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Seagoe Archives

In March 2019 this website was launched by Seagoe Parish. It contains digital access to the earliest editions of the parish magazines from 1905 until 1935. This project was supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. In June 2020 all magazines up to February 1942 were made available.

From December 2020 Acts of Select Vestry together with Births Marriages and Deaths from 1672 to 1734 have been digitised. Have a look at publications with dates from that time . As at September 2021, we plan to expand these records. If you want to get involved email philip@hi-systems.co.uk.

History

The earliest written record preserved today is of the acts of Vestries from 1672. Fortunately the parish retained the book rather than sending it to the Public Record Office in Dublin as instructed. See https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/ruin-of-public-... for more details of this.

In 1905 the first edition of the parish magazine was printed. During World War 1 they contained the unique contribution to the history of the First World War through the Rector’s involvement and letters from France. Rev Canon James Archer was interested in every aspect of Parish life, should it be history, items of antiquarian interest, nature, the weather, the changing seasons, the doings of people, education, entertainment, geology, the world at large, contacts with emigrants, youth organisations, and all the rich web brought about by people living out their days, that all this activity was reflected by him in his monthly magazine.

Supporting Organisations & Links

Seagoe Parish ChurchCraigavon Historical SocietyHeritage Lottery FundArmagh Banbridge & Craigavon CouncilDiocese of Down and Dromore

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