The Irish Family History Society is delighted to present to its members a series of six online lectures on making the best use of key online sources for researching your Irish Family History.
TIPS FOR SEARCHING ONLINE SOURCES FOR FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH IN IRELAND
This is a FREE series of six lectures, exclusively for members of the IFHS.
The lectures will be presented via Zoom.
PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN ATTENDING BY EMAILING firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Wednesday 27th September ’23.
A fresh Zoom link will issue to participants in advance of each week’s lecture.
LECTURE 1 Saturday 30th September, at 2.30 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
This lecture will cover:
Getting prepared. There is so much information available online that it is easy to get carried away on tangents and so it can be difficult to focus on priorities. This can be particularly difficult with free websites, or with limited access to “paysites”. This lecture will focus on setting priorities for your research.
LECTURE 2 Saturday 7th October, at 2.30 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
The census records of 1901 and 1911. This will include searching these records effectively, and the vast amount of information which can be gleaned from them.
LECTURE 3 Saturday 14th October, at 2.30 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Griffith’s Valuation is a tremendous resource for family history research. Combined with the maps, placename searches and other records, it can be a starting place for identifying the exact location where your ancestors lived. The lecture will include guidance on using the House and Field books.
LECTURE 4 Saturday 21st October, at 2.30 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
This lecture will focus on the Civil Records (births, marriages, deaths), and on identifying townlands eg using the Seanruad townland database. It will also look at the Tithe Applotment Books.
THERE WILL BE NO LECTURE ON SATURDAY 28th October.
LECTURE 5 Saturday 4th November, at 2.30 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
The focus this week will be on maximising the information offered by historic maps, including those on the website of the National Mapping Division of the new organisation, Tailte Éireann (formerly called “Ordnance Survey Ireland”)
LECTURE 6 Saturday 11th November, at 2.30 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Searching more specialist resources: reproductive loan, petty session, court records, newspapers, and paysites. Conclusion to series.
There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion at the end of each lecture. Maximum duration of each session will be approximately one hour.
Introducing The Presenter
Kieran Jordan has been researching his family history for over 30 years. In that time he has seen the transition from paper-based archives, available only on a visit to Dublin, to computer-based databases, that are available online. Over time, he has become aware of online sources for Irish family history research and has become familiar with searching strategies to get the best value possible from the online sources. In this series of lectures, he will highlight some of the online resources that are available and demonstrate some of the ‘tips and tricks’ that can be used in carrying out a search of those databases.
Kieran is a member of the IFHS, and this series of lectures builds on his talk to members on 10th December 2022 “A case study on sources for Family History Studies in Ireland”, which was very well received.
We hope our members will enjoy and benefit from these lectures. No matter what stage your research has reached, we hope that Kieran’s tips and suggestions will give you confidence in using these resources and introduce you to some of which you were previously unaware.
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