Boyd Gray’s Irish Family History Workshop Videos

Worth your time
These videos are on the Co. Tyrone site but they applies to Research anywhere in Ireland:
Boyd Gray’s Family History Workshop Videos: A  guide to getting started in Irish Research.
Not professionally-made videos, but this is good information, and he shows you the techniques.
They are also on YouTube:
When we buy a certificate, we want it to be the right one!  He shows us how to get the one you want.
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New County Down and County Antrim Church of Ireland Records and Belfast Roman Catholic Records Online

FROM ROOTSIRELAND.IE: We are pleased to announce that we have just added over 16,000 Church of Ireland baptismal records for County Down along with over 8,000 Roman Catholic records for Belfast. The records were transcribed by Dr Brian Trainor, former Director of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. The following Churches have been added:

Name Denomination Type Years Number
Killinchy Church of Ireland Baptisms 1820-77 418

Blaris Church of Ireland Baptisms 1661-1720 7709

Magheralin Church of Ireland Baptisms 1783-1870 6628
Bangor Church of Ireland Baptisms 1803-43 1050

Ballywalter Church of Ireland Baptisms 1845-75 125

Ardkeen Church of Ireland Baptisms 1746-1871 541

St Patrick’s Belfast Roman Catholic Baptisms 1924-1931 3823

St Joseph’s Belfast Roman Catholic Baptisms1900-1921 3344

St Joseph’s Belfast Roman Catholic Marriages 1921-1933 1524

These registers contain many interesting records. For example:

In the Blaris Church of Ireland register we find the baptismal record of Margaret Street in 1675 who had been “found in Mr Brooke’s porch”.

In Magheralin Church of Ireland register the minister Canon B.W Dolling had to add the following note to the baptismal record of Mary Anne in 1808:

*’The parents of said child went away while I was registering the others, though desired to stay and I have not been able to discover who they were’.*

More Church of Ireland records will be added soon for the parishes of Antrim, Carrickfergus, Comber, Donaghadee, Down, Drumballyroney andKilmore.

Please find a list of County Antrim sources that are currently online at County Antrim Sources List <;.

County Down sources that are currently online at County Down Sources List  <;.

If you have any questions please check our Help section  <; and if this does not provide an answer, then you may contact us or one of the county centres.

Yours Sincerely,
Brought to you by the Irish Family History Foundation

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From Ulster to New Hampshire

Nutfield Petition names (1718) 

A fascinating document was put on line by the New Hampshire Historical Society.  Linda Merle posted this today on the Scotch-Irish Mailing List (Rootsweb):

“Dear folks, the facebook page of the North of Ireland Family History Society has posted a link to a transcription:
“of the original “Shute Petition” of 1718, and the list of Scots Irish men who requested a grant of land in New England… This land was Nutfield, which became Londonderry, New Hampshire “. Many of these men were able to sign their own names, indicating the high degree of literacy among Presbyterians, who valued being able to read the Bible.

If you suspect an ancestor came to this area, look for his name in the list here. As the names are not in alpha order, Use Edit> Find to search for it.  And if you don’t find it and it should be there, just read the list. (Extreme example: “Willeam Jeameson”)

“To His Excellency the Right Honourable Collonel Samuel Suitte Governour of New England:

 “We whose names are underwritten, Inhabitants of ye North of Ireland, Doe in our own names, and in the names of many others our Neighbours, Gentleman, Ministers, Farmers and Tradesmen Commissionate and appoint our trusty and well beloved Friend, the Reverend Mr. William Boyd of Macasky to His Excellency the Right Honorable Collonel Samuel Suitte Governour of New England, and to assure His Excellency of our sincere and hearty Inclination to Transport our selves to that very excellent and renowned Plantation upon our obtaining from his Excellency suitable incouragement. And further to act and our hands this 26th day of March, Annoq. Dom. 1718.”

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Our Names and Places

Let’s post the names of our Irish-born ancestors, connected families, and where they came from, here. Maybe we will find that we are cousins! I’ll put up one of mine to get us started. You can add a picture to your post. Just copy and paste it into your post. I will copy them into the “Our Names and Places” section so they will be permanent.  Maybe some clever person  can figure out how to make a map of Ireland with a marker for where our people came from.

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Genealogy Research at Bellevue Library: Using Ancestry

Tell your friends or come yourself.

Upcoming Class at the Bellevue Library:  Genealogy Research: Using Ancestry

Learn to use the popular Ancestry Library Edition database to do genealogical research at the library. We will discuss the contents of the database, learn searching strategies and explore ways to save and use search results. The class will include hands on searching practice. Bring information on your own ancestors to use during practice segments of the class and bring a flash drive to save your results.

Patrons can register online or call the library at 425.450.1765. Registration opens one week before the date of the class.

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EGS Meeting Tonight Feb 13

This is a reminder for our EGS meeting being held tonight. Here is the meeting information:


Date:              Thursday, February 13th

Time:               7:00 PM

Location:         Bellevue Regional Library

Topic:     and Internet resources at your local Family History Center

Speaker:          Bob Barnes. Bob Barnes, Chair of the EGS Education Committee will present the program.  Bob is a volunteer librarian at the Bellevue Family History Center as well serving as a lecturer in genealogy for the Telos program at Bellevue College.

Everyone is welcome!

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RootsTech Videos available now

Here’s what’s available now on the RootsTech video page: (  I watched some of these live last weekend and they were well worth my time (and yours).

Thursday, February 6

8:30 a.m. – General Session & Keynotes, Dennis Brimhall of Family Search, Annelies van den Belt of DC Thomson Family History, and Ree Drummond
10:30 a.m. – Top Ten Things I Learned About My Family From My Couch, Tammy Hepps
1 p.m. – Do It Yourself Photo Restoration, The Ancestry Insider
2:30 p.m. – Intro to DNA for Genealogists, James Rader
4 p.m. – Genealogy in the Cloud, Randy Hoffman
4 p.m. – Sharing Your Family History With Multimedia, Michael J. Leclerc

Friday, February 7

8:30 a.m. Keynotes – Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, and Dr. Spencer Wells of National Geographic’s Genographic Project
10:30 a.m. – Storytelling Super Powers – How to Come Off as Your Family’s Genealogy Hero, David Adelman
1 p.m. – Tweets, Links, Pins,  and Posts: Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls With Social Media, Lisa Alzo
1 p.m. – 5 Ways to do Genealogy In Your Sleep, Deborah Gamble
2:30 p.m. – Finding Family and Ancestors Outside the USA With New Technologies, Daniel Horowitz
2:30 p.m. – Getting the Most Out Of Ancestry, Christa Cowan
4 p.m. – How to Interview Yourself for a Personal History, Tom Taylor

Saturday, February 8

8:30 a.m. Keynotes – Todd Hansen and Stephanie Nielson
10:30 a.m. – Become an iPad Power User, Lisa Louise Cooke
1 p.m. – Information Overload: Managing,line Searches and Their Results, D. Joshua Taylor
2:30 p.m. – A Beginners Guide to Going Paperless, Randy Whited

We all owe a great big thanks to FamilySearch and the entire RootsTech team — and the many sponsors of the conference — for making these recordings available, online, free.

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