IMAGE OF THE MONTH – JUNE 2022

Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France baptized in Kenmare Co. Kerry …???!!! Helen Kelly, F.A.G.I. During the course of a search of Kenmare R.C. Parish registers on www.nli.ie, I was fascinated with an entry which was recorded in the baptismal register 30 June 1823 by Ed. O’ Callaghan. The entry, part of which is difficult to decipher, states: ‘Ego Ed O’Callaghan Bap. Napoleon Francis Charles Bonaparte, Emperor of France, King of Italy and Protector ? of the …………..of the………? At first glance, one could be forgiven for concluding that Napoleon Francis Charles Bonaparte was baptised in Kenmare R.C. Parish, 30th June … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – MAY 2022

Vivian Johnson: Forever Young Gill Johnson, AGI affiliate As a child, I always enjoyed listening to family lore as told by my grandparents, especially my grandad Digby Johnson. I listened intently to all their stories and spent hours going through old photographs of faces that had long passed before my existence. However, one in particular always stood out to me, a picture of my great grandmother Vivian Johnson nee Bestall holding who we believe to be my grandad, or his younger brother Wilvy. I always loved this photograph as I was drawn to Vivian and she bears a striking resemblance … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – APRIL 2022

Sir William Betham 1779-1853 Georgina Scally M.A.G.I. A recent commission to explore some gravestones at Carrickbrennan Graveyard in the south Dublin suburb of Monkstown provided a welcome excuse for an excursion.  Entering the graveyard through a small gate in an ivy clad high stone wall on the east side of Carrickbrennan Road the atmosphere, familiar to those used to visiting old, disused, and overgrown graveyards, was immediate. Carrickbrennan Graveyard is the final resting place of many individuals who provide a window into historical events of the 18th and 19th centuries in Ireland (amongst them Charles Haliday [1789-1866] historian and writer; … Read More

AGI Member Sandra Doble to Speak at National Archives Evening Lecture Series

The next lecture in the National Archives of Ireland evening lecture series, titled ‘Researching your Church of Ireland Ancestors’, will be given by Sandra Doble, MAGI. It will cover records of genealogical interest produced by parishes such as church registers and vestry minute books. Access to these records will be outlined and advice given on using online transcriptions of baptism, marriage and burial records. Sandra Doble is a former accountant but switched career to pursue her passion for family history. In 2012 she set up her own research company, Irish Family Footsteps. She became a member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – MARCH 2022

HAND IN HAND WITH MARGARET AULSBERRY IN HER WIDOW’S WEEDS Tony Hennessy, M.A.G.I. Here’s a lovely old photo of my great grandmother Margaret Power nee Aulsberry at  her home at Whelansbridge in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford. The child holding her hand is probably my mother Breda (nee O’Connor), as all her siblings had curly hair – so 1934 or thereabouts. Margaret was baptized on 17 June 1860 in the local catholic church of Ballyduff.  She was the daughter of Thomas Aulsberry and Mary Cuddihy, locally known as Cuddy, who were married during the Famine in 1847.  Aulsberry is a rare surname … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY 2022

FOR THEM AND POSTERITY Eilish Feeley M.A. The living come with grassy tread To read the gravestones on the hill; The graveyard draws the living still, But never anymore the dead. (From “In a Disused Graveyard” by Robert Frost) Graveyards hold a particular attraction for genealogists and nothing beats that sense of discovery when you uncover the inscription and carvings on an ancient memorial lost to the world for decades under a heavy mantle of moss and ivy. The best time to visit a graveyard is in early morning sunlight when the oblique rays of the sun shine on the … Read More

AGI Member Tony Hennessy to Run Online Genealogy Course

Our AGI colleague Tony Hennessy will be running a 10 WEEK ONLINE GENEALOGY COURSE (2.5 hours per week) beginning on 16th February coming. The course is open to members of our mighty diaspora too so whether you are from Boston or Ballina, Toronto or Tipperary, Sydney or Sligo, Liverpool or Laois you are all very welcome. For further details email tony@tonyhennessygenealogy.com or checkout his website www.tonyhennessygenealogy.com.

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – JANUARY 2022

A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORDS … Des Murtagh MAGI This 1912 photograph of the wedding of Daniel Harrington and Mary Ellen Byrne captures three generations of the Byrne family in Lucan, County Dublin. It was taken in the front garden of the bride’s parents’ home, which comprised of a 2/3 roomed cottage. Perhaps another photograph was also taken of the groom’s side of the family. Perhaps that photo may have been given to his parents or a family member to be framed and hung in a Harrington household in Cork. While this photograph captures a moment in time, from … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – DECEMBER 2021

THE DEATH NOTICE OF MARY GLYNN 1838-1923 Clare Doyle MAGI Mary Discan married into the Glynn family on 7 February 1859 when she became the wife of John Glynn, of Kilbannon, Tuam, Co. Galway. It isn’t known when or how the Glynn family came to Kilbannon, or for how long they were living there at the time of the marriage, perhaps they have always been there. Certainly, early maps from the pre-Famine period show a dwelling on the same site as the current house. Locally, it is said that the present two-storey house was once a small, thatched cottage and … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – NOVEMBER 2021

Stevenson Family Home: From Farm House to Bomb Site Brian Mitchell This photograph of the Stevenson family home, Bannview House, at Derrytrasna, near Lurgan, County Armagh was published in a report of historic buildings of Craigavon by Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (1970). The photograph of Bannview House which appeared in this survey shows that the house incorporated a shop and sub-post office. This house, built in 1850s for John Stevenson (my great-great-grandfather), was at one time a linen receiving centre in the age of the cottage weaving industry, where weavers picked up yarn and deposited finished cloth. Bannview was also … Read More