GOLD UPDATE ARCHIVES
This page contains all notes
posted on the Updates Page to the end of Dec 2000.
Two more collections have
been added today: Ray Hawkins has contributed Irvinestown Tower
Is anyone searching the BETTY
family in Fermanagh? Ronald Betty has contributed some interesting
articles from Fermanagh newspapers and hopes to make a connection
with other Betty researchers.
To view any records on the
Fermanagh Gold database you need to subscribe to the mail list. More details HERE
A considerable amount of material has been published over
the last couple of days. If you've been dropping in you will
see the date above has changed daily from 8 through to 10
December. As far as I am aware, this brings all the contributions
up to date. Fermanagh Gold now holds 27,975 records which
are FREE to search by anyone researching their Fermanagh roots.
This will be the last update for a month or two but contributions
can still be sent to me
for including on the site after the New Year.
Fermanagh Gold features 3
families this month:
Somerville (and variants) submitted by Diane;
Callaghan submitted by Patrick Callaghan:
McClelland submitted by Valerie (McClelland) Anderson
All family pages are in the Fermanagh Friends
The newest feature on the site to
help you with your searches is the complete list of Surnames. All
variations of surnames are included giving a total of over 3,000
unique spellings of surnames. These can be viewed by any visitor
to the site HERE and may well
be your first place to check before trying to search the records
as a Fermanagh Friend.
Michele Dale, who contributed
transcriptions of some areas in the Griffiths Valuation, submitted
a second batch some months ago. These additional entries have now
been incorporated into the database. (Friends
We have some more snippets of
information in the Fermanagh Friends area contributed by Ellie and
a few more oddities from the
Enniskillen Chronicle/Erne Packet from Janet C-S. (Friends
Some more books have been added
to the list, particularly on the subject of Methodism in Fermanagh.
Bill Armstrong has added spouses
to some Armstrong names on the Colonel W Armstrong page (Friends
Are you having problems using the
Search facilities on the site? A Fermanagh Friend asked me to
explain how to run through the searches and when he had tried out
the instructions, suggested I should post the information on the
site to help other visitors. This new page Search Help is
included in the Fermanagh Friends area.
The searchable records are free to view but you do need to be a Fermanagh Friend. This means
subscribing to the Fermanagh Gold Mail List, full details of
which can be found HERE Once you have
subscribed you will be able to access the
Genealogy Contents page with details of searchable records on the
Cemetery inscriptions for
Carne Cemetery, Pettigo in Fermanagh's neighbouring county
Donegal, have now been included in the site.
If you are new visitor to the
site, please read this paragraph
Last minute addition to aid
your searching the 1821 Census. The full list of 950 unique
surnames (including spelling variations) are included).
At last I have published the
1821 Fermanagh Census fragments for Aghalurcher and Derryvolin. A
very special thankyou to Vynette Sage for transcribing these 9,200
records and for her patience in waiting to see the result finally
published on the site. This huge number of additional records
bring the total so far to over 26,000 on this website.
If you are a new visitor to the
site you may be interested in how this site obtains it's
information. The information is submitted to me by family
researchers, (such as you), with the intention that the records
are free to view and share with other interested researchers. If
you have some family records, or in fact anything about Fermanagh
that you would like to see included on the site, please email the
website owner Jan
NOT A FERMANAGH
The records are fully searchable
but you do need to be a Fermanagh Friend to access most records on
the site. This means only an e-mail registration, full details of
which can be found HERE Once you have
completed the email registration you will be able to access a
further Contents page with details of searchable records on the
After a long summer break,
work has resumed in adding even more records to the site.
Over 700 KEYS records have been submitted by Alan Keys.
Household details for 1881 Census
strays have now been linked into the records for those records
where a lookup has been requested. Details will only be added in
this way after a lookup has been requested and answered.
The site has now been moved to it's new hosting
company and hopefully will be free from problems.
While publishing the site to it's
new home, I took the opportunity of fixing dead links and general
tidying up of some pages.
Apologies to all those
visitors who have experienced difficulites in using the various
search pages on this site in the last couple of months.
The site is due to be moved to a different hosting company in the
next week. This may mean further disruption (for example, the site
may disappear altogether for a couple of days!).
Until the site is moved, the
Quick Search pages have been removed.
I will post update information to
the Fermanagh Mail List as soon as the new arrangements are in
After four months of work on
the site, I am taking a break for the summer. Contributions sent
to me which have not yet been published on the site are being well
cared for and will appear sometime after September.
The latest information for you is
about the September Cassidy Clan 10th Annual Gathering
Enjoy your summer, or for those
"down below" enjoy your winter season!
DORAS 4 SHAMROCK
Did you notice the Doras badge on the home page? Fermanagh Gold
received a 4 Shamrock Review rating
material available to all:
More resources for the
researcher: Some information about Genealogy Publishing Co. of
Baltimore publications provided by W.J. Flanagan have been added
to the Book List.
material for Fermanagh Friends:
If you are
not yet a Fermanagh Friend, read more HERE
Sibling Search has been constructed to find siblings in families
throughout the whole database.
- the 1823 Church Census at Aghadrumsee submitted by Brian
MacDonald of the Clogher Historical Society.
- Enniskillen Parish Record extracts covering 1667 - 1794
contributed by Mary Murray.
Two Armstrong families are
Armstrong and John
Saturday 24 June 2000
Another delightful song sent by Rich Tinneny. The absorbing tale
of Father Clark and
his hasty departure from Newtownbutler.
Thursday 22 June 2000
source was given for the names connected with the assasination
attempt on the life of Folliott Warren Barton. Further details
given in the 'Tenants of Clonelly Estate 1845' in the Fermanagh
Friends, Genealogy area of the site.
Tuesday 20 June 2000
last update, I have concentrated in tidying up the site a bit and
building better navigation through all the material. New material this
- a Site Contents
- Photo Gallery
with some photos from my grandfather's (Henry George Hart of
Clonelly House, Kesh) family album.
- Notable Houses
- The new Fermanagh
links page dedicated to giving links that are specific to
Fermanagh. This page is in the early stages but you are invited to
send links you would like to see included.
project, Belleek Schools Reunion has it's own website with a lot
of material about this forthcoming event. Read more HERE
Millennium Presents, published between January and March 2000, is
Forum continues to grow with over 60 messages to date. Why not
take a look and post your enquiry? Read more about the Forum HERE
Friends who have confirmed their email address on the Join
Fermanagh Friends page. The Fermanagh Friends area now has it's own Contents list
too. Friends returning to the site
will notice the improved Search facilities with the
Select-a-Search link giving you access to all 14 search facilities
from one drop down menu.
New material in
the Fermanagh Friends area includes the 1876 Landowners listings
posted by Jean Rice to the Genconnect Message Board. Many
thanks to Jean for giving permission to include this valuable
information. Another search facility has been added, at the
suggestion of one of our Friends. Search a place name to see
what families are shown in that area. This search is called
Family Search by Place and is accessible from the Fermanagh
Friends Contents page. Another new page, which will grow over time, is
the Fermanagh Oddities page - small miscellaneous items which
don't fit anywhere else!
NOT A FERMANAGH
New Friends are welcome all the time. All you are required to do
is register by entering your name and email address. Read
more on the join up page HERE. Once
you are a member you can freely access all the records (currently
standing at over 16,000) on the site. All the information on
the site has been contributed by members of the Fermanagh mailing
list and supporters of the site.
Friday 9 June 2000
Cemetery inscriptions are now included. The information supplied
by John Cunningham appears in the 1980 Clogher Record.
Follow the links in the Deaths & Burial section in the
Fermanagh Friends area.
The site has undergone some
changes this week. Returning visitors may wonder where they
log in to access new records. The answer is you don't!
The log in process has been removed so searching the records is
even easier. New visitors are still asked to lodge their
name and email address with the option to receive email updates as
before and returning Friends are asked to complete the email form
just once to confirm their details. Start with the Genealogy
Some months ago I decided to
trawl through the 1881 Census to see how many Fermanagh strays I
could find. Surprisingly over 1500 individuals were found,
about half in Scotland. The records include basic
information about individuals. However, there is a lookup request
form where you can request a lookup of all the information about
an individual, other members of the household and occupations.
Contributions to the site
continue to arrive and I am gradually working through the
queue. The next batch of records will be Galoon cemetery
inscriptions submitted by John Cunningham which were published in
the Clogher Record.
One way or another, the Clogher
Record is often referenced on this site. You may like to visit the
Clogher Historical Society, New Millennium Project, website HERE
to find out more about the Society and membership.
Sunday 28 May 2000
To complement the Place
Finder search (see below) William Flanagan's records of Places of
Interest is now included on the site. The Places may include a
church, chapel, abbey, holy well, cross, meeting house or just
ruins. Type in the name of a place to see what is listed.
'Ancient Irish Dwellings' an
article from 1880 about Boho in ancient times.
Michele Dale has contributed some
information about landowners in Fermanagh. These new records have been added to the existing Valuation
records. Searching by name will show the type of record matching
the surname i.e. either Valuation or Landowner.
Saturday 20 May 2000
assortment of information published this week.
A very useful
resource will be the Place
Finder search. A database of over 3,000 place names in
Fermanagh compiled by William J. Flanagan showing Parish, Barony, Source and map reference. This
search facility is open to all visitors, you do not need to log in
to Fermanagh Friends.
Read (and listen) to the traditional song the Enniskillen Dragoons
a new page in the Resources section, with a growing list of books,
periodicals to aid the researcher. If you have your own favourite
resource, send details to Jan
This is a
reminder about the Belleek School Reunion Project organised by
John Cunningham. You can read more details about this on the
Forum then click on the link to Belleek.
Friday 12 May 2000
James Irvine has given permission
for his publication "The
D'Arcy lrvines of Necarne
Castle / Castle Fartagh / Castle Irvine, and
the Irvines of Rockfield / Killadeas Manor House Co.
Wednesday 10 May 2000
Started publishing help pages
on how to find information in Fermanagh, starting with a number of
informative pages from Jane Lyons in Research
Help and William J Flanagan's LDS information in the Resources
section. These pages are accessible for any visitor to view.
More information in this section to follow.
Saturday 6 May 2000
Over 2,000 more records added
today. Mainly Armstrong births, baptisms, deaths and burials
but the records also show detail about other family members and
A new search option has been
added to the site. With so many spouses appearing on
graveyard inscriptions, it seemed appropriate to allow a search
for an individual to see if there is a matching spouse record. The
results displayed will indicate whether the information is taken
from a marriage, death or burial record. The Spouse Search
is linked from the main Marriage Search page in the Fermanagh
Saturday 29 April
Fermanagh Forum is back with
a whole new look with more features to help you post and read
messages to aid your research. Read about the new Forum HERE
Sunday 23 April
Some more Tenant Records for Clonelly Estate published today. 96 tenants names have been
recorded on a Poster advertising a Reward for information about
the assassination attempt on landlord, Folliott Warren Barton in
1845. See the Miscellaneous Records linked from Fermanagh
Friday 20 April
I have started publishing
some Armstrong records. Today 1300 marriage records have
been added to the site. Each partner in the marriage has their own
record in the database so each name can be searched. There
are about 660 Armstrong names to get you started.