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Reserve a Spot in our October 13 Irish Genealogy Workshop! – Motivation Monday

Back by popular demand!  The Fountaindale District and the Plainfield Public Library District are hosting an Irish Genealogy Workshop with the Ulster Historical Foundation on Saturday, October 13 at the Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road in Bolingbrook, IL.

This multi-session day will feature the following lectures:

09:30 Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Research (1 hr)
10:30 Understanding Irish Townlands: the Importance of Place, Identity and Administrative Divisions ( 1 hour)
11:30 BREAK (30 mins)
12:00 Church Records for Use in Genealogical Research Including Lesser Known Administrative Records – Vestry Minute books, Communicant Rolls, etc (1 hour)
1:00 LUNCH

1:30 Using Printed Sources for Irish Family History: Newspapers, Street Directories, Ordnance Survey Memoirs and British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland (1 hour)
2:30 Using Landed Estate Records: Tracing Families in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century (1 hour)
3:30 BREAK (30 mins)
4:00 Law and Order Records in Ireland (30 mins)
4:30 Question and Answer Session (includes online database lookups) (30 mins)

Participants will enjoy light snacks, handouts, door prizes, and the opportunity to purchase Ulster Historical Society books during the program. Participants are asked to bring a seat cushion and a brown bag lunch.  You can also pre-order a box lunch from the library’s Brooks Cafe by calling  (630) 685-4295.

The Irish Genealogy Workshop is free, however in-person attendee space is limited to 60 participants in Meeting Room A, and an overflow webinar area for 25 in the 2nd Floor Board Room.

Due to the popularity of this event, walk-in registration may not be available. Reserve your space in the program online or call the Fountaindale Public Library 3rd Floor Reference Desk at (630) 685-4176 beginning August 13, 2018.

Downloadable Handouts for Two-Day Irish Genealogy Workshop 2018
Researching Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors – An Introduction (2018)
PRONI Guides to Family History – 2018 (1)
National Archives of Ireland General Guide
National Archives of Ireland Guide to Genealogy
National Archives of Ireland Help Notes
Timeline for the Plantation of Ulster
Ulster Historical Foundation – Historical_Timeline
PRONI Guides to Emigration
PRONI Guides to Historical Topics
PRONI Guides to Local History
Researching Seventeenth Century Families – Timeline

Can’t make the program in person?  A live and recorded webinar option are available!  Sign up for a webinar reminder online-


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