THOMAS HUTCHINSON OF CLIFTON HOUSE Beverly Brown MAGI In 1752, the Belfast Charitable Society was founded by a group of public-spirited citizens to provide welfare for the poor of Belfast. The Poor House, later to be known as Clifton House, operated until the late 1880s, after which it became a nursing home and hospital for the elderly and infirm. Clifton House is an elegant Georgian building, set in landscaped gardens in the heart of Belfast. During the course of my research last year, for a lady in America, I discovered that her great-great-uncle, Thomas Hutchinson, had been a resident in Clifton House, … Read More

AGI to present lectures and workshops at the National Library of Ireland

AGI in association with the NLI will present a series of genealogy lectures and afternoon workshops for Aontas Adult Learners’ festival. The talks and workshops will take place on Monday 5 March and on Friday 9 March next. Each day, three short introductory genealogy lectures will be followed by small group workshops to help attendees get started or progress their family history research. Places in the workshops are limited and will be granted on a first come first served basis. More information on the events: March 5 March 9 


OBSERVATION COLUMN IN RC BAPTISM REGISTERS. Joan Sharkey MAGI Notes in the observation columns in these registers can add greatly to a family’s history. One such note caused quite a stir in the Gibney family. I was checking the baptisms of the 15 children of Robert Gibney and his wife Catherine Flynn. The majority of the children were baptised in St. Mary’s RC, Haddington Road, Dublin and the registers in the National Library of Ireland extend up to March 1907 and now available freely online. A daughter Catherine was born on 30 April 1893 and baptised on 1 May 1893. … Read More