9:30 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
10:00 a.m. Irish Genealogical Research on Familysearch.org, Marie Daly, Senior Genealogist, NEHGS
11:00 a.m. Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America's First Sports Hero, Christopher Klein
12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Optional NEHGS Library Research
Registration for this program is closed.
About the sessions and speakers
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has microfilmed millions of American and Irish records, and has now digitized them, making them freely accessible to worldwide researchers. Among these collections are vital records, census substitutes, probate records, taxation lists, and even prison registers. Marie will focus on using both searchable and browsable data on Familysearch.org, as well as accessing valuable Irish information on microfilm.
Marie Daly is Senior Genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, where she has been on the staff since 1987. She is the past president and co-founder of TIARA 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.
Christopher Klein's book, Strong Boy:The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America's First Sports Hero (Lyons Press, 2013), tells the colorful tale of the brash Irish-American boxer who launched America's sports obsession. The larger-than-life boxer embodied the American Dream for late nineteenth-century immigrants as he rose from Boston's Irish working class to become the most recognizable man in thenation.
Christopher Klein is an author and freelance writer specializing in history and travel. He is also the author of Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City's Hidden Shores and The Die-Hard Sports Fan's Guide to Boston. Christopher is a frequent contributor to the travel pages of The Boston Globe and History.com, the web site of the History Channel. His articles have also appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, The Boston Globe Magazine, Smithsonian.com, ESPN.com, and many more.