May 2012

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When you do a search in the online catalogue for the National Library of Ireland one of the filters on the right hand side is for online availability. There are links to digital images which include ephemera, maps and a few books.

There are links to three websites that provide more information: Europeana, Sources and the General Election 2011 web archive.

There are maps from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The majority of maps are for Ireland and its counties but you can find them for Scotland, Italy and a few other places. On the right hand side are links to Europeana to view further maps.

A search of Irish History resulted in a list of images, photos and one manuscript.

Most of the search returns are digital images and not searchable items like books.

On the right hand side of the search page you can narrow down the search by the following criteria: Format, Year of Publication, Online Availability, Subject, Author, Language, Genre, Era and Region.

The links to digital images provide a new experience to searching the National Library of Ireland catalogue.

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The Passionate Genealogist is going to be an Official Blogger at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Cincinnati May 9-12th. I am excited to get to Cincinnati to meet up with the other Official Bloggers and attend the conference.

Conferences are great fun and you meet so many interesting people. You also get to learn new things from the lectures and the exhibit hall where vendors are showcasing their products.

A conference is a very social activity because things don’t just end when the last lecture is over. This year there are events at the Museum Center, National Underground Railway Freedom Center and A Night at the Public Library.

On Saturday there are two special courses on offer. “Genealogy 201, Working with Records” and Youth Kamp which helps the younger generation develop their interest in genealogy.

If you are attending the National Genealogical Society Conference in Cincinnati please come and say hello. You may find me in the halls going to a lecture, in the media center or at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies/Heritage Productions booth numbers 527 and 626.

See you in Cincinnati!

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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

The Enniskerry Local History blog had a post called “Early Tourists to Powerscourt Waterfall” which looks at the visit to the waterfall by Bishop Pococke in 1752. As a child I used to go and have picnics with my family by the waterfall so this post intrigued me. There is a picture of a painting by George Barrett c1760 of Powerscourt Waterfall and I have a print hanging in my home. The post makes me wonder if any of my ancestors visited this waterfall.

Chris Paton of the British GENES blog had a post called “New NLS catalogue coming soon” where he outlines the new features of the National Library of Scotland catalogue.

The Family Recorder blog had a post called “Mappy Monday – Collections on a map” which looks at the latest feature on The National Archives Labs. You can do a radius search of a place in England and if there are any documents relating to this area it will tell you on the map. This is a work in progress so the selection of documents is small but the possibilities are endless.

What were your favourite blog posts this past week?

Let me know in the comments below.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

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