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August 17, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Abbreviations in Griffith's Valuations
While looking for something else, I found a piece of paper titled ABBREVIATIONS USED IN GRIFFITH'S VALUATION.
 
It appears to be a handout from an IGSI class and gives credit to Margaret Dickson Falley's book, Scotch and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research, pages 89-90. I'm guessing this may be the work of long-time IGSI researcher/volunteer/librarian Beth L. Mullinax:
 
LAND
A = ACRES****
R = ROODS
P = PERCH    
 
VALUATION RATES
£ = POUND STERLING
S = SHILLING
D = PENCE
 
**** Acres in 19th century Ireland (when Griffith's was taken) are equal to today's statute acres. A statute acre contains 4840 square yards.
 
Prior to 19th century, an Irish acre contained 7840 square yards, being equal to 1.62 statute acres of today.
 
My note: A perch is one square rod. A rood is 40 perches.
August 16, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
The return of the seven septs of Laois
Another celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage will occur on August 24-25, when the "7 Septs of Laois Torch Rally" travels from North Kerry to Laois.
 
The following explanation of "What's this all about?" comes from the event brochure:
 
For many centuries before its plantation by the English, and its renaming as Queens County, Laois was under the control of the Seven Septs (Local Clan Families). Following many bloody battles, the surviving members of the families were transplanted to Kerry, being under sentence of death if returning to Laois. The Septs were established in Kerry as tenant farmers under their landlord, Patrick Crosbie. Descendants of these Sept families remain in Kerry down to the present day... To mark the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, seven torches, representing the Seven Laois Septs will return to Laois, in cycle convoy, to light up a "ceremonial Sept Vessel" at a special Heritage gathering on the Rock of Dunamase.
 
The seven Laois Sept family surnames were Moore, Devoy (Deevy/Dee), Dowling, Doran, Kelly, Lalor and McEvoy.
 
A pageant, 1599 battle re-enactment, and heritage talk will follow the arrival of the cycles at Dunamase.
 
If it's too late for you to arrange travel to participate in the 7 Septs celebration, you can read more about the families in Michael Christopher Keane's book, From Laois to Kerry (CreateSpace, 2017)The book is positively reviewed and available for purchase at Amazon.
August 15, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
In the books
The 2020 Celtic Connections Conference is history(as are our side trips to visit family in the Boston Area.)
 
I'll be sharing conference tidbits here over the next weeks, but it's not too early for you to add a save-the-date note to your calendar. The next conference is planned for July 31-August 1, 2020, in the MIDWEST. We'll announce the location as soon as a decision is made. 
August 7, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Finding online photos of ancestors
Renowned photo detective Maureen Taylor has shared advice about finding photographs of your ancestors online.
 
Read her top tips at IrishCentral.
August 6, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Countdown to Celtic Connections Conf
Later this week 325 lucky Irish-genealogy enthusiasts will be listening to brilliant presenters at the 2020 Celtic Connections Conference (CCC) in suburban Boston.
 
Today John Grenham blogs about one of his conference topics. Read about it here.
 
Online registration for the conference has ended but you can still sign up at the door. Check out what you will miss by not being there at the CCC website.
August 4, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
FamilyTree DNA kits 20% off
Just a quick note to let everyone know about FamilyTreeDNA's Summer Sale on kits, good through August 31.
 
Included are FamilyFinder, Y-DNA, and MTDNA.
 
Check out the reduced pricing here.
July 31, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Free e-book from Findmypast
Findmypast (FMP) has put together an e-book you can download for free!
 
Very basic and only seven pages long, FMP's Tracing your Irish Family History is a good introduction (or review) of major sources for Irish research. The guide also includes helpful tips under clever headings such as "Watch out!" "Did you know?"
 
Read this little e-book and make sure you haven't overlooked an important source.
July 29, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Ellis Island and Castle Garden
Read the latest FamilySearch blog for the most recent information about Ellis Island (1892-1954) and Castle Garden (1855-1890) immigration records.
July 27, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Attend a conference without leaving home
This is short notice, for which I apologize. Somehow I missed this announcement until the "last call."
 
American Ancestors (by New England Historic Genealogical Society) is sponsoring an online conference on "Writing and Publishing Your Family HIstory" TOMORROW AFTERNOON, Saturday, July 28, 2018. The sessions run 12 noon to 6 pm (EDT), and the cost is $125.
 
Included are segments on:
  • Getting Ready to Write
  • Formats, Sketches & Narrative
  • Citations: Tips and Templates
  • Artwork Basics
  • Putting it All Together
You will find more information about this and other American Ancestor online conferences and webinars here.
July 25, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Genealogy tours led by experts
AncestryProGenealogists and Go Ahead Tours have partnered to offer heritage tours.
 
The adventure begins with an AncestryDNA kit. Travelers can then build on their family trees and discuss their DNA results with an Ancestry ProGenealogist during a pre-trip family history review.
 
Every journey is led by a local Tour Director and an Ancestry Genealogist who will provide family history context and personal perspective.
 
Current destinations include Ireland, Italy and Germany, with Joe Buggy and Kyle Betit as expert genealogists on the Irish tours.
 
Find more details about Ancestry genealogy tours
July 21, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Tracing Irish ancestry matters
Why find Irish roots for famous visitors like Meghan Markle?
 
Answering that question, Fiona Fitzsimons has written an excellent Irish Times article.
 
(Coincidentally Fitzsimons will be making three presentations at the Celtic Connections Conference in Boston August 10-11.)
July 20, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Why Einstein gave up genealogy
July 20, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Irish Times digital subscription 50% off
Today's posting at IrishGenealogyNews carries information about a 50% discount on digital three-month subscriptions to the The Irish Times.
 
Both the Standard and Premium subscription packages include full access to the Irish Times Archive -- all editions since the paper was first published in 1859. The offer is limited to overseas readers.
 
This may be a good way to do a bit of research without a long-term commitment. The reduced price of the Standard package is $6/month (for three months).
 
Read more at IrishGenealogyNews.
 
July 17, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Local talent
The Celtic Connections Conference proudly features several international speakers plus a number of highly-regarded U.S. presenters. Included among them are three experts who hail from Boston:
 
Marie Daly – A founder and former president of The Irish Ancestral Association (TIARA) and 30-year employee of New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), Marie has been doing Irish genealogy research since 1976. (Who can beat that resume?) Her latest publication is Genealogist’s Guide to Irish Research. Marie will be presenting Transatlantic Genealogy: Linking American Ancestors to Ireland (S34).
 
Pamela Guye Holland – A professional genealogist whose specialties are Irish and genetic genealogy, Pam is a Research Services genealogist at NEHGS. She has been doing genealogical research since 2001. She will be presenting: Family History on Your Smartphone or Table (F21) and Mapping Celtic Locations – Tools and Research Aids (F33).
 
John Schnelle – Has conducted extensive research into Irish land valuations and created an interactive website. His presentation, Townland Valuation Translator (S22) will provide keys for understanding the Irish Valuation Office records and help us create a comprehensive image of our ancestor’s life.
 
It's not too late to attend the August 10-11 conference. Register now!
July 14, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Henge discovered near Newgrange
Many travel itineraries in Ireland include the UNESCO World Heritage Site near Newgrange, in County Meath. You may have visited the mound which dates from 3200 BC.
 
The recent heatwave in the area stressed crops growing in nearby fields, and a drone flying overhead identified the shape of a henge (or circular enclosure). 
 
Read about this "very significant" archaelogical discovery and view the drone footage here.
 
Thanks to IrishGenealogyNews for reporting this news.
July 13, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Common misconceptions about DNA testing
The MyHeritage blog recently carried an interesting series of postings about DNA.
 
You may want to read them all, but for sure you should read the latest, DNA Basics Chapter 7.
 
July 12, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
There's still time to sign up...
Online registration for the 2018 Celtic Connections Conference, to be held at the Boston Marriott Newton on August 10-11, has been extended to August 1. Take it as a sign that you should attend! 
 
One of the scheduled speakers, Darris Williams, is unfortunately unable to participate. Three other conference presenters stepped forward to fill Williams' lecture spots with similar topics.
 
Bruce Durie: Welsh Genealogy - Finding People and Places (F13)
 
Fiona Fitzsimons:Tracing Ancestors from Wales Using Records on Findmypast (S13)
 
Pamela Guye Holland: Mapping Celtic Locations - Tools and Research Aids (F33)
 
One other change has been announced. Fiona Fitzsimons' Saturday lecture (S31) has been changed from Education and Occupational Records to Notify Next of Kin: Evidence in Death for Family History 
 
Read about the presenters and their topics at the CCC website.
July 11, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
AmericanAncestors.org free for one week
The New England Historic Genealogical Society made the following announcement about their website, AmericanAncestors.org:
 
American Ancestors is granting free access to all online databases--including the recently released Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880--from now until Tuesday, July 17.
 
You can use your free guest membership to research more than 1.4 billion names on AmericanAncestors.org this week. Family history is every bit as fun as a vacation on the beach--pass the word!
 
Click here to get started. 
July 10, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Top 10 websites for Limerick research
IrishCentral recently published a listing of the top 10 websites for researching your Limerick roots.
 
Many of the websites include information for counties other than Limerick so the advice has potential value to anyone researching Irish family history.
 
Make sure you aren't missing an important resource. Read about websites for researching County Limerick.
July 9, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Irish Lives Remembered
Irish Lives Remembered is a great publication, and I look forward to each issue. 
 
You may recall Eneclann purchased Irish Lives Remembered about two years ago.  Eneclann subsequently rebranded itself as the Irish Family History Centre (IFHC), and Irish Lives Remembered  became the house magazine.
 
The latest edition of the magazine, Issue 40, is again jam-packed with articles of interest. Getting there has changed, however. You'll need to start at the Irish Family History Centre website.
 
While access to the magazine is still ultimately free, you must log in as a registered IFHC member to read it. (There are several levels of IFHC membership, including one that's free.)
 
Update: I was apparently just looking for it too early. The latest edition hadn't loaded. Here it is at IrishLivesRemembered.
 
It's virtually impossible to pick a favorite article in Issue 40, but I smiled at Patrick Roycroft's story about helping Stephen Hepburn find the parcel of land his Ball relative rented in Adare, Limerick.
 
(Do check out the attractive ad on page 52, and remember the deadline for conference registration is July 15th...)
July 9, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Brick Walls
Is your research stuck because you can't find a record or aren't sure how to continue? Bring your questions to class and presenter AUDREY LEONARD may be able to help you over, around or through your brick wall.

When? Saturday, July 14, 10:30 am to 12:00 noon 

Where? Library and Research Center, 1365 Mendota Heights Rd, Mendota Heights, MN
 
Visit our Store (at left) to pre-register and pay: $20 for non-IGSI-members, or LOG IN for $15 member pricing. 
July 4, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Family Tree publications half-price
Through July 6, items published by the Family Tree Magazine company -- including books, cheat sheets, DVDs, webinars, etc -- are being offered at 50% off the regular price, with no shipping for orders over $50!
 
The sale includes Claire Santry's outstanding Irish Genealogy Guide. If you don't already have a copy, you can purchase one for only $13.50. It's a great resource to have on your library shelf.
 
No coupon or special code necessary to take advantage of the sale. Start shopping now at the Family Tree Magazine site.
July 3, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
NEW Ancestry subscriptions 40% off
If you're not currently a member of Ancestry.com, now's a good time to sign up.
 
Through tomorrow, July 4, new Ancestry subscriptions are 40% off. Unfortunately the offer doesn't extend to renewals.
 
Read about the types of memberships and the temporarily-reduced prices here.
July 3, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
My Heritage newspapers free for six days
Today Claire Santry posted an announcement about My Heritage marking Independence Day by offering free access to its U.S. newspaper collection.
 
Through Sunday, July 8, 23 million My Heritage newspaper records in thirteen states can be researched without subscription.
 
Check out Santry's July 3rd postings at IrishGenealogyNews.
July 3, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Half-sister discovered living next door
I admit it. I'm a sucker for happy stories about adoptees finding their birth families.
 
Today's Minneapolis StarTribune carries just such a story, about a Wisconsin woman who had been looking for a half-sister named "Dawn Johnson."
 
What are the chances she'd be found living next door? That's what happened.
 
I find lots of online articles carrying slightly different versions of their story. Here's one from a Milwaukee newspaper.