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Irish lectures: US and North American focus
Using US Records to Find Irish Immigrant Origins
Where Did They Come From? Irish Migration Routes
Irish Chain Migration to North America
Irish lectures: Ireland focus
Researching in Irish Records
Finding genealogy records in Ireland can be confusing. There is no "one-stop" site for all your research needs and different websites offer different records . Follow along as we research an Irish couple and learn all we can about them. Besides well-known records, like census, civil, church, and land, infrequently used resources like placenames, local sources and mapping tools will be covered. See the lecture handout.
Mapping Irish Locations Online
Discover online mapping tools to locate Poor Law Unions, Civil Parishes, Catholic Parishes and Townlands. Learn what Irish records were created in each jurisdiction and how to access them. See the lecture handout.
Irish lectures on more advanced topics
Identifying the Right Ancestor: Searching Irish Catholic Records
Searching Irish Catholic records seems like a simple task because of indexed databases provided on various websites. However, missing records, confusing parishes, name variations and the databases themselves may be skewing your search results without you knowing it. Learn how to make confident conclusions when working with these records. See the lecture handout.
Going Beyond Griffith’s Valuation: Tracing Irish Families in Revision Land Books
Learn how these records may hold clues to death and immigration dates. Discover who later occupied the land and track families forward to modern times. See the lecture handout.
Irish Estate Records: An Overlooked Source for Information
Irish researchers are often frustrated by the lack of records, especially for people who were poor and tenant farmers. But estate papers may be able to fill the gaps. Learn what kinds of estate records may be available, how to identify the landlord, how to find and use these records, and the genealogical information they can contain. See the lecture handout.
Discovering Cousins Using DNA - Exploring Your Autosomal DNA Matches
This talk will show you how to explore your matches and use the tools available at the major DNA testing companies: AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritage and 23andMe. It will focus on practical ways to discover how you are related to your Autosomal DNA Cousins. Case studies using matches at each testing company will illustrate methods you can use to connect with new cousins who can help you grow your family tree. This talk assumes you are considering testing or have tested at one of the DNA testing companies. See the lecture handout.
DNA Painter and Chromosome Mapping
DNA Painter is a colorful, easy-to-use tool for understanding the chromosome segments you received from an ancestor. This free programs lets you map DNA segments and assign or "paint" them various colors on your different chromosomes. Learn how to create a chromosome map for your own research using DNA results from FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage or GEDmatch. Please note that AncestryDNA cannot be used in DNA Painter unless you have transferred your results to GEDmatch. See the lecture handout.
Social History lecture
Finding the Stories of Your Ancestors - Using Social History to bring your ancestor's history to life
This talk illustrates how to move beyond the traditional sources of just names and dates and use social history to learn what a typical day, or not so typical day, was like in your ancestor's life. What did your ancestors eat or wear, what was their daily life like, why did they do the things they did? Discover where to find a variety of resources that answer these questions and provide rich context to bring your ancestor's history to life. See the lecture handout.