Monthly Archives: November 2011

On W.G. Hoskins

In the Review section of yesterday’s Guardian, the author Penelope Lively pays tribute to her hero: W.G. Hoskins. Hoskins is to local history what W.G. Grace is to cricket. He’s considered by many to be the founding father and standard … Continue reading

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Access to Sources in Libraries

While PRONI is a great place to find sources for local history, you will soon find that you’ll also need to visit your local library. More and more these days, libraries are joining regional or national schemes which will allow … Continue reading

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The Ogilbys of Drumnahoe

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Poverty in Kilwaughter

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Industrial Kilwaughter

 

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Using the Local Library

 

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In Praise of _Ulster Local Studies_

I would just like to sing the praises of the former journal of the Federation for Ulster Local Studies, Ulster Local Studies. About three or four years ago, I was browsing their website and for the princely sum of £20, … Continue reading

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Kilwaughter in the 1830s

Thomas Colby thought that in order to truly understand what a map was saying, there had to be some kind of explanation, some kind of ‘aide-memoire’ that would explain how this landscape had evolved in the way that it had. … Continue reading

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Start With A Map

One of the best places to begin a local study, so I’ve been told, is with a source called the Ordnance Survey. In 1824 the British government recommended that in order to better tax the country, Ireland should be surveyed … Continue reading

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What’s In A Name?

After I gave my first lecture to the crowd at PRONI, a woman came up to me and said, ‘Are you sure you’re pronouncing “Kilwaughter” correctly?’ Of course, I’d never even thought that there could be different ways of pronouncing … Continue reading

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