NEHGS Announces Irish Family History Day Workshop with Ulster Historical Foundation - Saturday, March 21, 2015

  • New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) to Conduct an Irish Family History Day Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts on March 21st
  • “Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Strategies for Success”: A Program Hosted by NEHGS in Collaboration with the Ulster Historical Foundation
  • A Day of Lectures, Discussion, and Discovery Features Presentations by Experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation

March 5, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) will host an Irish Family History Day Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, March 21st. Held in collaboration with the Ulster Historical Foundation, the event is themed “Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Strategies for Success” and will offer a full day of lectures, discussion, and discovery with experts presenting methods and resources for researching Irish ancestry.

Fintan Mullan, Executive Director of Ulster Historical Foundation, will join Gillian Hunt, the Foundation’s Research Officer, in a series of presentations concerning how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help anyone who is deeply engaged in family history research—or just beginning. Lecture topics throughout the 9 to 5 workshop will include:

  • Understanding Irish Townlands: The Importance of Place, Identity, and Administrative Divisions in Irish Research
  • Tracing Farming Families in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Using Landed Estate Records
  • Census Substitutes and other Sources for the Early Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century
  • Records Related to the Different Churches in Ireland
  • “But My Ancestor Wouldn't Have Left a Will”: Irish Wills and Testamentary Records

At the conclusion of the workshop, a panel will be hosted by NEHGS on “Solving Your Brick Walls: Practical Internet Tutorial and Resolving Research Problems,” moderated by Ginevra Morse, NEHGS Director of Education.

The NEHGS Irish Family History Day Workshop will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 275 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02111. A continental breakfast will be provided prior to the start of the workshop. Publications on topics related to Irish ancestral research will be displayed and offered for sale. The cost per person is $85.00 and space is limited. For more information and to register for the event, visit the NEHGS website at

About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society

The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves more than 75,000 constituents through an award-winning website Since 1845, NEHGS has been the country’s leading comprehensive resource for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today NEHGS provides constituents with worldwide access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere.

American Ancestors is the public brand and user experience of NEHGS representing the expertise and resources for family historians of all levels researching their origins across the country and around the world. NEHGS’s resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field and their leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese, and Jewish research. Expert assistance is available to members and nonmembers in a variety of ways. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99 – 101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including artifacts, documents, records, journals, letters, books, manuscripts, and other items dating back hundreds of years.

About the Ulster Historical Foundation

The Foundation is an educational non-profit organization established in 1956 to promote interest in Irish genealogy and history, with particular reference to the historical nine county province of Ulster. We are a leading historical research agency and publishing house in Ireland. Since 2004 the Foundation has devised a series of ground breaking online historical and genealogical resources, which have helped to transform the availability of Irish records for family historians at home and abroad. In addition to our research expertise: knowing how to mine the archives and use the historical sources, we have always focused on connecting people to their ancestors and their ancestral homeland, as a real, living, enjoyable, rewarding and transformative experience.