Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors

"Tracing Your Irish Ancestors"

I just received a notice from Margaret Gervais of BIFHSGO that John Grenham from Dublin will be in the city on August 9th to present an afternoon of talks on Irish ancestry.

Here is the press release I received -


The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa — with the cooperation of the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, the Irish Society of the National Capital Region, and the Monterey Inn Resort & Conference Center — presents:


When: Sunday, 9th August 2009 – 1:30 p.m.

Where: The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive in Nepean (Ottawa)

Free Parking on site.

Admission: $10/person at the door.

"Tracing Your Irish Ancestry" with John Grenham, M.A.

Professional Genealogist, Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, and well-known author from Dublin, Ireland

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Chasing Shadows: Irish Genealogy Online

Few large sets of Irish genealogical records are available online; however, there are many highly valuable local or partial record-sets, which can be difficult to track down. The presentation starts with an outline of the main Irish records and where any on-line transcripts can be found.

Whatever you’re having yourself: Irish Census Substitutes

Brief summary of better-known substitutes, but focuses on more useful and lesser-known records, including: Loan Funds, Charleton Marriage Fund, agricultural surveys, official petitions and electoral records. Since the range is infinite, a complete account is impossible; the aim is to sketch the main areas in which these records are being uncovered, to show how they can be used, and to bring hope to those who have run out of the standard Irish sources.

For more information or queries, contact BIFHSGO at:

Email: / Website: / Tel. 613-234-2520
Postal address: BIFHSGO, PO Box 38026, Ottawa ON K2C 3Y7


I'll be there and hope to see you there, too!