Monday 8 November 2021

Irish genealogy, history and heritage events, 8 - 28 November

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.

Monday 8 November: Scottish Poor Law Records, with Irene O’Brien. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Free. All welcome. 7pm - 8:30pm. Send email to for zoom link.

Tuesday 9 November: The Irish Soldier in the Great War, with Chris Baker. Host: The Genealogical Society of Ireland. 8pm, on zoom. For details and access, email

Tuesday 9 November: The Royal Irish Constabulary, with Jill Williams FIGRS. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Free. All welcome. 7:30pm - 9:00pm GMT. Online lecture – for zoom link email Branch Secretary, Elizabeth Scott, at

Tuesday 9 November: New Perspectives on Early Modern Cork City, an in-person event with Ciara Brett, Dr. Michael Waldron, Professor David Dickson, and Daniel Breen. Venue: St Peters Cork, North Main St, Cork. 8pm–11pm. Free. Need to register.

Thursday 11 November: William Sharman and the Politics of Volunteering in Ulster, 1781-1803, with Professor Peter Gray. Hosts: The Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies, and Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 7pm to 8pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book.

Thursday 11 November: Doing local history in Offaly: A guide to the sources, with Dr Ciaran Reilly. Host: Offaly Libraries History Lectures 2021. Online via Offaly Libraries’ Facebook and YOUTUBE channels. Free. 7:30pm.

Thursday 11 November: WWI: Exploring the Irish Experience, a virtual exhibition tour. Host: National Library of Ireland. 11am. Free. All welcome. Details. Tickets.

Thursday 11 November: Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck and the Indian Army, 1914-1947, with Dr Timothy Bowman. Hosts: The Antrim and Down branch of the Western Front Association and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). 8pm to 9pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book.

Friday 12 and Saturday 13 November: Really Useful Show, hosted by the Family History Federation. Friday hours: 6pm to 10pm. Saturday hours: 10am to 6pm. 24 talks, plus workshops and Expert Sessions. Tickets £10. More information.

Saturday 13 November: Rathmines: A Walking Tour with Dr Séamas Ó Maitiú, author of IHTA Dublin Suburb Series, Rathmines. Host: Dublin Book Festival. In-person. Starts from Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6. 11am to Noon. Tickets: €10. Sold out.

Monday 15 November: Commemorated in Stone: War Fatalities Remembered in Local Graveyards, with Nigel Henderson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Online 7:30pm - 9pm GMT. All welcome. Email for zoom link. Free. Details.

Tuesday 16 November: Dublin's housing crisis in revolutionary times, 1915-1923, with Cathy Scufgil. An online lecture hosted by Foxrock History Society. 8pm sharp. All welcome. Non-members can email for zoom password.

Wednesday 17 November: Getting Started Workshop - Using Online Resources, a free online workshop. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 12:30pm - 1:30pm. Free. Need to register.

Wednesday 17 November: The records of Carlow Gaol, with Christopher Power. Host: Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. Online (zoom link here) but also in-person at Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Road, Carlow Town. 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 18 November: Rural and small-town Ireland in the popular fiction of the 19302–1950s, with Dr Catriona Clear. 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.

Thursday 18 November: The O'Briens of Dromoland, an online talk with Colm Liddy. Host: Clare Roots Society. 8pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

From Saturday 19 November: By every means at our command, a new in-person exhibition exploring the War of Independence in Cork. Venue: Cork Public Museumm, Fitzgerald Park, Mardyke, Cork City. Free. No need to book. Details.

Tuesday 23 November: DNA for beginners plus information on the new FTDNA website, with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Causeway Coast & Glens Branch. Online 7:30pm - 9pm GMT. All welcome. Free. Details.

Tuesday 23 November: Researching Farming Ancestors, with Dr William Roulston. Part of the UK and Ireland Explore Your Archives Week. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 2-3pm. Free, online. Need to book.

Tuesday 23 November: The Irish Revolution and the making of a new world order: what the archives tell us, an online roundtable discussion with Dr Linda Connolly, Dr Brian Hanley and Dr Fearghal McGarry. Moderator: Dr Patrick Geoghegan. Host: National Archives of Ireland. All welcome. Free. Need to register, here.

Tuesday 23 November: Commonwealth War Graves, an online lecture with Ian Everest. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. 7:30pm to 9pm. All welcome. Free. email for zoom link.

Tuesday 23 November: A large, populous and beautiful town?: Belfast in the Eighteenth Century, with Professor Raymond Gillespie. Host: Irish Cities in the Georgian Era lecture series from the Irish Georgian Society. Pre-recorded on Zoom at 6:30pm. Tickets €15. Talk will be available for ticket holders to watch for seven days. Details.

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. 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: Details.