Save the date – March 15, 2018 – Irish workshop


We are going to try something different for our Spring 2018 Workshop.  March 15, 2018 we will be presenting an Irish workshop with the Ulster Historical Foundation from Ireland.  There will be 2 sessions.  There will be one session in the afternoon and the other in the evening.  The workshop will be held at The Thompson Center on the campus of University of Nebraska Omaha.

The Ulster Historical Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1956 to promote interest in Irish genealogy and history.  The Foundation is one of the leading genealogical research agencies in Ireland and a major publisher of historical, educational and genealogical source books.

Class descriptions:

Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research

This presentation provides a broad overview of Scots-Irish and Irish research and sets the program up for the day, covering a range of topics which include: the geographical divisions of Ireland which are so invaluable in Irish genealogy, such as townlands, parishes and baronies; the 1922 fire and how it affects what can be found in Irish records; the importance of doing your homework on North American sources before starting your Irish research; as well as and exploring some of the major collections of records and how to access them, which will not be covered in the other presentations, such as census records and civil records of births, marriages and deaths.

 Understanding Irish Townlands

Understanding the importance of Irish townlands and land divisions and sense of place to local people in rural Ireland (irrespective of location) are crucial to success in Irish genealogy. This presentation explores the different administrative divisions: e.g. townland, barony, parish, County, Poor Law Union, etc, their origins, how they relate to each other, and their relevance and usage in the historical records.

Records Related to the Different Churches in Ireland

This presentation will look at the church records available for main Christian denominations in Ireland: Church of Ireland (Anglican), Presbyterian and Roman Catholic and how their varied histories have affected the types of records which exist for each one. An understanding of the differences between the many Protestant denominations is provided. We will then examine the main categories of church records available for genealogical research, including the lesser known but no less useful sources such as vestry minute books and examine the value of annotations found in Catholic church records which can be of great benefit to the family historian. Finally we will focus on where these church records are held and how to access them.

Using Land Records: Griffith’s Valuation, Tithe and Estate records

Land records are an extremely important part of genealogical research in Ireland due to the destruction of the majority of nineteenth century census records. We will look at the main valuation records – the tithe books from the 1820s and 1830s and Griffith’s Valuation which covers the period 1848 to 1864, and the valuation revision books up to c. 1930, as well as looking at estate papers which can help take our family history back to the 1700s and 1600s.

Census substitutes and other important sources for the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: strategies for success

This presentation highlights census substitutes and other lesser known sources for the early nineteenth and eighteenth century, including: school records, Old Age Pensions search forms, the agricultural censuses of 1803, the 1796 flaxgrowers’ list, 1775 dissenter petitions, the convert rolls, the 1766 and other religious ‘census’ returns, , 1766 religious census, the 1740 ‘Protestant Householders’ List and other miscellaneous material for the period which can provide invaluable information on families.

An Introduction to Archives in Ireland and Their Websites

This presentation will provide an overview of the principal sources of archival data in Ireland, ranging from major repositories, such as the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the National Archives of Ireland, to local archives. The talk will also look at libraries in Ireland, especially those with collections of genealogical interest.


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