Ancestor Network in the News
Find out about about past and future news events involving genealogy and family history with John Hamrock and Aiden Feerick, Irish Genealogists, Teachers and Writers. Check this page periodically to find out about upcoming events or announcements.
A weekend course on genealogy will commence on Saturday, 7 May 2011 in Dún Laoghaire. Find out more!
John Hamrock televised on The Morning Show on TV3 on 18 May 2011 during HM the Queen's successful and historic trip to Ireland to talk about HM the Queen's Irish family history. In the interview John also speaks about the Weekend Irish Genealogy Courses Ancestor Network offers in conjunction with the Genealogical Society of Ireland in Dún Laoghaire.
Irish Genealogical Research Society Celebrates 75th Anniversary
This celebration took place at the National Library of Ireland where the guest of honour was President of Ireland, Mary McAleese. The photo below shows President McAleese with the management committee of the IGRS.
President McAleese meeting John Hamrock of the Management Committee of the Irish Genealogical Research Society.
2011 Exhibitions and Events
In 2011, Ancestor Network will be participating in the following exhibitions and events. Please stop by and speak to us.
The Galway Over 50s Show, Radisson Blue Hotel, Galway
The Genealogy RoadShow, Sunday, January 16th and 29 May, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
The Genealogy Roadshow came to Kildare twice in 2011. It’s a day-long Genealogy event, filmed for RTE television, which can help you trace your family’s roots for free. The roadshow will be hosted by RTE’s Derek Mooney as we try to help ordinary people find extraordinary stories from their family history.
Do you think you’re related to someone famous? If so, we want to meet you!
If there’s a mystery hanging from your family tree we can help you solve it. Our team of genealogy experts and historians, which includes professionals from Ancestor Network, John Hamrock and Aiden Feerick, are coming to Kildare and will be giving free advice and help - but time and access to the experts is limited, so come early. If you don’t want a face-to-face meeting, you’ll still be able to watch the experts and hear the advice they give to each person they speak to and hear all the tips they give out.
We’re looking for people with connections to well known figures of the past, people with a family mystery to solve or people with family connections to historical events. You tell us the story and we’ll search for the evidence.
So if you have letters, photographs, birth certificates, heirlooms or any other piece of information that might help, then bring them along to Carton House on ‘Sunday January 16th’ for a fun, free day out and let us help you get on the right track.
Venue: Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Time: 11:00am – 5.00pm (Sunday, January 16th 2011)
Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm (Sunday , May 29th 2011)
Upcoming Genealogy Roadshow Events in 2011 where Ancestor Network will be exhibiting and offering free irish genealogy advice:
Sunday, 19 June 2011 - Adare Manor, Adare, County Limerick
Sunday, 26 June 2011 - Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway City
Saturday, 9 July 2011 - Slane Castle, Slane, County Meath
Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London
25, 26, 27 February 2011, Olympia, London - Ancestor Network hosted a joint stand to offer Irish genealogical advice and assistance with Flyleaf Press. We appreciated all the visitors to Table 41 who came by to say hello and introduced themselves.
Back to Our Past, RDS, Dublin
The Back to Our Past 2010 event was a huge success and Ancestor Network will be involved this year as well. To give you an idea of its success have a look at a video made last year. Go to Youtube and type in 'Back To the Past RDS, Dublin'. You will be impressed. Also have a look at the website: backtothepast.com
Start Your Family Tree Week (Ireland)
Ancestor Network was delighted to participate with Eneclann and other Irish genealogical experts in the first Start Your Family Tree Week which was held from December 26, 2010, through January 1, 2011. The winners of the prizes contributed by Ancestor Network were:
Tracing Your Roscommon Ancestors book: Barry Spinner, Don Breen, Joan O'Gorman, Clare Lawler Kilgallen, Sharon Oddies Brown, John Noble and John Needham.
10% Discount on Weekend Genealogy Courses: William Horgan, Elizabeth Pugh, Pat O'Halloran, Robert Campbell, Terry Hurrell, Helen Cooke, and Mary Merriman.
Congratulations to all!
January 2011, Ireland's Genealogical Gazette, published by the Geneagy Society of Ireland, Vol. 6 No. 1.
Précis of 14 December 2010 Lecture at Genealogical Society of Ireland
John Hamrock, Director of National Projects of the Genealogical Society of Ireland and founder of Ancestor Network, provided a long awaited and valuable ‘back to the basics’ summation of sources for Irish family history research on 14 December 2010. John’s power point presentation was entitled, “How to Go About Tracing Your Irish Ancestors.”
The topics included how to get started in genealogical research which encompassed the importance of speaking to senior family members before it is too late, definitions of genealogy and family history, and also examination of sample pedigree sheets and family group sheets. As a branch of history, genealogists are concerned with establishing facts through careful and critical documentary research. The four primary sources of Irish family history were discussed in detail; civil registrations, census and census substitutes, church records, and land and estate records.
The closing elements of the presentation focused on coordination of one’s family history searches; how far back one can expect to go; and recommended genealogy books and websites. Members and friends can contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain copies of the power point presentation in pdf format and also a four page compilation John has prepared of relevant websites on Irish genealogical sources.
John Hamrock will be speaking at the Renmore, Co. Galway, Active Retirement Association on Thursday, May 5, 2011, on Tracing Your irish Ancestors.
Other events will be announced as they materialise.