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Eneclann Newsletter

In this issue:

St. Patrick's Holiday Half Price Sale

St. Patrick's Family History Research Centre

Genealogy Advisory Service at the National Archives of Ireland

National Library of Ireland Genealogy Workshop - now sold out!

WDYTYA? Live! Competition Winners

Topic Focus - Statistical Surveys

Sean Murphy talk on 'Recent Developments in Irish Genealogy' at the NLI

Excel Heritage Gathering

International gathering of the O'Neills Event

Dear Eneclann customer,

St. Patrick's Holiday Half Price Sale

Happy Saint Patrick’s!  Yes, we know it’s not until next week, but we’re starting the celebrations early.  Beginning today and running until Tuesday 19th March 2013 is our St Patrick’s sale, where you can get your favourite Eneclann CD and download titles at half price!  Existing special offers are excluded from the St Patrick’s half price sale.  Visit the Eneclann online shop now.

St Patrick’s Family History Research Centre

As promised in the last newsletter, we have exciting new details about the St Patrick’s Family History Research Centre at the Discover Ireland Centre, St Andrew’s Church, Suffolk Street.  This free drop-in centre is running from Thursday 14th to Monday 18th March.  Firstly, we can confirm that the four big family history societies will be attending, alongside and, of course, Eneclann.  These are: Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS); Genealogical Society of Ireland (GSI); Irish Family History Society (IFHS) and the North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS).  In addition, Ancestor Network, Flyleaf Press and the Military Archives will have stands.  Secondly, we have a fantastic and jam-packed line-up for the talks and lectures running throughout the weekend.  Read more about the St Patrick’s Family History Centre

Genealogy Advisory Service at the National Archives of Ireland

In the meantime, if you’re in Ireland you can avail of the free genealogy advisory service at The National Archives of Ireland from 10am to 1.30pm, Monday to Friday.  Some of the foremost experts on genealogy in Ireland are on-call in the National Archives to answer your family history queries.

The genealogy service marks the successful collaboration of Eneclann and Ancestor Network, in partnership with the NAI, who bring together the talent and skill of some of Ireland best known genealogists. 

No booking is required, but access to the genealogist on-duty is on a first come, first served basis.

National Library of Ireland genealogy workshop – now sold out!

Last newsletter we announced that on Friday 15th March, we’ll be conducting a one day genealogy immersion workshop at the National Library of Ireland.  
The morning session will cover civil registration records, the 1901 and 1911 Census, internet sources and newspapers. The afternoon session will focus on Valuation Office records, and customs and traditions around life events in nineteenth century Ireland. Participants will be provided with take-home materials, including the speakers' notes, CD-ROMs, and a trial subscription to  This workshop has now sold out, a month in advance.  Thanks to everyone who has expressed an interest in the event and we’ll see many of you next week.

WDYTYA? Live! competition winners

Welcome to all of our new subscribers from this year’s Who Do You Think You Are? Live! show held between the 22nd and 24th February in the London Olympia.  Take a look at our Facebook page for some of our photos from the event.  Congratulations also go to our three competition draw winners from the show: Linda Keefe; Maria Leonard and Sharon Richardson.  They all win €100 worth of Eneclann CD and download titles of their choice from our online shop

Topic Focus - Statistical Surveys

In the 1740s the Physico Historical Society of Ireland expressed an ambitious plan to publish a survey of each county in Ireland, although only four surveys (Down, Kerry, Cork and Waterford) ultimately appeared in print. Decades later, the Dublin Society, established in the 1730s, and becoming the Royal Dublin Society in 1820, launched a similar project, which proved considerably more successful. Under this initiative, the first county surveys appeared in 1801, and between that year and 1832, twenty three county surveys were completed. No surveys were completed for Fermanagh, Louth, Longford, Westmeath, Limerick, Kerry and Waterford.
Each county was surveyed with the aim of determining the 'actual state, capabilities and defects of agriculture, manufactures and rural economy', and most follow a similar structural layout. In practice the surveys contained a vast quantity of local information on almost every aspect of the county surveyed. Because these studies were carried out under central direction the quality of the information provided is good, and given their early date, they remain an invaluable source for the study of each county. They record many details about conditions in pre-Famine Ireland, including social and economic conditions, the growth of population and poverty, education, religion, history, the state of the Irish and English languages and local customs.
We have published the Statistical Surveys for counties Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Meath, Offaly (King’s), Roscommon and Tyrone.  What’s more, they are all available as digital downloads, which combined with our St Patrick’s half price sale means that they are unbelievable value!  The Statistical Surveys, alongside our other statistical publication series, the Census Reports, and the county and regional histories and topographies are fantastic resources for compiling background information for your family tree and for finding out more information on what your ancestor’s lives would have been like.  View our full range of titles, arranged by topic

Sean Murphy talk on 'Recent Developments in Irish Geneaology' at the NLI   

This talk, on ‘Recent Developments in Irish Genealogy’ at the NLI has been organised as a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis by Maeve Mullin.  Sean Murphy has generously waived any fee, as has the National Library for using their premises. 
The talk is on Saturday 27th April at 11 am, and is particularly suited to genealogy enthusiasts that work full time during the week.  More information can be found on the NLI’s events page

Excel Heritage Gathering

As part of the Gathering 2013, The Tipperary Excel Arts & Cultural Centre, Tipperary Town would like to invite you to the ‘Excel Heritage & Genealogy weekend’ from 15th – 17th March 2013.
With lots of events and activities to participate in, including the St. Patrick’s Day parade they are warmly welcoming the generations of Tipperary Diaspora back to Co. Tipperary.  As the only place to research your family heritage from the records of the Catholic Church for the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly, you can use your visit to trace your roots, get to know the people and the places of your heritage.  Read more about this heritage gathering

International Gathering of the O’Neills event

Calling all O'Neills and Johnsons [MacSeain - O'Neills of the Fews]!
The International Gathering of the O'Neill Clans will take place from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th May 2013 with lectures by O’Neill historians and visits to historic locations. 

If you’re an O’Neill, or know one, then you can find out more at the Association of O’Neill Clans website.

Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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