Monday, 9 December 2013

Jane McGaughey at QFHS

Dr Jane G. V. McGaughey, from the School of Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University is the speaker for the Quebec Family History Society meeting on Saturday, December 14, 10:30am, at Briarwood Presbyterian Church Hall 70 Beaconsfield Blvd Beaconsfield

Jane spoke as the BIFHSGO conference in September and I can personally recommend attending.
Her title is:
Family Ghosts: When Personal History and Professional Research Collide (Lectures)
"Like hundred of thousands of other Irish descendants in Canada, Dr, Jane McGaughey can trace her family history to both pre-and post-Famine periods. Unlike some professional historians, however, her ancestors have consistently "turned up" in her research, both in first book,Ulster's Men, and her current research project on Irish participation in the 1837/38 Rebellions. This is an investiagation of the collision of personal interests and the academic profession through the history of one battle in November 1838 that saw four strands of the Irish diaspora fighting both for and against the future of British North America. This story of "family ghosts" combines Irish United Empire Loyalists, Orangemen, Irish army regulars and pro-Fenians on the shores of the St Lawrence River in one of the more grisly moments of Canadian history."

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