We hope all our members in the USA had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving as we all now look forward to the festive season. Much has been happening in the Foundation during the autumn months and we hope this newsletter will be of interest.
New Online Databases
We are pleased to announce that two important new members’ databases have recently been added to our website adding a total of more than 50,000 individual names. The databases are:
- Ireland’s Memorial Records: A hugely important and indeed poignant resource listing the almost 50,000 Irishmen who gave their lives during the Great War 1914–18.
- Eden School Register from 1872 to 1945 (Tamlaght O’Crilly parish Co. Londonderry)
More Church of Ireland records are soon to follow.
Facebook Expert Q&A
Last Friday, Gillian, Joe, William and Fintan, were the genealogical experts for the question & answer session hosted by facebook.com/IrelandFamilyHistory. If you missed this session, you can read the questions and answers under ‘Recent posts by others’ on that Facebook page.
The last month has seen the successful publication of A Directory of Ulster Doctors (who qualified before 1901) and the new edition of Irish Libraries, Archives, Museums and Genealogical Centres: A Visitor’s Guide. Thank you to those who attended the launch of the former in the Old Museum building to hear informative and entertaining speeches from author Professor Richard Clarke and special guest Sir Peter Froggatt.
Publication of Clergy of Ossory (the thirteenth in the series of volumes of Succession Lists of Clergy and Parishes of the Church of Ireland) and Dissenting Voices: Rediscovering the Irish Progressive Presbyterian Tradition is expected by the end of the year. Both these titles are listed on booksireland.org.uk and may be pre-ordered.
The Foundation takes great pride in the quality of our publications. However in the digital age it is no easy task to sell physical books, so we are most grateful for your support. Indeed with Christmas approaching, why not please a relative or friend with a beautiful book from the Foundation such as The Linen Houses of County Antrim and North County Down or the critically acclaimed Handed Down: Country Fiddling and Dancing in East and Central Down.
The Church of Ireland: An illustrated history has just been published by Booklink (who previously published the popular, Presbyterians in Ireland: An illustrated history). Extending to some 400 pages this beautifully produced book provides an insight into the rich heritage of the Church of Ireland. The Foundation is delighted to make this book available to you through booksireland.org.uk and during the Thanksgiving weekend we have reduced the price from £30.00 to £25.00 (Guild Members’ discount will also apply). The offer ends Monday, so take advantage of a bargain – the book would make an ideal Christmas gift.
Our Monday book bargain offer has been running since 14 October and has garnered considerable interest. Indeed sales of From Ulster to America were so buoyant that the title sold out, necessitating the commissioning of a reprint. We are pleased to announce that this promotion has been extended and will now conclude on Monday 23 December, providing the perfect opportunity to pick up a quality and lasting Christmas present at a very competitive price. The titles that we will be discounting each Monday between now and Christmas are as follows:
- Monday 2 Dec – Clergy of Dublin and Glendalough
RRP: £50.00 Offer: £25.00
- Monday 9 Dec – Linen Houses of the Bann Valley
RRP: £24.99 Offer: £10.00
- Monday 16 Dec – An Admiral’s Eye View
RRP: £11.99 Offer: £6.00
- Monday 23 Dec – Artist and Aristocrat
RRP: £11.99 Offer: £6.00
Please don’t forget that in addition to these discounted titles we are still have a range of other titles available on special offer including:
- The Plantation of Ulster (Robinson)
RRP: £14.99 Offer: £9.99
- Stormont: The House on the Hill
RRP: £25.00 Offer: £5.00
- The Pursuit of the Heiress
RRP: £24.99 Offer: £7.99
In addition to great books at great prices you might consider investing in an Ulster Historical Foundation Gift Certificate, (from £30.00) which may be used to buy a family history report, family research starter kit or books. The ideal present for the novice or more experienced family history researcher. And don’t forget the many marvellous resources we continue to make available free of charge (plus postage and packing) including:
- Ulster-Scots Visitor Experience App (audio driving tours detailing 200 locations)
- The Plantation of Ulster: The Story of the English Heritage Map and Pocket History
- The Charter Towns of Ulster 400: 1613–2013 Heritage Map and Pocket History
- By the Banks of the Maine: We Come From the Country of Antrim (CD)