SEARCHING FOR IRISH ANCESTORS – Dr PENNY WALTERS
June 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
This talk will look at current and historical maps of Ireland. Since the early 17th century there have been four Provinces of Ireland: Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster. The Irish word for this territorial division, cúige, means ‘fifth part’ and indicates that there were once five; however, in the medieval period there were more. There are thirty two counties in Ireland (twenty six in the Republic of Ireland and six in Northern Ireland). Many people, perhaps as high as 70 million claim Irish heritage, so many diaspora are keen to research their Irish roots. This talk look will at the information that is available in the absence of a number of key Irish census records. The talk covers Irish place names and surnames; how to order BMD certificates; and which Census fragments are available. The 1837 Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary will be revealed, and how to think laterally from clues within the detailed place descriptions. The usefulness of dog licences, railways and Facebook groups will be included. The invaluable census ‘substitute,’ Griffiths Valuation will be explained. Utilising clues and useful information from Who Do You Think You are? Irish themed celebrity reveals will be explored. An explanation of DNA testing, with Ancestry’s new detailed regions will be explored, along with DNA matching and collaboration. A description of a number of diaspora journeys will be shown with maps, interesting heritage centres and quirky observations. However, looking for ancestors abroad could be seen as cultural appreciation or cultural appropriation.
Penny returns once more to help find and explain more of your ancestors Irish Heritage.
Zoom sign-in from 7.15 pm (UK time).
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