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Where Did They Come From? Irish Migration Routes

Passenger lists don’t always exist for early Irish immigrants to the U.S. and Canada. Surviving or existing lists may not provide enough details about passengers to reliably identify them. However, looking at broader migration routes out of Ireland and their destinations can provide historical context and shed light on immigrant origins. See the lecture handout.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Family History on your Smartphone, iPad or Tablet

Ever wonder how to use your smart device to retrieve, store, and share your genealogical data? This talk will cover apps that are available for family trees, DNA, note taking, family stories, oral history, cemeteries, managing your book collection, scanning photos and documents, and more. All apps are free and available for Android and Apple, unless noted otherwise. See the lecture handout.

Using Pinterest for Genealogy

Are you visually oriented? Pinterest is a great way to display and share your genealogy. This lecture will teach you about Pinterest and how to create boards for families, research locations, an ancestor’s life events, and more. See the lecture handout.