The Irish Ancestral Research Association

Next Meeting

Friday October 14, 2016 at 7:30pm

Meeting at Brandeis University, Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G3. (doors open at 7:00pm... a short business meeting at 7:30pm
will be followed by our speaker)

Professional Genealogist Jake Fletcher will present
Which Matthew O’Neill is Mine?: Approaches to Irish Genealogy.

Many researchers have found it difficult to trace their Irish origins. This presentation explains how to FAN out your ancestor's life and the direction of your research.   There are a number of unique ways to gather information on your Irish ancestors and the communities they migrated to.   The lecturer’s breakdown and explanation of these advanced methodologies will ensure genealogy success and propel your research back to the Irish homeland.

About the speaker:
Jake Fletcher is a professional genealogist, educator, and blogger from Massachusetts.   Since high school, he has kept a personal genealogy blog that documents his family history research.   Jake has had articles published in other genealogy blogs including Legacy News and The Legal Genealogist.   In 2013, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Fitchburg State University with recognition as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar. He currently volunteers as a research assistant at the National Archives in Waltham, Massachusetts.  Jake’s expertise include researching families from North America and the British Isles, while his interests extend to ancestors around the Globe.   Jake belongs to several societies and is vice president of the New England Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG) and Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG), Worcester Chapter.  He currently lives in Lunenburg, Massachusetts.

Upcoming Speakers

Saturday November 12, 2016 at 1:00pm (doors open at 12 noon).

TIARA - 2016 Annual Banquet at the historic Longfellow Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA.

After dinner, author Michael Melanson will speak about his new bookJourney, An Irish-American Odyssey

This event is always sold out so early registration is encouraged!

Click here for more details and the registration form.

Future meeting programs will be announced as soon as arrangements are completed.

Except July and August, TIARA usually meets either the second Friday evening of every month, or on the following Saturday morning at various locations.

On Friday nights, the meetings will be held at - Room G3 in the Mandel Center for Humanities, on the campus of Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham, Massachusetts. ( See the Brandeis University campus map for directions. )

Note that parking is free and handicap parking is available directly in front of the building.   Public Transportation is available via the Brandeis/Roberts "T" stop however the station is approx. 1/2 mile from the meeting facility.   The meetings are free and open to the public, but membership is encouraged.

The programs presented at the meetings vary, but may include general topics such as: how to do genealogical research; Irish history; resources for Irish research in the New England, Dublin, and Belfast area; and how to locate ancestors in Maritime Canada, Northern Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland.  Note that each meeting will begin with a brief TIARA business meeting and announcements of upcoming events that may be of interest to the members.

For information about upcoming programs, write to:
The Irish Ancestral Research Association
84 South St.
Waltham, Massachusetts

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