All Hallows Archives Online

All Hallows

All Hallows College, Dublin was a Catholic Seminary which trained Priests for dioceses across the world.

The College was opened in 1842, and from 1892 was run by the Vincentians, like most seminaries, the decline in vocations in the second half of the 20th century led to its demise, from 2008 the College became part of Dublin University.

The College archives have now been digitised and are available online through their website, these include photographic records of former students, and copies of the College Magazine, these will be of tremendous help to genealogists tracing their ancestors who were educated here.

The archive can be viewed here

 

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New Book – Upholland College

Upholland

 

The North West Catholic History Society are delighted to announce the long awaited publication of Peter Doyle’s history of Upholland College, entitled ‘Upholland College – One Hundred and Fifty Years of Priestly Training’.

St Joseph’s College Upholland was a seminary in the Archdiocese of Liverpool and this book takes us through its long and illustrious history from its early origins at St Edward’s College, Everton in 1850 to the final closure and sale of the site in 1999.

The book is meticulously researched and beautifully written and is a must buy for any Catholic historian.

People wishing to order a copy can do so here

 

Day Conference 29 September 2018

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2018 National Day Conference with AGM to be held at the famous 

Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre,

17 Blossom Street, York,

YO24 1AQ

 

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in the historic city of York
on Saturday 29th September 2018 (10am – 4 pm).
Theme: education,
with
Lawrence Gregory MA, Historic archivist to the Newman Collection; social and Catholic historian.

Alison Bartholomew, Historian and archivist of St. Chad’s Church, Manchester.

Tickets    £20

from  Jean Smith,

10 Irving Close, Stockport, 

SK2 7DX

2018 Conference

bc1

2018 National Day Conference with AGM to be held at the famous 

Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre,

17 Blossom Street, York,

YO24 1AQ

 

barconvient logo

in the historic city of York
on Saturday 29th September 2018 (10am – 4 pm).
Theme: education,
with
Lawrence Gregory MA, Historic archivist to the Newman Collection; social and Catholic historian.

Alison Bartholomew, Historian and archivist of St. Chad’s Church, Manchester.

Tickets    £20

from  Jean Smith,

10 Irving Close, Stockport, 

SK2 7DX

DNA Testing – Is it worth it?

Having been researching my family history since my teenage years, largely through Ancestry.com I decided in March, after much deliberation, to undertake a DNA test. The popularity of these tests for genealogical purposes has become very popular lately, particular as a result of television advertising

After paying my fee of £79, I received my DNA kit in the post, the test involves filling a test tube with saliva, I sent the test-tube back on 12 March and had the results within a month.

The results have three main areas.

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  1. DNA Story

This is supposed to pinpoint which parts of the world your DNA markers originate from. The results however are in my view slightly spurious, they undertake this test by sampling a couple of thousand individuals with long proven family backgrounds in different regions of the world, then match your DNA makers to theirs. Although this may seem like a very small sample base for a world population of more than 7 billion, apparently Ancestry has the largest sample base of any of the DNA companies.

Having traced all lines of my ancestry back to at least the 1700s (and many much further), I have found my background to be a quarter Irish and three quarters English.

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These are my results from the Ancestry DNA story, the 27% Irish being as expected, however 65% from Western Europe, and only 5% from England, came as something of a surprise, I have found no European ancestry, only English so far, this is presumably suggesting that almost every single one of my English ancestral lines originated in Europe, a fact that I find unlikely.

  1. DNA Matches

This section matches you up to other people who have taken the test and who share DNA markers with you, delineated by siblings, 1stcousins, 2ndcousins, 3rdcousins etc.

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It is in this area that for me the DNA test has been worthwhile, it connected me with four 3rdcousins (meaning we share a great grandparent). I contacted all four of these people, the first two I found were descendants of my father’s paternal grandmother’s siblings, including a line I had previously been unable to work out. The third was a granddaughter of my Mother’s maternal grandmother’s elder sister who had emigrated to America in the 1910s and the family had lost contact with – the family live in Buffalo on the banks of Lake Eerie, the final 3rdcousin turned out to be granddaughter of the illegitimate son of my father’s paternal grandfather’s brother, the discovery of this line has solved many mysteries in both our families.

The downside of this is that your shared matches have made their family trees private, as many people have, it is very difficult to work out family connections.

  1. DNA Circles

These it seems are linking you with distant cousins around a particular shared ancestor. I am still waiting for these to develop.

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In conclusion, while I treat the DNA story with some dubiousness, for me the DNA matches have made the whole process worthwhile, after only a month I have made contact with distant cousins and have filled out some unknown lines of my family tree, and for this purpose I would recommend it.