"........ to improve facilities at the National Archives, work will commence in September."
Ms Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht officially launched the design and construction phases for the works at the National Archives building in Dublin’s south inner city yesterday. Once completed, the new facility will provide accommodation for 137,000 archival boxes of four million records, containing an estimated 100 million pages.
The National Archives stores a huge range of public material, including government papers, census records and files dating from the revolutionary period, including secret police files and compensation claims made after the 1916 Rising. Much of its material is stacked on pallets in a warehouse on the site of the old Jacob’s biscuit factory on Bishop Street. The warehouse has no climate control.
Speaking at the launch, Ms Humphreys said she envisaged that the investment would help facilitate the Government’s proposed move from a 30-year to a 20-year rule for the release of State papers.
I note that we will be converting a warehouse at the rear of the building. The old French Peters graveyard will probably be disturbed again.
See the full article in the Irish Times
Any number of online family history sources can overpower you with detail. However, the basics remain the same, and the three most important pieces of genealogical information for most of us remain, dates of birth, marriage and death and it is important to note that all of these events have to have happened somewhere. Where Do You Think They Were? A very good article by the OSI explaining their new Geohive map viewer.
New record sets at Ancestry include.
Findmypast has some offers this week
This weekend (22nd- 25th January Findmypast is free, opening billions of records for everyone to explore their family history for free. The 1939 Register along with the electrol roll are not included in the offer......
However from the 16th February 2016, they are giving unlimited access to the 1939 Register to their 12 month World and Britain subscription packages.
Also to be noted are this two quotes ftom their press release.
"Findmypast now offers access to over eight billion records and we are committed to adding thousands of new records every week."
"And there is more good news for our subscribers. We are freezing the price of their next renewal on our 12 month subscription packages as we increase the price of new subscriptions by 20% on February 16th"
PBS (The American public broadcaster of Who do you think you are?)
" That breaks my heart" The emotional moment Maya Rudolph broke down after learning that her ancestors were slaves including one who bravely fought for and won is freedom. The 43-year-old actress and comedian appears on the latest episode of PBS show Finding Your Roots
- The genealogy team is able to trace back to the early 1800s through her mom, African-American singer Minnie Riperton
- Maya, who is biracial, finds the slave census record of one of her ancestors, who was registered as a slave at age five
- Another ancestor was freed in his owner's will - but had to fight for those rights against the owner's grandson
This follows on from last weeks episode where according to an Irish America Article
"Bill O’Reilly, Soledad O’Brien, and Bill Maher’s Irish roots were uncovered in this week’s episode of Finding Your Roots, Jr. on PBS, and it turns out, O’Reilly and Maher are related. O’Brien is also related to another of the show’s previous guests – Stephen Colbert.
The episode, “The Irish Factor,” used a combination of archival research and DNA testing to explore the commentators’ shared Irish heritage, despite their disparate backgrounds and varied political beliefs.
But the big reveal on the show was when researchers told O’Reilly that he was related to another famed talking head. The show’s host, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. instructed O’Reilly to turn the page in the genealogy book the shows researchers assembled for him, and when he did it revealed a photo of Maher. "
The most intesting claim is that "Both are descendant from Niall of the Nine Hostages." Well Holy God.
Videos from this American show are not available in Ireland due to right restrictions.