"Ireland's most active genealogical society"

Lecture Programme 2020/2021

All lectures are delivered at Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire
Lectures are at 8.00pm. A donation of €3 to cover costs is expected

Date Title


January 2021 How to Research your Irish Police Ancestors
  (online lecture)

Gerard White


Jan 14th
Townlands, Maps and Directories
Shane Wilson is the man behind the hugely popular website, swilson.info. This talk is about Town-lands, Maps & Directories and it will address how to navigate and use the website to assist you in your Irish family history research.
Shane Wilson
Feb 11th

Research your Clan using DNA and Documentary Records

Ireland has a rich history of clans/septs, extending back almost 2000 years. There has been renewed interest in Clan research due to the advent of digitisation and the increasing online accessibility of ancient texts and their translations, as well as the availability of Y-DNA testing and the growth in Surname DNA Projects. This talk explores how anyone can use DNA and online texts to research their own particular Irish Clan.

Dr. Maurice Gleeson
Mar 10th

Genetic Landscape and History Revealed by the Irish DNA Atlas

Dr Edmund Gilbert will be presenting an update to the Irish DNA Atlas study, a joint research project between the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Genealogical Society of Ireland. He will be presenting the current status of the project, and how geneticists have used the Irish DNA Atlas as a resource to investigate the genetic ancestry of Ireland.

Dr. Edmund Gilbert RCSI


Previous Lectures 2010-2019

The Society’s lectures are recorded using equipment funded by Dún Laoghaire County Council under its Community Grants Scheme

Lectures 2019
Date Title Lecturer Video
January 8th The Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers (CSORP) Nicola Morris
February 12th How to start and administer your own Y-DNA project Paddy Waldron Video
March 12th Killarney. the Royal visit of 1861 that put Killarney on the tourist map Frank Tracy Video
April 9th Maud Gonne’s Men Antony Jordan Video
May 14th Port Collections – A history of Dublin Port and the 1906 – 1925 Name Books Lar Joye Video
June 11th The Evolution of Genetic Genealogy in Ireland Gerard Corcoran Video
July 9th Headstones…. their obvious and hidden messages John Nangle Video
Aug 13th Kingstown Municipal Housing 1904 to 1920 Charles Callan No Video
Sep 10th Researching WW1 Military & Naval Records of Irish Soldiers and Sailors – Gerard White Video
Oct 8th From Tullamore to Trinidad -the Military Service (1916 – 1923) Pensions Collection as a genealogical source. Robert McEvoy Video
Nov 12th The 19th Century Valuation of Ireland 1830 1865 Frances McGee Video
Dec 10th Digital Transformation of Cemeteries Neil Sheerin Video
Lectures 2018
Date Title Lecturer Video
January 9th Newspaper archives as a source of genealogical information Georgina Scally Video
February 32th Irish DNA Atlas: An update Ed Gilbert Video
March 13th Monsignor O’Flaherty Aidan Feerick Video
April 10th Irish Civic Heraldry – People, Places and the Past Stanislav Zamyatin
May 8th DNA and Irish Genealogy: Where to now? Dr Maurice Gleeson Video
June 12th History and Genealogy – you can’t have one without the other Declan F Brady Video
July 10th Unlocking Roman Catholic records outside Ireland Brian Donovan Video
August 14th If those trees could speak Frank Tracy Video
September 11th Using the Irish Newspaper Archive search effectively Andrew Martin Video
October 9th The Records of St. Michael’s Dun Laoghaire and their relevance to family and local history. Jim Ryan Video
November 13th Church of Ireland Records – more than just registers Derek Nielson Video
December 11th Recording an Irish Townland History Billy Saunderson Video
Lectures 2017
Date Title Lecturer Video
January 10th Databases for Genealogical Research at Dublin City Library & Archive Dr Mary Clarke No Video
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
April 11th Digitised online resources and complementary sources for researching family history Tom Quinlan Video
May 9th The story of our DNA Mike Mulligan, Ancestry Video
June 13th How Online Sources Helped Put Flesh on the Bones of the Beglan Family Tree. Mary Beglan Video
July 11th Finding my Irish Story Brian Donovan, findmypast Video
August 8th OpenStreetMaps: Where historical geography meets genealogy Brian Hollinshead Video
September 12th Some residents of Killarney Road, Bray Brian White Video
October 10th DMP Casualties during the War of Independence – Part Three. James Scannell Video
November 14th Irishgenealogy.ie – A National Treasure…. Tadg O’Shea Video
December 12th Finding women in the sources Fiona Fitzsimons No video
Lectures 2016
Date Title Lecturer Video
January 12th An Irish Australian in WW1 Maura Flood No Video
February 9th Walter Carpenter (1972‐1926) – a Kingstown Denizen of the 1900s Charles Callan No Video
March 8th Church of Ireland Family Records Derek Neilson No Video
April 12th Quaker Family Records Noel Jenkins No Video
May 10th Forgotten but not gone – Experiences of Returning Ex‐Servicemen in the Irish Free State Declan F Brady No Video
June 14th Yitzhak Herzog – the Sinn Fein Rabbi Stuart Rosenblatt No Video
July 12th The Irish DNA Atlas – a Study of Genetic Diversity in Ireland Ed Gilbert No Video
August 9th Sisters of the Revolutionaries: Margaret and Mary Bridget Pearse Teresa O’Donnell No Video
September 13th Linking Genealogy and Social History Billy Saunderson No Video
October 11th Easter 1916 – Rising or Civil War Mal Murray No Video
November 8th Tracing Irish Police Ancestors Jim Herlihy No Video
December 13th The evolution of the Irish harp emblem Stanislav Zamyatin Video
Lectures 2015
Date Title Lecturer
January 13th Matchmaking and Marriage Customs in 19th Century Ireland Sean O Duill
February 10th The Comerfords in Ireland: disentangling myths and legends to find true origins Patrick Comerford
March 10th Researching Irish Emigrants to the US Maura Flood
April 14th ancestry.com as a resource for the genealogist Sheila O’Donnell
May 12th Researching Jewish Ancestry in Ireland Stuart Rosenblatt
June 9th Records of the Dublin Metropolitan Police James Scannell
July 14th Genetic Genealogy Gerard Corcoran
August 11th After The Ball Was Over Frank Tracy
September 8th Dublin Dock Records Declan Byrne
October 13th Famine Roads and Ghost Villages of Co. Mayo Charles Egan
November 10th The Reverend Thomas Goff of Carriglea Kingstown Co Dublin David Doyle
December 8th Using simple tools to Document your Family History Better – A Demonstration Tom Conlon
Lectures 2014
Date Title Lecturer
January 4th Kingstown-Dun Laoghaire 1913 Week by Week Charles Callan
February 11th 19th century property tax and Griffiths Valuation Aidan Feerick
March 11th Pearse St Library as a resource for the family history researcher Maire Kennedy
April 8th Maritime Matters Brian Scott
May 13th Technology and Genealogy from a layperson’s point of view Maura Flood
June 10th Clans of Ireland – a case study of the O’Donnell clan Francis M O’Donnell
July 8th Developments in The National Archives to assist the Genealogist Gregory O Connor
August 12th OpenStreetMap – community and historical mapping for all Brian Hollinshead
September 9th Irish Genealogy Online: the Digital Revolution Brian Donovan
October 14th Commonwealth War Graves Records for Ireland Patrick Hugh Lynch
November 11th Loughlinstown Workhouse Liam Clare
December 9th Researching a Family Business – Resources in the Dublin City Library and Archive Eithne Massey
Lectures 2013
Date Title Lecturer
January 8th Irish Army Records Comdt. Pádraic Kennedy
February 12th Dún Laoghaire Harbour & its Board Gráinne Shaffrey
March 12th (Annual General Meeting) – Rental Sources as a Resource for the Genealogist Dr. James Ryan
April 9th Ancestry.com as an archival resource for the genealogist – present and future Eric Booth
May 14th The Preservation of Old Documents Christine Deakin
June 11th The Ordnance Survey Office as a Genealogical Resource Leonard Hynes
July 9th The Shamrock Fund in World War 1 Brian White
August 13th Irish and British Maritime Records David Snook
September 10th Medical Records of the Royal College of Physicians Harriet Wheelock
October 8th Rental Records as a Genealogical Source James Ryan
November 12th Children in Care – Records of Pre-1952 Adoptions Fiona Fitzsimons
December 10th The resources of Ancestry.com as a support for the Genealogist Eric Booth
Lectures 2012
Date Title Lecturer
January 10th Quaker Records in Ireland Rob Goodbody
February 14th The Sinking of the Vanguard off Kish in 1875 Declan Heffernan
March 13th Some Sources for Family History Research in the City Archives John Grenham
April 10th St Brides Church of Ireland Parish Records Ronnie Wallace
May 8th DMP Casualties during the War of Independence James Scannell
June 12th Understanding Church Records and their value to the Family History Dr. Jim Ryan of Flyleaf Press
July 10th The Care and Restoration of old Family Photographs Edmund Ross
August 14th The Records of the Irish Railway Records Society Norman E. Gamble
September 11th The Records of the Royal Irish Academy as a Resource for the Family History Researcher Siobhán FitzPatrick
October 9th The Registry of Deeds as Aide for the Genealogist Dara Guidera and Emily Moore
November 13th Richard Griffith (1784-1878), Public Servant, Valuator and Geologist Dr. Patrick N Wyse Jackson
December 10th The Archives of the Royal Dublin Society – some Recent Developments Natasha Serne
Lectures 2011
Date Title Lecturer
January 11th Recording Family History in real Time Global web event Joe Whelan
February 8th RIC and related police forces Jim Herlihy
March 8th Researching the Irish Revolution Daithi O’Corrain
April 12th 1641 Depositions – aid to Genealogists Dr. Elaine Murphy
May 10th Tracing Ancestry through DNA Gianpeiro Cavalleri
June 14th Irish online Genealogy resources Mary Beglan
July 12th Dublin Firefighters and the 1941 Blitz James Scannell
August 9th Dublin’s own Titanic- Sinking of Tayleur off Lambay 1854 Declan Heffernan
September 13th Leeson Street Magdalen laundry Rosemary Raughter
October 11th Court and Prison Records Brian Donovan
November 8th Barak Obama, Benn and Donovan Ancestors Fiona Fitzsimons
December 13th NLI – Recent developments and Plans Katherine McSharry
Lectures 2010
Date Title Lecturer
January 10th Cancelled due to bad weather
February 9th Immigration to Integration of the Jewish Community in Ireland Stuart Rosenblatt
March 9th The life of Richard Mulcahy Risteard Mulcahy
April 13th In Honour and Memory- Memorials in Dun Laoghaire Tim Carey
May 11th Online sources of Irish Genealogy Mary Beglan
June 8th The directory of Irish Biography James Maguire
July 13th Three centuries of Irish Banking Crises Tom Conlon
August 14th Lawrence photographic collection at the NLI Brian Siggins
September 14th Irish Newspaper Archive – Resource for Genealogists Phillip Martin
October 14th The Medlars Gotcha – Story of a Dublin Family Pol O’Duibhir
November 9th Irish Convict Transportation- Damnation or Salvation Sean Nolan
December 10th How to trace your Irish Ancestors John Hamrock
December Lecture

December Lecture

Digital Transformation for Cemeteries - Neil Sherrin Tues. Dec 10th 2019 8.00pm DFEi, Cumberland St, Dun Laoghaire An overview of the opportunity that digitisation presents for effective cemetery operations, genealogy activity, and new revenue generation. Neil is the...

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