Another busy week of events to keep Irish genealogists amused!
Monday 16 September: Scots-Irish DNA: Is there a reliable way of determining ancestry from DNA?, with Dr Bruce Durie. PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Free. Starts 3.30pm. Booking essential: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 16 September: The Contradictions of Irish Capital Punishment, 1923-2001, with Dr David Doyle. Host: Offaly History Research Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore. 8pm. .
Monday 16 September: The Covenant, with David Hume. Larne Branch of the North of Ireland FHS. Venue: Larne Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club, 112 Glenarm Road, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm.
Tuesday 17 September: Online PRONI records, with Janet Hancock. Venue: Newry Library, 79 Hill Street, Newry, Co Down BT34 1DG. 12:30pm. Free. Booking advised. For more details, tel: 028 3026 4683.
Tuesday 17 September: Ulster Presbyterianism’s First Historians, with Dr Robert Armstrong. PRONI, Belfast. Details. 2pm. Free. Booking essential.
Wednesday 18 September to Friday 20 September: Roscommon Genealogy Gathering. Venue: Roscommon County Library, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town. Three-day rate €75, includes tea/coffee, entrance fee and transport costs. Booking essential. Details.
Wednesday 18 September: Records of Irish children in care, c1840s to 1952, with Fiona Fitzsimons. Venue: Waterford Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford. 6pm. To book, telephone 051 849975.
Wednesday 18 September: Family History Seminar/Information Day, at Linen Hall Library, Belfast. Performance Areas. Contributions from PRONI, GRONI and the Presbyterian Historical Society. Time: 12noon–5pm. Free.
Wednesday 18 September: The Home Rule crisis 1912-1914, with Hugh McShane. Rathcoole Libary, 2 Rosslea Way, Newtownabbey Co Antrim BT37 9BJ. 10:30am–11:30am. Free. Telephone: 028 9085 1157.
Thursday 19 September: Volunteering & the Labour Movement, with Dr Timothy Bowman. Part of the Volunteering in Ireland 1912–1916 lecture series at PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 6:30pm. Free, but booking required.
Thursday 19 September: Caring for your family history archives, with conservator Liz D'Arcy. Dublin City Library & Archives, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 7:30pm. Free. No booking required.
Friday 20 September: Culture Night. Always a great line-up of events hosted by various cultural organisations including the National Library of Ireland, Dublin City Library and Archives and PRONI. Check local press.
Friday 20 September: Introduction to Heraldry, with Gerard Crotty. Part of the National Monuments Service lecture series for the Gathering. Venue: St. Mary's Collegiate Church, Youghal, Cork. Free. 7:30pm.
Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September: The 19th Annual Family History Conference hosted by the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO). Venue: Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Canada. The Focus this year is on Irish research. Details.
Saturday 21 September: Irish men and women in the French Resistance and F-section SOE, 1940–45, with David Murphy. Museum of Country Life, National Museum of Ireland, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Booking essential. Tel 00 353 (0)94 903 1751.
Saturday 21 September: Beginners' Guide to Family History. Fermanagh Branch of the North of Ireland FHS. Venue: Enniskillen Library, Halls Lane, BT74 7DR. 2:15pm.
Saturday 21 September: The North West of Ulster in the 17th century, a mini-symposium. Three lectures from 3pm: The North West of Ulster and the coming of the Covenant, 1644–1649, with Andrew Robinson; Settler armies of West Ulster, 1641–1690, with Padraig Lenihan; and Scotland, NW Ulster and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, 1637–1691, with John R Young. Venue: Tower Museum, Union Place, Derry-Londonderry.