Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Sinn Fein Rebellion Handbook

The following is an announcement from FindmyPast Ireland (www.findmypast.ie). NB: This data has previously been released on a CD by Eneclann:

FIND YOUR REBEL ANCESTORS ON FINDMYPAST.IE

· Launch of most important record of most significant period of Irish history

· Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook features names of over 6,700 rebels, soldiers, casualties and government personnel

· Lists over 2000 British servicemen

Today sees the launch of one of the most comprehensive records of the 1916 Easter Rising released in a fully searchable structured index for the first time. The Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook was published by the Irish Times in 1917 and provides a fascinating insight into one of the most important periods of Irish History. It is now live and ready to explore on findmypast.ie.

The 1916 Easter Rising, the most significant revolt since the 1798 Rebellion, began on Easter Monday April 24th 1916. It was mainly a Dublin-based rebellion of Irish nationalists against British Rule in Ireland and was born from the British Government’s delays in the enactment of the Home Rule Bill, following the outbreak of World War I.

The 308 page handbook now available on findmypast.ie is made up of Irish Times articles relevant to the Rising as well as official lists, featuring the names of over 6,700 rebels, soldiers, prisoners, casualties and government personnel, including photographs and maps, creating the most detailed observation of the events of the 1916 Rising. It is an essential resource for those studying the people and events of the Rising, in particular those whose relatives fought or were injured.

The handbook is also a great resource for those with British military ancestors. Over 2000 servicemen are listed in sections detailing: honours and awards to military and police, high ranking officer’s in a Who’s Who of the handbook, Red Cross workers and members of the Officers’ Training Corps, who are credited with gallantly defending many of the city’s most historic buildings including Trinity College and the Bank of Ireland, College Green.

Cliona Weldon, General Manager at findmypast.ie, said: “The Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook is one of the most important documents of the time. Having such a momentous piece of Irish history available to our customers embodies our commitment to publishing family history records that are more than simply names and dates.”

Chris

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