The Irish Ancestral Research Association

Next Meeting

Friday October 13, 2017 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 Shellee Morehead will present "Using DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard: Two cases studies of Irish Hamilton families".

Using the Genealogical Proof Standard as well as DNA evidence, Shellee will describe solving a 300 year old mystery: Who was Captain Thomas Hamilton?  This talk briefly describes the genealogical proof standard, the question relating to Hamiltons in Colonial New England, and describes another Irish Hamilton whose parentage is being addressed using DNA.  She will cover targeted testing and how to get started using DNA to solve family mysteries.

About the speaker:
Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG, is a professional genealogical researcher who also teaches Biology and genealogy.   She is Rhode Island-based and specializes in RI, Italian immigrant, French-Canadian and DNA research.

Upcoming Speakers

November 11, 2017 (TIARA Banquet) at the historic Wayside Inn, Sudbury, MA.

    Author Elizabeth Osta will talk about her recent book, Jeremiah's Hunger and the historical research behind the novel.

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

    Click here for more details and the registration form.

Future meeting lectures 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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Meeting Cancellation Notices

Meeting cancellations will appear on Boston's Channel 7 or 56 by 1:00 PM in case of severe weather.   
Cancellation Notices will also appear on Channel 7's website WHDH.   

If you would like Channel 7 to send the Cancellation Notice directly to your mobile device,
you can learn more and register at WHDH Weather Alert.

Also, if classes are cancelled at Brandeis due to weather, the meeting will be cancelled.

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