Saturday, January 31, 2015

PRONI Information Leaflets

Seems I've been on an Irish kick lately! Sorry, it's just what's been happening that is of interest to me and I think many of you. So here's another from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland: information leaflets for the following record types

* Conflict-related Court Records
* Conflict-related Court Records - Making a Request Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
* Conflict-related Inquest Records
* Conflict-related Inquest Records - Making a Request Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

And if you look around the site there are other links!


Ireland, Poverty Relief Loans - online

These records cover western Ireland 1824 - 1846 so during Famine time and before when records are difficult to come by. I had McNIECEs in Mayo and Sligo during this timeframe so was very interested. Sadly, nothing. But that doesn't mean *you* shouldn't try!! You can use the Index for free.,356OO,3BOKSC,B9KQF,1


German Websites

So from Family Tree University here are some websites for those doing German research.

auf Wiedersehen,

Google Earth Pro - FREE

So apparently this is a big deal. I have no idea what the Pro version can do, but it's free so all is well, right? haha Just read a post from someone who had just paid their yearly fee of $400.00 and she's naturally upset. 400 bucks? And now it's FREE? OK guess I need to have a good look. haha

Cheers all, and happy Saturday,

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Migration to, From and Within the British Isles

Thanks to John Reid for this article with buckets and buckets of links to various topics including many with Canadian connections.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Irish Websites links

Thanks to Family Tree University for pulling these together in a course they are now advertising. And then thanks to me for looking up each URL and making each link live for you - a slightly more complicated task than you'd think!! I'm such a good girl!! haha AND I am very suprised at how many of the links included in their ad did not work, which meant that I had to go online, search, and then include the proper link. Hmmmmm, me thinks this would not be a good selling feature. Anyway, here ya go. Now we all have them. And just so you know, I can think of several other sites not included here so don't be afraid to just play around, try Google searches, and who knows what new things you'll discover!!

Find Your Ancestors in Irish Records

There are numerous helpful Irish websites. Perhaps you have used some not mentioned here. These are some of the ones that Irish Research 201 instructor Sharon Carmack thinks are most useful. Although the sites with databases are generally subscription sites, they usually let you search their indexes for free. To get beyond the index, though, you’ll usually have to subscribe or pay a “per view” fee.

One avenue to explore is individual county sites, which have free access to some abstracted records for their county. For example, the Leitrim-Roscommon site has abstracts of the 1901 census for counties Leitrim, Roscommon and a few others. They’re working on other counties, so be sure to take a look.

1. All Irish
This site is exactly what it says it is: links to other sites relating to UK and Ireland genealogy.

2. Northern Ireland GenWeb Project
Here you’ll find Listservs, plus some record abstracts for Northern Ireland counties of interest. As with all GenWeb projects, each county is volunteer driven, so content varies.

3. Ireland GenWebProject
This site is also run by volunteers and has a mailing list. From the site, you can click on links to individual counties to see what records are available for each county, along with some abstracts available online.

With a subscription to this site’s World Deluxe membership (or by using it at a library that subscribes), you can search its UK and Irish databases, which includes some census abstracts, gravestone inscriptions, early marriage abstracts, some Irish passenger lists, military records, land and tax records (such as Griffith’s Valuation, the Tithe Applotment Books, and the Irish Flax Grower’s Lists of 1796), newspapers, directories, and more. When you log on to Ancestry, scroll down to “Browse by Location,” then click on UK and Ireland, and then Ireland. As of this emailing, you can search the 1901 and 1911 Irish censuses for free.

5. GENUKI: Ireland
This non-commercial, volunteer-driven web site is meant to be a “ virtual reference library.” The link here takes you to the Ireland page, then click on your county of interest. But don’t neglect to scroll down the whole Ireland page, as there are many other links besides county pages.

6. Irish Times
You can find a fully searchable exact reproduction of every printed edition of The Irish Times from 1859-the present in The Irish Times Digital Archive. You can search the index, but unless you are a subscriber, however, you won’t be able to view the newspaper. You can purchase a one-day (24 hour) subscription.

7. Ireland’s Historical Mapping Archive,591271,743300,0,10
Search maps from 1829-1913, but there is a fee to search them.

8. The Ireland Story
You’ll find not only history capsules here, but information on geography and maps.

9. (also known as
Here you’ll find Griffith’s Primary Valuation of Ireland records and maps, the Tithe Defaulters List, Irish Wills Index (1484-1858), the 1851 Dublin City Census, Irish Royal Garrison Artillery Records, and Irish Origins Library, all accessible via a free Irish name search. From there, you’ll have to pay a fee to view the records or abstracts.

10. Ireland Genealogy
This site has transcriptions of Old Age Pension Forms, which can act as a census substitute. The handwritten originals are at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. These forms give essential information from the 1841 and 1851 censuses for Northern Ireland and County Donegal. To view a record, there is a fee.

11. Find My Past
Find My Past has more than 5 million records available with more on the way. According to the site, “these include the largest collection of Irish land records and the most extensive collection of directories, wills, obituaries, gravestone inscriptions and marriages available anywhere online.” They also have births/baptisms and death/burial records, as well as censuses and substitutes. They have an annual subscription fee or a “ pay-as-you-go” option.

12. Ulster Historical Foundation
The Ulster Historical Foundation is a subscription, or pay-per-view option, site that offers many sources for tracing Irish and Scotch-Irish ancestors. The site has online databases of over two million records, and genealogy and history books.

13. Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
Although this site doesn’t have a lot of databases yet, they are all free, and more are coming. If you have ancestors from the Northern Ireland counties, you’ll want to check out the Freeholders Records and Will Calendars, and articles about doing family history in Northern Ireland.


Monday, January 26, 2015

NA Discovery webinar

Just finished watching the National Archives webinar on using their search 'Discovery'. Oh yeah, now I understand it so much better so will have to give it another try. It is basically a heavily layered system with the devil in the 'details'.

Very hot here today!!

Cheers all,

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Manitoba Adoptees

Finally, a break for those seeking information from adoption records in Manitoba!!


Lost Cousins newsletter Jan 2015

LOTS of good stuff here, with lots of new stuff, and some insightful messages!!


Women's History Matters

This particular site is from Montana USA, BUT there is lots of good general information regarding women [50% of our ancestors!].


Half Cousin?

Dick Eastman has written a good article regarding relationship questions most of us struggle with. See


AncestryIreland FREE online Tutorials

Anything FREE is good, right? The first tutorial shows how to sign up and purchase credits. The second one shows much more. AND there is a 50% off sale until 31 Jan.


Canada National Genealogical Conference 2015

July 2015 Halifax. AND they've dropped the ludicrous price of $900.00 (no hotel) to about $210.00 (no hotel) which I think is still pretty hefty, but maybe that's because I just can't go! haha


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2015

So if anyone wondered what they could do for the rest of today, or tomorrow, or all of 2015 [hahaha] here ya go

Cheerio and Happy Reading,

DNA - FREE Guide

Thanks to FamilyTree University for the free ebook. Haven't read it carefully, but looks like some interesting information along with links to more. Here ya go

You could download this ebook to any device that suits you. The book gets mailed to your email address so we can probably all look 'forward' to receiving additional emails from FTU, but then we all know where our 'delete' button is if not interested, right? hahaha


Friday, January 16, 2015

GoogleEarth for Genealogists

Hello Everyone!
I'm settled into our new 'digs' now for winter. Glad to see it's finally warmed up at home. It stays right around 29C here with nights at 20C so very pleasant.
I will not be blogging as much as 'normal' this winter as I've got numerous projects on the go, but I will attempt to keep you posted about anything really exciting.
I have talked about GoogleEarth previously, but thought it worthwhile to share again. So read on!!

Thanks to Lisa Louise Cooke here's how to use GoogleEarth for plotting your ancestors homes.

While it is certainly interesting to locate an ancestor's home on the globe, you can't see much detail from the virtual sky looking down over the area. To get an up-close-and-personal look at a location, we will need to employ Google Earth's Street View function. Street View offers you a panoramic view from various positions on the street.

Once you've downloaded and opened Google Earth, start by typing in the house where one set of your grandparents lived. If you don't have that address, consider conducting this exercise for your childhood home.

1. Go to the Layers panel, and select Street View from the list of options.

2. Zoom in closer to the location until camera icons appear on the street. Zoom in close enough to see the cameras directly in front of the home.

3. Hover your mouse over the camera icon directly in front of the house. This will reveal the approximate address where the Street View photos were taken.

4. Click the camera icon once to reveal a pop-up dialogue box. The box will include:
• a photo of the location
• the approximate address
• a link that shows a full-screen street view
• a link to plot the location in Google Maps
• a link to get the code to embed the image on your website
• the date the image was taken and copyrighted
5. Click on the Show Full Screen link to enter Street View. (You also can go directly to Street View by double-clicking a camera icon.)

6. You will notice that it takes a moment to process your request. Soon the image appears as a sphere representing the panoramic nature of the view you are about to get. Then Google Earth appears to zoom directly inside the sphere. Visualize yourself standing inside the spherical photo at the specific point on that street. You can turn around 360 degrees standing in that one position and see from any vantage point within that spherical photo. You are now virtually visiting that neighborhood!

And for those of us whose ancestors homesteaded, here's an excellent article on how to use GoogleEarth to plot their Canadian land

So that's it for now. Have a great day all,