The Irish Ancestral Research Association

Next Meeting

Friday December 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)

Ellen B Alden is the author of the recently published historical novel, Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke.   Her book is based on nineteen original Civil War letters that she discovered in her attic (her parents left them years ago).   The letters are written by her great, great grandfather Florence Burke to his wife Ellen and their three children while he was serving with the 37th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers.  Her novel brings history to life and portrays the extraordinary life of first generation Irish Immigrant ancestors.

Her talk will include:

  * A display of the original letters, tintype photos and historical documents.
  * A power point presentation with the discovery of the letters, the research,
     travel, genealogy, writing, editing and final product of the historical novel.
  * A reading of excerpts from the letters and the novel.
  * A portrayal of historical time periods and events... Potato Famine,
     Irish Immigration, Civil War and exploitation of the Draft law.

The talk will be followed by a book signing.   Books will be available for purchase.

About the speaker:
Ellen B. Alden is a first time writer who has previously worked as an elementary school teacher and wine consultant.   Ellen has travelled extensively in Europe, and lived two years in England with her family.   She resides in Andover, MA with her husband and three children.  

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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