Would you like to discover your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors? Do you know their background? Were they Irish or Scots-Irish?
Find out more at a special Irish and Scots-Irish seminar from the Ulster Historical Foundation. “Tracing Your Irish and Scots-Irish Roots” will be presented at the Blount County Public Library on Friday, March 20, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Registration Information: Cost for the workshop is $25, with an option of lunch for an additional $10. Make checks payable to the Blount County Friends of the Library (BCFOL). The registration form [was] available on the library website and at the Reference Desk. The registration deadline [was] Friday, March 6, and money and registration [had to] be at the library by that date. Enrollment [was] limited and on a first come, first served basis.
Workshop Topics: Staff from the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt, will present a workshop on Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy for beginners and active family historians. Mullan is Executive Director of the Foundation, an educational nonprofit organization which specializes in historical research and publications. Hunt, a Research Officer with the Foundation, has been featured on the BBC edition of “Who Do You Think You Are?”
Workshop topics will include
- Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research,
- Census Substitutes and other sources for the early 19th and 18th century,
- Emigration from the North of Ireland to North America,
- Understanding Townlands: the importance of place, identity and administrative divisions in Irish research,
- Solving Your Brick Walls: Practical Internet Tutorial and Resolving Research Problems.
The programme includes “Solving your brick-walls,” a practical internet tutorial for trying to resolve research queries. It is an extended question and answer session, where the speakers use online resources and their local knowledge to offer participants practical tips and specific advice about their personal research interests.
This seminar provides very practical and detailed information on how to trace your Irish ancestors. The presenters are from one of Ireland’s foremost genealogy research organizations and publishing houses, and they will give advice on what to do and where to go next. These sessions will help the beginner and the seasoned genealogist alike.
What better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day itself, than by making a start on your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestral quest. Your Irish genealogy is waiting to be discovered.
With more than 55 years’ experience of serving Irish people everywhere, the Ulster Historical Foundation can help you discover your family’s story.
The program is sponsored by the Blount County Public Library and the Blount County Friends of the Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.