On March 3rd and 4th the McClelland Library will present an Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy research seminar that will be led by prominent Irish researchers from the Ulster Historical Foundation. Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt will be coming to Phoenix from Belfast to kick off their North American genealogy tour. Many people believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office in 1922. While many records were destroyed, others survived and have come online in recent years.
Join experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation to learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help fill in gaps in your research. Whether you are just beginning your Irish research or have been at it for years, you won’t want to miss this seminar!
Each day will have 6 different genealogy topics and information offered that will include all of Ireland. Attend one or both days.
Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research
Getting the Most Out of Griffith’s Valuation
Census Substitutes and Other Important Sources for the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Strategies for success
Church Records for Use in Genealogical Research: Part 1 – Baptismal, marriage and burial records
Using Printed Sources for Irish Family History: Newspapers, street directories, Ordnance Survey Memoirs and British parliamentary papers on Ireland
Emigration from the North of Ireland to North America: Strategies for researching emigrant ancestors
Understanding Irish Townlands: the importance of place, identity and administrative divisions in Irish research
An Introduction to Archives in Ireland and Their Websites
Church Records for Use in Genealogical Research: Part 2 – Administrative records – vestry minute books, communicant rolls, etc, and gravestone inscriptions
One of Irish Genealogy’s Best Kept Secrets: Using the Registry of Deeds, with a short introduction to Irish wills
Tracing Farming Families in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth century: Using landed estate records
The Ulster Plantation and Sources for Finding Seventeenth Century Families in Ireland (not just Ulster)
Fintan Mullan is the Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation. Working with technology partners, Mr. Mullan was a pioneer in the creation of online resources for Irish research and has maintained the Foundation’s prominence in digital database developments for Irish genealogy. He has managed the production of over 100 publications, including the popular Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors and has lectured extensively on Irish history and genealogy in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.
Gillian Hunt is Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and manages the Foundation’s many genealogical activities. She carries out research for clients, teaches courses in Northern Ireland, and gives talks on family history in Ireland, the U.K. and U.S. Gillian has also carried out the research for a number of television programs, as well as appearing in several.
This exciting seminar entitled “Tracing Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors” will run from 9AM to 5PM, with check in starting at 8AM. It will cost $40 per day for Irish Cultural Center members and $45 per day for non-members, there will be an optional charge of $10 per day if lunch is ordered. All registration must be made in advance as the classes fill up fast, registration ends February 28. Register on the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library website. For more information call 602.864.2351.
Individual 25-minute consultations are available with the Ulster Historical Foundation speakers during the seminar on a first come first served basis. The cost for a consultation is an additional $35, to be paid at the event.
The McClelland Library is located at 1106 North Central Avenue, in Phoenix, AZ. Parking will be reserved for disabled guests and event volunteers. If you need a disabled parking space for this event, call 602.864.2351. All other able-bodied guests to park in the lot on the north side of Margaret T. Hance Park on Culver Street, just west of Central Avenue.