An afternoon seminar – Researching Irish Family Life in the Famine Years – will be hosted by the Society of Genealogists at its headquarters in Clerkenwell, London, on Saturday 16 January, 2–5pm.
Presented by Stephen Lally, the seminar will explore Irish lives in the rural west of Ireland in the first half of the 19th century. It will cover housing, possessions, food, work, education, entertainment etc and take a look at politics, social attitudes and the reasons for mass poverty and emigration.
It will also discuss how to build on this context, find less mainstream records, follow leads and bring a story together. The workshop description says it will open up 'a whole area of family history beyond the collecting of birth, marriage, death and census data. If you have just a few facts, this seminar will start you on a family quest that will be engrossing, interesting and, with luck, extremely rewarding.'
It costs £16 for SOG members, £20 for non-members. Full details.