The Irish Ancestral Research Association

Next Meeting

Friday June 10, 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)

Bill McEvoy of the The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery will present "Documenting Sand Banks Cemetery in Watertown's East End".

After four years of research, Bill McEvoy's research of the Catholic Mount Auburn Cemetery (also called Sand Banks Cemetery and Cottage Street Cemetery) is complete.  Sand Banks Cemetery, a less than 7 acre parcel, is owned by and receives minimal care from the Archdiocese of Boston.  The cemetery has many exquisite and finely carved monuments erected to residents from all walks of life.  Not all of the graves are marked and many of the monuments are weathered and in need of repair.   Many have fallen face up/down and others are in danger of falling.   This slideshow program will provide a sampling of some of the monuments in the cemetery and the people they commemorate.   It will also provide a description of the difficult times faced by the Irish immigrants from the Great Famine in 1847.   Bill's study is based on data collected for 22,000+ people buried from 1854 to 1920.   This presentation is intended to provide a better understanding of the state of residential and economic conditions, lack of proper sanitation, substandard to nonexistent healthcare, ethic prejudices, mortality, etc.

Bill entered all of his findings into a spreadsheet, including causes of death, occupations, residences, places of death, places of birth, spouses' names, maiden names, parents' names and their places of birth.   The spreadsheet is searchable and is available on The Watertown Historical Society website.

MEETING HANDOUT: Bill suggests that it would be helpful to read the following handout prior to the meeting: Meeting Handout (by Bill McEvoy).

About the speaker:
Bill McEvoy is a researcher and longtime volunteer of The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery.   In 2013, Bill was presented with the Historic Resources Award from the Watertown Historical Commission for his work on this cemetery project.

Upcoming Speakers

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.

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The Irish Ancestral Research Association
2120 Commonwealth Ave.
Auburndale, Massachusetts

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