The following announcement was written by the Irish Family History Foundation:
To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916 a Special Issue of CLANN, the Irish Family History Foundation’s quarterly online newsletter, has been released. It features the results of painstaking research on the families of the seven signatories to the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, the declaration read out by Patrick Pearse at the beginning of the insurrection on Easter Monday, April 24th 1916.
There is a year long programme of events taking place throughout the country in every village, town and city; in schools, libraries, and theatres. Our contribution is to combine family history with the events of 1916. The seven signatories, Ceannt, Clarke, Connolly, Mac Diarmada, MacDonagh, Pearse and Plunkett, have been household names in Ireland for the past century. The seven men came from different backgrounds. Their stories touch on twenty counties and reveal the diverse strands of nineteenth century Irish society.
The research was conducted over several months on behalf of the IFHF by Paul Gorry, a Member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland. The records used are indicated throughout the 52-page newsletter and hopefully these examples will illustrate the range of sources available for Irish genealogical research. The various county databases on ROOTSIRELAND.IE played a central role in tracing the seven families, but the research involved other online sources as well as original records and printed material.
We would welcome any further information that people would like to share about the men and their family histories. We would encourage people to share this publication with schools, libraries, local and family history societies and across social media.
The Special Issue is now available at http://www.rootsireland.ie/clann-newsletters.
What the IRISH FAMILY HISTORY FOUNDATION does:
The IFHF is the coordinating body for a network of 34 local genealogy centres throughout the island of Ireland. Through its website, ROOTSIRELAND.IE, the centres’ databases are available on subscription. New records are added as the computerisation of sources continues locally. The records cover baptisms, marriages and deaths of various religious denominations, many civil records and gravestone inscriptions.
The ROOTSIRELAND.IE databases cover most of the ‘Catholic Parish Registers at the NLI’ http://registers.nli.ie and provide links to the relevant registers. In addition, the databases cover more recent Roman Catholic records, in many cases well into the twentieth century. They also cover a number of registers never microfilmed by the National Library.
As well as the online information at ROOTSIRELAND.IE the county genealogy centres hold other sources which they will research for enquirers. Their knowledge of local history and place-names provides an additional insight into ancestral research in Ireland.