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Irish convicts Down Under - the good and the bad
Posted on 27.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) November 2012

We take a look at two examples of the good and the bad of Irish convicts who were sent Down Under.


The Irish in Britain
Posted on 27.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) November 2012

A quick look at some really interesting statistics on the Irish in Britain up to 1914.


Small Lives - Photographs of Irish Childhood 1860-1970
Posted on 27.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) November 2012

Our own Aoife O'Connor, editor of Small Lives - Photographs of Irish Childhood 1860-1970, talks about two of the fascinating stories which emerged from the book during her research.


Byrne’s Irish Times Abstracts 1859-1901
Posted on 23.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) October 2012

The 200,000 records in Byrne’s Irish Times Abstracts 1859-1901 are sure to be a huge benefit to those of you who have ancestors who were based in Dublin city and it’s Southern Suburbs in the later part of the 19th century. The information contained in this index is of such value as records a huge variety of information on virtually every building in Dublin city and the South-side of Dublin including ...


Back to Our Past - this weekend
Posted on 9.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) October 2012

This year’s Back to Our Past, Ireland’s biggest genealogy event is almost upon us, and we can’t wait. The event takes places in the RDS in Dublin from Friday the 12th of October until Sunday 14th October.


The Guinness Family
Posted on 27.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) September 2012

It is unsurprising then that the Guinness name is to be found throughout our records at findmypast Ireland. Entries relate to both the illustrious family of brewing fame and the lesser known branches of the family who used the name in that form. Other variants of the name include Mac Genis and Magennis, all said to have derived from the Irish Mag Aonghusa (son of Angus).


The 1798 Rebellion
Posted on 31.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) August 2012

oday is the 214th anniversary of the declaration of an Irish Republic by General Humbert during the 1798 Rebellion. The 1798 Rebellion, with the 1916 Rising, was one of the two important rebellions of Modern Ireland. Its origins lie in the 18th century European political transition from Absolute Monarchy to Democracy and the emergence of the Nation-State and derived its ideological inspiration from the American War of Independence and French Revolution.


Heritage Week 2012
Posted on 23.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) July 2012

Join us for a familiy history research day during Heritage Week this August 23rd.

On the day there'll be free genealogy advice from the expert genealogists at Eneclann and help with finding your ancestors online from all of the team here at findmypast Ireland. There'll also be family history talks and free access to the 14 million records now available on

Read more... heads to Irish Fest Milwaukee
Posted on 20.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) July 2012

This August we’ll be packing our bags for Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Irish Fest 2012. Irish Fest is North America’s largest celebration of Irish culture and takes place from Thursday 16 August and until Sunday 19 on the shores of gorgeous Lake Michigan in the Henry W Maier Festival Park.


The Sun King’s Irish Galley Slaves
Posted on 19.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) July 2012

We love a list of names here at and although this record set is not one we have on the website we thought you might like to hear about this rare and unusual ‘offline’ source for seventeenth and eighteenth century prisoners in the galley ships of France during the reign of Louis XIV.


2 million more records from the Petty Sessions order books
Posted on 21.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) June 2012

Today we launch online the third batch of records from the Petty Sessions order books (1850-1910), one of the greatest untapped resources for those tracing their Irish roots.

The original Petty Sessions records are held at the National Archives of Ireland were scanned by Family Search and have now been transcribed and made fully searchable by They cover all types of cases, from allowing trespass of cattle to being drunk in charge of an ass and cart. These were the lowest courts in the country who dealt with the vast bulk of legal cases, both civil and criminal. This set of entries contains information on more than 2 million cases with most records give comprehensive details of the case including: name of complainant, name of defendant, names of witnesses, cause of complaint, details of the judgement, details of a fine if any, and details of a sentence passed down if any. Another 8 million cases are to follow throughout 2012.


Genetic Genealogy
Posted on 19.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) June 2012

In this month’s Eneclann expert post Fiona looks at genetic genealogy.

DNA: Here’s Y.

My first introduction to genetic-genealogy was in 2009, when Eneclann was recruited to work on a new television series presented by Professor Henry Louis Gates - Faces of America. The relationship was a happy one, and we subsequently provided research for Finding Your Roots.


The Petty Sessions order books
Posted on 22.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) May 2012

This week Fiona Fitzsimons takes a look at the Petty Sessions orders books, available exclusively on, and explains their immense value as a source of genealogical information for those tracing their Irish family history.


Guglielmo Marconi, the Irish Connection
Posted on 15.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) May 2012

Not content with having Francis Beaufort, John Joly, John Philip Holland, Robert Perceval in our ranks of famous scientists and inventors we also have Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), pioneer of radio communication and inventor of the first practical system of wireless telegraphy.


The Landed Estate Court Rentals
Posted on 9.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) May 2012

If you already know where in Ireland your ancestor farmed/resided or if you can find them in Griffith’s Valuation then you should examine the Landed Estates Court Rentals, to see if you can find out more about them. In this week’s Eneclann expert post Fiona gives a brief description of this source and its use to genealogists.


Griffith’s Valuation, the gateway to Irish research
Posted on 24.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) April 2012

In this week’s Eneclann expert post Fiona explains the importance of Griffith’s Valuation as a gateway to further research


Our exclusive research into Bram Stoker's family history
Posted on 16.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) April 2012

Count Dracula is one of the most terrifying figures in popular culture. He first appeared in print in 1897 as the title character in Bram Stoker’s book. Since then his legacy has permeated popular culture.


The Registry of Deeds explained
Posted on 4.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) April 2012

In this week’s expert guest post Fiona addresses two of the most popular questions asked by those starting out on their Irish family history research: “What is the Registry of Deeds? and Who is recorded in the documents held there?"


Inventor's series - Robert Perceval
Posted on 29.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) March 2012

Robert Perceval was born near Finglas in Dublin on 30 September 1756. He was the youngest son of a Dublin barrister William Perceval. Although sometimes wrongly accredited as the creator of soda water he is recognised as one of Ireland’s most talented chemists, becoming Trinity College’s first Professor of Chemistry.


A very brief history of Irish brewing
Posted on 27.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) March 2012

After our article on Irish brewing proved so popular over St. Patrick’s weekend we’ve decided to give it some space of its on on our blog.