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“An Irish Gatherin”: Irish and Scots-Irish Genealogy

Consultations in Wanaka, 23 May 2017

14-15 March, 2019

The Salt Lake Plaza, 122 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Join experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation to learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and gain tips and tricks for breaking down brick walls. The seminar will explore strategies for researching Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors.The programme content covers the whole island of Ireland, not solely Ulster.

About the speakers

Gillian Hunt is Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and manages the Foundation’s many genealogical activities. She teaches genealogy classes in various educational institutions in Northern Ireland and has spoken in Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and North America.

Fintan Mullan has been Executive Director of Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001. He has extensive experience in Irish family history research and publishing, hosting genealogy conferences and events, and is a regular international speaker on Irish genealogy.

What will be covered?

Thursday 14 March

Topics covered will include:

Understanding Irish townlands

Understanding the importance of our land divisions and sense of place to local people in rural Ireland (irrespective of location) is crucial to success in Irish genealogy. This presentation explores the different administrative divisions: e.g. townland, barony, parish, County, Poor Law Union, etc, their origins, how they relate to each other, and their relevance and usage in the historical records.

Early 19th century land records

Land records are an extremely important part of genealogical research in Ireland due to the destruction of the majority of nineteenth-century census records. The earliest comprehensive nineteenth century ‘census substitutes’ are the tithe applotment books from the 1820s and 1830s. We will look at these records, the companion tithe defaulters’ lists, valuation records from the pre-Griffith’s period as well as freeholders’ registers which list those entitled to vote.

Using Printed Sources for Irish Family History

Printed sources are essential for those researching Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors. We will look at a wide range of printed sources including newspapers, street directories and Ordnance Survey Memoirs; as well as identifying how to access this material.

Friday 15th March

An Introduction to Archives in Ireland and Their Websites

This talk will provide an overview of the principal sources of archival data in Ireland, ranging from major repositories, such as the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the National Archives of Ireland, to local archives. The talk will also look at libraries in Ireland, especially those with collections of genealogical interest.

Irish Education and School Records

The records of the National Education system, introduced in 1831, can be a most useful collection of records for tracing families, especially in the period 1860–1920, and where the records survive back to the 1850s and 40s. As well as providing information on school children the records offer information on teachers, and the establishment of schools and how they were run. They can give details of family movements within Britain and Ireland, and indeed emigration to America, Canada and Australasia. Prior to this period some records also exist for private schools, schools supported by various religious bodies, and schools established to educate the children of the poor. The session will explore the value of these records for family history research.

Using Landed Estate Records

The documents generated by the management of landed estates are among the most valuable of records for the local and family historian. This talk will cover the more useful sources found in estate collections such as rentals and leases before going on to look at where these records can be accessed.



The format of the program will be classes in the morning (8am to 12 noon) then lunch break, then individuals can visit the Family History Library in the afternoon, where they will be joined by Gillian and Fintan and members of staff from Heritage Consulting on the Thursday afternoon and by members of staff from Heritage Consulting on the Friday afternoon.


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