The Irish Ancestral Research Association

Next Meeting

Saturday March 28, 2015 at 10:00am
Chelmsford Public Library
25 Boston Road, Chelmsford, MA 01825

Walter Hickey and David McKean will present
"Digging Up the Past: Uncovering the Acres Roots".
This lecture will introduce us to the archaeological digs at St. Patrick's Parish in Lowell, MA.   The digs are a cooperative effort by UMass Lowell and Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland for the purpose of learning more about Lowell's Irish population in the mid 19th century.

About the speakers:
David McKean is historian of St. Patrick Parish and Cemetery.  David has authored two short photo histories, "From Erin to the Acre: a story of a neighborhood and its people" and "The Cross and the Shamrock: the art and architecture of St. Patrick Cemetery"... and is also author of the blog
Walter Hickey is the former Special Collection Librarian at the Pollard Library and is recently retired from the National Archive's New England Facility after 24 years of service at the Waltham and the former Pittsfield facility.   Walter has frequently lectured on a variety of Federal record topics related to genealogy and historical research.   Currently Walter is dedicating his time to researching nineteenth century Lowell.

Upcoming Speakers

April 10, 2015 at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm) at Brandeis University, Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G3.

Connie Reik will present "Researching Your Civil War Ancestor in Federal Publications".

About the speaker:
Connie Reik, M.S.L., M.A., is Government Publications Coordinator and Research Librarian for History at Tisch Library at Tufts University, has a B.A. in History from Western Michigan University and is a graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research at NARA.   She wrote a column in NEHGS' New England Ancestors (2006-2007) and has spoken at various genealogy and library conferences.   She is currently (2013-2015) the archivist and historian for the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc.

Additional 2015 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 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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