Stiffs ‘R Us

Again in 1998 after we have been casting round for a title for the soon-to-be-launched Irish Occasions ancestry sub-site, one of many recommendations was “Stiffs ‘R Us”. For sure, it was vetoed. However it’s at all times stayed behind my thoughts, awaiting the correct second. And that second has come.

‘R not us

We’ve simply launched surname maps of all Irish dying data 1864-1922. Take a look at Buggy, or Mungovan,  or Scahill. All exactly the place they need to be.

These maps are slightly totally different from the others on the positioning. The info that underlies them comes from the outdated printed Normal Register Workplace indexes, particularly from the transcripts of these indexes made by the web site of the Mormon Church. They very kindly shared a duplicate with us, the one quid professional quo being free entry to our website in LDS Household Historical past Centres.

In all the opposite maps, the hyperlinks on the map will take you again to the unique data they’re primarily based on. Linking again to pictures of the printed indexes could be pointless, although. So these dying entries level again to the complete dying data on IrishGenealogy. However … the IG data use a contemporary set of indexes, not the outdated printed volumes.  So there are discrepancies – 70 Scahill entries within the outdated index, 72 in IG, 127 Finns in Boyle versus 129 and so forth. As ever, there are errors in each indexes, however they’re not the identical errors.

As soon as once more, I received an actual kick from seeing these items work and from the best way visualising the data brings it to life. So to talk. An increasing number of, although, I really feel a very powerful side is the listing of surname variants that additionally seem within the authentic data. Forty years doing these items and I’m nonetheless astonished on the new methods report keepers torture names out of practice. And searching on the Grenham variants, I discovered the long-missing dying of my very own great-great-grandmother tucked away beneath an obscure misspelling.

So roll on up. Sufficient deaths for everybody within the viewers.

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