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Lineage, Locality and Land: Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors

The Ulster Historical Foundation 2014 North American Tour will make a stop in Haverford, PA to offer local Irish genealogists help with their family history research. UHF Executive Director Fintan Mullan and UHF Research Officer Gillian Hunt will share their first hand knowledge and experience with us regarding Irish record sources; what records exist, what those collections mean for our research, and how to access them whether onsite or online. Join us for an genealogically enlightening evening!





"Lineage, Locality and Land: Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors"


Lectures will be presented by:

UHF Executive Director Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt, Research Officer at UHF.



at the



9000 Parkview Drive

Haverford, PA 19041


4:00 pm until 8:00 pm



4:15 – 5:00 pm


"Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research"


            A broad overview of Scots-Irish and Irish research which will benefitbeginners and seasoned genealogists alike, this is a practical, wide-rangingand informative session which explores the major collections of records and how to access them. This session is a primer for Irish genealogical research.


5:00 – 5:45 pm


"Understanding Irish Townlands:

The Importance of Place, Identity, and Administrative Divisions"


            For Americans the vastness of their own country may often make it difficult to comprehend the very local and tightly-knit nature of Irish society and the world of their ancestors. The sense of place in rural Ireland (irrespective of where one is) is paramount, and gaining an understanding of this uniquely Irish sense of place, and location is crucial to being successful in Irish genealogical research. This presentation explores in some detail the different administrative divisions: eg townland, barony, civil and ecclesiastical parish, county, Poor Law Union, District Electoral Division, where they originated, how they relate to each other, and their importance in the historical records. It makes the point of understanding Irish administrative divisions and becoming familiar with the locality of one’s ancestors, is not merely of value as a study in its own right, but fundamental in being really successful in one’s personal research.


6:00 – 6:45 pm– Dinner break. Enjoy a sandwich with tea or coffee, talk with other attendees and browse the history and genealogy books available through UHF.



6:45 – 7:30 pm


"Using Land Records: Griffith Valuation, Tithe Applotment & Estate Records"


            This session covers the major land collections including, Griffith Valuation, tithe applotment books and tithe defaulters lists, the published Ordnances Survey Memoirs and OS maps. It also explores some other census substitutes for the nineteenth and late eighteenth centuries.



7:30 – 8:00 pm– Question & Answer period.


Please visit the website of the Ulster Historical Foundation at: http://www.ancestryireland.com/



March 21st, 2014 4:00 PM   through   8:00 PM
9000 Parkview Drive
Haverford Township Community Recreation and Environmental Center
Haverford, PA 19041
United States
GSP Member $ 30.00
Non-Member $ 40.00