Friday, February 1, 2013

IHS Offers Full-Day Irish and Scots-Irish Genealogical Research Seminar


Co-Hosted by the Genealogical Society of Marion County

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) will offer an intense, day-long Scots-Irish genealogical research seminar in its Basile Theater on Saturday, March 23, which is co-hosted by the Genealogical Society of Marion County (GSMC). The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of IHS and its Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Topics include extensive information on sources available for tracing Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors in all parts of Ireland, including the importance of place and administrative divisions, emigration records, church records and the farming community. Featured speakers are Fintan Mullan, executive director of the Ulster Historical Foundation, and Brian Trainor, former director of Northern Ireland’s Public Records Office.

Complete schedule for the day.

Fintan Mullan has been with the Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001. He is a non-executive director of the Irish Family History Foundation, a board member of the Northern Ireland Publications Resource, a member of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Readers Forum, and a former non-executive director of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. He has spoken widely in the U.S. about Irish family history research and was a presenter in the genealogy section at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 2007, when Northern Ireland was one of the featured countries. He has also spoken in Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. He has a bachelor’s degree in Irish politics and philosophy and a master’s degree in organization and management, both from Queen’s University, Belfast.

Brian Trainor retired as research director of the Ulster Historical Foundation in 2010. He was educated at Queen’s University, Belfast, and from there went for a time to the Institute of Historical Research in London. He returned to Belfast, where he lectured for several years at Queen’s before becoming an archivist in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. He was director of the Public Record Office from 1970 to 1987 when he became director and then research director of the Ulster Historical Foundation. He holds an honorary doctorate of law from the National University of Ireland.

This full-day workshop begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $35 for the general public and $28 IHS and GSMC members. Registrants can purchase a potato bar lunch for $12. Registration includes free parking and same-day Indiana Experience admission. This class is eligible for 7 general LEUs.

Register online. Call (317) 232-1882 for more information

List of future family history programs presented by the IHS.

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.

About the Genealogical Society of Marion County

The Genealogical Society of Marion County provides a wealth of support for family history research, both in Marion County and beyond. In addition to regular educational program meetings, the society supports a Library with unique resources, Indy Lineages, a monthly newsletter, Family Quest, a quarterly journal which publishes significant research activity, conferences, publications, and an expanding website at www.GenealogyIndy.org. GSMC invites all family history researchers and historians to become members, to attend and be enriched at monthly meetings, and contribute to the growth of genealogy in the Indianapolis region.