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I am Helen Donahue, my Donahue line comes from Portland, Maine. I am a volunteer at the Maine Irish Heritage Center in the genealogy department. We have a couple of projects that I thought might be of interest to you. They are through FTDNA, one is the Maine Gaeltacht project and the other is one I have just begun named Aran Islands-Galway DNA project. My great grandfather came to Portland from Island Pond, Vermont by way of the Grand Trunk Railroad who he worked for. His father came from Inis Mor, Aran, Islands, Galway, Ireland. What we are trying to do is narrow down our Aran family trees. We (Maine Irish Heritage Center, http://www.maineirish.com/) go to Galway and now Aran to ask people to do the FTDNA testing along with many of us with family that came from that region of Ireland and now live in the Portland area have taken the test. We have found so many Connemara cousins. From this we hope to match more people to their Aran ancestors. I myself have already found a few on the island ! If you know or think you might be from the Aran Islands I would like to encourage you to join our group.
Happy New Year
Trinity College have launched ground-breaking project to digitally recreate the Four Courts Public Record Office building and it’s seven centuries of records in a historic 3-D virtual reality reconstruction. The building and contents, on the quays of Dublin’s River Liffey were destroyed by fire at Dublin’s Four Courts at the outset of the Irish Civil War.
Resurrecting and compiling these millions of recovered historical and genealogical facts will transform how we understand Ireland’s past.
The project, launched on Tuesday, in Trinity College Dubin’s Library, Long Room, has the potential to transform how we understand Ireland's past and will be of great interest to the Irish diaspora and anyone tracing their Irish roots. It is estimated that up to 70 million people around the world claim Irish ancestry and heritage.
Contibuted by Michael O'Donohue
Digitalized records are a key part of the genealogists resources. However, records do not become digitalized by themselves. To this end, the Dublin City University has launched a project to digitalize the National Folklore Collection. The idea is to achieve this using a public participation approach, which means that they need you. The outcome will be an archive that will be available to the public and a data management system that will archive future material. If your are interested, you can find details and participate here: https://www.duchas.ie/en/info.
Regarding the O'Donoghue link, there are lots of things to find in the School's Collection. As an example, I have just digitalized this story, written by a child in the 1930s:
How Donoghue Cruig got the name
A great battle was fought at Carrgaveena long ago. The women and the children fled from the glen to the elevated ground of Artigallivan for safety. One mother finding herself unable to carry her baby boy and father hid him among the rushes growing in the marsh at Rusheenbeg. He was afterwards called Cruig and from him the O'Donoghue Cruigs were descended."
While searching for my 2nd great grandfather Jeremiah D Donoghue 1835-1915, I came across these 13 photos from http://archives.lib.state.ma.us that I thought you might like for your new site.
If you would like to see any of them please contact Rod
Thanks to Jean Smoorenburg
Only fragments and substitutes of the 1821-51 Irish censuses survive. Search surviving records online at FindMyPast
The Global Research Library has announced a major new genealogical and historical search engine website, known as ‘edu.global’ https://edu.global/landing/ Noel Elliot, Director of Research, said, ‘Although our edu.global website features every academic subject one could study, it has a particularly valuable feature of both genealogy and history, because of my own personal interest over the last 42 years’. The website is new, but the research library was created in 1981.
There are more than 52 million resources included in edu.global’s electronic index, with an average of one million being added every month. Elliot stressed, ‘The largest portion of our index are eBooks and textual documents, although we continue to add more images, audio and video resources as well.’ All 52 million resources are free to download. The website features valuable resources in other subject areas that are useful to researchers, such as 9 million maps that identify and show - worldwide - even the smallest places and geographical features. Of special importance are property or ‘plat’ maps. These show the names of property owners on their piece of land a century or more ago.
Name and Place is a dynamic new database and mapping application designed for One-Place Studies, One-Name Studies, Surname Studies and Local History Projects and will be formally launched later in 2017. Cofounders Paul Carter (Technical Lead) and Pam Smith (Content Lead) originally created and developed an application robust enough to cope with the manipulation of diverse historical data in varying formats and size for a One-Place Study. This has since been expanded into a digital and archival database managing layers of census, baptisms, marriages and burials, together with maps, wills, deeds, manorial rentals, old postcards, photographs and more.
The final result is a product representing three years’ hard work. It is both an intuitive and exciting application, which is easily searchable by the user. It produces graphs and reports which display the raw data to its full potential thus establishing migration, population and occupation trends for a whole community. This application provides each study together with a photo gallery. The fields and filters enable multi-faceted views of the data which can be searched by name, gender, occupation or any other relevant attribute of a location.
The recently launched website and blog can be found on: www.nameandplace.co.uk which will be updated with more news and details of the features of Name and Place over the coming months. Follow Name and Place on social media: Twitter @nameandplace;
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Harvard’s online collection ‘Women Working, 1800-1930’ http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/diaries.html features digitised diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, and journals, providing a broad record of daily life in the 19th and 20th centuries. Here you will find stories and recollections of women astronomers and doctors, preachers and missionaries, reformers and suffragists, school girls and school teachers, a philanthropist and a ‘country woman’ and, in the publications trade, several authors, an editor, and a book agent.
Genealogist Josephine Masterson re-created abstracts of information from the 1841 and 1851 Irish censuses. Her largest source for the abstracts were old age pension records. Old age pensions for those age 70 and above began in 1908. However, civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths in Ireland did not begin until 1864. To prove their eligibility, applicants submitted facts that were checked against entries in 1841 and 1851 census records. These findings were recorded in summary books before the census was destroyed by fire. Masterson also used of available census fragments, certified copies of portions of some returns, and family transcriptions. The abstracts can be searched online at Ancestry