The Irish Ancestral Research Association


Next Meeting

Friday September 12 at 7:00pm

Meeting at Brandeis University, Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G3. See the Brandeis University campus map for directions.

Brenda Sullivan, of The Gravestone Girls, will present "Welcome to the Graveyard ~ a Tour of Cemetery Art, History & Symbolism ".    This one hour Powerpoint presentation begins with the gravestones and landscapes of the Colonial period in the late 1600 and 1700s.    We will then "travel on" to see what changes the rural cemetery movement of the 19th century brings then roll right into the 20 and 21st centuries to survey what is happening in modern day cemetery spaces.    For the focus of the TIARA group, in addition to covering the New England gravestone experience, we will also highlight interesting Irish gravestones The Gravestone Girls' have encountered in their travels.

Upcoming Speakers

Saturday October 18 at 10:30am.    Meeting at Lynnfield Family History Center, 400 Essex Street, Lynnfield, MA.

TIARA members Susan Steele and Virginia Wright will present "Wives, Daughters, Mothers, Sisters: Weavers, Domestics, Machine Operators, Seamstresses".    Susan and Virginia will examine the lives of women in the workplace - from domestic service to military service, from mills to medical practices.   Fraternal insurance records, local history files and other industry specific sources will be examined as sources of information about wages, working conditions, barriers and opportunities for our female ancestors.

Please note: This meeting will include a tour of the Lynnfield Family History Center!

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 a new location - 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.

For information about upcoming programs, write to:
The Irish Ancestral Research Association
2120 Commonwealth Ave.
Auburndale, Massachusetts

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Meeting Cancellation Notices

Meeting cancellations are given to Boston's Channel 7 or 56 by 1:00 PM in case of severe weather. Although they do not broadcast the cancellation on the television, you can sign up at Channel 7's website WHDH to receive an email with cancellation information. They also have a cellphone text messaging service for which you can sign up to be notified if there is a cancellation. See their website for more information.

And of course, check TIARA's own web site!

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