The one day course, ‘Tracing Irish Ancestors – for Intermediate-Advanced Researchers’, held at the Society of Genealogists on Saturday, 23 July was a resounding, sell-out success.
Eight talks were given over the course of the day by IGRS Fellows, Roz McCutcheon and Jill Williams. Ranging from church registers and nineteenth century land records, to how understanding the Cromwellian and Williamite land confiscations can help with using the Registry of Deeds for genealogy – the day had something for everybody!
Jill reported back great interest in the Society, and at the end of the day she had done a short demo of our website, highlighting the Early Irish Marriage Index, our transcripts of Co. Cork parish registers compiled by the late Michael Leader, the Dublin Presbyterian Colporteur’s book and the 1901 Townland Index – just a few of the IGRS’ online resources.
Afterwards, our chairman, Steven Smyrl, was thrilled to receive an email from one of those who attended the event saying: “I was sitting beside a lady from New Zealand who is very involved in a genealogy group over there, all the members of which had given up Irish research because they found it too problematic. Jill and Roz gave her exactly the right mix of tips and insights to make what had previously seemed impossible, come across as actually achievable. I had lunch with someone now living in Plymouth (originally from Falls Road, Belfast) who was thrilled with all the guidelines she received on dealing with Ulster as her mother’s family had come from Monaghan.
“On the tube going home a lady came over to me and said “weren’t you at the Irish genealogy day?” and when I admitted I was, she said “wasn’t it wonderful?” and we spent the journey eulogizing about all the things we had learned and all the witticisms that
had made us laugh. What gobsmacked everyone I spoke to was that Jill & Roz managed to pack so much invaluable information, advice, hints, tips and guidelines into one day and make it hugely entertaining.
“In summary, my view is that the IGRS and the SOG should organize lots more events involving our Jill & Roz superstars.”
Now that’s praise indeed!
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