Irish Genealogy Summer School 2015

Irish Genealogy Summer School 2015


Ancestral Connections: Names, Places and Spaces
Irish Genealogy Summer School, University College Cork, June 28- July 5, 2015

This genealogy summer school offers a complete course in the latest Irish genealogy research for those searching for their Irish roots, as one would expect from a summer school held in UCC, one of the world’s leading universities. All aspects of the subject are covered by a series of presentations and ‘hands on’ workshops given by a selection of Ireland’s leading genealogical lecturers and experts. The latest online and offline sources are described and explained in presentations which will be of great interest to the seeker of Irish roots and family history, whether beginner or expert.

All aspects of the subject are covered by a series of presentations and 'hands on' workshops given by a selection of Ireland's leading genealogical lecturers and experts. We offer a range of different packages to suit your genealogy research needs.

Genealogy sources, and approaches are described and explained in presentations which will be of great interest to the seeker of Irish roots and family history. It is suitable for genealogy enthusiasts.

Thankfully, it is not all work. A number of field trips are offered featuring sites and locations in West Waterford, Dungarvan and Youghal., Not forgetting, optional evening tours to sites of interest in Cork itself, ‘the Venice of Ireland’, and the beautiful harbour town of Kinsale.

We have campus accommodation secured for the school duration at UCC and also a list of accommodation providers on request. Travel details from Dublin airport and Shannon are also available on request. Please email Lorna at

Contact Details UCC:
Ancestral Connections Summer School Co-ordinator: Lorna Moloney at E: or 353-(0)85-8721184 or 353-21-4904702
Lindy Meldon, Executive Assistant. Programme Assistant T: 353 (0)21 4904700. E:


Sunday evening, June 28

6pm: Meet and Greet. Welcome Reception at University College Cork. Opening ACE Director -Dr Séamus ÓTuama
Mrs. Fancy Tart is coming to Tea - Making Sense of Family Stories Eileen Ó Dúill CG

Monday, June 29

9.00: Irish Welcome & Registration 
9.30 - 10.45: Introduction to Irish Genealogy: Where Do I Start? Eileen M. Ó Dúill, CG
Break – Morning Break
11.15 – 12.45: Researching in Ireland: Planning is the Key To Success. Eileen M. Ó Dúill, CG
12.45- 2.00: Lunch
2.00 – 2.45:. Births, Marriages & Deaths- Irish Civil Registration – The sad story of The Irish Census Eileen Ó Dúill CG
3.00 – 4.30: 'Matchmakers & Marriage Customs in 19th century Ireland. Sean O'Dúill
4.30-5.00: Break
5.00 – 6.00: ‘Sean O’Dúill : Death & Burial Customs
6.30: Optional evening tour of Kinsale with Dr Paul MacCotter, Ireland's loveliest seaside town. To feature the quays, town tour, James Fort and fine dining in the Trident Hotel

Tuesday June 30

9.00-10.00:    "Irish Placenames - Dr. Paul MacCotter
10.00-10.45:  Mary Beglan - 'In depth exploration of the National Archives'
Break – Morning Break
11.00 - 12.00: English State Papers as a Genealogical Source - Dr Joe Mannion
12.00 – 1.00  How to find our ancesters using Online Maps - Dr Paddy Waldron
1.00 – 2.00: Lunch  or Lunchtime workshop - Christine Deakin - How to preserve your documents and images for family history research
2.00 – 2.45: 'Online sources for Irish family history research and how to use them'. Fiona Fitzsimons
3.00 – 3.45: Fosterage & Adoption records in Ireland
Afternoon Break 2.45-3.00
4.00-5.00: Using for family history research: court, prison, land records and more. Brian Donovan
5.00: Kyle J. Betit Exploring your Irish Ancestry through US Records
6.00-7.00 Kyle J. Betit - How to use for immigrant research

8.00 - Optional evening entertainment of Irish Culture and Dancing - Aiden Feerick

Wednesday July 1

9.00-10.00: The Tithe Applotments – census substitutes for Genealogy research Lorna Moloney & A.M. Coghlan
10.00-10.45: 19th century Irish Property Tax: Measuring Ireland – Griffiths Valuation Aiden Feerick
Break – Morning Break
11.00 – 12.00: A.M. Coghlan 'Irish Wills'
12.00-1.00 Steven Smyrl – Heir Hunting
1.00 - 2.00  Lunch

2.00 – 6.00: Afternoon Field trip: Exploring Youghal  – Archives & Graveyards John Nangle, Dr Jane Lyons, A.M. Coghlan - Graveyard records, 
6.30 – 8.00  Regina Sexton, UCC, Culinary Historian Food patterns of a Trading Town: Youghal in The Late Medieval & Early Modern Period ‘What are Ancestors Ate’

Thursday July 2

9.00 – 10.00: From rags to riches and from riches to rags: searching for your aristocratic ancestors – Dr Dagmar O' Riain-Raedel
10.15 – 11.00 Mary Alice Wildasin: 'US Census records & Passenger lists - The Irish Diaspora
11.00 – 11.15: Break
11.15 –12.00: Irish Newspapers as a source for Genealogical research. Nicola Morris M.A.P.G.I.
12.00- 12.45 : Irish Estate Papers as a source for Genealogical research. Nicola Morris M.A.P.G.I.
12.45 – 2.00: Lunch & Optional Guided Tour of UCC Campus – Michael Holland
2.00-2.45 Hidden Irish Jewish Records - The Immaculate Conception of the irish Jewish Genealogical society -  Stuart Rosenblatt P.C. FGSI.
2.45 -4.00: Where to go once the record trail dries up? Surname and 'clan' history and the y-chromosome. Dr. Paul MacCotter
4.00-4.30: Break
4.30 – 5.45: Surname Workshop Sean Murphy 'Irish Surnames' -
6.00-7.00: Rosaleen Underwood: 'The Do's and Don't of family trees

7.30: Options: Walking tour of Cork City, 'The Venice of Ireland'. St. Finbarr's Cathedral, & fine dining. Dr David Butler

Friday July 3

9.00 – 10.15: Church Records & Irish Genealogy. Dr Paul MacCotter
10.15-11.00: Noel Jenkins 'Quaker influences in Ireland & the Wider Wordl'
10.45- 11.00: Morning Break
11.00 – 12.15: The Great Famine and Irish genealogy Dr. David Butler (Author in The Atlas of the Great Irish Famine winner of the Best Irish-published Book of the year 'Landlordism and the Famine')
12.15-1.00: John Goodman "Tracing Irish soldiers What's available and what we can learn
1.00 -2.00: Lunch
2.00 – 2.45 Hilary McDonagh ‘Sons & Children - Genealogy of Irish Childhood
2.45-3.30 Maeve Mullin ‘Valuation office – A Colourful Gem
3.30 -4.00 David Ryan: 'Using genealogy to interpret memorials & monuments'
Afternoon Break
4.15: Certificate Ceremony & Closing – Ken Nicholls,

Saturday July 4

West Waterford - Fieldtrip
‘. A tour of what's best about West Waterford, from medieval abbeys and castles to great mansions and archives of yesteryear, all set against the background of the beauty of the South-East of Ireland, Visits to Lismore, & Dromana House.  Dr Paul MacCotter, 

Sunday July 5 – Departure

To book contact:
Summer School Co-Ordinator: Lorna Moloney,
T: 085-8721184 / 021-4904700

Click the "Submit" button to register and pay online 

7 Day Full Residential*, Stay On Campus, B+B, Tuition, 3 Fieldtrips

5 Day Full Residential*,  Stay On Campus, B+B, Tuition, 1 Fieldtrip

6 Day Non-Residential, Tuition, 3 Fieldtrips<br/

5 Day Non-Residential, Tuition

3 Day Non-Residential, Tuition<br

Daily Rate Day 1  - Monday 29th June 2015

Daily Rate Day 2  - Tuesday 30th June 2015

Daily Rate Day 3  - Wednesday 1st July 2015

Daily Rate Day 4  - Thursday 2nd July 2015

Daily Rate Day 5  - Friday 3rd July 2015

Daily Rate Day 6  - Saturday 4th July 2015

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