Schools collection online at www.duchas.ie

On the Clare Past forum at http://www.ourlibrary.ca/phpbb2/viewforum.php?f=1 Matthew MacNamara has flagged that www.duchas.ie has put the Schools Collection online (see http://www.ourlibrary.ca/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7092&sid=1f4514f3910339df56b107abf503d820 ). This consists of local lore and traditions material collected in Irish rural primary schools in 1938. It's jam-pack-full of local history in narrative form. The website is very…

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Planning a visit to Clare - a vade mecum

Genealogists visiting Clare might like to browse the Check-list and Tips for Family Historians Intending to Visit Clare in the Clare County Library "Clare Past" forum. Apart from Clare research tips it lists some important points that one might like to take into account when planning the trip. It's a…

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On the Clare Past forum at http://www.ourlibrary.ca/phpbb2/viewforum.php?f=1 Matthew MacNamara has flagged that www.duchas.ie has put the Schools Collection online (see http://www.ourlibrary.ca/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7092&sid=1f4514f3910339df56b107abf503d820 ). This consists of local lore and traditions material collected in Irish rural primary schools in 1938. It's jam-pack-full of local history in narrative form. The website is very easy to navigate and Clare historians can instantly select the County and so zoom in on the Clare schools contributions listed by school. The original texts are easy to read. Next to each page of original text is, in many cases, a transcription which - being digital - makes that page searchable online, e.g. to find names of people and places. If a page of original text has not yet been transcribed there is a window next to it where the reader can simply type in his/her own transcription without having to log in or otherwise jump through hoops. That transcription is then vetted by Duchas and, if OK, becomes available online to the rest of the world.