Friday 15 February 2019
All talks are free to attend and places are available on a first-come-first-served basis
The organisers would like to thank Martin McDowell of the North of Ireland Family History Society for arranging the programme
Friday 15 February 2019
Saturday 16 February 2018
Family search – fantastic and free!
Federation of Family History Societies
FamilySearch is an incredibly in-depth and totally free-to-use website. Come and learn of features old and new - and discover why it's a resource you shouldn't neglect on your family history journey. This talk is presented by Steve Manning, Federation of Family History Societies Education Officer and FamilySearch trainer.
History Through Genealogy
Killeeshil & Clonaneese Historical Society
Jonathan Gray, a historian living in south Tyrone, will talk on his experiences of learning history through genealogy and talk from specific examples that have yielded some remarkable results. He will also speak on the importance of a personal approach to genealogical research and the restrictions of adopting a purely mechanical process.
An Introduction to GRONI Records
General Registry Office of Northern Ireland
Kathie Walker is the Deputy Registrar General in the Northern Ireland General Registry Office. This talk will explain how the official Birth, Death and Marriage records can be accessed on line and using her own family history Kathie will provide examples of how to search the records and what to look for on the certificates. Often the certificates lead to other family members or addresses and help break down the brick walls we all have in our journey back in time.
Using PRONI Valuation Records
Public Records Office of Northern Ireland
Stephen Scarth is Head of Public Services at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), and is responsible for all customer related activities including PRONI’s web content. In the absence of nearly all Irish census records prior to 1901, valuation records, documenting the names of principal tenants and property owners, help fill a significant void. Stephen will demonstrate how you can navigate digitised valuation revision volumes (1868-1930s) in order to identify your ancestors.
North of Ireland Family History Society
Discover how property records can be used by the genealogist to trace back into the 17th century. As well as providing the history of a specific property back through the centuries, this can allow the researcher to see what families have lived in a particular location with unbroken occupation, especially useful in an agriculturally based society. In the absence of BMD information, tracing a family by location is often the best avenue open to the genealogist. In relation to Coleraine, Andrew traced the 1622 householders list through the surviving records to Griffiths Valuation. He has done similar work on Ballymoney town and Londonderry city, as well as rural properties, using estate records.
How to trace your ancestors who went to Scotland
Glasgow City Archives
Discover that elusive Irish ancestor in Glasgow’s unrivalled poor law records (1m) dating from 1845. The talk will describe the Scottish system and the documentation of large numbers of Irish applicants, many born pre-civil registration and some back to the 18th century. The records add vital genealogical data, recording details of 3 generations of the family, including many staying in Ireland. As well as making these links, they also provide a taste of what life was like for large swathes of the population in Glasgow.