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Back To Our Past Genealogy Talks

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Friday 14 February 2020






Family History - Getting Started

Janet Hancock

Public Records Office of Northern Ireland

Janet Hancock is Deputy Head of Public Services at PRONI. She will talk you through getting started in researching your own family tree, and highlight some of the pitfalls and handy tips.


Using Irish landed estate records to find eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ancestors

Gillian Hunt

Ulster Historical Foundation

Landed estate papers are an important if underused source for family history and can be invaluable particularly in areas where church records do not survive from a sufficiently early date. In this presentation we will look at the main types of estate papers which are useful for genealogical research and where they can be accessed.


Tracing your Presbyterian Ancestors

Valerie Adams

Presbyterian Historical Society

This talk will explain the background to Presbyterian records, what types of records are available, including the resources of the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland, and how to access them.


Enhancing your research using Journals

Mike McKeag

North of Ireland Family History Society

A multitude of information on our ancestors can be discovered in journals, many of which can be accessed and searched online using JSTOR. Mike will explain what can be found and where to find it.


Who are the IGRS and what resources do they have for members?

Clare Bradley

Irish Genealogical Research Society

The Irish Genealogical Research Society was set up as a response to the fire in the Public Records Office of Ireland, which had been burned in 1922. Since then, the IGRS has collected genealogical material and also produces an annual academic journal, The Irish Genealogist. Active in both London and on the island of Ireland, they provide a yearly program of lectures, outings and workshops.


New online records at PRONI

Desmond McCabe

Public Records Office of Northern Ireland

Des will showcase new PRONI digitised resources that are freely available online. These include Tithe Applotment books for Northern Ireland, National School grant aid applications - and more.