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O'Hart's Irish Pedigrees

Published in 1915, these are two Volumes of genealogy for Irish families. From the large quantity of information collected it was divided into separate Volumes covering the twelfth to the end of the sixteenth century:

  • Volume one, as quoted in the book, 'We give in the "Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation", and, so far as we could collect them, the genealogies of the families which branched from that ancient stem'.
  • Volume two, as quoted in the book, 'We give the "Families in Ireland from the twelfth to the end of the sixteenth century", with the counties in which they, respectively, we located'.

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Although this is a genealogy of Irish families, not all families from Ireland are included. Each record is available in a PDF format and will reveal biographical details such as birth dates, death dates, marriage dates, spouse's names, children's names, occupations and more.

Ireland 1931 Trade Directory

Find your Irish ancestors that are listed in the 1931 Trade Directory. Explore the towns and Counties for the names of large companies, banks, tradesmen to small local businesses. With each record you will find a transcript of the directory. The transcripts will include a combination of you're the name of your ancestor's business or company, their occupation and address.

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Directories are an excellent resource for anyone researching their family history and want to understand more about their ancestor's life by discovering your ancestor's address and occupation.

Ireland, Gravestone Records

Discover your ancestors who were buried in Ireland. Covering all 32 Counties in Ireland, these records reference hundreds of graveyards. The gravestone records contain the details of almost 57,600 individuals.

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With each result, you will find a transcript of the original Gravestone record. The amount of information listed varies, but most records usually include a combination of your ancestor's age at death, birth year, death year, death date, occupation and burial location.

Britain, Gestapo Invasion Arrest List 1940

Discover a fascinating arrest list that was compiled for Britain by the German Gestapo. After the fall of France in May 1940, the Gestapo prepared for the invasion of Britain by compiling an arrest list of more than 2,300 names. The list includes most major figures in the British political establishment, Winston Churchill and Neville Chamberlain. It also featured prominent cultural figures and refugees who had fled the continent ahead of the Nazis. Among those slated for arrest were Lady Astor, Noel Coward, Virginia Woolf, H. G. Wells, Sidney Reilly, Heinrich Mann, Chaim Weizmann, Edvard Benes, Aldous Huxley, and Charles de Gaulle.

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This is one of the rare surviving copies, it is numbered 354 and stamped "Geheim" (Secret), and has a handwritten title "Gestapo Arrest List for England." These records were prepared in advance of their anticipated invasion and occupation of mainland Britain. An occupation never came to pass, but these record give a unique insight into an alternative history that could have been. Images of the original documents are included.

Scotland Monumental Inscriptions

Over 30,000 records covering Abernethy, Greyfriars, Kilmore, Urray, Clachan, and more have been added to our collection of Scottish Monumental Inscriptions. Each result will give you a transcript of your ancestor's burial monument. These records were created by a variety of family history societies and independent licensors, with transcripts that will vary depending on the age of the monument and its legibility. Most will include your ancestor's death date and burial location at the very least.

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Monumental inscriptions are an excellent resource for family historians because many record the names of other relatives such as a spouse, children or parents, as well as their birth and death dates.

British & Irish Newspapers

This week we have added 341,248 new pages to our British & Irish collections. We have updated five of our existing titles, including special cinema publication The Bioscope, Welsh title the Western Mail, Irish titles the Drogheda Independent and the Belfast Telegraph, as well as adding the year 1890 to the Liverpool Echo.

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New to The Archive this week is fascinating title the Talking Machine News. The Talking Machine News was established in 1903 as a 'monthly journal devoted to the interests of users and makers of phonographs, automatic machines, and scientific inventions.' Its aim was to be 'expressly and explicitly representative of the thousands of delighted users of one the most remarkable inventions of the Nineteenth Century which for profit, pleasure, or instruction has now become so popular.'

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