Join NEHGS and TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association) for an Irish History and Genealogy Seminar.
9:30 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
10:00 a.m. The Chronicles of Iona
Paula de Fougerolles, PhD
11:15 a.m. Tracing Irish Domestic Servants
Marie Daly, Senior Genealogist, NEHGS
12:30-5:00 p.m. Optional NEHGS Library Research
Space is limited.
About the sessions and speakers
Paula de Fougerolles
Local author Paula de Fougerolles will present on the history and archeology that inspired her to create The Chronicles of Iona, a historical fiction series set in Ireland and Scotland in the sixth century. The series tells the story of the two men who founded the monastic federation of Iona and the kingdom of Scotland, Saint Columba (Colm Cille) of Donegal and the Scottish warlord Aedan mac Gabran--a real-life sixth-century Merlin and King Arthur.
de Fougerolles has a doctorate in Medieval History from the University of Cambridge. The Chronicles of Iona: Exile, chosen by County Donegal for its 2013 One Book One Community Project, was named one of Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012. The second book in the series,The Chronicles of Iona: Prophet, has just been published by Careswell Press. Books will be available for sale and signing by the author.
Although domestic servants made everyday life in grand homes possible, their identities and roles within the household have long been hidden. Marie Daly, Senior Genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, shares tips for researching Irish domestic servants, often hard-to-trace ancestors. She will highlight both online and on-site research venues, bringing to light the sources that can help piece together your family story.
Marie joined the staff of NEHGS in 1987. She received a B.S. from Northeastern University and an MPH from Boston University. She is the past president and co-founder of TIARA and has been researching, lecturing, and writing about Irish genealogy since1976. She is particularly interested in old Irish graveyards and has transcribed the tombstone inscriptions in several Irish cemeteries in the Boston area.