Lectures Programme

Date Title Lecturer
Tue Apr 11th  Digitised online resources and complementary sources for researching family history    Recent years have witnessed an expansion in the range of digitised resources from the National Archives available online for the family historian. These include not only official census returns, but also land valuation records, testamentary documents and records relating to the administration of merchant seamen. However, this wealth of online resources by no means represents the totality of holdings in the National Archives of value to those undertaking family history research. This paper will outline the scope of what is available online on the National Archives website and place these digitised resources in context. It will treat of other sources of information in the National Archives that potentially complement these online resources and explain how they can be accessed and used. The paper will also explain where the National Archives hopes to concentrate its future efforts in making genealogical sources available. Tom Quinlan National Archives Ireland 
Tue May 9th The story of our DNA:  In the early part of this century the first human genome was sequenced. In the intervening years the technology has advanced and the cost of taking a DNA test has dropped to a point that DNA is now an indispensable part of any genealogist’s toolkit. Genetic Genealogy, uses DNA testing in combination with traditional genealogy to discover family history.  Mike’s presentation will show the techniques a genealogist can use to incorporate DNA evidence into their research. From using genetic ethnicity estimates and community groupings to cousin matching and DNA Circles.  Mike Mulligan, Ancestry
Tue Jun 13th

How Online Sources Helped Put Flesh on the Bones of the Beglan Family Tree.   Genealogy is more than just a collection of names. We want to know what our ancestors worked at. How did they progress in their job?  Why did thy move from their birthplace to elsewhere in the country or abroad?  Who were their friends and colleagues? Here we will look at some well known online sources as well as some lesser known ones to help us answer these questions and others. We will also look at online sources which helped to break down some brick walls while researching the Beglan family tree.

 Mary Beglan

Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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About the lectures

Lectures are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month

Lectures are preceded by a short review of latest Genealogy news

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Previous Lectures

Lectures Programme 2017

Month Day Title Lecturer Video link
January 10th Databases for Genealogical Research at Dublin City Library & Archive Dr Mary Clarke
February 14th Defence Forces:  Developments at the Military Archives 2017 Capt. Daniel Ayiotis Video
March  14th  National Library Ireland : The Manuscript Collections of the Genealogical Office  Ciara Kerrigan Video

Lectures Programme 2016

Month Day Title Lecturer Video link
January 12th An Irish Australian in WW1 Maura Flood
February 9th Walter Carpenter (1972‐1926) – a Kingstown Denizen of the 1900s Charles Callan
March 8th Church of Ireland Family Records Derek Neilson
April 12th Quaker Family Records  Noel Jenkins
May 10th Forgotten but not gone – Experiences of Returning Ex‐Servicemen in the Irish Free State Declan F Brady
June 14th Yitzhak Herzog – the Sinn Fein Rabbi Stuart Rosenblatt
July 12th The Irish DNA Atlas – a Study of Genetic Diversity in Ireland Ed Gilbert
August 9th Sisters of the Revolutionaries: Margaret and Mary Bridget Pearse Teresa O’Donnell
September 13th Linking Genealogy and Social History Billy Saunderson
October 11th Easter 1916 – Rising or Civil War Mal Murray
November 8th Tracing Irish Police Ancestors Jim Herlihy
December 13th The evolution of the Irish harp emblem Stanislav Zamyatin Video

Lectures Programme 2015

January 13th 2015 - Matchmaking and Marriage Customs in 19th Century Ireland - Sean O Duill
February 10th 2015 - The Comerfords in Ireland: disentangling myths and legends to find true origins - Patrick Comerford
March 10th 2015 - Researching Irish Emigrants to the US - Maura Flood
April 14th 2015 - ancestry.com as a resource for the genealogist
May 12th 2015 - Researching Jewish Ancestry in Ireland - Stuart Rosenblatt
June 9th 2015 - Records of the Dublin Metropolitan Police - James Scannell
July 14th 2015 - Genetic Genealogy - Gerard Corcoran
August 11th 2015 - After The Ball Was Over - Frank Tracy
September 8th 2015 - Dublin Dock Records - Declan Byrne
October 13th 2015 - Famine Roads and Ghost Villages of Co. Mayo – Charles Egan
November 10th 2015 - The Reverend Thomas Goff of Carriglea Kingstown Co Dublin – David Doyle
December 8th 2015 - Using simple tools to Document your Family History Better – A Demonstration – Tom Conlon

Lectures Programme 2014

Tuesday 4th January 2014 - Kingstown-Dun Laoghaire 1913 Week by Week - by Charles Callan
Tuesday 11th February 2014 - 19th century property tax and Griffiths Valuation - by Aidan Feerick
Tuesday 11th March 2014 - Pearse St Library as a resource for the family history researcher - by Maire Kennedy
Tuesday 8th April 2014 - Maritime Matters - by Brian Scott
Tuesday 13th May 2014 - Technology and Genealogy from a layperson's point of view - by Maura Flood
Tuesday 10th June 2014 - Clans of Ireland – a case study of the O’Donnell clan - by Francis M O’Donnell
Tuesday 8th 2014 July - Developments in The National Archives to assist the Genealogist - Gregory O Connor
Tuesday 12th August 2014 -OpenStreetMap – community and historical mapping for all - Brian Hollinshead
Tuesday 9th September 2014 -Irish Genealogy Online: the Digital Revolution - Brian Donovan
Tuesday 14th October 2014 - Commonwealth War Graves Records for Ireland - Patrick Hugh Lynch
Tuesday 11th November 2014 - Loughlinstown Workhouse - Liam Clare
Tuesday 9th December 2014 - Researching  a Family Business - Resources in the Dublin City Library and Archive - Eithne Massey

Lectures Programme 2013

  • Tuesday 8th January 2013Irish Army Records by Comdt. Pádraic Kennedy
  • Info. re. WW1 & WW2 Battlefields Tour organised by former members of the Irish Defence Forces – click here
  • Tuesday 12th February 2013Dún Laoghaire Harbour & its Board by Gráinne Shaffrey
  • Tuesday 12th March 2013 (Annual General Meeting)Rental Sources as a Resource for the Genealogist by Dr. James Ryan
  • Tuesday 9th April 2013Ancestry.com as an archival resource for the genealogist – present and future by Eric Booth
  • Tuesday 14th May 2013The Preservation of Old Documents by Christine Deakin
  • Tuesday 11th June 2013The Ordnance Survey Office as a Genealogical Resource by Leonard Hynes
  • Tuesday 9th July 2013The Shamrock Fund in World War 1 by Brian White
  • Tuesday August 13th 2013 ‘Irish and British Maritime Records’ by David Snook
  • Tuesday September 10th 2013‘Medical Records of the Royal College of Physicians’ by Harriet Wheelock
  • Tuesday October 8th 2013‘Rental Records as a Genealogical Source’ by James Ryan
  • Tuesday November 12th 2013‘Children in Care – Records of Pre-1952 Adoptions’ by Fiona Fitzsimons
  • Tuesday December 10th 2013‘The resources of Ancestry.com as a support for the Genealogist’ by Eric Booth

Lectures Programme 2012

  • Tuesday 10th JanuaryQuaker Records in Ireland by Rob Goodbody (Précis of this lecture in the February issue of ‘Ireland’s Genealogical Gazette’.)
  • Tuesday 14th February - The Sinking of the Vanguard off Kish in 1875 by Declan Heffernan (Pécis of this lecture in the March issue of ‘Ireland’s Genealogical Gazette’)
  • Tuesday 13th March  – Some Sources for Family History Research in the City Archives by John Grenham (Pécis of this lecture in the April issue of ‘Ireland’s Genealogical Gazette’)
  • Tuesday 10th AprilSt Brides Church of Ireland Parish Records by Ronnie Wallace (Pécis of this lecture in the May issue of ‘Ireland’s Genealogical Gazette’)
  • Tuesday 8th MayDMP Casualties during the War of Independence by James Scannell (Pécis of this lecture in the June issue of ‘Ireland’s Genealogical Gazette’)
  • Tuesday 12th JuneUnderstanding Church Records and their value to the Family History by Dr. Jim Ryan of Flyleaf Press
  • Tuesday 10th July -The Care and Restoration of old Family Photographs by Edmund Ross
  • Tuesday 14th AugustThe Records of the Irish Railway Records Society by Norman E. Gamble
  • Tuesday 11th SeptemberThe Records of the Royal Irish Academy as a Resource for the Family History Researcher by Siobhán FitzPatrick
  • Tuesday 9th OctoberThe Registry of Deeds as Aide for the Genealogist by Dara Guidera and Emily Moore
  • Tuesday 13th NovemberRichard Griffith (1784-1878), Public Servant, Valuator and Geologist by Dr. Patrick N Wyse Jackson
  • Tuesday 11th DecemberThe Archives of the Royal Dublin Society – some Recent Developments by Natasha Serne