Events Calendar

Tracing Your Irish & Scots-Irish Ancestors Conference @ Iowa Genealogical Society West Wing
Mar 10 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A special presentation by the Iowa Genealogical Society and the Ulster Historical Foundation

What better way to celebrate your Irish heritage in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day?  Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast, Northern Ireland will present a seminar 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 is Research Officer with the Foundation.


The sessions for the day will be:

1) Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research Part 1

An overview of the subject, where to begin your research, the destruction of records in 1922, and the importance of place and administrative divisions in Ireland, the importance of doing your homework before starting your Irish research.


2) Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research Part 2

A broad overview of Scots-Irish and Irish research. This is for beginners and seasoned genealogists alike; it is practical, wide-ranging and informative using visual aids and exploring the major collections of records and how to access them. This primer sets the program up for the day.


3) Researching the Farming Community in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Leases, rentals, maps and the significance of landed estates in Ulster, a province of landed estates in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The documents generated by the management of landed estates are among the most valuable of records for the local and family historian. Some other eighteenth and nineteenth century sources will also be discussed.


4) The Ulster Plantation: Sources for 17th Century Families

This presentation will look at those sources which can throw light on Ulster families in the seventeenth century. It identifies documents relating to the Ulster Plantation (1610-41) which can be used to construct profiles of settler families. It also considers sources from the second half of the seventeenth century, such as hearth money rolls, the Civil Survey and poll books, which are of use to genealogists working in this period. This presentation will also present information on a range of new resources and materials recently published which can help researchers explore this early period.


5) Records Relating to the Different Churches in Ireland

Detail about the church records available for the main Christian denominations in Ireland: Church of Ireland (Anglican), Presbyterian and Roman Catholic. We provide an understanding of the differences between the many Protestant denominations and look at the value of annotations found in Catholic Church records which can be of great benefit to the family historian.


6) Emigration from the North of Ireland to North America in the Eighteenth Century (the story of the Scots-Irish)


The story of the Scots-Irish and their experiences in Ireland and the New World. Using a range of documentary evidence, this presentation touches on the causes for migration, push-and pull factors, the patterns of migration, the estimated size of the exodus and its implications for the development of American colonial society.


7) Solving Your ‘Brick-Walls’- Practical Internet Tutorial and Resolving Research Queries

This extended question and answer session in the form of an in-depth tutorial uses an available internet connection where available. The speakers use online resources and their local knowledge to offer participants practical tips about Irish and Scots-Irish research. This session is helpful for beginners and the seasoned genealogists alike, and has proven popular during recent tours.