Recorded Lectures

List of Past Lectures Available on DVD or Videotape
at the TIARA Office

 PresenterTopicTapedSummary
December 13, 2002Robert O'NeillIrish LibrariesY
January 10, 2003Marie DalyOrigins and History of The Irish Ancestral Research AssociationY
January 10, 2003Judy Barrett & Janis Duffy20Th Anniversary Slideshow "The Beginning of a Long Journey"
February 14, 2003Margaret R. SullivanOrnaments to the Department: The search for images and stories of fallen Boston Police Officers, 1825-1972Y
March 14, 2003Sally K. Sommers SmithRiverdance and the Image of Ireland
April 11, 2003Maureen A. TaylorDating Your Family PhotographsNO
May 9, 2003Michael P. QuinlinIrish Music As An Emigrant Language in BostonY
June 13, 2003Dennis Ahern, Judy Barrett, Special Genealogy ProjectsY
June 13, 2003Claire Smith and Susan Steele
September 12, 2003Walter HickeyWhat's New at NARAY
October 10, 2003Susan HoodLibrary of the Representative Church Body, in Dublin and Royal Roots - Republican Inheritance, Heraldry in IrelandY
November 14, 2003Nora Keohane HickeyLittle-Known or Under-Used Irish Genealogical SourcesY
January 16, 2004Brian DonovanDigitisation of Irish Records, & the current state of playY
January 25, 2004Peter FlynnContemporary Irish Cinema
February 13, 2004Riobard O'DwyerWhat I Let Myself In For!!! The 40 years serious and humorous experience of an Irish-American genealogistY
March 12, 2004Dennis J. AhernResearching Civil War AncestorsY
April 16, 2004Thomas E. HacheyIreland and Irish America: Choices and Challenges
May 14, 2004Michael DwyerWhite Lies: The Liberties With Facts That Confound Irish Family Research
June 11, 2004Sandra DevlinConnecting with Your Family in Atlantic CanadaY
September 10, 2004Lee ReganHidden Treasures: Discovering Genealogy and Local History in Your Public LibraryY
October 8, 2004Craig LacoutureHistory of the Knights of Columbus & Funeral Home Records of Interest to the Family ResearcherY
November 7, 2004Susan GedutisSusan spoke on her book "See You At the Hall"N
December 10, 2004Michael C. WhiteMichael spoke on his book "Garden of Martyrs -The tragic story of two Irish immigrants"
February 11, 2005Adele Foy and Mimi Foy WillseBabes in FoylandY
March 11, 2005John McColganDonegal & Boston - Life and PoliticsY
April 8, 2005Sandy CluniesPlanning a Family ReunionY
May 13, 2005Dr. Ruth-Ann M. HarrisThe Nearest Place That Wasn't Ireland: the Irish Who went to England Instead of AmericaY
June 10, 2005Kevin O'NeillSad Bondage and Deliverance: Courtship in late 18th Century KildareY
September 9, 2005Mike KarsenWrite Your Family History Now!
October 14, 2005Malachi / Malachy McVeighOrdnance Survey IrelandY
October 14, 2005Neil SavageThe Rise of the CeltY
November 7, 2005David L. MishkinIdentifying and Preserving Your Old Photographs
December 11, 2005Helen KellyConnecting to Your Irish Ancestors
January 13, 2006Dr. Richard FinneganThe Development of Irish Nationalism and the Role of Women Within That VisionY
February 10, 2006Walter HickeyBeyond the census: some non-traditional (and usually overlooked) Federal recordsY
March 10, 2006Paul BunnellIrish Loyalists (1775-1783) that served on the side of the British during the American RevolutionY
April 7, 2006Kevin KennyIreland and the British EmpireY
May 12, 2006Barbara MinnehanWork and Our Famine AncestorsY
October 13, 2006Marcia MelnykOvercoming Brick Walls
December 8, 2006Mary Ellen GroganIrish Census RecordsY
January 12, 2007George B. HandranRescuing the Relatives
February 9, 2007Mary Ellen GroganWhat's In The Irish RepositoriesY
March 9, 2007Henry ScannellUsing Newspapers In Your ResearchY
April 13, 2007Janis DuffyPassenger Lists For the Port of BostonY
May 11, 2007Eva Murphy & Betsy McGovernUnder the Golden Dome: Genealogical Resources in the State Library of MassachusettsY
June 8, 2007Maire ConcannonYour Ancestral Home and Its Irish Gaelic PlacenameY
September 14, 2007Dr. Ruth-Ann HarrisIrish Women Emigrants: The Irish and American ContextY
December 14, 2007Eileen Ó DúillResearch in Ireland: Planning is the Key to SuccessY
January 12, 2008Janis Duffy and Resources for Genealogists at the archivesN
January 12, 2008Diane RapaportCourt RecordsY
February 8, 2008Sharon SergeantFinding and Using Newspaper SourcesY
March 15, 2008Marie E. Daly (NEHGS) Assisted Emigration from IrelandY
March 15, 2008Mary Ellen Grogan (TIARA)Online Resources for Irish ResearchY
April 11, 2008Michael J. LeclercFinding and Using Canadian Records for Family History ResearchY
May 17, 2008Mary Ellen GroganUsing The Irish Heritage Centres for Your Family History ResearchN
Mary Choppa; Janis Duffy; Beth MacAleer; Marie Ahern; Eva MurphyPanel Discussion : Discovering Your Family History in IrelandN
June 13, 2008Kevin O'NeillDunkirk, Nantucket and Ballitore [Co. Kildare]: The Circulation of Quakers and their Ideas in the Age of Revolution, 1783-93Y
July 12, 2008TIARA 25th Anniversary & ReunionY
July 12, 2008Marie Daly & Judy BarrettTIARA’s History by Marie Daly & Video Presentation by Judy BarrettY
July 12, 2008Morgan Lake AdamsIrish Nationalism & Early Irish Film:  Creating a National IdentityY
July 12, 2008Irish Consul General David BarryAn Capall Ban Award  (The White Horse)  & Guest Speaker Irish Consul General Y
July 12, 2008Catherine B. ShannonThe Changing Face of Caitlin ni Houlihan: The Status of Irish Women Since IndependenceY
July 12, 2008Marie DalyPre-1800's Irish ResearchY
July 12, 2008Brian O'DonovanIrish Traditional Music & Song:  The Backdrop to Irish Culture at Home and AbroadY
September 13, 2008Sean O'DuillDeath and Burial Customs in 19th Century Ireland N
October 25, 2008Mary Ellen Grogan & George B. HandranSolving Problems in Irish Genealogy: Resources and MethodsN
November 9, 2008James G. RyanIrish Catholic Church Records - the background to their creation and survival, and how to use them
January 10, 2009Janis Duffy Mining the Boston Passenger Lists for GoldY
January 10, 2009Margaret SullivanBoston Police ArchivesY
February 13, 2009Michael J. LeclercResearch in Canadian Records, Part II Y
March 14, 2009Robert O'NeillIrish Archives, Libraries and Genealogy CentresY
May 9, 2009Janis DuffyResearching Vital Records At The General Register OfficeN
June 12, 2009Kate ChadbourneIrish Fairies on the EdgeY
September 11, 2009Melinde Lutz SanbornThe Irish of Ward One, Boston: Clues & Misdirection from the CensusY
October 10, 2009John Canavan, Mary Ellen Radziewicz, and Virginia WrightCollecting and Chronicling Worcester's Irish & Worcester Stories in the Forester RecordsN
November 15, 2009Brian O'DonovanThe Wind that Shakes the Barley: Irish Songs of Rebellion and InsurgencyN
December 11, 2009David LambertResearching in Canada, Nova Scotia & New BrunswickY
January 8, 2010Robert Johnson-LallyThe Archdiocese of Boston ArchivesY
February 12, 2010Connie ReikFederal Publications in World War IIY
March 13, 2010Marie DalyA Virtual Way to Tipperary: Finding Our Irish Ancestors OnlineY
January 1, 1970Eileen O'DuillNewspapers, Street Directories & Occupational RecordsY
April 10, 2010Janis DuffyIrish Immigration, From Cobh to BostonN
May 8, 2010Writer's Workshop for the Irish ResearcherN
June 10, 2010Kevin O'HaraThe Last of the Donkey PilgrimsN
July - August, 2010Summer Recess: Jul-Aug 2010
September 10, 2010Mary Lee DunnBallykilclineY
October 2, 2010Michael BrophyKilroy was here: : A Genealogy case of a WWII Cultural PhenomenonY
November 14, 2010BanquetSingers: Maureen, Lynn, & BrianY
November 14, 2010Mary Pat KellyGalway BayY
December 10, 2010Elyse LurayHistory Detectives' Research MethodsY
January 13, 2011John McEnenyThe Irish in New YorkY
February 12, 2011Susan Steele, Joanne Riley, & Dale FreemanForesters' Records: Tribulations, Triumphs and Treasures!Y
March 19, 2011Irish Genealogy SeminarN
April 16, 2011Writer's ConferenceN
May 20, 2011Kathleen WilliamsResources at Boston CollegeY
June 10, 2011Dr. Ruth-Ann HarrisThe Eagle and the Harp: the Enterprising Byrne Brothers of County Monaghan.Y
September 10, 2011Dr. Ruth-Ann HarrisThe Famine Irish in BostonY
October 1, 2011Walter HickeyUSCIS- Genealogy Program: "A Files" and MoreY
November 19, 2011Banquet - Kevin O'HaraA Lucky Irish LadN
December 9, 2011David Allen LambertResearching Your Union Civil War Ancestors: "A Roll Call of Resources"Y
January 13, 2012Marian Pierre-LouisDiscovering Immigrant Voices through House History ResearchN
February 10, 2012Michael BrophyThe 1940 US censusY
March 1, 2012Marie DalyIrish Genealogy Conference with NEHGS.N
April 13, 2012Nancy LevinCastle Garden, The Barge Office, and Manhattan's PierY
May 18, 2012R. Andrew PierceIrish Estate Records for GenealogistsY
June 9, 2012Susan Steele, Virginia WrightForesters Records of the Bread and Roses FamiliesN
September 14, 2012Marie Daly, Michael BrophyDead Money: Researching Heirs from Ireland to BostonY
October 12, 2012Thomas TooheyIrish Genealogy 202: Six more ways to find your Irish ancestorsY
November 10, 2012James RedfearnThe Rising at Roxbury CrossingN
December 8, 2012Dick EastmanGenealogy Apps for Mobile DevicesN
January 11, 2013Marta CrillyThe Holdings of the City of Boston ArchivesY
March 23, 2013Marie Daly Irish Genealogy Conference w/ NEHGSN
April 5, 2013Grace BradyGreat Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, ConnecticutY
May 24, 2013Peter FlynnBlazing the Trail: The O'KalemsY
September 13, 2013Lori Lyn PriceBring Your Ancestors to Life: Connect via Social HistoryY
October 11, 2013Judy LuceyRiobard O'Dwyer Papers
November 9, 2013Peter F. StevensPortraits of the Irish immigrant saga and pays homage to the overlooked, yet significant, episodes of the Boston Irish experienceN
December 13, 2013Alice KaneUsing EverNote note-taking software for Genealogy ResearchN
January 10, 2014Joanne RileyPhotos! Memories! Data!: "Irish Immigrant Experience" Road Show in ContextYArchivist Joanne Riley of UMass Boston spoke about how family stories can generate fascinating data for researchers, while seemingly dry data can reveal deeply personal stories. The talk referred to the "Irish Immigrant Experience" Road Show in the context of other story, photo and data-based archives including the Irish 1901/11 censuses, the Ireland Prison Registers 1790 - 1924, Tewksbury Almshouse database, the Irish Folklore Commission's "Schools' Folklore Scheme", and of course the Mass. Catholic Order of Foresters records. Examples and search tips for these sources were shared.
February 14, 2014Susan SteeleWonders in the Worker FilesYTIARA's Susan Steele presented "Wonders in the Worker Files". The lecture demonstrated how an ancestor’s occupation can reveal much more than work skills. Industry specific resources were shown to reveal occupational skills, birthplace, kinship, social and religious group membership. Lives of Irish workers in the Sandwich, MA glass industry and in the leather tanneries of Peabody, MA. were examined using material from industry museum files, local historical societies, archives, fraternal insurance records and other more familiar sources.
March 8, 2014Marie DalyIrish Genealogy Research on FamilySearch.orgNNEHGS Senior Genealogist and TIARA founder Marie Daly presented 'Irish Genealogy Research on FamilySearch.org'. The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has microfilmed millions of American and Irish records, and has now digitized them, making them freely accessible to worldwide researchers. Among these collections are vital records, census substitutes, probate records, taxation lists, and even prison registers. Marie presented a number of techniques for using both searchable and browsable data on Familysearch.org, as well as accessing valuable Irish information on microfilm.
March 8, 2014Christopher KleinJohn L. Sullivan, America's First Sports HeroNAuthor Christopher Klein introduced us to 'John L. Sullivan, America's First Sports Hero'. Born in Boston’s South End to Irish immigrant parents, John Lawrence Sullivan (1858-1918) was the last of the bare-knuckle heavyweight boxing champions. He was the first American athlete to earn over one million dollars, the first American sports “superstar,” and a powerful symbol of Irish-American ascendancy during the Gilded Age. When Sullivan, known as the “Boston Strong Boy,” captured the heavyweight title in 1882, no Bostonians celebrated more than the Irish, who had felt blistered by Brahmin scorn since their arrival. That legendary spirit of the fighting Irish that was made flesh in Sullivan transformed him into a hero for hundreds of thousands of sons and daughters of the Emerald Isle who had felt emasculated in the wake of the Great Hunger, powerless under the thumb of the British, and slighted in their new homeland. Sullivan’s strength and self-belief were elixirs for a people who had suffered from malignant shame. Christopher Klein, the author of the new biography Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero, will share the tale of the hard-hitting and hard-drinking boxing champion against the backdrop of Irish America emerging during the Gilded Age.
April 12, 2014Anthony SammarcoHoward Johnson' and the creation of the legendary Howard Johnson restaurant and hotel businessNNoted historian and author Anthony Sammarco presented a fascinating account of 'Howard Johnson' and the creation of the legendary Howard Johnson restaurant and hotel business. Howard Johnson created an orange-roofed empire of ice cream stands and restaurants that stretched from Maine to Florida and all the way to the West Coast. Popularly known as the "Father of the Franchise Industry," Johnson delivered the legendary 28 flavors of ice cream, good food and prices that brought appreciative customers back for more.
May 9, 2014Michael Dwyer Hands across the Sea: Links in the Family Chain of Irish EmigrationYTIARA member and genealogical writer Michael Dwyer used the examples of his father’s Irish-born grandparents and their extended kinship network to illustrate how his Irish ancestors migrated to New England in the 1880s to join other family members who first came in aftermath of the Famine three decades before them. In turn, these new-arrivals continued to assist and sponsor other family members from Ireland to join them. All told, links in this chain of migration unfolded into a family saga that connects several generations over the course a century.
June 13, 2014Matthew Jude BarkerThe Irish of Portland,Maine, A History of Forest City HiberniansNThe author presented an account of the history of the Portland Maine Irish and discussed his book THE IRISH OF PORTLAND, MAINE, A HISTORY OF FOREST CITY HIBERNIAN S.
September 12, 2014Brenda SullivanWelcome to the Graveyard ~ YBrenda Sullivan of The Gravestone Girls described the gravestones and landscapes of the Colonial period in the late 1600s and 1700s.    Then the lecture "traveled on" to illustrate changes of the rural cemetery movement of the 19th century and continued to examine the 20 and 21st centuries to describe what is happening in modern day cemetery spaces.    For the focus of the TIARA group, in addition to covering the New England gravestone experience, Brenda highlighted interesting Irish gravestones The Gravestone Girls have encountered in their travels.
October 18, 2014Susan Steele & Virginia WrightWives, Daughters, Mothers, Sisters: Weavers, Domestics, Machine Operators, SeamstressesNTIARA members Susan Steele and Virginia Wright examined 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 were examined as sources of information about wages, working conditions, barriers and opportunities for our female ancestors.
November 15, 2014Susan SteelMass Memories ProjectNBanquet
December 12, 2014Margo SheaBeyond Reconciliation: Memory, Truth and the Northern Irish TroublesY
January 9, 2015Tom RileyThe Orphan Trains YWriter Tom Riley spoke on the "Orphan Train" program. From 1854 to 1929, an estimated 273,000 children were transported out of New York City on what became known as Orphan Trains. Many of these children were of Irish descent, and were sent to live with families in rural America. The Orphan Trains were also operated out of Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia. Few records were kept regarding these trains, but some estimate that 400,000 to 600,000 children were transported in the largest mass relocation of children in American history.
February 27, 2015Matthew BarlowThe Irish in MontrealY
March 28, 2015Walter Hickey & David McKeanThe Irish in LowellN"Digging Up the Past: Uncovering the Acres Roots". This lecture described 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.
March 28, 2015Connie ReikBeyond Pension Files! Discover Your Civil War Veteran in Federal Publications and Documents
May 8, 2015Alex GoldfeldThe Eliot School and the Catholic Exodus of 1859Boston's public historian Alex Goldfeld shared the story of the Eliot School and the Catholic Exodus of 1859. Founded in 1700, the John Eliot School is the third oldest in the entire Boston Public School system. In 1859, it was the site of a bloody incident, when a Catholic boy named Thomas Whall was severely beaten for refusing to recite the then-required Protestant prayers in the class room. Join us as we explore this event and place it in the context of public education and Catholic immigration in 19th century Boston.
June 12, 2015Mary Pat Kellyof Irish BloodYAuthor Mary Pat Kelly spoke about the story of her sequel to “Galway Bay” which narrated 6 generations of her Irish-American family. In “Of Irish Blood”, the years are 1903 to 1923 and she is focusing on Honora Keeley Kelly's granddaughter, her great-aunt called Nora or Nonie.
September 11, 2015Joanne RileyDoing History with Online Mapping ToolsYIn her lecture UMass archivist Joanne Riley described how 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. Joanne gave 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.
October 9, 2015Thomas LesterThe Sacramental Records Available at the Archdiocese ArchivesYThomas Lester, Archivist and Records manager for the Archdiocese of Boston spoke on sacramental records available at the Archives, as well as some other useful collections and new and upcoming developments at the Archive, located at 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree.
November 14, 2015Sheila ConnollyTIARA Annual BanquetNThe Banquet speaker, author Sheila Connolly, talked about her research for her County Cork mystery series that features the owner of Sullivan's Pub - Maura Donovan.
December 11, 2015Maureen TalorPhoto Detecting 101NLearn how you can spot clues in your family photos to be able to place them in time and place
January 8, 2016Rhonda McClureMining the Treasures in NewspapersYNewspapers contain a wealth of information for genealogists from obituaries to birth and marriage announcements, from feature articles to classifieds. Newspapers also provide historical narrative and a glimpse into your ancestor’s everyday life. Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure discussed what information is available, how it can help you in your family history research, and how to access these important resources—especially those available at the NEHGS library and on AmericanAncestors.org.
February 12, 2016Pam Holland“Finding Cousins Through DNAYThis talk showed how to explore your matches and use the tools available at the three major DNA testing companies: FamilyTreeDNA, AncestryDNA and 23andMe. It focused on practical ways to discover how you are related to your Autosomal DNA Cousins. Case studies using matches at each testing company illustrated methods you can use to connect with new cousins who can help you grow your family tree. This talk assumed you are considering testing or have tested at one of the three DNA testing companies.
March 11, 2016James O’ToolePassing for WhiteYBoston College Professor and author James O'Toole spoke on his book “Passing for White” a story about the Healey family. Through the prism of one family's experience, this book explores questions of racial identity, religious tolerance, and black-white "passing" in America. Spanning the century from 1820 to 1920, it tells the story of Michael Morris Healy, a white Irish immigrant planter in Georgia; his African American slave Eliza Clark Healy, who was also his wife; and their nine children. Legally slaves, these brothers and sisters were smuggled north before the Civil War to be educated. In spite of the hardships imposed by American society on persons of mixed racial heritage, the Healy children achieved considerable success.
April 23, 2016Richard ReidAlternative Genealogical Software to Family Tree MakerYThe genealogical software world is a changing landscape with software and service changes. This session will cover an overview of the main software packages available for the Windows and Mac worlds. In addition to the family tree building and documentation packages, we will look at some of the research and publishing tools that are currently available. A CD-ROM is provided with all the handouts and trial versions of the software packages demonstrated.
May 13, 2016Margaret SullivanFirst Generation IrishYThis lecture showed how exploring the wide variety of documents – whether in your attic or on the internet - can reveal new information on the immigrant generation. A good deal about immigrant ancestors can be learned by documenting their American-born children, who were often more literate and longer lived than their immigrant parents, thus creating more records. Finds from local historical societies, church records, pensions, municipal records, and custody petitions illustrated types of information the records of our ancestors' work, education, military service, schools, social organizations, and graves as well as family stories and heirlooms.
June 10, 2016Bill McEvoyDocumenting Sand Banks Cemetery in Watertown's East EndY Bill McEvoy discussed his four years research of the Catholic Mount Auburn Cemetery, also known as Sand Banks Cemetery or Cottage Street Cemetery. Sand Banks Cemetery, a less than 7 acre parcel, is owned by and receives minimal care from the Archdiocese of Boston. The cemetery has many exquisite and finely carved monuments erected to residents from all walks of life. Not all of the graves are marked and many of the monuments are weathered and in need of repair. Many have fallen face up/down and others are in danger of falling. This slideshow program provided a sampling of some of the monuments in the cemetery and the people they commemorate. Bill's study is based on data collected for 22,000+ people buried from 1854 to 1920. This presentation is intended to provide a better understanding of the state of residential and economic conditions, lack of proper sanitation, substandard to nonexistent healthcare, ethic prejudices, mortality, etc. Bill entered all of his findings into a spreadsheet, including causes of death, occupations, residences, places of death, places of birth, spouses' names, maiden names, parents' names and their places of birth. The spreadsheet is searchable and is available on The Watertown Historical Society website.
September 9, 2016Pam HollandFinding the Stories of Your Ancestors.Y This lecture explored social history and how it goes beyond just names and dates to better understand an individual’s life. Learn what life was like by extrapolating from a variety of resources such as: newspaper stories, diary, letters or interviews, and community history. Find what resources are available including: photographs & images, ephemera, and digitized books. Learn where to find all of the above resources, including finding online images to illustrate a story and how to put it all together to tell a story with examples from the presenter’s writing.
October 14, 2016Jake FletcherWhich Matthew O'Neill is Mine? Approaches to Irish GenealogyYThis presentation explained how to ‘FAN’ out your ancestor's life and the direction of your research. There are a number of unique ways to gather information on your Irish ancestors and the communities they migrated to. The lecturer’s breakdown and explanation of these advanced methodologies can ensure genealogy success and propel your research back to the Irish homeland.
November 12, 2016Banquet / Michael Melanson Journey, An Irish-American OdysseyNTIARA - 2016 Annual Banquet speaker, author Michael Melanson, discussed researching his book “Journey, An Irish-American Odyssey”.
December 9, 2016Ellen B. AldenYours Faithfuly, Florence BurkeYEllen B Alden's recently published historical novel 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 included 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.
January 13, 2017Judy Lucy & Marie Daly“Genealogist’s Handbook for Irish Research” ...YMarie E. Daly and Judith Lucey discussed their recently published book that offers tips for navigating the sometimes challenging course of finding Irish ancestors. Using real-life examples and offering many illustrations of records and techniques, they take a step-by-step approach to using American records to trace Irish ancestors in this country, with the goal of finding the place of origin. They then explain how to use Irish records to learn even more. Drawing on their years of experience guiding those with Irish ancestry, Daly and Lucey focus not just on sources of records but, more important, on strategies for research and interpretation. The book includes to-do lists, illustrations and maps, a comprehensive table of online resources, and a detailed index.
February 10, 2017Diane Laferriere & Kim ZuninoOverseers of the Poor Records with YThe Overseers of the Poor was the welfare office for the City of Lowell from its creation in 1820s until the state assumed responsibility for welfare in the 1960s.The largest collection of these records encompassed the years from 1887 to 1907.These records were stored at City Hall and remained hidden until 2012 when several volunteers from the Greater Lowell Genealogy Club indexed the collection for the Lowell Historic Board. This collection contains over 7,000 records of men, women and children, immigrant and native born, and their individual family histories. Originally intended to validate claims, they are a goldmine of information for family historians.
March 11, 2017Deb Gellerson/Margaret Lacoste/Eileen PirontiTIARA/NEHGS Joint SeminarNDeborah Sullivan Gellerson and Margaret Feeney LaCombe described The Maine Gaeltacht DNA Project which started in 2011, is sponsored by the Maine Irish Heritage Center in Portland and overseen by several volunteers. Collectively, they have spent thousands of hours developing what is essentially a massive family tree of Irish immigrants who came to Maine in the wake of the Industrial Revolution and the Great Famine of 1845-1852.
Jean Maguire, Library Director (NEHGS) presented 'From Paper to Pixels: Digitizing Catholic Records from the Archdiocese of Boston'.
Eileen Pironti, Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press (NEHGS) presented 'Think Outside the Box: Examples of Underutilized U.S. Records for Irish Research'.
April 14, 2017Linda RoghaarHow to turn your family history into a published bookYThis talk examined the procedures to turn your family history into a published book. From manuscript preparation to printing, learn the important steps to preserve your work in a professional, permanent document or book that will be read and enjoyed by generations to come. The author discussed how these steps apply to everyone and every project: writing, editing, copyediting, organizing and preparing visual elements, design and typesetting, proofreading, printing, and distribution.
May 12, 2017John Snelle'Townland Translator Database' - a tool intended to help make sense of Ireland's land valuation records.YJohn Schnelle described his “Townland Valuation Translator Database” - a tool intended to help make sense of Ireland's land valuation records.
June 9, 2017Ely JanisPetticoat Revelutionaries: Irish American Women and the Ladies Land LeagueYEly Janis explored the accomplishments and lasting legacy of the Ladies Land League. This civic organization of thousands of Irish-American women joined forces in the 1800s to raise money to aid victims of the potato famine in Ireland. Led by Fanny Parnell, who became an icon of Irish culture, the league enabled women to carve out a new public role in the male-dominated realm of Irish-American life.
September 8, 2017Michael BrophyOrphan Trains: History, Genealogy, LegacyYShortly after the Great Irish Famine, New York City found itself with 10,000 orphaned children living on its streets. The Orphan Train movement was founded shortly thereafter and transported 200,000+ children from New York to the Midwest and beyond. Over two million descendants live on to tell the stories of this uniquely American movement.
October 13, 2017Shellee MoreheadUsing DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard: Two cases studies of Irish Hamilton families.YUsing the Genealogical Proof Standard as well as DNA evidence, Shellee described solving a 300 year old mystery: Who was Captain Thomas Hamilton?  This talk explored the genealogical proof standard, the question relating to Hamiltons in Colonial New England, and introduced another Irish Hamilton whose parentage is being addressed using DNA.  She explained targeted testing and how to get started using DNA to solve family mysteries.
November 11, 2017Elizabeth OstaJeremiah's HungerNAuthor Elizabeth Osta discussed her research for her book Jeremiah's Hunger which is based on her ancestor Jeremiah Buckley who lived during the Great Famine.
December 8, 2017Dave RobinsonWhat Did You Miss: Deep Diving into your ResearchY Examples are given where attention to the smallest details can change identities or relationships. Reviewing your research  can uncover facts that may have been overlooked.