EXPERT WORKSHOPS ON IRISH GENEALOGY

Irish Catholic Church Records by Dr James Ryan, Thursday, 24 June 6:00pm Dublin, 1:00pm U.S. East Coast (Completed - Video soon available in our store)
Irish Rentals as a Family History Source by Dr James Ryan, Tuesday, 29 June 5:00pm Dublin, 12:00noon U.S. East Coast (Completed - Video soon available in our store)
Understanding Irish Placenames by Aiden Feerick and Dr James Ryan, Thursday, 8 July 5:00pm Dublin, 12:00noon U.S. East Coast (Completed - Video soon available in our store)
Planning a Genealogy Research Visit to Ireland by John Hamrock and Michael Rooney, Friday, 9 July, 5:00pm Dublin and Belfast, 12:00noon U.S. East Coast

genealogyIn June and July 2021, we are running a series of workshops on genealogy from an Irish perspective.

Ancestor Network, Ireland’s pre-eminent and most trusted genealogy research, advisory and publishing firm, is offering four online workshops by authoritative speakers in June and July 2021. Topics to be covered are ‘Irish Catholic Church Records’, ‘Irish Rentals as a family history source’, ‘Understanding Irish Placenames’, and ‘Planning a Genealogy Research Visit to Ireland’

Participants registering will receive a free comprehensive list of Irish genealogy websites categorised into key research areas. Prices for the workshops are €30 each; Enrol for all four for €99; enrol for three for €79.

These online workshops will be presented via Zoom.

Session 1: Irish Catholic Church Records by Dr James Ryan, Thursday, 24 June 6:00pm Dublin, 1:00pm U.S. East Coast (Completed - video available soon)

Irish Catholic Church Records (Completed)

Dr James Ryan

This fully illustrated talk will outline Irish Catholic records and the history of their creation and survival.  It will detail the format and content of surviving records and where they be accessed. Ireland has historically been a predominantly Catholic country.  However, for historical reasons, the earliest Catholic church record is for 1670, and records are sparse until the early 19th century. Nevertheless they are the only evidence of most 18th and 19th century Irish people.  It is therefore useful to understand the history of Irish Catholics, and the political and social factors which affected record‐keeping.

In the 18th century the Catholic Church was severely repressed by the Penal Laws.   Church administration and records developed during the later 18th century and early 19th century. However, there is very clear regional variation in the extent and form of record‐keeping.    Major factors which determine whether and when individual parishes kept records include: (1) Parish income (2) The level of education of priests (3) General disorganization of the church. The social and church customs associated with the specific events of baptism, marriage and death, are also important, including the location of these events (e.g. in the home or church).  The talk will be a comprehensive account of Irish Catholic records and the historical events which affected their creation and survival.

It will cover which records survive and what they contain; why the availability of records varies between regions and parishes, and other factors. It also covers where the records may now be accessed; which have been indexed, and other useful background.  It will be fully illustrated.

€30 - Register here to access the Live Zoom session

Session 2: Irish Rentals as a Family History Source by Dr James Ryan, Tuesday, 29 June 5:00pm Dublin, 12:00noon U.S. East Coast (Completed - video available soon)

€30 - Register here to access the Live Zoom session

Irish Rentals as a Family History Source (Completed)

Dr James Ryan

Rentals are the records of landlords. The talk will explore Irish rentals; information contained, and where and how they can be found. It will be fully illustrated with examples. Rentals are the private records of landlords or their agents. They are particularly important in Ireland where land ownership was only for the very rich, and tenancy was the norm. Although hugely variable in format, almost all contain at least names, places and dates of tenancies.

Their format usually varies according to (a) size of estate, (b) who is making the record, and (c) nature of tenancy. In short, large estates kept detailed records, whereas smaller landlords knew their tenants and details were not needed.  Many large estates were owned by ‘absentee landlords’ who lived in England, and rarely visited Ireland. These estates were managed by Estate Agents who sent regular rental reports to the landlord.  These contain what an estate owner would wish to know; i.e. tenants, rental income, reasons for non‐payment, actions taken, issues affecting future income etc.

Finally,  there were different forms of tenancy ranging from the ‘tenant at will’ status, to rental for a period of years, to tenant for ‘lives’,    i.e. held for as long as defined persons survived. The latter status is sometimes defined within a rental.    They are valuable as the lives are often of family members, particularly children. This talk will explore the nature and range of rentals, their historical background and James Ryan Genealogy Talks 2 evolution during the 1600s to 1900; type of information contained, and how they can be found. It will be fully illustrated with examples of records and their content.

Session 3: Understanding Irish Placenames by Aiden Feerick and Dr James Ryan, Thursday, 8 July 5:00pm Dublin, 12:00noon U.S. East Coast

Understanding Irish Placenames

Aiden Feerick and Dr James Ryan

Finding the home of your ancestors is central to understanding whatever records they left behind. However, the nature of the land divisions they referred to and their names are sometimes very confusing. Places identified in older records like, for example, in Church baptism and marriage records, can puzzle even experienced researchers.  This talk will review the background to the land divisions mentioned, name the provinces of Ireland, the Baronies, the Civil Parishes, the counties, and the Poor Law Unions and discuss the reasons behind them.  Mention will also be made of the ecclesiastical divisions into parishes and dioceses. The talk will also examine townland names and how they came into being by examining the physical features of the area and by considering the built landscape.

Originally, place names and land divisions were essentially Gaelic but the coming of the Vikings, Normans and English brough about some changes.  When Ireland was ruled from Westminster from 1801 to 1922, the process of the Anglicization of place names began to gather pace with the mapping of the country by the Ordnance survey.

This talk will help you to understand the different name forms and the sources to help you find currently accepted placename spellings.  You will also be shown how to locate these place names on current maps in addition to advice on some of the most useful websites and how they work.

€30 - Register here to access the Live Zoom session

Session 4: Planning a Genealogy Research Visit to Ireland by John Hamrock and Michael Rooney, Friday, 9 July, 5:00pm Dublin and Belfast, 12:00noon U.S. East Coast

€30 - Register here to access the Live Zoom session

Planning a Genealogical Research Visit to Ireland

John Hamrock and Michael Rooney

This workshop is a virtual tour the main archives, libraries, repositories, and heritage centres in Dublin, Belfast and around Ireland for conducting Irish Genealogical Research. Before going on any genealogical research trip, compile as much information about your ancestor including names, places, trades, religion, and dates if at all possible. Prepare a detailed family tree you can bring with you. Use records from your home country first and work back in time. Imaginative planning is required to get the most out of one’s limited time and financial resources.

Utilising Ancestor Network’s website, Irish Genealogy Map – Ancestor Network including an interactive map, street addresses and opening hour times, website and contact details, participants will learn about over thirty places to research in Ireland.  This can be complemented by other hotel and travel sites with information on convenient places to stay, transportation means, restaurant and café and shopping information.

Used in conjunction with Ancestor Network’s two page website listing of ‘Irish Genealogical Sources’, one can put together a detailed plan of what institutions to visit and develop an itinerary of the hours and dates to visit each.

About the Genealogist - Dr. James Ryan

JimJames Ryan Ph.D. is an author, speaker, writer and publisher who has been active in Irish genealogy for the past thirty-five years. He founded Flyleaf Press in 1987 which has since merged with Ancestor Network Ltd. Along with being editor of Flyleaf Press, he is a Director of Ancestor Network Ltd. His book ‘Irish Records’ (published by Ancestry Inc.) has been a standard guide for Irish genealogists since its publication in 1987. His research interests during this time have included church records, which resulted in his editing and publication of ‘Irish Church Records’ (see below) which provides the background to the creation and survival of these records. He has lectured and taught extensively, and has given presentations to over thirty genealogy societies, mainly in the USA. On two occasions he presented one‐week courses on Genealogy at the Milwaukee Irish Summer School. He was also a professional family history researcher for many years, but in recent years has concentrated on lecturing and publishing and has published works by 12 genealogists. In recent times he has been researching Rentals (i.e. records of tenant agreements and rent payments). These are an extensive resource in Ireland due to the dominance of large estates as land‐owners. His own books include: Irish Records – Sources for Family & Local History, Ancestry Inc 1997; Tracing your Dublin Ancestors: Flyleaf Press, Dublin 2009; Irish Church Records, Flyleaf Press, Dublin 2001; Sources for Irish Family History, Flyleaf Press, Dublin; Tracing your Sligo Ancestors, Flyleaf Press, Dublin 2012

About the Genealogist - Aidan Feerick

Aiden Feerick has a B.A. and a Certificate in Genealogy from University College, Dublin. He is a member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI), a member of the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) and a member of the Genealogical Society of Ireland (GSI). He is also joint founder and a Director of Ancestor Network Ltd.

With other members of the Ancestor Network team, Aiden has assisted and supported the National Library of Ireland in delivering genealogical advice to the many visitors who come to the library seeking to find their ancestors. He has helped them to trace their families using the Census, Civil and Church records and land records as well as commercial records and military records.

In recent years Aiden has planned and carried out a genealogy course for adult enthusiasts based on what is available online. This course is held at the Blackrock Further Education Institute. For the last several years, Aiden has helped many families in Ireland and throughout the English-speaking world to find their Irish ancestors and continues to do so.

About the Genealogist - John Hamrock

john hamrockJohn Hamrock is one of the co-founders and Managing Director of Ancestor Network. He holds a BSc in Business Administration from Suffolk University and an MBA in International Business and Industrial Development from Ulster University. He holds a Diploma in Genealogy from the National University of Ireland UCD. He is formerly Chairman of the Genealogy Society of Ireland. John is the author of Tracing your Roscommon Ancestors, Flyleaf Press, Dublin, 2007.

About the Genealogist Michael Rooney

michael rooney

Michael Rooney is a Director of Ancestor Network and leads the company’s Northern Ireland branch operation. Michael holds a B.A. from Queens University in Ancient History and Byzantine Studies, and from the University of Durham, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Postgraduate.