NEHGS/TIARA Irish Genealogy Seminar

$ 20.00

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Saturday, March 11, 2017
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 

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Join NEHGS and TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association) for an Irish family history seminar. Learn about new digitization projects, underutilized records, and an area DNA study. Participants are invited to stay and do research following the program.


9:30 am - Registration and Refreshments

10:00 am - From Paper to Pixels: Digitizing Catholic Records from the Archdiocese of Boston, Jean Maguire, Library Director (NEHGS)

10:30 am- Think Outside the Box: Examples of Underutilized U.S. Records for Irish Research, Eileen Pironti, Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press (NEHGS)

11:30 am - The Maine Gaeltacht DNA Project (learn more about this project below), Deborah Sullivan Gellerson and Margaret Feeney LaCombe

12:30 - 5:00 pm - Optional NEHGS Library Research

About the Speakers:

Deborah Sullivan Gellerson is a Board Member of the Maine Irish Heritage Center, a genealogist from Portland, Maine, an Irish citizen via her mom, and an organizer and volunteer for many local organizations.

Margaret Feeney LaCombe is a genealogist who has been researching her own family roots and the Irish of Maine for over 15 years, and started the Center’s DNA project along with Maureen Coyne Norris, and created and maintains the Center’s genealogy database with help from the Center’s other genealogists like Deb Gellerson, author Matthew Barker, Krista Heatley Ozyazgan, Maureen Coyne Norris and Patricia McBride Flood.

Jean Maguire is Library Director of New England Historic Genealogical Society Library and Archives. She is responsible for overseeing the Society’s library and special collections, including patron services; collection development, access, and preservation; and the Society’s volunteer program. Jean joined the NEHGS staff in 1999 after receiving her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. 

Eileen Pironti, Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press, graduated with a B.A. from Saint Anselm College, and received an M.S. from American University. She wrote about her ancestors’ participation in the colonization of Nobles County, Minnesota in “‘An Invitation to the Land’: Reconstructing James and Eliza Conlon’s Migration to Minnesota,” which was published in the Summer 2011 issue of American Ancestors magazine. Eileen's areas of expertise include Irish, Scottish, and 19th century New England research.

About the Maine Gaeltacht DNA project:

The Maine Gaeltacht DNA project, which started in 2011, is sponsored by the Maine Irish Heritage Center in Portland and overseen by several volunteers, including Deb Gellerson and Margaret LaCombe. Collectively, they have spent thousands of hours developing what is essentially a massive family tree of Irish immigrants who came to Maine in the wake of the Industrial Revolution and the Great Famine of 1845-1852.