These ten new videos on PRONI’s YouTube channel will help you with your genealogy research in Northern Ireland

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) yesterday added ten more videos to its YouTube channel. These latest videos are online presentations, lasting from 45 minutes to an hour, that were delivered between November 2020 and March 2021.

Two of the presentations will be of particular interest to family historians: Researching Presbyterians in Ireland and Key Sources for Genealogy The Tithe System & Tithe Applotment Books.

From Gunner to Guerrilla – Tom Barry’s Road to Rebellion
Gerry White, chair of the Cork Branch of the Western Front Association talks about IRA leader and former British Army serviceman, Tom Barry. Barry was one of the most significant and controversial figures on the republican side during the Irish War of Independence. As commander of the Flying Column of Cork No. 3 Brigade of the IRA, he conducted a number of operations against the forces of the Crown. However, Tom Barry was an unlikely rebel. The son of a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary, Barry joined the Royal Field Artillery in 1915 and fought in Mesopotamia. In his account of his guerrilla campaign publish in 1949, Barry stated that it was the reports of the 1916 Rising he read while in Mesopotamia that led him to join the IRA. However, the story is more complex than that. As Mr. White shows, Barry’s service with the British Army and post-war experience had a major part to play in his transformation from a gunner to guerrilla. The Antrim & Down branch of the Western Front Association (WFA) and PRONI hosted this presentation.

The Dead of the Irish Revolution
Professor Eunan O’Halpin, one of the authors of the publication, the Dead of the Revolution, is interviewed by Dr Darragh Gannon, research fellow, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast. The Dead of the Revolution aspires to be the Lost Lives of the period from April 1916 to December 1921. It identifies a total of 2850 deaths arising from Irish political violence between those months (504 in 1916, 2346 from 1917 to 1921). Organised by day, as well as listing and describing each death consecutively, it provides analysis by location (county), by responsibility, affiliation, religion, and gender of the fatality.

Researching Presbyterians in Ireland
Dr. William Roulston, research director of the Ulster Historical Foundation, outlines the range of records relating to the various strands of Presbyterians in Ireland over the last four centuries. Attention is drawn to the documentation created by individual congregations, as well as the records created by the higher courts of Presbyterianism and the personal papers of Presbyterian ministers.

Neutrals, immigrants, aliens, evacuees the Irish in Britain during WW2
Dr. Jennifer Redmond, assistant professor in Twentieth Century Irish History in the Department of History at Maynooth University, looks at the experiences of the Irish in Britain during the Second World War, examining who they were, what they did, in what ways they were directly involved in the British home front efforts, and the challenges this poses to our interpretation of Irish neutrality.

The Golden Age of Steam
Jim McBride explores the last days of steam in Northern Ireland from 1965-1970.

Key Sources for Genealogy The Tithe System & Tithe Applotment Books
This talk by a PRONI staff member shows how to search and get the best out of Tithe Records.

Lost Potential? The Rejection of the 1923 Education Act
Noel Lindsay talks about the development of education in Ireland following partition. By examining the Protestant and Catholic churches’ animosities towards the department of education’s attempt to introduce a non-denominational system of education throughout the 1920s, Mr. Lindsay’s work will contribute to the gap in the historiography of the decade under review. Using the 1923 Education Act, this paper will examine why the Protestant and Roman Catholic Churches’ found it so objectionable, and how, through their rejection of it, they ensured that children in Northern Ireland would continue to be consigned to segregated education throughout their most influential and formative years.

Oliver Nugent & the Ulster Division: A Modern Major-General?
PRONI and the Antrim and Down branch of the Western Front Association welcomed Nicholas Perry who gave a presentation to mark the publication of his biography of Major General Oliver Nugent. Oliver Nugent, a landowner and professional soldier from Farren Connell, County Cavan, commanded 36th (Ulster) Division from September 1915 to May 1918 through the battles of the Somme, Messines, Cambrai, and the German offensives of March 1918. This presentation, sub-titled ‘Infantry Divisional Command in the British Army in the first half of the twentieth century,’ looks at Nugent’s family background and the Farren Connell collection in PRONI before expanding on the theme of modernity by using Nugent’s experiences to compare the role of Divisional commanders in the First and Second World Wars.

Conservation & Collections Care: Preserving PRONI’s Archives
PRONI’s Head of Conservation Sarah Graham explains the importance of preservation measures and appropriate document handling to ensure the archives are protected for generations to come. Ms. Graham introduces the role of the conservator and show examples of interventive treatments which have recently been carried out on collections at PRONI.

Word Choice and Religion in Early Modern Ireland
Tardiness of Protestant translations of liturgical and scriptural texts into Irish is a commonplace of discussions of religious change in 16th and 17th century Ireland. The English and Irish languages tend to be examined as a binary without much reference to Latin and other European vernaculars known and used on the island in this period. This paper will attempt to suggest that complex trajectories and hierarchies were at play in language choice and that religious acts of all kinds, not just worship, offer opportunities for thinking about spoken life in Ireland during this time. The Ulster Society of Irish Historical Studies and PRONI hosted this online presentation by Professor John McCafferty.

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Posted On: April 22, 2021 at 06:08AM