Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Irish workshops at Society of Genealogists, London

The Society of Genealogists in London has two Irish genealogy workshops scheduled, one in the Spring and one in the Summer. These courses often fill up well in advance of the event, so if you want to be sure of your place, I'd advise you to book soon.

Both courses will be held at the SOG's premises at 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA, which is conveniently located close to Farringdon and Barbican tube stations.

Irish Family History for Beginners and Refreshers, with Maggie Loughran

Over the centuries, one of Ireland’s greatest exports has been its people. It is estimated that there are over one million people of Irish birth in Britain today, plus numerous second, third or fourth generation Irish.

This session will guide you through the steps involved to help discover your Irish roots. You will get a broad understanding of what Ireland is and also gain some insight into Ireland's turbulent past. You will be introduced to the records involved in research, the information that they contain and discover how they can most effectively be used.

Date: Saturday 23 April.
Time: The workshop will run from 2pm to 5pm.
Cost:  £20.

Tracing Irish Ancestors - for Intermediate-Advanced Researchers, with Roz McCutcheon FIGRS and Jill Williams FIGRS

The day will be broken down into eight sessions of about 25 minutes with time for Q&As. There will be in-depth treatment of the Registry of Deeds (18th & 19th century) and a detailed look at 19th-century land records.  Other topics will include church records and alternative sources of births, marriages and deaths from the mid-1600s onwards. 

The 1600s, with its huge land ownership changes etc, will be illustrated through the story of one family – a married couple arriving in Ireland in the first decade, whose sons fought on opposing sides during the Cromwellian campaign and whose grandsons (two devoted brothers) fought on opposing sides in the Williamite Wars near the end of the century.

20th-century military records will also be explored.

Date: Saturday 23 July 
Time:  A seven-hour session, this workshop will run from 10:30am to 5pm.
Cost: £35.