February 2015

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Irish Genealogical Research Society:

IGRS launches ‘Early Irish Birth Index’ on its website: www.IrishAncestors.ie

The Irish Genealogical Research Society – ‘The Great Granddaddy of Irish Family History Societies’ – has launched another new and innovative database to add to those already found on its website, www.irishancestors.ie. The Early Irish Birth Index aims to bring to the attention of Irish genealogists the myriad of alternative sources noting birth information in Ireland.

The Early Irish Birth Index holds just over 5,000 records of alternatives sources for births in Ireland, ranging from early Irish census records, Registry of Deeds’ memorials, newspapers, gravestone inscriptions, diaries and letters. The number of names in the contained exceeds 10,400.

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Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Many paupers’ cemeteries have been abandoned over the years and more than a few were eventually plowed under for agricultural purposes or paved over for new construction. Such disregard for the lives of the deceased is always sad, but one story from Canada seems especially heart-wrenching.

The cemeteries contain the bodies of some of the residents of the County of Waterloo’s House of Industry and Refuge, the “poor house” built in 1869 that was the last resort for the destitute, elderly, disabled, mentally challenged and orphaned of the era. Those who died at the Frederick Street house and weren’t claimed by family would end up in one of two potter’s fields, or informal graveyards, located nearby. They received no grave markers, and only a short entry in the House of Refuge’s burial registry.

An article in The Hamilton Spectator says, “For over a century, they’ve been buried underneath city streets…

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