This coming Saturday, October 18th, I'll be speaking about finding your Irish ancestors in New York City at the Genealogy Event . This is on at the National Archives and Records Administration, Bowling Green, Manhattan. It's a three day event, beginning on Friday. My talk is one of the advanced sessions and is on in Meeting Room 1, from 11:00am to 12:30pm.
Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City
The millions of Irish who came to New York in the 19th century did not make it easy for their descendants to find where they came from in Ireland. If you have already combed through federal and state census records, searched the birth, marriage and death certificates, written away for Church records, and scrutinized the city directories, then this talk is for you. The talk will firstly cover a number of strategies for tracing Irish ancestors in and around the city. The importance of having a knowledge of social and economic conditions in Ireland before an emigrant left will be discussed. Underutilized record sets that could yield a relevant name, location in Ireland, or pertinent genealogical information will also be outlined. The last section of the talk will be given over to something crucial to all those with Irish ancestors: the numerous record sets and publications that definitively give an Irish place of origin.