UCC ACE Short courses

Ancestral Connections – Mazes of the Past – Names, Places and Spaces

Course Fact File
DurationSix weeks, Thursdays 11 am - 1pm, April 29th – June 3rd 2021
Teaching ModePart-Time
QualificationsCert of Attendance
NFQ LevelN/A
Fees€120 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing DateMonday 26th April 2021 at noon
Next IntakeApril 2021
Course Delivery MethodOnline
Start DateThursday 29th April 2021

Course Outline

Ancestral Connections, mazes of the past bring you on a fascinating journey through online webinars over six weeks.

Over the six weeks, this course will journey through the 1901 & 1911 census, Land records, religious sources and help you uncover your ancestral legacies. Tracking your traditional sources are exciting, and in order to discover the ancestral connection, contextual frameworks need to be explored. We will show you how to use genealogy tools and how to learn the hallmarks of ancestry research of verification, sourcing materials and understanding online materials.

We learn how Griffiths valuation can show you where your ancestors lived in the nineteenth century and how the tithe applotment can bring your back to more distant ancestry using space and place.

Course Practicalities

Courses will be delivered in two-hour online lectures over six weeks.


Short courses are non-assessed

Who teaches this course:

Lorna is a Professional Genealogist and Family Historian. She is a  member of the Association of Professional Genealogist and a board director on the Virtual Board of the Association of Professional Genealogists in the US in 2020. Lorna is the Resident Genealogist for Dromoland Castle in County Clare. For details of the Dromoland castle packages, please see Lorna Moloney - Dromoland Castle Resident Genealogist

Lorna worked as Project Genealogist for  George Boole *200 genealogy project for University College Cork, and is currently developing an Online Genealogy School for 2020 and has worked on family history projects for UCC delivering summer schools and online webinars over the last decade.

Lorna has recently been elected as the International Representative and Board Director for the Virtual Chapter of the APG in the USA. https://www.apgen.org/chapters/virtual/index.html. The Association of Professional Genealogists

Lorna produces and presents the successful show: 'The Genealogy Radio show' aired each Thursday at 4 p.m. from beautiful Kilkee, Co. Clare at Raidio Corcabaiscinn and Podcasts are available at http://www.clansandsurnames.com/the-genealogy-radio-show/

Lorna has delivered conference papers at Oxford; Lincoln College: Exploration of the Medieval Gaelic Diet: (2012); seminar papers at the Moore Institute in NUI Galway, 'The Gaelic Lordships in Thomond, c. 1400-c.1500' and papers at Irish Conference of Medievalists on themes of Brian Boru and landscape of East Clare. Lorna has published on medieval themes and maritime subjects.

Lorna received her Certificate for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) in Dallas in March 2015.



Why Choose This Course

Genealogy is the most incredible resource for gaining a thorough understanding of what records and sources exist for our ancestors. In the year 2020, it has never been as easy to trace our ancestral records of the past. It is also a wonderful experience to contextualise our ancestors' journeys as they left Ireland or remained. How they farmed, lived and what they did for a living is so essential and assessing if it shaped our own lives. Exploring the ties of the past helps us understand the challenges and difficulties which faced our grandparents and great-grandparents and many of these sources are now available to us online. Come with us and explore your ancestral connections and see how you can develop your family tree, write your family memoir or provide a lasting legacy project for your descendants.

This course is unique in its mixture of academic and non-academic texts in order to produce a well-rounded appreciation of how the discipline of genealogy is available to us and applicable in a broader context.


Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €120.

How To Apply

The closing date for applications is 26th April at noon

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