Genealogy essentials course

This taught course will be delivered by the Foundation’s expert staff and will be scheduled to take place immediately prior to (03-05 September) the formal start of our Tracing your Irish Ancestors conference itself.

This pre-conference course will offer delegates two and a half days of intensive learning, with practical demonstrations using relevant websites and other electronic resources, and will give participants full access to the Foundation’s research and newspaper library, and of course the expertise of our staff and researchers.

Our Irish Genealogy Essentials Course is not part of the formal conference programme, but complementary to it, and highly recommended for those who are relatively new to Irish family history research. An additional fee applies to those signing up for this pre-conference course, but registered delegates can avail of a conference-exclusive offer of only £199.99 (GBP) for this additional 2.5 day, enhancement to our conference programming for 2018.

Conference delegates do not have to register for the Genealogy Essentials Course, but we would highly recommend for the keen genealogists who want to maximise the benefit of their time in the archives during the conference itself.

[Please note that this class is subject to numbers]

What will the course cover?

Monday 03 September

Genealogy Essentials - Day 1

Morning lectures

Irish land divisions
Archives and libraries in Ireland
Nineteenth & early twentieth century census returns
Practical Session: Applying what you just learned – using online resources for yourself

Afternoon lectures

Civil records – birth, marriage & death certificates
Church records for use in genealogical research: registers
Church records for use in genealogical research: administrative records
Practical Session: Applying what you just learned – using online resources for yourself

Tuesday 04 September

Genealogy Essentials - Day 2

Morning lectures

Wills and testamentary papers
School registers & education records
Graveyards & gravestone inscriptions
Occupation and business records
Practical Session: Applying what you just learned – using online resources for yourself

Afternoon lectures 

Griffith’s Valuation & Valuation Revision Books
Tithe applotment books, tithe defaulters, freeholders’ registers
Landed estate papers
Practical Session: Applying what you just learned – using online resources for yourself

Wednesday 05 September

Genealogy Essentials - Day 3

Morning lectures

Printed sources – newspapers, street directories, etc
Law and order records
Workhouse & local government records
Pre-1800 census substitutes
Practical Session: Applying what you just learned – using online resources for yourself