Monday 9 September 2013

Irish genealogy and history events this week: 9–15 Sept

A busy week of lectures and conferences ahead, as history and genealogies societies unveil their Autumn events programmes.

Monday 9 September: Northern Irish WW2 Prisoners of war, with Isabel Apsley. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey. All welcome 7pm.

Tuesday 10 September: Medical records of the Royal College of Physicians, with Harriet Wheelock. GSI lecture held at Dún Laoghaire College of FE, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm.

Tuesday 10 September: Irish family history, with Chris Paton. Host: Fife Family History Society. Venue: Volunteer House (Vonef Centre), 69 Crossgate Cupar, Fife KY15 5AS. Time: 7:30pm. Non members are welcome. £2 entry, includes tea or coffee. Details.

Tuesday 10 September: The Bruce Invasion, with Seymour Philips. Milestones of Medieval Dublin lunchtime lectures series.Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Dublin 8. 1:05pm to 1:45pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 September: Family Research for Beginners. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, Railway Street, Lisburn. 7.30pm.

Tuesday 10 September: Commemoration and Reconciliation: a challenge for historians, with Professor Tom Dunne. Host: Cork City Libraries. Part of the 'It seems History is to Blame' programme. Venue: City Library, Grand Parade, Cork. 7:30pm.

Wednesday 11 September: 'Every Townland Earned its Name in Song': John Hewitt’s Ulster-Scots Tradition, a talk at Cookstown Library, 13 Burn Road, Cookstown, Co Tyrone BT80 8DJ. 6:30pm. Free. Booking advised. Tel: 028 8676 3702

Wednesday 11 September: Genealogy Made Easy, with Sr. de Lourds Fahy. Western Family History Association, Lackagh Parish Centre, Lackagh, Co Galway. 7:30–9pm. Details.

Thursday 12 September: Irish Nationalist Volunteers, with Dr Timothy Bowman. Third of the Volunteering in Ireland 1912–1916 lecture series at PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 6:30pm. Free, but booking required.

Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 September: Crossing Border Conference. Venue: Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan. Will explore some features of the border counties of Cavan, Monaghan, Fermanagh, Meath and Tyrone, and their shared heritage. Field and lecture programme. Details.

Friday 13 September: How to start your family history, with Gillian Hunt of Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: Bushmills Salmon & Whiskey Festival, Bushmills, County Antrim.

Friday 13 September: Launch of Roses from the Heart bonnet exhibition, representing the lives of women transported to Australia as convicts between 1788 and 1853. Venue: West Wing, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. Continues to 1 December.

Friday 13 to Saturday 14 September: The Geraldines and Medieval Ireland – The Making of a Myth. The inaugural Medieval Ireland Symposium, marking the 500th anniversary of the death of the 'Great Earl' of Kildare. Venue: Trinity College Dublin. Free. All welcome. Starts 2pm Friday. Details.

Saturday 14 September:  Genealogical Seminar. Host: Louth County Libraries. Venue: Dundalk Branch Library. Free. Details and programme.

Saturday 14 September: Kerry Genealogy Roadshow at the Dingle Tradfest/Feile Trad an Daingin. Details.

Saturday 14 September: As part of European Heritage Open Day, PRONI will be providing a series of talks and tours unlocking the secrets of the archives. Titanic Quarter, Belfast. 10am–4pm. Free. Everyone welcome.

Saturday 14 September: Mayo Genealogy Group Workshop at the National Museum of Ireland, Country Life, Turlough, Castlebar, Co Mayo. A monthly drop-in event for family history advice and chat. No booking required. Free. Details.

Sunday 15 September: Kerry Genealogy Roadshow at the Listowel Races. Details.