13 March 2011


     Better make yourself a nice cup of tea and settle in for a long session at your computer, because the buzz in the Irish genealogy world is all about these new databases, plus some changes and updates to older ones.

     Hmmm, instead of the tea, viewing the following database might be more appropriately done with your laptop at a local pub while the bartender is drawing you a pint of the black stuff. Guinness itself has taken a liking to genealogy! If one of your ancestors was employed by Guinness, you might be in luck, because the company has put a database of its employee records online. I guess the company will have to change its ads from "Guinness is Good for You" to "Guinness is Good for Genealogists!"
   The next online archive goes by the name DIPPAM. Sponsored by Queens University, and the University of Ulster, plus other libraries and archival groups, DIPPAM is "an online virtual archive relating to the history of Ireland, and its migration experience from the 18th to the late 20th centuries. It is a free-to-view resource available to all users with an interest in Irish history: family, local, national and diasporic."
     I have found that the site is still under development, and is sometimes inactive due to "bugs." If you find it inaccessible, keep trying another day. Every Irish family historian will want to explore its databases.
     There are three main databases in DIPPAM of interest to Irish family historians. One is EPPI, the collection of Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland. The contents of the Papers are far ranging, and, surprisingly, contain many records of local Irish matters, many with names and information. A few years ago, when the EPPI database first appeared online, many Irish genealogists made discoveries in its contents. Then the collection was taken offline and made available through the Southampton University library site, which was more difficult to navigate. The reappearance of EPPI, in an easy to use format, will be good news to many genealogists.
     The two other major databases are the IED (Irish Immigration Database) and the VMR (Voices of Migration). The IED will have 33,000 records from PRONI and private sources, mostly covering the years 1780-1920. The VMR contains 90 life narratives and interviews dealing with the Irish diaspora.
     According to its web statement, "The Irish Archives Resource is a portal web site that will enable researchers/users to search for publicly accessible archival collections that are located in Ireland. The IAR is funded by the Heritage Council of Ireland and is supported by the Archives and Records Association (Ireland)." This site should prove especially valuable for those researchers planning research trips to Ireland. I have used a similar database in the UK in the past and found valuable the ability to locate which archives hold which records. I was able to find Irish estate records from the 1700's in a York, England, archive--something that I might never have found otherwise.
     Once again, thanks to the tireless volunteers at the Irish Genealogical Projects (IGP) for adding to the projects' databases!
Antrim Genealogy Archives - Vitals
-Death Certificate of Catherine RAMMAGE (nee Harris), 16 Aug 1886
-Death Certificate of Ross RAMMAGE, 4 Sep 1905

Clare Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
-Royal Irish Constabulary with native county of Clare Jun 1853-Nov 1853

Derry/Londonderry Genealogy Archives - Vital Records
-Harris, Catherine August 16, 1886
-Ramage , William Ross September 4, 1905
Down Genealogy Archives
-Hillsborough, St Malachy (CoI), Graveyard, Hillsborough, Co. Down

-Magheralin (CoI) Church
-Magheralin (CoI) Church Ruins

Dublin Genealogy Archives - Headstones - Mount Jerome, Dublin
-Mount Jerome, Dublin - Part 19 (see Mount Jerome page)
-Deansgrange Cemetery, West Part 3 (see Deansgrange page)
-Glencullen Cemetery, Old (around St. Patrick's ruins)

Longford Genealogy Archives - Newspaper
-Back From The Dead December 5, 1914
-The Late Sgt Maceoin August 5, 1944
-Workhouse Demolished April 3, 1909

Monaghan Genealogy Archives - Headstones
-Drum Presbyterian Church (partial)
-Drumkeen Presbyterian Church

Roscommon Genealogy Archives - Church Records
-Devine, John (Brideswell) & Banan, Catherine; Aug. 3, 1839

Tipperary Genealogy Archives - Church
-Clonmel & Fethard Deaths 1760'S-1800

Waterford Genealogy Archives - Newspaper
-Freemans Journal, Oct. 29th 1778 - List of signers

Westmeath Genealogy Archives - Church Records
-Devine, Mary; May 21, 1840
-Devine, John & Banan, Catherine; August 3, 1839