Website Updates for Mobile

Various updates and fixes to the mobile phone compatible section of the website and also added new pages to shows historic c1840 Catholic and Church of Ireland parish details and Church locations.

Church markers show GPS & ITM coordinates, and also include a link to show directions to selected church using Google Maps.

Additional Menu Options for Catholic & Church of Ireland Parish Details

Select Diocese and Parish

Parish details and map of Churches as of c1840

Church Details and Coordinates (click on the marker to show)

Google Maps requests permission to access your location.

Directions from your current location to the historic Church site.

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Map of Coastguard Stations by Port – c1845

Added a new beta version of a Historic (c1845) Coastguard Station Map browse by port to my website, which uses OpenStreetMaps and leaflet.

see : Maps of Coastguard Stations by port.

a link to these maps has also been added to the existing ‘Coastguard Stations in Ireland c1845‘ page.

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Historic Catholic Church and Chapel Maps

As a work-around for recent removal of OSI Historic Map viewer, I’ve made a few changes to the Catholic Parish link system – hopefully temporary until a better solution can be found.

1. Find the parish of interest using the map search, civil parish lookup, Diocese etc as usual.  The old OSI maps links have been removed, and the entry now shows the Irish Transverse Mercator (ITM) coordinates.

2. Open the GEOHive map viewer (opens in a new tab/window), and select ‘Data Catalogue/Base Information and Mapping’ option on the top left, and scroll down
to the ‘Historic Map 6 inch Colour (1837-1842)’ and select this using the checkbox.

3.  Return to the parish link page and copy the ITC coordinates of the Chapel. These coordinates consist of two six digit numbers separated with a comma, and paste these into the search option at the top of the GEOHive page, and press enter.

4. GeoHive should select the correct location and zoom in, with a red marker at the location. Drag the the transparency option to the right to show only the historic map.

5. Some chapels only show on the later maps – for these select ‘Historic Map25 inch (1888-1913)’

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Misclassified Locations in online Tithe records

The Tithe Applotment record images available online on the National Archives of Ireland website, along with corresponding transcripts, have been a great addition to the resources available to those researching online – and also save a trip into Dublin city for those living closer. Since the time these were released people were reporting issues finding townlands – many due to the expected variable spellings used, but some turned out to be misclassified – e.g. a civil parish listed under the incorrect county, or a townland not listed in the expected parish.

Two other issues which can cause problems are the use on the Tithes of local names or names of villages rather than townlands, or in some cases redefined parish boundaries as a result of the OS mapping which can result in townlands appearing in adjacent parishes.

As far as I know the original Tithe transcriptions and location classification was carried out by FamilySearch volunteers, and their system seem to show the same issues regarding locations.

Some of the examples of the location issues that turned up are listed below :

Drumlease, Co. Leitrim

Tithe Records for Drumlease civil parish do not appear on the list of Co. Leitrim civil parishes on the National Archives website – for corrected link to the images see here
(via my website) These entries also include some nice maps.

The transcripts of Drumlease records appear to have been mixed with the records for Drumhome parish, Co. Donegal.

Bray, Co. Wicklow  (see also previous topic)

Tithe Applotment Records for Bray, civil parish Co. Wicklow have been misclassified under Brannockstown parish, Co. Kildare on the NAI website. For the correct images see this link  (images are sideways)

Kilcummin, Co. Mayo

Entries for Kilcummin parish Mayo are to be found under Kilcummin, Co. Kerry – mixed in with the correct Co. Kerry records.  For the correct Kilcummin, Co. Mayo record images see this link

St. Mary’s (Fore), Co. Westmeath

This one is a little more obvious – the clue is in the name of the parish – St. Mary’s (Fore), Co. Westmeath is listed under ‘St Mary’s Castlepolland (Cork)’
For the correct images for St. Mary’s (Fore) Westmeath see this link.

Kilscoran, Co. Wexford

Some of the locations listed under Kilscoran Co. Wexford, are actually in Kilseily civil parish in Co. Clare. For the correct Kilscoran Co. Wexford images see this link and for Kilseily Co. Clare see this link.

[updated 23rd Apr – 17:30]

Tankardstown, Co. Kildare

This parish is listed under County Dublin on the Tithe transcriptions, but is actually in Co. Kildare, see the images at this link. The County is not listed on the introduction page but the Diocese for the parish is Dublin which may account for the error.

All Saint’s, Co. Donegal

This parish is also listed under Co. Dublin, but should be under Co. Donegal – see the images starting at this link. These entries contain extensive descriptions, maps and diagrams.

Carnew, Co. Wicklow

Townlands in Carnew Co. Wicklow and Co. Wexford are listed under  Carnalway parish Co. Kildare, the correct images for Carnew civil parish start at this link.

Hacketstown, Carlow/Wicklow

All the Co. Wicklow townlands for this parish are indexed under Co. Carlow

I’ll check through my notes and update this list if I find other examples – if anyone out there has spotted any others let me know , and I’ll add to the list. (I’m on twitter as @Shanew147 or see email address on my website homepage)

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Tithe Applotment Records – Bray Civil Parish, Co. Wicklow

The Tithe Applotment Records for Bray Civil Parish, Co. Wicklow do not appear to have been categorised correctly on the National Archives website system. Some records appear under other parishes – e.g. entries for parts of Bray town, Great Bray, Killarney townland etc are listed as ‘Brannockstown parish, Co. Kildare‘.  The correct images are present but the images were filmed sideways, which possibly accounts for the mixup.

Some of the pages are very faint and difficult to make out, the index of locations and contents below was created as a guide using the Tithe image browse tool

383 [start- ‘Bray’]
384 (blank)
385 Great Bray, Chapel …., Rock of Bray, Old Court
387 …, New Court, Bog.. , Newtown Vevay, Sea… , Windygates, Bray Head
389 Killarney, Saint…, Fassaroe[?], Berry FIeld, Spring Field, Glebe Land
391 (calculations)
392 Ballyman, Little Bray
393 (very faint)
394 LIttle Bray, Little Cork, Old Connaght
395 (very faint)
396 Old Connaght, …m.pstown
398 (summary/declaration)
399 (blank)
400 (inc. note – lodged 7th April 1827, paid)
401 Great Bray, Old Court
403 Bog…
405 Killarney, … , Glebe Land
407 (totals & notes)
408 (note re totals)
409 (notes – Bray, Lodged … Oct. 1826, J.J.)
410 (declaration)
411 (declaration & signatures – dated 20th October 1826)
412 [end]

Note – some areas listed under Bray civil parish in later records, e.g. townland index, are included in adjacent parishes  e.g. Ballywaltrim is listed on the Tithes under Powerscourt, and in Bray parish in Griffith’s and the townland index.

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