A Stroll Down Memory Lane with South Dublin Images

There is a website called South Dublin Images. It has been created by South Dublin Libraries as part of their Local Studies Collection. The collection includes: photographs, postcards, slides, prints, illustrations, maps and digital material. The database content has been developed by the Local Studies Section at the County Library in Tallaght.

You can search images of particular areas of Dublin and some other counties by using the location option or you can search by keyword.

I searched by the location name Donnybrook and got three images all of which were maps. The date was 1837. You click on view to see a larger image of the map. Below the image is the source citation and location of the document.

You can download and reproduce the images for your personal use. You require permission to publish the images. There is an option to purchase a laser print of image, a copy on floppy disc or on CD-ROM and by email free of charge.

I tried the keyword search with the term “Dodder” this is a river that ran through Dublin and part of it passed behind my Grandparents home in Donnybrook. My Grandmother would walk her dogs along the tow path on a regular basis. As a small child this is where I learned the importance of the dock leaf when you touch nettles. If you touch nettles against your skin they sting you. Dock leaves always grow near nettles and if you pick one and rub the spot where the nettles touched it will numb the area.

There was a small sweet shop at the end of the path in Clonskeagh where we would sometimes stop. The shop was so tiny you could only fit a couple of people inside. The elderly lady behind the counter always greeted us with a smile. There were rows of sweet jars behind the counter with the weight scale and small white bags to put your purchase in. We would go in and get a quarter pound of jelly babies or licorice babies.

If you have Irish ancestors particularly from the Dublin area why not go in and see what you can find.

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Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

The British Library has a new blog called Untold Lives Sharing Stories from the Past. They are presenting stories that have been researched from the sources available in the British Library. They had a post called “Credit Crunch leads to Murder” about a bookbinder who committed murder when he had difficulty collecting a debt from a customer in 1832.

Create your Life Story blog had a post called “Reporting Your Family History” where they suggest you try writing your family history as a journalist would write it.

Family history across the seas had a post called “25 years of Family History: reflection and celebration.” There are two parts of this post so make sure you read both. She looks at how researching your family history has changed in the 25 years since she started.

Marian’s Roots and Rambles had a post entitled “A Funny Thing Happened in the Cemetery…” where she describes talking to her ancestors in the cemetery. Go on, you know we all do it.

Irish Genealogy News had a post called “Back To Our Past – what an opening!” where she looks at the first day of the Back To Our Past show being held in Ireland at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS). There are two parts to the highlights so make sure you read both of them.

Chris Paton of British GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS) also attended the Back to the Past show and has reported his highlights in a post called “Back to Our Past – report.”

Nancy Anderson of the Fur Trade Family History blog announced that her book “The Pathfinder: A.C. Anderson’s Journeys in the West” has gone to the printer for the first proofs. Congratulations Nancy!

This is not a blog but the Lost Cousins website puts out a member newsletter. There is a very interesting article about sharing information online called “Controversy over online trees.” Lost Cousins: Putting Relatives In Touch is a website where you upload the census data for your family and see if you can find “lost cousins” looking for the same family. It is free to sign up and enter your census data but you are charged a fee to contact matches. They occasionally have free member weekends. You can enter census data from 1841, 1881 and 1911 for England & Wales, 1881 for Scotland, 1911 for Ireland, 1881 for Canada and 1880 for the United States.

Brenda Dougall Merriman had a posted called “Loyalists: “O Give Me Land, Lotsa Land…” where she examines the ways in which Loyalists were able to obtain land in what is now known as Canada. She wrote “United Empire Loyalists: A Guide to Tracing Loyalist Ancestors in Upper Canada.” A copy of this book is in my reference library and I recommend it if you have Loyalists ancestors.

Are there any postings in the last week that you think need to be on this list? Let me know in the comments below.

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“Halton’s Heritage: William Halton and Halton County”

On Thursday night I attended a book launch for “Halton’s Heritage: William Halton and Halton County” that was written by John McDonald. This is a book about the life of William Halton after whom Halton County is named. John has also written a brief history of the towns and villages in the county.

The launch was held at the Halton Region Museum in Kelso Conservation Area near Milton, Ontario. The event started at 7 pm and continued until 9 pm.

John was autographing copies of his book for people and the crowd was much larger than they expected.

There were many dignitaries there including Halton Provincial Member of Parliament Ted Chudleigh and Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz. Gordon Krantz was representing Gary Carr the Halton Regional Chair who was not able to attend the event.

John discovered during his research that there was another coat of arms for Halton County. The current one was granted on 16 June 1976. John presented Halton Region with an artists rendering of the original coat of arms. Gordon Krantz accepted the gift on behalf of Gary Carr.

Two special guests were at the book launch. Harry Andrews, the great great nephew of William Halton, and Christine Taylor, William’s great great great niece. Christine had travelled from Brisbane Australia to attend the book launch. William died without issue and Harry and Christine are descendent from William’s sister Mary.

They had many copies of the book for sale in both hard and soft covers. They also had John’s previous publication “Halton Sketches Revisited: Historical Tales of People and Events in North Halton” available to purchase.

This book will end up under many Christmas trees this holiday season.

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