The Irish Ancestral Research Association

Next Meeting

Friday May 13, 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 Margaret Sullivan will present “First Generation Irish".

We can learn a good deal about our immigrant ancestors by documenting their American children, who were often more literate and longer lived than their immigrant parents, thus creating more records.  With finds from local historical societies, church records, pensions, municipal records, and custody petitions, we will consider the records of our ancestors' work, education, military service, schools, social organizations, and graves as well as family stories and heirlooms.   Explore the wide variety of documents – whether in your attic or on the internet - that can reveal new information on the immigrant generation.

About the speaker:
Margaret R. Sullivan is Records Manager & Archivist for the Boston Police Department.  She has been recognized for her research on police officers killed in the line of duty and Boston’s forgotten 19th century African American and first women officers.  A frequent speaker at genealogical conferences, Margaret has been documenting her own Irish ancestors for 20 years.  She is a Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society, a board member of the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial, and a former Vice-President of TIARA (The Irish American Research Association).

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
2120 Commonwealth Ave.
Auburndale, Massachusetts

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