(NAI) adds County Clare Post-Truce (Damage to Property (Compensation) Act 1923) files to its online catalogue

The National Archives of Ireland (NAI) has added more Post-Truce (Damage to Property (Compensation) Act 1923) files to its online catalogue. They now include entries from County Clare. The files deal with claims for compensation for loss of or damage to property that occurred as a result of military action between July 1921 and March 1923. The catalogue entries record the claimant's name and address and a brief explanation of the incident that led to the loss of their property, which is also briefly described. If you find an entry of interest, the files can be accessed at the NAI…

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Second workshop in community training of care, conservation and recording of graveyards

The second workshop in community training of care, conservation and recording of graveyards will take place in Teach Ceoil, Kilrush, Co. Clare, Ireland, on Wednesday 9th September 2015. We will hear about communities experience in transcribing and recording graveyards as well as from professionals. Photogrammetry will be explained on the day together with its uses in reading old headstones. There are a few more speakers to be confirmed but in the meantime keep the date free!

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World genealogy experts confirmed for Third International Family History Conference in Clare in 2016

The third International family history conference “Diaspora of the Wild Atlantic Way” will take place in Ennis on the 24th to 25th September 2016. Hosted by the Clare Roots Society, who are celebrating their 10th year in 2016, the keynote speaker will be renowned author and genealogy blogger Dick Eastman from the USA, who is making his first trip to Ireland. Dick is the author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter which is published daily. He has been involved in genealogy for over 30 years Another significant speaker will be the famous Scottish genealogist and author of over 30 books, Dr.…

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Ruan local history group holds regular winter meetings

The Ruan local history group held its first 2015 meeting on 12-Feb-2015 and plans to meet every Wednesday night at 8.30 in Morty Kelly’s bar in Ruan during the winter months. The objective of the group is to record all information available on the townlands of Ruan and Dysart. This information will, in time, be put on exhibition and maybe even make it into print.Call Linda Hogan at 086 8748845 or email her at for further information.

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The Clare Roots Society, brainchild of Ennis man Larry Brennan, was formed in April 2006 as an amateur family history, genealogy and heritage group in County Clare. The Society meets once a month in Ennis, and now has well over 100 members. Anyone with an interest in tracing their family tree is welcome to join. Some members are experienced genealogists while others are novices in the field. In addition to local members, we have some 'virtual' members who live overseas but who follow our genealogy activities via email, and dream that they are in County Clare*. Many of these overseas members participate heavily in Society transcription projects. Activities of the Clare Roots Society are advertised in the local press and in the Ennis Cathedral bulletin. The society works in partnership with Clare County Library in order to add to the wonderful fund of genealogy information already available on its website www.clarelibrary.ie

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* Individuals who live abroad and wish to participate in the Society's projects (e.g. transcription projects) can become members by sending their names, addresses and email addresses to the Secretary. Their names will then be put on the mailing list so that they are kept advised of Society events and projects. Until or unless they become resident in Ireland they will be exempt from the annual Society subscription. An annual subscription fee is levied on members who are resident in Ireland and thus able to participate in the Society's activities in person.