Amazing to think just seven years ago I thought I’d try out forming a group for those interested in Irish & British genealogy (and overall genealogy/history) to see if anyone else may be interested! Now are some 411 members strong – so a big thank you for joining the group, for coming out to various events and putting forward recommendations. It means a lot to me and I am thrilled we are an active group and a welcoming group.
Yesterday there was a group gathered was over lunch to celebrate the 7th anniversary – a great mix of long standing members and newly added members. While Woodbines provided a warm setting to connect and dine – it was a little tougher to be able to share tips and stories on a genealogy front and have everyone hear. So I decided to capture the key messages and share them with all as some good tips. Completely unplanned they were all different sources!
Patti – shared how helpful the pension records were from National Archives (www.nara.gov) in locating a 90 page pension record – that included doctor’s appointments (!) for one of her ancestors.
Edward – shared how using Findmypast (www.findmypast.ie) and the newspaper records (1841 Irish Examiner) he was able to discover a most interest case involving his g-g-g-grandfather fending off the British soldiers.
Rich – shared his best find in 41 years of research (!) through clicking on google archives. He typed in the surname of interest, pulled up a newspaper and located the FIRST photo ever found of his great great grandfather. The timing was poignant as he was able to share this photo with his father before he passed away.
Joanne – shared in using the National Folklore Collection (www.duchas.ie) in 1938 she was able to unearth more information about her great grandfather via his daughter who wrote of local happenings / family tales.
Marcia – shared her success in using the Search for Missing Friends – the ads that were placed in the Boston paper and through discovering a letter posted here, was able to discover the small town of her ancestors.
Brenda – shared how doing thorough page by page review of the census records and going beyond just the ‘exact’ one proved valuable in uncovering something more about one of her ancestors who was listed as ‘indigent’ as well as ‘inmate’
Raymond – shared how he has written an article on AncestryDNA that will be featured in the May issue of the NEHGS (New England Historic and Genealogical Society) so be on the lookout in the coming months.
Deborah – shared how the free parish records on findmypast.ie have been a great resource as well as the county Facebook genealogy groups.
Bridget – I added the success I found using the 1939 registry taken the night before World War II broke out in England to find my ancestor. This registry captured 41 million lives and their whereabouts at this time and is available via findmypast.co.uk
Last this was an incredible discovery – over lunch – Jim and Patti discovered that they had both grown up in the SAME house, one family had moved out in the same year the other had moved in but never knew this until the lunch!
I will look to find some future opportunities to do sharing of tips as it certainly helps us all in our research whether just starting out or well on our way.
On the events front…
THIS SAT – this coming Sat Mar 12th – so while not quite history related – although will add that a 3rd generation family member is involved in one company (Brennans) and another product is a 145 year oldest family run smokehouse – will be an Irish food & drink event that I’m organizing at the Refinery Rooftop (part of the Refinery Hotel) It runs from 4PM – 8PM and will be bringing together a fabulous line up of Irish food and drink producers. Think cheese, whiskey, chocolate, honey, oats, smoked salmon, cream liqueur + more (aka as Teeling Whiskey, Kerrygold, Ballymaloe, Flahavans, Coole Swan, etc.). More details at www.fareplate.com but if you’d like to come out and support Irish artisans then do join. Tickets are from $40.
APRIL – I pulled together and shared a calendar for April with the upcoming activities focused on the centenary of the Easter Rising: talks, book club meeting, plays, etc. If I can attend I will certainly be showing as RSVP’d, if however I cannot then will mark in the subject line *CALENDAR DATE* to denote the activity but that it will be organizer-less (!). Know though that by posting directly into the specific meetup for the activity all other attendees of that meetup can see. To mean: if you are standing by x wall you may wish to post this or a picture so you can connect with others. Hopefully I can join most/all but work sometimes steps in.
Have a fab Sunday and will see some of you next week at FarePlate, some at the April NYPL session – and at future events.
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