Independence Day Bonanza

What a day! We might be in Ireland, but Independence Day brought festivities too to the Irish Genealogical Research Society.

Thank you to all our new American friends and supporters who took time today from their own celebrations to visit our Facebook page and to ‘like’ it. Over 500 of you did this, bumping-up our numbers of ‘likes’ to over 11,000!flag-clip-art-american-flag-wave-metal

In addition, two IGRS Council members and Fellows gave their time today to run a one day seminar on the practise, methodology and downright enjoyment of Irish genealogical research, held at the Society of Genealogists in London, England.

Roz McCutcheon

Roz McCutcheon

Roz McCutcheon, a veteran of the IGRS, gave an overview of the history of Ireland; a particularly well received talk about the Registry of Deeds and its use to family historians; church records and sources for the Irish poor in Britain.


Jill Williams

Jill Williams spoke about Irish civil registration records and where to locate online indexes and images; census returns, particularly the 1901 and 1911 returns which are complete for the whole island; Irish newspapers for family historians and then Irish court records. Each of the eight talks lasted for approximately 30 minutes and the day was rounded off with a lively question and answer session, seeing questions asked about all the subjects spoken on and others beside.

The IGRS has been described as the “great granddaddy of all Irish family history societies” by John Grenham, one of the best known names in current Irish genealogy and family history. So now you know, there’s never been a better time to join the Society: Membership.



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