The Archives, which serves as the final repository of the Archdiocese’s historical records, has partnered with FindMyPast, an online family archive with over 18 million registered users, to digitize and publish indexes containing over eight million sacramental records. These records will be made available to the public through a centralized database to facilitate family searches, institutional and historical research.
Researchers at Trinity College Dublin believe that Viking and Norman invasions of Ireland may have made a more striking impression on the DNA breakup of the country than previously thought. They also discovered 23 new genetic clusters in Ireland not previously identified, leading to the belief that we may have far more Viking and Norman ancestry than previously evidenced.
Those with the surname O’Brien take note: a trip to Ireland to celebrate your storied Irish heritage is scheduled for May of 2018, and participants will have the added pleasure of knowing that their journey will also help students in need achieve their dream of higher education at Trinity College in Dublin.
Because it is in Thomastown that his earthly predecessor, St Nicholas, is said to be buried and scientists are setting out to prove it. A bone thought to belong to the late saint has been tested through carbon-dating and found to date from the 4th century, around the time St Nicholas was alive.
A new “DNA map” of the Emerald Isle reveals that the Vikings raiders intermingled with local women far more than was previously thought.
Genealogist Gianpiero Cavalleri of the Royal College of Surgeons pieced together detailed map after studying the DNA of over 500 Irishmen and women.
“Plenty of clues already showed that Vikings had been to Ireland, including ruins, artifacts, and Norwegian family names… The [genetic] signatures that turned up in Ireland are most similar to those from the north and west coasts of Norway, where Vikings were most active,” Cavalleri told National Geographic.
Researchers led by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Genealogical Society of Ireland have published “The Irish DNA Atlas; Revealing Fine-Scale Population Structure and History within Ireland” in the journal Scientific Reports.
The landmark study provides the first fine-scale genetic map of the island of Ireland, revealing patterns of genetic similarity, so far in ten distinct clusters, roughly aligned with the ancient provinces as well as with major historical events including the invasions of the Norse Vikings and the Ulster Plantations.