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Findmypast and British Newspaper Archive offers

The Shoestring Genealogist is back with news about three genealogy offers. But you’ll have to be quick! The British Newspaper Archive (BNA) is repeating its one month for £1 special. The usual price for a month’s subscription is £9.95. Go … Continue reading

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Worldwide Genealogy – a new collaboration

It’s an exciting day for me today. My first blog post on a new, collaborative blog was published. Worldwide Genealogy is a fresh way of looking at genealogy, history and local history. Julie Goucher, who you may know from Anglers … Continue reading

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Inside History Magazine’s Top 50 Genealogy Blog Awards

I’m thrilled, humbled and surprised to find this blog, A Rebel Hand, on Inside History Magazine‘ s newly-published list of 50 top genealogy blogs. Thrilled, because who wouldn’t be?  It’s a huge honour, coming from the must-read magazine for anyone … Continue reading

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The cook, the thieves, the prostitute and the postillion – convicts transported to Australia

My convict ancestors were an unusual lot – but three of them were also really common. That’s the conclusion I came to after looking at a clever take on transportation statistics on one Australian website. Three out of four of … Continue reading

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What else was happening in Australia?

Reading other genealogy and family history blogs and posts is inspiring. One idea I’ve been impressed by is having a timeline of the historical background to someone’s life. So here is what was happening in Australia during the time Nicholas … Continue reading

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2011 – what a year it’s been!

What a year – and what a lot I’ve learned in this first full year of blogging. When I started this blog in November 2010 I knew I wanted to talk about topics related to the life of my great-great-great … Continue reading

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1798 – the television programme

Here at last! A link to the episode of BBC TV’s Story of Ireland which deals with the Rebellion of  1798 and the United Irishmen. Earlier this year, this four-part series presented by Fergal Keane took us at some speed … Continue reading

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The song that inspired ‘A Rebel Hand’

At Boolavogue as the sun was setting O’er the bright May meadows of Shelmalier, A rebel hand set the heather blazing and brought the neighbours from far and near. That’s the first verse of the song Boolavogue, which tells the … Continue reading

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More about Boolavogue

The lyrics to Boolavogue were written by Patrick Joseph (PJ) McCall and set to the Irish air Eochaill, or Youghal Harbour. There are many versions of this well-loved song on the net. Probably the best-known is the one I heard … Continue reading

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Was Sarah murdered? Is she a famous ghost?

For a change from thinking about Nicholas, I typed Sarah Marshall into Google. She’s my g-g-g grandmother, a convict who arrived in New South Wales on the Friendship in 1818. She married* John Simpson (Ocean II, arr 1818) and later … Continue reading

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New look

Have you noticed? Did you wonder if you’d come to the right site? After using a custom (very attractive) header, I’ve changed it to match the header on the website for A Rebel Hand: Nicholas Delaney of 1798. Images used … Continue reading

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Questions

Some follow-up thoughts over the past few days. Story of Ireland Bob commented on Story of Ireland: 1798, wondering why the last episode of Story of Ireland was rescheduled. It was moved from its regular slot at 1900 on Monday … Continue reading

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Story of Ireland: 1798

BBC TV’s Story of Ireland series reached 1798 last week and devoted 13 of its 59 minutes to the United Irishmen and the Irish Rebellion (or Revolution, as presenter Fergal Keane refers to it). To be fair, the programme covered … Continue reading

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Sentenced to death

On December 5, 1798, Nicholas Delaney and his friend Edward Neil were on trial for their lives. They were charged with ‘taking’ two members of the Yeomanry, John Hope and John Brady and with the murder of Richard Twamley and … Continue reading

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Australia Day ‘earliest document’ challenge

I know, it’s not Australia Day (Jan 26th) yet, in fact it’s still Burns Night here… But I’ve been a bit caught up in Real Life and horribly neglected this blog. Luckily, I was inspired by Inside History magazine and … Continue reading

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