Reimagining the National Library

Earlier this month the National Library of Ireland announced plans for a four-year, major redevelopment of the main building on Kildare Street.


NLI genealogy service renewed for 2017

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has confirmed the renewal of its arrangement with Ancestor Network and Eneclann to support genealogy service in 2017. This will be the sixth year NLI has partnered with these Irish genealogy firms.


Using other databases to supplement NLI

A recent message from the Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF) provides time-saving tips about querying Rootsireland and/or Ancestryireland before searching the new online records at the National Library of Ireland (NLI). Here’s the UHF text:

With new resources now available for researching Irish ancestors, using the Foundation’s own databases can help you make the best use […]

Countdown to July 8

Your calendars are probably marked for this auspicious date, but here’s a reminder about what’s scheduled for tomorrow, July 8, 2015.


Irish Newspapers

I’ve found U.S. newspapers to be really valuable in filling blanks and adding context to my family history research. However I’ve rarely looked at Irish newspapers, and I must change my ways.


NLI’s Catholic Parish Records to be Online (and FREE)

Rarely do I post more than one blog in a day but this news is too splendid to wait for tomorrow: the National Library of Ireland (NLI) plans to make its pre-1880 Roman Catholic parish registers available online.


Caring for Family Papers

Imagine you’ve discovered old family documents like a marriage certificate, letter, photograph or family Bible. You are understandably proud and want to display this piece of history in your home. How do you do so without damaging it?


GRO to go online; County Down records; NLI summer programs

I’ve been away from home — and away from a computer — more than half the days in May. Consequently the blog has been neglected. Here are several “catch-up” items of interest, in case you missed the news elsewhere:


“Sources” at the National Library of Ireland

IGSI is in good company with its new blog. Last month, the National Library of Ireland (NLI) launched a fascinating blog:

Reading the NLI blog led me to look at their digital library, and specifically at the “Sources” digital directory: Over 180,000 Irish manuscripts and periodicals are catalogued there.