17 October 2011

ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY RECORDS AND IGP UPDATES

     Time again to report that more FREE records have been placed online by the volunteers at the Irish Genealogy Projects (IGP). But first, I want to make a point about the Royal Irish Constabulary records collection that the IGP has been so diligently transcribing.
     That most pre-Famine Irish "stayed put" in their general localities has become a bit of a truism in Irish genealogy. Many of us do find that, once we discover an ancestor's townland or parish, we can trace the family back several generations in the same place. However, those researchers who discover a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) among their ancestors often have an added problem. Because of the resentment displayed in many areas of Ireland toward the men who entered this service, and due to concerns over policing the populace, the practice was to station the men in a location far away from home. Sometimes, the rest of the family shunned the RIC man and stayed in their home location, but many times family members followed the RIC man to a new location and new life.
     For a good fiction book on the subject of the dislocation, both emotional and geographic, of an RIC man, read Sebastian Barry's acclaimed novel, The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty.
     Luckily, records of the RIC do exist, and having the IGP place these online is a tremendous help to researchers. This month, the IGP has added more RIC records to its online databases. Other record groups have been added as well.
IGP UPDATES
DERRY/LONDONDERRY Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1845 Royal Irish Constabulary records
DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Glasnevin Part 7
FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church
Irvinestown & Pettigoe; Births at Irvinestown & Pettigoe Presbyterian Church
KERRY Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary Records
1845 Royal Irish Constabulary records
KILDARE Genealogy Archives - Military
1845 Royal Irish Constabulary records
KILKENNY Genealogy Archives - Military
1845 Royal Irish Constabulary records
LEITRIM Genealogy Archives
Dromahaire, St. Patrick's Church of Ireland Cemetery
LIMERICK Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1845 Royal Irish Constabulary records
LONGFORD Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1845 Royal Irish Constabulary records
MONAGHAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones.
Ballybay, 2nd Presbyterian
OFFALY (Kings) Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1845 Royal Irish Constabulary records