Three Irish Genealogy Workshops in Spring of 2016, presented by Miles Davenport

Join us for a morning or three of Irish Genealogical Workshops at the McClelland Library this Spring. The January 23, 2016 workshop, “19th Century Irish Genealogy Research: What’s Available and How to Use It,” will begin at 10:30am and conclude at 12:30pm.   On February 20, 2016 and April 9, 2016 we will debut our newest workshop “Finding the Source: A Survey of Irish Genealogical Websites and Databases,” from 10:30am to 1:00pm. All three workshops will be held in the McClelland Library’s Norton Room. Below you will find details on each workshop and registration as it becomes available.

Miles Davenport has over 17 years of genealogy research experience. In 2010, he published his own colonial family history spanning over ten generations. He has been published in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record and teaches beginning and advanced genealogical courses at the Scottsdale Public Library. Miles is currently a volunteer staff genealogist at the McClelland Library.

 19th Century Irish Genealogy Research: What’s Available and How to Use It: January 23, 2016

Level II: Intermediate

This workshop will provide participants with an in-depth look at Irish records created during the 1800’s. The Irish Civil Registration process will be explored, including the time period covered by these records and their limitations. The workshop will demonstrate how to use church parish records, Griffith’s Valuation, Tithe Applotment Books, and other early 19th Century sources to uncover your Irish ancestors prior to the start of Civil Registrations. Participants will also develop an understanding of Ireland’s civil and religious jurisdictions and why this knowledge is essential in locating your Irish ancestors. A case study will be used to illustrate the various ways to determine family relationships prior to the start of the Civil Registration process.

 

Registration is now closed

 

Finding the Source: A Survey of Irish Genealogical Websites and Databases: February 20, 2016

Prerequisite: Previous attendance of our 19th Century Irish Genealogy Research Workshop or good working knowledge of Irish records and jurisdictions is strongly recommended.

“Finding the Source” will provide participants with an overview of fourteen Irish genealogy focused websites and databases.  The class will begin with a brief review of the major Irish record types and an efficient approach to the Irish genealogical research process. Participants will then learn which websites are the most useful for Irish research, what records are available on each website, and where to find detailed guidelines on how to best utilize these sites. Examples of several types of records and where they can most efficiently be found will be covered.

Registration is now closed

 

Finding the Source: A Survey of Irish Genealogical Websites and Databases: April 9, 2016

Prerequisite: Previous attendance of our 19th Century Irish Genealogy Research Workshop or good working knowledge of Irish records and jurisdictions is strongly recommended.

“Finding the Source” will provide participants with an overview of fourteen Irish genealogy focused websites and databases.  The class will begin with a brief review of the major Irish record types and an efficient approach to the Irish genealogical research process. Participants will then learn which websites are the most useful for Irish research, what records are available on each website, and where to find detailed guidelines on how to best utilize these sites. Examples of several types of records and where they can most efficiently be found will be covered.

Registration is now closed

Other Workshops by Miles Davenport: Getting Started with Irish Genealogy Research

Level I: Introductory

This workshop will acquaint participants with the basic genealogical process along with goal-setting, research source selection and documentation requirements. The class will highlight the methods and numerous resources available for discovering Irish ancestry at the McClelland Irish Library. An actual research project will be used to trace the ancestry of an American-born Irish descendant back through three generations to locate the family’s ancestral homeland in Ireland. The session will conclude with a discussion of resources and tools that are useful for genealogical research.

 

There are no set dates set for the next offering of this workshop

Frequently Asked Questions

What materials do I need for this class?

You do not need any specific materials. Make sure to bring whatever device (paper or electronic) you prefer to take notes on. Wireless internet access is available during the class.

Where is the Norton Room?

The Norton Room is located in the basement of the McClelland Library.

How much does the course cost?

Each workshop costs $15 for Library/ICC Members and $20 for the General Public.

How do I register?

Please click on the “Register Here” button underneath the workshop description you would like to attend.

What if I have additional questions?

If you have additional questions please call or email us here at the library. Our phone number is: 602-864-2353 and our email is:genealogy@azirishlibrary.org

Thank you for your interest in our genealogy workshop offerings. Check this page frequently for new class offerings and registration.