Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors

$ 85.00

Monday, March 5, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Part of the Ulster Historical Foundation Lecture Tour 
NEHGS Library and Archives
99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

Explore your Irish heritage with the experts at the Ulster Historical Foundation. Learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and understand important historical context. Whether you are just beginning your Irish research or have been at it for years, you won’t want to miss this full-day seminar!


9:30 Registration check-in, refreshments
10:00 Lecture: An Introduction to Archives in Ireland and Their Websites
11:00 Lecture: Records Related to Different Churches in Ireland
12:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 Lecture: Getting the Most Out of Griffith's Valuation
2:00 Lecture: Early Nineteenth-Century Land Records
2:45 Break
3:00 Lecture: Using Printed Sources for Irish Family History

About the speakers

Gillian Hunt is Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and is responsible for the management of the Foundation's many genealogical activities. As well as managing the genealogy side of the Foundation's work, Gillian carries out research for clients and is a hugely experienced user of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the General Register Office. She regularly teaches courses in Northern Ireland and gives talks on family history in the rest of Ireland, the UK and the USA. She has visited Stone Mountain Highland Games (Atlanta, GA) on a number of occasions and also presented at Tourism Ireland's 'Discover Northern Ireland' in Grand Central Terminal, NYC in 2010. For the past five years, she has taught a number of extra mural courses at Stranmillis College and at Queen's University, in Belfast, as well as to community groups across Northern Ireland. Gillian also speaks each year at the Pudsey Family History Fair in Leeds, England. Gillian has carried out the research for a number of television programmes, appearing in one which aired on BBCNI in 2010 and another which aired in autumn 2013. She has been with the Foundation since 2001, and received a degree in History (BA Hons, 1998) and a Masters in Historical Studies (MA, 2000) from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Fintan Mullan has been Executive Director of Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001. With IT partners BRS Systems he pioneered the online births, deaths and marriages online record system for Antrim and Down, which led to, the Irish Family History Foundation’s unique database with over 20 million Irish historical records, making it the most useful online resource for Irish research. He has ensured the Foundation has been at the forefront of digital database developments for Irish genealogy. Fintan’s publishing experience is extensive, since 2001 he has managed the production of over 100 individual and diverse publications including the perennial favourite Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors. He is a non-executive director of the Irish Family History Foundation; sits on the board of, and is a member of the management committee of the Northern Ireland Publications Resource (NIPR), and a former member of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Readers Forum. He is a regular speaker on the North American circuit; having presented Irish and Scot-Irish programmes in most of the lower 48 states, and was one of the Northern Ireland presenters at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival July 2007. He has also spoken in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. He was educated at Queen’s University Belfast. He has a bachelor’s degree in Irish Politics and Philosophy, and a master’s degree in Organisation and Management, both from Queen’s University Belfast.

About the Ulster Historical Foundation (

The Foundation is an educational non-profit organisation established in 1956 to promote interest in Irish genealogy and history, with particular reference to the historical nine county province of Ulster. We are a leading historical research agency and publishing house in Ireland. Since 2004 the Foundation has devised a series of ground breaking online historical and genealogical resources, which have helped to transform the availability of Irish records for family historians at home and abroad. In addition to our research expertise: knowing how to mine the archives and use the historical sources, we have always focused on connecting people to their ancestors and their ancestral homeland, as a real, living, enjoyable, rewarding and transformative experience.

Refund Policy

We do not provide refunds for unattended programs.