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New genealogy and history research service launched in Cork

MacCotter History and Genealogy Research Specialising in Munster genealogy, Irish surname histories, y-chromosome DNA study background research. Find this service online at and on facebook.

Culture Night 2012 @ the Archives Friday 21 September, 6-9pm. 

‘A Cork History of Film-Making’

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Our Culture Night experience this year traces the evolution of photography and filming in Cork. Discover the Horgan Brothers of Youghal, pioneering photographers and film-makers. Explore vintage cameras and movie-making equipment, much of it from the collection of Helen Prout. Learn about Helen’s life in film and her role in founding the Cork Youth International Film and Video Festival, first held in 1980 and still going strong. In addition, the night will feature a history of video recording, demonstrations of photograph restoration, and displays of historic photographs, including many of the North Monastery School and the Blackpool area, as well as a selection from Cork: A Scrapbook Through Time.

The night will also see the debut presentation of a ‘Virtual Tour’ of the Archives Building, filmed by Tim McCoy. There will be actual tours of the building at 7:30 and 8:15pm. In addition, visitors may view a movie-style slide show highlighting gems from the Archives collection, and family history information sheets and facsimile handouts of historic documents will be available.

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The Miners' Angel: Mother Jones Exhibition

Mother Jones Pictures

Following the very successful Mother Jones Festival in Shandon, celebrating the 175th anniversary of the birth of Mary Harris 'Mother Jones', in Cork in 1837, the Archives is delighted to present an Exhibition on her extraordinary life and times for Archives Awareness Month and National Heritage Week.  The exhibition was created by the Cork Mother Jones Festival Committee in conjunction with the Archives. (See the Mother Jones Festival Leaflet for more info about Mother Jones).
Location: Cork City and County Archives (Seamus Murphy Building), Great William O'Brien Street
Dates/Times : Monday to Friday 10am - 1pm and 2.15pm - 5pm ; from Tuesday 7 August until Friday 14 September. Free Admission.

‘Tracing Your People’ Family History Conference,  31 March 2012

­­­­­­Part of the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2012

Our family history conference, held jointly with the Cork Genealogical Society, at the Ambassador Hotel, Cork, on Saturday, 31 March, attracted a large crowd, proving once again the strong and growing interest in genealogy in Cork and beyond. With almost 180 delegates, along with eight speakers, and display tables by a number of history organisations, the Hotel’s Bellevue Suite was lively throughout the day.

The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Terry Shannon kindly opened proceedings, and the day’s first speaker was Wendy Quirke of the Cork Research Centre, who gave an informative overview of the resources available through the website. Next up, David Butler and Lorna Moloney of the Irish Ancestry Research Centre, University of Limerick, spoke jointly on the tricky business of turning raw research into a coherent family tree or publication. After the break, our own Archivist Brian McGee shed light on records of genealogical interest at Cork City and County Archives, while Gerry White of the Western Front Association gave an impressive overview of sources for all sorts of information on ancestors who served in the First World War.

In the afternoon, Tony McCarthy of UCC Adult Education Department spoke entertainingly on encountering and overcoming dead ends and pitfalls in genealogical research. Rosaleen Underwood MAPGI then discussed the origins and early history of Cork’s banking and merchant families. The final speaker, John Grenham, spoke on major Irish sources online, emphasising the differences between online information and original records.

The speakers were very generous with their time in answering questions and meeting with delegates during breaks and at the long day’s end. We are grateful to them, to the hotel, to our co-organisers the Cork Genealogical Society, and most importantly to the delegates for making the event such a success.

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Tracing Your People 2012


UNESCO Adopts the Universal Declaration on Archives

At a General Conference on 10 November 2011, the United Nations' cultural organisation adopted the Universal Declaration on Archives as prepared by the International Council on Archives (ICA).