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Monday, 9 November 2015

Irish family history & heritage events, 9–21 November

Monday 9 November: Discovering your family connections, with Martin Curley. Host: Athenry Heritage Network. Venue: Town Hall, Clarke Street, Athenry, Co Galway. 8pm. 

Monday 9 November: Exploring civil registration records for Northern Ireland, with Alistair Fulton from GRONI. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. All members and visitors are very welcome. 7pm.

Monday 9 November: Starting your family history, a practical workshop designed to give beginners hands-on experience of searching online archives, as well as searching, ordering and using original documents held at the Belfast repository. Host and Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Part of Explore Your Archives 2015 campaign. 2pm–4pm. Booking recommended. Details.

Tuesday 10 November: Family history and genealogy sessions, with Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven. Donaghmede Library, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Grange Road, Dublin 13. All are welcome and admission is free. 2:30pm to 4pm. Booking is essential, tel: 085 1444883.

Tuesday 10 November: The History of the Purdysburn Villa Colony, with Stephen J Hamilton. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, Co Antrim. All members and visitors are very welcome. 7:30pm.

Tuesday 10 November: History of Dublin's Fruit and Vegetable Markets, with John Conroy. Host: Tallaght Historical Society. Venue: Tallaght Library, Library Square, Dublin 24. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 November: The manorial court rolls of Lucan, with Dr Sparky Booker. Milestones of Medieval Dublin series. Venue: Wood Quay venue of Dublin City Council Offices, Dublin 8. 1:05–1:45pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Tuesday 10 November: Civil records of births, deaths and marriages, with Gillian Hunt. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: Discover Ulster-Scots Centre, 1-9 Victoria Street, Belfast BT1 3GA. 1–2pm. Free but registration required by email to discover@ulster-scots.com or telephone 028 9043 6710.

Tuesday 10 November: The personal is political: cultures of commemoration and the children of 1916, with Dr Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid. Host: Modern Irish History Seminar Series, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh. Venue: Room G13, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, UK. 6pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 November: Cork and the American Civil War, with Damian Shiels. Host: Cloyne Literary & Historical Society. Venue: Ballymaloe House, Midleton, Co. Cork. 8pm. Admission €7.50 payable at the door includes light refreshments. All welcome.

Thursday 12 November: 'Black sheep disgrace any flock': The 19th-century Land Agent, with Dr Ciaran Reilly. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society. Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquities, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2. Time: 6:45pm. All welcome. No need to book. Admission free.

Thursday 12 November: 1487: The coronation of Lambert Simnel, with Sparky Booker. Milestones of Medieval Dublin monthly lunchtime lectures series hosted by the Friends of Medieval Dublin. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. 1:05pm–1:45pm. Admission free. No booking is necessary.

Thursday 12 November: The graveyards of Tulsk, Ogulla, Kilcooley and Killynagh, with Mary B Timoney. Venue: Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Tulsk, Co. Roscommon. 7:30pm. €5. Tickets need to be booked. Contact 071 9639268.

Thursday 12 November:  Researching East Belfast and the Great War, with Jason Burke. Host: Western Front Association. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Friday 13 November: New Dubliners and the City: 1200 - 2000, a one-day public conference exploring the influence of immigrants on life in Dublin from the Middle Ages to the present. Host: Dublin History Research Network. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2Details. Fully booked.

Saturday 14 November: Gallipoli - Perspectives: a seminar with five speakers offering different perspectives on the Gallipoli Campaign and the aftermath. Moderated by Tom Burke of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 10am to 1pm. Booking not required. Details.

Saturday 14 November: Family history research, free practical tips, with the Mayo Genealogy Group. Venue: National Museum of Ireland, Turlough Park (Country Life), Castlebar, Mayo. 11:30am–1:00pm. No booking required. New researchers welcome. At 2pm, the Group will officially launch their project, 101 Mayo People; all welcome to attend.

Saturday 14 November: The people of the 1916 Rising, a History Ireland Hedge School. Host: Dublin Book Festival. Venue: Smock Alley Theatre, 6/7 Exchange Street Lower, Dublin 8. 1:30pm. Panel: Turtle Bunbury, Felicity Hayes-McCoy, Lucy McDiarmid and Fearghal McGarry.

Saturday 14 November:  Researching Irish Ancestry, with Lesley Anderson. Host: Quebec Family History Society. Venue: Briarwood Presbyterian Church Hall, 70 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada. 10:30am. Members and non-members welcome. Free. Light refreshments after lecture. Details.

Monday 16 November to Wednesday 25 November: Genealogy Advisory Service will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for extended hours from 10am to 5pm (closed 1–2pm). Venue: Reading Room, National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Normal hours, year-round, are 10am to 1:30pm. It's always free.

Monday 16 November: Unusual aspects of the Land War in Mid-Cork, with Michael Galvin. Host: Muskerry Local History Society. Venue: Ballincollig Rugby Club Hall, Ballincollig, Co Cork. 8pm. Members free; non-members €3. All welcome.

Monday 16 November: Griffiths Valuations, with Bill Macafee. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm.

Monday 16 November: All routes led to Chicago: Irish railroad workers and canal builders in the nineteenth century, with Tina Beaird and Debra Dukek. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Free. 1pm. Details and booking.

Monday 16 November: Starting your family history, a practical workshop designed to give hands on experience in how to search the archives on the internet, searching and ordering as well as using original documents held at PRONI. Part of the Explore Your Archives 2015 campaign. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 2-4pm. Free. Booking required. Details.

Tuesday 17 November: Census records, wills and printed sources, with Gillian Hunt. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: Discover Ulster-Scots Centre, 1-9 Victoria Street, Belfast BT1 3GA. 1–2pm. Free but registration required by email to discover@ulster-scots.com or telephone 028 9043 6710.

Tuesday 17 November: Testing the limits of the penal laws, with Dr Eoin Kinsella. Host: The Irish Historical Society. Venue: The Centre for Irish Programmes, Boston College Dublin, 43 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 17 November: County Carlow in the 18th century and the 1798 Rebellion, with Prof Kevin Whelan. Hosts: Trinity College Dublin and Carlow Collage. Venue: Cobden Hall, Carlow College, College Street, Carlow. 5pm to 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 17 November: The Decade of Centenaries: some reflections, with Catriona Crowe & Lar Joye as part of the Explore Your Archives 2015 campaign. Host and venue: Reading Room, National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. 5:15pm. All welcome. No booking necessary.

Tuesday 17 November: A strange kind of glory: the Easter Rising in Co. Galway and its context, a History Ireland Hedge School. Venue: Mechanics Institute, Middle Street, Galway. 8pm. Panel: Conor McNamara, Una Newell, John Cunningham, Jackie Ui Chionna.

Tuesday 17 November: Dublin soldiers and the Great War, with Pádraig Yeates. Also a short talk by Frank Woods on the Houses of Blackrock. Host: Foxrock Local History Club. Venue: Foxrock Pastoral Centre, Kill Lane, Foxrock, Dublin 18. 8pm. €5 for non-members.

Wednesday 18 November: Stories from WW1, with Ian Wilson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh branch. Venue: Town Hall, 15-17 Edward Street, Portadown, Co Armagh BT62 3LX. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Thursday 19 November: Londonderry Family, with John Grace. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Down & Ards Branch. Venue: 1st Bangor Presbyterian Church Hall, Main Street, Bangor, Co Down, BT20 4AG. 7:30pm. All welcome. Visitors and guests £3.

Friday 20 November: Starting your family history, a practical workshop designed to give hands on experience in how to search the archives on the internet, searching and ordering as well as using original documents held at PRONI. Part of the Explore Your Archives 2015 campaign. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 2-4pm. Free. Booking required. Details.

Friday 20 November: Irish Volunteers - pre-exhibition call for your family items. If you have family items that you would like to donate or loan for the exhibition, take them along to Louth County Archives Service at the Old Gaol, Ardee Road, Dundalk. Times 10am – 1pm; 2pm – 4pm. Part of the Explore Your Archives 2015 campaign. Details.

Friday 20 November and Saturday 21 November: What's your 1916 story? A historical evaluation day. Share your family's story and get a free historical assessment of your Easter Rising treasures & heirlooms. Bring along any items of the time you may have and find out their history, these can include documents, letters, diaries, medals, uniforms and objects. Host and Venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. 10am to 4pm.

Saturday 21 November: 19th-Century Irish Genealogy Research: What’s Available and How to Use It, with Miles Davenport. An intermediate level workshop. Host and venue: McClelland Library (Norton Room), 1106 North Central Avenue, Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. 10:30am to 12:30pm. Details.

Saturday 21 November: Don’t Forget the Ladies - A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law and Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans, both with Judy Russell. Coffee break between the presentations. Host: Irish Family History Forum. Venue: Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Ave, Bethpage, NY 11714, USA. 10am to 12:45pm. Details.