A full week of free-of-charge events to celebrate the Gathering will kick off with a Genealogy Day at Skibbereen Heritage Centre on Saturday, 17 August.
The Centre's family history team (William, Margaret, Patricia and Deirdre... take a bow) will be ready and willing to help all-comers to find their West Cork roots. Free 30-minute consultations (2pm–5pm) are available for booking now. To reserve your place, please call Skibbereen Heritage Centre on +353 (0)28 40900 or email.
The afternoon's one-on-ones will be followed in the evening with an illustrated talk by William Casey on genealogy research. I've interviewed William in the past and know that he's an experienced genealogist with an impressive depth of knowledge of the area's history, so I'm sure his talk will be highly informative. He'll be concentrating on practical family history steps and how to avoid the most common pitfalls encountered by researchers.
Booking is required for William's talk, which starts at 8:30pm and is free. Use the telephone number or email above to book.