Thursday, 6 August 2015

Toronto based Irish Genealogy Workshop – Focus on Ulster

And something else I'll be involved in at Toronto next month!

Irish Genealogy Workshop – Focus on Ulster
A one-day workshop exploring the history and genealogy of the people of Ulster
A Family History Workshop jointly sponsored by: Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
Canadiana Department, North York Central Library, Toronto Public Library

Where: North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
When: Saturday, September 19, 2015, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Fees: $55 ($50 for OGS members) by August 22 / $65 ($60 for OGS members) after August 22

Do you have ancestors from Ulster? Researching your family history in those years can be quite a challenge.
Our workshop will provide you with great learning opportunities. You will hear lectures from experts about the kinds of historical records that are available and how you can use them in your own family history research. Topics that will be covered include: the history of the Ulster Plantation, the Decade of Remembrance, using PRONI for research, the Orange Order, the Belfast Middle Class, and more.

Registration Required
• Register on-line – it’s quick and easy!
• Use PayPal to pay by credit card or PayPal account or mail a cheque.
• Pre-registration is required to guarantee your space in the meeting room

On-line registration and fee payment is at:
For registration assistance: Email:

COMMENT: I'll be one of the speakers at this, along with William Roulston from the Ulster Historical Foundation, Leigh Anne Coffey, David Elliott and Linda Reid.

Here are the talks titles:

9:15 – 10:15 AM – Plenary Lecture 1: The History of the Ulster Plantation
Speaker: William Roulston

10:30 – 11:30 AM – Plenary Lecture 2: Using the Internet and PRONI for Northern Irish Records 
Speaker: Chris Paton

12:15 – 1:15 PM – Concurrent Sessions
Session 1: The Orange Order in Ireland and Canada: Records of a Loyalist Society
Speaker: Leigh-Ann Coffey

Session 2: Necessary Homework in Canada to Determine the Counties of Your Irish Ancestors 
Speaker: David Elliott

Session 3: Around Brick Walls: From Belfast Middle Class Back to Cork Landed Gentry 
Speaker: Linda L. Reid

1:30 – 2:30 PM – Plenary Lecture 3: The Decade of Remembrance 1912-22
Speaker: Chris Paton

2:45 – 3:45 PM – Plenary Lecture 4: Resources for Family History Research in Ulster 
Speaker: William Roulston

4:00 – 4:45 PM – Plenary Question & Answer Session 
Speakers: William Roulston and Chris Paton

Full details at

Should be fun!


For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit

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