This has just surfaced on one of my local lists and thought that the Devon
Lister's maybe interested as well.
Subject: [AUS-QLD] Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - A Sneak Previewof
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - A Sneak Preview of Morpeth's Roll
Irish genealogists may never have heard of Morpeth's Roll. After all it
not been seen in public in the past 170 years. However it is about to
visible to all online.The Morpeth Roll is a unique testimonial document
signed by over 275000 people across Ireland in 1841on the departure of
George HowardLord Morpeth from the office of Chief Secretary for Ireland.
The Morpeth Roll is scheduled to go on public display until next year.
However Christopher Ridgway curator of Castle Howard the UK stately home
where the Roll was discovered will display the real thing at a conference
entitled The Gathering: Local History Heritage and Diaspora on 24
As well as explaining what it is he will be talking about its potential
value as a pre-famine census substitute for Irish genealogy research. The
Testimonial Roll which is wrapped around a gigantic bobbin is 429 meters
(1407 feet) in length and holds around 250000 signatures gathered from
across the whole of Ireland in just four weeks.
The Morpeth Roll campaign has been organised as a collaborative effort
between the National University of Ireland Maynooth Castle Howard in
Yorkshire Ancestry and the Office of Public Works to trace the stories of
the Roll's signatories - Who signed it? Did they remain in Ireland through
the Famine? Did they emigrate to the US or the UK or Australia? What did
they achieve in their lifetime? The campaign is recruiting historians
librarians heritage officers genealogists and all with an interest in
studying and researching Irish history and emigration. The Roll
a pre-Famine census is currently being digitised to facilitate online
searches for ancestors or family names. Some well-known figures who signed
the Roll included Daniel O' ConnellThomas Davis and Charles Gavan Duffy.
You can read more in an article by Claire Santry of the Irish Genealogy
News at http://goo.gl/6xYZq.My
thanks to newsletter reader Rita Meistrell
for telling me about this resource.
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