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ÔÇÿALL IRELAND SOURCESÔÇÖ NEWSLETTER
A Monthly Newsletter: Editor: Terry Eakin, 334 Burns Bay Road, LANE COVE, NSW 2066 Contact E-mail address: tea04055@bigpond.net.au
ISSN 1443-5888 Volume 7, No. 12, December 2005.

Introduction: ÔÇÿAll Ireland SourcesÔÇÖ is a monthly newsletter distributed free by E-mail to Family History Societies and interested researchers near the end of each month. Distribution by Australia Post each three months (three issues) costs $6.00 annually within Australia. The aim is to bring items of interest regarding Irish record sources to the Australian genealogist. The editor would appreciate being made aware of records relating to the Irish, particularly those held in Australia or new in the LDS Family History Library. Back copies available free for downloading from www.sag.org.au Note new email address.
Eneclann launches three new heritage titles on CD-Rom: Significant newsources of information for Irish genealogy.
Dublin 7 December 2005: Eneclann, IrelandÔÇÖs leading e-publisher of historical and heritage titles, has launched three new CD-ROMs. These new titles provide access to primary sources and original research not previously available and will be of immense value to the growing number of people in Ireland and abroad interested in Irish genealogy and Irish history.
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The first of these new publications is Brian J. CantwellÔÇÖs Memorials of the Dead, the Collected Works, edited by Ian Cantwell. This CD contains the works of one of IrelandÔÇÖs most eminent researchers of gravestone inscriptions which have for the first time, been collected into a single publication. The importance of this work is that it represents a major new source of information for genealogists not previously widely available. The CD contains the names of 67,297 people from over 500 sites in Ireland.

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As a leading member of the Irish Genealogical Research Society for many years, it is fitting that the publication of the late Brian J. CantwellÔÇÖs collected works coincides with the publication of The Irish Genealogist Volumes 1-8, the official organ of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. The significance of The Irish Genealogist lies in that its articles allowed researchers gain access to material that was in many cases held in private collections or otherwise inaccessible or lost. This publication on CD-ROM will give a whole new generation of genealogists and historians access to this material.

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The third new title released is The 1798 Rebellion: Claimants and Surrenders, compiled by Ian Cantwell. This publication brings together some of the few remaining primary sources about the 1798 rebellion and the people who were involved. In total there are over 8,000 names included in this publication, covering two different groups


ÔÇô those who took up arms and those whose property was damaged. These groups come from every social background, from poor Dublin city labourers and artisans to the aristocratic ascendancy of late eighteenth century Ireland.
These important new publications confirm EneclannÔÇÖs continued commitment to increasing access to rare and valuable sources of historical and genealogical information.
Brian J. CantwellÔÇÖs Memorials of the Dead, the Collected Works, edited by Ian Cantwell
Over a twenty-five year period, 1966-1990, Brian J. Cantwell visited over 500 sites and recorded many thousands of memorials. His work includes all of Wexford and Wicklow, large parts of South County Dublin, much of West Clare, as well as parts of Cork, Kildare and Galway. This work has now been compiled and edited by his son, Ian Cantwell. This CD-ROM includes:
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Memorials from 546 sites

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24,392 memorials

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The names of 67,297 people

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Over 4,000 pages

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Extensive original indexes

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Introductory biography, indexes and statistical analysis by Ian Cantwell


The CD features copies of the original typescript pages of BrianÔÇÖs work as well as some of his other published works in an easily searchable format. Also included are original photographs taken by Brian, as well as some of his private correspondences and an excellent guide he wrote for the R.S.A.I. on transcribing gravestone inscriptions.
RRP Ôé¼69.90 including airmail postage.
Memorials of the Dead: The Collected Works by Brian J. Cantwell: These were published on CD ROM by Eneclann in December 2005. These memorials cover most known graveyards with inscriptions in Counties Wexford and Wicklow as well as most churches and graveyards from South Dublin County with many from West County Clare, and some from Counties Cork, Galway and Kildare. I received my copy this week in time for Christmas and I gave it a quick road test having used the volumes of manuscripts in the National Archives of Ireland (8 Bishop Street, Dublin) and listed all the cemeteries and graveyards detailed therein, the layout of the records with each graveyard being given an MS Number. Each manuscript (Ms) is complete with the full inscriptions except for verse. So I was familiar with the original records and their layout. The most striking feature was the allocation of a manuscript number to each cemetery/graveyard but no page numbers. One graveyard may have one page and the next may have 21 pages, the next 15 pages, etc.
The original manuscript volumes have three indexes produced during their compilation over a 25 year period. Manuscript numbers are not unique but are used only once in any volume. For example, Volume 2, Ms 71 is Rathdrum Old graveyard in Rathdrum parish, County Wicklow whereas Volume 11, Ms 71 is St AndrewÔÇÖs Church of Ireland, Suffolk Street graveyard in County Dublin. Just watch out for this as you work through the indexes as Dublin South (or South Dublin) recommenced at Ms No. 1. Make sure you record the Volume Number as well as the manuscript number for each name as you search the indexes.
I found the Composite Index (pages 3093 ÔÇô 3224 on the CD ROM) to be the most useful for the initial search. I did not locate any surname in any volume that was not in the composite index. When at a volume on the CD ROM I used the individual index at the front of that volume but for initial searches I found the composite index most convenient. Later I found the search function to be very reliable and a real timesaver.
When installing the CD ROM, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 7.0, otherwise the plug-in will not work as it is not compatible with earlier versions of Acrobat Reader and will not work. The CD ROM is well produced and easy to use. The search function found all the Phelan entries in the various volumes even when used as a surname well within the text (transcription) from another family gravestone. Remember you are searching about 550 graveyards (or church memorials) and you need to note the details in your notebook or print out the current page and note the CD ROM page number on the printout. This page number is found on the bottom line display on the computer you are using the CD ROM in. To print a page just select ÔÇ£Print current pageÔÇØ or if the graveyard extends over several pages you can print them (remember to respect copyright laws) by selecting ÔÇ£Print pages from 3093 to 3094ÔÇØ and hit enter to print. There may be a few seconds delay as your computer and printer locate and process the data to be printed.
At the start of each graveyard there is an introduction and/or brief history. These need to be read and the contents noted. Many graveyards stop at 1880, some at 1900 and some were completely recorded and transcribed. Each introduction is like a daily diary entry, recording the condition of the graveyard, thorns, blackberry and stinging nettles were common as well as docks. The following example is recorded here to give you, the reader, an insight to gravestone recording in Ireland. Quote:
BALLYBRENNAN
Bree. ÔÇ£This old graveyard, still in use, should not be confused with the one of the same name just off the main Wexford to Rosslare Strand Road; for memorials in that graveyard, see Volume VII [7], No,. 280 [Ms number], in this series. The majority of the memorials have been easy to read, but it has been difficult to keep the many WICKHAM and DOYLE headstones in family groupings, possibly they could, in some cases, be read as one. Grattan Flood, History of the Diocese of Ferns (1916) page 86, mentions the memorial to Fr. Wm. Brennan (sic), P.P. New Ross. The inscription on the box tomb is in Latin and most difficult to read, the name is BRENAN and not as stated; rain made chalking impossible. The tomb appears to be the object of local veneration, for on a small white plastic sheet were a number of medals, Rosary beads and a few coins. Also, some empty bottles for Holy Water. The old name for the graveyard was Kilcowanmore.
For a discussion on the decorated headstones of the Passion type, see J. R. S A. I., Vols. LXXIV, ii and LXXV, ii (1944 & 1945) for a paper by Mrs. H. G. Leask. The memorials in this graveyard from the Brien atelier are described as being in poor condition or ordinary or average in type. For a direct reference to the 1798 Rebellion, see VERO. Transcribed March 1985. Brian J. CantwellÔÇØ.
Any words in square brackets above have been inserted by the Newsletter compiler. The word ÔÇÿatelierÔÇÖ means ÔÇ£a workshopÔÇØ. Note the old name for this graveyard. There are 14 A4 pages of transcriptions relating to this graveyard, Ms 390.
Using Adobe Reader 7.0, a search for the surname Phelan, gave all the occurrences from start to finish of the whole file E:\BJC.pdf (E: being CD ROM drive E) on my computer. Yours could be drive D or E or F or other. Procedure used:
1) Insert CD ROM Brian J. CantwellÔÇÖs Memorials of the Dead: The Collected Works into
Drive E and close.
2) Open Adobe Reader 7.0
3) Hover over File (top left corner of screen) and select E:\BJC.pdf and click and the file
will load and open at page 1 (1 of 3986 pages).
4) Click on Search on the top menu, and the search dialog box will display similar to

below:
What word or phrase would you like to search for?

Phelan
Tick or select in the current pdf file (3986 pages)
There are four more choices that may be ticked, as in any pdf file search: Use as you need but I left all four not selected for this search.
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Whole words only

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Case Sensitive

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Include bookmarks

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Include comments.


After about 15 seconds the results were displayed finding 79 records of Phelan or PHELAN or phelan.
As you hold your mouse over each selection the pdf page number appears and the first six instances are all on the page 867 so select Print selected page only and you get the first six references, some being index and some inscriptions. That is how easy the program is to use.
The OCR (optical character recognition) works very well. Wild cards can be used for searches and any place name, surname or given name or given and surnames may be searched for, in fact any word contained in the 3,986 pages may be searched for but remember you need Adobe Reader 7.0 installed and it is free to download on the internet.
With practice, IÔÇÖm sure there is a lot more I can do with this CD ROM, but the print facility is so easy to use and the printed pages are of good quality even though the scanned images were typed using a typewriter before the days of word processing and databases. The standard of scanning and production of the CD ROM is first class and being .pdf makes it easy to use and interrogate its manuscripts. What a person Brian J. Cantwell was, and to do so much almost single-handed. May he rest in Peace.
In summary there are the following manuscripts of churches and graveyards on this CD ROM. This CD is recommended for all libraries and family history society libraries for use by members especially those with Wexford, Wicklow and Dublin South ancestors.
County Sites Memorials Names
Clare 24 613 1235
Cork 9 91 188
Dublin 76 1712 4694
Galway 1 101 243
Kildare 4 189 437
Sligo 1 36 57
Wexford 283 13280 41167
Wicklow 157 7482 20672

To order or to seek more information log on to Eneclann at www.eneclann.ie Price is Ôé¼69.90 and an Aus$ = 0.62 Euros approx. so around AU$112 for the CD ROM.
IRISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE: National Micromedia Ltd. is set to launch its newspaper archive on line in late January 2006. I know it is 18 months late but I am sure you will find it an archive where you can search, find, copy and print your convict trials (assizes) and greatly improve your Irish research which often hits brick walls. This will help the walls to tumble in many cases but probably not all. Many small business people advertised their business and goods in their local newspapers. FreemanÔÇÖs Journal has a good run of Births, Deaths and Marriages from all over Ireland as well as places like India, Europe and even Australia. There are adverts for emigrant passages to Australia and New Zealand.
The archive will launch with the following newspapers:
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FreemanÔÇÖs Journal 1763-1924;

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The Irish Independent 1904 to current year;

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The Anglo-Celt 1846 to current year;

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The Nation 1842-1897; and

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The Meath Chronicle 1904 to current year.


These will soon be followed by many other Irish newspapers including:
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The Tuam Herald 1882 to current year;

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The Drogheda Independent 1885-1891 & 1988 to current year;

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The Sunday Independent 1905 to the current year,

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The Kerryman 1904 to current year,

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and then many others as they are OCRÔÇÖed and made ready to upload to the server.


Most local council libraries will be subscribers to this newspaper archive as well as some family history societies.
Articles, suggestions and information for this newsletter are welcome and may be E-mailed to: tea04055@bigpond.net.au or posted to Terry Eakin, 334 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove NSW AUSTRALIA 2066

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