Events – Programming


Finding Your Ancestors in Irish Records

Join Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation during their annual North American lecture tour to learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help fill in gaps in your research.  We are offering two introductory courses to begin the day, followed by different in-depth lectures for this year’s event.

Whether you are just beginning your Irish research or have been at it for years, you won’t want to miss this event!

Same great location and food, lots of free parking. Includes Irish-themed buffet lunch

9 am to 4:30 pm
Brookside Manor


  • Early Bird – Member:  $80.00 
  • Early Bird – Non-Member: $90.00
  • February 16 to March 5th, 2018 : $100.00

Lecture Topics

  • Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research

  • Understanding Irish Townlands: the importance of place, identity and administrative divisions in Irish Research

  • Getting the most out of Griffith’s Valuation

  • Tracing Farming Families in the eighteenth and nineteenth century: using landed estate records

  • Census Substitutes and other important sources for the eighteenth and nineteenth century: strategies for success

  • The Irish Poor Law and local government records: Board of Guardians, Workhouse Registers, Grand Jury Records

  • General Question and Answer


GSP is available to partner with local libraries and archives to present workshops, programs and lectures.
Celebrating Your Irish & Scots-Irish Ancestors –

Thank you to everyone who made the day such a success.     We are already planning this event for next year.

Join…   The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and The Ulster Historical Foundation for a full day of exploring your Irish and Scots-Irish Genealogy


• Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish family history research
• Irish townlands: the importance of place, identity, and administrative divisions in Irish research
• Churches in Ireland
• Using printed sources for Irish family history: newspapers, street directories, Ordnance Survey Memoirs, and British parliamentary papers on Ireland
• Using land records: Griffith’s Valuation, tithe and estate records
• The Ulster Plantation and sources for finding 17th century families in Ireland (not just Ulster)
• Q&A and brick walls

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