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NEHGS & TIARA Irish Research Seminar

Where: NEHGS Research Library - 99-101 Newbury Street

When: March 19, 2011 9:00AM - 5:00PM



Join NEHGS and The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) for a day-long seminar relating to Irish genealogy and family history. Speakers include Marie Daly, Janis Duffy, Judy Lucey, Eileen O’Duill, and Sean O’Duill who will each address topics relating to Irish records, methodologies, and strategies.

Seminar Schedule (subject to change)

9:00am – 9:30am: Onsite Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9:30am – 10:30am:

Track 1: Problem Solving in Irish Genealogy (Marie Daly) This lecture will focus on identifying some of the frequent brick walls that we encounter as we search for our Irish roots. These brick walls include the lack of records, indexing errors in online databases, the commonness of Irish surnames, the poverty of our ancestors, and under-registration in public records. The lecture will present some research strategies, using examples from past research cases, to get over these brick walls.

Track 2: What You Need to Know Before You Go (Janis Duffy)Many Americans go to Ireland to find their roots without having done the prerequisite research in the US. In this lecture Janis explains steps that are needed to prepare for a research trip to Ireland. She tells about US sources and describes how to access them.

11:00am – 12:00pm

Track 1: Preparing for Your Research Trip to Ireland (Marie Daly)Many people travel to Ireland hoping to find their Irish roots only to discover that they have not sufficiently prepared their genealogies to find their origins. By first researching in North American and Irish records available in the United States, the traveler to Ireland can focus their efforts on resources unavailable elsewhere. This lecture will review the steps needs to determine origin in Ireland and will highlight the Irish resources available in North America.

Track 2: Irish Civil Registration and Census (Eileen O’Duill) Two record groups, civil records of births, marriages and deaths and census returns for 1901 and 1911 are the starting place for many people researching in Ireland. In this lecture, Eileen provides an introduction to these very important resources and illustrates how they compliment each other.  

12:00pm – 1:30pm: Lunch on Your Own

1:30pm – 2:30pm:

Track 1: Irish Resources Online (Judith Lucey)The Irish have made great strides in transcribing and digitizing records in recent years. Many records and resources previously unavailable to family historians are now at our fingertips. Find out what records are online and how you can access some of your Irish family history without leaving home!

Track 2:  Mrs. Fancy Tart is Coming to Tea: Making Sense of Family Stories (Eileen O’Duill) and The Language Your Ancestors Spoke: Appreciating Irish [Gaelic] (Sean O’Duill)  Family stories handed down through generations but can get garbled and confusing in the telling. In this lecture, Eileen shares some family stories with a message about processing information without having to contradict your granny. During the second part, Sean O'Duill will discuss Irish (Gaeilge), a Goidelic language, spoken in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Great Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia. Irish is constitutionally recognized as the first official language of the Republic of Ireland. Many emigrants from Ireland were Irish speakers and corresponded with the family at home in their native tongue.

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Track 1: Irish Resources at NEHGS (Judith Lucey)Don’t think you can research your Irish ancestry at NEHGS? Come and discover the extensive collection of Irish resources available in our library. We’ll demonstrate  how you can use these resources for your own family research by using two case studies.

Track 2:  Matchmaking and Marriage customs in 19th Century Ireland (Sean O’Duill) Family history researchers are discovering the study of folklore and the traditions of their people. In this lively and very entertaining lecture, Sean Ó Dúill communicates the  traditions of the Irish, explaining traditions which were brought to America by the immigrants and still live in the memory of Americans today. 

About the Speakers:

Marie Daly joined the staff of NEHGS in 1987 as Business Manager, then became Chief Financial Officer in 1998, and was named Director of Library Services in 2002. She received a B.S. from Northeastern University and an MPH from Boston University. In her spare time, Marie traces her Irish ancestors. She is the past president and co-founder of TIARA (the Irish Ancestral Research Association) and has been researching, lecturing, and writing about Irish genealogy since 1976. She is particularly interested in old Irish graveyards and has transcribed the tombstone inscriptions in several Irish cemeteries in the Boston area.

Janis Duffy is a well know genealogist with a great deal of experience. She is the former research supervisor at the Massachusetts Archives at Columbia Point and is now the librarian at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Janis is a past president of TIARA and has directed several successful research trips to Ireland. In April she will be speaking at the NERGC conference in Springfield. 

Judith Lucey joined the NEHGS staff in 2003. She received a B.S. in Education from Northeastern University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Her genealogical interests include Irish genealogy, Newfoundland, 19th and 20th century genealogy, Beginning genealogy, Italian genealogy, and the history of Cambridge and Somerville, Mass. A native of the Boston area, she currently resides in Somerville, Mass.

Eileen O’Duill, BA, MA holds certificates in Advanced and Contemporary Genealogy and is a Certified Genealogist. Elieen was born in the United States of Irish parents and emigrated to Ireland in 1974 where she met and married  Sean O'Duill. In 1990 she was able to turn a lifelong interest in genealogy into a career of research and teaching. Her unique perspective can give American researchers special insights into their Irish heritage.

Sean O'Duill BA, H Dip is a fluent Irish speaker from Louisburg, Co. Mayo. He is well known as a lecturer and writer on Irish folklore. His talks on folklore are of great interest to Irish family historians. Sean and Eilleen function as O'Duill Associates in Dublin. They can be reached through their website, Heirs Ireland.


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