Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Irish genealogy and history events: 24 November to 21 December

While online talks continue to be offered by most organisations and event hosts, a few in-person events are beginning to re-appear in my listings. In the list below, you'll find all in-person events clearly indicated and the location highlighted in bold.

Wednesday 24 November: Stephen Scarth, PRONI, A Century of Archiving – the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, an online lecture with Stephen Scarth. Host: LibrariesNI, Heritage from Home series. 12:30pm–1:30pm. Free. All welcome. Details and registration.

Thursday 25 November: In their own words: children of Victorian Belfast, with Dr Alice Johnson. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Part of the UK and Ireland's ‘Explore Your Archives Week’. An online lecture via Zoom. 2pm to 3pm. Free but you need to book your place at eventbrite.

Thursday 25 November: The Story of the Workhouse and Their Records, with Natalie Bodle. A free online talk hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena Branch. 7pm-9pm. Email to request link: Ballymena@nifhs.org. Details.

Thursday 25 November: Reading the Deeds and Sasines: A Digital Humanities approach to the Irish and Scottish Land Records, with Dr Patrick Walsh and Dr Andrew Mackillop. Host: Registry of Deeds/PRAI. 11am–12pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register.

Wednesday 1 December: Using Online Resources, a Getting Started Workshop on Zoom. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 12:30–1:30pm. Free. Need to book. Details.

Wednesday 1 December: An Irish Diaspora webinar, with Claire Bradley focussing on tracing your Irish ancestors to their townland of origin. 8pm GMT. Cost: €10 per person. Online from Dublin. Details and booking.

Thursday 2 December: Exhibiting the past: telling the story of Partition in the museum environment with Armagh County Museum curator Sean Bardon. Host: LibrariesNI, Heritage from Home series. Online at 12:30pm. All welcome. Free, but need to register. Details.

Thursday 2 to Saturday 4 December: The Treaty, a new play from playwright Colin Murphy and Fishamble Theatre Company. An in-person event. The 70-minute play tells the story of what happened inside the negotiations, as Arthur Griffith, Michael Collins and fellow Irish negotiators engaged with one of the most formidable negotiating teams ever assembled. Tickets: £25/£21 (online via ICC Hammersmith). Venue: The Embassy of Ireland, 17 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HRDetails.

Thursday 2 December: Sharing our Story – Northern Ireland's Jewish community, with Steven Jaffe, Amanda Jackson, Bernard Enlander and Lorraine Bourke. Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 15:00 – 16:00 GMT. Free. Online event. Details.

Thursday 2 December: Advanced Google Tools for Family History Research, an online NIFHS class with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. 7pm to 8:30pm. All welcome. £10. Details and booking.

Saturday 4 December: Irish winter traditions, with Dr Marion McGarry. Host: Ulster Architectural Heritage. Choose between in-person and online event. Those attending (The Old Museum Building, Belfast BT1 6AR) get Christmas refreshments from 10:30pm to 12:30pm. Virtual attendees (11am start) can supply their own. Full details. Free and all welcome.

Saturday 4 December: Family Tree Maker - Basics and Benefits, an online class with Imelda McVeigh. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. 2pm to 3:30pm. All welcome. £10. Details and booking.

Saturday 4 December: Irish Civil Registration and Church Records: It’s a New World! and Map It Out: Using Maps to Locate your Irish Ancestors, with Donna Moughty in a two-lecture, online seminar. Host: Hamilton County Genealogical Society, USA. 11am to 1:15pm ET (includes 15-min break at noon). Need to register before 9pm EST on 27 November. Details.

Monday 6 December: Making men pay: the financial support of illegitimate children in Ireland 1800-1957, an online lecture with Professor Maria Ludd. Host: Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society. 7:30pm. All welcome. Free. Email info@offalyhistory.com for link.

Tuesday 7 December: PRONI Online Records, an online class with Andrew Kane. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. 7pm to 8:30pm. All welcome. £10. Details and booking.

Thursday 9 December: Aspects of the Land War of the 1880s in Offaly, with Dr Ciaran Reilly, Host: Offaly Libraries History Lecture Series 2021. Online via Offaly Libraries’ Facebook and YOUTUBE channels. Free to view. 7:30pm.

Thursday 9 December The murder of Martha Lunney and the little histories of partition, with Dr Peter Leary. Hosts: The Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 7pm to 8pm, on Zoom. All welcome. Free but need to register. More.

Monday 13 to Saturday 17 December: National Archives of Ireland closed to the public. Annual media preview.

Tuesday 14 December: Researching your ancestors in Northern Ireland, an online lecture with Gillian Hunt. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation and Libraries NI, Heritage from Home series. 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register. Details.

Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 December: National Archives of Ireland closed to the public. Annual media preview.

Tuesday 21 December: Tom Kiely: Tipperary's and Ireland's greatest champion, with Dr Kevin McCarthy. Host: Tipperary Library Services 'Tipperary People and Places Lecture Series XV'. Free. In-person at Tipperary Studies, The Source, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7pm. No need to book. Details.