2013 Videos and Handouts
Conference September 2013
30 June 1922
Did Everything Blowup? PDF
Eileen M. Ó Dúill
Researchers involved in Irish research heard of the devastating fire in June of 1922 which destroyed the Public Records Office in Dublin. This lecture provided some background to the history of the Public Records Office of Ireland and an examination of the record groups which were deposited there prior to June 1922, including the structure and content of the PRO at the Four Courts. Contemporary accounts provided the details of the explosion on 30 June 1922 and a discussion of the reaction of the Irish people of the time was explored. A list of documents that were lost as well as those which survived were provided. A report on the rebuilding of the Public Records Office collection into what is now the National Archives of Ireland encouraged researchers not to assume that all Irish documents blew up in 1922.
Are They Really my Ancestors? Using Autosomal DNA to Tests to Confirm (or Deny) Relationships and Ancestors PDF
Linda L. Reid
The ancestors on our family trees may not be accurate despite the paper trail. Testing cousins and second cousins of ourselves or our parents can confirm related ancestors (or cast doubt). The Family Finder test of Family Tree DNA uses autosomal DNA to look for relatives on all branches of the family. It compares your test results with others tested and posts on your online account a list of your potential matches and suggestions of how the people might be related (e.g. 3rd cousin). Many people use this test to hunt for distant unknown relatives. Linda has used it to confirm the ancestors on her documented (legal) family tree and will share her results in this presentation.
Around the Brick Wall: Tracing Back an Irish Family Through Collateral Lines PDF
Linda L. Reid
Using siblings’ records may be the route to finding earlier ancestors. The three case studies in this presentation involve a marriage settlement in the Registry of Deeds (Dublin), a will, and a visiting Irish niece in an English census—all investigated to find earlier generations of the Irish family when the direct path seemed to end.
Come to Ireland to Find Your Ancestors PDF
Eileen M. Ó Dúill
This lecture was designed to help researchers who are planning their first trip to Ireland. It reviewed the preparatory research that is necessary before setting out for Ireland and offered advice on the best use of time while in Ireland. This ‘insider’s guide’ to repositories and resources in Ireland maps out an effective research strategy and avoids the most commonly made mistakes. All of the major repositories in Dublin and Belfast were discussed. The ultimate goal is to make it possible for you to ‘walk the land of your ancestors.’
Genealogical Cold Cases: A Step-by-Step Process PDF
Lisa Louise Cooke
It can seem as if technology changes on a daily basis. That fact poses an opportunity for genealogists to merge tried and true genealogical research techniques with new and innovative technologies. It’s time to dust off that genealogical brick wall you gave up on long ago and take a fresh approach. Cold case detectives do this on a regular basis, and in this class you will learn to track ancestors like a bloodhound, sniff out holes in your research, and get missing information on the record. Get ready to discover the twelve-step process that will generate the new leads you need to bust your case wide open.
Genealogy on the Go with the iPad Tablet PDF
Lisa Louise Cooke
Technology has brought much more than the convenience of digitized genealogical records to our home computers. It has also delivered an incredible level of portability to family history research! The iPad is built for hitting the road and is ideally suited for genealogy due to its sleek lightweight size, gorgeous graphics and myriad of apps and tools. In this lecture, you will discover the top apps for genealogical success and best practices for getting the most from your tablet from the author of the book Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse.
Monthly Meetings 2013
7 Sept 2013
Little by Little from Co. Mayo to Fitzroy and Beyond PDF
A quest to learn how the Little family came to Canada from Ireland during the Potato Famine, the story of a long-ago family feud, and a surprising discovery in an 1851 census record took Brenda Krauter on a search to find a signature to see if it would match a Grosse Ile record which would verify which Famine ship brought the family to Canada. This search led to finding unexpected information which also knocked down the brick wall created by the 1851 census record.
5 March 2013
Maps and Mapping for the Twenty-First Century Genealogist
James F.S. Thomson
Genealogists know that maps can contribute to family history research, analysis and writing in different and important ways. The current generation of genealogists, however, has no need to feel limited to availing themselves of static maps created by others. There are exciting developments for us on two fronts. Remarkable new online sites demonstrate or permit the integration of maps and other data, and even quite simple mapping and other tools enable the user to create unique maps and plans, tailored to the needs of the compiler and incorporating data derived from different sources. In this presentation handout, James provides an extensive list of these sites some ideas on how they can be used creatively and effectively in genealogical projects.