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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Irish genealogy & history events, 22 Feb to 6 March

Monday 22 February: Were your Ancestors active in 1916?: Sources in the Irish Military Archives, with Nicola Morris MAGI. Hosts: Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) and National Library of Ireland. Part of Adult Learners' Week. Venue: NLI, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1pm. Free. No need to book.

Monday 22 February: The women of the Rising, with Liz Gillis. Host: South Dublin Libraries. Venue: Ballyroan Library, Orchardstown Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 23 February: Tales from Draperstown, with Graham Mawwhinney. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Coleraine branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine, Co Londonderry. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 23 February: Reporting on the Rising: Using Irish Newspapers in the National Library of Ireland, with Helen Kelly MAGI. Hosts: Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) and National Library of Ireland. Part of Adult Learners' Week. Venue: NLI, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1pm. Free. No need to book.

Tuesday 23 February: Exploring County Clare's Armada past and the search for the San Marcos, with Dr John Treacy. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 24 February: Researching the revolutionary period at the Military Archives, with Comdt Padraic Kennedy. Part of Dublin City Council@s 1916/2016 Centenary Programme. Venue: Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6. 1pm. Free, but booking essential: rathmineslibrary@dublincity.ie or telephone (0)1 497 3539.

Wednesday 24 February: Census Returns, Electoral Rolls and Covenants: Where were your ancestors in 1916? with Rob Davison MAGI. Hosts: Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) and National Library of Ireland. Part of Adult Learners' Week. Venue: NLI, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1pm. Free. No need to book.

Wednesday 24 February: Open genealogy consultations, with Lisa Dougherty. Host: Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, New York 12207 USA. 11am to 2pm. Free.

Wednesday 24 February: What were your family doing in 1916? Day of genealogy with Eneclann and FindMyPast. Host and venue: Aidan Heavey Public Library. Athlone Civic Centre, Church Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. 11am to 4pm. Free. Talks and one-to-one consultations. Booking may be required: T (0)90 644 2157.

Wednesday 24 February: Explore the Easter Rising, with Dr Brian Hanley. First of a three-part lecture series examining the lead up, events and impact of the Rising. 2nd/3rd parts on 2&9 March. Venue: Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6. 6:30pm. Free, but booking essential: rathmineslibrary@dublincity.ie or telephone (0)1 497 3539.

Thursday 25 February: The Gaelic Revival, with Dr. Claire Nally. Part of the Road to the Rising lecture series. Host Tyneside Irish Cultural Society. Venue: Tyneside Irish Centre, 43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, NE1 4SG. 7:30pm. Bookings and information: 0191 261 0384.

Thursday 25 February: The Belfast Corporation and Council archive in PRONI, with Ian Montgomery. Part of the Surviving the City lecture series. Host and Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Booking recommended: E: proni@dcalni.gov.uk / T: 028 90534800.

Thursday 25 February: Resources and Research Methods, a hands-on class. Basic computer skills required. Host and venue: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom, New York Public Library. Fifth Avenue/42nd Street, New York City, USA. Noon. Free.

Thursday 25 February: The Easter Rising, with Philip Orr. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co Antrim BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm. All welcome.

Thursday 25 February: Waterford and the Blueshirts, with Eugene Broderick. Host: 10th series of Julian Walton Winter Lectures series. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre, Dunhill Ecopark, Ballyphilip, Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm, followed by Q&A and light refreshments. €5. No need to book. Enquiries: T (0)51 396 934.

Thursday 25 February: Introduction to PRONI, a practical workshop covering online sources, use of microfilm, a guided tour and presentation of documents. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 2–4pm. Spaces limited. Free. Need to book by email to proni@dcalni.gov.uk, or telephone: 02890 534800.

Thursday 25 February: The records of Dublin’s Congregations at the time of the Rising, with Rosaleen Underwood MAGI. Hosts: Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) and National Library of Ireland. Part of Adult Learners' Week. Venue: NLI, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1pm. Free. No need to book.

Friday 26 February: Researching the Rising: a case study from the National Archives of Ireland, with John Grenham MAGI. Hosts: Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) and National Library of Ireland. Part of Adult Learners' Week. Venue: NLI, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1pm. Free. No need to book.

Friday 26 February: Personalities of the decade, 1912–1922, exploring the people who helped shape the political and social landscape of contemporary Ireland. Host and Venue: Derry Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry BT48 6AL. Free. Tea/coffee/refreshments provided. 1:30–4pm. To register, E mhetherington@thejunction-ni.org or T: 02871 361942.

Friday 26 & Saturday 27 February: The 1916 Rising, a seminar hosted by Roundwood & District Historical & Folklore Society. Venue: Roundwood Parish Hall and Centre, Main Street, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow. Five lectures and a History Ireland Hedge School. Guests: Professor Kevin Whelan, Dr Mary McAuliffe, Professor Eunan O’Halpin, Padraig Yeates, Margaret Ward and Robert Ballagh. Tickets €20. To book email mon.farrel@gmail.com.

Saturday 27 February: Paths to freedom, day conference exploring the run-up to the Rising, with Myles Dungan, Joe Duffy, Catriona Crowe, Turtle Bunbury, Liz Gillis. Venue: Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24. 10:30am to 4pm. Free, but you need to register in advance.

Saturday 27 February: Tracing your Irish ancestors, a practical approach, with Michael Brophy. Venue: Abington Public Library, 600 Gliniewicz Way, Abington, MA 02351, USA. 2pm. No booking, but admission on first-to-arrive basis. For details, contact Deborah Grimmett: T: 781-982-2139, E: ablib@ocln.org.

Monday 29 February: What were your family doing in 1916? Day of genealogy with Eneclann and FindMyPast. Host and venue: Sligo Central Library, Stephen St, Sligo. Noon to 5pm. Free. Talks and one-to-one consultations. Booking may be required: T (0)71 911 1850.

Monday 29 February: The Kildare connection to the Easter Rising, 1916, with Seamus Cullen. Host: Clonalkin Historical Society. Venue: Áras Chrónáin Irish Cultural Centre, Watery Lane, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. 8pm.

Monday 29 February: The Poets' Rising, with Deirdre O'Byrne. Part of the 1916 and Beyond lecture series. Host: Nottingham Irish Studies Group. Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop. 14a Long Row, Nottingham UK, NG1 2DH. Admission £3. Refreshments available. 7pm–8:30pm. Book by email.

From 1 March to end of the year: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and the 1916 Rising: an exhibition. Host and venue: Deansgrange Cemetery, 2 Dean's Grange Rd, Dublin. Open during cemetery hours.

Tuesday 1 March: The Stack family – A 19th-century clerical dynasty with Vincent Brogan MAGI. North of Ireland Family History Society, Omagh branch. Venue: Omagh Library, Dublin Road, Omagh, BT78 1HL. 7:15pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 1 March: The Irish Volunteers, with Daithí Ó Corráin. Host: Kerry Archaeological & History Society. Venue: Killarney Library, Rock Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry. 7.30pm–8.30pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 2 March: Researching family history in the Military Archives – a focus on 1916, with Capt Claire Mortimer. Part of Dublin City Council@s 1916/2016 Centenary Programme. Venue: Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6. 1pm. Free, but booking essential: rathmineslibrary@dublincity.ie or telephone (0)1 497 3539.

Wednesday 2 March: What were your family doing in 1916? Day of genealogy with Eneclann and FindMyPast. Host and venue: Portlaoise Library, Dunamaise House, Lyster Square, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. 11am to 4pm. Free. Talks and one-to-one consultations. Booking may be required: T (0)57 862 2333.

Wednesday 2 March: Explore the Easter Rising, with Dr Brian Hanley. Second of a three-part lecture series examining the lead up, events and impact of the Rising. 3rd parts on 9 March. Venue: Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6. 6:30pm. Free, but booking essential: rathmineslibrary@dublincity.ie or telephone (0)1 497 3539.

Thursday 3 March: Waterford men and the Gallipoli campaign, 1915–1916, with Pat McCarthy. Host: 10th series of Julian Walton Winter Lectures series. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre, Dunhill Ecopark, Ballyphilip, Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm, followed by Q&A and light refreshments. €5. No need to book. Enquiries: T (0)51 396 934.

Thursday 3 March:
Ulster-Scots emigration, with Dr Paddy Fitzgerald. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast branch. Venue: Holywood Arches Library, Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Thursday 3 March: Voluntary charities for the poor in Belfast, 1800–1838, with Robyn Atcheson. Part of the Surviving the City: Lunchtime Lecture Series. Host and Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Booking recommended: E: proni@dcalni.gov.uk / T: 028 90534800.

Thursday 3 March: The History of Spike Island and its Future, with Tom O'Neill. Host: Blarney & District Historical Society. Venue: Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál (Blarney Secondary School), Blarney, Co. Cork. 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 3 March: Journalism, the last refuge of the middle class boy: the professionalisation of journalism in 19th century Ireland, with Michael Foley. Host: Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour & Class. Venue: Room GO11, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway. 4pm to 6pm. All welcome.

Friday 4 March: Personalities of the decade, 1912–1922, exploring the people who helped shape the political and social landscape of contemporary Ireland. Host and Venue: Derry Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry BT48 6AL. Free. Tea/coffee/refreshments provided. 1:30–4pm. To register, E mhetherington@thejunction-ni.org or T: 02871 361942.

Saturday 5 March: Aspects of Irish family history, a day seminar. Host: Genealogical Society of Victoria. Venue: The Celtic Club, 316-320 Queen Street, Melbourne, Australia. 10am–4pm. $60. Lectures: Breaking down Brick Walls, with Liz Pidgeon; Irish Convict Petitions & Ships’ Journals, with Colleen Arulappu; Movements in, out & around Ireland, with Maureen Doyle; BDMs on line – the RC Films & more, with Beryl O'Gorman. Registration.

Saturday 5 March: Scotland and the Easter Rising. A day of talks, readings and workshops rounded off by a ceili in the evening. 11am to 3:30pm and 7pm to 11:30pm. Host and venue: Scottish Trades Union Congress, 333, Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6NG. Registration 10:30–10:45am. Admission: £6 for the day event. £6 for the ceili. £10 for both. Details and tickets.

Saturday 5 March: Ormond, Cromwell and the battle for Ireland, 1649–1650, with Michael O Siochru. Part of the Power & Privilege – the Butlers of Ormond lecture series. Host: Tipperary County Museum. Venue: Clonmel Library, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. €5, includes refreshments. 10am–12noon. To book: T: Julia on 076 106 5564 or email julia.walsh@tipperarycoco.ie.

Saturday 5 March: Finding your Irish Ancestors, with Paul Milner. A day seminar. Hosts: Midwest Genealogy Center and Kansas City Irish Center. Venue: Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, 18011 Bass Pro Dr, Independence, MO 64055, USA. $60, includes the seminar and buffect lunch.9am to 4pm. Register by 26 February by calling 816-252-7228.

Saturday 5 March: Finding your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Hosts: Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society and Canadiana Dept, North York Central Library. Venue: North York Civic Centre, Memorial Hall, Burgundy Room
5110 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N 5W4 Canada. $70 ($65 for OGS members). 9am to 4:30pm. Details.

Sunday 6 March: Irish family history day, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: New England Historic Genealogical  Society. Venue: Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 275 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, USA. 9am–4pm. Booking T: 617 226 1226. $85. Registration details.