The Irish Ancestral Research Association

Next Meeting

Friday September 11, 2015 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)
See the Brandeis University campus map for directions.

UMass archivist Joanne Riley will present "Online Mapping Tools for Family Historians".  Maps help to orient genealogists in space and time as they study their ancestors immigration, migration and residence patterns.   Paper maps can be works of art and are a joy to pore over and study.   Still, digitized maps offer exciting advantages over paper maps, and digital maps that are backed by data are more exciting still.   In this presentation, Joanne Riley, University Archivist at UMass Boston, offers an overview of various types of maps useful to genealogists, key online mapping collections, and demonstrations of fire insurance maps, geo-coded maps, satellite maps, overlay maps and customization map tools.

About the speaker:
Joanne Riley has served since 2010 as University Archivist and Curator of Special Collections at the University of Massachusetts Boston's Joseph P. Healey Library.   Before that she worked for many years in the field of humanities computing, including serving as information architect for the Medici Archive Project, which aims to index the 6,429 volumes of grandducal correspondence in the State Archive in Florence, Italy.   Joanne is an avid genealogist and family historian, and an ardent supporter of open access to primary source archival research for all.

Upcoming Speakers

No meetings in July and August.


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.  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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