchell.
 Since then, a three year diploma in genealogy led him to his research here and in the United States 
on the Irish roots of Jacqueline Kennedy, a subject of personal interest.
 For the past year, he has worked as a volunteer in the National Library in the genealogy room.
The presentation will be held in the Civic Rooms, Ennis Town Council, Drumbiggle,Ennis 
at 8 pm on Thursday, 21st November 2013. 
All are welcome. There will be a cover charge of €5 for non-members.

Monday, 11 November 2013



 Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, has a wonderful
100 Stories Project ANZAC Remembered

 The link below will take you to the videos which tell some of the stories collected so far.

 You can be part of this project by adding your own stories. 
What better way to remember those who gave so much .

 This is a tribute to my grandfather, one of many who fought in WWI and other conflicts.

Saturday, 9 November 2013



 is a wonderful free monthly e magazine...

 Now before you gloss over and think you can't access it, as you don't have an e reader of a Kindle or an iPad or tablet of any kind, if you're reading this, it's available to you... as a .pdf or  other versions or you can simply read online.

Some seem confused as to how to access it... you are given a link each month which will take you directly to the main page... ( see above) From there, click on the latest magazine cover and that will take you to this link... which I have provided for you...

 However if you do use the original link, you will also see access to all past editions... at the top or bottom of the page...

These are just some of this month's contents... Enjoy...

  • Photo historian Jayne Shrimpton covers a family group from St. John’s Hill in Waterford
  • University College Cork launch their 2nd Irish Genealogy Summer School  -  Ancestral Connections, Names Places and Spaces
  • Findmypast Ireland announces a new partnership with and releases over 13 million records plus another 2.3 million court records
  • The Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates at the History Department at NUI Maynooth are inviting submissions for papers for their 12th annual conference in May 2014 - The Country House & The Great War – The European Experience
  • Fiona Fitzsimons guides us through whats on offer for researching Irish Family History Online
  • Shauna Hicks takes a look at Finding the Irish in Colonial Victoria
  • IARC in Limerick announce the winner of the Dromoland Castle giveaway
  • American genealogist, Maureen Wlodarczyk highlights the disappointment the Irish faced when they arrived in America in The Street were paved with cobblestones – not gold.
  • The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland provides a glimpse of what’s available in their Pre 1858 Wills records
  • The work of Lady Londonderry and the Women’s Legion in the Londonderry Papers
  • Michael Merrigan encourages philanthropy in genealogy at home and abroad
  • Sophia Hillen shares her story of Jane Austen’s nieces in Ireland, May, Lou & Cass Knight
  • Laois Tourism shows us what’s on offer in the County
  • Records available at Laois Library & Archives
  • Dr Paul MacCotter discusses Laois surnames
  • List of useful links for tracing your Laois Ancestors
  • Archive of the month for Church of Ireland
  • The Feerick family gathering celebrate a reunion in Westport
  • Events, Seminars, Courses, Books and much more

Many thanks,
Eileen Munnelly

Saturday, 2 November 2013


Subject: New in IGP archives from Oct 15-31st

New (larger) files added to the IGP Archives.

ANTRIM Genealogy Archives - Photos
Home Where John Campbell Was Born 1954
ANTRIM Genealogy Archives - Census
Census 1740 (Partial) Of Protestant Householders In Tamlaght O'Crilly Parish

ANTRIM Genealogy Archives - Directories
Ballymoney & Toomebridge from The Belfast & Ulster Towns Directory - 1910
DERRY/LONDONDERRY Genealogy Archives - Directories
The Belfast And Ulster Towns Directory - 1910

DOWN Genealogy Archives - Cemetery Records
Donaghmore Parish Headstones Pt1-3

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Deansgrange Cemetery
Deansgrange Cemetery, South West Section Part 5 (Deansgrange Page)

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Census Substitutes
Cookstown, Co. Tyrone - The Belfast And Ulster Towns Directory 1910
WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Headstones.
Monaseed; St.Patrick's Church Cemetery (RC)

WICKLOW Headstone Index
Baltyboys (end of pt 1, start of pt 2.)
Kilcarra Cemetery (Patrial)
Kilmagig Cemetery (Partial
St. Patrick's Church, Enniskerry - Part 6

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Photos
Glenmalure Lodge
WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Miscellaneous
Edward Johnson to Edward Johnston re Gold Mine 1822 (Letter)