Small Sources 21. This is a list of labourers and tradesmen employed at Kilronan Castle, Co. Roscommon during the half-year ending 1st May 1846, when it was the estate of the Tenison family. The original document is in the National Library of Ireland (ref NLI Ms. 5101). The list shows the name; townland in which the person lived; rate of pay; number of days worked; sum due; amount paid; and a column for a signature and notes.
Monthly Archives: May 2017
Celestine Murphy of Wexford Library has kindly provided an analysis of the place names listed in the Gorey baptisms in our last post. This confirms that the records are all for the Gorey area. the analysis below shows the place-name as it occurs in the record; the modern spelling; and the modern parish in which it is located. Read More
Small Sources 20: These 126 baptisms took place in Wexford (probably in the Gorey area) between 1783 and 1790. The originals are in the Franciscan Library, Killiney, Co. Dublin (Ms. C 104 – Baptisms). See www.franciscans.ie/friaries/killiney for more information on this archive. We thank the Franciscan order for access to their records and for permission to publish. Note that marriages from this parish are available in a separate blog (see here) which also gives further details on the background to these records. Read More
Annie’s Letter, by Robert Burke (ISBN: 978-0-9539974-6-6 – details here) is the true story of a search for Burke and Collingwood ancestors based on a family letter. It is extraordinary for several reasons, not least of which is the wonderful variety of family members uncovered. Admirals, farmers, surgeons and priests; widows and émigrés; rebels and conservatives; Irish, English, New Zealander and American are all part of the rich family tapestry which is unfolded. But perhaps most extraordinary is the eerie mix of coincidence and chance which assisted the search. The story focuses on the Burke family of Mayo and their extensive connections with Collis, Creagh, Mullay, Blake, Kirwan, Browne, O’Mahony, Collingwood (including Admiral Collingwood who served in the British Navy alongside Nelson) and many others. The author was inspired by a letter written in about 1881 by his great-grandmother, Annie Goodwin Burke, giving various family details. The resulting 20 years of research led him to find ancestors in Ireland, UK, the West Indies, New Zealand and America. What sets it apart, however, are the anecdotes and extraordinary coincidences along the way. Read More
Dublin, Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Ancestor Network and Eneclann have been awarded the tender to support the genealogy advisory service with the National Library of Ireland in 2017.
This is the 6th year these leading Irish genealogy firms are partnering with the NLI to provide this unique genealogy service.