Tuesday 22 September 2020

SOG to host online Irish history workshop, 17 October

The Society of Genealogists will host a live 3-hour online seminar on Saturday 17 October, starting a 10:30am. The seminar – The 1600s & 1800s - Times of Great Change in Ireland – will include two talks, both presented by Fellows of the Irish Genealogical Research Society.

Together, the talks will introduce delegates to record sources for this period and will provide a strong overview and understanding of the issues that affected, directly or indirectly, the lives and dreams of our ancestors in Ireland during the 17th century. The seminar will be of particular benefit to those whose knowledge of Irish history is rusty or shaky, and to family historians educated outside of Ireland.

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The 1600s, with Roz McCutcheon FIGRS
The 17th century was a seismic period in Irish history. It included the defeat and flight of the old Irish nobility; the Ulster Plantation; the 1641 Rebellion; the Cromwellian campaign and land confiscations; the Williamite wars; and the introduction of the Penal Laws in the 1690s. In this talk, Roz will explore the period from the viewpoint of one woman and her family, who appear in many of the documents linked to these events, and include her sons and grandsons fighting on both sides in the major conflicts.

19th-century land issues, with Jill Williams FIGRS
Like the 1600s, the 1800s was a turbulent period, especially for issues relating to land holdings. Fortunately, surviving land records abound. Jill's talk will reveal where extensive knowledge of our forbears, whether rich or poor, can be found. She will examine Tithe Applotments, The Great Hunger, evictions, assisted emigration, Griffiths Valuation, the Encumbered Estates Act, land wars, Whiteboys, and an increasing push for justice regarding land rights.

A comprehensive list of sources will be provided to delegates. There will be time for Questions & Answers after each talk and a short break between them. The fee is £20.

I would recommend anyone interesting in gaining a better appreciation of Ireland's political and social history during these two centuries books their place on this course as soon as possible. Jill and Roz's classes are always over-subscribed and this seminar appears to no exception; I have watched the counter of available places tumble over the just the last few days! Click the link at the top of the page.