News Digest: Jan 12 2017.

When they’re not scouring over ancient deeds in dusty libraries, The Irish Family History Centre genies like to read the newspapers. We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting articles they found in the last couple of weeks

FindmyPast completes Irish petty sessions court registers

An Irish man’s extraordinary search for his Argentinian land

170-year-old mystery of famed Irish Arctic explorer solved

Centuries of New York History Prepare for a Move

Asiatic Annual Register records indexes on FIBIS

US speaker Paul Ryan jokes about Tipperary and Kilkenny ‘pig thieves and horse thieves’


U.S. Speaker Paul Ryan, caught on camera joking about his Irish roots, with Democrat Tim Ryan


Tune in, turn on, and trace your family history! A novel approach to genealogy research by John Lennon and Timothy Leary.

The London School of Economics has published online Charles Booth’s London, a website making available the famous poverty maps and the descriptively rich police notebooks arising from Booth’s ground-breaking study Inquiry Into the Life and Labour of the People in London (1886-1903).  With thanks to the Society of Genealogists.

Historically significant documents, bearing the royal seals of Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I found in a skip in Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin city.

Ireland’s fishing heritage is unparalleled and steeped in great angling storytellers and the legendary boatmen who have dispensed piscatorial wisdom for generations


The Jesuit order in Ireland has given part of its’ rare book collection including several incunabula [books printed before 1515], in long-term loan, to the National Library of Ireland.

Questions over ownership of historic note that had come to auction.

1916 1916 Rebels’ Surrender letter fails to sell at auction.


National Geographic Magazine has declared county Donegal the ‘coolest place on earth.’ Take a birds-eye look at Donegal, a place where heritage is woven into modern life.

Skeleton found in cave is that of a teenage boy who died up to 500 years ago, most likely (1649-1660), when Clare endured nearly two decades of famine, warfare, disease, and mass human casualty.


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