The Irish Ancestral Research Association

Next Meeting

Friday September 9, 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)

TIARA member and professional genealogist Pam Holland will present
Finding the Stories of Your Ancestors.

Move beyond traditional genealogical sources and use social history to learn what someone ate, wore, or did on a typical day.   Discover where to find resources to bring your ancestor's history to life.   This lecture explores social history and how it goes beyond just names and dates to better understand an individual's life.   A variety of resources will be used that can provide rich context.

Lecture Outline:
- What is Social History.
- Learn what life was like by extrapolating from a variety of resources such as:
  newspaper stories, diary, letters or interviews, and community history.
- What resources are available including: photographs & images, ephemera,   and digitized books.
- Where to find all of the above resources, including finding online images to   illustrate a story.
- Putting it all together to tell a story with examples from the presenter's   writing.

For examples of stories using social history see:

About the speaker:
Pam Holland is a genealogist who has been researching her ancestors since 2001.   Currently she researches family roots found in New England, New York, Ohio and West Virginia with ties to Austria, England, Germany and Ireland.   In 2013 she started her professional genealogist business - Genealogy by Pam Holland.   You can read more about Pam on her website:

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.

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

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