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Eneclann Newsletter

In this issue:

20x20 Talks Material Available

New Publications

New Downloads

Christmas Gift Guide

Last CD Ordering Dates for Christmas

'Voicing the Past' Conference Report

Q&A Update: Methodist Ancestors

Genealogy Advisory Service at the National Archives

Ireland of the Welcomes Newsletter Draw

Topic Focus: Surnames and Pedigrees

Invest in the Eneclann EII

Dear Eneclann customer,

20x20 Talks Material now Available Online

In August 2012, the NLI hosted the “20x20” lunchtime series of talks on Irish family history.

Organised by Eneclann and Ancestor Network, the assembled experts included genealogists and broadcasters, librarians and archivists, writers and publishers, academics and a medical geneticist.  The wide range of expertise on show every day was a showcase of Irish genealogy at its best.

The response from the audience at the end of the series in August was overwhelming, and the most frequently asked question was whether the speakers would provide notes on their talks, or otherwise make them available.

In response to the feedback that we received in August, we have now made available the overheads of each of the talks or a synopsis, with the aim of providing a new online resource for family history research

New Publications

John Curry M.D. An Historical and Critical Review of the Civil Wars in Ireland, from the Reign of Queen Elizabeth to the Settlement under King William (2 Vols), 1786
The Fifth Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records of Ireland, 1873
The Sixth Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records of Ireland, 1874
The Eleventh Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records in Ireland, 1879
The Sixteenth Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records of Ireland, 1884

Alongside two new CD collections - The Topographical Collection and the War of Independence Collection.  Furthermore, we have released four new titles of British interest, namely: Calendar of the State Papers Relating to Scotland, Vols. 1 & 2: 1509-1603; Thomas S. Hill (Ed.), The Registers of Bramfield, Co. Suffolk, 1539-1596 and 1693-1889, 1894; The Ayrshire and Wigtonshire Archaeological Association, Archaeological and Historical Collections relating to the Counties of Ayr and Wigton, Vol. IV, 1884 and John Potter Briscoe, Nottinghamshire Facts and Fictions, 1876. 
Read more about our new publication releases

New Downloads

We have a whopping 38 new titles converted to digital download for you this newsletter!  The list includes the provincial sections of Pigot’s directory for 1824, Slater’s directories for 1846, 1870 and 1894, as well as many others such as our Huguenot titles. 
View the full list of new download titles

Christmas Gift Guide

Looking for a gift for a genealogist or historian, or just want to treat yourself?
Either way, take a look at this year’s
Christmas Gift Guide for some inspiration, whether it be a gift voucher or one of our newly released CD collection bundles.

Last CD ordering dates for Christmas

It comes around so fast every year!

The last dates for ordering CDs from the Eneclann online shop
in time for Christmas delivery are as follows:

Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland: Tuesday 18th December

United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland): Sunday 16th December

Europe: Tuesday 11th December

Rest of World (inc. USA, Canada, Australia and NZ): Thursday 6th December

Eneclann's Carmel reports on 'Voicing The Past' conference

Eneclann’s Research Manager, Carmel Gilbride, presented at the second annual Oral History Network of Ireland conference, held in Ennis on the weekend of 28-29 September. The theme of the conference was 'Voicing the Past' and Carmel spoke about the importance of oral history in tracing a family’s history. Read Carmel’s summary of her talk, specifically written for our newsletter readers.

Q&A update: Methodist ancestors

In relation to the query on Methodist Ministers in Ireland, Robin P. Roddie, Archivist of the Methodist Historical Society of Ireland, wrote to us.

"There have only been two Irish Methodist ministers by the name of Collins: one, William Collins, who was born Ireland 1735 became an itinerant Irish Methodist preacher in 1767 and after five years service in Ireland was transferred to England because he ‘had too much self esteem’ and ‘his wife was too expensive for Irish Circuits’. He died by suicide in March 1797. The second was Alfred Collins, born Donacloney, County Down, 26 November 1905. He died Bangor, County Down, 19 May 1990."

Robin also wrote,

It may be helpful to know that a complete database is maintained at the Methodist Historical Society of Ireland archives at Edgehill College, Belfast of every Methodist minister who has served in Ireland, including lists of stations, dates of birth, death, marriage (where relevant) and family."

Thanks to Robin for letting us know this.  Read all of our earlier Q&A articles

Genealogy Advisory Service at the National Archives

This Winter 2012/13, the National Archives of Ireland continue their free genealogy advisory service. 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

'Ireland of the Welcomes' newsletter draw

Welcome to all our new subscribers who read about us in the Christmas issue of ‘Ireland of the Welcomes’ magazine.  All our new subscribers coming to us from ‘Ireland of the Welcomes’ have been entered into a special prize draw, with an Eneclann CD of your choice up for grabs every month.  We’re pleased to announce that Barbara Fuehrer from Pennsylvania is our lucky prizewinner this month. 

Topic Focus: surnames and pedigrees

What’s in a name?  Well, lots for a genealogist!

Grenham’s Irish Surnames is the unparalleled resource for anyone interested in his or her Irish surname. It will satisfy a casual curiosity in coats of arms and surname origins, as well as providing a serious research resource for those with a deeper interest in family and surname origins.  We can’t recommend this title enough for people looking to get started on their Irish family tree – a big reason why we have it included in our Genealogy Starter Pack.

In Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall: Irish names and surnames Rev. Wolfe gathers together the overwhelming majority of Irish forenames and surnames, together with explanatory notes and some history. Most importantly he explains the meanings and origins of Irish first names and surnames, as well as showing their Irish and/or English translations.  Matheson's Special Report On Surnames in Ireland is the first detailed official work on surnames in Ireland. Sir Robert E. Matheson used the 1890 birth registers to compile an authoritative list of surnames and their frequency and distribution throughout the country.  The main surnames for each county are listed alongside tables detailing their distribution.  What’s more, both of those are recent titles to be converted to a download! 

If you’re interested in pedigrees, then you can’t really beat Burke’s Landed Gentry.  We have Burke’s Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland for 1863 and his Landed Gentry of Ireland 1899, which contain detailed genealogies of all the ‘landed gentry’ in Ireland. 
These are just a sample of our range of surnames and pedigrees titles.  View the full range of titles or view what else we have in the Eneclann online shop

Invest in the Eneclann EII

If you are an Irish taxpayer then you can invest in the Eneclann Employment and Investment Incentive Scheme (EII). Investing in an EII is one way to reduce your tax liability and the closing date for applications is the 31st December 2012. Read more about the Eneclann Employment and Investment Scheme (EII) or contact Brian Donovan, Eneclann’s CEO, at

Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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