Authentic Irish Soda Bread

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From Rachel Allen:

True Irish soda bread that is made every day in Irish homes bears only a slight resemblance to the sweet, rich “Irish Soda Bread” known in America. In Ireland it is a much more simple but no less delicious bread, made with only flour, buttermilk, salt and of course baking soda. The American invention includes eggs and butter, which the Irish don’t normally add to the dough – we tend to keep all the butter for spreading liberally over the baked bread! Irish Soda bread was borne of necessity, without the climate to produce strong, gluten-rich wheat, the flour in Ireland was soft and made for poor quality yeast-leavened bread. Soda bread works best with lower gluten flours so has been popular in Ireland since baking soda (which in Ireland we call bread soda) became available in the 18th century. It has the great advantage too, of requiring no kneading and being ready in a matter of minutes.

Traditional Irish Soda Bread
Recipe: Rachel’s authentic Irish Soda Bread

The first and still the most popular soda bread is Brown soda bread. Made with unrefined flour it was the food of the masses. The American version of soda bread often includes caraway seeds and raisins. Caraway, though not common, was traditionally added to soda bread in Donegal and Leitrim. The raisins would have been a rare luxury in the past, but are now frequently added to white soda bread along with an egg to make the wonderfully rich bread knows as “Spotted Dog.”

Read more: http://parade.condenast.com/129408/rachelallen/11-chef-rachel-allen-talks-irish-breads/

A crucial ingredient in soda bread is buttermilk. This was originally the liquid leftover when butter was churned from cream. The cream was easier to separate from the milk if it was left for a few days, which led to the characteristic slight sourness of buttermilk. These days the buttermilk that is commercially available is milk to which a little bacteria has been added. Not quite as authentic but it still works well in soda bread.

There is always a cross cut in to a loaf of soda bread before baking. It was said that the cross “lets the devil, or the fairies, out of the bread.” It also serves a more prosaic purpose, by allowing the heat of the oven to penetrate more easily in to the thickest part of the bread. After baking, the cross divides the loaf, making it much easier to break apart and share!

Look under “Irish Foods” above to see a recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage and for Colcannon.

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Irish Special Interest Group meets March 5

The Irish/ Scots-Irish Special Interest Group of the Eastside Genealogical Society
will meet Wednesday, 5 March 2014 from 12:30pm – 2:30 pm
at the Bellevue LDS Church,
10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA
Our March Topic will be
Computer Tips and Tricks for Genealogists
Presented by David Abernathy
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The Legacy Special Interest Group will meet from 10 am to 12 noon and you might want to come early, bring a sandwich and make a day of it, especially if you just upgraded to Legacy 8.


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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 <http://antrim.rootsireland.ie/generic.php?filename=sources.tpl&selectedMenu=sources&gt;.

County Down sources that are currently online at County Down Sources List  <http://down.rootsireland.ie/generic.php?filename=sources.tpl&selectedMenu=sources&gt;.

If you have any questions please check our Help section  <http://www.rootsireland.ie/index.php?id=help0&gt; and if this does not provide an answer, then you may contact us or one of the county centres.

Yours Sincerely,
rootsireland.ie
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.”

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs114/1103155922201/archive/1116507047984.html

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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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