Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ancestor Network and Flyleaf Press Team at Scottish Federation of Family History Societies in Drumfermline on April 26 2014

Dunfermline was the place chosen this year for the meeting of the Scottish
Federation of Family History Societies. The meeting was a day-long event
held on Saturday April 26, 2014 at the Carnegie Conference Centre.

Family History Societies from many parts of Scotland were represented by a large number of volunteer staff. There were also a number of genealogy research companies, like Pitcairn Research, offering their services as well as Scotlands People. Books, maps and CDs relevant to each geographical area were on display and for sale, and Aiden Feerick and Dr Jim Ryan were there representing Ancestor Network from Ireland.

Dr Jim Ryan was there to give a talk on Irish Family History records. Aiden Feerick, Jim Ryan and Brian Smith, all of Ancestor Network and Flyleaf Press, were in the "Irish corner". We had many visitors to our stand, quite a number of whom had Irish ancestors.

Another visitor to the Ancestor Network stand was Raymond O'Brien of Glasgow who came along to our stand to say hello.
He spoke very highly of the Genealogy Course in Carrickmacross in County Monaghan, Ireland, which was held in October 2013.  
The total number of visitors at the April 2014 event in Drumfermline was probably between two and three hundred.

After Drumfermline, Jim Ryan, Brian Smith and Aiden Feerick then drove to the Scotlands People Centre in Edinburgh where they were very well received and given a tour of all the facilities by the manager.

Please see photos of the vent below:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Raising Standards in Irish Family History through Continuous Professional Development

Family History is very much a "one-man-band", and opportunities for Continuous Professional Development are hard to come by.

With this in mind, Eneclann and Ancestor Network have partnered, to create a regular series of expert workshops on key topics.  From April 2014, we will hold monthly workshops in Trinity College Dublin, and the National Library of Ireland.
These are free events, open to all family historians and independent scholars, but attendance is by ticket only.  To apply email familyhistoryworkshop@eneclann.ie

The workshops kick off on *Thursday 10th April, and Saturday 11th April, with Eneclann's own Fiona Fitzsimons speaking on how to trace records of children raised in care 1840 to the 1990s.

On Thursday 24th April 2014, visiting academic Dr. Liz Rushen will present a workshop at the NLI on womens' emigration to Australia in the 1800s.  Dr. Rushen a Research Fellow at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, is the former Executive Director of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

She is the author of fifteen books, three of them co-authored with Perry McIntyre - /Quarantined/ (2007); /The Merchant's Women/ (2008) and /Fair Game: Australia's first Immigrant Woment/ (2010).

Her most recent book, /Colonial Duchesses: the migration of Irish Women to New South Wales before the great Famine/, will be launched in Ireland in April by the Australian Ambassador.

Liz Rushen's work focuses on the 1830s to the 1850s. They were decades in which decisive changes took place in the demography of the eastern colonies of Australia. Potential emigrants were attracted to the British government's schemes, but there were long-lasting tensions between the government's commitment to imperialism and the wishes of influential colonists for self-determination.  The women immigrants were very often caught in the middle of competing interests.

The closing date to apply for tickets to Dr. Rushen's workshop is Friday 18th April.

Regular updates of workshops will be published in the Ancestor Network blog, the Ancestor Network Facebook page, the JJ Hamrock LinkedIn page, the 
@AncestorNetwork Twitter page and via Eneclann's communications channels.

Hope you can register for a ticket.