Monday 16 March 2015

Irish genealogy, heritage/history events, 16–29 March

Monday 16 March: Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland, with Paul Milner. Host and Venue: Zion Genealogical Society of Lake County, Beach Park Village Hall, 11270 W. Wadsworth, Beach Park, Illinois, USA. For more Info. 7pm. Details.

Monday 16 March: Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research Workshop, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Staunton Public Library, co-sponsored by the Augusta County Genealogical Society. Venue: 2nd floor meeting room, Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Ave, Staunton, VA 24401, USA. 1pm–5pm and 6:30pm–8:30pm. For registration details, email or telephone 540-332-3902.

Tuesday 17 March: St Patrick's Day. Everywhere.

Tuesday 17 March: Tracing your Irish and Scots/Irish ancestors, with Ulster Historical Foundation. Hosts: Williamsburg Family History Center, Williamsburg Regional Library, and Ford’s Colony Genealogy Club. Session One (10am to 2:30pm) – Venue: (10:00am to 2:30pm): Williamsburg Library, 515 Scotland St, Williamsburg VA 23185, USA. Session Two (7pm to 8pm)– Williamsburg Family History Center, 2017 Newman Road, Williamsburg VA 23188, USA. Details.

Wednesday 18 March: Irish genealogical records in the 17th-19th Centuries, a webinar with Judy Wight. Host: FamilyTreeWebinars. Venue: Online. Time zones: 2pm (USA Eastern), 1pm (USA Central), 12pm (USA Mountain), 11am (USA Pacific), 6pm (GMT). Free. Need to register in advance. Details.

Wednesday 18 March: Finding your Scots-Irish Ancestors, a practical genealogical tutorial with Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley-Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society. Venue: Reception Hall, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601, USA. 6pm–9pm. Registration (members). Any remaining tickets will be available beginning at 10am on day of the event. Telephone: 540-662-1473x224.

Wednesday 18 March: Rediscovering GAA Members who fought in WW1, with Dr Donal McAnallen. Host: Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AB.  12pm. Need to book.

Wednesday 18 March: Using Street Directories, with Des McCabe. Part of the Your Family Tree lunchtime lecture series. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but need to book at or (+44) 028 90 534800.

Thursday 19 March: Writing Up Your Family History, with Michael McKeag, Vice-President of the North of Ireland Family History Society. Host and venue: Glengormley Library, 40 Carnmoney Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, BT36 6HP. 6:30pm-7:45pm. Free but need to book: telephone (+44) 028 9083 3797 or email: Details.

Thursday 19 March: Early historians of Irish Presbyterianism, with Dr Robert Armstrong. Host: Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland. Venue: May Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast. Talk starts at 8pm, following the Society's AGM. Details.

Thursday 19 March: WW1 and You – Objects and memorabilia. Hosts: Libraries NI and Living Legacy 1914-18. Venue: Newry City Library, Hill Road, Newry, Co Down. Three lectures. 12:30–4:30pm. Free. Full details.

Thursday 19 March: Surname formation in Ireland: discussion, debates and DNA, with Dr Catherine Swift. Host: Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. Venue: Queens University Belfast, GO5, 6 University Square, Belfast. 6:30pm. All welcome.

Thursday 19 March: What's new in Presbyterian Historical Society records? with Valerie Adams. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Bangor Branch. Venue: 1st Presbyterian Church Hall, Upper Main Street, Bangor, Co Down. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Thursday 19 March: The life and times of Robert Halpin, a mariner from Wicklow. Host: Bray Cualann Historical Society. Venue: Bray Chamber of Commerce House, 10 Quinsboro Road, Bray. 8pm. All welcome. €4.

Thursday 19 March: Looking at Lissan: The Staples family and Lissan House, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, a half-day conference. Host and venue: Lecture Theatre, PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast BT3 9HQ. Free. 2pm to 4:30pm. Booking is essential. To reserve your place, contact PRONI.

Friday 20 March: Tracing Your Irish and Scots-Irish Roots, with Ulster Historical Foundation. Hosts: Blount County Public Library & and the Blount County Friends of the Library. Venue: Blount County Public Library, 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville, TN 37804, USA. 8:30am to 4:00pm. Costs: Workshop $25; optional lunch $10. Registration. Telephone: (865) 982-0981.

Saturday 21 March: Next steps in Irish genealogy, with Barbara Scanlon. Host and venue: Kansas City Irish Center, Union Station, 30 West Pershing Road, Suite 700, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. 11am to 1pm. Class is free for KCIC members/$5 for non-members. Details.

Saturday 21 March: Rural Life in Fermanagh in the 1940s and 1950s, with Bryan Gallagher. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Fermanagh Branch. Venue: Seminar Room Upstairs, Enniskillen Library, Halls Lane, Enniskillen, BT74 7DR. 2:15pm – 4:15pm. All welcome.

Saturday 21 March: Getting Started on Your Irish Family History, with Joe Buggy. Host: Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library. Venue, Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library, 1 South Country Road, Brightwaters, NY 11718, USA. 12Noon–2pm. Free. Contact for more details.

Saturday 21 March: Town and country in late medieval Ireland, a conference. Hosts: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, the Discovery Programme, Maynooth University, the Dublin Medieval Society and the University of Bristol. Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Free, but need to book. 9:30am to 5pm.

Saturday 21 March: Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Strategies for Success, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Hosts: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Venue: Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 275 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, USA. 9am–5pm. Registration includes continental breakfast. Cost: $85. Details.

Sunday 22 March:
Researching Irish Ancestry – Maximizing Griffith’s Valuation, with Ulster Historical Foundation. Hosts: Feile, Inc. and Fréamh Éireann Genealogy Group. Venue: Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Avenue, Fairfield, CT 0682, USA. 1pm to 5pm. $25. Details: Minehan 203-293-8090.

Sunday 22 March: Finding Your Irish Townland of Origin: Research in the U.S. and Ireland, with Joe Buggy. Host: Savor the Arts of Ireland Festival. Venue: Middleton Arts Center, 36 Church Street, Middletown, NJ 07748, USA. 1-3pm, tickets $5. Email for more information.

Sunday 22 March: Can we let go of history? a Newstalk's Talking History live broadcast discussing commemoration. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. Host Patrick Geoghegan will lead a panel of special guests in discussion, before opening the floor to questions. Free. All welcome.

Monday 23 March: Fighting the world's most deadly influenza pandemic in 1918-19: the Kildare story, with Dr Ida Milne. Part of the Carton Lecture Series. Host: Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates & NUI Maynooth. Venue: Carton House, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Admission fee €10. Light refreshments served from 7:15pm. Enquiries (0)1 651 7708/

Monday 23 March: Tracing Your Roots in the Emerald Isle: An Irish Genealogy Workshop, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Hosts: Heinz History Center & Westmoreland Historical Society. Venue: Detre Library & Archives, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. 10:30am to 4:30pm. Admission: $25 for members, $35 for non-members. Details. Sold Out.

Tuesday 24 March: The Molly Maguires - Myth, History and Mystery, with John Kearns. Host: Stonybatter & Smithfield People's History Project. Venue: Backroom at the Cobblestone Pub, 77 North King Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7. Free. All welcome. 8.15pm.

Tuesday 24 March: "Better to die by the sword than to die of starvation”: protest and resistance during the Great Famine, with John Cunningham. Host: Aughty Famine Working Group. Venue: Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort, Co. Galway. 8pm. Free. Details (pdf).

Tuesday 24 March: Are my Roots Showing? One-to-One Genealogy Consultations. Host: Limerick Genealogy and Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival. Venue: Lissanalta House, Dooradoyle Road, Dooradoyle, Limerick. Consulations are free but booking is essential. Ring Caitriona or Aoife on +353 61 496542 or email

Wednesday 25 March: Church Records, with Valerie Adams. Part of the Your Family Tree lunchtime lecture series. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Starts at 1pm. Free but need to book at or (+44) 028 90 534800.

Wednesday 25 March: Open Genealogy Consultaton, with Lisa Dougherty. Host and venue: Irish American Heritage Museum 370 Broadway, Albany, New York 12207, USA. 11am - 2pm EDT.

Wednesday 25 March: Waterford Food Fights, with Joanne Rothwell. Host: Waterford County Museum Society. Venue: Green Room, Town Hall, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. 8pm. Admission: €5. All welcome.

Wednesday 25 March: Virtue and Vice: Political Rhetoric and Popular Action across the Atlantic during the Irish Land War, with Andrew Phemister. Host: University of Edinburgh; Modern Irish History Seminar Programme. Venue: University of Edinburgh, Room G.13, William Robertson Wing, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, UK. 5pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Wednesday 25 March: The Ulster Plantation: Sources for 17th-century families in Ireland (5–6:30pm) and Records related to the different churches in Ireland (7-8:30pm). Both lectures from the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host and venue: Brown County Library, 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA. To register, call 920-448-5815.

Thursday 26 March: The Herdsmen of Sion Mills, with Celia Ferguson. Host: Strabane History Society. Venue: Room 5, Strabane Library, 1 Railway Street, Strabane, co Tyrone Tyrone BT82 8EF. 7:30pm.

Thursday 26 March: Remembering 1916, a HistoryIreland Hedge School. Venue: Lecture Theatre, Ulster Museum. Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AB. 7–9pm.(Refreshments and guided tours of the Ulster Museum’s 1916 artefacts in the new Modern History gallery, will be available from 6:15pm.) Free. Need to book.

Friday 27 March: Ulster GAA men who fought in WW1, a poetic documentary screening followed by talk with Donal McAnallen. Host: Nerve Centre’s Creative Centenaries project in conjunction with Derry City Council’s Museum Service. Venue: Tower Museum, Union Hall Place, Derry BT48 6LU. Starts 1pm. Free.

Friday 27 March: Confessions of a monastic historian: (re)writing a thousand years of monastic history, with Fr Columba Stewart. Second of the Monastic Ireland AD 1100-1700: landscape and settlement lectures. Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries Ireland, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin. 5:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Friday 27 March: Tracing Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Latah County Historical Society. Venue: Best Western Plus University Inn, 1516 Pullman Road, Moscow, ID 83843, USA. 11:30am–4pm. $35 includes lunch and workshop materials. Register.

Saturday 28 March: Tools of the Boat Building Trade, with Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh. Venue: National Museum of Ireland, Country Life, Turlough, Co Mayo. Talk exploring the importance of Ireland’s rich maritime history through the Co. Sligo McCann boatyard collection recently donated to the National Museum. Booking required. 3–4pm. Booking required.

Saturday 28 March: Researching your Irish Heritage, a day-seminar with Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: The Yakima Valley Genealogical Society. Venue: Mt Olive Lutheran Church, 7809 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98908, USA. 8:30am to 4:00pm. $40, includes lunch. Registration.

Saturday 28 March: Family History Day. A full day seminar. A mix of practical information and case studies suitable for beginners or for those who have more experience in genealogical research. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Booking not required, but it's recommended to come early to ensure a place.

Saturday, 28 March: Finding Your Irish Townland of Origin: Research in the U.S. and Ireland; Advanced Irish Genealogy: Delving further into Irish Sources; Cemetery and Headstone Research in Ireland; Planning a Genealogy Trip to Ireland, all with Joe Buggy. Host: Fairfax County Genealogical Society (Spring Conference). Venue: Fairfax Marriott Hotel, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033. 9am-3:45pm. Registration:

Sunday 29 March:
Scots-Irish Seminar, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: California Genealogical Society. Venue: Holiday Inn & Suites Oakland Airport, 77 Hegenberger Road, Oakland CA 94621, USA. 7:30am to 5pm. CGS members: $100. Non-members: $125. Prices include breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and refreshments. Registration.