Tuesday 9 June 2015

Last call for Ancestral Connections course in Cork

The week-long Irish genealogy Summer School Ancestral Connections: Names, Places and Spaces returns to University College Cork (UCC) at the tail-end of the month (28 June to 6 July) and promises another in-depth programme of presentations, hands-on workshops, field trips and excursions, and fun.

I know from my own Inbox and Twitter feed that past delegates have thoroughly enjoyed this course and felt they learned a heck of a lot. The venue has been widely praised, too.

Course co-ordinator Lorna Moloney told Irish Genealogy News that there's just a handful of places still available on the course. 'Excluding provisional bookings reserved in the last few days, there are six places still to be filled,' she says.

'As in the last two years, there will be a great mix of family historians arriving from New Zealand, Australia, the USA and Canada and most of them will have already made at least some kind of start on their research. The programme is designed to help them develop a greater understanding and wider knowledge of genealogy sources and techniques as well as the historical and cultural context of their ancestors' lives.'

Campus accommodation packages can still be arranged.

If you fancy a week immersed in Irish genealogy in beautiful Cork City, check out the course details at the UCC site here. And if your diary won't let you away for a whole week, why not consider a one- or two-day dip into the course?

Lorna has kindly extended the 'Historical and Cultural Groups' concession rate to readers of this blog who book for the course. To take advantage of this very healthy 15% discount, just mention Irish Genealogy News on the booking form.

If you can't make it to this year's Ancestral Connections, you'll be pleased to hear that the course will run again in 2016. Both the programme and the name of the course (The Ancestral Connections: Roots to the Rising) will see a slight change of focus to commemorate the Easter Rising and the early years of the 20th century. Details will follow later in the summer.