Monday 9 March 2015

Irish genealogy, heritage & history events, 9-22 March

Monday 9 March: Finding your Irish ancestors online, with John Grenham MAPGI. Host and venue: Derry Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Derry, LondonDerry BT48 6AL. Free. 12.30pm–2pm. For details, telephone 028 7122 9990 or email

Monday 9 March: Galway and the Gaeltacht Commission, 1925/6, with Gearoid O Tuathaig. Host: Galway Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: Harbour Hotel, Dock Road, Galway. 8pm.

Monday 9 March: The history of the Dublin Fruit & Vegetable Market, with John Conroy. Host: Clontarf Historical Society. Venue: Parish Resource Centre, St John the Baptist Church, Clontarf Road, Dublin 3. 8:15pm. Non-members, €5. All welcome.

Monday 9 March: School Days and School Records, with branch members. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. 7pm. All welcome.

Monday 9 March: How DNA testing can assist you in your family tree research, with Dr Maurice Gleeson. Venue: The Eagle's Nest, Dolla, near Brindleys Bridge, Co. Tipperary. 8pm. Discounted DNA testing kits available to purchase from 6:30pm. Details.

Tuesday 10 March: Workhouse records at PRONI, with Janet Hancock. Host and venue: Newry City Library, Hill St, Newry, Co Down BT34 1DG. Free. 12:30pm. Booking advised by email to or by telephone to 028 3026 4683.

Tuesday 10 March: Finding your Irish ancestors online, with John Grenham MAPGI. Host and venue: Lisburn City Library, 23 Linenhall Street, Lisburn, Co. Antrim BT28 1FJ. Free. 12.30pm–2pm. Details: 028 9263 3350;

Tuesday 10 March: Finding your Irish ancestors online, with John Grenham MAPGI. Host and venue: Omagh Library, 1 Spillars Place, Irishtown Road, Omagh, Co. Tyrone BT78 1HL. Free. 6.30pm –7:45pm. Details: 028 8224 4821 or

Tuesday 10 March: The Squares of Belfast, with Norman Weatherall. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: The Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 March: The Burning of the Custom House, with Michael Ó Dóibhlín and Liz Gillis. Host: Tallaght Historical Society. Venue: County Library, Tallaght, Co Dublin. 7pm.

Tuesday 10 March: Researching Irish emigrants to the United States, with Maura Flood. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire FE Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. Admission: €3.

Wednesday 11 March: Getting Started, with Janet Hancock. First of PRONI's Your Family Tree lunchtime lecture series. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but need to book at or (+44) 028 90 534800. Details.

Wednesday 11 March: Dublin and Edinburgh: Civil Society and Identity in Two ‘Second Cities of the Empire’, with Dr Ciáran Wallace. 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 11 March: 'Too Many Bags in the Boat': the 1876 Kingstown Lifeboat Accident, with James Scannell. Host: The Old Dublin Society. Venue: The Conference Room, Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 6.30pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Wednesday 11 March: The nature of Irish monasticism c.1050, with Edel Bhreathnach. First part 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. Second lecture on 27 March.

Saturday 14 March: Drop-in Genealogy workshop, with Mayo Genealogy Group. Venue: NMI, Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Free. No booking required and new researchers welcome. 11:30–1pm. Followed at 2pm by a talk for adults: 101 Mayo People: Who Do You Think They Are?, an online project researched and presented by the Group. See to find out more.

Saturday 14 March: Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors, with Donna Moughty. Host: Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. Venue: Online. Two lectures, one at 11am, the other at 1pm (USA/EST). Cost:  From US$69.99. Details of lectures and registration.

Saturday 14 March: Ulster Historical Foundation day conference, with Gillian Hunt and Fintan Mullen. Host: British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO). Venue: The Chamber, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean, Ontario, Canada. 9am to 5pm. Morning session is free. Afternoon session $10. Need to register. Details.

Saturday 14 March: Occupational Trails, with Sheila Northup. Host: Irish Genealocial Society International. Venue: Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) Library, 1185 Concord St N, S St Paul, MN, USA. Follow occupations of 18th- or 19th-century Irish emigrants and use it to track immigrants across the USA.  10:30am to Noon. $10 for IGSI members and $15 for non-members. Details.

Sunday 15 March: Finding Your Scotch-Irish Roots, with Gillian Hunt and Fintan Mullen. Host: Centre County Genealogical Society. Venue: 1st Floor Auditorium at Foxdale Village, 500 East Marylyn Avenue, State College, PA 16803, USA. 1pm to 4pm. Admission at the door: $50.00 per person. Details.

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: 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.

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: 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: 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.