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Culture night

Culture Night

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Friday night, September 16th, Ancestor Network took part in Culture Night, as we usually do.

It is always a fun evening, it is amazing the way the city comes alive, and what better way to celebrate our culture than to take a look at our family history! Read More

Culture Night at the Irish History Hub at O’Shea’s Merchant in Dublin’s Viking Quarter

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We hope you can join us at the Irish History Hub in O’Shea’s Merchant on Culture Night, Friday, 16 September.  Opening Hours are from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.  We will be providing talks on how to trace your elusive Irish ancestors and you can also speak with professional genealogists on hand to help you with your research and advise you on how to break down those research brick walls.  More information can be provided on the link below.  We hope to see you there!


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Visitors’ Hours of Genealogy Service at The Irish History Hub at O’Shea’s Merchant in Dublin’s Viking Quarter –

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We look forward to seeing you all at the new Irish History Hub!  We are located on the first floor of O’Shea’s Merchant in Dublin’s Viking Quarter. Here you will discover more about Irish history and heritage and even your Irish ancestors.  For you visiting Ireland to trace your ancestors, our visitors’ hours of the Irish History Hub genealogy advisory services offered by Ancestor Network are every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 3:30pm. We have an expert genealogist on duty to greet you with a warm smile, to hear about your family history and to help you trace your Irish Ancestors. Please visit us to find out more or contact us at info@irishhistoryhub.ie.

Irish Grand jury presentments

Irish Grand Jury Presentments

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From Grand Jury Presentments KK 1832

Caption for illustration:    Extract from the Grand Jury Presentments of Kilkenny in Spring 1832.

Here is Dr. James Ryan’s latest blog from In-Depth Genealogist which first appeared on http://theindepthgenealogist.com/blog/ in June 2016”

Grand Jury Presentments

As Dr James Ryan has said in previous Flyleaf Press blogs, the relative shortage of Irish sources means that every record linking a name to a place is potentially useful.  He therefore offers you a few obscure possibilities from time to time.  One such source is Grand Jury Presentments.  Grand Juries were the forerunners of the modern County Councils.  They were a panel of major landowners in each county formed to make decisions on legal and other matters. They were originally responsible only for the Justice system, but this was gradually expanded to commissioning of local public works, i.e. building of roads and bridges, and maintenance of public buildings (infirmaries, courthouses, jails etc).  It funded these works by means of a county tax on land, known as a cess or ‘rates’.  Catholics could not legally serve on grand juries until 1793, and even after this date the jury lists were still predominantly protestant.   They met in spring and summer, just after the regular Assizes (local court) sessions. In these sessions they would hear ‘presentments’, i.e. proposals for grants for the construction or maintenance of roads and bridges etc. The family history relevance is that the proposals include the names of proposed contractors.   On occasion, they may also specify the work to be done by reference to the property of individuals.  For example to build a bridge over the river Lingane at Maurice Shea’s house’ or ‘to repair .. the mail coach road.. between Timothy Duggan’s ditch and Thomas Butler’s gate, all in the townland of Ballydrihid’ (Both from Limerick GJP 1831) Read More

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Irish Genealogy Sources at the Butler Library at Columbia University by Andrew Pierce

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The Butler Library at Columbia University, New York, NY, has four manuscripts of interest to Irish genealogists:

1)Montgomery Ms. 88. Vesey, Agmond. Account book showing receipts and expenditures of the Vesey family at Lucan, near Dublin, 1710-1727. Lucan, Leitrim County, Ireland, 1708-1727. 82  pp. Accounts of a rather large estate. Many loose leaves laid in, some with scraps of accounts. On p. 1: “Jane Butler, her book, given her by her dear husband, Mr. Vesey, 17th June 1708.” Read More

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How Vice President Joe Biden Traced His Irish Ancestry

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Vice President Joe Biden’s ancestry traces back to the famine years in Ireland when hunger, despair and destitution propelled many of the Irish population to cross the Atlantic in search of a better future.

Born on 20 November 1942, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was the first born of Joseph Robinette Biden Sr. and Catherine Eugenia (known as Jean) Finnegan, who married in 1941. The ancestry of Jean Finnegan is purely Irish, tracing back to the years of Ireland’s massive emigration at the time of the Great Famine. Jean was the daughter of Ambrose Joseph Finegan and Geraldine Catherine Blewitt, both children of Irish immigrants. His Biden ancestors contribute his great grandmother, Mary Hanafy. Read More

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