Friday 12 September 2014

The Genealogy Event in New York City, 17-19 October!events/cwi
Now in its third year, The Genealogy Event will be taking place in New York from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 October. The first two days focus on traditional genealogy and are held in partnership with the National Archives of New York City, while the Sunday sees a dedicated DNA day at a separate venue.

The genealogy lecture programme shows there are two sessions directly geared to Irish family history: there's a session about the British and Irish collections on FindMyPast, and Joe Buggy of Townland of Origin fame will be delivering an in-depth presentation on Tracing Irish ancestors in New York City. These are both on the Saturday.

But I also spotted some more general sessions that will be relevant to all those with immigrant ancestors, wherever Irish or not. For example, What's in a name? Trouble, that is likely to be pertinent to Irish research even if not specifically aimed at it. In addition there are presentations aimed at helping beginners get their research moving along nicely as well as sessions that are geared towards more advanced researchers, for example, Reading old documents or Cartography for Genealogists.

The first two days of The Genealogy Event will be held at Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, NYC, where NARA's Welcome and Research Center will be open on both days to offer research support and guidance.

The DNA Day will be held at India House Club, 1 Hanover Square, New York (watch out, there's a dress code!), and offers sessions catering for beginners through to advanced.

Tickets are available for individual sessions, all-day passes, VIP all-day passes and social events.