Kieron Punch's Blog (9)

Free Access to Irish Family History Resources

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, the New England Historic Genealogical Society is allowing free access to its online Irish family history resources from 15-22 March. Sign up for access via the NEHGS's American Ancestors database at the following:…

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Added by Kieron Punch on March 15, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Tallying the Irish in Britain Over the Past Two Centuries

Although the first census of the United Kingdom was held in 1801, it was not until the 1841 census that respondents were asked to state their country of birth, thereby enabling us to see the size of the Irish population in Britain. We cannot, therefore, accurately judge…

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Added by Kieron Punch on March 21, 2016 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Easter Rising to Irish Civil War Archive Available Online

The Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick Library has digitised a selection of photographs, booklets, postcards and reports relating to the Easter Rising, Irish War for Independence and Irish Civil War. The collection is free to view …

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Added by Kieron Punch on February 28, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Free Access to 'Find My Past' Records

From midday Friday, September 18, until midday Monday, September 21 (BST), you can have free access to the Irish and British genealogy records available on the Irish version of the Find My Past website. You will be able to access millions of Irish…

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Added by Kieron Punch on September 17, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Irish soldiers at the Battle of Waterloo

With the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo taking place this Thursday (18th June), members may be interested in reading Peter Molloy's MA thesis, "Ireland and the Waterloo Campaign of 1815" which provides much valuable information about the involvement of Irish soldiers in that decisive battle. The full text thesis can be found at:…

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Added by Kieron Punch on June 15, 2015 at 7:55am — No Comments

‘Dr. William Edward Dillon, Navy Surgeon in Livingstone’s Africa’ by Julia Turner - the worst book I have ever read

Many people are familiar with the exploits of the Victorian explorer David Livingstone in Africa, his missionary work, anti-slavery agitation and his meeting with the journalist, Henry Morton Stanley on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in November 1871 which gave rise to the now famous, and much parodied phrase, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

Few people are aware that when contact with Livingstone was again lost after he parted company with Stanley, concern about his safety and health…

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Added by Kieron Punch on March 4, 2015 at 2:16pm — No Comments

'Jimmy's Hall' a Nod to 'Free Spirit of the People': A Review

In 2006, British director, Ken Loach won the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or award with his portrayal of the 1919-23 Irish War of Independence and Civil War in “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”. There is a…

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Added by Kieron Punch on July 1, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Easter Rising Parliamentary Debates - M.P. Laurence Ginnell's Defiant Speech to House of Commons

I would like to share the following passionate speech that was made by Independent Nationalist M.P. for Westmeath North, Laurence Ginnell, on 11 May, 1916, during a debate in the British House of Commons on the…

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Added by Kieron Punch on April 14, 2014 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Using newspapers for family research

The online availablity of core genealogy material such as census returns, births, marriages and deaths records, emigration/immigration lists, military service records etc can prove such an attractive lure to family history researchers that they often overlook the wealth of information that can be gleaned from newspapers. Although census returns and BMD data can provide the bread and butter facts needed to compile a family tree, newspapers can provide the details that flesh out a person's…

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Added by Kieron Punch on May 28, 2013 at 8:47am — No Comments

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