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Lawrence Collection, 1870-1910: The Luck of the Irish

In recognition of St. Patrick's Day,,  the world's largest online family history resource, today launched The Irish Collection -- the definitive 19th century collection of Irish historical records. The collection provides nearly 100 years of insight into life in  Ireland in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Because few records exist from this time period, the collection is immensely valuable to people researching their Irish heritage and anyone seeking a more comprehensive view of Ireland before and after the Great Potato Famine, during which time many millions fled Ireland in search of a better life.

The Irish Collection, 1824-1910 includes The Lawrence Collection, 1870-1910 which is a collection of 20,000 photographs showcases the length and breadth of Ireland -- Howth Head in the East to Achill Head in the West and from Malin Head in the North to Skibbereen in the South -- through the eyes of William Lawrence's photography studio in Dublin.

The entire collection is indexed so they can be searched by subject, location, and county. The Lawrence Collection, one of the most significant early photographic collections documenting Ireland, consists of some 40,000 glass-plate negatives taken between 1870 and 1910. Chief photographer Robert French traveled to every county in Ireland taking pictures, and many of the photos were reproduced on postcards and in albums during the late 19th and early 20th century. The collection is named for William Lawrence, who opened a photography studio in Dublin in 1865 and hired French as one of his photographers. The plates are now housed in the National Library of Ireland.

Full details can be found here.



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