Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Tracing Your Irish Ancestry - Ottawa

The following is an announcement received from BIFHSGO

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Sunday 9 August 2009

Ben Franklin Place, Centrepointe Council Chambers, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, ON

The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) presents

TRACING YOUR IRISH ANCESTRY with JOHN GRENHAM, Professional Genealogist, Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, and well known author from Dublin, Ireland. Visit: www.Johngrenham.com and www.IrishTimes.com/ancestor

1:30 pm: ¨ "Chasing Shadows: Irish Genealogy Online" : Few large sets of Irish genealogical records are available online; however, there are many highly valuable local or partial record-sets, which can be difficult to track down. The presentation starts with an outline of the main Irish records and where any on-line transcripts can be found, and proceeds to guided hands-on research.

3:30 pm: ¨ "Whatever you’re having yourself: Irish Census Substitutes" : Brief summary of better-known substitutes, but focuses on more useful and lesser-known records, including: Loan Funds, Charleton Marriage Fund, agricultural surveys, official petitions and electoral records. Since the range is infinite, a complete account is impossible; the aim is to sketch the main areas in which these records are being uncovered, to show how they can be used, and to bring hope to those who have run out of the standard Irish sources.

Free admission but contributions (suggested $5/person) would be appreciated to defray costs.

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