The Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership, with Pauline Loughran are running two workshops to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in how to trace your family tree and find out who your ancestors are. The training is designed to give participants the knowledge, confidence and ability to use the resources out there.
The workshops will take place on Monday 22nd and Monday 29th February 2015 in the Crossmaglen Community Centre at 19.30 until 21.30.
Workshop 1 – Monday 22nd February at 7.30pm until 9.30pm
Everyone knows more than they think they know! And what we don’t know can be ‘teased out’. A typical example would be knowing your grandfathers/grandmothers name but thats as far back as you can go. Well that’s a great starting place. More difficult sometimes can be ‘where is my grandfather buried?’ A more difficult question but in most cases can be resolved.
Pauline will guide participants through the 1901 and 1911 census, graveyard inscriptions, and what they tell us. Pauline has the inscriptions for Creggan, Cullyhanna, Mullaghbawn, Faughart (old graveyard) and part of Dundalk. Particpants will also be shown the importance of social media to trace and connect with family overseas, and how to access it ‘privately’.
Come back with a chart/tree of three generations of your family complete with dates or approximate dates. For instance if one of your grandmothers dies in 1940 but you don’t know when she was born well you have a rough idea of her age at death.
Workshop 2 – Monday 29th February at 7.30pm until 9.30pm
This session will focus on Griffith’s Valuation 1848-1864. This has been available for many years and consists of all occupiers of land and houses in Ireland during this period with maps showing their exact location. We will look at this and also the Householders Index to find out where a particular family name is found. Last year all the ‘revisions’ of this valuation came on line, free to use. Every time a house or farm changed hands, or was renovated it was noted and is available up until 1930.
2015 saw many exciting developments in family history. GRONI, the General Register Office of Northern Ireland for the first time launched a service whereby, from your own home you can order up a birth, marriage or death certificate for a small sum. We will look at how this works and order up some certificates during the session. Also available now are all the RC parish registers for Ireland. We will examine these and see how its best to access them.
We will examine a one family study of a South Armagh family, based on a Crossmaglen family from the 1790’s. And using this will see how to join the dots with any family. Handouts will be available on all aspects of the course.
To secure your place contact the Crossmaglen Community Centre on 028 308 61949 (£5 booking fee payable no the first night.)