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New Year News from the Ulster Historical Foundation

Welcome to our first Newsletter of 2014, a year which promises to be very exciting for the Foundation. From the addition of thousands of new records to our databases to an update on our forthcoming USA Lecture Tour we have much to share with you.

But first to all our members and friends in Australia we trust you will have a very happy Australia Day on Sunday.

To celebrate the occasion, we are offering a generous discount on our title about the Ulster man who was a true Australian hero – John King (full details below).


We are pleased to advise that The Famine in Ulster, Christine Kinealy and Trevor Parkhill's important evaluation of the impact of this great calamity on the nine counties of Ulster is back in print. Furthermore, this classic volume is currently available at at the special price of only £8.99 (rrp £11.99). Normal Guild discount for members also applies

One of the most significant titles we will be publishing in 2014, Dissenting Voices: Rediscovering the Irish Progressive Presbyterian Tradition, should be available before the end of February. Extending to more than 400 pages, Dissenting Voices will prove an invaluable resource to both the student and lay person with an interest in the dynamic history, radical characters and contrasting opinions of the Irish Presbyterian community over four centuries. Pre-publication orders may be placed on booksireland and would be welcome.

February should also see the publication of The Waddells of Ireland, Freda Bingley's detailed guide to the Waddells over the centuries. Also available to pre-order on

In light of its considerable success, our 24 hour Monday Book Bargain campaign will recommence this Monday. In recognition of Australia Day we will be offering a riveting read, John King: Ireland’s First Explorer – Australia’s First Hero for only £4.99 (rrp £9.99) and another chance to purchase our ever popular Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors for only £5.99 (rrp £11.99). Guild Discount will apply but remember you only have twenty four hours to bag these bargains !

USA Lecture Tour

In just over six weeks Foundation Executive Director, Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt, our expert and enthusiastic Research Officer, will be heading west to deliver our annual series of lectures in the United States. You may recall that in our Newsletter of 27 November we mentioned dates in Denver CO, Des Moines IA, Lincoln NE, Memphis TN and Boise ID. We have now added additional dates and the full details are as follows:

Denver CO, Saturday, 08 March
Hosts: The Wales Ireland Scotland England (W.I.S.E.) Family History Society
Further details:

Des Moines IA, Monday, 10 March
Host: Iowa Genealogical Society
Further details:

Lincoln NE, Tuesday, 11 March
Host: Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society
Further details:

Bolingbrook, IL, Wednesday, 12 March
Hosts: The Plainfield Public Library and the Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Club
Further details:

Chicago, IL, Thursday, 13 March
The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL

Memphis TN, Saturday, 15 March
Host: Tennessee Genealogical Society
Further details:

Boise ID, Sunday and Monday, 16/17 March (over 2 days)
Host: Boise State University
Further details:

Greensburg PA, Thursday, 20 March
Host: The Westmoreland County Historical Society
Further details:

Philadelphia PA, Friday, 21 March
Host: The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
Further details:

Other dates may be added soon.

New online records

We are pleased to announce that we have just added another 19,000 Church of Ireland baptismal records (again transcribed by Dr Trainor) to our website:

Church Name County Denomination Record Type Dates Number
Antrim Antrim Church of Ireland baptisms 1828-1844 698
Carrickfergus Antrim Church of Ireland baptisms 1740-1875 4805
Comber Down Church of Ireland baptisms 1684-1877 3026
Donaghadee Down Church of Ireland baptisms 1771-1845 3526
Down Down Church of Ireland baptisms 1749-1857 4058
Drumballyroney Down Church of Ireland baptisms 1838-1871 812
Kilcoo Down Church of Ireland baptisms 1786-1829 767
Kilmore Down Church of Ireland baptisms 1823-1856 1167
[Gaps: Carrickfergus – only a handful of baptisms 1801-20 (inclusive)]

In Down Church of Ireland register, we find that there were only two baptisms recorded in 1787 as “Rev. Hodges, being reader, left this parish and furnished no list for the year 1787”.

We noted a significant number of baptisms in Donaghadee Church of Ireland of children born in Scotland, including Ayr, Girvan, Glasgow, Glenluce, Portwilliam and Stoneykirk and Stranraer.

Many early baptismal registers do not contain the mother’s name at all so it is encouraging to note that the mother’s first name is recorded in the majority of these registers. Kilcoo Church of Ireland’s register covering the period 1786 to 1829 includes the mother’s first name and her maiden name, as does Carrickfergus Church of Ireland between the years 1822 and 1825.

Several of the registers also record the father’s occupation, including Antrim, Carrickfergus (consistently from 1842), Down (from 1837) and Drumballyroney.

In addition the following records have been added to our website in recent months:

  • St Patrick's Belfast Roman Catholic Baptisms, 1924-1931 3823
  • St Joseph's Belfast Roman Catholic Baptisms, 1900-1921 3344
  • St Joseph's Belfast Roman Catholic Marriages, 1921-1933 1524

Included in these records is the baptismal record of famous comedian and entertainer, Frank Carson who was baptised in St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Belfast in 1926.

Survey on genealogical tourism

Alison Rafferty, an undergraduate student at Dublin Institute of Technology is writing her thesis on 'The Experience of a Genealogy Tourist in Ireland'.

If you have visited Ireland to carry out family history research and are interested in completing a short questionnaire, please email Alison at

Breaking News

The Foundation is delighted to announce that we will be hosting a major conference on the contribution of the Ulster-Scots to our shared inheritance in Northern Ireland. The conference will be held in Belfast during the last week of March. More details to follow.

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