The Top Five for Irish Family History Research

These are my top five lists of books, blogs and websites that can assist you with your family history research in Ireland. Do you have any that you feel should be added? If so please leave a comment.


Tracing Your Irish Ancestors” by John Grenham [all three editions recommended]; published by Genealogical Publishing Co.

General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns, Parishes and Baronies of Ireland: Based on the Census of Ireland for the year 1851” published by Genealogical Publishing Co.

Irish Church Records” by James G. Ryan; published by Flyleaf Press

A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland” by Brian Mitchell; published by Genealogical Publishing Co.

The Big Houses and Landed Estates of Ireland: A Research Guide” by Terence Dooley; published by Four Courts Press


Pue’s Occurrences

National Library of Ireland blog

Irish Family History

Irish Genealogy News Blog


National Library of Ireland

Census of Ireland 1901/1911

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives

Find My Past Ireland

The IreAtlas Townland Database

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The Scouts’ Imperial Jamboree of 1924 and my Grandfather’s Involvement

A couple of weeks ago I got the opportunity to talk to my Father and his two siblings about their father Thomas Blair. There were lots of interesting stories that will be making their way onto this blog in the coming weeks.

One that caught my attention was the fact that he went to the Scout Jamboree in Wembley and danced before the Prince of Wales. My Grandfather was 16 years old and living in Glasgow at the time. He was a Rover-Scout with the 6th Glasgow Troop. He got the opportunity to attend the Jamboree along with thousands of other young men.

This Jamboree was the held about a week before the second International Scout Jamboree in Denmark but no one knew if my Grandfather attended the one in Denmark.

Eddie Stuart (left) Thomas Blair (right)

I spent Sunday afternoon searching online for information about the Jamboree and if there were any photographs or something that could tell me if he did dance before the Prince of Wales.

In the summer of 1924 the Imperial Exhibition was held to promote both pride and trade in the empire after the First World War. The Jamboree was held for a week at the beginning of the Exhibition.

The Head Scout Robert Baden Powell was there along with members of the Royal family.

There were about 12,500 Scouts attending the Jamboree and on a daily basis they used 75,000 gallons of water, 6,000 loaves of bread and 250 pounds of tea. The Lyons catering firm fed the boys at the cost of 3s 4d per head. You can find out more here.

I found a website that describes the “Eightsome Reel,” its history, how to perform it and it mentions the Imperial Jamboree of 1924. The Prince of Wales was in attendance around the campfire and the program had ended. It was dark but “kilts were seen to be moving” in preparation for the reel. Dancers, pipers and drummers entered the ring. The Prince of Wales was reported to have joined the Scouts in a dance. The Scouts were from Aberdeen. You can find out more here.

My Father remembers being told that his father performed a sword dance in the presence of the Prince of Wales during an evenings entertainment. It could be he was part of the official program mentioned above.

The real gem was found on the British Pathe archive website. I found a silent reel showing the opening of the Scouts’ Imperial Jamboree entitled “Sink Self In Service“. Near the end you see a large group of Scottish Scouts dancing in the field. Now if I could just figure out which one was my Grandfather.

The Boy Scout Association produced a souvenir book called “The Imperial Jamboree 1924” and a few copies are for sale on EBay but they were rather expensive. I checked WorldCat and found that the book was in six libraries. The libraries were in Nova Scotia, Texas, Virgina, Yorkshire, Oxford and Scotland. The problem is they are all for in library use only.

I am going to issue a challenge to my readers to help me find out more about the Imperial Jamboree of 1924. Do you have a copy of the souvenir book? Do you know someone who does? Does a library near you hold a copy? Can you help me find out more?

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Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

Marian Pierre-Louis of Marian’s Roots and Rambles had a post called “Google+ Hangouts are Fun!” where she talks about her experiences using the Hangout option on Google+.

Michael Seery of The Enniskerry Local History blog has a very interesting post entitled “The Leicester Arms Hotel” where he use images and several basic records to examine the changes that took place in the town. The records go from 1641 to the twentieth century. This type of process is a fun exercise that you might want to try in your own town or a town where your family lived.

Elyse Doerflinger of Elyse’s Genealogy Blog has a post called “Microsoft OneNote vs. Evernote (Part 1)” where she compares the two note-taking programs. She continues her examination of OneNote here.

In the post “New Generations of Genealogy” The Ancestry Insider gives us a synopsis of D. Joshua Taylor’s Keynote Address at the 2011 BYU Family History Conference. The address was called “Genealogy in Prime Time: Family History’s Next Generation.”

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings put the Ancestry commercial to the test in his post entitled “ “You don’t even have to know what you’re looking for…” – Post 1” he tries out the premise with a member of his own tree. It looks like he is going to do more trials but he has also challenged us to test the premise. Here is part two and part three. He will be posting more on this subject.

James Tanner on the Family Search Tech Tips blog had a post this week called “Data, back it up, migrate it or lose it!” It describes the importance of regularly moving your data to newer versions. It also discusses how and where to back up your data.

Are there any postings in the last week that you think need to be on this list? Let me know in the comments below.

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