Monday 8 May 2017

Irish genealogy and history events, 8 – 21 May

Monday 8 May: The early history of the Ulster Plantation c1609–1641: Some problems and opportunities, with David Hefferman. Host: Institute of Irish Studies. Venue: Irish Studies Seminars, Queen's University Belfast, 6–10 Fitzwilliam Street, Belfast. 4:30pm. All welcome.

Monday 8 May: Tracing your ancestors through shipping records, with Brian Mitchell MAGI. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 9 May: The story of our DNA, with Mike Mulligan. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire FE Institute, 17 Cumberland St, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. €3 donation requested.

Wednesday 10 May: Guarding against ‘hogs, dogs, bogs and thieves’: West of Ireland herdsmen in the 19th century, with John Cunningham. Host: Western Family History Association. Venue: Lackagh Parish Centre, Lackagh, Co. Galway. 8pm–10pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 11 May: Lorrha (Tipperary) people in the Great War, with Gerard O'Meara. Hosts: Western Front Association and PRONI. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. All welcome. £4 donation requested. 6:30pm to 8:45pm. Details.

Friday 12 May: Dr Brian Trainor – A day of talks to celebrate his life and work in history and archives. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 10am to 3pm. The event is free to attend and light refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day. Registration is essential; Tel UHF on 028 9066 1988 or e-mail: or Eventbrite.

Friday 12 May to Sunday 14 May:
Knocklong History Weekend, focus on the Irish Revolution in Munster. Lecture, bus tour of war sites, music, theatre, and a seminar on Cumann na mBan in the War of Independence. Venues in Knocklong, Co Limerick. Small charge for some elements. Details.

Saturday 13 May: DNA: the next step in family history, with Paddy Waldron. Host: Mayo Genealogy Group. Venue: National Museum of Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. 2pm–3:30pm.

Saturday 13 May: Griffith's Valuation of Ireland, with Audrey Leonard. Host: Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI). Venue: Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) Library, 1185 N. Concord, South St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Starts at 10:30am. Cost is $15 for IGSI members and $20 for non-members. Register.

Saturday 13 May: Connecting People and Place: Exploring Your Ulster Roots, a day seminar. Hosts: Ulster Historical Foundation, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Federation for Ulster Local Studies, North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: PRONI, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT1 2LG. 10am to 4pm. Refreshments and light lunch included. Advance registration for free tickets is essential. Waiting list only. Details.

Monday 15 May: History of the Ulster Steamship Company ‘Headline', with John Hanna, Master Mariner. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim. BT40 1DZ. Free. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Monday 15 May to Friday 19 May: Clans and Surnames - genealogy and dna talks, consultations, fieldtrips and tours. Venue: Great National Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Day bookings still available. Details.

Tuesday 16 May: Revolution and the Burning of Irish Country houses, with particular reference to Kilboy, with Professor Terence Dooley. Host: Dunkerrin Parish History Society. Venue: Obama Plaza, J23/M7, Moneygall, Co Offaly. 8pm. All welcome – tickets €5; members free.

Thursday 18 May: Mapping towns through time, with Professor Roger J P Kain. Part of the IHTA Seminar 2017. Host and venue: Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. All welcome. Free to attend but advance registration required. Details.

Thursday 18 May: Irish family history research, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists. Venue: Loaves & Fishes Hall @ Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, 45 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand. Two sessions: 1pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm. Two topics in each session. $20 per session. Booking essential:

Saturday 20 May: Irish Genealogical Research Society – Dublin Open Day, Dublin City Library & Archive 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Three lectures: Tracing ancestors in the Irish Police, with Jim Herlihy, Finding the Irish in Scotland, with Ruth Mathewson, and How German immigrants brought savoury delight to Dublin, with Karl-Heinz Wuestner, plus three 'Lightening Talks': DNA testing, Church records, and Introducing the upgraded website. 10am to 4pm. Lunch at own expense. Free. Details.

Saturday 20 May: Introduction to Irish Genealogy, with Bridget Bray. Host and venue: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st. Street, New York, NY 10019, USA. 3pm to 5pm. $38 for IAC members/students/seniors and $47 for all others. All welcome. Tickets.

Saturday 20 May: 19th Medieval Dublin Symposium. Host: Friends of Medieval Dublin. Venue: Robert Emmett Theatre (Room 2037), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Free. No booking required. 9:30am–4:50pm. All welcome.

Sunday 21 May: Tracing your Irish ancestors, with Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Dunedin Branch, New Zealand Society Of Genealogists. Venue: Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin Public Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin 9058, New Zealand. 10am to 5pm. £20. Refreshments are included, but bring your own lunch. For more details, telephone Robyn Thorburn, 03 473 8503.