Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week. Genealogy and Family History blog had a post this week entitled “The Pims – Ireland’s First Quakers” written by Susan Potts Kimura. I found this post particularly interesting as I have Quakers in my Irish family tree. She says that “…William Edmundson, a former Cromwellian soldier, was the first Quaker in Ireland and, with five other Quakers, Richard Jackson, John Edmundson, John Thompson, William Moon and John Pim, settled in Mountmellick in 1659”.

My Thompson family were Quakers who lived in Lurgan, County Armagh and I have them going back to 1773 in the Quaker records. The other name that stood out for me was Moon. My Moon family lived in County Tyrone.

Claire Santry of Irish Genealogy News had a post called “Dublin 100 years ago” which is about a new book published by the Royal Irish Academy and edited by Catriona Crowe of the National Archives. It is a month by month look at the events of 1911. My Grandfather was born in Dublin in 1911. I will have to look for this book on my next visit to Dublin.

Claire had another post called “Glasnevin launches fresh appeal for veteran’s families.” Glasnevin cemetery has a program where unmarked graves of “Irish men and women who served in the Commonwealth forces in World War One and Two” will receive headstones. Thirty nine new headstones were recently placed. The total is now eight five. Claire says that “a further 104 graves of servicemen and women have been identified and Glasnevin Trust has launched an appeal for their family members to make contact.”

Olive Tree Genealogy Blog has a post called “NEW! Poor Law Union Immigrants to Canada 1836-1871 ONLINE” which promotes their newest database. These are names of paupers who arrived in Canada from England.

Scottish GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS) had two posts of interest this week. The first called “Exploring Local History – PRONI and OUI lecture.” Chris Paton tells us that you can watch this lecture on YouTube and he provides the link.

The other post is “The Irish Family and Local History Handbook – video and review.” This handbook contains articles and information that are helpful to the Irish family history researcher. The articles provide background information on events, descriptions of records and other topics of interest to researchers.

Family history across the seas has a post entitled “Reading the Northern Miner: human tragedy and stories” where she describes the stories to be found when reading a newspaper and not relying on searching the indexes. This is a good reminder to look at newspapers to see what other information may be found on your family, the times in which they lived and the place in which they lived.

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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