We had no less than 18 members volunteer to ‘man’ the stand, which was a terrific response to our call for help. They gave freely of their time, experience and expertise, and this was hugely appreciated by Council members. It allowed the Society to provide a truly superb level of service answering genealogical queries and giving information about the IGRS.
In particular, IGRS members visiting the stand were full of enthusiasm for our IrishAncestors.ie website launched last March. Most vocal was praise for the Marriage Finder and the Index to The Irish Genealogist, the Society’s annual journal.
The majority of enquiries related to genealogical “brick walls” and in virtually all cases our volunteers were able to make helpful suggestions as to how these might be overcome. One enquirer discovered that the family home of the volunteer she was speaking to was only few fields from the place of birth of her father! They had a good chinwag about the genealogies of local families they both know!
Once again, we encouraged those attending the WDYTYA? show to request a free copy of February’s edition of the Society’s monthly e-Bulletin. We’re pleased to say that a great number filled in the forms, though poor Roz McCutcheon, who has kindly offered to type-up the email addresses, might not be so pleased by the number!
Having the opportunity to talk to directly to members about the Society and its benefits, a good number also signed up for membership there and then.
We were also delighted that so many other exhibitors at the show sent those with Irish research queries over to our stand. Also, two of our members, Jill Williams and Roz McCutcheon, shared their knowledge and expertise in talks and ‘Ask The Expert’ sessions organised by the Society of Genealogists.
So, all in all, a busy, productive, but very enjoyable 2014 WDYTYA? for the IGRS.