An Introduction To Irish & Scots-Irish Genealogy & You!
March 22, 2014 – 1:00pm-4:30pm
South Orange Public Library
Have you, family, or your friends ever wondered where your ancestors came from and continued their story here? Then we have just the event for you! The South Orange Public Library will host a public program devoted to the study of Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with noted genealogical experts Mr. Fintan Mullan, Executive Director and Ms. Gillian Hunt, Research Officer of the Ulster Historical Foundation.
This event will be dedicated to a broad overview of Scots-Irish and Irish research. Benefiting beginners and seasoned genealogists alike, it is practical, wide-ranging and informative using visual aids and exploring the major collections, the destruction of records in 1922, and the importance of place and administrative divisions in Ireland, the importance of doing your homework of records and how to access them.
As well as covering the major collections the presentations look at the lesser known and more fragmentary sources available for the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as the larger though sometimes un-mined resources such as estate records, the Registry of Deeds, wills, and other materials. Mr. Mullan and Ms. Hunt will draw attention to some quite uniquely and very rich Irish sources, that are not available elsewhere in the British Isles, indeed Europe. The programs seek to demonstrate that in some instances Ireland has quite exceptional sources. Additional highlights will include the following major points of interest…
- Introduction and Overview to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research
- Using land valuation records including Griffith valuation and tithe applotment
- Understanding Irish Townlands: the importance of place, identity and administrative divisions in Irish research
- Solving your ‘brick walls’ – practical Internet tutorial and resolving research queries
- Plus, questions or comments are definitely welcome and encouraged!
More About Our Speakers & The Foundation
Mr. Fintan Mullan
Mr. Mullan has been head of the Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001 and is a widely respected expert in the field having published over 100 individual and diverse publications including the perennial favourite Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors. He is a non-executive director of the Irish Family History Foundation; sits on the board of, and is a member of the management committee of the Northern Ireland Publications Resource (NIPR), and a former member of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Readers Forum. He is a regular speaker on the North American circuit; having presented Irish and Scot-Irish programmes in most of the lower 48 states, and was one of the Northern Ireland presenters at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival July 2007. He has also spoken in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. He was educated at Queen’s University Belfast. He has a bachelor’s degree in Irish Politics and Philosophy, and a master’s degree in Organisation and Management, both from Queen’s University Belfast.
Ms. Gillian Hunt
Ms. Hunt is Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and is responsible for the management of the Foundation’s many genealogical activities. As well as managing the genealogy side of the Foundation’s work, Gillian carries out research for clients and is a hugely experienced user of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the General Register Office. She regularly teaches courses in Northern Ireland and gives talks on family history in the rest of Ireland, the UK and the USA. She has visited Stone Mountain Highland Games (Atlanta, GA) on a number of occasions and also presented at Tourism Ireland’s ‘Discover Northern Ireland’ in Grand Central Terminal, NYC in 2010. For the past four years, she has taught a number of extra mural courses at Stranmillis College and at Queen’s University, in Belfast, as well as to community groups across Northern Ireland. Gillian also speaks each year at the Pudsey Family History Fair in Leeds, England. Gillian has carried out the research for a number of television programmes, appearing in one which aired on BBCNI in 2010 and another which will air in autumn 2013. She has been with the since 2001, and received a degree in History (BA Hons, 1998) and a Masters in Historical Studies (MA, 2000) from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
In addition, with IT partners BRS Systems Mr. Mullan has pioneered the online births, deaths and marriages online record system for Antrim and Down, which led to www.rootsireland.ie, the Irish Family History Foundation’s unique database with over 20 million Irish historical records, making it the most useful online resource for Irish research. He has ensured the Foundation has been at the forefront of digital database developments for Irish genealogy.
The Ulster Historical Foundation
A non-profit organisation (Charity Ref. No. XN48460) founded in 1956 to promote interest in Irish genealogy and history, with particular reference to the historical nine county province of Ulster. The Foundation is one of the leading genealogical research agencies in Ireland and a major publisher of historical, educational and genealogical source books. It has also devised a series of ground breaking online historical and genealogical resources, which have helped to transform the availability of Irish records for family historians at home and abroad.
This event will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. at the South Orange Public Library located at 65 Scotland Road in South Orange, New Jersey.
Admission is FREE and Open to the Public.
For more information about this event including location, parking, and special needs please feel free to consult the Library homepage at: www.sopl.org, or contact program coordinator, Alan Delozier by phone: (973) 275-2378, or via e-mail at: email@example.com