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About The Wrindex

The Wrindex opens a window on early San Francisco citizens, Irish societies, and the voluntarism practiced in early San Francisco. Largely drawn from newspapers of the day, it provides a link to a uniquely contemporaneous view of events unobscured by revisionism.

Over 560,000 line items were compiled by reviewing a private family collection of microfilm editions of early San Francisco newspapers, copies of selected files from the California State Archives in Sacramento, books in the  private library, and some items in the family collection of memorabilia. The names of individuals mentioned in these materials were posted to The Wrindex with a brief listing of the activity which generated a listing in the publication, and with the name and date of the publication where the full article or listing may be found.

The period covered by this indexing begins with the earliest issues of the source publications held, and continues to 1906, with Leader listings to 1927. To keep the size of the task within manageable limits, the indexing was confined to societies in San Francisco.

The over 2,300  "Irish societies" that are referenced in The Wrindex  are defined as all organizations, clubs, militias, associations, societies, parishes, sodalities, schools, leagues, teams, institutions, ad hoc committees, alliances, brotherhoods, military units, councils, circles, institutes, unions (other than labor unions), confraternities, conventions, guilds, conferences, confederations, orders, bureaus and other combinations formed to accomplish objectives best attained with the strength of numbers. Most political organizations and labor unions have generally been omitted or only partially indexed.  When most of the names mentioned in connection with a society are Gaelic Irish or Norman Irish, that society is considered an Irish society at that time. An organization may have started as mostly Irish, and then changed over time.  Thus, many of the organizations listed in Wrindex as "Irish Societies" were de facto Irish Societies.

The family holding the library from which the listings are drawn is descendent from Captain Michael J. Wrin, a San Francisco businessman who was one of the most active organizers of Irish societies in early San Francisco. His biography appears in IRISH CALIFORNIANS: Historic, Benevolent, Romantic by Patrick J. Dowling, 1998, Scotwall Associates. (Now available here)

 

Please Note: Wrindex can not be considered a complete record of the times, or a complete index of anything. It is simply a directory, compiled at the discretion of the person posting in the entries, of the archives in a  private library. Seemingly duplicative and redundant information has not been referenced. Also, numerous issues are missing from  microfilmed newspaper collections.  References to information which might be considered marginal are omitted to keep the size of the record from exceeding the capacities of normal computers.   Much of this material was newspaper accounts, which often contain misspellings of names or incorrectly stated items; these were posted in as published. (The Wrin family itself found its name spelled five or six different ways.) And of course any project of this magnitude will contain data entry errors, etc.  Wrindex  is an actual working index of a private research library, and has not been refined for purposes of publication. It is a practical working tool, but not a source document itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The Wrindex

About The Wrindex

The Wrindex opens a window on early San Francisco citizens, Irish societies, and the volunteer movement of early San Francisco. Largely drawn from newspapers of the day, it provides a link to a uniquely contemporaneous view of events unobscured by revisionism.

Over 560,000 line items were compiled by reviewing a private family collection of microfilm editions of early San Francisco newspapers, copies of selected files from the California State Archives in Sacramento, books in the  private library, and some items in the family collection of memorabilia. The names of individuals mentioned in these materials were posted to The Wrindex with a brief listing of the activity which generated a listing in the publication, and with the name and date of the publication where the full article or listing may be found.

The period covered by this indexing begins with the earliest issues of the source publications held, and continues to 1906, with Leader listings to 1927. To keep the size of the task within manageable limits, the indexing was confined to societies in San Francisco.

The over 2,300  "Irish societies" that are referenced in The Wrindex  are defined as all organizations, clubs, militias, associations, societies, parishes, sodalities, schools, leagues, teams, institutions, ad hoc committees, alliances, brotherhoods, military units, councils, circles, institutes, unions (other than labor unions), confraternities, conventions, guilds, conferences, confederations, orders, bureaus and other combinations formed to accomplish objectives best attained with the strength of numbers. Most political organizations and labor unions have generally been omitted or only partially indexed.  When most of the names mentioned in connection with a society are Gaelic Irish or Norman Irish, that society is considered an Irish society at that time. An organization may have started as mostly Irish, and then changed over time.  Thus, many of the organizations listed in Wrindex as "Irish Societies" were de facto Irish Societies.

The family holding the library from which the listings are drawn is descendent from Captain Michael J. Wrin, a San Francisco businessman who was one of the most active organizers of Irish societies in early San Francisco. His biography appears in IRISH CALIFORNIANS: Historic, Benevolent, Romantic by Patrick J. Dowling, 1998, Scotwall Associates, Publishers, 95 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 (415) 861-1956.

Please Note: Wrindex can not be considered a complete record of the times, or a complete index of anything. It is simply a directory, compiled at the discretion of the person posting in the entries, of the archives in a  private library. Seemingly duplicative and redundant information has not been referenced. Also, numerous issues are missing from  microfilmed newspaper collections.  References to information which might be considered marginal are omitted to keep the size of the record from exceeding the capacities of normal computers.   Much of this material was newspaper accounts, which often contain misspellings of names or incorrectly stated items; these were posted in as published. (The Wrin family itself found its name spelled five or six different ways.) And of course any project of this magnitude will contain data entry errors, etc.  Wrindex  is an actual working index of a private research library, and has not been refined for purposes of publication. It is a practical working tool, but not a source document itself.