Friday 8 February 2013

Genealogy and history events for mid-February

There's plenty to see and plenty to learn in the next couple of weeks, as you can see from the calendar of history and genealogy related events below. Must mean Spring isn't too far away!

Saturday 9 February to Sunday 24 February: Vanishing Ireland, an exhibition of photos featured in the book series of the same name, by Turtle Bunbury and photographer James Fennell. Burtown House and Gardens, Athy, co Kildare.

Saturday 9 February: Drop-in Genealogy session, with Mayo Genealogy Group at the National Museum of Ireland, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo. 11am–1pm. Free. No booking required.

Monday 11 February: Family History Workshop for beginners. Newcastle Library. Newcastle, Co Down. Free. 11:00am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-3:30pm. Booking essential. 028 4372 2710.

Tuesday 12 February: The Talty Millions: A genealogical journey from Miltown to Miami, with Paddy Waldron. Host: Old Kilfarboy Society. Venue: The Malbay, The Square, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. 8pm.

Thursday 13 February: Edward Brice and the Origins of Irish Presbyterianism, with Rev Dr John Nelson. Host: Presbyterian Historical Society. Venue: Ballycarry Old Presbyterian Church, Ballycarry, Co Antrim. 8pm.

Thursday 13 February: Researching Your Irish Heritage in New York City, with genealogist Joe Buggy. Host: Irish Cultural Society. Venue: Garden City Public Library, 60 Seventh Street, Garden City, NY 11530, USA. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 16 February: The Royal Irish Fusiliers at Gallipoli - Memoirs of John David Purcell, with  Margaret Purcell, Venue: Talbot Library, Weston St., Preston, UK. Host: The North West Region of the Catholic Family History Society.

Saturday 16 February: The History of Creevelea Abbey, with Fr Liam Kelly. Host: Carrick Historical Society. Venue: St Joseph's Community Centre, Leitrim Village. 8:30pm.

Monday February 18 to March 15: Exploring your roots, a family history exhibition. Venue: PRONI. Free and accessible during normal PRONI opening hours. Titanic Boulevard, Belfast.

Monday 18 February:
Distilling in the East Midlands, with Pat Given. Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society. Venue: Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly (beside Tullamore Dew Visitors Centre). All are welcome. Entrance €2 to members and €5 to non members. Enquiries.

Monday 18 February: Reading graveyard inscriptions, with Michael Tierney. Birr Historical Society. Venue: Dooly's Hotel, Birr, Co Offaly. 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 21 February:
Common Myths about Your Immigrant Ancestor – And How to Find out the Truth, with Lisa Walsh Dougherty. A genealogy workshop at the Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, NY, USA. 6:30pm.

Thursday 21 February: The Home Rule Crisis 1911,  with Bessbrook Heritage Group. Venue: Bessbrook Library, Bessbrook, Co Armagh. Free. 7:30pm. Booking advised: 028 308 0424.

Friday 22 February to Sunday 24 February: WDYTYA?Live at Olympia, London. Mega genealogy fest. Website.

Saturday 23 February: British Isles Immigration through Castle Garden 1820-1892, with Carol Darrow. WISE FHS Denver, Colorado. Download pdf for details.