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The programme will include:

Guides to tracing your ancestor from all area of the country, including Northern Ireland
How to trace your family history from newspaper archives
Finding Irish emigrants in US records.
How DNA can help your family history research
Tracing your family history from census returns
Finding Irish relations in British records
How to construct your family tree
Tracing your family history from burial records
Irish emigration from Irish passenger lists
Estate papers as a source for family and local history


The National Archives are Partners to Back to Our Past Virtual - Click Here to View their presentations


Confirmed Presentations - The Irish & The Scottish Connection

Dr Irene O’Brien of Glasgow City Archives will give three presentations on the Irish who went to Scotland in the last two hundred years and will provide a rich sources of information to help trace Irish migrations.

The three presentations are:

Discover your ancestors in Glasgow and Scotland
Introduction to resources to trace your Irish ancestors in Glasgow and Scotland. Will look at ScotlandsPeople records with particular focus on the Irish and to Glasgow City Archives and its sources to help trace Irish migration.

Poor Law Records in Glasgow City Archives
The talk will look at Glasgow City Archives stand-out poor law records for Glasgow and west of Scotland from 1845 to 1930. Large numbers of Irish applied for poor relief and the applications are rich with essential genealogical data and with details of the lives of applicants.

Church Records in Glasgow City Archives and Beyond
The City Archives holds records across many denominations, including Presbyterian and Episcopalian and many other denominations. The talk will cover these and Catholic records (held by their own archives)


Wide range of talks from Accredited Genealogist Ireland (AGI)

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) is presenting a series of short introductory talks for people beginning family history research in Irish records.  These will focus primarily on free online resources and explain how to use them to their full potential.  The topics to be covered include census returns, civil records of birth, death and marriage, church records and Griffith’s Valuation.  There will also be presentations on being prepared for doing research in Irish sources and on Irish land divisions.

AGI is an accrediting and representative body for professional genealogists in Ireland.  Admission to membership is based on the recommendations of its independent Board of Assessors.  The credential of membership of AGI is open to professional genealogists based anywhere on the island of Ireland who primarily conduct research in Irish sources and who are not engaged in full-time work outside of genealogy.

Watch the video below to see what Back to Our Past is all about.

Eric Knowles talks about his experience of tracing his Family History at BTOP 2018


Supported by:



National Archives of Ireland

Accredited Genealogists Ireland