• Sep12

    For those researching family in Ireland, the book Illustrations, Historical and Genealogical of King James’s Irish Army List, 1689 might be useful in your trek back in time. (In an 1861 updated second edition, by John D’Alton.)

    The AskAboutIreland site says of the work:

    The work contains a vast wealth of family history, including information outlining the lineage, honours and achievements of families connected with Ireland, either through birth, rank, title or alliance. As many of the sources used in compiling the two volumes are now lost they stand as a highly valuable tool for Irish family research.

    Visit their site for a bit more description of the content and links to PDF versions of the two volumes.

    You can also find variously formatted versions of the books on Archive.org. Click here for one version although the header pages differ from the Ask About Ireland versions, so I’m unsure if they are earlier versions or some other form.

    But, the Archive.org version does have searchable text formats, so you can look for the surnames you hope to find more easily…

  • Sep11

    I visited the NYC Police Museum a few years ago when my son was about 7 years old. He was very interested in the 9/11 exhibit there, but was tough talking with him about it.

    Our thoughts are with all that were lost 12 years ago.

    Son at 9/11 Exhibit at NYC Police Museum, 2010
    The Old Slip police station, N... Digital ID: 120399. New York Public Library

    That museum is a great one to visit – the exhibits are well done and it is located in the Old Slip police station near the South Street Seaport. Sadly, it has been closed since Hurricane Sandy – hopefully it will open again soon.

    Thanks to the NY Public Library “The Pageant of America” Collection for the image of the Old Slip Police Station.

  • Sep10

    Hello, Fax!

    Posted in: Technology

    After several years of intermittent tracking down possibly related Tierney family records, I have not really gotten anywhere with transcription-type records from sites like Roots Ireland.

    Ce n'est pas ma famille.

    Ce n’est pas ma famille.


    I have little to go on in Ireland for that part of the tree. While Tierney is not too bad a surname to search for in the scheme of things, they are hide and seek champions. Also, my related McDonald and Murphy lines are really giving me a run for my money.

    And, after many attempts at triangulating relevant records on Roots Ireland, the money is running out.

    If you don’t have time for the long version of this story, feel free to scroll down to the tool tip section below…

    So, I’ve decided to start a different tactic – Instead of fussing with “credits” and the resulting, resounding sounds of  “ARGH!” rolling down my street as I realize I have purchased yet another completely unrelated transcription record, I will be ordering photocopy versions of original records directly from GRO Ireland at €4. a pop.

    While there might not be too much of a savings involved in this change, I will at least have original documents to look at and will avoid relying on possibly mis-transcribed records. That will make me feel a bit better at least. So will chocolate chip cookies.

    (To make sure I have the hang of the ordering process first I will start by tightening up the old tree by ordering original certificates for my relatively well-known Egan & Farrell lines near Ferbane in Kings County.)

    If you would like a quick primer on how to order certificates from GRO Ireland, visit their Apply For Certificates page. Of course, you’ll probably want to use the Civil Registration Indexes (1845-1958) on Familysearch to look for possible records to purchase first.

    Tool Tip – Hello Fax!

    Now, with all of that background out of the way – to the real purpose of this post: As I filled out the GRO order form, my Oxymoronic Genealogical Impatience™ quickly kicked in when I noticed that you can fax certificate applications into the GRO. Forget that crazy old postal mail thing. That’s 20th century stuff, man. FAXING – THAT’S WHERE IT’S AT.

    However, I do not own a fax machine at home any longer, and I can’t really start faxing Ireland from my company systems at lunch. (Well, I could, but you know, I’m the IT Director and that really wouldn’t be a good idea.)

    Then I found that hello fax is offering a deal if you sign up with your Google account -

    In honor of our launch, get 50 free fax pages / month & unlimited e-signatures

    Within 5 minutes of creating the account I had sent off my first few certificate orders to GRO Ireland.

    In addition to Google Drive, you can also integrate the service with other commonly used services – not a bad deal for free. The only thing that is not entirely clear is how long the 50 free pages/month will last – we’ll see!

    Hello Fax Integrations

  • Aug5

    This weekend I made my first visit to a Familysearch Family History center to view some records in the record set “Ireland, Landed Estate Court Files, 1850-1885.” While the index to the set is available anywhere, the images are viewable only at a center and I believed that there were some mentions in it  for two of my 2nd great-grandfathers.

    While following up later, I was looking into the name of the Kings County Barony mentioned to verify I had the right location, and happened upon an interesting reference in “Accounts and Papers of the House of Commons” (1871) – a “General Alphabetical Index to the Towns and Townlands of Ireland.”

    Enjoy.

  • Jul24

    No time to post much lately, and have one long post about a research project that I want to write up properly, so…. enjoy this Discover Ireland advertisement in the meantime.