First published in 1737, The Belfast Newsletter is thought to be the oldest English-language newspaper still published today. Findmypast has issues of The Belfast Newsletter dating to between 1828 and 1900. The newspaper had national circulation and is an invaluable source for Ireland and particularly the nine counties in the province of Ulster. The newspaper […]
Interesting finds16th October 2013
The Champion and Sligo News or The Sligo Champion, as it became, was first published in 1836, and is still published today. The paper offers a fascinating insight into life in the north-west of Ireland in the nineteenth century. A typical nineteenth century weekly paper The Sligo Champion was initially published on Saturdays at a price […]
First published in 1841 The Cork Examiner can be considered a national newspaper with a regional emphasis. The newspaper was published three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and was priced at 4d. In July 1861 it became a daily newspaper with editions Monday – Saturday and the price dropped to 3d. We […]
As we delve deeper into our family history research we begin to imagine how our ancestors lived out their daily lives, the clothes they wore, the food they ate and the towns and streets they lived in become as important to their story as who their grandfathers and daughters were. To get a flavour […]
Our most recent update to our Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912 includes Limerick City’s Children’s Court from the early part of the twentieth century, which exposes the petty crimes the county’s minors committed and how harshly they were punished. The online records, part of a set of over twelve million Irish Petty Sessions Court […]
When it comes to family history research having a black sheep in the family can be a boon. Legal records offer another route to find ancestors who inexplicably manage to avoid the census. The bureaucracy of the legal system gives us access to information that is often lacking in other records. There are usually physical […]
The men in the WWI records left their belongings to their mothers, fathers, sisters and aunts more often than they left them to wives. Very few of the records mention specific bequests, they can have had little to leave behind other than the wages owed to them by the army. These small legacies were not […]
We conceive it unreasonable, that such Persons who have faithfully served Us in Our Army, whilst their Health and Strength continued, should, when by Age, Wounds or other Infirmities, they are disabled from serving Us any longer, be discharged without any Care be taken for their future Subsistence After receiving a Royal Charter from Charles […]
Charlotte Brontë, the celebrated British author, had strong links to Ireland.
We take a look at two examples of the good and the bad of Irish convicts who were sent Down Under.
A quick look at some really interesting statistics on the Irish in Britain up to 1914.
Oscar Wilde featured in our newest record set Byrne’s Irish Times Abstracts 1859-1901.