Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Tar Abhaile - Irish based reverse genealogy TV series

In a recent CPD day organised by the Scottish Genealogy Network (http://scottishgenealogynetwork.blogspot.co.uk/) we had a discussion on ancestral tourism, particularly in light of next year's Homecoming in Scotland. As a part of this I explained to our group the success of the Irish reverse genealogy initiative, Ireland Reaching Out (http://irelandxo.com/), which since 2010 has been pro-actively searching for the descendants of the Irish diaspora worldwide, rather than waiting for it to look for its ancestral connection. The Gathering in Ireland this year has progressed this idea further.

The Irish Independent had a feature last Friday that discusses a new six part TV series in the Republic of Ireland that now celebrates some of the successes of this initiative. Entitled Tar Abhaile (Come home), it started last Sunday on TG4, and will recall some twelve success stories, showcasing how the reverse genealogy initiative has worked in the country. For more on the series see http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/the-emigrants-were-bringing-home-ourselves-29755547.html.

TG4 is available at http://www.tg4.ie/ - you will find episode 1 at the TG4 player located at http://nasc.tg4.tv/1d8fIlU.


My latest book, Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, is now available from http://www.gould.com.au (print) and http://www.gen-ebooks.com/unlock-the-past.html (ebook), whilst Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is available at http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-History-on-the-Internet/p/3889/. My next Pharos Scottish course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, starts Nov 13th - see http://pharostutors.com.

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