Wednesday 17 February 2016

Ulster Historical Foundation to present week-long intermediate/advanced course in Glasgow this summer week-long Irish family history course aimed at professional genealogists and interemediate/advanced hobbyists will be held from Monday 27 June to Friday 1 July 2016 as part of the Summer Institute of Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

The course – Irish resources and research techniques – will be led by the Ulster Historical Foundation's Dr William Roulston and Gillian Hunt and will include trips to local archives and guest lecturers. Here is the programme:

Monday 27 June
  • Introduction to Irish Family History Research: Land divisions, Four Courts fire, Surnames
  • 19th- and early 20th-century census returns – what survives and what they contain
  • Archives and libraries in Ireland
  • Civil records – birth, marriage & death certificates and where to access them

Tuesday 28 June
  • The different religious denominations in Ireland and how their histories affect the available records
  • Church records for use in genealogical research – baptismal, marriage and burial registers
  • Administrative records of the churches and the family historian
  • Graveyards and gravestone inscriptions
  • Testamentary papers
  • School registers and education records
  • Workhouse records

Wednesday 29 June
  • Griffith’s Valuation & Valuation revision books: mid- to late-19th-century census substitutes
  • Tithe applotment books, freeholders’ registers and other early-19th-century census substitutes
  • The history of landed estates in Ireland
  • Estate papers and their use in family history research
  • The Registry of Deeds – what it contains and how to use it

Thursday 30 June
  • 17th- and 18th-century records
  • Local government records
  • Printed sources: newspapers, street directories and Ordnance Survey Memoirs
  • A visit to the Mitchell Library/Glasgow City Archives (tbc)

Friday 1 July
  • Sources for studying the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ (1912-1922) in Ireland (tbc)
  • Looking for Irish ancestors in Scottish records (tbc)
  • The Plantation – Ulster & Scotland

Other topics that will be included in the week include:
  • Occupational and business records
  • Parliamentary papers
  • Emigration records
  • Law and order

The standard fee for attending the course is £90 but there is a reduced Early Bird fee of £80 for those who book before 1 May. Booking.