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#Genealogy

From TheJournal.ie New historical birth, marriage and death registers available online for public to access Genealogy

New historical birth, marriage and death registers available online for public to access

These records hold the births for 1917 and 1918, marriages from 1864 to 1869, 1942 and 1943 and deaths for 1967 and 1968.

From TheJournal.ie DNA is helping Irish people find their ancestors from centuries ago Delving Deep

DNA is helping Irish people find their ancestors from centuries ago

We spoke to one Irish man who’s made genealogy his passion.

From TheJournal.ie 'Garda Pulse system' from the 1800s reveal details of Ireland's most famous Victorian crimes Criminal Past

'Garda Pulse system' from the 1800s reveal details of Ireland's most famous Victorian crimes

The digital archive details crimes such as murder, assaults, theft, and bestiality around the country in the 1800s.

From TheJournal.ie Experts have delved into Joe Biden's Irish roots - and they go back a while Five-eighths Irish

Experts have delved into Joe Biden's Irish roots - and they go back a while

There’s a whole lot of ‘great-great’ and ‘great-great-great’ grandparents in there.

From TheJournal.ie 10 million Irish parish records are now free to search online Family Tree

10 million Irish parish records are now free to search online

The documents show the impact the Great Famine had on Ireland’s population.

From TheJournal.ie Want to trace your Irish family tree? It just got easier... Column

Want to trace your Irish family tree? It just got easier...

Catholic parish registers – rich resources for those tracing tracing Irish ancestors – are now available for free online.

From TheJournal.ie Searching for your ancestors is about to get a whole lot easier Family Tree

Searching for your ancestors is about to get a whole lot easier

The entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms is available online from today.

From TheJournal.ie Cork's disappeared lanes and alleys have been given new life on Google Family History

Cork's disappeared lanes and alleys have been given new life on Google

They were removed back in the 1920s and 1930s, but now you can find them online.

From TheJournal.ie Kerry made it onto the cover of a National Geographic magazine Genealogy

Kerry made it onto the cover of a National Geographic magazine

Hollywood actor Andrew McCarthy traced his Irish roots back to Lacca West where he met with distant relatives and basked in their warm hospitality.

From TheJournal.ie President Higgins has spoken directly to the Irish Diaspora: "We owe them a debt of gratitude." Ancestors

President Higgins has spoken directly to the Irish Diaspora: "We owe them a debt of gratitude."

The story of Irish emigration is one to be proud of he argued.

9 people with unexpected Irish ancestry

It’s not just JFK, ya know.

US Redditor offering €110 to the person who finds ancestors' Dublin home

A architecture-themed mystery to work your brain over this morning.

From TheJournal.ie Website aims to answer questions about our past Genealogy

Website aims to answer questions about our past

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will launch www.irishgenealogy.ie later today.

From TheJournal.ie National Library to hold class to help people trace their family tree Genealogy

National Library to hold class to help people trace their family tree

Ever wanted to trace your family tree? The National Library of Ireland will be showing people how to do it.

From TheJournal.ie Free genealogy advisory service offered at the National Archives of Ireland Family Tree

Free genealogy advisory service offered at the National Archives of Ireland

Fill out some names on your family tree with help of some of Ireland’s foremost experts on genealogy.

From TheJournal.ie National Heritage Week: What’s on today? Heritage

National Heritage Week: What’s on today?

A record 1,550 events will take place over the next week to celebrate Ireland’s national heritage.

From TheJournal.ie National Heritage Week: What’s on today? Heritage

National Heritage Week: What’s on today?

A record 1,550 events will take place over the next week to celebrate Ireland’s national heritage.

From TheJournal.ie National Heritage Week: What’s on today? Heritage

National Heritage Week: What’s on today?

A record 1,550 events will take place over the next week to celebrate Ireland’s national heritage.

From TheJournal.ie National Heritage Week: What’s on today? Heritage

National Heritage Week: What’s on today?

A record 1,550 events will take place over the next week to celebrate Ireland’s national heritage.

From TheJournal.ie National Heritage Week: What's on today? Heritage

National Heritage Week: What's on today?

A record 1,550 events will take place over the next week to celebrate Ireland’s national heritage.

From TheJournal.ie National Heritage Week: What's on today? Heritage Week

National Heritage Week: What's on today?

A record 1,550 events will take place over the next week to celebrate Ireland’s national heritage.

From TheJournal.ie National Heritage Week kicks off today with 1,550 events Heritage Week

National Heritage Week kicks off today with 1,550 events

A record number of events will take place over the next week to celebrate Ireland’s national heritage.

From TheJournal.ie Ancestry website to create 50 jobs in Dublin Jobswatch

Ancestry website to create 50 jobs in Dublin

The US company has chosen Ireland as a base for its international operations, which will be expanded over the next two years.

From TheJournal.ie Irish DNA atlas project launched Typical Irish

Irish DNA atlas project launched

A new project by the Genealogical Society of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland aims to explore human genetic variation in the Irish population.

From TheJournal.ie Rosie O'Donnell uncovers her Kildare roots Discovery

Rosie O'Donnell uncovers her Kildare roots

A trip back into her family’s past for a TV show revealed that the comedian’s great-great-grandfather and family lived in Naas workhouse during the Famine.

From TheJournal.ie Take 5: Monday Take 5

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland's archive collections go online Archives

Ireland's archive collections go online

History-sleuths, amateur and professional, are invited to search through wide collection of personal and State archives of cultural, sporting, political and social documents.

THE SIZE of the fortunes left behind by some of Ireland’s most famous sons have been published by an online genealogy website.

Ancestry.co.uk has published the details of millions of wills, including Irish legends Oscar Wilde, Charles Stewart Parnell, William Butler Yeats and Ernest Shackleton.

The records made available also include those of Charles Darwin, Karl Marx and Charles Dickens.

We’ve gone through some the best-known names to give you the details:

Oscar Wilde

Dublin man Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde – better known as Oscar Wilde – remains one of Ireland’s most famous writers. Wilde was also extremely popular during his own lifetime and was paid handsomely for his works, which included The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

But, despite this, he died in diminished circumstances.

Wilde died in November 1900, and while it would be wrong to say that he died “penniless”, he left an estate worth just £250 (€28,000 today ) which, considering his earlier wealth, was a very modest sum. His estate, which he left to his son Vyvyan Beresford Holland, took twenty years to settle.

William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats, a poet, dramatist and Nobel Prize winner,was born Co Dublin and was one of the driving forces behind the Irish Literary Revival. He famously penned The Tower and The Winding Stair and Other Poems.

Yeats left an estate valued at £4,498 14s 2d (worth €267,000 today) to his widow Bertha Georgie Yeats. He died in January 1939,

Charles Stewart Parnell

Wicklow man Charles Stewart Parnell championed the cause of Home Rule for Ireland, was elected as the MP for Co Meath, and entered the House of Commons in London in 1875.

He fell from grace after the details of his seven-year affair with married woman, Kitty O’Shea, were revealed. The pair later married.

In 1891 Parnell – known as the “uncrowned king of Ireland” – left a total of £11,774 7s 3d, which would be the equivalent of €1.3m in today, to his wife, Kitty.
Ernest Shackleton
Ernest Shackleton, born in Kilkea in Co Kildare, was a polar explorer and one of the principle figures involved in what is known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. He died during his last expedition in 1922.
Shackleton left an estate of £556 2s 2d (the equivalent of around €24,000 today) to his widow, Emily Mary Shackleton.
Bram Stoker

Clontarf-born “Dracula” author Bram Stoker left an estate worth £5,269 12s 7d (€553,000 in today’s values) to his widow, Florence Ann Lemon Stoker after his death in 1012.

Other famous names

  • Author and creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, left the equivalent of €3.6 million by today’s standards
  • Writer Charles Dickens left the equivalent of €8.5 million
  • British naturalist Charles Darwin left behind a whopping estate worth €15 million
  • Socialist Karl Marx left a much more modest sum, the equivalent of €27,000, to his youngest daughter Eleanor

Ancestry.co.uk allows registered users a two-week free trial. After that, there is a subscription service, or pay as you go, at a cost of £6.95 for access to 12 documents.