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Category: News - Year: 2018

UCC Launching the Great Famine Online

Maura Flood

University College Cork (UCC) hosted the National Famine Commemoration on the 12 May 2018 attended by President Higgins and hosted by An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney.  Part of this commemoration included the launch of the Great Famine Online Project.  This consists of interactive maps to show how the famine affected people in local areas, down to civil parish and town level.  Users will be able to glean information about population, families and housing, education and occupation before and after the Great Famine.

MyHeritage Offering DNA Kits to Adoptees

Maura Flood

MyHeritage has launched a new pro bono initiative to help adoptees and their birth families reunite through genetic testing. MyHeritage are providing 15,000 MyHeritage DNA kits, worth more than one million dollars, for free, to eligible participants.  See here  for more details

The RCBL has issued new guidelines for copying and transcribing Church of Ireland parish records and headstone inscriptions.  Please refer to their guidelines here

Duty Librarian can be contacted at and the Duty Archivist on , Tuesday–Friday, from 9.30-5pm.

Opening Hours
The Main and Manuscripts Reading Rooms are open from
9.30am – 7.45 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday
9.30am – 4.45pm Thursday and Friday
9.30 am – 12.45 on Saturday morning
You can make an appointment for the National Photographic Archive Reading Room by emailing

The Reading Rooms remain closed on Mondays, to allow the NLI to carry out work on the collections ahead of their building programme, and this will be reviewed in September.

Ordering items for the Main Reading Room
Using the Online Order Form you can order books, periodicals/journals, newspapers, official publications and microfilm. As part of their stockcheck, they are introducing some new call numbers (beginning with AA, A, BB, B, C, D, and EX) for books that used to have an Ir prefix. You can still find any book by its original call number through their Online Catalogue.

You can order up to 3 items for each collection time:
Tues-Wed: 9.30am/10.30am/11.30am/12.30pm/2pm/3pm/4pm/5pm/6pm/7pm
Thurs-Fri: 9.30am/10.30am/11.30am/12.30pm/2pm/3pm/4pm
Sat: 9.30am/10.30am/11.30am

Ordering items for the Manuscripts Reading Room
Material for the Manuscripts Reading Room – Manuscripts (including GO and Gaelic Manuscripts) and Rare Books (LO / Joly / Dix / Thom / OKE / MU / Lough Fea / Swift / Thorpe) – must be ordered in advance.

Readers can pre-order the following number of items per day:
– 30 items can be pre-ordered for collection on Tuesdays and Wednesdays – 12 for the morning and 18 for the afternoon
– 21 items can be pre-ordered for collection on Thursdays and Fridays – 12 for the morning and 9 for the afternoon
– 9 items can be pre-ordered for collection on Saturday

All morning pre-orders are available at 09.30am, and all afternoon pre-orders are available at 2.00pm. Orders to be collected in the morning (up to 12.30pm) must be placed by 2pm on the previous day. Orders to be collected in the afternoon (2pm and after) must be placed by 5pm on the preceding day.

Further information is available here or contact the Archivist on Duty at

Digital Collections
You can consult 110,000 digitised items from our collections at any time via their online catalogue

You can order digital images and prints through their Copying Services

When you visit, you can also use subscription resources like the Irish Newspaper Archive, JSTOR Ireland collection and the Dictionary of Irish Biography online.

FindMyPast have put up indexes of townlands and parishes in Ireland from 1851 to 1911. In addition to townlands and parishes, details of baronies and electoral divisions in Ireland for a given year.

See Indexes To The Townlands and Parishes 1851-1911

A series of digitally restored photographs of Ireland from the late 1800s to the 1950s has been released online by Ancestry as part of the UK Historical Photographs and Prints 1704 – 1989.

See UK, Historical Photographs and Prints, 1704 – 1989

This Roadshow brings together Irish emigrants, their descendants and members of their communities to share family memories and stories of coming from Ireland to North America, especially during the period of the Great Famine.

See Great Famine Voices Roadshow

Council Chamber, City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2
on Tuesday 13 March 2018, 13.00-14.00

The celebration will include three short talks:

1.10​ Welcome from Ardmhéara Micheál Mac Donncha

1.20 ​Dr Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh
​In Focus: The Irish Folklore Commission Collection 1935-70

1.30​ Anna Bale
​Sampling the Irish Folklore Collection Sound Archive

1.40​ Jonny Dillon
​Dú and the Digitisation of the National Folklore Collection

1.50​ Concluding remarks

New Databases on FindMyPast

Maura Flood

FindMyPast have added new databases for Civil Registers Indexes for births and marriages which link to birth and marriage records on Irish Genealogy.  You will need an account but not a subscription to access these databases.  See FindMyPastFridays blog.

Death of Margaret Loftus

Maura Flood

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our Committee Member, Margaret Loftus.

Facebook Group for Members

Maura Flood

The Society has started a closed group for members only.  Our old Facebook page will remain open for the time being but nothing will be posted to it.  If you wish to join, please insert ‘Irish Family History Society Members’ Group’ in the search box on Facebook and make a request to join.


Dr Kathleen Lynn

Maura Flood

There is a campaign to name the future National Children’s Hospital after Dr Kathleen Lynn.

For details see:

Beyond 2022

Maura Flood

A digital reconstruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland building and its collections has been launched as part of the Centenary commemorations.  The building and its contents were destroyed during the Irish Civil War.